We have traveled to research the family lines of Thomas, Ackerman, Roberts, Burlingame, Amsden, Hennings, Cox, Davids, Donahues, Warden, Olson, Walters, just to name the most primary family lines.
The Thomas family has a reunion every other year and takes place where ever you may find a family member, so far Milbank SD where the Thomas, Roberts and Ackermans raised families also in Tempe Arizona. The 1999 reunion was in Appleton WI where one cousin lives. The Thomases migrated to South Dakota from Springreen WI. The local cemetery has numerous Thomas grave sites but we have not made any connection to this family as of yet. The 2001 reunion took us to Portland Oregon to visit the Thomas cousins raised there. In 2003 we hope to travel to California for the next reunion.
It is known that generations ago the Ackerman lines have been tied to the great inventor Thomas Alva Edison and singer Nelson Eddy. More recently in the 1800's Albert Ackerman was mentioned in magazine articles for his unique willow canes carved with a jack knife. It is told that one of the canes was in the possesion of President Cleveland and others shown at the World's Fair in the late 1800's. A few of the canes remain in the hand of relatives to treasure.
Many Ackermans served our nation in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The families were large and had several brothers fighting together in the same war.
Amsden descents talk of Cassius Silas Amsden who held office in both the senate and the house for Grant County SD. Photos of the House and Senate members for each year hang in the State Capital Building in Pierre SD.