“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”
By Gerry Roe edited by Betsy Cross Thorpe
Gabriel Elkins is my third-great-grandfather on my mother’s side of the family. He was born August 12, 1755 in Culpepper, Virginia. He died Jan. 5, 1842 in Paris, Texas.
It’s not clear how many times Gabriel married, but it is recorded that he fathered at least twenty children. His first wife was named Stacy Dillard. Stacy died at a young age. He then married a woman named Mary Pendleton who also died young. Gabriel later married a woman thought to be Stacy’s niece, my third-great-grandmother, Sophia Dillard. I don’t know if he had any other wives.
Gabriel fathered at least eleven children with Stacy, one known child with Mary and eight or more children with Sophia, including Susannah Elkins my second-great-grandmother.
I have a very large number of distant DNA cousins. Now that I know about Gabriel Elkins and his many, many children, I understand why. He definitely wins my Family Tree Award for Ancestor With the Largest Number of Offspring.