James A. Akin biography

A native of Mississippi and an early emigrant to Texas, Deacon Akin is a fine type of that generation of faithful Baptists, now fast passing away. He was born August 9, 1823. In 1860 he was buried in baptism by Elder U. H. Parker, and became a member of Shady Grove church, Bradley county, Arkansas. In 1854 he came to Robertson county, Texas, and united with Sterling church. He was married to Miss M. S. Woodward in 1859, and in 1865 was in the organization of Port Sullivan church, Milam county. By this church he was made deacon, Elders R. C. Burleson and T. M. Anderson acting as presbytery. He is now a member of Mart church.

In antebellum days Brother Akin was much prospered of the Lord in worldly possessions, but now he is poor in this world’s goods, though rich in grace. He has been faithful to his church, his pastor and his Master. He led Elder C. P. Lumpkin down to the baptismal water in 1865, and has ever since been esteemed by Elder Lumpkin as a brother beloved of the Lord. His race is nearly run, he is waiting the Master’s call.

Source: J. L. Walker and C. P. Lumpkin, History of the Waco Baptist Association of Texas (Waco: Byrne-Hill Printing House, 1897), pp. 218-219.