Spencer, William 1a

Birth Name Spencer, William
Also Known As Acker, William

    adopted by D. W. Acker upon death of both parents

Gender male
Age at Death more than 67 years, 9 months, 13 days


He was left an orphan almost in infancy, and was adopted and reared by the late D. W. Acker, whose family name he took.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1862-03-19 Seneca, Nemaha County, KS    
Death after 1930      
Burial     Vermillion Cemetery  
Event Note



Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Spencer, John T18451865
Mother Smith, Julia P18391862
         Spencer, William 1862-03-19 after 1930


Family of Spencer, William and Sheridan, Ella C

Married Wife Sheridan, Ella C ( * 1861-06-27 + after 1930 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1887 Wymore, NE    

home: Noble, Marshall Co, KS & Vermillian

1910: "Clarie Smith" 15 yrs old is a servant in his hh

from William Connelley's "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans"
William Acker was educated in the public schools of Marshall County and is also a graduate of the Kansas Normal College at Paola. Until twenty years of age he lived with his adopted parents, but at the age of sixteen had begun teaching in Marshall County. For ten years most of his time was spent in the school room. Since then he has been occupied with stock raising and farming and has been one of the leading buyers and shippers of cattle out of Marshall. He has a fine stock farm adjoining Vermillion on the east. Mr. Acker makes a specialty of Hereford cattle and Poland China hogs. Besides his substantial country home, where he resides, he owns a garage in Vermillion and also a store building in that city.

Mr. Acker was superintendent of schools of Marshall County during 1888-90. He has held various township offices in Noble Township and has been a director of the public schools. He is a republican and is identified with Vermillion Lodges of Masons and Odd Fellows. He is a Scottish Rite Mason. Mr. Acker married in 1887 at Wymore, Nebraska, Miss Ella C. Sheridan, for many years a successful teacher in Marshall County, and a daughter Ola W. D. and Melinda Sheridan. Her parents are both now deceased. Her father was a farmer and an early settler in Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Acker have no children.

also see http://books.google.com/books?id=hXcUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA445&lpg=PA445&dq=%22William+Acker%22+%22Marshall+County%22+KS&source=bl&ots=B8CMntxrQH&sig=feLgFdmCK4EU1gULcPA_XDSmXE8#PPA445,M1
for a slightly different account


  1. Spencer, John T
    1. Smith, Julia P
      1. Spencer, William
        1. Sheridan, Ella C

Source References

  1. William E. Connelley: Kansas and Kansans
      • Source text:


        "WILLIAM ACKER has for many years been prominently known in Marshall County,
        at first as a teacher and educator, afterwards as a farmer and stock raiser, and in
        connection with various public interests and affairs. Mr Acker is vice president of
        the State Bank of Vermillion and is one of the leading blooded stock raisers in that