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Thomas Akers, Sr

Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania or Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Floyd, Indiana, United States
Place of Burial: Greenville (N), Floyd Cty, IN, Heil Cem.
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon Akers, Jr. and Mary Hays Akers
Husband of Mary Smith
Father of Joseph L. Akers; Simon Akers; Stephen Akers; Thomas Akers; Uriah Akers and 2 others
Brother of Uriah Akers; Ruth Hale and William Ackers
Half brother of Mary Vandevender [Achors]; Susannah Murdock and William Henry Akers

Managed by: Richard Lee Smallwood-Roberts
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About Thomas Akers, Sr

Thomas Akers was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Both Thomas Akers and Joseph Akers, Sr. his father, are shown on pg. 11 of "Roster - Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana" Vol II by Roscoe O'Byrne 1966.

Thomas Akers name is inscripted on the Battle of Blue Licks Memorial monument, near Carlisle, Ky., "This monument, the gift of a grateful commonwealth commemorates the Heroic pioneers who, in defense of Kentucky, here fought and fell in the Battle of Blue Licks, August 19, 1782."

Of the 165 men that entered the battle, only 98 escaped. The statistics of the battle - One of the two Lieutenants-Colonels was killed; both majors survived; Of the 10 captains: 6 killed, 1 captured; All 5 lieutenants were killed; Of the 2 ensigns: 1 killed, 1 captured; Privates: 49 killed, 98 escaped.

Thomas was living in Boutecurt, Va. in 1773 per Summers Annals Southwest Va. William and Elizabeth and Thomas and Mary deed land in Boutecurt, Va., 1775. See Summers Annals Southwest Virginia. per Simon Akers Will - Will Book 1, page 151 in Augusta Co., VA.

Buried in Heil Cemetery, sometimes called Howeil Cemetery. This abandoned cemetery on Jersey Park Road in Section 34 Northeast of Greenville (purchased by Thomas Akers in 1825), off Borden-Greenville Road. Grave moved to Harrison Co. Marker reads Thomas Akers - Ky Vol. Rev. War - 1736 to 1815. In 1965, a white government marker was placed at the grave site. -- "The Descendants of Charles Henry Bailey & Eudora Belle Watkins and Their Ancestors" by Robert Lee Bailey, July 2004

Photos of Heil Cemetery: More info and graphics:

Revolutionary War Patriot: Thomas Akers, Sr. Born: abt 1732, Virginia Died: 1815 Originally buried in Heil Cemetery, Floyd County, Indiana Married: Mary Smith Service: Particpated in the Battle of Blue Licks, 1782 Proof: Draper Mss;;cc 133-135, John D Shane's with pioneer Elijah Foley, Filson Club Quarterly, 1940 Vol 12, 1938; page 240 and DAR 378683

He married Mary Smith daughter of Joseph and Mary Hopkins Smith 24 Nov 1753, Augusta Co., VA and they had six children, Joseph L. Akers born 1758 VA and died 1843 Greenville Twp, Floyd Co., IN; Uriah Akers; John Akers; Simon Akers; Stephen Akers and Thomas Akers II.

Mary Hopkins was a direct descendant of Stephen (Mayflower) Hopkins and his first wife Mary Unk

The following was furnished by Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts

You might find this interesting and want to incorporate it into the memorial. Thomas is my Greatx5 Grandfather. I'll verify what you are saying about Stephen Hopkins, but what I do know is that what you have written regarding Constance is incorrect. The below is from my family ancestry document.

Akers Cemetery disinterned from Heil Cemetery

More About Thomas Akers and Mary Smith:
Marriage: 24 November 1753, Augusta Co., Virginia146
Thomas lived in Fayette Co. KY and came to Bowman's Station, KY in 1779. The Akers were one of the first families to settle Bowman's Station. Thomas was on the 1787,1788, 1790 and 1792 tax list for Fayette Co. He is on the 1795, 1796 list in Shelby county. Thomas was a Continental soldier under General Washington. He was present and assisted in the defense of Boonesborough, KY in the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782. It was the most successful part of the invasion of an almost 1000 strong combined army of Ohio Indian Nations warriors, British Regulars and Queen's Rangers into Kentucky and West Virginia. His name along with Daniel Boone's is on a monument commemorating these "heroic Pioneers".
He is buried in the Heil Cemetery (abondoned) on the Jersey Park Road, north of Greenville (Floyd County) Indiana. His tombstone reads: THOMAS AKERS, KY VOLS, REV WAR 1736-1813
The DAR lists as a patriot #6526378. Thomas Acker, bc 1736, d 1815 as the father of Benjamin, Simon, John, Thomas II, Stephen, and Uriah. The DAR changed the spelling given by the applicant, Margaret King, to Acker. Migration patterns through KY and IN seem to confirm this. Thomas Sr. was on the Fayette, KY tax list in 1787. Benjamin was married there in 1789, and appears on county's tax list in 1790. Simon and Thomas appear in Shelby County in 1796, the next year Benjamin joins. He is on the Shelby County tax list in 1813 and own 84 acres. He is last shown in the Shelby County on the 1820 census.
From Benjamin's great grandson, Benjamin Eurastus Akers' letter (written when he was 71 years old) "Thomas Akers (II) a boy of twelve, and his brother Benjamin Akers lived in Virginia, and were born just before the Revolutionary War. Just after the War closed (that would be 1783,) they were kidnapped by three Indians, who made off for the Kentucky wilderness with them. The boys understood woodcraft, and under took to mark a trail so their neighbors could follow, but the Indians caught them at it, and told them they would be killed if they did not quit it, so they had to desist. After a few days out the Indians quit watching them at night, so they fixed a plan that they might escape, or die in the attempt. The plan was for the older to take a gun and a tomahawk and try to kill two of the Indians, while the younger was to kill one with a tomahawk. After every one was quiet and asleep, as the Indians thought, the boys undertook their task, and succeeded in their effort.
The boys then each took a rifle and ammunition and started to find the way home. This would be a big undertaking even for a man, let alone boys so young. After awhile, in order to get away, they had to separate and take it alone. The older took a route to the north, and finally made his way to Penn. The younger one ran across some emigrants that were going to Kentucky, and he joined up with them, and made his way to Crab Orchard (bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=47600572" target="_blank Norman R. Smith)]
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Thomas Akers, Sr's Timeline

Chester, Pennsylvania or Virginia, United States
Age 26
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
June 2, 1760
Age 28
botetourt, Virginia, United States
Age 30
Augusta, Virginia, United States
Age 38
Botetourt, Virginia, United States
Age 50
November 8, 1787
Age 55
Fayette, Kentucky, United States
June 7, 1801
Age 69
Age 83
Floyd, Indiana, United States