I know a little.However, I am not sure I want to "post" it as I'm not sure about a couple of things and don't want them to become somebody else's history, in case they are wrong.If you will send me your direct e-mail address, I will contact you.
I'm pretty sure Don was born around Westville, but I don't know the name of the community.I thought he lived in Wrights Chapel, on a hill just above the old school/church houses--not right in Westville--out in the country, or at least John and Lizzie did, in later years.I really don't remember Don; but I assume he lived there.Maybe they moved there after he died. I think his mother was a Bean, and they are an old Cherokee family, too, but I don't know her first name.
Don's father was Andrew Taylor Akins.Andrew had several bros and sisters, one of which was Frank, my own great grandfather.Jess was Frank's son and he and Don were good buddies but they were first cousins, not brothers.
Their grandfather's name was Abijah Akins--but he's one of the mysteries and there are lots of conflicts about him.Their grandmother was Isabella Taylor Akins, a Cherokee girl.Her mother and father were Jane or Jennie Bigby and AndrewTaylor.JEnnie is buried in Stilwell.I found her grave, so moss covered it took a bottle of bleach and a tooth brush to clean it!Her parents were James and Catherine Foreman Bigby.Catherine's parents were Anthony Foreman, a Scottsman, and Susannah Gourd, a Cherokee.They are all fairly traceable because they were Cherokee.The Akins side is vague--nobody was much interested in white men in Indian Territory, but I have some unsubstantiated informnation on them, if you want it.I just don't know if it is right.....