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Judge James Anderson Elkins

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  • Name James Anderson Elkins 
    Prefix Judge 
    Born Sep 25, 1879  Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census Jun 01, 1880  Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census Jun 04, 1900  Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census Apr 26, 1910  Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census Jan 24, 1920  Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Social Security Number 456-24-6157 
    • JAMES ELKINS, 25 Sep 1879, May 1972, LR 77001 (Houston, Harris, TX), 456-24-6157, issued TX
    Died May 07, 1972  Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
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      Handbook of Texas Online
      http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fel20
      ELKINS, JAMES ANDERSON (1879-1972). James Anderson (Judge) Elkins, attorney and banker, son of J. J. and Sarah (Sims) Elkins, was born at Huntsville, Texas, on September 25, 1879. His father, former sheriff of Walker County, died while Elkins was a youth, and his mother later operated a boardinghouse. Elkins attended the Huntsville public schools and Sam Houston Normal Institute (now Sam Houston State University) before transferring to the University of Texas. He received his LL.B. in 1901 and returned to Huntsville. From December 1903 until January 1905 he served as county judge of Walker County and practiced law.
          Realizing the potential for growth of Houston, Elkins accepted the invitation of William Ashton Vinsonv to come to Houston. On September 1, 1917, the two formed Vinson and Elkins for the practice of general civil law. Due largely to Elkins's leadership, the firm grew from three attorneys in 1917 to 158 attorneys in 1972. Elkins's interest in banking led in 1924 to his founding the Guaranty Trust Company. Although the company started with little capital and no significant deposits, by 1972 it had become Houston's largest banking firm, First City National Bank.
          Elkins's activities extended to business, educational, political and charitable endeavors. He served as a director of American General Insurance Company, Great Southern Life Insurance Company, the National Bank of Commerce, the District Federal Reserve Bank, Pure Oil Pipe Line Company, Humphreys' Carbon Company, Texas Gulf Producing Company, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, R. G. LeTourneau, Incorporated, and Longhorn Portland Cement Company. He was a member of the board of regents of the state normal schools, a regent of the University of Houston, and a member of the University of Texas Development Board. In 1962 Elkins received the University of Texas Distinguished Alumni Award.
          He was a conservative Democrat who supported Lieutenant Governor Lynch Davidson, served on the legal-defense committee of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association, and chaired fund-raising drives for the University of Houston and St. Anthony's Home for the Aged. He was a member of the Texas Centennial Commission in 1936 and actively participated in the Houston Chamber of Commerce, as well as other civic organizations. He belonged to several lodges and service organizations. He attended St. Paul Methodist Church of Houston. Professionally, Elkins was a member of the American Bar Association, the Harris County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas.
          He died in Houston on May 7, 1972, at the age of ninety-two. He was predeceased by his wife, Isabel (Mitchell) Elkins, to whom he was married on December 18, 1905, and survived by his two sons.
      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dana Blankenhorn, "James A. Elkins, Sr.: For Half a Century `The Judge' Held Reigns of Houston Power," Houston Business Journal, March 12, 1979. Houston Chronicle, June 24, 1969, May 8, 1972.
      Irvin M. May, Jr.
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      From http://www.vinson-elkins.com/firm_overview/firm_overview.cfm (Sept. 2003)
          Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. began in Houston, Texas, as a two man partnership in 1917, when James A. Elkins and William A. Vinson joined professional forces with a studied eye to the future. Both men were ambitious to establish a law firm that would endure, and offer other lawyers the opportunity to prosper and achieve their goals. Vinson recalled the founding partners' fateful decision to merge in this way: "We chatted awhile, and a sudden thought struck me--Here is your man!" Vinson asked, "How would you like to come to Houston?" Elkins replied: "That is the ambition of my life, make me a proposition." The proposition was a partnership, and Elkins' response was unhesitating: "I accept."
          Thus, Vinson & Elkins was born.
          In those days, the oil boom was already transforming Texas and the world, and Houston was home to much of the energy industry's activity. V&E "cut its teeth" on oil and gas matters, and today remains one of the world's leading energy law firms, with offices in Houston, Austin, Dallas, New York City, Washington D.C., Beijing, London, Moscow and Singapore.
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      1910 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, 3-wd, e.d. 155, 16-A, (T624-1597, p. 16)
      April 26, 1910, line 18, HH 215/221
      ELKINS, J A, head, M, W, 31, m1, 6,  TX, GA, TX
      ELKINS, Isabella, wife, F, W, 25, m1, TX, MO, LA
      ELKINS, William S, son, M, W, 5, single, TX, TX, LA
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      1920 census, (T625-1813, p. 95), line 34, family 214
      enumerated JAN 16, 1920
      ELKINS, J A, head, renting, M, W, 41, married, b. TX, GA, TX
      ELKINS, Isabel M, wife, F, W, 36, married, LA, MO, LA
      ELKINS, William S, son, M, W, 15, single, TX, TX, LA
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    Person ID I53649  mykindred
    Last Modified Jul 18, 2013 

    Father A.J. Elkins,   b. Abt 1837, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1880, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Sarah M. "Sally" Sims,   b. May 1852, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Apr 1930, Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married Bef Aug 1870  Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
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      1870 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, p. 16 (M593-1607, 397)
      Aug 20, 1870, HH 114
      Elkin, A.J., 33, M, W, farmer, 100, 250, GA
      "  , S.M., 18, F, W, keep house, TX
      "  , Fanny, 9/12, TX
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      1880 census, TX, Walker, e.d. 156, p. 1 (T9-1331, 332A)
      June 1, 1880, HH 3
      Sims, A. Nathan, W, M, 60, farmer, VA, VA, VA
      " , R. Sam, 22, son, farm laborer, TX, VA, TN
      " , A. William, 19, son, farm laborer
      " , A. Nathan, 17, son, farm laborer
      Elkins, M. Sarah, 29, dau, keeping house
      "  , Fannie, 10, g-dau, at home, TX, GA, TX
      "  , A. James, 1, g-son
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      1900 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, 1 J-pct, e.d. 38, 4-A,(T623-1676,186)
      June 4, 1900, HH 54/57
      Elkins, Sallie, head, W, F, May 1852, 48, widowed, 2/2, TX, VA, TN, boarding house
      "  , Fannie L, dau, Jan 1872, 28, single, TX, TX, GA, salesman
      "  , James A, son, Sept 1879, 21, TX, TX, GA, at school
      Sims, William H, bro, Oct 1860, 39, single, TX, VA, TN, clerk
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      1910 census, TX, Walker, 2-wd, Huntsville, e.d. 155, 11, (T624-1597, 11)
      Apr 21, 1910, HH 213/215
      Elkins, S.M., head, F, W, 54, widowed, 2 children, 2 living, TX, TN, TN, boarding students
      Elkins, Fannie, dau, 26, single, TX, GA, TX
      Sims, Fannie, boarder, F, W, 20, TX, TX, TX
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      1920 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, e.d. 124, 10-A & B,(T625-1851, 67)
      Jan 14, 1920, 1003 13 St, HH 205/223
      Elkins, Sallie, head, F, W, 68, widowed, TX, VA, TN, proprietor, boarding house
      Elkins, Fannie, Dau, F, W, 47, single, TX, GA, TX, none
      Sims, William A, brother, M, W, 60, single, TX, VA, TN, share holder, banks
      Montgomery, Louis, servant, M, B, 40, US, US, US, cook, boarding house
      Morgan, Clarence, servant, M, Mu, US, US, US, yard man, boarding house
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    Family ID F18892  Group Sheet

    Family Isabel Mitchell,   b. Jun 17, 1886, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 28, 1969, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Dec 18, 1905 
    Children 
    +1. William Sims "Bill" Elkins,   b. Dec 19, 1904, Huntsville, Walker county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 16, 1984, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. James Anderson Elkins, Jr.,   b. Mar 24, 1919, Galveston, Galveston county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 26, 2006, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    Family ID F18889  Group Sheet

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    Elkins, Judge James (1879-1972)
    Elkins, Judge James (1879-1972)

  • Sources 
    1. [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, TX, Walker, e.d. 156, p. 1 (T9-1331, 332A).

    2. [S3961] 1900 US federal census, 1900 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, 1 J-pct, e.d. 38, 4-A,(T623-1676,186).

    3. [S967] 1910 US federal census, 1910 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, 3-wd, e.d. 155, 16-A, (T624-1597, p. 16).

    4. [S3967] 1920 US federal census, 1920 census, TX, Walker, Huntsville, e.d. 124, 10-A & B,(T625-1851, 67).

    5. [S561] Death Certificate.



  
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