Gad/James Sacket

(1804-1884)
FatherJonathan Sacket of Milford, Connecticut (say 1770-)
MotherLucinda Plumb (1785-1843)
Gad/James Sacket, (christened Gad but re-named James), son of Jonathan Sacket of Milford, Connecticut and Lucinda Plumb, was born in Milford, New Haven County, ConnecticutG, on 20 January 1804.1 He died aged 80 in Marine, IllinoisG, on 8 March 1884.1 He married at Marine Settlement, Madison County, IllinoisG, on 14 October 1833, Sally Jenette Parker, daughter of Andrew Parker and Mercy Gates.1,2 Sally was born in Oran, Onondaga County, New York StateG, in February 1816.2
     James Sacket served for several years as a Major in a regiment of Illinois Militia.
     In 1850 Gad/James was living in Marine Settlement, Madison County, IllinoisG, and was recorded in the census as James Sacket, a farmer, aged 45 and born in Connecticut. Living with him were his wife Sarah, 34, and their children, James Jr, 13, Francis, 15, Clarissa, 10, Andrew, 8, Henry, 5, and Frances, aged three.3
     In 1860 he was living in Marine Settlement, Madison County, IllinoisG, and was recorded as James Sackett, a farmer, aged 56. Living with him were his wife Sally, 42, and their children, Francis, 24, James, 22, Clarissa, 19, Andrew, 18, Henry, 16, and Frances, aged 14.4
     In 1870 he was living in Marine SettlementG and was recorded as Jas Sackett, a farmer, aged 66. Living with him were his children, Clarissa, 31, Andrew, 28, and Frances, aged 23.5
     In 1880 he was living in Marine, Madison County, IllinoisG, and was recorded as James Sacket, head of household, a widower, aged 76. His unmarried daughter Clarissa, 40, was living with him.6
James Sacket ... was born at Milford, Conn., and christened "Gad," but after death of his parents was re-named James. When about 14 years of age he left home and went to Illinois. About 1824, two of his brothers, Isaac and Daniel, joined him in his western place of abode and did not return to their New England home. Like many of his ancestors and kinsmen, he took an interest in military affairs and for several years held a commission as Major in a regiment of Illinois Militia. His children were all born on his farm at Marine and there he and his wife were buried. One of his sons was still residing on the old homestead in 1905.

—Weygant, The Sacketts of America

Gad/James's parents
Weygant stated Gad/James's parents to be Daniel Sacket (1756–) and Sarah ___. Later research shows that this parentage was incorrect.
     A letter to James from his mother identifies her as Lucinda Sackett. A marriage in Milford, Connecticut, in 1802 between Jonathan Sacket and Lucinda Plumb supports a conclusion that these were Gad/James's parents (and those of his brothers Daniel and Isaac).
     The letter7 was written in 1839 and Lucinda, who still lived in New Haven, had not seen her son since he had moved to Marine, Illinois, some twenty years earlier. It is not known if they met before her death four years later.
     The identity of Jonathan Sacket of Milford, Connecticut who would be Gad/James's father is unclear. This is discussed on his record.
     Papers in the possession of descendants state that Gad "having been left an orphan when quite young, was placed in the family of an Episcopal clergyman named Baldwen, living at or near New Haven, who renamed him James".8
     Although it would seem likely that Gad's father had died, his mother is now seen to have lived until he reached adulthood. The circumstances causing her to place him in care are not known.

Children of Gad/James Sacket and Sally Jenette Parker

See alsoThe Sacketts of America, 1049 
Thurmon King's Database, 205
Research paper, "Who were the parents of Gad/James Sackett?" 
Appears inSacketts in the Military
ChartsLine 4 (American)
New Haven DNA chart 2

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America.
  2. Thurmon King's database.
  3. 1850 US census, database, LDS, FamilySearch, Roll M432_119, p. 556
    Marine Settlement, Madison, Illinois
    3/3
    Sacket, James, 45, m, farmer, b. CT
    Sacket, Sarah P., 34, f, b. NY
    Sacket, James Jr, 13, m, b. IL
    Sacket, Francis, 15, m, b. IL
    Sacket, Clarissa, 10, f, b. IL
    Sacket, Andrew, 8, m, b. IL
    Sacket, Henry R., 5, m, b. IL
    Sacket, Frances S., 3, f, b. IL.
  4. 1860 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Roll: M653_208; Page: 716; Image: 718; Family History Library Film: 803208
    Township 4 N 6 W, Marinetown PO, Madison County, Illinois
    Sackett, James, 56, farmer, real estate $10,000, personal estate $6,000, b. CT
    Sackett, Sallie J, 42, b. NY
    Sackett, Francis M, 24, b. IL
    Sackett, James, 22, b. IL
    Sackett, Clarrisa B, 19, b. IL
    Sackett, Andrew, 18, laborer, b. IL
    Sackett, Henry, 16, laborer, b. IL
    Sackett, Frances S, 14, b. IL.
  5. 1870 US census, digital image from National Archives microfilm, Ancestry.com, Roll: M593_251; Page: 81B; Image: 305371; Family History Library Film: 545750
    Township 4 Range 6, Marine PO, Madison County, Illinois
    Sackett, Jas, 66, farmer, real estate $16,000, personal estate $1,500, b. CT
    Sackett, C B, 31, b. IL
    Sackett, Andrew, 28, farm hand, personal estate $800, b. IL
    Sackett, F S, 23, b. IL
    Ellison, Lola?, 14, b. IL.
  6. 1880 US census, database, LDS, FamilySearch, NA T9-0233/366A (TEK)
    Marine, Madison, Illinois
    James Sacket, head, widower, 76, b. CT, father b. CT, mother b. CT
    Clarisa B. Sacket, dau, single, 40, b. IL, keeping house, father b. CT, mother b. NY.
  7. Papers of Viola (Sackett) Hertzler, in possession of Glenna Hertzler, letter dated New Haven 10 Feb 1839 from Lucinda Sackett to James Sackett, Marine, IL.
  8. Papers of Viola (Sackett) Hertzler, in possession of Glenna Hertzler, include a handwritten note stating: "...but having been left an orphan when quite young, he was placed in the family of an Episcopal Clergyman named Baldwen, living at, or near New Haven who renamed …."
Generation.Tree7O.4
Sackett lineSon of Jonathan Sacket of Milford, Connecticut
Last Edited30 October 2018