Doug,My Akins family lived in Cherokee Co., Alabama, from the late 1830's on. Some of our kinfolks dropped the -s off the end of the name, and I know some others in Georgia who started spelling it Aiken in the mid to late 1800's. I don't know if my family and yours are related, there was also an Isham Akin born about 1825 in Georgia, who was living in Cherokee County in 1850, and he is from a different family. His line went on to Itwamba Co., Mississippi, and later into Texas. Of course some of my clan ended up in Texas too, Hill County, but that was after the turn of the century. I still have a distant cousin, Bill Akins who lives in Waco, and another one, Sam Akins, who lives in Irving. I can sens you what I have on my line if you want it, though I'm missing a good deal of the descendants of John T. and Stephen M. Akins. Our family is descended from William Akins, Sr., a Revolutionary War soldier born in 1756 in Cecil Co., Maryland, who later moved to Mecklenburg Co., N.C., yORK cO., s.c., Morgan Co., Georgia, then Cherokee Co., Alabama, where he died in 1841. He was married in 1784 to Elizabeth McCorkle in N.C.