This is my drawing of Owen Sanford Adkins. “Owen of All” (abt. 1785-1885) was a lifelong resident of Turkeycock Mountain near Museville, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
Mr. Adkins indulged in polygamy and had 24 children by two wives, but 46 more are known by concubines. By rumor, the total number of his children is suspected to exceed 100. By the time Owen was 96 years old, he had nearly 600 descendants living within a 5-mile radius of his home, which came to be known fittingly as “Adkintown.” Owen was a hunter, a horse racer, a card player, and much more. His talents in hunting foxes and turkeys paired with putting his money on winning race horses (more often than not) caused him to amass a considerable profit.
Owen was 5ft 7in tall and kept a lean, strong figure throughout his entire life because he was extremely active daily, early rising and late retiring.
One of Owen’s big wishes was to live to be 100 years old, but he missed the mark by just 6 months. He passed away leaving a legacy of thousands of descendants which has affected and populated Pittsylvania County more than any other individual has.
It is rare to find someone in Pittsylvania County without a connection to the Adkins family. I come from Owen’s sister, Elizabeth Adkins who married Nathan Carter, a War of 1812 Veteran.
Signed and numbered prints of this drawing will be made and available soon. Let me know if you’d like to buy one.
I extended this originally square painting so that as a print it will fit into standard photo frames. This was actually pretty relaxing to do! Shame it doesn't fit on Instagram *Swipe to see the roof*