My name is Anita Ruth Swaffar. My grandmother is Bertha Lee (Akins) Cockrum Paslay. I am researching the family tree. I saw your posting at genforum.genealogy.com.
Would you mind answering a few questions please? Is your great grandmother Mary Akins still alive or has she passed on? The last information we had about her, she was in a nursing home. We lost touch after that.
In your posting I notice that you had Aunt Mary's grandmother's maiden name as Cotton. Where did you find it? My grandmother Bertha Lee said Mary Cotton was an Indian. Do you have information on this? She also said that George Washington and Mary Akins had four children. Their names are: Mary (Akins) Woods, Will Akins, Charlie Akins and John Wiley Sidney Akins (whose wife, Ophelia, call him Sid.)