Hi! I'm finally responding to your email from January about the Vance connection(s) in the ACKLEN line. What I've found out recently is that Christopher ACKLIN settled an area of land called "Wolf Hill" in Washington Co., VA. Also a settler to the same area at the same time(1773-1775), was a man named John VANCE.
[Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County 1745-1800, CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I." JUDGMENTS, page 64 http://www.rootsweb.com/~vaaugust/doak.htm]http://www.rootsweb.com/~vaaugust/doak.htm]
So, the ACKLIN's & VANCE's were very early American neighbors. I don't have any records of marriage between the 2, but since the name "Vance" creeps into Acklin kid names for the next 3-4 generations, I can just assume John VANCE was a beloved friend & neighbor.
My ancestor, son of Christopher ACKLEN, was William ACKLEN. William was a 60 y.o. man when he married the twice widowed Mildred Meriwether MCGEHEE in 1836, Madison Co., AL. They had one child, William Thomas ACKLEN. William the elder died around 1850, presumably from old age.
Mildred & son, W.T. (only 10 y.o.) picked up and moved to Texas, where Mildred's closest brothers, John Gilmer & Thomas Gilmer MCGEHEE, had already established themselves, their families, their mother and a couple of other siblings in the Bastrop Co., TX area.
Mildred's brother, Charles Lewis MCGEHEE married Sarah Vance ACKLIN, daughter of Samuel Black ACKLIN (Mildred's brother-in-law) June 14, 1833 in Madison Co., AL. Charles & Sarah & their 3 children also moved to Bastrop Co. sometime between 1846-1849. Both Charles & Sarah died in Bastrop around 1850. All three of Charles & Sarah's children & their families lived and died in Hays Co., just a few minutes south of Austin. (Both daughters of Charles & Sarah have the middle name "Vance".)
Still following this?...there's more!
[Back to my line.]Mildred Meriwether MCGEHEE ACKLIN, son W.T. and new daughter-in-law Rebecca "Becky" BURLESON ACKLEN moved from Bastrop Co. and settled just south of Austin, TX in Hays Co. sometime after 1866. My family cemetery plot is in Live Oak Cemetery directly on the county line separating Hays Co. from Travis Co., TX. I actually live about 15 minutes from the cemetery, in south Austin. There are three matching & distinct tombstones that say "Mildred-Grandmother; William-Father; and Rebecca-Mother."
The only reason I've been able to piece together this puzzle is through the sharing of info on the ACKLEN, BURLESON & MCGEHEE mailing lists, the Burleson Family Association and throught the stories of my own family, still living in the same area of Texas.
Amazing stuff! Would love to hear how you, or anyone else that reads this, fits into the puzzle.