Rev John Sackett MA

FatherNathaniel Sackett (1636-1682)
MotherAnn Terry (c 1647-1683)
Rev John Sackett MA, son of Nathaniel Sackett and Ann Terry, was baptized at Canterbury, KentG, on 6 September 1670.1 He died aged about 82 in Hawkinge, KentG, and was buried there on 28 January 1753.2 He married first at Patrixbourne, KentG, on 31 October 1702, Margaret (___) Tempest.3,4 Margaret was buried at Folkestone, KentG, on 25 November 1727.5 He married second at Canterbury St AlphegeG on 22 April 1729, Margaret Lunn, daughter of Rev William Lunn and Elizabeth ___.6,7 Margaret was baptized at Denton, KentG, on 17 January 1677/78.8 She died aged 91 and was buried at DentonG on 23 March 1769.9
     John was named as a beneficiary in his uncle John Sackett's will made in Braunston, County of City of LincolnG, on 10 June 1680. He was granted the reversion of his uncle's lands and tenements in St Peter's and St John's after the death of his father Nathaniel.10
     John was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in CanterburyG on 12 January 1681/82. He was to inherit his father's land at Sackett's Hill at age 21 and his father stipulated that he should be sent to university as soon as is fitting.11
     John was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1688. He was awarded a BA degree in 1690/91 and an MA in 1694. He was ordained deacon in Lincoln on 12 February 1692/93, and priest in London on 8 March 1695/96. He was vicar of Folkestone, Kent, from 1699 to 1753, rector of Hawking, Kent, from 1713 to 1753, and vicar of West Hythe, Kent, from 1732 to 1753. He was master of Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury, in succession to his grandfather Rev John Sackett, from 1746 to 1753.12
     In 1716, Rev John Sackett wrote a detailed letter to the Royal Society "Giving an Account of a very uncommon sinking of the Earth, near Folkestone in Kent". He described a "remarkable" phenomenon, "known to almost all hereabouts, concerning the pressing forward of the Cliffs, and sinking of the Hills in the Neighbourhood of our Town of Folkestone."
     John made a will at Folkestone, KentG, probably in 1753. He left all his personal effects to his wife Margaret.13
     John's widow Margaret made her will in Barham, KentG, on 28 August 1766, naming as beneficiaries her brother and sister and various non-Sackett nephews and nieces.14
Abstract of will of John Sackett of Folkestone, Kent.
Date: 1753[?].
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 1753.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-94-536.
Testator: John Sackett, Clerk, Folkestone, Kent.
Wife Margaret, all personal effects.
Abstract of will of Margaret Sackett of Barham, Kent.
Date: 28 August 1766.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 24 March 1769.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-98-256.
Testatrix: Margaret Sackett, widow of John Sackett, Clerk, Barham, Kent.
Brother Basil Lunn, £100.
Sister Elizabeth Hill, widow of Denton, £100.
Nephews, George Downing, Clerk of Ilford, Essex; Richard Downing of Nonnington, Kent; John Coll of Barham, £100 each.
Nieces, Elizabeth Hustwaite, widow of Elsworth, Cambs.; Elizabeth Pilcher, widow of Barham, £100 each.
Daughters of Elizabeth Pilcher: Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Frances, £20 each.
Son of George Downing: Bladen Downing, £20.
Niece of late husband: Sarah Millar, widow of Hampstead, £20.
Niece Margaret Barlow, widow of Essex, £30.
3 sons of niece Hustwait, equal shares of £50.
Children of Richard Downing: George, Richard, William, Catherine, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Eleanor, Ann Downing, £10 each.
Widow of nephew Thomas Lunn: ___ Lunn of Elsworth, Cambs. & her 4 children, £10 each.
Nephews: William Lunn, Surgeon of Cambridge; Edward Lunn, Clerk of Elsworth, Cambs., £5 each for a ring.
All above legacies to be paid within 12 months after decease, & if there is not enough money available from personal estate then the balance to be charged against "my Real Estate lately purchased of my nephew Richard Downing of Nonnington & lying in the parish of Kingston or Bishopbourn, Kent."
Nephews, George Downing, Richard Downing, and niece Elizabeth Pilcher, lands (as above) as tenants in common, equal division of residue of personal estate.
Executors: Nephews George Downing, Richard Downing, & niece Elizabeth Pilcher.
Witnesses: J Robinson, J Bridges, Edward Bridges.
Codicil, 5 March 1768.
Niece Elizabeth Hustwaite, bequest increased to £200.
Daughter of niece Elizabeth Pilcher: Margaret Best, bequest of £20 cancelled & replaced by £30 in trust to Samuel Fremoull[?], Clerk of Wootten "to pay the same from time to time at his discretion to the said Margaret Best for her own separate use & not subject to the will or debts of her husband".
Witnesses: Edward Bridges, Stephen Scott.

A Letter of the Reverend Mr. John Sackette, A.M., Giving an Account of a very uncommon sinking of the Earth, near Folkestone in Kent.
(Src: The Royal Society online)
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 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, Canterbury (unspecified parish), Kent (Findmypast transcript), "6 Sep 1670 John Sackett s. Nathanele Sackett & Ann."
  2. Burials Register, Hawkinge, Kent (Transcript), "28 January 1753 Rev. Mr. Jn. Sackette M.A. rector (Rector 1714-1753)."
  3. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "24 October 1702 John Sackette of Folkestone & Mrs Margaret Tempest of Patrixbourne."
  4. Marriages Register, Patrixbourne, Kent (Findmypast transcript), "31 Oct 1702 John Sackett & Margaret Tempe."
  5. Burials Register, Folkestone, Kent (Transcript 1635-1800; BTs 1829-1916), "25 November 1727 Mgt Sackette wife of Mr Jn. (died 21st)."
  6. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "John Sackett of Folkstone, widower, & Margaret Lunn of Denton, spinster. At St Alphege Canterbury or Denton."
  7. Marriages Register, St Alphege, Canterbury, Kent (Parish Register and Bishops' Transcript), "22 Apr 1729 Rev John Sackett wid, Clerk, Folkestone & Margaret Lunn of Denton. (Lic)."
  8. Baptism, Denton, Kent (LDS FamilySearch, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975), "17 Jan 1677, Margaret Lunn d. Will Lunn & Elizabeth."
  9. Burials Register, Denton, Kent (Mrs Nichol's Index), "23 March 1769 Mrs Margaret Sackett aet 91."
  10. Will of John Sackett of Braunston, Lincoln, 10 June 1680, proved at Canterbury Prerogative Court, 4 November 1680 (National Archives, PROB 11/364 quire 155).
  11. Will of Nathaniel Sackett of Canterbury, Kent, 12 January 1681/2, proved at Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 20 December 1682 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-76-81).
  12. John Venn, Compiler, Alumni Cantabrigienses (Cambridge University Press, 1922), "Sackette, John: Matric. from Pembroke, Easter 1686. Of Canterbury. S. of Nathaniel, gent. and grandson of John (1614). School, King's, Canterbury. Adm. at Corpus Christi, 1688; B.A. 1690/91; M.A. 1694. Ord. deacon (Lincoln) 12 Feb 1692/93; priest (London) 8 Mar 1695/96. V. of Folkestone, 1699-1753. R. of Hawking, Kent 1713-53. V. of West Hythe, 1732-53. Master of Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury, 1746-53. Married Margaret Tempest, of Patricksbourne, Kent, spinster, 24 Oct 1701. Antiquary and poet. Died 29 Jan 1753. (G.Mag.; Masters; Hasted, iv.631)."
  13. Will of John Sackett of Folkestone, Kent, 1753[?], proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 1753 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-94-536).
  14. Will of Margaret Sackett of Barham, Kent, 28 August 1766, proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 24 March 1769 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-98-256).
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