William Franklin Elgin

Male 1841 - 1912


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  • Born  26 Feb 1841  Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Mar 1912  Catlin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I25703  Virts
    Last Modified  24 Jul 2014 

    Father  Samuel Tillett Elgin,   b. 1811, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1852, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Susan Wirtz,   b. 30 Mar 1815, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1900, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Mar 1834  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F318  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Lydia Belle English,   b. 16 Jul 1837, Monroe, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1870, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Nov 1865  Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward James Elgin,   b. Jan 1868, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1939, Center Point, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. McElroy Elgin,   b. 23 Mar 1870, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1870, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  31 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F10389  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Rebecca Sophia Holliday,   b. 1852, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1880, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Oct 1872  Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Josiah Cyrus Elgin,   b. 23 Aug 1873, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1955, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Susanna Elgin,   b. 2 Jan 1875, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1952, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John William Elgin,   b. 30 Oct 1876, Astoria Cemetery, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1900
     4. Albert Bert Elgin,   b. 23 Nov 1878, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1922, Catlin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Gracie Rebecca Elgin,   b. 30 Sep 1880, Astoria, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1965, Poway, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  31 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F10390  Group Sheet

    Family 3  Sarah Jane Patterson,   b. 9 Aug 1843, Alamo, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1917, Catlin, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  15 Feb 1883  Montgomery County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  31 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F10391  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers, by Henry J. Aten

      WILLIAM F. ELGIN, aged twenty-one, farmer, born in Astoria, Fulton county, Illinois, and enlisted from his native town. He served with his company until the close of the war, and was mustered out with the regiment. He is supposed to be living at Catlin, Ill.

      Recruiting for Company H was commenced on July 31st, and by the 6th of August, 1862, the first of two companies enlisted at Astoria had been enrolled. As with Company G, this company stands on the record as having been enrolled by the FHon. S. P. Cummings. At the organization of the company the following commissioned officers were elected: Nathaniel McClelland, captain, Luke Elliot, first lieutenant, and William Cohren, second lieutenant.

      During the three years' service 29 of this company were hit with shot or shell, 4 of whom were killed action , 1 died of wounds, 24 received wounds from which they recovered or were discharged, 6 officers resigned, 11 men died of disease, 24 were discharged, 6 were transferred, and 45 were present at the final muster out.

      Of Company H it may be fairly said that it performed its full measure of duty, bore its full share of hardships and suffered it full proportion of loss. The record of the regiment was made brighter by its harmonious action in camp and field, by its steady, soldierly bearing in battle, and its prompt and intelligent response to every call for duty.