Lee Burd Sackett

FatherJohn Henry Sackett (1845-1893)
MotherMartha Ann "Mattie" Burd (1851-1924)
Lee Burd Sackett
(see family photo on John Henry Sackett page)
Lee Burd Sackett, son of John Henry Sackett and Martha Ann "Mattie" Burd, was born in Chatsworth, Livingston County, IllinoisG, on 7 December 1871.1,2,3 He died aged 64 in Manila, Philippine IslandsG, on 30 December 1935.1
     In 1880 Lee was living in Cheyenne, Laramie County, WyomingG, in the household of his parents John and Martha, and was recorded in the census as Lee Sackett, aged eight and born in Illinois.4
     In August 1891 Lee was involved in an argument over a water supply used for irrigation purposes. The argument turned ugly and, after the other man attacked him with a shovel, Lee drew a pistol and shot him. After getting medical help, Lee gave himself up. He was convicted in December 1891 for 'assault with intent to commit manslaughter' and sent to Laramie Territorial Prison. Legal representations were subsequently made by an attorney and, in March 1892, Lee was pardoned by Wyoming State Governor, Amos Barber.
     Lee served as a Private in the Wyoming Light Artillery in the Spanish-American War of 1898.5,6
     In 1900 Lee was serving in the US Army, 36th Infantry Regiment, in Alaminos, Pangasinan, PhilippinesG. He was listed as Corporal Lee B Sackett, aged 28, of Big Horn, Wyoming.7
     In 1910 he was employed by the military as a superintendent of native labor in the Quartermaster Shops (Water Transportation) in Manila in the Philippines. He was single, aged 38.8
     Lee returned to the United States in 1923 sailing from Manila on the SS Dilworth and arriving in San Francisco, CaliforniaG, on 16 June 1923.9

An affray, that may turn out to be a murder, occurred in Sheridan county over the use of water for irrigating purposes, between Lee Sackett and a Swede, employed by Abraham Zullig, near Big Horn. The Swede is said to have attacked Sackett with a shovel, whereupon the latter drew a pistol and shot the Swede twice. Sackett got a doctor to attend his victim and gave himself up to the sheriff. He was discharged because it was not supposed the wounds were serious. But the Swede is reported as now being in a dangerous condition.

The Saratoga Sun, Wyoming, 18 Aug 1891

Sheriff Willey, of Sheridan county, passed south Saturday bound for Laramie with a prisoner named Lee Sackett, who will "do time" for a year for being too handy with a gun.

Bill Barlow's Budget, Douglas, Wyoming, 6 Jan 1892

Attorney Metz writes from Denver: "I am on my way back to 'God's country' and will be with you soon. I have been at Cheyenne several days, interceding with the governor in behalf of Lee Sackett and I feel assured that he will soon receive a full pardon and return to his home in Big Horn, a joy to his parents."

The Cheyenne Daily Leader, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 10 Mar 1892, p 3

Lee Sackett Pardoned.
Lee Sackett, who was convicted of assault with intent to commit manslaughter (a rather remarkably stated offense, it must be confessed) and sentenced a few months since to the Laramie penitentiary, has been pardoned by Gov. Barber.

The Cheyenne Daily Leader, Wyoming, 13 Mar 1892
Bill Barlow's Budget, Douglas, Wyoming, 16 Mar 1892
The Salt Lake Weekly Tribune, Utah, 17 Mar 1892

Gov. Barber has pardoned Lee Sackett who was sent to the Laramie penitentiary for an attempt to commit man slaughter.

Wyoming Weekly Republican, Sundance, Wyoming, 16 Mar 1892

L.B. Sackett, Illinois Vet, Dies in Philippines
     Manila, P.I., Dec. 30.—(AP)—L.B. Sackett, 64, retired business man, died here. A veteran of the Spanish-America war, he was a native of Chatsworth, Ill., and formerly lived at Cheyenne, Wyo.

Chicago Daily Tribune, 31 Dec 1935

Former Resident of Poudre Valley Dies
     Information has been received in Fort Collins concerning the death recently of Leo Burt Sackett, 64, former resident in the Cache la Poudre valley who had lived in Manila tha last 37 years. He was a brother of Carl Sackett, United States district attorney of Cheyenne, Wyo.
     Mr. Sackett spent a short time in Colorado as a child and then accompanied his parents to Wyoming. Two brothers, Hugh O. and Ross O. Sackett live at Mayworth Wyo., and a sister Mrs. Ursula J. Gatchell, is in Buffalo, Wyo.

Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado, 31 Dec 1935, p 7

 Notes & Citations

  1. Obituary.
  2. Census.
  3. "California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882–1959" (Ancestry image).
  4. 1880 United States Federal Census, Roll: 1454; Family History Film: 1255454; Page: 191A; Enumeration District: 025
    Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, 28 Jun 1880
    Sackett, Martha, 30, lodger, b. IL, father b. NJ, mother b. NY
    Sackett, Jno H, 35, lodger, clerk, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Sackett, Lee, 8, lodger, b. IL, father b. NY, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Carl, 4, son, b. NE, father b. NY, mother b. IL
    Sackett, Ursula, 2, dau, b. NE, father b. NY, mother b. IL
    [Lodging in household of Sophia Schwartz].
  5. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003" (Ancestry image).
  6. "U.S., Spanish American War Volunteers Index" (Ancestry image), "Sackett, Private Lee B, Company A, Wyoming Light Artillery."
  7. 1900 United States Federal Census, Roll 1841, p 10, Enumeration District 0189, FHL microfilm
    Alaminos, Philippine Islands, Military and Naval Forces
    US Army, 36th US Volunteers, Infantry
    Sackett, Lee B, Corporal, of Big Horn, Wyo, b. Dec 1871, age 28, b. IL, father b. NY, mother b. IL.
  8. 1910 United States Federal Census, Roll T624_1784, p 1a, Enumeration District 0260, FHL microfilm 1375797
    Manila, Philippines, Military and Naval Forces, 9 Jun 1910
    Quartermaster Shops (Water Transportation)
    Sackett, Lee B, employee, 38, single, superintendent, native labor, b. IL, father b. NY, mother b. NY.
  9. "California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882–1959", (Ancestry image), SS Dilworth, dep. Manila, Philippines, 24 May 1923, arr. San Francisco, CA, 16 Jun 1923, "Sackett, Lee R [sic], age 51, single, b. Chatsworth, Ill, 7 Dec 1871."
Appears inSacketts in the Military
Sackett line9th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
7th great-grandson of Simon Sackett the colonist
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited18 Oct 2023
Sackett Database27214 Lee Burd Sackett

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