Re: Christopher Acklin Sr b. 1745
I am just starting to check into the Acklin family.My great Aunt did some work a number of years ago, and I inherited her notes and documents.
From her information, Christopher Acklin (b ?, resided in Virginia) can be found in "Scotch Irish Settlers in Virginia" by Chalkley.He is the son of John Acklin (b ?) who was Master of "The Paul of London" as was his father Lionel (supposedly from "Founders of New England" by Drake).Lionel is also mentioned in "roster of Persons Leaving Port of London 1609" published by VA Historical Society (again from my Aunt's notes).
I do have a letter from the American Geographical Society, dated Sept 29, 1925 regarding Acklin Island:
"Our map curator has looked through the maps of the Bahamas ... the earliest date that the name Acklin appears on theses maps is on one published in 1710.F. A. Ober says in his Guide to the West Indies, Bermduda and Panama (New York, 1920) 'Acklin, largest of the Crooked Island group, is about 45 miles long by from 2 to 4 wide, and its population, 1700, mainly resides at or near its only settlement, called Atwood's Harbour.There is not much cultivation here, and the shipments mostly consist of natural products, such as cave guano, ebony, brazil-wood, and lignum-vitae.the 'human documnents' her are chiefly of the African variety' (pg 66).Governor Rawson says (Report on the Bahams for the year 1864, London, 1866) ' the Windward Islands, viz., St. Salvador, Long, Watling's Crooked, Acklin Islands, and Rum Cay, were peopled and brought into a high state of cultivation by loyalist families, who emigrated thither with their slaves from Georgia and South Carolina after the close of the American War'.There is a description of the island in a book published in London, 1804, by Danield McKinnen, entitled A Tour Through the British West Indies, in the Years 1802 and 1803.There are description of the coast in the vaaarious Coast Pilots dealing with the West Idnies and there is also information in Description des Debouquemens qui sont au Nord de l'Isle de Saint-Dominque. versailles, 1753."
Thought this may be of interest to you if you haven't found it already.If you have found further information on these folks, I'd love to find out more.