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Hacklett, Mr.

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Gender: Male

Percy Grainger visited Mr Hacklett at Winchcombe on 5 April 1908 when he sang British Man o’War, The Gypsy’s Wedding, Here’s Adieu, The Lark In The Morning and Lost Lady Found. One source says that he was in Winchcombe Workhouse at that time but Workhouse records do not show him as an inmate at that time. In 1901 and 1911 he was living at Wormington.

William Hacklett’s father, Benjamin Hacklett, was a brickmaker. He was baptised in Ripple, Worcestershire, on 9 October 1808. By 1841 he and his wife, Elizabeth, also known as Betsey, from Bredon were living in Sedgeberrow, just over the border from Gloucestershire in Worcestershire, with their children, William born in 1837 in Sedgeberrow, William’s two sisters, Betsey, born about 1834 and Hannah, born about 1835, and a brother, John, born 1841.

On 27 October 1860 William Hacklett, who was working as a labourer in Wormington, married Ann Taylor, also a labourer, from Sedgberrow in Wormington Church. Both their fathers were also stated to be labourers. By 1861 they were living in Wormington with Ann’s father, William Taylor, who was a widower born in Pirton in Worcestershire. All three were still working as agricultural labourers. In 1871 they were still living in Wormington and by then had four children, John Henry born in 1861, Mary Maria born in 1863, William Charles born about 1866 and Annie Matilda born in 1869. William and Ann were working as agricultural labourers and the children were described as scholars. They remained in Wormington as of 1881 where they had three further children, Frank born in 1873, Hubert born in 1876 and Ralph born in 1878. Mary Maria and William Charles were no longer at home. William was working as an agricultural labourer and their eldest son, John, was working as a bricklayer’s labourer. All their children were born in Wormington.

William’s father, Benjamin, continued to live in Sedgeberrow, working as an agricultural labourer, with his wife and daughter, Betsey, until his death in 1887. In 1891 William and Ann Hacklett were still living in Wormington with their children, Mary, James Frank, Herbert and Ralph. All the boys and William were working as agricultural labourers. By 1901, still in Wormington, William Hacklett was working as a market gardener. His daughter Annie Hacklett was living with them as were two granddaughters, Annie and Daisy Neal born in Ferndale, South Wales in 1892 and 1893 respectively, the children of William’s daughter Mary Maria and William John Neal. Their mother, Mary, had died in 1895.William’s wife, Ann died in 1906 and by 1911 William was a widower, still living in Wormington, and was working as a labourer working an allotment. His two granddaughters were still living with him. Annie Neale was his housekeeper working at home and Daisy was working as a house parlourmaid. William Hacklett died in 1920 in the Winchcombe registration district.

William Hacklett’s children

William’s son, John Henry Hacklett, married Harriet Preece on 4 November 1888 at Wormington in the Winchcombe registration district. By 1891 John Hacklett, who was working as a gardener and domestic servant and his wife, Harriett born in Tenbury, Worcestershire, were also in Main Road, Wormington, living 4 doors away from William Hacklett.

William’s daughter, Mary Maria Hacklett, married William John Neal in the Winchcombe registration district on 22 April 1891. She had two daughters, Annie and Daisy in 1892 and 1893 respectively born in Ferndale, Glamorganshire but died in 1895 whereupon they came to live with her father, William Hacklett.
William’s son, William Charles Hacklett, was a farm servant in 1911 at the farm of Henry Smith at London Road, Norton by Kempey, Pershore.

On 22 June 1901 William Hacklett’s daughter, Annie Matilda Hacklett married Henry Charles Buckingham, a farm bailiff, in Wormington.

In 1898 William Hacklett’s son, James Frank Hacklett, married Minnie Jane Cook, who was born in Wormington, in the Winchcombe registration district. In 1901 they were living at The Lanes, Dumbleton, where Frank was an allotment holder working on his own account at home. They had two children living with them, Norah, born in Broadway about 1899 and a one month old son, Ralph, born in Dumbleton. By 1911 Frank and Minnie had moved to Wormington where Frank was working as a general labourer working at home and they had a further son, Percival, born about 1904. Norah and Ralph were then both at school. Norah married Frederick C. Taylor in 1930 in the Winchcombe registration district and died in Gloucester in 1983. Ralph died in Cheltenham in 1969.
Frank Hacklett died in 1961 in the Evesham, Worcestershire, registration district. According to the Fisher Family Tree on, Frank and Minnie had two further children. The first was Elsie Eveline born in 1914 in Gloucester, who married Leslie Frank Cooke in Cheltenham in 1939 and died there in 1954. They had two children, Robert J. Cooke who died shortly after his birth in 1944 and Stephen Leslie Cooke who was born in 1946 in Evesham and died there in 2004. Frank and Minnie Hacklett’s other child was Leslie James Hacklett who was born in Evesham in 1916 and there married Enid Ireland Tredwell in 1957. He died in Worcester in 1982.

William Hacklett’s son, Hubert Edward Hacklett, married Rose Annie Davis in 1911 in the Upton on Severn registration district. In 1911 Hubert was working as a domestic gardener and living at Old Hills, Callow End, Worcester with his wife and two of their four children, William, born in Dumbleton about 1899 and Raymond born in Wickhamford about 1905. Hubert Hacklett died in March 1956 in Worcester.

William Hacklett’s son, Stephen Ralph Hacklett, married Bessie Maud Buckingham, who was born in Bourton on the Water, on 9 April 1910 in the Stow on the Wold registration district. In 1911 they were living in High Street, Broadway, and as yet had no children. In 1916 whilst living at Church Cottage, Broadway, aged 40 he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps. At that time his trade was given as a gardener. He had also previously served in the Sherwood Foresters. Stephen Ralph Hacklett died in 1964 in the Worcester registration district. According to the Fisher Family Tree on, Stephen and Bessie Maud had at least one daughter, Patricia May Hacklett, born in 1914 in Broadway. She married Jens Christian Anker Mikkleson who was born on 23 April 1910 in Århus, Denmark, and she died in 2004 in Redditch, Worcestershire. Jens died on 15 September 1999 in Badsey, Worcestershire.

Notes by Carol Davies April 2005 with thanks to the Fisher Family tree on