Matthew Stroud was the administrator of John "M" Akin's estate on John's death in Van Buren Co, AR in 1861. My ancestor John McCaslin was involved in the settling of the estate also. In Matthew Stroud's application for a Confederate Pension in TX in 1899 John "N" Akin swore on a document that he personaly knew that Matthew Stroud served in the war. Matthew Stroud, John "N" Akin and my ancestor Albert Martin were all at that time living in Stockdale, Wilson Co, TX. All 3 of these men had emigrated to Stockdale from Van Buren Co, AR. I need help. Is John "N" Akin John "Newton" Akin? Is John "N" Akin a son of John "M" Akin? Are all of these people related or only neighbors? I know that John McCaslin was born in NC. Albert Martin is John McCaslin's grandson. Matthew Stroud was born in North Carolina. John "M" Akin was born in NC and John "N" Akin's parents were born in NC.