ATKINSON FAMILY HISTORY
he did not sign his name.)
3, 1897 (should be 1879 – cls), my being in my eighty-third
year, think that I could not remain here long, I determined
to leave each of my family and my wife’s family a
history, for the benefit of my children and grandchildren.
I will now begin with parents on the Atkinson and Warren
side to the best of my ability.
Atkinson moved from Virginia with one of his brothers and
a sister soon after the Revolutionary War and settled in
Wilkes Co., Georgia.
My grandfather was named
Nathan Atkinson, his brother Thomas, and his sister, Betsy.
She married John Carroll of Virginia. They all came to Georgia
together. The three are as far back as I have any account
My father Tom is the eldest
son of Nathan. He raised three sons to be grown to wit:
Thomas, James, Josiah, and three daughters, Betsy Wingfield,
Patience Smith and Rhody Rowland. All died in Greene County,
father, when he became of age, went from Wilkes Co., GA
to Burke Co., GA, where he married my mother, Rebekah Warren,
the eldest daughter of Corlis Warren of Burke Co., GA. Corlis
Warren had several brothers, but have forgotten their names.
Some of his nephews were Josiah, Hinchey, Kitteral, Eddie
(or Eali) and Lot. I had little acquaintance with my mothers
people as I was raised some distance from them. Eddie and
Lot were her cousins. They used to live in Houston Co.,
Georgia. My grandfather Warren married Hester Anderson before
the Revolutionary War. They raised one son, Archibald, and
four daughters, Rebekah (my mother), Rachel Lightfoot, Elizabeth
Jones (then Bird), and Mary Caruthers. All died in Burke
Co., Georgia except my mother, who died at my house in Henry
Co., Georgia, July 28, 1857 with paralysis. She was upwards
of eighty years old at her death.
father and mother were married in 1794. I was born in 1796.
He died before I was six years old. My mother had three
children, I was the oldest, then Elizabeth, and James last.
I married Martha F. Dean
the 11th of November, 1824. My sister married John Watkins,
my brother married a Butler of Morgan County, GA. James
is in Morgan Co., and raised his family there. Sister Elizabeth
Watkins went from Alabama to Texas twenty or thirty years
ago. If alive, she still lives there. Her oldest, Jack Watkins,
is 68 years old and one of the best doctors in the county
he lived in. Robert, his brother, was a very successful
doctor. One of his sister’s daughters married a man by the
name of Randle. I have forgotten the names of the family.
Jack and Robert have moved to Texas in the last five years.
I have lost sight of that branch of my family and have almost
lost sight of brother James and family. It has been twenty
years since I saw any of them, and can only give names of
some of his sons and none of his daughters. His oldest were
Thomas, William, James and Edward.
I will now go back to my father, mother
and their grandchildren. They married in Burke Co. and father
died there seven or eight years after marriage. My mother
married William Jones in the fall of 1807. In the fall of
1808, he moved to Greene Co. where he died the following
spring. That fall she, being left in a helpless condition
on a good farm and no one to cultivate it as her eldest
child was only thirteen and too small to plow, felt the
necessity of marrying her third husband, Lewis Mosley.
they lived together some 25 or 30 years when he died. My
mother lived a widow some eight or nine years, then died
at my home in Henry County at eighty years of age.
never had but three children, all of whom are living at
this time as far as I know. I am the eldest of the three.
There are only four years and nine months lacking seven
days between the eldest and the youngest of the three.
I will now
take up my own family. I was in my 29th year, from the 10th
of June to the 11th of November when my wife and I were
married. She was twenty-one years, seven days at the time.
She had nine children, two died in infancy. The eldest,
Sarah Ann, was born Oct. 24, 1826. She has been married
twice, first to Henry McClendon. She had two sons James
S. McClendon and Thomas McClendon. Both married. James married
Branch Tavern’s daughter Sarah, they have one child. I have
forgotten who Thomas married, but they have no children.
second husband was Dr. L. Coleman. She bore him three sons
and one daughter Mattie. The sons were Henry Watson, Franklin,
and Milton. None of them married.
I now commence
Burkett. He was born the 4th of November 1831 and married
Betsy Willet of Clark Co., Nov. 1856. He has nine living
children, five boys and four daughters. They are Joseph
E., Mattie, Lula, James, Sallie, Willie, Charles, Johnny
and Carrie Grant Atkinson. All are single and three nearly
was born the 13th of March 1834 and married G.W. Morris.
She has nine children: Mattie, George, John and Ruthie,
all about grown. The younger children I have forgotten their
names. Mattie has two children, George’s wife one. She was
Allen Cock’s daughter. Mattie married a Stubbs.
was born the September, 1836. She married John W. Henderson
and has five children: Sanford, Mattie, James, Charles,
and Walter Lee, all yet small.
born the 22nd of October, 1839. She has only two living
children, John and William.
Rebecca was born the 22nd of November, 1841, and died the
11th day of March, 1878. She was twice married – first to
Stell Henderson who was killed at the first Murphreesboro
fight. She had a Henderson child, Stell. Then she married
B.F. Morris and bore him two sons, Oliver Cromwell and Francis
Archibald. That ends that branch.
my youngest son, James Archibald, was born the 28th of April,
1846. He has five living children. He married Rebekah Wilson
of Haralson County. The first child was Thomas, then James
A., Ola, Mattie, Samuel, and William. That ends my children
I will now
fall back to my wife’s family, the Deans and Carltons as
her mother was a Carlton. My wife’s father, Burkett Dean,
married Sarah Carlton, the daughter of Thomas Carlton, about
1800. He was for many years the Clerk of the Superior Court
of Greene Co. He lived in Greensboro for a long time then
moved to Madison, Morgan Co. and there died before I married
his granddaughter. He has a brother by the name of Henry
Carlton, a regular sportsman. He died an old bachelor without
any lawful heirs nearer than his brother’s and sister’s
children and grandchildren. He died possessed of a certain
of land known as the Madison Race Tract. The greater part
of Madison is on that tract or parcel of land. I believe
that Ben Hill or Stephens could recover that land for the
Carlton family. Twenty years ago I was by Colonel Lowes
of Clark Co. He was very knowing of the whole matter, but
now he is dead.
Now I will
go back to Thomas Carlton and family. He had two sons and
six daughters. The first son was Thomas, then Henry. Sarah
married Burkett Dean. Elizabeth married John Allen; she
kept a hotel in Milledgeville for many years. After John’s
death, she married Dr. Brown of Monroe Co. A few years later,
she died without any children. Rebecca married Alexander
Jarrett, raised no children. Martha married Edward Butler,
reared sons and daughters. Susan died before marriage. Nancy
married John Marler, a mechanic of Milledgeville.
Martha, was the oldest daughter of Burkett Dean. Thomas
was the eldest son, then Gabriel, George, John and Burkett
of the boys. Sarah never married. Elizabeth married three
times, the first to James Jarrett, then Isaac Boring a Methodist
preacher of some note, then Bradfield, a mechanic of some
note. She had children by all three of her husbands, then
died. Believe I can’t give names of her children. Mary,
the youngest child, married William Turk of Baldwin Co.
He moved to Troup Co., stayed a few years, then went to
Alabama some 18 miles below Columbus. There, the wife died
leaving sons and daughters, but I cannot give any of their
I have gone through my family the best that I can. I now
count the outside relations of the Dean and Carlton generations.
My wife claimed them as her relations. George Heard was
her father’s sister’s son. Some of the Ramsey’s married
into the Heard family. The Popes were on the Dean side,
the Nelsons on the Dean; Jarrett's on the Carlton. The Sampson's
were related, also the Finches.
I will now
go back to my grandfather’s brother and sister: Thomas Atkinson
and Elizabeth Carroll. They first lived in Wilkes Co. The
first son Armistead lived and died in Greene Co., near the
Wilkes line. I do not think he reared a son to be grown,
though his daughters lived to be grown – Mrs. Dickenson
for one and Mrs. Battle, but she soon died. That is all
I can say of the family.
raised his family in Morgan County, near Sandy Creek Church.
He had sons and daughters. Henry Phillips married one and
Hiram Elliott married Mary. Porter Morrow married Nancy.
I do not remember any more names.
I now take
up Lemuel Atkinson, who lived part of his days in Pike County
and died there. He raised one son Tollison and if still
alive lives near Dalton. A man by the name of Williams married
his daughter Elizabeth. That is all I know of them.
I will now
take up John Atkinson. He left his parents some 75 or 80
years ago and went to South Carolina near Augusta, GA and
then I think the family lost sight of him. No doubt he went
back to Virginia where he was born. The family heard he
was married and was supposed to be in SC. He could have
written his family where he settled and married and my family
would not have known, since we did not live near in my growing
married his second wife and raised one son who was younger
than John. His name was Nathan. He raised a large family
of sons and daughters in Greene County and died there. He
had one son – James, and John and Lemuel. That is the most
I can say of that part of the family.
I know but
little of the Carroll family. He came to Georgia soon after
the Revolutionary War. He reared sons and daughters. It
is said that he had a son in Irwin County. He has a grandson
in Dekalb County, Nathaniel Carroll. He had several sons
and daughters, but I can’t give their names.
quite an extensive generation, but I never heard of one
of the generation that was hanged or put in prison or committed
suicide. Some of the generation lived to be ver old. Both
of my grandfathers lived to be eight-odd, so handed down
to me and grandmother about the same, and also one of my
father’s brothers. I will be eighty-three on June 10, 1879.
Benjamin Futrell married a cousin of mine. He has been dead
10 years. He was at his death 99 years, 5 months and 14
“Carroll”, “Mosley” and “Dickenson” wee spelled several
different ways in this History.
Frances Gresham Mitchell – Pulaski Chapter N.S.D.A.R. This
history was not signed by Archibald Atkinson, but research
by descendants of Thomas Atkinson, brother of Nathan, has
facts to prove the above history written by Archibald Atkinson.
Family History was unsigned by the writer, Archibald Atkinson.
The descendants have kept this history and prize it highly,
but seem to think that since it was unsigned, that it is
practically worthless, but taken with the idea of proving
the data, it becomes very valuable.
are some items that prove that he definitely knew what he
was writing about, and I hope that some future generations
will complete and publish this history.”
Frances Gresham Mitchell
of Nathan and his brother Thomas Atkinson will be found
in the first Will Book of Greene County, Georgia.
the deed records of Nash County, NC will be found deeds
in which it says “John Carroll, the brother-in-law of Nathan
performed in Georgia are as follows:
Atkinson to Martha Dean – 11/07/1824, Morgan Co., GA
and Mariah Butler – 10/27/1825, Morgan Co., GA
Atkinson and John Watkins – 09/18/1816, Greene Co., GA
and Rebecca Jones by John Turner J.P. – 10/12/1809, Greene
and Nancy Atkinson – Morgan Co., GA
and Mary Ann Atkinson – Morgan Co., GA
and Catherine Atkinson – 1825, Greene Co., GA
Atkinson and John Battle – 1819, Greene Co., GA
Atkinson died in Pike Co., GA. He first married Nancy Townsend,
2nd, Mary Ann. Estate records give the names of Tollison
T. Atkinson and Elizabeth Williams.
Atkinson and his wife Rhoda Ivey Atkinson along with the
sister of Thomas are buried at the old Sandy Creek Cemetery
in Morgan Co., GA.
Atkinson married Sally Thomas, they died in Greene Co. (later
have in our possession many such items that prove beyond
any shadow of doubt that Archibald Atkinson knew what he
was doing when he wrote this above history. The will of
Henry Carlton is in Morgan Co., GA along with other data
pertaining to the above history that shows the writer was
fully acquainted with the families of which he wrote.
Mary Gresham, Gainesville, FL
Mitchell, Zebulon, GA
S. Moore, Gainesville, FL
of Thomas Atkinson, the great uncle of Archibald Atkinson
and they can be contacted by descendants for proof.
Frances Gresham Mitchell
document was retyped by Marc Atkinson with the following
note: “As I copied this “copy” of this history, I made a
few spelling and punctuation corrections in order to make
this information easier to understand. This history was
found in the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.)
books at the George Archives in Atlanta. It was published
around 1965. I have written to the above people, but received
Marc L. Atkinson 07/27/1996
The only word
of caution I would have is, this information is just what
Archibald Atkinson , at age 83, knew and remembered about
some of the members of this large family. For instance,
Archibald list his youngest son, James Archibald Atkinson
and his wife, Rebekah Wilson, as having 5 living children.(
at the time of his writing this history, 1879). Thru another "
cousin" I learned that James A. Atkinson and Rebekah
W. Atkinson had 2 more sons, born after 1879/ they were,
Archibald Shelby Atkinson b. 1882, in Ga. and d. 1964, in
Little Rock ,AR. and Howell Atkinson , b. 1884 in Ga.
It is very
possible, that Archibald died before these 2 grandsons were
born, I have not found any information on Archibald Atkinson's
death or burial. I did find an Archibald Atkinson on the
1880 death census for Coweta Co.,Ga. his age matched my
Archibald's age, and it's possible he moved in with a relative
when he became too old or ill to care for himself..
Note from another descendant -
I was just surfing tonight to see if I could find any
recent info on Thomas Atkinson and Rhoda Ivey (my ancestors) and
ran across the above info.
I would like to say that most of the info on the Atkinson
family is correct. I am a descendant of the
Thomas Atkinson family of Morgan Co. Lavinia Atkinson,
daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Speed Atkinson,
married Henry Phillips and they are (were) my
gr-gr-gr-gr grandparents. They were the parents
of 11 sons and one daughter.
Mar L. Atkinson stated he tried to contact Mary Gresham
and Frances Gresham Mitchell. (they were sisters)
Frances died some years ago and I doubt Mary is still
alive. Frances and I corresponded on the
Atkinson and Phillips families for years After
her death Mary gave me much of Frances' research material.
Just thought you might be interested in adding
this to your info.
Tommie Phillips LaCavera posted on July 2, 2008
Note from another descendant -
I have just read on your website Archibald
Atkinson's family history. In about the middle of
it, in a paragraph beginning,
"I think I've gone through my
family the best I can." He goes on to name some
others including "the Finches".
Burkett Dean's wife Sarah Carleton,
was the daughter of Thomas Carleton, Jr. and his wife Martha
Martha Finch was the daughter
of Brothers Finch and his wife, Sarah Vaughan.
Sarah Vaughan was the daughter
Rabley Vaughan and his wife, Mary Cocke.
Mary Cocke was the daughter
of Edward Cocke, Sr. and his wife, Mary Hamlin.
Edward Cocke, Sr. was the son
of Mary Aston and Richard Cocke.
If you will go to Gary Boyd
Roberts' book, THE ROYAL DESCENTS OF 500 IMMIGRANTS,
you will find the descent of George Herbert Walker Bush
from Henry II, King of England. In the 18th generation
you will find Mary Aston married to Richard Cocke.
Henry County Family Biographies Index
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