|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1818|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1887|
First wife: Miss Margaret T. Blake of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois, who died July 27, 1857
Second wife: Mrs. Jane W. Truesdale of Scott County, Illinois who died October 16, 1878
Jesse Thacker spent his early life in Illinois and acquired wealth in farming and various business activities.
He came to Carthage, Missouri in 1866 and bought a large farm north of the city for himself and his family. By 1872 his many business interests included being president of First National Bank, being a mine owner,
He owned some 4,000 acres in Jasper County, part of which was mining ground. In year Carthage first became a city, 1873, he opened his hardware store in his new building. While running his hardware store should have been a full time job, he had also opened the Grand Opera House with Mr. Chambers, making the City of Carthage home to two opera houses. Mr. Chambers left the partnership, so Jesse Thacker was probably one of the busiest men in town, as well as one of the wealthiest. In 1879 his very prominence caused him to be brutally assaulted by a man looking to rob him, however, he recovered from the incident.
The hardware store sold everything in the hardware line, woodenware, glassware, notions, wagon material, corn shellers, steel goods, fence wire, oak, cook stoves and more. When the fire of devastated the north side of the square occured in January of 1880, it was this brick building that stopped the fire from consuming the entire north side of the square.
Little did anyone realize that one hundred thirty-nine years later, so far the entire life of City of Carthage, his building would still house a hardware store, now 119 east Third street. After his death it was sold in 1888 to Henry Miller Keim and Joseph Moore McMillan, Keim-McMillan Hardware store, then 1907 A. H. Goldstein rented the building on the north side of the square vacated sometime ago by Keim & McMillan, and expects to remove his wholesale and retail clothing and furnishing stock to his new quarters about the middle of May. By this change he will secure about 2,500 square feet more floor space which he has been much in need of. He will use both floors the upstairs being devoted to the sample room and wholesale department and the downstairs to the retail store. In turn it was sold in 1919 to C C Carter, who moved his store at south side to north side of square being the Carter Hardware store, who parted with it in 1946 when name was changed to Carthage Hardware store, and has had different owners to date and expanded into adjacent 1880 built Hannum building.
In 1881 Jesse Thacker built another building and was also building a new brick residence on Central St. just north of the square during this period. In September 1881 the new building was ready of occupancy and it was announced that it had been rented to wealthy merchants from Tennessee for a dry goods establishment which was opened on October 1, 1881.
Originally he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church but, according to the sketch of his life in the 1883 history of Jasper County, "more recently he has joined the band known as the Holiness people." The book he is holding apparently indicates this religious interest of his later years.
In November of 1887 Jesse Thacker went out to his stables to saddle his mare and in the dark she apparently did not recognize him and kicked him, once in the bowel and once in the knee. The kick proved fatal, and on November 14, some 38 hours after the incident, Jesse Thacker died.
The children of Jesse Thacker also erected the most expensive monument ever to grace Park Cemetery. From a full length portrait of Jesse, a life-sized statue was carved of carrara marble in Leghorn, (Livorna) Italy by Italian sculptors working from the photograph.
The base of it is of Scottish marble and the work was done in Aberdeen, Scotland, By Scottish carvers. The base and pedestal are of Scotch granite, the base being 4 feet square. The total height of the monument is 15 feet 8 inches. It weighs 20,050 pounds and was completed at a cost of between $1,500 and $2,000 and took 8 months to construct. The base and the top were shipped separately and assembled in Carthage.
The lot purchased was large enough for all five Thacker children.
"Beneath is towering monument of clay
Our ever sacred dead are laid away"
Died Nov 14, 1887 Age 67Y 7M 19D's
This is the sacred spot where Father lies
Here sleeps his dust the soul,
Above the boundless blue & starry skies
Celestial bands of angels with him shine,
Kept pure and white by highest powers divine.
Eternal heaven his spirit eyes shall see,
Redeeming love his endless theme shall be.
Illinois Marriage Record -
1st: THACKER, JESSE & BLAKE, MARGARET T 1838-09-06 00B/0014 00000406 MORGAN
2nd: THACKER, JESSE & TRUESDELL, JANE 1858-03-23 /0100 00001720 SCOTT
1850 United States Federal Census 1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Jesse Thacker
Estimated birth year: abt 1819
Birth Place: Indiana
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Macoupin, Illinois
Family Number: 9
Household Members: Name Age
Jesse Thacker 31
Margaret S Thacker 25
P Mckendree Thacker 10
Lucetta P Thacker 8
Cyrus P Thacker 5
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Macoupin, Illinois; Roll M432_118; Page: 224B; Image: 206.
On 1860 census Jesse is married to Jane - son Jesse jr, Edgar 'Ed' J Thacker are sons of 2nd wife Jane, buried in Park Cemetery. Also, McKindree P. Thacker is son of Jesse and 1st wife Margaret.
1860 United States Federal Census 1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Jesse Thacker
Age in 1860: 42
Birth Year: abt 1818
Home in 1860: Township 8 Range 7, Macoupin, Illinois
Post Office: Gillespie
Value of real estate:
Household Members: Name Age
Jesse Thacker 42
Jane Thacker 41
McKindree Thacker 20
Lucetta Thacker 18
Virginia Thacker 11
Anna Thacker 8
Jesse Thacker 4
Edgar Thacker 10/12
George H Smith 27
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Township 8 Range 7, Macoupin, Illinois; Roll M653_206; Page: 394; Image: 396; Family History Library Film: 803206.
Elizabeth Thacker Ash (1798 - 1844)
Jane W. Truesdell Thacker (1819 - 1878)
Margaret T. Blake Thacker (1823 - 1857)*
McKindree P. Thacker (1839 - 1903)*
Cyrus C Thacker (1844 - 1856)*
Hardin W Thacker (1851 - 1851)*
Anna Thacker Dreisbach (1852 - 1894)*
Z. Thacker (1855 - 1855)*
Elizabeth Thacker (1855 - 1855)*
Edgar J Thacker (1859 - 1901)*
Amos Ash (1813 - 1893)*
Jesse Thacker (1818 - 1887)
Zachariah Thacker (1820 - 1900)*
Eliza Jane Ash (1824 - 1841)*
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 2 Lot 31
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Sep 08, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41732292
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