Was born in Smith county, Tennessee, May 24, 1818. His father, John Akin, was born in Virginia, in the year that independence was declared, 1776. Three of his elder brothers were soldiers in the revolutionary contest, and served with honor to themselves and credit to the "Old Dominion." After the war they returned to their farms. John's time was alternately employed at work on his father's farm, and at school, until he emigrated to North Carolina, where he became acquainted with, and married, Miss Frankie Davis. They had a family of fourteen children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the thirteenth. Soon after their marriage they removed to Tennessee, where they resided several years, Mr. Akin following his former occupation, that of farming.
Mrs. Akin died in Tennessee, and in November, 1829, Mr. Akin emigrated to Pike county, Illinois, settling on the territory which now comprises Perry township. Previous to his leaving Tennessee, Mr. Akin married his second wife, Polly Moses.
Mr. Akin was amongst the earliest settlers of Perry township. The county being new, the settlers had to undergo all the inconveniences incident to an early pioneer's life. By industry and perseverence, he opened up a farm, and in 1859 he died at his residence.
The subject of this sketch received his early training in Pike county. He worked with his father, on the farm, for several years. He was married at the age of twenty-seven to Miss Phebe Ann, daughter of Brice and Rachael Alsbury. They were also natives of Virginia. The fruits of their marriage was a family of twelve children, three of whom are deceased.
Mr. Akin's vocation is that of a farmer and stock grower, and he has met with ordinary success, having a good farm which is under a good state of cultivation. He came here with his father, as above stated, and should be classed as among the early settlers of the county. In politics he is a democrat. He is a gentleman highly respected by his fellow citizens. At present he is residing on his farm, enjoying excellent health.