Deakins Family Genealogy
|Families connected to the Deakins
WILLIAM DEAKINS, father of Absalom Deakins, was born in 1739 in England, died January 5, 1834 in Davidson County, Tennessee. Came to Maryland before the Revolutionary War Entered service in 1777 enlisted at Jamison's Crossroad in Hartford City Maryland under Col Moses Hazen (Congresses Own) He was married about 1778 to . Fannie ??? who was born about 1742 and died in 1790. They had only two children Mary Deakins, born 1779, who married Samuel MeReynolds, and Absalom Deakins
Absolom was born January 6, 1781, Born in Lee county Va. He came to
Sequatchie Valley in east Tennessee about 1812. He purchased 300 acres
of land on the Sequatchie River in Marion County TN. in 1827. He was
married to Mary Brown who was born 0ctober 20, 1783 and died May l,
1858, just after she saw her son Franklin elected one of the founding
commissioners of Sequatchie County in January 1858. According to thc
early records of Marion County TN, Mary also called "Polly"
was the daughter of John Brown and had a brother William and a sister
Alice (Mrs. John Roberts) living in this same section of the county.
Absolom obtained land from the Carter heirs on the west side of
the Sequatchie River near Thans Chapel where Absolom and Mary are
buried. They also owned land in the Horse Shoe and Big Fork in Waldens
Ridge, purchased from the state. They reared nine children. The Deakins
family and their descendants helped settle the Sequatchie Valley that
now comprises Bledsoe, Marion, and Sequatchie Counties in southeastern
Tennessee and part of metropolitan Chattanooga.
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