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Papers of the Ackers Family of Salford
Papers of the Ackers Family of Salford
ca 1800-late 19 cent.
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Title Deeds Adswood and Cheadle 1717-1803, Manchester 1730-1881, Salford 1742-1849, Deeds in Annuities 1750-1810, Wills 1710-1791, Business Records 1801-1870Related Material:Some material concerning the Ackers family in Gloucester in the custody of Gloucestershire Record OfficePlace:/Salford/Manchester/Lancashire/England
Papers of the Ackers Family of Salford
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ca 1800-late 19 cent.
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The Ackers appear to have been involved in the timber industry during the late 18th to the early 19th century. Holland Ackers and his brother James were the partners in the business at this time. Sometime before Novemeber 1800 Holland Ackers died leaving a will with codicil. In that will it is clear that Holland Ackers already owned substantial property in Manchester and Salford. At this time his son George was in his minority and inherited trust funds during the early 19th century becoming a lieutenant in the Dragoon Guards by 1809. The early papers reflect their business activities at Bank Mill, Salford and their ownership of land in Stockport, Manchester and Salford. By the mid 19th century James Ackers (Holland Ackers great nephew, born 1812) was wealthy enough to have moved away from Salford and live at Prinknash Park, Upton St. Leonards in Gloucester. He is described on the census returns for 1851 as a widower aged 39 years. He was born in Larkshill Salford and bought the property in 1847. He was MP for Ludlow from 1841 and died on September 27th 1868. His will was proved two months later and his estate was valued at less than £6,000. This was later resworn and revalued at less than £60,000, the main beneficiary was his son, Benjamin St. John Ackers who inherited Prinknash Park. The estate was sold in 1888 to Thomas Dyer Edwardes who eventually gave it to the Benedictine Community of Caldy Island. James Ackers' eldest son, James who predeceased him on 25 December 1859 died at Prinknash and whose will was proved on 5th May 1860. The money was divided between the Oxford and Cambridge Mission to Africa, the Gloucester Infirmary and Barnwood House, Gloucester, a private asylum. Benjamin St. John Ackers was MP for West Gloucestershire between May and November 1885 and was born 6 November 1839. He was educated at Rugby and St John's College, Oxford. He entered Lincoln's Inn in 1861 and was called to the bar in 1865. His son, Charles Penrhyn was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1928 While one part of the family settled in Gloucestershire, another remianed in the North of England taking up residence at Moreton Hall in Cheshire.
Deposited after 4th Sept 1978 (accession number 386)
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