Joseph S Sackett1,2

(1715/16-1798)
FatherSimon Sackett (1678-1718)
MotherMary McGaw (c 1680-)
Joseph S Sackett, yeoman of Wrightstown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, son of Simon Sackett and Mary McGaw, was born in Hopewell, Mercer County, New JerseyG, on 8 February 1715/16.3 He died aged 82 in WrightstownG, on 17 March 1798 and was buried in the Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County.4 He married in Bucks CountyG, before 1744, Sarah Vansant.5 Sarah was born in WrightstownG, on 26 July 1726.6 She died there aged 70 on 11 September 17967 and was buried in the Old Presyterian Church CemeteryG.7
     Joseph was only a year old when his father died. He was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in HopewellG, on 24 January 1717/18.8,9 Although Joseph was the only child named in the will, his father also made provision for an unborn "child my wife now goeth withal".
     On 19 August 1731, Joseph, aged 14 and of Trenton, New JerseyG, gave a power of attorney to his uncle and guardian Judge Joseph Sackett of Newtown, Long Island.10
     According to the Hunterdon County Records, "[Joseph Sackett] voted at Trenton in 1738, purchased 280 acres at Wrightstown from John Hillborn in December 1740, and further purchased in 1757 from Robert Cummings, in 1760 from the estate of John Johnson. Purchased land on the north side of the Neshaminy in 1762. In 1769, with others donated land for the establishment of the Presbyterian Church of Newtown, where he was one of the first Trustees of this church. He was a member of the Revolutionary War Committee of Safety for Wrightstown Township. Was a Justice of the Peace from 1777 for many years. Joseph Sackett built a grist mill store, and blacksmith shop near the Mill Creek where it joined the Neshaminy Creek. Originally known as Sackett's Ford, it is now the hamlet of Rushland. Some authorities claim that the name of the hamlet, first Rush Valley and later Rushland was due to the availability of "scouring rushes" used by early settlers for cleaning pots and pans."11
     Joseph was described as a yeoman of Wrightstown when, on 21 March 1775, he stood surety in respect of a marriage bond.12 Joseph was listed in the 1779 and 1781 tax records of Wrightstown Township. In the latter, his lands were recorded as amounting to 391 acres, and he had seven horses and fifteen cows.13 He was listed on 1 November 1782 as owning one slave but by the date of the first Federal census in 1790 he had ceased to be a slave owner.14,15 Joseph was appointed on 7 April 1796, by the will of his wife's brother Garret Vansant, as a trustee for Garret's daughter Elizabeth Addis. Joseph predeceased his brother-in-law and would not therefore have assumed this responsibility.16
     In 1790 Joseph was living in Bucks County, PennsylvaniaG. In his household were three males (16+), one male under 16, and five females.17
     Joseph made his will in Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, PennsylvaniaG, on 21 October 1793, naming as beneficiaries his wife Sarah, his sons Joseph and Simon, his daughters Klaartje, Rachel, Sarah, Elizabeth and Rebecca, and his granddaughter Mary Kinsey.18 The will was proved on 27 March 1798.
Joseph S Sackett (1716–1798), Old Presbyteriian Church Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County, PA
"In Memory of / Joseph Sackett / who departed this life / in Peace the 17th day of / March Anno Domini / 1798 / Aged 82 years 1 month / and 9 days."
(Src: Richard Hearn, Nov 2011)
Sarah (Vansant) Sackett (1726–1796), Old Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County, PA
"In Memory of / Sarah the wife of / Joseph Sackett / who departed this life in peace / Sept the 11th day / Anno Domini 1796 / aged 70 years 1 month 16 days.
(Src: Richard Hearn, Dec 2011)

Children of Joseph S Sackett and Sarah Vansant

  • James Joseph Sackett d. 17 Mar 1761
  • Klaartje Clauche Sackett
  • Simon Sackett b. c 1746
  • Rachel Sackett b. 1 Mar 1749/50, d. 17 Sep 1807
  • Sarah Sackett b. c 1752
  • Elizabeth Sackett b. 1754, d. 1829
  • Rebecca Sackett+ b. 6 Jun 1760, d. 1 Jan 1802
  • Patience Sackett b. c 1762
  • Joseph Sackett+ b. 1762, d. 24 Nov 1822
See alsoThurmon King's Database, 14782 Joseph S Sackett
Sackett Family Association descendants
Lynn Tinsley, Glen Sackett, Richard Hearn, Bill Bonnet, Sarah Sackett and Matthew Castillo.
ChartsTree 7. Simon Sackett the colonist descendant chart

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, not recorded.
  2. Research on Joseph S Sackett is by Lynn Tinsley, Mary Lou Sackett, and Illyce MacDonald.
  3. Date of birth calculated from age at death.
  4. Monumental inscription on the grave of Joseph Sackett (Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania), "In Memory of Joseph Sackett who departed this life on the 17th day of March Anno Domini 1798 Aged 82 years 1 month and 9 days." [Headstone]
  5. Marriage record not found. Presumed to have married before 1744, the approximate date of birth of their first child.
  6. Date of birth calculated from age at death.
  7. Gravestone inscription "In Memory of/ Sarah the wife of/ Joseph Sackett/ who departed this life in peace/ Sept the 11th day/ Anno Domini 1796/ aged 70 years 1 month 16 days." (Src: Richard Hearn, Dec 2011).
  8. Will of Simon Sackett of Hopewell, New Jersey, January 1717, proved, 17 March 1717 (Woodward & Hageman: History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey, pub. 1883), "Will dated January 1717 at Hopewell, New Jersey proved March 17, 1717 names wife Mary, son Joseph, "child my wife now goeth withal" if it be a son to share evenly with Joseph, if a daughter, Joseph to pay her £50 when 21. If either die before coming of age, the survivor to possess all that the other is to get, if both die before coming of age, "my brothers and sisters" to have all, equally divided except that the "children of my sister Elizabeth" shall have between them one portion."
  9. Will of Simon Sackett of Hopewell, New Jersey, 24 January 1717/18, proved, 5 April 1718 (Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670-1760, New Jersey Historical Society, 1901), "Name: Simon Sacket. Date: 24 Jan 1717-8. Location: Hopewell, Hunterdon Co. yeoman; will of.
    Wife Mary. Son Joseph; an expected child. Home farm of 306 acres. Personal property. The wife executrix with John Borroughs of Hopewell as overseer. Witnesses - Richard Scudder, Samuel Davis, Jonathan Davis. Proved April 5, 1718."
  10. Hunterdon [NJ] County Records 1701-1838,
    "Power of attorney dated 19 Aug. 1731 of Joseph Sackett, aged ca. 15 years., son of Simon and Mary Sackett, of Trenton dec'd to "my dear beloved and honored uncle Joseph Sackett of New Town, Queens County, Island of Nassau" yeoman, "my guardian"...to dispose of any real and personal property "until I become twenty and one". Wit: J. Forster and Chas. Reilly. No date of recording."
  11. Hunterdon [NJ] County Records 1701-1838.
  12. Marriage Bonds, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, "James Barron of Wrightstown, labourer, and Mary Cyzer of Wrightstown, spinster, posted a marriage bond on 21 Mar 1775 in Bucks Co. Surety: Joseph Sacket of Wrightstown, yeoman."
  13. Tax records, Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, "1779 Joseph Sacket, Esq."
    "1781 Joseph Sacket, Esq., 391 acres, 7 horses, 15 cows."
  14. W W H Davis, The History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania (1876), "1 Nov 1782: Joseph Sacket, Wrightstown Twp, owned 1 slave."
  15. 1790 Census for United States, "[Wrightstown Twp] Bucks Co, Pennsylvania
    Joseph Sacket
    1 male aged 16 & over
    2 males aged under 16
    2 females."
  16. F Edward Wright, Abstracts of Wills, Bucks County, PA, 1685-1785, Data from abstract of will of Garret Vansant, of Wrightstown Township, dated 7 April 1796, proved 30 June 1806.
  17. 1790 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Joseph Sackett. Bucks, PA. 3 white males (16+), 1 white male under 16, and 5 white females.
  18. Will of Joseph Sackett of Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 21 October 1793, proved, 27 March 1798 (Probate file 02837) (Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Abstracts of Wills, 1785-1825),
    "Joseph Sackett, Wrightstown Twp., yeoman, 'far advanced in age.' October 21, 1793. Codicil November 1, 1794. Proved March 27, 1798.
    Wife Sarah. Son Joseph, son-in-law Simon Bennitt and son-in-law Joshua Dungan, son of Joseph, exrs. Sons Simon and Joseph. Daus., Clauche, Rachel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rebecca. Gddau. Mary Kinsey, 'Goods lent to Dau. Patience, and in possession of her father John Kinsey.' Land purchased of Joseph Wilkinson and John Watson. Do. adj. Garret Vansant and Samuel Kirk.
    Wits: Isaac Chapman, Thomas Chapman, Sarah Chapman."
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Last Edited26 April 2018