My Akers family were in TX in 1839.In 1840 my Gr Gr Grandfather, Henry Akers was in Greensboro, Harrison, Co., TX., taking his oath of allegiance to the Republic of Texas.He and his sons Smith, Harvey and Anderson served as Texas Rangers.Harvey was one of the first Texas rangers in 1840 at the age of 13.My great grandfather, John Smith Akers served on the Texas border patrol.
They settled in Burnet, Co. and in 1847 made a scouting trip to Ca. to see how things were.In 1850 the Akers were in Williamson, Co.In March of 1852 the Akers and kin moved to CA.Henry Akers stayed behind, not getting along with his wife.Smith Akers had to move back to TX. for several years to talk him into joining the family in Fresno Co. CA.Good thing he did for Smith met and married his sweetheart, Mary Ann Graham in Williamson Co.Smith's 3rd and last trip to CA. was in 1867.He had intended to take a large herd of cattle back with him but the Confederates took all his beef and left him nearly broke.
We have cousins, several thousand, still in central Texas mostly.Crawfords, Boultinghouse, Brantley, Evans, DeSpains, Frazers, etc.(Smith Akers made a trip to New York while living in TX to see cousins.We don't know who they were, but they must have been close to take that kind of trip.)
My cousin Donna Hull wrote the book on our branch of Akers and related families.It's titled, "and then there were THREE THOUSAND." Since then at least 3,000 more cousins have been found.If I'm not related to someone in Texas, my cousins are.