Alvin Adkins, Sr

Male 1822 - 1901


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Alvin Adkins, Sr was born 19 Sep 1822, Wayne County, Kentucky (son of James Burton Adkins and Nancy Jane Pemberton); died 9 Jan 1901, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Alvin was one of the earlier residents of the South Fork Area to go to Iowa. He went to Henry County in 1844 and to Jasper County in 1846. He assisted in the construction of the first court house in Jasper County. In 1852 he went to California in search of gold and remained there for six years. Family tradition has it that he married a Mexican out there and had some children, but left them and returned to Iowa, where he married Mary Ann.

    Census Reel No: M432-184 Page No: 279B
    Name Age Sex Occup Value Birthplace
    Atkins Alvin 26 M Farmer 200 Ky


    Individual: Adkins, Alvin
    County/State: Jasper Co., IA
    Location: Rock Creek Township
    Page #: 837
    Year: 1860
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    An exert from the book Washington Young of Wayne county, Kentucky and his Descendants
    In the late 1850's and 1860's there began a migration from Wayne, Clinton, and Russell Counties, Kentucky to Jasper county, Iowa, with a number of these folks settling in the rock Creek Township. Included were, Edward Young, Alvin Adkins, and Eli Phipps. Other of the Kentucky settlers located in the Buena vista and Washington Townships of this county, but the majority located in Rock Creek, so many that I have been told that his township used to be known as "Little Kentucky" Buried in the Rock Creek Cemetery are many of the original settlers, including Koger, Parmley, Keeton, Rice, Slagle, Edward and Jane Young, Alvin and Mary Ann Adkins, Eli and Elizabeth Phipps and many of their descendants. Family tradition has it that the land for this cemetery was given by Alvin Adkins and that the evergreens growing therein were brought by him from the rocky Mountain on one of his return trips from California, where he had been to mine gold. This may well be true, but the map of this township contained in the 1901 edition of the Atlas of Jasper County shows this land and cemetery to be included in the farm of N.I. Phipps

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    An exert from "Past and Present of Jasper County, Iowa" edited by General James B. Weaver,
    Rock Creek Township is on the eastern border of Jasper County and the second from the north line. It compromises all of Congressional Township No. 80 range 17 W, except section 31 in the southwest corner, which belongs to Kellogg Twp. Hickory Grove Twp lies to the north; Poweshiek County to the east; Richland Township at the south and Kellogg Township on its's west. In the central and eastern portions is a fine body of native timber. Rock Creek a beautiful stream with its' branches affords ample drainage for this township, which for the greater part is made up of excellent farming lands, now of high value on account of the price of land and its exceptional fine productive qualities. The Rock Island railroad runs through its' domain from the west to west, bearing to the southeast in course. According to the State census reports in 1905, the population of rock Creek Twp was seven hundred and twenty four. It takes its name, evidently, from the stream of the same name, a tributary of Skunk River. Among the first original entries of government land within this township, may be mentioned Theodore Whitney in the northwest of section 9 on October 27, 1848; Charles G. Adams in the north half of the northeast quarter of section 27 and south half of the southeast section 22 on the same date. This township was set off from Lynn Grove Twp, September 4, 1854. The first election was held at the house of James Elliott. This subdivision of Jasper county was described as being Congressional township number 80 and 81, range 17 west. Later Hickory Grove was formed from its northern half. Among the fatal accidents in this township is recalled by those living there in 1874, is that of Washington Young, who was struck by lightning on Sep 19 of that year and instantly killed, while standing in front of his blacksmith shop. A man and boy standing nearby him were badly shocked, but not materially injured. During the same thunder storm a barn belonging to J H Russell, living five miles southwest of Newton, was set on fire by lightning and totally destroyed.


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    North one-eight of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter; The South one half of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter; The North one half of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, all of Section 9; Lot 4 of the Subdivison of the Sw Ne of Section 9, as shown in Plat Book B page 452 in the office of the county recorder of Jasper County, Iowa; and Lot 1 of the Subdivision of NE1/4 of SW1/4 of Section 9 as shown in Plat Book B page 454 in the office of said County Recorder; all of said land in Township 80 North Range 17 west of the 5th P.M. Jasper County Iowa being 67 acres, more or less No. 9064

    Original Entry Number 1 Book O.E. Page 27
    United States to Alvin Adkins
    Dated June 25, 1850 -- NE1/4 of SW1/4 Section 9 Township 80 N. Range 17 W. Jasper County, Iowa, containing 40 acres

    Copy Patent Number 2 Book 336 Page 149
    United States to Alvin Adkins
    Dated Dec 12, 1927
    Filed Dec 15, 1927 - The North east Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section nine in Township Eighty North of Range Seventeen West in the District of Lands Subject to Sale at Iowa City Iowa contain 40 acres Original date of patent Dec 2, 1850

    Warranty Deed Number 3 Book 72 Page 366
    Alvin Adkins and Mary Ann Adkins - his wife
    to Nancy Adkins
    Dated September 7, 1874
    Filed November 1, 1875 - The east 2/40 of the North east/ of the Southwest Section 9 Township 80 Range 17 West Jasper County, Iowa Containing 2 acres.

    Alvin married Mary Ann Young 16 Jan 1860, Jasper County, Iowa. Mary (daughter of Washington Young and Margaret Pemberton) was born 5 Oct 1837, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 14 May 1927, Grinnell, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa. [Group Sheet]

    Notes:

    Marriage preformed by David Edmundson 16 Jan 1860 - taken from Jasper County Iowa Marriages 1849 - 1898

    Children:
    1. James Burton Adkins, Jr was born 15 Jul 1860; died 1947, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    2. Evaline Alice Adkins was born 4 Mar 1862; died 2 Jul 1902; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Jasper County, Iowa.
    3. Lola Montez Adkins was born 23 Feb 1864; died 5 Oct 1876, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    4. Charles Edward Adkins was born 2 Feb 1866, Jasper County, Iowa; died 23 Jan 1947, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    5. Theodore Bonham Adkins was born 12 Mar 1868; died 1 Jul 1955, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    6. Nimrod Diances Adkins was born 11 May 1870; died 18 Dec 1890, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    7. Margaret Louzetta Adkins was born 15 Jul 1872; died 1940, Oregan.
    8. Erastus Lee Adkins was born 25 Sep 1874; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  James Burton Adkins was born 7 Feb 1797, Pulaski County, Kentucky (son of Benjamin Adkins, Sr and Catherine Stigall); died 1839, Wayne County, Kentucky.

    James married Nancy Jane Pemberton 1 Apr 1819, Wayne County, Kentucky. Nancy was born 1803, Kentucky; died 1879. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Nancy Jane Pemberton was born 1803, Kentucky; died 1879.

    Notes:

    Census Yr 1850 for Iowa, Jasper County Division: District No. 16
    Reel No: M432-184 Page No: 379B
    Name Age Sex Occup. Value Birthplace
    Adkins Martin 29 M Farmer 300 Ky
    Adkins Mary 24 F Ky
    Adkins Nancy 3 F IA
    Adkins Henderson 1 M IA
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    Atkins Wyatt 24 M Farmer KY
    Atkins Rebecka 21 F KY
    Atkins Grandville 02 M AL
    Atkins Antanitia 12-May F IA
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    Atkins Alvin 26 M Farmer 200 KY

    Children:
    1. Martin Adkins was born 26 Jan 1821, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 7 Aug 1876, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Antle Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    2. 1. Alvin Adkins, Sr was born 19 Sep 1822, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 9 Jan 1901, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    3. Wyatt Adkins was born 1825, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 1915, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Antle Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    4. Calvin Adkins was born 1828, Wayne County, Kentucky; died 1866, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.
    5. Telitha B Adkins was born 1832.
    6. Horace K Adkins was born 1835.
    7. James Burton Adkins, Jr was born 15 Jul 1860; died 1947, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; was buried Rock Creek Cemetery, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  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. 5.  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. 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. 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: 4

  1. 8.  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. 9.  Agnes Goad was born Abt 1750, Virginia (daughter of John Jr. Goad and Margaret Chiles); died Abt 1790, Watauga, Hawkins County, Tennessee.
    Children:
    1. 4. 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.