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Parker Vincent Adkins

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Mac Humps Creek, Goochland, Goochland County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Perisburg, Giles, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Vincent Adkins, Sr. and Elizabeth Adkins/Atkinson
Husband of Bluesky Mary Cornstalk Adkins; Mary "Polly" Adkins and Blue Sky "Mary" Cornstalk
Father of Charity Adkins; Parker V. Adkins; Isom Adkins; Hezekiah Adkins, Sr., Revolutionary War soldier; Keziah Mallory Fry and 9 others
Brother of William Vincent Adkins, Jr.; Joseph Adkins; Jacob Adkins; Henry Hezekiah Adkins, I; Sherrod B Adkins and 9 others

Occupation: served-battle of Point Pleasant
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About Parker Vincent Adkins

Parker V. Adkins married Mary Polly Fry about 1754 in Halifax County, Virginia. He participated in the Battle of Point Pleasant 1773 (where Bluesky and her family lived) and his name along with his sons Hezekiah and Millington is listed on the Revolutionary War Soldiers Monument in Giles County, Perisberg, Virginia. Family history and Indian records indicate that Littleberry & Charity were the only children of Bluesky and Parker. Both children were taken to the home of Parker either shortly before or after the death of Bluesky. Family history is that when the Battle of Point Pleasant ended, Parker took his children by Bluesky, Littleberry and Charity, back home with him and Mary raised them as her own. Parker and Mary Fry had several other children at the time. One has to assumed that Parker and Bluesky were not "married" by white mans law, but Indian law/customs. Apparently he was married to Mary Fry and according to the birth dates of some of their children, he was either still married and had "an Indian marriage" to Bluesky or just had an affair.

Parker was in the Revolutionary War - Battle of Point Pleasant. Parker in battle of 1773. Name on monument along with his sons Hezekiah and Millington. Also on monument of Revolutionary war soldiers of Gillis County, Persiberg, Virginia.

the Battle of Point Pleasant, 1774

From "Manufactured History": Re-Fighting the Battle of Point Pleasant1 Volume 56 (1997), pp. 76-87

Lewis was incensed at Poffenbarger's "perversion" of history and was adamant that Point Pleasant was not a battle of the Revolutionary War. His 1909 book, History of the Battle of Point Pleasant, discusses Point Pleasant's place in history but never states outright that it was not a battle of the Revolution. The following is the text of a 1909 speech found in Lewis's collected papers and believed to be his most forthright pronouncement on the subject. It is unknown whether this speech was ever presented publicly.



State pride-a love for my native State-has for many years, and now prompts me to claim for her all the honors to which she rightfully belongs, but never have I, nor can I now do this, when it means a sacrifice of historic truth. In an address delivered before the Ohio Valley Historical Association, at Marietta, in 1908, I attempted to explain that the battle of Point Pleasant was in nowise the first, nor any other battle of the Revolution. Since then I have done all I could to eliminate from that struggles [sic] the fiction, myths and legends which have gathered around it, that truth alone might be known concerning it. A great monument has now been reared upon this battlefield, and in connection therewith has gone out far and wide the statement that the battle fought thereon between Virginians and Indians, October 10, 1774, was the first in the war for American Independence. Many students of history and school men have asked me if I endorse the statement, to all I say, most certainly not, and as a more complete answer to this I now have in preparation a monograph containing my views as to the proper place in American history to which this battle of Point Pleasant properly belongs. This is in the last American Colonial War.


In 1774 there were probably forty thousand white men, women and children, living on the west side of the Blue Ridge, on a frontier stretching from Pittsburg to the source of the Tennessee river. While men were pushing down into the Ohio Valley, the Indian nations northwest of the Ohio had formed a Confederacy and a race war, was at hand. Hostilities began. Messengers bore tidings of the horrors on the border to Williamsburg, and Lord Dunmore, the Colonial Governor by special message, dated May 13, 1774, informed the House of Burgesses, of these. That body the next day by enactment, directed him to prosecute the war against the Indians. This he hastened to do, and leaving Williamsburg, Sunday, July 10, 1774, crossed the Blue Ridge, and having fixed his head-quarters at, "Greenway Court," the home of Lord Fairfax in the Shenandoah Valley, he mustered an army of one thousand men in the counties of Berkeley, Frederick, Hampshire and Dunmore, and at its head proceeded, on foot to the Ohio river. 7


Before leaving the Shenandoah Valley, Dunmore issued orders to General Andrew Lewis of Botetourt, to collect as many men as possible in Augusta, Botetourt and Fincastle counties, and join him, the Governor, either at Wheeling or the mouth of the Great Kanawha. Lewis chose the latter, again, August 30th, writing from the mouth of the South Branch of the Potomac, [Dunmore] requested General Lewis to meet him at the mouth of the Little Kanawha-now Parkersburg, West Virginia. Lewis declared to do this, and having collected about fifteen hundred men, at Camp Union-now Lewisburg, West Virginia-proceeded to the mouth of the Great Kanawha-now Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where October 10, 1774, he was attacked by an Indian army and that day there was waged the most desperate battle ever waged between white men and Indians in America.


The Indian warriors of the Confederated nations of the Ohio Wilderness, waged battle at Point Pleasant, not as the allies of England, but to drive back the white invaders from their hunting grounds in the Ohio Valley. On the part of the Virginians, the battle was the crowning event of an offensive movement, not in defense of American liberty or Colonial independence, on their part, but to protect the inhabitants of pioneer homes west of the Blue Ridege [sic],-men, women and children-from the rifle, tomahawk and scalping-knife in the hands of barbarian warriors. The Military movements known as Lord Dunmore's War, would have taken place just they did [sic], and the battle of Point Pleasant, fought just the same, if there had never been an American Revolution. These two wars were entirely distinct, the one from the other.


The Revolution finally closed with evacuation of New York by the British, November 25, 1783. All battles fought between these dates-April 19, 1775 and November 25, 1785 [sic]-one [sic] Revolutionary battles, and all Americans participating therein were classed as Revolutionary soldiers. Ample provision was made for them by bounties, half-pay, land-warrants and pensions for invalids; but in the provisions of these laws no soldier in the battle of Point Pleasant was ever included for services therein ....

Gwen Boyer Bjorkman web site at Rootsweb

1746. Tithables of Goochland Co, VA. ADKINS, Parker, Wm. Jr., Richard, Henry, William, John.

1747. Tithables of Goochland Co, VA. ADKINS, Parker, Wm., Richard, Henry, Major, Samuel.

1748. Tithables of Goochland Co, VA. ADKINS, Wm., Henry, Samuel.

1749. Tithables of Goochland Co, VA. ADKINS, Henry.

Landon C. Bell, Sunlight On the Southside, Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1974).

Parker ATKINSON 1749 Nicholas Haile p.98 1 tithe

Parker ATKINSON 1750 John Phelps p.153 1 tithe

1749/50 Feb 28. Index to Pittsylvania Co, VA Land Entries 1737-1770. Parker ATKINSON 1749

[Pitt. Co from Halifax 1766] p.118 Parker ATKINSON 400A on Francis Kirby's Survey on Pig River running from Kirbys line towards Snow Cr. off from Pig River. Film #33325.

1753. Tax list of Halifax Co, VA. Parker ADKINS, Wm. ADKINS.

1753. Halifax Co, VA Court minutes: To Parker ADKINS and Peter Vaniber for wolf's head. Wirt Johnson Carrington, A History of Halifax Co, VA, (Richmond, 1924).

1753. Halifax Co, VA Deed Book 1:32. 9 July 1753 Richard ELKINS of Halifax Co, to John LUCAS of same, for £8, 8 acres, beginning on the north side of Pigg River, mouth of Rockey Run. Wit: John THOMPSON,


1753 Nov 21 for laying the County Levy, Nathaniel Terry assignee of Richard ADKINS 1 wolf head, Parker ADKINS 4 wolf heads, William MULLINS 2 wolf heads; William MULLINS assignee of William EDGE 1 wolf

head, William MULLINS 2 wolf heads.

1755 Jan 16, James Hunt assignee of David Pauley was paid for one old wolf's head along with Nathl. Terry assignee of William Mullings and Parker Adkins. Marian Dodson Chiarito, Halifax County, Virginia Plea Book 1, 1752-1755, (Nathalie VA: Clarkton Press, 1988), p. , 30, 72, 81, 120.

1759. Rev. War pension application R290. Hezekiah ADKINS, b. Sept. 1759 in Goochland Co, VA, lived in Montgomery Co, VA when enl., served on New River, Sinking Creek, later lived in Cabell Co, Va where he was living in 1835.

1762. Pittsylvania Co, VA Old Surveys No. 1 1746-1782, p. 99. Survey for Parker ATKINSON 175 ac of land on the S. side of Pigg R & bounded as follows viz beginning at Francis Kirbys Cor Beach Thence along his line ... Film #33324.

1773. Sept. 11 Parker ATKINSON & Mary his wife of Fincastle to George Hendon, for £60, 50 acs on the N side of Pigg River "cornered by Adkinson father" Pittsylvania Co, VA Deeds, 3:469-470. Film #7899

pt. 6.

1774. A list of Capt. Daniel Smith's Co. of Militia in Fincastle Co.

(prob. bef. 1774) Parker ADKINS, Millinton ADKINS, Henry ATKINS, Charles ATKINS, Charles LUCAS Jr & Sr, George FRY Jr & Sr, John MCGRIFF, Patrick MCGRIFF. Summers, Annals of Southwest Virginia, p. 1423.

1774. 1774 Militia called to serve in Lord Dunmore's War inc. Parker Adkins, (2) Millitan Adkins. Reuben Gold Thwaites and Louise Phelps Kellogg, Documentary History of Dunmore's War, 1774 ..., p. 398.

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1774 Oct 10 Battle of Point Pleasant authorized roster: Milton ADKINS, Parker ADKINS, Blackburn ATKINS, Charles, ATKINS, Henry ATKINS, William ATKINS, George FRY, George FRY Jr., John FRY, John MCGUFF, Patrick MCGUFF. Levia Simpson Poffenbarger, Battle of Point Pleasant, 6th ed, (1990), p. 21.

1775. Jan. 7 First surveys of land, Fincastle Co, VA, Parker ATKINSON 144 acres on Sinking Creek, branch of New River. 1774, Dec. 29 Sherod ATKINSON 44 acres on West side Big Reed Island Creek, waters of New River. Summers, Annals of Southwest Virginia, p. 652.

1776. Parker ADKINS [This petition was read to the General Convention at Williamsburg on October 16, 1776.] Jean Pickett Hall, "The Ten Thousand Name Petition," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, 35 (Spring 1997), pp. 101-114

1780. March 7 Montgomery Co, VA Minutes of the County Court,

"Ordered that Parker ATKINSON be appointed overseer of the road from the hollow of Doe Creek to the Steep Bank of Sinking Creek. George FRY Sen. from the Steep Bank of Sinking Creek to Thoms Creek.

Summers, Annals of Southwest Virginia, p. 733.

1782. Montgomery Co, VA Tax Payers: Wm. ADKINS, Owen ATKINS, Bartlet ATKINS, Joseph ATKINS, Joseph ATKINS, Sherid ATKINS, Morris ADKINSON, Parker ADKINS.

1786/1787. Montgomery Co, VA Personal Property Tax List C: ADKINS, Morris, Hezekia, Milliton, Parker. LUCOS, William, David, Charles, Parker, John. Tax List B: ATTKENS, Sherod. Tax List A: ADKINS, Joseph.

1786. Montgomery County Entry Book B. page 255 Feb 17 1786 Michael Drake, assignee of John Certain, assignee of James Clerk's attorney, 50 acres on east point of NOB MOUNTAIN to include spring on head of a hollow about 1/2 mile from Parker Adkins (withdrawn). Kegley, Vol III, pt 1 "Early Adventures..." page 44

1789. Montgomery Co, VA Personal Property Tax List C: ADKINS, Milliton, Jacob, Parker, Hezekiah, Champ, Moses, Joseph, John, Noah, Morris. LUCOS, David, Charles, William, Parker. Tax List B: ATKINS,

Sherod. Tax List A: ADKINS, Jos., William.

1791. June 7 Montgomery Co, VA Minutes of the County Court, "Parker ATKINS and Charles LUCAS were exempted from payment of county and parish levies on account of age and infirmities." Summers, Annals of Southwest Virginia, p. 832.

1792. Jan. 3 Montgomery Co, Va Marriages Reel 50, Reel 52, Parker ADKINS and Nancy LEFOND (LEFORD). Mary B. Kegley "Early Adventures on Western Waters" Vol II

1792/3. Montgomery Co, VA Personal Property Tax List O: ADKINS, Jacob, Parker, Hezekiah, Champ, Moses, Joseph, John, Noah, Morris. LUCOS, David, Charles, William, Parker.

1793. dated Mar 27 Montgomery Co, VA Will Book B:195. Will of George Fry, Sr., wife: Anna, daus: Mary ADKINS, Chatey [Catherine] Ely, Barbara Ely, Susannah Byers: Son: George Fry Jr. Wit: Charles

Duncan, Joseph Benjey, Thomas Kirk. Proved Aug. 1793 Court.

1793. Montgomery Co, VA Marriages. Sherod ATKINS, son of Parker and Polly ATKINS [b. ca. 1766] m. Sarah LUCAS, dau of Charles LUCAS 8 Oct. 1793. [He d. 11 Jan. 1859.]

Jun 24 1793 John & Ann McComb to Parker Atkins (all of Chester Co) 50 pds. Sterling. 50 acres on Sandy River joining the property of Thomas Cabiness & John McComb. Being part of 640 acres granted May 5 1786 by Gov Wm Moultrie to John McComb. Contained in ORDER BOOK B..excerpts & page #s from CHESTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA -- MINUTES OF THE COUNTY COURT (1785 - 1799), compiled by Holcomb & Parker, Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC, ISBN # 0-89308-148-5

1797. Apr 3, Montgomery Co, VA Marriage Bonds Reel 39, Michael HARLESS and Jainy ADKINS, sur. Parker ADKINS. Mary B. Kegley "Early Adventures on Western Waters" Vol II

1799. A List of Delinquents of the Revenue for the year one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight In the District of James Hoge in the second Battalion and In the Eighty sixth Reagment, September the 3rd

day 1799. Reuben Adkison - Tax Insolvent - 12 cents, William Akins 4.24, Joel Adkison - Insolvent - 24 cents, Randal Adkison - Not found - 12 cents, Joshua Adkison - Not found - 12 cents, Henry Harles - Not

found - 48 cents, Thomas McGuff - Not found 48 cents, Julia M. Case, "Montgomery County, Virginia 1798-1799 Delinquent Tax Lists," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, (Summer 1996) 34:246, 248.

1801. 30 Sept. Montgomery Co, VA Will Book 1:273. John MANN appoints Andrew HATFIELD as agent to sell land on Sinking Creek adj Parker ADKINS, David PRICE and Robert HUNTER. Wit: Henry WILLIAMS, Henry LYBROOK, Henry FRY, William KILPOLE. Recd. Feb. 1806

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Parker Vincent Adkins's Timeline

June 21, 1721
Goochland, Goochland County, Virginia, United States
Age 33
Halifax, Virginia, United States
Age 35
Halifax County, Virginia
September 20, 1759
Age 38
Halifax, Virginia
Age 38
Giles County, Virginia, United States
Age 38
Halifax, Virginia, United States
Age 41
Halifax, Virginia, United States
May 10, 1767
Age 45
Pittsyvania, Virginia, United States
Age 46
Cabell, Virginia