jc, I have some comments relative to the entry by Debbie Barrett June 13 2001.
Peter Akers was my 2G-GF.
Anyone reading this message is free to use my information, ignore it, argue with me about it -- whatever.I do have supporting data for most of what I present:
1.Peter was born in 1790, not 1799. 2.I have NEVER seen "Maria" associated with Peter's first wife's name. Her gravestone evidently refers to her as "Eliza S.". 3.Virtually all data I have seen spells the name "Faris".
I haven't researched William D.'s life, but, following your information he would hav:
Moved to Wisconsin in 1842(age 22) Moved to Red Wing, MN in 1858(age 38) Moved to Wisconsin in 1865(age 45)
Peter Akers, William D.'s father, in 1821 (after the dath of William's mother, Eliza Faris) "got religion" and became a Methodist Circuit Rider in Eastern Kentucky and what later became West Virginia.
In 1832 he moved to Illinois where he continued his preaching.He became one of the hierarchy of the Methodist Church.
Peter was an educator.He was the first President of McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, 1833-1835, and served two later terms as McKendree's President.He was also one of the founders of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL. In 1857 Peter joined the faculty of Hamline University, RED WING, MN (see William D., above), remaining there until 1865.
Later he returned to Jacksonville, IL., where he spent the rest of his days, d. 21 Feb 1886.