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Warren Ackerman
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Birth: 1827
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: 1893
Scotch Plains
Union County
New Jersey, USA

Warren Ackerman was born 1827 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, NC the 5th 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.

Warren was educated at private schools in New Brunswick and acquired a thorough education preparing him for a mercantile life. Upon the marriage of his eldest sister, Caroline E. Ackerman to Dr. Abraham Coles, the young man left New Brunswick to make his home with them in Newark. As he matured, he entered the India Rubber business, having received from his father, who was one of the founders of the India Rubber industry in New Jersey, some shares of the capital stock of Newark India Rubber Company. He at once took an active interest in the development and success of this company, soon being elected to the Board of Directors.

Owing largely to his individual efforts, this company was very successful until the year about 1850 when, in opposition to his advice and that of others, an inferior article of rubber was purchased and manufactured into goods which proved worthless, and nearly ruined the credit and business of the company. He prospered, though, forming Ackerman & Company who became the selling arm of the Phoenix Rubber Company of Connecticut, and he became very wealthy selling rubber shoes and other rubber-based equipment (including pontoons) to the United States government during the Civil War.

Warren became involved in all types of profitable business ventures in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and those who knew him recalled him as a wise counselor and reliable friend. He was instrumental, along with others, in preventing the foreclosure of the mortgages on the Central Railroad of New Jersey in 1877.

Sometime between 1874-1880, Warren, then in his late 40's, married for the first time; taking as his bride, his brother George's widow, Lydia Platt, who was then in her early 40's. Lydia was an heiress in her own right, and the youngest child of Isaac L. Platt, wealthy merchant and banker of New York, who retired to Plainfield, NJ in the 1870's.

In 1882, Warren purchased the town of Feltville at public auction and transformed it to a summer resort called Glenside Park. Today known as the "Deserted Village" this hamlet is located in the Watchung Reservation, Union County, New Jersey, and is a historical part of this area which still stands to this day.

The first settler of this area was Peter Willcox, an Englishman who moved here from Long Island about 1736. The area then was a frontier. He built a sawmill, but it was demolished as more people came to the area. David Felt, a businessman in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1825 decided to move to New York City. By 1844, the production of his mill could not grow fast enough to meet the demands of the merchants he supplied. Therefore, Felt began to look for land in New Jersey on which to build a second factory and at last bought land from the descendants of Peter Willcox. In but two years, David Felt built a mill on Blue Brook, two dams for the mill, and a town for the workers in the mill. He named this new town "Feltville". Within the little town, he as owner gained the nickname of "King David", for he obliged the residents to attend divine service in the churchhouse and their children to attend classes in a one-room schoolhouse.

By 1850, about 175 people lived in Feltville, often four families in each of the larger houses and two in each of the smaller. After fifteen years, "King David" Felt sold the property and several successor businesses failed, the place becoming known as "the deserted village".

Warren's "Glenside Park" didn't last long as the interest of vactioners soon soon dwindled as more people chose to summer on the New Jersey shore instead. After the place was again deserted, the Union Country Park Commission bought it and included it in the Watchung Reservation, renting the houses to families.

Another source of Warren Ackerman's great wealth was his interests in Portland Cement through the Lawrence Portland Cement Company in Pennsylvania (ca. 1889), a business interest later managed by his nephews, Ernest and Marion Ackerman, the sons of his younger brother, James Hervey Ackerman.

Warren Ackerman died at his home in Scotch Plains, NJ in 1893, after a short illness. He was 66 years old. The bulk of his extensive wealth was willed to his wife with 11 other family members receiving considerable trusts. By the time his wife died in 1907, there were only 7 of the trustees still alive. A battle over the interpretation of the trusts ensued, but all were satisfied with the outcome.

Lydia Platt Ackerman, widow of both George and Warren Ackerman, died in 1907 in Scotch Plains, NJ. She was about 73 years old. Her final resting place has not been found by this researcher. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, NJ, and it is possible she is buried in their cemetery.

Family links: 
  Jonathan Coombs Ackerman (1793 - 1852)
  Maria Smith Ackerman (1793 - 1873)
  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
Willow Grove Cemetery
New Brunswick
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA
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