I don't have anything to contribute right now, but am looking at this family also and am desperately trying to connect my family with this one but cannot do that because I can find no documentation.
Again, Ashael is my ancestor and is from Virginia. His wife's parents (John Pratt and Frances Arthur) and grandfather (Barnabas Arthur) were in Franklin Co., Va. in close proximity to the Akers families.
In 1815 I found mention of Thomas Akers helping to post bail for William White when he was charged with trespassing by David McMicken. According to "Old Land Records of Lauderdale Co. Ala." the land that Asahel/Ashael Akers procured in 1818 in Lauderdale Co. Ala was originally patented to William White of Tennessee.In John Pratt's will, proven in 1825 he names his daughter Elizabeth White.Elizabeth Pratt married William White in Franklin Co, Va.
Thomas Akers procured land in Lauderdale Co. Ala. in 1818 also. He was listed on the 1820 census, but Ashael was not. Then I can no longer find Thomas in Tennessee. Thomas and Ashael are two separate individuals because 1) different wives and 2) both were involved in John Pratt's will.
Uriah was in Lawrence Co., Tn. census in 1820, a mere few miles, possibly neighbors, from each other. I know that Ashael's land was very near the Lauderdale Co.Ala. / Lawrence Co. Tn. line. This is something I need to do when I get back there in March. I need to look at land records from both counties and see if I can see exactly where Uriah and Isaac were in proximity to each other. In 1830 Isaac was in Henry Co. Tn. census.
In some of the Lauderdale Co. Ala. court records, they have entered Ashael Akers as A. Akers.
Having said all this, I have wondered about Thomas and Ashael being involved in the land speculation prior to or at the beginning of Lauderdale County's formation.I also wondered if Thomas was the father or the brother of Ashael. In the 1840 census Ashael is listed as being 40 - 50 so his birth date range is from 1790-1800.He died ca. 1837.According to marriage records in Lauderdale Co. Ala., Thomas Akers married Patsy Hamm in 1820.Since we have not been able to trace Ashael, I think it likely that he interchanged usage of another name, also.
Ashael's daughter's death certificate has Israel listed, but can find no supporting evidence for this being correct.I have received info from another researcher who lists his eldest child as Walter Virgil Akers, but can not fit that into any Akers family I have found, except for one of Ashael's sons lines, which this researcher also gave me. Sons names are James, John, Ashael, Alfred, and Franklin are common names but prevelant in this family.
If you have found or find anything that might give me a lead, I really would appreciate a post or an e-mail.Anything that I have, I am more than willing to share.