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October 10, 2020
I found a reply by Cousin Sarah Bird (Bea) from December, 2017 on Adkins Family History Group in response to a thread posted by the owner of the blog, where Cousin Sarah talks about the first-hand account in her family of her great aunt’s being taken into captivity by the Shawnee; in particular, that she was given over to the care Chief Cornstalk’s family and treated well:
Another account of being able to verify family oral tradition:
“History of the Graham Family,” Clayton, West Virginia, by David Graham, 1899. Excerpt from the archived website of the Library of Congress. I also own the book.
p. 97: “This account was given the writer substantially as stated by David W. Jarrett, who is a son of Elizabeth’s sister, Jane, and he says he has it from the lips of his mother.” (Emphasis added.)
p. 93: “After becoming thoroughly convinced that Elizabeth had been carried into captivity, the next task of Col. Graham was to locate her whereabouts and, if possible, secure her return. Months of anxious and unceasing search located her among the Shawnee tribes, whose wigwams were  situated at what is now Chillicothe, Ohio. She had been adopted by a squaw of one of the chiefs of the Cornstalk family of that tribe and, while it was doubtless a source of great jo’.y [sic] to those fond parents to find their long-lost child alive and well and well cared for, though in the home of a savage chief, yet a new anxiety awaited them, but little less terrible than that which they had already experienced, the work of rescuing and seeing her once more around the hearthstone of their own home. To this task Col. Graham directed his energies and several times visited the Shawnee towns and as often met with new obstacles and disappointments, none of which were probably more heart-rending to him than to know that his child had learned to love her savage home, and that in turn she was loved and doted on by her adopted mother. As the tender twig is easily bent and made to grow in new directions, so were the inclinations of this innocent child readily diverted from the scenes of the past and made to love the passing events which surrounded  her, and she being well cared for and never mistreated by the Indians, it was but natural that she loved them. It is also said that before her return a love more passionate than that for her adopted tribe or mother had seized her youthful breast and that a young warrior would soon have claimed her for his “white” squaw. As to the truth of the story, that she had an Indian lover, we do not vouch, but having learned it from her own descendants, we think it worthy of mention. After fruitless efforts and at least two contracts, which were violated and backed down from by the Indians, Col. Graham finally succeeded in 1785 in ransoming and bring his daughter back home, after an absence of about eight years. The price paid for her release was the release of an Indian prisoner whom the whites held, thirty saddles and a lot of beads and other trinkets, and, according to the summing up of the various traditions, about $300 in silver.” (Emphasis added.)
October 4, 2020
OUR FAMILY COULD WRITE! This disproves the speculation:
Adkins Family History Group, October 4, 2020:
Greg Napier: Petition from Kanawha County, Virginia dated 6 Dec 1808. Highlighted are two of My Napier ancestors who left Montgomery County after March 1801 in 4th Great Grandfather Thomas Franklin Napier 1778-1860 and His father Edmund Napier 1753-1834 who lived in Lee County, Virginia… Also at top of page some Adkins men signed… William, Sherrod, Jacob , and Isaac , James and Hezekiah…Cabell County, Virginia was formed the following year in 1809..
October 4, 2020
I found a very relevant 2001 post by Ronnie Adkins regarding DNA results that the owner of the blog re-posted in 2018:
Nine years later, we now have a more accurate and complete picture of our family’s DNA — which does contain Native American DNA…our family DOES have Indian blood and we are so very proud of it!
October 3, 2020
Patricia Breed Everett discovered another instance of a family’s intermarrying with the Cornstalk family!
From the “Chronicals of Border Warfare,” by Alexander S. Withers, from the date 1769: Colonel Ebenezer Zane, his brothers Silas and Jonathan, with some others visited the Ohio River “for the purpose of commencing improvements. (The Zanes were with Penn in Pennsylvania. When he was nine, Isaac Zane had been taken captive by the Indians, taken to the Mad River in Ohio. Isaac married an Indian woman. He became a chief and lived out his life with the Indians. As of the publication of “Chronicles of Border Warfare, his descendants still reside in Ohio.
Isaac Zane’s captivity and marriage to Wyandot Chief Tarhe, The Crane’s, half French daughter Myerrah is also documented in the book “The Other Trail of Tears,” by Mary Stockwell.
Signature of Wayandot Chief Tar-he the Crane on the second Treaty of Greenville signed on July 22, 1814 at Greenville, Ohio. Native American signatories were from the Wyandot, Delaware, Shawnee, Seneca and Miami tribes:
September 2, 2020
Sheila Jean Metcalf was kind enough to share information about a book containing information documenting more members of our Adkins family having lived among the Indians — in this instance for seven years!
“Early Morgan County,” by Arthur C. Johnson, published by the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Kentucky and U.S. Department of Agriculture, published 1974
August 27, 2020
More documentation that families that who were intermarried with this Adkins family were in the area and interacting and living among Native Americans from the very earliest of times. (Permission to post granted to Dorene Soiret by Ralph Adkins.):
August 2, 2020
Bluesky oral tradition as conveyed by Nancy “Nannie” Adkins as conveyed to son Rick Lear, member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Permission for Dorene Soiret to post granted by Rick Lear:
“The Story of Little Berry and Charity Adkins, as related to my mother, as a small child. Nancy ‘Nannie’ Adkins was born August 30, 1845 in Wayne County, WV. The daughter of Owen Adkins and Nary Jane Damron of Wayne County, Virginia. She married Jesse Queen in Boyd County, Kentucky on April 20, 1862. Following Jesse’s death in 1926, we find her living in 1930 with her son, James A Queen [in the house of her son] and his new wife, Nancy Melissa Duty. They married on February 12, 1905. Nannie Adkins Queen died February 18, 1936 in Cabell County, West Virginia.
“Nannie was the mother of my Grandfather James A Queen 1865-1951. Aunt Edith told me ‘Granny Nannie’ smoked a pipe and chewed tobacco. Aunt Edie’s job, as the youngest child, was to sweep the floors [dirt] and clean the fireplace hearth. Grannie Nan would spit ’baccer juice’ onto to the hearth. Aunt Edie said, “I’d get so mad,” but Mommy would say, “she’s old and we love her.”
“Nannie Adkins Queen, ‘Granny Nan’ was the provider of many stories about the Adkins’ family. She related to my Mother, Nila Mae Queen 1924-2015 and her sister, Nola Edith Queen 1928-2017, of how her mother would make the girls wear long sleeved dresses and bonnets, because the sun would turn them dark. Of the Littleberry story, she told her grandchildren about how her Great-grandfather Littleberry and his sister Charity, came to be with the family.
“’One day, after a trip, Parker Adkins returned home and had two small children with him. Both had Black hair and dark eyes and were very young. The story goes on that their mother had died and she was a Shawnee Princess by the name of Blue Sky. Blue Sky was the daughter of the Legendary Chief Cornstalk, that was the Indian leader at the Battle of Pt Pleasant. The white men killed him and his son at a Fort.’”
July 7, 2020
More documentation regarding Bluesky’s being the daughter or Chief Cornstalk, contained in the book “The Heritage of Cabell County, West Virginia,” Vol. I, compiled by the KYOWVA Genealogical Society, ordered by proclamation of the County Commission of Cabell County, first printing published in 1996.
Please see page 96, the genealogical profile of Mr. Garnett Adkins, submitted by Mitchell F. Adkins on p. 96. There you will find noted as his grandparents: Chief Cornstalk, Bluesky, Parker Adkins, Charity Adkins as well as others contained in that profile of Mr. Adkins’s family. Profile submitted by Mitchell F. Adkins.
To the right you will find the profile of John T. (Tradaughtery) Adkins, a son of Charity Adkins and Randolph Adkins submitted by his 2nd great grandson Douglas Smith.
July 4, 2020
More documentation of heavy trade with the Native Americans and record of intermarriage with whites EXACTLY where our Adkins and related families lived in Beech Fork even as late and later than 1850.
June 17, 2020
Mr. Charles Stackpole personally had contact, e-mail correspondence with and sent this document via U.S. Mail document to Debbie Adkins Vance:
June 2, 2020
Robert Thompson, Administrator of the Adkins Family History Group page on FB posted this newspaper clipping. Robert gave me permission to post here:
Ferguson and Adkins on Twelve Pole with an Indian Guide
“I found this article in the Huntington Advertiser of January 22, 1874. To my knowledge, this is the only reference I have seen about the members of the Ferguson family and Adkins family being guided by an Indian into the Twelve Pole Valley. First names are not included, but the Ferguson mentioned here is likely Samuel Ferguson who settled on Twelve Pole about 1802. The Adkins could be several. I think Littleberry is a likely candidate as he arrived in the region in the early 1800s. This story was written about seventy years after the Fergusons and Adkinses arrived in the Twelve Pole Valley and was within living memory of the events described. If the accounts are true, this helps provide credence to the theory that the Adkins family had close relations with the Indians.”