Henderson County, Kentucky Biography

John Eakins

JOHN EAKINS of who we speak, was born on the seventeenth day of November 1789. At the age of eighteen he emigrated to the wild of Kentucky and settled in Henderson County , Kentucky upon a piece of land purchased by him in what is or was known as Horse Shoe Bend above and opposite the City of Evansville, Ind.

At the time the territory was a dense cane-brake, inhabited by the wild animals including bear. He has not been there long before he became enamored of Miss Sally King, a resident of the same territory, whom he married. Miss King was a daughter of Esq Elijah King, a leading pioneer, a highly respected and deserving citizen of the new country and one whose advise was most frequently sought and most willing given. The daughter was born in Washington Co Ky on 2 Aug 1875 and with her parents came to this county.

Mr. Eakins was a farmer all his life, as before said a very successful one. He never held office, from the fact he was never application for one, He was always in political faith a Democrat, firm an unflinching and never throughout his life voted to his faith. By this marriage Mr. Eakins and Miss King, there were twelve children born, five of whom are living at this time. Mr. Eakins ancestors were born in Ireland and were buried on Morris Island in front of Charleston, South Carolina. John Eakins died March 25, 1868. Mrs. Eakins parents were English people. She died July 13, 1880.

The History of Henderson County, Kentucky by Starling 1887 page 680

Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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