JOHN N. ACKERMAN.
JOHN N. ACKERMAN is a descendant
in the direct line from David Ackerman, the first American ancestor
of the family. Southeast of Rotterdam, in Dutch Brabant, twenty-four
miles from Breda, is the City of Bois-Le-Due, called by the natives
Hertogenbosch. It is now the chief town of North Brabant, and
was built and strongly fortified in the eleventh century, though
it was a place of some note much earlier, being near the Maas
River and the great highway built by the Romans in their later
conquests in Northern Europe. In the seventeenth century there
was much heath land to the south and west of it which has since
been reclaimed. Agriculture and manufacturing were then, as now,
the main employments of the people, Tilbury, the nearest city,
being noted for its extensive cloth manufactories. The city contains
the chapel and church of St. John, built in 1260 and rebuilt
in 1312,-one of the oldest and best preserved edifices in Northern
Europe. From the city a road leads almost direct to the renowned
battlefield of Waterloo. Near Bois-Le-Due, in about 1620, was
born David Ackerman, the son of a farmer and the progenitor of
the Ackerman family in Hudson and Bergen Counties. Growing to
manhood, he married in 1644, and engaged in tilling the soil
until the stampede to the New World, caused by religious persecution
and the threatened war with Spain and England drew him into its
vortex. Being an ardent Protestant, he could not brook the fanatical
domination of Romanism and when in August, 1662, the power of
the state could no longer protect him in the exercise of his
religious liberty, he, with many of his neighbors, including
the Storms, Terbosches, and others, whose descendants have since
become a numerous host in Bergen County, embarked with their
families on board the Dutch West India ship "Fox" (Captain
Jacob Hays), and on September 2, following, landed at New Amsterdam.
David had with him his wife and six children-the latter aged
respectively twenty, eighteen, sixteen, twelve, eight, and six
years. It has been said "it may be doubted whether he survived
the voyage"; but there is little reason for such doubt.
It is true that the emigrant list published is a list of those
who sailed from Holland ports, not of those who actually arrive
at New Amsterdam. It is likewise true that the records make no
further mention of either David or his wife. But these facts
furnish no ground to doubt their arrival on our shores. The first
family abode was in the Markvelt Stegg. In 1668 the family nucleus
was at New Harlem. Whether David or his wife were living at the
time of the removal to Harlem, whether Elizabeth on her marriage
and removal to Harlem took her brothers with her, are at best
subjects of conjecture. David may have died at the Markvelt Stegg
residence, or he may have removed to Harlem and died there. However
this may be, as no public records of deaths were kept, the date
of his death and that of his wife, as well as her name, are facts
which are likely never to be ascertained, except by accident.
Of the children, Ann was the first to break the family circle
by her marriage in 1664, and subsequent removal up the Hudson.
Elizabeth followed her example in 1668, uniting in marriage with
the somewhat renowned Kier Walters (ancestor of the Kiersens),
who, however, died two years later. Lawrence was a youth of untiring
energy and persevered in everything he undertook. In 1669, being
then only nineteen, he hired a portion of what was then called
the Archer farm at Harlem. In 1679 he married Greetje Egberts
and remained at Harlem until 1685, during which time two daughters
were born to him. David, the eldest son, went to New York, where,
in 1680, he married Hellegorid Ver Planck, and remained there
until 1686, during which time several children were born to him.
Lodowyck, who seems, at first, to have been rather a wild boy,
went to Kingston, N. Y., where, in 1681, he wooed and wedded
Miss Jemeke Blaeck, by whom he had at least two children. After
his removal to Bergen County his wife died and he married Hillegorid
Bosch, by whom he had two children.
Abraham, the youngest of the children,
married, in 1683, at New York, Aeitje Van Lear, by whom he had
six children before his removal to New Jersey, and four more
in New Jersey. Lawrence and David were the first of the family
to remove to Bergen County in 1686. Lodowyck and Abraham followed
in 1694. They all settled on large tracts of land between the
Hackensack and Saddle Rivers, and also west of the Saddle River.
The family became very numerous both in Bergen and in what is
now called Passaic County. Numerous members of the family have
been the most active and influential in the county, and have
been honored with town, county and State offices. Others have
been important factors in religious work, and have attained eminence
in various branches of learning.
Lawrence Ackerman was buried at
Wyckoff or Oakland. His children were John and James.
John Ackerman, son of Lawrence,
married Catherine Romaine. Both are buried at Wyckoff or Oakland.
Their children were Lawrence, Nicholas, and James.
Nicholas Ackerman, son of John,
was born January 24, 1796, died June 1, 1869, married Polly or
Maria Snyder, who was born in 1801, died March 24, 1877. Their
children were John N., born January 28, 1818; Abraham, born August
27, 1830; and George.
John N. Ackerman, whose name heads
this sketch, was born in Franklin Township, Bergen County, N.
J., January 28, 1818, and is now one of the oldest residents
of Hackensack. He is the eldest son of Nicholas Ackerman and
Polly or Maria Snyder, a grandson of John Ackerman and Catharine
Romeyn, and a great-grandson of Lawrence Ackerman. He was educated
in the public schools of Franklin Township. He left home at the
age of fifteen, and for two years worked at the trade of carriage
making. Since then he has earned his own livelihood. When seventeen
he went to New York City and learned the carpenter's trade, mastering
every branch. In 1837 he returned to Hackensack, N. J., married
Rachel R. Vanderbeck, and engaged in business as a manufacturer
of sash, doors, and blinds, which he followed with marked success
until 1896, a period of fifty-nine years. He then retired to
enjoy in private life the fruits of a long and honorable career.
Mr. Ackerman has resided in Hackensack since he established himself
in business there in 1837, and from the first has taken an active
interest in the growth and development of the town, and all those
public matters which appeal to the progressive spirit of a patriotic,
energetic citizen. Though never aspiring to office, and as a
rule avoiding political life, he was for ten years a Justice
of the Peace, and in this and other minor capacities has displayed
great ability, sound judgment, and commendable enterprise.
Mr. Ackerman was married, June 14,
1837, in Hackensack, to Rachel Ryerson Vanderbeck, born February
7, 1806, died June 26, 1891, a descendant, like himself, of one
of the old Holland Dutch families of Bergen County. Their children
are George J. Ackerman, born March 27, 1839, and Mary R. Ackerman,
born September 27, 1845.
George J. Ackerman, oldest child
of John N. and Rachel R. Ackerman, married Julia A. Groesbeck,
December 24, 1863. She was born November 24, 1842, and died April
11, 1886. They had one child, George Groesbeck Ackerman, born
November 6, 1867, who married, September 27, 1893, Emeline Inglehart,
of Watertown, N. Y., who was born December 3, 1869. They have
one child, Alison Groesbeck Ackerman, born October 13, 1806.
History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor,
Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing
Company, 1900, page 53-55.