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Abigail Akin

Female 1721 -

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  1. 1.  Abigail Akin was born on 9 Sep 1721 (daughter of David Akin and Sarah Allen).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 9 Sep 1723, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts


    Baird (citation details below) calls her "of Worcestershire, in the Oblong." Also called Quaker Hill, the Oblong was an area in the lower part of Dutchess County, now in Putnam County.

    From Descendants of David Akin of Newport, Rhode Island

    [The following from the Daphne Brownell Loose Papers - Quakers Folder. Image also scanned]

    Whereas Murray Lester of Crumelbow [Crum Elbow Monthly Meeting] in the County of Dutchess and province of New York son of Mordecai and Mary Lester of the same place, and Abigail Akin at Worstershire in the Oblong, daughter of David and Sarah Akin in the County aforesaid having declared their intentions of marriage with each other before several of the monthly meetings of the people called Quakers in the County of Westchester and Province aforesaid, according to the good order used amongt them whose proceedings thereinafter a deliberate consideration and having the consent of their parents and nothing appearing to obstruct were approved of by the said meeting.

    Now these are to certifie all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishment of their said intentions on the third of the sixth month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty three they the said Murray Lester and Abigail Akin presented themselves in a public meeting of the said People and others at Worstershire in the Oblong aforesd, And then the said Murray Lester taking the said Abigail Akin by the hand and did in a solemn open manner declare that he took her to be his wife promising through the Lord assistance to be unto her a true and loving husband untill the Lord. by death shall separate them or to that effect and then and there in the same assembly the said Abigail Akin did in like open manner declare likewise...


    Murray Lester
    Abigail Lester
    Phebe Ferris
    Sarah Ferris
    Hannah Thorn
    Avis Soule
    Mercy Fisk
    Benjamin Ferris
    Thomas Welles
    John Ferris
    Thomas Franklin
    Joseph Ferris
    Nathan Birdsell(Birdsall)
    John Parke
    Isaac Thorn
    Aaron Haight
    William Russell
    Geo, Soule
    William Field
    Saml Watters

    Abigail married Murray Lester on 3 Aug 1743 in Worcestershire, Dutchess, New York. Murray (son of Mordecai Lester and Mary) was born about 1720 in Hempstead, Nassau, Long Island, New York; died before 1790. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. John Lester was born on 20 May 1749 in Pawling, Dutchess, New York; died on 12 Apr 1832 in Sempronius, Cayuga, New York.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  David Akin was born on 19 Sep 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts (son of Capt. John Akin and Mary Briggs); died on 7 Apr 1779 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York; was buried in Old Quaker Burial Ground, Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York.


    Tennessee Williams was a descendant of this couple.

    From Descendants of David Akin of Newport, RI by Robert Larry Akin:

    "On January 15, 1742, David requested permission to move to the Oblong (Quaker Hill, Dutchess, NY) from the New Bedford Monthly Meeting of the Quakers (New Bedford, MA). He moved to a very beautiful spot on a hill in the Oblong that today is the site of the Quaker Hill Golf Course. He was about 52 at the time and he brought his grown sons with him.

    "The Birdsall Genealogy states that David built a sawmill on Quaker Hill and that this mill brought the Akin family 'great wealth'. [Daphne cited The Birdsall Family by G. B. Birdsall in her notes - John Akin notebook.]

    "David was fairly wealthy and he and several other men deeded the land on April 16, 1764 for the Oblong Meeting House. This is from Settlers of the Beekman Patent, p. 63. He died on April 7, 1779 on Quaker Hill."

    Robert Larry Akin also notes that his burial place is "north of the original site of Akin Hall."

    David Akin = Sarah Allen
    Josiah Akin (1719-1800) = Judith Huddlestone (1728-?)
    Deborah Akin (1755-?) = Preserved Fish Dakin (1749-1835)
    James Dakin (1790-1857) = Mary Ann "Polly" Sabin (1793-1877)
    Edwin Francis Dakin (1819-1892) = Harriet Jane Bellar (1825-1886)
    Walter Edwin Dakin (1857-1955) = Rosina Maria Francesca Otte (1863-1944)
    Edwina Dakin (1884-1980) = Cornelius Coffin Williams (1879-1957)
    Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams (1911-1983)

    David married Sarah Allen in 1711 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 3.  Sarah Allen (daughter of Ebenezer Allen and Abigail).


    Sarah Allen, her sister Abigail Allen, and her brother James Allen--all children of Ebenezer Allen and Abigail Hill--all married children of John Akin and Mary Briggs. Sarah, shown here, married David Akin; Abigail maried Thomas Akin, and James married Mary Akin.

    1. 1. Abigail Akin was born on 9 Sep 1721.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Capt. John Akin was born in 1663 (son of Mary); died on 13 Jun 1746 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 14 Jun 1746


    Susan B. Anthony and Hetty Green were descendants of this couple.

    John married Mary Briggs before 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. Mary (daughter of Ens. Thomas Briggs and Mary Fisher) was born on 9 Aug 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  2. 5.  Mary Briggs was born on 9 Aug 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts (daughter of Ens. Thomas Briggs and Mary Fisher).
    1. 2. David Akin was born on 19 Sep 1689 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died on 7 Apr 1779 in Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York; was buried in Old Quaker Burial Ground, Quaker Hill, Dutchess, New York.

  3. 6.  Ebenezer Allen was born on 10 Feb 1650 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts (son of Ralph Allen and Esther Swift); died between 18 Apr 1725 and 10 Aug 1727 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 10 Feb 1649
    • Alternate birth: Abt 1650, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
    • Alternate death: Between Apr 1725 and May 1725
    • Alternate death: Aft 18 Apr 1725, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts


    He was a blacksmith in Dartmouth, and one of the earliest Quakers in that town. In 1703 the Dartmouth Meeting accused him of beating an Indian; he said he was sorry for it.

    Ebenezer married Abigail before 1682 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts. Abigail was born about 1662; died about 1725. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  4. 7.  Abigail was born about 1662; died about 1725.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 18 May 1725


    Possibly Abigail Smith or Slocum, according to Frank J. Doherty (citation details below). After the death of Ebenezer Allen she married, in 1728, John Whitely of Dartmouth, Massachusetts; the wedding included four Smith witnesses.

    She was definitely not the Abigail Hill who was a daughter of Zebulon Hill of Gloucester. That Abigail married Joseph Allen of Salem (d. 1740).

    1. 3. Sarah Allen

Generation: 4

  1. 9.  Mary


    From Descendants of David Akin of Newport, RI, by Robert Larry Akin:

    "There is very little known about Mary, the 'mother' of this line of the Akin family in America. In fact, the only proof of her existence is a deed that is recorded in the Rhode Island State Archives dated 1671. A copy of this deed can be seen in the Town Hall in Portsmouth, Newport, RI. This deed is for 200 acres of land 'lying in Narragansett Country or Kings Province' purchased for ten pounds sterling. The grantors were William Brenton, Benedict Arnold, John Hull, John Porter, Samuel Wilbur, Asmuill Wilson, and Thomas Mumford. The description of the land states that it is bordered by land owned by Samuell Albro and Robert Hasard (Hazard).

    "After purchasing the land in September 1671, Mary assigned it to two of her sons, John and David, the following January, 1672.

    "Family lore says that Mary and her three children, John, James, and David, came to America on a ship that sailed from Aberdeen, Scotland to Newport County, Rhode Island before 1676, but there is not a shred of evidence to support this story. In fact, Mary could have been born in America and borne her children in this country. A genealogist I hired in Scotland, Diane Baptie, wrote: 'The reference in Donald Whyte's book A dictionary of emigrants to the USA reads: "Mrs. Mary Akin, From Aberdeen to Newport, Rhode Island before 1676; issue: John born 1663; David born 1664; James born 1668." His source is given as "Letters to the editor regarding Scottish emigrants - Scottish Genealogical Library, 4th January 1963". In other words, this entry does not rely on an original source but has been apparently sent by a correspondent to Donald Whyte almost certainly from America. Aberdeen could mean either the burgh or county of Aberdeen.' As a result, I believe that the idea that Mary traveled to America with her three sons is questionable since the source was a letter from America.

    "The Akin genealogist Daphne Brownell found a deed showing that a man named David Akin lived in Newport, Newport, RI as early as 1662. A transcription of this deed can be found in Rhode Island Land Evidences, Vol. 1, 1648-1696 on pp. 84-85. Daphne and I believe that this man MAY have been the husband of Mary and, therefore, the 'father' of this Akin line in America; however, this is only speculation based on the idea of sparcity of population in Newport between 1662 and 1671 and the odds that two of them would be unrelated and named Akin.

    "It is not know when either Mary Akin or David Akin were born nor when they died; however, since Mary signed the land deed mentioned above as Mary Akin, widow, we know that her husband died before 1671. No other dates are known.

    "We do know the names of her children. They were John Akin, the eldest (b. 1663); James (b. 1667); and David, the youngest (b. 1669). These dates of birth are all derived from their ages at death so are not precise."

    1. 4. Capt. John Akin was born in 1663; died on 13 Jun 1746 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

  2. 10.  Ens. Thomas Briggs (son of John Briggs and Sarah Cornell); died on 12 Jun 1720 in of Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 12 Jan 1720


    "[A]dmitted as a freeman of Portsmouth in 1673. He was a member of Peleg Sanford's troop of horse in 1667 and doubtless engaged in Indian fighting. [...] Thomas Briggs died in 1720, leaving an estate inventoried at slightly in excess of a thousand pounds. In 1694 he was listed as one of the fifty-six Proprietors of Dartmouth." [The Howland Heirs, citation details below.]

    Ens. married Mary Fisher before 1671. Mary (daughter of Edward Fisher and Judith Smith) died in 1717. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  3. 11.  Mary Fisher (daughter of Edward Fisher and Judith Smith); died in 1717.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1717

    1. 5. Mary Briggs was born on 9 Aug 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.

  4. 12.  Ralph Allen


    In Sandwich, 1648; Dartmouth, 1675. A mason, he is usually referred to as "Ralph Allen the mason" in the ongoing project of sorting out the similarly-named early Allens. Possibly a son of George Allen who died at Sandwich in 1648, but more likely, George's son was the other, older Ralph Allen who lived at Sandwich during much the same time as this Ralph. This Ralph is frequently called "Jr." in Sandwich records in order to distinguish him from the older one.

    Ralph Allen = Esther Swift (b. 1629)
    Increase Allen (d. 1724) = Rachel (d. 1731)
    Benjamin Allen (1682-1704) = Deborah Russell (b. 1681)
    Dorothy Allen (1713-1782) = William Wilcox (1711-1742)
    William Wilcox (1739-1782) = Sarah Smith (b. 1741)
    David Wilcox (1763-1828) = Anna Baker (1761-1813)
    Clarissa Wilcox (1796-1827) = Rep. Ambrose Hall (1724-1827)
    Clarissa Hall (1825-1895)* = Leonard Walker Jerome (1817-1891)
    Jennie Jerome (1854-1921) = Randolph Churchill (1849-1895)
    Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

    * Buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

    Ralph married Esther Swift before 1646. Esther (daughter of William Swift and Joan) was born before 28 May 1629. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

  5. 13.  Esther Swift was born before 28 May 1629 (daughter of William Swift and Joan).

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 28 May 1629, St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey, England

    1. 6. Ebenezer Allen was born on 10 Feb 1650 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts; died between 18 Apr 1725 and 10 Aug 1727 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts.