Elisha was born in 1802. He was the son of John J Durbin and Patience Logsdon.. He studied at seminaries in Nelson County and Bardstown, Kentucky and became ordained on 21 September 1822. His missionary territory covered Kentucky, parts of the Ohio Valley, and Tennessee, and his ministry lasted for over 60 years during which he erected churches, formed congregations, and visited isolated families. Following a stroke in 1885 he was assigned as chaplain of an academy in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
He is often referred to as the 'Pioneer Priest of Kentucky or 'The Patriarch Priest of Kentucky' who traveled to his flock on a white horse. He was much beloved by his many parishioners, and attended to both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. He established fifteen churches, and may have traveled a half million miles on horseback.
He passed away on March 22, 1887. Father Durbin is interred at Saint Louis Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. 
↑ Patriarch of the American Frontier, The Life of Reverend Father Elisha John Durbin, by Donald R. Durbin Jr., iUniverse ,2004-2007.
↑ Carson, Betty Jewell Durbin. "Durbin and Logsdon genealogy with related families, 1626-1991." Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc. 1991, p. 340.
↑ "A Pioneer Priest," The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) 24 Mar 1887: 3. Print. news clipping.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Elisha by comparing test results with other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Elisha: