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Mrs Eleanor Hope "Ella" Swain Atkins
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1842
Chapel Hill (Orange County)
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 13, 1881
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA

She was a daughter of David Lowry Swain and his wife Eleanor Hope White Swain. Her father was a former North Carolina Governor and was the long-time President of the University of North Carolina.

At the close of the Civil War, she shocked many citizens of the university town of Chapel Hill, NC when she married a Union Brigadier General, Smith D. Atkins. General Atkins was an officer with the Union occupation troops in Chapel Hill. They married in August of 1865 in Chapel Hill.

The couple lived in Freeport, Illinois where her husband was Postmaster and a newspaper editor. She took ill and died suddenly on a visit to Raleigh, N.C. and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh near her parents.

Three children survived her: Smith Dykins Atkins, Jr., Eleanor H. "Dot" Atkins and Susan W. Atkins. Some of the information about her family comes from the case of Clark v. Atkins decided by the N.C. Supreme Court in 1884 and from the book "Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle and a Yankee General" (Suzy Barile 2009).
 
 
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 Parents:
  David L. Swain (1801 - 1868)
  Eleanor Hope White Swain (1800 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Smith Dykins Atkins (1835 - 1913)
 
 Children:
  Eleanor Hope Atkins Cobb (1868 - 1938)*
  Smith Dykins Atkins (1872 - 1885)*
  Susan Anna Atkins Rackley (1878 - 1958)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anne Caroline Swain (1829 - 1867)*
  David L. Swain (1834 - 1840)*
  Richard Caswell Swain (1837 - 1872)*
  Eleanor Hope Swain Atkins (1842 - 1881)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:

Eleanor Hope Swain
wife of
Smith Dykins Atkins
Born October 25, 1842
Died June 13, 1881

The kindest heart that ever was.

 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Raleigh
Wake County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Russ Dodge
Originally Created by: D. S. Johnson
Record added: Sep 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76920452
Mrs Eleanor Hope Ella <i>Swain</i> Atkins
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Mrs Eleanor Hope Ella <i>Swain</i> Atkins
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Mrs Eleanor Hope Ella <i>Swain</i> Atkins
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