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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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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 Chicaco 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 kown as the Vore Stone Quarry, Spring Prairie and burned 200 barrels of water lime.

In 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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