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Wm James Childrey/Childress & Amanda Jane Adkins
Posted by: Richard (ID *****2474) Date: October 09, 2002 at 16:32:33
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About 8 years ago, I rec'd copies of several pages of the Journal of Andrew Jackson Davison, whose wf was Martha Jane Young, dau of Thos K Young & Rosanna Wood of Jackson Co, AL & maury Co, TN. AJ Davison wrote that his wf, Martha Jane Young Davison, had told him that her father, Thos K Young, was a son of John Young & MISS ADKINS. I began searching for desc's of John Young & Miss Adkins, and found several of their desc's had md ch or step-ch of a John Adkins of Jackson Co, AL & Maury Co, TN. That led me to search for the connection or relationship between Miss Adkins & this John Adkins, and I'm still searching for that relationship.

Within the last year, I have ordered & rec'd the Civil War Union pension file of Andrew J/Jackosn J Adkins of JKAL, the Civil War Confederate widows pesion file of Jane Childry & the death cert of Jane Childrey. I have posted some of info from AJ/Jackson J Adkins pension file in Alabama: Jackson County Gen Forum, and will only post here that he was md 4th to Aley Sanders in JKAL in May of 1886. Sanders may have been her maiden name, if she was md previously, and I have not rec'd any responses to request for marr lookups for that marriage. Also, AJ/JJ died in Maynards Cove, Jackson Co, AL.

In late July of this year of 2002, I ordered the widows pension file for Jane Childry from TX State Library & death cert for Jane Childrey from TX dept of Health. Rec'd pension file in early Aug, but was waiting for death cert to post additional new info, and just rec'd it about a week ago. Together with the censuses of Navarro & Hill Co's, TX, there is new evidence that AJ/JJ was prob from 1st wf of John Adkins, and Amanda Jane, Nancy Adaline & Malinda were daus of 2nd wf of John Adkins.

The pension file consisted of a two page application, one page certification by County Judge & County Commissioners, one page avidavit of E(dmond) T(hos) Murphy who served in same Co as James Childry & one page avidavit of L(ucious) S Freeland who was prob too young to serve in Civil War. The most interesting & useful info from the application was: (1) resides near Hubbard city, Hill Co, TX, and has since 1874, (2) physical cond-feeble & not able to engage in any occupation at age 65, (3) md James Childry 1851 Maury Co, TN (actually 12/29/1853), (4) James Childry enlisted in Co C of 48th TN Regement & served form the beginning until the fall of 1863 when he died in a hospital in KY, (5) Q. "Are you unmarried, and have you so remained unmarried since the death of your said husband for whose services you claim a pension?" Answer. "Yes" and (6) applicant indigent with no property or income.

I have no idea what happened to Wade Hampton Smith who md Amanda Jane on 12/12/1867 in MUTN, and was listed as the head of household in 1870 FC of MUTN as follows: p684 66/66, Dist 25; SMITH, (Wade) Hampton 37 (28) TN Farmer _/95, (Amanda) Jane (Adkins-Childsey) 42 TN (37 MO), THURMAN, James 17 TN, Nancy (Childers) 16 TN (md 12/24/1869 MSTN), CHILDRESS, (Wm) David 14 TN, Alice 12 TN & (Malissa) Elizabeth 11.

Just as Wm James Childrey/Childress, Amanda Jane's 1st husb, was prob a relative of her step-mother, Nancy Jane Childress Haley Allred Adkins, Wade Hampton Smith, Amanda Jane's 2nd husb, was prob a relative, at least an in-law, of her step-mother Elizabeth Tanner Adkins. Wade Hampton Smith & his bro, Joseph Claiborne/Claiburn Smith, also served in same Co C 48th TN Rgmt. as Wm James Childria/Childress. Clem Smith, prob uncle of Wade Hampton Smith, md Nancy Tanner in 1839 MUTN. Wade Hampton Smith was son of Philip Smith & Lettatitia Davis who were md in MUTN on 7/18/1838.

1850 FC of MUTN: p641 1099 Dist 4 (Culleoka); SMITH, Phillip 51 NC, Letitia (Davis) 31 NC, Nancy 11 TN, Sarah 9 TN, Hamden 7 TN, John 5 TN & Joseph 1 TN. p641 1100: DAVIS, Edmond 75 (70-75) NC, Pheobe (???) 65 NC, Nancy 85 NC & Naomi 20 TN. 1860 FC of MUTN: p89 316 Dist 4; SMITH, Tisha 42 NC, Nancy J 21 AL, Sarah A 19 TN, Wade H 18 TN, John H 13 TN, Joseph C 12 TN & Mary F 10 TN; DAVIS, Edmond 100 (80-85) NC.

The death cert gave DOB as Aug 12th 1839 (should be 1833) & POB as TN (should be MO). Date of death was Sept 18th 1914 in Hubbard City, Hill Co, TX. Four soild black lines were drawn thru name of father, birthplace of father, name of mother & birthplace of mother. The most useful info would have been the maiden name of her mother, the 1st/2nd wf of John Adkins, but the info from the censuses of Navarro & Hill Co.s, TX may provide some useful clues. Will post some of the info found in these for Jane Childrey and her daus, Nannie Childers Thurman & Melissa Childress Davis, in a later post.

I will also try to get time to post info on other Confederate Veterans from MUTN who also moved to Navarro (near Dawson) & Hill (near Hubbard) Co.s, TX. Hubbard area of Hill Co was originally part of Navarro Co, TX. These CSA veterans & their families include members of the Murphie/Murphy, Freeland, Cheatham & Warden.

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