There is a record of 17 persons, including JAMES "EKIN", being transported to Virginia by William Walthall, merchant, dated 04 Oct 1657, on page 352, Volume I, of Nell Marion Nugent's "Cavaliers and Pioneers, 1623-1666. "Walthall received 1600 acres in Henrico Co., VA for the transport of these people. Since James Akin, Sr. was born around 1631 (deposition dated Dec 1677 gives his age as 46), then he would have been around 26 yrs old in 1657, the date of the patent. James Akin was granted 250 acres in Henrico Co. on 20 Oct 1665 (Cavaliers, Vol I, p 535). This date is about 7-8 years after the date of William Walthall's 1657 patent. Is this just coincidence, or did James Akin indenture himself for 7 years in order to pay for his passage to Virginia, and then acquire land of his own as soon as his term of servitude was up? If this is the case, then William Walthall's patent may be the record of James Akin's immigration to Virginia. If the place of origin of some of the other 16 persons who were transported along with him could be determined, perhaps we would have a clue as to the place of origin of James Akin.