The puzzle is not complete but I hope at least it will be a good link for the Atkins who migrated to Ross Co., Ohio.
My grandmother left me a note saying who her mother was - Belle Atkins of Ross of Elizabeth ATkins of Virginia who had a brother Solomon. So, I am fairly certain that my line through the Elizabeth's are true.
I was lucky enough to find who Elizabeth and Solomon were because of John Jr. Atkins m. Ann, Nancy Burris, and of course left the pension application z(and William Brockman's amazing - if occasionally wobbly - history of Orange Co.) naming Elizabeth and Solomon and their mother Elizabeth Atkins Groom
JOhn Atkins Sr., who married Susannah Brockman had 13 children, listed in the St. James Register.
Two of these, John Jr. and Ann ATkins figure in this tale.
Elizabeth Atkins Groom I think married Henry Madison Groom, but I can't prove it. They signed a land sale and shortly thereafter, by at least 1818 she was at home with John Jr. with two children, Elizabeth and Solomon Groom.
(My grandmother also said the Grooms were from Louisa). Is this line Irish by any chance?
Elizabeth Groom married Achilles Atkins and Solomon married both Elizabeth Harris of Jemima and and Overton, then Eliz. Chiles of Hezekiah. (They were not only surrounded by Atkins - Solmon was surrounded by Eliz's).
Until now, all of this is well established (except for the Henry madison Groom bit).
Solomon and Achilles signed each other's marriage application. Solomon took off for Missouri when his father died.
Elizabeth married Achilles April 26, 1826. I could never find out who Achilles was - there are so many Orange Co. Atkins, let alone all the neighboring counties.
However, Achilles and Solomon were friends and Elizabeth was poor, so she wouldn't be travelling far from home.Which meant Achilles was probably from Orange Co and lived near Liz and Sol.
I lined up all the Akins in Orange in the 1810-20 census. The only family who had a boy, the age of Achilles, was Annie Atkins - the daughter of John Sr and Susannah!
It is a bit wild to contemplate, but we have an Atkins, Atkins Groom, then Groom Atkins who marries, not only an Atkins, but the sister of her grandfather!
I thought the ages would not work out, that there would be a generation skipped, but, the ages, marriages, etc. fit for All. It is a matter of ten years here or there mostly. John Jr and Ann,- and Achilles and Eliz. These two are actually the same age.
Not only that, Achilles appears on the 1830 census (he married Eliz. in 1826) a farm or two removed from Annie and the space he should occupy in the family is empty.
So. We can be fairly certain Achilles was the son of Annie Atkins and Joseph (it gets worse) Atkins!.
So far, I haven't a clue who Joseph is, but in Orange - he has to be related to John and Susannah somehow!
Honestly with Joseph and his family, this whole thing is a riot and someone here is definitely someone's own grandpa!It is a wonder we don't babble.
At any rate, the upshot of this is that Elizabeth-Achilles Groom shows up in Ohio in 1840 and has 8 children.
Achilles is not on the 1840 census - she is the head of the house - Elizabeth Atkins. Maybe he was ill and not the breadwinner, but he has a daughter in 1844.
Persia Ann, b. 1826, VA. m. 1843 Roos, Oh, George Howland
Susan Mildred b. 1827 VA, m. 4-41-1845, Jonathon Reel (sometimes Reed.).
Lucy b. 1831 Va, m. Bile (Bill?0 Howland
William b. 1830-35, went west and was never heard from.
Belle Therese b. 1836 Oh probably, but I have seen it VA. She married George Recob of Ross. Nov. 4,1852.
John b. c. 1837 was wounded in the civil war, died from the wounds.
Thomas, b. 1838 m. Nancy Elliot in 1862 he was the only one left in Chillicothe for a while. I am not sure if he has descendants there or not - the phone book said Adkins.)
Harriet b. c. 1840- was not in the 1840 census - m. Charles Wilkinson 11-16-1856 died April 1, 1898.
Missouri b. c. 1844 m. George Daily
In the 1850 census, the children were either scattered or married - I am assuming that there was probably some cholera, etc. because Achilles and Eliz. are both dead.
I hope that Elizabeth's children and now her Achilles can clear some heretofore mystifying links for some of you and it is exciting to break down a brick wall.