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Theron Akin was a colorful character

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Carrie Wallace Bell was born in Amsterdam in 1855 to Martha Cady, a prosperous woman from Madison County, and James Bell, listed in the 1860 census as a “gentleman.” They lived on Green Street. The Bells had been in the area since the Revolution and were well-to-do. In 1874, Carrie became the first of four wives of Theron Akin, a farmer and dentist who served one term as a congressman and two controversial terms as ...

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