Re: Rev. William Lemon Hackett Canada/Fl
It's my understanding that William and Orcellia had eight children, but that perhaps two died in infancy / childhood. The fifth child was Paul Richmond Hackett, who married Martha Jane Lewis. They left the US for British India, on 23 September, 1913. Keeping in the family business, they went to Burma as missionaries. Why they chose Burma, we do not know; but because the Burmese missions were under the control of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, they became Baptists. Paul died of a heart attack in 1943, fleeing Burma in advance of the Japanese invasion; Martha Jane died in 1966. There remain a number of churches and orphanages which feature murals of the couple, and it is my understanding that the native population in some of the villages where they worked regard them as something like saints.
Paul and Martha Jane had four children: William Dunn Hackett, Herbert Lewis Hackett, Paul Hackett, and Earl Hackett (who you have met). My grandfather was Herbert Lewis Hackett, born 16 January, 1917, Rangoon, Burma. He ended up back in the States, by the outbreak of WWII. After having earned his PhD in Linguistics from University of Michigan, he was drafted into the Army, commissioned as a Captain, given the assignment of teaching English to German POWs at a camp in Shamrock, Texas. He seems to have gotten into a fight with his CO after hearing of his father's death, and was ultimately discharged; it's my understanding he was a very reluctant conscript anyway. It was while working at the camp that he met the daughter of an itinerant preacher: Sarah Wilborn. Herbert and Sarah moved frequently, as Herbert was a college Professor: Arkansas, Salt Lake, Lansing, Buffalo. Herbert died of a heart attack in Buffalo, 1964.
Herbert and Sarah had four daughters: Sally Hackett, Margaret Hackett, Jane Hackett, and Marian "Dee" Hackett. The youngest of which is my mother.
My parents were unmarried teenagers, and I was given up for adoption. My name at birth was Samuel Lewis Hackett. I began learning about my birth parents about twenty years ago, finally meeting them in my early thirties (about five years ago). I was given what little info we had about the Hacketts, and that's where I got the names William and Jane for your great-grandparents (but that info might not be accurate). I have had the great honor of meeting Earl Hackett (the last of the generation born in Burma), as well as many many cousins, all my aunts, and most of their children; not forgetting my grandmother Sarah Wilborn. At the moment I am fairly regular contact with my aunt Margaret, as she is my only relative living somewhat near-by.
My wife and I are about to have our first child, and I am trying to compile as much Family history information as I can. Anything you can send my way would be greatly appreciated. I am quite interested by anything that would be in this book you mentioned.
I too have a lot of info on the Burtchs, but I would like to cross-check it with you. I can also send you a copy of all the info I have (and somewhere I have a ton of photos from Burma that I need to dig up). If you would like to e-mail me privately, I can be reached at [email protected]
Please keep in touch, and I wish you good health,
Ethan Daniel Davidson