Here's an obituary on his father.Might give you some clues.
22 May 1932Dallas Morning News, p. 12
UNSELL - Talco, Titus Co., Texas, May 21 - Funeral services for Elijah Unsell, 96, who died here Friday, were held Saturday afternoon with burial in Talco Cemetery. Mr. Unsell was a Confederate veteran, serving in the Seventh Kentucky Infantry, Bedford Forrest's Division. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lizzie Williams, Stanley, Ok., and Mrs. J. G. Campbell, Antlers, Ok.; four sons, Ernest Unsell, Talco, Calvin Unsell, Idabel, Ok., and T. N. and S. S. Unsell of Detroit, Red River County; twenty-three grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.