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Akin, Dudley D.

 Collection — Container: Folder
Identifier: KUMA-02-518

Scope and Contents

Folder 1. Index cards (4) from Winfield archives Biographical sheet (2 pages) with data taken from historical record of Southwest Kansas Conference Photocopied photo of D. D. Akin (undated) Photocopies (pages 8-9, 94-97) from Saddlebags and Satellites: A History of First United Methodist Church, Hutchinson, KS (1997) Obituary for the memorial service of D. D. Akin, typed, (October 1939) Letter from Mrs. D. D. Akin to Conference secretary (December 27, 1938) Original and one photocopy of newspaper obituaries from Hutchinson, Kansas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado (1938) Photocopy of Southwest Kansas Conference (unknown year, page 239) honoring five charter members of Conference "who abide with us after fifty years of Conference history" (includes D. D. Akin) Copy of D. D. Akin poem "Fishing for Trout" (1914) with cover inscribed "Compliments of the Author" Photocopy from Southwest Kansas Conference Journal (1907) showing photographs of Conference charter members, including D. D. Akin Photocopy of report (written by D. D. Akin) from unknown conference publication describing progress in McPherson District of Southwest Kansas Conference (March 6, 1907) Note authorizing transfer from Kentucky Conference to South Kansas Conference (November 1880) Certificate for office of Elder (March 12, 1876) (probably sheepskin) Certificate for office of Deacon (March 1, 1874) (probably sheepskin) Local Preacher's License from Jessamine and Garrard quarterly conference (August 6, 1870)


  • Existence: 1844-1938


Biographical or Historical Information

Dudley D. Akin was born on February 16, 1844, in Lancaster, Garrard County, Kentucky, one of four children of Joseph and Josephine Akin. Although his parents owned slaves, young Akin was opposed to slavery from an early age, and when war broke out between the states, he joined the Union Army. His career in the Civil War was an exciting one, during which he and a small group of troupers leading the charge resulting in the defeat and capture of Confederate raider General John H. Morgan. Unfortunately for Sgt. Akin, he was taken captive a year later near Atlanta and was held prisoner at the infamous Andersonville prison for six months. According to his obituary, “There he endured unbelievable inhumanities, where diseases ran riot, and death claimed a mighty tribute.” Of the 21 men of his company who had been captured and imprisoned, only Akin and three others survived. Following his discharge, Akin was married to Sarah Elizabeth Sagerser of Jessamine County, Kentucky; to them were born five sons and two daughters. Akin was licensed as a local preacher in 1870; admitted on trial in the Kentucky Annual conference in 1872; ordained Deacon in 1874 and ordained Elder in 1876. After nine years in the Kentucky Conference he was transferred to the South Kansas Conference in 1880; two years later he was transferred to the newly organized Southwest Kansas Conference and was a member of the committee that located and helped to start Southwestern College. Rev. Akin’s appointments in Kansas included McPherson, Caldwell, El Dorado, Hutchinson, Wichita (Emporia Avenue), Arkansas City, and Lyons. After 44 years of service as a minister, Rev. Akin was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the American University of Harriman, Tennessee, in 1902. Rev. Akin’s wife Sarah (Sagerser) Akin died on February 6, 1900. In 1901 he married Mrs. Elle Randal of Peabody, Kansas, who passed away in 1915. Upon retiring in March, 1916, after 44 consecutive years of active ministry, Rev. Akin moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he married Helen Foster in 1916. According to his obituary, he “spent his latter days with his flower garden.” He was a specialist in growing dahlias. His enjoyment of Colorado is also reflected in his 1914 poem “Fishing for Trout,” included in this collection. Rev. Akin died on November 15, 1938, at the age of 94. His funeral was attended by many friends including the men’s Bible Class which Rev. Akin had taught during most of the 20 years of his retirement. Burial took place at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

Note written by Sarah St. John


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Language of Materials



This collection contains information on Dudley D. Akin, Civil War veteran (Union) and an Elder in the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He transferred to the South Kansas Conference in 1880 and was one of the charter members of the Southwest Conference when it was founded.

Arrangement Note

Documents are arranged in reverse-chronological order with the undated items preceding the dated ones. Sheepskin certificates and older handwritten documents are placed between archival paper.

Other Descriptive Information

Information from Kansas West card file (discarded): 1844 - born February 16 in Lancaster County, KY to Joseph and Josephine Akins 1865 - married Sarah E. Sagerse (b. July 10, 1845, d. February 6, 1900) on October 24 1872 - on trial, Kentucky Conference 1872-73 - Pleasant Hill, KY 1874 - ordained deacon March 1, served Concord, KY 1875 - Coalton, KY 1876 - ordained elder March 12, KY 1876-78 - Vanceburg, KY 1878-80 - Ludlow 1880 - entered South Kansas Conference? 1880-82 - McPherson 1882 - entered Southwest Kansas Conference, McPherson 1883 - Caldwell 1884- El Dorado 1885-86 - Hutchinson 1887-88 - Wichita, Emporia Ave 1889-92 - Arkansas City 1893-94 - Lyons 1895-99 - Peabody 1900 - Halsted?, 1st wife's memoir Southwest Kansas Journal (p.208) 1901 - married Belle Sanders Randall (b. January 22, 1853, d. September 26, 1915) on February 16 (2nd wife) 1901-02 - Marion 1903-05 - Sterling 1904 - delegate to General Conference 1906-15 - presiding elder (Mcpherson and Hutchinson districts) 1916 - superannuated, 2nd wife's memoir in Southwest Kansas Journal (p.44) 1938 - died November 15 in Colorado Springs, CO, buried in Colorado Springs, memoir 1939 Southwest Kansas Journal (p.479) 3rd marriage to Helen Foster (date unknown) children: Merrill K., D. Howard, A. Shinkle, John T., James, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, Mrs. Josephine Harper DD American U., Harriman, Tenn.

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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

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PO Box 65
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