The following was
extracted from Genealogy of the Atkinson Family, Georgia
Branch as compiled by Burwell Atkinson.
In the early
settlement of Virginia, the Atkinsons came from England and
settled in Northampton County between the Chesapeake Bay and the
Atlantic Ocean. One among them was Shadrack Atkinson, who married
Miss Jane Burwell. They had seven sons, the youngest of whom was
John. He (John) married a Miss Elizabeth Gardner in Northampton
County, fifteen miles from the court house, in 1756. To them were
born two sons, Nathan Atkinson and Burwell. Nathan was
born in 1757 and Burwell in 1771, six months after which their
mother died. He, John, fought with the his son, Nathan, through the Revolutionary
War and was captured in one of the battles and was forced to
enlist against his country, but when an opportunity afforded, he
returned to the American side and by accident, met his son Nathan, who without knowing him,
was about to shoot him. There was a happy reunion.
After the war, he
married, in 1785, a Mrs. Cathina Ferrill. To them was born three
children, John, Elizabeth, and Cathina. In 1800 they moved to
Camden County, Georgia and in 1804 died at Bourbon (Bourbon being
at that time a plantation situated on an elevation in the Eastern
bend of the mouth of Dam Branch and to the South of Gowrie
Island, 2 miles NE of Waverly.).
In 1808, John (the
son) married a Mrs. Berry Elsey and moved to the state of
Louisiana. Elizabeth, in 1807, married Mr. Kearney, who was
killed by a rattlesnake in 1808. They had one daughter, Cathina,
who married Captain Samuel Brockington.