James Akin

Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 24 Jan 1817 (aged 88)
Quaker Hill, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Burial Pawling, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 81244958 · View Source
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A Blacksmith, James Akin spent his early years in Dartmouth, Mass. When he was about 13, his family moved to Quaker Hill, Dutchess County, New York.

"Settlers from southern New England began to come into Old Dutchess as early as 1683 and by the mid 18th Century many had lived there for several generations, Old Dutchess County then extended from New York on the south to Albany County on the north. These New Englanders were mostly younger sons of large families who came looking for land to call their own."

In about 1749, James married Patience Howard. The names and birth dates of their first six children (born between 1750 and 1761) appear in the records of the Oblong Monthly Meeting. On 22 April 1755, "James Aiken of the Oblong, Blacksmith" was on the list of Quakers for Dutchess County. James Akin of Beekman was taxed in 1757 and 1760 for 3 pounds. His assessments averaged 3 pounds. In Jan. 1761 he was on a 75 acre farm in lot 36 of the Oblong, near Deuel Hollow, with a quit-rent of 3 pounds, 5 shillings and 11 pence. His tax was 2 pounds in 1778. He was an overseer of the poor in Pawling in 1788. (SBP 1: 296]. Did James Akin, made a claim on 10 May 1785, for 600 acres of land for having served as a matross during the war? A matross was a private in the army who aided the artillery gunners to load, fire, sponge, etc., the guns. Or was he the deserter of that name, or both? James Akin and his father-in-law Edward Howard were enumerated next to each other in the 1790 census. In 1799, James Akin's house and farm were assessed at $2099.50, while his personal property was worth $110.20; the tax was $2.00. In 1800, James, his son Benjamin Akin and Edward Howard were enumerated in the same vicinity.

James Akin's will, written in February 1811 and proved 22 Oct. 1817, named his wife and children. He bequeathed his grant of land in the town "formerly called Smithfield in the State of Vermont" to his sons, Edward, Benjamin and Joseph. When Edward died in 1813, this will was not revised. The question arises, when and where did James get his land in Smithfield, Vermont? Was he the "James Aiken, 1773, New York, PN, OCA851: 823" listed in Jay Mack Holbrook's book, Vermont 1771 Census?

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Akin (18 Oct 1728–24 Jan 1817), Find A Grave Memorial no. 81244958, citing Quaker Cemetery, Pawling, Dutchess County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Owlisnapp (contributor 46878071) .