2703. Alexander Fry ACKLEY Sr appeared in the census between 1850 and 1860 in Maine. He was born on 8 November 1842 in Cutler, Washington, Maine, United States.71,143,707,708,719,839,1368,2269 1860 census has birth as ca 1846
After an illness dating from the early part of March when he suffered an attack of flu, Mr. Ackley passed away Friday, June 14th 1929, at the home of his son Robert at the age of 86 years, seven months, and six days. While Mr. Ackley would rally at times he was unable to overcome his enfeebled condition and he gradually grew weaker until the end came Friday morning. Death was not unexpected.
Mr. Ackley was born November 8, 1843, in Cutler, Maine, where he received his schooling. At the age of fifteen he decided to go to sea and signed on the books of the Union, a topsail schooner trading between East Machias, Maine, and New York City, and later shipping with other vessels which took him to the four-corners of the earth.
Mr. Ackley served two years as a sailor in the Civil War, starting from New York and on the way to Norfork was wounded. After recovery he took service on the transport steamer John L. Gibson. He was an eye-witness to the fierce duel fought between the Merrimac and the Monitor, early in March, 1862, one of the epoch events in the history of the United States. Mr. Ackley had a clear memory of this event and could interestingly tell the happenings of this great battle.
After roaving the briny deep for about fourteen years, he decided to "settle-down" and came back to his old home in East Machias, Maine, where on June 22, 1871, he married to Miss Annie E. Mulno. Here they built a humble home while Mr. Ackley was employed in a sawmill. After nearly four years' residence in Maine they decided to come west and landed in Port Gamble, Washington, May 29th, 1875, where the familiy home was maintained for about eleven years. After a short residence in Seattle, the family came to San Juan Island, in May 1892, where Mr. Ackley acquired and developed the fine San Juan Valley Farm which is now operated by his son, Robert, and which has been the father's home in his declining years.
Mr. and Mrs. Ackley celebrated their golden wedding, June 22, 1921, and the following year, on September 14th, 1922, his life partner for half a century passed to her reward. To this union were born eight children, four sons and four daughters. Two daughters are buried in Maine and two sons at Port Gamble. The remaining children are Tom Ackley, Robert Ackley, Mrs. Bob Erickson, and Mrs. Joe Taylor, all residents of San Juan Island.
Mr. Ackley took an active part in community affairs. Politically, he was a staunch Republican. He was a member of the San Juan County Pioneers' Association, also of the Washington Pioneers.
Funeral Services were held at the Valley Presbyterian church, Sunday after noon, internment in the Valley Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended.
Mr. Ackley's long residence on the Island, coupled with his genial disposition, drew about him a wide circle of friends who will always retain a remembrance of him as a man that was a worthy citizen, a good neighbor, and a friend who always held out an open-hand of hospitality as was the true custom of the pioneer. What greater monument could a man desire than these.
Alexander Fry ACKLEY Sr and Annie Emily MULNO were married on 22 June 1872 in East Machias, Washington, Maine, United States.71,842,1342,2272,2273 Annie Emily MULNO, daughter of Thomas MULNO and Amanda F CLARK, was born on 21 February 1853 in Maine.713,839,1368,2274 She appeared in the census in 1870 in Maine. She appeared in the census between 1880 and 1887 in Washington. Annie died on 8 September 1922 at the age of 69 in Friday Harbor, San Juan , Washington.2274 Her Obituary appeared in the 2271 MRS. ANNIE ACKLEY IS SUMMONED BY DEATH
Wife of A. F. Ackley; Pioneer Resident of Island
Residents of San Juan Island were saddened the past week to learn of the death of Mrs. A.F. Ackley, which occurred Friday, September 8th, 1922, at the age of 69 years, six months and 18 days. Although in failing health for the past year, Mrs. Ackley's death comes as a surprise to her intimate friends with whom she was visiting but a few days before the final summons came.
Alexander Fry ACKLEY Sr-4247 and Annie Emily MULNO-4248 had the following children: