Samuel Sackett

(1762-1841)
FatherNathaniel Sackett (1737-1805)
MotherMary Rogers
Samuel Sackett, son of Nathaniel Sackett and Mary Rogers, was born on 12 August 1762.1 He died aged 79 on 9 September 18411 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, Orange County, New York StateG.2 He married first in Fishkill, New York StateG, on 14 February 1788, Polly Halstead, daughter of John Halstead.1 He married second on 29 October 1803, Mary Bailey, daughter of Nathan Bailey and Abigail Pine.1 Mary was born on 31 December 1772.2 She died aged 83 on 12 June 1856 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, New WindsorG.2
     Samuel was listed in the census in 1810, 1830, and 1840 as a householder in New WindsorG.3,4,5
     In 1850 Samuel's widow Mary, aged 76, was living in New Windsor, Orange County, New York StateG, with her son William and daughter Mary.6

462. Samuel Sackett, 1762–1841, of the counties of Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan, in the State of New York, son of (148) Hon. Nathaniel and Mary Rogers Sackett, was married, at Fishkill, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1788, to Polly Halstead, 17—?–1796, daughter of John Halstead. On Oct. 20, 1803, he was married to his second wife, Mary Bailey, daughter of Nathan Bailey, and his wife Abigail Pine. When a mere lad he met with an accident which shortened one of his legs. This unfitted him for military service, and during the Revolutionary War was engaged in his father's store at Fishkill. At first under the direction of his uncle, James Sackett, who had charge of the absence of Nathaniel, whose time was almost wholly given up to public duties. But presently, James Sackett threw down his pen, shouldered his musket and marched away with the patriot army, leaving the lad to conduct the business as best he could. That he succeeded as well as could have been expected under the circumstances, is made apparent by the fact that his father, a few years later, made him a partner in the business. About the year 1800, Samuel Sackett removed from Fishkill to Moodna [Modena?], Orange County, where he had purchased a property with water power, and there engaged quite extensively in the milling business, and in the purchase of grain from farmers of Orange and adjoining counties, which he shipped in sloop loads to merchants in New York City. In 1813 he disposed of his mill and grain business and purchased a farm at Monticello, Sullivan County, N. Y., on which he remained for twelve years. He then returned to Orange County, N. Y., and in addition to conducting a farm, established a general store at Little Britain Square, New Windsor, which, with the aid of Samuel B., his oldest son by his second wife, Mary Bailey, he conducted in a successful manner during the remainder of his life. His death occurred September 9, 1841, in his 79th year.
     It does not appear that Samuel Sackett ever held any public office of importance, but the records show that in the year 1897 he was sent by the "National Appean Highway Company" to explore a suitable route for the proposed turnpike road from Newburgh, N. Y., westward to Cochecton. He, however, took an active part in public affairs and was a pronounced partisan and outspoken man of business. This is shown by the following extracts from a letter now lying before the writer, which is dated, "Windsor Mills, Oct. 22, 1812," and was written by him to his oldest son, Dr. John Sackett, who had a short time previously been appointed an assistant surgeon in the Regular United States Army and assigned to duty at Charleston, S. C.
Before this reaches you, you will probably be, and I hope safely, arrived at your destination * * * We have no news of consequence, only that the despicable Clinton faction are crowing loudly at the success of Federalists in the states of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, and are, as they pretend, calculating with great certainty on Pennsylvania; and of course, as they would have us believe, on the success of their infamous candidate. But as the election approaches such things are to be expected from such characters as compose that truly contemptible faction. Genl. Wilkin and Ross, who, as you know, are of the Clintonian State Committee of Correspondence, are, I am creditably informed, both ashamed of their conduct in this affair, and if I mistake not, are in opposition to their leader's wishes.
     The same day I received your letter I took one out of the post office for you, and knowing it to be from Dr. Little broke it open with the intention of reading it and informing you of the contents. But I have not been able to read it on account of the shamefully bad hand writing, however, I will endeavor to decipher it and inform you of the contents in my next. I think you had better acquaint him of our present situation in order that he may know where to direct to you in the future, and inform him that there is no occasion for sealing his letters. I am in much greater haste than I could wish, being under engagement to be at Newburgh before two o'clock, so that I have only leisure to add the assurance of my regard with great sincerity.
Your ever affectionate father,
Saml. Sackett.

Polly Halstead, daughter of John Halsted, and the first wife of Samuel Sackett, died at Fishkill, Sept. 1, 1796. She was survived by her husband and two sons, but left no daughters. The following inventory, made by her husband after her death and previous to her burial, for the evident purpose of making a satisfactory distribution of the articles mentioned to her female relatives, immediately after the funeral was over, in accordance with a custom of the times, is too interesting to be omitted from this record. I copy it from the original, word for word, not omitting an added schedule of articles he possessed which she had made for him with her own hands:
INVENTORY, 3d SEPT., 1796.
8 white and 3 striped flannel sheets
1 white Do found afterwards
2 carpet coverlids—1 large blue Do—5 coarse Do
1 large cotton Do used for an ironing blanket
12 petticoats—16 short gowns
8 long gowns—3 of which are silk
1 double gown—1 long scarlet cloak
1 short stuff Do—1 silk shade
9 pr linen and cotton stockings
3 Diaper table cloths—1 Huckaback Do
11 shifts—33 pillow cases—4 more Do
3 Diaper and 1 Irish stitch towel
3 twill Do—52 linen and tow sheets
1 more petticoate, making in all 13
4 pr linen stockings found afterwards
2 pr good woolen stockings and 2 pr poor Do
     My own Wearing Apparel
8 pr woolen stockings—3 pair worsted Do
21 shirts—8 pr linen stockings
4 pr striped trousers.
Children.
994. John Halstead Sackett, b. Feb. 8, 1789, d. June 15, 1822, unmarried.
995. Nathaniel Sackett, b. Apr. 6, 1792, d. in Jan. 1825, unmarried.
996. Mary Sackett, b. Aug. 23, 1794, d. Sept. 29, 1797.
997. Samuel B. Sackett, b. Dec. 4, 1805, d. Apr. 11, 1887; m. Elisabeth T. McCoun.
998. Mary Sackett, b. Mar. 4, 1809, d. Aug. 29, 1884, unmarried.
999. Elisabeth Sackett, b. Mar. 14, 1811, d. July 15, 1824.
1000. Frederick Augustus Sackett, b. Oct. 5, 1815, d. Feb. 18, 1891, unmarried.
1001. William H. Sackett, b. Oct. 5, 1815, d. in 1888, unmarried.

Samuel Sackett (1762–1841), Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor, New York
(Src: Find a Grave, Dennis Abrams)

Children of Samuel Sackett and Polly Halstead

  • Surgeon John Halstead Sackett b. 8 Feb 1789, d. 15 Jun 1822
  • Nathaniel Sackett b. 6 Apr 1792, d. Jan 1825
  • Mary Sackett b. 23 Aug 1794, d. 29 Sep 1797

Children of Samuel Sackett and Mary Bailey

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "462. Samuel Sackett, b. Aug. 12, 1762, d. Sept. 9, 1841; m. 1, Polly Halstead."
  2. Website Find a Grave.
  3. 1810 US census, database, American Ancestors, "Samuel Sackett, New Windsor, Orange County, New York State."
  4. 1830 US census, database, American Ancestors, "Samuel Sackett, Georges, Fayette County, Pennsylvania."
  5. 1840 US census, database, American Ancestors, "Samuel Sackett, New Windsor, Orange County, New York State."
  6. 1850 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Roll 573, p 253b
    New Windsor, Orange, New York
    Sackett, William H, 34, student of divinity, b. NY
    Sackett, Mary E, 76, b. NY
    Sackett, Mary E, 40, b. NY.
See alsoThurmon King's Database, 7322
Sackett line5th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Generation.Tree6N.3
Last Edited1 Sep 2021
 

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