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Bulloch History by Roger Allen

Akins first came to America in 1604

    The very first of the Bulloch County Akins ancestors that I have identified in Virginia is Jonathon Aekin, who was born about 1604 in Warwick, Virginia. He married a woman whose name (apparently) has been forgotten, and had (at least) one child: James, born about 1630.
    This is most likely the same James Akins who is recorded as having been born in 1631 in Warwick, in what became Henrico County, Virginia, in 1634. James Sr., as he became known, married Sarah Oliver around 1653. They had the following children: Mary, born in 1655 (who married John Womack); James Jr. (or James the 2nd), born about 1662; Sarah Ann, born about 1664 (who married Richard Nunnaly and had the following children: Daniel, Richard Jr., James, William, Joseph, John, Walter); and Elizabeth, who was born about 1666 (and who married John Farley and had the following children: Frances, John, James, Henry, William, Peter and Mary).
    According to land grant records, James Sr. received a grant for 250 acres north of the Appomattox River in 1665, and then in 1673 James Sr. and Richard Womack (father of John, daughter Mary’s husband) jointly received a grant for another 335 acres on the north side of the Appomattox. He died sometime in January 1712 or 1713 in Henrico County.
    His son, James Akins Jr., married Mary Anne Hill sometime before December of 1686 in either Henrico or Chesterfield County, Virginia. They had the following children: James (III), who was born about 1690; Elizabeth, who was born about 1692 (she married John Baugh Jr., and had the following children: James, Peter, Thomas, William, Sarah and Isham); William, who was born about 1694 (he later married Elizabeth Ashbrook, and had the following children: James, William, Peter, Joseph, Isham, Jean, Mary, and Elizabeth).
    The next child, Ann, was born about 1696 (she married William Moore, and had a son, Thomas); Thomas, who was born about 1698 (he married, and had the following children: Thomas, Joseph, James, Isham, Francis); and John, who was born about 1700 in Henrico County. (John later married Katherine, and had a son, Lewis). James Jr. died in April 1744 in Henrico County.
James Jr.’s son, John Akins, was born in 1691 in Henrico County, Virginia. He married Katherine sometime before 1734 in either Henrico or Chesterfield County, Virginia. Their son, Lewis, was born about 1729 in Chesterfield County. John Jr. died sometime before December 8, 1763, in Chesterfield County.
Most believe John’s son, Lewis, was born about 1729 in Chesterfield County of Virginia (although some say it was in the Laurens District of South Carolina). He married wife, Elizabeth, sometime in 1757, probably in Lunenburg County, Virginia (although at least one record says this Lunenburg was in North Carolina).
    They had the following children: Elizabeth, born about 1757; John, born about 1758; Ezekiel, born about 1760; Fannie, born about 1765; Francis (also known as ‘Frank’), who was born about 1767; Sarah (also known as “Sally”), who was born about 1768; Archibald (also known as “Archer”), who was born about 1770; and Patty (also known as “Patsy”), who was born about 1772. John died on July 6, 1791, in the Laurens District of South Carolina. 
    Lewis’ son Frank Akins married Martha Green about 1780 in the Laurens District of South Carolina. They had the following children: Elijah, who was born in 1780; Robert Lewis, who was born on November 25, 1789; Sarah, who was born in 1793; Martha, who was born in 1799; Thomas J., who was born in 1801; Agnes, who was born on September 18, 1803; and William Green, who was born on August 10, 1806. Lewis died in 1833 in Lowndes County, Georgia. He was buried in the Lake Church Cemetery in Metter, in Candler County.  
    Frank’s son, Robert Lewis Akins, was born on November 25, 1789, in Laurens District of South Carolina. He married Mary A. (possibly Ann or Alice) Stanford on October 10, 1810, in Bulloch County, and had the following children: John Akins, who was born on May 12, 1812; Thomas Young, who was born on December 11, 1818; Elijah, who was born on November 9, 1812; and Mary, who was born on April 26, 1827 (she married Cyrus Josiah Allen). Robert Lewis died on August 7th, 1865, in Bulloch County. He was buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Statesboro.
    There are three main branches of Bulloch County Akins’ descendants here, which branch off from Robert Lewis’ sons, John, Thomas Young and Elijah. John first married Mary Caroline Stanford on April 2, 1837; then married Mary Jane Crumpton on November 2, 1851; and then married Jane Deal on April 24, 1855. John and Mary had one son, Harrison Akins, who was born on February 18, 1855. John and Jane had one child, Cavern Akins, who was born on August 24th, 1860. John died on April 16, 1878, in Bulloch County, and was buried in the John Akins Cemetery in Bulloch County.
Thomas Young Akins married Lucinda Brack on November 19, 1846, in Bulloch County, and they had one child: Michael (or “Mike”) Akins, who was born on November 27, 1850. Thomas Young died on February 12, 1879, in Bulloch County, and was buried in Bethlehem Church Cemetery in Bulloch County.
    Elijah Akins married Mary Polly Brack (Lucinda’s sister) on February 4, 1847. They had the following children: John Benjamin Akins, who was born on December 19, 1869; Agnes Tallulah Akins, who was born on November 7, 1871; and Mary Akins, who was born on April 26, 1827. Elijah’s daughter, Mary, married Cyrus Josiah Allen, and they had the following children: Jack Allen, birth date unknown; Joshua Allen, who was born about 1857; Sireenia Allen, who was born about 1859; Polly Allen, who was born about 1861; and William Oscar Allen, who was born on November 11, 1862). Elijah died on September 25, 1890, in Bulloch County, and was buried in the Upper Black Creek Cemetery in Bulloch County. Georgia.

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