Rev. John Akin, b. 1756 and his wife Mary Watson Howe b. 1755 (widow of Robert Howe killed in the war) crossed the Alleghany Mountains from South Carolina to the western part of what is now Maury Co. TN. They were on horseback with only saddle bags with a few possessions. John Akin had fought in the American Revolution as had his father William Akin. Rev.John Akin b. 1756 d. 21 Apr 1821 Mary Watson Howe Akin b. 1755 d. 14 Jan 1820 Children: 1. Robert Howe Akin b. 3 Sept 1784 d. 18 Mar 1862 m. 29 Dec 1807 Rosanna Johnston 2. Samuel Watson Akin b. 24 Feb 1788 d. 2 Nov 1833 m. Millie Biffle 3. William W. Akin m. Nora Biffle 4. John Williamson Akin b. 12 Nov 1794 d. 26 Nov 1846 m. Catherine Biffle 5. Martha L. Akin m. William Grimes 6. Pemelia Akin m. Moses Smith 7. Ellenore Akin m. Jacob Biffle
Genealogical Note from "Maury County, Tennessee Cemeteries" compiled by Fred Lee Hawkins, Jr. "Rev. John Akin, was b. in SC in 1756, son of Scotish immigrant, William Akin, and one of the first pioneers to settle in the western section of Maury County. John Akin served in Brandon's Militia Regiment from his native state during the Revolutionary War. He was already in Maury Co. in 1808 when he, as a Methodist preacher, established the Pisgah Church on the top of the ridge overlooking what was to later be called Hampshire. He married Mrs. Waton Howe and they were parents to seven children, many of whom are buried in Pisgah Cemetery. John evidently moved to Wayne Co. TN prior to 1821, for that year he died in that place but his remains were brought to Maury Co. for burial in this hilltop cemetery."