Today was a good day.
I was looking in my family tree at my 4th Great-Grandfather’s line: and his wife . They lived in Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, New York.
Finding information about him and his descendants has been difficult.
Over the years, I have found there has been nothing compiled on this family line on FamilySearch, Ancestry, etc. So today I decided to dig a little deeper into this part of the family tree, and searched GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives.
I started looking at their daughter. I found that she had married , and by looking at the 1830 through 1870 census records I found two of their children. I felt like I had a good handle on this family.
I next found Stephen Acker’s probate records and added that information to my list of sources – but before I finished adding it, I decided to look at the probate paperwork to see what clues it held.
Stephen had died intestate, and the paperwork noted that “Willet A. Cronk, son-in-law of Stephen Acker” was named the executor of his estate.
Wait, Willet A. Cronk – who is he?
I had one daughter of Stephen and Mary (Brundage) Acker, , and she had married and not Willet A. Cronk.
Who in the family did
Turning to GenealogyBank, I found out.
I see. The undiscovered daughter was Hester A. Acker, and she married Willet A. Cronk in January 1849. So, that is why I didn’t find her listed in the home of Stephen & Elizabeth Acker in the 1850, 1860, etc., census records.
Looking more at the Acker family, I found that Stephen’s father was Deliverance Acker and the family line extended back to Wolfert Acker (1667-1753).
Turning back to GenealogyBank, I found this article about Wolfert Acker.
It turns out that this was the Wolfert Acker who built his home in Tarrytown, New York – better known to most of us as Sleepy Hollow. A century later, the property was sold to author Washington Irving, who expanded the house and named it Sunnyside.
Genealogy Tip: As you research and gather your family history, be sure to search GenealogyBank’s old newspaper archive to find the details of their births and marriages – and the stories of your ancestors’ lives.