I have been told that we were related to the Ackerman's of Patterson NJ. They are also related to the Abate's of Patterson. Henry Ackerman was somehow connected to this family. I also know that there were silk mills involved. Sounds like a strange question but what religion is this side of the Ackerman's. I will check into this more to see what else I can find. Please see if you can find out anything about a Marie Ackerman.