Person:Henry Adkins (5)

Henry Adkins
m. 17 JAN 1716
  1. Richard AdkinsABT 1717 - AFT 1790
  2. Parker Vincent AdkinsABT 1720 - ABT 1794
  3. William Adkins, Jr. V.ABT 1721 - 1784
  4. Joseph AdkinsABT 1723 - BET 1790 AND 1810
  5. Jacob AdkinsABT 1725 - AFT 1791
  6. Sherwood AdkinsABT 1728 - ABT 1780
  7. Henry AdkinsABT 1730 - aft 1791
  8. Elizabeth Ann AtkinsonABT 1732 - BEF 1780
  9. Mary Adkins1735 - ABT 1820
  • HHenry AdkinsABT 1730 - aft 1791
  • WRachel Houchinsabt 1726 - aft 1791
m. 20 January 1756
  1. Bartlett Adkins1756 - bef 1800
  2. Moseby Adkins1758 -
  3. Henry Adkinsabt 1760 - 1826
  4. Jesse Adkins1762 -
Facts and Events
Name Henry Adkins
Gender Male
Birth[2] ABT 1730 Goochland County, Virginia
Marriage 20 January 1756 St. James Parish, Goochland County, Virginiato Rachel Houchins
Death[2] aft. 1791 Montgomery County, VirginiaY

At the time of his marriage, Henry lived, along with the rest of his family, in the Pigg River area of Halifax (Pittsylvania 1767, Henry 1776, and Franklin, as today in 1785) County, Virginia. There are many records of Henry especially in Pittsylvania. These records (mostly land transactions) of Henry and Rachel clearly prove his relationship to his brother, Parker, and to their father, William Sr. One of the records that clearly proves his relationship is -- 15 Mar. 1773 Henry sold fifty acres to Samuel Calland (Pittsylvania deed book 4 pages 343-344). In this record, it is stated " being the land the said Henry now lives on which he bought of his brother, Parker, ... and boundaries will more fully appear by his deed he had from his father William Adkins, Sr." As Rachel and Henry were selling their land in the Pigg River area of Pittsylvania in 1773 it is believed they were preparing to move to Fincastle (Montgomery 1777, Giles 1806) County to join his brothers. It is known that Henry was in Montgomery in 1791 as he and Parker were granted exemptions from county taxes because of "age and infirmities."

  1.   Ronnie Adkins, Adkins Land of York to Beech Fork (3540 South Georgetown Drive Montgomery, AL 36109-2232;(334)-272-3813), Page 736.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Public Member Trees: (Note: not considered a reliable source).

    Henry lived with the rest of his family in the Pigg River area of Halifax County, Virginia. This area became part of Pittsylvania County in 1767 (today it is in Franklin County).

    There are many records of Henry in Pittsylvania, especially land transactions, which prove his relationship to Parker & William Sr. He is listed on tax lists of Pittsylvania County in 1767. In 1782, Henry ATKINS is exempted from paying county or parish levies.

    Henry was in Montgomery in 1791 as he and Parker were granted exemptions from county taxes because of "age and infirmities" (Ronnie Adkins, pp 4, 736). Three children are mentioned in the Court orders of Pittsylvania County, VA in 1787: Milly, Winston, and Winright, declared to be orphans of Henry and Elizabeth Adkins. Most secondary sources mistakenly place Milly, Winston, and Winwright as children of Henry and Rachel.

    In September 1755 the sheriff of Goochland County, Virginia attached a horse belonging to Henry Adkins for a 7 pound, 10 shilling debt he owed to his neighbor William GOWEN (GOINS). William held land on Licking Hole Creek in Goochland, and was of the "Melungeon" Goins family. The Melungeons and other so-called tri-racial isolate groups such as the Lumbee Indians were descendants of freed "Atlantic Creole" slaves from Central Africa, of mixed Portuguese and African cultural and racial background, who through intermarriage eventually passed into the white community (see Heinegg (web site); Heywood & Thornton, 2007). A Daniel COLLINS (another "Melungeon" family) was living with Henry in 1773. It's unclear exactly what the connections were between the Adkins, Collins, and Goins families, but it may have some bearing on the later legends of the supposedly "Cherokee" wives of Henry's brother Parker and nephew Nathaniel.