Alexander Sacket

FatherAugustus Sacket (1769-1827)
MotherMinerva Camp (1780-1837)
Marriage1836, ClevelandGHarriet Johnson1,4
Alexander Sacket, son of Augustus Sacket and Minerva Camp, was born in Meadville, Crawford County, PennsylvaniaG, on 17 August 1814.1,2,3 He died aged 70 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OhioG, on 24 September 1884 and was buried at Lake View Cemetery, ClevelandG.1,5,6 He married in ClevelandG on 11 July 1836, Harriet Johnson, daughter of Capt Levi Johnson and Margaret Monteeth.1,4 Harriet was born in ClevelandG on 10 December 1815.7,8 She died there aged 81 on 6 October 1897 and was buried at Lake View Cemetery, ClevelandG.6,9
     Alexander was taxed on real and personal property in Cuyahoga CountyG from 1836.10
     Alexander was listed in the 1840 census as a householder in ClevelandG.11
     In 1850 Alexander was living in ClevelandG and was recorded in the census as Alex R Sackett, a merchant, aged 36 and born in Pennsylvania. Living with him were his wife Harriet, 33, and their children, Margaret, 13, Levi, 8, Harriet, 6, and Mary, aged five.12
     In 1860 he was living in East Cleveland, Cuyahoga CountyG, and was recorded as Alex'r Sackett, a merchant, aged 45. Living with him were his wife Harriet, 40, and their children, Margaret, 22, Levi, 17, Harriet, 14, Mary, 12, and Ellen, aged nine.13
     In 1870 he was living in East ClevelandG and was recorded as Alexander Sackett, a real estate agent, aged 53. Living with him were his wife Harriet, 52, and their children, Levi, 26, Harriet, 24, Mary, 21, and Ellen, aged 18. There were also two female domestic servants and a male gardener in the household. Alexander's real estate was valued at $75,000 and his personal estate at $10,000.14
     In 1880 he was living in ClevelandG and was recorded as Alexander Sacket, a real estate dealer, aged 65. Living with him were his wife Harriet, 64, and their children, Levi, 32 [actually 37], Harriet, 25 [actually 35], and Ellen, 21 [actually 29]. There were also a coachman and two female servants in the household.15
     Alexander applied for a US passport in Cuyahoga CountyG on 7 July 1880. The ages of his daughters Harriet and Ellen were understated on the application by eight years and six years respectively.3
     Alexander, his wife Harriet, and their daughters, Harriet and Ellen, visited England in 1881, returning to New York on the SS Gallia on 26 April 1881. The daughters had shed a few more years during the trip, Harriet's age now understated by twelve years and Ellen's by eight.16,17

Cleveland City Directory

1881Sackett Alexander, office 95½ Bank, res. 1353 Euclid av.
1885Sacket Alex. office 178 Bank, r. 1353 Euclid av.
1887, 88, 91, 94Sacket Harriet, wid. Alex. r. 1353 Euclid av.
1895, 98Sacket Harriet, wid. Alex. r. 1490 Euclid av.
Alexander Sacket (1814–1884), Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
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Alexander Sacket (1814–1884), Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
(Src: Find a Grave, clio)
Harriet (Johnson) Sacket (1815–1897), Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
(Src: Find a Grave, Rick Foster)

Children of Alexander Sacket and Harriet Johnson

787. Alexander Sacket, 1814–1884, of Meadville, Pa., New York City, and Cleveland, Ohio, son of (307) Hon. Augustus and Minerva Camp Sacket, was married at Cleveland, Ohio, July 15, 1836, to Harriet Johnson, daughter of Levi Johnson and his wife Margaret Monteeth.
2025. Margaret M. Sacket, b. May 3, 1838; m. Virgil C. Taylor.
2026. Edward Sacket, b. Aug. 10, 1839, d. Aug. 11, 1840.
2027. Levi A. Sacket, b. Aug. 5, 1842, d. Apr. 12, 1897; m. Rose Barclay.
2028. Harriet O. Sacket, b. Nov. 6, 1844; m. Henry T. Rambough.
2029. Mary G. Sacket, b. June 19, 1847; m. Charles E. Brown.
2030. Ellen H. Sacket, b. Nov. 27, 1850; m. Harris H. Baxter.
2031. Sophia C. Sacket, b. Oct. 15, 1855; d. Mar. 31, 1856.


Alexander Sacket, for long years one of the most prominent merchants in town, had his first glimpse of Cleveland in 1835-the year he became of age.
     He was the son of Augustus Sacket of Sacket's Harbor, N. Y. He had received a liberal education, and, though young, considerable mercantile training as well, therefore, well able to cope with the difficulties and obstacles inevitable in his new business enterprise.
     His first employment was with Peter Weddell on the corner of Superior and Bank streets, the site of the Rockefeller building. But it was not long before he branched out for himself and started a dry-goods store just west of his employer on the site of the Johnson House, and now also covered by the big sky-scraper. In this enterprise he was aided and advised by Peter Weddell, who delighted in the kindly help and encouragement of the young in their first start in business life.
     Alexander Sacket married Miss Hannah Johnson, born in the city and one year his junior. She was the daughter of the pioneer, Capt. Levi Johnson.
     She remained ever a quiet, domestic woman, caring little for events that did not include her husband and household of seven children. The family lived at 37 Ontario street, as early as 1837, and later removed to the south side of Euclid ave., near what is now East 67th street. The
homestead was roomy, and well adapted for the happiness of a family of young people, and was surrounded by spacious grounds.
     Eventually, Mr. Sacket changed his business to the river front, where his warehouse long remained a landmark in that locality. And upon retiring from this, he gave his remaining years to real-estate transactions, in which his son-in-law, Mr. V. C. Taylor, was, and yet remains, a prominent and popular dealer.
The children of Alexander and Harriet Johnson Sacket
Margaret Sacket, married Virgil C.. Tayler, son of Hector and Polly Carter Tayler.
Harriet Sacket, m. Henry Rumbaugh of North Carolina.
Mary Sacket, m. Charles Brown of Buffalo, N. Y.
Levi Sacket, m. Rose Barcley, dau of Dr. J. T. and Hannah Barcley.
Ellen Sacket, m. Dr. H. H. Baxter a practicing physician of the city.

The only son of the family to reach manhood became an active business man in the community. He died in the prime of life.
     Alexander Sacket died in 1884, and Mrs. Sacket in 1897. The cemetery lot of the family is in Lake View.

—Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham, The Pioneer Families of Cleveland, 1796–1840. Evangelical Publishing House, 1914.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "787. Alexander Sacket, b. Aug. 17, 1814, d. Sept. 24, 1884; m. Harriet Johnson."
  2. Census.
  3. "US Passport Applications, 1795–1925" (Ancestry image), "Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Alexander Sacket, b. Meadville, Pennsylvania, 17 Aug 1814, with wife Harriet, 64, and daughters, Harriet O, 27, and Ellen H, 23. Sworn 7 Jul 1880. Description of Alexander Sacket: age 65, ht 6 feet, forehead high, eyes blue, nose straight, mouth medium, chin round, hair brown & whiskers gray, complexion fair, face oval."
  4. "Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1810–1973" (Ancestry image), "11 Jul 1836, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Alexander Sacket and Harriet Johnson. By S C Aikin, Pastor 1st Pres Ch, Cleveland."
  5. "Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854–1997" (FamilySearch transcript), "Alexander Sackett, 70, married, d. Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 24 Sep 1884."
  6. Find a Grave.
  7. Gravestone.
  8. Death record.
  9. "Ohio, Select County Death Records,1840-1908" (Ancestry image), "Harriet Sacket, 81, wd, d. Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 6 Oct 1897, old age, b. City [Cleveland], res. 1490 Euclid, father Levi Johnson b. NY, mother Margaret Johnson b. PA, bur. Lake View."
  10. "Ohio, U.S., Tax Records, 1800-1850" (Ancestry image), Cleveland City, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 1836, "Sacket, Alexander, personal property $3,000, tax $31.75."; 1849, "Sacket, Alexander, personal property $725, tax $9.82."; East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 1864, "Sacket, Alexander, personal property $1,440, tax $18.00."; Brooklyn Township, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 1864, "Sacket, Alexander, lot 67, NWP of 44 3/4a S Side, 30 acres, value $2,385."; Middleburgh Township, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 1864, "Sacket, Alexander, range 14, township 6, section 19, lot 2, SE C, 6 acres, value $106, tax $1.42."; Cleveland City, Cuyahoga, Ohio, 1864, "Sacket, Alexander, lots 107 to 133, N End of 27ft W Side, feet front 27, Ohio St, feet deep 90 7/12, value $565, tax $27.59."; 1864, "Sacket, Alexander, lots 134 to 136, sublot 23, Whole lot, feet front 66, Lake St, feet deep 132, value $1,288, tax $28.72."; 1864, "Sacket, Alexander, lots 134 to 136, sublot 7, ½ in C?, feet front 33, Park to Lake Erie, value $646, tax $13.51."; 1869, "Sacket, Alexander, personal property $1,430, tax $24.16."; 1869, "Sacket, Alexander, lot 84, NP of 148ft S End of E Side, feet front 40, Ontario & Alley St, feet deep 120, value $6,928, tax $214.76."; 1869, "Sacket, Alexander, lots 191 to 193, NP of 127ft S P 30ft on Cuya river, feet front 15, River St to Cuya River, value $5,667, tax $198.06."
  11. 1840 United States census, "Alexr Sackett, Cleveland Ward 2, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 1 male under 5, 3 males 20-29, 1 female under 5, 1 female 15-19, 2 females 20-29, total 8."
  12. 1850 United States Federal Census, Roll 672, p 191a
    Cleveland Ward 2, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Sackett, Alex R, 36, merchant, b. PA
    Sackett, Harriet, 33, b. OH
    Sackett, Margaret, 13, b. OH
    Sackett, Levi, 8, b. OH
    Sackett, Harriet, 6, b. OH
    Sackett, Mary, 5, b. OH
    Rogers, Rosa, 30, b. Ireland
    Forscrins, John, 24, carpenter & joiner, b. Germany.
  13. 1860 United States Federal Census, Roll M653_955FHL Film 803955, p 770
    East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Sackett, Alex'r, 45, comm mcht, real estate $40,000, personal estate $1,000, b. PA
    Sackett, Harriett O, 40, b. OH
    Sackett, Margaret M, 22, b. OH
    Sackett, Levi A, 17, b. OH
    Sackett, Harriett O, 14, b. OH
    Sackett, Mary G, 12, b. OH
    Sackett, Ellen H, 9, b. OH
    Crawford, Wm, 21, domestic, b. OH
    Heitzman, Lizzie, 17, b. Germany.
  14. 1870 United States Federal Census, Roll M593_1192, p 265B
    East Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Sackett, Alexander, 53, real estate agt, real estate $75,000, personal estate $10,000, b. PA
    Sackett, Harriet, 52, keeping house, b. OH
    Sackett, Levi, 26, clk in real estate office, b. OH
    Sackett, Harriet, 24, at home, b. OH
    Sackett, Mary, 21, at home, b. OH
    Sackett, Ellen, 18, at home, b. OH
    Scanlan, Bridget, 23, domestic servant, b. Ireland
    Faber, Kate, 19, domestic servant, b. Ireland
    Schmit, Otto, 20, gardener, b. Baden, Germany.
  15. 1880 United States Federal Census, Roll 1008, p 160d, Enumeration District 048
    1353 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    Sacket, Alexander, head, 65, real estate dealer, b. PA, father b. NY, mother b. CT
    Sacket, Harriet, wife, 64, housekeeper, b. OH, father b. NY, mother b. PA
    Sacket, Levi A., son, 32, real estate dealer, b. OH, father b. PA, mother b. OH
    Sacket, Harriet O., daughter, 25, at home, b. OH, father b. PA, mother b. OH
    Sacket, Ellen H., daughter, 21, at home, b. OH, father b. PA, mother b. OH
    Krause, Otto, other, male, single, 31, b. Prussia, coachman, father b. Prussia, mother b. Prussia
    Hiltebrandt, Mary, other, single, 23, b. Switzerland, servant, father b. Switzerland, mother b. Switzerland
    Hiltebrandt, Maggie, other, single, 26, b. Switzerland, servant, father b. Switzerland, mother b. Switzerland.
  16. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820–1957" (Ancestry image), SS Gallia, arr. New York, 26 Apr 1881, from Liverpool, England, & Queenstown, Ireland, "Alexander Sackett, 66, gentleman; Harriet Sackett, 65, wife; Ella Sackett, 22, spinster; Hattie Sackett, 24, spinster."
  17. The understatement of the ages of Alexander's daughters Harriet and Ellen on his passport application, on the 1880 census, and on the ship's passenger list was clearly deliberate, albeit the numbers of years understated were inconsistent. It may be surmised that the intent was to improve the daughters' marriage prospects.
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