My great grandmother was Christine Amelia Minnie Gorgas, the daughter of Josiah Gorgas & Amelia Ross Gayle, and granddaughter of Sophia Atkinson & Joseph Gorgas. Sophia Atkinson was the daughter of Thomas Atkinson & Salome Weidner.
I do not have much information on the ancestry of Thomas Atkinson (b. Lancaster PA 1751), other than his father Thomas Atkinson's father was Stephen Atkinson about 1730.
Could anyone please help with any of ancestors of Thomas Atkinson (if you have any additional information)?
Thanks for the help.
PS. I found the following on the internet a few years ago. I believe that the Gendex.com web posting has expired.I believe it was by Llewellyn Rinald.
Served in the Revolutionary War under Captain Heister (Battle of Brandywine.)
The following by Josiah Gorgas written in 1840.
Thomas Atkinson was born about the year 1751 and Salome on the 7th day of January, 1755. They were married about the year 1772 at Reading in PA, where they continued to reside until after the War of the Revolution. She came into possession of her matrimony: one third of one thousand acres, of which her father possessed and this they farmed during their residence here. They had two children born to them here, "Betsey", afterward the wife of Jacob Hibschman, of Lancaster County, PA and Sophia, our mother. About the middle of the Revolution, on account of the uncertainty tenure of property, and the doubtful and offtimes gloomy forebodings of the great struggle they became anxious to sell their property, and accordingly dispose of it to General Mifflin, subsequently Gov. Mifflin, and received pay thereof in "Continental Money", part of which, about eleven hundred dollars, part of which Mr.Biddle received before his treacherous flight to the British. The money so received, as is well-known, became soon totally worthless. So that amount they received for their valuable lands were lost... as an instance of their loss, and the value of the money they received, Mrs. Atkinson paid three hundred dollars of this money for one barrel of sugar. This, the whole patrimoney was lost. At the time of the deeding of the land, Salome was yet a minor, and consequently her signatuer conveyed not title. During their residence at Reading, Mr. Atkinson served in the Army of the Revolution, and was at the Battle of Brandywine. He served in the company of Captain Heister, afterward Governor Heister of Pennsylvania. His farming team was (drafted) into the service of the needy government and used until after the Battle of Yorktown, and for all of which no compensation was ever offered or obtained. The team was totally ruined and lost.
Before the close of the War, Mr.Atkinson removed his family to a place called Silver Springs, near Mechancisburg, PA where they kept a public hotel. There they lived for four years and another child, Sarah, afterward Mrs. Albright, was born to them. From this place they removed to a farm on the Juniata, on the state road from Carlisle to Sunbury, at the mouth of Racoon Creek. Here they lived for four or five years and had two more children, Thomas and Matthew. On account of the dangerously exposed condition of the country which was then the frontier and far west, they disposed of this property to Mathew Atkinson and removed to Maryland and lived at Thomas Creek Valley, about 20 miles from Littletown. Here Mr. Atkinson followed his trade of mason, and was soon engaged in erecting extention buildings for Major Shields, Mr. Blair and others. They lived there four years and removed to Baltimore. Here Mr. Atkinson still followed his trade. His first employment was upon a house for a Mr. Martin, an attorney, soon the faimly removed to the county seat of Mr. Lux about a mile from Baltimore City. About this time he undertook the task of placing pillars of stone under the courthouse in the city and excavating a passageway for the public steet under it. He here had a severe spell of fever which confined him for three months. Mrs. Lux was a distant relative of Mrs. Atkinson and was very helpful during the sickness of Mr. Atkinson. After the recovery of Mr. Atkinson he constructed for and built the jail and market house at Alexandria, VA. Shortly after this he sent for his family and had them conveyed to Alexandria by water, and during the passage their barge ran onto a sand bar and was delayed three days, when they were taken off by another vessel, the passage occupying five days. At Alexandria, they lived five years. Afterward, they lived about four miles from Alexandria. Here they had the Lees for neighbors, Charles and Henry, and was employed by them. Penelope and Susan (afterward Mrs. Firemole) were born at this place. Removing four miles further into the country, Mr. Atkinson rented a farm of several hundred acres from Doctor Hawkins, but did not make a sucess of farming. From here they removed to Loudon County, VA about 20 miles from Alexandria. Here his health failed him much and he was obliged to carry on his business with hired help. This was about the year 1793. At this time hre had a mill under contract for Mr. Broadwater. He proposed to Mrs. Atkinson that she should take five of the children and return to PA, leaving him the remaining two and proceed to settle somewhere in PA. He was to follow with the other two children as soon as his contract was finished. She made her way on horseback with her five children to Ephrata in Lancaster County. He was to follow in six weeks. After she waited the six weeks she again mounted her horse and retraced her steps to Virginia where she had left him. She found all well, but the contract had not yet been finished and he could not return with her. So, another horse was purchased for her and the remaining two children mounted on it and she resumed her way home with the promise from her husband that he would join her in three weeks. Three weeks lapsed and another... and he came not. In about six weeks, a letter came from an old neighbor (Mr. Bird) bearing to them the melancholy news of his death. Mrs. Atkinson joined the Society of Brethren at Ephrata and having the care of her seven children, had to used ever known means of industry and economy to support herself and her family. Her two sons, Thomas and Matthew, were put out to become printers. The two eldest daughters, Betsey and Sophie, were placed with relatives. After spending the winter with an Aunt at Ephrata, Mrs. Atkinson removed to Reamstown in Lancaster County, and engaged in teaching a school, for which avocation she seems to have been qualified by the good education her father had given her.