FAMILY OF JOHN HACKER AND MARGARET SLEETH

FAMILY OF JOHN HACKER AND MARGARET SLEETH

JOHN HACKER was born January 01, 1742/43 in Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia, and died April 20, 1824 in Lewis County, West Virginia.  He married MARGARET SLEETH abt. 1765 in Loudon County, Virginia, daughter of JOHN SLEETH and MARY WALLACE.  She was born January 24, 1746/47 in Ireland-as family was enroute from Renfrow Co. Scotland to America.

 FROM HACKER'S CREEK JOURNAL, VOL. X, ISSUE 2

 COPY OF JOHN HACKER'S WILL

 In the name of God Amen.  I John Hacker of the County of Lewis and state of Virginia being of a great age and weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory (for which I thank God) and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the same in manner following that is to say in the first place I desire that all the perishable part of my estate be immediately sold after my death and that out of the monies arising therefrom, all my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid.  Secondly after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give to my wife Margart Hacker one third part of my estate both real and personal, for and during her natural life, and after her decease, I give the personal part thereof to whatever child of mine shall take care of their mother during her life, and the real part thereof is to be included in the bequeath that I herein after shall bequeath to two of my sons viz Thomas S. Hacker and Absalom Hacker.  Thirdly I give two thirds of the monies arising form the Sale of the perishable part of my estate to be equally divided between my two loving daughters Sarah Smith and Mary Ann Helmick and the heirs of my two daughters that are now deceased to wit the children of Margaret Hardman and Elizabeth Hardman.  Fourthly I give to my son Absalom Hacker all that part of my Landed property contained within the following bounds that is to say beginning at a poplar near the great road corner to Land I formerly conveyed to my son William Hacker thence with the course of said William's line to the middle of the road and with the road crossing the run that runs through my farm to the upper end of the fence thence with a dreen to the original line and with the lines of my survey crossing said run again to the place of Beginning at the same time it is to be understood that the said Absalom Hacker is to pay to my son Alexander Hacker twenty dollars which twenty dollars together with twenty dollars that my son Thomas S. Hacker is likewise to pay to my said son Alexander is designed to make him an equal part with them and my other sons that I formerly portioned off.

Fifthly, I give to my son Thomas S. Hacker all that part of my Landed property contained within the following bounds viz Begining in the middle of the road where Absaloms part first comes to the road and running the road as Absaloms run crossing the aforesaid run to the upper corner of the fence, thence up the aforesaid dreen to the original line, thence Jonathan Hackers corner and with said Jonathans lines and William Hackers lines to the place of Beginning.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son William Hacker and my son in law David Smith Executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other and former wills or Testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and affixed my Seal this 18th day of March in the Year of our Lord 1822.

Signed, Sealed published and declared as and for the last will and Testament of the above named John Hacker in the presence of us.

John Hacker (seal)

Edmund Hacker

John W. Hacker

Superior Court of Law Lewis County spring Term 1824.

This last will and Testament of John Hacker decd was presented in open court proven by the oath of John W. Hacker a subscribing witness thereto.  And at the Spring Term of 1825 of the said Court the said will was further proved by the oath of Edmund Hacker another subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste G.D. Camden Clk

FROM WEST VIRGINIANS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, COMPILED AND EDITED BY ROSS B. JOHNSTON, PUB. BY W. AUGUSTA HIST. & GEN. SOCIETY, 1959

HACKER, JOHN

Served as a matross with General George Rogers Clark in his campaign against Kaskaskia and Vincennes.  Represented Harrison County in negotiations with the Indians in making treaty of Fort Greenville, Ohio in 1795.  (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SERVICE NOW APPEARS TO BE IN ERROR - SEE JOY GILCRIST-STALNAKER'S HCPD ARTICLE.)   Born near Winchester, Virginia.  Married Margaret Sleeth and raised a large family.   Pioneer, magistrate, sheriff 1799-1801.  First settler on Hacker's Creek, Lewis County, (WV) between 1769 and 1773.  Died April 20, 1824.  Two daughters were victims of the Indians.  The following children survived him:  William Hacker, deceased; John Hacker deceased; Margaret Hacker deceased; Sarah Smith (formerly Hacker); Jonathan Hacker, Alexander Hacker, Absolom Hacker, Thomas Hacker, Elizabeth Hardman (late Hacker), Mary Ann Helmick.

FROM HACKER'S CREEK JOURNAL, VOL. V - ISSUE 3 PUBL BY HACKER'S CREEK PIONEER DESCENDANTS

DESCRIPTIONS OF JOHN AND MARGARET (SLEETH) HACKER

William Hacker of Shelbyville, IN, described his grandparents John and Margaret (Sleeth) Hacker, in the Hacker Records.

"John Hacker stood 5 ft 9 in tall.  He stood square on his feet, his weight 190 lbs not fat, lean and solid over the average as to straightness a good figure.  His complexion "Fair" his hair coal black, full round face, large forehead, medium sized nose, rather full in the center.  Chin broad, lips rather thin and fully covering the teeth.  Eyes inclined to dark grey and small for a man of his size.  Heavy and prominent eye brows, and with all a pleasant countenance to look upon.  Of course, the foregoing would indicate sociability with good conversational powers, which it is said he possessed in an eminant (sic) degree.  Though he was never known to be loud or objectionable, but rather to the contrary.  Yet when he did speak, his language was plain and direct to the point of issue.  He stood square with his head straight over his spinal column and then to see the flash of that little eye, the earnestness of the face, the easy wave of the hand, the emphatic nod of the head, all indicating the natural orator, and then when done with what he had to say, the calm folding of the arms, with the letting down of the contenance to the natural repose, awaiting a reply or some question of further inquiry upon the matter under discussion consideration, and then to see the face light up again when about to reply and then gestures so natural to him to move off as above described was said to be so interesting and entertaining as to always command the closest attention and respect.  It is further said of him that he was never known to utter a foolish remark and although when a little warmed up in his subject, he was sometimes though to be a little extravagant.  yet never so at the expense of truth.  In his person he was neat and cleanly, and so had everything about him.  So far as possible he was never foppish or over exacting but rather on the "Friend Quaker" style of things.  In these matters many of his children followed closely in his footsteps.  But he raised no child that excelled him in having a place for everything, and everything in its place.  Such then was the makeup of my grandfather, John Hacker, a perfect man and far above the normal physically, mentally, and morally, and was we have seen, such was the care he took of himself as well as everything around him that his days were long in the land and his death triumphant and happy

 Our grandmother was as tall as Grandfather.  She stood straight and was well proportioned, good head, dark wavy hair, dark hazel eyes.  Well formed nose, rather aquiline and straight on the face.  Two moles, one on the temple and the other on the upper lip near the corner of her mouth.  A very pleasant countenance with usually a smile playing over it, acute in hearing, slow in utterance.  While the sound of her voice was said to be music itself. Hence she was a beautiful singer and when in company was usually seen with a cluster of friends around her.  She spoke in a slow and deliberate manner, tho never hesitating and then without any gestures whatever except what might be noticed in her eyes and countenance.  Such was the makeup of our grandmother.

CHILDREN OF JOHN HACKER AND MARGARET SLEETH

 

   

L.L. Kight 2004