Joseph A. Adkins was born in Lamar County, Texas on September 12, 1864.  He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. J. N. Adkins.
    Dr. Adkins began his medical practice in Tennessee, then moved to Arkansas.  In 1858 the family moved to Larmar County, Texas, but on the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned to Tennessee to become a surgeon in the 17th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.  While living in Tazewell, Tennessee, Joseph married Mary Lou Evans, daughter of an Eastern Tennessee merchant, Tipton Evans.
    Joseph received his education in the public schools of Lampasas and at Ad-Ran College at Thorp Spring in Hood County.  In 1889 he was admitted to the bar in Lampasas County and later was elected county judge.
    After his move to Brady, he continued his law practice and was active in local politics.  He was made county judge and served from 1901 to 1906.  He later served as a representative to the Texas Legislature from 1907 to 1910 and was county judge again in 1919 and 1920.
    He belonged to the Odd Fellow, W. O. W., and the Masonic Order.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.  He died on February1, 1942 and Mary Lou, who was born Decenmber 22, 1870, died on June 29, 1951.
    Their children were Evans J., Hubert K., Gerald J., Walter F., Mary Josephine, John R. and James M.

Information from a family sketch that appeared in
McCulloch County History, Vol. II, 1980
Compiled by Wayne Spiller
Submitted by Louann Hall


The Brady Standard
March 7, 1936

     Joe A. Adkins is another pioneer of McCulloch, having lived here the past 43 years.  A native of Lamar county, Texas, where he was born September 12, 1864, Mr. Adkins was for a time located in Lampasas county, coming to the growing town of Brady in February, 1893.  For many years he was engaged in the practice of law, and he also served as McCulloch county judge for several years.
     Mrs. Adkins is a native of Tennessee, having been born December 22, 1870, at Tazewell, Tenn., and where she was married to Mr. Adkins on June 12, 1889.  Two months after Mr. Adkins located in Brady, she joined him here in April, 1893, and they have made their home here continuously since.  Children born to Mr. and Mrs. Adkins are Evans, now county judge, Hubert, Gerald, Walter, John and Jim Adkins, and Mrs. Mary Jo Powell, all of Brady.

The Brady Standard
March 7, 1936
Submitted by: Louann Hall