Captain John Sackett

(1697-1753)
FatherRobert Sackett (1659-1704/5)
MotherElizabeth Neame (c 1660-1715)
John Sackett, mariner of Margate, Kent, son of Robert Sackett and Elizabeth Neame, was born in St Peter in Thanet, KentG, in 1697 and baptized at St Peter's ChurchG, on 11 October 1697.1 He died aged 56 in MargateG, on 17 November 17532 and was buried at St John's Church, MargateG, on 26 November 1753.3,2 He married at St Mary Magdalen, Canterbury, KentG, on 2 May 1728, Elizabeth Mockett.4,5 Elizabeth was born in about 1704.6 She died aged 92 in MargateG, on 9 March 17972 and was buried at St John's ChurchG, on 11 March 1797.7,2
     Captain John Sackett, as master of the ship Bedwell, was involved in a trade dispute in 1734/35 when he brought an action in the Court of Chancery against Richard Griffin and James Bradley, alleging that Griffin and Bradley were in breach of contract having failed to provide a cargo of 150 hogsheads of tobacco which Captain Sackett was to have shipped from Virginia to London in 1733. The defendants argued that Sackett's ship was late in arriving at Virginia because he had called first without agreement at Lisbon in Portugal, a charge refuted by Sackett who claimed the Lisbon diversion was agreed and that he had arrived in Virginia in good time.8
     The Bedwell foundered on the coast of Cadiz, Spain, on 4 July 1734, the newspapers reporting that

On the 4th Instant in the Morning, the ship Bedwell, Captain Sackett, from London, laden with Wheat, unfortunately run ashore coming into this Bay and is intirely lost, and only a few Sacks of her cargo is saved.9,10

     Captain Sackett, and his ship Prince William, survived an Atlantic storm in October and November 1738 when returning to London from Antigua. Once safely anchored at Spithead, in the shelter of the Solent estuary, and before sailing on to London, Captain Sackett reported

That on the 22d of October last, being on his Passage, in the Latitude of 41 Degrees, he met with a Storm of Wind at W.N.W. and S.W. which lasted for six Days, by which he shipp'd a great Quantity of Water; and on the 24th of November he shipp'd a Sea, which fill'd his Decks fore and aft; stav'd both his Boats, and wash'd them over-board, broke the Stancheons between Decks, stove a Hogshead of Rum in the Hold, tore up the larboard Gunnel fore and aft, broke several Top-timbers, wash'd away the Fire-place, Hen-coops, Water-casks, Binnacle, two Compasses, Spare-yards, Top masts, Booms, Fore-tops, Tarpawlins of five Hatches; so much Water fell between Decks as stove and wash'd overboard the Mens Chests, broke the Tiller, knock'd the Man down at the Helm and bruis'd him very much, and the Ship lay Gunnel under Water for two Hours.11

     In 1746 Captain Sackett's ship Sarah and Elizabeth and another ship were captured by French Men of War while returning to England from Antigua in company with the West India Fleet. Both ships were subsequently re-taken by British privateers, and Captain Sackett was able to sail to Kinsale in southern Ireland.12
     John made his will in MargateG on 25 April 1741.13 He left all his real and personal estate to his wife and her sons, and appointed Elizabeth executrix.14 The will was proved in the Prerogative Court of CanterburyG, on 18 December 1753.
     John's widow Elizabeth made her will in MargateG, on 20 April 1754, naming as beneficiaries her daughters Mary and Elizabeth.15 She made special provision for her younger daughter Elizabeth, bequeathing to her all goods and furniture in the back chamber, plus £50, "to make her equal with my eldest daughter who was so much better advanced and provided for by my late and loving husband John Sackett deceased than my youngest daughter was by him." Elizabeth made her will just a few months after the death of her husband, presumably with the intention of rectifying what she thought to have been unfair, although she was herself to live for a further 43 years. Subject to this adjustment in favour of Elizabeth, the two daughters were to share equally the remaining monies, stocks, and personal estate "both in England and in the Island of Autego [Antigua]." Her will was proved on 29 March 1797 at the Prerogative Court of CanterburyG, probate being granted to her daughter Elizabeth as the surviving executrix.

Children of Captain John Sackett and Elizabeth Mockett

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 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, Kent (Society of Genealogists), "11 October 1697 John s. Robert & Elizabeth Sackett."
  2. Thanet Obituary, monumental inscription, St John's Church, Margate, Kent, headstone, "John Sackett, Marr. [?mariner] 17 Nov 1753 aged 57; Elizabeth, ux. 9 Mar 1797 aged 92; Elizabeth, their daughter, 7 Sep 1797 aged 65."
  3. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "26 November 1753 Capt. John Sackett."
  4. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "2 May 1728 John Sackett, bachelor & Elizabeth Mockett, spinster, both of St John in Thanet. At St Alphege or St Mary Magdalen Canterbury or St John in Thanet."
  5. Marriages Register, St Mary Magdalen, Canterbury, Kent, "2 May 1728 John Sackett, bachelor, & Elizabeth Mockett, spinster. Both of St John in Thanet. Licence."
  6. Date of birth based on age at death.
  7. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "11 March 1797 Elizabeth Sacket wid. of Capt. John, 92."
  8. Sackett v. Griffin (1734-36), proceedings in the Court of Chancery (National Archives), transcript.
  9. British Newspapers Collection, "Newcastle Courant", digital image, Findmypast (http://findmypast.co.uk), 20 Jul 1734, "extract of a Letter from Cadiz, dated July 6, N.S."
  10. It is unclear whether the Chancery Court action was begun on 7 March 1734, and therefore before the loss of the Bedwell on 4 July 1734, or on 7 March 1734/35, after the ship's loss.
  11. British Newspapers Collection, "Newcastle Courant", digital image, Findmypast (http://findmypast.co.uk), 6 January 1739, "Extract of a Letter from Portsmouth, Dec. 25."
  12. British Newspapers Collection, "Caledonian Mercury", Edinburgh, digital image, Findmypast (http://findmypast.co.uk), 10 November 1746.
    "From the London Evening Post, Nov. 4.
    "The Elizabeth, Frazer, and the Sarah and Elizabeth, Sackett, both from Antigua, that were taken out of the West-India Fleet by the French Men of War who chased it, are retaken by the London Privateer, Capt. Barker and the Garland Privateer, Capt. Taverner. The Elizabeth is sent into Plymouth, and the Sarah and Elizabeth to Kinsale."
  13. Will of John Sackett of Margate, Kent, 25 April 1741, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 18 December 1753 (National Archives, PROB 11/805 quire 326).
  14. The reference to "her sons" is puzzling and is unexplained. The will is surely that of this John Sackett, evidenced by the description "mariner of Margate", his wife's name Elizabeth, and the fact that the will was proved in December 1753, the month following the death of "Capt. John Sackett" and burial in Margate.
  15. Will of Elizabeth Sackett of Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, 20 April 1754, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 29 March 1797 (National Archives, PROB 11/1288 quire 205).
Last Edited30 October 2014