Hi Cindy, I am a direct descendant of Edward's brother Benjamin. I have not found any positive information on the birth place of their father, John Francis Atkins/Adkins.
You can find some interesting information in "The Genealogical Record and History of the Descendants of Francis Atkins", compiled by Mrs. George S. Buchanan. Her information indicates that Francis (John Francis) and wife Mary came from England and settled in Harpers Ferry, VA, early 1700's. I found this on RootsWeb.com in a posting by John Burke.
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