|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1752|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 1828|
New York, USA
1. Elizabeth Russell, born 23 December 1752 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess Co., NY; died 28 November 1828 in Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY (Montgomery Co. Bef 1838). She was the daughter of William Russell and Elisabeth Smith. She married (1) Edward Akin 18 March 1773 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess Co., NY. He was born 13 December 1750 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess Co., NY, and died 16 March 1813 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY. He was the son of James Akin and Patience Howard.
As birthright Quakers, the births of Edward and Elizabeth were recorded in the Oblong Meeting Records of Quaker Hill. Converting Quaker dates to our calendar is confusing and risky, as their year began on March 1st, not January 1st. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that Edward and Elizabeth were born in October. The same problem and more is involved with their marriage date. Edward was disowned on the 18th day, 3rd month, 1773, by the Oblong Men's Monthly Meeting for marrying out of meeting. This disciplinary action occurred at the regular meeting, not a special meeting, perhaps a month or two (or more) after the marriage date. Elizabeth's will was admitted to probate on 25 November 1828, three days earlier than the date on the headstone and in the Wells Bible. This suggests that she died at least, a week or two earlier.
"In 1773 a petite, attractive brunette named Elizabeth Russell of Quaker parentage, aged twenty-one, and one Edward Akin, also Quaker born, twenty-three, married 'out of meeting' because Elizabeth Russell's parents objected to her going off into the wilderness. The young Akins, however, were not daunted and traveled north along the Connecticut line to a little hamlet called White Creek in Washington County, near Bennington, Vermont, where they made their home for thirty years. They were in the midst of the finest sheep raising section. In this branch of farming and in the making of scythes Edward Akin became a rich man." From Mrs. Bethune M. Grant et al., Some Pioneer Women of Johnstown (Johnstown, New York: Johnstown Chapter NSDAR, 1937), 12.
When Johnson Hall Museum was under the direction of the Johnstown Historical Society, one bedroom of Johnson Hall was dedicated to Elizabeth (Russell) Akin, and furnished with a washstand and bowl, several chairs and pictures, and a high poster bed with a trundle bed underneath, and steps to use to climb up onto the bed. By the time, Ellen Benedict visited Johnson Hall in 1991, all traces of the Akin-Wells family had been erased. Richard Mackel caretaker of the Johnstown Historical Society helped Ellen locate the artifacts from the Akin Room which are displayed in Jimmy Burke's Colonial Tavern or Inn which is now the Chapter House for the Johnstown Chapter NSDAR. There Ellen saw the high poster bed, steps, and Edward's hat.
Edward and Elizabeth Akin were originally buried in the family plot where the Phillip Argersinger farm later stood. Years later, when the burying ground was nearly forgotten and the farm no longer owned by the Argersinger family, Sarah (Akin) Wells had her parents' bodies moved to the Wells plot in the Johnstown Cemetery.
Edward Akin (1750 - 1813)*
Armida Aken Bowen (1771 - 1813)*
David Allen Akin (1782 - 1825)*
Sarah Akin Wells (1788 - 1881)*
Abraham Akin (1788 - 1846)*
Elizabeth Akin Merrill (1816 - 1892)*
James Akin (1825 - 1850)*
New York, USA
Created by: Owlisnapp
Record added: Dec 12, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17000370
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