My wife is a descendent (we believe) of William Adkinson through Parker V. Adkins and Mary ________(?). If she is related it is through the off-spring of Keziah Adkins and George Fry(e). Many have carried Kezah as a Mallory or Mowery.
We have been in contact with Ronnie Adkins, who as you may know, wrote an extensive compendium on this family.While he does not include Keziah in this family in his book, he has since concluded that she was. In part his response to our emails is set out below...
As you may recall, we can show that my wife is a direct lineal descendent of the children of George Peter Fry and Keziah Fry. We have found various, but as yet undocumented, reports that Keziah was an Adkins. Because we share with you an affinity for documentation, before reaching any conclusion in this respect I had asked Sandy to write to you because (a) Keziah was not listed in your book as a child of Parker Adkins and Mary _______, and (b) I had found a webpage purporting to be from you in which you (or whoever put the info in the net in your name) indicated that you were considering a second book suggesting that you had discovered new information including that you had also concluded that Keziah was an Adkins. We know you have not written a second book as yet.
You responded to her stating in part...........
'You are 100% right. I am descended from Kiziah through her daughter Susanna-#1215 in book.
At the time the book was being finished all researchers were carrying Kiziah as a Mallory. Records, found just before the book came out, were starting to prove she was an Adkins. Clinton Mays found her tombstone-Page XXI-at Beech Fork. It is in the oldest cemetery in Wayne County.
Then when the Fry book came out there was more proof. There is no doubt that Kiziah is a daughter of Parker and Mary.
After her husband died she left Giles County and came to Wayne County settling amongst all the Adkins-there just had to be a connection-her brother, Millington, married George's sister, Mary.'
AND....(in reply to a follow-up email) Ronnie further wrote
As far as I know there are no records proving Kiziah an Adkins or any other maiden name. When I started work on the book I assumed that anyone doing research on a particular family would only put out what was proven. An old researcher in Virginia was carrying Kiziah as a Mallory. It turned out he had zero proof.
As you know the records of women were not kept as well as those of men. Lots of reasons for this-the man was legally responsible, he owned the possessions, etc.. However, I am 99% convinced that Elizabeth[married Thomas Childers} and Kiziah were children of Parker and Mary. Their birth dates fit perfectly with the other children of Parker.
Both came to the Cabell/Wayne area same as Parker's other children. Kiziah came after husband died and settled among all the other Adkins. She bought land from Jesse Adkins and she is buried in a cemetery that is the oldest and was primarily an Adkins cemetery.
As to Elias and Susanna being first cousins-this happened a lot. The folks lived on the frontier and when their kids were grown up everyone in miles were related. I have never done any family in depth that that there were not first cousin marriages.'
We are curious as whether anyone shares our belief that Keziah is indeed an Adkins, and whether there may existany records or supporting documentation or credible secondary sources?If so, we would be happy to compensate you for copies etc. We are preparing a non-commercial report for our children and grandchildren.Obviously, all help will be credited in the manner they may request.Thanks for your reply...If you wish to privately correspond please let me know.