Sunday, February 21, 2010

Surname Saturday - Akins

This surname has been some trouble for me in researching it - a couple generations and BAM! Brick Wall!!!

Also, there are many spellings in the records I've come across: AKINS, AIKINS, AIKENS, and AIKEN.

I suspect it is English/Scottish/Irish, but I have no actual proof as yet. This particular AKINS family was in the Finger Lakes region of New York; specifically in Tompkins and Tioga counties. Where they were before that, I just don't know yet!

Here is my ahnentafel for AKINS:

1. Leah KLEYLEIN - Me!

3. Deborah DOMELLE - my Mom!

7. Ann MIX - my Grandma! She was born in Tompkins County, NY and spent her childhood years there. After marrying my grandfather (William DOMELLE), they moved around a bit.

15. Cornelia Elizabeth AKINS, born 23 Apr 1887 in Village of Lockwood, Tioga County, NY; died 24 Jan 1986 in Ithaca, Tompkins County, NY. She was married to William MIX, of Tompkins County, NY.

30. John Francis AKINS, born 13 Mar 1841 in New York; died 13 Feb 1890. I've located him in Tioga County, NY in the 1870 and 1880 Federal Census's, but that's it so far. He was married to Hattie KIRBY, who I believe is from Seneca County, NY, as the earliest record I've located her in is in the 1870 Federal census in her Grandfather's household in the town of Waterloo.

60. John AIKENS, born 1810 in New York. He was married to Deborah, surname unknown.

120. AIKENS. He married Elizabeth, surname unknown. I have a record of Elizabeth because she was living with her son John AIKENS in Ithaca, Tompkins County, NY during the 1850 Federal Census.

And that's it for my AKINS family!


  1. Leah,

    Were your Akins by any chance Quakers? My Akins line goes back to David from Aberdeen, Scotland. He settled in Mass. My line of descendants left Mass. and then went to Duchess county, NY. Other lines went to Washington County, NY. I don't have record of all descendants so they could be scattered through NY. There seems to be a John in every generation.

    You may know this already, but I found these Tompkins County, New York Will Testators


  2. Hi Leslie! I have no idea if my Akins were Quakers, I guess that is a possibility!!! Thank you so much for the link, that is something I hadn't come across yet, you are due for some positive genealogy karma to come your way! :-)

  3. Positive Karma sounds good to me! I am glad that I found something new for you. Who knows, we may end up being cousins. :-D