Elwyn Price, a leading citizen of Versailles, has been a resident of the same since 1881, and has resided in Morgan County since December, 1855. He was born in Franklin County, Va., in July, 1848, his parents being Malcolm and Mary A. (Woods) Price, who were also born in the "Old Dominion." The father was a farmer, and in 1849 started for the gold fields of California, but died on the journey. His widow resides with her son Elwyn in Versailles. The paternal grandfather, Alexander Price, was a wealthy planter of Virginia, and an influential citizen. Elwyn Price came to Missouri with his maternal grandfather, Samuel Woods, and located three miles east of Versailles, and remained with him until grown. He attended the common schools until twelve years of age, at which time the late Civil War broke out, and his school days thus came to a close. November 22, 1870, he was married to Sudie Livingston, who was born in Versailles, and a daughter of James Livingston, one of the pioneer merchants of the place, who died in the winter of 1865. After his marriage Mr. Price rented his mother's estate, but afterward bought sixty acres adjoining, and has since added to his purchase until he now has a fine farm of 400 acres, which he devotes to general farming and to the raising of stock. In 1881 his wife died, at the age of twenty-seven years, having become the mother of five children: Weghtsell, Guy, Samuel, Agnes and C. C. In December, 1884, Mr. Price married his present wife, whose maiden name was Lizzie McNair, a native of Cooper County. They have two children, Dean, and an infant. Mr. Price and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and the A. O. U. W. He is a stockholder and director of the Bank of Versailles, and is one of the public-spirited and enterprising men of the county.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.