We here in Tarrant County, Texas have an ongoing Civil War Veterans memorial project. We are trying to determine whether or not one Reason L. Akers might have been living here with his grandfather, George Akers, when the War began.
The Birdville area, where George Akers died in the late 1850’s, is included in our project area. One of his sons, Byron Akers, enlisted in Co. A, 9th Texas Cavalry and served until he died in a northern prison.
One R. L. Akers, who was twenty-four years old when he enlisted on the same day, at the same place, and in the same regiment as Byron Akers, was not listed with George Akers’ family in the 1850 census here. That leads us to believe he was not one of George’s sons. The 1860 census for Tarrant County is missing.
During much of his time in the 9th Texas Cavalry, R. L. Akers served as a hospital steward. He last appears in the 9th Texas records on January 19, 1863.
Reason L. Akers, a grandson of the George Akers who died here in Tarrant County, Texas, spent the last part of the War as a hospital steward in Co. K, 144th Indiana Infantry.
Obtaining copies of Union service records and widows’ pensions is outside the cost parameters of our project.
Has anyone ever run across any evidence to show that Reason L. Akers of Indiana might have lived in Texas when the War began, and/or that he may have spent the first part of the War in the Confederate Army?
We look forward to hearing from you.
Mike Patterson, Colleyville, Texas
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