William Akers III ~ Exhibit
1) William Akers III is the son of William Akers II, husband of Susannah Blackburn, father of Blackburn Akers, Sr., William E. Akers IV and John Akers. They lived in the portion of Albemarle Co VA which eventually became Buckingham Co VA and he died there in the late 1790s
2) We know of the three William Akers' (William I, William II and William III) through a land deed of 1751 in Albermarle County (VA) recorded in Cumberland County. In this deed, William Akers III gives a title of land to Mary Evitt of Essex County Virginia. The deed gives "title to Mary Evitt of Essex County, Virginia of 180 acres in Essex County now in the possession of Mary Evitt that passed by will from my grandfather, William Akers to my father, William Akers, both now deceased." (Cumberland Co VA Deed book 1, page 324).
3) The Will of William Akers I signed 24 Feb 1702 precluded his son, William II, from having clear title to inherited land unless he had legitimate offspring. William II sold 98 acres to James Bougham, Jr. on 10 Apr 1706, establishing the birth of William III as being between those dates.
4) The Buckingham Co VA personal property tax roll for 1796 lists "estate of William Akers.
5) He is on the Southam Parish, Goochland County VA list as are his brothers-in-law, John, William and Lambeth Blackburn and John Mossum.
6) for 175 acres on the North branch of the Willis River bounded by the land of William Blackburn. This land later became part of Buckingham Co.
7) William Akers III likely died Ca 1796. In that year his personal property tax listed as "William Akers' Estate.
Source: The Akers and Blackburn Families
Henry B. Brackin Jr., MD