Dear Rachel: I presume you are Buddy and Hilda's daughter. I'm Ed and Ruby's son. I can tell you a little more about JNA. You probably have seen the book "Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry." There is an appendix describing the story of JNA's escape from CSA capture. I got JNA's application for pension from Natl Arch. It is full of information regarding his health and physical description. He was 5'11", ranged between 143 and 163 lbs. had black hair and black eyes. He was a stout healthy man when he enlisted. After capture near Calhoun TN he was taken to Richmond then to Danville VA. There he went into hospital with dysentery and rheumatism. Once well enough to travel, he was put on a train to Andersonville but never made it. (I suppose you and I are lucky to even be here). He, with others, escaped with his life but not with his health. In addition to other maladies, he had the family eye disease. He was partially invalid the rest of his life though everyone stated he tried hard to work but just could not do a full day's work. He gives the following account of his residences (dates approx.): 1840 to 1855, Bradley CO, TN / 1855 to 1860, Cumberland CO, TN / late 1860 to Sept 1861 Wayne CO, KY / Sept 1861 to Dec 1864, Military service / Jan 1865 to Nov 1876, Russell County, KY (Jamestown) / Nov 1876 to Nov 1877, Adair County, KY (Columbia) / Nov 1877 to Nov 1886 / Russell County, KY (Webb’s Cross Road) / Nov 1886 to death in 1911, Metcalfe County, KY (Edmonton).
I checked 1850 Bradley CO,TN census records and found him listed as "Newton J. Akery," age 11, living with William (45) and Elizabeth McPherson (35) and their daughter Mary. It says he was bron in TN. A few houses away, John Akrey, age 11, lived with George and Sarah Templeton.
In the 1860 Cumberland CO, TN census, he is listed as "Jasper N. Acre," age 21. He was a farm laborer for John Hinch. The next family listed was Simon, 55, and Elizabeth, 45, Selby. It showed they had been married within the last year. My guess is that this Elizabeth is JNA's sister who married Selby after McPherson died, but this is just conjecture. Their ages fit however and this would explain, somewhat, why JNA moved.
I just obtained this info and have not had a chance to find a parent even with this info. Rather than being illegitimate, I think he may have been orphaned. I will try to check guardianship bonds in the 1840s for Bradley CO, TN.
Hope this helps, and I hope you and your family are doing well.
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