In July 1863 outbuildings at his residence of Kilfane Glebe were burned. According to the Dublin Evening Mail, the subsequent inquiry heard that: "Certain parties thought the Archdeacon was too zealous in his profession as a clergyman, in opposing the tenets of the Church of Rome and in promoting the growth of Protestantism, and the location of Protestant labourers in the parish; and that no other motive could be assigned for the outrage."
Thacker was born in 1807 and died on April 25, 1883. His father, Joseph Thacker, of Ballymeelish, Borris-in-Ossory, was from a Quaker family, but left the Society of Friends to marry a Church of Ireland cousin. Joseph Gurney and his sister Elizabeth Fry, the Quaker social reformers, stayed with the archdeacon's parents on their visit to Ireland in 1827. He married Charlotte Louisa, the daughter of John Smyly KC, of Dublin, and niece of Sir Philip Crampton, the eminent surgeon.
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- "Genealogy of Archdeacon Joseph Thacker of Ossory". kriste.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
- "Alumni Dublinenses : a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593–1860) Burtchaell, G.D/Sadlier, T.U p429: Dublin, Alex Thom and Co, 1935
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1868 p776: London, Horace Cox, 1868
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