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W. B. Thacker


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 2 Aug 2005

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Clear Creek Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


W. B. THACKER, farmer; Ridgeville; was born in Clermont Co., Ohio, Jan. 5, 1838; is a son of William and Hester Thacker. The grandfather was Townsend Thacker, who, in 1815, with his family and two or three other families, emigrated from Essex Co., N. Y., to Ohio. They came via Buffalo to Pittsburgh, and there purchased a flat-boat on which to descend the Ohio to Cincinnati. The wagons and other goods were placed on the boat, while his son William, then 18 years of age, and a younger brother, came overland with the horses, six in number; a greater part of the distance was through an almost unbroken wilderness; they expected to meet the boat on their arrival at Cincinnati, but, owing to the low stage of water in the river, it had not arrived. For six long weeks, day after day, the boys watched for the boat; finally, it made its appearance. Imagination can hardly portray the anxiety of those

boys, as they waited day after day and week after week, being entirely ignorant of the cause of the boat's delay, not having heard a word from them after leaving them at Pittsburgh. After spending the winter in prospecting in Indiana and Kentucky, they finally settled near Goshen, Clermont Co., Ohio. William, the father of our subject, was born in Essex Co., N. Y., April 22, 1797; was married, in 1818, to Hester Beatty, a native of Bedford Co., Penn.; she died, in 1844, leaving a family of seven children, of whom five still survive. Subsequently, Mr. Thacker married, for his second wife, Mary Lackey, by whom he had five children, all of whom are still living. In the year 1849, Mr. Thacker with his family removed to Defiance Co., Ohio. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood, receiving but limited privileges for obtaining an education, and these few were in the common district schools, and, after 11 years of age, he was limited to three months each year, and those who are familiar with the limited school facilities of the sparsely settled county of Defiance thirty years ago can realize how meager were his opportunities; but, by his own personal effort, with persistent study at home, he acquired a fair education and when 19 years of age commenced teaching and has taught at different times-in all about five years. In 1861, he enlisted in Company C, 2d O. V. I., and served three years and three months in the 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, and participated in most of the battles in which that division was engaged; he was severely wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, but returned to duty and was mustered out with the regiment at Columbus, Ohio, Oct 10, 1864. In 1865, he was married to Miss Callie Lackey, by whom he has four children - Roland, Agnes, Hettie and Edna. In 1869, Thacker was elected Clerk of Clear Creek Township, and re-elected twelve successive years.

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