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Mary Adkins

Also Known As: "Disproved Surnames: Polly", "Jones", "Fry", "Alexander", "Littleberry"
Birthplace: Richland, Goochland County, Virginia, [uncertain], Province of Virginia, Colonial America
Death: circa 1777 (33-50)
Montgomery, Virginia, United States [uncertain], Montgomery County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Parker Adkins
Mother of Keziah Fry; Millington Atkins Adkins; Isom Adkins; Hezekiah Adkins, Sr.; Susannah McGriff and 5 others

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About Mary Adkins

Not the same as Mary "Polly" Adkins


William Atkinson (Adkins) and Elizabeth Parker were married on January 17, 1716 at St. Johns Church in Richmond, Virginia. Their son Parker Adkins married Mary; her first name is known from a land deed.

From Adkins, Ronnie. The Adkins Family of Wayne County, West Virginia: Also Cabell, Lincoln, and Boone : a Genealogical History : the Descendants of William and Elizabeth (parker) Adkins of Henrico County, Virginia, from 1690 to 1990. Montgomery, Ala. (3540 S. Georgetown Drive, Montgomery, 36109-2232: R. Adkins, 1990. Hathitrust - limited view


Parker and Mary lived on the South side of the Pigg River (Story Creek area) in the Snow Creek District of what is today Franklin Co. Va. At the time of their marriage the area was in Halifax Co. becoming Pittsylvania in 1767, Henry in 1776 and Franklin in 1785. They owned at least 175 acres of land bordered by the Pigg River on the North and the Story Creek on the east (see Halifax Survey b. 1 pg 197). They lived on this land until Parker was about 50 years old and all their children were born here except Sherrod B. who was b in Fincastle Co.

To date there is no record of a will, estate settlement, etc., that would name all of Parker & Mary's children, however, death records, tradition & other sources fairly well prove the following:

CHILDREN OF PARKER AND MARY ADKINS (not in order of birth) - Page 6.

  • 121 Hezekiah b. 20 Sept. 1759 Halifax Co. VA
  • 122 Millinton b. ca 1755 Halifax Co.
  • 123 Isom b. ca 1757 Halifax Co.
  • 124 Littleberry b. 10 May, 1767 Pittsylvania Co. VA; m. 29 May 1790 Franklin Co. VA to his first cousin Nancy Adkins (*137) with his line carried under her.
  • 125 Charity b. ca 1768
  • 126 Champ b. ca 1763 Halifax Co.; moved to Granger Co. Tenn in 1789.
  • 127 Sherrod b. ca 1775/1 Fincastle Co. VA; m. 11 Feb.1798 Montgomery Co. VA to his first cousin Christina Adkins (#134) with his line carried under her.

PARKER V. ADKINS (WILLIAM V., JOHN THOMAS, JOHN THOMAS, THOMAS, HENRY) was born Abt. 1720 in Machumps Creek, Henrico, Virginia, and died Abt. 1792 in Montgomery County (Giles), Virginia. He married MARY Abt. 1754 in Halifax County, Virginia. She was born Abt. 1720.

Children of PARKER ADKINS and MARY are:

  1. SHERROD B. ADKINS, b. Abt. 1755, Fincastle County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1859.
  2. MILLINGTON ADKINS, b. September 20, 1755, Halifax County, Virginia.
  3. ISOM ADKINS, b. Abt. 1757.
  4. HEZEKIAH ADKINS, b. September 20, 1759, Goochland County, Virginia; d. January 26, 1842, Wayne Co., (W)VA.
  5. CHAMP ADKINS, b. Abt. 1760.
  6. ELIJAH ADKINS, b. Abt. 1765.
  7. LITTLEBERRY ADKINS, b. May 10, 1767; d. Abt. 1847.
  8. CHARITY ADKINS, b. Abt. 1768, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1835, Racoon Creek, Cabell, Virginia, USA.

Another list of children:

  1. Keziah Mallory Adkins (1754 to 1824)
  2. Millington Militan Adkins (1755 to 1829)
  3. Isom Adkins (1757)
  4. Hezekiah Adkins (1759 to 1842)
  5. Susanna Adkins (1760 to 1831)
  6. Champ Adkins (1763)
  7. Elijah Adkins/Atkins (1764 to 1840)
  8. Sherrod B Adkins (1765 to 1859)
  9. William Adkins (1771 to 1848)
  10. Shadrack Adkins (1774)
  11. Littleberry Adkins (1767 to 848)
  12. Charity Adkins (1768 to 1825)


This profile represents the wife of Parker Adkins and mother of his children. Her origins are not known. And it is not even known if one woman was mother of all Parker's children (although DNA evidence suggests one woman was mother of Keziah and Charity and each child born between those two).
Mitochondrial DNA results of direct-line female descendants (down two different female branches) indicate she was of European origin.

Some have suggested her maiden name was Fry and that she was daughter of John Fry and Catherine French; there is no evidence to support this. Among those delving into the pros and cons was Ronnie Adkins in his book which listed the maiden name of Parker Adkins' wife, Mary (or Polly), as unknown and wrote about his reasons for coming to that conclusion..Based on her estimated marriage to Parker, Mary was likely born about 1730.

She died about 1777.

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Mary Adkins's Timeline

Richland, Goochland County, Virginia, [uncertain], Province of Virginia, Colonial America
Giles County, VA, United States
September 20, 1755
Machumps Creek, Henrico, Virginia, United States
Halifax County, Virginia
September 20, 1759
Goochland County, Virginia, Colonial America
Halifax County, Virginia, Colonial America
May 10, 1762
Pittsylvania County, VA
Halifax, Virginia, United States
Montgomery County, Virginia, United States