Hackett, Ann (nee Eaton) (1835-1899)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

MRS. ANN HACKETT.— She joined our Church in early life, and when united in marriage to our brother, whose memoir precedes this, she joined with him in any effort she could for the furtherance of the interests of the Church they both loved. She was a true helpmeet, a devoted Christian, and lived a consistent Christian life amid all the toils and cares of domestic duties. She had a large family, and it was her joy to see many of them join the Church of her choice. She was greatly interested in our cause at Fulbeck, and when, after her husband’s death, it was necessary for her to leave the neighbourhood, she felt acutely the separation. She spent the last few months of her life at Peterboro’, under the kindly care of her son, who is a very useful and respected Local Preacher in connection with the Peterboro’ Second Circuit. She attended our Cobden-street Church when she could, but was not able to do so often, and this was to her a source of grief. Her sufferings for about three months were great; but her faith in God and His promises never wavered, and she frequently urged the members of her family to meet her in the land of endless joy. She expressed a desire, if it was her Father’s will, to depart and be with Christ; and on a July Sabbath morning – silent emblem of her spiritual condition, she passed peacefully away to the realms of the blest. Her last words to her son and two daughters, who had been most assiduous in their attentions to her, were –
‘Yonder’s my house, my portion fair,
My treasure and my heart are there,
And my abiding home.’
Her son repeated the last two words, and she said: ‘Yes, abiding home.’ The children of our departed brother and sister feel acutely their loss. They
‘For the touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still; ’
but they have left to them an imperishable legacy, more valuable than any earthly possessions – the legacy which is the result of saintly lives and Christly characters. May they all meet there in the sunnier land of heaven.


Family and other information

Ann was baptised on 18 April 1835 in the Wesleyan Chapel, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. Her parents were Henry and Elizabeth.

She married Henry Hackett (1831-1898) on 5 June 1854 at Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire. Census returns identify eight children.

  • George (1854-1882) – a timekeeper in ironworks (1881)
  • Samuel (1856-1876)
  • Sarah Elizabeth (1863-1902) – married James Leonard Posnett, a shoemaker, in 1886
  • Jane Ann (1865-1947) – married George Ayto, a traction engine driver, in 1889
  • Emma (b1867) – a domestic cook (1901)
  • Susan Hannah (1871-1957) – married George South, a farm foreman (1911), in 1901
  • William Henry (b1873) – a railway guard (1911)
  • Mary Ellen (b abt1875) – married Isaac Robinson, a locomotive engine driver, in 1897

Ann died in the summer of 1899 at Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


Christian Messenger 1900/95

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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