FAMILY OF JOHN HACKER AND MARGARET SLEETH
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
abt. 1765 in Loudon County, Virginia, daughter of JOHN
She was born January 24, 1746/47 in Ireland-as family was enroute from
Renfrow Co. Scotland to America.
CREEK JOURNAL, VOL. X, ISSUE 2
COPY OF JOHN
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.
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)
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
FROM WEST VIRGINIANS
IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, COMPILED AND EDITED BY ROSS B. JOHNSTON, PUB. BY W.
AUGUSTA HIST. & GEN. SOCIETY, 1959
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 -
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
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
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
Mary Ann Hacker - b. ca 1768 in Virginia, married to Edmund West, Junior. She was killed in an Indian massacre along with her father-in-law Edmund West, Senior on December 5, 1787 in what is now Lewis County, West Virginia. She is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in Lewis County, WV.
John Hacker, Junior
Sarah Hacker - married David Smith
Margaret Hacker - married Peter Hardeman
Jonathan D. Hacker
Alexander Hacker - married Betsy McNemar
Elizabeth Hacker - married Henry Hardeman
Thomas Sleeth Hacker - married Margaret Keith
Mary Ann Hacker
© L.L. Kight 2004