Karl M Thacker
I thought I’d introduce myself in case you’ve noticed the David Thacker record on the YDNA chart.
My name is Karl Thacker, from West Des Moines, Iowa. After a couple of paper dead-ends in the past I recently began a refocused online search into my direct paternal line. A couple of misunderstood uses of middle names later, my searching stops at a David Thacker. His supposed birth information is: born about 1790 in Louisa Co., Virginia, to Mary (Branham) Dalton, with no record of a father. I say ‘supposed’ because the birth date is taken from his statements on later census; we can only assume Louisa for the place of birth since all noted events until adulthood are located there; there is no mention anywhere of his father, and the only mention of a mother is in a will which a Mary (Branham) Dalton includes ‘David Thacker and Robert Thacker’ is a listing of ‘my children’, the bulk of which are named Dalton.
I can tell you Mary Branham Dalton comes from the Virginia Melungeon, and her Native American lineage is unquestioned by modern day Monacan tribe members. Thacker is also recorded as a ‘white’ name taken by some Saponi Indian at the time.
Upon receipt of my Family Tree YDNA-37 test results, my matches dropped to just 9: 3 Swift at Distance 1; 3 Sanders at Distance 2; 1 Knuckles at Distance 3; and 2 unspecified ancestor at Distance 4. (Knuckles is interesting because that was a ‘white’ surname taken by some Monacan tribe members, but I also have seen records of marriage in Louisa between Swift and Knuckles)
What I know or believe of my paternal line is: 4th gr-grandfather David Thacker, b. abt 1790, Louisa Co, VA, married Feb. 12, 1816 to Sally/Salley Lemay, b. abt 1777, Louisa Co., VA Their son/my 3rd gr-grandfather, Thomas Benjamin Thacker, Sr, b. Dec. 11, 1809, Louisa Co, VA, married June 8, 1829 to Nancy Ann Vaughn, b. May 22, 1812, VA. Note Thomas’ birth is 7 years prior to the marriage of his parents, David and Sally. Once married, David and Sally then have 4 children within 6 years (an additional 3 starting in 1826). What has always seemed odd to me with Thomas’ out-of-wedlock birth is that it’s 7 years before his supposed parents finally marry. And once they do marry they have several children one after the other. Why the odd pairing of events/behaviors?
I have found mention in a Virginia Penitentiary record listing of 2 behavior notes for a David Thacker (and Henry Thacker) n 1809. My David Thacker? No clue. Between the times, the Melungeon, and the records lost during the War of 1812, who’s to say if any record exists which would clarify who is this David Thacker. (I’ve seen mention of at least 2 other David Thacker in or around Louisa in the late 1700s to mid-1800s) I also know that Virginia did offer to allow prisoners to serve their time as soldiers in the war instead of staying in the prison. Once the war was over they were to be released. Was my David Thacker a prisoner who then became a soldier? Does this explain the distance between the birth of Thomas Sr, marriage of his parents, and birth of his siblings? I wonder if my Swift connection exists with the birth of Thomas. Was he always raised as David’s son when he truly was not?
The Thacker males were in Virginia until birth dates would indicate they moved to Vinton Co, Ohio about 1835. They remained in Ohio until the 1890s when my gr-grandfather Thomas Elton Thacker moved to Missouri.
I realize I’m rambling on non-Swift specific events. Some of it is to explain the situation, some of it is always in the hopes of someone saying ‘Funny you should mention….’ You just never know.
Thank you in advance for any time or thoughts anyone may have on the situation.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Ancestry.com Public Tree: ‘ThackerHensley’