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Scott’s great grandfather was Charles Elkins. He was born in NY State in 1879 and sent on an orphan train to Kansas. He is listed as a boarder with the Leonard Eckstrom family in Lawrence, Cloud, KS in the 1900 census. He remained in KS the rest of his life. He was married twice, first to Estella Slaybaugh, the mother of his children, who predeceased him and second to Edna ____. A Y-DNA test of his great-grandson shows him sharing Y-DNA with several Seeleys, including past SGS President Marshall Seelye. Scott wonders if we can identify Charles’ parents.
Requester: Scott D Kendall
Initial Response Information:
Charles lists his birthdate in the WWI Draft Registration as 15 July 1879. In the 1920, 1925, and 1930 census records of Topeka, Shawnee, KS Charles has a brother named John Elkins, 1 year younger, single, living with him. John’s WWI Draft Registration lists his birthdate as 15 Jul 1880 and lists Charles as his next of kin. He and Charles live at the same address. Charles’ next of kin is his wife Stella.
Social Security Applications and Claims Index
• Charles Elkins
• SSN: 509032950
• Born 15 Jul 1879 at Brooklyn, NY
• Claim Date: 2 Jul 1952
Charles Elkins (1879-1960) is buried in Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, KS. Also listed on his tombstone are his first wife, Estella M. (1880=1926), his second wife, Edna E. (1915-1984) and son Theodore M (1904-1905). Buried in the same cemetery is John Elkins (15 Jul 1880-13 Jan 1956).
I haven’t been able to locate any records before 1900 for either brother, as Seeley or Elkins. If you can help please contact me.