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My Veterans Day Discovery
by Billie Marshall,posted Nov 10 2010 3:16PM
So, Veterans Day got me thinkin’ about past family members who have served.I’m kinda of a nerd when it comes to genealogical research and found some amazing info on my grandfather five-times-over, John Hackney.
John Hackney was born about 1765 and died January 10, 1843 in Russell Co. VA. He was in the Revolutionary War, serving from 1778 to the end of the war. If his birth date were to be correct he would have been about thirteen years old.
He fought in the southern campaign, a Private and Fifer in Captains John Rhodes and Peter Jaquett's companies. He was in Colonels David Hall's and Joseph Vaughan's regiment of the Delaware Blues. In two battles of Cowpens, Gilford Court House and Eutaw Springs and at the siege of Ninety Six.
John was at Valley Forge during 1778, according to his pay roll records he was "sick at Valley Forge" from June 1778 until October 1778 when he returned from the hospital.
John married May 16, 1786 in New Castle Delaware to Jane Vail.
Wythe County was formed in 1789 from Montgomery and Grayson Counties Virginia and John was appointed constable of Wythe County January 9, 1798. Residents of Wythe and Russell County (John Hackney included) signed a petition to form Tazewell County in 1798.
Military was thread throughout the Hackney fabric. John's grandsons would fight in the Civil War on both sides; in the confederacy and in the union. One fought in Gettysburg; the other marched with Sherman towards the sea to take Atlanta and take what would generations be my home, Savannah.
John’s records are solid and I may one day join The Daughters of The American Revolution, a non-profit organization of women who are descendents of folks who fought in the revolution; folks like John Hackney.
If you are a veteran reading my blog, then I hope that you have a wonderful Veterans Day.I also want you to know that as long as great people like you (and John Hackney) sacrifice everything for this country that we will never, ever forget you or your history.