He attended the common schools in New York Mills, and Whitestown Seminary and Business College. Then he became a grocer. He married Adelaide Hoag (1848–1936), and they had two children.
He died suddenly on March 15, 1915, at his home in Utica, "while reading a newspaper"; and was buried at the Glenside Cemetery in New York Mills.
- Official New York from Cleveland to Hughes by Charles Elliott Fitch (Hurd Publishing Co., New York and Buffalo, 1911, Vol. IV; pg. 317 and 366)
- Biographical sketches of the members of the Legislature in The Evening Journal Almanac (1884)
- Ex-State Senator Joseph Ackroyd in NYT on March 16, 1915
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