Francis Akeley Sr. m. 08 Jun 1750, in Boston, Suffolk, MA, Tabitha Bull.Francis died 17 Jun 1775, Battle of Bunker Hill.Francis and Tabitha were married by the pastor of the Old South Church, Boston, MA. Francis was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Tradition says he was wounded, crawled across a road to a woman's door, asked for a drink of water, was refused, started to return and died before reaching the other side.
i Francis Akeley Jr. b. 02 May 1751, Boston, Suffolk, MA, occ: Farmer, d. 16 Feb 1840, Halifax, VT.Revolutionary War soldier. Married (1) Mehitable Akeley* and (2) Elizabeth Penny. He and Mehitable had 10 children.
ii Joseph Akeley b. 07 Jun 1752, Boston, Suffolk, MA, occ: Hairdresser, d. 31 Oct 1808, Boston, Suffolk, MA.Fought in the Revolutionary War. Married Margaret Durant and had 7 children.
iii Tabitha Akeley b. 09 Dec 1753, Boston, Suffolk, MA, d. 27 Jun 1798.
iv Thomas Akeley b. 25 May 1755, Boston, Suffolk, MA, m. 25 Feb 1783, in Brattleboro, VT, Abigail Wilder, b. 16 Mar 1765, Lancaster, Worcester, MA, (daughter of Jotham Wilder and Phoebe Wheeler). Thomas died 25 Feb 1850, Brattleboro, VT.When the Revolutionary War began, Thomas enlisted. He was a private on the Lexington Alarm Roll of Capt. Joseph Guild's Company, Col. Greaton's Regiment and marched on the alarm of 19 April 1775. According to his declaration given in his pension application, he served for eight months at Roxbury, Dorchester, and Cambridge, and was dismissed at Cambridge at the end of his term without any written discharge. He later served another term. Thomas had five brothers who fought in the War. After the close of the war, Thomas walked from Boston, MA to Brattleboro, VT. He carried but four possessions; his trusty musket which had done him good during the war, his haversack, his soldiers blanket and an axe. He lived in a natural cave the first winter, while clearing land which he eventally bought for his own. Tradition has it that Abigail was a school teacher when Thomas met her. Supposedly, as he was passing one day, he saw her in the garden, and suddenly finding himself "very thirsty" decided to make a call on the family. Sometime later they were married. The log cabin which Thomas had built was where the first six of their children were born. Before the seventh child was born in 1793, he had built a frame home and there the remainder of their fourteen children were born.
v John Akeley b. 04 Sep 1757, bp Boston, Suffolk, MA, d. 01 Apr 1819, Oxford, Chenango, NY, bd: Rocky Hill Cem., Weathersfield, CT.Served as a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War. Married Miriam Ward and had 2 children.
vi Sarah Akeley b. 25 Mar 1759, d. 1840.Sarah married Samuel Earl. No known children.
vii Mary Akeley b. 18 Jan 1761, bp, d. 03 Apr 1840.Never married.
viii Samuel Akeley b. 17 Jul 1762-3, d. 23 Mar 1861, Rumford Center, VT.Revolutionary War Soldier He applied for a pension in 1827 in Ludlow, VT. He married Elizabeth Moody and had 11 children.
ix William Akeley b. 03 May 1769, d. 11 Sep 1814, War of 1812.Killed in the Battle of Plattsburg, NY. in the War of 1812. His birthday may have been March. Married Abigail Baraccordin. No children.