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Rosa Brown Akerman
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1833
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1925
Merrimack County
New Hampshire, USA

Wife of Dr. Charles Akerman, MD.

Daughter of Benjamin Brown and Eunice Eastman, wife to Charles E Akerman MD, who is buried with her. Apparently her husband died within a few months after they were married. Census records indicate they had no children.

1833 - 11 Apr 1833 - NH Birth and Christening Records list her birth in Kensington NH, lists her parents, and indicates her ethnicity is Canadian.

1860 - Living in Hampton Falls NH in the house of Weare & Lucy Tilton (he is a farmer), Rosa is working as a teacher.

1862 - 8 May 1862 - NH Marriage Records list her marriage to Charles E Akerman MD in Kensington NH. No parents are listed.

1870 - (first name given as Rosanna) living in Kensington NH with her mother Eunice Brown who is listed as a 68 year old, keeping house, born in NH. Rosa is working as a school teacher.

1880 - (last name interpreted as Ackerman) living in Lexington Mass as a boarder in the house of Sarah Wellington. Rosa is working as a teacher and is 1 of 6 boarders. There are also 3 servants listed here in addition to Sarah's 2 children.

1900 - (last name interpreted as Akennan) living at 174 Front St in Exeter NH, she is listed as 67, a widow, born Apr 1833 in NH, with no occupation listed. She is the only one listed at that address.

1910 - Living at 172 Upper Front St in Exeter NH she is listed as head of household and is a lodging house keeper. She has 2 lodgers : Antony Coffin age 38, single, born about 1872 in Maine, he is working as a packer in a shoe shop; Ethel G Walker age 25, born about 1885 in New Hampshire, she is also working as a packer in a shoe shop.

1920 - Living at 174 Front St in Exeter NH, she is the only one listed at that address and is listed as a 86 year old widow with no occupation.

1925 - 23 Feb 1925 - NH Death and Burial Records list her death in Concord NH, lists her parents and her husband. It is possible she was in the hospital in Concord at the time of her death.
Excerpt from :
Historically Speaking: Night school in Exeter
May 14, 2010
. . .
In large cities, the Progressives created Settlement Houses: community centers where laborers could drop in for information regarding citizenship, hygiene, and American culture in general. These were financed entirely by private donations. Exeter was too small for any such institution, but the idea of educating working people through philanthropy was very much alive.

The influx of non-English speakers inspired Rosa Akerman of Exeter to open an evening school targeted toward this new population. Akerman, a widowed former teacher, volunteered her time and sought donations from the community. She opened her school in the fall of 1892 in the Red Men's lodge hall in the Merrill Block on Water Street. Her first class consisted of 16 men and boys - all eager to improve their English. They paid 5 cents per class, which was a considerable expense to people earning only a few dollars a week. Mrs. Akerman quickly sought out donations from the public.

Her classes were a great success, but after a few terms public support waned and there were no longer enough donations to pay for a place to meet. By 1900, Akerman's school had disbanded.
Family links: 
  Charles Edwin Akerman (1831 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
Dodge Cemetery
Hampton Falls
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
Created by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82909271
Rosa <i>Brown</i> Akerman
Added by: Robert Davis Purple Sr.
Rosa <i>Brown</i> Akerman
Added by: Robert Davis Purple Sr.
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 Added: Jan. 3, 2012

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