Betsy, You have several mentions of Iowa in you list. Do you know what part of Iowa they might have been? My Ackerman families landed in Montgomery and Cass counties about 1870. The men were named. Henry, William, John Henry, Peter, Englehart (and wife Hate or Kate) and Valentine. The exact relationship between the men is unknown, but there are several legal interactions between them, that indicate that they were related in some way. Henry was the one that had earlier been in LaSalle County, Illinois. It is unknown of the others were there also. It has been stated that Valentine worked as a waiter in New York briefly before coming to Iowa. I have a photograph of him in a waiter's uniform. Englehart appears to have been a generation older then the other men.