Marty (Lenover) Acks
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Marty (Lenover) Acks

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Marty S. Acks formerly Lenover
Born 1950s.
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Marty (Lenover) Acks has Scottish Ancestors.
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Marty (Lenover) Acks has English ancestors.
Marty (Lenover) Acks is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Samuel Fuller.
Marty (Lenover) Acks is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.
This user is a native speaker of English.
This profile won Profile of the Week the fourth week of December 2017.
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Marty (Lenover) Acks participated with Musty Dusty during the 2018 Clean-a-Thon.
Marty (Lenover) Acks is participating with Musty Dusty during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon.

Martin "Marty" Stuart Acks was born to Nancy Kay Lenover on April 22, 1957. Nancy married George "Bill" William Acks in 1968. In the summer between junior high school and high school in summer of 1971, Marty was adopted by Bill Acks and took the name Martin Stuart Acks at that time.

Early life

Marty was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated Stephen Decatur High School in 1975. He was a member of the last graduating class. The school in the downtown was torn down to build a Civic Center.

In 1975 he enrolled at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Marty started in the Liberal Arts College but transferred into Engineering School after taking a class in Fortran. He graduated with a degree in Computer Sciences from the College of Engineering in 1979. Marty attended the summer school at Illinois State University in the summer of 1976.

After college Marty lived in the western suburbs of Chicago. He settled in Downers Grove in 1982, where he currently serves on the board and volunteers at the Downers Grove Historical Society .

Family Life

Marty married his college sweetheart, Carine Mary Christiaens in 1980. The wedding was at the parish church in which she grew up, St. Willibrord Church in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. They have one son who is married and has two children.

Work life

Marty's first job was detasseling corn in central Illinois around the age of 14 or 15. Through high school and college, he worked at Eisner's grocery store (later acquired by Jewel). While at Eisner's, he was a five-year member of the United Retail Workers.

Upon graduating from college in 1979, Marty took a job in the computer software industry in the Chicago suburbs at Professional Computer Resources (PCR). He co-founded Silvon Software in 1987 with three colleagues from PCR. He has held a number of different positions in the software industry over the course of his career.


Marty retired in 2018. Genealogy and local history has become an even greater interest. Golf, reading, and grandkids and family also take up much time.

I had planned to come out of retirement temporarily to help with the US Census in 2020. Thats been delayed as of May 2020 due to Covid-19.

Links to notables (of interest to me)

Military Service

This section lists some of my ancestor who have served in the military. It is incomplete.


My closest presidential relative seems to be George Washington at 3rd cousin, eight times removed.

Magna Carta

Gateway Ancestors

As of June 2020 I am descended from 2 Gateway Ancestors that came to America. This will possibly increase over time as more Gateway Ancestors are approved.

Surety Barons

14 the of the 15 Magna Carta Barons are direct ancestors. The 15th is a cousin.


In June 2019, I broke through a brick wall for the Bonham family and found a probable connection to Edward Fuller.

Huguenot Immigrants

I have 2 I know of; there are probably more.

Scottish Ancestors

The connection to the Porterfields through my maternal grandmother Juanita Porterfield is of particular research interest. There are ancestors in the following Scottish families through marriage bai the wife's lines. They tend to be lowland families. This list is incomplete. The Scottish lines run through my 9th gg grandfather, Alexander Porterfield and Agnes Blair. Relationship cited below are relationships to them

Alexander Porterfield

  • Cunningham - multiple
  • Fleming -
  • Hoppringle -
  • Houston -
  • Maxwell -
  • Somerville -

Agnes Blair:

  • Boyd mother - Isabel Boyd, daughter of ...
  • Campbell -
  • Colquhoun -
  • Drummond -
  • Hamilton - great grandmother Isabel Hamilton, multiple
  • Montgomery
  • Ross
  • Sempill - grandmother Grizel Sempill
  • Sinclair
  • Somerville
  • Stewart -


  • Blair - wife
  • Bruce
  • Campbell
  • Colquhoun
  • Colville
  • Cunningham (multiple)
  • Douglas
  • Drummond
  • Edmonstone
  • Fleming
  • Hay
  • Hepburn
  • Kennedy
  • Lindsay
  • Leslie
  • MacDonald
  • Maxwell
  • Montgomery
  • Ogilvy
  • Shaw
  • Seton
  • Sinclair
  • Somerville
  • Stewart
  • Wallace


This page tracks emigration patterns of my ancestors. I have no known American Indian relatives so my ancestors have all come from other countries. Most of my ancestors have lived in the United States since the American Revolution so this leads to a large number of immigrants from many different countries. This information is a few years old as of 2018. I have more current information to be published here.

England - 3.76%

  • John Flood, my 6th great grandfather, was born in England in 1695. He was in the Virginia Colony by 1762 at the time of his marriage to Agnes Payne.
  • John Garwood, my 7th great grandfather, was born in England in 1675. He was in the American Colonies by 1696 at the time of his marriage to Mary Farr in 1696.
  • Edward Maxey, my 9th great grandfather, was born in London, England in 1674. He was in the American Colonies by 1710 when may have married Susannah Gates or Susannah may have come to America with him.


Germany - 1.563%

  • Joseph Lenover, my 4th great grandfather, was born in Germany in 1775. He was in America by 1810.

Ireland - 1.563%

  • John Guthrie, my 5th great grandfather, was born in Londonderry in 1725. He emigrated from Ireland after his marriage to Mary Jean Reed in 1745.
  • Samuel Porterfield, my 5th great grandfather, emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania the 1720's. He came with with his father and 5 brothers and two sisters.

France - 0.195%

  • Jean Pierre Bondurant, my 8th great grandfather, was born in France in 1677. He arrived in Virginia in 1700. His emigration from France was for religious reasons as he was a Huguenot. He married Rhoda Ann Faure, also an immigrant from France.
  • Rhoda Ann Faure, my 8th great grandmother, was born in France. She emigration from France was for religious reasons as he was a Huguenot. She married Jean Pierre Bondurant, also an immigrant from France.


Dutch Republic (now Netherlands) - 0.098%

  • Jan Dirckse Van Der Vliet, my 8th great grandfather, was born in Waal in the Dutch Republic in 1660. He was in America when he married his wife Geertje Verkerk in 1682.
  • Geertje Verkerk, my 8th great grandmother, was born in Buurmalsen in the Dutch Republic in 1658. She was in America when she married her husband Jan Dirckse Van Der Vliet in 1682.


Wales - 0.049%

  • Robert Perryman, my 9th great grandfather, was probably born in Wales around 1650. He came to the area of Skimino Creek in the Virginia Colony in 1663 as an indentured servant. He sailed from the port of Bristol.

Still Researching

These surnames are ones I have not been able to find the ancestor that immigrated to America which are also brick walls.

  • Acks - Adam or Albert Acks is my most recent common ancestor brick wall. He probably came from Baden as he moved to a community of immigrants from Ersingen, Baden. This is a step relative so this does not count from a DNA perspective.
  • Boys - William Boys is a 4th great grandfather. He was born in Ohio. She was born in Indiana in 1808. The Boys/Boyce surname is most commonly an English name.
  • Darlington - Elizabeth Darlington is my 10th great grandmother. She lived in York County in Virginia Colony in the mid 1600s. She was born around 1625. Probably of England descent.
  • Scott - John Scott is my 10th great grandfather. He lived in the York County of Virginia Colony in the mid 1600s. He was born around 1625. Probably of England descent.


  • First-hand information. Entered by Martin Acks at registration.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Marty Acks and his uncle Floyd WIlliam "Bill" Lenover. Their most-recent common ancestors are their parents/grandparents, William Floyd "Floyd" Lenover and Juanita Porterfield. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: Close Family–1st Cousin, based on sharing 1,689 cM across 61 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by a MyHeritageDNA test match between Marty Acks and his first cousin once-removed. Their most-recent common ancestors are Paul Russell Porterfield and Nelle Malicote, the great grandparents of Marty Acks and the grandparents of R.F. Predicted relationship from MyHeritage: 1st cousin once removed - 2nd cousin, based on sharing 361.5 cM across 19 segments.

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Hi there, Marty!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared (over 500!) made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you VERY much for your help on the Scotland Project! Your assistance with the long list on the Scottish Clans category was of great help to me!
Bobbie Hall
Scotland Project Co-Leader
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Well I justed started with 20 some suggestions on my Suggestion feed and then I went into a rat hole all day. It's a common experience on WikiTree. Glad to help.
posted by Marty (Lenover) Acks

We haven’t heard back from you concerning the Scottish Clans Transition. If we haven’t received a response from you by 1 April 2020, you will be welcome to rejoin by answering the current g2g thread for joining the Scotland Project.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Sarah, Amy Gilpin reached out last month and my answer was yes. It still is. Do I need to something besides respond on this thread? Thanks for reaching out and double checking.
posted by Marty (Lenover) Acks

My name is Amy and I am a co-Leader of the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin

Yes. Thanks for the note.

I am curious about where the exact definition of clan is for the purposes of the WikiTree.

My main Scottish surname of interest is Porterfield. I have a setup a surname project and at Maria Maxwells suggestion a Clan page. Wikipedia lists them as a a clan and only one print book mentions them and has inaccurate information tying them to Porters. Most books clan/tartan books do not mention Porterfields. They were a family that achieved gentry (landowner) status in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire but were never titled. Lord Lyons recognized the arms for the head of the Porterfield family and one woman (perhaps his sister or daughter) in the initial mad rush to register in the late 1600s (before there was a cost to register). The arms for the male leader of the family lost his arms in a well-documented court. He was on the wrong end of the law as there were rapid Covenanters at the time. If you check the Lord Lyons register they entry has slashes through it.

So… are the Porterfields a clan?

Marty Acks

posted by Marty (Lenover) Acks
Hi Marty

Thank you for your question. It took me a while to find the page, now that we are in the process of reorganizing the project into a team. There is some information that may help answer your question here. I am in no way an expert in Scottish Clans, so if you wish a more definitive answer, I might suggest contacting the office of the Court of the Lord Lyon.

Please see: FAQs and Clan Attribution

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Marty,

Just thought I'd let you know that I'm working on a Canadian free-space page on the Petworth Immigration Scheme and will be doing some work on your Rapson profiles. Hope that's okay. Laurie, Ontario Team Leader

posted by Laurie Cruthers
Unk is the actual last name of this individual but I see where the confusion could come from!
posted by Isaac Schepp
Thanks Marty - I was trying to clear a warning about unmatched ref tags. Did what you did clear the message? I looked at the changes you did & didn't see anything other than removing the space I'd added before the /> ... did I miss what changed to clear the ref warning?
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Marty!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ (actually, over 1200!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Marty

Thank you for your reply. My comment was a knee-jerk reaction thinking that you were supporting incorrect information previously submitted by others. I apologize. Colin

posted by Colin Rosewell
Hi Marty

Your recent update for William Rosewell of Loxton gives a Wikipedia reference. The link takes me to one of three Rosewell names. Which one are you referring to? Two of the Wiki articles provide Family trees showing their parents. So why are parents unknown? Cheers Colin

posted by Colin Rosewell
When you merged another profile into Fitz_Walter-25, your comment included the phrase "familyr not"; what does that mean?
Hello, Marty!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Marty,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


posted by Susie MacLeod

Marty is 22 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 19 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.