Paul Sackett

FatherPaul Sackett (1736-1781)
MotherMargaret Wheatley (c 1738-1774)
Paul Sackett, innkeeper and coach operator of Margate and Ramsgate, son of Paul Sackett and Margaret Wheatley, was born in Margate, KentG, on 11 March 17671 and baptized at St John in ThanetG on 29 March 1767.1 He died aged 38 in Ramsgate, KentG, on 28 November 18052 and was buried at St John in ThanetG on 4 December 1805.3,2 He married at St John in ThanetG on 12 March 1791, Hannah Bloxham.4,5 Hannah was born in about 1772.6 She died aged 817 and was buried at St John in ThanetG on 11 December 1854.8
     Paul owned and ran the George Inn in Margate in 1793. He was also a partner in a coaching business operating between Aldersgate Street in the City of London and Margate. Coaches ran three times each week, taking twelve hours to complete the 75-mile journey.9
     Paul later moved to Ramsgate where he had a coaching business attached to the King's Head Inn. The premises, including livery stables for 40 horses and coach-houses for 12 carriages, were offered for sale in March 1804, shortly before Paul made his will.10
     Paul made his will in Ramsgate, KentG, on 1 May 1804, naming as beneficiaries his wife Hannah, his sons Samuel, John and Paul, and his daughter Sarah.11 He gave his wife the option of selling all his properties to create an investment fund sufficient to provide for her and the children, or of continuing to run the business until the children all reached 21, when they would inherit. Among the properties, in addition to his dwelling house, were Assembly Rooms and the Old Yard across the road, a part share of a house in Margate, three houses in Cold Harbour, and a share in land and buildings in St Peter's and St Lawrence. In a codicil to the will, reference is made to an inheritance of an additional share in the St Peter's and St Lawrence properties following the recent death of his brother Thomas Wheatley Sackett, with the request that this be added to the estate.
     The several properties detailed in Paul's will, including the Old King's Head Inn in Ramsgate, were put up for sale by auction on 1 August 1808, with possession of the Inn from 1 December.12,13 Although it appeared that Paul Sackett had substantial assets, the business had evidently been struggling, probably because of his ill health leading to his untimely death. A hint that the hotel was losing money was contained in the sale particulars in June 1808 when it was stated that the premises were "capable by good management of being made a most profitable concern." The attempt to sell the Old King's Head Inn as a going concern before Paul's death had failed, leaving his widow Hannah with no option but to struggle on. Her efforts were in vain and, at the same time as the hotel was put up for auction, she was declared bankrupt.14

Children of Paul Sackett and Hannah Bloxham

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 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St John the Baptist, Thanet, Kent, "29 March 1767 Paul s. Paul & Margaret Sacket bn. 11 March."
  2. Thanet Obituary, monumental inscription, St John's Church, Margate, Kent, on Bloxham's headstone, "Paul Sackett of Ramsgate, 28 November 1805 aged 39."
  3. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "4 December 1805 Paul Sacket, 39."
  4. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "7 March 1791 Paul Sackett of St John Thanet, victualler, bachelor & Hannah Bloxham, the same, 18, father Samuel Bloxham, victualler."
  5. Marriages Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "12 March 1791 Paul Sackett, of this parish, victualler, & Hannah Bloxham, of this parish, d. Samuel Bloxham, victualler. Licence. Witnesses: James Bloxham, Sarah Bloxham."
  6. Birth date calculated from age at marriage.
  7. GRO Indexes to Deaths, 1837 to date, "Dec qtr 1854. Sackett, Hannah, 81. Thanet. 2a:404."
  8. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "11 December 1854 Hannah Sackett, Margate, 82."
  9. The Times, (London), 13 June 1793, p. 1.
  10. "Kentish Gazette, Kent", digital image, Findmypast, 23 & 27 March 1804.
  11. Will of Paul Sackett of Ramsgate, Kent, 1 May 1804, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 21 May 1806 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-103-756).
  12. "Kentish Gazette, Kent", digital image, Findmypast, 28 June, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 July 1808.
  13. "Morning Chronicle", London, digital image, Findmypast, 30 Jul 1808.
  14. Newspaper notices of bankruptcy.
Sackett line8th great-grandson of William Sackett
Last Edited29 November 2016