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Which Bill Adkins is which?
Posted by: Joel Adkins (ID *****1124) Date: January 03, 2010 at 15:29:27
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Can anyone confirm or disconfirm the following conjecture about the father of Weltha Adkins who married Millard F. Elkins and later Gilbert McComas?

Note: Ronnie Adkinsís book, page 169 lists: William Aude Adkins born August 1869 and died about 1960; son of Hezekiah Adkins and Liza Elkins. He married Eliza A. Gartin, born Nov. 1874, daughter of Caa and Rhoda [Lewis Cass Gartin and Rhoda Elkins]. Children of William A. and Eliza A.: Wealthy, born November 1892; married Unknown Porter. Caroline, born July 1894, married George F. Farley; Delbert born 1896, married Parisee Vance; Vinson, born April 1898. Wilda, married Unknown White. Jink. Bessie, married Shafer McNeely. Alice, married Earl Bills. Fannie, married Joe Neace.

On page 292, the Adkins book lists: William Aaron Adkins, born Lincoln County, West Virginia on 11 September 1872, son of Burrell Adkins and Malissa Adkins. He married Eliza ____; he married second Cora Lilly. Children of William Aaron Adkins: Wealtha, born about 1893, married Millard Elkins; Caroline, born about 1895; Lewis Delbert, born about 1896; Vinson, born about 1898 and died before 1910.

Note the similarity of the childrenís names and the birthdates for the two men named William A. Adkins. One of the two men is the father of Weltha Adkins, who married Millard F. Elkins. They were divorced and she married Gilbert McComas. Note: William Aude Adkins is often listed online as William Anderson Adkins.

It seems likely that William Aaron Adkins did not in fact marry Eliza Unknown before marrying Cora Lilly. The children listed as his in Ronnie Adkinsís book probably are the children of William Aude Adkins and Eliza Ann Gartin. First, Aaron is listed as single, rather than as divorced or widowed, on the certificate of his marriage to Cora Lilly {West Virginia Vital Research Records]. Second, he is listed as single in the 1900 census where he appears with his father and brother, Samuel. Third, he is listed as having been married only once in the 1910 census where he appears with his wife Cora, and their children.

William Aude Adkins/William Anderson Adkins and Eliza Ann Gartin are more likely to be the parents of Weltha Adkins. First, the evidence in the preceding paragraph seems to go some way in ruling out William Aaron Adkins. Second, Welthaís marriage to Millard Elkins took place at the home of L. C. Gartinóno doubt Lewis Cass Gartin, her maternal grandfather. Incidentally, Weltha is listed as divorced on her certificate of marriage to Gilbert McComas.

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