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.