Hi Karen, I have some information that may help you:
John Adkins Born abt 1800 M. Jane Phillips, Nancy Childress & Elizabeth Tanner With Jane Phillips he had a son by the name of Andrew J. Adkins Sr. born bet 1822/23 M. Sarah ? (Stephens) Son John W. Adkins Born in Alabama February 1843 Married Mary A. Messer Sept. 28,1866 Andrew Sr. died aft 1910.
This is all that I have on John and Mary. Andrew Sr. is my GGG-Grandfather. My GG grandfather was Andrew Jr. and his son Samuel was my Great Grandfather.
Look at the postings form Richard Lawson he has done a lot of research on the family.