Dear Brenda, New to this site, and your inquiry caught my eye. My gggrandfather, William (called Willard) LeRoy Ackley, b. 1818, Chenango County, NY; ventured west to Wisconsin sometime in the late 1830s or early 1840s with a brother.Willard worked in a logging camp at Kelly, WI as a cook.Later he and his friend John? Hogarty went into business for themselves and opened a trading post/general store in area near Post Lake.The Sokoagon Chippewa band would trade with Willard each year as they made their way to harvest wild rice at Post Lake.It was there, that Willard met the daughter (known as Mary)of Chief Mee-gee-see (Great Eagle).Mary was widowed and had one young surviving child, a son, Missabe, (Known as Ed)Willard Ackley married Mary and they settled in a cabin on the banks of the Eau Claire River, in the township of Ackley, near Antigo, Wisconsin. Mary's father, Chief Great Eagle, lived with the couple.Mary was his only surviving child.A son, White Eagle, died of infection following the war the Chippewa had with the Sioux to protect their rice harvesting lakes.
Two sons were born of this union, DeWitt and Charles Asadee (means Poplar Tree).Missabe (or Ed) took the Ackley last name.Later he married and had several children and died at Lac View Desert, near the shore of Lake Superior.None of his children survived to adulthood.
DeWitt married and had quite a few children, but I am unclear as to who he was married to or how many times he was married.I seem to recall that he was married twice.When Chief Great Eagle died,I'm not sure who was the band's next Chief - it could've even been that DeWitt served as chief.I am sure that DeWitt's oldest son, Willard LeRoy Ackley was chief of this now lost tribe of Chippewa Indians in the 1930s as he was instrumental in the fight to get a real treaty with the US.He secured 12 square miles of land, bounded by three of rice lakes the tribe farmed. It is then the tribe became known as the Mole Lake Band of Chippewa.Chief Willard Ackley served the tribe until his death in 1969. He had a number of brothers and sisters that I recall, Including Alice Ackley, who married George Randall, and Mildred.Willard's son Charles (Chuck) became the chief thereafter.
The original Willard and wife Mary's other son Charles Asadee Ackley (b.1857 - d. 2/26/1952), was my ggrandfather.He married a non Indian woman named Jenny Smith in Freeport, IL.They had two daughters: Lillian C. Ackley (b. 1901) m. Frazer A. MacDonald (b.1885) from which one son Melville C. MacDonald (b.1925) was born; and Gladys Mildred (b. 1906-d.12/16/1976)my grandmother. In 1923 she had a child, Stuart Allen Ackley (2/4/1923 -3/2/1981)(my father) out of wedlock with (married) Baraboo businessman Joseph Corcoran. Stuart's grandfather Charles adopted him, giving him the Ackley last name (so the story goes) to avoid the ostracism of being a bastard child.Gladys had a short 3 month marriage to a Joseph Kolosso of Wausau, Wisconsin (1923)She later married Walter Pireaux(d. 1964) in 1942 and Cyril Phinney in 1966.I do remember as child meeting many cousins at Mole Lake while with my grandmother, who kept a scrapbook of Indian news, and made moccasins, did beadwork, wrote down Chippewa traditions, even spoke the language and once took my out on a lake and showed me the traditional way to harvest the wild rice in a canoe.