Ambrose Sackett

(1743-1813)
FatherJohn Sackett (1714/15-1798)
MotherMary Austin (c 1715-1762)
Ambrose Sackett's apprenticeship indenture 30 March 1757
Ambrose Sackett, shipwright and lighter builder, son of John Sackett and Mary Austin, was baptized at St John in Thanet, KentG, on 24 April 1743.1 He died aged 70 in MargateG on 25 August 18132 and was buried at St John in ThanetG on 1 September 1813.3,2 He was unmarried.
     Ambrose Sackett established, with his brother Henry, the firm of A & H Sackett, Lighterbuilders, of Rotherhithe. The business was evidently very successful. The brothers accumulated significant wealth and were to describe themselves in later life as "gentlemen". They were both much involved in the Company of Shipwrights.
     Ambrose began his working life in 1757 at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Meridith Bishop, a shipwright and citizen of London. The fee paid for his apprenticeship was a nominal one penny, suggesting a family or other strong connection with the Bishops. He would have completed his seven-year apprenticeship at age 21. Five years later, in 1769, he was made free by servitude, becoming a citizen and shipwright of the City of London.4 Once qualified, Ambrose himself took a number of apprentices, the first of these, in 1777, being his cousin Thomas Sackett.5 On 15 July 1779 he took Henry Stokes of St Lawrence as an apprentice.6
     The records of the Shipwrights' Company show Ambrose paying quarterage (membership fees) from 1777 to 1810. He was elected an Assistant of the Company in 1784 and, in 1791, was elected as Steward for the next Lord Major's Day. Ambrose and Henry were listed in the Universal British Directory of 1791 under Livery of London, Shipwright's Company, as lighter builders of 52 Rotherhithe.7 After the brothers' deaths the business was carried on under the name of Sackett & Stokes, "near the Church", RotherhitheG.8
     Ambrose was named as a beneficiary in his brother Henry's will made in Kennington Green, Lambeth, SurreyG, on 15 June 1807. He was left a sum of £200 and was appointed an executor of Henry's will and trustee of various funds. In the event, Ambrose predeceased his brother.9
     Ambrose made his will in St John in ThanetG on 6 February 1808, naming as beneficiaries his brother (and business partner) Henry, his nephew John Henry Sackett, his nieces Ann Sackett and Mary Sackett, and his great nephews Henry John Preston and Henry Benjamin Walmsley.10 Ambrose left a substantial estate of nearly £2,500 in personalty as well as his real estate. The main beneficiary was his brother Henry—Ambrose's only surviving sibling, but who was himself to survive Ambrose by less than 18 months. He was left all Ambrose's real estate and £800 in Government stock. Henry was left a further £500 in stock for the benefit of his son John Henry Sackett "to set him up in business". Each of Henry's surviving daughters, Ann and Mary, was also left an amount of £500 in stocks. Ambrose remembered with bequests of £20 his great nephews, Henry Preston and Henry Walmsley, respectively the sons of Ann and Mary.
Abstract of will of Ambrose Sackett of St John, Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent.
Date: 6 February 1808.
Proved: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 11 October 1813.
Source: National Archives, PRO PROB 11/??.
Testator: Ambrose Sackett, gentleman, Margate, parish of St John the Baptist, Isle of Thanet, Kent.
Will:
To be buried in oak coffin 1½ inches thick in the family vault with his father and brother.
Beneficiaries:
Brother Henry Sackett, £800 of 5% Navy Stock.
Niece Ann Preston, £500 of 5% Navy Stock.
Niece Mary Walmsley, £500 of 5% Navy Stock.
Brother Henry Sackett for the use and benefit of his son John Henry Sackett to set him up in business, £500 of 5% Navy Stock.
[Gt] nephews Henry Preston, Henry Walmsley, [& nephew] John Henry Sackett, £20 each plus a 2 guineas mourning ring.
Friend Nathaniel Beckford of Kennington Green in the County of Surrey, £10.
Executors, £20 plus a 2 gns mourning ring.
Cousin Mary Robins, £10 plus a 2gns mourning ring.
Old servant Ann Harman, £20.
Brother Henry Sackett, all his real estate wheresoever.
The residue to be divided between his great nephews.
Executors: Henry Sackett, brother; John Preston, nephew [husband of niece]; Benjamin Walmsley, nephew [husband of niece]; Thomas Preston, brother to John Preston.
ChartsLine 3 (English)
Sackett shipwrights of London

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St John the Baptist, Thanet, Kent, "24 April 1743 Ambrose s. John & Mary Sackette."
  2. Thanet Obituary, monumental inscription, St John's Church, Margate, Kent, stone tomb, "Ambrose Sackett, 25 August 1813 aged 70; Henry Sackett, 5 February 1815 aged 70."
  3. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "1 September 1813 Ambrose Sackett, Margate, 70."
  4. "Freedom of the City of London Admission Papers, 1681–1925", digital image, Ancestry.com, Indenture of apprenticeship as shipwright, Ambrose Sackett, son of John Sackett of Margate, Kent, gent, to Meredith Bishop, London, 30 March 1757. Consideration one penny.
  5. "Freedom of the City of London Admission Papers, 1681–1925", digital image, Ancestry.com, Indenture of apprenticeship as shipwright, Thomas Sackett, son of William Sackett of Margate, farmer, to Ambrose Sackett, shipwright of London, 27 November 1777. Consideration one penny.
  6. "Freedom of the City of London Admission Papers, 1681–1925", digital image, Ancestry.com, Indenture of apprenticeship as shipwright, Henry Stokes, son of Peter Stokes of St Laurence in Kent, labourer, to Ambrose Sackett, shipwright of London, 15 July 1779. Consideration one penny.
  7. Website The Universal British Directory (Ancestry.co.uk) (http://www.ancestry.co.uk), 1791. Livery of London.
    "Sackett Ambrose, 52 Rotherhithe, Shipwright's Company, Lighter-builder."
    "Sackett Henry, 52 Rotherhithe, Shipwright's Company, Lighter-builder."
  8. Website Post Office Directory of London (Ancestry.co.uk) (http://www.ancestry.co.uk), 1819, "Sackett & Stokes, Lighter-build, near the Church, Rotherhithe."
  9. Will of Henry Sackett of Kennington Green, Lambeth, Surrey, 15 June 1807, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 13 April 1815 (National Archives, PRO PROB 11/??).
  10. Will of Ambrose Sackett of St John, Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, 6 February 1808, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 11 October 1813 (National Archives, PRO PROB 11/??).
Generation.TreeM.3
Sackett line4th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder
Last Edited23 September 2019
 

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