Richard Sackett

(c 1696-1758)
Richard Sackett, carpenter of Hornchurch, Essex, was born in about 1696.1 His parents have not been identified. He died aged 62 in HornchurchG on 17 April 1758 and was buried at St Andrew's, HornchurchG.2,3 He married at Fleet Prison, LondonG, on 10 January 1738/39, Mary Baker, a widow. The location of the marriage, at Fleet Prison, defines it as an irregular or clandestine marriage. Such marriages were performed without the formality of banns or a licence by some clergymen, often those imprisoned for debt, who used the fees to pay for privileges such as the right to live outside the prison gates. Quite why Richard and Mary sought such a no-questions-asked marriage is not known.4,5
     Richard was named as a beneficiary in his brother Thomas's will made in HornchurchG on 2 June 1754. He was left a sum of five guineas.6

 Notes & Citations

  1. Date of birth based on age at death.
  2. Church Records, Monumental Inscriptions, St Andrew's, Hornchurch, Essex, "To The Memory of/Mr. Thomas Sackett/of this parish/died June/1754 also children/also Mr. Richard Sackett/brother of the above/died April 17th 1758/aged 62 years."
  3. Burials Register, St Andrew's, Hornchurch, Essex, "Sackett, Richard, 62, carpenter, d. 17 Apr 1758, bur. _ Apr 1758."
  4. Marriage, Westminster, Middlesex (IGI), "January 1739 Richard Sackett & Mary Baker."
  5. Register of Clandestine Marriages, Fleet Prison, London, digital image, Ancestry.com, "10 Jan 1738/39 Richard Sackett of Billerkey [sic] in Essex, farmer, B, & Mary Baker, ditto [of Billerkey], W." There are at least 3 early manuscript records of this marriages register.
  6. Will of Thomas Sackett of Hornchurch, Essex, 2 June 1754, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1 July 1754 (National Archives, PROB 11/810 quire 210).
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Last Edited16 November 2019
 

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