Stanton Adkins was born January 24, 1789, in Wyconico county, Maryland, from whence he emigrated to Ohio in 1816. He first settled in Ross county, where he was married, June 10, 1819, to Anna Timmons. She was born June 3, 1804. Soon after marriage they moved into Darby township, where Mrs. Adkins died, leaving children as follows: Elijah, born August 25, 1820; Garrison, born April 14, 1822; Elizabeth, born October 6, 1823; Rhodney, born August 24, 1825; Sarah, born February 17, 1827; Mary Ann, born November 19, 1828; Stanton, born June 8, 1930; Charlotte, born March 5, 1832; Miranda P., born January 13, 1834; George W., born October 31, 1835; David C., born January 21, 1839.
After the death of his first wife, Mr. Adkins married Rachel Ann Grindle, in 1847. They had: Noah W., born August 6, 1847; Cannon, born January 19, 1849; Harriet, born November 9, 1850; Youdoshe, born December 13, 1852; Roxana, born July 16, 1855; Mahala, born April 17, 1859; Ezra, born April 1, 1861.
Mr. Adkins was the father of twenty-one children, of whom, at this time, eight by his first wife, and four by he second are living. Four of his sons served as soldiers during the war of the Rebellion--David in the Forty-fifth Ohio infantry; he was taken prisoner and confined at Danville and Andersonville, where he was finally exchanged in 1864, and died at Annapolis, Maryland, when on his way home. Noah was also in the Forty-fifth infantry, where he served three years. He enlisted before he was fifteen years of age, and during his term of service contracted disease from which he died March 5, 1869, at the age of twenty-two years. Stanton and Rhodney enlisted in Illinois regiments, and both lived to return to their families, after three years of hard service, in which Rhodney received honorable scars.
When Stanton Adkins came to Ohio he was a poor man, but by dint of hard labor and judicious management he accumulated a considerable property, owning at his death, over seven hundred acres of land in Darby and Monroe townships. He was a worthy member of the Methodist church in Darby township, as is his wife, who survives him, and several other members of his family. He was always true to his pledged word, no matter what sacrifice might be required. For the last ten years of his life he had very poor health. His death occurred June 5, 1879, at the age of ninety years, four months and ten days.