Becky, Isham Akin has always been a mystery to me. He was living in Cherokee Co., Alabama in 1850, and this is where my Akins family (William Sr., his wife, Elizabeth McCorkle, their children: John T., Stephen M., Rachel and Melvina) settled begining in 1836. My Akins family lived in the Spring Garden (Ambersonville) and Goshen Valley areas of Cherokee County. They moved to Alabama from Morgan Co., Georgia, where they had lived since the 1810's. I can't place Isham as belonging to my family, but there was an older Isham Akin who married Susannah Sparks on June 27, 1812, in Morgan Co., Georgia. This is before my family got to Georgia, and they were still in York Co., South Carolina at that time (William Akins Jr. & brother John T. Akins fought in the War of 1812 in S.C.). This older Isham may be related to a Bartley Akin who married Mary Buchanan on December 11, 1811; and later married Lucy Edmundson on October 22, 1828, both in Morgan Co., Georgia. Bartley Akin died in Morgan Co., Georgia in 1829, leaving his last wife pregnant with their unborn daughter; no other children being mentioned in his will. I have wondered if these two Isham Akins were in some way related to the Isham Akin who died in Granville Co., N.C. in 1808. This Isham and his brother Joseph appear to be the sons of Thomas Akin, Sr. of Chesterfield Co., Virginia, who was a son of James Akin of Henrico Co., Virginia, who died in 1744. At any rate it has always been a mystery to me why there was always an Isham Akin living in the same states and counties as my Akins family, but I have never been able to connect them in any way. My line came from Cecil Co., Maryland, where they lived in the 1750's, then moved to Mecklenburg Co., N.C. in the 17770's, then to York Co., S.C. in the 1780's, then to Morgan Co., GA in the 1810's, then to Cherokee Co., AL in the 1830's. I doubt that any of this is much help to you, but I thought that I would pass along what I know in case it might be some clue. Good luck & let me know if you find out anything more about Isham.