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Edward Akin, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1808
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 1864
Saline County
Arkansas, USA

PARENTS: David Allen Akin / Mary Ann Throop

GRANDPARENTS: Edward Akin / Elizabeth Russell

GREAT GRANDPARENTS: James Akin / Patience Howard

WIFE: Mary Rogers Guest

CHILDREN: Enos Thomas / Edward A. / Samuel L. / Mary Susan Akin Dickson / Jane Akin Oats / Evaline Akin Howard / David / Josaphus / Edward Jr. / John King / Lydia Ella Akin / Fanny Akin

SIBLINGS: Eliza / George / Charles / Thompson / Mary Ann

CIVIL WAR VETERAN

Edward Akin was born 29 Aug 1808 in Cayuga County, New York where his father owned a grain mill. His parents were David Allen Akin and Mary Ann Throop. David, his father, died suddenly in 1825 at the age of 43. Edward was 17 years old. According to a letter written by an unnamed grandson of Edward's, Edward left home soon after and went to sea for 5 years. No records of this have been found. The letter goes on to state that Edward then went to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1830 (however, he does not show up in the 1830 census), and worked there in a bank where he met and married Mary Guest, a local Arkansas girl, in February 1834. The story goes on that Mary wanted to live in the country, so they settled in the mountains, blazing one of the first trails over the rugged back woods of Arkansas by a white man. They ended up near Mill Creek, a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Saline River, in Saline County. They built a log cabin 14 miles from Hot Springs, Arkansas on 160 acres that they homesteaded. (They are listed there in the 1840 census). Edward made his home into a store and a post office. In fact, Akin's Store and Post Office was a local landmark up through the early 1900's, but now lies under Lake Cortez in the Village. Edward was the postmaster, and he was also the Justice of the Peace and married a number of people in the area. If you wanted to get married, eat, or get your mail, you had to see Edward. Edward also was a farmer. White's Mill was just a stones throw across the creek and Edward's corn, wheat, or whatever had a ready market. Near the end of the Civil War, riffraff from both sides roamed the countryside raiding homes and stealing everything of value. Many innocent people were killed. On June 15, 1864, Edward was shot and killed in his pasture by a group of these bushwackers. He was first buried in an orchard by the townspeople, but later his family reburied him in the Talley Cemetery. The family story goes on that Edward's family tracked down the bushwackers and killed them in the same pasture where Edward was shot. The top of one of their skulls was used as a soap dish by the family for many years. Note that much of this biography is family lore. 
 
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 Parents:
  David Allen Akin (1782 - 1825)
  Mary Ann Throop Akin (1790 - 1825)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Rogers Guest Akin (1818 - 1917)
 
 Children:
  Enos Thomas Akin (1836 - 1923)*
  Samuel L. Akin (1838 - 1864)*
  David Akin (1848 - 1911)*
  Josaphus Akin (1850 - 1935)*
  John King Akin (1854 - 1925)*
  Fanny Akin (1860 - 1860)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Talley Cemetery
Garland County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: Terry Akin
Record added: Mar 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18129770
Edward Akin, Sr
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Edward Akin, Sr
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- Mary Briggs
 Added: Mar. 26, 2012
To my 3 Great Granfather. You are not forgotten.
- Lynn A. Simpson
 Added: Apr. 1, 2010

- Me2u
 Added: Nov. 29, 2008
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