the area in Ala. you refer to was mainly Chickasaw. My branch of the family was of the Chickasaw tribe and were moved from Ala to the Okla. Indian Territory...from there to the Chickasaw headquarters in Gainesville, tx. area, where they settled between Gainsville and Wichata Falls, Tx. My Great Grandfather, Robert Gordon Atkins(1865) was born in Alabama. His father was a Doctor, name: Robert Benjamin, b.cir. 1840, Ala.)R. Gordon was the Principal of School in Nocona, Texas. He Married Cassandra Tabahia Gaskill in Gainesville. Her father was Jeff Gaskill of Mo. or Tennassee. He fought for the Confederates and his identical twin, Frank Gaskill fought for the Union.
I have my grandfather's(Benjamin Paul Atkins, feb. 4, 1892) birth certificate which lists Robert Gordon Atkins as having been born near Birmington, Ala. however the state records there have no mention of him.
But, I digress. The Atkins' that I am familiar with from Ala. were part Chickasaw...Muskegan(sp)language same as Cherokee and Choctaw.