The names that you listed in this message instantly struck me as familiar.I have been searching (with my mother) for more information on William Akins and his family since I was a teenager.The information that I have differs from yours only by the years of birth and death.The birthdays match and so do the names.There could have easily been a mistake on this, because my mother wrote it down as verbally shared with her by William Akins' granddaughter from Rome, GA around 1979.She had only pictures to show us, no written record.That may have changed since then.Anyway, here's the information that I have:
--William Akins m. Julia Ann ? (born March 11, 1829)
They had the following children:
--William Rirleigh(Riley) Akins b. Aug 28, 1847
**John Timothy Akins b. Oct 20, 1848(my gr grandfather)******
--David Andrew Jackson Akins b. Sept. 19, 1850 died Aug 20, 1867
--James Raney Akins b. Dec 10, 1852
--Ira Middleton Akins b. Oct. 13 1855 (this could be different by a year)
--Julia Ann Akins b. March 12, 1859
--Mittie Masouria Ann Akins b. Sept 20, 1861 died Jan. 30, 1862
--Lewis Horton Akins b. Mar 1, 1867
I know this is more information than you listed, but I have an idea that William married another woman, named Frances.I feel that some of this list of children may have belonged to her.
I also have my mother's notes abbreviated that read as follows:
--IM and DC were married
--IM Oct. 13, 1855 died Feb 13, 1929or39 DC Feb. 7, 1857
I believe these initials correspond with your great grandfather Ira Middleton and his wife Dorcie Caroline.
I would love any information that you may have about William and Julia Shelly.
John Timothy Akins (my gr. grandfather) settled where I live today in Escambia, County Alabama.I live about 3 or 4 miles from the cemetery where he is buried.The nearest city is Atmore, AL.John Timothy raised his family about 13 miles northwest of there in a community known as Booneville.John Timothy married Florence Boone my gr grandmother, hence the name Booneville.
I also have information that his brother Horton left GA not too long after he did and settled in the neighboring Monroe County Alabama in an area called Goodway/Megargle.Horton's granddaughter still to this day lives on Akins Road (named after Horton) in Goodway, AL.I know that he is buried in Monroe, Co.I am not sure of the name of the cemetery, but my mother keeps in contact with her if you need this information.
There is much more information if you would like.I feel that we definitely have a connection.Thanks for posting the message.