Harriet Sacket

(1785-1875)
FatherOzem Sacket (1736/37-1801)
MotherMercy Weller (c 1745-1812)
Harriet Sacket, daughter of Ozem Sacket and Mercy Weller, was born in Westfield, Hampden County, MassachusettsG, in May 17851,2,3 and baptized at the Church of Christ, WestfieldG, on 21 November 1790.4 She died aged 90 in WestfieldG on 3 July 1875.1,5 She married in Utica, Oneida County, New York StateG, on 16 January 1814, Eli Burt.6 A death record for Eli Burt has not been found. He was listed in the census in 1820 and 1830 as a householder in WestfieldG. He had presumably died before 1850 when Harriet was living alone.
     Harriet was named as a beneficiary in her father's will made at WestfieldG on 26 June 1799. She was left $100, half in household goods and half in money.
     Harriet was named as a beneficiary in her brother Ozem's will made in WestfieldG on 13 March 1846. She was to receive a share calculated in the proportion of $500 of the estimated $2,300 total land value.7
     In 1850 Harriet was living in WestfieldG and was recorded in the census as Harriet Burt, aged 64. She owned real estate valued at $1,000.8
     In 1860 she was living in WestfieldG and was recorded as Harriet Burt, aged 74. She owned real estate valued at $1,500 and had personal estate of $500.9
     In 1870 she was living in WestfieldG and was recorded as Harriet Burt, aged 84. Her real estate was valued at $2,000 and she had personal estate of $500.10
     Harriet made her will in WestfieldG on 29 October 1849. She was by then a widow but did not have children. She owned a large farm and had other assets. She left her estate, expressed in various monetary amounts, to named children and grandchildren of her brothers and sisters. She deliberately left out other unnamed "children and grandchildren of my brothers and sisters, and my surviving brother, some of whom are well to do in the world or would not be benefitted by a legacy" to whom "I make no bequest", adding that she included this notice "to show that they are not forgotten by me."
     By the time of Harrriet's death nearly sixteen years later, there had been some changes and a schedule of heirs-at-law was drawn up by the executors for presentation to the Probate Court.
     The estate was valued at some $3,500, including proceeds of $1,700 from the sale of the farm.
     In distributing the estate, the executors kept to the proportions set out in Harriet's will, the monetary amounts by then increasing to two-and-a-half times the original sums.7
Abstract of will of Harriet Burt of Westfield, Hampden County, MA.
Date: 29 Oct 1849.
Probate: 7 Sep 1875 to Jason Fox & David F Ashley.
Beneficiaries:
Thomas J Sacket & James M Sacket, children of nephew Enoch Sacket, $100 each.
Emily Fox, wife of Jason Fox, $100 in her own right.
Charles Sackett, son of brother Charles dec'd, $250.
David F Ashley, grandson of my sister, $250.
Children of niece Henrietta Whipple: Eugenia, Julia, Charles, & William, $25 each.
Harriet Dewey, wife of Seth Dewey, $50 in her own right.
As to other children & grandchildren of my brothers & sisters, & my surviving brother, some of whom are "well to do in the world" or "would not be benefitted" by a legacy, I make no bequest, but include this notice to show that they are not forgotten by me.
Above proportions to be applied according to value of estate, real & personal.
Executors: nephew Enoch Sacket, or if dec'd, Jason Fox.
Witnesses: Israel Sacket, Harriett Sackett, Wm G Bates.
Codicil (page with date not available)
Beneficiary: niece Susan ? Gwin, widow of Thomas Gwin, of New Albany, Indiana, $20.
Bequests to 4 children of niece Henrietta Whipple revoked & replaced with bequest to niece Henrietta Whipple of $150.

3 Jul 1875 Jason Fox of Northfield & David F Ashley of Springfield to Probate Court.
Heirs-at-law are:
Mary Williams & Emily Fox, children of brother Aaron Sacket.
Henrietta Whipple, Harriet S Dewey, children of Warham Sacket dec'd.
Eunice S Chandler, child of Warham Sacket dec'd.
Charles Sacket, son, & Lucy A Gwin, dau, of brother Charles Sackett.
David F Ashley, grandchild of sister Mercy S Brass.

Petition for Probate 1 Sep 1875
Jason Fox of Northfield & David F Ashley of Springfield.
Estate valued at $3,577, incl. $1,700 proceeds from sale of farm.
Paid out to legatees:
D F Ashley $625 [grandson of sister Mercy]
T J & J M Sackett $500 [Thomas & James, grandsons of brother Aaron]
Harriet S Dewey $125 [dau of brother Warham]
Emily S Fox $250 [dau of brother Aaron]
Charles Sackett $625 [son of brother Charles]
Charles M Whipple, Eugine E Freed, Julia J Kellogg, $62.50 each [grandchildren of brother Warham]
Harriet (Sacket) Burt (1785–1875), Old Burying Ground, Westfield, Massachusetts
(Src: Find a Grave, James Bianco)

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "497. Harriet Sacket, b. in year 1785, d. in year 1875; m. ___ Burt."
  2. Vital Records (LDS), Westfield, Massachusetts, B:89.
  3. Birth & Death Records (NEHGS), Westfield, Massachusetts, "Sacket, Harriot, d. Ozem & Mercy Wellar, b. May --, 1785."
  4. Website Baptisms performed in the Church of Christ, Westfield, Massachusetts, 1679–1836 (NewEnglandAncestors.org), "1790 Sacket, Harriot d. Ozim & Mercy, Nov. 21."
  5. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910", digital image, American Ancestors, v274, p382, death, "1875 July 3, Harriet Sackett, female, widow, 90y 2m, cause a fit, at Westfield, b. Wfd, d. Orin & Mercey, parents b. Wfd."
  6. "New York, Marriages, 1686–1980", database, FamilySearch, "16 Jan 1814, First Presbyterian Church, Utica, Oneida, New York, Eli Burt & Harriet Sackett."
  7. "Massachusetts, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991", digital image, Ancestry.com.
  8. 1850 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Roll 318, p 221b
    Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
    Burt, Harriet, 64, real estate $1000, b. MA.
  9. 1860 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Page 911, FHL film
    Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
    Burt, Harriet, 74, real estate $1500, personal estate $500, b. MA.
  10. 1870 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Roll M593_619, p 417B, FHL film
    Westfield, Hampden, Massachusetts
    Burt, Harriet, 84, keeping house, real estate $2000, personal estate $500, b. MA.
See alsoThurmon King's Database, 836
Sackett line5th great-granddaughter of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Generation.Tree6N.3
Last Edited1 Dec 2021
 

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