James M. Akin was my great grandfather, and I have a rather circumstantial trail to his history.A James M. Aikin was born to James Aiken (born c.1812) and wife Elsana in 1850 in South Valley, Cattaraugus Co., NY. When Elsana died, James left his son with an uncle and came to California.A James Akin married Phoebe A. Logan in ElDorado Co., CA on November 3, 1856.In the 1860 Census James Akin was located at Michigan Bar, Sacramento Co., operating a toll bridge, with wife Phoebe and two stepchildren, surname Logan.In 1870 James (Sr.) is again listed as a bridgekeeper, with the addition of a second James Akin, age 20, in the household.On March 24, 18, 1872, James P. Aken, age 60, who had arrived in Visalia from Michigan Bar, died in Visalia. Ina Stiner's1934 collection of Porterville Genealogies lists James M. Akin's father as James Akin. In 1880 James M. Akin was a boarder in the home of J.A. Kincade in Tule River Township.In July of that year he married Sarah A. Hudson.In 1882, a child named Adell Elsana Akin died at age 10 months.This is a rough outline the information I have pieced together.Would like to hear from you.