John Sackett

(1632-1719)
FatherSimon Sackett the colonist (1595-1635)
MotherIsabel Pearce (say 1610-aft 1682)
John Sackett, son of Simon Sackett the colonist and Isabel Pearce, was born in Newtown (later Cambridge), MassachusettsG, in 16321 and died at the then great age of 87 in Westfield, Hampden County, MassachusettsG, on 8 April 1719.1,2 He married first at Northampton, MassachusettsG, on 23 November 1659, Abigail Hannum, daughter of William Hannum and Honor Capen.2,3,4,5,6,7 Abigail was born in 16405,8 and baptized at Windsor, ConnecticutG, on 22 November 1640.5 She died in WestfieldG, on 9 October 1690.2,5,9,10,11,12 He married second in WestfieldG, on 15 January 1690/91, Sarah (Stiles) Stewart, daughter of John Stiles and Rachel (___) Stiles.2,9,13,14,15,16,17,18
     John made his will in Westfield, Hampden County, MassachusettsG, on 10 May 1718, naming as beneficiaries his wife Sarah, his son John, his daughters Hannah, Mary and Abigail, his grandson William Sacket,and the unnamed children of his sons William and Samuel. Unusually, he appointed as executor his grandson William, who was still a minor (he was about 18 at the date of the will). The witnesses to the will, who included the testator's grandson Joseph Sackett, referred the matter to the Probate Court which appointed John Sackett, the deceased's eldest son, as administrator of the will until William reached 21. The will was proved in the Probate Court at Springfield on 20 May 1719.
John's date and place of birth
Weygant's statement that John was "so far as known, the first white child born in Newtown" has not been proved, although the date of birth of 1632 is in accord with Riker (Annals of Newtown)19—which Weygant is known to have used as a source—who recorded that John died at the age of 87 in 1719. Anderson in The Great Migration20 gives John's date of birth as "say 1630". Since Anderson assumes the date of migration to have been 1632, he must have assumed that John was born in England. No birth or baptism record has been found in English records, although the absence of such a record could also be explained if his father had been a Church dissident.
     Whatever the precise date of John's birth, he would have been a young boy when his father died in 1635 and he would have been brought up by his mother Isabel and her second husband William Bloomfield.
Annals of Newtown
Riker's19 reference to John is brief: "His [Simon the colonist's] sons Simon and John removed in 1653 to Springfield, on the Connecticut River, where they took the oath of fidelity, Mar. 23, 1656. John afterwards removed to Northampton, and thence to Westfield, where he d. in 1719, a. 87. His posterity have been numerous in Westfield and its vicinity, and are also found in western New-York."
History of Springfield
John Sacket appears in the Springfield records when he was granted land at Woronoco in 165821.
     He was also listed on 23 December 1659 in the seating plan in the meeting house. John was placed, with others, in the ninth of ten allocated seats, indicating he was at this date fairly low in the Town's pecking order.22
History of Westfield
Lockwood, in his Westfield History23, includes numerous references to John Sacket:
p58. 11 Feb 1667. A town meeting orders that a gate be erected by Sacket's house.
p80. 12 Mar 1667. John Sackett's "five acres over the brooke."
p62. 16 Feb 1669. John Sacket is appointed one of three men to lay out grants of land.
p63. 23 Mar 1669/70. The three men are sacked for neglecting their duties and are replaced.
p72. Sackett's Brook was originally called "Tomhaumucke.
p86/7. Original allotment of land.
p91. In a short biography of John, Lockwood states that John was born in 1632, three years after Simon and Isabel came from England. This implies a migration in 1629.
p101. John is included in a list of settlers who have taken an oath of allegiance to the King.
p217/8. Autumn 1675. John's house and barn are burnt by the Indians.
p226-8. 15 Jan 1675/76. John Sacket, as Constable, writes with details of the expense of maintaining a garrison of soldiers.
p231. 26 Mar 1676. John Sacket is a co-signatory to a document setting out land improvements to be carried out by townsmen.
p179. 17 Aug 1684. John Sacket is a juror in a hearing into the death of Eleezer Weller. The jury finds that death was caused by suicide by hanging.
p183. Autumn 1685. John Sackett is sued for infringing the rights of a neighbour by setting a mill higher up the brook.
John Sacket ... was, so far as known, the first white child born in Newtown (now Cambridge), Mass. In 1653 he became a resident of Springfield, Mass., receiving from the town commissioners a gift of four pieces of land, agreeable to an ordinance passed to encourage the speedy settlement of that place. On November 23, 1659, he was married to Abigail Hannum, 1640 - 1690, daughter of William Hannum (colonist), and his wife, Honor Capen, of Dorchester, Windsor and Northampton. A short time after date of his marriage to Abigail Hannum, John Sacket sold his land at Springfield and removed to property he had purchased some fifteen miles up the Connecticut River at Northampton. There he and his family lived until 1665, when he again sold out and moved to a farm purchased of one Chapin near Westfield, on what are now called Sacket's Meadows. Mr. Sacket's removal to Westfield was at the date of the first permanent settlement of that town,
and about ten years previous to the commencement of King Philip's Indian wars. There Mr. Sacket built a house and barn, both of which were burned, Oct. 27, 1675, by the Indians, who, at the same time, destroyed a large amount of other property, and drove off his cattle. He rebuilt his house and barn, and also erected a saw mill on a creek which ran through his farm and emptied into the Waronoco (now Westfield) River.
The building of a dam on this creek was the occasion of a vexatious lawsuit, brought against him by Thomas, Jedediah and Jonah Dewey, who claimed that by reason of Sacket's saw mill dam the water was backed up on their grist mill. The case was tried at Springfield before a jury, who found for plaintiff, but the court in giving judgment, recited that it was a hard case for the defendant and "therefore ordered that the plaintiffs should, with a hired man and oxen, work with said Sacket 9 days in taking down and removing said dam."
At a town meeting held in 1672 at Westfield, John Sacket was chosen a selectman, and as late as 1693 he held the same office.
Abigail Hannum Sacket died October 9, 1690, and about a year later John Sacket was married to Sarah, daughter of John Stiles and widow of John Stewart of Springfield. He continued to reside on his Westfield farm to the day of his death.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

Children of John Sackett and Abigail Hannum

Association member descendants
Sackett Family Association descendants and researchers of John Sackett and Abigail Hannum:
Fred Sackett, Thurmon King, Darlene Sackett, Patty Sackett Chrisman, Alyce Beggs, Ray J Sackett, Jeanette Boden, Marie Reid, Donn Patrick Cutler, Sharon Allen, Cindy Torres Owens, Jack Hume, Carroll M Lawson, Ruth Rawlings, Patty Bohler, Pam Schuster Offerdahl, Steven Barbee, Bob Schuster, Charles L Sackett, Karen Gerke, Don Robinson, Diane Francis, Lynette Sackett Wilkerson, Ted Smith, S Howard Dreelan, Eugene Venne, Debra Leffler Streeter, Kari Roehl, Charles Crain, Catrina Kohl, Ross Hadley, Barbara Barbarow, Karen Pritchett, Kathleen Giusti, Brian Williams, Rachel Stella, Theresa Cotton, Jane Kirkendall, Kathy James, James R Klim, Steven W Frank, Jean Carpenter, Louella Sexsmith, Terry Sackett, Martha Thayer Evans, John Howard Sackett, Richard Keir, Ned Randall, Jan Roberts, Michelle Pearce, Becky Moncrief, Irene Haas, Carol Sackett, Christina Sackett, Eva Adams, Donna Spink, Sharon Powalka, Rear Admiral Albert Monroe Sackett, Pat Stempski, Daniel Scott Sackett, Cathy Schraeder, Rita E Sackett, Joe Sparks, Elizabeth Hoening, Michelle Morris, Beverley Service, Michelle Marolis, Mike Fisher, Dennis Gottier, Kay Prindle Corwin, Ron Ruberstell, Molly Sackett, Alvin Oglesby, Wanda Phillips, Michael Leroy Trickey, Lisa Owens, Pat Williamson, Claire Tschirky, Anne Murray, Amanda Ihde, Chet McLaren, Jim Gould, Jodee Thomas, Kent A Mauk, Debbie Hill, Janet French, Jeff Bellairs, Gary Rood, Matthew C Sackett, Linda Hare, Anna Tabor, Kaitlynn Santeford, Rebecca Hall, Melissa Hall, Joe Hart, Kathy Stinson, Larry Youmans, Amy Crooks, Marc Howard, Kerri Kafut, Terry Lee Williams, Marti Prespentt, DeAnna Sackett Johnson, Donna Grote, Cinda Simmons, Paul Sackett, Kathleen "Kathi" Normandeau, Jennifer Walz Selby, Chris Kimball, Schuyler Sackett, Ann Parmenter, Craig Behrens, Michelle Pandolfi, Katie Menon, Gene Theroux, Mildred Smith, Lyle Brelsford, Brandy Harris-Hodnett, Gay Wernett, Walter Pogue, Byra G Sackett, Aleta Pogue, Timothy Stemper, Marvin L "Bud" Wood, Bridget Schuelke, Susan Teagarden, Ken Buscho, Dawn Howe, Toni Sackett Reyes, Jill Ruggiero, Margaret Russell, Debra Curry, Teggy Peterson, Cynthia "Cindy" Gerleman, Donald "Scott" Lee, Angela Bean, Richard Price, Steve O'Brien, Connie J Koran, Ann Irving, Ansley Sackett, Bob Buie, Henryk Dubicki, Ronald Ty "Ron" Sackett, Fred Ewins, Midgie Bardo, Shannon Watts Michael, Carolyn Sturdy, Jessica D’Errico, Carrie Sackett Riddick, Karen Sackett, Steve Sackett, Chuck Fullhart, Kim Polzin, Joshua Leewarner, Sue Mehal, Nina J Rhys, Gidgett Guillotte, Mary Harrison, Kevin Kelley, Sally Trabun Arsove, Sandra Bell, Denise LaPare, Jeff Goodfox, Lois Landvoigt, Larry Dale Weller, Carol Davis Mckinney, Susan Nykamp, Kevin M Sackett, Bec Koshak, Steven Solberg, Carolyn Kramer, Sally Day, Susan MacEwen, Kristin Burt Cooper, Myra Roper, Patricia Stahnke, Kimberly Oberholtzer, Richard McClellan, Rebecca Henry, Stacy Crabbs, Susan Peck, Kelly Schlabach, Rebecca Oswalt, Jim Carr, Bette Procknow and Cynthia D McGee.
ChartsTree 7. Simon Sackett the colonist descendant chart
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 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "4. John Sackett, b. 1632, d. Oct 8, 1719; m. Abigail Hannum."
  2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEHGS, Boston, vol 6, July 1852, "Marriages, Births and Deaths in Westfield", p 266, "John Sacket, wife Abigail; chn. Mary, b. June 8, 1672; Samuel, b. Oct. 18, 1674; Elizabeth, b. Aug. 28, 1677, d. June 15, 1682. Abigail, his wife, d. Oct. 9, 1690. He married Sarah Steward, 1691. John Sacket, d. Ap. 8, 1719."
  3. John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922), (23 Nov 1659; at Northampton).
  4. Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston (1995), p 1615 [Pynchon VR 141].
  5. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEHGS, Boston, vol. 90 (1936): 158–9, William Hannum and Some of His Descendants, "Abigail [Hannum], [d. William Hannum & Honor Capen], b. in 1640 and bapt. at Windsor, Conn., 22 Nov. 1640; d. probably at Westfield, 10 Oct. 1690; m. 23 Nov. 1659 John Sackett of Northampton and Westfield, b. probably at Newtowne (now Cambridge), in 1632, d. probably at Westfield, in 1719, son of Simon Sacket."
  6. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), "John [Sackett] (1632–1719) & 1/wf Abigail Hannum (1640–1690); 23 Nov 1659; Northampton/Westfield/Springfield. "
  7. Website Vital Records of Northampton, Massachusetts (Corbin Collection) (New England Historic Genealogical Society) (http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org), "Saccot, John, married Nov. 23 1659 at Northampton to Abigall Hannum" TR-OB-95.
  8. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p16.
  9. Vital Records (LDS), Westfield, Massachusetts.
  10. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p17.
  11. John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922), p91.
  12. Birth & Death Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "Sacket, Abigail, w. John, d. Oct. 9, 1690."
  13. Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston (1995), p1615 [Pynchon VR 31, 61].
  14. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEHGS, Boston, vol 123, October 1969, "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685-1711", p 262, "Jan.15.90: John Sackcut widdower & Sarah Stuart wid: Joined in Marria___."
  15. Marriage Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "John Sacket of W. and Wid. Sarah Stewart of W; m. Jan. 14, 1690."
  16. Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Book 1, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1638–1728, "John Sacket Widower & Sarah Stewart Widow were married Jan: 15: 1690."
  17. Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Hampshire Records, Springfield Marriages, "John Sacket Widowr & Sarah Stewart Widow were joined in marriage Jan: 15: 1690."
  18. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), "John [Sackett] –1719) &; 2/wf Sarah (STILES) STEWARD/ STEWART, w John; 15 Jan 1690/1; Windsor, CT. "
  19. James Riker, The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York: containing Its History from its first Settlement, D Fanshaw, New York (1852).
  20. Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston (1995).
  21. Henry Burt, The First Century of the History of Springfield. The Official Records from 1636 to 1736, published by the author, Springfield, Massachusetts (1898), p250
    "John Clarke, Wm Brooks & Jno Sackat have ye land ye further side of woronoco wch is granted ym pvided they each of them build & make impvment of the land by Aprill come 12 mo. & continue so to doe 5 y. else to forfeit it. Granted Jan: 10th 1658."
  22. Henry Burt, The First Century of the History of Springfield. The Official Records from 1636 to 1736, published by the author, Springfield, Massachusetts (1898), p126-7
    "SEATING THE PEOPLE IN THE MEETING-HOUSE.
    The selectmen and the deacons, or a committee appointed by the selectmen, determined the order in which the seats in the meeting-houses in New England, in the early settlement, should be occupied. Ability and general regard, as well as wealth, had much to do with the order of selection. The women, as a rule, do not appear to have been assigned to particular seats, but occupied, in another part of the house, such as suited their own preferences. The lists still preserved, which give the order of seating the men and boys in Springfield, do not indicate any great regard for those having the largest possessions. At Northampton, "age and estate" determined the order, and to some extent that might have prevailed here. The first list, still of record, bears the date of December 23, 1659, and reads:-
    … 9th Seate. - Abell Wright, Hugh Dudley, John Bagg, John Sacket, David Ashley, Samuel Bliss, John Riley."
  23. John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922).
Last Edited16 April 2017