- Born: Abt 1730, England
- Marriage: Mary Adkins in Virgina, USA 163,164,165
The author's 5th Great-Grandfather
Gene Pool: Sherod Adkins Birth: 1766-- Botetourt, Fincastle, VA Death: -- Spouse: Sarah Lucas Parents: Jacob Harley, Mary Adkins
From Family notes of Virginia Pierce of Salem, OR 97303 : "Mary Adkins is the mother of Jacob Adkins, who married Phoebe Bradshaw. There are several stories about the marriage of Mary Adkins and Jacob. We are not sure what his last name is. Some say it is Harley. However, it seems to b e a fact that he was sent to America as a tax collector for the Crown. They had seven children. Mary's brothers did not like him and fought with him. He wa supposed to be the son of an English Earl - the Earl of Oxford. Some people called him Jacob Oxford, but that was not his name. When the revolutionary war arose, he was called back to England, and he did not take Mary and their children with him. He never returned to America. When he died he left some money for Mary and the children, but they would have had to go to E ngland and present their claim for it, so they never received anything. Mary raised her family alone and they all turn ed out to be good people . The children all took their mother's name ADKINS."
http://fly.hiwaay.net/~jjadkins/chronicles/indexSept98.htm l : "Mary ADKINS (35) was born in 1735 in Goochland County , Virginia.(36) She died between 1814 and 1820 in Cabell Co unty, Virginia .(37) Mary Adkins is the mother of almost al l Adkins descendants of Southwestern West Virginia. With most family researchers her descendants make up the so-calle d "Royal Line". This Royal Line theory comes from the family oral tradition that Mary lived common law with a descendant of the Earl of Oxford. According to the tradition, he deserted Mary and her children during the Revolutionary War and returned to England. Because the family name of the person that held the title 'Earl of Oxford' during the mid 1700 s was Harley it was assumed by almost all researchers that this man's name was Jacob Harley. Mary Adkins is buried i n an unmarked grave on Beech Fork at the mouth of Bowen's Creek."
As reported by Paul Dyer with references from Lambert Papers on the Adkins Family, by Hariam Adkins, Mae Adkins Tabor' s recorded in Wayne Couty News, and Ronnie Adkins of Montgo mery, Alabama:
"Jacob HARLEY was born about 1733 in Oxford, England. Son of an English Earl came to America as a Tax Collector and met Mary Adkins, and by common law marriage, lived with her and was the parent of several children.
When trouble between the Colonies and England began, Jacob Harley returned to England without his family. At his death he left a large sum of money to his son Jacob, but he refused to go to England to claim his fortune. Instead, in 17 79, he, with his mother, brothers and sisters crossed the Allegheny Mountains and later, setteled in the Beech Fork section of what is now Wayne County, WV."
"IRISH BURKS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA AND NEW RIVER," Patrici a Givens Johnson, Walpa Publishing, 4201 Prices Fork Rd, Bl acksburg VA, 24060, 1992., According to Johnson, there wa s no marriage between Jacob HARLEY and Mary ADKINS/ATKINS . All of her children went by the name of ADKINS/ATKINS.
Grace Gregory's," Book of Remembrance," Records that Jacob was a descendant of the Earl of Oxford.
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"IRISH BURKS OF COLONIAL VIRGINIA AND NEW RIVER," P. G. Johnson, Walpa Publishing, 4201 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg VA , 24060, 1992, p. 172: "The ATKINS family say that Mary ATKINS had lived with a British tax-collector named Jacob HARLEY who was the son of the third Earl of Oxford, a Royalist . Jacob HARLEY had six children by Mary ATKINS. When the Revolutionary War broke out he went back to England deserting Mary and the children who bore the ATKINS name (Hobert O . Franklin, quoting from Fred Lambert Collections, Marshal l Univeristy, Huntington, WV)."
Jacob married Mary Adkins, daughter of William V. Adkins Sr and Elizabeth Parker, in Virgina, USA 163,164.,165 (Mary Adkins was born in 1735 in Goochland, Goochland, Virginia, USA,163,164,165 died in Beech Hill, Mason, West Virginia, USA 163,164,165 and was buried Unmarked Grave on Beech Fork in Mouth Of Bowen's Creek 164.)