John made his will at St Nicholas at Wade in 1588.2 He left his farm to his wife Johan during her widowhood, with reversion to Johan's son Edward Emptage. He left his daughter Martha a fresh and salt marsh at Chamber's Wall, and Martha's husband John Foorde was left £60 "in addition to £60 I owe him". The will also mentions Edward and Alice Emptage, two of Joan's children by her former marriage. Stepson Edward Emptage was left £60 at 21, with the telling condition that "he shall hold himself full contented and not trouble my executor for any other demands."
John's will reveals him to have been a prosperous yeoman farmer, with bequests to "every man servant, every boy servant, and each maid servant" indicating his employing a number of staff. A Thomas Palmer buried at St Nicholas in 1583 was described as a servant of John Sackett.6
John Sackett's memorial1 at St Nicholas at Wade reads:
time of the P'ishe of S. Nicholas at Wade, hou died
the xxii daye of Juine A' Ve D'ni 1588, whose
soule we hope God take to hys marcie
Proved: Consistory Court of Canterbury, 1 October 1588.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 32-36-110.
Testator: John Sacket, yeoman of St Nicholas at Wade, Thanet.
Wife Johan, lease of the farm so long as she remains widow.
Wife’s son Edward Emptage, reversion of farm, paying mother £100.
My daughter Martha, wife of John Foorde, reversion if Edward dies.
Wife’s daughter Alice, wife of Richard Langley, reversion if Martha dies.
Son-in-law John Foorde, £60 in addition to £60 I owe him.
My daughter Martha Foorde, fresh & salt marsh at Chambers Wall, St Nicholas; 2 young heifers.
Son-in-law Richard Langley, 100 marks.
Son-in-law Edward Emptage, £60 at 21, "on condition that he shall hold himself full contented and not trouble my executor for any other demands".
Wife’s kinswoman, wife of William ?Harle, 1 young heifer.
Landlords Master & Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, young gelding.
Every man servant, 10s.
Every boy servant, 5s.
Cousin Alice ?Gussen, 40s.
Each maid servant, 5s.
Every poor householder in parish, half bushel of wheat.
Reparations of St Nicholas church, 10s.
Mr Charles, malt.
Godchild William Charles, 20s.
William Foorde, wheat.
Executrix wife Johan, residue.
Witnesses: James Charles, Wryter Heeress, Edward Whitlocke, Lawrence Jones.
Child of John Sacket and Joane ___
- Martha Sackett b. before 1570, d. after 1588
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Notes & Citations
- Monumental inscription on the grave of John Sackett (St Nicholas at Wade).
- Will of John Sacket of St Nicholas at Wade, Thanet, Kent, 1588, proved in the Canterbury Consistory Court, 1 October 1588 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 32-36-110).
- Burials Register, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent (Bishops' Transcripts, Canterbury Cathedral Library), "1570 or 1571 Joane ux. Johes. Saket [exact date missing; page torn]."
- Marriages Register, St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, Kent (Tyler transcripts, Society of Genealogists), "26 July 1571 John Sackett & Joan Emptage."
- Monumental inscription on the grave of Jhane Knooler (St Nicholas at Wade).
- Burials Register, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent (Bishops' Transcripts, Canterbury Cathedral Library), "[8 November 1583] Noneber funera - 8. die sepultus fuit Thomas Palmer [?opulenulus] et famulus Johis Sackett [buried Thomas Palmer ... & servant of John Sackett]."
- Despite the different names, Joan (Johan) and Jhane, it would appear that the Johan mentioned in John's will and the Jhane Knooler in the grave inscription were the same.
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