George S. Hacker

b. 6 July 1809, d. 26 April 1886

George S Hacker, 1809-1886
  • George S. Hacker was born on 6 July 1809 in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • He married Anna Maria Butler.
  • The following appeared on 24 November 1849 in The Charleston Courier: The South-Carolina Institute. . . . In writing yesterday on the sublect of the grand Exhibition of the Industry of Nations, to take place in 1851, in London. . . We will now proceed this morning, to notice, as succinctly as possible, the various work of art, and productions of mechanical skill, and inventive genius, whose novelty, neatness, or ingenuity of design, entitle them to special approval, and form at the present Fair such an instructive exhibition. . . .
         A Model for an improved Four Wheel Car, either burthen or passenger, by George S. Hacker, a native. The peculiarity of the construction of this car is, that each wheel runs on an independent axle, a great protection in the event of an accident. The track is so constructed as to turn without friction, with the greatest ease in the shortest curves.
  • The following appeared on 12 March 1850 in The Charleston Courier: Among the List of Patents, issued from the Patent Office on the 5th inst., we observe that one has been granted to George S. Hacker, of Charleston, S.C., for improvements in Rail Road Cars.
  • George S. Hacker and Anna Maria Butler appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Parishes of St. Philip & St. Michael, Charleston District, South Carolina, enumerated next to the household of Fisher and Louisa Gadsden and son Christopher Gadsden (age 21). Other members of the household included Francis Beckmann Hacker. Also in the household were children Thomas (age 18), Maria (16), Edward (8) and Josephine (6.)
  • George S. Hacker and Anna Maria Butler appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Charleston, South Carolina. Other members of the household included Francis Beckmann Hacker and Anna Maria Herbert. Also in the household were children Edward (age 18), Josephine (13), Georgiana (11), and James G. (7), as well as Eliza Butler (72) and Sarah Jane Butler (52), likely Anna's mother and sister.
  • He was a miller, according to the 1860 census.
  • George S. Hacker and Anna Maria Butler appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Charleston, South Carolina. Also in the household were children Thomas (37), Maria (33), Edward (27), Georgeana (19) and Gadsden (18), and (grandchildren?) Ellen (14), George (8) and Daisy (5), as well as Louisa Butler (62), likely Anna's sister.
  • He was a manufacturer, according to the 1870 census.
  • He was buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • George S. Hacker became a widower at the 2 July 1876 death of his wife Anna Maria Butler.
  • George S. Hacker appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Charleston, South Carolina, at 570 King Street. Also in the household were unmarried son James G. Hacker (age 29), widowed daughter M. L. Beckman (35) and granddaughter Jane? Beckman (16), as well as two boarders.
  • George S. Hacker died on 26 April 1886 at age 76 in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • The following appeared in Resources and Manufacturing Industries of the State of South Carolina (1895):
         George S. Hacker & Son, manufacturers of doors, sash, blinds, mantels and building material of all kinds, is the oldest house of the kind in this country. The business was started by George S. Hacker in 1842, and in 1880 his son, E. M. Hacker, was associated with him. In 1885 Mr. E. M. Hacker succeeded his father as the head of the firm. During this long term of years the house has been successful in business and held its high position by the enterprise of its management. Between forty and fifty hands are employed in the factory and goods are sold to the jobbing and the retail trade throughout the South. The plant is equipped with the latest improved labor and time-saving machinery. The factory is located on King St., its rear opening on the South Carolina & Georgia R. R. freight yards, which affords ready shipping facilities and saves handling of goods. South Carolina Hand Book: Resources & Manufacturing Industries of the State of South Carolina.
  • Last Edited: 30 Jun 2015

Family: Anna Maria Butler b. circa 27 September 1814, d. 2 July 1876