I do apologize for not getting back with you sooner. I did post a few comments under “Cornstalk,” but decided it may be quicker to address this in a short post.

I’m not stating any of this to be FACT, you’ll have to do the legwork on this one yourself, but this is a brief overview of collected information from others notes on Joseph Adkins, so here we go…

Dicey Halbert B: abt 1804 Knox, Tennessee
{F:John Halbert (1782-1860) M:Susannah Elizabeth Higgins (1789 – 1856)} according to the Adkins families.
Married: J Atkins:
Marriage Date: 20 Oct 1825 Knox, TN
Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
Name: Joseph Atkin
Spouse: Dice Halbert
Marriage Date: 20 Oct 1825
Marriage County: Knox
Marriage State: Tennessee
NOTE: There is an tiny “s” on but if you’re not looking hard you won’t see it. Unfortunately, they didn’t actually sign it. It was filled out for them, so no other info is available there.

NOTE: I’m only adding this SOURCE because Dice’s mother was a Haggins, there must be a tie in to your family somewhere: Source: THE TYNG FAMILY IN AMERICA by Brother Anthony of Padua, F.M.S. (Poughkeepsie, NY: Marist Brothers of the Schools) Copyright 1956 by Marist Press-Poughkeepsie,NY

Captain Joseph Atkins,Esquire,son of Andrew and Sarah Atkins,was born in Sandwich,Kent,England,in 1680,and baptized on November 4,1680. He married first ….Stover, in England. He settled at Newburyport, Massachusetts,in 1728. His wife died soon after this. On April 7,1730,he married Mary Dudley. He died January 21,1773.

For details on the Atkins family I refer my readers to “Joseph Atkins,the Story of a Family”,written by Francis Higginson Atkins in 1891.

Dudley Atkins SR.,the youngest son of Captain and Mary Dudley Atkins,was born in Newburyport,in January 1731. On May 4,1752,he married Sarah Kent. He died September 24,1767.

NOTE: National Biography OnLine, Entry on “Pocohantas.”.American National Biography OnLine, Entry on “Indian Wars.”. The Tyng Family in America, Brother Anthony of Padua.

These sources may or may not have anything to do with your line,, but a lot of people have married the two because of Dice’s mother’s Surname – family relationship. Also, if you study the early Powhatan’s on the Indian Scrolls, you’ll see a lot of them were Adkins.

Now the HALBERT families claim Dice’s parents were:
F: Stephen Halbert 1774-1860
M: Virginia “Ginny” 1775

You’ll have to go down that road, its just a place to start. For me, I love the hunt, so I welcome the challenge. I have to admit that I’m leaning toward Stephen & Virginia “Ginny” Halbert, because of the locations of the families, but that’s just me. I’d start there, just because it shows more promise.
Stephen 1774-1860 s/o Joel 1749-1818 & Hanna Davis 1749-1830 Halbert. You’ll need to track the brother’s & sister’s to know for sure. Find any other SURNAME “Atkin” (any variation thereof) relatives in the area at the time and track their marriages, wills, land documents, books, libraries, etc. Even some military records will show siblings.

Good luck, enjoy the hunt, expect to make a lot of mistakes and moreover, Welcome to the Family,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf