Pvt. William H Atkins

married 28 December 1865 in Hopkins County, Texas.
Name: William Atkins
Death date: 03 Jan 1920
Death place: Amarillo, Potter, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): w
Age at death: 74 years 8 months 25 days
Birth date: 08 Apr 1845
Birth place: Tn
Marital status: Married
Father name: E D Atkins
Father birth place: Nc
Mother name: Rebecca Damron
Mother birth place: Tn
Occupation: Farmer
Burial place: Amarillo, Tx
Burial date: 04 Jan 1920
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
Potter Co Death Certificate # 2866

William’s first wife was Marcella Jane Dial (1846-1890). Marcella was the daughter of Martha Evan Hall (1827-1906) and Joseph H. Dial. They were married 28 December 1865 in Hopkins County, Texas. Their children:

Martha “Mattie” Rebecca (Atkins) Myers (1867-1935)
Zelan Vivian Atkins (1871-1893)
Edwin Lee Atkins (1872-1930)
Edward Atkins (1873-?)
Emmitt Attwell Atkins (1877-1939)
Rosella “Rosa” Hope (Atkins) Caldwell (1882-1911)

One year and six days after William’s first wife, Marcella’s, death, he married May Ella Harris (1847-1923), on 22 July 1891 in Wilbarger County, Texas.
Ella was the daughter of Martha E McSpadden of Tennessee and William F. Harris of South Carolina. Ella is buried next to William and her tombstone says “Wife of Wm Atkins”. FYI:
William’s daughter “Mattie” and her husband, Lewis H. Myers, and several of their children
are buried in the next row west of William and Ella.

As William’s footstone records, William was a Civil War veteran. He held the rank of Private and served with Company D of the 37th Texas Cavalry in the Confederate Army. He enlisted on 1 April 1863 and was discharged at the end of the war on 5 June 1865. About 3 three weeks after William’s death, on 21 January 1920, Ella filed for a Confederate Widow’s Pension, Application/File # 36561, which was approved the same year.

Even though Ella died in the home of her sister, Miss Margaret ‘Lula’ Harris, in Mobeetee, Texas, her brother, B.A. Harris, brought her back to Amarillo to be buried beside her husband William. J.J. Love was the undertaker. Per the Application for Mortuary Warrant in William’s Confederate Pension file.