In "McElyea's in Transit", Clara Hunt Miller placed this Hiram as a son of John and Sarah Boone McElyea.It is hard to determine without a will or authentic bible record or other documentation the exact relationship of a lot of individuals whose birth and marriage(s) occurred before 1850 and even using the census of 1850, 1860 and 1870, one must use caution with relationships since this category was not provided until 1880.
After considerable research on the Humphreys Co TN McElyea's, it appears that Hiram McElyea has been misplaced in the McElyea family.Between 1810 and 1820 James McElyea (son of Patrick Henry McElyea Sr and wife Hannah) purchased land in what is now Humphreys Co TN.James is later found living with his son Humphrey Donaldson McElyea (who was first thought to be a son of John and Sarah Boone McElyea, but is now considered their nephew) in Weakley Co TN.Humphrey's sons Robert (who died young living a widow and several minor children) and Daniel Fletcher McElyea lived in Humphreys Co and Benton Co TN after their father moved.Hiram lived in Humphreys Co too and this suggests that he was living near other close family such as a sibling.I have no solid proof but suspect that Hiram was a brother to Humphrey Donaldson McElyea and as such Hiram was a son of James McElyea rather than James' brother John.
Clara Hunt Miller shows that Hiram had a son Isaiah Boone McElyea but I have been unable to find any proof that he was Hiram's son.Isaiah Boone McElyea was in the Civil War (Co C 10 IL US Cav CON) and appears to have been injured to the point that he received a pension for his injuries.His unit was comprised mostly of those from the Champaign Co IL area.It was probably here that he met his future wife but no marriage record can be found.I suspect that this Isaiah Boone McElyea was named for an Isaiah Boone rather than using the Boone for a family connection to Sarah Boone McElyea.
Also Clara Hunt Miller has George Washington McElyea (1824-1888) as a son of Samuel McElyea born about 1804.In 1850 this George is living next door to Humphrey Donaldson McElyea in Weakley Co TN.By 1860 George has moved his family to Dunklin Co MO.Within a few years Humphrey's daughter Elizabeth by wife Mary Rice moves her family to Dunklin Co MO locating very near George.Anunconfirmed story in the Perry family (Elizabeth McElyea married William C Perry) has it that the Perry family followed a brother to MO.None of the Perry brothers went to Dunklin Co MO, so now it is more probable that George was the brother and that he is another son of Humphrey by his unknown first wife.How many children Humphrey had by his first wife is not really known.
All McElyea researchers should use Clara Hunt Miller's publication on the McElyea family only as a guide and then prove that her information of the individuals and relationship between generations is correct.Numerous errors has been found and as such this word of caution is being given.All publications are subject to error and caution is always advised when using the research of another regardless if sources are noted or not.(I recently found someone's research online showing that a person had died in 1944 in their early 20's.I don't know where they got their information, but the person who supposedly died in 1944 was my first grade teacher in the 1957-1958 school year and is still very much alive as I write this.The information on her husband was correct.)