First Families - Elias E. East
The First Families of Limestone County is a project sponsored by the Limestone County Historical Commission that recognizes early settlers who lived in the county before or during 1896, the 50th anniversary of the creation of the county. Elias E. East came to Limestone County shortly after 1880, and his descendants, Kenneth Warren Pollard, Jr., Beverly Jean Pollard Harrison, and Vicky Ann Pollard Connell, were presented with certificates after having their First Families applications approved.
Elias E. East was born in Randolph County, Alabama on August 14, 1840. He was the son of Mahuldah Armour (1814-1891) and Zealous Ray East (1805-1870). He had ten siblings: Benjamin Franklin (1834-1911), William (1836-?), Silas M. (1838-1867), Thomas Jackson (1842-1911), Cicero J. (1844-1893), Henry N. (1846-1868), Samantha H. (1848-?), Newman (1850-1860), Zealous B. (1854-?), and Wyatt Pinkney (1856-1934).
Elias East served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War enlisting as a private in Company I, 13th Alabama Infantry Regiment at Montgomery County, Alabama on July 19, 1861. His military records indicate that he was absent during the regiment’s major engagements of 1862 due to illness and being on furlough. During 1863, he was present at the Battle of Chancellorsville and the Battle of Gettysburg.
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