Simon Sackett

(c 1630-1659)
FatherSimon Sackett the colonist (1595-between 5 and 10 Oct 1635)
MotherIsabel Pearce (say 1610-after 1682)
Simon Sackett, son of Simon Sackett the colonist and Isabel Pearce, was born, presumably in Thanet, KentG, in about 1630.1,2 He died in Springfield, MassachusettsG, on 9 July 1659.1,3 He married at Springfield, MassachusettsG, in about 1652, Sarah Bloomfield, daughter of William Bloomfield and Sarah ___.1,4 Sarah Bloomfield was born in EnglandG in about 1633.1 After Simon's death, Sarah married second Lambert(?) Woodward.5
     Simon Sackett was, according to Weygant, taken to New England by his parents when he was a babe in arms. It is to be assumed that he was born in his father's native Thanet, in Kent, England, although a record of his birth or baptism has not been found. The failure to find such a record may indicate that his parents had disaffiliated from the mainstream Church of England and that this was a factor in the family's decision to emigrate to the New World. However, no corroborative evidence has been found for Simon the colonist's religious beliefs and such a theory can only be guesswork.
     Simon junior was only five years old when his father, the colonist, died in 1635. The following year, the six-year-old made the epic overland trek from Newtown, Massachusetts, to Hartford, Connecticut, with his mother and younger brother John. The boys' mother Isabel married William Bloomfield in Hartford, and their stepfather's daughter Sarah, who thus became a companion during their childhood, was eventually (in 1652) to become Simon's wife.
     The only "official" record of Simon in Hartford was that of a hearing of the Particular Court on 7 September 1652 when he was fined forty shillings (two pounds) for "keeping company" and "drinking excessively and unseasonably".6 He pledged his heifer as security for the fine. Simon would have left Hartford for Springfield (where he and Sarah were married) very soon after this incident, raising the question of whether this may have been a farewell party or, worse, the cause of his moving.
     Simon acquired lands in Springfield, by grant and by purchase, in 1653. His brother John also moved to Springfield and became a landowner there in 1653. The brothers swore the Oath of Fidelity at Springfield in 1656.7
     Simon died at the age of only 29 in 1659, leaving a son Joseph, then aged three years. It is believed that an older son, Samuel, died in infancy.
     Administration of Simon's estate was granted on 14 July 1659 by the General Court in Springfield to his widow Sarah & her father William Bloomfield.8 An inventory of his estate was taken on 15 July.3

Children of Simon Sackett and Sarah Bloomfield


3. Simon Sackett, 1630–1659, son of (1) Simon Sackett and his wife Isabel, was born in England and brought to New England by his parents before he was one year old. About the year 1652 he was married to his step-father's daughter, Sarah Bloomfield, who had been his companion and playmate from early childhood. His home at the time of his marriage was at Springfield, Mass. The records of that town show that in 1653 he was granted several town lots as an inducement to make it his permanent place of abode, that on March 15, 1653, he purchased from "William Brooks 20 acres of land fronting on ye Great River", and that on March 13, 1653, he subscribed to the "Oath of Fidelity". So far as known he continued to reside at Springfield on the banks of "ye Great River" to the day of his death.
     William Bloomfield, 1604–1664, the father of Sarah Bloomfield Sackett, was born in England. In 1634 he sailed for New England in the ship Elisabeth, which left Yarmouth in the month of April and reached Boston the following June. He brought with him his wife Sarah, aged 25, and their only child, an infant daughter, named for her mother, aged about one year. The Bloomfields on disembarking at Boston seem to have proceeded immediately to the comfortable home of Simon Sackett, at Newtown. The two families doubtless had been neighbors and friends in England, and they were destined to become more closely united in the New World. Sarah, wife of William Bloomfield, probably died soon after their arrival in Newtown. The records show conclusively that William Bloomfield did not remain for any considerable length of time in Newtown after Mr. Hooker and his congregation removed to Hartford. Paige, in his "History of Cambridge," states that William Bloomfield was there in 1635 and removed to Hartford, Conn. Hartley's "Hartford in the Olden Time" records the fact that William Bloomfield, as a citizen of that town, participated in 1637, with Captain Mason and his ally, the Indian Chief Uncas, in their short and decisive campaign of extermination against the Pequots. The Newtown, Mass records show that in 1638 William Bloomfield transferred to Robert Stedman the house and lot "on the north side of Winthrop Street, between Dunster and Brighton Streets," which property, according to Paige's "Map of Cambridge in 1635," was the Sackett Homestead. "Porter's map of Hartford in 1640," shows the dwelling of William Bloomfield in the centre of a spacious corner lot near "Little River," on road from "Mill to Country." The historical catalogue of First Church of Hartford records the fact that William Bloomfield and family remained there until 1648, when they removed to New London. It is not known how long they remained in New London, but in 1656 they were at Springfield, Mass., and shortly thereafter at Middleberg, Long Island, where for the remainder of his life William Bloomfield was recognized as a leading citizen. In 1663, when the English towns of New Netherland rebelled against Dutch authority, the civil affairs of Middleberg were by the choice of the inhabitants placed in charge of William Bloomfield and five other "trusted citizens."
Children of Simon Sackett and Sarah Bloomfield.
     6. Samuel Sackett, baptized at Springfield, Mass., in 1653.
     7. Joseph Sackett, b. Feb. 23, 1656, d. Sept. 23, 1719; m. 1st, Elizabeth Betts.

[Note: Oath of Fidelity. Weygant has 13 March 1653. Pynchon Court Record shows 23 March 1655/56.]

See alsoThurmon King's Database, 3
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Thanet DNA chart 1

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "3. Simon Sackett, b. 1630; d. July 9, 1659; m. Sarah Bloomfield."
  2. A birth/baptism record for Simon has not been found.
  3. Joseph Smith, editor, Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 1639-1702: The Pynchon Court Record, an original judges' diary of the administration of justice in the Springfield Courts in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1961), p241.
  4. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors, "Simon [Sackett] (?1630–1659) & Sarah [Bloomfield], m/2 ?Lambert Woodward; ca 1652; Springfield. "
  5. "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700", database, American Ancestors, "Simon (?1630-1659) & Sarah [BLOOMFIELD], m/2 ?Lambert Woodward; ca 1652; Springfield. "
  6. Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, Connecticut Historical Society (1928), Symon Sackutt John Masters Abigaill Marven Sarah Spenser for theire missdeamenors in keeping Company, drinking excessiuely and vnseasonably are fyned 40s a peece And they are to pay or secure theire fynes within a fortnight, or such as faile are to suffer Imprisonment: William Waller vndertakes to pay his Sisters fyne Thomas Spenser vndertakes the payment of Sarah Spensers fyne. Symon Sackutt Byndeth his heifer for the securing of his fyne. Edward Stebbing vndertakes for John Masters his fyne. Thomas Seamer is to pay the penalty of the order for drinking excessiuely and vnseasonably: wch is for excessiue drinking 3s 4p, and for drinking vuseasonably 5s 0. Thus far the fynes are dd in to the Marshall."
  7. Joseph Smith, editor, Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 1639-1702: The Pynchon Court Record, an original judges' diary of the administration of justice in the Springfield Courts in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1961), p217 "March 23rd 1655/56 being a Trayning day these underwritten took the oath of fidelity (23 names including Symon Sackett and John Sackett)."
  8. Joseph Smith, editor, Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 1639-1702: The Pynchon Court Record, an original judges' diary of the administration of justice in the Springfield Courts in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1961), pp173, 241.
Generation.Tree2J.3a
Sackett lineGreat-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder
Last Edited25 July 2019