Elisha McMath

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Elisha McMath (born May 17, 1788 in Wilkes, Georgia; died September 28, 1868 in Jefferson County) was a pioneer farmer in Jones Valley.

McMath was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Wilshire McMath of Georgia. He married the former Frances Gorman and had eight children between 1815 and 1838: Lucanda, Jerusha, Joseph Washington, William, James Hillman, Sarah Elizabeth "Bessie", Elisha Jr, and Clement Clay.

McMath's home was used as a polling place in 1827 and as a post office (with McMath as postmaster) in 1842. In the 1850s, writer Mary Gordon Duffee described McMath's homestead as having a "big roomy house and fine spring".

McMath died in 1868 near Tannehill.


  • Brown, Virginia Pounds and Jane Porter Nabers, eds. (1970) Mary Gordon Duffee's Sketches of Alabama. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press ISBN 081735011X