Does anyone know anything about a Matilda ADKINS who lived with John D. Blankenship. John and Matilda had a son together abt. 1843 named Benjamin. Benjamin used various surnames throughout his life - Toppings and Blankenship. Matilda was listed in the 1850 Wayne Co. Census as living with her brother Harrison Adkins. Her last name was listed as "KEY". In the 1860 Wayne Co. Census she was listed in John D. Blankenship's household as Matilda Toppings.
John's first wife was Sarah Stephenson who died in 1858 following the birth of her daughter Sarah who married Hugh Sansom. John and Matilda married in January 1861 and John died in March 1861.
Matilda was listed in the 1870 Wayne Co. Census as Matilda Blankenship. That is the last listing that I can find for her. Don't know when or where she died.
John and Matilda had several children - Benjamin, Mary and Lee (twins), Lona, John W. known as 'Tiger John', Georgia and Nancy.
If anyone has any knowledge of this family please let me know. Thanks.