Wednesday, December 4, 2019

J. Low Elkins, possibly Dr. Joseph Low Elkins of Newmarket, New Hampshire

Photograph, long removed from an unknown publication, of J. Low Elkins, "a cousin of Sarah M. Page".

He may have been Dr. Joseph Low Elkins, whose necrology appears in Volume 26 of the New Hampshire State Magazine, 1899. The necrology notes that Dr. Elkins was born 19 November 1834 at Newmarket, New Hampshire, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College for undergraduate and medical training, where he graduated in 1859, with following courses at Harvard Medical School. He practiced medicine in Newmarket, New Hampshire.

According to his death certificate, Dr. Elkins was the son of Joseph Elkins and Lucy (Low) Elkins, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and Deer Isle, Maine, respectively. Dr. Elkins married Francena Dearborn, also a native of Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 1863. They had at least one child, George A. Elkins, born in 1868, who died of croup in 1871.

I'm guessing that Joseph Elkins Low (1847-1885) , buried in Deer Isle, Maine, was a cousin to Dr. Joseph Low Elkins. I'm not sure if Dr. Elkins' mother Lucy was born in Boxford, Massachusetts, or after her parents had relocated the family to Deer Isle. Her father, Nathan Low, Jr. (1765-1857), was a major in the Massachusetts Militia in the War of 1812, during which period Maine was not yet a State.

If you recognize the man in the photograph as Dr. Joseph Low Elkins or another person or can connect a J. Low Elkins to a Sarah M. Page, with Page being either a birth or married surname, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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