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Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Richard A. Elkins, judge of the probate court of Jefferson County, is a native of Franklin County, Ill., and was born in 1844. His parents are William B. and Malinda (Godby) Elkins, the former of whom was born near Chattanooga, Tenn., about 1820, and was taken by his parents to Franklin County, Ill., where they were early settlers. William B. was married in Franklin County, about 1842, and remained in that county, engaged in farming, until 1855, when he went to Mount Vernon, Mo., and from there, in 1856, to Farmington, St. Francois Co., Mo. He moved to Jefferson County in 1864, and located at De Soto, where he has since lived. His father, Rev. Ananias Elkins, a native of North Carolina, was born in 1790, and was for many years a Methodist minister. He died at Mount Vernon, Mo., in August, 1887. Mrs. Malinda Elkins is a native of Virginia, and is still living, at the age of sixty-three years. She is the only daughter of Rev. William Godby, also a Methodist minister, who died in Virginia, about 1829. Richard A. Elkins received his education principally in the public schools at Farmington, Mo., and began teaching school at the age of seventeen years. At the breaking out of the Civil War he went to Illinois, where he was engaged in teaching until 1868, when he came back to the State of his adoption, and was engaged in the public school at De Soto, where he remained until 1871, when he was chosen principal of the Kimmswick school, which position he held for nearly six years. In September, 1870, he was chosen principal of the North De Soto public school, where he remained until 1880, when he was elected to serve two years as judge of the probate court, and elected to the same position for a term of four years in 1882, and again elected in 1886. He has proven himself a worthy and efficient public officer and has served with distinction. As an educator he ranked as one of the foremost in the State, his experience in that direction covering a period of twenty years. He was married in Rome, Ill., in October, 1866, to Miss Emma, daughter of Rev. Henry Walls, a native of Kentucky, and of Welsh descent. Mr. and Mrs. Elkins are the parents of two children: William H. and Mabel. In political preference Mr. Elkins is a Democrat. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and was a charter member of Industry Lodge No. 251, at De Soto.

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This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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