Dates of Birth and Death
Abraham Ackerman was born at Berlicum, Holland on 3 May 1656/59. He married Aeltie Van Laer, daughter of Adrian Van Laer and Abigael Ver Planken, at Flatbush, Long Island, NY on 28 May 1683. Their marriage was recorded at both the New York and Bergen Reformed Dutch Churches. Her father came from Amsterdam with his servant in the ship “Gilded Beaver” in May 1658. Aeltie was born on 14 May 1663, and baptized at Kingston, NY on 26 Apr 1666. Abraham and Aeltie Ackerman had fourteen children; the first two born in New York, and the rest at Bergen, NJ.
Abraham was the seventh, and youngest, child of David and Lysbeth Bellier Ackerman. The family left Amsterdam on 2 Sept 1662 on the ship De Vos (“The Fox”), arriving in New Amsterdam on 14 Nov 1662 after a stormy voyage. The Dutch West India Company ledger of the trip is still preserved at the New York State Archives in Albany. David, the father, probably died on the voyage, but Lysbeth managed to keep her family together, settling at New Amsterdam. At her second marriage in 1668 to Kier Wolthers, she moved to his farm at Harlem, just north of New York City. Abraham, then nearly twelve, was old enough to help with work on the farm.
From the deed dated 10 Mar 1689 from John Berry to Louwerense Ackerman, brother of Abraham, we learn that Abraham owned a tract of land south of that conveyed to Louwerense, reaching from the Hackensack River to the Saddle River. This location comprises the whole of what is now known as Woodridge and Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.
Abraham Ackerman was received into the Dutch Reformed Church at Hackensack, NJ on 3 Oct 1696. His wife Aeltie Van Laer was received on 3 Jan 1697. Among the founders of this Church were his two brothers, David and Louwerense, and their wives. This Church was also known as the Church on the Green. The date of Abraham’s death is unrecorded. Both he and his wife Aeltie were present at the baptism of a grandchild in 1723. There is a fieldstone marker for his grave at the west side of the Reformed Dutch Church at Hackensack, NJ.
Descendants of David Ackerman of 1662, Volumes I and II, Herbert Stewart Ackerman, 1944
The Ackerman Family, Volumes I and II, Barbara W. Tobey, 1980, 1988
Genealogies of New Jersey Families, Volume II, Joseph R. Klett, 1995