|Died||December 3, 1910|
|Occupation||Slave, politician, civil servant|
|Spouse||Lucy Ann Caldwell|
Zebulon Elijah (1836-1910) was a slave born on a Milton farm and owned by Emma Bright, who loaned him to various Pensacola businesses, including the Gonzalez brickyard and later Dr. Robert Bell Hargis. He was hired by a French ship's captain, and on his voyages he learned to read, write and speak fluent French. He married Lucy Ann Caldwell in 1862.
Elijah became active in area civics and politics. He was listed as a customs inspector in the 1870 census. He served as an Elections Enumerator, represented Escambia County in the Florida House of Representatives from 1871 to 1873, and was appointed to the Escambia County Commission in 1872. He served as the Pensacola Postmaster from 1874 to 1878 and as Pensacola tax assessor from 1881 to 1882.
|For nearly twenty-five years 'Zeb,' as he has been known to almost all the older residents of Pensacola, has been in the service of the business with which I am connected. During all that time he has commended himself to all with whom he came in contact, as a gentleman. His rank has not been exalted, but his honesty, faithfulness and courtesy endeared him to us all.|