My father was Donald Kenneth Akey, gr grandson of James Akey, who immigrated to Ohio in 1822 with a wife and 7 children.James' naturalization papers say he was born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and arrived in the US at Cleveland, OH, but I have been unable to find travel information.James settled in Wayne County, buying land in Oct 1822 and subsequently building a stone house, where my father was born in 1903.The house still stands and is on the historical register as the James Akey Farm.
Ivan Dean Akey was my dad's younger brother, but I have been unable to obtain any of Ivan's source documents.
My brother had a 46-marker y-DNA done a couple of years ago, and the only match closer than 23 generations was for the name McGowan, within 6 generations, only 1 marker off 1 digit.McGowan believes his family came from Scotland thru N. Ireland.
My immigrant ancestors, and subsequent generations, were Presbyterians. James' son, James B., was a Presbyterian minister.The Western Theological Seminary - Pittsburgh, PA - records indicate he was born in County Antrim, IRE, in 1820, graduated in 1857 and practiced his profession in Ohio, Missouri & Iowa.
If others are interested in DNA or other Akey comparisons, please contact me.