Biography of David H. Ackerson
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Ackerson, David H., was born on Wheeler Hill, in February, 1838, son of Henry Ackerson, a native of New Jersey, born in 1792, who, when a young man, came to the town of Pulteney, bought a tract of land in the woods, and cleared him a farm. He later removed to the town of Wheeler, and some years later removed to the town of Prattsburg, where he remained five years, continuing his farming, then retired to the village of Bath where he spent his remaining days. He served for a short time in the 1812 war. He married Lydia Uptigrove, a native of New Jersey, by whom he had these children: Mary A., Catherine, Eliza, Martha, Charles, and David H. The latter was educated in the common school; his mother died when he was fourteen years of age, and he then began life for himself at farm work, and from that time has led an active, energetic life. When twenty four years of age he purchased a farm in Pulteney, thence he removed to Starkey, Yates county, where he conducted a large stock farm for Clark Bell for two years, when he moved to Wheeler and some years later to the village of Bath, to educate his children in the school at that place. He again returned to Starkey and bought a fine farm, but sold it and returned to Bath, and in the fall of 1886 returned to Wheeler and purchased a farm of 300 acres near the village, where he has since resided. For a number of years he was an extensive sheep grower, and also interested in raising fine horses. Mr. Ackerson is a member of the Steuben County Agricultural Association, in which he has held official positions. In 1860 he married Sarah D., daughter of Ephraim Aulls, who occupied and spent his life on the homestead now owned by David H., and Mr. Aulls was for forty years poormaster in the town of \Vheeler. Thomas Aulls, his father, came to the town of Urbana with his father, William Aulls, in 1793, and in 1800 came to Wheeler and settled in the forest. Mr. and Mrs. Ackerson have two children: Herbert, who is head accountant in the office of Bachelier, Johnson & Bacheller, in New York city; and Mrs. Kate M. Allen of New York city. Mr. Ackerson also owns a farm of eighty acres in the town of Bath.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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