Benjamin Watten Sackett

(1805-1881)
FatherHenry Sackett (1774-1862)
MotherElizabeth Sackett (1778-1861)
Benjamin Watten Sackett, pilot and gentleman of Ramsgate, Kent, son of Henry Sackett and Elizabeth Sackett, was born in St Peter in Thanet, KentG, on 18 March 18051 and baptized at St Peter's ChurchG, on 21 April 1805.1 He died at 63 Addington Street, RamsgateG, on 4 October 1881.2,3 He married first at St Peter's ChurchG, on 27 February 1833, Lydia Hurst, daughter of Andrew Hurst and Elizabeth Hurst.4 Lydia was born in about 17915 and died aged 80 in Shoreditch, MiddlesexG, on 28 January 1871.6,7 He married second in Dover, KentG, in 1871, Ann Dixon.8,9 She was born on 3 April 181410 and died aged 66 in ThanetG, on 22 July 1880.10,11
     Benjamin's first wife Lydia was admitted to the Bethlem Hospital, Southwark, LondonG on 2 December 1836 suffering from a mental illness. She had previously been admitted to the hospital in 1822, before her marriage. She was discharged "well" in November 1837, but was re-admitted a year later in November 1838. There followed several further admissions. She was placed on the Incurable List in 1842.
     She moved by 1849 to Rotherhithe where she lived with a sister, perhaps to be closer to the hospital. She moved to lodgings in Southwark in 1851. She was an in-patient at the hospital for much of this time.
     Lydia was discharged from Bethlem Hospital in 1852, "her husband having made terms for her being taken care of in another asylum."
     Records from the Bethlem Hospital (which had notoriously become known as "Bedlam" in consequence of its poor conditions) show that, in this period, and in regard to Lydia's treatment, patients were treated with compassion and professionalism, at least by the standards of knowledge of the day.12
     In 1841 Lydia was living at Addington, Ramsgate, KentG and was recorded in the census as Lydia Sackett, of independent means, aged 50 and born in Kent. It is assumed that Benjamin was at sea at the date of the census.13
     In 1851 Benjamin was living at Hawkesbury Street, Dover, KentG, and was recorded in the census as Benjamin W Sackett, a pilot, head of household, married, aged 45, and born at St. Peter's. Living with him were Ann Dixon, 35, an unmarried servant, and Elizabeth Dixon, a widowed visitor aged 77, presumably Ann's mother.14,15
     In 1861 he was living at Hawkesbury Street, Dover, KentG, and was recorded as Benjamin W Sackett, a Trinity pilot, head of household, married, aged 55, and born in Ramsgate. Living with him was Ann Dixon, a 46-year-old unmarried servant.16
     In 1871 he was living at 9 Hawkesbury Street, Dover, KentG, and was recorded as Benjamin W Sackett, a pilot, head of household, a widower, aged 65, and born in Ramsgate. Also in the household were Ann Dixon, housekeeper, unmarried, aged 57, and born at Eastry, Kent, and his visiting niece Jane Moore, a widow, aged 45.17
     Benjamin was appointed administrator of the estate of his wife Lydia by letters of administration granted in the Principal Probate Registry, London on 13 February 1871. Lydia's estate was valued at less than £300.7
     Benjamin was appointed administrator of the estate of his brother Richard Henry Sackett by letters of administration granted in the Probate Registry, CanterburyG on 2 September 1879.18
     In 1881 Benjamin was living at 63 Addington Street, Ramsgate, KentG, and was recorded in the census as Benjamin W Sackett, retired pilot, head of household, a widower, aged 76, and born at St Peter's, Isle of Thanet. Also in the household was Jane Moore, housekeeper, a widow.19
     Benjamin's will, made in RamsgateG, on 4 February 1879, was proved at Canterbury on 5 December 1881. Named as beneficiaries were his wife Ann, his brothers Richard, David and James, his sister Phoebe, and his nephew John Hogbin. The value of the personal estate was some £6,700. Benjamin had no children. Benjamin's wife, who was to have been the main beneficiary of the will, predeceased Benjamin, as also did his brother Richard. Codicils to the will re-divided the estate, with Benjamin's sister Phoebe becoming the main beneficiary.20
ChartsTree 3. Thomas Sackett the elder descendant chart (English line)
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 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, Kent (Society of Genealogists), "21 April 1805 Benjamin Walton s. Henry & Elizabeth Sackett, b. 18 March."
  2. GRO Indexes to Deaths, 1837 to date (National Archives), "Dec qtr 1881. Sackett, Benjamin Wooton, 75. Thanet."
  3. Will of Benjamin Watten Sackett of Ramsgate, Kent, 1881?, proved in the Canterbury, 5 December 1881 (Somerset House Indexes), Benjamin Watton Sackett, 63 Addington St., Ramsgate, gentleman, died 4 October 1881 at home. Will & 2 codicils proved Canterbury 5 December 1881. £6,760 8s 2d. Surviving executors: Phoebe Hogbin, wife of John Hogbin, 56 Plains-of-Waterloo, Ramsgate, sister; Owen Fisher Daniel, 161 High St., Ramsgate, gent.; William Stanton, Wellington Villa, Folkestone Road, Dover, pilot.
  4. Marriages Register, St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, Kent (Tyler transcripts, Society of Genealogists), "27 February 1833 Benjamin Watton Sackett, bachelor, of this parish, & Lydia Hurst, spinster, of this parish. Witnesses: George Ansell Hurst, Jane Hurst, Catharine Hurst, Mary Neale."
  5. Date of birth based on age at death.
  6. GRO Indexes to Deaths, 1837 to date (National Archives), "Mar qtr 1871. Sackett, Lydia, 80. Shoreditch."
  7. Letters of administration of the estate of Lydia Sackett of Hoxton, Middlesex, granted by the Principal Probate Registry, London, 13 February 1871 (Somerset House Indexes, unknown repository reference), "Lydia Sackett, wife of Benjamin Watton Sackett; late of Hoxton, Mdx; died 28 January 1871 at Hoxton House Asylum, Hoxton, Mdx. Administration granted Principal Registry 13 February 1871 (personal estate under £300) to Benjamin Watten Sackett of Dover, pilot."
  8. GRO Indexes to Marriages, 1837 to date (National Archives), "Sep qtr 1871. Sackett, Benjamin Watton. Dover. 2a:1198."
  9. GRO Indexes to Marriages, 1837 to date (FreeBMD), "Sep qtr 1871. Dixon, Ann. Dover. 2a:1198."
  10. Email from Linda Bowditch to Chris Sackett, 28 May 2002.
  11. GRO Indexes to Deaths, 1837 to date (National Archives), "Sep qtr 1880. Sackett, Anne, 66. Thanet."
  12. "London, Bethlem Hospital patient admission registers and casebooks 1683–1932", digital image, Findmypast, Lydia Sackett patient records.
  13. 1841 England census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Addington, Ramsgate, Kent
    Lydia Sackett, 50, ind, b. Kent
    HO107; Piece 469; Book: 6; Civil Parish: Preston By Wingham [error for Ramsgate]; County: Kent; Enumeration District: 11; Folio: 6; Page: 5; Line: 13; GSU roll: 306864.
  14. 1851 Census for England & Wales, HO107/????[6]
    Dover, Kent
    Hawkesbury St.
    Benjamin W. SACKETT, head, married, 45, pilot, b. Kent, St. Peters
    Ann DIXON, serv., unmarried, 35, b. Kent, Eastry
    Elizabeth DIXON, visitor, widow, 77, b. Kent, Faversham.
  15. Benjamin's wife Lydia has not been located in the 1851 census.
  16. 1861 Census for England & Wales, RG9/?/f49
    Hawkesbury St., St Mary, Dover, Kent
    Benjamin W Sackett, head, married, 55, Trinity pilot, b. Ramsgate, Kent
    Ann Dixon, servant, unm., 46, general servant, b. Eastry, Kent.
  17. 1871 Census for England & Wales, RG10/?/f51
    9 Hawkesbury Street, St Mary, Dover, Kent
    Benjamin W Sackett, head, widower, 65, pilot, b. Ramsgate, Kent
    Ann Dixon, housekeeper, unm., 57, b. Eastry, Kent
    Jane Moore, niece, widow, 45, visitor, b. Eastry.
  18. Letters of administration of the estate of Richard Henry Sackett of 75 King Street, Margate, granted by the Probate Registry, Canterbury, 2 September 1879 (Somerset House Indexes, unknown repository reference), "Richard Henry Sackett, 75 King Street, Margate, baker & confectioner, died 12 August 1879 at home. Administration granted Canterbury 2 September 1879 (personal estate under £100) to Benj. Watton Sackett, 63 Addington Road, Ramsgate, gent, brother, one of next of kin."
  19. 1881 Census for England & Wales, FHL 1341235, PRO RG11/0989/26/5
    Ramsgate, Kent
    63 Addington Street
    Benjamin W. SACKETT, head, widower, 76, b. St Peters Isle of Thanet, retired pilot
    Jane MOORE, housekeeper, widow, 76, b. Eastry, Kent, housekeeper to retired pilot.
  20. Will of Benjamin Watten Sackett of Ramsgate, Kent, 1881?, proved in the Canterbury, 5 December 1881 (Somerset House Indexes).
Last Edited19 April 2015