The first white man was a shrewd Yankee and a school-teacher named Denman Coe, He settled in Paupack about 1794. He was soon joined by his son-in-law, Gabriel Davis, Phineas Howe and Andrew Cory. Tradition has woven a romance around William Aker's marriage with Polly Coe. William Aker was a hunter from Stroudsburg, in his rambles in the wilderness, was started one to find himself near a human habiation. He approached to investigate Denman Coe lived a long distance from any mill, and his daughters in turn broke the grain with a pestle and mortar. It happened this day it was Polly's turn to pound grain. She was but a young girl and was crying over her task. As Akers drew near he asked the cause of her grief, which she explained. His heart was touched by the girl's story, and shortly after he took her to Strousburg and was married. But Rebecca Kayers, a daughter of William Akers, and say that her grandfather was a stern man and would have kicked Akers of the cabin had he propsed the thing to him, that her mother never used a pestle and a motar, but that her aunt was made a cripple for life as a result of that work. She says her mother Mary or Polly as she was called, lived in CT for 5 years after her father came her. About 1799, when 14, she came from CT on foot with her father, and carried a bundle besides. One year later her father placed in a weaver's establishment in Stroudsburg-probaby at William Akers Sr. Here William Akers married her when she was 16 and her father became very angry. About 1800 William Akers came to the flats and built a cabin south of his father-in-law. He built the cabin door so low that is necessary to stoop to enter it. He no chairs, no floors, no fire place. The fire was built on the ground; his table some say was a stump,, his daughter declares it was an ash log split in the middle. He bore holes on the bark side and stuchk poles in it for legs. William Akers and his wife were known as Uncle Bill and Aunt Poll.
Children of Denman Coe-Dudley, Ransom, and Harvey, who moved West and Polly, w/o William Akers, and Ada, w/o Moses Champman
William Akers Sr. was an Englisman and a weaver by trade. He came to Dreher and lived with his son-in-law, Bartle Bartleson Sr., being 90 when he died. His wfie was Rebecca Fish and his children were, John, William, Polly w/o Gabriel Davis and Elsie, w/o Bartle Bartleson. Of John Akers' children, Elizabeth married James Sheerer and lived in Jefferson twp, John a blacksmith of Dreher.
William Akers, Jr, was a great hunter. His children, Clements who has one son in Dreher and Rebacca who married Frederick Kayser, who, after living in Honesdale and NY, finally settled in Greene, about 1/2 mile from Paupack. Children; William F. Kayser of DE, Charkes F. of Iowa, Mary w/o A.B.Drake of Strousburg, Julia w/o Tinus Smith of Dreher, Miranda, w/o Wein Foreny of Harrisburg, and Sarah E., marrued Theodore Corell.
Sybil another daughter of William Akers married John Decker.