Genealogical & Personal History of Fayette County, PA


He [Dr. Arthur Raymond Kramer, b. Greensboro, PA, 11 Mar 1881, son of Dr. Arthur Meigs Kramer & Emma Hager] married, February 12, 1907, Laura A., born near Smithfield, Pennsylvania, daughter of Hugh R. and Anna (Vance) Sackett. Child: Arthur H. (the third Arthur in successive generations), born July 19, 1908.


5. George [son of George Parsons Fogg & Lucy S Dana], a banker with the firm of firm of R. L. Day & Company, Boston; married Mary Sackett. [This would appear to be an error for Mary Safford.]


[Several paragraphs on the colonial ancestors of the Sacketts, and on the Sackett line (I) Simon, (II) John, (III) William, (IV) Jonathan, are taken from The Sacketts of America. There is additional information on (V) Reuben, (VI) Dr. Samuel, (VII) Samuel (2), and (VIII) Elizabeth Caroline.]


(V) Reuben, son of Jonathan Sackett, was born at Swansea, Massachusetts [Reuben's birth is listed in Barbour Collection in Hebron, CT], June 17, 1732, died June 5, 1805. He resided with his father at Hebron, Connecticut, later in East Greenwich, that state. He married, December 21, 1752, Mercy Finney, who died aged seventy-one years, daughter of John and Ann (Toogood) Finney, of East Greenwich, Connecticut. Children: 1. Samuel, born April 5, 1754, of whom further. 2. Alexander, March 6, 1758, died May 7, 1829; was a revolutionary soldier; married Patience ___. 3. Aaron, December 26, 1760. 4. Cyrus, January 5, 1764. 5. Anne, April 10, 1766. 6. Lucinda, January 23, 1769. 7. Violet, July 18, 1771.

(VI) Dr. Samuel Sackett, son of Reuben Sackett, was born April 5, 1754, died February 13, 1833. In his diary, still preserved, he says he was born at East Greenwich, Kent, Litchfield county, Connecticut. On August 2, 1774, he was living in Spencertown, Connecticut. He studied medicine, and during the revolutionary war served in the Continental army as surgeon. On February 10, 1777, he was married, and in 1780, in company with his brother Aaron, he came to Western Pennsylvania. In a letter still preserved, dated Shistee Settlement, Youghiogheny county, October 27, 1780, he writes to friends in Connecticut: "I do not think I can cross the mountains back home until spring. There are no doctors here between Pittsburgh and Wheeling, and all the way is thickly settled. It is a healthy looking country. I do not think I will get much to do until I get acquainted with the people. Tell Jonathan Hamilton I think this is the best place for land jobbing in the thirteen states, and in case of invasion by Indians it is supposed that fifteen hundred men would rid them out." In the family record, under date of September 15, 1781, he writes: "We set out from New England to come to Redstone township, and arrived at Beesontown, or Uniontown, on October 16, 1781. The following children were born at Beesonstone: Betsey, April 4, 1782; Lucinda, March 5, 1784; Alexander, January 10, 1786; Mary Anna, September 3, 1788. On November 10, 1788, we moved to Georges creek, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where the following children were born: Annie, November 9, 1790; Lydia, November 22, 1792; Samuel, September 21, 1795; Sarah, October 20, 1797; married Dr. Louis Marchant, of Huguenot descent." These entries are in the doctor's handwriting. His eldest son, Alexander, born in Pennsylvania, studied medicine with his father and served as surgeon in the war of 1812. He was attached to General Harrison's command and died of fever at Fort Meigs, aged twenty-seven years. His first born son Reuben (not name previously) learned the printer's trade in Pittsburgh in 1802 at the Gazette office. In 1803 he went to Alexandria, on the Red river, Louisiana, where he was thrown from his horse and killed, being then aged forty-nine years. His second son, David (not mentioned previously), learned the saddler's trade in Pittsburgh and later studied medicine with his father. He located in Centerville, Indiana, where he died, aged eighty-four years. His children: Guiliema, Elizabeth, James, Alexander, Emily, Mary, Martha, David, Margaret and Agnes.

Dr. Sackett was probably the first physician to practice in Fayette county. He was skilful, successful in his practice and held in highest esteem. He moved in 1788 from Uniontown to the fame [farm] yet known as the old Sackett homestead on Georges Creek, one mile south of Smithfield. He continued his practice and cultivated his farm until his death in 1833. Dr. Sackett's wife was Sarah Manning, to whom he was married in Sharon, Connecticut, by Rev. Smith, February 10, 1777. Children (not previously mentioned): Reuben, born January 16, 1778, died 1823; David Filer, January 18, 1780, died 1864, married Martha Milliken. They were born at Kent, East Greenwich, Litchfield.

The Sacketts have in their possession many souvenirs of the good doctor, dating back into the eighteenth century. There are nineteen copies of the Pittsburgh Gazette to which paper he was a subscriber, and on which his son was a compositor, dates 1794, 1795 and 1796. There are fourteen letters over one hundred years old written him from friends in Connecticut. There are $700 in Continental money, the largest note being for $80, the smallest two shillings. Probably this money represents his pay as surgeon in the army. There is a doctor's account book printed in London in 1603, and an account book of Dr. Sackett's in which the oldest date is 1774.

(VII) Samuel (2), son of Dr. Samuel, was born in Georges township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, on the home farm, September 21, 1795, died April 27, 1860. He grew up on the home farm and was educated in the schools available at that early day. Being the youngest son, he remained with his parents, and after his father's death became the owner of the homestead. While yet a young man he left the farm and for a few years conducted a general store in Smithfield. Later he returned to the farm, where his after life was spent. He was a man of quiet tastes and habits, a great reader and lover of history. He was an ardent Whig, and strongly opposed to human slavery, being classed among the then despised abolitionists. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian church. He married Priscilla Caldwell, born July 24, 1811, died April, 1881, daughter of William and Rachel (Cross) Caldwell. Children: 1. Alexander, born November, 1832, died February, 1900; he was a machinist and resided in Pittsburgh; unmarried. 2. William, born July, 1834; he was a farmer and stock raiser of Georges township, now living retired in Smithfield, Pennsylvania; married Millie Everhart, who is also living; children: Hugh, who owns the farm settled by Samuel Sackett in 1788; Marchant and Carrie. 3. Lucinda, born March 14, 1836, died August, 1911; married, October, 1856, Lawrence Crawford, who survives her; he was formerly a merchant of Greensboro, Greene county, Pennsylvania. Children: Ortella and George Harry. 4. Elizabeth C., of whom further. 5. Louisa, born March 3, 1844; now resides in Smithfield, Pennsylvania.

(VIII) Elizabeth Caroline, fourth child of Samuel and Priscilla (Caldwell) Sackett, was born in Smithfield, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1839. Her early life was spent on the old homestead in Georges township, where she was educated at George Creek Academy. She married, March 3, 1859, William Nixon Brownfield (see Brownfield). After her husband's death Mrs. Brownfield moved to Uniontown, Pennsylvania, with her daughters, where she has resided since 1898, at No. 12 Nutt avenue. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a most vivacious, courteous, charming lady of "ye olden time."


William Nixon, son of Basil Brownfield [& Sarah Collins], was born March 26, 1836, died January 11, 1889. … He married, March 3, 1859, Elizabeth Caroline Sackett, who survives him. (See Sackett-Brownfield VII.) Children: 1. Sarah, residing at home. 2. Jane, residing at home. 3. Mary E., married Levi Brown, a retired farmer of Uniontown. 4. Dona B., died in 1880, aged fourteen years. 5. Basil B., a sketch of whom follows. 6. Harriet Helen, married Harry Gans, a civil engineer of Uniontown. 7. Lucinda C., married John Jeffries and resides in Uniontown. 8. Joan, married John Grant Fullman, an electrical engineer and contractor of Pittsburgh. 9. Margaret C., residing at home. 10. Edward, died in infancy. 11. Samuel Sackett, a civil engineer and superintendent of the Fort Palmer Coal Company at Ligonier, Pennsylvania; he married Lou Blank, of Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania; one child, William N.

Basil B., son of William Nixon and Elizabeth Caroline (Sackett) Brownfield, was born in South Union township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, March 12, 1870. … He married, April 16, 1895, Ada C. Clark, born in South Union township, Fayette county, daughter of John and Hannah (Farr) Clark.


Mary Ann [daughter of William Beatty and Mary Tarr] married Jesse Sackett.


Levi, sixth son of Abraham (2) and Hannah (Colley) Brown, was born in Georges township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, October 16, 1854. … He married, September 12, 1891, Mary Brownfield, born in Fayette county, daughter of William Nixon and Elizabeth Caroline (Sackett) Brownfield. Children: William, born August 28, 1892; Playford, February 7, 1894; Elizabeth, April 28, 1896.


Augustus Israel, son of Israel and Anna Maria (Sowers) Miller, was born February 22, 1821, died in Louisville, Kentucky, August 19, 1863. … He married (first) November 13, 1845, Elizabeth Kemerer, daughter of Dr. Louis and Sarah (Sackett) Marchand, who died March 18, 1848; (second) Rachel, also daughter of Dr. Louis and Sarah (Sackett) Marchand. … Dr. Louis Marchand was born in December 1782, died January 11, 1857. He married Sarah Sackett. Children: 1. Elizabeth Kemperer, married Augustus Israel Miller. 2. Samuel S., died in Libby Prison, February 18, 1863; he was a physician in Westmoreland county, and served in the civil war as captain of Company H, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Pennsylvania Regiment. 3. Rachel, married Augustus Israel Miller. 4. Mary Louisa, married Thomas W. Lilly; he was a farmer in Jefferson township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania. 5. Frances Caroline, married John W. Ward; he was a farmer in Washington county, Pennsylvania. 6. Lucius, married Minerva Vandruff. 7. Catharine B., married Ellis M. Lilly; he was formerly a farmer in Washington county, Pennsylvania, but they now live at California, Pennsylvania. 8. and 9. died young.


William Snyder, son of Lucien B. and Keziah (Smith) Leech, was born in Georges township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1863.

Mr. Leech married, at Fairchance, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1884, Caroline Elizabeth, born on a farm one and one-half miles west of Smithfield, March 1, 1866, daughter of William Caldwell and Pamelia (Eberhart) Sackett, who were the parents of five children: Hugh Rosboro, Samuel Marchand, Caroline Elizabeth, Walter, died in infancy, and Annie, died in infancy. William C. Sackett is a farmer by occupation, and during the civil war served in the capacity of wagon boss. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Leech: 1. Lily Blanche, born February 22, 188–; educated in the common schools and Valparaiso University; married Charles A. Cessna, August 16, 1909; died of typhoid fever, September 27, 1910, leaving one child, Frances Willard. 2. Jesse Arthur, born November 25, 1889; educated in the common schools and Valparaiso University; married, November 29, 1911, Marguerite Baker. 3. Bertha May, born December 9, 1894. 4. Mary Alice, born March 6, 1898. 5. Ruth Essie, born February 12, 1901. 6. Wilmer Sackett, died in infancy.

John W Jordan, Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania (1912), digital image, (Researched and transcribed by Chris Sackett).