William Earnest Adkins

1874–1954 (Age 79)
Davis City, Decatur, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Earnest

When William Earnest Adkins was born on 20 September 1874, in Davis City, Decatur, Iowa, United States, his father, Josephus C. Adkins, was 22 and his mother, Viola B. Davis, was 19. He married Etta Rose Swartz on 9 October 1898, in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Athens Township, Gentry, Missouri, United States in 1920 and Harrison, Missouri, United States in 1935. He died on 20 May 1954, in White Oak Township, Harrison, Missouri, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Foster Cemetery, White Oak Township, Harrison, Missouri, United States.

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William Earnest Adkins
Etta Rose Swartz
Marriage: 9 October 1898
Clarence Lee Adkins
Willie E Adkins
Joseph Fredric Atkins
Frank Adkins
Earl Adkins
Mary Alice Adkins
Larry E Adkins
Charles E Adkins
Raymon E Adkins

Spouse & Children

9 October 1898
Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States


  • Clarence Lee Adkins


  • Willie E Adkins


  • Male1902–1994Male

  • Frank Adkins


  • Earl Adkins


+4 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Josephus C. Adkins


  • Viola B. Davis




  • Male1874–1954Male

  • Alice Emerald Adkins


  • Daisy C. Adkins


World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 10

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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 (3)

  • Earnest Atkin, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ernest Adkins, "United States Census, 1940"
  • W E Adkins, "United States Census, 1920"

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