Robin:It appears that you and I have the same lineage problem.That is we are both searching for a missing link in our ancestry.In my case, I have been searching for the parents of a Jacob Akers (b.1810) who married Lucinda Duncan in 1834 in Floyd County, Va. I am pretty sure that I have some good data about both sets of siblings but no sure fire documented evidence (facts). I am about 99% sure that my ancestors and yours lived in Virginia (probably Montgomery and Floyd counties) for several years.
According to immigration records There have been more than twenty Akers families who came to North America before 1900.Two of these were both named William and they came over around 1650-1700.One William was a quaker who initially settled in N. J. (see my webpage) and the other William Settled initially in Virginia (see Earl B. Akers website).(There appears to be some other akers who settled in VA. around the same time but very little is known about them). As the children of these immigrants began to move West, the N. J. family moved over toward Pa. then down the Shenandoah valley (probably in effort to avoid the W. Va. mountains. ). Of course the Virginia group simply moved closer to the mountains. Eventually both groups moved down into Tenn. and Ky.I believe that this understanding is essentially correct.
Going back to our missing link problems, There may be a place where a solution can be found.Somewhere in my piles of genealogy data, I have a report prepared by a person from VPI.IN his report he indicates that a large amount of genealogy data can be found at the Virginia State Library in Richmond.He states that a one day visit will not work.All kinds of red tape are involved.There are appointments, schedules, etc.