Re: John M. Hacker
This might be a great great uncle of mine.I traced John M. Hacker, son of Julius and Elizabeth Beeler Hacker, who was born in 1830 in Tennessee.He left the family home before 1850 and apparently went to California to work in the gold fields.His parents and siblings moved to Missouri in 1859, and he might have identified with Missouri because of them, although he never lived there.Might have gone back for a visit before returning to CA, but I have no record of that.
I found him a John Hacker, born in Tennessee, of the right age living in in Amador County, 1860.He was a miner.
John M. Hacker enlisted in the Union army in Sept. 1863 in Marysville, CA.His father's cousin Eli Hacker lived with his family in Marysville vicinity at that time.He mustered out of the army ih 1865.
The next John M. Hacker record was in 1880 in Powellville, Humboldt Co., California.He was living with his two sons, listed as a widower.He was born in Tennessee and was 49 years old.There is also a voter registration record for John Marrion Hacker, 49 years old and born in Tennessee, in Laribee, Humboldt Co.I have assumed that this was the same man.
In 1990, John M. Hacker applied for a Civil War pension.The regiment numbers match the regiment numbers on the enlistment record of John M. Hacker in 1863.
The last record I found was also a voter registration record for John Marion Hacker in Cottonwood, Siskiyou County, California.This John Marion was born in Tennessee, and was 60 years old.Occupation was shoemaker.
All of the John or John M. Hacker's outlined above were born in Tennessee.Their recorded ages showed them to have been born in either 1830 or 1831.As I said, however, John M. Hacker might have related to the fact that his family had moved to Missouri while he lived in California.In addition, he had a first cousin named John M. Hacker who did live in Missouri, and returned to that State after working in the gold fields.That other John M. lived out his life in Missouri and/or Arkansas and was a well-to-do farmer.He died in Missouri in 1893.
I would very much like to learn more about the book that you talked about if you haven't given it away by now.I think this John M. Hacker might be my relative--mainly because my John M. Hacker did end up in Siskiyou County.In 1894, John M. would have been living on his Confederate pension.
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