Here’s something I found about Elon Carman (b1829). I don’t know how/if this Elon is related to my family.
From The Genealogy of the Sharpless family p1217 (1882): Thomas Elwood Farra was married to Katie Carman in Philadelphia in 1883. She was the daughter of Elon Carman and Mary Lowry.
Not much, but Mary Lowry is new to me, and this will help me track them all down in the census, which I’ve had a fair start at. More on those findings later.
In case you haven’t come across it, the Internet Archive has many old books digitized which may be of interest to genealogists. Their related Open Library site has a “search inside” books option as well. (Warning: it defaults to an “OR” search and I can’t figure out how to get it to search using “AND”; this means if you search for Elon Carman you get matches for Elon College and matches for Carman where there’s no Elon) (Disclaimer: I found the Genealogy of the Sharpless Family via a web search on another site and later searched the title on Internet Archive to find it there)