Biography of John Akin
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Akin, John, born in Pittstown, N. Y., November 5, 1811, is a son of William, a son of Benjamin Akin, who was a Quaker, born at Quaker Hill. Dutchess county, and came to Pittstown in 1776 and settled on Hoosick River and owned a large tract of land, which he gave to his son and spent his last days in Dutchess county. The father of John was a farmer and owned 1,000 acres of land adjoining and in Pittstown. His wife was Rebecca Follett, daughter of William Follett, a native of Connecticut, who came to Pittstown at an early day, and was a blacksmith; his wife was Lois Burnham of Nova Scotia; he was the first Methodist coming to the town. To Mr. and Mrs. Akin were born four Sons and six daughters. William A. was a Jackson Democrat and afterwards a Republican. He died in January, 1860, and his wife in December, 1858. John was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. When he was twenty four years old his father gave him a farm of 140 acres; he has owned 260 acres with personal property and pays the highest taxes in the town. Mr. Akin was appointed one of the enlisting committee and was sent to Canada to enlist men and remained there during the war. John Akin has been deputy sheriff for twenty three years. He was married November 20, 1834. to Jane Button of Troy and has had four children: Dr. Washington Akin of Troy; Daniel S, died in 1879; John and Francis, at home. Mrs. John Akin died March 16, 1891, aged seventy seven years and sixteen days.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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