It's very likely we're looking up the same tree. My GGgrandfather George B. Akins enlisted at the age of 21 in Sullivan County into the 70th NY Volunteers. His occupation on various documents list him as a shoemaker. He married Mary M. Knapp on March 15, 1863 in Steuben Co. The family moved sometime later to western Michigan. I just found his parents names and haven't yet looked in the NY census records to find his folks Charles and Matilda.