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Jacob Ackerman

Submitted by Peggy Ackerman
©2007; updated 2009

Jacob Ackerman was born in Maryland about 1775. His parents are not known. He migrated to Logan County, Kentucky by 1814, when he first appeared on the tax list with 100 acres on the Gasper River. The 1820 census shows Jacob to be over 45 and to have a wife (26 to 45 years old) and nine children in the household: 3 males under 10, 1 male 10-16, 3 females under 10, and 2 females 10-16. He has three slaves, an adult female and one male and one female under 14.

Recently found documents provide evidence that Jacob's first wife was Mary (Polly) Hoge of Frederick County, Virginia. In 1802, Jacob and Mary sold her interest in an inherited tract of land to her brother Moses Hoge. The deed was executed in Frederick County, but Mary's statement of consent to the sale was from Culpeper County, Virginia. Some time later, Moses Hoge was interviewed regarding family history, and he stated that Polly, his sister, had married an Ackerman and moved to Kentucky.

Jacob may have come to Kentucky with or a few years later than Daniel Ackerman, his supposed kinsman, perhaps brother. Daniel was born in Maryland in 1771 and became a millwright. After working at the Ellicott Mills west of Baltimore, Daniel migrated to Virginia, where he married Nancy Stanley in Fluvanna County. Daniel’s grandson, Daniel Shepherd Campbell, in a letter written in 1909, places the move to Kentucky about 1811 or 1812. The 1814 tax list for Logan County shows Daniel with 200 acres on the Muddy River. Daniel is in the 1820 Logan census with his wife, five sons and six daughters. Daniel and Jacob are the only Ackermans in the 1820 Kentucky census.

Jacob and Daniel were recorded again in the 1830 Logan County census. Both men are shown between 50 and 60 years of age. Jacob’s household includes one male (5-10), 2 males (10-15), 2 females (15-20), 2 females (20-30), and his wife (40-50).

The 1829 tax list for Logan County shows Jacob with 285 acres on the Gasper River and five slaves. The 1838 tax list has him with the same property. Like Daniel, Jacob was a millwright, and county records show him applying to construct a gristmill on the Gasper River about 1825.

Unfortunately, Jacob cannot be found in the 1840 census. He had apparently moved to Robertson County, Tennessee, for he bought 66 acres there in July of 1840. In January of 1840, he had sold 100 acres of his Gasper River holdings. Jacob next appears in Sumner County, Tennessee records, where he married Celia Clampett on May 22, 1843.

It is theorized that Jacob’s first wife, Mary,  died in the 1830s, perhaps in the cholera epidemic that hit Logan County. While most of Daniel Ackerman’s children have been located (still in Logan County), Jacob’s descendants have been harder to document. Two of his sons have been traced by respected researchers. Hamilton H. Ackerman, probably Jacob’s oldest son, was born in 1816 in Logan County.  He married Lucy W. M. Durrett in Robertson County, TN on April 28, 1842, suggesting that he came to Tennessee with his father about 1840.  Photo of Hamilton H. Ackerman and Lucy Durrett.  Children of Hamilton H. Ackerman and Lucy Warner Madeline Durrett:

Richard Ackerman (born about 1820), another son of Jacob’s, stayed in Kentucky. In 1850 he was in the Logan County census, living on a farm with the Ambler Chick family. Richard then moved to Warren County and married Eliza Landrum on November 12, 1857. His granddaughter, Mildred Ackerman Jent, provided information on this line of Ackermans.  Children of Richard Ackerman and Eliza Landrum:

Circumstantial evidence, including elimination of Daniel Ackerman’s well-documented sons, suggests that Thomas P. Ackerman, who was born in Kentucky in 1818, was another of Jacob’s sons. Thomas P. was married to Susan Garrett on June 12, 1843 in Sumner County, TN, less than a month following Jacob’s second marriage there.  Photo of Thomas P. Ackerman and Susan Garrett. (More information on  this webpage for the Thomas P. Ackerman descendants. Children of Thomas P. Ackerman and Susan Garrett:

A possible daughter of Jacob Ackerman is Elizabeth who married Henry Grainger in Logan County in 1827. There were two Elizabeth Ackermans in the early Logan marriage registry. The other married Henry Larmon and was claimed by Daniel Ackerman’s line.

Another possible daughter of Jacob’s was Caroline who married David Barton in 1842 in Trigg County, KY, which is adjacent to Logan County. Sadly, David died less than a year after their marriage, and there is no trace of her thereafter.

Kenneth Hamilton has researched the descendants of Jacob and Celia, and he has posted his data on Rootsweb World Connect. The three children of Jacob and Celia were all born in Allen County, Kentucky: Shevalee in 1846, Adaline Drucilla in 1848, and Ann Mary in 1853. Photo of Shevalee Ackerman;  Photo of Adaline Ackerman Sadler Stamps;  Photo of Ann Mary Walls.  (all courtesy of Kenneth, who descends from Adaline Drucilla.)

Jacob Ackerman died about 1861 and is buried in the small family cemetery in Allen County. He claimed to be 75 in 1860, but if we are to believe the earlier census reports, he was actually 85. He consistently gave Maryland as his native state, and Shevalee, his son, endorsed this fact in the 1880 census.

If Jacob left a will, it did not survive a fire that destroyed the Allen County courthouse.


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