Friday, April 27, 2012


Martin Adkins was born in 1833 in Decatur Co., Indiana.  Died in 1869.  He was killed crossing a river with a team of horses.  Buried in Newbern, IA. Cemetery near the Davis plot.  At the time of his death he was trying to lead a team of horses across the flooded Chariton River.  The horses panicked and knocked him down.

   In Feb. of 1864 he enlisted for three years service; Co. G., 15th Iowa Infantry, R.L. Hanks, captain.  Martin was described in his Army papers as 5' 10 1/2" tall, dark eyes, hair and complexion.  He was 31 at the time of his enlistment.  Martin was in the Siege of Atlanta and spent May and June in a Hospital in Keokuk, IA.  He was disabled 4 months.

   He and Perlina Davis had 6 children--Electra, William, Lavena, Serepta, Samuel James (my grandfather) and Martin Jr.

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