The Sackett family
The Sackett family originated in England in the Isle of Thanet, Kent, probably at Sackett's Hill in the parish of St Peter's. The earliest record is that of William Saket of Southborough, St Peter in Thanet, who in 1317 was in a legal dispute with the Abbot of St Augustine.
The Sacketts were among the first colonists of America, with Simon Sackett arriving at the Massachusetts Bay Colony just a few months after the Winthrop Fleet of 1630, and John Sackett, possibly a nephew of Simon, arriving in New Haven sometime before 1641.
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Augustus Sacket (1769–1827) was a New York lawyer and businessman who achieved fame when he acquired substantial tracts of unimproved land on the south-east shore of Lake Ontario and founded what was to become the strategically-important village of Sackets Harbor.
Judge Gary V Sackett (1790–1865) was a judge, farmer, and businessman who developed much of Seneca Falls, New York. Among those entertained at his large residence (which still stands) were Abraham Lincoln, US Secretary of State William Seward, Seneca Chief Red Jacket, and Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
Hon William Augustus Sackett (1811–1895) was a lawyer and a United States Congressman. He was earnestly antislavery and opposed the admission of any more slave states. His third wife, Mary Louise (Marvin), is commemorated in the so-called Sackett Gate at the Lincoln Avenue entrance to Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs.
General Delos Bennet Sacket (1822–1885) was a career soldier promoted to Brevet Major General for gallantry during the American Civil War, and later appointed senior Inspector General of the United States Army with the rank of Brigadier General.
Orsemus Sackett (1826–1896), the Yankee card-writer, lecturer, concert and lecture tour manager, inventor, and newspaper vendor, made, lost, and made again his fortune, and was a well-known if eccentric character in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Jacob Thomas Sackett (1833–1904) of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, described modestly in census records as a blacksmith, was, more significantly, a skilled gunsmith, and, rather surprisingly given the delicacy of craftsmanship required, a violin maker.
Jabez Sackett (1840–1925) was a schoolmaster, preacher, and temperance campaigner. He was a schoolmaster in Kent and Yorkshire before moving to Guernsey where he was a lay preacher in the Wesleyan Methodist circuit and became a leading light in the temperance movement.
Augustine Sackett (1841–1914) was the inventor of drywall (known in the UK as plaster board), which he patented in 1894 as Sackett Board. It is used today to clad walls and ceilings in virtually all new buildings. He was inducted in 2017 into the United States National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Samuel Arthur Sackett (1841–1932), a Mormon, fathered 24 children by polygamous marriages to sisters Mary and Laura Peterson. He left a fascinating account of life in the Old West, including details of religious discrimination suffered, particularly because of his polygamy..
Myron Ward Sackett (1841–1916), was for 37 years the Supreme Recorder of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, a mutual protection society having some half a million members. He was also secretary-treasurer of the National Fraternal Congress and editor of the Keystone Workman.
Jacob Edwin Sackett (c1850–1898), was a flamboyant impresario and theater and museum proprietor with a talent for sensational publicity who sought his fortune by entertaining the masses with everything from freak shows to opera.
Henry Sackett (1851–1928) emigrated in 1870 from Essex, England, to Texas, USA, and became a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Henry became suddenly wealthy when, in 1924, he leased a large tract of land to an oil company. Not having ever paid income tax before, he paid tax in that year of $57,000.
Henry "X" Ackley Sackett (1859–1938), was a talented silhouette portraitist, but achieved notoriety as an adventurous eloper. He travelled widely in the United States, courting publicity for his business of making silhouettes. Yet greater publicity was to attend his elopement, which caused a sensation, with newspapers making no attempt to conceal their excitement.
The Revd Alfred Barrett Sackett, OBE (1862–1951) was a Methodist minister and Chaplain to the Forces in Gibraltar during the First World War, and was subsequently appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire.
Frederic Moseley Sackett (1868–1941) was the US Ambassador to Germany in the critical early 1930s when Hitler and the Nazi party were rising to power. He foresaw the threat to peace in Europe and supported German Chancellor Heinrich Bruning's attempts to avert the collapse of the Weimar Republic.
Carl Leroy Sackett (1876–1972), frontiersman, US district attorney, and the oldest practicing attorney in Wyoming, remembered the days of stagecoach robberies, the James Brothers Gang, Colonel "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and Calamity Jane.
Julia Ellen Sackett (1888–1975). Taking her mother's maiden name as her stage name, Julia Sanderson was a singer and actress who achieved stardom in both New York and London. The Julia Sanderson Theater (now the Paramount Theater) in her home town of Springfield, Massachusetts, was named in her honor.
Rear Admiral Earl LeRoy Sackett (1897–1970) served in both World Wars and was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in the Second World War as commander of the USS Canopus in the Philippines, enduring horizontal and dive bombing attacks by Japanese aircraft.
Ivy Florence Annie Sackett (1907–2015) emigrated as an orphan at age 14 from England to Canada under a Dr Barnado's Homes resettlement scheme. She died aged 108 years 12 days in Ontario, Canada, and is the oldest recorded Sackett.
Rear Admiral Albert M Sackett (1920–2016), served in the US Navy for 40 years and fought in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a member of the Sackett Family Association.
David Lawrence Sackett (1934–2015) was a Canadian medical doctor and a pioneer in evidence-based medicine who proved that aspirin helps prevent heart attacks. He founded the department of clinical epidemiology at McMaster University, Ontario, and was later awarded a professorship at Oxford University, England. He was inducted in 2000 to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
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The roots of the Sackett family lie deep in the soil of the Isle of Thanet.
A Sackett snippet
- Sackett brothers' half-millennium
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).
- Oldest stay-at-home?
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.
— noted by Jabez Sackett
(1840-1925) in an addendum to an obituary of his father Benjamin Sackett, 13 August 1885.
- Half-century in pulpit
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.
- Is this a record?
When Beatrice Beldon Sackett, wife of Edward, died June 1981 in Dodge Center, Minnesota,
at age 99, she was survived by 155 descendants: 3 children, 24 grandchildren, 98
great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren.
— Karen Gerke.
- Thomas Sackett escapes the hangman
Thomas Baker Sackett (c1796-1837),
convicted of highway robbery on the streets of the City of London, was sentenced to death
by hanging but, following representations on his behalf, was granted an eleventh-hour
reprieve from execution.
- If you've got it, flaunt it!
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.
- Ann breaks live births record
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
— from The World We Have Lost, pp 116-7. Ann was a daughter of John and Catherine (Andrews) Sackett.
- No fuss!
Married. Sackett–Brewer—Mr. J. E.Sackett, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A., to Miss Margaret Brewer, Melbourne, Victoria. No cards. No cake. Nobody's business.
— New Zealand Evening Post, 4 May 1878.
- Well judged!
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, 15 May 1946.
How many Sacketts are there?
Although the name originated in England, there are now many more Sacketts in the United States. The great majority of these are in the line of Simon Sackett the colonist (1595–1635).
Sacketts in the UK number just under 500, giving a frequency of 9 per million, and a surname ranking of 11,423.
There are about 5,500 Sacketts in the USA, a frequency of 20 per million, and a ranking of 5,759.
Australia has about 70 residents with the name, which is ranked 19,192, with a frequency of 4 per million.