James W. Akin was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, August 31, 1826. He is a son of James Akin, deceased, who was born in Kentucky January 3, 1789. He came to Ohio when yet a small boy with his parents, James and Sarah Akin, and located in Montgomery County. On the 7th of July, 1812, he married Miss Ann Fox, of Montgomery County, who was born March 3, 1794. In the spring of 1831 they came to Shelby County, located in Cynthian Township, and remained about two years, or until 1833, when they moved to Washington Township. In 1836 they came to Loramie Township and purchased and moved on the farm in section 9, now owned and occupied by their son, James W. Akin, on which they passed the remainder of their days. James Akin died January 19, 1849. His wife departed this life July 16, 1850. He served in the war of 1812. He reared a family of eight children, viz., John, Sarah, Jane, Ann, James W., Elizabeth, Martha, and Samuel, all of whom are now dead except Sarah, Ann, and James W. Sarah is now living in Indiana; Ann is residing in Michigan; and James Akin, subject of this sketch, is living on the home farm in section 9, on which he has resided since 1863. He has made farming and stock-raising his principal business, and now owns a farm of four hundred and nine acres. He is considered one of the most successful farmers of Loramie Township. On the 6th of November, 1851, he married Miss Hannah Johnston, daughter of William and Jane Johnston. Miss Johnston was born in Loramie Township, this county, December 18, 1825. By this union Mr. Akin has three children, viz., William, Maggie E., and Clara B.



History of Shelby County, Ohio; R. Sutton & Co, Philadelphia PA, 1883