|Father||John Sacket (1660-1745)|
|Mother||Deborah Filley (1660/61-1701)|
John Sacket was named as the father of an illegitimate daughter, Meriam, born to Abigail Williams in WestfieldG on 22 March 1712. John and Abigail appeared in the County Court in September of that year, confessing that they had "committed the sin of fornication together", and Abigail "declaring upon oath that she had lately been delivered of a bastard child begotton on her body by the said Sackett." They were each fined forty shillings and John was ordered to pay two shillings and sixpence per week to Abigail for the maintenance of the child. John and his father, also John, were ordered by the Court to provide a surety in the sum of £40 against non-payment by the younger John. John and Abigail did not marry (both are recorded as having taken other spouses), but their daughter Meriam took the surname Sacket, as evidenced by the record of her marriage in 1733 to John Pell.9,10
33. John Sacket, 1688–__?, of Westfield, Mass., son of (8) John and Deborah Filley Sacket, was married, July 14, 1722, to Sarah Mackerany.
159. Seth Sacket, b. Feb. 17, 1725; m. Elizabeth Winchell.
160. Sarah Sacket, b. Oct. 14, 1720, d. Jan. 20, 1745, unmarried.
161. Aaron Sacket, b. July 13, 1735, d. Aug. 15, 1750, unmarried.
162. Lucy Sacket, b. Nov. 15, 1730; m. Gad Kellogg.
Child of John Sacket and Abigail Williams
- Miriam Sacket+ b. 22 Mar 1712, d. 29 Dec 1785
Children of John Sacket and Sarah Mackeraney
Notes & Citations
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "33. John Sacket, b. Mar. 3, 1688, d. ; m. Sarah Macerany."
- Vital Records (LDS), Westfield, Massachusetts.
- Birth & Death Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "Sacket, John, s. John & Deborah, b. Mar. 3, 1688."
- The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: NEHGS), 6 (1852): 269, Marriages, Births and Deaths in Westfield, "John Sackett, wife Deborah; chn. John, b. March 3, 1688; Abigail, b. Oct. 16, 1690; Daniel, b. Aug. 14, 1693; David, b. July 7, 1696; Benjamin, b. Oct. 30, 1698; Deborah, b. Nov. 16, 1701. Mrs. D. Sachett d. Nov. 20, 1701. Mr. S. m. again, had several children, d. Dec. 20, 1745."
- James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1860-62).
- Website Baptisms performed in the Church of Christ, Westfield, Massachusetts, 1679–1836 (NewEnglandAncestors.org), "1688 Sacket, John s. John & Deborah, 3 mo 20 d."
- Website Register of Deaths of the First Church, Westfield, Massachusetts, 1728–1836 (NewEnglandAncestors.org), "1766 Oct. Mr. John Sacket."
- Marriage Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "John Sacket of W. and Sarah Muckeraney of W; m. June 14, 1728."
- Vital Records (LDS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "Meriam the daughter of Abiall Williams & John Sacket the reputed father was born March 22= 1712."
- Thomas M & Virginia L Davis, Editors, Edward Taylor's Church Records and Related Sermons (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981), p. 204: "Abiel [Abigail] Williams Case, she being ensnared by Young John Saket & overcome to Comitt Fornication with him & was thereby got with Child & after she had recovered her lying in Gave in this Confession Following, in the assemby upon the Lords day the 29 4 m 1712.
I being left by God to be overborn by a temptation carried on upon my by John Sacket the younger, to the breaking of the Seventh Comand, a great & scandalous sin, to the dishonour of God, & therefore to the offending of Gods people, especially the Church of God, which is a greate exercise to my Soule & therefore I am desirous to be reconciled both to God & his people, especially to the Church: that as they have seen my fall they also might have a sight of the sorrow of my heart on this account.
This Confession tooke from her own mouth 31 3m 1712 & now read & and ownd by her, was with her case propounded to the Church who accepted of it & so she was absolved & then presnt on to a watchfulness over herselfe & a humble walking with God."
p. 468: "In the September session of the County Court, two months after the action of the Church, both appeared: John Sackett 3rd and Abiel Williams both of Westfield in the County of Hamshr appearing in Court and Confessing that they have Committed the Sin of Fornication Together Ordered that they Pay as a fine to her Majestie the Sum of Forty Shillings Each and Cost and the said Abiel Williams Declaring upon Oath that she had lately been Deliv¹d of a Bastard Child begotton on her body by the Said Sackett (he being Presnt not Denying the Same) this Court Therefore Further order that the Said John Sackett Pay to the Said Abiel Williams the sum of Two Shillings Six Pence per Week During the Pleasure of this Court, and that he find Sureties for the Performance thereof?Accordingly the said John Sackett with John Sackett Jr. of Said Westfield appeared in Courth and Acknowledg¹d themselves to by joyntly and Severally indebted to the said Abiel Williams in the Sum of Forty Pounds to be well and Truly Paid to the said Abiel Williams in Case the Said John Sackett Tertius Shall fail of Performing the order aforesaid."
Out of wedlock births in the 17th & 18th centuries were not that unusual. The unusual aspect of this case is that John and Abigail did not marry. A footnote on page 468 states that Abigail married Thomas Dewey, the son of Abijah, later that summer, and that "John Sackett, the grandson of one of the first Westfield settlers, married Sarah Mackerany and remained in Westfield."
|See also||Thurmon King's Database, 160|
|Sackett line||3rd great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet|
|Charts||Line 3a (American)|
|Last Edited||1 Apr 2021|