Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Ackley

JUN 25, 1862
63 yrs 2 mos and
7 ds.

wife of

Daniel M. and Rachel (Phelps) Ackley are my 4th great-grandparents.  They were both born in New York, possibly Wayne County, although I do not have definitive locations.  It is also possible their families migrated together to Ohio and they married there.  Daniel and Rachel's first two children were born in Ohio, and they returned to Wayne County, New York.  Four more children were born in New York between 1828 and 1834.  By 1840, they resided in Shiawassee Town, Shiawassee County, Michigan, located northeast of Lansing, neighbors to several other Ackley family members.  Rachel's parents, James Phelps and Elizabeth Fuller, also made the same trail from New York to Ohio to Michigan.

Rachel died in 1844.  Unfortunately, her stone is broken in half and the exact date is not visible.

They are buried in Fremont Cemetery, Shiawassee County, Michigan.  The stones are very simple traditional rectangles, each approximately three feet tall.  

Incidentally, there is a very modern connection this family.  I follow on Twitter a lovely tombstone blog called "Gravestoned", written by Amy in Ohio.  Amazingly, she happened to photograph the stone of Rachel Phelps Ackley's sister, Sally Phelps Kilgore.  Read Amy's post here.  I still smile to myself every time I work on this family.  Who knows where you might get your next clue!

old section of Fremont Cemetery, Shiawassee County, Michigan