James Nelson Hackett
It is fun to read various reports of James Hackett in the McKean County Miner, the local paper. Here is the notice of his wedding to Doris Laura Drake.
This wedding date continued for the next two generations as their daughter Gladys married Nelson Palmer on the same date in 1928 and her daughter, Dianne married Alan Wetjen on this day in 1960. It was warm weather for all of them!
James and Doris had two surviving children, Leo and Gladys. Gladys is my husband's grandmother. Two daughters, Opal and Pearl, died as infants. Jamie was a life long Methodist and involved in the community as a charter member of the Grange. He was physically active, even climbing a tree at age 75 to shake the hickory nuts. (His son-in-law, Nelson, was too nervous to do it himself!)
After Doris died in 1958, James lived another 11 years on his own. Eventually he would spend the winters in Butler PA with his daughter Gladys because she worried that he would live on oatmeal (which he loved but he would never wash the dish afterwards!). His last days were spent in a "rest home" in Smethport where he died on 8 April 1969. Both James and Doris are buried in Smethport's Rose Hill Cemetery.
Even though James stayed in the same area his entire life, his posterity has traveled far and wide, from Africa to Tahiti, and points between. I wonder if he would have liked to travel too.