Joseph W. Akers Frances McCutchen Children Lafayette Akers (my gg grandpa) Rose B. Akers Enoch E. Akers John Akers Frances A. Akers
Info taken from B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. I, pp. 484-486.
Joseph W.was a son of Martin and Mary (Clark) Akers, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia. Martin and MAry's children were: John, Druly, Joshua, James, Joseph, Martin and Vina.
Joseph served as defender of the Union cause in the Civil war.
Joseph W. Akers was reared in Indiana upon the old home farm and in his youthlearned the cooper's trade, but after his marriage resumed farming operations, which he followed in connection with coopering. He did the latter work in the winter seasons, while in the summer months he was busy in the fields and he thud continued until 1864, when he enlisted in the Fifty-Fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The regiment at once went to the front and he was in active service throughout the remainder of the war, participating in the celebrated march to the sea under General Sherman. He was also in the Carolina compaign and continued with the army until the close of hostilities, during which time he saw much active service and is now granted a small pension in recognition of the aid which he rendered to the government. He was at Raleigh, North Carolina, at the time of General Lee's surrender. He then returned home and for some time suffered greatly from rheumatism because of the exposure that he had undergone while at the front. His physicians advised him to go south as the only remedy which would prove benefical and in 1875 he removed his family to Texas, first locating in Grayson county, where he raised a crop. He than removed to the western part of Cooke county, where he purchased a farm which he operated for a number of years and than sold out, later taking up his abode in Saint Jo. Here he bought a home which he occupied until 1905 when he disposed of the property, and now he and his wife reside with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Coffee.