Isabel Hacker

Although they enjoyed a loving relationship, Isabel and Francis regularly clashed over religious matters – particularly Francis's unease at worshipping at a church led by a Minister who openly supported King Charles the First  

Isabel was born in the parish of East Bridgford in Nottinghamshire in 1612.

She married Francis Hacker at Saint Peter’s Church in Nottingham on 5 July 1632. At the time, she was aged 20, some six years older than her young, gentrified husband.

Born into a well-off family, Isabel had lived a comfortable life. Her marriage to the eldest son of the Hacker family, who was heir to a 300-acre estate in Stathern and a farm in Colston Bassett, both located in the Vale of Belvoir, secured her position in the local area as a woman of status.

Isabel was a strong, independently-minded woman. 

She often clashed with her husband, particularly over religious matters. And although they enjoyed a loving and productive union – she bore six children as a result of her marriage to Francis– her allegiance to the new Children of Light religious sect (known today as The Quakers) and her respect for its leader, George Fox, was a source of agitation between the couple.

And like Francis, Isabel was also a strong supporter of the Parliamentary cause, and the need to bring the King to heel.