307. Augustus Sackett, 1769–1827, founder of the village of Sacketts Harbor, son of (94) Samuel Sackett and Mary Betts, was married at Catskill, Greene County, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1795, to Minerva Camp, 1780-1837. Augustus Sackett was born in New York City. He there acquired his education, studied law and began the practice of his profession. He was also interested in a mercantile business there, and at same time invested largely in unimproved real estate located mainly on and near the eastern shore of Lake Ontario. One purchase, in which he was interested equally with John W. Watkins, a noted real estate speculator of the period, contained fifteen thousand acres; a second tract purchased on his own account contained sixteen thousand five hundred acres, and a third, one half of the township of Houndsfield. He took a lively interest in local military affairs, holding commissions as Lieutenant, Lieutenant Captain, and Captain of State troops.
In 1801 he disposed of his business interests in New York City and removed to his Lake Ontario estate. He there began a settlement on Black River bay since known as Sacketts Harbor. The founding of that village, by which his name was to be perpetuated, was begun with energy and prosecuted with success. In 1804 his brother-in-law, Elisha Camp, of Catskill, N. Y., joined him, bringing additional capital and energy to the undertaking. In 1805 a considerable company of English colonists of the better class were induced to settle there, and the same year the General Government organized all that portion of the State bordering on Lake Ontario into a United States Revenue District, and Mr.. Sackett was appointed its first Collector. In 1806 the town of Houndsfield, which embraced the village and port of entry of Sacketts harbor, held its first town meeting and elected Mr. Sackett its first supervisor. In 1807 Jefferson County organized with Mr.. Sackett as its first County Judge. Two years later Judge Sackett disposed of all his holdings in Jefferson County, mainly to his brother-in-law, Elisha Camp, and removed to Jamaica on Long Island.
During the War of 1812 Sacketts Harbor was made the Headquarters of the Northern Army and Fleet. Several was vessels were built there and the town was twice unsuccessfully attacked by English fleets. It is still a port of entry, but retains little of the commercial and military importance of the period mentioned.
In 1812 Judge Sackett moved from Jamaica to Meadville, Penn. where he had purchased several hundred acres of land. But after a short sojourn at Meadville he returned to the place of his birth, New York City. In 1820 he changed his place of abode to Rutherford County, North Carolina, having become interested in a large tract of land located in that vicinity. By a subsequent transaction he became interested in the islands of the St. Lawrence and returned to Sacketts Harbor. His last place of residence was Newburgh, Orange County, N. Y. He died at Albany, N. Y., Sunday, April 22, 1827, from a sudden illness, while enroute from Newburgh to Sacketts Harbor. The Political Index of Newburgh, in its issue of April 24, 1827, contained the following notice:
Died at Albany, on Sunday last, Augustus Sackett, Esq., formerly of Sackett's Harbor, but late of Newburgh, in the 59th year of his age.
779. Elisha Sacket,* b. Dec. 26, 1797, d. in infancy.
780. Augustus H. Sacket, b. June 14, 1800, d. Jan. 20, 1860, unmarried.
781. Elisha C. Sacket, b. Oct. 29, 1802, d. Feb. 3, 1851.
782. Minerva K. Sacket, b. Apr. 12, 1804, d. Aug. 1, 1851; m. Samuel Greenlee.
783. Edward Sacket, b. Feb. 27, 1806, d. Jan. 17, 1866; m. Corneila Beckwith.
784. Charlotte Sacket, b. Nov. 17, 1809, d. Feb. 14, 1810.
785. Thomas O. Sacket, b. Feb. 13, 1811, d. Aug. 13, 1811.
786. George A. Sacket, b. July 20, 1812, d. Apr. 1, 1880; m. Harriet Camfield.
787. Alexander Sacket, b. Aug. 17, 1814, d. Sept. 24, 1884; m. Harriet Johnson.
788. Enos Camp Sacket, b. Jan. 17, 1817. d. in 1817.
*Toward the latter part of his life Judge Augustus Sackett dropped the final "t" from his name, and his descendants have very generally followed his example. It is somewhat peculiar coincidence that at about the same time a prominent branch of the family, which for generations had omitted the final "t" in writing their names, again added it.
—Weygant, The Sacketts of America