|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1831|
|Death: ||May 17, 1915|
Samuel Atkins, M. D. was born in Grainger County, Tennessee on September 1, 1831, son of Morris and Lucinda (Peak) Atkins. They were natives of Virginia; the father of Wythe County, the mother of Roanoke. The father was born January 1, 1800, and died in Gasconade County, Mo., in 1846. The mother was born in 1801, and died in Claiborne County in 1858. They came when young with their parents to East Tennessee, and were married in Claiborne County about the year 1828, and settled after their marriage on a farm in Grainger County on the waters of Williams Creek, where they resided some four years, then moved to Lee County, Va.; and after living in that state two years, they returned to Tennessee and settled in Claiborne County; and after living in different places in Claiborne and Grainger Counties, in March, 1846, they immigrated to Missouri, and settled in Gasconade County, where the father died of congestion in a few months after arriving in that county. He was by trade a gunsmith, with which at different times he associated the farming interest; the mother returned to Tennessee the same year, and never remarried, but spent the remainder of her days with her children. Our subject is the second of six children.
At the age of fourteen, Samuel lost his father, and the care of a widowed mother and four younger orphan children were left principally to his charge. The estate had suffered financially by the move to Missouri, but in a few years Samuel was able to see the family in comfortable circumstances. He remained with the family until the death of his mother and the marriage of all the children, except one sister.
By pine knot torches he secured the rudiments of an English education in his youth, and rather early commenced the study of medicine, and commenced to practice in 1853. In 1856 and 1859 he attended, (each year), a preliminary course of lectures at Nashville, Tenn. On March 8, 1859, he married Miss Melissa Walker, and settled, after his marriage, on a farm in Union County on Clinch River, where he was engaged in the practice of medicine, and in farming some thirteen years, though he virtually quit the practice of medicine in 1865. In 1872 he came to Claiborne County and settled at his present location, and continued to engage in farming.
From 1865 to 1871, he was engaged in the mercantile business at Walker's Ford; date of commencement February, 1886. He represented Claiborne County in the Forty-Third General Assembly of the State Legislature. He was elected on the Republican ticket, though at that time Claiborne County was Democratic. His election was due to his popularity and his opposition to repudiating the State debt and to the railroad commission. He is an advocate of prohibition. He has had six children - four sons and two daughters, four of whom are dead - three sons and one daughter.
From Old Time Tazewell (pp. 167-169)
Morris Maurice Atkins (1800 - 1846)
Lucinda Peak, Peek Atkins (1803 - 1857)
Malissa Walker Atkins (1840 - 1884)
Albert Sidney Atkins (1863 - 1887)*
Mary Alice Atkins Bateman (1867 - 1940)*
John Henry Atkins (1870 - 1943)*
Created by: Kimberly McDaniel
Record added: Sep 21, 2009
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