Hack Family Genealogy
Details are available in an indexed file of Hack family births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials, where known. Tracing relationships is somewhat easier using an indented family tree. The first document excludes all persons known to be living, or who might possibly be living. The second document spans nine generations from William Hack and Ellen Terry of Froyle, who were married in 1684, and includes the names of a few living persons. If any family member would prefer that their name be kept private, please let me know via the Contact Form (click the link in the menu bar on the left).
The Chichester Hacks can be traced via the sometimes incomplete but generally reliable (see warning below) Quaker birth, marriage and burial records back to the marriage of James Hack and Priscilla Hayllar in 1757. After 1837 official government indices are available complemented by newspaper announcements. However, tracing the family before 1757 poses several difficulties.
- The Quaker marriage record of James Hack and Priscilla Hayllar in 1757 does not identify the parents of James. Given his age at death, he was born around 1731, but there is no Quaker record of that event. The Librarian at the Friends House, London, speculated that the minutes of the Chichester Meeting giving permission for the marriage might have named William and Anne of Basingstoke as the father and mother.
- William Hack and Anne Littlefield were married in Alton in 1730, but a birth of James a year or so later was not recorded. Hannah may have been another child before James's early death in 1738.
- William was baptised in Froyle in 1708, his elder brother, James, in 1707. Later siblings were recorded in Quaker registers. Most likely William married out and he rejoined the Quakers after the birth of his elder children when his wife, Anne, was accepted into the Society of Friends. There is no Quaker record of the marriage. The identification of this marriage with that of William Hack and Anne Merchant in Petworth, Sussex, in 1707 is speculative. William was then described as being of Twaylem, Hampshire. This may be a mistranscription of Froyle.
- William was born into the Quaker family of William Hack and Mary Terry. The Terrys had been Quakers since before 1662 but William's marriage in 1684 was the first Quaker record for the Hack family. William's antecedents are unknown.
- The Quaker registers give the birth date of Mary Jeffery Hack as 2 November 1793 although the same registers record the deaths of Mary and her mother earlier that same year.
- The Monthly Meeting of Carlisle has two birth records for Mary (Maria) Hack giving the date as 16 February 1777 but the copy in the register of the Cumberland Quarterly Meeting has the preseumably erroneous date of 15 October 1777.
Examples of documents
The marriage record of Stephen Hack and Elizabeth Marsh Wilton of 3 June 1841 in The parish church of Littlewirth St Michael, Gloucestershire. The witnesses were John William Wilton and Thomas Sanden Hack.
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