Oct. 29, 1852 Bennettsville Clark County Indiana, USA
Oct. 19, 1948 Tillman County Oklahoma, USA
OLEVIA JANE "LEVIE" WARD ADKINS was born October 29, 1852, near Bennettsville, Clark County, Indiana.
Her parents were William Simpson Ward and Lovica Mariah (Cooley) Ward. She was the mother of eight children. (For names of her children, see memorial for her husband, Andrew Jackson Adkins). Olevia Jane's husband, Andrew Jackson Adkins, died November 14, 1900, from injuries caused by an explosion at his cotton gin. Olevia Jane lived the rest of her life (48 more years) with her children and their families.
She was mentally alert all of her long life, interested in current events, and loved to read. She was very family-oriented. Pieces of her exquisite crochet work and quilts are still treasured by her descendants.
This pioneer woman saw many things in her life's progression. She was 11 years old when President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Imagine her primitive life style as she coped with raising eight children, while migrating from Indiana to Texas and Indian Territory in a covered wagon.
She kept her Christian faith and read her Bible regularly to the very end. Probably the only vice she ever had was using snuff, as was common among pioneer women. She would dip a small moist twig into a can of Garret's snuff, then keep it in her mouth for hours in the evening. One small can of snuff would last her for months.
She died on October 19, 1948, a few days short of 96 years, at the home of her son, Ben, near Snyder, Tillman County, Oklahoma. Snyder is located in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, near the Tillman County border. Olevia Jane's death certificate records her death as having occurred in Tillman County. Her death certificate states that she died of a circulatory failure. She is buried in the Willis Cemetery, Marshall County, Oklahoma.