Francis Hacker

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Francis Hacker
Person Francis Hacker
First name Francis
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Last name Hacker
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Occupation Salter
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Res parish Saint Margaret Lothbury
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1614
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Death year 1684
Probate date October 20, 1684
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.306r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 1 1658
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Francis Hacker (; d.?ca.1684). Citizen of London and salter.

Resident in parish of Saint Margaret Lothbury in 1658.

Francis Hacker's will was written in 1670, in good health, and only proved in 1684.[1] The will describes him as "of the City of London, Salter, now living in Hounisditch in the Parish of Buttolph Algate." This is conistent with a 'Franc. Hacker', who is recorded in the 1677 London directory resident in Gun yard Houndsditch.[2] Both Houndsditch and Saint Botolph Algate are further east than Saint Margaret Lothbury.

His will identifies his wife as Anne, and a daughter named Lucy, who in 1670 was under the age of twenty and unmarried. It is the will of a wealthy merchant, with references to Persian and leather carpets, to Turkey work, to Spanish chairs, and to considerable amounts of linen, pewter and silver. The will also refers to property in Cardigan in Wales and to several parcels of London in Cleveland in Yorkshire.

No known link to the regicide Colonel Francis Hacker (d.1660), who was hanged at Tyburn.[3]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Aged forty-four, Francis Hacker deposed on April 1st 1658 in the High Court of Admiralty.[4] He was examined on interrogatories in the case of "Saunders and others owners of the Isaack against the Saint Jacob and John Claeson Master of her".

Hacker stated that he knew the ship the Isaack of Plymouth well, having received goods in her from several voyages. On the voyage which led to the sinking of the ship ina a collision, Hacker had been expecting a consignment of Newfoundland trayne oil (whale oil) from Phillip Francis, and had received a letter of advice to that effect. Hacker had already agreed the sale of the oil to John Stace, a London grocer, at the rate of £18 per tonne, amounting to £99 for the consignment, which was to be for Philip Francis' account.[5]

Comment on sources

PROB 11/377/408 Will of Francis Hacker, Salter of Saint Botolph without Aldgate, City of London. 20 October 1684[6]
- "ffrancis Hacker of the City of London Salter now living in Hounisditch in the Parish of Buttolph Algate the seaventeenth of August 1670"
- wife Anne
- Lease at Cardigan in Wales
- Daughter Lucy, below age of twenty and unmarried
- Considerable detial of linnen and pewter
- Lucy to receive "two paint of Pillowbeers"
- a "Spanish table"
- Two brethren William and ?XXX Hacker
- "the Persia Carpett and two Spanish Tables my money Chest and Great Box of drumocks in my Closett and two Leather Varpetts and one dozen of the best Turkes worke Chaires" (to his wife)
- Land in Yorkshire bought from Thomas Best at Hoxton in Cleaveland in Yorkeshire, and other land bought from Sir Robert Layton in Hutton juxta Rugby in Cleaveland
- Gift to townsmen of Sawley
- Brother John Hacker, Cousin ?John Bowater, Brother Tindall

"(in a dispute over a ship named the Elizabeth, relating to events in 1658) Thomas Ashbey, citizen and salter of London aged 46, executor of Robert Pooley, deposes that he negotiated a bill of exchange for Thomas and Jane Wager drawn on Francis Hacker, merchant of London, by Robert Dollman of Barvbados, merchant, who purchased a share of the ship from Wager's attorney, George May..."[7]
  1. PROB 11/377/408 Will of Francis Hacker, Salter of Saint Botolph without Aldgate, City of London. 20 October 1684, viewed 08/08/2016
  2. John Camden Hotten (ed.), The little London directory of 1677 (London, 1863), unpag., viewed 08/08/2016
  3. Wikipedia article, 'Francis Hacker', viewed 08/08/2016
  4. HCA 13/72 f.306r
  5. HCA 13/72 f.306v
  6. PROB 11/377/408 Will of Francis Hacker, Salter of Saint Botolph without Aldgate, City of London. 20 October 1684, viewed 08/08/2016
  7. Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants: 1607-1660(XXXX, 1087), p.437