Nancy--I have never been able to establish who the parents of William Henry Ellifritz are, however, in 2008 I received an email from R1955elifrits@aol.com, who believes that Willam Henry is the son of Abraham Elifrits b. 1807 in Virginia. This Abraham Elifrits married Polly Borem in 1827 in Union County, Oh. This person who contacted me (no name given) is a descendant of Silas Elifrits, a son of Abraham.He thinks that my William Henry was a brother of Silas.
I can't connect Abraham or his children to William Henry Ellifritz through any recordsI have seen. I do not doubt that the information may be accurate, but I can't confirm it through records.
There were a ton of Ellifritz's in Iowa. (Many different spellings). My earliest date that I can say William Henry came to Altoona, Polk County, Iowa, was abt 1866, because his first son James was born in Iowa, according to the 1870 Fed Census, but none the less, I can't say for sure who his parents were.