Name: William Akins84
Place: poss Kentucky co VA
Place: prob Clark Co IN122
William's last name is found spelled variously as Akin, Akins, Aiken and
Eakin. I've adopted the spelling Akins because most of his children appear
to have used it. He appears on a 1809 voter list for Clark county IN
as William Eakin and on a roster of soldiers who fought at Tippacanoe in
1811, also as William Eakin.
William may have married first Polly Goodwin in 1800.7 He
married Rebecca McClintick, one would guess, by the time
of the birth of their first known child in 1808. That William's step-father
may have been William Goodwin makes the first marriage interesting. It
appears that William Goodwin's brother, James Goodwin (c1760-) had a
daughter named Polly.
The 1820 census indicates that there were ten children in William's
household. In 1830, there were only nine. We might assume, then, that one
of the eldest children, possibly a son, married by 1830. Basic data for his
family comes from The McClintick-McClintock Clans of America, 1998, by
||John was born 2 May 1808 and died in Clark county IN,
31 Jan 1860. He's buried in the McClintick Family Cemetery. His widow's
name was Margaret. She's found living with the William Adams family in
1860 as Margaret Aikin.
|William Franklin Akins
||Shown on census records as Frank, Franklin and Francis. He is said
to have been born in Clark county IN. He married Ann Odem or Ann Hazard
in 1834. Last found on the 1880 census.
||Said to have been born in Clark county.
||He married Louisa Clark, 2 March 1831.
|Jane T Akins
||Born 5 Jan 1812. Married Jacob Miller. She died 21
Nov 1876 in Le Claire, Scott co IA.
||She married Washington Lewis.
||Married William Henry Goss 24 Sep 1838 in Clark
county IN. Goss m2 Rhoda Ann Tatlock with whom he had his
||She married William H Prather, the second of his
four wives. He m2 Rebecca Moore in Clark co IN in 1837. We might
assume that Lusinda had died by then.8
|Milton J Akins
||Married Hannah E Stacey, 5 Jan 1843. The Bloomington
World (Monroe co IN), 4 Nov 1897: "Milton J. Akin, one of Monroe
county's prominent citizens died at his home four miles north-west of
the city Tuesday night after an illness of three months of liver and
kidney complications. He was 77 years of age, leaves a family and was a
member of the Methodist Church. The funeral occurs from the late
residence this morning at 10 o'clock and the interment will be at Rose
Hill." Find A Grave Memorial# 53018263.
||She married David Cooley.
The 1880 census records for William and Milton state their father was
born in Kentucky.
From chapter 4 of The McClintick-McClintock Clans of America:122
William was a bricklayer and built the first jail in Jeffersonville,
In fact, it was William's probable step-father, William Goodwin, who was
commissioned to build the jail:
A special session of the court of general quarter sessions for Clark county
was held in Jeffersonville on Saturday. August 14, 1802, at which were
present Marston G. Clark, James N. Wood, and William Goodwin. A plan for
a jail was adopted and filed with the clerk of the court until the 19th of
August, at which time the contract for the construction of the buildings was
let to the lowest bidder. William Goodwin being the lowest bidder, to him
was awarded the contract, with Davis Floyd as surety on a
bond of $900. Mr. Floyd was deputed to select the site for the
At the session of January 5, 1803, a contract was awarded William Akins to
build a jailor's house adjoining the county jail on the north. This house,
as well as the jail, was built two stories in height, of hewed logs, with
plank floors, stone chimney, and a fire-place in each room.3
The following entries are found on the 1820 census for Indiana. Note that
the McClinticks were William's in-laws.
1820 > INDIANA > CLARK > JEFFERSONVILLE
Series: M33 Roll: 13 Page: 27
John McClentick Jun 110010 21110
William McClentick 000300 40040
Samuel McClentick 000301 11001
William Akins 420010 31010
Although his grave site is unknown, it has been stated that William died
c1844. That's the year his estate was probated. However, this entry is found
on the 1830 census.
1830 > INDIANA > CLARK > JEFFERSONVILLE
Series: M19 Roll: 28 Page: 42
Mrs(?) Rabecca Akins 0103100000000 0220001000000
In fact, comparing the handwriting with other entries on the same page,
"Mrs" might actually read "Wid" Rabecca Akins. Perhaps it's not unusual to
find three widows listed on the same page from the 1830 census but it might
be worth investigating for an incident that might have left several settlers
dead just prior to that year.
An important method genealogists use is to look at persons of the same
surname, in the same county and of the same era as the subject. The results
can sometimes be illuminating but often lead nowhere, oftentimes because the
new information is about persons that were not related.
So, to that end, the genealogy of Ransom W Akin may be helpful. He was
born in Clark county, Indiana 18 October 1806. That would put him in the
right place and time to have been a son of William but, in fact, he was a
son of Josiah and Rebecca (Stewart) Akin, natives of Virginia.1
Since it is guessed that our William was himself a Virginian, we have a
closely matching family.
An online article by Laura Stewart Civey tells us this about Ransom's
Josiah [born 15 March 1777] was major in the Home Guards in New Albany, IN.
His parents came to Kentucky from James River, VA. His father William Akin
was ambushed in 1782 by Indians and killed on his way to the mill, which was
located near the falls of the Ohio Rr. in Beargrass, VA. (now Jefferson
Co., KY.) His mother Mary Wallace was born 1745 and
died Nov. 1824. After the death of her husband, she remarried William
Goodwin, who was born 1758 and died Aug. 1825.2
Could it be that our William was a brother of Josiah and the son of
William of Beargrass, Virginia? Consider the following:
William Akin was witness to the will of James Stewart, Josiah Akin's
father-in-law: STEWART, James. Will dated 4 April 1810; probated 22 March 1813. Heirs: wife
[name not given]; children, Stephen, Isaac, Merchant, David, Elizabeth,
Rebecca; Sarah FLEEHART (relationship not indicated). Witnesses: William
GOODWIN, William AKIN, Amos H. GOODWIN. pp. 112-13.4
Battle of Tippecanoe, Roll of Capt. Norris's Company of Infantry of the
Indiana Militia, from September 11 to November 24 1811. Note that William
served with the Goodwin brothers and members of the families McClintick,
Stacey and Prather:
John Norris, Captain, wounded in action Nov. 7;
John Harrod, Lieut.; Joseph Carr, Ensign; George Drummond, Sergeant; William
Coombs, Sergeant; Bazil Prather, Sergeant; David Smith, Sergeant; Henry
Ward, Corporal; John Harman, Corporal; Joel Combs, Corporal; Robert Hombs,
Corporal; David Kelly, Corporal, appointed Corporal Sept. 30; Elisha Carr,
Drummer; Joseph Perry, Fifer. Privates: Robert McNight; William Stacey;
Gasper Loots; Samuel Duke; Edward Norris; James Shipman; Henry Cusamore;
Peter Sherwood; C. Fipps; George Ditsler; John Gray; John Kelly; Jacob
Daily; David Cross; Thomas Clendennan, killed in action Nov. 7; Robert
Cunningham; Abraham Kelly, substituted in place of Samuel Walker and killed
Nov. 7; Henry Jones, killed in action Nov. 7; James Curry; Samuel McClung,
Q. M. Sergt., Sept. 27; James Smith; John Perry; Jeris Fordyce; Benoni
Wood; James Kelly; Cornelius Kelly; Amos Goodwin; E. Wayman; William
Harman; John Newland; John Tilferro; Micajah Peyton; Loyd Prather; Adam
Peck; Samuel McClintick; Benj. Thompson; John Weathers; William
Eakin; Evan Arnold; John D. Jacob; Hugh Espy; Robert Tippin; Townly
Ruby; John McClintick; William Rayson; William Aston; Reubin Slead; Josiah
Taylor; George Hooke; Daniel McCoy; Jacob Pearsall; Henry Hooke; Samuel
Neal; Thomas Highfill; Robert McClellan; James Taylor.5
He appears as a registered voter in Clark county, Indiana Territory,
1809. Clarksville twp: Apraham Appler, John Prather, Basel R. Prather,
William Bowman, William Stacy, Isaac Holeman, John McClintick, David
Spangler, John McClintick Jr, Aaron Prather, John Douthett, Saml.
McClintick, Samuel McClintick Jr, Jeremiah Jacobs, Thomas Jacobs, John
Jacobs, Eli Jacobs, William Lemon, Henry Bottorff, Walter Prather, John
Swartz, William Eakin.6
William had sons John, Willis and Amos. Might they have been named for
John, Willis and Amos Goodwin, his presumed half-brothers?
None of this is conclusive but it is a very strong lead and suggests that
William's parents may have been William Akin (-1782)
and Mary Wallace (1754-1824) who married secondly
William Goodwin. The early deaths of both William Akins would explain the
paucity of information for the family.
(Last modified on Saturday, 07-Jan-2012 17:27:04 CST)
All original portions ©
Michael Cooley, OrbitInternet.net -