Ballard Preston Adkins
- Born: 9 May 1844, Museville, Pittsylvania Co., VA.
- Marriage: Martha Ann Jones on 19 Feb 1867 in Pittsylavania Co., VA.
- Died: 9 Mar 1918, Pittsylvania Co., VA. at age 73
- Buried: 10 Mar 1918, Adkins Cemetery, on Rte 800 near Climax
Cause of his death was Brights Disease.
The 1880 Federal Census for Pigg River, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, District 172 records Preston Adkins (36) and wife Martha A. (32) with children Charles K. (5), Wm. B. (3), Cally (12), Nelly G. (9), and Mary M. (1). Also in the household is mother Sallie Jone (53) [mother-in-law]. A few doors away is Charles K. Adkins' future wife E. Francis McDowell (18). She is living with her parents Jos. T. (44) and Martha F. (39) McDowell and siblings David F. (20), Jno. H. (12), Jos. L. (10), Jos. P. (8), Nannie T. (14), Mary E. (6), Lavicy (4), and Sallie M. (2). (see notes on Eunice McDowell)
The 1870 Federal Census for Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., Virginia records Preston T. Adkins (26) with his wife Martha Ann (19) and daughter Callie (1). Sallie Jones (48) [mother-in-law] is living with the family. Next door is brother-in-law William P. Jones (22) with wife Louisa (18) and son William (1).
The 1860 Federal Census for Pittsylvania Co., Virginia lists a Sally Jones (33) with children John (14), Perkins (12) and Martha A. (10) living in Museville District of Pittsylvania Co., Va.
The Federal Census for Pittsylvania Co., Virginia, taken Oct 19, 1850 records Mark H. Jones (26) and wife Sally Jones (23) with children John (4), William (2) and Martha A. (1/12). Martha A. Jones will become the wife of Ballard Preston Adkins. Ballard is just two pages over in the census.
The 1900 Federal Census for Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., Va. (ED#75, page 312A) records Ballard P (May 1844) and Martha (May 1848) Adkins with children Rofser (March 1884-son), Mattie (March 1886), Mary (1889), and Lueiza (April 1893). Also in the household is mother-in-law Sallie Jones (April 1821). Next door is son Wm B. Adkins (March 1877) and his wife Mollie (April 1876) with daughter Alie (March 1899).
The 1910 Federal Census for Callands, Pittsylvania Co., VA, (ED#89, page 74A) records Ballard P. and Martha A. Adkins living near his mother, Permillia Adkins.
Ballard Preston Adkins enlisted on March 24, 1864 as a Private in Company I, 21st Infantry Regiment Virginia. Co. I was known as The Turkey Cock Grays due to the fact that most of the soldiers came from the Turkey Cock Mountain area of Henry/Pittsylvania Co., Va. He was wounded on May 5, 1864 at The Battle of The Wilderness, VA. He was furloughed on January 21, 1865 for 30 days. His physical description:
Height: 5'10 "
Eye Color: grey
Hair Color: dark
APPLICATION OF A WIDOW OF A DECEASED SOLDIER, SAILOR OR MARINE FOR A PENSION.
Name: Ballard P. Adkins, 65 years old on May 9, 1909
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Member of: Company I, 21st Virginia Regiment: wounded at the Battle of The Wilderness by a minie ball to the shoulder.
Pittsylvania County 1898
VIRGINIA:County of Pittsylvania, TO-WIT: I, James Tresnay, ? Judge for the County of Pittsylvania, do certify that I have carefully enquired and examined into, and am fully satisfied from the evidence adduced before me that each and all of the facts set forth in the within application are true; that the applicant is the identical person name in the application; that the application is for the reasons approved, and it is therefore certified that Ballard Preston Adkins is entitled to receive annually from the State of Virginia the sum of fifteen dollars. Given under my hand this 31st day of November 1898.
Signed: James L. Tresnay ?
I, G. W. Gammon, Commissioner of Revenue for the County of Pittsylvania do certify that Ballard Adkins,whose name is signed to the foregoing application, personally appeared before me in my county, and, having the said application fully read and explained to him, as well as the statements and answers therein made, he the said Lewis Adkins made oath before me that said statements and answers are true. Given under my hand this 11th day of April, 1902.
Signed: G. W. Gammon
Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Ballard Preston Adkins
Residence: Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., VA
Age at Death: 73 yrs 0 mos 10 dys
Birth Date: 9 May 1844 at Museville, Pittsylvania Co., VA
Death Date: 9 Mar 1918
Death Place: Pittsylvania, Virginia
Burial: March 10, 1918 - 5 miles east of Chatham
Registration Date: 30 Mar 1918
Father: don't know
Mother: Amelia (sic - Permelia) Adkins
Certificate Number: 1918007737
Informant: C K. Adkins [son, Charles Keen Adkins] of Chatham
Ballard married Martha Ann Jones, daughter of Mark H. Jones and Sarah Ann (Sallie) Rigney, on 19 Feb 1867 in Pittsylavania Co., VA. (Martha Ann Jones was born on 23 May 1849 in Pittsylvania Co., VA, died on 10 Mar 1929 in Chatham, Pittsylvania Co., VA. and was buried on 11 Mar 1929 in Adkins Cemetery, on Rte 800 near Climax.) The cause of her death was Pneumonia / Influenza.
ADKINS, Preston, age 22, single, occ Farmer, s/o Permelia Adkins to Martha Ann Jones, age 17, single, d/o Demarcus and Sally Jones. 19 February 1867. Married by William S. McDowell.