|Father||Zavan Sacket Sr (1751-1840)|
|Mother||Abigail Bills (c 1759-1842)|
Abigail's husband Charles, styled an Esquire, was a man of means. By his will, made just a week before he died of a fever, he left $3,800 to be divided among his children when they reached 21. He was aware that Abigail was pregnant with their sixth child. He left the remainder of his estate, including his lands, to Abigail, with no restriction as to her remarriage.
Abigail did not remarry, bringing up her children, the eldest of whom was eight at the time of Charles's death, and remaining a widow for 57 years.
In 1850 Abigail was living in ChesterG and was recorded in the census as Abigal Collins, aged 56. Her daughter Frances and son-in-law Anson Gleason were living with her.12
In 1870 she was living in HuntingtonG and was recorded as Abigail Collins, aged 75. Her daughter Frances Gleason, 40, and grandson Howard Gleason, 14, were living with her.13
In 1880 she was living in HuntingtonG and was recorded as Abigail Collins, head of household, aged 89. Her daughter Frances Gleason, 54, and grandson Howard Gleason, 24, were living with her. There was also a female servant in the household.14
Date: 16 Sep 1825.
Proved: Hampden County Probate Court, 7 Feb 1826.
Beneficiaries: Children, Henry, Havington, Flavia, Erastus, James, and child of which wife may be pregnant, $3,800 divided equally, to be paid at 21, or sooner if executor thinks it expedient.
Wife Abigail, real estate & residue of personal estate.
Executors: Father, Daniel Collins; Deacon Joseph Stanton.
Witnesses: Samuel Johnson, Leonard Williams, Franklin Collins.
Mrs Abigail Collins, who recently died at Huntington at the age 92, had been for a long time the oldest person in town. Her father, Zavan Sackett, was one of the early settlers of Norwich—now Huntington. Sackett built the bouse occupied by the late Garry Munson at Norwich Bridge, and there his daughter Abigail was born. In 1816 she married Charles Collins, who, in company with his father, was proprietor of the "tavern" at Falley's X Roads, now Huntington village. Mr Sackett, with his family, removed to Ohio, when he attained the same great age of the daughter who has just died. All his seven sons lived beyond three-score-and-ten, and were eminent for piety and influence. Mrs Collins was early left a widow with six children, all of whom reached maturity. Her eldest son, Henry, a merchant in New York and a member of Plymouth church, died at his residence in Brooklyn the past year. The children who survive are: Havington C. Collins of Huntington, Mrs Charles Pitt of Pittsfield, Erastus Collins of Westfield, James Collins of Philadelphia and Mrs Frances Gleason of Huntington. Mrs Collins was one of three or four women who began holding little prayer-meetings in the Falley X Roads schoolhouse, which eventually led to the first church organization in the place. To the last she retained her interest in church and society. Mrs Emmeline Lindsey, whose funeral took place on the day of Mrs Collin's death, was scarcely less remarkable for energy and mental activity. She was the mother of Sheriff G. M. and James V. Lindsey, and was 86 years of age. Mrs Collins and Mrs Lindsey had been neighbors for many years, and were the two oldest members of the Second Congregational church.
—The Berkshire County Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 11 Jan 1883, p 2.
Children of Abigail Sackett and Charles Collins
Notes & Citations
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "584a. Abigail Sackett, m. Charles Collins."
- Date of birth based on age at death.
- "Massachusetts, U.S., Compiled Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1700-1850" (Ancestry image), Chester births, "Collins, Abigail [—], w. Charles, 17 Dec 1790, in Norwich."
- "Massachusetts, U.S., Death Records, 1841-1915" (Ancestry image), "26 Dec 1882, Abigail Collins, widow, 92-0-9, asthenia, d. Huntington, b. Norwich, parents Zavin Sackett b. Worthington & Abigail Bills Sackett b. Westfield."
- Find a Grave.
- Vital Records, Norwich (Huntington), Massachusetts, p180 Intention of marriage between Mr Charles Collins of Chester & Miss Abby Sacket of Norwich entered with me March 19th 1816. Artemis Knight, Town Clerk.
- Vital Records, Norwich (Huntington), Massachusetts, p232 Charles Collins of Chester & Abby Sacket of Norwich were joined together in marriage by Rev. B.R. Woodbridge April 30th 1816. A. Knight, T. Clerk.
- "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1620–1850", digital image, American Ancestors, Chester marriages, "Sacket, Abbey of Norwich, and Charles Collins, int. 20 Mar 1816."
- "Massachusetts, U.S., Compiled Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1700-1850" (Ancestry image), Chester, "Collins, Charles [h. Abigail], 30 Dec 1792."
- "Massachusetts, U.S., Compiled Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1700-1850" (Ancestry image), Chester deaths, "Collins, Charles, Mr, 23 Sep 1825, fever."
- 1850 United States census
Roll 318, p 44a
Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts
Collins, Abigal, 56, real estate $1200, b. MA
Gleason, Anson, 34, joiner's tools, b. CT
Gleason, Frances A, 23, b. MA
Lyman, Harriet, 11, b. MA
Graves, Huldah, 31, b. MA.
- 1870 United States census
Roll M593_621, p 264A, FHL film
Huntington, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Collins, Abigail, 75, keeping house, b. MA
Gleason, Francis, 40, no occupation, b. MA
Gleason, Howard, 14, at school, b. MA.
- 1880 United States census
Roll 537, p 122B, Enumeration District 331
Huntington, Hampshire, Massachusetts, 2 Jun 1880
Collins, Abigail, head, 89, b. MA, father b. MA, mother b. MA
Gleason, Frances A., daughter, 54, house keeper, b. MA, father b. MA, mother b. MA
Gleason, Howard A., grandson, 24, clerk in store, b. MA, father b. MA, mother b. MA
Ames, Carrie, 19, servant, b. MA, father b. MA, mother b. MA.
|Sackett line||5th great-granddaughter of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet|
|Charts||Line 3a (American)|
|Last Edited||3 May 2022|