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Col Ransom Wallace Akin, I
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Birth: Jun. 18, 1806
Clark County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1880
Carlisle
Sullivan County
Indiana, USA

HON. RANSOM W. AKIN (deceased) was one of the most prominent citizens of Sullivan County, a native of Clark County, Ind., and born October 18, 1806, son of Josiah and Rebecca (Stewart) Akin, who were natives of Virginia. In early life, Mr. Akin followed farming, but in 1830, began the business of general merchandising at New Albany. In 1826, he was married to Miss Martha Jacobs, by whom he was the father of four children--Evaline, William M., Mary A. and Francis M., all living except Mary A. Mrs. Akin died in June, 1833, and soon after this he moved to Bowling Green, Ind., still continuing the mercantile business, where he remained about two years, then returning to New Albany. December 9, 1834, he married Sarah R. Sedgwick, and to this union eight children were born--John S., Margaret E. (deceased), Sarah W., Eloise J., Ransom W. (deceased), Charles T., Edgar W. and Josiah. Mrs. Akin was born September 19, 1817, one of eight children born to John and Betty (Rawlings) Sedgwick, who were natives of Maryland and settled in Monroe County in 1820. Mr. Akin continued business at New Albany about two years, when he came to Carlisle, arriving here in 1838, and from that time to his death took position as one of the foremost citizens in the county, not only in a mercantile point, but in all public matters, further mention in this regard being made in the history of Haddon Township. His death occurred June 18, 1880, at Carlisle. A very excellent portrait of Col Akin also appears in this work.

"HISTORY OF GREENE AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES, STATE OF INDIANA, FROM THE EARLIEST TIME TO THE PRESENT; TOGETHER WITH INTERESTING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, REMINISCENCES, NOTES, ETC." CHICAGO: GOODSPEED BROS. & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1884.SULLIVAN CO., IN HADDON TWP. PAGE 744

He was a member of the Indiana House in the 25th session & Senate in the 28th, 29th, 30th sessions where he represented Vigo, Sullivan & Clay Counties. Trustee of Indiana Univ. 1855-57; 1860-61, Treasurer of the Board 1854-57; 1861-62. Biography can be found in "Officers of IN. Univ. 1820 - 1950 by Burton Dorr Myers 1951."


All children are linked except for Francis Marion "Frank" Akin who was buried in Lancaster, Edgecombe Co., NC. I do not know the cemetery to add a memorial for him.
Researched by Laura J. Stewart 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Josiah T. Akin (1777 - 1858)
  Rebecca Stewart Akin (1781 - 1862)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Rawlings Sedgwick Akin (1817 - 1903)
 
 Children:
  Evaline Akin Jenkins (1826 - 1909)*
  William Marchant Akin (1828 - 1913)*
  Mary Ann Akin Catherwood (1830 - 1851)*
  John Sedgwick Akin (1836 - 1934)*
  Margarette Elizabeth Akin Burton (1839 - 1879)*
  Sarah Wallace Akin Cloud (1841 - 1924)*
  Eloise Jane Akin Price (1845 - 1921)*
  Ransom Wallace Akin (1846 - 1879)*
  Charles Theodore Akin (1848 - 1915)*
  Edgar Wilder Akin (1853 - 1919)*
  Josiah T. Akin (1860 - 1950)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Stewart Mayes (1798 - 1883)**
  Ransom Wallace Akin (1806 - 1880)
  William Marchant Akin (1809 - 1869)*
  Elizabeth Ann Akin Richie (1815 - 1893)*
  Priscilla Ann Akin Brisby (1817 - 1890)*
  Isaac Newton Akin (1821 - 1853)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Carlisle Old Town Cemetery
Carlisle
Sullivan County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart
Originally Created by: Cathy Griggs
Record added: Sep 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76245287
Col Ransom Wallace Akin, I
Added by: Laura J. Stewart
 
Col Ransom Wallace Akin, I
Added by: Cathy Griggs
 
Col Ransom Wallace Akin, I
Added by: Laura J. Stewart
 
 
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 Added: Nov. 23, 2013

- Cathy Griggs
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013

- Laura J. Stewart
 Added: Jun. 24, 2013
 
 
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