The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 682, Salem Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOSEPH J. HACKETT was born in New Jersey August 5, 1839. His father and mother were both born in the same state in 1800 and 1806 respectively. JOSEPH J. attended school until about fourteen, and was then put to driving teams and farming. Previous to the late war, he went to Pennsylvania, and in August, 1862, enlisted in Company H. One Hundred and Twenty-Second Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for nine months; he was at the battle of Petersburg, Virginia, and in other engagements, and when mustered out re-enlisted for six months in the Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was First Duty Sergeant in Company H. He next enlisted for three years, and was all this time in the Virginia campaign, taking part in most of the battles fought, and being present at the surrender of General Lee. At the close of the war, he was mustered out at Harrisburg, passed three years at home, and then went to a brother's farm in Ohio. October 17, 1871, at Bellefontaine, Ohio, he married LYDIA J. LINVILLE, who was born August 25, 1842, in Champaign County, Ohio, and was the daughter of JACOB HAINES and ANNA P. (PENNINGTON) LINVILLE. To this union there have been born three children - MYRTLE A., born AOctober 24, 1874; HAINES, May 22, 1876; WARREN, November 4, 1879. After his marriage, MR. HACKETT farmed for four years in Kansas, then in Champaign County, Ohio; in 1881, he came to this township, and here owns 160 acres of well-improved land. MR. and MRS. HACKETT are members of the Society of Friends, and in politics he is a Republican."