Donald Willard Ackman
This photo was taken during World War II, about 1944.
Born: 02 March 1924 Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Died: 03 January 2006 Forest City, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Sponsored memorial at FindAGrave.Com



A Little About The Ackmann Name:
Meaning: ACK = Oak, MANN = Man
An "oakmann" was known for his strength or disposition.
Origin: Saxon Germany
Some Spelling Variations: Akman, Akeman, Ackmann, Ackman

Please note: This is not a complete list. The ACKMAN's are my adopted family and this page is mostly the direct lineage to me. For the complete list of known Ackman(n)'s in the family, please go to our website at Rootsweb Worldconnect ID "redbirdacres". Most of the original information was generously donated by my cousin Miss Ackman (name withheld by request). Thank you cousin! :o) Other contributions by other so noted relatives and sources.


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Some Descendants Of
Karl Charles Ackmann and Wilhelmina DeWalt


Generation No. 1

1. Karl Charles "Carl" Ackmann was born 1833 in Hesse-Kassel, GERMANY, and died July 03, 1902 in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He married Wilhelmina Dewalt 1854 in Germany or Pennsylvania. She was born March 28, 1832 in GERMANY, and died 1906 in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for Karl Charles "Carl" Ackmann:
According to Betty Beck, who did this research, the couple immigrated to the USA in 1854, when Karl was 21 and Wilhelmina was 22. The 1900 census shows that they were married 46 years and owned their home free of mortgage. When Wilhelmina died she had six(6) children, twenty-five(25) grandchildren and four(4) great-grand-children.

Presumably, Karl Charles ACKMANN (some family later became ACKMAN) was the first of his line to come to the United States. Little of his life has been uncovered to date. Karl and Wilhelmina settled on a piece of land in Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. They built a clapboard house painted white. The house faced Six Mile Ferry Road (now Brentwood Road) at the junction with East Willock Road. There they developed the farm, raising fruits and vegetables and dairy products. Karl was a coal miner in the winter and a farmer in the summer.

Wilhelmina tended the chickens and the kitchen garden, churned butter and raised their six children in the Old World Manner. During the lifetime of Karl and Wilhelmina, only German was spoken in the home. The words of a grandchild pictured Karl as a "grouchy old man", strict with his family. This unfortunate tradition has been carried on in some of our family to present day.

Karl and Wilhelmina's estate was not settled until 1912-1913. By the terms of Karl's will, the farm was not to be sold until after Wilhelmina's death, which occurred in 1906. The sale did not occur until 1912, when it was sold in lots or parcels at auction to the highest bidder. This was John Conrad ACKERMAN (misspelled - he was their third child) who received the deed for the parcel bid upon march 4, 1913. In this deed, on Page 2, Paragraph 4, the name was given as follows: "Beginning at the line dividing the properties of J. Ackerman and Ackerman Estate."

In a survey made in 1912 for the Colonial Trust Company, Administrator for "C. Ackman, deceased, heading reads as follows: PLAN OF PROPERTY SHOWING ESTATE OF CHARLES ACKERMAN, DECEASED, BALDWIN TWP., ALLEGHENY COUNTY, made for Colonial Trust Company, March 1912, H.G.Shaw". Also, in the survey the name of "J. Ackerman" appears. A copy of this survey can be submitted.

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There is a list on the internet provided by Pastor Lorch of the first members in good standing for 1896. This was taken from A Short History of the German United Evangelical Church of Birmingham, Pittsburg, Pa. for their 50th Jubilee, 5 Jan 1896 by Pastor Gustav Lorch, pp. 41-48. NOTE: While grouped under beginning letters of the surnames, there is no alphabetical order within the letter categories.

Page 41 Lists of Members in good standing - - Under "A" -- Carl Ackmann

Special Note: There is a "Carl ACKMANN" found in Family Archive #354 Passenger and Immigration Index, 1500s-1900s. He immigrated over with WILHELM ACKMANN (the husband), CAROLINE (the daughter or wife), SOPHIE (daughter or wife) in 1854. No ages listed in my source.

More About Karl Charles "Carl" Ackmann:
Immigration: 1854, Entry Number 2780488, Schaumburg Immigrants, 1820-1914
Religion: German United Evangelical Church

More About Wilhelmina Dewalt:
Immigration: 1854, From Germany to Pennsylvania

Children of Karl Ackmann and Wilhelmina Dewalt are:
2 i. Charles William Ackman , born January 09, 1851 in Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died February 19, 1938 in Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.   *** Direct Lineage ***
ii. Caroline Ackmann , born April 24, 1861 in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died July 25, 1948 in Oakland, Alameda County, California. She married Dan L. J. McGowan. He was born Abt. 1860 in Mifflin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died unknown.
iii. John Conrad Ackmann , born August 29, 1864 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died March 17, 1948 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
iv. Louisa Sophia Ackmann , born October 06, 1867 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died November 17, 1912 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She married Philip Hartmann April 09, 1893 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was born April 09, 1867 in Germany; died Bet. 1900-1910 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Both are buried in the Birmingham (Zimmerman) Cemetery, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
v. Doretta Helen "Dorothy" Ackmann , born March 20, 1870 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died June 16, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
vi. Henry Fred Ackmann , born March 04, 1875 in Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died February 14, 1928 in Hampshire Township, Kane County, Illinois.

Generation No. 2

2. Charles William Ackman (Karl Charles "Carl"1 Ackmann) was born January 09, 1851 in Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and died February 19, 1938 in Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He married Minnie Elizabeth "Mina" Jacob August 04, 1887 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Georg Michael Jakob and Maria Margaretha "Margaret" Stein. She was born March 13, 1869 in Mount Washington, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and died July 24, 1945 in Fayetteville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for Charles William Ackman:
Charles William ACKMAN was my adopted great-grandfather. Many of this line of ACKMANN's changed their name spelling to ACKMAN.

More About Charles William Ackman:
Age at Death (Facts Pg): 81 years, 1 month, 10 days
Burial: Birmingham (Zimmerman) Cemetery, 2511 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15210 - FindAGrave
Document: Marriage License Image
Occupation: Coal Miner & Farmer

More About Minnie Elizabeth "Mina" Jacob:
Burial: Birmingham (Zimmerman) Cemetery, 2511 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15210 - FindAGrave

Children of Charles William Ackman and Minnie Elizabeth Jacob are:
i. Ida Mae Ackman , born August 11, 1889 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died December 26, 1977 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She married Christian Adam Junker. Both are buried: Valley Cemetery, Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
ii. William Harry Ackman , born February 25, 1891 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died August 1977 in Noblestown, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He married Margaret Elizabeth Braller.
10 iii. Charles Edward Ackman , born March 01, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died December 05, 1966 in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida.  *** Direct Lineage ***
iv. Fred Jacob Ackman , born September 22, 1895 in Pittsburgh, Baldwin Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died April 1982 in Noblestown, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
v. Albert Bernard Ackman , born July 16, 1897 in Castle Shannon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died May 1977 in Carnegie, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
vi. John Elmer Ackman , born April 21, 1901 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died April 25, 1901 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
vii. Edward William Ackman, I , born October 06, 1903 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died February 16, 1992 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
viii. Anna Catherine Elizabeth Ackman , born August 30, 1905 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died October 27, 1906 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
viiii. Howard C. Ackman, born 1909 in Unity, Columbiana County, Ohio; died 1911 Unity, Columbiana County, Ohio.

Generation No. 3


Charles Edward Ackman and wife Edna Bella Ehle Ackman
Grandview Cemetery, Florence, Allegheny Co, Pennsylvania

10. Charles Edward Ackman (Charles William2, Karl Charles "Carl"1 Ackmann) was born March 01, 1893 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and died December 05, 1966 in on a fishing trip with his son about 2:00 PM in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida. He married Edna Bella Ehle Bef. 1921 in Pennsylvania, daughter of Charles Ludwig Ehle and Lena Gausser. She was born June 05, 1897 in Burgettstown, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and died April 20, 1981 in Brevard Memorial Hospital, US Highway 1, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida.

Notes for Charles Edward Ackman:
Charles Edward Ackman and Edna Bella Ehle Ackman were my paternal adopted grandparents.

Granddad died on a fishing expedition on the Indian River waterways near our home in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida with his son, Donald. Both men loved the outdoors. He was affectionately known as "Da Da" by all his grandchildren.

Edna's nickname was "Mum Mum" to all who knew her. She was wonderful, gentle, soft-spoken lady and remained close to her children and grandchildren until her death in April of 1981. We all miss them both very, very much.

More About Charles Edward Ackman:
Burial: December 07, 1966, Grandview Cemetery, Florence, Washington County, Pennsylvania
Memorial at Findagrave.com - LINK
Military: Bet. 1917 - 1918, Mustered up for World War I "Civilian Draft Registration Database" Surname: ACKMAN
Occupation: Farmer

More About Edna Bella Ehle:
Burial: Grandview Cemetery, Florence, Washington County, Pennsylvania
Memorial at Findagrave.com - LINK
Census: 1910, Pennsylvania Miracode Census (1910)
Death Certificate: Her last name is spelled incorrectly as "Ealey", her maiden name was "Ehle".

Children of Charles Edward Ackman and Edna Bella Ehle are:
i. Florence Ruth "Ruthie" Ackman , born January 30, 1921 in Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died September 14, 2009 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She married Elmer Dwight Harper November 06, 1940 in Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. They had three daughters. Findagrave Memorial
34 ii. Donald Willard "Don" Ackman , born March 02, 1924 in Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died January 03, 2006 in Forest City, Rutherford County, North Carolina.   *** Direct Lineage ***

Generation No. 4

34. Donald Willard "Don" Ackman (Charles Edward "Da Da"3, Charles William2, Karl Charles "Carl"1 Ackmann) was born March 02, 1924 in Imperial, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; died January 06, 2006 in Forest City, Rutherford County, North Carolina. He married (1) Helen Mae Koethe May 22, 1948 in Crafton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, daughter of Richard Darrell Koethe, I and Edna Margaretta Strain. She was born August 01, 1926 in Paris, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and died August 17, 1966 in Jess Parrish Memorial Hospital at 5:45 am, Titusville, Brevard County, Florida. He married (2) Eugenia Lucille "Jean" Kaiser 1967 in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida. She was born June 10, 1934 Brevard County, Florida, died June 15, 2012 Brevard County, Florida (divorced March 1968). He married (3) Myra Cook June 15, 1968 in Unitarian Church, Orlando, Orange County, Florida. She was born January 09, 1921 in Democrat, Letcher County, Kentucky, and died January 18, 2004 in Henderson Care Center, Forest City, Rutherford County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Anderson "Andy" Cook and Anna Bell "Annie" Rector. Burial: Cremation. There was no proper burial, headmarker or funeral. Myra Memorial Page.

Notes for Donald Willard "Don" Ackman:
DONALD WILLARD "DON" ACKMAN and 1st wife HELEN MAE KOETHE are my adopted parents. My father and his only sibling, a sister, grew up in rural Washington County, Pennsylvania. Don was bi-polar and a singularily unpleasant person. This type of personality is prevalent in his lineage. He served in the US Army during World War II in the European theatre as a Demolitions Expert. He married Helen Koethe upon his return from the war. About 1952 they moved to Titusville, Brevard County, Florida in search of work. He began working that year with Florida Power & Light.

Don enlisted in the US Army in 1943 during World War II and was sent overseas shortly after boot camp just like thousands of other fellow patriots. He said he landed six days after the "D-Day" invasion at Omaha Beach. He managed to survive the war. He endured the horrible working conditions of the Pennsylvania steel mills which was a feat in itself. Their deplorable working conditions are known by all who had the misfortune to work in the steel mills during the 1940s-1950s. It must have been a hard life. In 1966 first my adopted mother, Helen Mae Koethe, died suddenly. Thankfully, he allowed a funeral for my mother. Then in December 1966 his father Charles Edward Ackman, died on a fishing trip together. Then August of 1967 my mother's brother, Richard Darrell Koethe, II, died in Orlando, Orange County, FL. All these sudden and close deaths threw our already fragile family structure into more chaos. That's why it's so important to base our lives and beliefs on Jesus Christ. Otherwise, there's nothing hopeful to hold on to when 'someone moves your cheese', and someone always does. :o)

After my mother died August 17, 1966, Dad immediately married & divorced Mrs. Eugenia Lucile "Jean" Kaiser Drawdy of Titusville, FL, all within 9 months time. Mrs. Drawdy had two daughters of her own from a previous marriage, Paula and Debbie. Dad then promptly married a third time to Mrs. Myra Cook Morgan Ricketts of Kentucky in June of 1968 after only knowing her a few weeks. Myra had four children from two previous marriages, two of which are still living at this writing: Paul and Diane. She had been living in Orlando, FL at the time of their marriage. I think she was living with or near her sister & husband, Richard Jerome "Jerry" and Roenia Cook Diddle and was working for a bank there. They are both also now deceased. They were only my step-Uncle and step-Aunt but were consistently kind and thoughtful. I have very fond memories of 'Aunt Roenia' and 'Uncle Jerry' and miss them often. Myra & Dad married in the Unitarian Church, Orlando, Orange County, Florida. Myra Cook Ackman died January 18th, 2004 in the Forest City Nursing Home. Against everyone else's wishes, Don would not permit a funeral, obituary, memorial nor a headmarker. Last I heard, her ashes have been scattered at her grandfather's mill in Kentucky where she loved to play as a child.

Don retired February 1986 from Florida Power & Light (FP&L) as a Lineman with over 33 years service. He lived in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida at #17 (later changed to #55) North Holiday Lane for about 40 years. We had the same phone number the whole time we, and they, lived there: 267-4488. He and Myra moved to the Washburn Community of Bostic, Rutherford County, North Carolina. They moved there to be near her son.

Don enjoyed reading Louis Lamour westerns, watching TV, panning for gold, tending his small garden and his dog Sam Junior (deceased). Sammy was about 4 months old when I brought him as a gift to Dad after his second open heart surgery in 2000 to help in his recovery. There is a memorial here for Dad at: Dad's Memorial. There is also an on-line memorial at FindAGrave.Com at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Titusville, Brevard County, Florida.

More About Helen Mae Koethe:
Their marriage announcement (documents). There is more about my mother and her lineage at the: My Koethe Genealogy webpage.

More About Myra Cook:
Medical: Diagnosed as Manic-Depressive.
Name2: MYRA COOK - supposedly legally had name changed from Frankie Elamaria Cook, date unknown, not proven.
Note 1: Memorial for her at this page.
Note 2: Her parents, John & Ann Cook, are buried in Democrat, Kentucky. There are still many relatives living in that part of Kentucky.

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Happy Researching Y'all!
Pamela

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