Not much is known about Elijah other than that he was a runaway slave.
The player can come across his corpse and a letter to his Uncle Lewis, which is dated on September 6, 1861 can be looted from him. In Elijah's letter to his Uncle Lewis, Elijah states that he escaped from the Pennington family, but was eventually captured by slave catcher in Rhodes. He states that slave catcher took him to him to shack called Old Harry Fen. He was chained inside there for three months and was treated poorly. He was able to escape the shack and was planing to head to Canada where his Uncle Lewis and his cousin Samuel lived.