My name is John Hale, I believe that my gg grandfather (John Hale; born 1800-1820 in one of these VA counties: Grayson, Washington, or Wythe) was an Aker by birth. I believe he was either adopted by a Hale family and took the Hale name or he was indentured as a laborer or servant and changed his name to Hale.
The reason I believe this is after over 10 years of research and finding only the 1850 Perry County, KY census and the 1860 Magoffin County, KY census with him and his wife Sarah "Sally" Fawbush and their children, and no mention in any records of his Hale father, I took a yDNA test at Family Tree DNA.
I only matched one Hale, a known cousin at the Hale DNA Project at Family Tree DNA (who, by the way is related to my gg grandfather, through a brother to my g grandfather, John's sons). Family Tree DNA notified me of another match, an to a Aker. Looking at the DNA match, I found I matched my cousin and this Aker with o genetic distance on the 12 and 25 Marker test, 2 genetic distance for Aker and 3 genetic distance for my cousin at the 37 Marker Test, and finally 3 genetic distance to Aker at the 67 Marker test.
With this DNA evidence I think it is more than possible that my gg grandfather was an Aker, not a Hale. Does anyone know of any Aker in VA that was adopted by a Hale family or changed their name to Hale? Thanks for any help.