|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1827|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1898|
Son of James Hacking and Jane Pearson, born in Clawthrope, Westmoreland (now Cumbria), England. He married Jane Rogerson and had 6 daughters: Mary Jane, Alice, Catharine Caroline, Elizabeth Ann, and Harriet, Mary Jeanette.
He was the first son of James Hacking and Jane Pearson Hacking, and when he was 12 years old, his father died. Since he was not yet old enough to inherit his father's estate, the family was left destitute. He became a weaver and married one of his fellow workers, Jane Rogerson about 1847. They lived in Manchester for a time, but when his mother and remaining family members decided they wanted to immigrate to America to be with those of their new faith, James paid for passage of 11 family members.
From a research report published in the John Sampson Hacking Family Bulletin #3, 1957, we learn more detail about this family:
In searching for records of our Pioneer Families, I found the shipping account where James Hacking, brother of John Sampson, signed for the responsibility financially to bring the family to America. At this time, which was July 3, 1849, the following members made up the family to emigrate: James Hacking 21 years, his wife Jane aged 29 years, their baby daughter Alice 2 months; and Harriet Hacking 18 years, Jane Hacking 16 years and John Sampson Hacking 12 years; the mother and stepfather—John Fisher aged 44 years and Jane Fisher 41 years; their children: Alice Fisher aged 8, Moroni Fisher aged 5, and the baby William, aged 4 months, living at (Ingham) Street, Preston, Lancashire, England. They made their application to sail in September, 1849—eleven members in the family to come! However Great Uncle Jim's baby daughter Alice died before they left England.
The family arrived in New Orleans in the late fall and traveled to St. Louis, Missouri. There Uncle Jim and Aunt Jane made their home for several years, then they moved to Fall River, Massachusetts where they were residing at the time the 1870 Census was taken. Some time later they moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts where James and his wife Jane are buried. In the cities of Fall River and New Bedford Uncle Jim and his daughters found employment in the cotton mills. Uncle Jim was a kind considerate man, and in so many ways was like a father to Grandfather John Sampson Hacking, being nine years his senior.
The following is a copy of the record of his family so far as we have it:
James Hacking, born 23 November 1827 at Clawthorpe, christened 23 December 1827 at Burton in Kendal, son of James Hacking and Jane Pearson. Died 18 December 1898 at Acushnet, Massachusetts and buried at New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts. He married Jane Rogerson who was born 17 December 1819 in England, daughter of Robert Rogerson and Catherine (Anderton). She died 28 December 1898 at Acushnet and was buried at New Bedford, Massachusetts.
(It would be interesting to know the cause of their death, he being 71 and she 79, and their deaths being only 10 days apart. mfh)
Their children are:
1. Mary Jane, born 15 January 1848 in Preston, Lancashire, England. Died in England.
2. Alice, born 6 April 1849 in Preston, Lancashire, England. Died in England.
3. Catharine Caroline, born 30 September 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri [married John Fitton after Jennie died]
4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) born 18 December 1853 in St. Louis, Missouri. Married Thomas Whiting
5. Harriet, born 11 May 1856 in St. Louis Missouri
6. Mary Jane (Jennie) born 31 August 1858 in St. Louis, Missouri. Married John Fitton. Died 6 Oct 1886, age 28 years
Some of the older members of our family will no doubt remember Great Uncle Jim Hacking and his good wife Aunt Jane, also some of their daughters, but to most of us this family is unknown. Since Uncle Jim was so kind and good to our Grandfather John Sampson Hacking and other members of the family during their days of such great trial and need, I nave given this information so that we may know who his family were, and also so that we may treasure a place in our memory for these good people.
Sincerely, Ralphena Hacking
Working in the Mines:
They landed at New Orleans, Louisiana in the fall of 1849. Their money gone, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and their children remained in New Orleans and James took John and their sisters, Jane and Harriet by a steam boat up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Mo.
Here the boys found work in the coal pits (mines). Just before leaving the mines after work, they would dig under the coal a few feet. The coal above would loosen and by morning would be easier to dig, and so James and John were able to dig more coal than any other three men. (John Sampson Hacking Bulletin #1, 1954)
Civil War Soldier:
While the family was living in Saint Louis, James joined the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, he and his family moved to Massachusetts where he and his family of all girls could be in the trade they were trained for in England, working in the trade as weavers. About this time he also decided to return to England to claim his inheritance. However, he found that he needed legal documentation from his family in Utah. It took longer than he had hoped and he missed his family too much, so he returned to Massachusetts. The response from his Utah family crossed him on the ocean, so the inheritance remained unclaimed.
Recent discovery of 3 more generations of fathers named James Hacking would make him James Hacking VI
James Hacking (1802 - 1839)
Jane P.H. Pearson Fisher (1808 - 1878)
Jane Rogerson Hacking (1819 - 1898)
Mary Jane Hacking (1848 - 1849)*
Alice Hacking (1849 - 1849)*
Mary Jeanette Hacking Fitton (1858 - 1886)*
James Hacking (1827 - 1898)
Alice Hacking (1830 - 1832)*
Harriet Hacking Gates (1831 - 1853)*
Jane Hacking O'Brien (1833 - 1901)*
John Sampson Hacking (1835 - 1917)*
Ann Hacking (1838 - 1838)*
Alice Fisher Goodale (1842 - 1879)**
Elizabeth Fisher (1842 - 1848)**
Moroni Fisher (1844 - 1929)**
William Fisher (1849 - 1949)**
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Originally Created by: Eileen Lentz
Record added: Apr 20, 2011
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