Thomas left his lands and tenement to his wife Alice until his children had attained the age of 20. The will mentions his eldest son Thomas and two other sons, William and John. Also mentioned are two brothers: John Sakett and Helbe Sakett. Thomas's wife Alice and Hugo Sakett were appointed executors of the will.1
An Alice Sakett made her will at St Peter in Thanet on 13 July 1476. She died before 6 November 1476, when the will was proved at the Archdeaconry Court.2
She was presumably the widow of a Sakett, but whether this was Thomas Sakett is not clear. They made their wills at different places, he at Minster in Thanet, and she at St Peter in Thanet. However, there is mention of St Peter in Thanet in Thomas's will, and he may have had lands there. Although he made his will at Minster, and requested to be buried there, he had a tenement at "Nich", taken to be St Nicholas at Wade, and had other scattered land holdings, the whereabouts of which have not been identified. His will provided that, should reversion to his brothers John and Helbe become effective, they were to make payments to the churches of Minster, St Nicholas at Wade, and St Peter in Thanet, thus establishing a connection with St Peter, where Alice made her will. Thomas's appointment of Hugo Sakett as an executor with Alice provides a further link with St Peter in Thanet as Hugo made his will there a few years later.
There is a mismatch in the wills in the names of the beneficiaries. Thomas's will named his sons, Thomas, William, and John. Alice's will named John and Solomon, but it is not clear whether these were her sons. The John in Alice's will may have been the same as Thomas's son or Thomas's brother, or another John Sakett.
Date: 14 January 1473/74.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, date not known.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-2-240.
Wife Alice, tenement and all lands until heirs are 20.
Eldest son Thomas at 20, said tenement at Nich with 15 acres of land & 2 seams of wheat, 2½ seams of barley, & 1 seam of pods (lands are 2½ acres at North Hill, 5½ acres at Ende, 3 acres & 1 yard at ?, 3 yards at ?, 1½ acres at Cowpis, 1½ acres at Lydyn Hill, 1 acre at Old Mill).
William, rest of land at Nich except 2 acres at Lydyn Hill to be sold if need be.
John, land inherited from my father.
Specifies reallocation if one of sons predeceases without heirs.
If all sons predecease, reversion to my brothers, John & Helbe, paying 20s to Minster Church, 20s to St Peter's Church, 6s 8d to St Nicholas at Wade Church, & 20s to poor people.
Executors: wife Alice & Hugonem Sakett.
Date: 13 July 1476.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 6 November 1476.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-3-43.
John Sakett and Solomon Sakett (relationships to Alice not specified) named as beneficiaries after specific bequests to Alice Kaud? wife of Nicholas Kaud? (clothing), the wife of William Peke (clothing), the wife of Thomas Edwards (clothing), and William Peek (20d).
Children of Thomas Sakett and Alice ___
Notes & Citations
- Will of Thomas Sakett of Minster in Thanet, Kent, 14 January 1473/74, proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, (probate date not known) (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-2-240).
- Will of Alice Sakett of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, 13 July 1476, proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 6 November 1476 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-3-43).
|See also||Early English Sacketts timeline|
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