JON. T. ADKINS, farmer, P. O. Ullin, was born in Marion County, Ala., March 15, 1853. He was the eldest of six children, and was the son of Robert and Margaret (Andetond) Adkins. When subject was six years old, his parents moved to Tishomingo County, Miss., and there he was permitted to attend school some. His father was a strong Union man, left the South at the breaking-out of the war and came to Memphis, Tenn., where, February 4, 1863, he joined the Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company I, Capt. Ward. He remained in active service until stricken by a congestive chill while in camp at Bowling Green, Ky., and died August 9 of the same year. Our subject's mother remained in Mississippi until the spring of 1865, and then came to Illinois, where she settled in Dongola Precinct, Union County. Here subject was permitted to go to school some also. In 1873, he came with his mother to his present farm, and on becoming of age assumed control of it. He now owns eighty acres in Section 24, Town 14, Range 1 west. Of this sixty acres are in cultivation. Mr. Adkins was married, February 4, 1869, to Miss Harriet Pruit, a daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Johnson) Pruit. This lady died April 7, 1869, and he was married the second time, October 4, 1871, to Amanda Brown, a daughter of Simeon and Margaret Brown. This lady was the mother of one child, an infant, born September 5, 1873, which died four days afterward. Mr. Adkins is a member of the Democratic party, and attends the Corinth Baptist Church.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 326.