William H. H. Adkins

William H. H. Adkins – Civil War Soldier

Submitted by J Burcham

William H. H. Adkins was born 1830 in Kentucky. Sept.1,1850 he married Lucinda Wiley in Louisa, Lawrence Co. Ky. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Wiley and Lucretia Nelson and granddaughter of Jenny Wiley . They had 6 children. George Washington, Samuel B., John, Nancy A. Jeremiah (lived only 6 mos.), and Benjamin.

William was a Private in the Civil War. He was in the 14th.Ky.Inf. Co. D.  He served from 1861-1865. About 1869 he moved his family to Lawrence County Ohio. He was a farmer  and a well known preacher in Lawrence County. In a later newspaper article  from a local paper listed him as one of a group of ministers that started an evangelistic movement after the Civil War and established several churches in the area. It was called the Bethlehem Association. The members that were listed were ( Elders J. E. Rice, Phillip Hager, Andrew White, James Kirk, W. H. H. Adkins, William (Sonny) Dillon, H .H. Saunders, R. L. Hollandsworth and Joshua Damron.) Also listed were the churches that were established for the Bethlehem Assn. (Center Point, Lucinda Chapel, New Zion, Good  Hope, Linnville, Palestine, Guyan Valley, Osa Chapel and Bethel.) The first Sunday in Sept. 1895 they held last meeting in Lawrence Co. when they met at Center Point Church and founded Center Point Assn. composed of their churches in Ohio and Kentucky. Linnville Church had only existed since April of that year,27th. of April 1895,it was organized with W. H. H. Adkins-moderator and G. L. Wickline, clerk.

March of 1881 his wife Lucinda died. She is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Greasy Ridge. At that time he had a monument put at the grave site. On one side is his name the way he signed it, Attkins. So who ever he ordered it from spelled the name the same. Some of his children from first marriage used Atkins, the children from 2nd.marriage used Adkins. In his Civil War  Pension papers and census both D and T were used. Also he buried his second wife there.

He lived in several places in Lawrence Co., Ironton, Rappsburg, Polkadotte, Scottown, Greasy Ridge, and Miller to name a few.

He married his second wife in August 1881,5 mos. after his first wife died in March. Her name was Dolly A. Massie. They had 3 children, Mary Lucy Jane, Ada Susan, and James William. James lived only 3 mos.

Mary married Ed Dillon. Ada married James Nance.

Dolly had a son 10 years old when they were married. Dennis L. Massie  born Mar.15,1871. He married Elizabeth Hunley.

After Dolly died William married Susan Shafer daughter of Samuel and  Mary Shafer.

In 1896 William married his 4th. wife. Nancy White, Joplin, Hutchison. Nancy was the daughter of Benjamin White. Her first husband John Joplin died-she then married James Hutchison They were divorced. She then married William. William died 1912 and is buried in Miller Cemetery, Miller Ohio. He has a Civil War monument. His 4th. wife Nancy lived till 1934.