|Lobby of LDS Church History Library: Note the Temple Location to the right.|
My research leads me to believe that Elisha was a fairly wealthy land and slave owner. It appears to me that he gave that all up, probably selling all of his property. Elisha had met two missionaries, one the brother of two of my Porter Ancestors (John President Porter and Lyman Wight Porter). He was baptized by another ancestor in Indiana, Henry Mower. His wife, Mary Polly Osborne, child of a well to do family died a year and a half after his joining the Mormons. Three days later his 21 year old Abigail died, assumingly of the same disease that took Mary Polly.
Less than three years later he was given a Patriarchal Blessing in Nauvoo by John Smith, Patriarch.
In the Latter Day Saint tradition, a patriarch gives a "patriarchal blessing" by placing his hands on the recipient's head and pronounces their "linage," usually one of the twelve tribes of Israel. An optional blessing follows which approximates a personalized prophecy telling of future events usually dependent on the recipient's worthiness.
Each member of the Church is entitled to a Patriarchal blessing by a Patriarch.
Not only does Elijah's blessing state where he was born, it names his mother as Elsy. Much of his blessing blesses him through trials of those persecuting the church. It makes note he forsake all, which I see as possibly all he gave up in Indiana as well as what the church members endured in Nauvoo and other trials following. Elisha and his posterity received great promises in this blessing. I am so glad to have found it.