Simon Sackett

(c 1630-1659)
FatherSimon Sackett the colonist (1595-1635)
MotherIsabel Pearce (say 1610-aft 1682)
Simon Sackett, son of Simon Sackett the colonist and Isabel Pearce, was born, presumably in Thanet, KentG, in about 1630.1,2 He died in Springfield, MassachusettsG, on 9 July 1659.3,1 He married at Springfield, MassachusettsG, in about 1652, Sarah Bloomfield, daughter of William Bloomfield and Sarah ___.1,4 Sarah Bloomfield was born in EnglandG in about 1633.5 After Simon's death, Sarah married second Lambert(?) Woodward.6
     Simon Sackett was, according to Weygant, taken to New England by his parents when he was a babe in arms. It is to be assumed that he was born in his father's native Thanet, in Kent, England, although a record of his birth or baptism has not been found. The failure to find such a record may indicate that his parents had disaffiliated from the mainstream Church of England and that this was a factor in the family's decision to emigrate to the New World. However, no corroborative evidence has been found for Simon the colonist's religious beliefs and such a theory can only be guesswork.
     Simon junior was only five years old when his father, the colonist, died in 1635. The following year, the six-year-old made the epic overland trek from Newtown, Massachusetts, to Hartford, Connecticut, with his mother and younger brother John. The boys' mother Isabel married William Bloomfield in Hartford, and their stepfather's daughter Sarah, who thus became a companion during their childhood, was eventually (in 1652) to become Simon's wife.
     The only "official" record of Simon in Hartford was that of a hearing of the Particular Court on 7 September 1652 when he was fined forty shillings (two pounds) for "keeping company" and "drinking excessively and unseasonably".7 He pledged his heifer as security for the fine. Simon would have left Hartford for Springfield (where he and Sarah were married) very soon after this incident, raising the question of whether this may have been a farewell party or, worse, the cause of his moving.
     Simon acquired lands in Springfield, by grant and by purchase, in 1653. His brother John also moved to Springfield and became a landowner there in 1653. The brothers swore the Oath of Fidelity at Springfield in 1656.8
     Simon died at the age of only 29 in 1659, leaving a son Joseph, then aged three years. It is believed that an older son, Samuel, died in infancy.
     Administration of Simon's estate was granted on 14 July 1659 by the General Court in Springfield to his widow Sarah & her father William Bloomfield.9 An inventory of his estate was taken on 15 July.3

Children of Simon Sackett and Sarah Bloomfield

ChartsTree 7. Simon Sackett the colonist descendant chart
Thanet DNA chart 1
Reference3.2J.7

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "3. Simon Sackett, b. 1630; d. July 9, 1659; m. Sarah Bloomfield."
  2. A birth/baptism record for Simon has not been found.
  3. Joseph Smith, editor, Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 1639-1702: The Pynchon Court Record, an original judges' diary of the administration of justice in the Springfield Courts in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1961), p241.
  4. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), "Simon [Sackett] (?1630–1659) & Sarah [Bloomfield], m/2 ?Lambert Woodward; ca 1652; Springfield. "
  5. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
  6. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), "Simon (?1630-1659) & Sarah [BLOOMFIELD], m/2 ?Lambert Woodward; ca 1652; Springfield. "
  7. Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, Connecticut Historical Society (1928), Symon Sackutt John Masters Abigaill Marven Sarah Spenser for theire missdeamenors in keeping Company, drinking excessiuely and vnseasonably are fyned 40s a peece And they are to pay or secure theire fynes within a fortnight, or such as faile are to suffer Imprisonment: William Waller vndertakes to pay his Sisters fyne Thomas Spenser vndertakes the payment of Sarah Spensers fyne. Symon Sackutt Byndeth his heifer for the securing of his fyne. Edward Stebbing vndertakes for John Masters his fyne. Thomas Seamer is to pay the penalty of the order for drinking excessiuely and vnseasonably: wch is for excessiue drinking 3s 4p, and for drinking vuseasonably 5s 0. Thus far the fynes are dd in to the Marshall."
  8. Joseph Smith, editor, Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 1639-1702: The Pynchon Court Record, an original judges' diary of the administration of justice in the Springfield Courts in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1961), p217 "March 23rd 1655/56 being a Trayning day these underwritten took the oath of fidelity (23 names including Symon Sackett and John Sackett)."
  9. Joseph Smith, editor, Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 1639-1702: The Pynchon Court Record, an original judges' diary of the administration of justice in the Springfield Courts in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1961), pp173, 241.
Last Edited30 December 2016