Book: Isle of Wight Co deeds 1750-1782
1 Sept 1763...John GWIN of Newport Parish to his son, William GWIN of the same, for love and affection...94 acres (being land whereon I now live) adjoining John Nelms, Lawrence Branch, Samuel Johnson, Col. Joseph Bridger and Jonathan Pond. Wit: Edmund Westray, Benjamin Johnson and Lynee Lankford.
2 Feb. 1772...John Gwin, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth Gwin, of Southampton county to John Gwin, Jr. of IOW...113 acres adjoining Thomas Lankford, Joseph Bridger, William Gwin and John Nelms. Wit: John Eley, Jr., James Johnson and John Powell.
Book: A Pictorial History, Smithfield by Dashiell
Archibald ATKINSON of Smithfield was the 9th representative and the sixth from IOW. Son of James and Mary Atkinson, he was born in IOW on Sept 15, 1792. He served during War of 1812, attended the College of William and Mary, practiced law and served his apprenticeship in the Virginia House of Delegates. He retained his seat for only one term, 1815-1817, and after a period of 11 years returned for 3 more years, 1828-1831.
When Holleman left the VA Senate in 1839, Atkinson succeeded him and remained four years, 1839-1843. From the VA Senate he went to Washington and took the seat Dr. Mallory relinquished March 4, 1843.
Atkinson was in the thick of the campaign of 1844 when the Democrats elected James K. Polk as President Atkinson declined to run again. Atkinson had married Frances Day in 1815 and their only child, Emily, became the wife of a distant cousin, Dr. Joseph N. Atkinson of Smithfield. Emily had numerous descendants. After the death of Frances, Archibald married Elizabeth Ann Chilton with whom he had 7 children.
He was an eminent lawyer and was Commonwealth's Attorney for IOW and first mayor of Smithfield from 1852-1855.
In 1837 he bought the large brick residence on Church Street and hade it his home til death on Jan. 7, 1872. His wife's death was 3 months later and they are both buried within the shadow of the Old Brick Church (St. Luke's).
A portrait of him hangs in the old courthouse in Smithfield.
No McNutt nor Grigsby.
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