Samuel Sackett

FatherJudge Joseph Sackett (1680-1755)
MotherHannah Alsop (1690-1773)
Marriage1764, JamaicaGMary Betts1,2
Samuel Sackett, son of Judge Joseph Sackett and Hannah Alsop, was born in Newtown, Long Island, New York StateG, on 23 June 1724.1 He died aged 56 in Jamaica, Queens County, New York StateG, on 29 September 17801 and was buried at Grace Episcopal Churchyard, JamaicaG.3 He married in JamaicaG on 27 June 1764, Mary Betts.1,2 She died there on 20 April 17841 and was buried at Grace Episcopal ChurchyardG.3
     Samuel was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made on 31 March 1755.
     Samuel made his will at JamaicaG on 26 September 1780. He left substantial sums to his sons, Samuel, Richard, and Augustus, to be received when they reached 21. They and his daughter Sophia were also to inherit a quarter each of the residue of his estate, subject to Samuel's wife Mary receiving a one-fifth share of the income of the estate during her lifetime. In a sentence, jarring to the modern reader, he listed items for the use of his wife, to include his household furniture, bed, bedding, linen and woolen, wrought plate, Negro wench Mary, Negro girl Fan, my bay horse and chair, two of my best cows with pasturing and wintering..., and firewood for two fires.4
Abstract of will of Samuel Sackett of Jamaica, New York.
Date: 26 Sep 1780.
Proved: Fort George, New York City, 28 Nov 1780, by Christopher Smith & Cary Ludlow, two of the executors, the witnesses Jacob Sharpe & Samuel Welling having been sworn at Queens County, 25 Oct 1780.
Testator: Samuel Sackett, gentleman of Jamaica, Queens County, Nassau Island, New York.
Wife Mary, use of all household furniture, bed, bedding, linen and woolen, wrought plate, Negro wench Mary, Negro girl Fan, my bay horse and chair, two of my best cows, the horse and chair and cows conditional on her living in the Country. If she chooses to live in the City, the back part of my house in Queen's Street, New York, or if she chooses to live in the Country, £50 a year instead of the apartment in my house in New York. Also one-fifth of income of estate after following legacies to 3 sons.
Eldest son Samuel, £700 at 21 or on marriage.
Son Richard, £500 at 21 or on marriage.
Son Augustus £500 at 21 or on marriage.
Wife Mary £50 a year for each child living with their mother during their minority.
Executors to sell stock, farming utensils, and carriages, and rent out farm at Jamaica, as soon as convenient. Estate to be sold after youngest child reaches 21.
Sons Samuel, Richard, Augustus, & daughter Sophia, one-fourth part each of residue, subject to wife Mary's one-fifth share of income of estate.
Executors: relation Captain Thomas Lawrence of Newtown, friends James Desbrosses of New York, and Christopher Smith and Cary Ludlow of Jamaica.
Witnesses: Jacob Sharpe, Charles Welling, Samuel Welling.
Samuel Sackett (1724–1780), Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Jamaica, New York
"In memory of Samuel Sackett who departed this life Sept 29th 1780 aged 52 years 2 months and 3 days also Mary Sackett, wife of Samuel who died Apr 22, 1784 in the 43 year of her age."
(Src: Find A Grave, DMC)

Children of Samuel Sackett and Mary Betts

94. Samuel Sackett, 1724–1780, of Newtown, L. I., New York City, and Jamaica, N. Y., son of (23) Judge Joseph and Hannah Alsop Sackett, was married, June 27, 1764, to Mary Betts. He was born at Newtown and on reaching his majority engaged in mercantile business in New York City, being associated with his brother James. When about 40 years of age he retired from business and settled at Jamaica, where he was married, as above stated. He however, maintained an establishment in New York City, in which he resided for several months of each year as long as he lived. During the early part of the War of the Revolution, when lead was the most difficult of all warlike materials to procure, it is recorded that the lead window weights were removed from the dwellings of the principal citizens and made into bullets for the use of the Continental Army. The house of Samuel Sackett is mentioned as one of the number from which a goodly supply of lead was thus secured.
     The will of Mr. Sackett is recorded in New York City records. It begins in this wise: "I, Samuel Sackett, of Jamaica, in Queens County, on Nassau Island, in the Province of New York, Gentleman." It was executed a short time before his death. By it he bequeathed to his wife Mary the use of all of his furniture, plate, horse, chair and negroes. In case she prefers to reside in New York city instead of Jamaica, it is provided that she have the use of the designated part of his dwelling house on Queen Street. To his oldest son, Samuel, he gave £700, and to his son Augustus £500, in money. He then empowers his executors to dispose of his estate after his youngest child shall have arrived at the age of 21, "and after the termination of the present unhappy war," and provides that one equal fourth part of the proceeds be given to each of his four children, viz.: his sons Samuel, Richard and Augustus, and his daughter Sophia. The concluding clause reads: "Lastly I appoint my relation, Capt. Thomas Lawrence, of New York, and Christopher Smith and Gary Ludlow, of Jamaica, my executors."
     Mrs. Sackett survived her husband but a little over three and a half years, her death occurring at Jamaica, Apr. 20, 1784.
305. Samuel Sackett, b. Sept. 22, 1765, d. in year 1822; m. Elizabeth Kassam.
306. Richard Sackett, b. July 3, 1767.
307. Augustus Sackett, b. Nov. 10, 1769, d. Apr. 12 [sic: Apr 22], 1827; m. Minerva Camp.
308. Sophia Sackett, b. July 29, 1774; m. Oliver Goodwin.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "94. Samuel Sackett, b. June 23, 1724, d. Sept. 29, 1780; m. Mary Betts."
  2. New York State, Names of persons for whom marriage licenses were issued by the secretary of the province of New York, previous to 1784., Albany, Weed, Parsons & Co (1860), digital image, (, "1764, June 27. Sackett, Samuel, and Mary Betts, VIII, 239."
  3. Find a Grave.
  4. "New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659–1999" (Ancestry image).
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