Frances Adelaide Sackett

(c 1832-1917)
FatherLoren Sacket (c 1805-1893)
MotherFrances Anne Smith (c 1811-1848)
Frances Adelaide Sackett, daughter of Loren Sacket and Frances Anne Smith, was born in ConnecticutG in about 1832.1,2 She died aged 85 in Hartford, ConnecticutG, on 22 December 19173,4 and was buried at the Old North Cemetery, HartfordG.5
     In 1850 Frances was living at Wethersfield, Hartford County, ConnecticutG, in the household of her father Loren, a shoemaker, and was recorded in the census as Frances A Sacket, aged 18 and born in Connecticut.6
2878. Frances Adelaide Sackett, of Hartford, Conn., daughter of (1160) Loren and Frances Ann Smith Sackett, enjoys the distinction of being the first woman in America to serve as president of a veteran regimental organization. The Hartford Daily Times, in issue of Sept. 14, 1899, devotes considerable space to an account of annual reunion of the Eleventh Connecticut Veterans, from which we copy the following items:
Miss F. Adelaide Sackett of this city was unanimously elected president of the regimental association. This course was taken on the motion of General Horne. It was in recognition of the fact that Miss Sackett's brother, Captain William H. Sackett, gave up his life for the Union cause at Petersburg. The election was most enthusiastic. Captain Quein spoke of the bravery of the captain, whom he considered one of the most heroic of Connecticut soldiers. He was glad that the sister of Captain Sackett had been elected president.
Miss Sackett, the new president of the association, has been identified with Grand Army work in this city since the inception of the order, and is widely known throughout the state on account of her identity with the Woman's Relief Corps. She is the past treasurer and president of Robert O. Tyler Corps and has held the office of Junior department president and department treasurer of the State, also aide on the staff of the National President. Miss Sackett is the receiving clerk in the office of the Hartford Street Railway Company, and possesses executive ability of a high order. The election came to her totally unexpected, and her effort to escape the office was overruled by unanimous vote of the old soldiers, who remembered her brother's courage and sacrifice on the field with the proudest comradeship.
The Times of Mar, 26, in a review of the Hartford Street Railway, says:
Miss F. Adelaide Sackett, who has been with the company for twenty-one years, is the senior attache of the office corps. She holds the position of chief receiving clerk, which involves the original custody of all moneys turned in by the conductors. Miss Sackett began her business career in the actuarial department of the Insurance Commissioner's office, receiving her appointment under the first commissioner, Dr. George S. Miller, now superintendent of agencies of Phoenix Mutual Life. Miss Sackett has a thorough knowledge of business and has met every duty in the positions which she has occupied with competency and success.
Her business qualifications have demonstrated in more instances than can be pointed out woman's fitness to engage in the active pursuits of life.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "2878. Frances Adelaide Sackett, of Hartford, Conn."
  2. Date of birth based on age at death.
  3. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003", digital image,, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, 23 December 1917, "Obituary. / Miss F. Adelaide Sackett, 85 years old, died yesterday in this city after a long illness. She was a native of Hartford and was a daughter of Loren Sackett and Frances (Smith) Sackett. For thirty-three years she was employed at the office of the Hartford Street Railway Company, resigning as chief receiving clerk at the age of 73. Previous to her connection with the company she was employed in the actuarial department of the state insurance commissioner, having been appointed by Commssioner George S. Miller. / Miss Sackett was one of the leading members of the Women's Relief Corps of the state and at one time held the office of department treasurer. She was one of the charter members of Robert O. Tyler, W.R.C. and was formerly president of the Eleventh Regiment Veteran Association. She leaves two brothers, Joseph P. Sackett of Licking, Mo., and William L. Sackett of Morris, Ill."
  4. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003", digital image,, The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, 25 December 1917, "Deaths. / Sackett—In this city, December 22, 1917, Miss F. Adelaide Sackett, aged 85 years. / Services this (Tuesday) morning at 10 o'clock from No. 227 Vine street."
  5. "Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629–1934", digital image,, 20A:182, Burials, Old North Cemetery, Hartford, "Sackett, F Adelaide, died Dec 22, 1917, age 85, sec B, lot 547."
  6. 1850 Census for United States, M432_40/69/348/247/292
    Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
    Loren Sacket, 43, shoemaker, b. Massachusetts
    Frances A Sacket, 18, b. Connecticut
    Sarah J Sacket, 16, b. Connecticut
    Daniel Kelley, 19, shoemaking, b. Ireland
    Michael Branley, 16, shoemaking, b. Ireland.
Sackett line7th great-granddaughter of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited10 Jan 2015

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