John Benjamin Akins Farmhouse, Bulloch County

Edwin Akins writes: This was the farmhouse of my grandfather, John Benjamin Akins, (1869-1950) He moved here after leaving the Big House on Mud Road. In 1908, he purchased 1200 acres from the Groover family, eventually owning appx. 2,100 acres. With the exception of maybe 25 acres, the land is still in the Akins family, down to the 4th and 5th generation…My grandfather, John Benjamin Akins, (1869-1950) died on the side porch in his rocking chair with feet propped up on the brick column support from an apparent heart attack. He is buried in the Upper Black Creek Primitive Baptist Church cemetery, located on Mud Road towards Denmark, Georgia.

Update: On 24 August 2022, Edwin Akins wrote to let us know the house is gone. Today the old house is no more. It is completely demolished and the site cleared. As if a house was never there. Makes me sad to see the old landmarks disappear from the Akins Community. I have so many fond memories of this place when my Grandparents, John B. and Keturah W. Akins lived there. It was a gathering place for the entire family, my uncles, aunts and cousins. I have no record when the house was constructed, but my Grandfather John B. moved there from the Big House on Mud Road. I do recall in the late 50’s after John B. died that my father and others added bathroom facilities for my Grandmother. Looking from the front, to the back left were the barns, stalls and feed lot. Looking from the front, to the back right, the water pump and utility house were located. At one time at the extreme left side, there was a car garage. So sad to see these changes coming to the Akins Community and Bulloch County. So much history is being destroyed and not saved for future generations.

7 thoughts on “John Benjamin Akins Farmhouse, Bulloch County

  1. Edwin Akins

    Today the old house is no more. It is completely demolished and the site cleared. As if a house was never there. Makes me sad to see the old landmarks disappear from the Akins Community. I have so many fond memories of this place when my Grandparents, John B. and Keturah W. Akins lived there. It was a gathering place for the entire family, my uncles, aunts and cousins. I have no record when the house was constructed, but my Grandfather John B. moved there from the Big House on Mud Road. I do recall in the late 50’s after John B. died that my father and others added bathroom facilities for my Grandmother. Looking from the front, to the back left were the barns, stalls and feed lot. Looking from the front, to the back right, the water pump and utility house were located. At one time at the extreme left side, there was a car garage. So sad to see these changes coming to the Akins Community and Bulloch County. So much history is being destroyed and not saved for future generations.

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  2. Edwin Akins

    It is unfortunate that I have to report that this farmhouse is being demolished. Due to it’s deteriorated condition, it was beyond repair. When my grandfather, John B. Akins, died in 1950, the house and approximately 15 acres was left to his four sons, farming on a rotation basis. After a few years, the three brothers sold their interest to the youngest brother, Joe. The house was lived in by family members and other tenants for years, then became vacant. Upon the death of Uncle Joe Akins, the house and acreage was inherited by Dianne Waters, daughter of Aunt Jewel Waters that had married Uncle Joe.

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  3. Edwin Akins

    This was the farmhouse of my grandfather, John Benjamin Akins, (1869-1950) He moved here after leaving the Big House on Mud Road. In 1908, he purchased 1200 acres from the Groover family, eventually owning appx. 2,100 acres. With the exception of maybe 25 acres, the land is still in the Akins family, down to the 4th and 5th generation. This house is now vacant, being so for many years. The house is located in the Akins Community, on Arcola Road, south of US 80.
    Edwin

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    1. Edwin Akins

      This home is located on Arcola Road, south of US 80, in the Akins Community. My grandfather, John Benjamin Akins, (1869-1950) died on the side porch in his rocking chair with feet propped up on the brick column support from an apparent heart attack. He is buried in the Upper Black Creek PB Church cemetery, located on Mud Road towards Denmark, GA.
      This house has been vacant for several years.

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