I started trying to track down my daddy's name a week ago using Ancestry.com and their FREE trial membership. In that week, I have 368 years of our family name traced back to London, England near the area where Hackney's began.
My results from my DNA test came in this week and I was excited. No big surprises with my name, Hackney and my DNA results. I am 91% from England.
It made me feel secure that my parents didn't get the wrong child at the hospital that my DNA test said I was pretty much a thoroughbred at 91% Hackney. Then I started to search the internet for clues into who my dads family was and in a blink, I had spent a week digging through the internet buried in documents.
I will squish it down into a simple to understand list of the 12 generations that make up our tree. If you are my cousin on the Hackney side, it is the exact same for you starting with whichever one of the children of Landon Hackney you are. Everything above him is the same on your Hackney tree as mine.
1. Me, Wendy R Hackney and my two sons, Jacob Aaron Stewart & Michael Jaye Baisden, II
2. This is my daddy. He is the reason I am a Hackney and he is my favorite person. Just is. Can't help myself. I love my daddy.
3. RALPH HACKNEY
THIS IS MY GRANDFATHER, RALPH. I ONLY MET HIM ONCE. MY BROTHERS AND I WERE IN FLORIDA AND WE KNEW WHERE HE LIVED, WE DROVE TO HIS HOUSE AND WALKED UP ON HIS PROPERTY AND HE WAS ON THE ROOF WORKING.
ONE OF US ASKED IF HE KNEW WHO WE WERE. HE STOOD UP FROM THE SQUATTED POSITION HE WAS IN AND SO HELP ME I WAS AMAZED BY HOW MUCH IT LOOKED LIKE MY DADDY STANDING THERE.
HIS FOREARMS WERE EXACTLY LIKE MY DADS. HIS EARS WERE JUST LIKE MY DADS. I KEPT THINKING THAT HIS WHOLE LIFE HE HAD BEEN TRYING TO DENY THAT JOHN HACKNEY WAS HIS KID AND THAT MUST HAVE BEEN MADE MUCH HARDER BY THE FACT THAT MY DAD LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE HIM.
HE SAID YES, I THINK I DO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. WE HAD A COUPLE MINUTES OF CONVERSATION AND NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN. I WAS ABOUT 16 WHEN I SAW HIM.
4. POPPY HACKNEY
MY FIRST GREAT GRANDFATHER.
THIS IS MY POPPY. HE DIED WHEN I WAS ONLY 7 YEARS OLD. I WOULD THINK THAT I WOULDNT HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF HIM BECAUSE OF THAT BUT I SPENT MOST OF MY CHILDHOOD WITH HIM IN MY MIND.
WHEN I WAS SMALL I PRAYED AND TO BE HONEST, NOONE EVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO PRAY. SO WHEN I WOULD PRAY, I TALKED TO MY POP HACKNEY. I WOULD JUST TALK TO HIM IN HEAVEN. I REMEMBER SAYING TO HIM THAT I NEEDED GOD TO HELP ME WITH SOMETHING AND COULD HE WALK DOWN TO GOD'S HOUSE AND ASK HIM TO HELP SINCE HE WAS LIVING SO CLOSE TO GOD.
I CONTINUED THAT LINE OF TALK WITH MY POPPY FOR MANY YEARS AFTER HE PASSED AWAY. IT GAVE ME COMFORT IN MANY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE TO KNOW THAT HE WAS THERE IN HEAVEN.
WHEN HE DIED, BECAUSE I WAS SO LITTLE, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND MUCH ABOUT THIS DEATH THING. I REMEMBER AS CLEAR AS CAN BE STANDING AT THE CASKET WHERE HE LAY AND MY MAMA HACKNEY WALKING UP AND PUTTING HER ARM AROUND ME AND SAYING IN HER PERFECT MAMA HACKNEY VOICE THAT HE WAS "GONE". I MUST HAVE HAD A LOOK OF CONFUSION ON MY FACE BECAUSE SHE PICKED MY HAND UP AND PUT IT ON HIS CHEST AND I SWEAR THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT I KNEW THERE WAS A SEPARATION FROM WHERE I WAS AND WHERE HE WAS.
BEFORE HE DIED HE WAS SO VERY OLD AND HE LIVED WITH MY OTHER COUSINS IN CHICAGO SO WHEN WE WOULD GO VISIT HIM HE WOULD BE PROTECTIVE OF THEIR TOYS. I REMEMBER HE WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR AND DIDNT STAND UP AND TATAR PICKED UP ONE OF THE KIDS TOYS AND HE STOOD UP OUT OF HIS WHEELCHAIR BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO GET THE TOY FROM TATAR. THAT SOUNDS SCARY WHEN YOU WRITE IT BUT AT THE TIME, TO A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL, IT WAS A STRONG ENOUGH MARK THAT I AM A 48 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND I AM STILL TELLING THE STORY. IT WASNT THAT HE SCARED ME. HE DID, BUT I REMEMBER BEING SAD AND JEALOUS THAT I DIDNT GET TO KNOW HIM ENOUGH THAT HE WANTED ME TO PLAY WITH THE TOYS.
HE ATE PAWPAWS AND HE HAD A SPORK HE HAD MADE THAT HE WOULD USE TO EAT THE INSIDES OF THEM OR APPLES WITH. THAT MEMORY STUCK IN MY HEAD.
WHEN HE WALKED, HE ALWAYS PUT BOTH HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK AND CLASPED HIS HANDS TOGETHER. 25 YEARS AFTER HE WAS GONE, MY SON AARON WAS A TODDLER AND SO HELP ME THAT KID WALKED EXACTLY LIKE POPPY HACKNEY. HE WOULD CLASP BOTH HANDS BEHIND HIM EXACTLY THE WAY POPPY DID AND TODDLE AROUND. IT WOULD BRING COLD CHILLS TO MY ARMS AND TEARS TO MY EYES EVERYTIME.
THIS SCRAPBOOK PAGE IS ONE I MADE MANY YEARS AGO.
1900 Census with Landon Hackney and family listed.
Seriously, is it not the coolest thing ever that you can find these documents online at Ancestry.com. I was so super excited with all that I found. If you have ever considered getting your own tree and results from the AncestryDNA, please click on this button from my site so that I get paid for the referral. These affiliate links are how I pay for this website and all the FREE downloads I add on this site. Help a girl out !!!
5. JAMES PATTON HACKNEY
My 2nd Great Grandfather.
- When James Patton Hackney was born on August 20, 1856, in Grapevine, Kentucky, his father, Ruell, was 26 and his mother, Westina, was 28.
- He married Columbia May on March 29, 1878, in McAndrews, Kentucky. They had 14 children in 27 years.
- His mother Westina passed away on April 5, 1870, at the age of 42.
- His father Ruell Priest passed away on January 21, 1898, in Pike, Kentucky, at the age of 68.
- James Patton Hackney died on May 29, 1932, in McAndrews, Kentucky, at the age of 75.
6. RUELL PRIEST HACKNEY
My 3rd Great Grandfather.
- When Ruell Priest Hackney was born on November 11, 1829, in Russell, Virginia, his father, Nicodemus, was 31 and his mother, Nancy, was 21.
- He had 3 siblings, Alexander, James Patton and Richard Thomas.
- He had one child with Westina Adkins and one child with Charlotte Charity Smith.
- His mother passed away in 1860 at the age of 52.
- His father Nicodemus passed away in 1860 at the age of 62.
- Ruell Priest Hackney died on January 21, 1898, in Pike, Kentucky, at the age of 68.
7. NICODEMUS HACKNEY
MY 4TH GREAT GRANDFATHER.
- When Nicodemus Hackney was born in 1798 in Tazewell, Virginia, his father, John, was 38 and his mother, Jane, was 30.
- He married Nancy Jane Hurley in 1825 in Russell, Virginia when he was 27 years old.
- They had four children in 15 years.
- His father, John passed away in 1843 in Russell, Virginia at the age of 83.
- His mother Jane B. passed away on March 6, 1855.
- His wife Nancy Jane passed away in 1860 at the age of 52.
- They had been married 35 years.
- He died in 1860 at the age of 62.
8. JOHN LUSTER HACKNEY
MY 5TH GREAT GRANDFATHER.
- When John Luster Hackney was born in 1760, his father, Aaron, was 22 and his mother, Lydia, was 14.
- He married Jane B. Vail and they had 11 children together.
- He was 26 when they got married in New Castle, Delaware on May 16, 1786.
- He also had one son from another relationship.
- During the 1826 census, John Hackney lived in Russell, Virginia.
- John Hackney served in the Revolutionary War on the Delaware line and was a Musician. He enlisted from Newcastle County, Delaware in 1777, serving under Captains John Rhodes and Peter Jaquit. He was engaged in the battles of Cowpens, Guilford, Camden, Eutaw Springs, and Ninety-Six.
- In 1818 he was placed on the pension roll of Virginia.
- His mother Lydia passed away on October 29, 1766 in Frederick Virginia at the age of 20.
- His father Aaron died on August 8, 1806 in Fayette City, Pennsylvania at the age of 67.
- He died in 1843 in Russell, Virginia, having lived a long life of 83 years.
9. AARON HACKNEY
MY 6TH GREAT GRANDFATHER.
- When Aaron Hackney was born on August 12, 1738, or Oct 30, 1738 (needs work) in New Castle, Delaware, his father, Joseph, was 37 and his mother, Charity, was 24.
- Aaron Hackney was buried in a friends burial ground in Hopewell, Virginia.
- He married Lydia Reese in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 6, 1764, when he was 26 years old.
- They were married in Holy Trinity, Old Swedes, Wilmington, Delaware.
- They had two children together.
- His wife Lydia passed away on October 29, 1766 in Virginia at the age of 20, after only a year of marriage.
- For the two years after Lydia's death it appears he had two children with Hanna Gregg, George & Joseph. This needs further research.
- He then married Hannah Gregg on March 31,1768 and they had eight children together.
- He died on August 8, 1806, in Fayette City, Pennsylvania, at the age of 67.
- Research needed for the document I found below that is from the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Vol VI: Virginia from the monthly meeting in Fairfax County. I don't exactly know what it is saying? Aaron was married to Lydia and then he married Hanna Gregg. Don't exactly understand what this meeting note is saying ?
10. JOFEPH FRANCIS HACKNEY (Joseph)
MY 7TH GREAT GRANDFATHER
- When Joseph Francis Hackney was born on September 19, 1700, in Burlington, New Jersey, his father, Joseph, was 23 and his mother, Mary, was 24.
- He married Charity Harlan in 1731 in Wilmington, Delaware when he was 31 years old.
- They had ten children in 40 years together.
- His father, Joseph passed away on September 12, 1736 in London, England at the age of 59.
- He died on May 18, 1745, in Frederick, Virginia, at the age of 44.
- I found a will from Charity Harlan's father where he names Charity and Joseph in his will. The photo of that is below.
- This appears to me to be the first generation of Hackneys that are in the United States. Joseph was born in New Jersey but his parents are listed as residents of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England still and the Father died there.
- Questions: How did they come to have Joseph F Hackney in the United States? They lived and died in England so why was their child born in the United States. This was before the Revolutionary War so it wouldn't make sense that they were here for fighting the war? How did they come to be in New Jersey to give birth to their son?
10. JOFEPH HACKNEY
MY 8TH GREAT GRANDFATHER
- Joseph Hackney and his twin brother Joseph John were born on November 12, 1676, in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.
- His sister, Susannah was born in 1677 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England when Joseph was a year old.
- His brother, Samuel was born on August 20, 1678 in Hertfordshire, England, when Joseph was a year old.
- His brother Edward was born in 1684 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England when Joseph & Joseph John were 8 years old.
- Joseph Hackney married Mary Freeman on November 11, 1705. He was 28 years old.
- They had one child during their marriage. This child, Joseph, would be born in the United States in New Jersey. The first generation of Hackney's to be American.
- Joseph Hackney was baptized in Sutton at Hone, Kent, England on July 16, 1693. The photo below is Sutton at Hone in Kent England.
- Joseph's mother Elizabeth passed away on April 17, 1731 in Middlesex, England at the age of 77.
- Josheph Hackney's wife Mary Freeman passed away in 1727 in Hertfordshire, England at the age of 52. They had been married 22 years.
- During this period in England, Smallpox was a huge concern.
- He died on Feb 9, 1736, in London, London, England, at the age of 56. The photo below is from the England & Wales, Quaker Birth & Death Registers Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex.
This is from St Luke in Middlesex, Peel, England at the Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex.
Street at Sutton at Hone in Kent England. This is where the last Hackney in England was baptized before our line came to America.
You can see here that they spell his name Jofeph instead of Joseph ?
11. FRANCIS HACKNEY
My 9th Great Grandfather.
This is as far as I can find so far.
He was married to Elizabeth Jennings.
He had at least two sons,twins, Joseph and Joseph John
I can find some hints of the two of them marrying in England around 1675.
They lived in England around 1640's. Elizabeth Jennings was born in 1654.
I can track Elizabeth Jennings parents one generation further here which makes my tree on this side go into the 10th Great Grand Parents. But I can only get to my 9th Great Grandparents and stay with the Hackney name. I'll keep digging 🙂