85. Joseph Sackett
, 1707–__, of Newtown, L. I., New York City and Orange County, all in the State of New York, son of (23) Judge Joseph and Hannah Alsop Sackett, was married, March 23, 1731, to Millicent Clowes, daughter of Samuel Clowes and his wife Catherine Donne. He was by profession a lawyer. Previous to or immediately after the date of his marriage he became engaged in mercantile business in New York City, to which for several years he gave considerable attention—dividing his time between that and the practice of his profession. Meantime his father, Judge Joseph Sackett, and his father-in-law, Samuel Clowes, acquired title to several extensive tracts of fertile land in the vacated Capt. John Evans patent, on the west bank of the Hudson River and in the County of Orange, N. Y. This land they had surveyed and plotted into small farms and village lots, which they disposed of to incoming settlers. Evidently this lucrative land business on the Hudson possessed for the young lawyer and merchant a controlling attraction, for about the year 1741, he relinquished all interest in his promising mercantile venture to his younger brothers and removed with his family to Orange County. There, in addition to looking after his father's real estate interests, he soon became engaged in extensive transactions on his own account. In 1747 he was appointed, by Governor George Clinton, High Sheriff of Orange County, which office he retained by consecutive reappointments through the administrations of Governors Danvers, Osborn, De Lancy, and Sir Charles Hardy, to the year 1757, when he resigned said office, removed his family to Long Island and took up anew the practice of his profession in New York City.
Samuel Clowes, Esq., 1674–1760, the father of Millicent Clowes Sackett, was born in Derbyshire, England. In receiving his education he was instructed in mathmatics [sic] by Flamestead, for whose use Greenwich Observatory was erected. He became a lawyer and on reaching New York in 1697 began the practice of his profession, and is credited with being the first lawyer to settle on Long Island. On July 18, 1698, he was married to Catherine Donne (sometimes written Denne). In 1702 he accompanied Lord Cornbury to Jamaica and was immediately thereafter commissioned Clerk of Queens County, which office he held until 1710, when the pressure of professional business and personal interests impelled him to resign. He was practical surveyor as well as an able lawyer. His name appears as attorney in some of the most important suits of that period, and figures more extensively than that of any man of his time in real estate transactions found recorded in early records of Long Island and the Hudson River counties.
Child of Joseph and Millicent Clowes Sackett.
295. Joseph Sackett, b. Feb. 16, 1733, d. July 17, 1799; m. Hannah Alsop.