The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 728, White Post Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"ELIJAH C. HANSELL was born in Putnam County, Indiana, October 27, 1842, and is the son of GEORGE and MARY ANN (WILKINSON) HANSELL. This couple are the parents of thirteen children, viz: JURETTA, JOHN, DAVID, ELIJAH, JOSEPH, RACHEL, HANNAH, ELIZABETH, MARY, GEORGE, JONATHAN, JEHU and REBECCA. Of these, JOHN, JOSEPH and ELIZABETH are dead. The father was born in Virginia in 1813, is a farmer, and is now living in Putnam County with his wife, who was born in February, 1817. At the age of twenty-five, ELIJAH came to this township, and moved on his present place in May, 1869. He was married, September 5, 1867, to MARY ANN ALDRIDGE, who has borne him two boys and two girls - NORA, GEORGE, JOHN and ALICE. Of these, ALICE has passed away. In July, 1863, MR. HANSELL enlisted for six months in the One Hundred and Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and in August, 1864, in the Eighteenth Indiana Battery, and fought at West Point, and in many skirmishes and minor engagements; he was mustered out in July, 1865. At present he is engaged in raising wheat and corn chiefly, and pays a great deal of attention to the breeding of blooded stock. He is probably the only man in the county that has a well-defined registered herd of "short horns." He lives three miles south of Medarysville, and owns a fine farm of 160 acres."