Morris Adkins

Male 1802 - 1885


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Morris Adkins was born 22 Jan 1802, Pulaski County, Kentucky (son of Benjamin Adkins, Sr and Catherine Stigall); died 6 Jan 1885, Dekalb County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    After the death of his father, Morris moved from Kentucky to a residence in Dekalb Co., Alabama

    Morris married Rebecca Young 12 Mar 1820, Wayne County, Kentucky. Rebecca was born 1805; died Bef 1835, Wayne County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Pharaba Adkins was born 7 Nov 1824, Kentucky; died 13 Nov 1909, Wayne County, Kentucky; was buried Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Sunnybrook, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    2. George Washington Adkins was born 23 Oct 1825, Kentucky; died 21 Apr 1886, Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, DeKalb County, Alabama.
    3. Benjamin Franklin Adkins was born 19 Mar 1830, Kentucky; died 5 Oct 1906, Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, DeKalb County, Alabama.
    4. Samuel Adkins was born Abt 1832; died Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa or Custer County, Nebraska.
    5. Andrew Jackson Adkins was born Nov 1834, Kentucky; died 2 Feb 1901, Dade County, Georgia.

    Morris married Martha Pattsie Lauren Abt 1833, Wayne County, Kentucky. Martha was born 12 Jul 1813; died 9 Aug 1874. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Catherine Adkins was born Abt 1836, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    2. Gaines B Adkins was born 26 May 1841, Kentucky; died 13 Jan 1864, Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, DeKalb County, Alabama.
    3. Elizabeth Adkins was born Abt 1844, Kentucky; died Bef 1885, Jackson County, Alabama.
    4. Nancy Jane Adkins was born 7 Jul 1849; died 27 Oct 1931, Victoria/Victory Cemetery, Whitwell, Marion County, Tennessee.
    5. Jesse Adkins was born 10 Oct 1852, Alabama; died 18 Aug 1926, Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, DeKalb County, Alabama.
    6. Alvin Adkins was born 13 May 1855, Deerhead Cove, Dade County, Georgia; died 1 Mar 1931, Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, DeKalb County, Alabama.
    7. Calvin Adkins was born 1 Jun 1858, Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Jun 1931, Grand View Cemetery, Anselmo, Nebraska.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Benjamin Adkins, Sr was born 1770, Hancock, Tennessee (son of Owen Adkins and Agnes Goad); died 18 Nov 1839, Barrier Community, Wayne County, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    Benjamin Adkins, SR was born about 1770 in Virginia and died in Wayne County in November 1839 and buried in the Barrier Community near Parmleysville where he lived. Benjamin and his wife, Catherine Stigall and his sisters were among the first settlers of Kentucky, making the long journey from North Caroline with on of the Daniel Boone parties. Two of Benjamin's sisters were killed by the Indians on this trek. His name first appears in the land records of Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1798, the in Pulaski County in 1799 and on the 1810 Census of Wayne County. He married Catherine "Katie" Stigall before coming to Kentucky. She was born 1779 in South Carolina and perhaps some of her family came also as there is a Stigall Community in Pulaski County, near the Cumberland River, off Highway 1642. Benjamin and Katies' daughter, Katie Jr. and her husband, Samuel Walden were buried in this area of Pulaski. Catherine Stigall Adkins lived in widowhood with her son Benjamin Jr. in the Parmleysville area of Wayne County until she died in 1862. In 1864, Benjamin Jr. sold out and moved to Iowa. Catherine is buried in the Barrier Community of Wayne County along with her husband, Benjami Sr.

    In 1836, Benjamin built a Log Mill on the Little South Fork, made of huge squared logs. It had rifle slits on two levels. This mill is still standing in Wayne County. When Benjamin died in 1839, his estate consisted of 10 or more Negro, large sums of money and debts Owing to him to the amount of $10,000 besides many acres of land, stock, farm instruments, household and kitchen furniture of great value.

    Benjamin Sr.'s Last Will and Testament is also included in the book "Washington Young of Wayne County, Kentucky and his Descendants by Asher Leon Young". Also included are court records in which a son-in-law and daughter-in-law attempt to challenge the will. Their spouses had died and they and their children were left out of the will. They claimed that Benjamin was never well and suffered from mental illness as a result of a head injury received during and Indian attack. They lost their case.
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    "In the name of God Amen or be it remembered that I, Benjamin Adkins of the County of Wayne and State of Kentucky being weak in body but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do make and ordain this my last Will and testament in the manner of form as follows:
    First, my will and desire is that after my body dies that it should be buried decently out of my perishable estate then I do will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Catherine, all my land and tenements and all my stock of every sort -- household and kitchen furniture and all the farming tools-- all the cash in hand and cash notes and a Negro woman called Vina during her life and I will and bequeath unto my son, Benjamin, to have the use and benefit of the land with his mother until her death and then I will and bequeath all my land at the death of my wife, Catherine, unto my son, Benjamin, and a Negro boy called Gib for ever. Now Nancy Adkins, the wife of James Adkins deceased and Washington Young, husband of my eldest daughter Salley having received there full portions and are left out of my last will and testament -- I do will and bequeath unto my daughter, Milley Young, and her heirs a Negro at its value and I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Polly Cooper, a Negro at its value and also I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Mahala Gibson, a Negro at its value -- I also will and bequeath unto my daughter, Malinda, a Negro at its value and I also will and bequeath unto my daughter, Catherine, a Negro at its value and I will and bequeath Nancy Blevins a Negro at its value by her and her heirs paying to the estate aforesaid mentioned the sum of Two Hundred Dollars which she have received -- also I will and bequeath that my daughter, Nelly Smith, and Morrace Adkins to be made equal with the rest of my heirs out of the remains of my estate by them counting what they have had -- Now I will and bequeath that the remains of my estate shall be divided amongst the heirs which I have named so as to make them all equal -- I hereby appoint Washington Jr. sole Executor of this, my last Will and testament of my estate, hereby revoking all former wills made by me -- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 3rd day of October in the year 1839 -- signed and sealed. Published and declared by the above named Benjamin Adkins to be his last will and testament in the presents of us where at his request and his presents have hereunto subscribed our names as Witness to the same."
    Benjamin (X) Adkins

    Benjamin married Catherine Stigall May 1804, Kentucky. Catherine was born 1779, South Carolina; died Abt 1862, Barnes Community, Parmleysville, Wayne County, Kentucky. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Catherine Stigall was born 1779, South Carolina; died Abt 1862, Barnes Community, Parmleysville, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    Children:
    1. Sarah Adkins was born 1795, Pulaski County, Kentucky; died 10 May 1884, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    2. James Burton Adkins was born 7 Feb 1797, Pulaski County, Kentucky; died 1839, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    3. Wyatt Adkins was born Abt 1800, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Between 1803 and 1810, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    4. 1. Morris Adkins was born 22 Jan 1802, Pulaski County, Kentucky; died 6 Jan 1885, Dekalb County, Alabama.
    5. Nellie Adkins was born Between 1803 and 1810, Monticello, Wayne Co. Kentucky.
    6. Wyatt Adkins was born Between 1803 and 1810, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Between 1803 and 1820, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    7. Nancy Adkins was born 19 Oct 1811, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 8 Jul 1874, DeKalb County, Alabama; was buried Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, Dekalb County, Alabama.
    8. Emily Adkins was born 19 Oct 1811, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Deceased.
    9. Mary Ann Adkins was born 1814, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 17 Aug 1868, Wayne County, Kentucky; was buried Mt. Pisgah (Cooper Adkins) Cemetery, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    10. Mahala Adkins was born 28 Jul 1816, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 26 Mar 1887, Rome, Floyd County, Georgia; was buried Cagle Cemetery, Deerhead Cove, Dekalb County, Alabama.
    11. Malinda Adkins was born 1818, Wayne County, Kentucky; died Campbell County, Tennessee.
    12. Catherine Adkins was born 15 Aug 1820, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 26 Dec 1898, Pulaski County, Kentucky; was buried pulaski County, Kentucky.
    13. Benjamin Adkins, Jr was born 10 Jul 1825, Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 29 May 1887, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Antle Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Owen Adkins was born Abt 1750, Lunenberg County, Virginia (son of William Adkins and Lydia Owen); died Abt 1790, Watauga, Hawkins County, Tennessee.

    Notes:

    Occupation: Owen was a farmer

    On June 25, 1777, Owen and Agnes sold 300 acres of land to Luther Hopper, 100 acres to Owen's uncle Henry Adkins, and 121 acres to Owen's dad, William. For all of this land, they received 162 pounds 10 shillings (a large amount of money in 1777). And headed towards Kentucky.

    Montgomery County, Virginia Land Tax List: 1782
    Name.............. Acres....... Value....... Tax
    Adkins, Owen 150 17/10 3/6

    FENTRESS CO., TN. NEWSLETTER, Spring 1993 says both Owen and his wife, Agnes were killed by Indians. This source also gives birth and death dates.

    Agnes and Owens death has been reported to have taken place in Hawkins County, Tennessee, and also Sullivan County, Tennessee........ unsure which is right at this time.

    Owen married Agnes Goad Abt 1769, Pittsyvania County, Virginia. Agnes (daughter of John Jr. Goad and Margaret Chiles) was born Abt 1750, Virginia; died Abt 1790, Watauga, Hawkins County, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Agnes Goad was born Abt 1750, Virginia (daughter of John Jr. Goad and Margaret Chiles); died Abt 1790, Watauga, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
    Children:
    1. 2. Benjamin Adkins, Sr was born 1770, Hancock, Tennessee; died 18 Nov 1839, Barrier Community, Wayne County, Kentucky.
    2. Wyatt Adkins was born Abt 1772, Virginia; died 5 Nov 1833, Vanburen, Carter, Missouri.
    3. Emil Adkins was born Abt 1779.
    4. Emily Adkins was born 1779, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; died 1868, Overton County, Tennessee.
    5. James Adkins was born 1781, Hancock, Tennessee; died 26 Nov 1853, Pulaski County, Kentucky.
    6. Owen Adkins was born 4 Feb 1783, Hawkins County, Tennessee; died 26 Nov 1853, White Hall, Owen County, Indiana.
    7. Jesse Adkins was born Abt 1788, Hawkins County, Tennessee; died Aft 1863, Fentress County, Tennessee.
    8. Jessee Adkins was born Abt 1788.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  William Adkins was born 1721, Henrico County, Virginia (son of William V. Adkins and Elizabeth Parker); died 15 Mar 1784, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

    William married Lydia Owen 1740, Henrico County, Virginia. Lydia (daughter of William Owens and Lydia Lunsford) was born 1724, Henrico County, Virginia. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Lydia Owen was born 1724, Henrico County, Virginia (daughter of William Owens and Lydia Lunsford).
    Children:
    1. Agnes Adkins was born Abt 1740, Virginia; died Abt 1798, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
    2. Elizabeth Adkins was born Abt 1746, Virginia; died Aft Jan 1795.
    3. Leddy Adkins was born 1748, Virginia; died Abt 1766.
    4. 4. Owen Adkins was born Abt 1750, Lunenberg County, Virginia; died Abt 1790, Watauga, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
    5. Nancy Anne Adkins was born Abt 1750, Virginia.
    6. Sarah Adkins was born Abt 1752, Virginia.
    7. Jessee Adkins was born 1754; died 1833, Pike County, Kentucky.
    8. William Adkins was born 21 Sep 1760; died 22 Oct 1848, Virginia; was buried Oct 1848, Chatham, Virginia.

  3. 10.  John Jr. Goad was born 1 Jul 1729, North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia (son of John Sr. Goad and Catherine); died Abt 1792, Sullivan Co., Va.

    Notes:

    John died between January 26, 1794 and may 11, 1795

    Information derived primarily from "The GOADS - A FRONTIER FAMILY, Second Edition, 1995, by Kenneth F. Haas:

    From the will of John Goad of Bedford and the register of the North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia. it is known that John's oldest son was John, Jr. In Carrington "History of Halifax County, " he is recorded as one of the men who acquired land in 1750.

    John's next records are two deeds recorded in Halifax County, before Pennsylvania County was formed from Halifax in 1767. John and his wife Margaret made a transfer of land by deed in 1760. Margaret's last name is not know for sure. Conjecture is that she was likely a daughter of one of the neighbors of John Goad, Sr. in Bedford County. The Chiles family was closely connected with the Goad family in early Bedford County so a likely possibility is that Margaret was from that family.

    A number of records involving John Goad, Jr. are in the documents of Bedford and Pennsylvania County in the next 20 years.

    September 22, 1760 - a 63 acre tract of land on the north side of the "Stanton" River (today's Roanoke River) is purchased from William Perrin (Deed Book 1, page 299, Bedford County)

    January 31, 1763 - the same land is sold to James Harvey 9Deed Book 2, page 423, Bedford)

    In 1763, he patented a tract of land of about 160 acres in Pennsylvania County across the Staunton (today's Roanoke) River. "He gave a deed of trust on it in 1773" (Deed Book 3, page 402, Pennsylvania).
    In 1774, he sold 50 acres to Benjamin Clement (Deed Book 3, page 412, Pennsylvania)

    A few records of John Jr. are found in the Pennsylvania order books. The last one was a suit in which "he was a party defendant." This was in 1782 (Order Book 4, page 408, Pennsylvania)

    John Jr. apparently left the county in the early 1780's. In about 1782 (date inferred from Haas' Book) North Carolina issued a land grand to John Goad in Sullivan County. At that time the county was part of North Carolina, though that was disputed by Virginia. In 1790, it became a part of Tennessee when it was formed.

    author unknown at this time, but it seems to have been sent to to Ken Haas, originating from an old book
    "Between 1775 and 1782, several men procured land grants that covered the Bay Mountain Nature Preserve. Before 1782, the Goad family obtained land grants of 75 acres including the Sentinel Point of Bays Mountain. They owned from Kitt's Bottom (the bottom land near today's long Island sluice Bridge approaching Ridge field's Industrial Park ) to and including Starr's Gap (later called Dolan's Gap)

    "The Goad family land -owners on the mountain included John and Margaret, William, Gabriel and Peter Goad. Their land included "School House Hollow" which was so named as early as 1795. In this hollow, a log school house was located near the road that today circles the Reservoir Lake on top of Bays Mountain. The Craft, Easley, Dillingham, Anthony, and Kain families were among the earliest land owners on the Horse Creek side of Bays Mountain below the Nature Preserve area. The Woods, Cloud, Ridley, Bledsoe, Ross, Holy and Pryor families were among the earliest land owner on the Holston River side.

    "The Goads were the most productive of the first settlers on top of Bays Mountain. During the last decade of the eighteenth century, they established a mountain village in the heart of the Nature Preserve. They built log homes, planted crops and completed the log school house which operated as a school for a hundred or more years. In later years, the school was called Piney Flats School (not to be confused with the Piney Flats community in the southeast section of Sullivan County). In 1802, the Goad family sold the part of their land in the Gap of Bays Mountain to Michael Starr.

    "The strong, healthy, self-reliant woodsmen and their staunch wives and families who settled in the Bay Mountain formed the little settlement during the harsh and serious times of the frontier days. These were the days when chimney Top Mountain was also known as the High Rock and Craggy Point. Which were landmarks between Starr's Gap and the Sentinel Point on Bays Mountain and the 'comb' of the Mountain was frequently mention in the early deeds.

    John married Margaret Chiles Abt 1748. Margaret died Aft 15 May 1802. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Margaret Chiles died Aft 15 May 1802.
    Children:
    1. Charles Goad was born Bef 1750.
    2. 5. Agnes Goad was born Abt 1750, Virginia; died Abt 1790, Watauga, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
    3. Thomas Goad Goad was born 1752.
    4. William Goad was born 6 Feb 1754, Virginia; died 9 Jan 1843, Sullivan Co., Va.
    5. Peter Goad was born 3 Dec 1766, Bedford County, Virginia; died 27 Oct 1846, Hopkins County, Virginia.
    6. John Goad was born 1770; died 1830, Posey County, Indiana.
    7. Gabriel Goad was born 1771, Virginia; died 1850, Crawford County, Indiana.
    8. Lewis Goad was born 1772, Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky; died Graves County, Kentucky.