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James C Acker (1819 - 1892)

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James C "J.C." Acker
Born in Geneseao, Livingston County, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married in Lafayette, Schoharie County, New Yorkmap
Died in Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsinmap
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1860 & 1870: Lafayette, Walworth Co., Wisconsin Children: (Source: family tree at Delilah Jane 1847 George W. 1849 Elisabeth Evaline 1851 James B. 6 Sep 1852-1919 Hickory Grove Cem, Spring Prairie, Walworth Wi William Lowell 1855-1932 Hickory Grove Cem Martha Louise 3 Aug 1857-1919 Hickory Grove Cem Abram A. 1859-1859 Mary E. 1860 Newton Wyley 26 Aug 1862-1933/35 Richmond Cem, Richmond, Walworth Wi Walter J. 1864-1935 Hickory Grove Cem, Spring Prairie

Children linked on memorial at Delilah Jane Acker Whittemore (1847 - 1881)* George W. Acker (1849 - 1909)* Elizabeth Eveline Acker (1851 - 1886) William Lowell Acker (1855 - 1932)* Walter J Acker (1865 - ____)*

J.C. Acker is a native of Livingston County, New York, born in 1819; brought up on a farm; received but a meagre [sic] education, and in 1842 started west to seek his fortune.

He came by railroad to Buffalo, NY, then by the lakes to Detroit, November 7, 1842, from which place he came on foot to Burlington, Racine County, where he arrived in December, after a weary walk of five weeks duration.

Here he stopped two months, when he went to Chicago and drove team for Seth Payne, who was the president of the Chicago, and the Ottawa Canal. He purchased 160 acres, on section 29, La Fayette, and commenced improving the same.

He also did work for other parties, and in 1843, opened what is now known as the Vore Stone Quarry, Spring Prairie and burned 200 barrels of water lime.

Edited: On 14 July 1846 [not June 1845], James was married to Rachel Mosher, then of La Fayette, Schoharie County, New York. Rachel was the daughter of Abraham Mosher, a native of New York and Betsy (Morrison) Mosher.

In 1847, he sold his farm and purchased 160 acres of his present farm [La Fayette, Wisconsin] but he now owns 240 acres, valued at $12,000. [Year of 1894]

James Acker was an early settler of Walworth County, in Lafayette Township, Wisconsin. There, he owned a fine fruit farm, making that township his home for more than fifty years. The first religious service was held in the log house on his farm and the town of La Fayette was organized in the same place.

James died in Whitewater in 1892, aged seventy-six years. James and Rachel are buried in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wisconsin


  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Walworth and Jefferson Counties, WI, Lake City Publishing Co, Chicago, IL 1894, page 928
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin: Containing Biographical Sketches of Business and Professional Men and of Many of the Early Settled Families, J.H. Beers & Company, 1906 - Kenosha (Wis) page 619
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 123327555

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