I am trying to discover more about my gr. grandmother, Laura Albatine Turpen. Visiting the library in Modesto unearthed a mystery that I'm still trying to resolve. I found the marriage license that I was looking for (Laura's marriage to Richard A. Moore) but according to it, Laura must have already been married once - instead of Turpen, her last name was Elkins. I KNOW this is my Turpen because her parents were both witnesses (How many Laura Albatines could there be at that time and place?) The marriage lic. is dated May 18, 1903. Laura's parents are Aaron W. Turpen and Matilda Turpen. Laura's date of birth is 4-22-1884, Oregon. Aaron brought his family down to Modesto ca. 1893.
I am looking for information regarding any Elkins that were in Modesto ca. 1900.