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  • ID: I574283174
  • Name: Mahlon BARTON
  • Given Name: Mahlon
  • Surname: Barton
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 SEP 1807 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
  • Death: 27 JAN 1887 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania
  • Burial: JAN 1887 Akersville Methodist Cemetery, Brush Creek Township, Fulton County, Pennsylv
  • Note:
    Mahlon Barton was a farmer, who had three sons who served in the American Civil War: Asa Barton, James Barton and Morgan McClellan Barton. In 1850 he lived in the Brush Creek Township in Fulton County, Pennsylvania. Buried in Akersville Cemetery. Akersville Cemetery is located at the intersection of South Valley Road, Piper Road and Pleasant Valley Road in the Brush Creek Township of Fulton County, PA.

    Fulton County was created on April 19, 1851 from part of Bedford County and named for inventor Robert Fulton. When Mahlon Barton was born Crystal Spring was in Bedford County, when he died Crystal Spring was in Fulton County.

    The Central Pennsylvania dialect is most prevalent in Bedford and Fulton counties.


    History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties, Pennsylvania; Chicago: Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1884, pp. 656
    [Chapter XCI, Brush Creek]:

    Mahlon Barton was born and reared in the house where he now lives. The house was built by Elijah Barton about 1800. Mahlon was married in 1826, to Anna James, of Brush Creek, and has reared eight daughters and four sons, all living except one son, Asa. Three of the sons were in the army -- Asa, Co. H, 208th Penn. regt. (submitters note: this can not be the right regiment as the 208th was formed in 1864; per the soldiers of the Civil War lookup page provided by the National Parks Service, Asa Barton actually served with the 77th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Infantry.), died in hospital at Nashville; James served in Co. H, 158th regt. Penn. Vols., and Morgan in Co. M, 22d Penn. Cav. Mahlon Barton was one of the pioneers of Methodism, and served as class-leader for twenty-five years. His descendants are quite numerous -- eleven children, ninety grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren, living.


    Mahlon Barton was the illegitimate son of Rachel Barton (1789-1820). The 1824 will of his grandfather Elijah Barton left the homestead to grandson Mahlon.


    From Barton Family Information - Compiled by C. Kirkstadt, Jan 1997:

    MAHLON BARTON - Will of Elijah Barton, date Mar 10, 1824 includes...
    "Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Mahlon Barton, immediately after my decease, all my plantation where I now live, except the property as soon as he shall be of age."
    Per Bernard Barton, Mahlon was the illegitamate son of Rachel Barton.


    1830 PA Census: Bedford Co. Providence Twp. p. 106
    Series M19, roll 152

    Mellan BARTON
    Males: 2 [<5]; 1 [20-30]
    Females: 1 [20-30]

    1840 PA Census: Bedford Co. East Providence Twp. p. 250
    Series M704, roll 445

    Malon BARTON
    Males: 2 [5-10]; 1 [40-50]
    Females: 2 [<5]; 2 [5-10]; 2 [10-15]; 1 [40-50]

    1850 PA Census: Fulton Co. Brush Creek Twp. family 38
    Series M432, roll 783

    Mahlon BARTON, 43, Farmer
    Anna, 44
    Joshua, 23, Laborer
    James, 21, Laborer
    Rachel, 18; Mary, 16; Eliza, 14; Osa, 12; Rhoda, 11; Asa, 9
    Morgan, 7; Julia A., 5; Minerva, 2

    1860 PA Census: Brush Creek Valley, Fulton Co., Akersville P.O. p. 92
    Series M653, roll 1113

    Maland BARTON, 52, Farmer, $2000/630, b. Pa
    Anna, 53
    Rachael, 27
    Roda, 22
    Asa, 18, M, Farmhand
    Morgan, 16, M, Farmhand
    Julian, 14, F; Minerva, 12, F; Emeline, 5; Joseph, 3

    1870 PA Census: Fulton Co. Brush Creek Twp. Akersville P.O. p. 10
    Series M593, roll 1347

    Mahalon BARTON, 62, Farmer, 1400/400, Pa.
    Annie, 63
    Rhoda, 31
    Morgan, 23, Farming
    Mary C., 23, Keeping house
    Mary A., 3
    John R., 10/12, [census taken 28 July 1870]
    Joseph, 13
    Ketura, 9

    1880 PA Census: Fulton Co. Brush Creek Twp. ed 207/30/4
    Series T9, roll 1133:

    Mahlon BARTON, 72, Farmer
    Anna, 73, Wife, Keeping house, Pa/Va/Va
    Rachel KAUFMAN, 48, daughter, widow, domestic
    Rhoda, 41, dau, at home
    Joseph, 22, son, at home
    Catura AKERS, 20, granddau., at home
    Philip V. MELLOTT, 6/12, Nov., Great grandson


    From a Barton history:

    George Barton, Sr., whose gravestone shows a date of death of June 5, 1812, and his son, Elijah, came from N.J. in 1790 and settled on a tract of land which was a wilderness then; he got title to this land from Wm. and John Penn. Mahlon Barton, Sr., was his grandson and his home was a part of the land which his grandfather bought and is now owned by a grandson, Jesse C. Barton, and Dr. Ralph S. Akers, of Miami, Florida.
    Mahlon Barton, Sr., married Anna James in 1826 and they had 12
    children. Of their sons, M. Morgan, was a Civil War veteran and a church
    worker; another son, James, was a Civil War veteran and a church worker
    and lived where his grandson, Marvin, now lives, that house being one of
    the old ones still in use.
    George Barton, son of Elijah, was the father of Hon. George W.
    Barton, a school teacher, and a leading citizen of Brush Creek. He was
    elected Associate Judge in 1876. His son, Charles E. Barton, became the
    Supt. of Fulton County Schools in 1902, and served until his death in May
    1907. Mrs. Blanche Barton Barrows, a daughter of George W. Barton, was
    born more than 60 years ago on the farm where her parents spent their
    lives, it now being owned by Mahlon Barton, and the log part of the
    house, built before 1821, is still in use. She was converted in a
    revival meeting at Akersville Church about 1893 and her christian life
    was nurtured in the church by those kind and fatherly men, B.P. Duvall,
    J.L. Jackson, M.M. Barton and others. No doubt many other people could
    give like testimony. Since 1918 she has been employed by the government
    and lived in Washington, D.C. Her brother, Philip Barton, lives in
    Illinois, and her brother, Arthur lives in California.
    Mason Barton was a son of Joel Barton and married Charlotte
    Akers. They had a number of children who were very talented. All have
    passed to the Great Beyond except Harry M. Barton, a prominent man of

    Clearfield, Pa., and Mrs. Maggie Barton-Bryson of Breezewood.
    There are many, many descendants of the Barton's scattered over
    the U.S.


    Will Abstract, Fulton Co. PA:

    Barton, Mahlon, 1887, v. 2, p. 267
    · daughter Rhoda Barton gets mansion place
    · grandson Joseph Barton gets it if Rhoda marries or dies
    · to Katurah Barton one sewing machine and bedstead
    · my daughter Rachel Kauffman to live with daughter Rhoda if Rachel remains single
    · neighbor Mason Barton executor
    · signed 13 Dec 1886
    · witnesses: Ellis E. Akers, Timothy H. Akers
    · testator died Friday 28 January 1887
    · proven 16 February 1887


    Gravestone transcribed 3 July 2001 by Michael Scott Caldwell:

    MAHLON BARTON / DIED / Jan. 27, 1887 / aged / ** ys. 4 ms. & 14 ds.

    ANNA / Wife of / M. BARTON / DIED JUNE 29, 1880; / aged / 74ys. 5ms. 7ds. / Blessed are the dead who die / in the Lord.



    1. Joshua Nelson Barton b: 28 APR 1827 in Brush Creek Township, Bedford County, ( Now Fulton Co.), PA
    2. James Barton b: 13 DEC 1828
    3. Sarah Jane Barton b: 23 NOV 1829
    4. Rachel Barton b: 16 MAY 1832
    5. Mary Etta Barton b: 23 DEC 1833 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania;
    6. Lythia 'Sitha' Barton b: 30 JUL 1835
    7. Osee Barton b: 2 FEB 1837
    8. Roda Barton b: 29 MAR 1839
    9. Asa Barton b: 10 FEB 1841
    10. Morgan McClellan Barton b: 9 FEB 1843
    11. Julia Ann Barton b: 27 OCT 1845
    12. Minerva Jane Barton b: 26 OCT 1847


    Mahlon Barton Memorial

    Cemetery Information - BARTON, Mahlon AKRSVL METHO b-13 Sept. 1807; d-27 Jan. 1887


    BRUSH CREEK township was erected by the act establishing Fulton county, April 19, 1850. The township is long and narrow. It contains some very good farming land. Two small hamlets, Emmaville and Akersville, are included in the township.

    The following list of the resident property-holders of Brush Creek township is taken from the assessor�s book for the year 1852:
    Ralph Akers, Ephraim Akers, Israel Akers, John Akers (gristmill), Abiah Akere, John H. Akers (merchant), Catharine Barton, Abraham Buzzard (innkeeper), Joel Barton, Aaron Bar-ton, Elisha Barton, Jonathan L. Badgley, Perry Barton, Joshua N. Barton, Mahlon Barton, William Clevinger, Lewis A. Carpenter, Asa Duval, Samuel Dillon, James Ensley (innkeeper), Christoph er C. Ensley, Abraham Ensley, David Felton, Adam Furney, George Hess, Ephraim Hixon (blacksmith), John Hanks, William Hanks, Caleb Hixon, Morgan Hill, Timothy Hixon, Jr., Timothy Hixon, Sr., Asa M. James, Stiles Jackson, Peter Kegarice, Aquilla Lodge, M.D., John S. Linn, James Liun, Hugh Linn (gristmill), Mason Lodge, John Peck, Phebe Peck, Jacob Rhom, Sr. (gristmill ), John G. Rhom, Aaron Simmons, David Smith (shoemaker), James Sproat, Sarah and Tamar Snowden, Jonas and Nathan Welch, Polly Welch, Jacob A. Wink.


    Area History: Akersville Methodist Sunday School 1841-1941: Fulton Co, PA. and other family history:

    [Cover Page]
    History of Akersville Pennsylvania and One Hundredth Anniversary of the
    Akersville Methodist Sunday School [June 1941]

    [Title Page]
    One Hundredth Anniversary of the Akersville Methodist Sunday School June
    6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15
    Pastor...Robert A. Knox
    Superintendent...Mrs. T. H. Walters
    Secretary...Marjorie Wilkins
    Treasurer...Veryl Hixson

    Tentative Program
    Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7
    61st Annual Convention of Fulton County Sabbath School Association will

    Sunday, June 8th
    9:00 A.M....Sunday School
    10:30 A.M....Special Features
    Speaker...Miss Lizzie Akers, Bellwood, Pa.
    8:00 P.M....Special Music
    Sermon...Rev. Lewis A. Duvall, Crystal Springs, Pa.

    Wednesday, June 11th
    8:00 P.M....Special Music
    Sermon...Rev. George S. Hixson, Washington, D. C.

    Thursday, June 12th [1941]
    Address...Rev. J. Eldon Matlock, Schellsburg, Pa.
    Special Features
    Address...Rev. Henry Hopkins, Snydertown, Pa.
    8:00 P.M....Special Music by Wells Tannery Quartet
    Sermon...Rev. Ira R. Duvall, Altoona, Pa.

    Friday, June 13th [1941]
    9:00 A.M....Home Coming
    12:00 NOON...Picnic Dinner
    1:30 P.M....Song Service, Scripture Reading, Prayer
    Song, "Home Sweet Home"...Audience
    Special Music...John l. Duvall and Wife
    Recitation...Mrs. Margaret Duvall Barnhart
    "Anniversary Time"
    Song - "100 Years of Gathering"...Audience
    (Composed by Rev. Geo. A. Duvall)
    Reading...Mrs. O. G. Akers
    MEMORIAL SERVICE...Conducted by Rev. George Duvall, assisted by
    Recitation..."Burial of Moses" by Marjorie Wilkins
    Doxology and Benediction
    8:00 P.M....Special Musical Selections
    Poem...Composed by Mrs. Shirley Baughman O'Leary
    Sermon...Rev. W. W. Breckbill, Altoona, Pa.

    Sunday, June 15th [1941]
    9:00 A.M....Sermon, Rev. R. A. Knox
    10:30 A.M....Sunday School
    2:00 P.M....Sermon, Rev. B. Arthur Duvall, Canfield, Ohio
    8:00 P.M....Special Music, Wells Tannery Quartet
    Sermon (closing), Rev. George A. Duvall, Williamsport
    Song - "Marching to Zion"...Audience

    There is nothing more worthy of a man's study than the history of
    his country, and no history is complete without its religious part it
    plays in our welfare.
    So with that in mind we take pleasure in introducing the ONE
    HUNDREDTH Anniversary of the Akersville Sunday School.
    Although out Sunday School was not organized when the members
    first met for worship in the home of Robert Akers and in the second story
    of the grist mill and later in the school house, where it was organized,
    and carried on for a few years before the church was built.
    We as a church feel greatly honored and are the proud owners of
    the first Secretary Record Book of the school, covering a period of 9
    years which reveals the Christian spirit of the pioneers of our church
    one hundred years ago.
    We believe it is because of the firm foundation they laid, that
    we have carried on through these 100 years, without closing the school
    only for a few winter months during the first half of the century.
    The History which follows was compiled by our present
    Superintendent, Mrs. T. H. Walters, who has spent hours, perhaps days
    with never-ceasing energy and enthusiasm in research, that we could enjoy
    a thrilling, interesting and stimulating account of the early history as
    a Sunday School, and we hope others may be able to add to it in the
    May we have for our Motto through life, our Superintendent's
    slogan, she gives occasionally in Sunday School, "Let us keep going,
    growing, and glowing."
    -Miss Besse V. Akers

    We feel very incapable of writing this History, it has been a
    task to gather names, dates, etc., for it, and many mistakes are likely
    and omissions are no doubt numerous.
    Many letters have been written requesting information concerning
    people, dates, buildings, etc. The writer wishes to thank all who so
    kindly answered the letters giving information and extends thanks to all
    who contributed information or assistance in any oother way.
    We desire to especially thank Miss Besse V. Akers for her
    untiring work in gathering statistics from the Sunday School Secretary
    records for the Century, (they are as complete as can be obtained), and
    the excellent History of the AKERS. If any one desires additional names
    and dates of the AKERS consult her.
    We trust this will be a worthwhile history for future generations
    and will give inspiration and encouragement to those who will carry on
    the work in the years to come, so we send it forth with our prayers.
    -Mrs. T. H. Walters [Dolly Viola Hixson Walters]

    Akersville is located in Brush Creek Township, Fulton Couty,
    Pennsylvania, 4 miles south of the Lincoln Highway, and 3 miles northeast
    of Crystal Springs. There is no record of it ever being incorporated as a
    village. It was called a hamlet in 1850 when Fulton County was separated
    from Bedford County, by a line following the summit of Ray's Hill
    mountain. It probably derived its name from the early settlers who were

    The M. E. congregation was organized about 1812. The first
    meetings were held in the second story of John Akers' grist mill (still
    standing). Rev. James Sewall preached in the mill for about 2 years,
    1816-1817. Meetings were also held in the house of Robert Akers and in
    the school house built in 1825 until the present church was built.
    Robert Akers deeded to Israel Akers some land on April 1, 1837,
    excepting lot deeded to the trustees of the M. E. Church. The Church was
    built on that lot in 1858 at a cost of $750.00. It is still standing in
    good repair.
    The congregation has been served since 1841 by the following
    pastors: J. S. Lee, J. M. Green, J. Shrieves, S. L. M. Conser, Geo.
    Stevenson, John Monroe, James Gamble, A. Wiles, Rev. Blake, H. Hoffman,
    C. Graham, W. A. McKee, Adam Bland, Jacob Hartman, H. W. Bellman, David
    Shoaff, Samuel Baird, James Curry, J. K. Eberle, John A. McCondlas, O.
    Pollsgrove, - Whitney, D. A. Crowell, W. L. Fergeson, T. T. Richards, R.
    H. Wharton, Amos Baldwin, J. Wesley Rue, C. B. Benscooter, J. R. King, J.
    C. Brown, E. H. Wallace, C. W. Karns, A. W. Decker, W. W. Reese, C. H.
    Campbell, John C. Collins, C. F. Weise, Jas. D. Matthews, Benj. F.
    Hilbish, David J. Frum, H. C. Moyer, S. J. Pittenger, W. L. Philipps, O.
    R. Williams, J. M. Shimer, Paul Leidy, W. W. Breckbill, T. J. Hopkins, J.
    E. Matlock, R. A. Knox, Who came from the Ray's Hill charge of the M. E.
    Conference or elsewhere twice a month on foot, horseback, in buggy,
    sleigh or auto, to bring the message of peace on earth and good will to
    mankind (the world needs it now more than ever) the message of Jesus and
    his love.
    They came to minister to those who were sick or in distress, to
    share the joys and the sorrows of this little band, to strengthen faith
    and hope in Christian living and to point the immortal soul to a
    hereafter where all tears are washed away and where we will live in a
    land of unclouded day.
    A board of Trustees was organized in 1855 and began to keep
    records. The first list gives - President, J. L. Jackson, Secretary, H.
    C. Akers, Treasurer, B. P. Duvall, James Barton and J. Harvey Akers. In
    1894 they listed President J. L. Jackson, who served his church in that
    capacity until his death in 1902, Sect. W. H. Williams serving until
    1914. Treas. B. P. Duvall, who died in 1902. Other records show John N.
    Hixson served from 1903 until his death in 1914; A. W. Duvall from 1903
    until the present time. Still others who served were Amos Wink, M. M.
    Barton, T. H. Akers, S. M. Jackson, C. R. Akers, H. M. Jackson, O. R.
    Duvall, E. A. Jackson.
    Present trustees are - President S. E. Walters, Secretary and
    Treasurer Blaine J. Hixson, A. W. Duvall, O. W. Duvall and T. H. Walters.
    The first organ was purchased after 1880; before that they sang
    without music. Amos Wink had a tune for every hymn. There was no jazz
    music then; they were revival songs.
    New carpet and matting was purchased after 1900. Extensive
    repairs were made in 1902. W. H. Williams built the pulpit stand and made
    the altar and other improvements and a new organ was purchased.
    The present fence was erected around the church in 1913. The
    cement was laid in front of the doors in 1915.
    In the period of time from 1924-1928, a new asbestos shingle roof
    was put on. Two new stoves were purchased, new paper, carpet, windows and
    the interior and exterior painted and a piano was purchased. The
    Pathfinder class purchased 50 folding chairs. In January 1938 the present
    wood shed was built. In 1939-1940 the interior was again improved by
    building a platform in the front of the church, getting new wall paper,
    new carpets, painting, etc. In May 1941 the electric lights were
    An Epworth League Society was organized in 1892 and continued
    active for 34 years.
    Those who entered the ministry after attending Akersville Sunday
    School and church were:
    Joseph Benson Akers entered the conference in 1858 and served
    until 1889 when he retired in March. He died in October 1889.
    John Milton Akers entered the conference in 1861 and in 1863 was
    transferred to the Minnesota conference. He died in February 1889.
    George A. Duvall began to preach June 28, 1903. His first charge
    under the appointment of the bishop was at Westport, Pa., 1904.
    Lewis A. Duvall entered the ministry in 1913.
    Arthur A. Duvall received his license in 1919 and entered the
    ministry in 1921.
    Ira R. Duvall was appointed to Keating Summit in 1915 and
    admitted on trial in Central Pennsylvania Conference in 1917. He was
    ordained deacon in 1919 and elder in 1921.
    Jacob Barkman, ordained deacon in Pillar of Fire in 1929, and
    elder in 1931.
    George S. Hixson received license to preach 1932, began serving
    as pastor of a church in 1937.

    I was carried to it in the country in my mothers arms because
    she, not I, knew what it meant. I was baptized into its brotherhood in a
    rushing icy stream of late winter. Its pastor blessed me in its name when
    I left home. My beloved dead are buried where its shadows fall upon their
    graves. I learned to love my wife within it. I was married by a man whom
    it had set aside to holy tasks. Its hymns have nurtured me when my spirit
    flagged. I have sought it out when life went hard and the fires burned
    low, and it did not fail me. When the forces of inward evil swarmed up
    the gateway of the senses to storm the citadel of my soul, the church and
    its spirit helped me bar the way. It reached out to touch my children and
    to support an [sic] enoble my purposes for them. It has given me hope
    that our world can be made new. It has led me to God and held me in His
    presence. When Death seals my End, the last word spoken over me will be
    from the church. Thus, it has been interwoven with all the holiest and
    most intimate phases of my life.

    A Sunday School was organized in June 13, 1841.
    John Wesley Akers, son of Robert Akers, was our first
    superintendent of Sunday School. He was a grandson of Ralph Akers, Sr.,
    the first Akers to settle at Akersville. He served as superintendent for
    8 years and by the records was a faithful christian.
    John Akers, son of Ephriam Akers, Sr., our second superintendent,
    was also a grandson of Ralph Akers, Sr. He served as superintendent for 7
    years and was a devout christian. His father built the Stone House on the
    Amos Wink, a son of Jacob Wink, was our third superintendent, and
    served 14 years. He was a wonderful singer.
    M. Morgan Barton, son of Mahlon Barton, Sr., who was a class
    leader for 25 years, was our fourth superintendent, ands served ten years
    and was a very zealous worker for the upbuilding of the church.
    J. R. Jackson, son of Styles Jackson, was our fifth
    superintendent, and served 1 year. We will remember his jovial
    Mason Barton, son of Joel Barton, was our sixth superintendent,
    and served 1 year. He reared a family who were wonderful workers in the
    church and could thrill the audience with their singing.
    E. E. Akers, son of Ephriam Akers, Jr., was our seventh
    superintendent and served 1 year. He was secretary for a number of years
    also, and was a good, sincere christian.
    J. L. Jackson, son of Styles Jackson was our eigth Supt., and he
    served five years. He was a class leader for a number of years and what a
    faithful christian he was. "The Master's work" seemd to be uppermost in
    his daily walk of life.
    W. H. Williams was our ninth Supt., and served one year. He
    served 8 years as secretary, and was a class leader for a number of
    years. He was a steadfast christian and the one who remodeled the
    interior of the church the first time.
    N. B. Jackson, son of J. L. Jackson was our tenth Supt. He served
    one year and was a faithful christian.
    E. A. Akers, son of West Asa Akers was our eleventh Supt., and
    served one year. He was a very active man.
    L.A. Duvall, son of W. H. Duvall was our twelfth Supt., and
    served three years and was very energetic in the Sunday School work and
    afterwards entered the ministry.
    A. W. Duvall, son of B. P. Duvall, one of the pioneers of our
    church, was our thirteenth Supt., and he served three years. He was also
    class leader from 1910 until it was discontinued in 1937. He has been a
    wonderful inspiration to the younger "SET" and has been a good example of
    a christian.
    S. M. Jackson, son of J. L. Jackson was our fourteenth Supt., and
    he served three years. He was one of the most faithful christians in the
    100 years of our Sunday School, always on duty.
    J. E. Jackson, son of J. L. Jackson was our fifteenth Supt., and
    he served one year. He was the third son of J. L. Jackson who served as
    B. Arthur Duvall, son of W. H. Duvall was our sixteenth Supt.,
    and he served three years. He was very young but was an excellent Supt.,
    and was much liked by all.
    I. M. Barton, son of James Barton was our seventeenth Supt., and
    he served three years. He was a zealous worker in the S. S.
    O. R. Duvall, son of W. H. Duvall was our eighteenth Supt., and
    served three years as Supt., and several years as assistant. He was also
    a teacher a number of years. He was a pillar in the S. S. and was
    burdened with the work of the S. S. because he was willing to work. He
    was the third son of W. H. Duvall to serve as Supt.
    E. A. Jackson, son of N. B. Jackson was our nineteenth Supt., and
    he served one year as Supt., and several as Assistant, and a faithful
    Mrs. M. A. Barkman was our twentieth Supt., and she served one
    year as Supt., two years as Assistant, and several years as a teacher.
    S. E. Walters, son of W. H. Walters was our twenty-first Supt.,
    and he served 15 years, the largest number of years of any. He was a
    faithful, steadfast worker as Supt., also a teacher in the S. S.
    Mrs. T. H. Walters, daughter of John N. Hixson, was our
    twenty-second Supt., and she has served three years and is starting on
    the fourth year. She was a teacher for many years and this Anniversary
    Program and history is a small sample of her energetic work. She has
    been a faithful christian worker since childhood.
    There were 26 different Secretaries served with the following
    serving the greatest number of years: Thomas C. Schooley, 7 yrs; J.
    Benson Akers, 6 years; Azariah Akers, 7 years; W. H. Williams, 8 years;
    Besse V. Akers, 10 years; Naomi Hixson, 7 years.
    Approximate membership when organized was 63; in 1870 it was 62;
    in 1884 it was 75; in 1900, 74; in 1925 it was 100 and in 1940, 95.
    Sunday School was closed for the winter months until about 1888;
    since then a session of Sunday School is held each Sunday during the year
    except the two Sundays in August while the Crystal Springs Camp is in
    A number of secretary books are lost, but very neat penmanship
    and quaint phraseology is used in some of my early records, nevertheless
    interesting and informing.

    June 13, 1841 school opened with reading scripture, singing and
    prayer by Supt. Closed with singing and prayer by John Akers. Number of
    teachers present 5 male and 1 female. Number of scholars present 27 male
    and 16 female. School met this morning at 8:30 and continued until 1:30.
    The time was mostly spent in organizing the school, making regulations,
    and distributing small books for the use of the school. The weather was
    pleasant and considerable interest was taken. John Wesley Akers, Supt.
    Thomas Schooley, Sect.
    June 10, 1866. School opened as usual by Amos Wink. Closing by
    Pastor. Missionary society formed today. Number of teachers present 6
    male and 4 female. Number of scholars present 25 male and 19 female.
    The weather was fine and the school is tolerably full at the close, but
    very late in coming. The school would be very interesting if it could
    get together at the proper time. Regularity is the life of a school.
    Preaching by T. T. Richards. Text 1 John 2 and 3 verses. Amos Wink,
    Supt., Azariah Akers, Sect.
    June 7, 1891. School opened with singing and prayer by J. L.
    Jackson. Number of teachers present, 4 male and 1 female. Number of
    scholars present 30 male and 15 female. Alvin Akers is with us today as
    a visitor. Today we have taken up the old organ again to use in the
    school. May God bless our school. Collection 19 cents. J. L. Jackson,
    Supt., W. H. Williams, Sect.
    June 11, 1916. School opened by singing and responsive sentences
    and prayer by assistant Supt. Singing by children. Reading of lesson
    verses. The lesson was about Sowing and Reaping. Study of lesson by
    classes. Golden Text--God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth that
    shall he also reap. Lesson reviewed by Mrs. M. A. Barkman. Banner Class
    No. 8. Main school total 25, primary dept., 38, teachers 7, officers 8,
    grand total 70. Amount of collection $1.41. S. M. Jackson, Supt. Besse
    V. Akers, Sect.
    June 16, 1940. School opened as usual with singing, responsive
    reading, prayer, singing, reading lesson verses, study of lessons,
    Title--Haggai urges the building of God's house. Golden Text--And let us
    consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, not
    forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is.
    Heb. 10th Chapt. 24-25 verses. Number of officers present 6; number
    teachers 4; number children 17; number young people 18; number adults 8;
    numbers of visitors 11; total 59. Collection $3.84. Mrs. T. H. Walters,
    Supt. Miss Naomi Hixson, Sect. Children Service at 2:30 p. m.

    Sunday School met at 8 o'clock on June 13, 1841 and continued
    until 1:30 o'clock. What perseverance!
    The school closed for the Winter on December 5, 1841 and opened
    on April 1, 1842 all having been preserved through the winter and a full
    school in attendance, manifesting much interest in the exercises of the
    day. J. Wesley Akers, Supt., Thomas C. Schooley, Sect.
    June 19, 1842. This day we celebrate the first anniversary of
    our existence as a school, there was a full attendance. The ten
    commandments, Apostles Creed, select passages of scripture and a number
    of lessons in the different catechisms were recited. The exercises
    throughout were interesting. J. Wesley Akers, Supt., Thomas C. Schooley,
    October 30, 1842 the school closes for the second year with the
    first annual report of the Sunday School. The number admitted since the
    commencement of the school is 69 but deducting for removals and leaves,
    the true number in the school is 55 scholars and 8 teachers. Average
    attendance 46. Volumes of library read 638, verses of scripture recited
    5216, verses of hymns recited 1307, answers of catechism recited 5,910.
    J. Wesley Akers, Supt., Thomas C. Schooley, Sect.
    August 10, 1845. This day is the commencement of a union of
    "Prayer" for the prosperity of the Sunday School cause throughout the
    world. The proposition was made in England and to be continued 8 days.
    J. Wesley Akers, supt., Thomas C. Schooley, Sect.
    June 13, 1847. It is 6 years to the very day since our school
    was first organized. The school met at 11:30 and was well attended. J.
    Wesley Akers, Supt., Thomas C. Schooley, Sect.
    August 5, 1849. There was no regular school last Sunday in
    consequence of a search for Noah Barton Sr. who was living with his
    son-in-law, Mr. John Sipes. He started about July 4 to come to visit his
    son William and got lost in the woods and wandered about and died. His
    remains were found yesterday morning about 12 o'clock and a decent coffin
    provided for them and this morning they were buried. John Akers, Supt.
    J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    April 14, 1850. The weather pleasant but very cold. Our school
    commenced this season under rather inauspicious circumstances. The
    season seems very backward and the day cold. There was some squalls of
    snow this morning. Since the closing of our school last fall nothing so
    very important or extraordinary has happened in this neighborhood except
    the burning of the mill of our worthy Supt., March 22, between 12 and 1
    o'clock in the daytime. The mill took fire in the chair makers ship and
    in about 2 hours it was in ruins. The loss about $3,000. Jno. Akers,
    Supt.; J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    May 5, 1850. The balance of the scholars in E. L. Akers' class
    were transferred to the class taught by Azariah Akers and Elizabeth L.
    Akers was appointed the teacher. So far it has been a male teacher to a
    female class but now the classes are arranged right. Let the males teach
    the males and the females the females. Jno. Akers, Supt.; J. Benson
    Akers, Sect.
    October 30, 1850. Here was a couple of girls. (Young women they
    think themselves) who kept whispering during the time the Supt. was
    reading a chapter in the bible. This was particularly noticed as the
    rest of the scholars were unusually quiet. They ought to have had better
    sense enough to know better than to do this. Jno. Akers, Supt.; J.
    Benson Akers, Sect.
    April 27, 1851. Thomas C. Schooley former Secretary of S. S. was
    at preaching today. Jno. Akers, Supt.; J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    June 22, 1851. Ephriam Hixson visited the school today and
    appeared much interested in the exercises. He also prayed at the close
    of the school. Jno. Akers, Supt.; J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    Sept. 14, 1851. Supt. introduced the plan of the scholars
    walking out in regular file. It is the best and most orderly way of
    leaving the S. S. Room. Jno. Akers, Supt.; J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    Nov. 2, 1851. Beaulah R. Wink, teacher of class No. 6 was
    married last Thursday to Mr. Jabez H. Akers. Jno. Akers, Supt.; J.
    Benson Akers, Sect.
    August 29, 1852. School thin today in consequence of the
    marriage of West Asa Akers to Miss Nancy Hixson at 9 o'clock this morning
    by Rev. John Shrives. John Akers, Supt.; J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    May 1, 1853. The school was visited by Joel Barton. John Akers,
    Supt.; J. Benson Akers, Sect.
    April 23, 1854. David Fields was appointed teacher of the class
    formerly taught by J. Benson Akers, who is attending college at Carlisle.
    John Akers, Supt.; I. Milton Akers, Sect.
    August 9, 1863. The assistant Supt., and Sect., went to
    Chambersburg to bring some of the drafted men whose time is expired.
    Amos Wink, Supt., M. J. Jackson, Sect.
    April 24, 1864. Amos Wink's house burnt yesterday with nearly
    all the property in it, as it was very windy. Amos Wink, Supt.; Azariah
    Akers, Sect.
    June 12, 1864. Drafted on the 3rd of this month namely Amos
    Wink, E. E. Akers, Joshua and A. B. Barton, and to report at
    McConnellsburg on the 21st. General Grant is pressing hard on Richmond
    and I hope the new draftmen will not be needed. Amos Wink, Supt.;
    Azariah Akers, Sect.
    July 10, 1864. School opened by Wm. Galligar, he beinga refugee
    from the rebels on a raid in Maryland. He was Israel Akers' son-in-law.
    Amos Wink, Supt.; Azariah Akers, Sect.
    August 7, 1864. Andrew A. Slagle of Adams County, Penna., who
    has served 3 years in the army of the Potomac visited the school this
    afternoon. He was Israel Akers' son-in-law. Amos Wink, Supt.; Azariah
    Akers, Sect.
    October 16, 1864. The school is still thin today, but there is
    peace and harmony. There is always pleasure. Amos Wink, Supt.; Azariah
    Akers, Sect.
    June 4, 1865. Morgan Barton was at school today. He belongs to
    Co. M. M. 22, P. V. Cavalry. Amos Wink, Supt., Azariah Akers, Sect.
    April 22, 1866. Today our school assembled for the first time
    this season. There was a good turn-out in the old school house, but in
    consequence of a new arrangements of seats it was impossible to get the
    school properly organized, and concluded to move into the church next
    Sabbath, hoping the school may prosper, bloom like the rose and send
    forth a lasting perfume. Amos Wink, Supt., Azariah Akers, Sect.
    April 29, 1866. Today the school was held in the church for the
    first time and after a hard struggle succeeded in getting the school
    partially organized, after which the Rev. W. G. Fergerson preached from I
    Chronicles last chapter and latter clause of the 5th verse. Amos Wink,
    Supt., Azariah A. Akers, Sect.
    The officers for 1866: President, B. P. Duvall; Vice President,
    John Peck; Secretary, Azariah Akers; Superintendent, Amos Wink; Assistant
    Superintendent, Mahlon Barton; Treasurer, Abia Akers; Librarians, Israel
    Akers, Amariah Akers; Managers, Allen E. Carpenter, Jabez Barton, C. G.
    August 11, 1867. Charity Duvall died today about 1 o'clock, aged
    42 years, 2 months, 19 days. She was weak and feeble for some time in
    body, but strong in spirit. Amos Wink, Supt., Azariah Akers, Sect.
    Sept. 29, 1867. Rev. J. Milton Akers compelled to leave his
    active work in the itinerancy on account of a throat infection, visited
    the school today. Amos Wink, Supt., Azariah Akers, Sect.
    October 27, 1867. The last S. S. for the year, there was $5
    expended for books this year. Josephine Carpenter collected $4.40 for
    missionary. Benj. C. Peck collected $3.53 for missionary. Lucinda
    Barton collected $3.00 for missionary. Amos Wink, Supt., Azariah Akers,

    A Pathfinders Class was organized in the Sunday School in April
    1924 under the supervision of Miss Besse V. Akers, who taught it for a
    number of years. She has a record of 35 years as a teacher in the S. S.
    This class continued active for about 10 years, with a membership as high
    as 35 at its peak.

    A Sunday School celebration was held in the grove on August 10,
    1855. A number of declamations, dialogs, hymns and prayers were rendered
    by 30 different members of the school and a presentation speech was made
    by Benson Akers on the occasion of the presenting of 10 banners to the S.
    S. by the Supt., John Akers. A picnic dinner brought by the different
    families consisted of 1 turkey, 1 ham, 1 leg veal, 17 lbs. beef, 7 loaves
    of bread, 15 doz. cakes, 11 doz. ginger cakes, 4 doz. light sweet cakes,
    pickles, candy butter, etc.

    The 12th annual Sunday School and church convention was held
    November 14, 1888, afternoon and evening sessions. The speakers were
    Rev. J. C. Brown, B. P. Duvall, Amos Wink, M. M. Barton, Amos Hixson, M.
    J. Jackson, and J. L. Jackson.

    The Fulton County Sunday School Convention was held at Akersville
    in 1911, and 1927 and now in 1941. S. E. Walters has been the efficient
    secretary of the Fulton County Sabbath School Association since 1927.

    They were staunch Christians, the Founders, the Faithful
    Ministers, the loyal Superintendent, the good Secretary, the efficient
    Teachers and the studious Scholars, who have made it possible and proper
    for the writer to declare "The Akersville Sunday School" is proud of its

    John Wesley Akers deeded to Israel Akers some land on April 2,
    1842, being the same land which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by
    patent bearing date of 3rd of Dec., 1788, did grant unto Johnathan Buck,
    who by deed conveyed the same to Robert Akers, who by will bearing date
    June 22, 1791, conveyed the same to Robert Akers, who by deed bearing
    date 29th of October, 1838 conveyed the same to J. Wesley Akers and of
    this there was excepted a lot of 81 perches deeded to Trustees of the M.
    E. Church for a burying ground.
    Approximately 200 burials have been made in this cemetery. A
    number (12) or more Akers were buried on the farm on which E. A. Jackson
    now lives, before the cemetery was established. Later they were removed
    to it. There are two people over 90 years, 10 people over 80 years, 26
    people over 70 years, 7 Civil War veterans, 1 World War veteran buried in
    this cemetery.

    Hymn--Air "AMERICA"
    We sing our honored dead,
    And on their tranquil bed
    Proud tribute fling;
    Here let our song arise
    Like incense to the skies
    A living sacrifice
    To them we sing.
    No voice of woe shall wreathe
    Amidst the strains we breathe,
    With grateful breast;
    Theirs was a work well done,
    Theirs was a race well run,
    Theirs was a victory won
    Of peace and rest.

    Robert Akers Sr., deeded to Israel Akers some land April 1, 1837,
    excepting a lot deeded to School Directors of Brush Creek Township. The
    first school house was built in 1825. In northern Brush Creek 2 school
    were opened in 1837 or 38. In 1872 Hiram Winter, Supt. of Fulton Co.
    schools reported to the state that of the 6 school houses in Brush Creek
    district, only one can be said to have suitable furniture. This is the
    house at Akersville; it is a model of comfort and convenience and
    reflects great credit to the board (who are somewhat of the Go-Ahead
    type) for the care and good taste which they have displayed in its
    location and erection.
    The present school building was erected in 1896 and the report of
    Charles E. Barton of 1905 who served as County Superintendent of Fulton
    County schools from 1902 until his death in May 1907, contains this
    item--Brush Creek put a complete set of geographical specimens from the
    Philadelphia museum into the advanced room at Akersville, the very best
    of material and workmanship were used in fitting up the cases for the
    exhibit and the district can now boast of the most attractive school room
    in the county.
    S. E. Walters, who has taught 29 years in the present building,
    has rendered splendid service, and was teaching in the room at the time
    this exhibit was placed in the house. Many, many boys and girls crossed
    the threshold of this building and learned as he taught, and the good he
    wrought these twenty years and nine, stand as a light to guide a-right
    through all future time. Mr. Walters also taught at Buffalo, Buchanan
    and other places many years.
    In 1935 the board of directors of Brush Creek provided a
    transportation route from Akersville south upon which students who desire
    may daily reach the high school at Warfordsburg.
    In 1938 the Buffalo school was closed and the board of directors
    provided transportation for the pupils to Akersville.
    In 1940 the Buchanan school was closed and the board of directors
    provided transportation for pupils, by bus, to Akersville schoo.
    The following people who were natives of Akersville and attended
    Sunday School and church have taught or are teaching school.
    Hon. George W. Barton; Louisa Akers (Carpenter); E. D. Akers,
    James S. Akers; Elizabeth Akers (Holly); Emily Akers (Oster); Harry M.
    Barton; Augusta Seiling; Lilly Hanks (Sproat); George A. Duvall; Chas. E.
    Barton (Supt. of School); Frank Akers; Alvah Barton; Allen Carpenter; S.
    E. Walters; Homer Barton; Myrtle Duvall (Akers); Virgil Barton; Lena
    Williams (Barker); Elizabeth Hixson (Targett); Velda Duvall (Barton);
    Boyd Walters; Russell Akers; Walter Barkman. There are probably more but
    we do not have the names.

    Postmaster, Date Appointed
    Mark L. Jackson, December 3, 1860 (Established)
    Miss Amanda Akers, February 18, 1864
    Charles G. Baird, January 27, 1865
    John H. Akers, November 16, 1867
    James S. Akers, June 28, 1893
    James E. Jackson, April 18, 1900
    William H. Duvall, July 30, 1906
    Orville R. Duvall, April 30, 1909
    Banner Clingerman, August 19, 1918
    Jasper B. Wilkins (Acting), March 24, 1919
    Jasper B. Wilkins, May 16, 1919
    Norman Duvall (Acting), September 10, 1934

    This office was discontinued March 30, 1935. Mail was ordered sent to
    Crystal Springs. Mahlon Barton, a very kind and obliging man, has
    carried the mail from Crystal Springs since 1917, to Akersville Office
    and later to the doors of the people.

    The pioneers built mills for grinding grain early after settling
    in a community, since bread and hoe cakes formed a substantial part of
    the diet a century or more ago, the flour mill was a center of activity.
    One such mill was built by John Akers at Akersville along a stream of
    water large enough to guarantee a never failing supply of power to turn
    the heavy stone rollers which were used to grind the grain. Mr. Wm. C.
    Clevenger and Mr. George W. Truax and others each spent a number of years
    operating this mill which was 3 stories high, 30 x 60 feet.
    Mr. Akers also had a cross roads country store which rendered
    inestimable service in the early days. A blacksmith shop was a place of
    activity too. In 1866 John Harvey Akers, a nephew purchased his uncle's
    farm and mill property; in 1876 he built a sawmill; in 1883 a planing
    mill each near the grist mill, in order that the water which ran through
    a race-way and made the power to run the grist-mill would also run the
    others. In 1909 O.R. Duvall purchased the mill property and operated the
    mills and built the present house. In 1919 J.B. Wilkins purchased the
    property and since then all milling operations have ceased. Modern
    methods are used in large milling centers to grind wheat into flour, many
    people use "Bakers Bread," and a feed grinder mounted on a truck goes
    from barn to barn to grind grain to feed the farmers stock, along with
    commercially prepare products which they buy elsewhere.

    Sawmilling was and still is carried on extensively in Brush Creek
    Valley. The old fashioned method of sawing lumber has gone out of style.
    It was the "Old up and down" water-powered sawmill. There were many of
    them in use in the early days, the last one to be used about 1925 near
    Akersville being located on the Akers (now Simon Barton) homestead, on
    the banks of a small stream known as Laurel Run a mile above the junction
    of Brush Creek and Laurel Run at Crystal Springs. It was built by two
    brothers, Ellis and Hazlett Akers (both deceased).
    During the Fall and Winter the thickly wooded mountains
    surrounding Akersville and other sections of the Valley rang with the
    thud of the woodsman's axe and twang of the cross-cut saw as the hard
    woods were cut into logs and then dragged to the mill. Then when the
    snow thawed in the Spring sending the waters rushing down the stream, the
    mills at various places were started and the sawing was done by an old
    blade zing zanging up and down through the long, thick logs. The type of
    blade used deserves a line of note its passing as it was the forerunner
    of the modern band saw. About 5 feet long with huge ugly teeth, it was
    sent up and down by a water wheel, cutting only on the down stroke.
    Several minutes were required to cut through a log and the operator would
    often start his cut and then walk over to another part of the mill to
    attend to some other task while the saw ceaselessly plowed a jerky up and
    down path through the log. When the cut was made the plank fell to one
    side and an automatic trip closed the water-gate stopping the saw. It
    was a long tedious task to cut a thousand feet and it was necessary to
    run the mill day and night while the water lasted to cut out the many
    logs hauled before. This type of mill has joined the spinning wheel, the
    flint rock musket, stage coach and other Americana.
    Later steam engines and circular saws were used; now gasoline
    tractor power is used and as in most every other kind of work speed is
    No one can estimate the number of thousand feet of lumber which
    has been sawed in this vicinity. This valley was noted for its "white
    pine shingles" and many kinds of timber.
    For several years the Reichley Bros. had a number of miles of
    railroad reaching throughout the mountains almost to Akersville, many
    thousands of feet of lumber being transported to their headquarters in
    Wells Valley over their railroad. This was a boom time for our men.

    Modern methods of farming are used on many farms today with
    dairying and poultry raising as sidelines. It is impossible for the
    present generation to realize the condition of things that existed in the
    early days. Markets were few and far between and even the scanty
    products the farmers were able to produce brought insignificant prices
    compared with those of the late years and of 1900 and now 1941, and as a
    consequence luxuries were unknown.

    The pioneers made paths, the settlers made roads. In 1825 a
    draft for a road was surveyed starting at the widow Ensley's (now Geo.
    Garland) coming in a north-easterly direction to the turnpike. The
    following persons were listed as land owners, beginning at the widow
    Ensley's, next was Uriah Akers, Elijah Barton, Noah Barton, Geo. Barton,
    Ralph Akers Jr., Ephriam Akers, (Brush Creek Stream), Robert Akers,
    (mill) John Akers, Barren Ridge, Turnpike (now the Lincoln Highway).
    This route was probably followed when a hard surfaced road was built from
    Crystal SPrings to Akersville in 1934. Improved dirt roads are elsewhere
    in the vicinity. Cement bridges have been built to replace the old
    wooden ones.
    The mode of travel was walking, horse-back riding, horse and
    buggy (with a whip as an important gadget), sleighs and surreys. About
    1920 automobiles came into use and now nearly every family travels in

    Telephone service was established after 1900.

    Electric light current was served February 7, 1941 by the Bedford
    Rural Electric Corp., Inc. to families at Akersville.


    The Akers family dates from the time of William the Norman in
    England. The first Akers we have any record of in Brush Creek were Ralph
    and Abiah, supposed to have been brothers. Ralph was born in 1728. They
    secured patents from the State of Pennsylvania for adjoining tracts in
    Providence Twp., Bedford County, when the capitol of Pennsylvania was in
    Philadelphia. The warrants for both tracts were issued on the same day,
    October 26, 1785. Both surveys were made on the same day, April 6, 1786,
    and both patents were issued the same day, December 17, 1787.
    Ralph's tract was called "Hillsborough" and contained 216 acres;
    Abiah's tract was called "Scrub Ridge" and contained 244 acres.
    Ephraim Akers I, son of Ralph Sr., was born in 1761. He secured
    two patents from the State of Penna. One was called "Akersburg" and the
    other tract was called "York."
    Ephraim, I, married Rachel Hanks of Loudon County, Virginia and
    were the parents of 8 children. Two of the boys, John and Ephraim II
    were married and lived and died at Akersville.
    Ephraim, I, built the stone house on the "Hill," first living in
    a log house and it being burned down replaced it with the stone building,
    requiring 2 years to build it. Afterwards he built a barn and fell from
    the top and was killed, so his son, John, took over the farm and lived
    there the remainder of his days.
    John married Eliz. McLaughlin who was born in Ireland. They had
    five children. He was a devout Christian, serving as Supt. of the Sunday
    School for a number of years. Besides farming, milling, etc., he raised
    silk worms in one room of the Stone House. They also had an apple dryer
    built, a little house all by itself, containing a stove and two rows of
    dryers from the floor to the ceiling. Mrs. J. Harvey Akers used it after
    they moved to the Stone House to live. All of his children must have
    moved to distant places.
    Ephraim II, son of Ephraim I, lived on the farm now owned by E.A.
    Jackson. He was born in 1798 and married Margaret Hill. They were
    parents of 7 children who married and settled in Brush Creek, except
    Sylvester who lived and died in Bedford County; his grandson, Earl Akers,
    lives in Brush Creek on the Elliot Lodge farm.
    West Asa Akers, a son of Ephraim II, married Nancy Hixson and
    lived on his father's farm and raised a large family, some of them
    settling in Akersville for a few years after marrying, then moving
    John Harvey Akers, another son of Ephraim II, married Rhoda
    Hixson, and they also raised a large family; all with the exception of
    two taught school in Brush Creek, and after marriage they all moved away
    except one son, E.D. Akers, who lived in Akersville all his life. There
    are only two of the children living, but there are a host of
    grandchildren and great grandchildren living.
    John Harvey Akers was a Civil War veteran and after the war he
    bought the John Akers, also Israel Akers property. He was a very active
    man. He had a store and the Post Office for quite a number of years,
    while he farmed, sawmilled, and operated the grist mill and a blacksmith
    shop. He was also a wagon maker by trade.
    Ephraim Akers III married Rachel Barton and raised their family
    close to Crystal Springs. Two of their sons, Ellis and Hazlett, lived on
    the home place and adjoining farm, and reared their families and spent
    their lives there. Ellis' son, Archie, lives on the home place now.
    Ralph Akers Jr., was the son of Ralph Akers Sr., born in 1777 and
    his son, Amariah, was H. C. Akers' father. Amariah also had a brother,
    Azariah Akers, who was Secretary of the Sunday School for a number of
    years, and Norman Akers of Sipes Mill is his grandson. H. C. Akers had
    two children, Mrs. S. E. Walters, who lives on the old Homestead, and
    Clarence R. Akers (deceased) who represented Fulton County in the House
    of Representatives, 1911-12 session.
    Robert Akers, another son of Ralph Sr., was the father of our
    first Superintendent of Sunday School, John Wesley Akers.
    Robert had six children, all boys. All of them moved away from
    Akersville except Israel who bought the farm that Robert Akers sold to
    John Wesley Akers and Israel sold it to John Harvey Akers, with the
    exception of the ground for the Church and Cemetery, and John Harvey
    Akers sold it to his son, E. D. Akers, and his widow, Elizabeth Akers and
    youngest son, Irwin Akers, still reside on it.
    Israel Akers had four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Both boys
    were ministers, J. Benson Akers and J. Milton Akers. Israel has a
    grandson, Emory Slagle, of Hanover, and a granddaughter, Miss Elizabeth
    Akers of Bellwood, still living.
    Israel built the carding mill, which was across the creek in
    front of the church, in 1830 and operated it until 1877. He had a
    partnership in the Tannery that was operated in the field across the
    creek from the OLD HOUSE or west of the church. The tannery was
    opperated by Thomas Schooley, our first Secretary of the Sunday School
    for a number of years, after it was organized in 1841. Israel Akers used
    to run the grist mill which was built in the early 1800's. He used to
    tell how he caught cat-naps when running night and day during low water.
    Timothy Akers, son of Robert Akers, was born in 1806. In the
    early days of Methodist class meetings he was ranked high in his
    leadership, being a great leader in his church as a layman. His wife was
    Mary Barton. They had nine children and they are scattered all over the
    U.S. He left Akersville early in life.
    John Wesley Akers, son of Robert Akers, was born in 1801. He was
    our first Sunday School Superintendent and served a number of years. He
    married Elizabeth Morgret and they had seven children. He lived the
    greater part of his life at Akersville, then moved away.
    Ralph Akers Sr., brother Abiah who came to Brush Creek with him
    had one son, Abiah, Jr., and he must have been the father of Uriah Akers,
    who lived where N.B. Hixson now lives, when the road was surveyed in
    1825. He had a son, Abiah, who married Elizabeth Phillips, in 1822.
    They must have lived on the tract that was called "Scrub Ridge" or the
    tract called "Buckingham" which Robert Akers sold a part of to Abiah
    Akers in 1790. Abiah, Sr., had sold part of "Scrub Ridge" previous.
    Abiah Akers was Treas. of Sunday School in 1866. He was the father of
    Caleb Joshua Akers, who lived on the farm and raised a large family, 6
    boys and 5 girls, all living except 2 boys, and making good in life.
    This is the largest Akers family we have record of in Akersville, and
    they are scattered from Pa. to Calif. E.A. Jackson now owns the farm; it
    was known as the Caleb Akers farm.

    George Barton, Sr., whose gravestone shows a date of death of June 5, 1812, and his son, Elijah, came from N.J. in 1790 and settled on a tract of land which was a wilderness then; he got title to this land from Wm. and John Penn. Mahlon Barton, Sr., was his grandson and his home was a part of the land which his grandfather bought and is now owned by a grandson, Jesse C. Barton, and Dr. Ralph S. Akers, of Miami, Florida.
    Mahlon Barton, Sr., married Anna James in 1826 and they had 12
    children. Of their sons, M. Morgan, was a Civil War veteran and a church
    worker; another son, James, was a Civil War veteran and a church worker
    and lived where his grandson, Marvin, now lives, that house being one of
    the old ones still in use.
    George Barton, son of Elijah, was the father of Hon. George W.
    Barton, a school teacher, and a leading citizen of Brush Creek. He was
    elected Associate Judge in 1876. His son, Charles E. Barotn, became the
    Supt. of Fulton County Schools in 1902, and served until his death in May
    1907. Mrs. Blanche Barton Barrows, a daughter of George W. Barton, was
    born more than 60 years ago on the farm where her parents spent their
    lives, it now being owned by Mahlon Barton, and the log part of the
    house, built before 1821, is still in use. She was converted in a
    revival meeting at Akersville Church about 1893 and her christian life
    was nurtured in the church by those kind and fatherly men, B.P. Duvall,
    J.L. Jackson, M.M. Barton and others. No doubt many other people could
    give like testimony. Since 1918 she has been employed by the government
    and lived in Washington, D.C. Her brother, Philip Barton, lives in
    Illinois, and her brother, Arthur lives in California.
    Mason Barton was a son of Joel Barton and married Charlotte
    Akers. They had a number of children who were very talented. All have
    passed to the Great Beyond except Harry M. Barton, a prominent man of
    Clearfield, Pa., and Mrs. Maggie Barton-Bryson of Breezewood.
    There are many, many descendants of the Barton's scattered over
    the U.S.

    Samuel Jackson came from Loudon County, Va., about 1803. His
    wife was Mary Hanks, one son was named Styles, born in 1802. He married
    Nancy McLaughlin and they had 9 children. A son, John Lawson (J.L.)
    married Leah Hixson. He had a preachers license and supplied during
    vacations but was never a regular minister; he was a pillar in the
    Akersville Church and a powerful man to pray. He lived one mile north of
    Akersville on the old Jackson Homestead. This farm is now owned by O.W.
    Duvall. His three sons, Burdine, S. Marshall and James E. are active
    church workers but unfortunately each met accidental deaths. E.A.
    Jackson and Mrs. O.W. Duvall and their children are his only descendants
    now living in Akersville.
    Another son of Styles was James Russell. He married Martha Hanks
    and they lived near J.L. Jackson. One of their sons is the well known
    lawyer, John R. Jackson of Waynesboro, Pa. Another son, C.M. Jackson is
    retired from the P.R.R. and lives in Altoona. Two grandsons, Frank and
    John Jackson, live in Washington, D. C., and work for the government.
    There are many descendants of the Jacksons in other localities.

    Dr. Jeremiah Duvall was one of the earliest pioneers on Broad
    Top, Bedford County, coming from near Annapolis, Md., shortly after his
    return from the Revolutionary War. He was a physician of good standing
    and a local preacher in the M. E. Church, dying at the age of 82 years in
    1832. His son, Dr. Asa Duvall studied medicine with his father, married
    Leah Akers (sister of John Akers) of Akersville and they had six
    children. He obtained land from the heirs of Hon. John J. Hamilton in
    1833. In 1859 he and his wife deeded same land, which was located in
    Brush Creek Township, Fulton County, to their son, Benjamin (B. P.)
    Duvall, it being the farm which his grandson, Blaine J. Hixson, has spent
    45 years of his life on. The 70-year-old house on that farm burned in
    1939, but Mr. Hixson immediately built a modern one on the old
    foundation. B. P. Duvall was married twice and reared his family on this
    farm, living there until his death in 1902. He was very active in the
    work of the church and many of his descendants are engaged in religious
    activities in various places.
    His son, George A. Duvall, is a minister; his son, W. H. Duvall,
    gave three sons to the ministry; his son, A. W. Duvall, has probably
    attended more sessions of Sunday School at Akersville than any person now
    living; a grandson, O. R. Duvall, was one of Akersville praying fathers;
    his grandson, George S. Hixson, is a minister, and the writer is a grand
    Mrs. Elizabeth Foor, 82 years old, a daughter of B. P. Duvall,
    who lives in the W. F. Hixson home, has been tenderly cared for by her
    grand niece, Mrs. Naomi Hixson Strait, since she suffered a hip injury in
    Porter G. Duvall, son of O. R. Duvall, is Sheriff of Fulton
    County at the present time.
    There are more descendants of B. P. Duvall living at Akersville
    than any other name at the present time.

    Jacob Wink came from Belfast Township, Fulton County, to Brush
    Creek in 1816. He bought a farm in 1822 and married Sara Markle of
    Bedford County. Amos Wink was one of four children and married Osee
    Barton and they had several daughters, one of whom, Mary Angeline,
    married Amos W. Duvall, 50 years ago (Mr. and Mrs. Duvall quietly
    celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on March 4, 1941). Amos Wink
    reared his daughters on the farm where Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Duvall have
    lived for more than 40 years of their married life. Two of his other
    daughters married Duvalls. A grand daughter, Mrs. Lena Williams Barker,
    has been employed by the government in Washington, D. C., since 1924.
    Mr. Wink was a great man to sing and shout, also served a large number of
    years as Supt. of the Sunday School

    Timothy Hixson came from Va. about 1790. He had several children
    who married into the Akers, Lodge, Barton and other families.
    One son, Ephraim Hixson, married Osee Barton in 1824. Of their
    children, Matilda married William Hanks, Rhoda married J. Harvey Akers,
    Nancy married West Asa Akers. A son, Nathan, married Mary Barton and
    they had 15 children. He was a shoemaker by trade, lived on a farm,
    owned a saw mill and carding mill, located on the south branch of Brush
    Creek, near his residence. His son, John N. Hixson, operated the carding
    mill. The writer remembers how as a child she watched her father card
    the wood into rolls, and then watched her mother as she spinned the rolls
    into yarn, an accomplishment which many women then had. Later Mr. Hixson
    purchased the farm of his wife's father (B. P. Duvall) and moved to it
    where he spent the remainder of his life. John's oldest son, N. B.
    Hixson, owns a lives on the farm supposed to have been owned by Uriah
    Akers in 1825. His youngest son, George S. Hixson, has been employed in
    the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., since 1933. The descendants
    of the Hixsons are numerous and scattered all over the U.S.

    Samuel Walters was born December 24, 1814, and died August 14,
    1858; married Emily Kissinger, who was born August 8, 1815. After his
    death, Mrs. Walters came to Brush Creek Valley and married John Akers
    (second wife), in 1866. He died but she lived many years after his
    death. Her eldest son, William H. Walters, was a Civil War veteran, and
    is the ancestor of the Walters now living in the valley. His wife was
    Charlotte Barton. Records of the activities of his son, S. Ernest
    Walters, has been given previously in this history. A son, C. W.
    Walters, lives in Altoona and has been a lumber inspector for the P.R.R.
    for more than 30 years. Mrs. R. H. Walters, a widow of a son who met an
    accidental death in 1934 lives on the old Walters Homestead.

    Mrs. and Mrs. William Seiling and their family came from York Co,
    Pa., to Akersville in 1869, and lived the remainder of their lives on the
    farm now owned by Alex. Lamberson, who married Helen Seiling-Duvall in
    1906. Their house is one of the very old ones still in use.
    A son of Mr. and Mrs. Seiling, August Seiling, was a noted

    George H. Schenck came to Brush Creek from Wells Valley more than
    50 years ago, and has lived on the "Deep Well" farm. He is more than 70
    years old and, being in ill health, has retired from farming.

    M. A. Barkman moved with his family from Bedford County about 40
    years ago and has lived on the farm owned by the pioneer, Ralph Akers,
    Sr., in 1825. Mr. Barkman was 83 years old in April 1941, and attends
    Sunday School quite regularly at Akersville. He loves to tell how THE
    LORD SAVED HIM and enjoys listening to "T'is the Old Time Religion" song.

    Written by the Rev. George A. Duvall, Williamsport, Pa., April
    10, 1941, and affectionately dedicated to the memory of the Members of
    the Akersville, Pa., Methodist Church who have been transferred to the
    Church Triumphant, and to those who are now carrying on to the glory of
    God and the blessing of posterity.
    This poem may be sung to the tune of "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing," No. 1 in the old Methodist Hymnal; No. 162 in the New Methodist

    (Gathering, Singing, Praying)

    A hundred years of gathering
    Withint the house of God,
    A hundred years of treading
    Where angel feet have trod.

    A hundred years of singing
    The songs of Zion old.
    A hundred years of giving
    Our Silver and our Gold.

    A hundred years of praying
    That God our souls might bless.
    A hundred years of pleading
    That sinners might confess.

    (Little Feet, Flaming Youth, the Old)

    A hundred grand and glorious years
    Of guiding little feet
    Toward heaven's open pearly gates
    Their Saviour there to meet.

    A hundred grand and glorious years
    Of helping flaming youth
    To find their rightful place in life
    And propagate the truth.

    A hundred grand and glorious years
    Of comforting the old
    Preparing them in peace and joy
    To walk the streets of gold.

    (Worship, Hallowed Spot, Sacred Shrine)

    O truly grand and glorious years
    How sweet the work has been,
    To worship Him who at such cost
    Redeemed our souls from sin.

    O sacred place, O hallowed spot
    Where first we found the light,
    And Christ took every sin away
    And banished all the night.

    O beautiful and sacred shrine
    Where sould are thrilled by Thee,
    Give thou alike a thousand years
    To our posterity.

    (Prayer for length of our own days)

    Great God of Heaven, hear our prayer.
    Many years more we crave,
    To sing Thy praise and teach Thy word
    Before we reach the grave.

    Give us the food for which we long
    And make our Zion grow,
    Make this Thy Church a holy place
    Where love shall overflow.

    Grant us the joy of constant peace
    By trusting in Thy grace,
    And when our work on earth is done
    Make us to see Thy face--Amen.

    The 12 stanzas are arranged in 4 groups: Gathering, singing,
    praying; Little feet, flaming youth, the old; Worship hallowed spot,
    sacred shrine; The last group is a triple prayer for length of our own
    days, growth of the church, and final reaching of the Church Triumphant.


    This song was written by Mrs. T. H. Walters and revised by the
    Rev. George A. Duvall. Tune: "Auld Lang Syne."

    Our Sunday School was organized
    In eighteen forty one
    Now join with us and sing glad praise
    For those who thus begun.

    Our Sunday School, dear Church and school,
    We love you more each day.
    Here now we offer thanks to God,
    And lift our hearts to pray.

    The Pioneers went to such schools
    Many long years ago,
    In humble buildings by the road
    Because they loved God so.


    In eighteen fifty eight the Church
    At Akersville was built
    By men who loved the Savior dear,
    Whose blood for them was spilt.


    Our Parents taught us from the word
    How we should watch and pray,
    And follow in the path of God
    And trust Him and obey.


    With gratitude to God this day,
    With reverence for our sires,
    We pledge ourselves to keep alive
    The church's altar fires.

    (Alternate Chorus for last verse)

    Our Sunday School, dear Church and School,
    We love you more each day
    On Sabbaths of the years to come
    We'll read and sing and pray.


    Fulton County Pennsylvania Heritage:

    Settlement of Fulton County began as early as 1719 and was influenced by the settlement patterns of our first pioneers.

    By 1850, many residents of this region wished to create a new county from the eastern edge of Bedford County. The original draft of the Pennsylvania House of Representative bill provided that the new county be named Liberty; however, the passage of the bill in the Senate depended upon the action of Senator Parker of Lycoming County. He agreed to support the bill provided he be allowed to name the county. This proposition was accepted, and thus on April 19, 1850 the new county became Fulton instead of Liberty. The name was chosen in recognition of Robert Fulton of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, inventor of the steamboat.

    In the 1740's Adam McConnell and his three sons settled in the Great Cove of Fulton County, having followed the pack horse trail from Lancaster. The first public road through Fulton County was established by son William McConnell in 1761, and amounted to a bridle path from Cove Gap to join Forbes Road near Breezewood. Today Routes 16 and 30 (the Lincoln Highway) follow this early road.

    Daniel McConnell deeded land for the town of McConnellsburg in 1786, which later became the seat of government for rural Fulton County. McConnellsburg is nestled in the heart of the picturesque Great Cove, and this delightful small town of about 1200 folks found itself as a stopping place on the main route to the great west from Philadelphia. The town developed around the road, and its growth throughout the 18th and 19th centuries flourished as the road grew in importance. The creation of the Lincoln Highway in 1914 brought further significance to the road, and new prestige to McConnellsburg as the nation's first transcontinental paved highway became the town's "Main Street".

    McConnellsburg's historic district was recognized by the United States Department of the Interior in 1993 when it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The district consists of 144 structures that contribute to its historic character. Of notable meaning are the numerous taverns, inns, automotive garages and other travel-related structures still in existence today, which includes Daniel McConnell's original log home.

    The original rural nature of Fulton County's 438 square miles is still preserved today as confirmed by the United States Census Bureau which lists the county population in 1885 as 7,564, while in 2000 our folks numbered 14,261. Fulton County offers an escape from today's faster-paced, more hectic way of life. Our gently rolling mountains and green fertile valleys provide a quiet, peaceful environment for numerous recreational opportunities. We enjoy over 50,000 acres of Pennsylvania State Forest land with lakes and streams that are replete with game and fish. Hunting, fishing, cycling, hiking, boating, camping, swimming, golfing, and hang-gliding are some of the popular outdoor and family activities available.

    Fulton County is also centrally located in southern Pennsylvania with easy accessibility to Interstate Routes 68, 70 and 81 plus the Pennsylvania Turnpike. We are within 2 hours driving of Harrisburg, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, and within 3 hours of Pittsburgh, PA and Philadelphia, PA.

    Mother: Rachel BARTON b: 29 DEC 1789 in Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey

    Marriage 1 Anna JAMES b: 26 JAN 1806 in Pennsylvania
    • Married: 1826
    1. Has Children Roda BARTON b: 29 MAR 1839 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    2. Has No Children Joshua Nelson BARTON b: 28 APR 1827 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children James BARTON b: 13 DEC 1828 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    4. Has No Children Sarah Jane BARTON b: 23 NOV 1829 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    5. Has No Children Rachel BARTON b: 16 MAY 1832 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    6. Has No Children Mary Etta BARTON b: 23 DEC 1833 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    7. Has No Children Lythia 'Sitha' BARTON b: 30 JUL 1835 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    8. Has No Children Osee BARTON b: 2 FEB 1837 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    9. Has No Children Asa BARTON b: 10 FEB 1841 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    10. Has No Children Morgan McClellan BARTON b: 9 FEB 1843 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    11. Has No Children Julia Ann BARTON b: 27 OCT 1845 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania
    12. Has No Children Minerva Jane BARTON b: 26 OCT 1847 in Bedford County, Pennslvania

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