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 Peter Acker

Peter Acker

Stadtkreis Nürnberg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 1815 (aged 84–85)
Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 31206012 · View Source
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German immigrant, Peter Acker married Jane Sutherland.

He is an acknowledged Revolutionary War Patriot. DAR records put his birth at 1745 Germany and death 1815 SC. No pension records found for either Peter or his wife.

by Louise Ayer Vandiver 1928, page 137-139

"One of the earliest families in the country was that of Peter
Acker. The founder of the family in America was William Acker, who
came from Germany about 1750, having started with three sons, one
of whom was lost overboard on the voyage. The two left were
William, Jr., and Peter. They settled in New Jersey, not a great
distance from Philadelphia. Of the elder, William, Jr., nothing is
known by the southern branch; it is supposed that he lived, died
and left descendants in New Jersey.

The other son, Peter, with his wife, Jane Southerland, moved to
Fair Field, South Carolina. He, too, may have descendants in New
Jersey, as Jane Southerland was his second wife. He may have left
older children in the Northern State.
Peter was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He must have settled
on the public domain in Fair Field, for no record can be found of
his owning property there. In 1790 he moved to Pendleton District,
buying many acres on Saluda River, near Shady Grove. Peter Acker
died about 1815.

The father of Mrs. Peter Acker, Alexander Southerland, came to
America under peculiar circumstances. He was a student at the
University of Edinborough, and with a party of college boys one
day boarded a vessel to see the sights. The ship sailed away with
them, and upon reaching Boston the students were sold to pay their
passage. Southerland must have liked the new country; at any rate,
he remained and later married Mrs. Betsey Williams.
The children of Peter Acker and Jane Southerland were William, who
married Miss Clement, Joseph, who married Ruth Alexander, Peter
married Susannah Halbert, Alexander married Orma Burton, Mary
married James Grace, Nancy married John McDavid, Elizabeth married
James Taylor, Susan married Sanford Vandiver, Amos married Ruth

The children of William and Clement were: Mahala married Welborn
Keaton, Peter married Miss Stevenson, Rhoda married Daniel Brown,
William married Miss White, John married Miss Harper, Dearborn
married Miss Cox, Amos married Miss Davis.
From Rhoda Acker and Daniel Brown are descended the family of the
late Dr. Ben Brown, of Williamston; the late Elijah Brown, of
Anderson; the late Samuel Brown, of Anderson, and others, a
numerous connection many of of whom have been in the past, and are
now useful and prominent citizens of the community.
The children of Peter, Jr., and Susannah Halbert were Halbert, who
married Elizabeth Garrison; Frances married William Hammond,
Alexander married Mourning Garrison, William V. died young,
Elizabeth married William Mattison, Mary married Joel Townsend,
Teresa married Allen McDavid, Lucinda married Jesse McGee, Peter
Newton married first Miss Shumate, second Miss Garris, third Mrs.
Caldwell; Joel Milton moved to Mississippi where he became a
judge, and was the founder of a wealthy and prominent family in
that state; Joshua S. married Matilda Williams. From their sons,
Peter and Amos, are descended most of the South Carolina Ackers.
Susannah Halbert, wife of Peter Acker, Jr., was the daughter of
William Halbert and Elizabeth Hill. William's father, Joel
Halbert, came from Wales and settled in Virginia. Whom he married
is unknown, a Virginia girl certainly, as tradition makes this
William Halbert eighth in descent from Pocahontas, and also
related to the Randolphs of Virginia. William was born in
Virginia. In 1768 he married Elizabeth Hill and in 1786 they moved
to Pendleton, settling on the Saluda River. William Halbert died
in 1808, leaving to his wife and to each of his children 200 acres
of land and several negroes. He was a staunch Whig, and served in
the army of Virginia. After coming to South Carolina he became a
man of prominence in his community; served as Justice of the peace
for many years. He was about five feet nine inches in height, of
stout build, and had a red beard. His children were Joel, Martha,
John, Enos, Arthur, James, Susannah, Frances, William Joshua,
Elizabeth, Mary and Lucinda. Most of these children moved west,
and today there are thousands of Halberts in Mississippi, Indiana,
and other western states, but in South Carolina there is not one
of the name. Joel married Mary Lindsey and went to Indiana in
1819. His daughter, Sarah, married Moses Welborn, of Anderson
county. Another, Ruth, married Amos Acker, youngest son of Peter,
Sr., and Jane Southerland. This couple lived at Williamston. One
of their sons, "Squire" R. V. Acker, was living just a few years
ago. They have many descendants who are valuable citizens, among
them Mrs. D. H. Russell and her children.
Martha Halbert married John Gresham, and from them was descended
Governor Joe Brown, of Georgia.

John Halbert married Margaret Harper and moved to Mississippi.
Professor Harper, of Clemson College, is descended from them. Enos
married Lucy Garner and went to Tennessee; James married Fanny
Pepper and went to Missouri, Susannah married Peter Acker, Frances
married Charles Garrison; they remained in South Carolina. Arthur
married Elizabeth Cobb.

William Halbert, Jr., married Betty Brown and went to Alabama.
Elizabeth married William Berry and went to Mississippi, Mary
married John Sherrell and went to Missouri, Lucinda married David
Berry and went to Mississippi.

The children of Alexander Acker, son of Peter, Sr., and Orma
Burton, were George, Cecil, Mary, Elizabeth and Peter Wilson, Mary
married Mr. Grace; they had a son, Baylis. Nancy Acker, daughter
of Peter, Sr., married John McDavid; they were the parents of
Lucinda, Richmond and five other children.

Susan Acker and her husband, Sanford Vandiver, were the parents of
Helena, Peter, James, Emmaline and Hezekiah. Helena married Samuel
Brown and lived in Townville; their children were: John Peter
married Julia Reed, Joseph Newton married Elizabeth Bruce, Milton
married Emma Fanner, Emma married Mr. Feaster, Samuel F. married
Mollie Lewis; he died in a short time and his widow married
Colonel C. S. Mattison, Sanford married first Maggie Longshore,
second Ella Smith.

The youngest son of Peter, Sr., and Jane Southerland was Amos, who
married Ruth Halbert, Their children were Mary, who married
Humphrey Williams; she died and he married her sister, Elizabeth;
then he died and his widow married Alfred Reed. Martha married
James D. Smith, Halbert married Mary Marsh, Alfred S. married
first Miss Martin, second Miss O'Rea; Joseph married Nancy Sitton,
Elihu H. never married, Teresa married James Reece, Sallie married
Jackson Surratt, Richmond V. married Delia Roper,
Susan died young.

The Acker-Halbert reunion in Anderson takes place at Shady Grove
Church, where the early members of the families worshiped, many of
them being buried in the adjacent grave yard."

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