Some (3 of 8 children) of my Akers line settled in Dunklin County MO and New Madrid County MO after 1870. They were born in Alabama.
There are several William Akers in the lines but all are accounted for. The name Tillman does not show up in the Alabama Akers.
Do you know where in Kentucky your Akers are from? Another researcher and I have been interested in the Barren County, Kentucky Akers and have tried to find a connection.Have you heard the name Asahel Akers?