1755– Tarrytown, Westchester, New York Colony, British Colonial America
The Life of Obadiah
When Obadiah Ackerman was born in 1755, in Tarrytown, Westchester, New York Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Jacobus James Ackerman, was 33 and his mother, Maritie Enderse Anderson, was 28.
1 Dutch: occupational name from akkerman ‘plowman’; a frequent name in New Netherland in the 17th century. Later, it probably absorbed some cases of the cognate German and Swedish names, Ackermann and Åkerman respectively.2 English: from a medieval term denoting feudal status, Middle English akerman (Old English æcerman, from æcer ‘field, acre’ + man ‘man’). Typically, an ackerman was a bond tenant of a manor holding half a virgate of arable land, for which he paid by serving as a plowman. The term was also used generically to denote a plowman or husbandman.3 Variant of German and Jewish Ackermann .