Obituaries - Atkinson
ATKINSON, HENRY RICHARD - continued
Vogtman, Philip Michael, and J.B. Oder.” [FMJ 3-25-1893, p. 3]
“In 1818 or 1819, Edward Atkinson, Esq., his wife Maria, and their then only child, Margaret Jane and a servant, Sarah McGee emigrated from Ireland to the United States. They resided for two years in Shillebaugh, near New London, Virginia. In January of 1819 or 1820 Henry Richard Atkinson was born. He was baptized by a clergyman of the Church of England, who was then traveling in Virginia. A third child, Anne Chamney was born. The family was residing in Lynchburg, Virginia when Maria Atkinson took her three children and servant Sarah McGee and returned to Ireland, about 1822. Edward Atkinson remained in Lynchburg, where he died shortly afterwards about 1822 or 1823. He wrote a letter (to his wife) dated 11th November, 1822, addressed to Mrs. Edward Atkinson, care of William Atkinson, Esq., Glenanne (city), Arinagh (county), Ireland. Henry was about three years old when they returned to Ireland. They lived first in Glenanne, then in Newry where his mother died, some ten years after her return to Ireland, about 1833. Henry, along with his sisters, lived with family members. He was educated and devoted some time to medical studies.
In 1842 or 43 the six-foot Scot-Irishman returned to America and settled in Western Maryland. At the age of 27 he married Ella Nora Slider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Slider of Greenridge Mt. They had sixteen children—[eight] boys and [eight] girls—including two sets of twins. Children were: James Lorenzo, Edward, twins George and Elizabeth, Ellenora, Isabella, Roseabelle, Henry Wintergreen, John Floyd McCulloh, William L. , Dolly, Lucy, Jennie M. , Mose[s] , Douglas Percy, and a daughter either unnamed or name unrecorded. They raised 13 of their children to adults. Henry Richard Atkinson is listed as a charter member of Masonic Lodge Charter 99 (received its charter on November 19, 1854).
He was elected Sheriff of Allegany County in 1859. (Lowdermilk’s History of Cumberland, Maryland p. 389).
His identification papers were sworn in January 27th, 1860 by Edward Dawson Atkinson (his first cousin) and Sarah (McGee) O’Kane in the court of justice Belfast, Ireland and were signed by James Kennedy, Justice of the Peace.
Perhaps because of his Virginia birth, he was said to have ‘Southern feelings’ during the Civil War. Reguarding [sic] the McNeill’s Rangers capture of Generals Kelly and C[r]ook, family story has it the [sic] Henry was playing cards with friends at one of the places of capture. General Kelly was captured at Barnum House and General C[r]ook at Revere House, Cumberland, Maryland. It is believed that he was in some way invovled [sic] in the ownership of the Windsor Hotel, Cumberland, MD. On the 1867 register of the St. Nicholas Hotel, Cumberland he is listed as a guest from Frostburg (from ‘Across the Desk’ published in a Cumberland newspaper).
Henry was close friends with the Percy family and the McCulloh family of Frostburg, MD. His youngest son was named Douglas Percy. In 1862, [another son] was named John Floyd McCulloh Atkinson for his friend J. Floyd McCulloh, who was a Captain in the Second Maryland Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Potomac Home Brigade (during the Civil War).
Henry served as a member in the House of Delegates in 1875 (Lowdermilk’s History of Cumberland, MD, p. 434).
He was a Justice of the Peace, 5th District, Frostburg, MD. and held this office at the time of his death. He died at the age of 73 after a protracted illness.
He was familarly known for many years as Squire Atkinson. He was a farmer in the Frostburg area and both he and Ella Nora (his wife) are buried in Percy Cemetery, Frostburg, Maryland.” [history supplied by Nadeane Gordon, Frostburg, MD]
ATKINSON, JOHN FLOYD MCCULLOH (“FLOYD C.”)
(husband of NANNIE L. ATKINSON)
b. September 20, 1861
d. September 7, 1943
The Census indicates that Mr. Atkinson’s given name was John Floyd. However, the information below indicates that he was commonly referred to as Floyd C. Atkinson.
“Floyd C. Atkinson, 80, died this morning at home, 40 Bedford street. He had been ill since last September. A native of Frostburg, he was a son of the late Henry R. and Eleanor (Slider) Atkinson. Mr. Atkinson operated a Singer sewing machine business on Bedford street for 10 years and later worked for the Baldwin Piano Company. He was a member of the Associated Bible Students (The Dawn). Surviving are his wife, Nannie (Miller) Atkinson; two daughters, Mrs. Cecilia Newcomer and Mrs. Eleanor Chandler, LaVale; one son, Robert E., this city; brother Douglas P. Atkinson, Charleston, W. Va.; four sisters, Mrs. Ella Biddington, Mrs. Belle Arnold, Frostburg; Mrs. Dolly Burner and Mrs. Jennie Cessna, Charleston; and four grandchildren. The body is at the Wolford Funeral Home where services will be held Thursday.” [CET 9-7-1943]
“Floyd C. Atkinson Rites. Services for Floyd C. Atkinson, 80, 40 Bedford Street, who died Tuesday, were held yesterday in the Wolford’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Peter Kolliman of the Associated Bible Students (The Dawn), officiating. Interment was in Percy Cemetery, Frostburg. Pallbearers were Fred Zimmerman, George Grey, Harry Troutman, Joseph Meely, Harry Dischon, and Harvey Dietz.” [CET 9-10-1943]
Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson
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