Leland, Further to your comprehensive posting of August 28; David Akers's reply & your subsequent posting #3558 of August 30 I have now had the chance to go through my records for the AKERS families that lived in Berkshire & Oxfordshire in England in the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries.
My initial comments are as follows:
I believe the theory that you put forward, namely that Wiiliam AKERS, Quaker, who was granted 100 acres in West Jersey in 1698 etc was baptised on 16 April 1648 in Wantage Berkshire, the son of William AKERS & Jo(a)ne HYNE is compelling for the reasons that you set out in your postings referred to above.
Before sharing what further information I have on this AKERS family line I would like to comment on some of the points you raise in your posting of August 28 under LINE OF DESCENT:
From Wantage to the City of London [Whitechapel]it is actually about 70 miles by road, a long way in the 17th Century. By the mid 16th century when church records of births, marriages & deaths were introduced in England there were already many AKERS families living in London [just as there were in Berkshire/Oxfordshire]. Whilst it is quite possible that some London AKERS originated from Berkshire at that time, based on study of movements of AKERS around England in the past 500 years I would argue that only a relatively small number did so. The AKERS surname continues in Parish records in Berkshire/Oxfordshire through the 17th to 19th centuries & beyond.
Again there may be a connection with James AKERS who was buried in Kingston Bagpuize Berkshire on 27 April 1608 but apart from him probably being the father of 3 daughters born in that parish between 1601 & 1608 I can find my trace of his ancestry. He is almost certainly not William the Quaker's grandfather as I will set out shortly.
The birthname Simon that obviously appears regularly in the descendants of William the Quaker is interesting. As you point out, apart from the Simon AKERS who was baptised in Whitechapel London in 1583, there are very few Simon AKERS that appear in English records. In fact apart from one line of Simon AKERS that crop up in Kent in 17/18th centuries there have only been 3 other Simons recorded anywhere in England in past 450 years! Yes it is possible that the Simon AKERS from Whitechapel was related to William the Quaker but looking at William's siblings & their descendants here in England there is not one Simon. Perhaps it is a given name from the family of the wife of William the Quaker?
My records suggest that the William ACRES who married Dorothie TURTON on 6 May 1618 in Wantage was possibly the elder brother of William the Quaker's grandfather.
Apologies for the preamble but thought it was worth me setting out my thoughts on the points you raised.
Let's turn now to William the Quaker and his direct family line. As you point out he is almost certainly the son of William AKERS & Joane HYNE who married on 21 November 1642 in Wantage. Apart fom William they produced at least 9 other children. I have been unable to trace any living direct descendants in England, with the AKERS surname of this line dying out by 1750.
William the Quaker's father William AKERS was probably the eldest [baptised 22 October 1622 in Wantage] of at least 10 children of John AKERS & Agnis SIMES who married on 23 April 1620 in Wantage. The disappointing news is that I can only find descendants of William's younger brother, Richard bap 13 January 1621/22, and again the male line seems to die out by 1750.
However there are 4 AKERS males who marry in Wantage between 1618 & 1629 who may be brothers [or cousins]: William the Quaker's grandfather John who married Agnis SIMES in 1620 but also William AKERS who married Dorothie TURTON (as mentioned previously) in 1618; Jasper AKERS who married in 1629 and Edward AKERS who married Marie NASH on 6 June 1624 in Wantage.
Just as you think the birthname Simon holds a clue to this family's lineage in the US I believe it is the birthname Edward that holds a clue to later English lineage.
Although not such an unusual birthname as Simon it was relatively uncommon and it crops up in this AKERS family line here in England on a regular basis over the next 200 years. Indeed William the Quaker's youngest brother was baptised Edward,in 1664, and his father had a younger brother Edward baptised 6 March 1630/31 [an earlier brother Edward died in infancy in 1625].
Are there any instances of Edward AKERS's appearing in this line in the US?
At the end of the day I guess the only way to prove your theory totally is to compare DNA of direct descendants of William the Quaker with that ofdirect descendants of the Edward AKERS who married in 1624 [and of course that's not foolproof!]
I will return to the subject of DNA testing in a separate posting in the next few days.
Well done for hopefully cracking the mystery of exactly where William the Quaker originated.I look forward to continuing the debate.