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Akers, George Washington
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 708-709


George Washington Akers, who is conducting the only freighting business in Pearl, was born in Montgomery county, Virginia, November 9, 1850, upon a farm belonging to his father, William Akers. The latter on leaving the Old Dominion removed with the family to Washington county, Missouri, settling in the town of Caledonia in 1855. There he engaged in general agricultural pursuits until 1861, when he responded to the country's call for aid, enlisting in Company I, Third Missouri Volunteer Infantry, under command of Captain Breckenridge and Colonel Whiteley. He served until the close of the war and took an active part in many of the conspicuous battles. At the siege of Vicksburg he picked up the flag and placed it upon the wall after the color bearer had been shot down. His clothes were pierced by nine bullets, but he sustained no wounds. However, he became ill while in the service and never fully recovered his health. His bravery and loyalty were above question and his interest in the Union cause was manifested by his unfaltering fidelity. Returning to the old homestead in Caledonia, his death there occurred, and he was buried in that locality. Soon afterward his wife, with their five children, of whom our subject was the eldest, removed to Martinsburg, Pike county, in 1865. She rented a farm a mile and a half from Martinsburg, where she lived with her family for four years, the children attending school in the neighborhood. These were: George W., Charles, Monroe, Maggie and William Akers. The mother now resides in Pearl with her son George at the age of seventy-six years and was for many years received a pension from the government because of her husband's service in the Civil war.

During the residence of the family in Martinsburg, George W. Akers of this review engaged in performing many farm duties and from 1869 until 1875 he was employed as a jockey in Pike, Greene and Calhoun counties and also rode some famous horses in California for Benjamin Stewart, the owner of some noted race horses. In 1876 he returned to this county, settling in the village of Pearl, where he has since resided.

In November of the same year Mr. Akers was united in marriage to Miss Dora Allen and unto them were born five children, of whom three are living: William E., Charles F. and Flora. Of these William E. Akers married Bertha Cloninger and they became the parents of one child, Edith M. Charles F. married Helen Lacy and they became the parents of one child, Temperance I. Flora is the wife of William Manhana and has two children: Walter R. and Icel E. Manhana. The other two children of the Akers family were twins and died at birth and the mother's death also occurred the same time. On the 7th of November, 1886, Mr. Akers was again married, his second union being with Lillie May Miller, by whom he had ten children, of whom nine are yet living, as follows: Arnold, Ina, Sadie c., Raymond L., Dicy E., Benjamin, Virden A., Herbert and Mabel J. The other child died at birth.

Mr. Akers is a member of the Odd Fellows lodge, No. 125, at Pearl, which he joined upon its organization in 1891. He has made his own way in life and is respected by all who know him for what he has accomplished. Since 1905 he has conducted a transfer business and is the only representative of this line in Pearl.

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