Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers
Elder Levi Adkins was born ______, February 20, 1794. He was married to Elizabeth George, and together they reared a family of eleven children, six sons and five daughters. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were constituent members of Bethel Church, Anderson County, which was organized with sixteen members, March 29, 1833. He was licensed to preach by Bethel Church, in May, 1842. The date of his ordination and ordaining council I have not been able to ascertain. In 1849 he became pastor of Bethel Church, and continued pastor until 1865. He was also pastor of Bethany, Graveston, and Milan churches. He was moderator of the Clinton Association from 1864 to 1869, successor to Joshua Frost and succeeded by J. C. Hutson. Brother Adkins was a plain old-fashioned preacher of the simple gospel, lived his religion, had the confidence of the people, and was instrumental in leading many souls to the Savior. He lived about five miles from Andersonville.
March 30, 1877, having fought the good fight of faith and having finished his course with joy, he fell on sleep, and was buried in the Bethel Church Cemetery, where sleeps the dust of other faithful "ministers of the World"
Rev. R. L. M. Wallace, of near Clinton, clerk of Bethel Church and clerk and colporter of the Clinton Association, one of my fellow-helpers, is a great-grandson of Elder Levi Adkins.
Burnett, J .J. Sketches of Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers. Nashville, Tenn.: Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.
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