Pvt. Elijah H. Guy was born the fifth
child of Lloyd and Margaret Guy on March 11, 1840 on a farm in Meigs Township, Muskingum County, Ohio; a free man.
At age 22, he married Rebecca H. Norman
on October 31, 1862. In 1862 Elijah purchased a 40 acre farm in Bushnell Twp., Montcalm County, from his oldest brother
Moses. His parents and siblings had moved from Ohio to Sodus Twp., Berrien County, Michigan in the late 1850's.
They later purchased several acres of farmland in Bushnell in 1862 and became the first black family in the area.
Elijah and Rebecca's only son Clifford
was born August 5, 1863. On August 31, 1864 Elijah and his brother Benjamin F. Guy age 27, enlisted as Privates in Co.
1, 102nd USCT Volunteer Infantry in Grand Rapids. During the one-year he served, Elijah contracted consumption and rheumatic
fever. Elijah and Benjamin were both mustered out on September 10, 1865 at Charleston, SC. they were paid and
discharged in Detroit on October 17, 1865.
After his discharge, Elijah returned
home to his family and continued farming for the next five years. Due to conditions he suffered in the war his health
failed; he died on February 3, 1870 at the age of 29 years and 23 days.