The following information (transcribed from the cursive) is from the Lambert Collection, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia (Manuscript 76, Box 11, Notebook 9, page 27 or 29.).The interviewee or writer was Hiram Adkins. Transcription and material in brackets by Joel Adkins.
Jake Adkins Sr. [Jacob Oxford Adkins who married Phoebe Bradshaw] first came to the Huntington [West Virginia] bottoms about where Marshall College stands, in 1806, and built a log cabin on the knoll there, but soon sold it for a horse, saddle, bridle, & a gun, and came to the mouth of Long Br. On Beech Fork [in present Wayne County, West Virginia] & took up land where “Fonso” Adkins, now lives, son of Johnson & Telitha Morrison Adkins (dau. James and Frances), at Bowen 3 miles below Morrison’s store. He sold it to a man named Booten—Reuben Booten, father of Asa Booten. Jefferson B. Bowen killed himself here. He married Martha Booten, dau. Of Reuben B. & sister of Asa Booten.
Edmund Ferguson left here andwent to what is now Council Bluffs, Iowa & took a claim & sold it.
A man Stokes (Brice), uncle to Edmund Ferguson, went there. Enoch Adkins, bro. to Lamech A. Sr. & Billy Jo” etc. went to Council Bluffs…
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