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Early Descendants of William Akers
1694 | New Jersey to Roanoke to Kentucky
Family tradition holds that Akers is a German name and that a German Akers at some point emigrated to Scotland. When this occurred was not known. It has been passed down through many generations that the Akers family at some point became direct descendants of Pocahontas. I have not been able to prove this, however, Lua Akers Dancey certainly believed it. My research indicates that there was very likely some sort of connection--either as direct descendants (through Akers spouses) or as direct descendants of her siblings. Her lineage is not really established and many Virginia Families erroneously claimed to be descendants.
1. WILLIAM1 AKERS was born 1640 in Scotland, and died Abt. 1715 in New Jersey.
William purchased land before 1698 in West Jersey, in Maiden township above the falls of the Delaware. In 1698-1699 the West Jersey society deeded to 28 men, all of Maidenhead, Burlington County (now Lawrenceville, Mercer Co.) Including "Wm. Akers" 100 acres there, to be used for a meeting house, burying ground. William was a carpenter in 1712.
1694, Newtown Town Records - only mention is as witness with Daniel Phillips to deed, 1694 Theophilus and Frances Phillips sell to Edward Hunt
Other mention of William in NJ records from rootsweb/freepages.com:
Mershon, Grace O.: "Who, What and Where in Early Maidenhead : William Akers' land abutted Jasper Smith's and Robert Lanning's.
William Akers one of the purchasers of the Town Lot in Maidenhead, 1698
1703 one of the Hopewell/Maidenhead settlers to pay Coxe to quiet title to land
1712, contributed to promote Hunterdon County
2. SIMON2 AKERS (WILLIAM1) was born 1668 in Scotland, and died 1722. He died intestate in Hunterdon Co. Simon, his oldest son, was granted letters of administration to his estate.
Mention of Simon Akers rootsweb/freepages.com:
Volume I of the Minutes of Maidenhead Twp. Simon Akers elected "oversere of road" with John Bainbridge, Jr., 9 Jan. 1719/20
GMNJ, Vol. 37, 1937 , pp.53-4: Simon Akers, son of William Akers of Maidenhead b. ca. 167-, d. 1722; Shearer-Akers Genealogy credits him with 3 sons: Simon b. abt. 1690, Constable 1722/23 & / Overseer of Roads 1724/5 at Maidenhead, Robert, b. about 1703 and John b. 2 Jan. 1713 m. Martha, d. 2 Nov. 1783
3. SIMON3 AKERS (SIMON2, WILLIAM1) was born 1695 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ, and died 1749. He married MARY 1715 possibly in Edgemont, PA. She was born 1697, and died Aft. 1748.
He was Constable and Overseer of Roads at Maidenhead, NJ in the early 1720's.
The following records are from rootsweb/freepages/com and seem to indicate that Simon may been in debt and escaped jail which would have lead to his fleeing to Edgemont, PA and migrating to Augusta County, VA.
Records of the Hunterdon County Court of Common Pleas,Volume II: Dec. 1726 Leonard v. Akers
July 1727 Porterfield v. Akers 4.30 debt
#1587, p.110 Thomas Leonard v. Acors Debt L12, Rule in Custody
#1251, p. 94 Richard Furman v. Simon Acors Debt L10 at supra
#2972 Simon Acors, Rule in Custody, 1729 Volume III: p.83 Simon Ackers In custody Oct, 1729
#4400 Joseph Read v. Simon Akers case L__ Rule in Custody Aug. 1730 p. 167 Simon Akers L10 Rule in Custody
# p.264 John Dagworthy v. Simon Akers Debt L8.10.4 Oct., l731
Oct. 2, 1732, Judgement entered for want of a plea p. 271 Thomas Leonard v. Simon Akers Debt L12. Damages 4.10.4 Dec., l731
p. 295 Thomas Leonard v. Simon Akers suit above still not paid May, l732
p. 302 Executors of Joshua Anderson v. Simon Akers Debt L7.0.8. Feb., 1732
p. 314 Executors of Joshua Anderson v. Simon Akers same as above May, 1732
p. 323 Thomas Leonard v. Simon Akers same as 1732 with cost L5:10:10 added "non est" Executors of Joshua Anderson v. Simon Akers as above, plus L7.8.0 rule in custody for the body, stay of execution for 3 months, Aug., 1732
#1364 Thomas Leonard v. Symon Akors Debt L12:0:10, l.5.6, 2nd case 11.3, Oct., l732
#1465 Joseph Reed v. Symon Akors Writ of Inquiry, judgement confessed, Oct., l732
#1485 Joseph Reed v. Symon Akors Defendent confesses judgement for L4.11 with costs,
Feb., 1732(3?) Volume !V p. 403 Joseph Reed v. Symon Akers debt due L3.10.4 costs 4.11.7 Feb.
John Dagworthy v. Symon Akors< Oct. 1733 Debt. 8.0.4, Cost 2.14.11, again Feb. 1734 p. 146 Joseph Reed v. John Dagworthy for the escape of Symon Akers By the consent of parties ordered by the court that the matters in Contorversy between the parties in this case be reformed to the determination of John Interfield, Joseph Peace & Benjamin Smith the Report of whom or any 2 of them by the first day of the Next Term Sahll be made a judgement of this court & be conclusive to both parties Provided ten days notice be given by either party to the other of the time & place the ref--- meeting. Oct. 1734
Oct. 1734 Joseph Reed V. John Dagworthy, Esq. Later Sherriff of for Escape of Symen Akers Orderd by the Court that the rule made yesterday be set aside & that the said causes stand ready for --- at the next court Simon Akers disappears from the Court of Common Pleas records after this date
Volume I of the Minutes of Maidenhead Twp. Simon Akers elected "oversere of road" with John Bainbridge, Jr., 9 Jan. 1719/20
D'Autrechy, "Some Records of Old Hunterdon County Simon Aker witness to deed of lease & release, William & Mary Sackett of New Town, Queens County upon Nasaw Island, Province of NY to Nathaniel Moore of Hopewell, 5 June 1731
His name appears as Acre, Aker and Akers. Simon was living in Roanoke Settlement, VA in 1742. It is believed that he moved from Chester Co. PA about 1740. They were of the "Great Lick" Community. His homestead was 240 acres in the fork of Tinker Creek and Goose Creek--east of the present town of Roanoke. He was a member of Company 8, Augusta County, Virginia militia with George Robinson as his captain.
AUGUSTA COUNTY, VA - WILL BOOK 1 Page 91.- 18th June, 1747--Daniel Monahan to Simon Akers, 1 year's keeping his child, £4. 7. In August of the same year: "Ordered, that George Robinson and Simon Akers view the way from the forks of Roan Oak (Roanoke) to the gapp over the mountains to meet the line of Brunswick County, and from the Catawba Creek into the said way."
Mentions of the Akers in CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
a. DECLARATIONS, SERVICES AND HEIRS OF SOLDIERS. COPIES OF MUSTERS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY. (1742) Heare followeth a list of all the Muster (?) of Augusta County under their respective officers and Captains: Simon AKERS’ estate was appraised by Erwin Patterson, Joseph Robinson and John Mason. The value was over 59 pounds and included horse, cattle, and carpenter tools. His will was written in Augusta Co in the Colony of VA, names wife Mary to have Dwelling Plantation during her widowhood and afterward to be divided between sons William & Thomas, then they are to give 8 pounds to younger brother & sister, Uriah & Ruth Acres. Written 9 Mar 1748 proved 17 May 1749. Burial: 1749, Augusta Co, VA.4.
4. THOMAS4 AKERS (SIMON, SIMON2, WILLIAM1) was born 1732 in ChesterCounty, PA, and died 1815 in Floyd County, Indiana. He married MARY SMITH in Virginia. She was born Abt. 17353
Family lore has Thomas Akers was a slave owner, maybe as many as nine, when he came to Roanoke, Virginia. He and one brother inherited some of his father's land and sold that lying near the present Roanoke County line in 1773.
William AKERS and Elizabeth, his wife, and Thomas AKERS and Mary, his wife, (Grantor) sold 240 acres of land on Gosse Creek to Nathaniel EVANS (Grantee). This land was the land willed to William and Thomas by their father, Simon
From b. ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA. AUGUSTA COUNTY COURT. WILL BOOK NO. 1. Page 89.--Sale bill of above estate, 13th December, 1744. purchasers, viz: James Price, Wm. Akers, Pat Shirkey, Chas. Ewing. John Thomas, Mary Akers, Nicholas Harford, Mary Kinder, Wm. Armstrong, Wm. Carson, Archibald Grimes, Wm. Mills, James Burk, Bryan Cuff, Wm. Armstrong, Henry Brown, Daniel Creeley, Pat Shirkey, Mark Cole, George Barberer, Simon Akers, Peter Kinder, Joseph Love. Methusalem Griffith, Tobias Bright, Jno. McFall. Wm. March, Mark Cole, Jasper Terry, Henry Brown, Jr., Wm. Terry, Stephen Rentfro. 1740--The estate of Daniel Monahan, Dr. Cash paid Joseph Tate. Cash paid Edmond Cartledge. 1743--Cash paid Andrew Gaughagin.
Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, 1745-1800. Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County" about Thomas Akers. Probate record: Thomas Akers Date: Mar 9, 1748 Location: Augusta Co., VA Remarks: Simon Aker's will - Wife, Mary Akers; sons, William and Thomas, and their younger brother and sister, Uriah Acres and Ruth Acres. Executors, wife Mary and son William. Presented by Mary and William Acres.
Nov 24. 1753 in Augusta Co.,VA, Wm. Thomas, & Uriah Akers were ordered to work road.
Feb 5, 1755 Thomas bought 82 acres of land on the Roanoke River. He bought 245 acres on Wolf Creek
11th June, 1763. Baptist Armstrong to Thomas Akers, £37.10, 245 acres on Wolf Creek of Roanoke. Teste: Robert Neelley. Delivered: Francis Smith, March, 1768.
1770 Botetourt Co,VA appointed Thomas Akers and others to view a road from Long Lick to Bedford Co. line.
From the "Annals of Southwest Virginia" by Summers, the following land transaction is recorded in Botetourt County, Virginia. 31 March 1773 - Lincoln County, Kentucky Will and Administration Records Volume I Name: William Bryant October 1, 1781 (Founder of Bryan's Station, the double brother-in-law of Colonel Boone) Appraisers: Ebenezer Titus, Charles Alford, and Th. Akers Inventories - Lincoln County Wills and Settlements, Books 1 and 2
Thomas lived in Fayette Co. KY and came to Bowman's Station, KY in 1779. The Akers were one of the first families to settle Bowman's Station. Thomas was on the 1787,1788, 1790 and 1792 tax list for Fayette Co. He is on the 1795, 1796 list in Shelby county. Thomas was a Continental soldier under General Washington. He was present and assisted in the defense of Boonesborough, KY in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782. It was the most successful part of the invasion of an almost 1000 strong combined army of Ohio Indian Nations warriors, British Regulars and Queen's Rangers into Kentucky and West Virginia. His name along with Daniel Boone’s is on a monument commemorating these "heroic Pioneers".
He is buried in the Heil Cemetery (abondoned) on the Jersey Park Road, north of Greenville (Floyd County) Indiana. His tombstone reads: THOMAS AKERS, KY VOLS, REV WAR 1736-1813
MARY SMITH: A possiblity for Mary's father is Edmond Smith--he appears to have had dealings with Simon Aker's neighbors and had a daughter named Mary. He is the son of Colonel Lawrence Smith, whose father immigrated directly from England to Virginia in the mid 17th century. One record shows Mary as having been born about 1738 and no record shows her spouse. This family appears to have lived principally in York County.
Another name that appears often is Francis Smith--however there is no record of his having a daughter Mary.
A John Smith owned property next to Simon and Thomas Akers. Mary may be connected to him in some way. However, he does not appear to have lived on that property. And she is not mentioned in his will written 1753.
Benjamin & Bedy Akers
1800 | Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri &amp;Iowa
BENJAMIN5 AKERS (THOMAS4, SIMON3, SIMON2, WILLIAM1) was born Bet. 1764 - 1768 in Roanoke, Virginia, and died 1825 in Greencastle, Indiana. He married CATHERINE MALONE 1789 in Walnut HIll Pres. Church, Lexington, KY. She died in probably Indiana.
The DAR lists as a patriot #6526378. Thomas Acker, bc 1736, d 1815 as the father of Benjamin, Simon, John, Thomas II, Stephen, and Uriah. The DAR changed the spelling given by the applicant, Margaret King, to Acker. Migration patterns through KY and IN seem to confirm this. Thomas Sr. was on the Fayette, KY tax list in 1787. Benjamin was married there in 1789, and appears on county's tax list in 1790. Simon and Thomas appear in Shelby County in 1796, the next year Benjamin joins. He is on the Shelby County tax list in 1813 and own 84 acres. He is last shown in the Shelby County on the 1820 census.
From Benjamin’s great grandson, Benjamin Eurastus Akers' letter (written when he was 71 years old) "Thomas Akers (II) a boy of twelve, and his brother Benjamin Akers lived in Virginia, and were born just before the Revolutionary War. Just after the War closed (that would be 1783,) they were kidnapped by three Indians, who made off for the Kentucky wilderness with them. The boys understood woodcraft, and under took to mark a trail so their neighbors could follow, but the Indians caught them at it, and told them they would be killed if they did not quit it, so they had to desist. After a few days out the Indians quit watching them at night, so they fixed a plan that they might escape, or die in the attempt. The plan was for the older to take a gun and a tomahawk and try to kill two of the Indians, while the younger was to kill one with a tomahawk. After every one was quiet and asleep, as the Indians thought, the boys undertook their task, and succeeded in their effort.
The boys then each took a rifle and ammunition and started to find the way home. This would be a big undertaking even for a man, let alone boys so young. After awhile, in order to get away, they had to separate and take it alone. The older took a route to the north, and finally made his way to Penn. The younger one ran across some emigrants that were going to Kentucky, and he joined up with them, and made his way to Crab Orchard.
Benjamin is on the Shelby County census rolls 1800-1820. The family then moved on to IN. A history of Putnam Co IN states Benjamin Akers was the first resident of the County buried in the old cemetery in Greencastle, IN.
CATHERINE MALONE: Her grandson, Benjamin Eratusus Akers, described her as "an Irish lady of the deepest dye". Did she come from Ireland or is she connected to Malones that probably moved from Virginia to Kentucky? Her name is spelled Caty Mcloon on their marriage record. Other Malones married Akers during this same time in Kentucky--it appears that Benjamin Malone may have been her father or brother.
The 1800 Shelby Co. KY Census lists a Drury Malone, Benjamin Malone, and William Malone. The name is sometimes spelled MELONE. There is an older woman, Mary Melone in the 1810 Shelby co. census, who lived only a short distance from Simon Akers. Shelby County census also include Drury Malone; Ben. Malone and a Benjamin Malone
6.BEDY6 AKERS (BENJAMIN5, THOMAS4, SIMON3, SIMON2, WILLIAM1) was born 1799 in Shelby County, KY, and died 1847 in Mercer County, MO. He married LYDIA COLLINGS 1819 in Shelby, KY, daughter of SPENCER COLLINGS and CATHERINE LUCAS. She was born 1802 in Shelby County, KY, and died 1884 in Decatur, Iowa.
From a letter of S.C. Akers to his son M.W. Akers: Bedy Akers my father was borned June 28 1799 in the old Virginia and then moved from Virginia with his parance and Settled in Shelby Co. Kentucky....Father maried Lydia Collings April 15th 1819 in Shelby Co Kentuckey they lived there untill they had 3 childern borned to them....in the year 1825 he moved to Putnam Co. Ind and Entered 160 acres of land in Floid T.P of Said Co. 12 miles N.E. of Greencastle the Co. Seat. he worked for 50 cts per day for the money to Enter his land with and was paid off in what then was cald the old contenental scriptwhen at the land office he had to giv 2 dollar per acre in order to get any land he live toiled and dug a way among big timber Stumps. Privations disapointements and Hard times raising on triing to rais his large family untill the Summer of 1839 in hard times he Sold out his farm for 10 per acre. and in the fall of 39 him ? 8 other families left for what was termed then the fare west while all there nabers for miles a round come to See them of to there future homes. A way out to Someshere neare whare the Sun Set a way out to Iowa and MO where it was considered vary fare away even a man onst got out of sight that he was gone for onst and all ways. Father Moved in to Chariten Co MO and settled pm am p;d far, wjocj Proved nea his ruin financially. as ge get in a very Sickly part of the County he lived there untill his death which took place Sept 17 1846. My father and mother 13 children born to them of which they raised 10. 6 Boys and 4 girls.
LYDIA COLLINGS: From of Spencer C. Akers" Aug. 2, 1891: As Shown My Father and Mother was maried in Shelby Co Ky April 15 1819. Father lived untill Dec 17/46. Mother lived Single untill June 8/51. She then maried John Tash and lived Tash untill Feb 5 1877 at which time she dide. Father Tash lived about 2 years and he dide. My Mother's Father Spence Collings was a Babtest Preacher be came from Shelby Co. Ky to Putnam Co Ind in the years 1825 or 26 and Settled near my father. he reared a large family he maried em all settled near him his family consisted of & Girls and 3 Boys....the Collins family took a very proment part in the Indian warers of Ky. And lived took a very proment part in all the principle undertakings of note to promote the country in which they lived.
She is buried in Leon, IOWA.
Spencer C. & Marion Wesley Akers
1850 | Iowa
7. SPENCER COLLINGS7 AKERS (BEDY6, BENJAMIN5, THOMAS4, SIMON3, SIMON2, WILLIAM1) was born 1826 in Putnam County, Indiana, and died 1891 in Decatur, Iowa. He married ELIZABETH JANE ADER 1844 in Putnam County, Indiana, daughter of SOLOMON ADER and ELIZABETH PICKEL. She was born 1829 in Davidson County, North Carolina, and died 1892 in Decatur, Iowa.
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa,
(Lewis Publishing Company (1887)), pp. 526-27:" SPENCER C. AKERS, residing on section 34, Grand River Township, is one of the old and well-known pioneers of Decatur County, having been identified with the growth and advancement of the county for thirty-five years. He has assisted in the building of roads, bridges, churches and school-houses, and has always taken an active interest in everything pertaining to the advancement of education or religion in the community where he resides, and is numbered among the representative citizens of Decatur County. Mr. Akers was born in Putnam County, Indiana, January 17, 1826, a son of Bedy and Lydia (Collings) Akers, natives of Shelby County, Kentucky, the latter being a descendant of the Collings family, of whom thirty were killed at the Indian war, in the first settlement of Kentucky. They reared a family of nine children -- Emily Jane, William C., Catherine, Spencer C., Elizabeth, Benjamin, Thomas, Bedy and Lydia Ann. In 1839 the parents immigrated with their family to Chariton County, Missouri, and there our subject was reared, from his fourteenth year till 1844. His early life was spent in assisting with the work of the farm, and in attending the log-cabin subscription schools of his neighborhood. In 1844 he returned to Putnam County where he was married December 12, of that year to Miss Elizabeth J. Ader, of Putnam County, a daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth Ader. To them have been born thirteen children, nine are living -- M. W., a Baptist minister, located at Burlingame, Kansas; Armilda, Thomas M., Eveline E., Racine K., Fidelia, Garrett W., Spencer Grant and Benjamin Eurastis. In the fall of 1845 Mr. Akers removed to Mercy County, Missouri, residing there and in Grundy County till 1850. April 17, 1850, he started with an ox team for California, passing through the hardships and privations known only to those who have crossed the plains. On arriving at Salt Lake City he met Brigham Young, and beyond Salt Lake he viewed the grounds of the Mountain Meadow Massacre. On arriving in California he engaged in mining, which he followed for twelve months, returning home by way of the Isthmus of Panama, Cuba, and New Orleans, to Grundy County, Missouri. In September, 1851, he came to Decatur County, Iowa, and located two miles west of Leon in Center Township, where he entered 120 acres of school land, and eighty acres of land from the Government, and there he erected a log cabin and commenced the improvement of his property. He was one of a committee of three to locate the county seat of Decatur County, of the second location by act of Legislature, the other two members being John Jordan and Wilson Worford. In 1864 he left Center Township, and settled on the farm where he has since made his home, which is one of the best farms in Grand River Township. His land is under a high state of cultivation, with a good residence, large and commodious barn, and a fine orchard, and the entire surroundings of the place show the thrift and good management of its owner. In politics Mr. Akers is a Democrat. He was appointed county supervisor to fill a vacancy, and was afterward twice elected to the same office, a position he filled in all about five years, with credit to himself and to the best interests of the county. Mr. Akers is a worthy member of the Masonic fraternity."
In 1860 Spencer is recorded as owning $2000 worth of real estate.
90 Acres improved, 110 unimproved. $175 implements, 8 horses, 7 cows, 4 other cattle, 25 sheep, 65 pigs , value $543
60 bushel wheat, 1000 bushels Indian corn, 60 bushels oats, 65 lbs wool
From letter August 2, 1891 to M.W. Akers: I will try giv you a very Short Sketch of my family. I was borned in Floid T.P. Putnam Co. Ind. Jan. 17, 1826 and was maried to Elizabeth Jane Ader Dec the 12th 1844 from which union was bornd 13 children 8 Boys and 5 Girls.... Marion Wesley was mared two Elu Conway after her death he maried Hattie E Detwiler....now at this riting all of my people boath fathers and mothers argon have pasted awayed and I am over 65 years of age and Sitting proped up with Rocking Chear Book on my kneew for a desk have ben Sick for some and 2 or 3 months and Still groing weaker day by day please all ears as my mind are very week and feeble. I now will have to close and may God bless you all hooever may ever See or trys to read the Same So mite it be.
Spencer C. Akers
SPENCER and Elizabeth are buried in Elk Cemetery, Decatur County, Iowa. She was a true pioneer woman who bore Spencer fourteen children.
8. MARION WESLEY8 AKERS (SPENCER COLLINGS7, BEDY6, BENJAMIN5, THOMAS4, SIMON3, SIMON2, WILLIAM1) was born 1849 in Grundy, Missouri and died in 1927 in Washington Iowa. He married HARRIET E DETWILER 1876, daughter of JOHN DETWILER and CYNTHIA BAIRD. She was born 1847 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died 1916 in Chicago.
AKERS-DETWILER.-- In the Bonaparte Baptist church, Sunday evening October 1st, by Rev. W. C. Pratt, Rev. M. W. Akers of Harrisburg and Miss Hattie E. Detwiler of Bonaparte. There was a sermon on the occasion which we will give to our readers next week.
He was a Baptist minister, pastor of the Harrisburg, Iowa Church. Alice Dancey remembers him as an intinerate minister who travelled on horseback and spent a lot of time on her front lawn when she was a child. On the 1900 census his occupation is harvester salesman.
1927 His obituary: Funeral services for Rev. M. W. Akers were conducted from the First Baptist church at four o’clock Sunday afternoon by the pastor Rev. Edward C. Stauffer. Prayer was offered by Rev. F. B. Osborn of New Market who for many years has been a close friend and brother in the ministery. A quartet composed of Miss Blanche Alden, and Miss Jeannie Blackburn, G.M. Repogle and J.D. Harding sang the two songs selected by the family, with Miss Norma Dodge accompanying at the organ. Pallbearers were: Harry Jones, Will Knittle, Lewis Long, Fred Knittle, W. B. Pancake, and Grant Ruby. Following the service the funeral party left via the Burlington railroad for Washington, Ia. where they were met by other members of the family and the body of Mr. Akers laid to rest in the Washington cemetery.
Elder Marion Wesley Akers was born near Trenton, Mo., July 29, 1849. His father, Spencer C. Akers, brought him to Decatur Co., Iowa, Sept. 3, 1851. In March 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Elvira Amelia Conoway. This union was blessed with one child, a son, D. C. Akers of Lewiston, Idaho. The death angel claimed his first wife June 21, 1875. Oct. 1st, 1876, he married Miss Harriet E. Detwiler of Bonaparte. This union lasted nearly forty years. she died in Chicago, March 1915. To this union were born four children, M. Frank Akers of Lewiston, Idaho; Mrs. Rev. J. S. Dancey, Canton, Ohio, Dwight L. Akers of Blooming Grove, New York. One son died in infancy.
Dec. 29, 1917 he was married to Miss Phoebe Sutton, who has tenderly and faithfully cared for him in sickness and health, during these last years of his earthly life.
Brother Akers was born of God from above the spiritual birth June 10,1867. He began preaching June 17th, just one week after his conversion. He organized the Palestine church between Leon and Decatur City in 1867. Here he was ordained to the Gospel ministry June 17, 1868. For almost sixty years, he faithfully preached the Word. A great many souls found the way as directed by our brother. He has held pastorates at Allerton and Bonaparte and Manchester, Ia. Veneta in Indian Territory Oklahoma, Utica and Ottawa, Ill; Ottawa and Burlingame, Kansas, besides other places of service. He has said , "In deed I am a sinner saved by grace." He was a member of the local Baptist church.
The last several years of his life have been spend in Shenandoah, where he has worshipped, and given faithful service and wise counsel. Truly such a life is a benediction to us all.
HARRIET ELIZA DETWILER AKERS was born February l4, l847, in Fayette County, Penn. She came west to Van Buren County, Iowa, at the age of seven years. She was married to M.W. AKERS on October l, l876. All extend sympathy to the bereaved ones. MRS. AKERS is an aunt of C.O. ANDREW and ARTHUR ANDREW, of Leon.
Decatur County Journal Thursday, April l3, l9l7 MRS. M.W. AKERS, a former resident of this county, passed away at her home in Chicago on March 29th, and was laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery at three o'clock on April 2. MR. and MRS. AKERS will be remembered by many of our people and especially by the residents of the community in which they made their home when in Iowa.