Larry:Let me begin this way.Simon Akers(b. 1675) had three sons (Robert, Simon Jr., and John). All three named one of their sons William (guess after their grandfather). Most of John's family remained in N. J. while the other families moved away.Published info shows Simon and his son to be located in the Roanoke Area (using our current maps). Robert and his family moved West into the D. C. area then into Pa. There were Blackburn families also in the D. C. area. Elizabeth Martye's father migrated from Germany. There are a number of publications (pre-computer)that show that a william akers married Elizabeth.Elizabeth's father moved to Nelson Co. Va. and his son in law (William) went with him.His grandson William (1730) was born in Nelson County.His birth is on record at the Nelson County Courthouse.Later this group moved down around Patrick and Montgomery counties. It appears that the Western migration tried to avoid the mountainous region of western Virginia by traveling down the shenandoah valley and turning west thru Tenn. and Ky.
There are several books that trace the lineages of the N. J. family. My guess is that such information was also passed down by word of mouth. An excellent genealogical study of the N. J. family was made by Michael Scott Caldwell (his website is no longer available). I have also located some additional data in library literature.
Most of what I know about the Virginia family is based on the works of Henry C. Bracken.All of my searches have been fruitless. It appears that a lot of important information was never created or has been destroyed.As mentioned before, I do have one research paper about the Akers of early Virginia.Much of Mr. Bracken's information involves deductions and assumptions which may or may not be true.Hope that this helps.DAVID