Rev Richard Sackett AM

FatherCapt. Joseph Sackett (1655/56-1719)
MotherElizabeth Betts (c 1660-btw 1700 & 1710)
Rev Richard Sackett AM, Congregational minister, son of Capt. Joseph Sackett and Elizabeth Betts, was born in Newtown, Long Island, New York StateG, in 1686.1 He died in Greenwich, Fairfield County, ConnecticutG, on 8 May 1727.2,1 He married first in about 1705, ___ ___. She died soon after the birth of their only child Richard.1 He married second in Greenwich, Fairfield County, ConnecticutG, in 1710, Elizabeth Kirtland, daughter of John Kirtland and Lydia Pratt.2,1
     Richard was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in Newtown, Queens CountyG, on 20 September 1719.
     Details of Rev Richard Sackett's ministry are given in Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies.3
Rev. Richard Sackett ... entered Yale College and studied for the ministry. He graduated with honor in 1709. ... In 1711 he was preaching to the congregation of Maidenhead and Hopewell, NJ. In 1712 his residence was Saybrook. Early in 1714, he succeeded Mr. John Jones in preaching to the first church in Greenwich, but in 1716 changed to the supply of the pulpit at what was then called Horse Neck in western part of the town. His ministrations there were so acceptable that the General Assembly in October 1717, granted an application for a church, and accordingly a church was quickly formed (perhaps in the following months) and Mr. Sackett was ordained pastor. He remained in this office until his sudden death in Greenwich May 9, 1727. A notice of his death in the New England Weekly Journal says that he was so well the day before that he preached both parts of the day. He is reported to have been of a mild temper and pleasant manner and much beloved by his people. His children remained in Greenwich. The inventory of his estate dated Aug. 15, 1729, amounted to about two thousand pounds—fifty pounds being in books.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America, citing The Yale Graduate, 1860.

Child of Rev Richard Sackett AM and ___ ___

  • Richard Sackett b. c 1706, d. c 1767

Children of Rev Richard Sackett AM and Elizabeth Kirtland

  • John Sackett b. 14 Nov 1713, d. 15 Nov 1713
  • Elizabeth Sackett b. 27 Mar 1715
  • Mary Sackett b. 28 Dec 1717
  • Hon Nathaniel Sackett+ b. 8 Jun 1720, d. bef 14 Jun 1761
  • Abigail Sackett b. 29 Nov 1722
  • Joseph Sackett+ b. 11 Feb 1724/25
See alsoThe Sacketts of America, 26 Rev Richard Sackett AM
Thurmon King's Database, 6523 Rev Richard Sackett AM
Appears inSacketts in the Church
ChartsTree 7. Simon Sackett the colonist descendant chart

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
  2. James Riker, The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York: containing Its History from its first Settlement, D Fanshaw, New York (1852), p345 "Richard m. and d. at Greenwich, Ct."
  3. Frederick Lewis Weis, The Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, 1628–1776, American Antiquarian Society, digital image, (
Last Edited24 March 2018