Henrietta Sackett

FatherJohn Meserole Sackett (1813-1877)
MotherSarah J Dodge (c 1817-1872)
Marriage1865, PatersonGJohn Oliver MacDonald3
Henrietta Sackett, daughter of John Meserole Sackett and Sarah J Dodge, was born in Long Island, Queens County, New York StateG, on 22 February 1843.1,2 She died aged 62 in Paterson, Passaic County, New JerseyG, on 19 May 1905 and was buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, PatersonG.1 She married at the United Methodist Church, Cross Street, PatersonG, on 15 November 1865, John Oliver MacDonald, son of James V Macdonald and Rachel S ___.3 John was born on 15 November 1843.1 He died aged 87 on 9 January 1931 and was buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, PatersonG.1
     In 1850 Henrietta was living in New York CityG in the household of her parents John and Sarah, and was recorded in the census as Henrietta Sackett, aged nine and born in New York.4
     In 1860 she was living in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York StateG, in the household of her parents John and Sarah, and was recorded as Henrietta Sackett, aged 19.5
     In 1870 she was living in PatersonG in the household of her husband Oliver J Mcdonald, 26, a carpenter, and was recorded as Henrietta Mcdonald, aged 27. Living with them were their children, Henrietta, 3, and John, aged four months.6
     Henrietta was named as a beneficiary in letters of administration of her father's estate granted at the Bergen County Surrogate's Office, New JerseyG, on 17 January 1878.7
     In 1900 she was living at Garrison Street, PatersonG, in the household of her husband John O Macdonald, 56, retired, and was recorded as Henrietta Macdonald, aged 57. Living with them were their son John, 30, and his wife Lydia, 24.8
Henrietta (Sackett) Macdonald (1843–1905), Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, New Jersey
(Src: Find A Grave, Friends of Cedar Lawn)

Children of Henrietta Sackett and John Oliver MacDonald

Crescent City - Mrs. Oliver MacDonald died suddenly at her home in Paterson, N.J., last Friday morning, May 19th. Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald, who have spent several winters at Grove Hall, left here for their home in Paterson some four weeks ago, well and full of hope for a return next season. The sudden death of Mrs. MacDonald will be sad news to our people and all winter guests at our hotels. The following is from the Paterson Morning Call of last Saturday: "The many friends of Mrs. Henrietta, wife of J. Oliver MacDonald, will be pained to learn of her sudden demise, which occurred yesterday morning. The end came about 11 o'clock, after Mrs. MacDonald had been unconscious for two days, due to apoplexy.
     "Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald only a few weeks ago returned from Crescent City, Florida, about 100 miles south of Jacksonville, where it has been their custom to spend the winter months for some years, and Mrs. MacDonald was in the best of health and spirits. Early on Wednesday morning she was stricken with apoplexy, which proved fatal, and she never regained consciousness.
     "Mrs. MacDonald's maiden name was Henrietta Sackett, and she was a native of Long Island. She was about sixty years old. Mr. MacDonald was for many years senior superintendent of the local office of the Prudential Insurance company, but has lived in retirement for some years at No. 24 Garrison street.
     "Aside from her husband, Mrs. MacDonald leaves one son and two daughters, also nine grandchildren, to mourn her demise. These all reside in this city. Henrietta, the eldest, is the wife of Edward Van Houten, the well known local builder; John M. is an assistant superintendent of the Prudential Insurance company, and Ella A. is the wife of Charles B. Stagg.
     "The funeral will be held from her late residence on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and the interment will be made at Cedar Lawn."

Palatka News, Florida, 26 May 1905

J. O. MacDonald Funeral Monday
Well Known Wyckoff Resident Passed Away Last Friday
     Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon for John Oliver MacDonald, from his late residence in Wyckoff.
     Mr. MacDonald, who has resided in this community during the past eight years of his life was a well known figure in this section of the state.
     He was born in Fort Lee on November 15, 1843, and spent the early years of his life there, coming to Paterson sixty-seven years ago when he entered the insurance business to become the first superintendent of the Prudential Life. This was in the year 1878, and he continued with this company until his retirement in 1892.
     Mr. MacDonald traces his ancestry back to the Bourdette family, who were of French origin and of the Reformed faith. When the Revocation of the dict [sic: edict] of Nantes caused the emigration of thousands of Huguenots from France, a Bourdette was among those who sought a new home in foreign land. This member came to one of the West India Islands and prospered as a planter. In course of time the planter's son Etienne was sent to New York to complete his education, but like many another before and after him, Etienne found New York so attractive that his education continued to the end of his life. Later some of his forebears founded a home in Fort Lee and here during the Revolutionary War they rendered valuable aid to Washington and their country, and here years later John Oliver MacDonald was born, a descendant of this illustrious family.
     Mr. MacDonald had been ill but a short time when he passed away last Friday. The services were in charge of Dr. J. W. Marshall, an old friend of the family, who paid a fitting tribute to the memory of the departed. Dr. C. H. Van Glahn of Allendale also assisted at the service and Isaac McCrum rendered the ever beautiful hymn, "Abide With Me."
     Mr. MacDonald married Miss Henrietta Sackett of Long Island in 1865 who passed away in the year 1905 leaving him with three children, one son, John M. MacDonald, and two daughters, Henrietta, now Mrs. Edmund Van Houten, Sr., of Paterson, and Ella, now Mrs. Richard Stinson, of Paterson. In the year 1910 he married Mrs. Sarah Maxwell, who still survives him. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Dr. J. O. MacDonald, Mrs. Raymond J. Burt, Donald Van Houten, Charles Herbert Stagg, Mrs. Jack Totten, Mrs. Hoyt Palmer, Arthur B. Van Houten, Edmund Van Houten and Mrs. George Stephenson and seventeen great grandchildren.
     He was a member of Council No. 1, Union League of America, dated December 11, 1864. Interment was in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

The News, Wyckoff, New Jersey, 15 Jan 1931, p 1

 Notes & Citations

  1. Find a Grave.
  2. Obituary.
  3. "New Jersey, United Methodist Church Records, 1800–1970" (Ancestry image), Marriages Register, United Methodist Church, Cross Street, Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, "15 Nov 1865, Oliver John Macdonald, of Tremont, NY, 21, machinist; and Henrietta Sackett, of Kings Bridge, NY, 18. By Benjamin Kelley, Minister."
  4. 1850 United States Federal Census, Roll 549, p 85a
    New York Ward 12, New York, New York, 20 Aug 1850
    Sackett, John, 36, m, inn keeper, b. NY
    Sackett, Sarah J., 33, f, b. NY
    Sackett, Adeline, 12, f, b. NY
    Sackett, William, 10, m, b. NY
    Sackett, Henrietta, 9, f, b. NY
    Sackett, Julia, 7, f, b. NY
    Sackett, John, 5, m, b. NY
    Sackett, Phoebe, 3, f, b. NY
    Sackett, Angelina, 6/12, f, b. NY.
  5. 1860 United States Federal Census, Page 660, FHL film 803880
    Yonkers, Westchester, New York, 5 Jul 1860
    Sackett, Jno, 43, teamster, personal estate $500, b. NY
    Sackett, Sarah, 40, b. NY
    Sackett, Henrietta, 19, b. NY
    Sackett, Julia, 17, b. NY
    Sackett, John, 15, b. NY
    Sackett, Phebe, 12, b. NY
    Sackett, Angeline, 10, b. NY
    Sackett, Gertrude, 7, b. NY
    Sackett, Sarah, 3, b. NY.
  6. 1870 United States Federal Census, Roll M593_885, p 310A, FHL film 552384
    Paterson Ward 2, Passaic, New Jersey, 15 Jun 1870
    Mcdonald, Oliver J, 26, carpenter, personal estate $100, b. NJ
    Mcdonald, Henrietta, 27, keeps house, b. NY
    Mcdonald, Henrietta, 3, b. NJ
    Mcdonald, John, 4/12, b. NJ, Jan.
  7. "New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739–1991" (Ancestry image).
  8. 1900 United States Federal Census, Page 6, Enumeration District 0114, FHL microfilm 1240991
    Garrison Street, Paterson Ward 2, Passaic, New Jersey
    Macdonald, John O, head, b. Nov 1843, 56, m. 34y, retired, b. NJ, father b. NJ, mother b. NJ, home owned free of mortgage
    Macdonald, Henrietta, wife, b. Feb 1843, 57, m. 34y, 1 ch, living, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. NY
    Macdonald, John M, son, b. Jan 1870, 30, m. 5/12, clerk Prudential Insurance, b. NJ, father b. NJ, mother b. NY
    Macdonald, Lydia M, d-in-law, b. Mar 1876, 24, b. NJ, father b. NJ, mother b. NJ.
Sackett line8th great-granddaughter of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited28 Oct 2020

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