Elderkin - Rogers of Windham Hill

Thomas Elderkin m Lucy Ann Rogers had 7 children

William Henry b abt 1857

Rebecka b abt 1859 (no information)

Hibbert b 1861 d 17 Nov 1865

David Frank b abt 1863 d 19 Dec 1932 Tolland, CT

Hiram Harvey b 13 Jan 1867 d 1 Apr 1953 Hartford CT

Charles Edward b 11 May 1869 d aft 1940 Maine (changed to Frank aft 1920)

George Albert b 18 Aug 1872

all born Windham Hill, Cumb


Who Have Been Creating a Reign of Terror


They Have Operated Extensively In Boston Suburbs.

WALTHAM, Mass., May 23 - The Adjoining town of Weston has been infested with a gang of thieves for a number of weeks past, and numerous breaks have been reported to the local police. A few days ago Charles Stimson reported that his house had been entered and a new bicycle taken. Inspector McKenna was detailed on the case, and he finally located the bicycle in Danvers, where it was left by the gang that the police of that place had such a terrible fight with last Thursday.

After escaping from the officers the gang stole another bicycle to take the place of the one they left, and immediately came back to this vicinity. Last Friday the local police were notified that they were hiding in the woods in Wayland, about five miles from this city. Inspector McKenns and Sergeant Taft went to Wayland Friday night and scoured the woods till daybreak, but could find no trace of the men.

A Family Affair.

The gang is composed of five brothers named Elderkin, and it was learned that they made their headquarters in a barn in West Newton, and the officers of that place were requested to keep a sharp lookout for the appearance of any of the men in that city. City Marshal Richardson detailed Officers Davis and Shannon to watch the barn, and last night they were rewarded by seeing two of the brothers drive up to the barn. The officers quickly placed the men under arrest, and at the station they were identified as Harvey and Charles.

A search of the barn revealed a lot of blankets and clothing, which was afterwards identified by G. E. Kirwin as property stolen from his camp in the Sudbury river last fall.

Inspector McKenna, Sergeant Taft and Officer Carney of Waltham and Officers Davis and Shannon of the Newton force started for Wayland yesterday to search for the other three brothers. The officers learned that the men had gone to Concord, and would probably be found at the home of a farmer named Clem.

The Capture

The police then started for Concord and notified Chief of Police Craig of their errand. Chief Craig accompanied them, to the house of Clem. As the party drove up to the farm they saw Charles Elderkin and Clem coming from the barn, and three officers soon captured Charles, while three other officers started for the house where George Elderkin was.

He saw the officers coming and made a dash for liberty by jumping out of a window, but as soon as he struck the ground Sergeant Taft grabbed him. Elderkin made a desperate resistance and he was knocked down several times before he was finally subdued. There is another brother named Frank, the oldest of the gang, who is still at large. The prisoners were brought to Waltham and locked up.

Upon being searched at the station George had three watches and a pocketbook containing a Freemason pin, a pin and $17 in money. Charles had an addition to a pocketbook containing considerable money a set of steel knuckles. The men

Took Their Arrest Coolly,

The gang, which is by long odds the worst that has ever operated in these parts, is wanted in Weston, Sudbury, Newton and Danvers, and the chances are that it will be a long time before they regain their liberty.

The Elderkins came from Nova Scotia about three years ago, where it is alleged they carried on a similar reign of terror, until the authorities made it so warm for them that they emigrated to the states.

The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) May 22, 1893 page 5

North County Gold Prospector, Wanderer, Dies On Tolland Farm

Tolland, Dec. 19 (Special) - Frank David Elderkin died here today at the age of 69, and few, if any, of those who knew him as the owner of a small Tolland farm, realized that their neighbor's life for many years had been one of adventure on the frontiers of North America.

One of the first to leave when the cry of gold started the stampede on the Klondike and the Yukon, Frank Elderkin was for more than 30 years a wanderer, prospecting for gold along Alaska rivers, and after he had made his strike, continuing his travels through Canada and through every state in the United States.

Not until he came to Avon 18 years ago to visit his brother, Harvey Elderkin, did any members of this family know whether he was alive or dead. Then he settled down in Avon for a time, moving about six years ago to Tolland.

Taciturn and independent, Mr. Elderkin did not make intimates of his neighbors, and his brother and sister-in-law in Avon supplied what could be learned about him. Neighbors expressed surprise that he had lived any other life than a farmer's and Dr. F. B. Converse of West Willington who had treated him during the last year for a heart ailment said he knew little about his patient.

Mr. Elderkin had never married and lived alone, cooking his own meals, doing his own mending and washing, besides carrying on the farm. Since he came to Tolland he had bought two farms, improving the buildings and land and then selling them again. He was living on the third farm when he died. It is located near the South Cemetery on the Coventry road. In spite of his illness he had continued to care for himself and scorned suggestions that he go to a hospital.

Accustomed to travel by foot, horse and sailing ships, Mr. Elderkin had no use for modern transportation ways. Before his illness he walked from Tolland to Avon and back when he chose to call on his brother's family.

The gold he had dug, and what money he earned in his travels, sufficed him for life. His relatives said, however, that he could not be described as wealthy when he died. Dog teams and pack ponies and robbers who made unsuccessful attempts to wrest the treasure from him figure in the story of the gold strike but even Mr. and Mrs. Elderkin were unable to furnish further details.

Born in Nova Scotia, Mr. Elderkin went to Maine as a boy and he leaves two brothers, Charles and William, in that state. The funeral will be at Burke's undertaking rooms in Rockville Wednesday at 2:30. P.M.

Newspaper: Hartford Courant, The (1923-present)

Event: Obituary

Publication: 20 Dec 1932 - Hartford, Connecticut

Frank D. Elderkin

Connecticut Hermit Was Robbed of Half of Klondike Gold Rush Forturne.

Special to The New York Times.

TOLLAND, Conn., Dec. 20 - Frank David Elderkin, a prominent figure in the Klondike gold rush of more than thirty years ago, died yesterday on a small farm here, where he long had lived the life of a recluse.

When he went to the Yukon he made a strike which netted him several hundred thousand dollars, but fully half his fortune was wrested from him by robbers during his return.

Newspaper: New York Times (1857-Current file)

Event: Obituary

Publication: 21 Dec 1932 - New York, New York