Elija was the son of Josiah Alderson and his second wife Emily Sparkman who he married in Maury Co TN on 26 Nov 1842. It was the second marriage for both parties. Josiah was born c1804 in either NC or SC. Census records of his sons show both places as the birthplace of their father. He died in 1857. His widow is listed in the census in Maury Co TN in 1860 and in Butler Co MO in 1880. The name of his parents is not known. It seems most likely that he is from York Co SC, son of one of the families in that county. The family properties were located close to the state line and children often married in Mecklenburg Co NC. E-mail me at email@example.com for additional data.