Thomas Sacket

Thomas Sacket, gentleman of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, was born in say 1500. He died between 26 April 1545 when he nade his will and 20 May 1545 when the will was proved. The ages of Thomas's godchildren (see below) suggest that he was not an old man—perhaps in his forties—when he died.
     Thomas made his will in St Peter in ThanetG on 26 April 1545, naming as beneficiaries his sisters Margaret and Katherine.1 It would appear that Thomas was childless. He left his house to his "brother" Richard Allen, brother in this context probably meaning brother-in-law, who he also appointed a joint executor of the will. He left an amount of 6s 8d to each of his sisters. They are referred to in the will only by their forenames. It would seem likely that one of them was the wife of Richard Allen. He left 10s to his goddaughter Tamsin Allen, and 5s each to John Allen, Margery Allen, and Katherine Cockling, all of whom were less than fourteen years of age at the date of will. These children may well have been nephew and nieces, the Allen children perhaps being the children of Richard Allen and Thomas's sister, Margaret, and, on the basis of their having the same forename, the child Katherine Cockling being the daughter of Thomas's sister Katherine. After these bequests, the residue of his estate was to go 'half to the poor people' and 'half to the foul highways where the most need is.' The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of CanterburyG on 20 May 1545.
     Thomas may have been the "Thomas Sacket of Sacketts Hill" appointed executor of the will made in 1545 by Richard Saket the younger. Both men died at about the same time, so that Thomas was unlikely to have been able to have carried out the duties of executor.
Abstract of will of Thomas Sacket, gentleman of St Peter in Thanet, Kent.
Date: 26 April 1545.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 20 May 1545.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-23-265.
Thomas Sacket, gentleman of St Peter's, Thanet.
To the high altar, 12d "for my tithes & oblations negligently forgotten".
Brother Richard Allen, wheat & malt, & house.
Goddaughter Thamsin Allen, 10s at age 14.
John Allen, Katherine Cockling, Margery Allen, each 5s at age 14.
Sisters Margaret & Katherine, each 6s 8d.
Cousin Ellyn 6s 8d.
Poor people, total 25s.
Priest, wages 17s to sing for my soul.
Residue, half to poor people; half to the foul highways where the most need is.
Executors: Richard Allen my brother, John Sprackling gent., 16d each.
Witnesses: Richard Norwood, John White.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Will of Thomas Sacket of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, 26 April 1545, proved at Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 20 May 1545 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-23-265).
Last Edited19 Sep 2019

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