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John T Elkins, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 23, 1843
Death: Aug. 2, 1886
Colorado, USA

Father: Phillip Elkins
Mother: Sarah Withers Elkins

1868-1869 ran a cattle ranch on the Pecos River with his brother Samuel H Elkins.

Recognized as a capitalist, largely interested in Western mines.

John T. Elkins, from Mo., joined Price's army in 1861, and surrendered to Gen. Canby in 1865, going to Nebraska afterward; then to New Mexico where he was a freighter and miner until 1879, when he came to Leadville. He obtained interests in the Leadville Consolidated, Boreal, Small Hopes, and Annie, selling the Annie in 1881 for $750,000, $500,000 of which he invested in Kansas City real estate. He was elected state senator in 1884.
History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 1540-1888, by Hubert Howe Bancroft, Frances Fuller Victor

As a young man, Elkins was repeatedly accused of being one of Quantrel's band of marauders during the Civil War, as to which charge no actual proof can be found in the records. After the Civil War he went to New Mexico. There he studied Spanish and became a member of the Territorial legislature.
History of the Great American Fortunes (1910) by Gustavus Myers

Mr. John F. [sic] Elkins of Silverton, Col., the owner of a very valuable silver mind in Colorado, passed through the city last night, accompanied by Mr. J. M. Holt of Topeka, en route for Texas.
The Kansas City Times
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol XXXI, No 114, p5, c3
Thu 22 Oct 1885


The remains of the late Mr. John T. Elkins, who died suddenly near Salida, Col., Tuesday, while out fishing, will arrive in this city Friday morning at 6 o'clock. They will be met at the Union depot by a funeral detail from the Oriental Commandery No. 35, Knights Templar and escorted to the residence of the father-in-law of the deceased, Dr. H. F. Hereford, at Ninth and Forest avenue, where they will lie in state. During the day the corpse will be watched over by a guard of honor from Oriental commandery. The funeral will take place from the Walnut street Methodist church, corner Ninth and Walnut streets, at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, and the impressive ceremonies of the Knights Templar will be conducted. The burial will take place in Union cemetery and the remains will be followed to the grave by the leading Masonic officers of the city, headed by the Knights Templar band.
Mr. Elkins was one of the most widely known citizens of this city, where he had resided the great part of the time for several years. He was exceedingly wealthy and largely interested in the Lost Hope mines in Colorado. He was a brother of the Hon. Stephen B. Elkins, chairman of the national republican committee. His death was very sudden, while fishing with Mr. George Summers, an intimate friend and business associate, near Salida, Col., he complained of feeling unwell, and while Mr. Summers went for assistance nearby he expired and was found dead when the friend returned. The cause of death was apoplexy of the heart. He leaves a wife and two children, who are now in the city, and his life was insured for $20,000. Hon. S. B. Elkins and wife reached St. Louis last night and will arrive in this city to-morrow to attend the funeral.
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol XXXIII, No 36, p8, c1
Thu 5 Aug 1886

The remains of John T. Elkins will arrive from the west this morning at 6 o'clock. The funeral will occur at 10 o'clock to-morrow morning. The friends and relatives of the deceased will meet at the residence of Dr. Hereford, where the remains will lay in state, and proceed to the Walnut street Methodist church where the funeral services will be conducted.
The Kansas City Times
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol XXXIII, No 37, p8, c4
Fri 6 Aug 1886


The funeral of the last John T. Elkins will probably be one of the largest and most impressive that has ever taken place in this city. The full service of the Masonic order will be observed both at the church and at the grave. A larger number of the deceased's friends and relatives from other cities are present to attend the funeral, among them his brother, Hon. Stephen B. Elkins, secretery of the nastional republican committee, who arrived from New York yesterday morning. None of his family came with him. The remains of the deceased were escorted from Leadville by a detachment of the Knights Templar of Leadville and met at the union depot at 6 o'clock yesterday by a detachment of the Oriental commandery No. 35 of this city and escorted to the residence of Dr. H. F. Hereford, corner of Forest avenue and Ninth street, where they were laid in state under a guard of honor from the Knights.
The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock this morning from the Walnut street M. E. Church. The commandery will assemble at its asylum at 9 o'clock and proceed to the residence of Dr. Hereford and escort the body to the church. The Rev. C. C. Woods, D. D., grand prelate of the state of Missouri for the Knights Templar, will have charge of the funeral. From the church the procession will proceed down Grand avenue to Eleventh street, on Eleventh street to Broadway, on Broadway to Eighteenth street, and from thence the commanderly will take carriages to Union cemetery. The pall bearers selected are Messrs. J. H. Dayton, J. F. Eaton, W. A. Bunker, E. H. Phelps, S. D. Thatcher, F. A. Ferguson.
The Kansas City Times
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri
Vol XXXIII, No 38, p8, c4
Sat 7 Aug 1886

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  Adah H Hereford Elkins (1852 - 1908)*
  Agnes Leslie Elkins (1881 - 1910)*
  Juanita Elkins Piatt (1883 - 1946)*
  Henry Hereford Elkins (1885 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Union Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section A Lot 32
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Record added: Nov 27, 2010
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John T Elkins, Sr
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