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Born in Campbell, Virginia, USA on 25 Feb 1809 to Lewellyn Elam and Polly Eanes. James married Mary Alice Roberts. James married Marinda Sharp and had 7 children. He passed away on 13 Mar 1901 in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA.
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English: habitational name for someone from a place called Elham, in Kent, or a lost place of this name in Crayford, Kent. The first is derived from Old English ?l ‘eel’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’. There is also an Elam Grange in Bingley, West Yorkshire, but the current distribution of the name in the British Isles suggests that it did not contribute significantly to the surname.