Robert Lewis “Bob” Achor

Robert Lewis “Bob” Achor

Milford, Clermont County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Nov 2014 (aged 94)
Burial New Vienna, Clinton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 112165333 · View Source
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Attorney educated at Ohio State and the University of Florida. Veteran of World War II. Practiced law in Miami, 1947-2010. Represented a wide variety of clients and had an extensive appellate practice in the state and federal Courts. Served several hospitals as attorney, trustee or director.

In his early practice, taught law at the University of Miami. He also had public service as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel for the State Beverage Department. He represented the Republican National Committee during the Eisenhower Administration and was the attorney in the test case for the bond issue for the founding of the University of Miami Medical School. He was one of several attorneys who wrote the new Miami-Dade Metro Charter in 1957.

After 1960, he limited his practice to probate and appellate work while representing M. Lee Pearce, M.D., a builder of South Florida hospitals and international investor. During this period, he served as director of the then two largest banks in Florida, Southeast Bank and Ameri-First.

He retired to Mt. Dora, Fla., in 1972 and to Naples, Fla., in 1990, but commuted to Miami when necessary through 2010.

Married 60 years to Henrietta Richoux from rural Louisiana. She died in 2004. They had four children.

Genealogical work: Robert's self-published work on the Achor family, titled Notes and Materials on the Achor Family of Southwestern Ohio, Including Richoux and Borne families of Louisiana; Worz, Smithson and Hickey families of Ohio (51 pp.) was published July 4, 1970, the product of 20 years of his research. He published a spiral-bound Supplement in 1986-87 (the original pages plus 69 new pages). To say that he was generous in sharing his research with others and unrelenting in his pursuit of the truth about his Achor ancestors is understatement.

Some of that truth remained elusive. In his 1970 work (p. 15), he wrote, "I have never doubted that John Achor, Sr., was born in Pennsylvania and served in the Revolutionary War, and then migrated down the Shenandoah Valley to Fredrick County, Virginia," and, indeed, the DAR roster of Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Ohio does include John Achor, but neither Robert nor the rest of us have ever been able to find documentation of Revolutionary War service by John Achor. [Evidence, if known, would, of course, be most welcome.] That's not to say that John did not serve, of course; it's just that proof, acceptable by today's standards, has not been found. On page 20 of his 1970 work, Robert wrote, "In November 1966 I spent several house in the library of the DAR in Washington, D.C., and definitely ascertained that they have never authenticated a military record in the Revolutionary War for John Achor, Sr."

Despite Robert's comment about never having doubted that John Achor, Sr., was born in Pennsylvania, that too proved impossible to prove. On p. 3 of his Supplement, he mentioned that "Johan George Achor, {arrived] in Philadelphia on the Ship Phoenix from Rotterdam on November 15, 1749," leaving open the possibility that this man was the same man later known as John Achor, Sr.

Not content to record the family history merely on paper, Robert is responsible for a number of unusually detailed memorial stones. One of those is the large stone for John Achor, Sr., (1740-1858) shown on the deceased's F.A.G. memorial and noting his Revolutionary War service (on the top of the stone, slightly difficult to see in the photo) and details of his life. Proving that "just because it's written in stone doesn't mean you can't correct it" is the smaller "Correction" stone shown on the same F.A.G. memorial, pointing out that John Achor (1740-1858) is believed to be the son of a John Acre from Germany who came to Ohio about 1807 and died in 1814.

See also the F.A.G. memorials for his parents, Orland C. Achor and Eva C. Worz Achor, both including photos of grave-top slabs, one listing the children with years of birth, and the other listing specifics about section, lot number, and exact location.

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