Nearby is the final resting place of Hezekiah Adkins (1759-1842) and his wife Mary Levon (1768-1855). Hezekiah served in the Montgomery County Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was stationed on the western frontier in the New River area to combat hostile Native Americans. Later he served as a wagon guard, guarding lead resources from British and Native American attack. Hezekiah and his family moved to this area in 1810 and settled near Bowens Creek, Wayne County, WV.
intersection of Beech Fork Road and Grassy Lick Road in Wayne County, West
Virginia, is the grave of Hezekiah Adkins (1759-1842) and his wife Mary Levon
(1768-1855). Hezekiah served in the Montgomery County Militia during the
Revolutionary war. He initially guarded the western frontier of Virginia from
Native American attack. Later he guarded valuable lead resources from British
and Native American attack as it was transported from the mines in south
western Virginia to manufacturing facilities.
Montgomery County Militia officially began fighting against the Colonial
British forces in 1775. However, prior to this date it was a very active
military force, especially on the frontier. Between 1776 and 1778, the
Montgomery Co. Militia was composed of roughly 45,000 men. At this time the militia
was actively engaged in Lord Dunmore’s War and simultaneous pushing west into
the frontier to combat aggressive Native Americans and to open the frontier to
European settlement. It is likely that this was the time period which Hezekiah
was stationed on the western frontier in the New River Area of present day West
Virginia. The militia’s push into the western frontier was delayed around 1779
when the need for soldiers in South Carolina sent the majority of the militia
south to fight in the Revolutionary War.
after defeating a large British force a the Battle of King’s Mountain, the militia
seized control of south western Virginia and the vast mineral resources of the region,
in particular, lead. Lead was a vital commodity in the war effort that served
various purposes. Most importantly it was used to manufacture ammunition for
the revolutionary army’s firearms. For this reason the lead from these mines was
heavily guarded while being transported to manufacturing facilities. It was
during this time that Hezekiah served as a wagon guard defending the
revolutionary army’s lead supplies from both the British and Native Americans.
years after the Montgomery County Militia’s initial attempts to open the western
frontier, the Native American presence was suppressed enough to allow for
European-American settlement. In 1794, at the Battle of fallen timbers near
present day Toledo, Ohio, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne defeated a confederation
of allied Native American tribes finally eliminating the threat of Native
Americans. Sixteen years after the frontier was open, Hezekiah and his family
moved west and settled near Bowens Creek in present day Wayne County, WV.