Biography: ANKIN, Alfred N.

ALFRED N. AKIN, clerk of the Maury County Courts, was born in this county February 25, 1841, son of Samuel W. and Eliza C. (Alexander) Akin, natives, respectfully, of Williamson and Maury Counties, Tenn. The father was a farmer, and resided in the Twenty-second district until his death October 27, 1856. He was magistrate of his district a number of years and gained some celebrity as a skilled mechanic and inventor, having invented a corn and cotton cultivator, which was acknowledged as a very superior and useful patent. Alfred N. Akin was reared and educated in the county, and began merchantile life as a clerk at fifteen years of age. He was connected with the quartermaster’s department under Gen. Marcus J. Wright during the war, and from 1866 to 1871 was engaged in merchantile pursuits in Columbia. He held the position of teller in the Bank of Columbia for a time, when ill health compelled him to abandon business entirely. In August, 1874, he was elected to the office of clerk of the county courts, which he has filled faithfully and efficiently by re-election to the present time. Mr. Akin has two sons by Sarah Jones. whom he married August 29, 1867. He is a democrat and Mason (Knight Templar’s degree) and a member of the K. of P. and K. of H. fraternities.

Source: History of Tennessee: From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties. Nashville, Tenn: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1886.

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