This is the information I have collected on Robert-1 Akerly (also spelled Ackerley, Akerley), the immigrant ancestor. Each factual statement is footnoted with the source from which I acquired the material, but GenForum does not support footnotes so if you have a question about sources please e-mail me and I'll be happy to provide them to you. Of course, I also welcome corrections or additions to any of the information which I do have.
Robert Akerly, the immigrant ancestor, is said to have been born around 1610 in England, perhaps in Yorkshire.Exactly where, and the identity of his parents, are presently unknown.He might have been the Robert Akerly baptized on 26 May 1602 in Colne, Lancashire, the son of George Akerly.This George Akerly may be the George Akerly baptized on 1 December 1577 in Keighby, Yorkshire, just ten miles from Colne.
He married ISABELLA-1 ------ , most likely in England; her parentage is unknown.They had at least five children (not necessarily in order):
i [Lydia?] b.c. 1630 m. Richard Waring
ii Samuel b. m. Hannah [Benton?]
iii [Isabella?] b. m. Jacob Longbothm
iv Joseph b. d.s.p.
v ------ b. m. Thomas Biggs Sr.
Although it is unclear exactly when he came to New England, he was established in Southold, Suffolk County (Long Island), New York by late 1651.It is said that he was a member of a group of thirteen who left England in 1638 and settled first in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, and then removed to Southold after 1640.The location of his homelot was recorded in the town records in January 1653.
He took little or no part in town affairs, and on 4 March 1657 he and Isabella sold there land to Thomas Cooper and removed to Brookhaven, Suffolk County.He owned a lot on both sides of the road which was on the east side of the stream which, after being dammed later, became Setauket Mill Pond.He had the southern-most lot, next to George Wood.
His name appears frequently in the town records, mostly in regards to land transactions.In 1661, his name appears as "No. 14" on a list of holders of six acre lots in the old field.In the Second Land Division, land in the old field was divided into four- and three-acre lots and Robert received one of three acres.In the 1664 distribution of lots in the old purchase -- also called South Fireplace -- Robert drew lot number twenty-four.In the division of lots in "Newtown" in 1667 he drew lot number thirty-three.In 1668, a list of the town inhabitants showed Robert with "1 lott."On 26 July 1672, his son-in-law Richard Waring took (records are unclear as to whether this meant rented or bought) Robert's lot for three years.On 17 August 1675, he sold a six-acre lot to his son-in-law.Finally, in the same year, in a drawing of meadow lots in the new purchase Robert was number forty-four.
Little else is known about him.He was made a freeman of Connecticut on 12 May 1664.In 1666, he was the defendant in a lawsuit:
"Zakery Hawkens, plaintive, Robart Akerly, defendant, in a acktion of trespas, for his hoggs destroying my pese, to the value of eaight bushells pr pece, for which the plaintive desiers the judgment of the courte, with cost of suete.The judgment of the court is, that wee fine for the plaintive fower bushells of pece, with increase of court charges, but the defendant desire a Reyou the court the next tiyme being sett, the defendant lett fall the Reyou, and willing to pay the court vardit."
His wife died sometime before 1670, at which time he began to dispose of his lands.On 20 November of that year, he made an agreement with his son Samuel conveying one-half of his homelot to him.On 10 April 1675, he gave Samuel a five acre lot in Newtown, provided "said Samuell doth forgive the sayd Robard his father all debts dues & demands from the begining of the world to this day and date and not to Require any other porsion without his father being willing to leave him anything and to surrender up the cattell and tacklen wch he had of his father."On 24 May that same year, he sold another part of his homelot to "his son-in-law Jacob Longbothm."
On 25 November of that same year, he sold land to his son-in-law Richard Waring provided the latter "doth ingage to keep the said Robert Akerly with meat drink and Cloathing washing and Lodging Sufficiently and what Cloathing the Said Robert have of his own he is not to dispose of it to others."He was illiterate and signed with his mark.
The last available record of Robert appears to be a 4 July 1676 sale of his commanage to Robert Kellum of Southampton.Nothing more is known of him.He died in Brookhaven before 26 April 1681, when he is referred to by Thomas Biggs in a land deed as being deceased.