Sandi, I believe Eli Adkins's father to be Absalom/Absolum/Absolom Adkins who m. Delilah Elswick, dau of Edmond and Mary (Meredith) Elswick.My confusion is that my father knew him as App and believed him to be Charlie Appleton Adkins.I have encountered two other researchers looking for an Appleton Adkins.I have been sent info where Absalom was referred to as Ap/Apslom.I believe, but cannot prove that Appleton and Absalom are the same person.
Arthur C. Johnson in his book "Early Morgan County" states:
"The first Adkins that came into Morgan County was taken captive by the Indians.His name was Charley, but most people called him "App" or Appleton Adkins.He stayed with the Indians for seven years.The Indians liked him so well they gave him a peck of gold and sent him home."
Mr. Johnson goes on to mention the sons of Appleton and Eli and these names match what I have for the children of Absalom and the names given to me by my father as his great uncles.Mr. Johnson's books are based on stories by his students.One of great-uncle Ira's daughters was the wife of Mr. Johnson.Would love to find a document that states his name was Charley Absalom, but you know how wishful thinking is!!!This will remain a question mark in my files.
Do you have any information regarding this?It is OK to contact me direct.Rodger