Maggie Welch Rose Akin, daughter of Henry and Matilda Rose, was born on July 12, 1868, in Abingdon, Virginia. In 1874, her family moved to Texas. She later attended school in Georgetown, Texas, at the Ladies' Annex, the female branch of Southwestern University. While at school, Maggie met Joseph W. Akin, son of Methodist minister Samuel D. Akin and Mary Elizabeth Kincheloe. After a three-year courtship, the two were married on January 1, 1890. Joseph studied law and eventually served as a judge in Young County and as a judge for the 30th Judicial District in Texas before becoming the mayor of Wichita Falls, Texas. Maggie wrote and published poetry. The Akins had eight children: Roberta Lee; Mary "Teel" Mathilde; Margaret Welch; Jewel "Sug" Rose; Yerger Hill; Joseph William Jr.; Henry David; and John Pohlman. Joseph died in 1946, and Maggie passed away on April 18, 1961. The Akins are both buried in the Rosemont Cemetery in Wichita Falls, Texas.
More information about Maggie Welch Rose Akin can be found in the Akin-Rose papers at The Texas Collection.