Skene Douglas Sackett

(1765-1852)
FatherJosiah Crego Sackett
Mother___ Douglas
Skene Douglas Sackett, son of Josiah Crego Sackett and ___ Douglas, was born in New Milford, Litchfield County, ConnecticutG, in 1765.1,2 He died in Windsor, OhioG, on 9 June 1852.1 He married in about 1788, Hannah Saxton.1
     Skene Douglas Sackett served in the American Revolutionary War in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Army from 1780.3
Extract from The Sacketts of America

Both of his parents having died while he was quite young, [Skene] was sent to live with a Mr. Bull, who had married one of his mother's sisters.
According to family tradition he was a strong, healthy lad, who in appearance was a full grown man before he had completed his 14th year. The records of "Connecticut in the Revolution" show that
"Skene Douglas, residence N. Milford, enlisted Jan. 23, 1780, for three years, in Captain Samuel Comstock's Company, of Colonel Heman Swift's Second Regiment of the Connecticut Line." Also that
"Skene Douglas, a member of Captain Joseph Allen Wright's Company, of Second Regiment of Connecticut Line, commanded of Colonel Heman Swift, was paid from January 31, 1781." And also that
"Skene Douglas Sackett, a Connecticut Revolutionary soldier, residing in the State of Ohio, was a pensioner, under the law of 1818."
The traditional explanation of the dropping of his surname when he enlisted is that he hoped by so doing to prevent his uncle discovering his whereabout and securing his discharge on account of his being under the prescribed age, the inference being that his uncle was a Tory.
The following additional records relating to him were furnished the compiler of this volume by Mr. F. J. Sackett, of Cincinnati, Ohio, one of his lineal descendants: "Skene Douglas Sackett removed from Connecticut to the Whitestone country, as it was then called, in 1798, where he rented a farm on the reservation of the Brotherton Indians, in Oneida County, N. Y. About 1800 he came to Thompson, Geauga County, Ohio . . . . and lived on land that is now a portion of the city of Painesville, until about 1803, when he removed so the township of Mesopotamia, Trumbell County, Ohio, where he lived some two years, removing from there to Windsor, Astabula County, Ohio, where he lived the balance of his life, dying June 9, 1852."

Children of Skene Douglas Sackett and Hannah Saxton

  • Gery Sackett+ b. 7 Feb 1789, d. 13 Feb 1866
  • Polly Sackett b. 25 Dec 1791, d. Nov 1855
  • Elisabeth Sackett b. 7 Sep 1793
  • Marvin Sackett b. 23 Jan 1796
  • Chauncey Sackett+ b. 28 Apr 1798, d. 9 Oct 1863
  • Horace Sackett b. 25 Sep 1803, d. 22 Mar 1870
See alsoThe Sacketts of America, 729 
Thurmon King's Database, 8658
Sackett Family Association descendants
Wendy Sacket, Lauri Diel, Stefanie Sacket-Mowers and Elizabeth "Sue" Moore.
Appears inSacketts in the Military
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Line 3a (American)
Thanet DNA chart 2

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
  2. Skene Douglas Sackett was assumed by Charles Weygant in The Sacketts of America to have been the son of Josiah Crego Sackett and a Miss Douglas. The identification of Josiah Crego Sackett would appear to have been based on an abstract of Richard Sackett's will. This abstract, although not factually incorrect, was deficient in some essential details, leading Weygant to be misled. Study of the full will and of research data given in Roy Crego's Selective History of the Crego Family indicate that Josiah (more usually Josias) Crego was Richard's stepson, being a son of Richard's wife Margery by an earlier marriage to a Stephen Crego. Although it is concluded that Josiah Crego Sackett did not exist, his name has been retained in this database, pending further research, as a place marker for the unidentified father of Skene Douglas Sackett (and Skene's siblings) who were attributed by Weygant as children of the alleged Josiah Sackett.
  3. Website National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (http://dar.org/), "Sackett, Skene Douglas
    Service: Connecticut
    Rank: Private
    Birth: 5-1-1765, New Milford, Connecticut
    Death: 6-9-1852, Windsor, Ohio
    Pension Number: *S
    Service Description: Capt. Wright, Col. Swift, Cont. Service
    Spouse: Hannah Saxton."
Generation.Tree729.6N.3a
Sackett lineGrandson of Capt Richard Sackett
Last Edited10 March 2018