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(1838 - 1917)

Married: 14 July 1900 [55]
Dr John ADKINS Snr
(1877 - 1955)
(1882 - 1967)
 bd.  2 June 1877; Briggs Branch, Millard, KY
 dd.  14 July 1955, age 78; His home, Pikeville, KY
 brd.  Sword Cemetery, Island Creek, Pikeville, KY
 occ.  Dentist in Pikeville, KY
 res.  USA
 src.   [55]
 bd.  2 June 1882
 dd.  16 Dec 1967, age 85
 brd.  Sword Cemetery, Island Creek, Pikeville, KY
 res.  To 1959: Pikeville
1959-1967: Ashland KY
1967: Roanoke, VA, USA

Children (10):

Ethel ADKINS (1901 - 1988)
Alma ADKINS (1903 - )
Herbert Byron ADKINS (1906 - 1949)
Earl ADKINS (1909 - 1974)
Draxie Blanche ADKINS (1912 - 1980)
John ADKINS (1914 - )
Carl Hannibal ADKINS (1915 - )
James Arthur ADKINS (1918 - 1980)
Clara Lou ADKINS (1923 - 1962)
Henry Paul ADKINS (1925 - )

Family notes for John ADKINS Snr and Eliza COLLINS

Daniels p.112

Notes for John ADKINS Snr

John was the sixth and youngest child of Peter ADKINS and Louisa BELCHER, being born on Briggs Branch, at Millard, KY. When John was three years old, c.1880, his father, Peter, sold the property in Pike County, KY, (consisting of approximately 100 acres) and moved to Letcher County, where he bought a large farm on Rockhouse Creek. Peter had been ordained as a Minister in the Old Regular Baptist Church (later Primitive Baptist) before this move and this function kept him away from home much of the time. As a result of this, Louisa and the children, five boys and one girl, did much to keep the farm going. As a very young boy John spent many days working on this farm.

John received his primary education in one of the small schools in the area and later attended in Hindman in what was known as the Hindman Settlement School taught by Professor Clark. His father, Peter, nearing retirement, divided up the farm, giving each child a portion.

On July 14 1900 John married Eliza Collins, a daughter of Henry P and Clara Bowman Collins of Tillie, KY, a small community nearby. John built a cabin on his part of the farm and started his married life there.

Early in 1907, John sold his part of the farm and applied for admission to the Louisville College of Dentistry, which later became part of the University of Louisville. Before selling his property, however, John tried his hand in the lumber industry doing logging with his cousin, Morgan ADKINS, around Chehalis, WA.

John returned to Letcher County in 1903 and taught school in the county system for a short time. After completing his dental studies, he received his degree and returned to Pike County, where he practiced dentistry from 1910 until 1950, except for a brief period from 1916 to 1918 when he was at Burdine KY, near Jenkins.

John was a staunch Democrat and served on the Pikeville City Council as well as the City School Board. He was an avid fisherman, slipping away from the office whenever the fishing was right but never took a vacation as such. He was very active in Masonry, having served two years as Master of Thomas C. Cecil Lodge No.375, F&AM in Pikeville, and following this, 25 consecutive years as its secretary. He contributed much to the elevation of his profession and to the betterment of his community and area. Honest and upright to an infinite degree, John was admired and respected by the many who knew him.

Dr John Adkins Snr. died at his home near Pikeville on July 14, 1955. Eliza, his wife, continued to live in Pikeville until the home burned down in 1959. She then moved to Ashland KY with her daughter, Ethel, where she stayed until April 1967 and then to another daughter, Alma, in Roanoke VA. She died a few months later on December 16, 1967 and is buried beside her husband in the Sword Cemetery on Island Creek, near Pikeville KY. [55]


55.  Book, Joseph T Daniels, 1988, Adkins of Eastern Kentucky and surrounding areas, Private publication, Library of Congress LC control #:88194814

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