The child-producing record amongst women known to historical demographers is at present shared between the wife of a solicitor of Geneva who had 21 births in the late 17th century and a girl from Kent, Ann Sackett, who was born in 1779 at Ash in that county. At 18 she married John Cook, a labourer there. By 1823 they had had 21 children at 20 births, and Ann was still alive in 1851.
— from The World We Have Lost, pp 116-7. Ann was a daughter of John and Catherine (Andrews) Sackett.
Most children fathered
Samuel Arthur Sackett (1841–1932) fathered 24 children, 16 by his marriage to Mary Peterson and 8 by his marriage to Mary's sister Laura. Samuel's record was enabled by the fact that his marriages were concurrent—Samuel was a polygamist, a practice then permitted by the Mormon church.
Brothers' greatest combined ages
In June 1813, seven sons of Henry and Elizabeth (Clifford) Sackett attended service at the church of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, afterwards dining together at Jeremiah Sackett's Northwood farm. The combined ages of the seven brothers totalled 503 years. The brothers were Thomas (1734-1817), Henry (1738-1818), William (1741-1819), John (1743-1827), Richard (1746-1831), Jeremiah (1749-1838) and Edward (1753-1844).
Mr John James Sackett (94), the oldest Methodist lay preacher in Kent, lived all his life at Myrtle Cottage, Thanet, the house in which he was born, and in which he has died. He had slept under another roof only twice in all that time.
The earliest known Sackett is William Saket of Southborough, St Peter in Thanet, who in 1317 was in a legal dispute with the Abbot of St Augustine.
Laziest (or most honest!)
When registering for the US Civil War draft in 1863, Chester Sackett was described as (or maybe he described himself as) a loafer.
Yesterday, at St. Peter's Margate, Mr. Tomlin, jun. of North Down, to Miss Cramp, with a fortune of, at least, £60,000. Taking their ages together, two-and thirty will be the amount.
— Morning Star ( London), Friday, July 31, 1789. This fortunate couple were Sarah Cramp, born 1771, daughter of Peter Cramp & Susanna Sackett, and Robert Tomlin, born 1770, son of John Tomlin & Sarah. Although both young at marriage, their combined ages would have been 36 rather than 32. The £60,000 would be quite a few millions in today's money.
Most sisters marrying same man
World's biggest collection of Sacketts
Thurmon King's database has records of more than 36,000 people, nearly 10,000 of them with the surname Sackett.
The Revd. John Sackette was Vicar of Folkestone, Kent, for 54 years from 1699 to his death in 1753. He preached the sermon at the Archbishop's Visitation in May 1702. He was also Rector of Hawkinge, Kent, for 40 years from 1713, and Vicar of West Hythe for 21 years from 1732.
— Cambridge Alumni records.
Solomon Sackett (1748–1823) of New Haven and Norfolk, Connecticut, married five times: to Mary ___ before 1772, Ruth Hull in 1787, Ruth Turner in 1790, Miriam Davis in 1797, and Thankful Butler in 1808.
Also married five times was Letus Sackett (1793–1854) of Monkton, Vermont, and Palmervilla, Indiana: to Hannah Dinsman in 1814, Leah Orr in 1821, Hannah Woolley in 1827, Deborah Jack in 1836, and Ruth (Parish) Neal in 1844.
Married four times were:
Robert Sackett (1628–1709) of Margate, Kent, to Ann Keame in 1664, Elizabeth Swinford in 1680, Anne Cocke in 1694, and Mary Kerby in 1697.
Adnah Sackett (1796–1860) of Providence, Rhode Island, to Ann Short in 1818, Eliza Adams in 1824, Miranda Keach in 1848, and Nancy Parks in 1856.
Loren Sackett (1801–1893) of Hartford, Connecticut, Westfield, Massachusetts, and Amboy, Illinois, to Frances Smith in 1832, Harriet Roberts in 1850, Sarah Downey in 1864, and Almira Barnes before 1880.
Frank Sackett (1861–1933) of Colebrook and Winsted, Connecticut, to Alice Greene in 1883, Nettie Dean in 1887, Sarah Chase in 1900, and Belle Hart in about 1910.
Gordon Russell Sackett (1895–1990) and Elsie Ellen Pocock were married for 73 years 2 months 26 days from 16 December 1916 until Gordon's death on 14 March 1990.
Hiram Sackett (b. 1812) and Millicent Smith (b. 1816) were recorded in the 1900 US census as married for 63 years. They were married on 6 December 1834 and therefore had actually been married for 65 years 6 months at the census date. Their death records have not been found to enable a full count.
Biggest gap in ages
When twenty-three-year-old Elizabeth Sackett married surgeon Edward Layng in Margate, Kent, in 1864, he would, if his age at death was correctly stated, have been 73, a gap of 50 years.
Fifty-eight-year-old George Holt Sackett, a pork butcher of Ramsgate, Kent, was a late entrant to the joys of matrimony. His bride, Maude Kelk, a lass of 23, was 35 years younger.
Ivy Florence Sackett, born on 11 April 1907, who emigrated from England to Canada as a girl of 14, died on 23 April 2015 at the age of 108 years twelve days.
Other Sackett centenarians
Robert M Keir, a descendant of Simon Sackett the colonist, was born on 6 June 1905. He died on 9 July 2011 at the age of 106 years one month three days.
Margarette Brelsford, born 9 August 1896, died on 23 December 2001 aged 105 years 4 months 14 days.
Elizabeth Louise (Stanford) Sackett, born 6 January 1898, died on 18 February 2002 aged 104 years 1 month 12 days.
Dorothy Eleanor (Salter) Sackett, born 3 March 1898, died in September 2000 aged 102 years 6 months.
Edith Frances Sackett, born 2 May 1909, died on 27 October 2010 aged 101 years 5 months 25 days.
Russell William Sackett, born 3 September 1898, died on 31 December 1999 aged 101 years 3 months 28 days.
Irene Wilbraham Sandford, born 16 May 1902, died in September 2003 aged 101 years 3 months.
Eva Ophelia (Sackett) Hughes, born 30 October 1904, died on 21 January 2006 aged 101 years 2 months 22 days.
Willis Alden "Bill" Sackett, born 9 February 1913, died on 19 October 2013 aged 100 years 8 months 10 days.
Elsie Nora Marr, born 26 January 1892, died on 23 July 1992 aged 100 years 5 months 27 days.
Elsie Ellen (Pocock) Sackett, born 14 November 1899, died on 28 February 2000 aged 100 years 3 months 14 days.
William Starret Sackett, born 17 January 1851, died on 24 April 1951 aged 100 years 3 months 7 days.
Arthur Vincent Sackett, born 2 November 1899, died in January 2000 aged 100 years 2 months.
Named after …
George Kitchener Sackett (1915–1964)—Earl Kitchener, British Field Marshal and Secretary of State for War, First World War.
The Revd Benjamin Sackett (1834–1900) named three of his sons, George Whitefield Sackett (1873–1955), John Wesley Sackett (1875–1932), and Martin Luther Sackett (1876–1951) after leading church figures.
George Washington Sackett (1841–1902).
George Washington Sackett (1885–1963).
Thomas Jefferson Sackett (1800–1859).
"Superior Judge Homer Sackett, aged 69, left the Bench at Gary, Indiana, yesterday, and grappled with the defendant in a divorce case who struck a woman witness.
The judge twice threw to the floor the defendant, who was six feet three inches and weighed 175 pounds. Judge Sackett then returned to the Bench and fined him £50 and sentenced him to 90 days for contempt of court."
—Western Daily Press, Bristol, England."