W.F. (William Franklin, I believe) Elkins was born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina in 1847, and he was still in North Carolina, “When as a lad he left his North Carolina home to cast his lot with Lee’s legions under the flag of the Confederacy.”*
In about 1869, Elkins married Julia Lee Whitaker in his home county. I’m not sure when the couple moved to Texas, but the 1880 census shows them living in Bryan, Texas in Brazos County…although I would have bet my life that they first lived in Parker County.
Being conservative, I will say that within the next decade the Elkins lived in Comanche, where at least their last two children were born, Minnie and Elizabeth.
By the time the article from which I quote below was written, W.F. Elkins had long outlived his wife, and he himself was living in Plainview with a daughter.
Time has dealt kindly with W.F. Elkins, one of Hale County’s few remaining veterans of the Civil War. The dignity of 90 years has left his figure little less erect than when as a lad he left his North Carolina home to cast his lot with Lee’s legions under the flag of the Confederacy.
He lives with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Sherman, in the northwest part of Plainview. Sixty-five years residence in Texas has made him a true admirer of the Lone Star State and its people, but he has never lost pride in his native North Carolina and the distinguished statesmen that contributed to its greatness….
*Plainview Herald, 1938 (Elkins was 90 when article was written so I believe it was 1938.)