The above photograph is of my Great Great Grandmother Sarah Anne Elizabeth Thacker (nee Daynes), of Rackheath, Norfolk.
I'm writing this for someone with shared chromosome segments that I've met on Gedmatch - my first potential relative, found through DNA comparisons. She's in the USA, and has Thackers - which may be a link. It's not that a common surname here, and very East English. It has been suggested that the name is an Anglo-Danish variation of Thatcher. I'm not so sure that it is of any Norse origin. However, the strongest concentration of the surname in Britain today, is in the Dane Law county of Lincolnshire. My Thackers though belong to a secondary cluster - also in the Dane Law, the region of East Anglia.
I'm going to propose an estimated birth year of circa 1762 for my G.G.G.G.G grandfather John Thacker. He first appears on my genealogical record on 2nd February 1787, when he married Mary Clarke at Rackheath in Norfolk. However, tragedy struck. Mary died a few years later in 1740, and was buried in the neighbouring parish of Salhouse.
John wasn't a widow for long. He married my ancestor Ann Hewitt on the 26th April 1791 at Salhouse.
I have found records for three of their children. Thomas Thacker was born in 1793, my G.G.G.G grandfather William Thacker was born 1796 at Salhouse, and his little sister Mary Thacker was born in 1801.
William Thacker married my ancestor Catharine Hagon at Rackheath on 19th May 1819. Catharine gave birth to at least three children - William Thacker in 1820,my G.G.G grandmother Susan Thacker in 1823, and Thomas Thacker in 1825. Their children were all later baptised at Salhouse Particular Baptist chapel. I have very few Baptist ancstors.
William was an agricultural labourer, a farm worker by trade, as were the majority of my 18th and 19th century male ancestors.
Catharine must have died sometime between 1825 and 1833.
On 1st December 1833, William Thacker, now a widower, married Maria Cliborne at Rackheath.
Maria gave him at least three more children - George Thacker, born 1834, John Thacker, born 1837, and Ann Thacker, born 1841.
William Thacker died in 1874.
My G.G.G grandmother Susan Thacker, gave birth to my G.G grandfather, George Thacker in 1847 at Rackheath. The father was not recorded.
George grew up to be an agricultural labourer and farm worker. He married my ancestor Sarah Anne Elizabeth Daines (Photo above) in 1870. Sarah (one of my mtDNA line) gave birth to at least ten children: George Thacker 1871, Ellen Thacker 1878, William Thacker 1876, my great grandmother Caroline Drusilla Thacker 1878, Catherine Thacker 1880, Thomas Thacker 1883, Rubin Thacker 1885, Walter Thacker 1887, Herbert Thacker 1891, and Rose Thacker 1893.
There is a family story about Sarah's strict paternal behaviour. She was known as "Thacker by name, thacker by Nature" referring to "thacking" - to hit or punch hard.
My mt-DNA great grandmother Caroline married my great grandfather Samuel John Tammas-Tovell.