BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "FRANK" AKERS WAS THE SON OF JOHN CLEMET AKETS AND EXPERIENCE KING.I AM LOOKING FOR INFO ON EXPERIENCE KING AND THE ANCESTRY ON JOHN. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE
Akers history compiled by Edna Ellen Akers Posten, Gravity , Iowa
From Taylor County History (Iowa) - Printed in 1881 - Akers , B.F. farmer and stock raiser Section One, Post Office, Be dford, Ia. Born in Pennsylvania in 1842, came with his par ents to Iowa in 1857. At the age of eighteen joined The Tw enty Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company A in June 1862 . Promoted to Corporal in 1863. Engaged at the battles o f Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Mississippi, Black River Brid ge, assualt and siege of Vicksburg, Winchester Virginia, Fi sher Hill, Cedar Creek Virginia and numerous skirmishes, fo rced marches etc. Indeed was in every action of the regime nt, and was never off duty a single day during three year s of service. After being discharged July 25, 1865 he doff ed the Union Blue of the Army and donned the jeans of a far mer, which business he successfully followed since. Was ma rried in 1867 to Miss Harriet Josephine Bannister, a nativ e of Illinois. Came back to Taylor County in 1868, locatin g where he now lives. Has a fine farm of 180 acres of wel l improved land, with good substantial buildings. Orchar d of apples, peaches, pears, plums and abundance of cherr y and small fruits. A hickory tree is still growing - in th e year of 1977 - which he planted, bringing the seed from J ohnson County, Iowa. Is a good citizen, industrious and pr osperous. They are the parents of nine children. Both ar e buried at Washington Cemetery, Taylor County, Gravity, Io wa.
Following excerpt taken from Mr. Akers' diary:
"I was the best marksman in the Company. The 6th Corp oral died. I was off on guard. They called me in and sai d "Is Ben Akers here?" I answered and the officer said "yo u are now a Corporal." I signed the papers and they were s ent in for Abraham Lincoln to sign. I was Corporal til l I was discharged in Savannah, Ga. " Go out behind the ho use and wash up and the ladies will have dinner for you" sa id Mr. Lincoln. We ate dinner on the porch at the White Ho use and I shook hands with the President of the United Stat es, Abraham Lincoln... "Boys," said he, "eat heartily; you 're a fine bunch of boys. I'm sending you down in the Shen andoah and some of you will be killed but I don't want al l of you killed." He walked around our boys and looked a t our tattered flag. He said "It looks as if it had been s ome place." he said.
After my discharge I came to Davenport (Iowa) to get my mon ey. Was paid, also half fare to Iowa City was paid."
Was with Phil Sheridan in Shenandoah Valley.
School Director for 8 years, Trustee for 6 years.
1860 Federal Census, Graham Township, Johnson County, Iowa , roll 327, Page 555
1850 Federal Census, Green Township, Pike County, Pennsylva nia, Roll 783, page 4
Family Group Records from Dianne Akers Graham, 1998
Last Civil War Veteran in Taylor County Died Monday
B. F. Akers, 98, last Civil War Veteran in Taylor Coun ty, died in the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda, Monday morn ing at 10:30. Since May 30 of last year, he has been makin g his home with his grandson, Marion Luther, but on March 1 1th his condition became so serious that it was found neces sary to take him to the hospital where he passed away Monda y.
Mr. Akers spent most of his life on the home farm nort heast of Gravity, and was one of the early pioneers of th e county. Here the family grew up. Several years ago he p urchased property in south Gravity, which was his home unti l after the death of his wife. Since then he spent much o f his time in his home, but of late years he has been makin g his home with different relatives.
The picture above was taken several years ago with fou r of his Civil War comrades, Mel Rogers, B. F. Richardson , Frank Konecue and George Brookman. Mr. Akers is the seco nd from the left in the picture.
Benjamin Franklin Akers
Benjamin Franklin Akers was born in Pike County, Pennsylvan ia, November 30, 1842, and died March 17, 1941, at the ag e of 98 years, 3 months and 17 days.
He came with his parents to Iowa in 1857, and at the a ge of eighteen, joined the Twenty-Second, Iowa Volunteer In fantry, Company A, in June 1862. He was promoted to Corpor al in 1863. He saw active service in the battles of Port G ibson, Champion Hill Mississippi, Black River Bridge, Assau lt and Siege of Vicksburg, Winchester Virginia, Fisher Hill , Cedar Creek Virginia, and numerous skirmishes, forced mar ches, etc. He was never off duty a single day during thre e years service.
After being discharged, July 25, 1865, he doffed the U nion Blue of the army and donned the jeans of a farmer, whi ch business he successfully followed.
In 1867, he was married to Harriet J. Bannister, a nat ive of Illinois. To this union were born nine children, fo ur having died in infancy. His wife died May 4, 1926. Cor a A. died February 4, 1928; Luta E. died Fegruary 3, 1929 . Surviving are three sons, Robert H., Chester A. and Ray , all of Gravity. There are 20 grandchildren, 37 great gra ndchildren, and 2 great, great grandchildren.
He spent 72 years in Taylor county, most of that tim e on his farm and the remaining few years at his home in Gr avity. He was the last remaining member of a large family . He was a good father and neighbor, and a friend to all w ho knew him.
The funeral service was held in the Methodist church h ere at two o'clock, yesterday afternoon. The service was c onducted by the Rev. C. W. Proctor, pastor of the church . The American Legion assisted, there being a large attend ance from all parts of the county. A number of the Spanis h War veterans were also present.
The old G.A.R. flag that has served the post here fo r so many years was draped on the wall back of the pulpit a nd the U.S. flag draped the pulpit and casket.
The pallbearers were Harry Lambley, George Fleming, Fr ed Blood, Frank Marsh, Charles Alvord and Dave Foster. Th e chorus of mixed voices sang America, and then two hymns r equested by the relatives.
Interment was in Washington cemetery where military se rvices were conducted, including taps, blown by Jack Blood , and a firing squad carried out their part of the service.
Source: Descendant Chart by Jerry D. Akers, Central City , Iowa, July 1998
Article and obituary of Benjamin Franklin Akers in possessi on of Mr. Marvin Akers:
Oldest Veteran Dies At Gravity
Benjamin Franklin Akers was born in Pike county, Penn, Nove mber 30, 1842 and died Monday March 17, 1941 at the age o f 98 years, 3 months and 17 days.
He came with his parents to Iowa in 1857. At the age o f 18, he joined the Twenty-second Iowa Volunteer Infantry , Co. A, in June 1862. He was promoted to corporal in 1863 . He saw active service in the battles of Port Gibson, Cham pion Mississippi; Black River Bridge Assault and Siege of V icksburg; Winchester, Virginia; Fisher Hill, Cedar Creek , Virginia and numerous skirmishes, forced marches, etc . He was never off duty a single day during his three yea rs of service.
After being discharged on July 25, 1865 he doffed the ha t of the Union Blue of the army and donned the jeans of a f armer, which business he successfully followed.
In 1867 he was married to Harriet J. Bannister, a native o f Illinois. To them was born nine chldren, four of whom die d in infancy. His wife died May 4, 1926; Cora A., on Feb . 4, 1926, and Luta E. Feb. 3, 1929.
Surviving are three sons, Robert H. Akers,Chester A. Aker s and Ray Akers all of Gravity. There are twenty grandchil dren, thirty seven great grandchildren and two great grea t grandchildren.
He spent 72 years in Taylor County, most of that time on hi s farm and the remaining few years at his home in Gravity . He was the last remaining member of a large family. H e was a good father and neighbor and a friend to all who kn ew him.
Mr.Akers was the last surviving Civil War Veteran in Taylo r county, and one of the few in the state. Military funera l services were held in Gravity Wednesday afternoon and bur ial was in the Gravity Cemetery.
(The following information was found in another obituary.)
The funeral service was held in the Methodist church here a t two o'clock, yesterday afternoon. The service was conduct ed by the Rev. C. S. Proctor, pastor of the church. The Ame rican Legion assisted, there being a large attendance fro m all parts of the county. A number of the Spanish War vet erans were also present.
The old G.A. R flag that has served the post here for so ma ny years was draped on the wall back of the pulpit and th e U. S. flag draped the pulpit and casket.
The pallbearers were Harry Lambley, George Flaming, Fred Bl ood, Frank Marsh, Charles Alvord and Dave Foster. The chor us of mixed voices sang America, and then two hymns request ed by the relatives.
Interment was in Washington cememtery where military servi ces were conducted, including taps, blown by Jack Blood, an d a firing squad carried out their part of the service.
FOUND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN A TAYLOR COUNTY, HISTOR Y-PRINTED
IN 1881-AKERS, B.F. FARMER AND STOCK RAISER, SECTION ONE, P OST OFFICE,
BEDFORD, IA. BORN IN PENN IN 1842, CAME WITH HIS PARENTS T O IOWA IN
AT THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN JOINED THE TWENTY SECOND IOWA VOLUNT EER
INFANTRY, COMPANY A IN JUNE 1862. PROMOTED TO CORPORAL I N 1863.
ENGAGED AT THE BATTLES OF PORT BIBSON, CHAMPION HILL, MISSI SSIPPI,
BLACK RIVER BRIDGE, ASSALT AND SEIGE OF VICKSBURG, WINCHEST ER,
VIRGINIA WITH PHIL SHERIDAN, FISHER HILL, CEDAR CREEK VIRG INIA AND
NUMEROUS SKIRMISHES, FORCED MARCHES ETC. INDEED WAS IN EVE RY ACTION
OF THE REGIMENT AND WAS NEVER OFF DUTY A SINGLE DAY DURIN G THREE YEARS
OF SERVICE. AFTER BEING DISCHARGED JULY 25, 1865 HE DOFFE D THE UNION
BLUE OF THE ARMY AND DONNED THE JEANS OF A FARMER, WHICH BU SINESS HE
SUCCESSFULLY FOLLOWED SINCE. WAS MARRIED IN 1867 TO MISS H ARRIET
JOSEPHINE BANNISTER, A NATIVE OF ILLINOIS. CAME BACK TO TA YLOR COUNTY
IN 1868, LOCATING WHERE HE NOW LIVES. HAS A FINE FARM OF 1 80 ACRES OF
WELL IMPROVED LAND, WITH GOOD SUBSTANTIAL BUILDINGS. ORCHA RD OF
APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, PLUMS AND ABUNDANCE OF CHERRY AND S MALL
FRUITS. A HICKORY TREE IS STILL GROWING-IN THE YEAR OF 197 7-WHICH HE
PLANTED, BRINGING THE SEED FROM JOHNSON COUNTY IOWA. I S A GOOD
CITIZEN, INDUSTRIOUS AND PROSPEROUS. THEY ARE THE PARENT S OF NINE
CHILDREN. BOTH ARE BURIED AT WASHINGTON CEMETERY, TAYLOR C OUNTY
THE FOLLOWING TAKEN FROM HIS DIARY:
"I WAS THE BEST MARKSMAN IN THE COMPANY. THE 6TH CORPORA L DIED. I
WAS OFF ON GUARD. THEY CALLED ME IN AND SAID "IS BEN AKER S HERE! I
ANSWERED AND THE OFFICER SAID "YOU ARE NOW A CORPORAL. " I SIGNED THE
PAPERS AND THEY WERE SENT IN FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO SIGN . I WAS
CORPORAL TILL I WAS DISCHARGED IN SAVANNAH, GA. "GO OUT BE HIND THE
HOUSE AND WASH UP AND THE LADIES WILL HAVE DINNER FOR YOU " SAID MR.
LINCOLN. WE ATE DINNER ON THE PORCH AT THE WHITE HOUSE AN D I SHOOK
HANDS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. ABRAHAM LIN COLN.
"BOYS" SAID HE "AEAT HEARTILY; YOU'RE A FINE BUNCH OF BOYS . I'M
SENDING YOU DOWN IN THE SHENANDOAH AND SOME OF YOU WILL B E KILLED, BUT
I DON'T WANT ALL OF YOU KILLED." HE WALKED AROUND OUR BOY S AND LOOKED
AT OUR TATTERED FLAG. HE SAID, "IT LOOKS AS IF IT HAD BEE N SOME
AFTER MY DISCHARGE I CAME TO DAVENPORT TO GET MY MONEY . WAS
PAID, ALSO HALF FARE TO IOWA CITY WAS PAID.
SCHOOL DIRECTOR FOR 8 YEARS; TRUSTEE FOR 6 YEARS.
Was Member Of Joseph Cantwell G.A.R. Post No. 44G Gravity , Iowa
Served In Company A, Twenty-Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry , Civil War
Enlisted Into Federal Service At Iowa City, Iowa
Promoted To Seventh Corporal
Promoted To Sixth Corporal
Mustered Out Of Service At Savannah, Georgia
Father: John Clement AKERS b: 20 May 1804 in Wain Co PA
Mother: Experience KING b: 26 Mar 1806 in Paupack Palmonia Or Palmarid PA
Marriage 1 Harriet Josephine BANNISTER b: 6 Aug 1845 in Barry, Pike, IL
Married: 19 Nov 1867
Change Date: 3 Oct 2002
Robert Henry AKERS b: 3 Mar 1869 in Johnson Co ID
Cora Almate AKERS b: 16 Sep 1871 in Gravity, Taylor, IA
Anna S. AKERS b: 2 Oct 1872
Bertie AKERS b: 26 Jul 1876 in Taylor Co IA
Luta E. AKERS b: 14 Sep 1878 in Gravity, Taylor, IA
Roy Francis AKERS b: 4 May 1882 in Taylor Co IA
Glenna AKERS b: 4 May 1884 in Taylor Co IA
Chester Arthur AKERS b: 30 Jun 1885 in Taylor Co IA
Otto Ray AKERS b: 23 Feb 1890 in Taylor Co IA
FIRST WHITE CHILD BORN IN DREHER TOWNSHIP. THE VALLEY WAS SETTLED BY GERMANS AND CALLED "DUTCH FLATS"
mARCH 1885, PROTESTANT METHODIST CHURCH, CAME TO IOWA 1857, JOINED UNITED BRETHREN CHURCH.WHEN ASKED IF HE WOULD LIKE TO GET WELL, SAID NO "TO DIE IS GAIN".
BURIED AT ZION CHAPEL CEMETARY LOT 15 NORTH SIDE OF PRINCIPAL ALLEY GRAHAM TOWNSHIP BY METHODIST CHURCH OASIS JOHNSON COUNTY IOWA.
THE IOWA CITY REPUBLICA-
MR. AKERS DIED AT HIS HOME IN WEST LUCAS LAST NIGHT AFTER A LONG AND PAINFUL ILLNESS. (TUESDAY MARCH 31, 1885)
THE FUNERAL OCCURED AT THE FAMILY RESIDENCE IN WEST LUCAS. THE SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED BY REV. GOODEL PASTOR OF THE M.E. CHURCH AT OASIS.HE PREACHED AN EXCELLENT AND VERY PRACTICAL SERMON.THE REMAINS WERE TAKEN TO OASIS FOR BURIAL.1860 Federal Census, Graham Township, Johnson County, Iowa , roll 327,
Abstracts of scrap books by Lois W. Cronbaugh, Johnson & Li nn County
Iowa Genealogy: Obituary: J.C. Akers, born in W aine County, Pa., May 20,
1804, died Iowa City, March 30, 1 885;1850 Federal Census, Green Township, Pike County, Pennsylva nia, Roll
783, page 4
LICENSE ISSUED FOR THE MARRIAGE OF ALLEN CHURCHILL AND MRS. EXPERIENCE KING NEVER RETURNED AND ISN'T SIGNED
1880 FEDERAL CENSUS GRAHAM TOWNSHIP, JOHNSON COUNTY IOWA ROLL 327 PAGE 555
1850 FEDERAL CENSUS GREEN TOWNSHIP PIKE COBIOGRAPHY: 1860 CENSUS GRAHAM TOWNSHIP JOHNSON COUNTY IOWA ROLL 327 PAGE 555
1850 CENSUS GREEN TOWNSHIP PIKE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ROLL 783 PAGE 4
EXIE MOVED WITH HER PARENTS TO JOHNSON COUNTY IA FROM GREEN PIKE COUNTY PA.
INFORMATION FROM MRS. IDA MAY ROE RD#1 HAWLEY PENN
GOING TO OUR ILLISTRATED WAYNE OF 1900, I FOUND UNDER THE HEADING, "NEWFOUNDLAND. NEWFOUNDLAND" NAMED BY DANIEL STROUD WHO FOUND IN THAT BEAUTIFUL VALLEY 1900 ACRES OF LAND UNMARKED BY PRE-EXPLORERS.
THE FIRST WHITE MAN TO SETTLE IN THAT VACINITY WAS DENMAN COE IN 1794. HE ERECTED A CAT BACK OF F.A. OPPULTS RESIDENCE.WILLIAM AKERS MARRIED ONE OF MR. COE'S DAUGHTERS AND JOHN CLEMENT AKERS WAS THE FIRST WHITE CHILD BORN IN DREHER TOWNSHIP. THE VALLER WAS SETTLED BY GERMANS AND CALLED "DUTSH FLATS"