I guess my questions are, how sure are you on the dates?
I found 2 Paul Ackerman's one died in 1804 in East Pennsboro Cumberland Co. and the other died in 1812 in Fayette Co.(yours). Is it possible that the birth date of 1750 is for the first Paul and not the second Paul?
Reason I ask about the dates is this.
Paul would have been 21 in 1771, why then did the ships clerk have to sign his name for him?
Also if Paul was born in 1750 why did he wait until 1788 to marry? He would have been 38 years old and Maria Sophia 35 before marrying and starting a family. I think that it a bit unlikely for her to bear that many childern starting a that age and being 45 years old with her last child. Not saying that things like that never happened but was less likely back then.
Some of our family think that your John and our John are one and the same. But again when I look at the numbers it doesn't add up. Your John being born in 1793 would have made him 15-16 when our John married in 1808/09. And besides our John married Nancy Baird.
ACKERMAN, PAUL, yeoman, Eastpennsborough. October 28, 1804. November 17, 1804. Wife Margaret. Children John, Paul, Margaret and Catherine. Three youngest children George, Henry and Abraham. Exs:George Mann and John Rupley. Wit:Michael Hebison, Abraham Neidick.G. 80.