Paul Sackett

FatherPaul Sackett (1736-1781)
MotherMargaret Wheatley (c 1738-1774)
Birth1767, Margate, KentG,1
Baptism1767, St John in ThanetG,1
Death1805, Ramsgate, KentG
Marriage1791, St John in ThanetGHannah Bloxham2,3
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 1805 and was buried at St John in ThanetG on 4 December 1805.4,5 He married at St John in ThanetG on 12 March 1791, Hannah Bloxham.2,3 Hannah was born in about 1772.6 She died aged 81 and was buried at St John in ThanetG on 11 December 1854.7,8
     Paul was named as a beneficiary in the will of his aunt Ann Sackett made at St John in ThanetG on 1 May 1781.9 He was to inherit jointly with his brother Thomas all her lands and the residue of her estate at age 21, the income from the estate being used in the meantime to provide for the boys' support and education.
     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.10
     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.11
     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.12 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.13,14 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.15
Abstract of will of Paul Sackett of Ramsgate, Kent.
Date: 1 May 1804.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 21 May 1806.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-103-756.
Testator: Paul Sackett, vintner of Ramsgate, Kent.
Executors, wife Hannah Sackett and good friend John Westbeach, Surveyor of the Excise, of Ramsgate, are to sell house he lives in, & Assembly Rooms & the Old Yard on opposite side of the road in Ramsgate, his part share of a house at Churchfield, Margate, three houses in Cold Harbour, & his eighth share of land & buildings at George Hill & Northwood in parishes of St Peter & St Lawrence. After paying any mortgages or debts, the whole of the estate is to be invested in Government or similar securities. The interest is to be paid to his wife, Hannah, for life so long as she remains his widow, for bringing up and educating his children.
If widow dies or remarries, the interest to be equally divided between his children, Samuel, John, Paul, & Sarah, until the youngest of them is 21. Then they equally share the principal.
However, if she wishes, his widow can continue his business until the youngest child is 21, & if she dies or remarries, the other Trustee can have the business continued for the children until the youngest is 21.
Hannah Sackett & John Westbeach, trustees, joint executors, & guardians of any children under 21.
Witnesses: Thos Edmunds, Nathl Austen of Margate, John Harman clerk to Mr Austen.
Brother Thomas Wheatley Sackett has died.
Paul & his children are heirs to Thomas Wheatley Sackett's eighth share in two farms at George Hill, St Peter's (now occupied by John Benson) & at Northwood, St Lawrence (now occupied by Jeremiah Sackett), & eighth share of house & land at Churchfield, Margate (now occupied by ___ Day). This real estate to be added to, & treated as part of, original will.
Daniel Collins, livery stable keeper of Broadstairs, appointed as additional co-trustee.
Witnesses: Stephen Bax, John Bloxham, John Boys.

Children of Paul Sackett and Hannah Bloxham

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St John in Thanet, Kent, "29 March 1767 Paul s. Paul & Margaret Sacket bn. 11 March."
  2. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "7 March 1791 Paul Sackett of St John Thanet, victualler, bachelor & Hannah Bloxham, the same, 18, father Samuel Bloxham, victualler."
  3. Marriages Register, St John in Thanet, Kent (Marion Sackett transcripts), "12 March 1791 Paul Sackett, of this parish, victualler, & Hannah Bloxham, of this parish, d. Samuel Bloxham, victualler. Licence. Witnesses: James Bloxham, Sarah Bloxham."
  4. Burials Register, St John in Thanet, Kent (Marion Sackett transcripts), "4 December 1805 Paul Sacket, 39."
  5. Thanet Obituary (monumental inscriptions), St John's Church, Margate, Kent, on Bloxham's headstone, "Paul Sackett of Ramsgate, 28 November 1805 aged 39."
  6. Birth date calculated from age at marriage.
  7. General Register Office, Online Index to Deaths, "Dec qtr 1854. Sackett, Hannah, 81. Thanet. 2a:404."
  8. Burials Register, St John in Thanet, Kent, "11 December 1854 Hannah Sackett, Margate, 82."
  9. Will of Ann Sackett of John the Baptist, Thanet, 1 May 1781, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1 August 1781 (National Archives, PROB 11/1081 quire 406).
  10. The Times, (London), 13 June 1793, p. 1.
  11. "Kentish Gazette, Kent" (Findmypast image), 23 & 27 March 1804.
  12. Will of Paul Sackett of Ramsgate, Kent, 1 May 1804, proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 21 May 1806 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-103-756).
  13. "Kentish Gazette, Kent" , 28 June, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 July 1808.
  14. "Morning Chronicle", London (Findmypast image), 30 Jul 1808.
  15. Newspaper notices of bankruptcy.
Sackett line8th great-grandson of William Sackett of St John in Thanet
ChartsLine 2 (English)
Last Edited7 Dec 2023

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