The Sackett DNA Project

The Association is conducting a DNA project with the primary objective of establishing a genetic link, if any, between the lines of Simon Sackett the colonist, 1595–1635, and John Sackett of New Haven, c1623–1684, who, according to family tradition, would have been uncle and nephew.

Test results so far suggest that these men were of separate Sackett lines. Distinct DNA signatures have been established for the Simon Sackett line, which links back to the Sacketts in Thanet, Kent, England, and the Vermont line (Joseph Sackett of Vermont). One test, of a participant whose line is well documented back to John of New Haven, matches those in the Vermont line, thus linking Joseph Sackett of Vermont with the New Haven line.

To be confident of these tentative conclusions more test results are needed. We are looking for volunteers to be tested, particularly males with the surname of Sackett/Sacket who can trace their roots back to John Sackett of New Haven.

Kits can be ordered directly at FamilyTreeDNA using the form provided. The cost of testing is the responsibility of the participant but we have received a group rate for our project.

Further details are available from the Sackett DNA Project Administrator Patti Hobbs