by FLOYD WESLEY SMITH
|The history of the Acocks family is recopied here by
FLOYD WESLEY SMITH June, 2001. I was born on April 20, 1942, in Olean,
N.Y. the son of William Carl Miller Smith Sr. and Eva May Acocks Smith.
My mother was the daughter of Franklin Atherly Acocks and Bertha Susan
Rice Acocks. The family history provided below was copied from a family
bible by Leonard Wood Acocks in August 1943. Leonard was my mothers brother.
This history was written by Judge William Baker Acocks (born: January 26th,
1821; Died: March 6, 1914)
I have attempted to make an accurate copy, but some the
words in the right margin are partially missing or missing completely.
Therefore, I will have to interpret what was missing. I feel that what
you are reading was 99% copied verbatim . Grammatical errors
and all as in the original copy.
The history, as recopied begins below.
HISTORY OF THE ACOCKS FAMILY
As written by the late Judge Acocks of Pittsfield.
William Acocks lived in Devonshire, with his fathers family
which consisted, I think, of seven sons and three daughters.
The army being there sometime, he and his messmate, Joseph Bailey, from Yorkshire, England, like a good many others, left the British Army, stayed back and entered the American Service. Afterwards he married the Widow Lewis. Her maiden name was Mary Grant, and she lived in Boston. Her father was sea captain, and he and his vessel were lost at sea. Her mother died when she lived in Boston with a sister when she married Joseph Lewis and went to live in Charlestown. They had two children Joseph and Hannah.
At the time of the Battle of Bunker Hill Mr. Lewis was
killed, Charlestown was burned and she fled with her children and others
to a point two miles south of the city and went into the cellar of a deserted
house and dared not make a fire or noise for two days, in fear of being
massacred by the Indians. Her house and everything in it burned, except
a few things she caught up in a hurry for the children. These and a set
of silver spoons she tied up in a handkerchief. She then came into
the state farther and lived with a cousin until she married William Acocks.
After the close of the War thet took up a piece of land
in Charlemont, Mass. When William Jr. was fifteen years of age, being a
stout healthy boy he went to York State to the town now called Palmyra
and took up a piece of land, and put William Jr., to digging a well preparatory
to putting up a house.
In the meantime he did a very hard days work putting up a log fence for thirty four cents. Then with his knapsack he started on foot for home over two hundred miles away to carry the sad news to his mother, as there were not many mail routes then. When he reached his mother he had four cents in money left. That was the second time his mother had been left a Widow and rather destitite.
William Chopped cord wood that winter to help support
the family, which consisted of his mother himself, and Thomas, the Lewis
children had gone to live with friends in Ponual, Vermont, where Hannah
married William Crandall.
In the spring William went to work for Mr. Bagg to learn
the blacksmith trade. It was near his mother where he could assist her.
William Acocks, after he learned his trade, worked as
a journeyman in Lanesboro, a town north of Pittsfield, where he married
Phebe Baker in 1805, daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Kelley Baker, formerly
of Cape Cod Mass. They settled in the town of Hancock west of Lanesboro.
In March or April 1832, he married the window Melennathen.
William Acocks subsequently moved to Compton, Kane County,
Illinois, and died there August 10th,. 1859, aged seventy seven years,
and is buried at Kane County, Illnois. His wife Lydia Caroline
died July 23, 1889 aged ninety two years, and was buried by the side of
Judge William B. Acocks, author of the fore going sketch
of the Acocks Family was born in Hancock, Berkshire County Mass., in January
1821, died at his home in Pittsfield Pa., March 6th 1914, thus being 93
years and 39 days old ______ the oldest man in Pittsfield township, if
not Warren County.
William Baker Acocks was the son of William and Phebe (baker) Acocks who settled in Ellicot N.Y. in 1830. Judge Acocks and his brothers layed out the town of Pittsfiled and named it after Pittsfield Mass., where their father had lived at one time. William B.Acocks engaged in the blacksmithing buisiness from which he retired in 1880. He served as Justice of the Peace for two terms, was Associate Judge of Warren County for five years from 1876 to 1881, and also held several other offices of the township.
He was married in June, 1843, to Mary Ann Dalrymple, who
the daughter of Clark and Elizabeth Dalrymple. There was no children. His
wife died in 1898
The information provided below is partly from the recopy above and partly from other sources.
The direct lineage of the Acocks family line to Emily
Louise Smith Sirline, Floyd Wesley Acocks Smith and Linda May Acocks Smith
Gillmer ( the off spring of William Carl Miller Smith and Eva May Acocks
Smith) is noted below:
#1. Wm. Acocks of Devonshire, England was allowed to remain
in America and became a soldier in the Continental Army and therefore a
veteran of the Revolutionary War. He had been pressed into service. That
means he was forced to serve in the British Army. After the British surrender
he was allowed to join the Revoluntionary Army and remain in the colonies.
The following notes are from the history books;
Note #1: The British Army , consisting of
7,213 men, commanded by Lt. General John Burgoyne landed in Quebec, Canada
on May 6, 1777. By June 13, 1777 he had marshaled his army in St. Johnís
on the northern tip of Lake Champlain. On July 1, 1777 his fleet and army
landed above Ticonderoga and within a few days had captured the area. The
American army with a much smaller force retreated, without a fight.
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