ACKROYD: (1846 - 1924)
Walter was born on the 7th of August 1846, the eldest
child of Thomas and Susannah Ackroyd.
He immigrated to the United States with his mother and his brother
Charles in 1851. His father,
Thomas Ackroyd, had immigrated a year earlier in 1850.
the death of his parents, who died of cholera in August of 1854, Walter
went to live with a man by the name of Smiley Shepard.
Here he was encouraged to study since Walter was yet a young lad
unable to do a lot of physical work.
He stayed with the Shepard’s for four years.
One day Mrs. Shepard scolded him without any cause so he left and
went to live with a man by the name of Addison Powers.
He stayed with Powers until the fall of 1862 when Walter and
another young man left in the middle of the night to join the Union army.
He enlisted on the first day of November in 1862, spending
most of three years fighting in the civil war.
He was discharged on the 18th of July 1865.
Walter married Lucinda Cooley on May 10, 1868 in Calfex, Sullivan
County, Missouri. To this
union was born 4 children: Nellie Demeris, Grant, Lincoln, and Rose
Morton. This marriage however
ended in 1881.
In 1884 Walter remarried, this time to a lady by the name of
Isabell Jane Welker. To this
union was born 6 children: James Walter, Smith, Susan Isabel, Rachel,
Marion Charles and Norah. All
of these children were born in Bloomington, Bear Lake Idaho.
In 1899, in answer to a church calling, Walter moved his family
from Idaho to Magrath, Alberta Canada.
Putting all their earthly possessions in two wagons the family
on the 17th of July 1899, driving 28 head of cattle along with
5 extra horses. They arrived
in Canada on the 5th of September 1899.
While in Canada Walter tried his hand at farming and also worked
for periods of time in the logging industry.
He spent the last 25 years of his life in Southern Alberta passing
away on the 5th of February 1924.
He is buried in the Magrath, Alberta cemetery.
His headstone bears the word “Scholar”, which aptly describes
his life and character. He
was a self-taught man, a man who, over his lifetime, gathered together of
fine library of books on many different subjects.
He was knowledgeable and frequently delivered public lectures on a
variety of topics.
Beverley Kent Ackroyd 2003