I'm trying to find info on an "Ida Akens", but I don't know the true spelling of her last name. She seems to have come from nowhere, but was born abt. 1860-1861. She married an Ed Jackson before 1878, because they are found living in Shelby Co. IL on the 1880 census. At that time they had 2 kids...2 year old Thomas, and 5 mo. old George William, (my grandfather). I've rec'd stuff about all kinds of Akens (many dif. spellings) but I haven't been able to make any definite connections.
Just thought I'd throw this in...just in case! Let me know if you think it could be her.