Johan George Hacker

George2 Hacker (Johan Adam1) is another Hacker/Hocker family member I’ve had some difficulty finding information on.

Johan George Hacker was the fifth son of Johan Adam and Maria Elisabetha (Weidman) Hacker. He was born 9 October 1766 and christened 12 October 1766 in the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Brickerville, sponsored by Lorenz Haushalter and wife (his uncle and aunt).1 He died 12 September 1846 and was buried in the Emanuel Lutheran Church cemetery.2 This is all William Wingeard found on George.

I managed to find reference to him (most likely) in the 1814 Lancaster county will of Christopher Miller (Mueller) of Cocalico township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania.3 In the will, George Hacker is named as his son-in-law, husband to Christopher’s daughter Christina. This tells us who he married, but doesn’t provide much additional information. Christina is buried in the Emanuel Lutheran Church cemetery with her husband.

Census records don’t show George until 1810 when he is included in the list for Cocalico township.4 He is in Lebanon township in 1820, living alongside Christopher Miller, possibly his brother-in-law.5 I have been unable to find him either 1830 or 1840 U.S. Federal census records. Christopher Miller, however, is back in Lancaster county, in Elizabeth township in 1830 through 1850.

Lancaster county tax records show a George Hacker in 1791, his status “freeman.”6  I’m assuming that this is Johan Adam’s son George as Adam’s brother Johan George had moved his family to Erdenheim (outside Philadelphia) in 1763 and Frederick’s son George (Johan George’s nephew) was an infant.

He is listed in 1796—1799 tax records together with Frederick, his brother. In 1800, he’s listed separately, but in 1801—1803 they are listed together again. In 1805, George is listed as having 10 acres valued at $600, having 1 saw or grist mill. George, the miller, is also listed in 1806, 1807, and 1808.  There my tax records end.

In 1817 George purchased land in Lebanon county with his brother-in-law Christopher Miller.7 On 21 July 1816, George and Christina had a child, Joseph, baptized in Shaefferstown at St. Luke’s church, and sponsored baptisms at Shaefferstown in 1815 and 1817.8 In November 1817, George sponsored a child’s baptism at Salem Lutheran church in Lebanon.9

However, that’s where the trail goes cold. I have nothing on him, including the births of other children, tax records, or land transactions, until his burial at Emanuel Lutheran Church. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

What do you think?


  1. Weiser, Frederick, S., translator, Records of Pastoral Acts at Emanuel Lutheran Church, known in the 18th century as the Warwick congregation, near Brickerville, Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1743-1799, (Breinigsville, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania German Society, 1983).
  2. Xakellis, Martha J., Grave Undertakings – Elizabeth Township (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press), Volume 1.
  3.  Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1721-1820 (Philadelphia: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1896), page 761.
  4. George Hacker household, 1810 U.S. Census, Cocalico township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, page 57; National Archives micropublication M252, roll 50.
  5. George Hacker household, 1820 U.S. Census, Lebanon township, Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, page 59; National Archives micropublication M33, roll 105.
  6.  Tax Lists, 1750-1814, Cocalico township (1751—1808) and Cocalico township (1809—1838), Lancaster county, Pensnylvania; microcopy roll #6040, 6041; Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg.
  7. Lebanon County Deeds, Volume B: 577; Pennsylvania State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  8. Lutheran Theological Seminary, Lebanon County church records, Volume 11: St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Shaefferstown, (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1969); Pennsylvania State Library, Forum Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  9. Lutheran Theological Seminary, Lebanon County church records, Volume 7, (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1969); Pennsylvania State Library, Forum Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


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