Joel C. Atkins was born July 03, 1805 in Virginia and died August 11, 1876 in Polk County, Ga. He married Mary Austin and they had 16 children all together, one of which was a daughter named Adeline Eliza Atkins whom was my great, great grandmother. Adeline Eliza Atkins was born Feb. 4, 1846 in Dekalb County, Ga. and died Feb. 26, 1913 in Polk County, Ga. Both her and her father Joel C. Atkins and her mother Mary Austin Atkins are buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Polk County, Ga. I have covered the entire cemetery personally and looked at every single headstone and Joel C. Atkins was the first person buried there that had a marked tombstone that I could find. Joel C. Atkins fought in the Indian wars in the 1830’s in Ga.
Submitted by Jason Baldwin