52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Jacob Richmond Sr and Dempsey Adkins



Jacob Richmond Sr was born in Greenbrier, VA on 12 Sep 1784 to William Cody and Mary (Smith) Richmond. He married Dempsey Adkins on 28 Apr 1808 in Greenbrier, VA.

Dempsey Adkins’ family currently remains a mystery. From her marriage bond the only information I have is that her father is John Adkins. According to the census records she was born around 1790. She is another BRICK WALL ANCESTOR.

Jacob and Dempsey had a large family, one of their children being John Thomas (1815 – 1875). Unfortunately, more on the ground research needs to be completed before I can 100% be sure of all the children they had. I hope to be able to go to Virginia to do some on the ground research for the Richmond family, as well as the Adkins family.






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  1. Hi Terri,
    I have also been searching the Richmonds. My mothers maiden name was Richmond. We are from Arthur Richmond. To have DAR cert. I only need to tie Arthur to his parents- Jacob and Mary (Dempsey) Richmond. If you have any info I would greatly appreciate it. I have been to Raleigh county courthouse twice, but I think I might’ve gut need to go to Greenbrier county. Thanks Terri

    1. Lisa, I am so glad you found me. I have looked through my tree and I do not show a son Arthur for them. Not saying they didn’t have him, just that I don’t have any documented proof of him at this point. Can you share with me some more information, like when he was born and who he married? Maybe I can do a bit of searching to see what I can find for you.

      Happy holidays!

      1. Hi Terri, hope you had a nice Christmas.
        I have Arthur born in 1811 in Greenbrier, VA, married Mary Plumley.
        Arthur’s father was Jacob Richmond married Dempsey. Jacob born 1784. Jacob was second born of William Cody Richmond. I can’t find anything that ties Arthur to His father, Jacob. It’s the only link I need for DAR.
        Thanks for getting back to me.

        1. Lisa, my Christmas was lovely and I hope yours was as well. I am not finding much on Arthur. I would suggest ordering his service record from the civil war. Find A Grave has some basic info on his service (if you have not seen that). It’s very possible you might find the info there. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=173865754&PIpi=150023062

          My blog post Civil War Pension Records (https://findingourancestors.com/civil-war-pension-records/) gives the company I used to get records if you need help with that. For me it was well worth the price I paid, my return was over 160 pages in the file. It is possible there might be information in there to connect Arthur to his parents. However, I would caution you that it is possible that Jacob and Dempsey are his parents, as I still find no connection. I looked at other trees online and they all say that those are his parents, but not one of those trees has any sources other than other online trees. Without a solid source, it’s just a guess at this point.

          The rest of this week is pretty busy for me, but after that I will try and do some more looking.

          Happy New Year!

    2. Did you ever tie Arthur Richmond to Jacob and Dempsey Richmond? I recently joined DAR under William Richmond patriot. My grt grdfather x3 was Jacob Richmond. Then Thomas Lewis Richmond. I have extensive research on them.

      1. Susan, I have not tied Arthur to this family at this point. Though I have not spent any time on this branch of the family in a long time.

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