Harmon Kinsley Elkins, 1821-1886, was born in Orangeburg District,
South Carolina and died in Bowie County, Texas. First he married
Nancy Caroline Campbell, 1827-18679. She was born in Alabama
and died in Union Parish, Louisiana. He was a farmer and bought
some land each time he moved. He made several moves before he
ended up in this county: to Alabama, to Arkansas, to Louisiana, and
then to Texas. His descendents found records of his name on
new church charters, so they know that he wanted a church in his community.
Harmon Kinsley Elkins enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862 at
Monroe, Louisiana and was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July
4, 1863. He was paroled at Monroe, Louisiana on June 14, 1865,
three years and three months after enlisting.
When Nancy Campbell Elkins died in Union Parish, she left six out
of their nine children living and Harmon Kinsley Elkins married a
widow, Mrs Martha F Garner Deshazo. They had six more children.
If anyone I know today had to support fifteen children, they would
faint. Notice that the women are not out living the men here.
The fifteen children were:
1. David Alonzo, 1847-1888, born in Union County, Arkansas and
died in Memphis, Tennessee while attending classes in medicine.
He married Rebecca
Emmaline Post who was a nurse.
He practiced medicine from 1881 to 1888 and was very good at curing
Pneumonia with mustard plasters
2. Hezekiah Bussy, 1849-1912 and was born in Union County, Arkansas.
He married Paulina Faulkner and they had six children. He died
in Union Parish, Louisiana
3. James Washington, 1851-1889, was born in Union Parish, Louisiana
and died in Trinity County, Texas. They had twelve children
4. Jasper Newton, 1854-1823, born and died in Union Parish,
Louisiana. He married Rachel Margaret Pickens and they had nine
5. Charles Londulius, 1856-1942, he married Eliza Catherine
Murray. They came to Texas in a covered wagon in 1881 and moved
back to Union Parish,
Louisiana in 1891. There were
6. William F, born and died in 1858 near Spearsville, Louisiana
7. Martha E, 1860-61
8. Sarah Elizabeth, 1862-1943, married Madison Wesley Holley
and they lived in Union Parish, Louisiana. There were seven
9. Evie Cora, 1866-1939. She came to Bowie County with
her parents and married James Presley Miller at DeKalb in 1887.
In 1903 they moved to
Union Parish, Louisiana and remained
there. There were ten children
10. Harmon Kinsley Jr, 1870-73. This is the first child of Martha;
born and died near Spearsville, Louisiana
11. Jeremiah, 1872-sometime during childhood
12. Anna, 1873-1948. She moved to Texas with her family at the
age of eight. She married Samuel David Crumpton who was also
born in Union Parish,
Louisiana. They had four children
and lived near Nash. They are both buried at Red Lick Cemetery
13. Daniel Stines, 1875-1949. He was born in Union Parish, Louisiana
and died in Bowie County, Texas. He married Celia Ann Love and
lived near Wards
Creek where he farmed. Celia Ann
"Betty" was raised by her uncle and aunt, Mr & Mrs J
E Ellis. There were ten children. They are both buried
14. Frank, 1876-___, moved to Texas when he was five. He married
Annie Bell Cooper at DeKalb. They had two daughters. Frank
married a second time
15. Hartwell Chame, 1881-1932, was born at College Hill, Bowie County,
Texas and is buried at College Hill Cemetery. He married Marion
and they lived at Nash, Texas where
he farmed. He served in WWI from 1919-1922. He gave his
height as five feet four and one-half inches tall. There
were three children in their family.