Mar. 15, 1902 Peru Berkshire County Massachusetts, USA
Son of John Ackert and Sarah E. (Bogart/Vandebogart) Ackert. Brother of Mary E. Ackert Ascha Stone, Montraville Ackert, Hunting P. Ackert, and Adelia A. Ackert Stewart. He married first Lorena Traver 26 October 1850 in St. Luke's Church, Valatie, Columbia County, New York; she died in 1852. He then became the husband of Maria E. (Van Valkenburg) Ackert (married 20 March 1853 in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY). They were the parents of Lord Mortimer Ackert, Jr., Belker W. Ackert, Gertrude Josephine Ackert (first Mrs. Henry Brown, then Mrs. Orson Jenks, then Mrs. David N. Molner), Andrew P. Ackert, Sarah Eliza Ackert (Mrs. Murphy), Peter J. Ackert, and three other children who died young.
He was said to have been born in New York State (possibly Valatie in Columbia Co.), Sept. 1831? or circa 1831-32?. He was a Civil War Veteran, recruited by Lieut. A.D. Sawyer of the 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers. A machinist, he enlisted 30 August 1862, age 31, as a Private, receiving a $200 bounty. Was mustered in for three years in Boston, Mass., his service accredited to Medway, Mass. He was enlisted 23 September 1862 in Co. H, Mass. 2nd Infantry Regiment and was mustered out 23 (or 28) May 1864. His service as listed on the state record was credited to Peru, Massachusetts, where he returned after the war. In 1892 he received a Civil War Invalid pension. He spent the rest of his life in Peru as a farmer.
Notice of his death appeared on the front page of the Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.) 17 March 1902:
In and About Berkshire
Peru Man Breaks Neck By A Fall. ... MET TRAGIC DEATH
Lord M. Ackert Falls Down Stairs and Breaks Neck.
L. M. Ackert, 71, of Peru, met a tragic death in his home shortly after 8 o'clock Saturday evening. He arose from his bed on which he had been lying for some time, intending to pass to some other room in his house. By mistake he opened the door leading to the cellar and fell headlong down the stairs. Frank Swartout, the hired man, carried the body back to the bed again and sent word to Dr. Tucker of Hinsdale who arrived two hours after the accident occurred.
An examination showed that the neck had been broken by the fall, and that death must have been instantaneous. The man's wife, who is an invalid, was confined to her bed in another part of the house. Mr. Ackert lived on a farm about three-fourth of a mile east of the Peru post office where he had resided for about 40 years, the farm now belonging to his daughter of Albany who within a few years, has spent some $8000 in improvements on the buildings.
Mr. Ackert was born in New York state, and was a veteran of the civil war. He is survived by his widow, three sons, Peter of Savoy, Andrew and Lord Mortimer of Westfield [sic; Lord Jr. lived in Cambridge near Boston], and by two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Murphy of Albany and Mrs. David Molner of this city.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning and the burial will be in Peru.
Lord M. Ackert's body was first taken to the Pittsfield Cemetery in Pittsfield, Mass. (where his daughter, Gertrude Molner lived). It was then transferred to Albany Rural Cemetery (today in Menands, NY, just north of Albany, where his daughter, Sarah Murphy, lived) on 26 April 1902. On 6 June 1907 it was relocated to its final resting place in the Peru Cemetery.