This is my work in progess.I believe I have made a connection to England for our William the Quaker.
I can find no other William Akers in this time frame who was a Quaker. William baptized 16 April 1648 Wantage, Berkshire, England died 1715 in New Jersey. son of William Akers and Joane Hyne really provides hardcore circumstancial evidence that he is our William Akers. The fact that our William was a Quaker living in the middle of other Quakers who immigrated from this William's birth area.
These neighbors immigrated from Wantage, St. Mary Whitechapel, Borough of Tower Hamlets, Middlesex County, England. Wapping, etc. All Akers homes at the time. Then Maidenhead and Reading are a stones throw away--names transfered to New Jersey.
P.S.Hope this transfers without too much diffusion.
LINE OF DESCENT
Berkshire is a royal county, the home of Windsor Castle.London is almost within walking distance. So the Akers ofLondon and Berkshire are very likely related. The Akers family disappear from Parish records after December 1666.During this time, Quakers were leaving this vincinity and immigrating toNew Jersey(West Jersey).
James Akers buried 1608 Bagpuize near Wantage and Vale of the White Horse.Burials. Vol. 3 Berkshire.Possible grandfather of William Akers married 1617.
Set in the civil parish of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, the village is located about 6 miles (10 km) west of Abingdon. The toponym Kingston Bagpuize is derived from the village's original name Kingston plus the surname of Ralph de Bachepuz, a Norman nobleman from Bacquepuis in Normandy who aided William of Normandy in the Norman conquest of England in 1066
Simon Akers baptized 16 February 1583 St. Mary Whitechapel, Borough of Tower Hamlets, Middlesex County, England. It was part of Stepney parish till 1329.Parish Register.Because of the commonality of the name SIMON in our line, we have included him here as a person of interest. He could be father or related to William married 1617.
William Acres married 1617 Wantage, Berkshire, England to Dorothie Darton.
William Akers married 21 November 1640 Joane Hyne (Hinde) Probable father of William Akers the Quaker. They were the parents of William baptized 16 April 1648, Wantage.
Children of William Akers and Joane Hyne found in Parish records
William Akers baptized16 April 1648
Our best research, to date, shows that this William Akers was the only known Quaker of the name during this time period.This fact and the matching birth time frame, and common origins of other Quakers in West Jersey, strongly asserts that our William is this William son of William and Joane Hyne. Some of the West Jersey Quakers were from Wantage, Whitehuch, Wapping and London, all Akers residences.
1.William AKERS II, Quaker, was most likely the Willliam who was baptized 16 April 1648 Wantage, Berkshire, England.died 1715 in New Jersey.William Akers was in the Quaker settlements of New Jersey with or near, John Willis, Sr. and John Willis, Jr of Wantage Co. Berkshire, England 1690
Wantage, on Letcombe Brook, is a market town and civil parish in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire, (formerly Berkshire) England.
John Gregory from Wantage, Berkshire, England, who married Elizabeth Armstrong on 27 August 1646, may very well be the John Gregory who came to VA.John Gregory, Sr., was an adjacent landowner to William Acres/Akers who patented 592 acres on 27 Feb. 1665/66 in (Old) Rappahannock Co., VA. Land Patent Book 6, page 48.No known relationship to our branch of Akers, but interesting with the possible connection to Wantage.Our New Jersey Akers later moved into Virgina and confused the records for years.
In 1698, our William was Granted 100 acres in West Jersey,The Quakers where William Akers settled were from Wantage, England,etc. and since he was prominent among them, it seems reasonable that he immigrate to New Jersey with them.He was among the 100 men deeded land for a Quaker Meeting House.
Patents and Deeds and Other Early Records of New Jersey, 1664-1703 (edited by William Nelson) page 517:1698-9 March 18. Deed. The West Jersey Society, by their agents, Jeremiah Basse and Thomas Revell, to Ralph Hunt, Jno. Bainbridge, Johannes Lawrenson (up Dyck), Wm. Hixson, Jno. Bryerly, Saml. Hunt, Theophillus Phillips, Jonathan Davis, Tho. Smith, Jasper Smith, Tho. Coleman, Benjamin Hardin, WM. AKERS, Robert Lannen, Phillip Phillips, Joshua Andris, .... etc. ...all of Maidenhead, Burlington Co., for 100 acres there, of the Society's 15000 a. tract above the Falls of Delaware, to be used for a meeting house, burying ground and schoolhouse. –Quakers.
What is now Lawrence Township was originally formed as Maidenhead Township on February 20, 1697, while the area was still part of Burlington County in West Jerseyon the border of what was then West Jersey. Initially named by early Quaker settlers after a Thames River village outside London, the name was changed in 1816 to Lawrence in honor of Capt. James Lawrence,
William purchased land before 1698 in West Jersey, in Maiden township above the falls of the Delaware. In 1698-1699 the West Jersey society deeded to 28 men, all of Maidenhead, Burlington County (now Lawrenceville, Mercer Co.) Including "Wm. Akers" 100 acres there, to be used for a meeting house, burying ground. William was a carpenter in 1712.1694, Newtown Town Records – mentioned aswitness with Daniel Phillips to deed, 1694 Theophilus and Frances Phillips sell to Edward Hunt
Mershon, Grace O.: "Who, What and Where in Early Maidenhead : William Akers' land abutted Jasper Smith's and Robert Lanning's. William Akers one of the purchasers of the Town Lot in Maidenhead, 1698 1703 one of the Hopewell/Maidenhead settlers to pay Coxeto quiet title to land. 1712, contributed to promote Hunterdon County
2.Simon Akers I, Quaker, son of William Akers) was born Abt. 1668 in Burlington County, New Jersey, and died 1722 in New Jersey. Fled to Pennsylvania to avoid debts he couldn't pay and perhaps debtors prison, rebuilt his life, and moved on to Virginia.
Volume I of the Minutes of Maidenhead Twp. Simon Akers elected "oversere of road" with John Bainbridge, Jr., 9 Jan. 1719/20
GMNJ, Vol. 37, 1937 , pp.53-4: Simon Akers, son of William Akers of Maidenhead b. ca. 167-, d. 1722; Shearer-Akers Genealogy credits him with 3 sons: Simon b. abt. 1690, Constable 1722/23 & / Overseer of Roads 1724/5 at Maidenhead, Robert, b. about 1703 and John b. 2 Jan. 1713 m. Martha, d. 2 Nov. 1783
3.Simon Akers II (son of Simon Akers) was born Abt. 1695 in New Jersey, and died 1748in Roanoke Co., Virginia. His will and inventory were filed in 1748 & 1749 in Augusta Co., VA.He married Mary“possibly”Smithon 1715 in Edgemont Twp., Chester Co., Pennsylvania. He, or his son Thomas, seems to have left the Quaker belief and converted to Presbyterian. In 1742, he was serving inthe Virginia Militia Company 8 Capt. Geo. Robinson. In 1722, Administrator for Estate of Simon Akers sr.,m his father.
He was Constable and Overseer of Roads at Maidenhead, NJ in the early 1720's. The following records are from rootsweb/freepages/com and seem to indicate that Simon may been in debt and escaped jail which would have lead to his fleeing to Edgemont, PA and migrating to Augusta County, VA.
Records of the Hunterdon County Court of Common Pleas,Volume II: Dec. 1726 Leonard v. Akers
July 1727 Porterfield v. Akers 4.30 debt
#1587, p.110 Thomas Leonard v. Acors Debt L12, Rule in Custody
#1251, p. 94 Richard Furman v. Simon Acors Debt L10 at supra
#2972 Simon Acors, Rule in Custody, 1729 Volume III: p.83 Simon Ackers In custody Oct, 1729
#4400 Joseph Read v. Simon Akers case L__ Rule in Custody Aug. 1730 p. 167 Simon Akers L10 Rule in Custody
# p.264 John Dagworthy v. Simon Akers Debt L8.10.4 Oct., l731
Oct. 2, 1732, Judgement entered for want of a plea p. 271 Thomas Leonard v. Simon Akers Debt L12. Damages 4.10.4 Dec., l731
p. 295 Thomas Leonard v. Simon Akers suit above still not paid May, l732
p. 302 Executors of Joshua Anderson v. Simon Akers Debt L7.0.8. Feb., 1732
p. 314 Executors of Joshua Anderson v. Simon Akers same as above May, 1732
p. 323 Thomas Leonard v. Simon Akers same as 1732 with cost L5:10:10 added "non est" Executors of Joshua Anderson v. Simon Akers as above, plus L7.8.0 rule in custody for the body, stay of execution for 3 months, Aug., 1732
#1364 Thomas Leonard v. Symon Akors Debt L12:0:10, l.5.6, 2nd case 11.3, Oct., l732
#1465 Joseph Reed v. Symon Akors Writ of Inquiry, judgement confessed, Oct., l732
#1485 Joseph Reed v. Symon Akors Defendent confesses judgement for L4.11 with costs,
(Note that Simon was not denying he ownedthe debt but was unable to pay)
Feb., 1732(3?) Volume !V p. 403 Joseph Reed v. Symon Akers debt due L3.10.4 costs 4.11.7 Feb.
John Dagworthy v. Symon AkorsOct. 1733 Debt. 8.0.4, Cost 2.14.11, again Feb. 1734 p. 146 Joseph Reed v. John Dagworthy for the escape of Symon Akers.By the consent of parties ordered by the court that the matters in Contorversy between the parties in this case be reformed to the determination of John Interfield, Joseph Peace & Benjamin Smith the Report of whom or any 2 of them by the first day of the Next Term Sahll be made a judgement of this court & be conclusive to both parties Provided ten days notice be given by either party to the other of the time & place the ref--- meeting. Oct. 1734
Oct. 1734 Joseph Reed V. John Dagworthy, Esq. Later Sherriff of for Escape of Symen Akers Orderd by the Court that the rule made yesterday be set aside & that the said causes stand ready for --- at the next court Simon Akers disappears from the Court of Common Pleas records after this date
Volume I of the Minutes of Maidenhead Twp. Simon Akers elected "oversere of road" with John Bainbridge, Jr., 9 Jan. 1719/20
D'Autrechy, "Some Records of Old Hunterdon County Simon Aker witness to deed of lease & release, William & Mary Sackett of New Town, Queens County upon Nasaw Island, Province of NY to Nathaniel Moore of Hopewell, 5 June 1731
His name appears as Acre, Aker and Akers. Simon was living in Roanoke Settlement, VA in 1742. It is believed that he moved from Chester Co. PA about 1740. They were of the "Great Lick" Community. His homestead was 240 acres in the fork of Tinker Creek and Goose Creek--east of the present town of Roanoke. He was a member of Company 8, Augusta County, Virginia militia with George Robinson as his captain.
Children of Simon Akers and Mary “Smith”are:
i.William Akers, born 1730 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey; died 1810 in Campbell Co., Virginia; married Elizabeth Martye in Roanoke Co., Virginia; born in Pennsylvania.
Little is known about the personal life of William Akers, I. According to Stoner in The Seed Bed of the Republic, a compilation of the documnets and oral history of the Botetourt and Rockbridge County area, William was a farmer. He served as executor of his father's will in 1748.He married Elizabeth ______ of Bedford County. From the same source we learn that William was the son of Simon Akers and Mary, his wife; he had at least two brothers and one sister. He and one brother, Thomas, inherited some of his father's land and sold that lying near the present Roanoke County line in 1773; further, according to Stoner, William I also had a son named William, who settled in Montgomery County."
ii.Thomas Akers, born 1732/33 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey; died 1834, age 102,in Floyd Co., Indiana; married Mary Smith 24 November 1753 in Augusta Co., Virginia.
iii.Uriah Akers, born Abt. 1735 in Chester County, Pennsylvania; died 1784 in Tennessee; married Elizabeth Smith in Virginia; born Bet. 1735 - 1748. The Thomas Akers who died 1815 married Susannah White was son of Uriah Akers and Elizabeth Smith. He and brothers Abner, John and Isaac moved west to Barren Co., KY. Uriah Akers was given land in Botetourt Co., Va for service in the French & Indian War. See Summers Annals Southwest Virginia. per Simon Akers Will - Will Book 1 page 151.
a. Abner Akers Born in Probley, Augusta, Virginiato Uriah Akers and Elizabeth Smith. Abner married , on 1761 Naomi Casteel and had 4 children. He passed away on 1834 in Barron, Kentucky,
b. Isaac Akers 1784 in Barren, Kentucky died 1839 in Henry, Tennessee married 1809, in Barren Co. KY, Lucinda Elliott.
Barren County, Kentucky 1810 Census
2AkersIsaac (s/o Uriah Akers and Elizabeth Smith)
3AkersThomas (s/o Uriah Akers and Elizabeth Smith)
1820 Barren Co, KY Census Head of Household
Abner Akers son of Uriah Akers and Elizabeth Smith
1830 Barren County, Kentucky Census
Abner Akers, John Akers, William Akers,
4.Thomas AKERSI(SIMON, SIMON, WILLIAM) was born 1732/33 in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, and died 1834 in Floyd Co., Indiana. Age 102.Burial: 1834, Heil Cemetery Floyd Co., Indiana.He outlived his name sake son by about four years. On 24 Nov 1753 when Thomas was 21, he married Mary Smith,He served in the American Revolution where he participated in the Battle of Blue Licks, 1782. He was the son of Simon AKERS and Mary “Smith” .When he was 21, he married on 24 November 1753 in Augusta Co., Virginia.Mary Smith d/o Edmund Smith.Thomas particpated in the Battle of Blue Licks, 1782.Thomas Sr. was on the Fayette, KY tax list in 1787. Thomas was on the 1795, 1796 list in Shelby County, Kentucky. Shelby County is just West of Frankfort, Kentucky.
The place of birth for Thomas I is based upon his father having fled New Jersey in 1734.
They had the following children:
16 i. JosephL., (1758-1843) Family went to Texas
17 ii. Simon, (1760-1819)
18 iii. Stephen, (1762-)
19 iv. Benjamin, (1766-1825)
20 v. Sarah, (1767-)
21 vi. Thomas, (1770-) married Mary Smith d/o Edmund Smith
22 vii. Uriah, married Elizabeth Smith in Virginia;
23 viii. John,
AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA - WILL BOOK 1 Page 91.- 18th June, 1747--Daniel Monahan to Simon Akers, 1 year's keeping his child, £4. 7. In August of the same year: "Ordered, that George Robinson and Simon Akers view the way from the forks of Roan Oak (Roanoke) to the gapp over the mountains to meet the line of Brunswick County, and from the Catawba Creek into the said way."
Mentions of the Akers in CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
DECLARATIONS, SERVICES AND HEIRS OF SOLDIERS. COPIES OF MUSTERS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY. (1742) Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains: Simon AKERS’ estate was appraised by Erwin Patterson, Joseph Robinson and John Mason. The value was over 59 pounds and included horse, cattle, and carpenter tools. His will was written in Augusta Co in the Colony of VA, names wife Mary to have Dwelling Plantation during her widowhood and afterward to be divided between sons William & Thomas, then they are to give 8 pounds to younger brother & sister, Uriah & Ruth Acres. Written 9 Mar 1748 proved 17 May 1749. Burial: 1749, Augusta Co, VA.4.
Thomas Akers, I,’sfather, Simon, owned land on Roanoke section next to John SMITH'S Great Licks Tract on Smiths Creek opposite the mouth of Glade Creek. Family lore has Thomas Akers as a slave owner maybe as many as nine, when he came to Roanoke, Virginia. He and one brother inherited some of his father's land and sold that lying near the present Roanoke County line in 1773.
Nov 24. 1753 in Augusta Co.,VA, Wm. Thomas, & Uriah Akers were ordered to work road. On Feb 5, 1755 Thomas bought 82 acres of land on the Roanoke River. He bought 245 acres on Wolf Creek ll Jun 1763. Page 334.--11th June, 1763. Baptist Armstrong to Thomas Akers, £37.10, 245 acres on Wolf Creek of Roanoke. Teste: Robert Neelley. Delivered: Francis Smith, March, 1768. 1770 Botetourt Co,VA appointed him and others to view a road from Long Lick to Bedford Co. line. Thomas Akers was a Continental soldier under General Washington. He was present and assisted in the defense of Boonesborough, KY in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782. It was the most successful part of the invasion of an almost 1000 strong combined army of Ohio Indian Nations warriors, British Regulars and Queen's Rangers into Kentucky and West Virginia
He lived in Fayette Co. KY and came to Bowman's Station, KY in 1779. Thomas was on the 1787,1788, 1790 and 1792 tax list for Fayette Co. He is on the 1795, 1796 list in Shelby county. He is buried in the Heil Cemetery (abondoned) on the Jersey Park Road, north of Greenville (Floyd County) Indiana.Service: Particpated in the Battle of Blue Licks, 1782
The family likely settled on Wolf Creek near where it intersects the Roanoke River. This is in the present County of Roanoke about 3 miles east of the center of the town of Roanoke, near Vinton. On 5 February 1755 Thomas bought 82 acres of land on the Roanoke River. He bought 245 acres on Wolf Creek 11 June 1763: Page 334.--11th June, 1763. Baptist Armstrong to Thomas Akers, £37.10,245 acres on Wolf Creek of Roanoke. Teste: Robert Neelley. Delivered: Francis Smith, March, 1768.
Thomas Akers was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Both Thomas Akers and Joseph Akers, Sr. his father (wrong—his brother ) , are shown on pg. 11 of "Roster - Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana" Vol II by Roscoe O'Byrne 1966.
Thomas Akers name is inscripted on the Battle of Blue Licks Memorial monument, near Carlisle, Ky., "This monument, the gift of a grateful commonwealth commemorates the Heroic pioneers who, in defense of Kentucky, here fought and fell in the Battle of Blue Licks, August 19, 1782."
Of the 165 men that entered the battle, only 98 escaped. The statistics of the battle - One of the two Lieutenants-Colonels was killed; both majors survived; Of the 10 captains: 6 killed, 1 captured; All 5 lieutenants were killed; Of the 2 ensigns: 1 killed, 1 captured; Privates: 49 killed, 98 escaped.
Thomas was living in Boutecurt, Va. in 1773 per Summers Annals Southwest Va. William and Elizabeth and Thomas and Mary deed land in Boutecurt, Va., 1775. See Summers Annals Southwest Virginia. per Simon Akers Will - Will Book 1, page 151 in Augusta Co., VA.
Buried in Heil Cemetery, sometimes called Howeil Cemetery. This abandoned cemetery on Jersey Park Road in Section 34 Northeast of Greenville (purchased by Thomas Akers in 1825), off Borden-Greenville Road. Grave moved to Harrison Co. Marker reads Thomas Akers - Ky Vol. Rev. War - 1736 to 1815. In 1965, a white government marker was placed at the grave site. -- "The Descendants of Charles Henry Bailey & Eudora Belle Watkins and Their Ancestors" by Robert Lee Bailey, July 2004
Thomas and Mary Akers had the following children:
Joseph L.Akers, s/o Thomas and Mary, born 1758Joseph (L) Smith. Akers died in 1843 and is buried in Heil Cemetery, Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana.; he was 85. He married Anna Anderson.Joseph is sometimes listed as Joseph Smith.
Joseph L. Akers born 1758 in Virginia, and died 1843 in Floyd County, Indiana. served in the American Revolution on the pay roll of Captain Thomas Moore, Virginia Militia as a Private in an expedition against the Indians under General George Rogers Clark, 1782; he received one pound, six shillings, eight pence. He was also on the Pay roll of Captain Gabriel Madison, Virginia Militia and paid 13 shillings, 4 pence on June 10, 1785. He married Anna Anderson and hand the following children:
a. Abraham, born 1780, married Polly Legg;
b. James, born June 21, 1782, married Sarah (Sally) Mundle;
c. Thomas, married Leathy Lovelace;
d. Jemima, married Jonathan Stout;
e. Mary (Polly), married Thomas Ashby;
f. Sarah, married Samuel Smallwood;
g. Christina, married Nathan Kanady; and
h. Jehu, married first Elizabeth Pumroy on October 15, 1817 and was next married to Mrs. Botzbocker of Jefferson County, Kentucky. Joseph L. Akers died in 1843 and is buried in Heil Cemetery, Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana. His son Martin Akers married.23 Oct 1825 Mary Clark, .moved to GAINSVILLE, Texas. Their son Joseph W. Akers married Frances McCutcheon who are the parents to Enoch Akers.
ii. Simon, s/o Thomas and Mary,1760 born 1760 in Botecourt Co., Virginia; died 1819 in Clark Co., Indiana; he was 59.married Sarah Malone 1788 in Kentucky daughter of Richard MALONE.
iii. Stephen,s/o Thomas and Mary, born 1762 in Augusta Co., Virginia; died 1851 in Washington Co., Indiana; married Molly in Kentucky.
Children of Stepnen Akers and Molly:
.1 Jesse AKERS b: 1795 in Jessamine county, Kentucky
.2 Ruth AKERS
.3 Eleanor AKERS
.4 Benjamin AKERS
.5 Sarah AKERS
.6 Child AKERS
.7 Harrison AKERS b: 1809
iv. Benjamin,s/o Thomas and Mary, born in 1766 in Roanoke, VA. died Greencastle, IN, in 1825; the first resident of the Co buried in the old cemetery in Greencastle, IN., he was 59. He married Caty Malone in Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky , 15 Oct 1789. by Rev. James Crawford.
CHILD OF BENJAMIN AND CATY MALONE
Simon Akers 1800 KY - 1874 IN married 1829 INMelinda Manning 1814 KY - 1868 IN
v.Sarah, d/o Thomas I and Mary Akers,Born 1767. Buried in Elim Cemetery, New Providence, Washington Co.,IN. In 1783 when Sarah was 16, she married Elisha Allen, in Fayette Co., KY. Born
vi. Thomas II,(THOMAS I (and Mary), SIMON, SIMON, WILLIAM) born 1770 in Botecourt Co., Virginia; died 1830 in Floyd Co., Indiana, before his father.; married . in Jessamine, County, Kentucky Millicent Nicholson born 17 AUG 1769 in Virginia, and died 16 OCT 1857 in Putnam or Floyd County, Indiana. d/o Benjamin NICHOLSON born ABT 1743 in Virginia. Thomas was 1st cousin of Abner, John and Isaac sons of Uriah Akers and Elizabeth Smith.
vii. Uriah,s/o Thomas I and Mary born 18 Nov 1787 Fayette Co KY died 22 May 1875 Scott Co IL;married Millicent BROWN moved to Scott Co., ILL after 1830
viii. John,s/o Thomas I and Mary, moved to Scott County, IL after 1830.
THE STORY OF THOMAS AND BENJAMIN
From Benjamin’s great grandson, Benjamin Eurastus Akers' letter (written when he was 71 years old,) we find an elaborate tale of bravery and strategy that shows how, over the years, a story gets intertwined and embellished."
Thomas Akers (II) a boy of twelve, and his brother Benjamin Akers lived in Virginia, and were born just before the Revolutionary War. Just after the War closed (that would be 1783,)they were kidnapped by three Indians, who made off for the Kentucky wilderness with them. The boys understood woodcraft, and under took to mark a trail so their neighbors could follow, but the Indians caught them at it, and told them they would be killed if they did not quit it, so they had to desist. After a few days out the Indians quit watching them at night, so they fixed a plan that they might escape, or die in the attempt. The plan was for the older to take a gun and a tomahawk and try to kill two of the Indians, while the younger was to kill one with a tomahawk. After every one was quiet and asleep, as the Indians thought, the boys undertook their task, and succeeded in their effort.
The boys then each took a rifle and ammunition and started to find the way home. This would be a big undertaking even for a man, let alone boys so young. After awhile, in order to get away, they had to separate and take it alone. The older took a route to the north, and finally made his way to Penn. The younger one ran across some emigrants that were going to Kentucky, and he joined up with them, and made his way to Crab Orchard." (Lincoln Co., KY)
PETER AKERS SUBSET.
The descent is from William Akers, Simon Akers, Simon Akers.
Fourth generation two lines from the William Akers and a single line from hisbrother Thomas Akers I.
Fifth generation Bothers : Peter Akers, the Elders, and his brother John Akers sons of William. 3. First cousin Thomas Akers II.
Sixth generation:Henry Akers s/o Thomas Akers II and his first cousin, Rev. Peter Akers, newphew of Peter Akers, The Edler s/o William Akers.
The Peter Akers connection is the a key to linking our family to Thomas Akers who married Mary Smith, daughter of Edmund Smith.
William Akers Born in 1730, the older brother of Thomas Akers who married Mary Smith, had a son Peter Akers #3 below.
3. Peter Akers (William 2, Simon1), The Elder was the uncle of the4. Rev.Peter Akers D.D., the Younger son of3. John Akers and Agnes Bryan
Peter Akers #3was in Rockcastle Co., KY in 1795,he signed bond with his cousin William for his marriage in Clay Co., KY.Donna Hull stated that this William was our Henry Akers' brother.This Peter may have been an uncle to William, John Smith, and Henry Akers.#4Rev. Peter Akers would have been a first cousin to the brothers.
Peter Akers was of Rockcastle Co.KY.William Akers was from Estill Co. KY. These were neighboring counties.
Henry and Delilah Akers were living in Rockcastle Co., Ky when1st child a daughter Malvina was born in 1822,John “Smith” was born there in 1825,then Anderson was born in Estill County in 1828. The last child born in Kentucky, Lucretia was in 1829.In 1831 they were leaving Kentucky to Illinois.Sareptia was born in Illinois in 1832.They were in Arkansas in 1833.In 1836 they were back in Kentucky. In 1838 the left Kentucky for good and settled in Texas. The Akers men became Texas Rangers.In 1852 the family was making plans to move to California.
AKERS, Peter, D. D.,1stcousin to Henry Akers who married Delilah Miller, (John3, William2 brother of Thomas, Simon1), Methodist Episcopal clergyman, born of Presbyterian parentage, in Campbell County, Va., Sept. 1, 1790; was educated in the commons schools, and, at the age of 16, began teaching, later pursuing a classical course in institutions of Virginia and North Carolina. Having removed to Kentucky, after a brief season spent teaching at Mount Sterling in that State, he began the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1817. Two years later he began the publication of a paper called "The Star," which was continued for a short time. In 1821 he was converted and joined the Methodist church, and a few months later began preaching. In 1832 he removed to Illinois, and, after a year spent in work as an evangelist, he assumed the Presidency of McKendree College at Lebanon, remaining during 1833-34; then established a "manual labor school" near Jacksonville, which he maintained for a few years. From 1837 to 1852 was spent as stationed minister or Presiding Elder at Springfield, Quincy and Jacksonville. In latter year he was again appointed to the Presidency of McKendree College, where he remained five years. He was then (1857) transfered to the Minnesota Conference, but a year later was compelled by declining health to assume a superannuated relation. Returning to Illinois about 1865, he served as Presiding Elder of the Jacksonville and Pleasant Plains Districts, but was again compelled to accept a superannuated relation, making Jacksonville his home, where he died, Feb. 21, 1886. While President of McKendree College, he published his work on "Biblical Chronology," to which he had devoted many previous years of his life, which gave evidence of great learning and vast research. Dr. Akers was a man of profound convictions, extensive learning and great eloquence. As a pulpit orator and logician he probably had no superior in the State during the time of his most active service in the denomination to which he belonged.
Another cousin, Peter Akers 2nd cousin of our John “Smith” Akers (William, Simon, Simon, William) born 31 Jan 1756 died 15 Sep 1834 is buried at Akers-Brown Cemetery in Maury Co. TN.The second Simon Akers is the close cousin ofWilliam and Thomas Akers.
5.Thomas Akers II,born 1770 in Botecourt Co., Virginia; died 1830 in Floyd Co., Indiana; married 4 December 1792 in Jessamine County, Kentucky Millicent Nicholsonborn 1771 in Virginia; died Aft. 1850 in Floyd Co., Indiana,daughter of Benjamin Nicholson and Elizabeth Shackelford of Culpepper County, Virginia. Elizabeth Shackelford probable d/o James Shackleford and wife Frances.Benjamin s/o William Nicholson born about 1740 in Culpeper County, Virginia, and died after 1802. He married Mary. He was the son of. William Nicholson.
Children of Thomas Akers II and Millicent Nicholson
1 Larkin Nicholson born about 1792 in Kentucky. Died July 1865.He married Sarah Harrison 23 Apr 1817 in Woodford, Virginia..
2 Nancy born 9 July 1792 in Shelby, Kentucky, married 12 September 1810 in Jessamine County Kentucky to her first cousin, George Akers, born 20 March 1791 in Clark County, Indiana s/o Simon Akers born about 1760 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
3. John Smith born about 1793in Jessamine County, Kentucky. He died 1840. Buried in the small Aker/Boone/Farmer cemetery in Lee County, KY, in the Belle Point area.He married Martha "Patsy" McGuire 1797 to 1888. (James McGuire, killed at Battle of Blue Licks)
4 Tabitha Matilda born about 1794 in Shelby, Kentucky. She married Isaiah Vermillion.
5 Lucinda A. born about 1795 in Jessamine County, Kentucky. She married William McClellam
6 Thomas III born 25 April 1796 in Shelby County, Kentucky, and died 13 January 1883 in Paola, Miami County, Kansas. He married Margaret Allen 5 June 1817 in Floyd County, Indiana. Margaret was born about 1796 in Floyd County, Indiana
7,Sarah born about 1798 in Jessamine County, Kentucky.
8. Henry born 7 June 1801 in Kentucky, and died 4 December 1868 in Kings River, Fresno County, California.He married Delilah Miller.
9, William AKERS born about 1803. He married Perdelia PITTMAN 21 SEP 1824 in Clay County,Kentucky.
10.Mary Polly about 1807 in Shelby, Kentucky
6-7. HENRY AKERS born 7 Jun 1801 Estill Co. Kentucky He died died 4 Dec 1868 in Kings River,Fresno Co, CA,. Texas Ranger, cattlemanDelilah Miller born 17 Apr 1802 in KY, and died 3 Apr 1868 in Kings River, Fresno Co., CA. Buied Akers Cemetey, Timmer Springs Rd.Had sons John Smith Akers, Anderson Akers.and William Alburtis. Henry’s son, John Smith Akers named a son Alburtis.
Malvina E. "Viney" AKERS Birth: 1822, KY,
Malvina E. “Viney” born 21 Sept. 1822 Rockcastle Co., KYDied 21/22 Jan. 1901, Centerville, Fresno County, CA.Married2 Jan. 1844 in Texas, James Henry “Doc” Lewis, an herb doctor. When told by a man in Texas, during a religious debate, that he wasn’t going to get into heaven, he exploded and said that if the door to heaven was closed to him he’d just climb the damn wall.
8., John "Smith" AKERS Birth: 22 May 1825, ,Rockcastle Co,KY,
Anderson B. AKERS born 1828 Estill Co., KY
Harvey A. AKERS Birth: 29 Nov 1826, ,,KY,
Lucretia AKERS Birth: 8 Dec 1829, ,,KY,
Sarepta AKERS born 1832 in Illinois
Sarah "Sally" AKERS Birth: 14 Oct 1834, ,,AR,
Henry Francis "Bud" AKERS Birth: 13 Aug 1838, Ft. Smith,Sebastian Co,AR,
Mary Jane AKERS Birth: 22 Jan 1840, Austin District,Hopkins Co,TX,
Margy Ann AKERS Birth: 17 Jul 1842, ,,TX,
William Alburtus "Burtus" AKERS
8. John Smith Akers was born 22 May 1825 in ,Rockcastle Co, KY,, and died 24 May 1888 in Big White Deer Valley,Fresno Co, CA,. m 1 Jan 1860 in ,Burnet Co,TX,, Mary Ann Graham born 14 Oct 1843 inWashington Co,TX,, and died 31 Jan 1935 in, Fresno Co, CA,. She was buried in Dunlap, Fresno Co, CA, Dunlap Cem.d./o Dr. John M. Graham (Grayham) and Elizabeth “Betsey” Brantley
9. Albie Ann Akers married John Michael Garton
10. William Smith Garton married Vernal Mae Huddleston d/oi John Samuel Huddleston and Myra Jennie Beaver.