I received the following query yesterday from someone (Tim Aker) asking if I could help him out:
My great Great Grandfather, Daniel W. Aker was born in Montgomery Co, Va. in 1819 or 1818. He was married to Francis Douthat. His son, My Great Grandfather was named Robert Douthat Aker was born in Montgomery Co. Va. in 1852. The only son. He was married to Mary Katharine Boone of Franklin Co. Va. He settled there with his family. My grandfather was Robert Douthat Aker Jr., the youngest son. He was born in 1900. That is about all anyone in the family knows.
I do a lot of research surrounding Aker families (sometimes also Akers & Acker), which in Virginia centers for me in Shenandoah, Wythe and Pulaski counties, and to a lesser extent in Smyth and Augusta counties. I do have a Daniel W. Aker, from the line of Philip Aker of Wythe & Smyth counties, born about the time given above, but the name Douthat does not appear in that family. Any ideas? I wonder if Aker and Montgomery Co., VA have come up for you? -Lew Ellingham