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John Turner Hacker, Sr., Revolutionary War veteran

Also Known As: "John Turner Hacker"
Birthplace: Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, United States
Death: April 20, 1824 (81)
Hackers Creek, Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Hackers Creek-Skin Creek, Berlin, Lewis County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William "Chicken Bill" Hacker; william c b hacker and Ann Dillon? Hacker
Husband of susannah hacker and Margaret Hacker (Sleeth)
Father of john turner hacker, jr; Mary Ann West; William Hacker; John Turner Hacker, Jr.; Sarah L. Smith and 8 others
Brother of William Hacker; Elizabeth Freeman; Nancy Ann Keith; Mary "Polly" Bush and Elizabeth Betsy Staats

Managed by: Lloyd Alfred Doss, Jr.
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About John Turner Hacker Sr., Pioneer

John Turner Hacker, Sr BIRTH 1 Jan 1743 Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, USA DEATH 20 Apr 1824 (aged 81) Weston, Lewis County, West Virginia, USA BURIAL Morrison Cemetery Berlin, Lewis County, West Virginia

One of the earliest settlers in Lewis County in (West) Virginia and the first to settle Hacker's Creek, which was named after him.

His middle name is the maiden name of his mother, Ann Turner.

He married Margaret Sleeth (b. 6/24/1747 in Ireland or at sea) in about 1765 in Winchester, VA.


  1. Mary Ann Hacker, b. 1768, d. December 05, 1787.
  2. William Hacker, b. May 03, 1770, Harrison Co., WV, d. 1826, Lewis Co., WV.
  3. John S. Hacker, b. January 17, 1773, d. October 15, 1834, Shelby Co., IN.
  4. Alexander Hacker, b. 1774, d. date unknown.
  5. Margaret Hacker, b. November 02, 1776, d. July 05, 1815.
  6. Sarah Hacker, b. 1778, d. date unknown.
  7. Jonathan Hacker, b. January 10, 1779, Bush's Fort/Buckhannon, Upshur Co., WV, d. May 14, 1866, Hacker's Creek, Lewis Co., WV.
  8. Solomon Hacker, b. 1780, d. date unknown.
  9. Elizabeth Hacker, b. 1784, d. 1813.
  10. Absolom Hacker, b. 1788, d. date unknown.
  11. Thomas S. Hacker, b. 1790, d. date unknown.
  12. M. Hacker, b. 1793, d. date unknown.

Two of his daughters were slain and scalped by Indians.



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.[1]

Daughters of the American Revolution

File Record:

HACKER, JOHN Ancestor #: A048859 Service: VIRGINIA Rank: PRIVATE


Death: 4-20-1824 LEWIS CO VIRGINIA


Service Description: 1) CAPT JAMES BOOTH, 1777

Residence Created: 2002-03-27 23:23:55.3, Updated: 2002-12-31 14:33:25.0, By: mhall 1) City: HACKER'S CREEK - County: MONONGALIA CO - State: VIRGINIA

Spouse Number Name Created: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, Updated: 2002-03-27 23:17:13.16, By: Conversion 1)



Note: @N83@ @N83@ NOTE Note: Established a claim on Hackers Creek in 1768, raised a cropthere in 1769, and moved his family there in the winter of 1760.John served nintey one days in captain James Booths compnay ofVA Mailitia in 1778, He enlisted in George Rogers Clards "Illinos Regiment and was part of the Clarks expedition againstthe indians at Vincennes, Indiana. Next Line: Next Line: In 1787 , John and Margaret's Daughter, Mary Ann (Hacker) Westwas killed by a band of Indians led by the Indian renegadeLeonard Schoolcraft. Next Line: John signed the petition for the establishment of HarrisonCounty , VA and served as sherriff of the county in 1799. Death


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 [2]


This person was created through the import of My Family File.ged on 19 May 2010. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.


Changed year of birth from 1742 to 1743 reflecting DAR documentation.X-7424 16:17, 20 July 2013 (EDT)


ohn was one of five known children born to William and Ann (Turner) Hacker. His siblings were: William, b. 1739 Elizabeth, b. ca 1741; m. John Freeman Nancy Ann, b. ca 1745; m. James Keith & Col. Claypool Mary Polly, b. 1747; m. John Bush

John married Margaret Ann Sleeth in 1765 in Loudon Co., VA. She was the daughter of John and Mary (Wallace) Sleeth. They were the parents of eleven children:

1. Mary Ann, b. ca 1768; m. Edmund West, Jr. 2. William, b. 1770; m. Adah West 3. Jonathan Daniel, b ca 1772; m. Hannah Bennet 4. John Turner Jr., b. 1773; m. Mary Susannah Smith 5. Sarah, m. David Smith 6. Margaret, b. 1776; m. Peter Hardman 7. Alexander, 8. Elizabeth, b. 1784; m. Henry Hardman 9. Absolam, 10.Thomas S., 11.Mary Ann, b. 1793; m. John Helmick.

Two of these daughters, Mary Ann Hacker West and Margaret Hacker Hardman, were slain and scalped by indians.

When John moved and located his family on Hacker's Creek in 1769, he brought his parents with him and took care of them until they died; the father in 1772 aged 92 years and the mother in 1778. This family was the first family to live on Hacker's Creek, and their second child, William, was the first white child born there.

John served "under the command of Captain James Booth who commanded a Company of Militia in defense of that part of the Western frontier of West Augusta which now comprises the Counties of Harrison and Lewis. He served two long years (1782-1784) with George Rogers Clark on his campaign against the British at Kaskaskia and Vincennes. He served at various times as a magistrate and sheriff. He was appointed by the Harrison County court, together with John Waggoner and Jacob Cozad, to represent the county at the Greenville Treaty in 1795.

John's Will was written, signed and witnessed in Lewis Co., VA on 18 March 1822, and it lists all eleven of his children.

Family links:

 Margaret Sleeth Hacker (1747 - 1832)*


 William Hacker (1771 - 1826)*
 John Turner Hacker (1773 - 1834)*
 Sarah Hacker Smith (1775 - 1855)*
 Margaret Hacker Hardman (1776 - 1815)*
 Elizabeth Hacker Hardman (1784 - 1815)*
 Thomas Sleeth Hacker (1788 - 1858)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial: Morrison Cemetery Berlin Lewis County West Virginia, USA


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John Turner Hacker Sr., Pioneer's Timeline

January 2, 1743
Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, United States
January 2, 1743
Harrison County, West Virginia, United States
May 3, 1770
Hackers Creek, Lewis County, West Virginia, United States
January 17, 1773
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
June 24, 1775
Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia, United States
December 27, 1776
Hackers Creek, Harrison County, West Virginia, United States
January 10, 1779
Hackers Creek. Bushes Fort, VA, Now Buckhannon, Upshur County, WV (was VA)