Pam I alos am searching for Akins who left Alabama and settled in Van Zandt Co. All I know is what I got from an interested party from Collin County. Her ancestor was Charlie Boyd Akin. Charley had told her that he was a cousin to Wylie Holmes. Wylie was my Grandfather. All I really know is that Margaret Sarah Aiken of Grenville Co. North Carolina married Nathaniel H. Estes Dec 5 1845 and they moved to Benton Co. Alabama in 1849. Some Akin families from NC moved to Cherokee Co Alabama and I think that maybe they married with Holmeses there as did my Great Grandfather, Robert Hillman Holmes who married Martha Etta Estes, daughter of Margaret Sarah Akin. Do you have and Holmes es in your line?