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Wayne County West Virginia Biography of Matthew THACKER

          Matthew THACKER owns 70 acres of valuable land, with good improvements, situated on the Big Sandy, 2 miles above Whites Creek, and in addition to the cultivation of his farm conducts an extensive business in blacksmithing. He was born at Ceredo, Wayne county, June 10, 1839, a son of Charles L. Thacker, who was born in North Carolina in 1807 and came with his father, Reuben Thacker, to what is now Wayne county in the earliest days of its settlement. The mother of Matthew Thacker, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Amos, was born in this county.

         In Butler district, Wayne county, January 19, 1860, Matthew Thacker and Rebecca A. Newman were married, and in the ensuing years 10 children have been born to them: John A., January 5, 1861, died died August 5, 1879; Albert, January 20, 1862; Mary Elizabeth, May 4, 1864; Thomas H., November 5, 1865; Nevada F., December 10, 1867; Oliva F., June 19, 1870; William L., July 9, 1872; Charles B., November 17, 1874; Thurman, May 16, 1877; and Jennie B., March 25, 1880. Albert makes his home in Wisconsin, and the other children are with their parents. Rebecca A., daughter of Peyton and Mary (Cyrus) Newman, was born in Butler district of Wayne County, September 12, 1841, and her father was born in Stokes county, North Carolina, in 1800, her mother in Cabell county, April 12, 1809. Her father came to this county when 6 years old, and he died in Butler district on October 8, 1842. Rev. Peyton Newman, grandfather of Mrs. Thacker, was one of the pioneers of this county and probably the first Baptist minister who proclaimed the Gospel in this part of Western Virginia. He was pastor of the Big Sandy Baptist Church, probably the first church of that faith organized in Wayne county. Philip, Mark and Luke Thacker, brothers of Matthew, were Federal soldiers in the civil war. Philip belonged to the 1st West Virginia Artillery, and the other two served in the 45th Kentucky Mounted Infantry. Philip and Mark died in the service. Matthew Thackerís post office address is Whites Creek, Wayne county, West Virginia.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Wayne County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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