Reverend David Elkins, a pioneer circuit preacher, is buried here. According to local legend Rev. Elkins preached a funeral sermon for Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, a few months after her death at the request of her young son Abraham.
David Elkins was the son of Archibald Elkins and Margaret Gillespie/Bishop. David served in the War of 1812 in the Richland District of South Carolina (Enlisted Oct 17, 1814 discharged Mar 9, 1815). David moved to Kentucky where he was the pastor of the Good Hope Church (now Taylor Co., KY) and moved to a farm 4 miles northwest of Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana in the 1840s. In Indiana, he was minister of Rock Lick Church and later Spice Valley Baptist Church.
Nancy (Hanks) Lincoln died in October 1818 in Spencer County, Indiana. Abraham Lincoln, age 9, wrote Rev. Elkins and ask if he could preach a memorial service for his mother. In the Spring of 1819, Rev. Elkins rode 100 miles on horseback from Kentucky to Spencer County and preached Nancy Lincoln's Memorial Service in front of 200 people.
David Elkins married Elizabeth Estep and it is believed they had 7 children, including Wesley, Warren, David Wm. Jr., Sarah (Elkins) Shofner Billings, Frances, Lenora and Rev. Isaac Hodgen Elkins.
David Elkin (1811 - 1901)*
Isaac H. Elkin (1819 - 1899)*
Plot: Note original tombstone sitting on ground in front of the large tombstone (Cemetery is 3 miles west of Mitchell, Indiana)
Maintained by: Linda Zapp
Originally Created by: SixDogTeam
Record added: Sep 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30203297