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Rev William Albert "Billy" Atkinson
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1841
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1928
Charleston
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA

The third son of James Atkisson and Margaret Mendenhall, "Preacher Billy" was born in Jefferson County, Illinois, but his family moved to Lee County, Iowa around 1849 and then to Wayne County, Iowa and Grundy County, Missouri. Around 1858 his mother Margaret died and the family scattered in several directions, with Billy going to live with his sister Sarah and brother-in-law Benjamin Cozad on their farm in Hacker's Creek, Lewis County, Virginia. There he met his first wife, Eleanor "Ellen" Elizabeth Ransbottom.

In August 1862, Billy enlisted as a corporal in Company D, 15th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, for service in the War of the Rebellion. His younger brother James also served in the company as a private. Billy was shot in the foot in February 1863 and transferred to the U.S. Veteran Reserve Corps in June 1864, where he spent the rest of the war. He and Ellen had at least seven children, a son named Prince Albert and five daughters: Martha Jane, Laura Ellen, Elnorai, Elizabeth Katherine, Geneva, and Olive. Ellen died sometime between 1880 and 1896, when Billy married his second wife, Lucille "Lucy" May Custer. They had a son named Otie Howard, who died shortly after birth, and a daughter named Ruth Rebecca.

Following intentionally or not in his own father's footsteps, Billy pursued a career in the ministry. He served as a pastor and organizer of Christian Advent churches in West Virginia for about 45 years, and was at one time pastor of the First Christian Advent Church on Randolph Street in Charleston. He retired around 1915. The change in spelling of his last name from ATKISSON to ATKINSON was, according to his daughter Ruth, the result of a clerical error that began in the Civil War and followed him for years after, and which he eventually gave up fighting.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James Newton Atkisson (1812 - 1880)
  Margaret Mendenhall Atkisson (1813 - ____)
 
 Spouses:
  Eleanor Elizabeth Ransbottom Atkinson
  Lucy May Custer Atkinson (1860 - 1949)*
 
 Children:
  Prince Albert Atkisson*
  Martha Jane Atkinson Boswell (1860 - 1936)*
  Elizabeth Katherine Atkinson Burdette (1869 - 1951)*
  Geneva D. Atkinson Jones (1870 - 1926)*
  Olive Ella Atkinson Shaffer (1876 - 1907)*
  Ruth Rebecca Atkinson Rowe Shannon (1898 - 1995)*
 
 Siblings:
  Isaac Newton Atkisson (1829 - 1891)*
  John W. Atkinson (1835 - 1888)*
  Sarah M. Atkisson Cozad (1838 - 1906)*
  William Albert Atkinson (1841 - 1928)
  James Pleasant Atkisson (1845 - 1922)*
  Mary Ellen Atkinson Robinson (1850 - 1910)*
  Eliza Pearl Atkinson Ferdon (1853 - 1896)*
  America C. Atkisson Fuller (1855 - 1872)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Park
South Charleston
Kanawha County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Eric Atkisson
Record added: Aug 09, 2009
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Rev William Albert Billy Atkinson
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Rev William Albert Billy Atkinson
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Rev William Albert Billy Atkinson
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At long last, I finally found you! Rest in peace, "Uncle."
- Eric Atkisson
 Added: Aug. 10, 2009
 
 
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