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James Hervey Ackerman
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Birth: 1837
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1885
Plainfield
Union County
New Jersey, USA

James Hervey Ackerman was born 1837 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, NC the youngest of 8 known children (4 boys/4 girls) born to prominent businessman and financier, Jonathan Coombs Ackerman and his wife, Maria Smith.

He was the paternal grandchild of Geleyn Ackerman & Jane Coombs of New Brunswick; and gr-grandchild of Abraham Ackerman and Janet Romeyn who had removed from Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ to settle in New Brunswick. He was a direct descendant of this family's patriarch, Abraham "David" Davidtse Ackerman, who came to New Netherlands from Holland and married Aeltie Adrianse Van Laer, later becoming one of the early Dutch settlers of Hackensack NJ.

James entered Rutgers (now University), but shortly after the death of his father in 1852, his mother removed the family to Manhattan, NY where he completed college at the University of New York, and studied law at Albany Law School. Following graduation he began his practice with Benedict & Boardman in New York City.

In 1862 the 25-year old attorney married 26-year old Ellen Robinson Morgan, daughter of Episcopal Rev. Richard U. Morgan DD and his (1st) wife, Sarah "Sally" Markley, of Montgomery County, PA. At the time of their marriage, her father was a widow and Rector of the Trinity Parish Episcopal Church in New Rochelle, New York and would later wed his (2nd) wife, Sarah P. Jarvis.

J. Hervey and Ellen would become parents to 5 known children (3 sons/2 daughters):

* Senator Ernest Robinson Ackerman (1863-1931)
* Warren Ackerman (1865-1875)
* Marion S. Ackerman (1869-1943)
* May Louise Ackerman (ca, 1871)
* Lydia Platt Ackerman (1882-1946)

In about 1870, the couple removed to Plainfield, Union Co, NJ where J. Hervey passed the NJ Bar in 1871. He was for many years counsel of the Newark India Rubber Company, the same firm in which his father held stock and from which his brother Warren earned great wealth. J. Hervey served for many years on the Common Council of the City of Plainfield and in 1874, he became a Judge in Plainfield.

Judge J. Hervey Ackerman died young, passing in 1885 at about age 48. His wife of 23 years would survive him another 20 years, passing in 1905 at about age 69.

Of his 5 children, both surviving sons went into the portland cement business, no doubt because both were legatees in the will of their uncle Warren who held a large financial interest in the Lawrence Portland Cement Company, headquartered in New York City, for which both Ernest and Marion at one time carried the title President. Both married and resided in Plainfield, but only Marion was found to have children.

Ernest Robinson Ackerman (1863-1931)
was for six years the Senator from Union County. The passage of the first Civil Service law enacted in New Jersey was largely due to his efforts; it is known as the Ackerman Civil Service Law. Of interest to this researcher is that much of the biographical information on Warren mentions his maternal roots to the Markley family and their role in the Revolutionary War, with no mention of the greatness of his Ackerman ancestors. Ernest married Nora L. Weber of Maryland in 1892. No children were found from this union. He died in 1931 and is buried in Hillside Cemetery in Scotch Plains, NJ.

Marion S. Ackerman married Sarah Willis having 3 sons: James Hervey Ackerman (1896-1982), Marion Ackerman Jr. (1882-1970), and Warren Ackerman (1894-1968)

Daughter Maria Louise Ackerman married Robert Rushmore in 1891, son of the prominent Rushmore family of Plainfield who founded Rushmore Dynamo Company in that city.

Daughter, Lydia Platt Ackerman (named for her aunt who had married both George and Warren Ackerman) married in 1901 to Arthur Murphy, son of Episcopal Rev. T. Logan Murphy, who at the time was the newly appointed curate of the American Church at Paris, but one time rector of the Church of Holy Cross in Plainfield. They removed to Chicago where she died in 1946.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan Coombs Ackerman (1793 - 1852)
  Maria Smith Ackerman (1793 - 1873)
 
 Siblings:
  Caroline Elizabeth Ackerman Coles (1817 - 1845)*
  Theodore J. Ackerman (1821 - 1911)*
  Jeanie C. Ackerman Bucknell (1823 - 1904)*
  George Ackerman (1825 - 1874)*
  Warren Ackerman (1827 - 1893)*
  Mary S. Ackerman Hoyt (1830 - 1895)*
  Mary S. Ackerman Hoyt (1830 - 1895)*
  Maria L. Ackerman Hoyt (1832 - 1901)*
  Maria L. Ackerman Hoyt (1832 - 1901)*
  James Hervey Ackerman (1837 - 1885)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Willow Grove Cemetery
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
 
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Jan 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47043235
James Hervey Ackerman
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