Eli Grandstaff was born in Knox County, Ohio, on the 3rd day of January 1821, and died December 8, 1898, at the home of his daughter in Stanberry, Missouri, that being the 56th anniversary of his marriage. He was the youngest of seven children, all of whom, so far as known, have been called from earth. His father's name was Lewis. His mother died when he was quite young and the children were scattered. He was married to Mary Jane Imlay, December 8, 1842, in Guernsey County, Ohio. To them were born five children, James, Smith I., Joseph L., and Libbie A. Allen, at whose home he died and under whose special care he has been for many years, and Charles B., who died in infancy.
He united with M.E. Church in Ohio in 1842, and has lived a devoted Christian life, and gave abundant evidence of his acceptance with the Savior.
He with his family came to Guthrie County, Iowa, in the spring of 1858, crossing the Des Moines River on a flat boat, there being no bridges on that river at Fort Des Moines, now Des Moines. He entered 80 acres of land in Guthrie County, where Stuart now is. Two sons, James and Joseph, served through the war in the 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was foreman of the first grand jury impanelled in Guthrie County, was one of the charter members of the M.E. Church in the county.
In 1870, he moved near Pleasanton, Iowa, and about four years ago to Weldon, Iowa, and about four weeks ago to Stanberry, Missouri.
Posted in the Decatur County Journal-IowaDecember 15, 1898