William Earl Adkins

1923–1998 (Age 74)
Jenkins, Letcher, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Earl

When William Earl Adkins was born on 13 December 1923, in Jenkins, Letcher, Kentucky, United States, his father, Samuel Spurlock Adkins, was 29 and his mother, Mary Bea Witten, was 27. He died on 26 June 1998, in Cedar Bluff, Tazewell, Virginia, United States, at the age of 74.

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Samuel Spurlock Adkins
Mary Bea Witten
Robert Walter Adkins
Margaret Virginia Adkins
Samuel Edward Adkins
William Earl Adkins

Parents & Siblings

  • Samuel Spurlock Adkins


  • Female1896–1985Female



World Events (8)

1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 3

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.

Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 21

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Adkin, a pet form of Adam that was in use particularly in the English Midlands, + patronymic -s. Compare Atkins .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • William E Atkins, "Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999"
  • Earl Adkins, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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