Sixth Generation


848. John Milton ACKLEY199 was born on 18 January 1835 in Parma, Cuyahoga , Ohio.382,467,468,780,782,783,981,982,983,984 He was living in 1850 in Parma, Cuyahoga , Ohio.382 living with father and stepmother On 15 August 1850 he was a Farmer in Parma, Cuyahoga , Ohio. John was living between 1870 and 1880 in Brooklyn, Cuyahoga , Ohio.782,783 From 16 July 1870 to 2 June 1880 he was an a surveyor in Brooklyn, Cuyahoga , Ohio.782,783,985 He lived Brooklyn Village in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States in June 1880.985 John was living in 1910 in Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.981 On 14 January 1920 he was a Bussinessman in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.982 He was living in 1920 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.982 living with son inlaw Lewis Stumpff and daughter Helen John has Death Cert # 44841478,986,987 Volume Number: 4806 He died of Gastro intrnitis (sp?) on 27 August 1925 at the age of 90 in Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States.983,986,987 He appeared in the census 1850,1860,1870,1880,1900,1910,1920 in Ohio. John lived in Brewton, Escambia , Alabama.202 His Obituary appeared in the 478 Id#: 0000671Name: Ackley, John M.Date: Aug. 30, 1925Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #001.Notes: Ackley-John M., age 30 years, husband of the late Charlotte L., father of Jena A., of Los Angeles; John A., of Miami, Fla., and Mrs. Helen Ackley Strumpf, Thursday p. m., at the home of his daughter, 1923 Brainard avenue, Funeral From Archwood Congregational Churon, Monday 2:30 p. m. Biography of JOHN M. ACKLEY is one of the oldest living native sons of Cleveland .
. He was born in a log house on what ,vas Center Road, now Ridge Road,
in Parma Township of Cuyahoga County, January 18, 1835. He is an
engineer by profession, and a large part of his life was spent in the far
West and in the South in the lumber industry.
Mr. Ackley's grandfather, Benjamin Ackley, was a native of Connecticut
and served in the commissary department of the American department in
the Revolutionary war. He spent the rest of his life at Castleton, Vermont.
His wife was Elizabeth Buel, whose first husband was Major Lorenzo Carter.
John Anson Ackley, father of John M., was born at Castleton, Vermont,
in 1789 and died in 1866. He prepared for college in Vermont and
took a special course of engineering in what is now Cornell University at
Ithaca, New York. He was one of the few pioneers in Northern Ohio who
possessed a technical education. Coming to Ohio he located in Cleveland,
then a hamlet, and when 'Cleveland was organized as a village he was
made the first marshal. For many years he did work as an engineer
on state and federal projects, including the building of the Ohio Canal and
improvements on the Muskingum River to provide slack water navigation.
He was asked by the United States Government to estimate the cost of
building a stone pier on the east bank of the river, and the itemized statement
he submitted in 1831, is now possessed by his son, John M. Ackley.
He superintended the building of this pier. After his marriage he bought
a tract of land in Parma Township, the improvements consisting of a small
clearing and a log house. On this land, now known as York Road, he
erected good buildings and though his professional duties kept him away
much of the time his home was there until his death at the age of seventy seven.
He was a member of Cleveland City Lodge No. 15, of Masons,
and in 1816 served as its secretary. John A. Ackley married Miriam Emerson,
who was born in the State of Maine. She died at the age of seventy
years. Their children were: Mary E., John M., Solon N., Miriam,
Elisabeth, and Sarah L. The daughter Miriam married J. P. Collins,
Elisabeth became the wife of Burr Robbins, the circus man, and Sarah L.
married Theodore Tow!. Julia A. married Capt. Daniel W. Stearns.
John M. Ackley first attended public schools and at the age of twelve
was made a personal pupil of Professor Churchill, who prepared him for
college. Owing to ill health at the time his parents decided that he was
not strong enough to enter Yale College as had been planned, and instead
he completed a course in the Brooklyn Academy in Cuyahoga County.
Soon afterward he joined the engineering department of the Lake Shore
& Michigan Southern Railway, then building the Air Line Road between
Toledo and Elkhart, Indiana. He was in this service until the road was
completed. and then went out to the territory of Minnesota. the same year
that Minnesota. was admitted to the Union. 1856. AI that time any amount
of land could be secured. in Minnesota at $1.25 an acre, and Minneapolis
and St. Paul were mere villages. In 1859 Mr. Ackley went oot to the
Pacific Coast. traveling by way of Panama and landing at San Francisco,
where for a. time he was associated in business with his brother David.
He next went over the mountains into Nevada, and all his travels in !be
West were made before the construction of railways. He did a great deal
of surveying work in the far West. In 1862 he was ejected a member of
the Nevada. Territorial Legislature representing Lyon and Churchill counties.
At that time Samuel Clemens better known to fame as Mark Twain..
was in Nevada as reporter for the Sacramento Union. the San Francisco
bulletin and the Territorial Enterprise, collecting those experiences which
he subsequently wove into one of his best known books. Mr. Ackley made
his home at Dayton, Nevada and Carson City, where he served his county
surveyor of Ormsby county, Nevada, Carson City, county seat and capital
of territory at that time.
On returning to Cuyahoga County from the far West be was elected
county surveyor in 1869 . holding that office for six years. Also built a
home on West Thirty-third Street. Mr. Ackley in 1887 went South, becoming
associated with the Peters Lumber Company, Operating mills in
Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.\While connected With this company
he inspected over 200.000 acres of timber land and assessing and paying
taxes in these three slates. The Peters Lumber Company and the J. M.
Ackley Lumber Company, of which he was a member, cut the timber from
80,000 acres.
Mr. Ackley spent about twenty years in the South. but in 1905 returned
to Cuyahoga County and soon afterward built a home on a part of the old
Ackley homestead in Parma Township. He continued occasional work
as a surveyor until he was eighty-live years of age, when he retired and
took a trip out to California, spending four months. He now lives in the
family of his daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Stumpf, in
Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1857 he married Miss Jennie A. Sprague, who died in 1858.. Their
only son, Jena Alva Ackley, married Rena Benton, their daughter Sadie
Alice, marrying John W McFall, and the McFalls have two daughters. the
great-grandchildren of Mr, Ackley. The McFalls live in Shoshone, Idaho.
Mr. Ackley's second wife was Charlotte Lydia Gray, who was born in
Lapeer, Michigan, daughter of Asahel J. and Jane P. (Vosburg) Gray.
Mrs. Ackley died in 1909, having reared four children, named Genevieve
M., John A . Helen C. and Marie E. One child, Solon, died when seven
years of age. Genevieve. was the wife of Edgar Laurens Hamilton ..
Helen C. married Lewis H. Stumpf, and their three children are Chalmers
L . Miriam H. and Marie E. Mr. Ackley's youngest daughter, Marie,
became the wife of J. R. Robbins, and died leaving two children named
Charlotte Ackley and Mary Elizabeth.
Mr. Ackley is a member of Norris Lodge No. 301, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, at Brewton. Alabama and is affiliated with Webb Chapter
No. 14, Royal Arch Masons, of Cleveland, Oriental Commandery No. 12,
of the Knights Templar Lake Erie Consistory and Cleveland Council
No. 36. He also belongs to the Early Settlers Association of Cuyahoga
County, and the New England Society and Sons of the American Revolution. John Milton Ackley travelled widely, for the times. In 1862 he went to San Francisco via the Panama Canal; in 1869 he went to Cleveland, Ohio. He was a member of the Nevada 2nd Territorial Legislature.

From "Pioneer Families of Cleveland 1796-1840" : John M. Ackley - late of Brewton, Alabama.

From a newspaper article 7/22/1986 by Thomas J. Winslow (don't know the name of the paper).

In the days preceding the transcontinental railroad, John M. Ackley traveled to the Pacific Coast via Panama and ended up in San Francisco in 1862, where he purchased silver mines. That year, he was elected to the Nevada Territorial Legislature, and befriended a struggling newspaper reporter named Samuel Clemens, according to "Early History of Cleveland, Ohio," by Col. Charles Whittlesey.
Returning to his now-sprawling hometown in 1869, Ackley resumed his political career as county engineer, and probably supervised the sureying of tiny new hamlets like West Cleveland, Lynndale and Brooklyn Village in the early 1870s.

Chalmers L. Stumpf, gransdon of John M. Ackley, remembers his famous ancestor as always wearing a silk hat and chumming around with the city's notable politicians, like Mayor Tom L. Johnson. "He was a very formal man and very educated," Stumpf, 70, said from his LaPort, Ohio home. "When he came down to breakfast, he always had a white celluloid collar, a tie and a suitcoat -- like he was all dressed up for business."

Ackley was relatively physically fit. His grandson recalled that Ackley walked daily from their Brainard Avenue home on the near West Side to the Masonic Auditorium on E. 30th Street -- up until the week before he died at age 90. Ackley was an original member of the Early Settlers Association, which was founded in 1879. The group began planning a memorial to General Moses Cleaveland in 1880. Today, the surveying tools used by John Ackley when he posed for the statue are the Stumpf family's treasured heirlooms. The Jacob's staff and the brass compass are really part of a surveying set; the compass fits atop the 5-foot pole. Ackley donated most of the rest of his surveying equipment to the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Deana L. Schweter, Ackley's great-granddaughter, said her father, Stumpf, a retired motorcycle mechanic, liked to dream about being his pioneer ancestor.

From a biography written by (?):
John M. Ackley was born in a log house on what was Center Road, now Ridge Road, in Parma Township of Cuyahoga County, January 18, 1835. He was an engineer by profession, and a large part of his life was spent in the far West and in the South in the lumber industry. Mr. Ackley first attended public schools and at the age of twelve was made a personal pupil of Professor Churchill, who prepared him for college. Owing to ill health at the time, his parents decided that he was not strong enough to enter Yale College as had been planned, and instead he completed a course in the Brooklyn Academy in Cuyahoga County. Soon afterward he joined the enginering department of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway, then building the Air Line Road between Toledo and Elkhart, Indiana. He was in this service until the road was completed, and then went out to the territory of Minnesota, the same year that Minnesota was admitted to the Union, 1856. At that time any amount of land could be secured in Minnesota at $1.25 an acre, and Minneapolis and St. Paul were mere villages. In 1859 Mr. Ackley went out to the Pacific Coast, traveling by way of Panama and landing at San Francisco. He next went over the mountains into Nevada, and all his Travels in the West were made before the construction of railways. He did a great deal of surveying work in the far West. IN 1862 he was elected a meember of the Nevada Territorial Legislature representing Lyon and Churchill counties.
At that time Samuel Clemens, better known to fame as Mark Twain, was in Nevada as reporter for the Sacramento Union, the San Francisco Bulletin and the Teritorial Enterprise, collecting those experiences which he subsequently wove into one of his best known books. Mr. Ackley made his home at Dayton, Nevada and Carson City, where he served as county surveyor of Ormsby County, Nevada, Carson City, County seat and capital of territory at that time.
On returning to Cuyahoga County from the far West he was elected county surveyor in 1869, holding that office for six years. Also built a home on West Thirty-third Street. Mr. Ackley in 1887 went South, becoming associated with the Peters Lumber Company, operating mills in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. While connected with this company he inspected over 200,000 acres of timber land and assessing and paying taxes in these three states. The Peters Lumber Company and the J. M. Ackley Lumber Company, of which he was a member, cut the timber from 80,000 acres.

John Milton ACKLEY and Jane Ann "Jennie" SPRAGUE were married about 1857.468 Jane Ann "Jennie" SPRAGUE, daughter of Rufus SPRAGUE and Helen , was born circa 1836 in Ohio.382 She appeared in the census in 1850 in Ohio. She died on 25 June 1858 at the age of 22.988 Jane was buried in Quarterline- Evergreen Cemetery, Troy Center, Walworth, Wisconsin, United States.40

John Milton ACKLEY-1107 and Jane Ann "Jennie" SPRAGUE-1108 had the following children:

+1992

i.

Jena Alva ACKLEY-51428.

John Milton ACKLEY and Charlotte Lydia GRAY were married on 29 October 1863 in Lapeer , Michigan.89,478,782,783,984,989,990 Charlotte Lydia GRAY, daughter of Asadell J GRAY and Jane V ZOSBERG, was born on 6 May 1844 in Michigan.468,782,783,991 She appeared in the census between 1870 and 1880 in Ohio. She died of a heart attack on 22 May 1909 at the age of 65 in Parma, Cuyahoga , Ohio.468,478,991 Charlotte has Death Cert # 23580 She was buried on 25 May 1909 in Riverside Cemetery, Parma, Cuyahoga , Ohio.991 Her Obituary appeared in the 478 Id#: 0000659Name: Ackley, Charlotte LydiaDate: May 25, 1909Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #001.Notes: Ackley-Charlotte Lydia, wife of John M. Ackley, May 22. Funeral services at late residence, Parma, O., Tuesday, May 25, 2 o'clock, standard.

John Milton ACKLEY-1107 and Charlotte Lydia GRAY-1109 had the following children:

+1993

i.

Genevieve (Jennie) Miriam Emerson ACKLEY-1115.

1994

ii.

Solon Julius ACKLEY was born on 4 February 1869 in Ohio.27,468,783,966 He appeared in the census in 1870 in Ohio. He died from diphtheria on 2 January 1876 at the age of 6 in Parma, Cuyahoga , Ohio.478,965,966,992 Solon was buried on 24 May 1878 in Woodland Cemetery, Cleaveland, Cuyahoga , Ohio.992 Section: 24 Lot: 7 Tier: Grave:
Moved to Riverside Cemetery 5/24/1878 His Obituary appeared in the 478 Id#: 0000691Name: Ackley, Solon, J.Date: Jan. 3, 1876Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #001.Notes: Ackley- At Brooklyn village, January 2d. of diphtheria, Solon J. son of John M. and Lottie L. Ackley, aged 6 years and 11 months. Funeral at the Congregational church, Brooklyn village, Tuesday morning, January 4th at o'clock.

+1995

iii.

John Anson ACKLEY-1118.

+1996

iv.

Helen Charlotte Emerson (Nellie) ACKLEY-1121.

+1997

v.

Marie (Mary) Elizabeth Emerson ACKLEY-1126.