Justin Sacket

FatherElijah Sackett (1784-1851)
MotherCynthia Sackett (1784-1862)
Marriage1840, SpringfieldGSophia Marsh4,5,6
Justin Sacket, landscape gardener, son of Elijah Sackett and Cynthia Sackett, was born in Westfield, Hampden County, MassachusettsG, on 5 September 1814.1 He died aged 82 in Springfield, Hampden CountyG, on 3 March 1897.1,2,3 He married at the First Church, SpringfieldG, on 1 October 1840, Sophia Marsh, daughter of Apollo Marsh.4,5,6 Sophia was born in SpringfieldG in about 1825.7,8
     In 1860 Justin was living in SpringfieldG and was recorded in the census as Justin Sacket, a gardener, aged 45. Living with him were his wife Sophia, 36, and their children, Alice, 19, Edward, 15, and James, aged six.9
     In 1870 he was living in SpringfieldG and was recorded as Justin Sackett, a landscape gardener, aged 55 and born in Massachusetts. Living with him were his wife Sophia, aged 44 and born in Massachusetts, and children, Alice, 29, Edward, 26, and James, 16. Also in the household was George Finning?, a laborer.10
     In 1900 Justin's widow Sophia, aged 75, was living at Spring Street, SpringfieldG, in the household of her son James.11

Children of Justin Sacket and Sophia Marsh

1151. Justin Sacket, 1815–1897, of Springfield, Mass., son of (511) Elijah Sacket, was a noted landscape gardener. He laid out Forest Park, in Springfield, which is one of the most attractive city parks in New England. The following is related as an illustration of his 'inventiveness' as well as his wit:
One day he was driving with a friend, who asked him, out of curiosity, how he would plan a road to the top of a certain hill they were passing. 'Well,' said Mr. Sackett, with a twinkle in his eye, 'I should turn in some cows awhile and watch how they got up.'
2860. Edward I. Sackett.
2861. James C. Sackett.
2862. ___ Sackett, m. Charles Rust.

Justin Sackett, an extensive contractor of Springfield, was born in Westfield, September 5, 1814. His grandfather, Joel Sackett, was an old resident of Westfield, having moved thither from Agawam when that village was flooded. Mr. Sackett's father, Elijah Sackett, was born in Westfield, and lived there until 1817, when he came to West Springfield. His wife, Cynthia, whose family name was the same as his own, bore him five children: Israel, deceased; Clarissa, the wife of Noah Ashby, of West Springfield; Justin; Cynthia; deceased; and Elijah.
     Justin, having attended school at Ashleyville, West Springfield, came to Springfield when a boy, and hired himself to a farmer for a number of years. In 1840, he went to work in the old Springfield cemetery, where he was employed for thirteen years. He then went to St. Johnsbury, Vt., and took the contract for laying out a cemetery there. Having complete charge of this work, Mr. Sackett gained a considerable reputation for skill and executive ability. The tracks and dike of Hampden Park were built by him, the length of the two tracks being a mile and a half. He here employed a force of thirty men. At the same time Mr. Sackett was busily engaged in fulfilling a contract for the Northampton Hospital, and one-half of each day was given to the supervision of the respective works. He continued taking contracts for earth works, and in 1859–1860 he was superintendent of the city streets. For nine years he held this important position, which he finally resigned. His main line of work was building of streets, putting in sewers, and grading lawns, which gave employment for a large number of men, and was the means of supplying many families. This especial work he continued until 1892, when his last contract, which was for the building of the Forest Park roads, was completed. He was one of the originators and directors of the Oak Grove Cemetery, which he took charge of personally, and which was mainly laid off upon his own ground.
     Mr. Sackett married Miss Sophia O. Marsh, a daughter of Mr. Apollo Marsh, who was a soldier in the War of 1812 and a representative of the old and well-known Marsh family of Springfield. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Sackett: Edward, the eldest, who is a railroad man and engaged in the city; Alice, the wife of Mr. Charles Rust; and James, who has succeeded his father in business. The family attend the Unitarian church. Mr. Sackett, though formerly a Whig and later a Republican voter, has not been an active politician. Mr. Sackett has owned a large amount of real estate in and about the city. He has also built several residences. His own home, which is surrounded by a lawn covering an acre of ground, was built in 1861, and was then considered a long way out, though now in the heart of the city. The family still occupy this attractive old place, endeared by the associations of so many years. Mr. Sackett was for some time a member of the Board of Public Works, in which body he was an acknowledged authority.

Biographical Review of the Leading Citizens of Hampden County, Massachusetts, Biographical Review Publishing Company (1895).

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "1151. Justin Sackett, b. in 1815, d. Mar. 3, 1897."
  2. Website Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841–1910 (New England Historic Genealogical Society), Sackett, Justin, Springfield, 1897, v472, p788, Death
    "1897 Mch 3, Justin Sackett, married, 82-5-26, exhaustion & debility/ cerebral arterio sclerosis, at Springfield, landscape gardener, b. Westfield, s. Elijah & Cynthia (Sackett), both b. Westfield."
  3. "Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851–2003" (Ancestry image), New York Times, 4 March 1897, "Obituary Notes. / Justin Sackett of Springfield, Mass., died yesterday, aged eighty-two years. He was a landscape gardener of good reputation in New England. He served on the Board of Public Works of Springfield, and for nine years, from 1860, was Superintendent of Streets."
  4. Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Volume 3, Marriages and Intentions, 1807–1844, "Justin Sacket enters his Intentions of marriage with Sophia Marsh both of this town Sept 12. 1840 posted Sept 13th. Certif Oct 1. 1840."
  5. Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, Volume 3, Marriages and Intentions, 1807–1844, "Oct. 1st [1840] Justin Sackett and Sophia Marsh."
  6. Vital Records, Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850, First Church Records, Book 2, 1809–1849, "October 1 1840 Justin Sacket & Sophia Marsh."
  7. Census.
  8. Son James's birth record.
  9. 1860 United States Federal Census, Page: 459; Family History Library Film: 803503
    Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, 17 Aug 1860
    Sacket, Justin, 45, gardener, real estate $1,200, personal estate $500, b. MA
    Sacket, Sophia O, 36, b. MA
    Sacket, Allice E, 19, teacher of p school, b. MA
    Sacket, Edward I, 15, b. MA
    Sacket, James C, 6, MA.
  10. 1870 United States Federal Census, M593_618/210/421
    Springfield Ward 4, Hampden, Massachusetts
    Sackett, Justin, 55, landscape gar driver [gardener], $18,500, $2,000, b. Mass
    Sackett, Sophia O, 44, keeping house, b. Mass
    Sackett, Alice E, 29, teaching private school, b. Mass
    Sackett, Edward Q?, 26, RR freight clerk, b. Mass
    Sackett, James C, 16, laborer, b. Mass
    Finning? George, 18, laborer, b. Mass.
  11. 1900 United States Federal Census, Page: 10; Enumeration District: 0580; FHL microfilm: 1240652
    Spring Street, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, 11 Jun 1900
    Sackett, James C, head, b. Aug 1853, 46, single, b. MA, father b. MA, mother b. MA, contractor excavations, home owned free of mortgage
    Sackett, Sophia, mother, b. Aug 1824, 75, wd, 3 ch, 2 living, b. MA, father b. MA, mother b. MA
    Moriarty, Josephine, servant, b. May 1872, 28, single, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigrated 1886, servant.
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