Richard Mockett

FatherSampson Mockett (1717/18-1756)
MotherMary Wilson
Marriage1767, Cockenzie, East LothianGJean Flookard2
Richard Mockett, son of Sampson Mockett and Mary Wilson, was baptized at St Peter in Thanet, KentG, on 22 July 1745.1 Richard Mockett and Jean Flookard had an illegitimate daughter, Janet, born in Cockenzie, East Lothian, ScotlandG, on 4 July 1767 and baptized a few days later in Edinburgh.2 Jean was probably Jean Fleuker, the daughter of Alexander Fleuker and Bessie Hacket, born in East Lothian, ScotlandG, on 4 November 1744 and baptized at Tranent, East LothianG, on 11 November 1744.3 Jean subsequently married in TranentG on 15 September 1770, William Stewart.4
     Jean was compeared (summoned) to the Tranent Kirk Session on 24 January 1768 regarding her illegitimate daughter, in the following terms: "Jean Fluckhard, an unmarried young woman, brought forth a child on 4th July 1767, in her father's house. That Richard Mocket a sailor, was the father, and that the child was begot in Leith during her stay there, and that she acquainted him of being with child to him. That he was abroad at present, and that she had not heard from him since he went away, and had no letters to produce acknowledging himself to be the father. Declared further that the child was baptised at Edinburgh by Mr Lee, an Episcopalian minister, and that her sister and sister-in-law were witnesses. She was reproved for her fornication, and was desired to get a letter from Richard Mocket acknowledging himself to be the father of the child, and told that she behoved to lie under scandal till that should be done, and apply to the Session to have her scandal removed."5
     Richard's elder brother Sampson was a shipmaster. It would appear that the brothers sailed from Thanet to Scotland in 1765 or early 1766. Sampson married there in 1766 and had children there in 1767 and 1768. Jean's testimony suggests that Richard had abandoned her and left the area. He does not appear to have returned to Thanet. Further records for Sampson and Richard have not been found.

Child of Richard Mockett and Jean Flookard

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St Peter in Thanet, Kent (Findmypast image), "Richd Mocket, bp. 22 Jul 1745, father Samson, mother Mary."
  2. Ancestry image from ScotlandsPeople posted by a member, "4 Jul 1767. Richard Mocket from England said by Jean Flookard in Cockenzie and she had daughter born July 4th 1767 Baptized a few days after by Mr Lee Episcopal Minister in Edinburgh and named Janet. Witnesses Hannah Mitchel and Margaret Flookard. Being in fornication."
  3. "Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564–1950" (Ancestry transcript), "Jean Fleuker, b. 4 Nov 1744, bp Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland, 11 Nov 1744, father Alexander Fleuker, mother Bessie Hacket."
  4. "Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910" (Ancestry transcript), "15 Sep 1770, Tranent, East Lothian, William Stewart & Jean Flookard."
  5. Email from Gary Fisher to Chris Sackett, Feb 2023.
Sackett line4th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
Sackett Family Association descendants
Gary Fisher.
Last Edited18 Feb 2023

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