In the 1880 US Federal Census for Heralds Prairie, White, Illinois, 33-year-old Indiana-born Michael and 28-year-old Indiana-born Florence A [Rhoads] Hockersmith have in their family their children, Indiana-born 10-year-old Luella, Indiana-born 8-year-old James M, Indiana-born 6-year-old Rosettie [sic], Indiana-born 5-year-old Lydia C and 1-year-old Illinois-born Ida M. Luella cannot read and write. Rosettie is listed as "malformed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled." Everyone's parents were born in Indiana. The birthplaces of the children would indicate that the family moved to Illinois from Indiana between 1875 and 1879. William Ackley and Lydia Hockersmith married on 4 Feb 1891 in White, Illinois. Lydia bore two children, Charlie in 1892 and Arthur in 1893, and then died before 3 May 1895, when William married Lydia's sister, Ida M Hockersmith.