Martha Ilah Sackett

(1896-1987)
FatherElijah Gibson Sackett (1858-1933)
MotherElizabeth Jane "Jennie" Murphy (1867-1961)
Martha Ilah Sackett, known in adulthood as Ilah, daughter of Elijah Gibson Sackett and Elizabeth Jane "Jennie" Murphy, was born in Berea, Adair County, IowaG, on 22 October 1896.1,2,3,4 She died aged 91 in Belleville, Republic County, KansasG, on 3 November 19875,4 and was buried at Washingon Cemetery, Washington County, KansasG.6 She married in Washington, KansasG, on 28 December 1981, Robert Bryan Henderson.7 Robert was born in Barnes, Washington CountyG, on 13 May 18991 and died aged 94 in Mahaska, Washington CountyG, on 18 September 1993.1
     In 1900 Martha was living in Webster, Woodward County, OklahomaG, in the household of her parents Elijah and Elizabeth, and was recorded in the census as Martha I Sackett, aged three and born in Iowa.8
     In 1910 she was living in Washington, KansasG, in the household of her parents Elijah and Elizabeth, and was recorded as Martha I Sackett, aged 13 and born in Iowa.9
     In 1920 she was living at North B Street, Washington, KansasG, in the household of her parents Elijah and Elizabeth, and was recorded as Ilah Sackett, a schoolteacher, single, aged 23.10
     In 1930 she was living at East Burlington Street, Washington, KansasG, in the household of her parents Elijah and Elizabeth, and was recorded as Ilah Sackett, a schoolteacher, single, aged 33.11
     When she married, Ilah was 85 years of age, and her groom Robert Henderson 82. They were married by Ilah's nephew, the Revd Robert Molby (member #579 of the Sackett Family Association), and she was walked down the aisle by Rev Robert's brother Eugene Molby.
     Rev Robert relates that, in asking him to perform the ceremony, Ilah told him, "I have taught school all my life, traveled a lot, worked at Estes Park, Colorado, in the summers, taught piano lessons, taught Sunday school classes, and numerous other things, but I have never been married. I think I will try that next." Only after he had agreed to officiate did Ilah inform her nephew of the name of her intended groom.
Martha Ilah Sackett (1896–1987), Washington Cemetery, Kansas
(Src: Find A Grave, GardenNana)
Reference11S.7

 Notes & Citations

  1. Thurmon King's database, 64563 Martha Ilah Sackett.
  2. "Iowa, County Births, 1880–1935", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), "Sackett, unnamed female, b. 22 Nov 1896, Berea, Adair, Iowa, d. of Gibson E Sackett, 39, & Elizabeth Jane Murphy, 29."
  3. "Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1800–1999", database, Ancestry (http://search.ancestry.co.uk), "Sackett, unnamed female, b. 22 Oct 1896, Berea, Adair, Iowa, d. of Gibson E Sackett & Elizabeth Jane Sackett."
  4. US Social Security Administration, "Social Security Death Index", database, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), "Martha I Henderson, b. 22 Oct 1896, d. 3 Nov 1987, last res. 66968 Washington, Washington County, Kansas, SSN issued Kansas (1955)."
  5. Death certificate for Martha Ilah Sackett in possession of nephew Robert Molby states: b. Iowa 22 Oct 1896, d. Belleville, Republic County, Kansas, 3 Nov 1987, husband Robert B Henderson.
  6. Website Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com).
  7. The Belleville Telescope (Kansas), digital image, Newspapers.com, 7 Jan 1982.
  8. 1900 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.co.uk), Roll: 1344; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0250; FHL microfilm: 1241344
    Webster, Woodward County, Oklahoma, 27/28 Jun 1900
    Sackett, Elijah G, head, b. Apr 1858, 42, m. 16y, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. OH, farmer, home owned free of mortgage
    Sackett, Elizabeth J, wife, b. Nov 1867, 32, m. 16y, 1 ch, living, b. IA, father b. IN, mother b. IN
    Sackett, Martha I, dau, b. Oct 1896, 3, b. IA, father b. IL, mother b. IA.
  9. 1910 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.co.uk), Roll: T624_459; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0162; FHL microfilm: 1374472
    Washington, Washington County, Kansas, 27 Apr 1910
    Sackett, Elijah G, head, 52, m1. 25y, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. ME, miller, home owned free of mortgage
    Sackett, Elizabeth J, wife, 43, m1. 25y, 4 ch, all living, b. IA, father b. IN, mother b. IN, teacher, music
    Sackett, Martha I, dau, 13, b. IA, father b. IL, mother b. IA
    Sackett, Leodah O, dau, 5, b. OK, father b. IL, mother b. IA
    Sackett, James, son, 3, b. OK, father b. IL, mother b. IA
    Sackett, John W, son, 1/12, b. OK, father b. IL, mother b. IA.
  10. 1920 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.co.uk), Roll: T625_554; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 173
    North B Street, Washington, Washington County, Kansas, 13/14 Jan 1920
    Sackett, Elija G, head, home owned on mortgage, 61, married, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. ME, janitor, Court House
    Sackett, Elizabeth, wife, 53, b. IA, father b. IN, mother b. IN
    Sackett, Ilah, dau, 23, single, b. IA, father b. IL, mother b. IA, teacher, school
    Sackett, Leota, dau, 15, b. OK, father b. IL, mother b. IA.
  11. 1930 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.co.uk), Roll: 725; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0034; Image: 1011.0; FHL microfilm: 2340460
    East Burlington Street, Washington, Washington County, Kansas, 22 Apr 1930
    Sackett, E G, head, home owned, 72, m. at 26, b. IL, father b. OH, mother b. OH, janitor, Court House
    Sackett, Elizabeth, wife, 63, m. at 17, b. IA, father b. IN, mother b. IN
    Sackett, Ilah, dau, 33, single, b. IA, father b. IL, mother b. IA, teacher, public school.
Last Edited30 July 2017