I have information someone may find useful. Written by my great aunt (atkins) years ago, who died yesterday and was age 94.
The first America Atkins (atkinson) came from Wales. There were 3 brothers - Daniel - David - Lemuel. The Atkinson worked for the king and came to America. First to Hawkins county which was then known as Greene County, north carolina at that time. There were also in Georgia and McMinn county before coming to Monroe County, Tenn.
Lemuel atkins died in 1886 and is buried near tellico at notchey creek. he was married to frankie gooden. their kid 1 is: Josiah / joseph william born 12-30-1819, 4-11-1889. Married elizabeth watson. and married lucinda mcdonald mason. kid2: Zelpha married henry watson. Kid3: bill atkinson, a methodist bishop lived in little rock, ARK, and had one son John.
Their child Joseph William (josiah) atkins had 8 children: #1 - william lemuel born 1842, baptist minister, married caroline selvedge. #2 - james madison married easter tallent. #3 - Elige born 1848 married emeline presswood. #4 - Nancy Jane married Thomas Tellent and married ham wimberley #5 - Samuel married elizabeth presswood went to texas and had one son. married 10-4-1868. #6 - Joseph Andrew born 5-25-1852 married juretta tallent sister of Easter tallent. had 18 children. #7 - thomas gilford born 5-1854 died 8-28-1945 married to Vina Mason, 12-12-1876 by William Lemuel Atkins. #8 - George W. born 1857 married Louisa lee 9-1-1878
Family of Thomas Gilford Atkins and Vina Mason: Horace married Ella Tate Gib married Erie Moses and Geneva Kelso Luke married Nellie Hunt Joseph William married Sallie Roberts Ellen married Tom Hamilton Frances married Connel Hunt Lois married Jim Emery Bessie married Luther Wimberly Ada married Wesley Gardner
I have extended this line if you want further information, it's on another page under the Atkins forum here. look for sallie roberts. Hope this is useful.