Jakin lies at the southernmost end of Early County. The town's first mayor, James Morris "Major" Bivings, named Jakin after one of the columns of Solomon's temple.
In addition to small farm agriculture, Jakin's early economic growth depended on turpentine production. The unspoiled longleaf pine forests served as prime resources, first for turpentine then lumber. Bivings and his partner, James W. Duke, founded the Duke and Bivings Lumber Company complete with housing, commissary and post office.