I am researching the subjects ancestry in hopes to find a connection to two other branches in my family tree and prove my gr. grand aunt's letter about the relationship to them.
We begin in CT with Unk. Atkins who married Harriet Unk. bef. 1831. Harriet was listed at the age of 54 on the 1850 census living with her two children Elias C. and Marietta, age 19.
Elias removes bef. 1860 to Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN and is on the census there. He is shown to be living with S. J. Atkins, Female age 26 b. in CT and H. J. Atkins, female age 3 b. in Iowa?. Making saws.
He also served in the Civil War:
Name: Elias C Atkins
Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana
Enlistment Date: 11 July 1863
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 3600 3600
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 11 July 1863
Enlisted in Company K, 107th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 11 July 1863. Mustered out Company K, 107th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 18 July 1863 in Indianapolis, IN.
Here are some vital stats;
Elias C. ATKINS
Birth: 28 Jun 1833 Hartford Co., Bristol, Conn.
Death: 18 Apr 1901 Indianapolis, In.
Spouse: Sarah Frances PARKER (poss. second wife)
Marriage: 17 Aug 1865
Children on the 1880 census:
Nellie J. ATKINS, Mary D. ATKINS, Henry C. ATKINS, Sarah F. ATKINS, Emma L. ATKINS, Carrie B. ATKINS.
Census Place 5th Ward, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Family History Library Film 1254294
NA Film Number T9-0294 Page Number 145A
Another son William Avery Atkins was in the womb at the time the census was taken in 1880. His information is as follows:
Sallie E. (Downing) Coleman's first husband was John H. Vajen, Jr., after Mr. Vajen's death, she married William Henry Coleman. They had a daughter, Suemma Vajen(1883-1924), who married William Avery Atkins (1879-1958), an Indianapolis businessman.
Throughout his life, Atkins participated in many business ventures: he was superintendent at the E.C. Atkins Company, which was owned by his father; he was a joint owner of the Spencer Hotel in Indianapolis from 1909 and took over ownership in 1940; he also was a lessor of the Hotel Severin and Indiana Parking Garage. Atkins was involved with several businesses in New York as well. Atkins died of a stroke December 18, 1958.
Suemma and William A. were the parents of William Coleman Atkins (d. 1937).15 OCT 1911 - 31 AUG 1937 (date source LDS site).
There was also an Elias, Jr. b. abt 1896. Info. on him can be found as follows:
Name: Atkins, Elias Cornelius
Birth - Death: 1896-
Accession Number: 153361
Source Citation: Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 1: January, 1946-July, 1949. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1949.(BioIn 1)
Sometime after Elias, Sr. removes to IN he founds E. C. Atkins & Co. and begins to manufacture crosscut saws.
A bio on him can be found here:
Name: Atkins, Elias Cornelius
Birth - Death: 1833-1901
Accession Number: 153360
Source Citation: The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 13. New York: James T. White & Co., 1906. Use the Index to locate biographies.(NatCAB 13)
The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 16. New York: James T. White & Co., 1918. Use the Index to locate biographies.(NatCAB 16)
All of this brings me to Elias C. Atkins, III. Unfortunately he passed away last year. His obituary is as follows:
Atkins, Elias C. III
January 22, 2003
Elias C. "Atty" Atkins III, 79, Indianapolis, died at home on January 20, 2003. Atty was the retired president of Ace Supply Inc. Prior to founding Ace Supply, Inc., Atty was vice president of E.C. Atkins & Company, a saw manufacturer founded by his great-grandfather for whom he was named. He graduated from the Orchard School in Indianapolis, IN and Taft School in Watertown, CT., and attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Europe during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was a lifetime parishioner of Trinity Episcopal Church. Atty was a member of the Army Navy Club and the Dramatic Club. He was a former Prairie Trekker in Thoreau, NM, and led an active lifestyle in retirement as a golfer, hunter and angler. Calling is scheduled for Friday, January 24th at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Broad Ripple from 4 to 7 p.m. The memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 25 at 11 a.m. with an additional calling one hour prior to the service at the church. Atty is survived by his sister Ann Paxton Clark; four children Bill Atkins, Anne Young, Missy Kennedy and Elizabeth Tone Atkins Rudolph; and ten grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Indianapolis Intergroup, 135 E. Market Street, Suite #1030, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
So what I need is Elias' father and so on. I am tracing the male lineage only here to find the connection to my ancestors who were in NC by the mid 1700's.
The family story is that three brothers came here from Scotland or Ireland. A fourth brother stayed behind. We are somehow related to the Duke of Edinburgh or other Royal Family. One brother settled in NC, another in VA and the third went to IN.
I hope that we can find a connection. Thanks.