The Ackley Homestead Project
The most important function this website can offer is to provide a place to read
about your ancestors, see their images and share what you have with the rest of
Much of what you see here is focused on the
earliest, most reliable and documented part
of the Ackley Family tree. The branch begins
with Daniel Ackley and his wife, Sarah Price
Parker Ackley. in the mid 1700’s.
A good deal of effort has been made to
highlight the Joshua Ackley Homestead, the
Ackley Bridge and its dedication at
Geenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. A
number of pages have been reserved to
illustrate those structures and family members involved in their construction.
The Daniel/Sarah branch
incorporates hundreds of
descendants. Generations later
many tree members no longer
share the Ackley name because
of marriages along the way.
Nonetheless, these descendants
are just as much a part of this
branch as those who still carry
the name. Together, we are all
cousins, aunts, uncles,
grandmothers, grandfathers -
and we all share the same
To all those out there looking for Ackley family history, this might be a good
place to stop, grab a cup of coffee, and read a little about where you came from.
Contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you - Mark Wilson Ackley , Carl E. Speckman
The Story - A Monument - A Covered Bridge - A Home -
Our Ackley Heritage
On these pages we will peel back some of the years so you can see how the Joshua
Ackley farm has evolved. You will read about the people on your family tree who
lived on the property and raised their families. You will see photos of some of them,
read newspaper clipping about the famous Ackley Covered Bridge that Joshua
Ackley, Daniel Clouse, and his neighbors built in the middle 1800's. For many of us,
this property is the earliest structure that bears the family name. We have relatives
who farmed the land, sawed the wood, and planted the food they ate - right here on
the Homestead. Perhaps one of your ancestors who lived nearby visited the farm and
shared conversation over lunch with the Ackleys. As the web site develops we will
add information from our family archives. We also ask for your photos and
documents so they might be shared here with other family members. This all will
help bring the family tree back to life. It will also illustrate the importance of the
Homestead and the reason it must be saved.
There are many names associated with the property including Daniel Ackley, his wife
Sarah Price Parker Ackley for whom the monument was erected out in front of the
home. We will try to add the history of these people to a biographical section so that
you can find ancestors in your tree. The Ackley family, along with many other family
branches, are already practicing genealogists and family historians. They have spent
many years gathering and inheriting information and photographs I hope we can
share here on this site. Together, we can discover hidden parts of your family tree.
One of the jobs this web site will try to undertake is to illustrate the family members,
the Johsua Ackley farm, the property, and the people involved in this branch of the
family. Photographs can tell a story no words can accomplish. We ask for your
contributions to these efforts so that a full view of our past can be shown and shared.
Contribute what you can from your albums and scrapbooks.
When this web site was constructed its
aim was to rescue the Joshua Ackley
Homestead. Now that the homestead
has been sold the focus will be the
Daniel/Sarah Ackley side of the family
tree. The site will continue to change
as additions are made and family
members contribute their unique
photos and stories.
New Tree Charts - Do we have your
Ackley Tree Branch?
I have spent some time assembling tree charts for the various branches starting with
Daniel. These are JPEG files that you can download and zoom in on. They represent
the names documented by Adolphus W. Ackley Jr. when he put his genealogy book
together for his kids. All of this was done without using the internet. The connections
found in the tree were researched using snail mail and writing to your relatives -
many of whom supplied their portion of the tree. Many trips to libraries, connections
with genealogical resources and personal interviews have resulted in what is
presented here. If you find a tree with a correction needed to be made please write to
me. Additions are welcome. I will update the tree. Click the box below to reach the
A New Story by
Forrest S. Ackley
Click this link to go to a great new story
just found that Forrest typed about early
life at the Bridge near the turn of the