I am looking for information on Thomas Aikens and his ancestors & descendants. He is my Great-Great-Great Grandfather and appears to have come to the USA from Ireland sometime before 1840.
He was married twice. His first wife, Nancy(Hurst), bore these children: Elizabeth(1838), Henry(1840), Emily(1846), William(1848), John(1851), Jane(1854), Thomas(1857 & my Great-Great Grandfather)
His second wife, Mary, bore James Gordon(1860).
Somewhere in this American generation the name was apparently changed from Aikens to Akins and continued as such down through our line.
I am interested in learning the Scotch/Irish heritage and have found several Coats of Arms and Clan badges. My father (George Timothy Akins, Son of George Rolla Akins, Jr) showed me a Coat of Arms which I have again recently recovered: Three Roosters with an inverted red Chevron under a full size Oak tree; the motto "Robore et Vigilantia", Strength & Vigilance.
Any further information of family histories would be amazing and extremely helpful.