Elkin, Garret

Born: 1797-12-31 Clark County, Kentucky

Died: 1892-08-21 Oskaloosa, Iowa

Elkin studied medicine and graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He came to Sangamon County, Illinois, in 1823, and practiced medicine in what became the Fancy Creek Township. On April 20, 1823, he married Mary Constant and soon afterward moved to Springfield, Illinois, where he practiced medicine. Elkin served as a member of the Sangamon County Commissioners' Court from 1830 to 1832, and as sheriff of Sangamon County between 1834 and 1840. Elkin also served in the Black Hawk, Mormon and Mexican Wars. He was a captain of a company from Bloomington during the Mexican War. He moved to Bloomington in 1844, and his wife Mary died there in 1845. Elkin later moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he then married Margaret Musgrove in 1864.

History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 50; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 281; Gravestone, Wymore Cemetery, Rose Hill, IA.