Elizabeth's christian life began on 18 October 1826 in New York, United States, possibly Steuben County. She was the oldest daughter born to Samuel B. Poor and Eleanor Begole. She grew up with ten brothers and sisters: Jane, George B., Hannah, Samuel, William, David M., Evan J., Matilda, Harlan and Ellinor.
Elizabeth's family migrated to the Washtenaw County, Michigan area by 1840. Did they travel by the Erie Canal or by wagon and horses? Either way, travelling with her young siblings had to be a challenge. I don't know for sure, but I bet prayer was needed to make the long trip to a new home. They lived an agricultural life in the early years of Michigan statehood, settling in the Sylvan Township area of Washtenaw county.
The role of religion in her life was evident by 1846, based on the Parting Hymn that I found in her daughter Hattie's Bible. The fact that the handwritten verses were saved all these years makes it important.