You would never know that I have company coming in tomorrow, through the weekend.I knew I shouldn't have gotten on the computer today as I love to get in trouble, especially this kind of trouble.What fun and the joy of helping a fellow researcher to find their family.
I have now gone back to 1840 for you and am so excited.I just wish that I had the name of your g.g.g.grandfather.Your g.g.g.grandmother was Margary/Margery Adkin, and I promise to fill you in even more with what all I have discovered.This has to absolutely, with out a doubt, be your family, as they are the only ones listed in Andrew Co., Missouri, with the history we now have.
I believe that the three census records I took you through were 1910, 1920, & 1930.I have now skipped down to 1880.There were no 1890 that survived.Oops, I forgot to look up 1900.That will come!
In 1880 US Census, your g.grandmother's mother had passed away. The family was living in Empire Township, Andrews County, Missouri.
Albert J./G. (can't decipher) Adkins is widowed and all seven of his grown children are living with him. Sallie, the oldest, is keeping house, and actually all of them are pitching in to help their father. It is strange that the oldest five children did not marry.Four oldest daughters are spinsters.
Albert Adkins (father), 65 years old, born in 1815, and farming.
Sallie, daughter, 32 yrs. old, keeping house
Eliza, daughter, 31 yrs. old, keeping house
Margery/Margary, daughter, 26 yrs. old, keeping house
Martha, daughter, 23 yrs. old
Cynthia, daughter, 21 yrs. old
Mary, daughter 19 yrs. old (right age for Mary Anna being your great grandmother)
Albert (Jr.), son, 16 yrs. old
In 1870 US Census, the family is living in Platte Township, Andrews County, Missouri.Your great great grandmother is still living.
G.g.grandfather Albert G./J. Adkins was born in 1815.
G.g.grandmother Martha A. was born in 1820.
Children shown in 1870:
Sarah, 23 yrs. old
Eliza, 21 yrs. old
William, 19 yrs. old
Margary A., 17 yrs. old
Martha A. 14 yrs. old
Cynthia, 12 yrs. old
Mary, 9 yrs. old
Albert Jr., 6 yrs. old
Usually the name method used was to name the first son after the father of the father..."William" in this case. Then the 3rd daughter was named after the paternal grandmother...in this case..."Margery/Margary".So far, following suit.
1860 US Census
Family is living is living in Platte Township, P.O. Whitesville, Andrew County, Missouri. Sometime between 1850 and 1855, the family moved from Platte County, Illinois to Andrew County, Missouri.
Father.......Albert J. Adkins, 45 yrs. old
Mother.......Martha, 40 yrs. old
Both born in Illinois
Sarah, 13 yrs. old, born in Illinois
Eliza, 11 yrs. old, born in Illinois
William, 9 yrs. old, born in Illinois
Margery A., 7 yrs. old, born in Illinois
Martha A., 5 yrs. old, born in Missouri
S. A. (actually,Cynthia), 2 or 3 yrs. old, born in Missouri, mistake on part of census taker...if you say Cynthia quickly, you have what could be interpreted as "S. A.". You almost have got to be able to read the minds of the census takers.
Lewis Gipson, 4 year old male living with the family, born in Missouri.He might be a nephew they took in to raise, or an orphan who needed a family.Would be interesting to look into when you don't have anything else to do.I wouldn't be surprised but what he was a nephew of Martha or Albert.
Obviously your g.grandmother Mary Anna (Belle) had not been born yet.
1850 US Census, District #7, Perry County, Illinois.
This is where it gets exciting as the name of your g.g.g.grandmother is revealed, and where she was born.Her name was Margary Adkins and she was born in North Carolina.Margary was widowed at this point! Don't you wonder at what point she moved to Illinois, and if she married Albert's father before she migrated.
From this census record, it becomes pretty evident that Albert and Martha were married about 1844, and obviously after the 1840 census.
Albert Adkins, 35 years old, farmer, born in Illinois
Martha Ann Adkins, 30 years old, keeping house, born in Illinois (It is exciting to see that the middle initial of "A" stood for Ann)
Sarah, 4 yrs. old, born in Illinois
Eliza, 1 year old, born in Illinois
Margary Adkins, 80 yrs. old, born in North Carolina, widow
1840 US Census, Franklin County, Illinois
Only the name of the head of the household is listed from 1790 (first US Census) and 1840.It shows in stair steps, ages indicated, how many sons, daughters, parents approximate age range, and older adults living in the home.
So here we have:
Albert Adkins, not yet married with his home, and living with him is a female up in age, between 60 and 70 years old.This might have been the homestead for your g.g.g.grandparents, but Albert is listed as head of the family.Albert is taking responsibility for his widowed mother (Margary Adkins).
Also on the same page, just above Albert, is William Adkins and Parker Adkins.They were certainly good about carrying on with the family names as Albert's famiy came into being.I am therefore "assuming"...bad to do, that William and Parker could be Albert's brothers.All are within the same age range for brothers.William and Parker have married and have their own families. Albert was probably the youngest son, and it no doubt fell into his hands to care for his mother.
1830 US Census, for Franklin Co., ILL
All I can find is Parker Adkins and his bride, twentish in age and obviously newly married.NO children yet!
I can't find hide nor hair of William or Albert, not even in Missouri, unless I overlooked something.
With Albert, I have run dry.I need to check out a William Adkins who could be Albert's father. In 1830, Albert would have only been 15 years old.
I promise to go back and check the 1900 Census for your great grandparents, and hope they didn't get missed by the census taker.Stranger things have happened.My g.g.g.great grandparents, John Amos Adkins and Susan (Meador) Adkins, migrated to Callaway Co. MO in the mid 1850's.They purchased their first land in 1857 and show up on the 1860 US Census for the first time. They never left their home in Round Prairie Township, with John A. dying in 1888, and Susan in 1899.Somehow the census taker missed them completely in 1880.Where they lived was not that big.
Have I bored you yet with all this family research?