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1. Simon Sackett 160?-1635. On December 1, 1630 the ship Lyon, laden with provisions consigned to colonists who had the preceding year accompanied or followed Lord John Winthrop to New England, sailed from the seaport city of Bristol. The passenger list of the Lyon on this particular voyage contained 26 names, a little band of well-to-do Puritan colonists who had voluntarily left comfortable homes in the land of their birth, where liberty to worship God in accordance with the dictates of conscience was by law denied them, and seeking new places of abode, with such fortune as might await them on the rugged shores and in the primeval forests of the New World. Among the heads of families of this pioneer band were Roger Williams, Simon Sackett, John Sackett, John Throkmorton and Nicholas Bailey. The family of Simon Sackett included his wife Isabel, and their infant son, Simon Sackett Jr.
This mid-winter voyage of the ship Lyon was unusually severe. She did not reach Nantasket Roads, off Boston town, the port of her destination, until February 5, 1631. About a month previous to her arrival, Governor Winthrop, Deputy Governor Dudley, and the "Assistants" to whom and their successors, King Charles had committed the charter government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, had formally selected, a few miles from Boston, on the Charles River, a site for a new town, which it was their avowed purpose to fortify and make the permanent seat of government. It was understood and agreed that the Governor, Deputy Governor, and six of the eight assistants, should each erect on the site selected a permanent house, suitable for the accommodation of his family, in time to spend the following winter there. But shortly thereafter several of the assistants became deeply interested in private business projects at Boston and other settlements and neglected to carry out their part of the agreement. The undertaking was not, however,
abandoned or long delayed, for in the spring of 1631, Winthrop, Dudley and Bradstreet, together with six other "principal gentlemen," including Simon Sackett, "commenced the execution of the plan" by erecting substantial dwellings. The house built and occupied by Simon Sackett and his family stood on the north side of what is now Winthrop Street, in the centre of the block, between Brighton and Dunster Streets.
From the commencement of the settlement records were made of the "agreements of its inhabitants" touching matters of mutual interest, as well as of the public acts of town officials-all of which have been preserved to the present day. Wood, in his "New England's Prospects", written in the latter part of 1633, gives the following description of the place, which at that time was called Newtown, but three years later was re-christened Cambridge:
"This is one of the neatest and best compacted towns in New England, having many fair structures, with many handsome contrived streets. The inhabitants, most of them, are very rich and well stored with cattle of all sorts, having many hundred acres of land poled in with general fence, which is about a mile and a half long, which secures all their weaker cattle from the wild beasts."Newtown did not, however, become the permanent seat of government of Massachusetts Bay Colony, but it did become, is to-day, and will undoubtedly long remain the seat of America's most famous university.
In the founding and laying out of this embryo "city in the wilderness", Simon Sackett was a potent factor, but the exposure and privations of his mid-winter voyage on the ship Lyon had undermined his health, which continued to decline until October 1635, when he died. On the third day of November following, widow Isabel Sackett was granted, by the court, authority to administer on his estate. At same session of court, the memorable decree was entered which banished Roger Williams from the colony. Mrs. Williams had come to Newtown with her husband on that occasion, "he being in feeble health", and it is altogether probable they were entertained at the home of their bereaved friend and fellow passenger on their voyage from England, whose dwelling was convenient to the public building where the court was held.
Widow Sackett's name appears on the Newtown records for the last time under date of February 8, 1636. In June of that year the
Rev. Hooker's congregation, having either sold or leased their dwellings, removed to Connecticut-widow Sackett and her boys forming part of the migrating company. Dr. Trumble give the following account of their journey:
"About the beginning of June 1636, Mr. Hooker and about 100 men, women and children took their departure from Newtown and traveled more than a hundred miles through a hideous wilderness to Hartford. They made their journey over mountains, through swamps, thickets and rivers, which were not passable but with great difficulty. They had no cover but the heavens, nor any lodgings but those that simple nature offered them. They drove with them 160 head of cattle and carried their packs and some utensils. This adventure was the more remarkable, as many of the company were persons of figure, who had lived in England in honor, affluence and delicacy, and were entire strangers to fatigue and danger."After Mr. Hooker's migrating company had become established at Hartford, widow Isabel Sackett became the second wife of William Bloomfield.
Simon Sackett and his wife Isabel were the parents of:
2. John Sackett, colonist, and founder of the New Haven branch of the Sackett family, came to New England, from Bristol, England, with his brother Simon, on the ship Lyon, in the winter of 1630-31. He brought with him his son, John Sackett, Jr., who at the time was about three years of age. No record of any other member of his immediate family has been found. Either before leaving England, or during his tedious mid-winter voyage hither, he became strongly attached to the brilliant and popular nom-conformist minister, Roger Williams, whom he followed first to Plymouth settlement and afterwards to Rhode Island. Tiring of life in the wilderness he made his way to New Haven settlement, in the records of which he is mentioned as early as 1640 and as late as 1684. On October 6, of the year last mentioned, he filed an inventory of the estate of "John Sackett, Jr."
5. John Sackett, Jr., b. about 1628, d. Sept. 3, 1684; m. Agnes Tinkham.
3. Simon Sackett, 1630-1659, son of (1) Simon Sackett and his wife Isabel, was born in England and brought to New England by his parents before he was one year old. About the year 1652 he was married to his step-father's daughter, Sarah Bloomfield, who had been his companion and playmate from early childhood. His home at the time of his marriage was at Springfield, Mass. The records of that town show that in 1653 he was granted several town lots as an inducement to make it his permanent place of abode, that on March 15, 1653, he purchased from "William Brooks 20 acres of land fronting on ye Great River", and that on March 13, 1653, he subscribed to the "Oath of Fidelity". So far as known he continued to reside at Springfield on the banks of "ye Great River" to the day of his death.
William Bloomfield, 1604-1664, the father of Sarah Bloomfield Sackett, was born in England. In 1634 he sailed for New England in the ship Elisabeth, which left Yarmouth in the month of April and reached Boston the following June. He brought with him his wife Sarah, aged 25, and their only child, an infant daughter, named for her mother, aged about one year. The Bloomfields on disembarking at Boston seem to have proceeded immediately to the comfortable home of Simon Sackett, at Newtown. The two families doubtless had been neighbors and friends in England, and they were destined to become more closely united in the New World. Sarah, wife of William Bloomfield, probably died soon after their arrival in Newtown. The records show conclusively that William Bloomfield did not remain for any considerable length of time in Newtown after Mr. Hooker and his congregation removed to Hartford. Paige , in his "History of Cambridge," states that William Bloomfield was there in 1635 and removed to Hartford, Conn. Hartley's "Hartford in the Olden Time" records the fact that William Bloomfield, as a citizen of that town, participated in 1637, with Captain Mason and his ally, the Indian Chief Uncas, in their short and decisive campaign of extermination against the Pequots. The Newtown, Mass records show that in 1638 William Bloomfield transferred to Robert Stedman the house and lot "on the north side of Winthrop Street, between Dunster and Brighton Streets,"
which property, according to Paige's "Map of Cambridge in 1635," was the Sackett Homestead. "Porter's map of Hartford in 1640," shows the dwelling of William Bloomfield in the centre of a spacious corner lot near "Little River," on road from "Mill to Country." The historical catalogue of First Church of Hartford records the fact that William Bloomfield and family remained there until 1648, when they removed to New London. It is not known how long they remained in New London, but in 1656 they were at Springfield, Mass., and shortly thereafter at Middleberg, Long Island, where for the remainder of his life William Bloomfield was recognized as a leading citizen. In 1663, when the English towns of New Netherland rebelled against Dutch authority, the civil affairs of Middleberg were by the choice of the inhabitants placed in charge of William Bloomfield and five other "trusted citizens."
Children of Simon Sackett and Sarah Bloomfield.
6. Samuel Sackett, baptized
at Springfield, Mass., in 1653.
7. Joseph Sackett, b. Feb. 23, 1656, d. Sept. 23, 1719; m. 1st ,Elizabeth Betts.
Sacket*, 1632 - 1719, son of (1) Simon
Sackett and his wife Isabel, was, so far as known, the first white child
born in Newtown (now Cambridge), Mass. In 1653 he became a resident
of Springfield, Mass., receiving from the town commissioners a gift of four
pieces of land, agreeable to an ordinance passed to encourage the speedy
settlement of that place. On November 23, 1659, he was married to Abigail
Hannum, 1640 - 1690, daughter of William Hannum (colonist), and
his wife, Honor Capen, of Dorchester, Windsor and Northampton.
A short time after date of his marriage to Abigail Hannum, John Sacket sold
his land at Springfield and removed to property he had purchased some fifteen
miles up the Connecticut River at Northampton. There he and his family
lived until 1665, when he again sold out and moved to a farm purchased of
one Chapin near Westfield, on what are now called Sacket's Meadows.
Mr. Sacket's removal to Westfield was at the date of the first permanent
settlement of that town,
* This John Sackett dropped the final "t" in signing his name and several generations of his descendants followed his example, but nearly all of his living descendants have resumed its use.
and about ten years previous to the commencement of King Philip's Indian wars. There Mr. Sacket built a house and barn, both of which were burned, Oct. 27, 1675, by the Indians, who, at the same time, destroyed a large amount of other property, and drove off his cattle. He rebuilt his house and barn, and also erected a saw mill on a creek which ran through his farm and emptied into the Waronoco (now Westfield) River.
The building of a dam on this creek was the occasion of a vexatious lawsuit, brought against him by Thomas, Jedediah and Jonah Dewey, who claimed that by reason of Sacket's saw mill dam the water was backed up on their grist mill. The case was tried at Springfield before a jury, who found for plaintiff, but the court in giving judgment, recited that it was a hard case for the defendant and "therefore ordered that the plaintiffs should, with a hired man and oxen, work with said Sacket 9 days in taking down and removing said dam."
At a town meeting held in 1672 at Westfield, John Sacket was chosen a selectman, and as late as 1693 he held the same office. [Additional Information]
Abigail Hannum Sacket died October 9, 1690, and about a year later John Sacket was married to Sarah [Stiles (Stewart)], daughter of John Stiles and widow of John Stewart of Springfield. He continued to reside on his Westfield farm to the day of his death. His will, dated in 1718, and probated in 1719, reads as follows:
In the name of God Amen, the tenth day of May in the year of our Lord God 1718. I John Sacket Sen'r, of Westfield in the county of Hampshire in ye Province of ye Massachusetts Bay, in New England, being aged and under the decays of nature, but of perfect mind & memory thanks be given to God therefor, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, & knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament, yt is to say principally & first of all I give & reccommend my Soul unto the hands of God that gave it, and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christianlike & decent manner at the direction of my Executors, nothing doubting but at ye Gen'll Reserection I shall receive the same again by ye mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and devise & dispose of the same in the following way and manner.
Imprimus. I give and bequeath to Sarah my well beloved wife, all the use & improvement of all my Estate both real and personal during the whole of her natural life if she shall outlive me, that is to say, all that I shall be possessed of at my decease.
Imp'rs. I give to my son John Sacket five shillings, and to my son
William's children five shillings, and my son Samuel's children 5 shillings.Children of John Sacket and Abigail Hannum.
Imp'rs. I give to William Sacket my Grandson, the son of Sam'll Sacket deceased, after myself and my wives decease, my Team and Tackling & all ye furniture thereunto belonging and two plows, cart wheels & all belonging unto them, and a harrow & what belongs to it, and I likewise make & ordain him viz. - my grandson William Sacket, Executor of this my last Will & Testament.
Imp'rs. After my own and my wives decease I give to my well beloved daughters viz. - Hannah Merryman, Mary Maudsley and Abigail King all the remainder of my movable estate in an equal division amongst them all, excepting my great brass Kettle the which I give unto my daughter Mary Maudsley, above her share in the movables, to be at their own disposal.
Further - This may inform all concerned that all my lands are disposed of by deed of gift, therefore no Inventory to be taken of them.
Imp'rs. I give to Rachel Stiles a cow and a pair of sheets. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke & disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, & Legacies, Bequests & executors, by me in any way before this time named, willed and bequeathed. Rattifying & Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will & Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in ye day & year above written.
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by ye s'd John Sacket as his last Will & Testament. In Presence of us ye subscribers, viz:
Joseph Sacket. John Sacket (s)
Springfield May 20, 1719. John Root, Jedediah Dewey & Joseph Sacket, the witnesses of the foregoing will appeared before me underwritten, Judge of ye Probate of wills & co for ye County afores'd made oath that they saw John Sacket subscribe unto the foregoing instrument, Sign Seal Publish & Pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and Testament, and that he was of sound mind & Perfect memory when he did it to the best of their understanding. Which s'd Will I approve & allow of, and do appoint John Sacket ye son of ye said deceased to be an administrator on ye said will with ye Executor in the said will named till ye said Executor comes of ye age of twenty one years.
8. John Sacket, b. Nov. 4, 1660; d. Dec. 20,
1745; m. Deborah Filley.
9. William Sacket, b. Apr. 20, 1662; d. Mar. 28, 1700; m. Hannah Graves.
10. Abigail Sacket, b. Dec. 1, 1663; d. July 3, 1683; m. John Noble.
11. Mary Sacket, b. in year 1665; d. Nov. 19, 1667.
12. Hannah Sacket, b. Mar. 7, 1669;; d. Aug. 3., 1749; m. 2nd, Ben Newbury.
13. Mary Sacket, b. June 8, 1672, d. in year 1729; m. Benj. Moseley.
14. Samuel Sacket, b. Sept. 16, 1674; d. Nov. 8, 1709; m. Elizabeth Bissell.
15. Elizabeth Sacket. b. May
27, 1677; d. June 16, 1682.
16. Abigail Sacket, b. in year 1683; d. Sept. 1721; m. David King.
5. John Sackett, Jr., 16__-1684, of New Haven, Conn., son of (2) John the colonist, was born in England and brought to New England by his father in 1631. He was at the time about three years of age. Very little is known of his boyhood days. In 1646 he was a member of the New Haven Train Band. The general court of that year first brought him to notice and gave him a place in the recorded history of Connecticut by fining him six cents "for wanting a rest at a training he attended." A rest was a stick crotched at one end which was used to steady the heavy musket then in use when taking aim.
On May 20, 1652, he was married to Agnes Tinkham, who probably was a younger sister of the colonist Ephraim Tinkham, of Plymouth settlement. He remained a resident of New Haven until his death in 1684.
The records there show that on October 6, 1684, "John Sackett" made and filed an inventory of the estate of "John Sackett, Junior." Agnes Tinkham Sackett died at New Haven in the early part of the year 1707. An inventory of her estate was filed on April 25th of that year by her grandson, Lieut. Joseph Sackett, who had previously been appointed administrator of her husband's estate. The records also show that on July 8, 1712, Lieut. Joseph Sackett made a final accounting of said estates and was discharged from his bonds.
Children of John Sackett and Agnes Tinkham.
17. John Sackett, b. Apr. 30, 1653; d. in
year 1703; m. Mary Woodin.
18. Jonathan Sackett, b. June 6, 1655; d. ; m. Hannah.
19, Mary Sackett, b. Sept. 24, 1657.
20. Joseph Sackett, b. Mar. 2, 1660; m.
21. Martha Sackett, b. Sept. 19, 1662; d. Sept. 3, 1684.
6. Samuel Sackett, born and christened at Springfield, Mass., in 1653, was the oldest child of (3) Simon and Sarah Bloomfield Sackett. No further record of him has been found and it is probable that he died in infancy and was buried at Springfield.
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