Sixth Generation

777. Ezra ACKLEY was born about 1802 in Licking, Ohio, United States. He appeared in the census in 1830 in Ohio. He was living in 1830 in Mary Ann Township, Licking , Ohio.420 Ezra presented a claim for hostile Indian damages in 1832 on 10 January 1838 in House of Representatives, Washington D C.874 He purchased land on 22 November 1839 in Kendall , Illinois423,875 Document #: 5991 He died on 30 May 1840 at the age of 38 in Yorkville, Kendall, Illinois. Ezra.876,877 Ackley Run (Creek) stream flowing through sections 14 and 15, Fox Township. The stream flows northwestward and joins Hollenback Creek in the east half of section 15, Fox Township. Ackley Run was named for Ezra Ackley an early settler of Kendall County.


The first permanent settlement upon Fox River, except near the
mouth, in the neighborhood of Ottawa, and the first in Kendall County, so far as is known. was made by Clark Hollenback, his brother George Hollenback, William Harris, and Ezra Ackley, and their families. in the Winter of 1831 George Hollenback staked off the first c1aim, which now includes a portion of the farm of Daniel Pierce, Esq., not far from the site of the village of Oswego. He, however, abandoned this claim. Re­tracing their steps, Clark Hollenback located with his family at the grove about half a mile northeast of Newark. George Hollenback and Mr. Ackley arrived at the grove, which now bears his name, on the 18th day of April, 1831, and were joined by William Harris and his family in a few clays, and here and at that time the first permanent settlement fairly began. He.877 INDIAN TROUBLES.

In the Spring of 1831, the Sank Indians, conceiving or pretending that they had been cheated or otherwise wronged by the treaty at Prairie du Chien, crossed the Mississippi River at Fort Armstrong (now Rock Island) and demanded satisfaction for their grievances' of General Atkinson, who was then stationed at that point. Considerable force was exhibited on the part of General Atkinson, but in order to conciliate them and cause no dissatisfaction, several thousand dollars' worth of provisions, consisting mostly of flour and pork~ was turned out to them by the government, upon which they became apparently satisfied, and recrossed the Mississippi to their own homes, some where in the present State of Iowa. In the Spring of 1832 they again demanded satisfaction for grievances, and the com­mandant at Fort Armstrong notified the then governor of the state in regard to the threatened hostilities ; but it took the messenger a long while to reach the capital, and it took much longer for the governor to call out and equip the militia, and before any considerable force could be interposed between the Indians and the settlement. the blow had fallen. This portion of the country had belonged to the Pottawatomie Indians from time immemorial and they had not. yet removed from the country. The chiefs, although professing friendship for the white people, were also friendly with the hostile Indians. who were Sauks and Foxes. When. the Indians crossed the Mississippi they passed up the north side of Rock River, while General Atkinson, with the United States forces, passed up from Fort Armstrong on the south side of the same river until he arrived at Dixon's Ferry, where for a time he stopped, upon. learning of the defeat of Stillman the day before (the 15th of May, 1832) ; from this point Major Stillman or General Atkinson dispatched a young man by the name of Holley, and two others, for the settlement on Fox River, but they never reached their destination, and were supposed to have been murdered by the Indians, as the same day the Indians arrived at the mouth of Rod Creek, at which place it was proposed to hold a council with the chiefs o the Pottawatomie. During the time the council was in session, the Pottawatomie Chief Shabona and his friends could not be drawn into the war Knowing that the council could sit but a few hours at farthest, and that danger would then threaten the new settlements, for whom he professed friendship, Shabona secretly dispatched his sister's son, a trusty young Indian, by the name of Peppers or Pepys, with instructions to proceed t George Hollenback's house, as it was the nearest, and. give him warning The young man, fearing he might be followed, went to Clark Hollenback's house, four miles in a contrary direction. Mr. Hollenback was absent but his son Thomas, seeing the only chance for saving the lives of his uncle's family was in immediate action, rode at full speed a perfectly un broken colt to his uncle's house, and gave the alarm. The wagon-box was set upon the wagon, the horses harnessed and. hitched, and while Mr. Hollenback hurried to Ackley's and Harris' houses to give the warning, a few necessary articles were placed in. the wagon. It was now lab in the evening. Mr. Hollenback and his family, Peter Bolinger, who was at this time a member of his family, Mr. Ackley and his wife and their two children, with Mr. Harris' family, placing the women and small children in the wagon, the larger children and men on foot, started to make their escape, pursuing an easterly course. On account, how­ever, of the straying of the horses of Mr. Harris, and the absence of himself and his two Sons in search of them, Mr. Harris' family had to escape on foot, and Mrs. Harris' father, old Mr. Combs, who was sick in bed, had to be left to the mercy of the Indians. In their flight their numbers were augmented by Mr. Harris, who joined his family the next clay, Mr. E. G. Ament who was Mr. Harris' son-in-law, his brother Hiram, Mr. Morton who lived with Mr. Ament, Stephen Wrest, an old Frenchman Basil Lamsett, better known as Peter Specie (or Pecie as lie called himself), Keeler Clark and his brother William 0. Clark. After hardships, trials and hair-breadth escapes from hostile Indians, they reached Plainfield.
Mr. Bolinger, Mr. Cooper, and a young man from Hickory Grove immediately returned to the rescue of old Mr. Combs, whom they found unharmed, and brought him to Plainfield. The Indians, as lie informed them, finding him helpless, had placed food. and water within his reach, and. had otherwise treated him kindly.
Mr. Ackley did not remain in Plainfield with the remainder of his neighbors, but that afternoon the families of Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Selvy, who had established themselves at the Aux Sable Grove, passed by Plainfield on their way to the Wabash. Mr. Ackley and his family joined them and proceeded to the Wabash country, and was soon in a place of safety.

Ezra ACKLEY and Elsie "Eby" COOMBS were married on 12 July 1821 in Licking, Ohio, United States.5,314,869,870 LDS also lists her first name as Ailcy
Probate has date as date as 21 Jul and name as Ailcy
married by Noah Fidler J.P Elsie "Eby" COOMBS was born about 1804 in Virginia.40,878,879,880 She presented a claim of indemnification for losses resulting from hostile Indians. on 12 January 1848 in in the House of Representatives, Washington D C.881 She appeared in the census in 1850 in Illinois. Elizabeth in 1850 IL Census Elsie was living in 1850 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.878 She was living in 1860 in Fox , Kendal , Illinois.880 living with son Chester 1860 census She appeared in the census in 1870 in IA. Elsie was living in 1870 in Adams, Keokuk , Iowa.879 living with son George She died on 13 February 1871 at the age of 67.40 She was buried in Sorden Cemetery, Webster, Keokuk, Iowa.40

Ezra ACKLEY-28814 and Elsie "Eby" COOMBS-28815 had the following children:



Mary ACKLEY was born on 23 September 1819 in Salem, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States.5



Elsie ACKLEY-12589.



Angeline ACKLEY-229.



Phebe Cemantha ACKLEY-234.



Sally Ann ACKLEY was born about 1832.878 listed as Sara A in 1850 IL Census She appeared in the census in 1850 in Illinois. listed as Sara A in 1850 IL Census She died EARLY 20,S. Died unmarried



George W ACKLEY-237.



Chester L ACKLEY-308.