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 Elias Atkinson

Elias Atkinson

Birth
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Death 18 Nov 1890 (aged 71)
Houston County, Texas, USA
Burial Lovelady, Houston County, Texas, USA
Plot Sec 20, Row 06 Plot 49 (0649)
Memorial ID 9005358 · View Source
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Elias Atkinson was born October 14, 1819, at Raleigh, North Carolina. His
parents came over here from London, England. Queen Victoria Shaw was born
January 27, 1854, near Grenada, MS. She and her family moved to TX during the
Civil War. She and Elias married August 17, 1873, at Roans Prairie, Houston
County. She was 19; he was 54. Brother J.B. Rogers performed the ceremony. To
this union were born ten children. Elias came to TX after he was grown. He
bought hundreds of acres of land from twenty-five cents an acre. He had many
slaves who lived on his plantation in Houston County near Nevels Prairie. He
was in the Civil War. He helped make ships at Sebastopol on Trinity River.
Later he was sent to Valasco on the Gulf to build ships. After the war was over
his slaves wanted to continue working on his plantation. He let them stay and
paid them wages. He died November 18, 1890, buried at Antioch cemetery, Nevels
Prairie. Victoria came to Groveton to live with her son Raleigh. Irving and
Clint Atkinson were already here and had their families. She lived on what is
known now as Devine Street at the corner of 5th street. She lived here until
Raleigh married. She moved back to Lovelady and remained there until her death
January 27, 1947, on her 93rd birthday. She was a faithful member of the First
Baptist Church. She was very industrious -- grew the cotton, wove the cloth,
made the garments by hand for the family. this was an enormous task. She had a
large orchard and she dried some of the fruit, canned some, and made jelly. They
grew the sugar cane and made hundreds of gallons of syrup each year. Elias had
cattle also. Victoria's father was Washington Shaw and her mother was Nancy
Tollison Harvey, born February 2, 1813. She died August 9, 1903. She was 90
years old. Washington Shaw was born May 29, 1812, died September 4, 1873. They
are both buried on the Sherrel Shaw Farm in Houston County. The Shaws and McKees
came to TX in 1860 from MS with 17 wagons in the caravan. They stopped on
Saturday and Sunday to rest. They settled in Houston County near Parairie Point
and Kittrell. The Shaws came from Ireland and Scotland. Victoria's branch of the
Shaws came from Ayrshire, Scotland. Their family motto was "I mean well".
Their coat-of-arms has three covered gold cups on a blue shield. By: Ruth
Atkinson Griswold.

info by:Marty Cash

Pvt
Co. 5th Tx. Militia Brigade, TST
Enlisted: March 16, 1864 at Camp Shiloh, Houston Co. for 6 mos.
Age 49? Ht. 6'1/2"?
Profession: Mechanic
Residence: Houston Co.
Nativity: Kentucky
R & F 79
Lt. Col. Stedham, En & Mus Of. 1 MR. March 16, 1864

In his wife's pension application, Queen Victoria Atkinson, he is shown to have built tug boats on the Trinity River, in Trinity Co., Tx. for about 2-3 years for the Confederate Army. Statement from a witness that was previously a slave-"In the Spring of 1862, I with a great many other colored and white men went to Alford's Bluff on the Trinity River, in Trinity Co., Tx., for the purpose of building tug boats, for the purpose of transporting stuff up and down the Trinity River, for the Confederate Army. Mr. Atkinson was in charge of the men who were building these boats.
Pvt
Co. 5th Tx. Militia Brigade, TST
Enlisted: March 16, 1864 at Camp Shiloh, Houston Co. for 6 mos.
Age 49? Ht. 6'1/2"?
Profession: Mechanic
Residence: Houston Co.
Nativity: Kentucky
R & F 79
Lt. Col. Stedham, En & Mus Of. 1 MR. March 16, 1864


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elias Atkinson (14 Oct 1819–18 Nov 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9005358, citing Antioch Cemetery, Lovelady, Houston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by wings214 (contributor 47544870) .