Jonathan Sackett

FatherJohn Sackett of New Haven (early to mid-1620s-1684)
MotherAgnes Tinkham (c 1630-1707)
Birth1655, New Haven, ConnecticutG,1,2,3,4,5
Death1727, New HavenG
Marriage1718, New HavenGRuth Hotchkiss6,7,8,9
Jonathan Sackett, son of John Sackett of New Haven and Agnes Tinkham, was born in New Haven, ConnecticutG, on 6 June 1655.1,2,3,4,5 He died there aged 71 on 4 February 1726/27 and was buried at the Grove Street Cemetery, New HavenG.5,6,10,11 He married in New HavenG on 12 March 1717/18, Ruth Hotchkiss, daughter of John Hotchkiss and Elizabeth Peck.6,7,8,9 Ruth was born in about 1688 and died aged 85 in New HavenG on 24 March 1773.5,6 After Jonathan's death, Ruth married second on 11 December 1728 Benjamin Dorman.5,6,12
     On 17 March 1656/57 Jonathan, "almost 2 yeares old', was treated for worms by John Winthrop the younger.13

Jonathan's age (62) upon marriage to Ruth Hotchkiss, suggests the possibility of his having been married previously. According to the Sacketts of America, Jonathan was married to Hannah ___, by whom he had five children: (SoA 74) Jonathan, (75) Richard, (76) Hannah, (77) John, and (78) Joseph. However, no records of a marriage to Hannah nor of the births of these children are found in Barbour's Collection of Vital Records of Connecticut, nor does Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, have this family grouping.
     Weygant attributes the marriage of Jonathan Sackett and Ruth Hotchkiss to a supposed younger Jonathan (74). Despite a 33-year age difference, it would appear that the Jonathan of this marriage was the Jonathan Sackett born in 1655. Ruth's second marriage, to Benjamin Dorman in 1728, following the death of Jonathan at the age of 72 in 1727, tends to support this conclusion. It is concluded consequently that there was no such younger Jonathan Sackett.
     Of the other children, (76) Hannah appears to be the same as the Hannah baptized in 1694 by John and Mary (Woodin) Sackett, and (77) John the same as (72) John, baptized in 1699 by the same parents. No other record has been found of a Joseph (78). Jonathan's brother Joseph had a son Joseph in 1712 by his wife Sarah Denison. A confusion of the fathers' names, John, Jonathan, and Joseph, may have resulted from misinterpretation of the baptism records.
     Identification of the remaining child, (75) Captain Richard Sackett of New York, with parents Jonathan and Hannah, as stated in Sacketts of America, is unconfirmed by other records. Other than Weygant's statement that Richard was of New Haven, no record has been found linking him with this branch of the family.

Children of Jonathan Sackett and Ruth Hotchkiss

18. Jonathan Sackett, 1655–__?, of New Haven, Conn., son of (5) John and Agnes Tinkham Sackett, was married to Hannah ___.
     74. Jonathan Sackett, m. Ruth Hotchkiss.
     75. Richard Sackett, d. in year 1746; m. Margery L. Sleade.
     76. Hannah Sackett.
     77. John Sackett, m. Hannah Smith.
     78. Joseph Sackett.

74. Jonathan Sackett, of New Haven, Conn., son of (18) Jonathan and Hannah ___ Sackett, was married, March 12, 1717, to Ruth Hotchkiss. Of their ten children we have been able to record but one, a
     259. Sarah Sackett, b. Aug. 9, 1721, d. Dec. 5, 1780; m. Elisha Booth.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "18. Jonathan Sackett, b. June 6, 1655; d. ; m. Hannah."
  2. Vital Records, New Haven, Connecticut, p11, "Jonathan Sacket the sonn of John Sacket was borne the 6th of June 1655."
  3. Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, "Sackett, Jonathan, s. John, b. June 6, 1655. New Haven Vital Records, 1:17."
  4. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1860-62), “SACKET, JOHN, New Haven, m. 20 May 1652, Agnes Tinkham, had John, b. 30 Apr. 1653; Jonathan, 6 June 1655; Mary, 24 Sept. 1657; Joseph, 3 May 1660; Martha, 19 Sept. 1662; and d. 3 Sept. 1684. His wid. d. 1707."
  5. Donald Jacobus, Families of Ancient New Haven, Genealogical Publishing Co Inc, Baltimore (1981) (American Ancestors image), pp 1583–8, "Jonathan [Sackett], b 6 June 1655 NHV, d 4 Feb 1726/7 æ. 72 NHT1; m 12 Mar 1717/8 NHV—Ruth da. John & Elizabeth (Peck) Hotchkiss, b c. 1688, d 24 Mar 1773 æ. 85 NHC1; she m (2) 11 Dec 1728 NHV—Benjamin Dorman."
  6. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: NEHGS), vol. 66 (1912): 327, The Hotchkiss Family, "Ruth [Hotchkiss], [d. John Hotchkiss & Elizabeth Peck], b. abt. 1688; d. 24 Mar. 1773; m. (1) 12 Mar. 1718, Jonathan Sackett, b. 6 June 1655, d. 4 Feb. 1727; m. (2) 11 Dec. 1728, Benjamin Dorman, b. 15 Oct. 1673, d. 1748."
  7. Sacketts of America, "74. Jonathan Sackett, m. Ruth Hotchkiss."
  8. Vital Records, New Haven, Connecticut, 128, "Jonathan Sackett and Ruth Hotchkiss were maried to Each other March 12th 1717/18 by Samll Bishop Justice of Peace."
  9. Barbour Collection, "Sackett, Jonathan, m. Ruth Hotchkiss, Mar. 12, 1717/18, by Samll Bishop, JP. New Haven Vital Records, 1:225."
  10. Website Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, Transcriptions (, "Sakit, Ionthan—died Feb. 4, 172-?, age 72 yrs."
  11. "Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629–1934" (Ancestry image), 32:410, Inscription, Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, "Sakit, Ionthan, died Feb 4, 172-?, age 72 yrs."
  12. Barbour Collection, "Sackitt, Ruth, m. Sergt. Benjamin Dorman, Dec. 11, 1728, by Sam[ue]ll Bishop, JP. New Haven Vital Records, 1:462."
  13. Robert Anderson, Great Migration Newsletter (Boston: New England History Genealogical Society), 9:1, article "Winthrop Medical Journal", New Haven, p. 7, "17 March 1656/7: "Jonathan Sacket almost 2 yeares old 2 gr: ½$: for wormes" [$ represents an apothecary symbol, not a dollar].
Sackett lineSon of John Sackett of New Haven
ChartsLine 4 (American)
Last Edited26 Nov 2022

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