Elijah Fernald was born in Maine about 1847. He is listed in the 1850 census of Lincolnville, ME. 1850 Lincolnville 286/293 Nathaniel Fernald57 farmer 1400ME Nancy58 Nathaniel J. 31 Peltire 20(Pelatiah) Timothy 18(my ggg grandfather) Margaret 13 Paulina 11 Elijah 3 Sarah Pottle 77NH (mother of Nancy)
An LDS internet source lists Elijah as the son of Nathaniel and Nancy Fernald But I don't believe this is correct. Nathaniel and Nancy have their children listed on their grave stone and Elijah is not on the list. I believe Elijah is the grandson of Nathaniel and Nancy. And I believe Elijah is the son of Nathaniel Joseph Fernald and Olive Reynolds. I am not sure if Olive died before the census, or if she and Nathaniel J were divorced. One source lists the death of Olive as 26 Nov 1862 Burnham, ME I can not find her parents yet. However there is an Elijah Reynolds in Burnahm who may have been related. And Burnham seems to be a hot spot for Reynolds in Waldo county ME.
Interestly it appears that a brother of Nathaniel J is also living in Burnham in 1850. Hezekiah age 26 in the household of Eleazer Johnson.
Nathaniel J. marries Lois A. or Louise Robbins on 13 Jan 1852
Elijah Fernald appears again in the 1860 census. 1860 Unity Waldo ME Nathaniel J Fernald 40 farmer Lois A 32(Louise Robbins) Elijah 13 Olive W. A. 7 Mary E 5 Lucy A 3 Florinda M 1 Abbie 3/12April/May Ellen Woods 13 Sarah E Woods 7
After that I've lost him.
Nathaniel Joseph Fernald on the other hand moves about.
1870 Clinton Kennebec ME Nathaniel J Fernald 50 farmer Lois A 46 Lucy A 13 Ethlinda M 11 Abby P 10 Jesse I8 Alden R 6 Eli 3
1880 Census Ottawa, Kansas N. J. Fernald61 Louisa A. Fernald55 Eli V. Fernald13 Chas. M. Fernald9 Edson Lebaron24
1900 age 81 widower living with daughter Olive Penry and family in Petaluma, Sonoma, California