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Atkins, Asa A., is a prominent citizen and enterprising farmer of the ninth District. He was born in North Carolina in 1848. His father, James M. Atkins, was born in North Carolina in 1818. His great- grandfather came from England and settled in North Carolina at a very early day. James Atkins received a limited education, and his parents moved to Weakley County when he was sixteen years of age, then moved to Dyer County, and settled where he now lives. At the age of twenty five he married Miss Emeline Ballard, and they had fourteen children, twelve of whom are still living. At one time Mr. Atkins owned 800 acres of land in Dyer County and served a year as deputy sheriff. Mrs. Atkins was a native of North Carolina, born in 1823, and is still living. Asa A. Atkins, after receiving his education, married Miss Mollie, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Walker, who lived near Dyersburg, and they had five children, three still living: James S. Atkins, Linnie May Atkins and Asa Allen Atkins. Mr. Atkins then moved to the eighth District, after spending a year in the ninth, and four years later moved to the seventh District, and at the end of two years moved back to the ninth, after purchasing 140 acres off of the original home tract of land, and has since lived there. It is two miles southeast of Newbern. He also owns 260 acres of valuable land in the eighth District. Mr. Atkins is a hard working, energetic man. He is Democrat and a member of the A.O.U.W. Mrs. Atkins was born in Dyer County in 1852, and belongs to the cumberland Presbyterian Church. Source: The Goodspeed History of Tennessee, Page 1025  transcribed by Debbie O.

Atkins, John Allen, Merchant, Farmer and Banker. Of English and Scotch-Irish descent. Born Oct. 4, 1875, in Dyer County of James Alexander and Lavinia Ruth Tipton Atkins. Grandson of James Madison and Emiline Ballard Atkins and Wiley B. and Ruth B. Allen Tipton. Education received in public schools of Dyer County, Dyersburg High School. Member of Methodist Episcopal Church. A Democrat, K. of P., Chamber of Commerce. Began career as a clerk in 1892 for Baker Watkins Supply Co. Remained until 1904, when he entered business for himself in the retail men's furnishings under the firm Atkins and Hurt, where he still remains as general manager. Member of the Board of Directors of the First Citizens Nat'l Bank which post he has held for 10 years. Owner of several farms in Dyer Co. and several business houses in Dyersburg. Nov. 10, 1909, he married Marie Louise Brackin. He is the father of two children, both deceased; namely, Marie Louise and Georgia Stevens. His grandfather Atkins was one of the early settlers of Dyer Co. and his other grandfather, Tipton, was among the first postmasters of Dyersburg, serving about 1836. His hobby is fishing.  Source: Prominent Tennesseans, 1796 - 1938 transcribed by Amanda Jowers
Atkins, James M., one of the prominent citizens and farmers of the ninth District is the son of William and Mary Hood Atkins, and was born in Orange County, North Carolina, in 1818, and is one of four children, two now living, Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson, of Obion County, and J. M. Atkins. The father was of English ancestry, born in Wake County, North Carolina, in 1789. His grandfather, William Atkins, with six brothers, came from England, and served as soldiers in the Revolutionary war under General Washington, and afterward settled in North Carolina. William Atkins was well educated, and when twenty five years old married Miss Mary Hood, who died in 1824, and in 1830 he married Mrs. Harriet Finch (nee Jackson), and same year moved to Weakley County, and then to Dyer County, and bought one-half location interest in the Polk survey, and lived there until he died in 1845. Mrs. Atkins was a native of North Carolina, and died in Gibson County in 1880. James M. Atkins, our subject, received sufficient education to transact all ordinary business. January 12, 1842, he married Miss Mary E. daughter of Capt. William M. and Elizabeth (Bragg) Ballard, of Haywood County, and by their union had fourteen children, twelve still living, Harriet Ann (wife of Dr. T. G. Mason), James A. Atkins, Asa A. Atkins, Charles M. Atkins, George W. Atkins, Millard E. Atkins (of Texas), Elizabeth (wife of C. M. Hill, of Texas), Mary Alice Atkins, William J. Atkins, Robert L. Atkins, Lucy E. Atkins and Edward C. Atkins (of Obion County). Mr. Atkins then located on his father's original tract, where he still resides. It is a fine farm with splendid improvements one and a half miles southeast of Newbern. He at one time owned 800 acres. Mr. Atkins is a man of extraordinary will power and energy, strictly honest, genial and charitable in his disposition, was Deputy Sheriff, of Dyer County, in 1869, and is a Mason, having taken the highest degree in that order. With his wife he belongs to the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Atkins was born in North Carolina in 1823.  Source: The Goodspeed History of Tennessee, Page 1024 + 1025  transcribed by Debbie O.


Atkins, James Wiley, county official; born Dyer Co., Tenn., Feb. 22, 1873; English and Scotch-Irish descent; son of James A. and Lavenia Ruth (Tipton) Atkins; paternal grandparents James M. and Emiline (Ballard) Atkins; maternal grandparents Wiley B. and Ruth B. (Allen) Tipton; educated local schools Dyersburg, Tenn., graduating from high school June, 1890; began life as a bookkeeper, later became Deputy Clerk of the County Court and was afterward appointed Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Dyer Co., Tenn., which position he now fills; member Cumberland Presbyterian church, B.P.O.E., being past Exalted Ruler, member of Forked Deer Club; Democrat; many times Secretary of the Co. Committee; former chairman of Senatorial Committee, also Chairman of Congressional Committee; was member of the National Guard of the State of Tenn., for three years.  Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler