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 William Oscar Akin

William Oscar Akin

Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, USA
Death 29 Jul 1938 (aged 94)
Barry County, Missouri, USA
Burial Leann, Barry County, Missouri, USA
Plot Row 5, Plot 64B
Memorial ID 10421202 · View Source
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William Oscar Akin was the 3rd born child and son of James W. Akin b.6 Sep 1810 in the Burkesville area of Cumberland Co., KY & d.1890 in Jenkins Twp, Barry Co., MO and, possibly, Ruth Norris, according to the death certificate of William Oscar Akin informed by his daughter, Mary Susan (Akin) Ellis.

Little is known about his mother except that she died abt 1849-1850, most likely from complications of childbirth to her 4th child, Nancy Ellen Akin. It is believed also, that it is possible his mother was half native american Cherokee. This is, I believe somewhat remote, according to what I have read about the history of Cumberland County, but there was a very small band of Cherokee Indians that did live in Cumberland Co., KY during this time period. There is a very good chance, also, that his mother was born in Tennessee because of William Oscar Akin reportedly being born in Paris, Henry Co., TN.

The only reason I have input William Oscar Akin being born in Henry Co., TN is because it was entered on his Death Certificate by his daughter. His father and mother were living in Cumberland County, KY at the time, so it is a mystery as to why he might have been born in Tennessee unless the mother traveled to her family or was visiting her family at the time of birth. There is really no evidence that I have seen though, other than that, that he might have been born in Tennessee.

The gravestone of William Oscar Akin and his wife Susan Ann Walker contain two other names. William Oscar's father, James W. Akin and James W. Akin's 2nd spouse, Mary, by which he had no children. This gravestone is not period for James W. Akin and his wife Mary and was most likely added at a later date when William Oscar Akin died.

William Oscar Akin married Susan Walker Akin on 27 Oct 1867, in Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY. They had two sons born in Kentucky before settling in Barry County, MO where they had 6 more children. William Oscar Akin was a stone mason and put his talents to work paving the main streets of Aurora in the late 1800's, but he also pursued farming. Land Records indicate he purchased 31 acres in 1882 and 40 acres in 1890, all in Barry County. Remnants of the foundation to their house and spring house still exist on their original property.

William and Susan had 8 children together, all surviving to produce a large family in the Barry County and surrounding areas. They were:

1. Richard Leslie Akin, my g-grandfather, b.17 Oct 1868 in Burkesville, Cumberland Co., KY & d.7 Oct 1932 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO.
Married #1: Caldonia Pendleton on 18 Aug 1889 in Barry Co., MO.
Marriage #2: Elizabeth Frances Turner on 28 Mar 1895 in Lawrence Co., MO.

2. James Russell Akin b.26 Nov 1870 in Burkesville, Cumberland Co., KY & d.7 Mar 1954 in Joplin, Jasper Co., MO
Married: Ada Pearl Jones on 17 Aug 1893 in Cassville, Barry Co., Mo.

3. Hiram Preston Akin b.20 Dec 1873 in Leann, Jenkins Twp, Barry Co., MO & d.8 Jan 1956 in Aurora, Lawrence Co., MO.
Married #1: Nancy Florence Eubanks on 19 Oct 1893 in Barry Co., MO
Married #2: Nancy Josephine Dearinger abt 1906 in Lawrence Co., MO
Married #3: Eunice Katherine Thomas on 21 Dec 1919 in Barry Co., MO
Married #4: Pearl Josephine Sherrick on 23 Oct 1942 in Lawrence Co., MO

4. Mary Susan Akin b.9 Sep 1876 in Mountain Twp, Barry Co., MO & d.27 Jun 1946 in Ozark, Barry Co., MO.
Married: Ransom Ashbury Ellis, Sr. on 11 May 1894 in Leann, Barry Co., MO.

5. Ruth Ann Akin b.Sep 1879 in Mountain Twp, Barry Co., MO & d.15 Mar 1973 in Aurora, Lawrence Co., MO.
Married #1: Harvey B. Price on 9 Oct 1901 in Jenkins, Barry Co., MO
Married #2: Reuben Charter Davis on 17 Sep 1903 in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co., MO

6. Oscar Herschel Akin b.30 Mar 1882 in Jenkins, Barry Co., MO & d.8 Nov 1952 in Stella, Newton Co., MO.
Married #1: Effie Jane Lemaster on 29 Sep 1904 in Lawrence Co., MO.
Married #2: Nora Belle Bassett abt 1910, most likely in Missouri.

7. William Fred Akin b.13 May 1885 in Mountain Twp, Barry Co., MO & d.Feb 1969 in Purdy, Barry Co., MO.
Married: Ina Cordelia Hancock on 4 May 1907 in Galena, Stone Co., MO.

8. Emmet Lee Akin b.6 May 1888 in Leann, Barry Co., MO & d.5 Feb 1968 in Mcallen, Hidalgo Co., TX.
Married: Cleva Ellen Griffin on 7 Feb 1909 in Barry Co., MO


Many Thanks to Joan Viney for allowing me to manage this memorial. She was very gracious in doing so.

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  • Maintained by: RCAkin148
  • Originally Created by: Joan Viney
  • Added: 2 Feb 2005
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