David Ackerman

Dates of Birth and Death

1653 - 1710/24

David Ackerman was born at Geffen, Holland in September 1653, and baptized 5 October 1653. He married Hillegont Verplanck, born October 1648 and baptized 1 November at New Amsterdam. David died at Hackensack, New Jersey, between 2 October 1710 and 4 June 1724.

David was the fourth child of David and Lysbeth Bellier Ackerman. The family, which included five other children besides David, left Amsterdam 2 September 1662, on the ship Vos. 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 she moved to Harlem.

David Jr. married by license dated 13 March 1680, at New York Hillegont Verplanck who was born in 1648 at New Amsterdam. She was the daughter of Abraham Isaacsen Verplanck and Maria Vinge. At one time David owned the property at No. 1 Broadway, New York City. He paid quit rents for three years, from 1680 to 1683 on 540 acres of land in Essex County, New Jersey, now part of Bergen County, then moved his family in 1685 to Hackensack.

With his wife Hillegont, David was one of the organizers of the Reformed Dutch Church at Hackensack in 1686. His initials are carved in the outside wall of the Church Tower. He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1699. His will, dated 2 October 1710, and proved 4 October 1724, mentions three children who lived to adulthood, and his wife, who outlived her husband.

Biography Author

Elaine Elliot Johnston #174


The Ackerman Family, by Barbara W. Tobey, 1980