Brad,Thomas R. Akins was a g.g.great uncle of my husband, being a brother to his great great grandfather, John Calvin Akins. One of seven children born to William Akins, Jr. and Mary Quatermus, who were married on 17 March, 1819, in Clarke Co., Georgia. William Akins, Jr. and his wife moved shortly after their marriage to Harris Co., Georgia, where they were living when their children Martin Luther, Thomas R., Elizabeth, William M. Akins were born. Later William Akins, Jr. and his family moved to some land that his father, William Akins, Sr., had won in the 1827 Georgia Land Lottery in Carrollton, Georgia, where John Calvin Akins was born in 1832. In 1836, William Akins Jr. was awarded 160 acres of land in Paulding (now Polk) Co., Georgia, at Fish Creek. for his service in the War of 1812. The family lived on this land together until 1855, when William Jr., his wife Mary, and their two daughters and three youngest sons moved to Whitesville in Marshall Co., Alabama, where William Jr. entered land. Thomas R. Akins remained on the family farm at Fish Creek in Polk Co., Georgia, for the rest of his life. He served in Floyd's Legion, Georgia State Guards during the Civil War. He died about 1891 in Calhoun Co., Alabama, while visiting two of his sons who operated a saw-mill there. Thomas' oldest brother, Martin Luther Akins moved to Barbour Co., Alabama, in the 1850's and was killed during the Civil War. In 1862, William M., John C. and Isaiah Q. Akins, moved to Walker Co., Alabama, where we live now. They all joined the 56th Alabama Cavalry during the Civil War. William M. Akins later moved to Hill Co., Texas after the turn of the century where he died and is buried. John C. and Isaiah Q. Akins remained in Walker Co., Alabama, for the rest of their lives and many of their descendants live here to this day.
After William Akins Jr's. wife, Mary, died about 1865, he moved to Cherokee Co., Alabama for a short time in the 1870's, then came to Walker Co., Alabama, before he died in 1878. He is buried across the Walker Co., line in Winston Co., Alabama, at Rocky Plains Church in the Bankhead National Forest. His daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, with whom William Jr, lived during his last ten years of life later moved to Drew Co., Arkansas, where they both died and are buried. Mary Akins never married.
Thomas R. Akins grandparents were William Akins, Sr. and Elizabeth McCorkle. William Sr. was a first lieutenant in the Revolutiomnary War, and was later Sheriff and coroner of York Co., South Carolina, where William Jr. and his brothers and sisters were born. William Akins Sr. was born in 1756 in Cecil Co., Maryland and moved to Mecklenburg Co., N.C. with his father, James Akins before the Revoluitionary War. James Akins bought 200 acres of land at Steele Creek in Mecklenburg Co., N.C. in 1777. After the war, William Akins, Sr. married Elizabeth McCorkle, on 4 March, 1784. She was the daughter of Stephen McCorkle and Ann Forbes. They moved to York Co., S.C. where they lived for upwards of 30 years, then moved to Morgan Co., Georgia, where they lived until 1839, when they followed some of their children to Cherokee Co., Alabama, settling in Spring Garden, Where William Akins, Sr. died in 1841, and Elizabeth in 1856. They are buried at Carmel Presbyterian Church, in Spring Garden, Alabama.
I have a great deal of information on this family, which I would be happy to share with you, and my husband has written a book on the family's history entitled, "From Dunakin's Distant Shadow - The Story of the Akins Clan" which he sells for $20.00 ppd. We also are the founders of the Clan Akins Society, which has a web-site you can visit for more information at: http://www.angelfire.com/ar/clanakins/society.html If you would like more information on this family, please feel free to e-mail us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org We would be happy to hear from you.