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Acker family

Lewis Acker and 1) Mary Pi (Pui) 2) Jane Stuart

Arrived: 1830
Country of origin: USA
Area in New Zealand:Foveaux Strait
Source: 'They came by Sea', My Ancestors's Story.

Details: Lewis arrived on a whaler out of Sydney determined to settle after seeing the place on his previous working journeys as a sailor. He built a stone house which earned the name 'Acker's Castle'. He married twice, firstly to Mary Pi, and had nine children, secondly to Jane Stuart, by whom he had 5 more children
Another Old Identity Gone— In the person of Lewis Ackers one of the oldest residents of the district has passed away. Mr Ackers came to this part of the world so long ago as 1835, and for a considerable time was settled at the Bluff, where he followed the avocation of a whaler. From thence he removed to Stewart Island, and subsequently moved again to the Otatara Peninsula, where for many years he pursued a mixture of occupations, partly nautical, partly agricultural, and latterly joining to these the sawmilling industry. For a while he lived with his family on the spit or strip of land between the New River and the ocean, where he had the honour of being the first victim to the rabbit pest. It was upon his land the rabbits were first turned on; and it was not long before they had so completely cleared the soil of vegetation that the sand was let loose and soon drifted over in such clouds that his homestead was buried, and he had to leave. Deceased at one time acted as pilot and harbourmaster of the New River, but for many years he has lived in retirement at his farm. He was a capital specimen of a pioneer settler, and only a short time since was seriously thinking of migrating to some other country where he could enjoy more freedom. A thickly settled district was distasteful to him, and the fact that lately he could not ride half a mile without coming to a fence vexed him sorely. He has had a numerous family, and was much attached to his children. About three years ago he lost two of them— a son and his youngest daughter— by a boat accident near his own settlement, and he never thoroughly recovered from the shock, His funeral takes place to-morrow, and no doubt many of the residents will pay a last tribute of respect to the old pioneer by following his remains to the Eastern Cemetery.