Colonel Richard Sackett

FatherHon Nathaniel Sackett (1720-before 1761)
Death1799, Tioga County, New York StateG,1
Marriage1769Rachel Holmes1,3
Colonel Richard Sackett, son of Hon Nathaniel Sackett, was born between 1741 and 1750.1,2 He died in Tioga County, New York StateG, in 17991 and was buried at Owego, Tioga CountyG. He married in about 1769, Rachel Holmes, daughter of Isaac Holmes and Abigail Mead.1,3
     Richard served as an officer throughout the American Revolutionary War. He rose to become a Captain in the 2nd Midland Regiment. He was captured by the British but later exchanged. After the War he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Westchester County Regiment of Militia.4
     In 1790 Richard was living in Bedford, Westchester County, New York StateG. In his household were three men and three females. He also owned six slaves.5
     Richard made his will in New York CityG in 1798, naming as beneficiaries his wife Rachel, his sons Nathaniel and Caleb, and his daughters Betsey and Polly.1 His estate was to be shared equally between his two sons after making financial provision for his wife and two daughters. Executors of the will were to be his sons Nathaniel and Caleb, together with Colonel Richard's cousin Capt Richard Sackett of Bedford.

Children of Colonel Richard Sackett and Rachel Holmes

341. Colonel Richard Sackett, 17__–1799, of Westchester County, N. Y., and New York City, son of (118) Nathaniel Sackett, was married to Rachel Holmes, daughter of Isaac Holmes and his wife Abigail Mead. He was an active participant on the war of the Revolution, serving almost continuously, as a commissioned officer, from the commencement to the end of the seven years' struggle for independence. On May 26, 1776, he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Grenadiers in the 2d Midland Regiment, and on May 26, 1778, was promoted to the Captaincy. Heath's Memoirs give an account of his capture on the 4th of December, 1781, by the British, on a road called Kings Street, at a point now embraced within the limits of greater New York City. After being confined for several months he was exchanged and served in both the 1st and 2d Westchester County Regiments. He is also reported as commanding for a time a company in Pawling's Levies.
     Immediately after the disbandment of the Continental army he was appointed and commissioned Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Westchester County Regiment of Militia, and held that position until 1792, when leaving determined to change his residence to New York City, he resigned his commission. In 1786, he was made one of the commissioners to carry out the provisions of an act of the State Legislature, appropriating One thousand eight hundred pounds for the erection of a court house in Westchester County. About one year after his removal to New York City he purchased a considerable tract of land in Tioga County and settled his son Nathaniel upon it. In 1799, while on a visit to his Tioga County estate he was taken ill and died there. He was buried near the present Court House in Owego. His will, which was executed in 1798 and probated in 1799, reads as follows:
     In the Name of God Amen. I Richard Sackett of the City of New York, being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and memory . . . do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament . . .
     First I give and bequeath to Rachel my dearly beloved wife one third of all my estate both Real and Personal to her use during her natural life and at her decease to be divided equally between my well beloved sons Nathaniel and Caleb.
     Second, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Betsey Holmes, the wife of William Holmes the use of Sixty five pounds during her natural life, and if she shall die without any heirs then to be equally between my beloved sons and daughter and if she should have an heir then to the heir of heirs after her death.
     Third, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Polly the use of one hundred pounds during her natural life, and if she should have an heir or heirs the one hundred pounds to be paid to them after her decease, and if she have no heir or heirs then to be equally divided between my beloved sons and daughter.
     Fourth, I give and bequeath all the residue of my estate both Real and Personal to my well beloved sons Nathaniel and Caleb, to be equally divided between them excepting Nathaniel to have paid him fifty pounds first out of my estate before the division to be made between them, and then to be divided equally.
     And Lastly, I order that my executors or the survivors of them take care to have the monies given to my daughters Betsey Holmes and Polly put out at interest so as not to have any loss or damage thereto, so that they may have the full use or interest therefrom as above said.
     And I do likewise constitute make and ordain the following persons my sole executors: My sons Nathaniel and Caleb and my beloved cousin Richard Sackett of the town of Bedford. And I do by these presents fully authorize my said Executors and empower them to sell and dispose of all my real and personal estate or divide the same as they think best. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul any other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executors & co.
840. Nathaniel Sackett, b. Apr. 9, 1770, d. Nov. 5, 1817; m. Sarah Waring.
841. Caleb H. Sackett, b. Apr. 9, 1770.
842. Betsey Sackett, m. William Holmes.
843. Polly Sackett.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "341. Richard Sackett, d. in year 1799; m. Rachel Holmes."
  2. A birth record has not been found. The estimated date of 1741 to 1750 is on the basis that he was younger than his brother Justus born 1740, as stated by Weygant, and that he was old enough to have had two children in 1770. His mother was probably Anne Bush or possibly Elisabeth ___.
  3. Date of marriage based on birth of children.
  4. Website National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, "Sackett, Richard
    Service: New York
    Rank: Captain
    Birth: (Circa) 1745, New York
    Death: 1799, Tioga Co, New York
    Service Source: NY in the Rev As Colony & State pg.207
    Service Description: 1) L Col Budd, Col Thomas Thomas; 2) Westchester Co Militia, 2nd Regt
    Residence: Westchester Co, New York
    Spouse: Rachael Holmes."
  5. 1790 United States census, Richard Sackett, Esqr. Bedford, Westchester, NY. 3 white males (16+), 3 white females, and 6 slaves.
Appears inSacketts in the Military
Sackett line5th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited19 Apr 2024

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