Monday, February 16, 2015

A bit more on Charlotte

As a follow-up from my earlier post, I did a bit more digging into the records to see what may have happened to Charlotte Hampton Akard. This news release from May 2013 provides some background on the farm of Adam Akard, Charlotte's husband:

"Adam Akard and the Rev. James King exchanged parcels of land in 1832, and Adam and his wife, Elizabeth Wassom Akard, built a home on the farm. He and Elizabeth had eight children – John, Jacob, James, Moses, Sara (also  called Sally), Samuel, William and David. Elizabeth died, and Adam married Charlotte Hampton in 1840. They had one daughter, Margaret. The Akards raised sheep and row crops. Soon after Margaret’s birth, Adam died and was buried at the Beeler Cemetery in Bristol, Tenn., which is within two miles of the farm."

After Adam's death, the farm was divided among his surviving children. Charlotte appears in the 1850 Non-population Schedule in Sullivan County, living near her brother-in-law Gasper Smith. The record shows that Charlotte had 100 acres of improved land, 30 acres of unimproved land, with a total value of $500.
1850 Non-population Schedule, Sullivan County, TN
 Charlotte's daughter Margaret Akard married Francis Marion Turner in 1857 (she would have been 15). Three years later, Charlotte appears in the 1860 US Census living in the household of the Turners in Sneedville, Hancock County, Tennessee. The census lists Charlotte's occupation as "weaver". The record also shows Charlotte as 43 years old, but she would have been about 53 in 1860.
1860 US Census, Hancock County, TN
Charlotte seems to drop out of the records after 1860. Her children Margaret and Rachel Jane appear in later census records. It is not clear who may have been the father of Rachel Jane Akard or James Akard. For now I'll leave their trail here.

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