Violet, I found a Eli Coats in Madison County, Van Burren twp. Ihope it is the one you are looking for as you didn't say where he lived. Here is what I found. Eli Coats born in June 1847, 53 years old, born in Indiana, and a day Labour. Mary H. Wife Born in 1861 in Indiana, 39 years old. James Hinshaw Step-son Born Feb. 1875. Joesph H. Son Born June 1894. Lawrence R. Son born Nov. 1895. Lissie V. Henshaw Step-daughter Born April 1898. I hope this is the one you want and it helps you.