- Lydia PURPLE appeared in the census between 1850 and 1860 in New York. She was living between 1870 and 1900 in Waterloo, Black Hawk , Iowa. living with son Charles 1900
living with son William 1870 She was born on 1 May 1808 in Smithville, Chenango , New York. In 1860 Lydia was a Domestic in McDonough, Chenango , New York. She was living in 1880 in Dubuque, Iowa. living with son William J Ackley Lydia appeared in the census 1870, 1880 & 1900 in IA.
- Semi Weekly Iowa State Reporter, Tuesday, January 7, 1902, Waterloo, Iowa
Mrs. Lydia Ackley died this morning at 11:10 at the home of her son, Charles Ackley, at 314 Fremont Street, aged 94 years 7 months and 22 days. Old age and infirmities incident thereto were the causes.
Mrs. Ackley was a pioneer in Waterloo, and has watched the place grow from a straggling hamlet to the thriving city It now is. She was a good woman in all that term implies. A wide circle of friends will regret her departure from this life, but all will be consoled with the comforting assurance that she was faithful unto all things and will reap the reward of the good and true.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in the horns, conducted by Rev. J. A. Earl. Interment in Fairview.