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Elkins, Stephen O.

Age: 25, credited to Wheelock, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: comn 2LT, Co. G, 15th VT INF, 9/17/62 (10/8/62), pr 1LT, Co. B, 4/1/63 (4/23/63), m/o 8/5/63

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Birth: 04/19/1837, Wheelock, VT
Death: 04/19/1875

Burial: Hersman Cemetery, Hersman, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kyle Danielsen
Findagrave Memorial #: 161730512
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Mina L., 6/10/1880
Portrait?: Kyle Danielsen, VHS off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

3rd Great Grandfather of Kyle Danielsen, Carmarillo, CA

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Hersman Cemetery, Mount Sterling, IL

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and other veterans who may be buried there.


Mathew Brady photograph


Button from Stephen's uniform.


Stephens' Bible, song book, buckle, shoulder-boards, stencil, buttons, photograph and sword.


Stephen's Certificate of Service signed by Governor John Stewart and Vermont Adjutant & Inspector General William Wells.

(Courtesy of Kyle Danielsen, Elkins' 3rd Great Grandson)


WHEELOCK -- We are greatly pained to learn of the death of Capt. Stephen G. Elkins, which occurred in Hersman, Ill., on the 23d., inst. Capt. Elkins was well known in Wheelock and that vicinity. In 1862 he enlisted and was chosen 2d lieutenant in Co. G., 15th Regiment, Vt. Volunteers. He served with distinction, having received promotions, and returned to engage in farming, and in teaching music during the winter season.

About 1866 he went West, together with other persons from Wheelock, and settled in Hersman. Here he engaged in mercantile pursuits in company with Mr. Hersman, a leading citizen, who gave the name to the town. He afterward married the daughter of the senior partner. The business of the firm rapidly increased and they added to it a manufacturing establishment for the making of agricultural machines and implements.

Mr. Elkins has suffered for some time from a lung difficulty and was taken suddenly and violently ill with congestion of the lungs. He lived but a few days after the attack. He leaves a wife and a beautiful little girl. Capt. Elkins was one of the most genial, social. and noble men we ever met. He was much esteemed here, and held a prominent place in society, the church, the Masonic fraternity, in his western home. His age was about 38 years. G. H. R.

Orleans County Monitor, May 3, 1875
Courtesy of Deanna French