Eli was born in 1886 in Burnley, Lancashire. His parents were Eli Magnall (GM008) and Peninnah. He was baptised on 28th July 1886 at St Peter’s Church in Burnley, the baptism record shows that the family were living at 103 Annie Street, Burnley and that his father was a miner.
At the time of the 1891 Census I believe the family were living at 15 Pheasantford Street in Burnley.
In the 1901 Census Eli was only 14 but he was working as a coal miner drawer and living at 37 Briercliffe Road in Burnley with his parents. His father Eli also worked as a miner.