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Catharina Heinly 'Kate' (Gaumer) Acker
(1799-1858)

 

Catharina Heinly "Kate" (Gaumer) Acker was born on Oct. 28, 1799 in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA, the daughter of Johann Dietrich "Dieter" and Anna Elizabeth (Heinly) Gaumer.

At the age of about a month and a half, she was baptized in the Zion's Lutheran Church of Lower Macungie, with Rev. Jacob Van Buskirck presiding. then at the age of 19, on May 1, 1819, she was confirmed in the church.

She was married to Heinrich "Henry" Acker (Aug. 2, 1793-1850). They dwelled in Weisenberg, Lehigh County.

Their children were Carolina B. Woodring Mohr, Matilda Keck, Henry Acker, Jonas Acker, Catherine Anna "Kitty Ann" Acker, Jonathan Acker and Massya ("Messiah?") Acker. Their infant son Jonathan died at about one year of age in Whitehall Township on July 20, 1834.

Henry passed away in Lehigh County in 1850, at the age of 57.

Kate survived him by eight years and joined him in eternity on Christmas Eve 1858 in Weisenberg.

 

Skyline of Allentown, 1862. Library of Congress.

 

~ Daughter Carolina B. (Acker) Woodring Mohr ~

Daughter Carolina B. Acker (1827-1850s?) was born on Dec. 28, 1827 in Pennsylvania. She also has been referred to as "Mary."

In about 1845, when she was age 28, she is said to have married William David Woodring (June 3, 1825-1888) -- spelled "Wotring" in German -- son of John William and Anna (Lerch) Woodring. William was a native of Northampton County and earned a living as a carpet weaver. He stood 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.

They were the parents of an only son, William Franklin Woodring, born in 1849.

The year after the son's birth, Carolina and her husband separated, and she and her newborn moved back into her parents' home in Weisenberg, Lehigh County.

Carolina married a second time, on June 19, 1853 to Henry L. Mohr (March 12, 1830-1902), son of Charles and Elizabeth "Eliza" (Keck) Mohr of Coopersburg, Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County. Their wedding was announced in the German language newspaper Der Lecha Caunty Patriot of Allentown.

The couple produced a son of their own, Lewis Henry Mohr (1854-1914).

Sadly, Carolina "died a few years later" after the second marriage, as reported in the the Allentown Leader.

The widowed Henry and his young son then moved into the residence of Henry's parents in Coopersburg. They were there in 1860.

Henry was joined in wedlock with his second wife, Emelina Brinker ( ? - ? ). Evidence hints that they adopted a daughter, Mrs. A. Trauger.

The Mohrs resided in South Bethlehem in the early 1900s at the address 327 Broadway. Said the Allentown Morning Call, Henry was considered "a well-known and respected resident of South Bethlehem for a long time."

Suffering from a number of illnesses, Henry died at the age of 61 a few days after Christmas 1902. An obituary was printed in the Leader, which noted that the deceased was survived by three grandchildren. Following funeral services in the family home, he was lowered into eternal rest in Fountain Hill Cemetery.

Carolina's ex-husband also married again within a few years, on Christmas Day 1851, to Louisa Seip ( ? - ? ), daughter of Edward and Margaret Seip. News of the marriage was published in German in the Der Lecha Caunty Patriot. The Woodrings lived in Lehigh County and bore two more children, Keturah Howard (1852-1921) and Eugene A. Woodring (1856-1908). This second marriage may have ended in death or divorce within a few years, because circa 1860, federal census records show their four-year-old son living in home of weaver Abraham and Sarah Fike in Emmaus, Lehigh County.

During the Civil War, William joined the Union Army, and was assigned to the 1st Light Artillery (14th Reserves). He enlisted in Harrisburg on Aug. 5, 1861. While on duty in Virginia in 1862, he claimed to have contracted rheumatism which plagued him for the rest of his life. He re-enlisted in the same unit on New Year's Day 1865 in Yorktown, VA. He received his honorable discharge and muster-out at Harrisburg on July 20, 1865.

 

William David Woodring's residence circa 1882, the North-western Branch of the National Home for Disabled Soldiers in Milwaukee.

 

William is marked in the 1870 U.S. Census as living in the household of his married brother John in Emmaus, Lehigh County and continuing his work as a carpet weaver. At some point migrated to Illinois and dwelled in Alton, Madison County. His rheumatism continued to be debilitating during the postward years and in 1882 he was admitted to the North-western Branch of the National Home for Disabled Soldiers in Milwaukee. His paperwork states that he was widowed and lists his next of kin as his brother John J. Woodring in Allentown. Then in Sept. 1883 he was transferred to the Disabled Soldiers Home's Roseburg Branch in Hampton, VA and on Sept. 6, 1888 moved again into the Disabled Soldiers Home in Dayton, Montgomery County, OH. He contracted pneumonia and died in Dayton at the age of 63 on Nov. 19, 1888. Burial was in the cemetery in Dayton, in Section G, Row 16, Grave 16. [Find-a-Grave]

William is not included in our count of Civil War soldiers in the family as he was no longer married to Carolina when he served in the army.

 

William W. Woodring's workplace, the Lyric Theatre, Allentown

Son William "Franklin" Woodring (1849-1930) was born on Aug. 27, 1849 in Lehigh County. He spent his early years in the home of his Acker grandparents in Weisenberg, Lehigh County, until their respective deaths. Then, when the Civil War broke out, he joined the Union Army and was a member of the 33rd New Jersey Infantry, Company C. More about his military service will be added here when learned. He was twice married. In about 1873, he wedded his first bride, Emma J. Graybill (June 21, 1855-1902), daughter of David G. and Matilda (Hendricks) Grayville. They bore one son, William Franklin Woodring Jr. Sadly, Emma died in 1902 at the age of 47. On Feb. 8, 1913, when he was 64 years of age, he married Amelia E. Haines (Nov. 19, 1853-1931). Amelia had been married once before, to Charles A. Keller (1850-1912), and brought three adult sons to the marriage, Charles H. Keller, Earle L. Keller and Floyd L. Keller. The wedding was held in the parsonage of Rev. F.D. Geary on North Seventh Street and reported in the Allentown newspapers. The couple dwelled for years in Allentown, where for more than three decades he worked for the C.A. Dorney furniture factory as an engineer. He retired in about 1910. In April 1889, William was awarded a military pension for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #700.832 - 820.878] He received government pension checks for the rest of his long life. William was a longtime member of the Twelfth Street Baptist church and a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and the Allen Fire Company. Their address in 1913 was 508 Washington Street and in 1930 was 820 Chew Street. As his heart and kidneys failed in later 1930, William was taken to Allentown Hospital. He died there on Nov. 10, 1930. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said he was "a lifelong and highly esteemed resident of this city" and was survived by several step-siblings. Funeral services were held at the family church, with burial in West End Cemetery. Amelia only survived her husband by a little more than a year. She applied for Franklin's pension but apparently died before it could be approved. [Widow App. #1.681.189 - XC 2.636.839] Burdened with heart problems, she succumbed at the age of 78 on New Year's Eve 1931. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Bethlehem, Northampton County.

  • Grandson William W. Woodring (1875-1941) was born on Oct. 1, 1875 in Salisbury, Lehigh County, PA. During the Spanish American War, he joined the U.S. Army and served with the 8th U.S. Infantry, Company L. He married Irene E. Marks (Oct. 10, 1885-1942), a native of South Whitehall Township and the daughter of Lewis and Eliza (Kershner) Marks. The couple did not reproduce. They made a home at 233 North 10th Street in Allentown and owned a summer house in Dillingersville. Eliza was a member of St. Andrew's Evangelical and Reformed Church as well as the Sisters of Christine Schwartz Auxiliary. For many years, William was employed as a stagehand at the Lyric Theatre in Allentown, a facility whose proprietor was a distant cousin by marriage, Joseph "Howard" Martz, husband of Sarah (Gorr) Martz of the family of Joseph and Mary "Polly" (Bastian) Gaumer. He also appears to have gone on the road with traveling theatrical companies as well. He worked at the Lyric until retiring in 1937. He was a member of Camp George H. Schwartz, a military veterans group in the community. In the early part of the new year in 1941, despite the depths of winter, the Woodrings went to their summer home at Dillingersville. There, on Jan. 10, 1941, already burdened with diabetes, William suffered a massive heart attack and died, at the age of 65 years, three months and nine days. Following a military funeral, his remains were placed into eternal repose in the West End Cemetery in Allentown. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call. Irene only outlived her spouse by a little under a year-and-a-half and shared her home with her sister Acquilla Reichard. She succumbed in Allentown Hospital on May 11, 1942. The Morning Call printed an obituary naming her other surviving siblings as Ida Carl, Jennie Schrader, Adelaide Desch, Ella Bartholomew and Robert Marks..

Son Lewis H. Mohr (1854-1914) was born on Dec. 8, 1854 in Coopersburg, Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County. He was a young boy when his mother died. He and his widowed father then moved into the home of the boy's grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth Mohr, in Coopersburg, Lehigh County. Lewis was united in holy matrimony with Anna Malinda Mensch (Oct. 9, 1855-1939), a native of Springfield, Bucks County and the daughter of Reuben and Hannah (Gross) Mensch. They were the parents of Charlotte Meyers and Herbert R. Moore. They made a home in South Bethlehem, Lehigh County, at the address of 335 Wyandotte Street. He was employed as a fireman for Bethlehem Steel Corporation and was well known as an "expert mechanic." The Mohrs belonged to the St. Mark's Lutheran Church. At the age of 59, he was stricken by a stroke apoplexy at work and was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital, where the Angel of Death swept him away six hours later on the second day of the new year in 1914. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Nisky Hill Cemetery. W.M. Weierbach of South Bethlehem was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call noted that he was survived by "one step-brother." [Find-a-Grave] Anna survived her spouse and lived for another quarter of a century. Her address in the late 1930s was with her daughter at 55 West Goepp Street in Bethlehem. She bore heart disease and cystitis which let to gastritis and colitis. Unable to rally, she passed away on March 4, 1939, at the age of 83. Rev. Melvin Kurtz officiated at the funeral service, held in the Myers residence, and an obituary was published in the Morning Call.

 

Bethlehem Steel, where Lewis Mohr suffered a fatal stroke at work, 1914

 

  • Granddaughter Charlotte Mohr ( ? -1971) was born in Bethlehem. She wedded Warren E. Myers (Sept. 25, 1881-1964), son of Jonas and Jennie (Jacoby) Myers. The only child born to this union was Eleanor P. Myers. They lived at 55 West Goepp Street in Bethlehem in 1939-1954, and Warren worked for Bethlehem Steel. The Myerses were members of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. Later, they dwelled at 1303 Pembroke Road in Nazareth near Bethlehem. Warren was afflicted at age 83 with gangrene of a toe on his right foot and chronic bronchitis. When he contracted pneumonia, his health sunk quickly and he died on Oct. 23, 1964. Charlotte lived for another seven years. She passed into eternity at the age of 87, in St. Luke's Hospital, on Sept. 28, 1971. The Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary, and interment was in Memorial Park in Bethlehem.
  • Grandson Herbert R. Mohr (1878-1954) was born on April 4 or 12, 1878 in Bingen, Lower Saucon Township. He married Edith Perleberg ( ? - ? ). The couple bore a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Smith. They made a home in Bethlehem in 1939. Herbert earned a living as a powerhouse operator with Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In about 1947, they relocated to Prospect Park, Delaware County, with an address of 611 13th Avenue. At the age of 76, burdened with heart disease, he died at home on Oct. 9, 1954. Burial was in Memorial Park in Bethlehem, with an obituary appearing in the Allentown Morning Call.

 

~ Daughter Matilda Emma (Acker) Keck ~

Daughter Matilda Emma Acker (1829-1907) was born in August 1829 in Breinigsville, Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County.

She married Ephraim Wilson Keck Sr. (1816-1863), a resident of Greenville, Mercer County, PA. They made a home in or near Breiningsville, Lehigh County.

The couple bore one known son, Ephraim Wilson Keck Jr.

 

Breinigsville map, 1862. Library of Congress.

 

At the age of 21, Matilda and her newborn son lived with her parents in Weisenberg, Lehigh County. Sadly, the baby died at the age of 3 months, 17 days on Oct. 28, 1850, with burial in Ziegels Union Cemetery. That same year, Matilda's father passed away.

During the Civil War, Ephraim is believed to have served in the Union Army as a member of the 145th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. He enlisted on Aug. 29, 1862 and mustered out on Jan. 16, 1863. Research findings suggest that Ephraim died the same day he was discharged from the army. His remains were placed into repose in the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in the District of Columbia. [Find-a-Grave]

He and his fate are mentioned in the book Common Men in the War for the Common Man, by Dr. Verel R. Salmon.

Matilda survived him by more than four decades, but for some reason did not apply for a military pension to compensate for the loss of her husband. She relocated to Indiana and in the early 20th century lived in Logansport, Cass County. She reputedly died there on June 9, 1907

 

~ Son Henry Acker Jr. ~

Son Henry Acker Jr. (1831-1912) was born on Aug. 14, 1831 in Lower Macungie Township.

He married Anna Maria Ahner (1838-1928), daughter of Solomon and Esther (Ochs) Acker. They dwelled for years near Alburtis, Lehigh County, where Henry plied his trade as a carpenter.

The couple produced these known children -- Oscar Acker, Ellen King, Emma Mertz, George Acker, Harvey Acker and Llewellyn Acker.

The family were members of the Lehigh Reformed Church near Alburtis.

Sadly, at the age of 81, suffering from paresis, a loss of voluntary muscle movement, Henry died on Sept. 13, 1912. An obituary in the Allentown Leader noted that he had been sick for about nine months and that his brother Jonas, of Lancaster County, had died just a month earlier. The Allentown Democrat opined that he was "a highly esteemed resident." He was interred at Lehigh Church Cemetery, with Rev. C.A. Kerschner of Allentown officiating. Daughter Ellen of Alburtis signed the death certificate.

Anna Maria lived for another 16 years, cohabitating with her daughter Ellen King in Allentown at 617 North 8th Street. In 1920, she endured the death of her son Oscar, a former hotel operator. She celebrated her 90th birthday in 1928 with a quiet day of visiting with callers who stopped by the house, and "was the recipient of numerous gifts," said the Allentown Morning Call.

She passed away from the effects of a stroke two days after Christmas 1928, at the age of 90. An obituary said she was survived by 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Rev. Frank Larosh oversaw the funeral service.

Daughter Ellen Acker (1862-1929) was born on Oct. 5, 1862 in Lehigh County. She married Peter King ( ? - ? ). The couple bore one son, William Henry King. They lived in Pottstown, PA initially and then in about 1890 relocated to Allentown, where they remained for good. Ellen and Peter were members of the Reformed church. Their home in the late 1920s was at 617 North 8th Street. At the age of about 64, she began to suffer from chronic heart disease. Two years later, she experienced a heart attack and lingered for four days before death carried her away on Sept. 2, 1929. W.H. King of the home signed the death certificate. Her remains were laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, and the Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary. Rev. Milton F. Klingaman, of the Dubbs Reformed Church, preached the funeral sermon. Son William Henry King dwelled in 1929 in Allentown.

Daughter Emma Acker (1867-1914) was born on July 8, 1867. She married (?) Mertz ( ? - ? ) and dwelled at 730 Chestnut Street in Allentown. She suffered for four years with chronic kidney disease and then became paralyzed. She was admitted to the Homeopathic State Hospital in about 1912 and remained there for the final nearly two years of her life. At the age of 47, she succumbed just four days before Christmas 1914. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

Son George A.E. Acker (1874-1933) was born on Feb. 24 or 26, 1874 in Macungie, Lehigh County. Circa the fall of 1899, when he would have been 25 years of age, he married Carrie V. Hausman ( ? - ? ) of Allentown. The couple produced five offspring -- Helen Acker, Leroy Acker, Harry Acker, Clarence Acker and Edgar Acker. They made a residence in 1912-1933 in Allentown, where George earned income as a furniture maker in the shop of Buhler Furniture Company. George belonged to the Fraternal Music Circle of Philadelphia and the Allen Lodge of the Fraternal Home Insurance Society. Their address was 601 South Fifth Street. George was diagnosed with bladder cancer in August 1932 and underwent surgery in February 1933. Nothing more could be done, and he passed away five months later, at the age of 59, on July 2, 1933. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call. Rev. Franklin Slifer officiated at the funeral service. Flowers were provided at the service by a host of family and friends, with Carrie presenting the slumber robe. His remains are in repose in St. Mark's Cemetery, with their sons having served as pallbearers.

 

Lehigh Valley rail depot, where young Herbert Acker nearly was killed

 

Son Harvey A. Acker (1879?-1969) is believed to have been born in 1879. He learned the trade of shoemaking as a young man. At the age of 19, on Nov. 26, 1896, he wedded Lulu Stella "Lula" Moyer (Oct. 3, 1882-1946), daughter of James F. and Matilda W. (Wetzel) Moyer of Lower Macungie. Rev. Dr. Eli Keller officiated at the wedding, held in his parsonage in Zionsville. News ot the impending marriage was published in the Allentown Democrat. The couple's known children were Annie Amanda Acker, Alverda Knauss, Esther Reinhard, Lillian Cope, Erma Fritch, Herbert Acker, Catherine DeEsch and John E. Acker. Toddler daughter Annie died at age 17 months in Aug. 1902, with interment in St. Peters Church in Upper Milford, and an infant child died in Sept. 1918, with burial in Fairview Cemetery. In March 1914, the family escaped tragedy when their four-year-old son Herbert nearly was killed. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, the youngster was wearing "a hankerechief tied around his neck in true cowboy fashion and an old, rusty 32-calibre revolver stuck in his coat pocket" as he ran across the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks at the trolley viaduct to South Allentown.

The car was in charge of of Motorman Victor Silvert and Inspector George Frick was riding on the front platform. Just as the car started across the viaduct Frick discerned in the approaching dusk a form which looked like that of a child and the car was stoped immediately, within only a few feet of the object. It was then noticed that it was a child on the ties, at a point fully sixty feet above the ground. Fearful that the child might fall Frick called out of the front window and called "Stand still." The child did not seem to understand and Frick called out again in German. Even then the child started to walk on the extreme edge of the ties toward the car and stopped right at the front door of the car. It was a pay-as-you-enter car and at first the motorman and inspector were afraid to open the door, for fear it would touch the child and knock it off the trestling. The door was finally opened very slowly and Frick quickly grabbed the child and pulled it to safety in the car. The car was backed off of the bridge and Frick took the child all around the neighborhood, without locating anyone who recognized it. No information whatever could be gained from the youngster, who when asked his name said something that sounded like "Harry Allen." Frick finally took him to the Good Shepherd home, nearby, and then reported the matter to the Police Station. Sometime later the child's mother made inquiries at the station and was told where her son could be found. From the parents it was later learned that the father, who is an engineer working on the night shift at the East Penn Yards, had left home Saturday evening at the accustomed time, around 5.30, and it was thought that the child had followed him at some distance.

Circa 1915, they dwelled at 12 South Ninth Street in Allentown, and provided a home for cigarmaker Harvey J.F. Mohr. Harvey and Mohr were good friends and enjoyed hunting and fishing together. Then when Mohr died in March 1915, he bequeathed his entire estate to Harvey, including $14,000 in gold and cash. Lulu was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Citizens Fire Company No. 2 of Emmaus, the Reformed congregation of the St. Peter's Union Church and its Sunday School class. The Ackers moved to Emmaus by 1920, with Harvey continuing to be employed as a brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Lulu as a seamstress in a shirt factory. At one time they also lived in Seisholtzville and in Hereford Township, Berks County (until about late 1945 or early 1946). Suffering from an immune system deficiency which allowed easy bruising and bleeding, called purpora, Lulu was bedfast for the last eight months of her life. She was moved in early 1946 into the home of their married daughter Erma Fritch at 168 Main Street in Emmaus. There, she succumbed to death on June 1, 1946, at the age of 63. Son John E. Acker of Macungie signed the death certificate. Harvey lived for another 23 years and remained in their Emmaus residence. He passed away, at the age of about 90, in 1969. Burial was beside his wife in St. Peter's Union Church Cemetery in Macungie.

Son Llewellyn E.S. Acker (1876-1941) was born on Aug. 28, 1876 in Alburtis, Lehigh County. He was united in matrimony with Kate Ziegler ( ? - ? ), a native of East Greenville, Montgomery County and the daughter of James and Matilda (Schlicher) Ziegler. The two children born to this marriage were Catherine Sperling and James Acker. They dwelled for a quarter of a century in East Greenville, where Llewellyn worked as a ribbon weaver at the Columbia Silk Mills. Circa 1927, he served as a constable in East Greenville, and then acquired the Hamman Restaurant in Emmaus, where he and the family moved in late December. He nearly died in December 1929 when found "lying in a helpless condition along the towpath,", reported the Allentown Morning Call. He was rushed to Allentown Hospital, and recovered, with his malady blamed on "poisoning believed to have been caused by drinking liquor." By 1938, he became disabled and could no longer work. They sold the contents of their Church Street home in June 1938 and moved into the residence of their daughter Catherine Sperling in Allentown, but may also have retained ownership of their East Greenville house. Their address in the early 1940s was 315 Main Street. Llewellyn contracted heart valve disease which led to an enlarged heart. He passed away at the age of 65 on Oct. 21, 1941. His remains were placed into eternal rest in New Goshenhoppen Church in East Greenville. Kate outlived her husband and continued to shared a home with her daughter at 1006 Walnut Street in Allentown. At her 75th birthday, she was pictured in the Morning Call and was hosted at a dinner at the Walnut Grille, with 50 guests attending

Son Oscar H. Acker (1887-1920) was born on Sept. 21, 1887. As a young man, he learned the trade of cabinet-making. But he moved to Salisbury, PA, where for years he was proprietor of Acker's Hotel. He made his home on Bethlehem Street in Gauff's Hill. Oscar was joined in wedlock with Eleanora ( ? - ? ). They bore three offspring, Herbert Acker, Mrs. Alfred Boyer and Ella Desch. He was socially active and a member of several lodges, among them the Lecha Wonk Tribe of the Order of Red Men, the Washington Camp of the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America, the Allentown Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Carrol Countil of the Order of United American Mechanics. Sadly, at the age of 62, and burdened with kidney disease added to cerebral apoplexy, he passed away at home on Jan. 8, 1920. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. An obituary appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.

 

~ Son Jonas K. Acker ~

Son Jonas K. Acker (1833-1912) was born on July 10, 1833 (or 1834 or 1835) in Whitehall, Lehigh County or in Berks County, PA. He pronounced his first name with the short "o" sound, as in "John."

Jonas married circa 1856 to Katherine "Amanda" Dries (Jan. 14, 1837-1915), daughter of Joseph and Kate (Zimmerman) Dries, also spelled "Driess."

They were the parents of Eugene Acker, Oscar Joseph Acker and Ellsworth "Howard" Acker.

During the Civil War, Jonas was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army as a member of the 167th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I. Then in 1885, Jonas was awarded a military pension for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #540.850 - Cert. 896.283]

The couple lived in Rexmont, South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. In 1894-1895, they were charter members of the United Evangelical Church, with services held in German, later renamed the Rexmont Evangelical Congregational Church. He also belonged to the Col. John M. Mark Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization. Jonas earned a living as a laborer and was considered one of the best known residents of the town.

He succumbed to kidney disease at the age of 79 on July 31, 1912. Interment was in Cornwall Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery. Members of his GAR post assisted in the burial, among them Jacob L. Rise, George T. Brooks, J.H. Miller, William Oliver and John H. Boltz. . F.B. Wetmer of Lebanon provided key details for the Pennsylvania certificate of death, and an obituary was printed in the Lebanon Daily News.

The widowed Amanda was granted her late husband's military pension. [Widow App. #991.827 - Cert. #750.095] Her final address was at the corner of Third and Culvert Streets. She contracted cancer of the liver and, at the end, slipped into a coma. At the age of 78, on Nov. 7, 1915, she passed into eternity. They were remembered in a Nov. 14, 1970 article about the history of their church.

Son Eugene U. Acker (1857-1929) was born on July 9, 1857. In nuptials held in Fairville, PA on Nov. 7, 1878, he married Mary/Emma Zeiset (Sept. 17, 1859-1926), daughter of German immigrants Henry and Elizabeth (Miller) Zeiset, also spelled "Zieset." Rev. A. Warfel presided, with his wife serving as witness. The children born to this union were Harry J. Acker, John Acker, William Elmer Acker and Lillian Violet "Lillie" Hyle. They lived in Beartown, PA in 1887 - Cornwall, Lebanon County in 1888 - Rexmont, Lebanon County in 1912 - and back in Cornwall in 1929. Grief blanketed the family on Oct. 12, 1888, a year after they had relocated from Beartown to Cornwall. Mary and her young son John traveled back to Beartown for a visit. While there, reported the Lancaster New Era, "the child had a bad cold which developed into membraneous croup, and by noon he was dead. The father was notified by telegraph of his sad affliction and came down the next day." Funeral services were held in the home of Mary's relative George Zieset. Rev. Martin and Rev. Zimmerman, of the Mennonite Church, co-officiated at the funeral and burial at Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery. The funeral sermon was based on Psalms 109. Over the years, he supported the family through his work as a janitor at Bethlehem Steel Company. The family were members of the Evangelical Congregational Church, of which he was a charter member circa 1895. Mary became seriously ill a few days before Christmas 1925, with her health declining over the next 10 months. Physicians noted that she suffered from "mental degeneration and insanity." She died at the age of 67 on Oct. 10, 1926. An obituary in the Lebanon Daily News said that she "was a kind and devoted mother and neighbor and was a very faithful member of the United Evangelical church and Sunday School, Rexmont, which she attended faithfully up until her health permitted." Eugene survived her by three years. He was stricken with kidney and heart disease and died at the age of 72 on Sept. 14, 1929. Reported the Daily News, "A large number of friends attended the services after viewing the body. Many friends and fellow workmen viewed the body Tuesday evening at the residence." Burial was in Cornwall, with Rev. W.H. Wieand officiating.

Son Oscar Joseph Acker (1860-1926) -- also spelled "Osker" -- was born on March 5, 1860. He was joined in holy matrimonial union with Ida V. Yost (1866-1932), daughter of John and Sarah (Smith) Yost. Their known sons were William J. Acker and Theodore John Acker, and possibly also Ella A. Minner. Sadness cascaded over the family when presumed, married daughter Ella A. Minner died at the age of 20 in 1903. Oscar was an ironworker. They resided in 1912 in Birdsboro, Berks County and in 1926 in Parkesburg, Chester County, PA, where he labored for Parkesburg Iron Company. On the fateful day of June 5, 1926, he died instantly after suffering a cerebral apoplexy, at the age of 66. Interment was in Octorara Cemetery.

Son Ellsworth "Howard" Acker (1869-1928) was born on July 8, 1869 or 1870. He was united in marriage with Anna M. "Annie" Zellers (April 21, 1871-1920), daughter of Isaac and Rebecca (Carpenter) Zellers of Lebanon County. Their trio of offspring were Emma Catherine Billingham, Earl Ellsworth Acker and Ralph Isaac Acker. They dwelled in Lebanon, at 1229 Forge Street, where he labored as a machinist. Burdened with chronic kidney problems for five years, Annie was felled by a stroke and died, at age 48, on Jan. 15, 1920. Her remains were lowered under the sod in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Howard outlived her by eight years at the address of 2819 West Third Street in Chester, Delaware County, PA. Suffering from chronic heart problems, he died at the age of 58 on Jan. 31, 1928. Burial was in Lebanon. Susie Pasko of Chester was the informant for the official Pennsylvania death certificate.

 

~ Daughter Catherine Anna "Kitty Ann" Acker ~

Daughter Catherine Anna "Kitty Ann" Acker (1836- ? ) was born in about 1836.

At the age of 14, in 1850, she lived with her parents in Weisenberg, Lehigh County. Nothing more about her is known.

 

~ Daughter Massya Acker ~

Daughter Massya ("Messiah?") Acker (1841- ? ) was born in about 1841 in Breinigsville, Weisenberg Township, Lehigh County.

The 1850 U.S. Census shows her in her parents' home at the age of nine.

She has not been located in the federal census of 1860. Nothing more about her is known.

 

Copyright 2000, 2015, 2016, 2018-2019 Mark A. Miner

Many thanks to Paula (Gaumer) Tooke, Stan Garmer and Dr. Phyllis M. Correa for so graciously sharing their research discoveries for this biography.