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This is the genealogy of the family of Loyd Lester Ackerman and Clare Steinhart Ackerman who raised seven children in Miami, Florida beginning in 1931.

The family of Loyd Ackerman of Mount Gilead, Ohio and Mable Selzer Ackerman of Akron, Ohio moved to Miami, Florida in 1918 in the height of the influenza epidemic of that year. Two weeks after arriving in Miami, Loyd died of complications of the flu and left Mabel Ackerman, with her family of five young children, to cope at the new location by herself.

We don't yet know whether her father, Michael Selzer, and mother, Susie Wolfe Selzer, were already in Miami, or that they may have moved there shortly thereafter. Either way, Michael and Susie were some of the early Miami residents and Michael built many homes in Miami, particularly around the Coconut Grove area, in the 1920s and 1930s. Michael had been a building contractor in Akron. He was in his late 50s in 1918, so we suspect that the building he did was partly to help support the Ackerman children.

For a short time in the 1930s, Michael's brother, Lawrence and his wife Augusta lived in Miami. Pictures, sent from Miami, of side by side houses were marked: Uncle Michael's and Mable's houses. Those houses were across the the street from the house that Mabel and Michael lived in when we, Mabel's grandchildren, were young and where we lived until about 1940.

Joseph Steinhart and Elinor McMullen Steinhart moved to Miami when Joseph was transferred by the US Postal Service from Atlantic City, NJ. The Steinharts lived on Miami Beach for several years and then in the City of Miami until Joseph's death in 1931. Joseph was a postal carrier, a clerk, and supervisor before retiring due to poor health in early 1931. Of the ten children that Joseph and Elinor had, four died early of health problems or accidents. Six survived to maturity.

Loyd Ackerman married Clare Steinhart in 1930. They had seven children beginning with Mary Lou in 1931, Joan Veronica in 1933, Loyd Lester Jr. in 1935, Barbara Ann in 1937, Elinor in 1940, Susan in 1943, and Richard John 1945.

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