Elmer Sylvester Decker lived with members of his mother's (Lois Ann Whitmarsh) in Iowa. He married but deserted his family in Iowa and moved to Nebraska where he died in 1940. His father had joined the Union Army and did not return although he was not killed. He evidently deserted but returned to his home town of Avoca married and raised a second son. It is not known where his mother or his younger brother Carl H Decker went or lived. The family last llive in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, just across the state line from Steuben County, New York.