This just in… I get a lot of emails about alternate parents for William V Adkins. Not sure where Elizabeth Parker went to. The entire family agree we come from William but that is where the split comes in. This is an email I received today from a distant cousin Dan. He has posted to the blog before and he is still out there beating bushes finding these people and their records. I do greatly appreciate the work he has done. I’m still not as convinced that we come from Robert Adkins as he is; I like the fit that my tree has back to Henry. But I do respect his work enough to share it with the rest of the family and you can make up our own minds to whether we choose to except it or not.  If he can provide proof positive I will change my tree. But I’m not sure how we can get anymore proof than what he has provided short of the Last Will & Testament. But here is his latest findings:

Sheila, This is Kenton (Dan) Adkins. I emailed you back in May about William V. Adkins and Parker Adkins. I have unlocked a lot of info on our family since then. Parker Adkins-2nd wife Mary BlueskyAdkins William V. Adkins-wife Elizabeth Parker-her mother is Mitha, daughter of Tecumseh. William is the 1st Adkins in this line to be born in America Joseph Atkins (this is how our name was spelled in nearly all documents in England and Ireland) Joseph came to America around1700 with his brother Samuel. They were the only two sons of Robert Adkins to come to America. Robert Atkins-wife Helena Parker. Robert is noted in a book I have of English and Irish Nobles to have been ranked as esquire of Gotard or Highfield, County Cork, Munster Province, Ireland. His father Augustine was recorded as being a “gentleman”. This means he was a wealthy land owner andhad people working under him. He had status but was not part of the King’s Court. Our family in Ireland was titled the: Atkins of Waterpark(which is a town in Cork Ireland. Augustine Adkins was commissioned in 1653 by Cromwell as a land gentry holding property in Munster Province as a veteran of the Parliamentary Army and adventurers. This is important: not all families had coats of arms, family crests and so-on. Most did not. Families had to be of some wealth and importance to the Crown of England, Irelandor Scotland. Our family rose through the government as lawyers, land owners, judicial members, nobles, knights and military leaders. You can go on-line and input a name andit might give you a family crest etc.; but it most likely is not the right family crest. Ours, as documented in this book is as follows: Coat of Arms: (shield withtwo halves upper/lower) Argent (Silver) backgroundon entire shield with two red bars in the upper half called the chief (given for combat achievement) and 3 gold roundles (circles) in the lower half. This means that our family was of the military and honor was important andmore than this was family. Crest: A pelican wounding herself – which symbolizes the love of parents who will die to make sure their children survive. The pelican chicks would eat from the wound. In the documents I found, it was written by one of our ancestors that pelicans were considered magical birds and it was noted that there were only two in the whole of the kingdom. Family Motto: Be just, and fear not Family Seat: Waterpark, County Cork, Ireland I hope this is helpful if not interesting to you. Hope to hear from you.] Dan —–

I was with you until I read up on Tecumseh:

Tecumseh(1768?-1813), Shawnee leader, who fought against United States expansion into the Midwest in the early 19th century. Born in what is now Ohio, he was the son of a Shawnee chief who was killed fighting white settlers in the Battle of Point Pleasant (1774). In 1794 Tecumseh took part in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, in which a coalition of tribes was defeated by the U.S. general Anthony Wayne. Tecumseh became known for his opposition to any surrender of Native American land to whites, holding that a cession of land by any one tribe was illegal without the consent of all the others. He and his brother Tenskwatawa, a religious visionary known as The Prophet, preached against Native American adoption of white customs—especially the use of liquor. In 1808 they were forced out of Ohio andmoved to Indiana, where they tried to form a broad alliance of Native American tribes with help from the British in Canada. Their plans were thwarted when Tenskwatawa was defeated by U.S. forces under William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Tecumseh fought on the British side in the War of 1812 and was killed in the Battle of the Thames, near Thamesville, Ontario, on October 5, 1813.

Little correction: Mitha was born 1668-1754 mother of Elizabeth Parker was born 1695 – 1784.

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