Larry:I have not been able to trace the family of William Akers (N. J.) back into England.Apparently noone has been able to trace the family of William Akers (Va.) back into England.As you know, Henry C. Bracken has tried to trace the descendants of the Virginia family from William down to Blackburn.However, I question some of his assumptions and deductions.I happen to have a little known but well developed research paper which shows that there were a number of Akers families living in eastern Virginia between 1650 and 1700.Some were living in Rappahannock county (the same county as William). This creates some questions about Brackens conclusions.If you want a copy, give me a snail-mail address.
It is my belief that Akers families in eastern Virginia began to move inland.It appears that a number of Akers settled in the Floyd, Montgomery, Franklin, and Patrick counties area around 1750.The N. J. family also began to move inland settling in Pa. and in Virginia.Evidently they were fewer in number in Floyd, Montgomery, Franklin and Patrick counties.The latter group moved on into Tenn. and Ky.Quite a few of the Virginia group also moved to these states.
One more comment about the Virginia families.Part of the problem in tracing their descendants may be due to loss of some important records in a fire.