|Father||Simon Sackett the colonist (1595-between 5 and 10 Oct 1635)|
|Mother||Isabel Pearce (say 1610-after 1682)|
John made his will in Westfield, Hampden County, MassachusettsG, on 10 May 1718, naming as beneficiaries his wife Sarah, his son John, his daughters Hannah, Mary and Abigail, his grandson William Sacket,and the unnamed children of his sons William and Samuel. Unusually, he appointed as executor his grandson William, who was still a minor (he was 17 at the date of the will). The witnesses to the will, who included the testator's grandson Joseph Sackett, referred the matter to the Probate Court which appointed John Sackett, the deceased's eldest son, as administrator of the will until William reached 21. The will was proved in the Probate Court at Springfield on 20 May 1719.
John's date and place of birth
Weygant's statement that John was "so far as known, the first white child born in Newtown" has not been proved, although the date of birth of 1632 is in accord with Riker (Annals of Newtown)21—which Weygant is known to have used as a source—who recorded that John died at the age of 87 in 1719. Anderson in The Great Migration22 gives John's date of birth as "say 1630". Since Anderson assumes the date of migration to have been 1632, he must have assumed that John was born in England. No birth or baptism record has been found in English records, although the absence of such a record could also be explained if his father had been a Church dissident.
Whatever the precise date of John's birth, he would have been a young boy when his father died in 1635 and he would have been brought up by his mother Isabel and her second husband William Bloomfield.
Annals of Newtown
Riker's21 reference to John is brief: "His [Simon the colonist's] sons Simon and John removed in 1653 to Springfield, on the Connecticut River, where they took the oath of fidelity, Mar. 23, 1656. John afterwards removed to Northampton, and thence to Westfield, where he d. in 1719, a. 87. His posterity have been numerous in Westfield and its vicinity, and are also found in western New-York."
History of Springfield
John Sacket appears in the Springfield records when he was granted land at Woronoco in 165823.
He was also listed on 23 December 1659 in the seating plan in the meeting house. John was placed, with others, in the ninth of ten allocated seats, indicating he was at this date fairly low in the Town's pecking order.24
Histories of Westfield
Josiah Holland, in his History of Western Massachusetts (1855)25, records an Indian raid on Westfield in October or November 1675 during King Phiilip's War:
John Lockwood, in his Westfield and Its Historic Influences (1922)26, includes numerous references to John Sacket:
11 Feb 1667. A town meeting orders that a gate be erected by Sacket's house.
12 Mar 1667. John Sackett's "five acres over the brooke."
16 Feb 1669. John Sacket is appointed one of three men to lay out grants of land.
23 Mar 1669/70. The three men are sacked for neglecting their duties and are replaced.
Sackett's Brook was originally called "Tomhaumucke.
Not dated. Original allotment of land.
In a short biography of John, Lockwood states that John was born in 1632, three years after Simon and Isabel came from England. This implies a migration in 1629.
Not dated. John is included in a list of settlers who have taken an oath of allegiance to the King.
Autumn 1675. John's house and barn are burnt by the Indians.
15 Jan 1675/76. John Sacket, as Constable, writes with details of the expense of maintaining a garrison of soldiers.
26 Mar 1676. John Sacket is a co-signatory to a document setting out land improvements to be carried out by townsmen.
17 Aug 1684. John Sacket is a juror in a hearing into the death of Eleezer Weller. The jury finds that death was caused by suicide by hanging.
Autumn 1685. John Sackett is sued for infringing the rights of a neighbour by setting a mill higher up the brook.
John's daughter Elizabeth & Indian Chief Sackett
It has been conjectured that John's daughter Elizabeth, recorded as having died in Westfield in 1682, was instead captured by the Indians in a raid on Westfield, brought up by them, marrying into the tribe and having a son later known as Chief Sackett. A detailed account appears on Elizabeth's record.
(Full text is in Weygant, The Sacketts of America).
Date: 10 May 1718.
Proved: 20 May 1719.
Wife Sarah, use of all estate real & personal during her lifetime.
Son John, 5 shillings.
Grandchildren, children of son William, 5 shillings.
Grandchildren, children of son Samuel, 5 shillings.
Grandson William, son of Samuel dec'd, after wife's death, team & tackling, 2 plows, harrow.
Daughters, Hannah Merryman, Mary Maudsley, Abigail King, after wife's death, rest of moveable estate in equal division, except for great brass Kettle which goes to Mary.
Rachel Stiles, a cow & a pair of sheets.
Executor: grandson William.
Son John appointed administrator by probate judge until grandson William reaches 21.
4. John Sacket*, 1632–1719, son of (1) Simon Sackett and his wife Isabel, was, so far as known, the first white child born in Newtown (now Cambridge), Mass. In 1653 he became a resident of Springfield, Mass., receiving from the town commissioners a gift of four pieces of land, agreeable to an ordinance passed to encourage the speedy settlement of that place. On November 23, 1659, he was married to Abigail Hannum, 1640 - 1690, daughter of William Hannum (colonist), and his wife, Honor Capen, of Dorchester, Windsor and Northampton. A short time after date of his marriage to Abigail Hannum, John Sacket sold his land at Springfield and removed to property he had purchased some fifteen miles up the Connecticut River at Northampton. There he and his family lived until 1665, when he again sold out and moved to a farm purchased of one Chapin near Westfield, on what are now called Sacket's Meadows. Mr. Sacket's removal to Westfield was at the date of the first permanent settlement of that town, and about ten years previous to the commencement of King Philip's Indian wars. There Mr. Sacket built a house and barn, both of which were burned, Oct. 27, 1675, by the Indians, who, at the same time, destroyed a large amount of other property, and drove off his cattle. He rebuilt his house and barn, and also erected a saw mill on a creek which ran through his farm and emptied into the Waronoco (now Westfield) River.
The building of a dam on this creek was the occasion of a vexatious lawsuit, brought against him by Thomas, Jedediah and Jonah Dewey, who claimed that by reason of Sacket's saw mill dam the water was backed up on their grist mill. The case was tried at Springfield before a jury, who found for plaintiff, but the court in giving judgment, recited that it was a hard case for the defendant and "therefore ordered that the plaintiffs should, with a hired man and oxen, work with said Sacket 9 days in taking down and removing said dam."
At a town meeting held in 1672 at Westfield, John Sacket was chosen a selectman, and as late as 1693 he held the same office.
Abigail Hannum Sacket died October 9, 1690, and about a year later John Sacket was married to Sarah, daughter of John Stiles and widow of John Stewart of Springfield. He continued to reside on his Westfield farm to the day of his death. His will, dated in 1718, and probated in 1719, reads as follows:
Imprimus. I give and bequeath to Sarah my well beloved wife, all the use & improvement of all my Estate both real and personal during the whole of her natural life if she shall outlive me, that is to say, all that I shall be possessed of at my decease.
Imp'rs. I give to my son John Sacket five shillings, and to my son William's children five shillings, and my son Samuel's children 5 shillings.
Imp'rs. I give to William Sacket my Grandson, the son of Sam'll Sacket deceased, after myself and my wives decease, my Team and Tackling & all ye furniture thereunto belonging and two plows, cart wheels & all belonging unto them, and a harrow & what belongs to it, and I likewise make & ordain him viz. - my grandson William Sacket, Executor of this my last Will & Testament.
Imp'rs. After my own and my wives decease I give to my well beloved daughters viz. - Hannah Merryman, Mary Maudsley and Abigail King all the remainder of my movable estate in an equal division amongst them all, excepting my great brass Kettle the which I give unto my daughter Mary Maudsley, above her share in the movables, to be at their own disposal.
Further - This may inform all concerned that all my lands are disposed of by deed of gift, therefore no Inventory to be taken of them.
Imp'rs. I give to Rachel Stiles a cow and a pair of sheets. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke & disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, & Legacies, Bequests & executors, by me in any way before this time named, willed and bequeathed. Rattifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in ye day & year above written.
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by ye s'd John Sacket as his last Will & Testament. In Presence of us ye subscribers, viz:
Joseph Sacket. John Sacket (s)
Springfield May 20, 1719. John Root, Jedediah Dewey & Joseph Sacket, the witnesses of the foregoing will appeared before me underwritten, Judge of ye Probate of wills & co for ye County afores'd made oath that they saw John Sacket subscribe unto the foregoing instrument, Sign Seal Publish & Pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and Testament, and that he was of sound mind & Perfect memory when he did it to the best of their understanding. Which s'd Will I approve & allow of, and do appoint John Sacket ye son of ye said deceased to be an administrator on ye said will with ye Executor in the said will named till ye said Executor comes of ye age of twenty one years.
9. William Sacket, b. Apr. 20, 1662; d. Mar. 28, 1700; m. Hannah Graves.
10. Abigail Sacket, b. Dec. 1, 1663; d. July 3, 1683; m. John Noble.
11. Mary Sacket, b. in year 1665; d. Nov. 19, 1667.
12. Hannah Sacket, b. Mar. 7, 1669; d. Aug. 3., 1749; m. 2nd, Ben Newbury.
13. Mary Sacket, b. June 8, 1672, d. in year 1729; m. Benj. Moseley.
14. Samuel Sacket, b. Sept. 16, 1674; d. Nov. 8, 1709; m. Elizabeth Bissell.
15. Elizabeth Sacket. b. May 27, 1677; d. June 16, 1682.
16. Abigail Sacket, b. in year 1683; d. Sept. 1721; m. David King.
* This John Sackett dropped the final "t" in signing his name and several generations of his descendants followed his example, but nearly all of his living descendants have resumed its use.
Children of John Sackett and Abigail Hannum
- John Sacket+ b. 4 Nov 1660, d. 20 Dec 1745
- William Sacket+ b. 20 Apr 1662, d. 28 Mar 1700
- Abigail Sacket+ b. 1 Dec 1663, d. 3 Jul 1683
- Mary Sacket b. 1665, d. 19 Nov 1667
- Hannah Sacket+ b. 7 Mar 1668/69, d. 30 Aug 1749
- Mary Sacket+ b. 8 Jun 1672, d. 14 Nov 1729
- Samuel Sacket+ b. 18 Oct 1674, d. 8 Nov 1709
- Elizabeth Sacket b. 28 Aug 1677, d. 15 Jun 1682
- Abigail Sacket+ b. 1683, d. after 1733
Notes & Citations
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "4. John Sackett, b. 1632, d. Oct 8, 1719; m. Abigail Hannum."
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: NEHGS), vol 6, July 1852, "Marriages, Births and Deaths in Westfield", p 266, "John Sacket, wife Abigail; chn. Mary, b. June 8, 1672; Samuel, b. Oct. 18, 1674; Elizabeth, b. Aug. 28, 1677, d. June 15, 1682. Abigail, his wife, d. Oct. 9, 1690. He married Sarah Steward, 1691. John Sacket, d. Ap. 8, 1719."
- John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922), (23 Nov 1659; at Northampton).
- Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), p 1615 [Pynchon VR 141].
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: NEHGS), vol. 90 (1936): 158–9, William Hannum and Some of His Descendants, "Abigail [Hannum], [d. William Hannum & Honor Capen], b. in 1640 and bapt. at Windsor, Conn., 22 Nov. 1640; d. probably at Westfield, 10 Oct. 1690; m. 23 Nov. 1659 John Sackett of Northampton and Westfield, b. probably at Newtowne (now Cambridge), in 1632, d. probably at Westfield, in 1719, son of Simon Sacket."
- "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700" (American Ancestors transcript), "John [Sackett] (1632–1719) & 1/wf Abigail Hannum (1640–1690); 23 Nov 1659; Northampton/Westfield/Springfield. "
- "Vital Records of Northampton, Massachusetts (Corbin Collection)" (American Ancestors transcript), "Saccot, John, married Nov. 23 1659 at Northampton to Abigall Hannum" TR-OB-95.
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p16.
- James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1860-62).
- Vital Records (LDS), Westfield, Massachusetts.
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, p17.
- John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922), p91.
- "Westfield, Massachusetts, Birth and Death Records (Dougherty abstracts)" (American Ancestors transcript), "Sacket, Abigail, w. John, d. Oct. 9, 1690."
- Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), p1615 [Pynchon VR 31, 61].
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: NEHGS), vol 123, October 1969, "Judge Pynchon's Marriage Record: 1685-1711", p 262, "Jan.15.90: John Sackcut widdower & Sarah Stuart wid: Joined in Marria___."
- "Westfield, Massachusetts, Marriage Records (Dougherty abstracts)" (American Ancestors transcript), "John Sacket of W. and Wid. Sarah Stewart of W; m. Jan. 14, 1690."
- Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Book 1, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1638–1728, "John Sacket Widower & Sarah Stewart Widow were married Jan: 15: 1690."
- Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Hampshire Records, Springfield Marriages, "John Sacket Widowr & Sarah Stewart Widow were joined in marriage Jan: 15: 1690."
- "Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700" (American Ancestors transcript), "John [Sackett] –1719) &; 2/wf Sarah (STILES) STEWARD/ STEWART, w John; 15 Jan 1690/1; Windsor, CT. "
- James Riker, The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York: containing Its History from its first Settlement (New York: D Fanshaw, 1852).
- Robert Anderson, The Great Migration Begins - Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. III (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).
- Henry M Burt, History of Springfield (Springfield, MA: published by the author, 1898), p250 "John Clarke, Wm Brooks & Jno Sackat have ye land ye further side of woronoco wch is granted ym pvided they each of them build & make impvment of the land by Aprill come 12 mo. & continue so to doe 5 y. else to forfeit it. Granted Jan: 10th 1658."
- Henry M Burt, History of Springfield (Springfield, MA: published by the author, 1898), p126-7
"SEATING THE PEOPLE IN THE MEETING-HOUSE.
The selectmen and the deacons, or a committee appointed by the selectmen, determined the order in which the seats in the meeting-houses in New England, in the early settlement, should be occupied. Ability and general regard, as well as wealth, had much to do with the order of selection. The women, as a rule, do not appear to have been assigned to particular seats, but occupied, in another part of the house, such as suited their own preferences. The lists still preserved, which give the order of seating the men and boys in Springfield, do not indicate any great regard for those having the largest possessions. At Northampton, "age and estate" determined the order, and to some extent that might have prevailed here. The first list, still of record, bears the date of December 23, 1659, and reads:- 9th Seate. - Abell Wright, Hugh Dudley, John Bagg, John Sacket, David Ashley, Samuel Bliss, John Riley."
- Josiah Gilbert Holland, History of Western Massachusetts, Samuel Bowles & Co, Springfield (1855), digital image, Internet Archive (archive.org).
- John (Rev) Lockwood, Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669-1919, published by the author (1922).
|Sackett line||Great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet|
|Last Edited||29 Dec 2022|