|Father||Simon Sackett the colonist (1595-between 5 and 10 Oct 1635)|
|Mother||Isabel Pearce (say 1610-after 1682)|
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.
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
- John Sacket+ b. 4 Nov 1660, d. 20 Dec 1745
- William Sacket+ b. 20 Apr 1662, d. 28 Mar 1700
- Abigail Sacket+ b. 1 Dec 1663, d. 3 Jul 1683
- Mary Sacket b. 1665, d. 19 Nov 1667
- Hannah Sacket+ b. 7 Mar 1668/69, d. 30 Aug 1749
- Mary Sacket+ b. 8 Jun 1672, d. 14 Nov 1729
- Samuel Sacket+ b. 18 Oct 1674, d. 8 Nov 1709
- Elizabeth Sacket b. 28 Aug 1677, d. 15 Jun 1682
- Abigail Sacket+ b. 1683, d. after 1733
|See also||The Sacketts of America, 4 |
Thurmon King's Database, 4
|Charts||Tree 7. Simon Sackett the colonist descendant chart|
Benjamin Sackett & Thankful King relationship chart
Lieut David Sackett & Lucretia Shepard relationship chart
John Noah Sackett & Francelia L Sackett relationship chart
Thanet DNA chart 1
Notes & Citations
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
- 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."
- John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922), (23 Nov 1659; at Northampton).
- 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].
- 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."
- "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors, "John [Sackett] (1632–1719) & 1/wf Abigail Hannum (1640–1690); 23 Nov 1659; Northampton/Westfield/Springfield. "
- 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.
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p16.
- Vital Records (LDS), Westfield, Massachusetts.
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p17.
- John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922), p91.
- Birth & Death Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "Sacket, Abigail, w. John, d. Oct. 9, 1690."
- 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].
- 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___."
- Marriage Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "John Sacket of W. and Wid. Sarah Stewart of W; m. Jan. 14, 1690."
- Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Book 1, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1638–1728, "John Sacket Widower & Sarah Stewart Widow were married Jan: 15: 1690."
- Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Hampshire Records, Springfield Marriages, "John Sacket Widowr & Sarah Stewart Widow were joined in marriage Jan: 15: 1690."
- "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors, "John [Sackett] –1719) &; 2/wf Sarah (STILES) STEWARD/ STEWART, w John; 15 Jan 1690/1; Windsor, CT. "
- James Riker, The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York: containing Its History from its first Settlement, D Fanshaw, New York (1852).
- Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston (1995).
- 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."
- 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."
- John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922).
|Sackett line||Great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder|
|Last Edited||24 May 2019|