ELDER ALANSON S. CALKINS, Auburn, Illinois, was born in Delaware county, New York, on the 27th day of October, 1823, son of Smith and Cornelia (Foster) Calkins; father and mother were of English descent whose ancestors came over in the Mayflower and located in Connecticut, where his father was born. When a young man he moved to Delaware county, New York, where he remained several years and then returned to Connecticut, where he died in 1839, and his mother died the previous year. Mr. Calkins was very young when his father died and was thrown onto his own resources to battle against a cold world. December 29, 1849, married Miss Dina C. Bennett, daughter of William and Sarah (Bronson) Bennett, natives of Connecticut, where she was born October 10, 1832. By this marriage there was one child, Sarah B., who was born in Connecticut, June 5, 1849. They remained in Connecticut a few years, came to LaSalle county, Illinois, where they remained a short time, when they went to Hancock county, where he had charge of the church near Carthage. they remained there one year. They then returned to LaSalle county, when he organized several churches and supplied their pulpits. From there he came to Springfield, Illinois, where he held several meetings. From there he had a call at Collinsville, where he held several protracted meetings and supplied the pulpit one year. He then came to Auburn where he established a church and has remained since. His first meetings were well attended and a good number connected themselves with the church. In 1870, they erected a church edifice, the dimensions being forty by fifty, a frame building large enough to accommodate the congregation. There is a Sabbath school in connection with the church which is in a prosperous condition. the present officers: Superintendent, Thomas Parks; Bible class teacher, Allen Gordon; teachers, Miss Parks, Alice Welch, Caroline Spencer, Sarah Conklin. The average attendance now is about twenty-five.