He seems to have been a wayward youth whose love of adventure was stronger than his love of home and kindred. The following record is based on tradition, which supported by recorded facts: "When about seventeen years of age he left home without the consent of his parents and became a sailor. After following the sea for several years, during which he visited many foreign lands, he married -presumably in Ireland - a comely young Irish girl, whose surname was McGaw. His marriage was not approved by his parents, and his cultured sisters treated his bride with great coolness, if not actual rudeness, when after his return to his native land, her to the Sackett mansion at Newtown. This action on the part of his parents and sisters he promptly, indignantly and emphatically resented, using language more suggestive of heat that ice is suggestive of cold. And when after a few hours sojourn he left his father's house never to return, he took with him a title deed to property in Hopewell, New Jersey, in consideration of which he agreed to forgo forever all claim to any other portion of his father's estate." His Irish wife proved to be a true helpmate and model mother. Their family life at Hopewell was all that could be desired, and when he died there in 1718, he left his wife and three children in comfortable circumstances. Capt. Joseph Sackett's will, which was executed a few month later, and probated the following year, contains no mention of his deceased son Simon's children. The reason for this omission has already been given. [Weygant, p. 23, 29-30]
Weygant lists two unnamed daughters; #83 and #84.
They had the following children:
+ 103 M i Thomas Sackett-82 + 104 M ii Joseph Sackett , Esq. + 105 M iii Simon Sackett
of English Kills, Newtown, Long Island, NY.
Judge Sackett was, says Riker in his "Annals of Newtown," "a man of probity, a Justice of the Peace and a Judge from 1749 to his death, Sept. 26, 1755," and it may be added that he was an office holder in the Presbyterian Church, took an active part in public affairs, and was ever held in high esteem by his townsmen. In 1724 he and his brother-in-law, John Alsop, purchased jointly the central portion of the "Chambers-Southerland Patent," located on the west shore of the Hudson River, in the town of New Windsor, Orange County, N. Y. There they built a substantial wharf, erected a commodious storehouse and established a sloop freight and passenger line, which ran at stated intervals to and from New York City. They also started and maintained for a number of years a flat-boat ferry at that place, which carried horses and cattle, as well as human beings to and from a point near what afterwards became Fishkill Landing, on the opposite shore. This ferry, which was the first of its kind established on the central Hudson, was extensively patronized previous to the Revolution. It is a matter of history that in July, 1775, Morgan and his famous body of riflemen crossed the river on this New Windsor ferry when hastening to join Washington's army at Boston. Not long after that date it was discontinued.
John Alsop, who was by profession a lawyer, located at New Windsor at the time of the before mentioned purchase, but after remaining there a few years sold out his interest to Joseph Sackett, Jr., his partner's oldest son, and took up the practice of his profession in New York City, where he acquired marked prominence.
The Sacketts, it would seem, did not long remain entirely content with their holdings in New Windsor. Colonial land papers show that on Jan. 11, 1727, a patent was duly issued to Nathaniel Hazzard and Joseph Sackett for 4, 000 acres in adjoining town of Blooming Grove; that on July 7, 1736, a patent for additional plots containing 2,000 acres in same vicinity was issued to Joseph Sackett. The extensive grants covered a considerable portion of what is now one of the most populous and productive farming districts in Orange County, NY.
In 1749 a land company, composed of Joseph Sackett, Jr., his brother John Sackett, and eight other men of local prominence, was organized under the title of "The Proprietors of New Windsor." To this company the Sacketts transferred all of their New Windsor real estate except the wharf and storehouse property. The "Proprietors" laid out the entire unimproved portion of their purchase in village lots and township plots, and a considerable number of new dwellings were added to the
settlement; but already the importance of the village as a commercial centre had begun to decline, and to-day (1907), what was then the business portion of New Windsor is a veritable "Deserted Village," with a church in which no service has been held for years, dilapidated dwellings, and no signs of commercial life save the unsightly sheds of several brick yards at the river's edge. But the township plots on the western bounds of the tract have become the country seats of families of wealth, and constitute one of Newburgh's aristocratic suburbs.
The original records, consisting of rude maps and transfer data of "The Proprietors of New Windsor," is in possession of the "Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands," at Newburgh, NY.
Judge Sackett was never an actual resident of New Windsor. He died at English Kills, Sept. 27, 1755. His wife, Hannah Alsop Sackett, outlived him nearly eighteen years, her death occurring June 17, 1773, in the 83rd year of her age. Judge Sackett's will is recorded in the New York City records of probate and reads in part as follows:
WILL OF JUDGE JOSEPH SACKETT.
In the name of God Amen, Mar. 31, in the year of our Beloved Lord Christ 1755, I Joseph Sackett of Newtown, in Queens County, being in perfect health . . . My executors to pay all debts and clear my land that is mortgaged to the Loan Office at Jamaica in Queens County. My executors are to sell all my lands lying in the Patent of Goshen in Orange County, except the land that is to be laid out at Wawayanda, or the other lands belonging to the patent or a Round Hill, so called, and what land belongs to me joining the same. It lyeth between the land of Hezekiah Howell and Thomas Coleman. And what land I have lying between a brook called Perry's and a hill called Caar Matthews on said hill. Reserving in all the lands they sell three quarters of all mines and minerals with privilege to dig and carry off same, and to erect buildings for that use. They are also to sell all my lands in New Jersey, reserving the same privileges. And they are also to sell all my lands and Meadows in Newtown, except what I shall give to my wife and my son William.
I leave my wife Hannah one half of the lands and buildings hereinafter named, during her widowhood, and the other half to my son William, viz - My Mansion house and all the buildings and lot of ground they stand on, and all my lands on the east and south sides of the road that leadeth from Newtown to New York ferry except a lot I bought of John Culver, and all my lands and meadows lying on the west side of said road as far as the lower end of Smiths Island. And also my land swamp at a place called Juniper swamp, and a piece of upland and fresh meadow bounded east by Francis Morel, north by the middle ditch, west by a ditch that runs through my meadow joining to John Ketcham and Rapalye and the creek above Cars Mill. And after my wife's death my son William to have the whole, and to pay his brother Thomas and his sister Elizabeth Fish each £100.
I leave to my sons Thomas and William all my wearing clothing. To my son Joseph a silver headed cane. To my daughter Elizabeth Fish the choice of my Negro girls. To my son William, a Negro boy. I leave to my wife Hannah one half of the rest of my movables and the remainder to be sold to pay my debts.
I leave to my six sons Joseph, John, James, Samuel, Thomas and William a hill called Round Hill, lying between the lands of Hezekiah Howell and Thomas Coleman (in Orange County) also a piece of land lying between the brook called Perry's brook on a hill called Car Matthews, but on condition that if there be any mines or minerals on said land or lands I have sold in New York and West Jersye, they shall pay to my daughter Hannah one thirteenth of the clear profit, and also to Elizabeth Fish and the children of my deceased daughter Frances Blackwell, and the children of my deceased daughter Deborah Stringham, and to my wife, two thirteenths.
If my son William dies without issue then his lands go to the rest of my children. My executors are to sell so much cleared land joining the lot I bought of Jonathan Culver as will make it 40 acres with that lot, and they are to sell all my upland and fresh meadows, joining to Thomas Monell on the main ditch and the road.
The above, signed by Joseph Sackett and witnessed by Richard Hollett, Jr., James Way, Jr., and Thomas Way, was probated Oct. 22, 1755.
They had the following children:
+ 106 M i Joseph Sackett-85 107 M ii Richard Sackett-86 was born on 30 Jun 1709. He died on 11 Feb 1725/1726. + 108 F iii Hannah Sackett-88 109 F iv Elizabeth Sackett-89 was born on 15 Aug 1713. She died on 17 Dec 1721. + 110 M v John Sackett-90 + 111 F vi Deborah Sackett-91 + 112 F vii Frances Sackett-92 + 113 M viii James Sackett-93 + 114 M ix Samuel Sackett-94 + 115 M x Dr. Thomas Sackett M. D.-95 + 116 F xi Elizabeth Sackett-96 + 117 M xii William Sackett-97
of Newtown, Long Island, N. Y.
Benjamin Moore, of Newtown, Long Island, N. Y., son of Capt. Samuel Moore and grandson of Rev. John Moore, both of whom were men of prominence, whose records are closely interwoven in the early history of Long Island.
Rev. John Moore Came to Massachusetts from England about the year 1636. He was at the time unmarried and a comparatively young man. He had evidently studied for the ministry in England. On Dec. 8, 1636, he was sworn a freeman and recorded as a resident of Cambridge, Mass., "where in the following year he purchased from Humphrey Vincent a house and garden on the southerly side of Winthrop Street, between Dunster and Brighton Streets, together with sundry lots of land." This property he did not dispose of until during or after the year 1642. The records of Cambridge show that at one period during these years he was a magistrate. He was also associated with and deeply interested in the founding of the school at Cambridge which became Harvard College and is not America's most renowned university. Early in the year 1641 he removed to Long Island, N. Y., and in April of that year was recognized as a resident of Southampton. Previous to changing his place of abode from New England to Long Island, he became engaged in the securing of subscriptions to a fund for the education of divinity students at the Cambridge school, and continued his efforts in that direction after his removal to Long Island. Riker says "he was an independent * * * having been permitted in New England to preach but not allowed to administer the sacrament. After this mode he officiated for many years. * * * He was reputed to be a good preacher." The early colonial records of New York and Connecticut show that on reaching Long Island he took an active and influential part in secular as well as religious affairs. At a convention held in Hartford. May 30, 1644, looking to a union of Long Island with the New England Colonies, his name appears as that of a delegate from the "Third Ward of Southampton." A little later in the same year he was in attendance at a meeting of the General Court of Massachusetts, evidently on the same business. About the same period he began preaching regularly to the congregation to Hempstead. About the year 1646 he was married to Margaret Howell, daughter of Edward Howell, colonist, who came to America from Buckingham, England, in 1637. In 1652 Mr. Moore removed to Newtown, L. I., and there became the first regular minister of that settlement, and continued preaching there until his death in 1657. Some 20 years later the town, in recognition of his valuable services, in negotiations with the Indian owners for the purchase of Newtown plot and in the building of the settlement, awarded 80 acres of land to his surviving children.
Capt. Samuel Moore, son of Rev. John Moore and his wife Margaret Howell, was married to Mary Reed, 1651-1738, daughter of Capt. Thomas Reed. Capt. Moore served his town as Constable, Assessor, Commissioner of Town Court, Supervisor, and on several important commissions. He served also in the ranks, as Lieutenant, and as Captain of the Newtown militia.
Benjamin Moore, son of above and husband of Anne Sackett, was a man of marked influence in Newtown, but unlike his father and grandfather, took but little interest in public affairs and did not acquire official prominence.
Benjamin and Anne had the following children:
+ 118 M i Lt. Samuel Moore-98 119 F ii Mary Moore-99 was born on 10 Jan 1713/1714. Mary married James Renne-99sp. + 120 F iii Anne Moore-100 121 F iv Sarah Moore-101 was born on 17 May 1718. Sarah married Samuel Moore-101sp. 122 M v Benjamin More-102 was born on 23 Nov 1720. He died in 1745 in Unmarried. 123 M vi John Moore-103 was born on 28 Jan 1722/1723. He died in In childhood. 124 F vii Elizabeth Moore-104 was born on 10 Jan 1724/1725. Elizabeth married William Hazard-104sp. + 125 F viii Patience Moore-105 126 M ix John Moore-106 was born on 5 Jul 1730. John married Hannah Whitehead-106sp.
of Newtown, N. Y.
Sarah Sackett, 1689-1766, was married in 1717 to her brother-in-law, Joseph Moore, who died suddenly July 10, 1756, aged 77 years.
Joseph and Elizabeth had the following children:
+ 127 F i Sarah Sackett Moore-107 128 M ii Joseph Moore-108 was born on 28 Sep 1708. He died in Nov 1757. 129 M iii Nathaniel Moore-109 was born on 1 Jan 1709/1710. He died in In childhood. 130 F iv Mary Moore-110 was born on 19 Nov 1713. Mary married John Davis-110sp. 131 F v Abigail Moore-111 was born on 10 Apr 1715. Abigail married Samuel Washburn-111sp. 132 M vi Sackett Moore-112 was born on 3 Sep 1716. He died in 1752. 133 M vii Benjamin Moore-113 was born on 3 Sep 1716. He died in 1792. Benjamin married Mary Hart-113sp.
of Greenwich, Conn.
He was married before reaching his majority. His wife died shortly after the birth of their only child, who was named for his father. Mr. Sackett then entered Yale College and studied for the ministry. He graduated with honor in 1709, and the following year was married to Elizabeth Kirkland, daughter of Lieut. John Kirtland and his wife Lydia Platt. The "Yale Graduate," in issue of 1860, contains the following:
"Richard Sackett, son of Joseph Sackett of Newtown, L. I., was born about 1688. He studied theology and married before Nov., 1711, Elizabeth, daughter of Lieut. John Kirtland of Saybrook, Conn. In 1711 he was preaching to the congregation of Maidenhead and Hopewell, NJ. In 1712 his residence was Saybrook. Early in 1714, he succeeded Mr. John Jones in preaching to the first church in Greenwich, but in 1716 changed to the supply of the pulpit at what was then called Horse Neck in western part of the town. His ministrations there were so acceptable that the General Assembly in October 1717, granted an application for a church, and accordingly a church was quickly formed (perhaps in the following months) and Mr. Sackett was ordained pastor. He remained in this office until his sudden death in Greenwich May 9, 1747. A notice of his death in the New England Weekly Journal says that he was so well the day before that he preached both parts of the day. He is reported to have been of a mild temper and pleasant manner and much beloved by his people. His children remained in Greenwich. the inventory of his estate dated Aug. 15, 1729, amounted to about two thousand pounds -- fifty pounds being in books." Mead in his "History of Greenwich," published in 1757, says: "In 1717, the Second Society was provided with another minister, the Rev. Richard Sackett. Little seems to be known of him even by his immediate descendants. He is spoken of as a kind, mild man, and universally beloved by his people. Mr. Sackett graduated in middle life at Yale College in the Class of 1709."
Mr. Mead doubtless drew his conclusion that Mr. Sackett was in "middle life" when he graduated from Yale, from the fact that he was a widower when he entered. Riker, in his "Annals of Newtown," giving a record of children of Capt. Joseph Sackett, simply states that "Richard married and died at Greenwich, Conn. "An old book which was probably included in the before mentioned inventory, is entitled, "The First Epistle of St. John the Apostle." It was written, as shown by the title page, by Nathaniel Hardy, minister of the gospel and preacher to the parish of St. Dionecius, and printed in London in 1659. This ancient volume was, in 1905, in possession of the heirs of Daniel Gott, Esq., of Syracuse, N. Y. Written in it, unquestionably by the hand of Rev. Richard Sackett, is this note:
"My honored father, Joseph Sackett, left this world September 23, Anno Que Domini 1719."
On another page, in the same hand, the following names appear: "Elisabeth, Nathaniel, Richard, Joseph, Mary, Abigail."
The Greenwich Town Records contain the following: "Richard Sackett, of Greenwich, and his wife Elizabeth had: John, b. Nov. 14, 1713; Elizabeth, b. evening next after Dec. 28, 1717; Nathaniel, b. June 8, 1720; Abigail, b. Aug. 29, 1722; Joseph, b. Feb. 11, 1724-5."
They had the following children:
134 M i Richard Sackett-114 was born about 1706. He died about 1767.
Richard Sackett, of Greenwich, Conn., son of  Rev. Richard Sackett and his first wife, whose name has not been ascertained, died just previous to the year 1768, intestate and without issue. So far as can now be learned he was unmarried. In original papers at Fairfield, Conn., is one looking to the distribution of his estate among his next of kin, who are given as "heirs of Nathaniel Sackett, dec'd, Elisabeth Aak, Abigail Hubbell, dec'd, Mary Lockwood, dec'd, and Joseph Sackett." It would appear from this document, which is dated Mar. 7, 1768, that of his brothers and sisters, or rather half brothers and sisters, only Elisabeth Aak and Joseph Sackett were then living.
Nathaniel Kirtland, 1616-1678, the grandfather of Elizabeth Kirtland Sackett, came from Count Bucks, England, to Massachusetts Bay, in the ship Hopewell in the year 1635. For several years he resided at Lynn, after which he removed to Southold, L. I., where he was married. Previous to the year 1658 he returned to Lynn, of which town he was for several years a Selectman.
Lieut. John Kirtland, 1659-1716, son of Nathaniel Kirtland, and father of Elizabeth Kirtland Sackett, was married, May 16, 1679, to Lydia Pratt, daughter of Lieut. William Pratt. Lieut. John Kirtland was a man of prominence in Saybrook, and during the years 1702 and 1703 was the commandant of the Government fort there.
Richard and Elizabeth had the following children:
135 M ii John Sackett-115 was born on 14 Mar 1712/1713. He died on 15 Mar 1712/1713. 136 F iii Elizabeth Sackett-116 was born on 28 Mar 1715. Elizabeth married Mr. Aak. 137 F iv Mary Sackett-117 was born on 28 Dec 1717. She died before 7 Mar 1768. Mary married Mr. Lockwood-117sp. + 138 M v Hon. Nathaniel Sackett-118 + 139 F vi Abigail Sackett-119 + 140 M vii Joseph Sackett-120
of Newtown, L. I.
John was married, Jan. 11, 1719, to Elisabeth Field, after whose death he was married to her sister, Susanna Field. They were daughters of Elnathan Field, son of Robert Field, of Newtown, who was the son of Robert Field, a patentee of Flushing, L. I.
They had the following children:
+ 141 F i Elizabeth Sackett-121 + 142 M ii William Sackett-122
of Newtown, N. Y.
Sarah Sackett, 1689-1766, was married in 1717 to her brother-in-law, Joseph Moore, who died suddenly July 10, 1756, aged 77 years.
Joseph and Sarah had the following children:
143 F i Anne Moore-123 was born on 21 Mar 1717/1718. She died in 1769 in Unmarried. 144 F ii Elizabeth Moore-124 was born on 28 Mar 1720. Elizabeth married Joseph Baldwin-124sp. 145 F iii Patience Moore-125 was born on 5 Feb 1721/1722. Patience married John Moore-125sp. 146 M iv Samuel Moore-126 was born on 15 Jan 1723/1724. He died in 1781. Samuel married Abigail Field-126sp. 147 F v Martha Moore-127 was born on 30 Mar 1726. Martha married Joseph Titus-127sp. 148 M vi Nathaniel Moore-128 was born on 15 Jan 1727/1728. He died in 1781. Nathaniel married Joana Hall-128sp. 149 F vii Phoebe Moore-129 was born on 28 Mar 1730. Phoebe married Mr. Burroughs-129sp. 150 F viii Jemima Moore-130 was born on 18 Oct 1732. She died in 1758 in Unmarried.
John Alsop, son of Capt. Richard Alsop, who it is claimed is a lineal descendant of the Richard Alsop who was Lord Mayor of London in 1579. John Alsop was by profession a lawyer, and a short time after his marriage to Abigail Sackett, whose brother (23) Joseph had married his sister Hannah, located at New Windsor, Orange County, N. Y., where he was largely interested in real estate. A few years later he removed to New York City and there practiced his profession for many years.
John and Abigail had the following children:
151 F i Ephemia Alsop-131. Ephemia married Thomas Stephenson. 152 F ii Frances Alsop-132 died in Unmarried. + 153 M iii John Alsop-133 + 154 M iv Richard Alsop-134
Full Context of New York City Wills, 1771-1776Page 365.--In the name of God, Amen. I PATIENCE LAURENCE, of Newtown, inQueens County, widow, "being somewhat indisposed in body." I direct alldebts to be paid. My executors may sell all my estate to the highest bidder,and divide the money among my children, Joseph, Richard, William, Thomas,Samuel, Jonathan, and Daniel Laurence, and Anna Sackett. I leave to mydaughter, Anna Sackett, all my wearing apparell. I leave to my cousins, JohnLaurence, son of William Laurence, and John Sackett, son of William Sackett,Nathaniel Laurence, son of Thomas, Richard Laurence, son of Joseph, JohnLaurence, son of Daniel, Jonathan Laurence, son of Jonathan, Joseph Sackett,son of William, John Pinfold, son of Richard, and Joseph Riker, son ofSamuel, œ5 each. All the rest of my estate I leave to my children, Joseph,Richard, William, Thomas, Samuel, Jonathan, and Daniel, and Ann Sackett. Imake my sons, Joseph, Thomas, and Daniel, executors.Dated May -- 1772. Witnesses, John Kearns, William Leveritch, Samuel Moore,3d. Proved, November 18, 1772.
Major Thomas Lawrence, the grandfather of above mentioned John Lawrence, was born in Great St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. He came to America about 1645. According to Riker, "he lived awhile at Flushing, L. I., but in 1656 bought a house and lot in Newtown, to which place he removed and took part in buying the town lands from the Indians that same year. Afterwards, by purchase from the Dutch settlers, he became proprietor of a number of cultivated farms extending along the East River from Hellgate to Bowery Bay. On receiving the news of the Revolution in England in 1688, and the removal of Sir Edward Andres as Governor of Massachusetts, the family of Thomas Lawrence became decided in asserting the principles which had prompted his departure from England. Though advanced in years, Capt. Lawrence accepted the command of the forces of Queens County, to which he was commissioned by Governor Leisler, with the rank of Major, on Dec. 30, 1689. In February following he was intrusted with the raising of troops in Queens County to aid in defending Albany against the French: and again in the same year he was commissioned to proceed to Southold with a militia force to protect his Majesty's subjects against the apprehended attacks of
Capt. John Lawrence, son of Major Thomas Lawrence, and father-in-law of Patience Sackett Lawrence, commanded the Newtown troop of horse in Leisler's time, with his brother Daniel Lawrence as Cornet: and was soon after appointed High Sheriff of the county, to which place he was also chosen in 1698. He was married to Deborah Woodhull, daughter of Richard Woodhull, one of the patentees of Brookhaven.
John Lawrence, son of above mentioned Capt. John Lawrence and his wife Deborah Woodhull, and husband of Patience Sackett, was a wealthy farmer and for many years a magistrate of Queens County, N. Y.
John and Patience had the following children:
155 M i John Lawrence-135 was born in 1721. He died on 5 Aug 1764.
Mr Lawrence was a wealthy and eminent merchant. He died Aug. 5, 1764, in his 43rd year, and his funeral sermon was delivered by the celebrated Whitehead, who was then in this country, and between whom and Mr. Lawrence a warm friendship had long existed. Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence had no children that reached maturity.
John married Catherine Livingston-135sp daughter of Hon. Philip Livingston. + 156 M ii Joseph Lawrence-136 157 M iii Richard Lawrence-137 was born in 1725. He died in 1781.
They had no children.
Richard Lawrence, at the breaking out of the war of the Revolution, was commissioned Captain of the Newtown troop of horse, and in 1776, on falling into the hands of Royalists was conveyed to the Provo at New York City, where he was for a long time confined, during which his health completely broke down. He was, however, permitted to return to his home to die. A short time before his decease word was brought him of the capture of Cornwallis and his army. Assuring himself of the truthfulness of the report he declared his readiness to die, now that the ultimate triumph of his country was assured. His death took place at Newtown, Nov. 21, 1781, in the 57th year of his age.
In the collection of Sackett Family manuscripts belonging to Mrs. Anne C. Gott, of Irondequoit, N. Y., there is a letter written by Mrs. Lawrence a short time before her husband was dragged from his sick bed by his Tory neighbors and carried off to the "Provo" prison in New York City. This letter is addressed to "Mrs. Hannah Delancy at Cortlands Manor," who is the No. 155 of this volume. It reads as follows:
March ye 2d 1776
My Dear Cousin
The receipt of yours of ye 26th of last month gave me a great deal of pleasure as it ascertained me of your existence which I had some reason to doubt as you promised to write me as soon as you got home. But not one word from you my dear since I parted with you till yesterday when I received your kind letter, but was sorry to hear of my dear Uncles misfortune by hope he is now better.
And now I will tell you what is nearest to my heart in this world of misfortune. My Mr. Lawrence is very sick, and brother Daniel is very ill, and brothers Joseph and Thomas are both in a bad state of health. As to myself I enjoy a better state of health than when I parted with you. May that God be Blessed who has brought me from the borders of the grave and said unto me, Live. O let us put our trust in him in every difficulty. He has promised he will not leave nor forsake us.
But still wars and rumors of wars distress me. Our house is filled with soldiers, forts are erecting, batteries forming, and I am afraid of bloody summer ensueing. But the God of the Armies of Israel is able to defend his people. And oh that he would please to go with our armies to the field of battle if they must be called there in defence of our liberties.
But you my dear are out of the way of these troubles and I could wish myself with you in your happy retreat from bustle and noise. But I desire to be contented in every thing that God thinks best for me. I think I could be happy in your company in almost any situation, but I am debarred that pleasure. But My Dear write me as often as you can for it will be a pleasure to hear from you since I can not see you.
Your brothers I hope will be preserved through all the dangers they may be called to encounter in these Dreadful Days . . . Be pleased to give my duty, with Mr. Lawrence's to our Honored Uncle and Aunt and accept a large share to yourself, and may the best of blessings attend you, both in this life and the life to come, is the sincere prayer of your loving cousin
(Mrs. Lawrence in above letters refers to brothers-in-law as if they were her own brothers.)
Richard married Amy Berrien-137sp daughter of Cornelius Berrien and Amy Smith. 158 M iv Nathaniel Lawrence-139 was born in 1727. He died in 1761 in Unmarried. + 159 M v William Lawrence-140 + 160 F vi Anne Lawrence-141 + 161 M vii Capt. Thomas Lawrence-142 162 M viii Samuel Lawrence-143 was born in 1735. He died in 1810. Samuel married Elizabeth Hazard-143sp. + 163 M ix Jonathan Lawrence-144 + 164 M x Col. Daniel Lawrence-145
In 1735 Mr. and Mrs. Sackett took up their residence in Orange County, N. Y., where the Sacketts and Hazards were largely interested in unimproved lands, owning many thousands of acres in what are now the towns of New Windsor, Cornwall, Woodbury, Blooming Grove and Montgomery. The young couple resided during the greater part of the first eight years of their wedded life at the foot of Storm King Mountain, near the village of Cornwall. During these, to them, not uneventful years, Mr. Sackett labored as a missionary, mainly in the towns mentioned. One of his principal preaching stations was Little Britain, where he lay the foundation of a society which is still in existence. The minutes of the Presbytery of New Brunswick show that in 1742 he was sent to preach in Westchester County - the special field assigned him being Cortland Manor, embracing North Salem, Cortland town Crompond and Somers. In 1743 he was installed pastor of the Presbyterian Society at Bedford. In 1747 to 1749 Crompond (now Yorktown ) secured his services for half the time. From 1749 to April 11 1753, he labored at Bedford. He was then settled over the church at Hanover, Conn., where he remained until 1760, when he returned to the church Crompond. In 1765 he was again at Hanover, which became the scene of his labors until after the commencement of the Revolution. A letter written by him to is son Nathaniel, at Fishkill, N. Y., dated "Hanover, Oct. 29, 1776," contains the following request: "Send us two wagons immediately to help us away with some small things before the enemy are upon us." During the long struggle for independence Mr. Sackett's position as minister at Crompond was most trying. His daughter Hannah was the wife of Stephen De Lancey, son Hon. James De Lancey: and the De Lanceys were bitter Tories. His sons were serving in the Patriot Army. His pastoral flock was divided, some were Whigs and others were Loyalists. Crompond was about midway of the distance between the outposts of the opposing armies. But he preached whenever occasion offered, not concealing the fact that his sympathies were with those of his countrymen who had determined to throw off the galling yoke of oppression. In July, 1779, the meeting house at Crompond, in which his flock assembled for worship, was destroyed by fire kindled by a body of British cavalry sent out for that especial purpose. A short time after the close of the war a new edifice was erected on the site of the burned building. And for over a century a plain tombstone has stood in the graveyard adjoining it, bearing this inscription:
Rev. Samuel Sackett, who died June 5, 1784.
He was a judicious, faithful, laborious
and successful minister or Christ.
[Weygant, p. 40-45]
Abstracts of Wills, Vol XII, 1782-1784
Page 13.--In the name of God, Amen. This 21st day of April, 1784. I,
SAMUEL SACKETT, of the Manor of Cortlandt, Westchester County, Minister
of the Gospel in Christ, being weak in body. I give to my grandson,
Joseph Sackett, my riding saddle and bridle and ten shillings. Whereas I
am bound as security in several obligations for my son Nathaniel, for
which he has conveyed to me by deed his farm in Dutchess County, as
security, I therefore will my executors to sell the said farm, and
discharge the said obligations, and return the overplus, if any, to my
said son Nathaniel, and whereas he now is indebted to me for monies lent
I order he pay the same to my executors. To my loving wife Hannah, her
choice of my beds, with all my flax and wool, and the wool which shall
be taken off my sheep this spring, my looking glass and six silver
table-spoons. My negro woman Sill, my household goods and stock and
moveable estate to be sold and the moneys with all my other moneys to be
for the support of my wife so long as she shall live. I bequeath my
library with all my books to my wife Hannah, Hannah Bauldin and James
Sackett. To my son James, all my land in the Precinct of New Cornwell,
Ulster County. The money remaining at the death of my wife to go one
moiety to my daughter, Hannah Bauldin, and the other to my son James. To
my son-in-law, Benjamin Peck, my watch, shoe and knee buckles and
walking staff. I make my wife, my sons-in-law, Isaac Bauldin and
Benjamin Peck, and my son James, executors.
Witnesses, Mary Purdy, Joseph Lee, Joseph Strang, of Cortlandts Manor,
Esquire. Proved, June 16, 1784.
Thomas Hazard, the grandfather of Hannah, wife of Rev. Samuel Sackett, came to Boston from Wales in 1635. In 1636 the General Court of Massachusetts Bay admitted him to Freemanship. In 1652 he sought and obtained from Director Stuyvesant, of New Amsterdam, in behalf of himself and a goodly company of English men from New England, permission to plant a town within his jurisdiction. "The fertile lands of Mespot, L. I., being yet, for the most part unoccupied, afforded a bright field for the enterprise, and soon a group of cottages, fashioned after those of New England, arose to adorn the settlement." The most of these were located upon the street whereon the Presbyterian Church of Newtown now stands.
Among the privileges granted by Director Stuyvesant to the villagers, was the free exercise of the Protestant religion and the choice of their own Scheppens or magistrates: making annually a double nomination of the best qualified persons in the town, from whom the Director General and Council should select and confirm one-half in office whose authority extended to the collection and disbursement of town revenues and most other matters affecting the peace and security of their municipality." Under the above arrangement Thomas Hazard was the first person nominated and confirmed as a magistrate, and he was retained in office by renomination and by reappointment for a long consecutive term of years.
In 1653, the year after Thomas Hazard and his associates from New England came to Long Island, Indians and freebooters became very troublesome and committed many serious depredations. The English towns, aroused by their losses and a sense of personal insecurity, first called a meeting at Flushing and then sent delegates to meet the Burgermasters at New Amsterdam in joint session, at the City Hall, on the 25th day of November of that year, to devise some plan for their common safety. Thomas Hazard was a delegate from his town to this and subsequent councils held at New Amsterdam for the same and similar objects.
Jonathan Hazard, son of Thomas and grandfather of Hannah, wife of Rev. Samuel Sackett, married Hannah Laurenson, daughter of James Laurenson, and resided permanently at Newtown, becoming even more prominent and influential in civil affairs than his father had been. He served acceptably under various English Governors of the Province, thirteen years as a magistrate in the various courts, four years as Supervisor, one year as an Assessor, and throughout the greater part of his adult life as Town Surveyor. He died in 1711, survived by three sons and two daughters, who inherited a substantial estate.
Nathaniel Hazard, son of Jonathan, married Deborah Alsop Simpkins, daughter of Richard Alsop, and wife of Capt. John Simpkins. They were the parents of Hannah Hazard, wife of Rev. Samuel Sackett. Nathaniel Hazard began his business career as a merchant at Newtown, but soon removed to New York and from there to Philadelphia, where he acquired unusual prominence. His son Ebenezer became Postmaster General of the United States, and edited several valuable contributions to American History.
Hannah Hazard, the wife of Rev. Samuel Sackett, was in several respects a remarkable woman. The following letter, written by her to her daughter Hannah, gives an interesting insight of her character, and presents a graphic picture of domestic life "in the days that tried men's souls." The original is in possession of Mrs. Anne C. Gott, of Irondequoit, N. Y., one of her descendants:
When I tell you that I have but Hannah to call upon and have had to nurse the sick for a week during which Mr. Bernit has lodged here, and that Frank has had the smallpox and been useless to me these three weeks, you will not wonder that I have not been able to find time to acknowledge the receipt of your friendly epistle before. I have been harrassed to death and so afflicted with pain in my breast and stomach that I have scarce been able to sit up. I am getting the better of it I hope, for I trust I have no reason to fear death, yet pain is and ever will be a disagreeable companion to live with.
Do you think you can be contented with your new abode and acquaintances? If I can leave my mother I shall endeavor to make you a visit this spring. Her disorder will not permit me to be long absent. When you are weary of your present retreat you must make an excursion hither, my house and half a bed, more I cannot offer because I have not more than one, though, if you insist upon it I think, upon due deliberation, I will return to my old method of lodging on the floor and resign the whole bedstead with the necessary furniture to you. I had thought of sending for you some days ago to bid you a final adieu for this world but my live seems to be reanimated. How long the dying lamp will continue its fainting beams I am not much concerned to know, but only am I anxious what remains of it shall be spent usefully. The seeds you wish I will send, but have not so many as I wish I could supply you with, some have been destroyed, some lost, some the rats have eat, for moving so often and the confusion which is the almost unavoidable consequence of it, has prevented me from taking that care of them I used to do. Of what I have you shall be a sharer.
I had a visit yesterday from Mr. Evans. I wished for you to make one of the party. You may perceive by this no design to monopolize the man. He dined with me and sang for me but did not make a long visit, being under the necessity of returning to Peekskill to visit a condemned malefactor. I like him very well on better acquaintance. He has recovered his health and is in good spirits. I believe he would have been very glad to see you. I am more than half sorry you have sold your farm and if your family settles there shall, as soon as I can, quit this place and return to my friends at New York. But this place and return to my friends at New York. But this I can not do until the commotion in the land subsides, and that is an event which to human sagacity must appear remote. Were not my mother with me I could easily follow you, but unless necessity induces me to a removal I shall not do a thing to which she is so averse. I flatter myself sometimes that I shall yet execute my favorite plan of operations, that is to build at the hill near my sister at the Bowery and to have you spend the winters with me. I hope your father will be able to return to his congregation after a while, and then the distance between this and New York will not prevent you from making us a winter visit. And I can repay in summer. However we can not tell where Providence will cast our future lot. Yet we may, innocently enough I believe, please ourselves with such agreeable prospects, what ever in a world of vicissitudes may be our portion. May the bosom of God be our final abode and place of rest. Tell me how you employ yourself, whether in harmless plain work, or
By murmuring brooke
Observe the gliding streams or croaking rooks
Or with dull rural sports, dull scenes or duller books?
I am ready to chide myself for this little sally of humor. The fire of vivacity is not quite extinguished in my soul, though almost suffocated under heaps of cares, sorrows and disorders. Should these be removed I imagine I should be, as once, the life of society. I sigh when I look back on the time when I sparkled in the gay circles of my acquaintance: frank, easy, lively, brilliant, and innocent as gay - the darling and delight of all my numerous associates who were ready to divide me in pieces to share me among them, each contending who should have me. How often it has raised my vanity to observe the preference and peculiar distinction now buried in the deep obscurity of the remotest solitude, unknowing and noknown of the Beau Monde.
But why should I regret that homage since I have exchanged to such advantage. Why should my fond ungrateful heart complain. Yet 'tis as a certain author observes, like an Isaac trial, and one had need have Abraham's faith to have God instead of the world. Who would not? But alas sorrows, exersized with a variety of cares and anxieties, oppressed with the languor of sickness and almost expiring under temptations, constrained to labor though scarcely able to sit up, without one kind friend or relative to lift the homely latch of my cottage and assist in cheering and soothing such variety of wretchedness. I might add other calamities but is a dismal group of the most awful and gloomy images already drawn together. And who that should be told, this is your lot, could without shuddering hear the dreadful doom announced. Yet all this and more than this I have suffered, and in the midst of much suffering smiled - have forgot my own woes often while I have endeavored to alleviate those of others and cheered the drooping hearts of my fellow sufferers. I am sensible that infinite goodness ordains, directs and superintends all human events, and that all things are ordered in mercy. Some things I have undergone have not been properly through my own default but my want of fortitude has given energy to the evil of adverse circumstances and rendered them more afflicting. When I hope in God it appeases the fury of the storm, but when this delightful and supporting thought vanishes I sink, and who can wonder I do so under my burdens. I sometimes please myself with thinking that like Job it shall be better with me at the latter end than in the beginning. This injures no one, and should it be no more than an airy fancy it will not harm me as it buoies up my disponding soul and seems like a friendly gale to assist in wafting me over the waters of the troubled ocean of mortality. And when I reach the haven of Eternity I shall but smile to reflect that the prospect and flattering expectations of the sunshine of prosperity had cheered me when tossed on the boisterous surges of life. May you be preserved from such painful exegencies. Your own lot you think deplorable, yet at present it is not so. Secure in the bosom of parents who, if in their conduct there is a fault, it is in too great tenderness for you. And why should you anticipate misfortunes you may never live to experience and which you are apt to suppose would be consequent upon their death. Oh. Hannah, one needful care is to gain the favor of God and then leave the events of your life with him who will choose wisely and can but choose most kindly for you, tho' perhaps not as your own wild desires would be ready to demand.
I have exceeded the intended bounds of this letter. Excuse me, if you are tired of reading let me know it and the next shall by its brevity compensate for the tediousness of this.
I am dear Hannah affectionately yours.
April 23, 1777
Samuel and Hannah had the following children:
165 F i Deborah Sackett-146 was born on 15 Jan 1732/1733. She died on 17 Dec 1745. + 166 M ii Joseph Sackett-147 + 167 M iii Nathaniel Sackett-148 168 F iv Mercy Sackett-149 was born on 3 Mar 1738/1739. She died on 15 Sep 1741. 169 M v Samuel Sackett 1st-150 was born on 18 Jun 1741. He died in Aug 1741. 170 M vi Samuel Sackett 2nd-151 was born on 24 May 1743. He died on 16 Sep 1745. 171 M vii William Sackett-152 was born on 8 Jul 1744. He died on 16 Sep 1745. + 172 F viii Deborah Sackett 2nd-153 173 M ix Capt. Samuel Sackett 3rd-154 was born on 10 Jul 1749. He died on 15 Apr 1780.
Capt. Samuel Sackett, 1749-1780, of Westchester County, N. Y., son of (32) Rev. Samuel and Hannah Hazard Sackett, died unmarried, after a lingering illness resulting from wounds received and disease contracted in the service of his country. Shortly after attaining his majority he accompanied a party of adventurous young men of Westchester County and Long Island, to the West Indies, and there engaged in business. A letter dated March 3, 1774, written by his cousin Amy, wife of Capt. Richard Lawrence, to his sister Hannah, wife of Stephen De. Lancey, mentions having heard from him through a friend just arrived from Santicroix, who told of his being located there in good health and doing a lucrative business.
But previous to the breaking out of the Revolution he returned to Westchester County. And the official army records of the period show that he was one of the first young men of that vicinity to openly espouse the cause of American liberty and to take up arms in its defence. On June 28, 1775, the New York Provisional Congress, of which his brother Nathaniel was a active member, issued a warrant constituting him a First Lieutenant of the New York Line. He was immediately thereafter assigned to duty with the 4th Regiment and accompanied the expedition ordered to Canada, where, serving under the brave and experienced soldier, General Richard Montgomery, he participated in the taking of the Fortress of St. John, in the capture of Fort Chamley and in the investment of Montreal, which resulted in it capitulation on Nov. 13, 1775: two days after which General Montgomery issued a special order promoting him to the rank of Captain for conspicuous gallantry in action, and honor, so far as shown by records, conferred on no other American officer during that campaign.
At Quebec, where General Montgomery was killed, Capt. Sackett was so severely wounded that for several months he was obliged to remain in Canada, where he was devotedly nursed and tenderly cared for by the nuns of the Ursuline Convent. His subsequent return by way of the rough military roads through the intervening wilderness to Albany, in his weakened condition, was a painful and tedious journey, which still further undermined his constitution. He, however, anticipated a speedy recovery and insisted on remaining in the service. And on the reorganization of the New York Line in 1776, his irregular promotion by General Montgomery was duly recognized and he was commissioned accordingly with rank from date of the General's order and assigned to recruiting service. In a letter dated "Albany, 27 September, 1777," written to his sister, Mrs. De Lancey, who appears to be his special favorite, he says:
I have been very poorly which occasions my letter being dated from this place. A fever caught me and like to have sent me - I know not where. But my constitution has at last almost got the better of it, with the help of a few nostrums from the doctors. But it still keeps lurking about me, attacks me as a coward and seizes me every night when I am asleep, which makes me very weak all the day. It has lost me the honor of helping to drub Burgoyne once already, and I fear it will keep me company so long that I shall not be able to join the army before he is entirely destroyed. This chagrins me, but so it is, and so it must be . . . What Desdamonas have you in your town. Are any of them Christians? This place is forsaken of all those fine lassies you have so often heard me speak of - all fled and left the place as solitary as a hermit's cell.
Capt. Sackett never regained his health sufficiently to permit his again taking the field. Over two years after date of foregoing letter he writes to the same sister saying:
How can you answer for your conduct, I don't know. So long to neglect writing to your friends. Not a line has been received from you, nor have I but once heard you were in evidence. Surely you might have got some opportunity from so public a place as Sharon before this time. You were likewise to have come down if there was an sleighing. I am sure want of snow will not do for an excuse. So that you are in two respects culpable. What shall I do with you when I see you again! I think you must do penance. Here I have been all winter moped up in the most disagreeable solitude entirely alone, tho' in a thickly inhabited country. When I want to go I know not where to go to, but you have lived here. As to my health, since the cold weather came on it has been indifferent. The intervals between the severe fits of the disorder are short and imperfect, the severe turns longer and more acute. I am just recovering a little from the worst attack I ever had, and indeed many such I can not undergo.
I hope Mr. Baldwin's business will permit him to come with you before the sleighing is gone. To see him and you would give me more life, for really I suffer much as to my health by having nothing to amuse or divert the attention from the gloominess of my situation. The two or three books which you lent I have almost got by heart, they are quite worn out. I would write Mr. Baldwin but am not able. It will give me great pleasure to receive a letter from him. I have an errand I want you to attend to, which is, to ask if he could not either nor or toward spring exchange the continental horse I have and let me have a better one. I sent him to Fishkill this fall but was a little too late, and at that time there were none so good as the one I have. I think Mr. Baldwin, as the horses are chiefly in his hands before they come to Fishkill, could supply me better than I could be supplied there . . . . I shall expect an answer by the bearer and hope it will not be long before I see you. You must come by the way of Fishkill and then you will have good roads. The other way may not be good this winter and that one is not so much further when you are traveling with a good sleigh and horses. But I am tired tho' I have rested several times. My best respects to your husband. May you live long and happily together, is my sincere wish of
Your truly affectionate brother
Crompond 19 Jan. '80
P. S. - When I wrote the above I expected the man to go the next day but he was detained. I then thought I was recovering from one of my fits, but it is quite the reverse. I am very very sick - Adieu.
Capt. Sackett had no need of exchanging his Continental horse for a better one. The above was probably his last letter. He lingered, growing daily weaker and weaker, until Apr. 15 following, when death ended his service and his sufferings.
+ 174 F x Hannah Sackett-155 175 M xi Ebenezer Sackett-156 was born on 16 Oct 1753. He died on 21 Oct 1761. 176 M xii James Sackett M. D.-157 was born on 3 Oct 1756. He died on 28 Aug 1791.
James Sackett, M. D., 1756-1791, youngest child of (32) Rev. Samuel and Hannah Hazard Sackett, served both as a regimental and hospital surgeon during the War of the Revolution; after which he became a successful practitioner in Dutchess County. He died very suddenly from some mysterious and unascertained cause at a time when to all appearances he was in the enjoyment of vigorous health. He is reputed to have been "a close student, a ripe scholar, unmarried, and greatly respected by a large circle of friends." At the time of his death he was the Surgeon of Dutchess County Regiment commanded by Colonel John Drake. [Weygant, p. 95]
Abstracts of Wills of Dutchess County, New York, 1752 - 1834.
Volume 2 page 5
JAMES SACKETT, Frederickstown, Practitioner of Phisic (?)
March 19, 1789
Mentions: mother Hannah Sackett
brother Nathaniel Sackett
sister Hannah Baldwin
brother's son Joseph, his father's name was Joseph
my sister Deborah Peak's (or Peck) daughter Deborah
Executors: Joseph Sackett, Benjamin Peck of Horseneck
Signed James Sackett
Witnesses: Philip Smith
Benjamin Peck of Horseneck
Signed James Sackett
Witnesses: Philip Smith
APP. September 21, 1791
They had the following children:
177 F i Sarah Sacket-160 was born on 14 Oct 1720. She died on 20 Jan 1744/1745.
+ 178 M ii John Sacket-158 + 179 M iii Seth Sacket-159 180 F iv Lucy Sacket-162 was born on 15 Nov 1730. Lucy married Gad Kellogg on 14 Jun 1757. 181 M v Aaron Sacket-161 was born on 13 Jul 1735. He died on 15 Aug 1750.
Dismissed to Cold Spring Church Dec 8, 1742
Abigail married Capt. Thomas Griswold-34sp son of Thomas Griswold and Hester Drake on 5 Sep 1725. Thomas was born on 10 Dec 1682 in Windsor, Hartford, CT.. He died on 7 Mar 1753 in Poquonock, Hartford, CT.
He was an Ensign -1708 & a Captain in 1732. Res: Springfield, Northampton & Westfield where the Indians burned his house and drove off his cattle during King Philip's War. Two children (1725-1729)
Ref: MARY 7 JOHN CLEARING HOUSE
Toledo, Ohio 43611
Vol 6,p 4.... Roy
Thomas and Abigail had the following children:
182 F i Abigail Griswold-163. + 183 M ii Phineas Griswold 184 M iii Thomas Griswold was born on 25 Jan 1728/1729. He died on 25 Jan 1728/1729.
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