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Merton, have you located any parents for my Kemp Marley, b. 1855 in (probably Martin Co.) Indiana who married Susan Beck (b. 1857 in IN)? I have not found an 1860 Indiana census which shows him as a child age 4 or 5. Still looking!
JoyceNell Beck Truitt
Elaine-Thanks you so much for your prompt and informative reply. I made a trip to Clarinda last summer and visited the Nodaway Museum but unfortunately could only spend an hour or so. That is where I confirmed that Lewis was the sheriff. I also have in my records that Beech's dad John was probably married to Susan (or Sophia) Miller, daughter or John Miller and Mary Loy. Mary Loy is the daughter of William Loy and Duly HILL. Lewis Akin had a son named John, don't know if it is the same John-father of Beech-. If you stumble on anything else, please let me know. And again, thanks for your reply.
Darcy, I have only one Akin/Aiken connection, and that is to the Beech Aiken/Akin who married Gertrude Vliet, my great-grandfather's sister's child. Beech's parents, according to his obit. were John Akin and Susan <unknown> Since Beech was born in 1867, it appears that his father, John, could easily have been a brother or cousin to your Akin family, but I have no documents.
I have one appearance of "Lewis Akin" in my genealogy, and that was from the affidavit he signed on behalf of a pension for Jacob Spunaugle, bro. of my Great-Grandfather. Here's what I know of him:
On July 13, 1889, Jacob Spunaugle was living in Shenandoah, Iowa, as he made his original declaration for an Invalid pension. He also stated that he joined the engineers under Capt. Patton, in December of 1861. His claim states that he was building bridges and working in water in August of 1862 near Jackson, Tennessee, and contracted a "severe cold" from which he did not fully recover. He was not treated in any military or other hospitals, according to his declaration. He states that he has lived in "Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa" since his discharge. This pension ($8 per month) was awarded on April 15, 1889. Walter W. Hill (son of Joseph E. Hill, his brother-in-law) and Lewis Akin (one suspects he is related to the husband <Beech Aiken) of Gertrude Vliet, his niece) attested to his disability. In 1905, another application managed to have the pension increased to $10 per month.
I don't think that is much help, but I believe it is probable that there was some family connection with Lewis Akin, simply because other affidavits, both in 1889 and later, also came from family members such as Mary Vliet, his sister, and Elias Meads who was probably related to his brother Daniel's wife, Lucinda Meads.
My suggestion is that you contact Pat O'Dell, the author of the Taylor and Page County Newspaper index to see if she can research this for you. She may charge a fee, but it would be less than making the trip to Clarinda, Iowa!
Elaine- I've talked to Jim before and we have been unable to estabish a connection between his David Akin bunch and my Akin's. I believe my gggrandfather was Lewis Akin, Sheriff of Page County b.1844 in Indiana? d. 1931. married Parlie S Miller in Clarinda 1868. His father was Joshua Akin who was one of the first settlers in Page county. His first wife died? when Lewis was small. My guess is that she died either when they still lived in Indiana or very shortly after moving to IA. He then married Celina K Loy and had two more children. Are you familiar with these Akins? I would really like to find Lewis' mother's name somewhere!
Thank you for your reply and the info. I am aware of the excellent list of SW Iowa newspaper articles. Many of those include my great uncle Isaac "Pat" Aiken and family. Somehow my great grandparents David Akin/Aiken and Mary Ann Hixon Akin missed the news. Even her death on 23 Aug 1873, and the lengthly probating of her estate missed the news. There is a reference to David in connection to his brother William indicating that David married Nancy Walkinshaw and moved to Tecumseh. That is the only reference I can find to Nancy W, but we know from court and pension records,. that David was married to Sarah E. Harris by the early 1880s and they migrated to Tecumseh.
Thank you very much for your posting.
I believe the Aiken (however spelled) family lived near Norwich, Iowa.
There are many, many references to them in the excellent newspaper index posted by Pat O'Dell on the Taylor County site. Here is a URL to find the Akin page:
My only connection is through Gertrude Vliet, the daughter of my Great-grandfather's sister, Maria Sponaugle(Spunaugle) who married David Vliet; Gertrude married Beech Akin.
Elaine Spunaugle Jeter
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Just wanted to let you know I am from Page Co Iowa. Grew up near
Northboro and graduated from High School at Shenandoah. I go to
Shenandoah every now and then and they have a terrific genealogy
room at the Shenandoah Library. If you could be more specific with
dates and places maybe I can find her. Patricia
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> I am not sure if there is a cnnection, however, I have ancestry in Page Co. with the Thompson name, namely a CP Thompson in the 1890s in Hawleyville. His daughter Emma married James M. Warner and moved to Oklahoma. Please let me know if this name sounds familiar.
Annette Sue Tofte, would like to contact you with more information about the Buck family. My husband's grandfather was Chauncey Buck, a son of Asa and Martha Weed Buck. I do not know anything about the family, except that Asa is buried near his daughter, Mary Vosler,in Carson Iowa. I would like more information about the family and about Martha Weed Buck. Please advise me as to how I can contact you, as I am new to these message boards and it said that the email message was not correct when I tried to enter your address into my internet address book. I am very interested in knowing about the family. My husband, James Orlando Bryce, passed away in 1986, but I am searching for my children and my husband's family. I appreciate your willingness to share information and I will do the same.
Thank you in advance,
Mardene Bryce- Dalton
I am not sure if there is a cnnection, however, I have ancestry in Page Co. with the Thompson name, namely a CP Thompson in the 1890s in Hawleyville. His daughter Emma married James M. Warner and moved to Oklahoma. Please let me know if this name sounds familiar.
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