|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1798|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1898|
* Gertrude Cubberly Ackerman *
~ Daughter of Thomas Cubberly and his wife, Mareja Mersereau Cubberly (back east)
~ Wife of Jacob Ackerman
~ Mother of 11:
Nine survived to adulthood. (re: her obituary)
1. John J. Ackerman
2. Thomas B. Ackerman
3. Mary Ackerman
4. Peter J. Ackerman
5. Sophia Ackerman
6. Gertrude Ann Ackerman
7. Joseph Van Winkle Ackerman
8. Jane Elizabeth Ackerman
9. Cornelia Ackerman
10. Jacob Cubberly 'Jake' Ackerman
11. Georgianna Ackerman
GRANDMA ACKERMAN PASSES THE ONE-HUNDRETH MILESTONE
It is a Remarkable Occurrence. A Short Sketch of Her Life. Many Remarkable Events in the World's History Have Occurred During Her Life.
It is often remarked that when a person reaches the "age allotted to man", that of three score years and ten, that after that age the are living on borrowed time, and consequently few there are who travel life's rugged road far beyond the limit. We occasionally read in the newspapers a rather vague and indefinite account of some person a great way off who has reached the age of one hundred years, but where such a case really exists in our midst, when the person is actually living in our immediate vicinity and is personally known to us, it is, on account of its very rare occurrence, a matter of more than ordinary interest. And it is no wonder that the people of Kirkwood have looked forward to the 12th day of March 1898 with a great degree of interest, for on that day, last Saturday, Grandmother Ackerman reached the remarkable age of one hundred years.
Gertrude Coberly was born in Hudson County, New Jersey, March 12, 1798. Her father, Thos. Cubberley died in 1836, and her mother, in 1832. In 1819 she was married to Jacob Ackerman. They were at that time members of the Dutch Reformed church in New Jersey. There were eleven children born to them, six girls and five boys; five girls and four boys grew to womanhood and manhood, and there are at present four girls and two boys living. They are: John Ackerman, Kirkwood, 70 years old; Mary Garibrant, Newark, N.J., 75; Sophia R. Simmons, Newark, N. J., 72; Gertude Waldron, Eldorado, Kan, 70; Cornelia Van Riper, Chicago, 61; Jacob Ackerman, Kirkwood, 58.
Mr. And Mrs. Ackerman came to Illinois in 1858 and settled on a farm five miles southwest of Kirkwood, on the county line between Warren and Henderson Counties. They united with the Presbyterian denomination, and were charter members of the church in this place, in which she still holds her membership. They were each naturally of very strong, rugged constitutions and scarce ever knew what it was to be sick, and diligent and thrifty they acquired a competency before becoming very aged, and after a time moved to Kirkwood to enjoy in peace and plenty the fruits of their early toil. The husband died in 1879 in his 83rd year. After a while she went to live with her youngest son, Jacob C., with whom she still lives. Her descendants are so widely scattered that it is impossible to tell the exact number of them, but as near as can be gotten at, she has six children, forty three grandchildren, eighty-three great grandchildren, and seventeen great great grandchildren. Her son, John Ackerman, who lives a half mile south of town, is the father of fourteen children, twelve of who are living.
During the day last Saturday her relations and old and young friends to the number of about one hundred called on her and she was the recipient of numerous mementos of the occasion. She was bright and in good spirits and ate a hearty breakfast and dinner, sitting at the table with children, grand-children and great-grandchildren, and many other relatives. Her oldest son, John, her youngest son, Jacob, and one daughter, Mrs. Sophia Simmons, were the only children who were with her on that day.
The contrast of youth and old age was brought to notice vividly in the afternoon when a great grand-child, only a few months old, was brought by its mother to see its aged antecedent on her one hundredth birthday.
Mrs. Ackerman's father was of English decent and her mother was French. During her early days the family lived only about four miles from New York City and their home was oft time made the stopping place of farmers who brought produce from farther back in the country and among those were the Talmages from who the Rev. T. DeWitt Talmage, the noted divine is descended.
Until a few weeks ago she talked quite connectedly and could tell many interesting experiences of her early life, how the school master used to "board round" among the patrons, and how the shoe-maker made his annual visits, fitting out the entire family with one pair each of heavy cowhide shoes, and the custom of the women spinning and weaving cloth for the entire wardrobe of the family, also yarn for stockings, mittens, etc.
Mrs. Ackerman was 26 years of age at the time that General LaFayette made his visit to America in 1824, and she had a distinct recollection of seeing him and being very close to him while he spoke for a few minutes at Hudson City.
During her lifetime she has undoubtedly witnessed the greatest development of a nation that has ever taken place. At the time of her birth she was in about the center of population of the United States. Now the center of population is at a point about 700 miles farther west. The steamboat, railroads, electricity in all of it branches of power and utility have been brought to a great degree of perfection, as well as all classes and grades of machinery. A man to have made the most meagre allusion one hundred years ago, to the wonders of the present age, would have been considered possessed with an evil spirit, and perhaps tired and condemned for witchcraft.
Mrs. Ackerman had been a large heavy woman, and weighed over 200 pounds, but she now weighs less than 100 pounds. Until a few months ago she was able to dress herself, to walk alone, and also to read, but she is now failing fast, although her appetite remains good and anything she eats agrees with her. She only sits up for a few hours at a time, but is up and down at any and all hours of the day and night requiring the constant attention of someone. Her eyesight is good but her hearing is very difficult.
The family realizes that her days are few, but her years of faithful service for her Master is evidence that she will have an abundant entrance into the better world, and that she will receive the blest commendation, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
* * * * Obituary * * * *
LIFE"S JOURNEY OVER
Mrs. Gertrude Ackerman's Long Life Comes to a Peaceful Close
OVER ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS WORLD.
Mrs. Gertrude Ackerman , who celebrated her one hundredth birthday the 12th of last March, died at the home of her son Jacob in Kirkwood Friday morning June 3rd, at half past three o'clock, age one hundred years, two months and twenty days.
At the time of her last birthday she was able to sit up and talk, and eat heartily and was able to recognize her friends and most of the visitors who called on her on that memorable occasion but since then she has gradually failed, getting weaker each day until finally she fell asleep and her spirit took its flight.
Gertrude Cubberley was born in Henderson county, New Jersey, March 12, 1798. She moved to Henderson county, Illinois with her husband in 1858. She was the mother of eleven children, six of whom are still living.
She had lived in Kirkwood since about 1875. Her husband died in 1879, and of late years she has made her home with her youngest son, Jacob.
The funeral was held at her late home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and was conducted by Rev. Shaffer of the M. E. church, her pastor, Rev. Ross of the Presbyterian church being away at the time.
Mr. Shaffer took for the basis of his remarks a part of the ninetieth Psalm. He said that during his ministry he had attended perhaps one thousand funerals but this was the first whose obituary dated back into 1700. He went on to speak of the blessing of a long life endowed with a strong mind and body. The possibilities and opportunities offered for doing good and exerting influence are almost unlimited. Life is a wonderful journey, as we reach the end of a long life, we are willing to stop living. The body and mind become wearied of this life and long for something better.
Mrs. Ackerman was permitted to live during on of the most wonderful periods of progress and advancement in the world's history. She lived to see this state, which was not yet organized at the time of her birth, become the home of many people as was the United States at that early day. She lived during the administration of each president from Washington down to the present, and all but two of them have passed away. We can but wonder at the progress, that has been made during her life time, a life during the very best part of the world's existence. The steamboats, the railroad, the telegraph, and all electrical appliances bringing nations into close communication with each other.
Her life has never been written. No one can estimate its influences. No one is no living who knows her early life, either during childhood or even into young womanhood. All have passed away. Compare the advantages of education of today with that of her early days, and still she gave evidence of having gained a goodly amount of knowledge, especially in knowledge of the Bible. The grace of God is the same today as it was when she began life. It is not how long we live but how well. We can imitate the good in her life and if we are not permitted to live as long as she, remember, "It is not all of life to live. We can live a pure life, we can make our lives holy. Do not live for this life, but live for the life that is to come.
As the children look back to early days, they remember the kind, loving care of a mother and it is mother still. You remember her many acts of loving kindness and care.
A quartet composed of Mr. And Mrs. A. H. Pape, Miss Clara Kyler and W. D. Campbell, sang three selections of favorite hymns: "Asleep in Jesus," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "The Lord is My Shepherd."
Two beautiful sheaves of ripened wheat lay on the casket, together with bouquets of whit roses. Beautiful symbols of the harvest of a pure life. One whose work on earth is finished.
The pall bearers were: W. K. Gamble, Orin Lanphere, F. Houlton, S. Gilliland, L. Gilmore, and T. S. Kyler.
Jacob Ackerman (1796 - 1879)*
John J. Ackerman (1820 - 1899)*
Jane Elizabeth Ackerman Nichols (1834 - 1873)*
Cornelia Ackerman Van Riper (1836 - 1917)*
Jacob Cubberly Ackerman (1839 - 1916)*
age 100y 3m
Center Grove Cemetery
Plot: Section I
Created by: Mary Mc
Record added: Jul 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14925653