Alexander Sackett

(1758-1829)
FatherReuben Sacket (1732-1803)
MotherMercy Finney (1729/30-1805)
Alexander Sackett, son of Reuben Sacket and Mercy Finney, was born in Kent, Litchfield County, ConnecticutG, on 6 March 1758.1,2 He died aged 71 in Warren, Litchfield CountyG, on 17 March 18292,3 and was buried at the Old Cemetery, WarrenG.3 He married Patience Fuller, daughter of Amos Fuller.2 Patience was born in about 1761.4 She died aged 68 in WarrenG on 8 May 1829 and was buried at the Old CemeteryG.5
     Alexander served in the American Revolutionary War, first as a fifer in 1776, and later as a sergeant in 1778.2
     In 1790 Alexander was living in Warren, Litchfield County, ConnecticutG. In his household were one man, one boy, and two females.6
     Alexander was listed in the census in 1800 and 1810 as a householder in WarrenG.7,8
     Alexander was named as a beneficiary in his mother's will made in Sharon, ConnecticutG, on 16 October 1804.
     A letter written on 11 August 1814 by Alexander in Warren, Connecticut, to his brother Dr Samuel Sackett in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, survives in the Museum at Yuma Territorial State Park, Arizona. Alexander gives news of their recently widowed sister Aner who, although well provided for, is "rather lonely, living in her house with only one little boy about 13 years old." (Aner did not have children, so it is assumed that the boy would have been a servant.) Their sister Lucinda's health had also "not been well this summer." The children of their sister Violitty (who had died in 1807) were being well cared for by their father and stepmother. Their uncle Justus Sackett, then 83, had had a fall, breaking a thigh.
     Other remarks in his letter show Alexander to have been a God-fearing man and to have had a strong public conscience, expressing anger "to hear of so much blood wantonly shed" (in the War of 1812, then still continuing), which had begun "as I beleave under the influence and directions of Buonapart".
     Alexander was a pew holder in the Congregational Church, WarrenG, in 1816 and in 1822.9
     Alexander made his will in WarrenG on 19 November 1827. Alexander and his wife Patience did not have children. Under the will, Patience was to have the use of the house and home farm during her lifetime. After her death, half the farm was to go to Amzi Gaylor who, it appears, cared for Alexander and Patience, the inheritance being subject to the care continuing to be provided during their lifetimes. The rest of the farm would also go to Amzi Gaylor and to Robert Gaylor, subject to the latter returning to work the farm, and subject to payment of $250 in various proportions to Alexander's sister Mercy Fuller's sons, Cyrus & William Fuller, and to Alexander's deceased sister Violitty's sons, Bennet, Reuben, & John Bates. Alexander also owned a separate lot of land, the Townhill lot, and a half share of a grist mill, which he left, subject to certain conditions, to Isaac Hazen, Amzi Hazen, Alexander S Hazen, and Amzi Hazen's two daughters. These were probably Patience's nephews and grand-nieces, the sons and granddaughters of Patience's sister Hannah who had married Eleazer Hazen.
Will of Alexander Sackett of Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Abstract
Date: 19 Nov 1827.
Proved: probably 12 Dec 1829 when further items of inventory of estate were received by Court.
Testator: Alexander Sackett of Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Beneficiaries:
Wife Patience, dwelling house during lifetime, movables inc. cattle, sheep, horses, & swine, household furniture, farming utensils.
Isaac Hazen, Amzi Hazen, Alexander S Hazen, Amzi Hazen's two daughters, conditional use of Mill if not needed to be sold to pay debts, use of Townhill lot.
Amzi H Gaylor, Robert Gaylor, half of home farm after wife's decease, subject to Amzi Gaylor continuing to care for Alexander and Patience during their lifetimes; remainder of home farm, subject to Robert Gaylor returning and working the farm, and paying $50 to each of Alexander's brothers, Samuel, Aaron, & Cyrus, and $20 to each of Alexander's sister Mercy Fuller's sons, Cyrus & William Fuller, and to each of Alexander's deceased sister Violitty's sons, Bennet, Reuben, & John Bates.
Executors: Joseph A Tanner, wife Patience.
Witnesses: Benjamin, Ancil, & Chloe Fuller.

Inventory dated Warren, 5 Apr 1829, total $6,544, incl. home lot with 2 dwelling houses, cider still, 3 barns & other outhouses $3,360, Swan meadow $320, Town Hill lot $675, half share of grist mill $400. Signed Homer Curtiss, Aaron Sackett. Further inventory & lists of debts were added up to 12 Dec 1829.

663. Alexander Sacket, 1758–1829, of Hebron, East Greenwich, and Warren, in Conn., son of (204) Reuben and Mercy Finney Sacket, was married to Patience ___, 1761–1829. He was a Revolutionary soldier. The records of Connecticut troops show that he was a fifer in Capt. Joseph Carter's Company of the 13th Connecticut Regiment, in August and September, 1776; that he was a sergeant in Capt. Olmstead's Company, of Col. Enos' Regiment, from June to September in 1778, serving at Fort Montgomery and West Point, and was also a sergeant in Capt. Mix's Company attached to regiment commanded by Col. Increase Moseley.

Alexander Sackett (1758–1828), Old Cemetery, Warren, Connecticut
(Src: Find a Grave, Carman DM)

 Notes & Citations

  1. Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, "Sackett, Alexander, s. Reuben & Mercy, b. Mar. 6, 1758. Kent Vital Records, 1:8."
  2. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "663. Alexander Sacket, b. Mar. 6, 1758, d. May 7, 1829; m. Patience."
  3. "Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629–1934", digital image, Ancestry.com, 51:12, Inscription, Old Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, "Sackett, Alexander, died Mar 17, 1829, age 71 yrs."
    Litchfield Enquirer, 9 Apr 1829, "Sacket, Alexander, Warren, age 70."
  4. Date of birth based on age at death.
  5. "Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629–1934", digital image, Ancestry.com, 51:12, Inscription, Old Cemetery, Warren, Litchfield County, "Sackett, Patience, relict of Alexander, died May 8, 1829, age 68 yrs."
  6. 1790 US census, digital image, Ancestry.com, Alexander Sacket. Warren, Litchfield, CT. 1 white male (16+), 1 white male under 16, and 2 white females.
  7. 1800 US census, database, American Ancestors, "Alexr Sacket, Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut."
  8. 1810 US census, database, American Ancestors, "Alexander Sacket, Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut."
  9. Lucy Sackett Curtiss, The Congregational Church, Warren, Connecticut, 1756–1956, 19–20, "List of Pew Holders in Old Meeting House, 1816 [included] Justus Sackett, Moses Sackett, Benjamin Sackett, Homer Sackett, Alexander Sackett, Aaron Sackett."
    21, "Adjustments to the seating were often necessary, perhaps to satisfy the complaints of disgruntled parishioners. For example: "Voted to move ... Esq. Sackett and Capt. Carter to the East side of the Great Door ... Alexander Sackett and Sylvester Finney to the South East Piller Pue ...."
    39–40, "List of Pew Holders in New Meeting House, 1822 [included] Benjamin Sackett, Homer Sackett, Justus Sackett, Aaron Sackett, Moses Sackett, Alexander Sackett."
See alsoSackett letters, Yuma Territorial Prison Museum collection
Thurmon King's Database, 4080
Appears inSacketts in the Military
Sackett line5th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Generation.Tree6N.3
Last Edited31 Aug 2021
 

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