Edward Akin

Edward Akin

Quaker Hill, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 16 Mar 1813 (aged 62)
Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
Burial Johnstown, Fulton County, New York, USA
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Memorial ID 17000300 · View Source
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Edward Akin was born 13th day, 10th month, 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. He married Elizabeth Russell 1773 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess Co., NY. She was the daughter of William Russell and Elisabeth Howland.

"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.

In 1774 and again in 1780, Edward Akin served as "Collector" for the Cambridge District of Albany County (now Washington County) as evidenced by his name on the "List of Principal Town Officers." Edward built the first frame house in White Creek and a grist mill. He leased part of his land about a half mile from the village of White Creek for a Friends Meeting House which was completed in 1784 and 1785; the rent was one peppercorn per year. Tradition says that Edward was captured by the British at the time of the Battle of Bennington, and held overnight in the little Walloomsack Stone Church (now Rensselaer County) and then released through the efforts of his wife. Another story, if true, partially explains why Edward Akin was not a practicing Quaker even though he supported their cause by providing land for their meeting house.

"John Allen, the pioneer to the White Creek area and Mary Cornell were parents of "John the Hatter" called that because his trade was making beaver hats and because he ran a flourishing Hat Shop in White Creek Village ... Edward Akin, a man of violent temper almost killed ... John Allen, the Hatter, when he struck him such a blow on the head with his gold topped cane that it split John Allen's silk beaver hat and made a deep gash in his head from which blood spurted enough to 'blind him temporarily. John Allen was a devote Quaker and, of course, allowed himself no such outbursts of temper." From Jane Betsy Welling, They Were Here Too, 3:317

Cambridge was organized as a township in Albany County on 7 March 1788, and then was annexed to Washington County on 7 February 1791. Although Edward Akin did not move, he was enumerated in Albany County in 1790, and Washington County in 1800.

In 1803, Edward Akin moved his extended family west to the mansion built in 1763 by Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the northern colonies.

Edward died 16 March 1813 at Port Bryon in Cayuga County, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, where his son David who lived in Mentz Twp., was starting a sheep farm. Six weeks or so before, Edward drove a beautiful team of black horses the 140 miles between Johnstown and Port Bryon to visit and help build some mills. He became seriously ill and died. Enos Thompson Throop, David's brother-in-law, and later Governor of New York (1829-1833), brought the body back to Johnstown.

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. From "Stories of the Stewart, Akin & Wells Families" (16 page typescript), sent to Ellen Benedict on 20 December 1991 by Richard Mackell, Caretaker of The Johnstown Historical Society of Johnstown, New York.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 17000300
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Akin (13 Oct 1750–16 Mar 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17000300, citing Johnstown Cemetery, Johnstown, Fulton County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Owlisnapp (contributor 46878071) .