Elihu Akin

Male 1720 - Abt 1795  (74 years)


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  • Name Elihu Akin  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 6 Aug 1720  Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1795  [6
    Age 74 years 
    Person ID I42496  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Family 1 Ruth Perry,   b. 30 Jan 1729, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1790, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 60 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1744  Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Abraham Akin,   b. 3 Jan 1769, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [unknown]
    Married: 1x2. Ebenezer Akin,   b. 7 Feb 1761, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1836, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)  [unknown]
     3. Henry Akin,   b. 20 Jun 1765, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [unknown]
    Married: 1x4. Jacob Akin,   b. 12 May 1758, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [unknown]
    Married: 1x5. John Akin,   b. 12 May 1745, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1801  (Age 55 years)  [unknown]
    Married: 1x6. Jonathan Akin,   b. 7 Mar 1753, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [unknown]
     7. Joseph Akin,   b. 23 Sep 1749, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1750, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [unknown]
    Married: 1x8. Phebe Akin,   b. 11 Jul 1747, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [unknown]
    Married: 1x9. Rhoda Akin,   b. 15 Sep 1755, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1844, Frankfort, Herkimer County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [unknown]
    William Tallman, Jr.  m. 13 Feb 1774
     10. Ruth Akin,   b. 17 Sep 1763, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [unknown]
    Married: 1x11. Silvia Akin,   b. 16 May 1771, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1826, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)  [unknown]
    Married: 1x12. William Akin,   b. 10 Dec 1750, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1797  (Age > 48 years)  [unknown]
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F15863  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruth Willcox,   b. Abt 1745 
    Married 12 Apr 1790  Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Joseph Akin,   b. 3 Jun 1790, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1863, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [unknown]
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F15866  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • [Descendants of David Akin on Newport, RI by Robert Larry Akin - akin.GED]

      Elihu wed Ruth Perry, daughter of Dr. William of Swansea in 1744 (Joan Akin: Swansea is a few towns away fm New Bedford).

      In 1747, Elihu is described in a deed as a ship wright living in Newport. He probably began ship building about 1761 at the Apponagansett. There is good evidence ten years earlier of ship building and fitting of whaling vessels at the Head of the Apponagansett by Daniel Wood and John Wody, and there was ship building near the Head still earlier. So, while there is in existence no certain evidence to that effect, there is a strong probablility that by 1761 Elihu Akin had begun ship building at the foot of Prospect Streeet where he later had a wharf. [Henry Worth, "Padanaram History", circa 1908, pp. 17]

      From book: Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches: Elihu's house burned down during The Revolution. The Akins had driven 2 Tories out of town (Richard Sherman, Eldad Tupper, and William Castle). They (the Tories) came back with the British and burned Capt. James Akin and Elihu Akin's dwelling and houses and a new brig on the stocks. (Joan Akin: While I can't find the documentation, I'm quite sure that I read that the Tories had been tarred and feathered). Caleb Sherman said, in speaking of the British Raid (March 15, 1840): British fleet in bay Saturday afternoon. Went to Padanarum and burnt Elihu Akins' (sic) house, father to Abram (sic), a 2 story house standing where the Akins house now stands. Also burnt James Akins' house. Set on fire Meribah Akins' house, called the Stone House. Also burnt was a brig on stocks ready to launch owned by Elihu Akins. Elihu and James Akin had a shipyard and in Sept. 1778 a vessel was ready to launch. There is a suggestion that she was to be a privateer.

      Henry Worth confirms this story. He wrote that Elihu was a ship builder and Ship Captain. His ship building business was ruined by the British during the Revolutionary War and that Elihu was building a vessel reputed to be for a privateer when the British burned it and his wharf. He also points out that in honor of this enterprise, the village now known as Padanaram and South Dartmouth was known as Akin's Wharf for twenty years after the Revolutionary War.

      Elihu Akin...first licensed liquor dealer in area: 1764-1768.

      Elihu Akin second house built about 1762 by Job Mosher. It is located on northeast corner of Rockland and Dartmouth Streets at the top of Potter's Hill. Elihu's house was earliest 5 room house of its style. ["Photographs of Old Houses in New Bedford, Westport, Dartmouth, Acushnet and Fairhaven with Titles and Descriptions", by Henry Worth.]
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1524] Vital Records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 volume I - Births, (Name: New Englang Historical Genealogical Society. Boston, Massachusetts. 1930;), F74.D25D23 vol.1., 16 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1530] Ancestors and Descendants of Justus H. Akin of Rensselaer County, New York, Daphne M. Brownell, (Name: January 1971;), 16 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1526] WorldTree Database: "Descendants of David Akin of Newport, RI", Robert Larry Akin, (Name: Ancestry.com;).

    4. [S1531] WorldTree Database: "Descendants of Tunis Wells and Other Surnames", Dave Wells, (Name: Ancestry.com;).

    5. [S1527] Vital Records of Dartmouth, Bristol Co., MA, to the year 1850: Vol I (Births), 16 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S1532] Descendants of David Akin, Robert Larry Akin, (Name: 31 May 2003;).