Rev Richard Sackett AM

(1686-1727)
FatherCapt. Joseph Sackett (1655/56-1719)
MotherElizabeth Betts (c 1660-between 1700 & 1710)
Rev Richard Sackett AM, Congregational minister, son of Capt. Joseph Sackett and Elizabeth Betts, was born in Newtown, Long Island, New York StateG, in 1686.1 He died in Greenwich, Fairfield County, ConnecticutG, on 8 May 1727.1,2 He married first in about 1705, ___ ___. She died soon after the birth of their only child Richard.1 He married second in Greenwich, Fairfield County, ConnecticutG, in 1710, Elizabeth Kirtland, daughter of John Kirtland and Lydia Pratt.1,2
     Richard was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in Newtown, Queens CountyG, on 20 September 1719.
     Details of Rev Richard Sackett's ministry are given in Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies.3
Rev. Richard Sackett ... entered Yale College and studied for the ministry. He graduated with honor in 1709. ... In 1711 he was preaching to the congregation of Maidenhead and Hopewell, NJ. In 1712 his residence was Saybrook. Early in 1714, he succeeded Mr. John Jones in preaching to the first church in Greenwich, but in 1716 changed to the supply of the pulpit at what was then called Horse Neck in western part of the town. His ministrations there were so acceptable that the General Assembly in October 1717, granted an application for a church, and accordingly a church was quickly formed (perhaps in the following months) and Mr. Sackett was ordained pastor. He remained in this office until his sudden death in Greenwich May 9, 1727. A notice of his death in the New England Weekly Journal says that he was so well the day before that he preached both parts of the day. He is reported to have been of a mild temper and pleasant manner and much beloved by his people. His children remained in Greenwich. The inventory of his estate dated Aug. 15, 1729, amounted to about two thousand pounds—fifty pounds being in books.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America, citing The Yale Graduate, 1860.

Child of Rev Richard Sackett AM and ___ ___

  • Richard Sackett b. c 1706, d. c 1767

Children of Rev Richard Sackett AM and Elizabeth Kirtland

  • John Sackett b. 14 Nov 1713, d. 15 Nov 1713
  • Elizabeth Sackett b. 27 Mar 1715
  • Mary Sackett b. 28 Dec 1717
  • Hon Nathaniel Sackett+ b. 8 Jun 1720, d. before 14 Jun 1761
  • Abigail Sackett b. 29 Nov 1722
  • Joseph Sackett+ b. 11 Feb 1724/25

26. Rev. Richard Sackett, about 1686–1727, of Greenwich, Conn., son of (7) Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth Betts Sackett, was married before reaching his majority. His wife died shortly after the birth of their only child, who was named for his father. Mr. Sackett then entered Yale College and studied for the ministry. He graduated with honor in 1709, and the following year was married to Elizabeth Kirkland, daughter of Lieut. John Kirtland and his wife Lydia Platt. The "Yale Graduate," in issue of 1860, contains the following:
"Richard Sackett, son of Joseph Sackett of Newtown, L. I., was born about 1688. He studied theology and married before Nov., 1711, Elizabeth, daughter of Lieut. John Kirtland of Saybrook, Conn. In 1711 he was preaching to the congregation of Maidenhead and Hopewell, NJ. In 1712 his residence was Saybrook. Early in 1714, he succeeded Mr. John Jones in preaching to the first church in Greenwich, but in 1716 changed to the supply of the pulpit at what was then called Horse Neck in western part of the town. His ministrations there were so acceptable that the General Assembly in October 1717, granted an application for a church, and accordingly a church was quickly formed (perhaps in the following months) and Mr. Sackett was ordained pastor. He remained in this office until his sudden death in Greenwich May 9, 1727. A notice of his death in the New England Weekly Journal says that he was so well the day before that he preached both parts of the day. He is reported to have been of a mild temper and pleasant manner and much beloved by his people. His children remained in Greenwich. The inventory of his estate dated Aug. 15, 1729, amounted to about two thousand pounds—fifty pounds being in books."
     Mead in his "History of Greenwich," published in 1757, says: "In 1717, the Second Society was provided with another minister, the Rev. Richard Sackett. Little seems to be known of him even by his immediate descendants. He is spoken of as a kind, mild man, and universally beloved by his people. Mr. Sackett graduated in middle life at Yale College in the Class of 1709."
     Mr. Mead doubtless drew his conclusion that Mr. Sackett was in "middle life" when he graduated from Yale, from the fact that he was a widower when he entered. Riker, in his "Annals of Newtown," giving a record of children of Capt. Joseph Sackett, simply states that "Richard married and died at Greenwich, Conn."
     An old book which was probably included in the before mentioned inventory, is entitled, "The First Epistle of St. John the Apostle." It was written, as shown by the title page, by Nathaniel Hardy, minister of the gospel and preacher to the parish of St. Dionecius, and printed in London in 1659. This ancient volume was, in 1905, in possession of the heirs of Daniel Gott, Esq., of Syracuse, N. Y. Written in it, unquestionably by the hand of Rev. Richard Sackett, is this note:
"My honored father, Joseph Sackett, left this world September 23, Anno Que Domini 1719."
     On another page, in the same hand, the following names appear: "Elisabeth, Nathaniel, Richard, Joseph, Mary, Abigail."
     The Greenwich Town Records contain the following: "Richard Sackett, of Greenwich, and his wife Elizabeth had: John, b. Nov. 14, 1713; Elizabeth, b. evening next after Dec. 28, 1717; Nathaniel, b. June 8, 1720; Abigail, b. Aug. 29, 1722; Joseph, b. Feb. 11, 1724-5."
     Nathaniel Kirtland, 1616-1678, the grandfather of Elizabeth Kirtland Sackett, came from Count Bucks, England, to Massachusetts Bay, in the ship Hopewell in the year 1635. For several years he resided at Lynn, after which he removed to Southold, L. I., where he was married. Previous to the year 1658 he returned to Lynn, of which town he was for several years a Selectman.
     Lieut. John Kirtland, 1659-1716, son of Nathaniel Kirtland, and father of Elizabeth Kirtland Sackett, was married, May 16, 1679, to Lydia Pratt, daughter of Lieut. William Pratt. Lieut. John Kirtland was a man of prominence in Saybrook, and during the years 1702 and 1703 was the commandant of the Government fort there.
     The following is as nearly complete a list as we are able to give of Rev. Richard Sackett's
Children.
     114. Richard Sackett, b. about 1706, d. about 1767.
     115. John Sackett, b. March 14, 1713, d. March 15, 1713.
     116. Elizabeth Sackett, b. Mar. 28, 1715.
     117. Mary Sackett, b. Dec. 28, 1717; m. ___ Lockwood.
     118. Nathaniel Sackett, b. June 8, 1720, d. before 1768; m. 1st, Ann Bush.
     119. Abigail Sackett, b. Aug. 29, 1722; m. Jehial Hubbell.
     120. Joseph Sackett, b. Feb. 11, 1724; m. Hannah Budson.

See alsoThurmon King's Database, 6523
Appears inSacketts in the Church
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 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "26. Richard Sackett, b. in 1686, d. May 8, 1737 [sic: 1727]; m. Elizabeth Kirtland."
  2. James Riker, The Annals of Newtown, in Queens County, New-York: containing Its History from its first Settlement, D Fanshaw, New York (1852), p345 "Richard m. and d. at Greenwich, Ct."
  3. Frederick Lewis Weis, The Colonial Clergy of the Middle Colonies: New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, 1628–1776, American Antiquarian Society, digital image, (http://www.americanantiquarian.org/proceedings/44539283.pdf).
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Sackett line3rd great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder
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