Mary Adkins

Female 1735 - Abt 1820


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  • Name  Mary Adkins 
    Born  12 Sep 1735  Goochland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • alt birth as 5 Sep 1735 Jamestown Colony, Goochland Co, VA
      alt birth as 12 Oct 1735 Richland, Goochland Co, VA
    Gender  Female 
    Died  Abt 1820  Bowen's Creek, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • unmarked grave at mouth of Bowen's Creek
    Buried  Bowen's Creek, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I5395  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  23 Oct 2017 

    Father  William V. Adkins,   b. 28 Mar 1689, Henrico Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1774, Henrico Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth PARKER,   b. Abt 1695, Charles City Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. betw 1735-1736, Goochland Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Jan 1715/16  St. John's Church, Richmond, Henrico Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5, 6
    Family ID  F25047  Group Sheet

    Family  Jacob Harley,   b. Abt 1736, Jamestown Colony, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  betw 1750 - 1755  Henrico Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • VA Common Law
    Children 
    >1. David Adkins,   b. Abt 1754, Snow Dist, Lunenburg Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1832, Louisa, Lawrence Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mark Adkins,   b. Abt 1756, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1778, Henry Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Christina Adkins,   b. 5 Jan 1759, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1822, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Jacob Oxford Adkins,   b. Abt 1761, Snow Creek, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09/200/1857, Wayne Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John Adkins,   b. Abt 1763, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Sherrod Adkins,   b. 2 Mar 1765, Halifax Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1854, Wayne Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Nancy Adkins,   b. Abt 1767, Pittsylvania Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1846, Lick Creek, Greenbrier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F25046  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1820 - Bowen's Creek, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bowen's Creek, Beech Fork, Cabell Co, VA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • It is not proven what the last name of Jacob was; some say it was Harley, others called him Jacob Oxford, but that was not his name.

      From Family notes of Virginia Pierce, 290 Gardenia Dr. N, Salem, OR 97303, is listed:
      "Mary Adkins is the mother of Jacob Adkins, who married Phoebe Bradshaw. There are several stories about the marriage of Mary Adkins and Jacob __________. We are not sure what his last name is. Some say it is Harley. However, it seems to be a fact that he was sent to America as a tax collector for the crown. They had seven children. Mary's brothers did not like him and fought with him. He was supposed to be the son of an English Earl - the Early of Oxford. Some people called him Jacob Oxford, but that was not his name. When the Revolutionary War arose, he was called back to England and he did not take Mary and their children wit h him. He never returned to America. When he died he left some money for Mary and the children, but they would have had to go to England and present their claim for it, so they never received anything. Mary raised her family alone and they all turned out to be good people. The children all took their mother's name ADKINS."

      children
      David
      Mark
      John
      Christina
      Jacob Oxford
      Sherrod
      Nancy




      REFN: 1136
      From Adkins Family History: "
      Mary death is calculated between 1814-20 in Cabell Co.
      She is buried in an unmarked grave on Beech Fork at themouth of Bowen's
      Creek.
      She settled in land that was granted to her oldest son David for his
      service in the Revolutionary war. David himself settled in what is today
      Lawrence Co. Kentucky on land that he also had been granted for
      Revolutionary service.
      On Ancestor Chart of Virginia Pierce, it lists
      Mary Adkins as born 5 Sep 1735 in Cabell Co., Virginia
      [huffmanjr.ged]
      _P_CCINFO1-65642
      [1247726.ftw]
      Mary Adkins is the mother of almost all Adkins descendants of Southwester
      n West Virginia. With most family researchers her descendants make up th
      e so-called "Royal Line". This Royal Line theory comes fromthe family o
      ral tradition that Mary lived common law with a descendant of the Earl o
      f Oxford. According to the tradition, he deserted Mary and her childre n
      during the Revolutionary War and returned to England. Because the fami


      ly name of the person that held the title 'Earl of Oxford' during the mi
      d 1700s was Harley it was assumed by almost all researchers that this man
      's name was Jacob Harley. Mary Adkins is buried in an unmarked grave o n
      Beech Fork at the mouth of Bowen's Creek.

  • Sources 
    1. [S18786] huffmanjr.ged.

    2. [S18790] Adkins Land of York to Beech Fork, Page 4.

    3. [S18793] H4355.ged, May 14, 1996 Lincoln County Paper.

    4. [S18790] Adkins Land of York to Beech Fork, Page XIX.

    5. [S18793] H4355.ged, Page 113.

    6. [S18793] H4355.ged.


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