Glad to hear from you. I have been in touch with Kathy Mays and yes there is a fairly possible link with her Atkin of Wexford. A long story and a fair bit of gut feeling and pointers from an unpublishe Family History written about 1876 that was produced by two ATKIN brothers who wanted to correct the Atkin History that was written up in Burke's Landed Gentry in 1848. It was sent to me by Tristam .... in Ireland. He had been given it by a man who found it in the belongins of a relative who had died in Liverpool (I think). I have written it all up and would be delighted to send it to you, via email if you have a compatabile word processing program or I can select a copy in txt format that will give you the meat and bones of the family tree. If you have a Family History program i.e. Family Tree Maker or PAF, Brothers Keeper etc that will accept a gedcom file I will send you that instead as you can make a complete new Atkin file to see if it corresponds with your. Did you receive my second email to your address?
I have with the copy of the Original Marriage Settlement between Walter ATKIN of Cloynepriest and Catherine DREW (yes a sort of cousin to Arabella who married their son Walter)be able to prove that far back definitely. And when the family shifted to Atkinville, in the Carrigaline Parish in the Southern liberties of the City of Cork around 1800, I was able to access with the help of a researcher the Parish Records of several of their childrens baptisms, marriages and deaths. Plus Walter's death in 1828 and Catherines in 1810. So I have plenty to add to your records. Plus all the Australian bits and then the New Zealand families to the present in my data base FTM or in the written form to my grandparents time. I am still getting down to finishing it off.
I would love to get all records of dates and anything else about the families that stayed in USA. Did your Richard drown in Lake Michigan? That's part of what we know about the USA connection but nothing more as the connection was severed with the death of ArabellaLouisa (ATKIN) Symes, daughter of John Drew ATKIN brother of your Richard.
Did you know that your Richard Garde ATKIN was baptised at St Lukes Church in Douglas (south of Cork) on the 26 July 1829 by the Rev. John BUSTEED?
I could go on forever on this subject.Let me know how you would like everything. Judy. firstname.lastname@example.org