I have tried twice to send the following message as a reply to your e-mail address but it has been returned each time.Must be the SPAM filters!Anyway, here goes:
Caroline Johnson was supposedly married to Thomas Parker Adkins.They had two children:Lawrence and Alfred Parker Adkins.Alfred Parker was my husband's grandfather.The only thing he knew about his family was the names of his parents, that his father died 3 months before he was born, and his mother died not too long afterward of consumption.Lawrence & Alfred Parker were raised by neighbors..........mostly the Curry family.
Caroline Adkins was in the 1850 census in the home of Francis (Franklin) Johnson & his wife, Ida Holly.I have been unable to confirm where Thomas Parker was in this census.There are several Thomases living with other family members.This branch of the family lived on Mud River in what later became Lincoln County so they are not included in the Ronnie Adkins book.
I recently discovered the Cabell Co. WV records of the Overseers of the Poor and the following entry:1859, September 10.Cabell Co. Court Records, overseers of the poor:Page 214.$14.50 to Timothy Adkins for keeping Caroline Adkins and child while confined.Page 215.Dr. Samuel McGinnis $5.00 fee for Lucinda Adkins and Caroline Adkins.
By the 1860 census, both children were in the homes of neighbors so I assume Caroline died in 1859.I have no idea who Lucinda Adkins was or if there was a family relationship.Also, I noticed that Timothy & his wife were about the same ages as Caroline & her husband -- close enough to have been a sibling to Thomas Parker or a cousin.I suppose Timothy may have simply taken her in for the support money, however.Timothy was definitely too young to have been a parent.
In addition, I have discovered that James A. Holly reported the birth of Caroline's child (Alfred Parker) in 1856.No father was listed which seems to confirm the story that he had died prior to that time.I'm guessing that James A. Holly was Ida's brother?He lived near Ida & Franklin Johnson -- part of the large Cabell Co. Holly family.
The records of the Overseers of the Poor are filled with various Adkins family members including one Thomas Adkins who was listed as an orphan and indentured out in 1839.This Thomas is the right age to have been our Thomas Parker Adkins.I am currently looking at Cabell Co. deeds & wills and have ordered microfilm of the general court orders, hoping that the indenture papers will be included.
The Overseers of the Poor records also include the death of a Sherrod Adkins and notations about his orphaned children (not names -- grrrrrr) at about the same time.Ronnie Adkins doesn't know who this particular Sherrod was -- for certain not one of the five he has included in his book.
Anything you can add to this mystery that might be a clue will be much appreciated.
Is there anyone you would like for me to look for in the "poor" records?I go to the Cobb Co. GA Library periodically.These records are a recent acquisition.I will be glad to look for specific people the next time I go - the records are indexed. I live in a suburb of Atlanta.