Rev Stephen Sackett BA Oxf, MA Camb

(1605-1678)
FatherJohn Sackett (1564-1623/24)
MotherAnn/Agnes Sampson (c 1565-1630/31)
Rev Stephen Sackett BA Oxf, MA Camb, vicar of Blean, Kent, son of John Sackett and Ann/Agnes Sampson, was baptized at St Peter's Church, Thanet, KentG, on 10 November 1605.1 He died aged 73 and was buried at Blean, KentG, on 13 December 1678.2 He married first at Great Mongeham, KentG, on 16 July 1632, Alice Frisby, daughter of Samuel Frisby and Sarah ___, having obtained a licence from Canterbury three days earlier.3,4 She was born in about 1615, based on age at marriage. She died aged about 32 a few months after the birth of her seventh child and fifth daughter Anne (who herself survived but a few days longer) and was buried at BleanG, on 10 August 1647.5 He married second at St Mary the Virgin, Bishopsbourne, KentG, on 13 December 1652, Marie White.6
     Stephen was admitted to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, on 20 July 1621 at the age of 15, having matriculated that year from his school at St John in Thanet. He was awarded a BA degree in 1624/25 and an MA in 1628. He was awarded a further BA degree at Oxford University on 25 June 1631.
     Stephen was vicar of St Cosmos in Blean from June 1632, and of West Hythe from November 1633, until his death in 1678. He appears to have visited his second parish only rarely, one such occasion being when he baptized his granddaughter Mary White in 1664. In the 1660s he recorded that the church was defaced, that there was no burial place, and that Lympne church, where the West Hythe registers should be kept, itself had no minister. In 1644 he paid Hearth Tax in the Hundred of Whitstable for four hearths, presumably the Blean rectory.
     An account of Stephen's incumbency of his second parish at West Hythe appears in Archaeologia Cantiana, "Vicars of St. Mary, Westhythe":

Stephen Sackett MA: instituted 2nd November 1633 on death of last incumbent.
Patron: William Kingsley, Archdeacon.
Early in June 1632 Mr Sackett was instituted to the vicarage of SS Cosmos & Damianus, Blean, on the presentation of John Boys, Esq. and the Rev. John Sackett S.T.B., Master of Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury. Early in November the following year, Archdeacon Kingsley presented him to Westhythe. This seems to have necessitated his resignation of Blean, to which, however, he was instituted a second time in March 1634 on the presentation of the Rev. John Sackett, Master of Eastbridge Hospital. He held both benefices until his death in 1679. He paid occasional visits to Westhythe, and in October 1663 performed three Christenings there, a fourth being taken by Mr Hart of Burmarsh. A little later a memorandum by Mr Sackett occurs on one of the Transcripts, which presents a melancholy view of Church life in the district at that time:
Burials in the parish we haue none, nor noe plase of burying, or Marrying: our church defaced: Lymph, the parish to which we should resort for religeous exercises, hauing noe Minister is seldome supplyed by any, & our Register should be kept at Limbe Church ... Steph: Sackett.

     Rev Stephen Sackett was involved with his brother Rev John Sackett as defendants in an action in the Court of Chancery, London, in 1650, involving a dispute over ownership of the leasehold of properties. A summary of the court proceedings is given under Rev John's entry.
     In 1659 Stephen made a marriage settlement on his daughter Damaris a few days before her marriage to James White, executing an indenture of feoffment in favour of James White.7 (It is conjectured that James may have been the son of Stephen's second wife Marie White.)
     Stephen was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in St Peter in ThanetG, on 8 February 1623/24.8
     Stephen was named as a beneficiary in his mother's will made in Swalecliffe, KentG, on 31 January 1630/31.9 By his father's will, Stephen was to inherit the farm at Reading Street on reaching 21 and the farm at Boars Hill after the death of his mother Ann. In her will, she accordingly left Stephen the residue of her estate and appointed him executor.
     Stephen made his will at BleanG on 9 December 1678, listing as beneficiaries his wife (unnamed); his daughters Damaris, Mary, Patience and Sarah; his grandson James White; and his granddaughter Patience White. He left to his wife "all she had brought on marriage plus £5", to each of his daughters and grandchildren he left twenty shillings, and the residue of his estate was to go his eldest daughter Sarah.10 The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court, Canterbury, KentG, on 18 December 1678.10

Children of Rev Stephen Sackett BA Oxf, MA Camb and Alice Frisby

Sackett Family Association descendants
Joan Leary.
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The Sackett Book Project
ChartsTree 1. William Sackett of St John in Thanet descendant chart

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, Kent (Society of Genealogists), "10 November 1605 Steven s. John Sachet."
  2. Burials Register, Blean, Kent (Transcript), "13 December 1678 Mr Stephen Sackett vicar."
  3. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "13 July 1632 Stephen Sackett Clerk MA, vicar of Blean, bachelor, about 27, & Alice Frisby, of Great Mongeham, virgin, about 17, daughter of Samuel Frisby deceased & of Sarah Frisby alias Say who consents. At Gt Mongeham. John Sackett Clerk, rector of Gt Mongeham, bondsman."
  4. Marriages Register, Great Mongeham, Kent (Bishop's Transcripts & Parish Register), "16 July 1631 Stephen Sackett & Alice Frisby." [Canterbury marriage licence is dated 13 July 1632. Marriage date is taken as 1632.]
  5. Burials Register, Blean, Kent (Transcript), "10 August 1647 Mrs Alice Sackett wife of Mr Stephen Sackett vicar."
  6. Marriages Register, St Mary the Virgin, Bishopsbourne, Kent, database, FamilySearch, "13 Dec 1652, Steven Sacket & Marie White."
  7. A schedule of deeds (supplied by Hazel Basford 28 Nov 1996) lists document no. 143 (available in Ramsgate Library) "Indenture of Feoffment dated 20 Sep 1659 Stephen Sackett to Jas. White being a Marriage Settlement & Counterpart (U1063 T45H)."
  8. Will of John Sackett of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, 8 February 1624, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 14 April 1624 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-66-354).
  9. Will of Ann Sackett of Swalecliffe, Kent, 31 January 1631, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 15 February 1631 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-67-505).
  10. Will of Stephen Sackett of Blean, Kent, 9 December 1678, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 18 December 1678 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-74-254).
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