William Elkins, a popular citizen of Lexington and a member of the firm of Galloway & Elkins, was born in Henderson County in 1853 and is the eldest of a family of four children born to Scion and Mary (Galloway) Elkins, both native Tennesseans. The father was born in 1826 of Irish extraction. While a resident of Henderson County he was married and afterward settled in the Second Civil District. About 1858 he moved to Benton County. He was a farmer and died in 1862. His wife was born in 1823. After Mr. Elkins death she married Samuel Whitney, by whom she had two children. William Elkins, our subject, received his education in Henderson County. He began merchandising in 1875 with his uncle, M. S. Galloway, and has remained with him since that time. In 1877 they established a livery stable in connection with their store. It was destroyed by fire in 1878 and the following year they again built, and have one of the best stables in this section, well stocked with fine horses, buggies, double vehicles and all fixtures necessary to the equipment of such a trade. The firm is recognized as one of the most substantial in the county, its members being men of ability, accommodation and honor. In 1878 Mr. Elkins married Miss Nannie Ross, of Henderson County, a daughter of James Ross, an old and respected resident. To this union two children have been born: Bessie and Willie. Mr. Elkins is a Democrat and cast his first vote for S. J. Tilden In 1876.
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