|Birth: ||Jul. 7, 1839|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1919|
The son of John V. & Elizabeth Aker, Michael's birth date as shown here is only one that he reported. He never knew exactly when he was born and thus reported a variety of ages. He only knew he had been old enough to vote proudly for Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election. In 1860, he was a stone mason living in Warrington Township, York County, Pennsylvania. He stood 5' 8" tall and had dark hair and gray eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in York, Pennsylvania, August 27, 1861, and mustered into federal service there September 19, 1861, as a musician (drummer) with Co. H, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Records show he received a gunshot wound of the left arm at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in late 1861, but that is almost certainly false because the regiment never went near Fredericksburg, and there are no reports of any member of the regiment being wounded during that time. He did dislocate his right knee during a fall on the ice January 20, 1862. Not only did he have to walk using a crutch, he fell ill with typhoid fever while recuperating from the knee injury and was discharged by surgeon's certificate August 29, 1862. He remained a civilian until August 26, 1864, when he again enlisted and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg August 27, 1864, as a private with Co. E, 200th Pennsylvania Infantry. Promoted to principal musician, date unknown, he honorably discharged with his company May 30, 1865.
He married Willie Ann Butler May 15, 1877, but they had no children. From 1873 until 1905, he lived in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Why and when they moved to Florida is unknown. His grave is reportedly lost.
Willie Ann Butler Aker (____ - 1916)*
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: May 28, 2010
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