DAVID ACKERMAN, farmer, sec. 22, Fork Tp., was born in Cayuga Co., N.Y.,
July 1, 1807, and is son of John and Rachel (Bennett) Ackerman. His parents
were born in New York, and his paternal grandfather, William Ackerman, was
born in France, came to this country with the French Troops under Lafayette
and fought in the American REvolution.
The mother of Mr. Ackerman died when he was but eight years of age, and he
was reared by his grandfather to the age of 14 years. He engaged as a farm
laborer until 1826, when he went to Broome Co., N.Y.; and the next two
summers worked ona farm and followed the occupation of a lumberman in the
winter. He went thence to Onondaga Co., N.Y. and in 1828 was married to
Electa, daughter of Daniel and Anna (Norton) Woodford. Six children were
born of this marriage, three of whom are now living: Electa M., Rhoda A.
and Emily M. The mother died in 1843 and Mr. Ackerman was again married
Jan. 26, 1846, to Mary Ann, daughter of James and Ruth (Gould) Ford, the
former a native of New York, born Feb. 28, 1776, of English parentage; the
latter was born in Dutchess Co., N.Y., May 5, 1779. Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman
have had five children, four of whom now survive -- Alzina L., Charles A.,
Edward E., and Imogene N. James H. is deceased. Mrs. Ackerman's
grandfather, Nathaniel Ford, was a Colonel in the Revolutionary war.
Mr. Ackerman resided in New York until 1832, when he went to Huron Co.,
Ohio, and resided there six years; he moved thence to La Grange Co., Ind.,
where his first wife died. He moved next to Calhoun Co., Mich., in 1857,
and was there 21 years; then he came to Mecosta Co., MIch., in 1878 and
located in the township of Fork. Politically Mr. Ackerman is a Democrat.