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Akins/Eakin DNA?
Posted by: Michael Cooley (ID *****9395) Date: January 05, 2012 at 17:17:32
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I'm cross posting this to the following boards. Ugh. Is there anyway to merge these into one board?

Aiken, Aikens, Akin, Akins, Aikins, Eakin, Eakins

The Akin DNA project at ftdna isn't very active. None of the results posted appear to be for Eakin.

I've been working with genetic genealogy for several years. The results have been astounding. Eleven testers in my Cooley "clan" have stepped forward. Mysteries have been solved and others created. Cooley research could not have made recent strides without testing. In fact, genetic DNA is the most useful tool to come along for genealogists since the WPA microfilmed the census records. But there seems to be a lot of misconceptions--even superstitions--surrounding testing.

Test results will not compromise your privacy and will not reveal your health status. People will not be able to use the results to clone your evil twin. And it's not pseudo science. It's real science and is as reliable as any working switch and light bulb. Here's a short course in DNA inheritance:

Each of us inherits half of our father's DNA and half of our mother's DNA. Imagine putting that DNA in a blender. That's roughly the results, a process called recombination. It's because of this infinite variety in "recombination" that we're all individuals.

There are a couple of exceptions to recombination, the most useful to genealogists is the Y chromosome. Only men have a Y chromosome (it contains the male sex gene). That means that men inherit it directly from their father without recombination. In other words, it's a direct copy--a virtual clone. My Y looks like my dad's Y which looked like his dad's Y and so on through time. My Y chromosome looks almost exactly as John Cooley's (c1738-1811). The eleven descendants who have tested, through several different lines, have nearly identical Y chromosome--even among those of us who are 5th and even 7th cousins.

My entree into the Akins is through the marriage in 1838 of David Cooley to Laurinda Aiken in Clark County, Indiana. She was the daughter of William Akins and Rebecca McClintick. Strong circumstantial evidence suggests that William was the brother of Josiah Akin, a son of William Eakin and Mary Wallace of Jefferson county KY. Famed Kentucky pioneer John Floyd reported that William was killed by Indians when traveling to Louisville in March 1780. Floyd was killed three years later alongside Samuel Eakin, and Robert Eakin witnessed Floyd's will. I believe these three men (William, Samuel and Robert Eakin) were the three "missing" sons of the same name of William Eaken and Isabel Morrison of Bucks county, PA. (He died in 1766 and most of his family went to Botetourt county VA.)

Two of William Eaken's (of Bucks county) sons, Redmon and Nathan, left lots of progeny. So did Josiah Akin, William's probable grandson. If I'm correct, a partilineal descendant of Josiah's will have a matching Y chromosome to a
partilineal descendant of both Redmon and Nathan. I'm so confident of this connection that I may be willing to pay (depending on my circumstances at the time) for the testing of a proven eligible descendant of Josiah's and a proven eligible descendant of William's (-1766).

What's an eligible descendant? A son, of a son, of a son, etc. most likely have the surname Eakin, Akin, etc.--with a good paper trail. In other words, that the descent to Josiah, Nathan or Redmon can be proved.

My webpages for the Eakins/Akins start here:

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