Lieutenant John Sackett

(1653-1703)
FatherJohn Sackett of New Haven, colonist (say 1623-1684)
MotherAgnes Tinkham (c 1630-1707)
Lieutenant John Sackett, soldier and glazier, of New Haven, Connecticut, son of John Sackett of New Haven, colonist and Agnes Tinkham, was born in New HavenG, on 30 April 1653.1,2,3,4,5 He died aged 50 in New HavenG, on 6 November 17036,7,4,8 and was buried at the Grove Street Cemetery, New HavenG.8 He married in about 1686, presumably in New HavenG, Mary Woodin, daughter of William Woodin and Sarah Clark.9,10,11 Mary was born in about 1658.12 She was baptized at First Congregational Society, New HavenG, on 7 April 1689.13 She died aged 59 in New HavenG, on 27 November 171714,15,16,17 and was buried at the Grove Street Cemetery, New HavenG.16
Like his father and many of his kinsmen [Lieut John Sackett] took a lively interest in military affairs. As soon as he had reached the required age he joined the New Haven military company and remained an active member of it to the day of his death. After serving several years as a private and non-commissioned officer, he was commissioned an Ensign and later a Lieutenant. The records of the General Court of Connecticut show that at a session held at Hartford May 14, 1696, a lease from certain Indians, for a considerable tract of land to John Sackett and others, was confirmed.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

     John's name appears a number of times in the New Haven Ancient Town Records.18 At Town Meetings held on 27 November and 25 December 1682, he was granted land to build a house and shop to set up business as a glazier.19 He was listed in a town meeting report of 22 December 1712 (the same list having previously been exhibited in the General Assembly on 20 October 1704) as having been a proprietor of the town in 1685.20,21This detail is also recorded in Savage's Genealogical Dictionary.22 At a meeting on 28 April of that year John was chosen to be a "heyward [overseer of hedges] for the Governors quarter".23 At the same meeting he applied for a grant of land to compensate for the town's construction of a highway through his land at the plains.24 On 27 December 1686, the town discussed further the construction of this highway.25 By May 1688, John Sackett had become a Sergeant and was elected as a constable for the year.26 Land applications by John Sackett, now an Ensign, were made to town meetings in March and April 1698.27 In March 1703, he was appointed, with others, to be "a sizer to size the Land to be laid out."28 Atwater, in his History of the Colony of New Haven,29 lists John Sackett as having attained his highest rank, that of Lieutenant, in 1700.
     Lieut John Sackett died in 1703 but administration of his estate proved complicated and was not finally completed until after the death in 1717 of his widow Mary. An inventory of John's estate was taken on 25 December 1703. John's son-in-law Jonathan Alling was appointed administrator on 26 December 1717 by the Court of Probates of John's estate and of the estates of John's widow Mary and daughter Mary.30

Children of Lieutenant John Sackett and Mary Woodin

Association member descendants
Sackett Family Association descendants and researchers of Lieutenant John Sackett and Mary Woodin:
Mike F Sackett, Charlie Ray, William Mark "Bill" Sackett, Dean Roe, Linda Sanders, Kathleen Logan, Dave Pane-Joyce, Margaret "Peg" Eddy, Stephen E Sackett, George B Sackett, Warren Ayer, Clint Palermo and Pauline Merrick.
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New Haven DNA chart 1
Reference17.3K.9

 Notes & Citations

  1. Vital Records, New Haven, Connecticut, p9, "John Sacket the sonn of John Sacket was borne the 30th of Aprill 1653."
  2. Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, "Sacket, John, s. John, b. Apr. 30, 1653. New Haven Vital Records, 1:13."
  3. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Little, Brown & Company, Boston (1860), “SACKET, JOHN, New Haven, m. 20 May 1652, Agnes Tinkham, had John, b. 30 Apr. 1653; Jonathan, 6 June 1655; Mary, 24 Sept. 1657; Joseph, 3 May 1660; Martha, 19 Sept. 1662; and d. 3 Sept. 1684. His wid. d. 1707."
  4. Donald Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), pp 1583–8.
  5. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
  6. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "in year 1703."
  7. Unknown author, Genealogies of Connecticut Families from the NEHG Register, Genealogical Publishing Co Inc (1983), "6 Nov 1703 æ 50 - NHT1."
  8. Website Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Transcriptions (http://www.grovestreetcemetery.org/), "Sackit, Lieu.—John–died Nov. 6, 1703, age 50 yrs."
  9. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), "John [Sackett] (1653–1703) & Mary [Woodin/Wooding] (1657, or 16581–719); by 1686?, by 1690; New Haven. "
  10. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p 28, names Mary's mother as Sarah Allard.
  11. Donald Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), pp 1583–8, names Mary's mother as Sarah Clark.
  12. Date of birth based on age at death.
  13. Donald Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), pp 1583–8, "b c. 1659, bp 7 Apr 1689 NHC1."
  14. Vital Records, New Haven, Connecticut, 146, "Mrs Mary Sackett Ye wife of Liut john Sackit Decd 27th day of November 1717."
  15. Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, "Sacket, Mary, w. Lieut. John, d. Nov. 27, 1717. New Haven Vital Records, 1:266."
  16. Donald Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), pp 1583–8, "d 27 Nov 1717 NHV [Vital statistics, New Haven], 26 Nov æ. 59 NHT1 [City Burial Ground ("Grove Street Cemetery"), New Haven]."
  17. Website Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Transcriptions (http://www.grovestreetcemetery.org/), "Sackett, Mary – died Nov. 26, 1717, age 59 yrs."
  18. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917).
  19. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol 2 p423: “At a Towne Meeting in Newhaven the 27th of Novemr 1682. ... The Townsmen propounded on the behalfe of Jno Sackett Jur that the Towne would graunt him som Land by the Creeke side below Jonathan Atwaters to build upon, he intending to Sett up the trade of glasing and he desyers to be near the water side as best for his trade." Vol 2 p425-6:“A Towne Meeting in Newhaven the 25th of December 1682. ... Allsoe the Townsmen made theyer returne that according to former order they had veiwed ye place by ye creeke wch John Sackett Junor mooved the towne to graunt unto him of 70 foot broad by the street to build a house & a shop for his trade of a glasier. And they saw noe inconvenience to graunt it: And the Towne by Vote graunted unto John Sackett Junior a peec of land by the Creeke side, between Mr Trowbridges warehouse & Jonathan Atwaters his house, of seventy foote wide by the streete, and to run down to the Creeke, the street to be kept its widenes, and this is provided that hee the said Sackett build upon it according as he propounded within the Space of two years next ensuing: and the Townsmen were appointed to Lay out and state it according to the graunt & make return for record.”.
  20. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol3, p319-322: [Town meeting report of 22 December 1712 gives a list of proprietors in 1685:] "The names of the propriators of N-Haven in the year 1685. ... John Sackets heirs, John Sacket, Junior ..."
  21. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEHGS, Boston, vol 1 (1847): 157, "The Names of the Proprietors of New Haven, Ct., in the Year 1685."
    [There follows a list of 252 names, including:] "John Sacket's heirs, John Sacket, Junr."
    [The provenance of the list is described thus:]
    "This List of names Compared with the List of 1685, and is a true Coppy, attested by uss. Nathan Andrews, William Thomson, Jonathan Atwater, Select men of New Haven. This List of the Proprietors of the Lands in the Township of Newhaven, was Exhibited in the Generall Assembly on the Twentieth day of October, in the third year of her Majesties reigne, Annoq. Dom: 1704, at the Same time when a release of all the Lands in said Township to the said proprietors was read and approved and ordered to be signed in the name of the Gouernor and Company of her Majesties Colony of Connecticutt. Test. Eleazer Kimberley, Secry.
    The aboue written, with what is Contained in the two next aforegoing pages, relating thereunto, is a true Coppie of the Origenall, being therewith Examin'd and Compared, and here recorded, May 17th, 1707. Pr me Eleazer Kimberley, Secry. (The foregoing is recorded in the Connecticut "Colony Records of Deeds," Vol. III. fol.397–399.) State of Connecticut, ss., Office of Secretary of State.
    I hereby certify, that the foregoing is a true copy of record in this Office. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said State, at Hartford, this sixth day of March, A.D. 1847, and in the 71st year of the Independence of the United States of America. Charles Wm. Bradley, Secretary of State."
  22. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Little, Brown & Company, Boston (1860), vol 4, p2: "John, New Haven, eldest s. of John of the same, was a propr. 1685."
  23. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol.3 p17: [Town meeting 28 April 1685] “Jno. Sackett and Thomas Leeke were Chosen heywards for the Governors quarter.”.
  24. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol 3, p18: [Town meeting 28 April 1685] “Jno. Sackett mooved to have som land allowed in leiu of a highway that the Towne hath through theyer land at the plaines.”.
  25. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol 3, p43: [Town meeting of 27 Dec. 1686] “Allsoe the highway out of the plaines through Sackets or Dormans feild that leadeth to the commons behind Dormans to be continnued as it hath been for the common use of the Towne: alsoe another high way through this feild to be settled for common use to pass into the wood behind Sacketts.”.
  26. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol 3, p60: [Town meeting 21 May 1688] “Sergt. John Sacket, and Nath’ll Mix were Chosen Constables for Newhaven for the yeare ensueing and sworne.”.
  27. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol 3, p142 & 145 [Town meetings on 28 March 1698 and 26 April 1698 refer to Ensign John Sackett's land applications].
  28. Franklin Dexter, New Haven Ancient Town Records, New Haven Colony Historical Society, New Haven, Connecticut (1917), vol 3, p200: [Town meeting 22 March 1703] John Sacket (amongst others) was appointed “a sizer to size the Land to be laid out som of them to atend the survayor at all times.”.
  29. Edward Atwater, History of the Colony of New Haven to its Absorption into Connecticut, The Journal Publishing Company, Meriden, Connecticut (1902), p725.
  30. Inventory of estate of Lieut John Sackett.
Last Edited16 August 2016