Thomas Adkins is a native of Wayne county, West Virginia, born May 19, 1838. His parents, John R. and Christina Adkins are deceased. Mr. Adkins was first engaged in farming, but in March, 1882, he engaged in the general grocery business in Corryville, Upper township. He carries a large stock of groceries and produce, and contemplates adding a stock of dry goods and notions. Mr. Adkins and Mary E. Defoe were married August, 1860. She was born in Wayne county, West Virginia, in March, 1840. They have the following children: Sanders A., resides in West Virginia; Sarah Ann (Thompson), resides in Ironton; Saletha J. (More), resides in Fayette township, this county; Rosa E., resides at home; William A., resides at home. The parents of Mrs. Adkins are James and Lucretia (More) Defoe. Mr. Adkins was in the home guard service in West Virginia during the late war, serving nearly five years of the war. Mr. Adkins came to Lawrence county in 1863. His postoffice address is Ironton, Lawrence county, Ohio.
From Atlas of Lawrence Co., Ohio by Hardesty (1882)