James HARKINS Sarah M BARTLES Sarah HARKINS Tilman R HARKINS Asberry B HARKINS Nancy UNKNOWN Mini tree diagram

James M HARKINS1,5,4,2

about 18194 - UNKNOWN3

Life History

about 1819

Born in South Carolina.1,2

(most likely)


Resident in Murray County, Georgia.2


Resident in Division 2, De Kalb, Alabama.1


Death of Sarah M BARTLES.6


Died in Shelby County, Alabama.3

Assumed, based on last known resdience

Other facts


Married Sarah M BARTLES


Born in North Carolina.4


Born in Georgia.4


  • Sources are spotty for James Harkins who married Sarah Bartles.  Some genealogie shave confused him with another James Harkins withthe middle name Marshal.  Some genealogies report him born in South Carolina, matching the 1850 census.

    In the 1850 census, James Harkins is living next door to his widowed mother Nancy and her two other sons Tilman R and Asbury B Harkins.

    1850 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia, 13 November, page 32 (scan p 263), Hse/Fam #1587
    James Harkins 31 SC [born abt 1819]
    Sarah M Harkins 22 NC [born abt 1828]
    Margaret Harkins  4 F GA [born abt 1846]
    Nancy Harkins  2 F GA [born abt 1848]
    John G F P Harkins 1 month M GA [b September 1850]

    A couple of Harkins family genealogies report the full name of James' wife as Sarah M Bartles.  Few sources are documented for the information in many of the genealogies, but the clarity and detail of the information presented in one or two reflects family sourcing and credibility.

    One by Brendy Martinez provides some details about family members and death locations.  Ignore the death date since this cannot be the death report of the same James Marshall Harkins, born in 1819.

    Birth: 1819, Death: MAY 20 1947 in SHELBY CO. AL [cannot be correct]
    Father: JAMES HARKINS b: 1791 in S.C
    Mother: NANCY HARKINS b: 1796 in S.C
    Marriage SARAH M. BARTLES b: 1828 in NC
    One child reported:  BRAVEN ALEXANDER HARKINS b: DEC 11, 1852 in GA

    A List Of Harkins Who Died In Shelby Co Alabama Where Minnie Mae Harkins Was Born.
    James Marshall Harkins Died May 20, 1947 Shelby Co. Reporter H019
    John Harkins July 27, 1876 Sentinel H227
    Nancy Harkins Jan 28, 1926 Shelby Co Reporter H296
    Clarence A. Harkins July 25, 1935 Shelby Co. Reporter H147
    Gat Harkins Jan 16, 1919 Sun H373
    --  Brendy Martinez, http://awtc.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2005420&id=I99796830

    1860 Federal Census, De Kalb County, Alabama, 3 July, Division 2, PO Lebanon, page 92, House #250, Family #257
    James M Harkins 40 M  Blacksmith $300 Personal Estate b SC
    Sarah M Harkins  32 F  SC
    Margaret S Harkins  13 F  GA
    John F P Harkins  10 M GA
    Bravin E Harkins  8 M GA
    Elizabeth D Harkins  4 F AL
    Sarah J Harkins  3mos F AL [b Mar 1860]

    The Reimer Family genealogy reports the full name of most of the children:
    Nancy Sabrina Harkins 1845-1879
    Margaret Saphronia Harkins 1847-1924
    John F Pinkney HARKINS 1850-1932
    Braven Alexander Harkins 1852-1920
    Lizzie Harkins b 1856
    Elizabeth D HARKINS b 1856
    Sarah Jane Harkins 1859-1894
    Thomas Lee Harkins 1864-1903
    Mary Ann Harkins 1868-1933
    --  Reimer Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/11335587/person/-426467742?ssrc=&ftm=1

    Some genealogies (like the one noted above) report the death of James Marshall Harkins in Shelby County, Alabama, in 1947.  But note this could not be the same person!  He would have been 128 years old!

    I suspect this is a grandson, but have not tried to follow the children of John (born 1818-19) and Sarah.  The Alabama Death Records report that a James M Harkins died on 22 May 1947 in Jefferson County (Birmingham).  Several genealogies report he died on 20 May 1947 in De Kalb County, Alabama.  It appears that the latter was his address of residence at the time of death, but he died in Birmingham, probably in hospital.  I have not been able to figure out why this date is two days earlier than the death certificate reports.

    Alabama Deaths, 1908-59
    Volume 20, Certificate #9504
    James M Harkins
    Death 22 May 1947
    Jefferson County

    Further details from the death certificate of this James Marshall Harkins tell us who his parents were.

    Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974
    James Marshall Harkins
    Birth Date abt 1889
    Death 22 May 1947 Bessemer, Jefferson, Alabama
    Death Age 58
    Father Name John Puckney Harkins
    Mother Name Nancy Wild Mooney
    Spouse Name Sallie Laura Harkins


  • 1. 1860 Federal Census, De Kalb County, Alabama
    • 3 July, Division 2, PO Lebanon, page 92, House #250, Family #257
  • 2. 1850 Federal Census, Murray County, Georgia
    • 13 November, page 32 (scan p 263), Hse/Fam #1587
  • 3. Ancestry Trees
    • Harkins Family, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7192724/person/-1144752351
  • 4. Ancestry Trees
    • Harkins/Shields, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/11900634/person/-374832510?ssrc=&ftm=1
  • 5. Ancestry Trees
    • Brendy Martinez, http://awtc.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2005420&id=I99796830
  • 6. Ancestry Trees

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