Chris, our Akers of that era were born in Wayne (Wain) Co. Pa but lived and died in the Johnson Co., Iowa area so that is not far from Van Meter, Iowa.I could not find a connection to any of your names but John Clement Akers b. 1804 in Pa. d. 1885 at Oasis,Johnson co., Iowa is closest.He had three wives and many children. One of these was myhusband's gr. grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Akers b. 1842 in Pike Co. Pa and died in Taylor co., Iowa.I have a record of most of the children, but the fact that the families are so close in proximity makes you wonder. John Clement Akers also had a brothers named Williamand Demmon of whom I have no information except b and d.