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7.  CAPT. JOSEPH SACKETT, 1656-1719, son of [3] Simon and Sarah Bloomfield Sackett, was born at Springfield, Mass.  After the death of his father in 1659 his childhood home appears to have been with the family of his grandfather Bloomfield. From early manhood to old age he was a resident of Newtown, Long Island, N. Y., where for many years he was a member "in full communion" and office bearer in the Presbyterian Church.  His name appears frequently in lists of Road Commissioners, Assessors, Collectors and Supervisors of his town.  The Colonial and Documentary Histories of New York show that he was commissioned by successive Governors of the Colony as Ensign, Lieutenant and Captain of Long Island troops. His name is also to be found in lists of recipients of Royal Patents or land grants, and of commissioners selected and appointed to adjust town and county boundary disputes, so prevalent and troublesome in the early history of New York and Connecticut.

Capt. Joseph Sackett was thrice married.  His first wife, who was the mother of all but one of his children, was Elizabeth Betts, daughter of Capt. Richard Betts.  The name of his second wife, who lived but a short time after the date of her marriage, is unknown.  His third wife, to whom he was married in 1711, was Mercy Whitehead, widow of Capt. Thomas Betts, a brother of his first wife.

Capt. Richard Betts, the father of Elizabeth, the first wife of Capt. Joseph Sackett, was born in Hertferdshire, England, in the year 1613.  He came to New England about the year 1635, and in 1636 settled in Newtown, Mass., from which place, prior to 1642, he removed to Ipswich, where he remained until about 1654, when he removed to and became a permanent resident of Newtown, Long Island, N. Y.  There he soon acquired prominence and influence, and for upwards of half a century participated largely in public affairs.  In the revolution of 1663 he bore a zealous part, and after the conquest of New Netherlands by the English was a member from Newtown of the Provisional Assembly held at Hempstead in 1665.  He was "High Sheriff of Yorkshire, upon Long Island." from 1678 to 1681.  For a long series of years he was a magistrate, and several times a member of the "High Court of Assise." then the supreme power of the colony.  His name is honorably mentioned in upwards of thirty distance paragraphs on the pages

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of "Rikers Annals of Newtown," the last of which reads as follows:

"The last survivor of the original purchasers Capt. Richard Betts, died on November 18, , of this year" (1713) "at the patriarchal age of a hundred years.  None in the township has been so eminent as he for commanding influence and valuable public service.  His remains were interred on his own estate at the English Kills, on the 20th, with a funeral service by Mr. Poyer, rector  of Jamaica Parish."
Daniel Whitehead, 1603-1668, the grandfather of Mercy Whitehead, the third wife of Capt. Joseph Sackett, was the founder of the Long Island branch of the Whitehead family.  He came to New England with the early colonists and migrated to Long Island, N. Y., during, or previous to the year 1647, under which date his name appears amount the proprietors of Hempstead.  In 1650 he purchased land in Smithtown, and later, in Oyster Bay, in Huntington, and on Lloyds Neck,.  Riker says that "he located at Mespot Kills, was a reputable citizen and one of the seven persons to whom the first Newtown Patent was granted."  He was chosen a town surveyor in 1668 and died on his farm at Mespot Kills in November of that year.  He was at the time of his death one of the two Overseers, or Chief Magistrates of the town.

Major Daniel Whitehead, son of above and father of Mercy Whitehead (Betts) Sackett, was married to Abigail Stephenson, daughter of Thomas Stephenson, and settled in Jamaica, of which town he was one of the patentees.  According to local historians he was a man of enterprise and wealth.  Politically he was a Jacobite.  The ancient records show that he was a magistrate, a member of the committee of safety, a representative in the Colonial Assembly and a trustee of the parish church.  His will, dated November 13, 1703, and proved October 30, 1704, disposes of land in Jamaica, Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Flushing, Orange County and Suffolk County, all in the Colony of New York.

In the list of grievances enumerated in the historic anonymous pamphlet published in New York and republished in London in 1700, attacking Leysler's administration, the following appears:

"On the 13th of January this usurper Leysler, sends under the command of Lieut. Churchill twenty soldiers over to Long Island, the next day they come to Jamaica, where they in a violent manner by force of arms broke open the house of Mr. Daniel Whitehead, one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace appointed by our Governor Sir Edward Andros, and being entered into the house they in like manner aforesaid broke open several chests
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and boxes, but found not what they looked for and so returned the next day without doing any more mischief as we yet hear of."


On May 19th following, Stephen Van Cortlandt, Mayor of New York, in writing to Sir Edward Andres an account of the progress of the Leysler revolution mentions the fact that he, with Captain Jackson, Daniel Whitehead and several others had been obliged to "flye from their homes to escape imprisonment at the hands of Leisler."

When in 1711 Capt. Joseph Sackett and Mercy Whitehead (Betts) were married, the former was 55 years of age and had 10 children, while the latter was about 48 years of age and had 9 children. These, with their son Samuel, born to them in 1712, made an even score.  Sixteen of the number married and had children, and nearly all the sons as well as the husbands of the daughters became men of prominence in their day and generation; while among their descendants have been Governors of States, Cabinet Officers, Bishops, Authors of note, Judges, Generals and Ministers of the United States to the principal Courts of Europe.

Capt. Joseph Sackett's will, dated September 20, 1719, and admitted to probate December 22 following, is witnessed by Nathaniel Woodward and Peter Berrian.  It reads as follows:

"In the name of God Amen.  I Joseph Sackett of Newtown, in Queens County, being sick and weak. * * * I leave to my wife Mercy the use of all lands and meadows which I leave to my son Samuel, until he comes of age, and all the wearables she brought with her when married, and £30, and 2 cows and some young cattle.
I leave to my son Joseph a certain lot of land and meadow bounded west by the land of Thomas Betts, north by the middle ditch, east by the land of Joshua Hunt, and north by the road.  And he shall pay to my daughter Sarah, alias Moore £20, and to my daughter Patience Sackett £10.
I leave to my children Joseph, Richard, John, William, Samuel, Sarah Moore, Abigail Alsop and Patience Sackett and the children of my daughter Elizabeth deceased, all my land and meadows at Hopwwell and Maidenhead in Huntingdon County, New Jersey, my son Joseph to have a double share.
I leave to my son John a certain lot of land and meadow adjoining the narrow passage running eastward, adjoining the land of Joseph Hollett and Joseph Moore and running due eastward to a ditch and piece of meadow that was formerly Samuel Moore's, and south easterly 'till it meets a small ditch that joins a fence running southerly to the road that leads to Hellgate Neck.  Also another lot lying on the south side of said road that leads along by Newtown Spring to the Kills and the land of John Sanders.
I leave my son William a lot of land with the house and buildings lying
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on the south side of the road, bounded east by the land of John Wright and Thomas Hunt, south by the meadow ditch, west by the land of Widow Moore and the piece hereinafter devised to Samuel Sackett.  Also 3 lots of land.  The first bounded west and north by land of Job Wright, east by land of Nathaniel Woodward, and south by the road.  The second being the lot called the Old lot, bounded west by the land of William Moore, north by land of Peter Barren * * * and south by the highway.  The third lot being upland and meadow, bounded northwesterly by the middle ditch, north by Thomas Stephenson, southeast by the highway and lying near the house of Benjamin Cornish.  Also another lot of land and meadow, beginning at a certain road that leads by the side of the house of John Sackett going down the east side of cleared land as the fence now stands to a certain ditch, and all the land and meadow that lies east of it, belonging to me.

I leave to my son Samuel all my manshon where I now dwell, with all the buildings, and the lot of land and garden and orchards, and all that land that I had of my uncle Daniel Bloomfield joining my said land near the * * * and westward to the land of Nathaniel Woodward.  Also a lot of land over against my said land being ten rods wide and running down to a small ditch in the meadows bounded west by land of said Woodward and the Widow Moore.  Also another lot of land and meadow lying at the end of said town, bounded on two sides by a highway, and on the other two sides by the land of Benjamin Moore and George Reynolds.

I leave to my sons William and Samuel a certain lot of land lying at a certain swamp called Juniper Swamp, bounded east by the highway, north by land that was Edward Hunt's and George Brinkerhoff's, west by land that was Edward Hunt's.  I leave to my sons John, William and Samuel all my upland and meadow lying between the land of _______ Field and Flushing Creek, near the head thereof.

I leave to my son John the time Hugh McCarty has to live with me by his indenture.

I leave to my son William and my daughter Patience each a bed.  I leave the rest of my personal property to my children William, Patience, Richard, Sarah, Joseph, Anne Moore and Abigail Alsop.  I make my sons Joseph and William executors.
Joseph Sackett (s)

Children of Capt. Joseph Sackett and Elizabeth Betts.

22. Simon Sackett, b. in 1678, d. in 1718; m. a Miss McGaw.
23. Joseph Sackett, b. in 1680, d. Sept. 27, 1755; m. Hannah Alsop.
24. Anne Sackett, b. in 1681, d. Sept. 30, 1757; m. Benjamin Moore.
25. Elizabeth Sackett, b. in 1683, d. Sept. 1716; m. Joseph Moore.[also m. (28) Sarah Sackett]
26. Richard Sackett, b. in 1686, d. May 8, 1737; m. Elizabeth Kirtland.
27. John Sacket, b. in 1688, d. Dec. 31, 1728; m. Elizabeth Field.
28. Sarah Sackett, b. in 1689, d. in 1766; m. Joseph Moore.[also m. (25) Elizabeth Sackett]
29. Abigail Sackett, b. in 1695, d. Dec. 8, 1751; m. John Alsop.
30. William Sackett, b. in 1696, d. Aug. 29, 1761; m. Mary Jones.
31. Patience Sackett, b. in 1700, d. in 1772; m. John Lawrence.

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Child of Capt. Joseph Sackett and Mercy Whitehead (Betts).

32. Samuel Sackett, b. Mar. 2, 1712, d. June 5, 1784; m. Hannah Hazard.

8.  John Sacket, 1660-1745. of Weathersfield, Mass., son of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married, Dec. 1, 1686, to Deborah Filley, 1661-1701, daughter of William Filley and his wife Margaret, of Windsor, Conn.  On May 17, 1702, he was married by Joseph Haley, Justice of the Peace, to Mahitable Danks, widow of John Harris and daughter of Robert Danks and his wife Elizabeth Swift.
Children of John Sacket and Deborah Filley.

33. John Sacket, b. Mar. 3, 1688, d.     ; m. Sarah Macerany.
34. Abigail Sacket, b. Oct. 16, 1690, d.     ; m. Capt. Griswold.
35. Daniel Sacket, b. Aug. 14, 1693, d. Feb. 9 1776; m. Mary Weller.
36. David Sacket, b. July 7, 1696.
37. Benjamin Sacket, b. Oct. 31, 1698, d. 1753; m. (62) Thankful King.
38. Deborah Sacket, b. Nov. 16, 1701

Children of John Sacket and Mahitable Danks (Harris).

39. Isaac Sacket, b Feb 14, 1703, d. Oct 29, 1773; m. Elizabeth Shepard.
40. Ezra Sacket, b. in 1704, d. May 13, 1706.
41. Israel Sacket, b. Mar 6, 1706, d. in 1786.
42. Eleakim (sic) Sacket, b. Mar 12, 1712, d. in 1764; m. Bethesda Fowler.
43. Mary Sacket, b. Mar 5, 1715.

9.  William Sacket, 1662-1700, of Westfield, Mass., son of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married December 26, 1687, to Sarah Crain, who a short time thereafter died without issue.  In 1689 he was married to Hannah Graves, daughter of Isaac Graves and Hannah Church.  In the winter of 1699-1700 he was drowned in the Connecticut River near Deerfield on his return from a wedding he had been attending with a party of relatives and friends.

Thomas Graves, colonist the grandfather of Hannah Graves Sacket, came to New England accompanied by his wife and several almost or quite grown up sons previous to the year 1631, presumably in one of the vessels of Governor Winthrop's fleet in 1630.  Very soon thereafter he erected a dwelling house a few miles inland from Boston.  It is recorded in the ancient records of the Colony

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that when, on March 6, 1632-3, the "line of division between Newtown and Charlestown" was established, it was determined that "the neck whereon Mr. Graves' house standeth shall belong to Newtown."

When in 1636 Mr. Hooker and the larger number of the inhabitants of Newtown removed to Hartford, George Graves, one of the sons of Thomas, joined the migrating company.  An account of their memorable journey has been given in the biographical sketch of (1) Simon Sackett, colonist, and his wife Isabel.

The name of George Graves appears engraved on the monument erected, some sixty years since, to the memory of the "Founders of Hartford," in the ancient burying ground of that city.  A few years after the date of the Hooker migration, Thomas Graves, with his wife and several children - including his son Isaac - removed from Newtown, then called Cambridge, to Hartford.

Isaac Graves, son of Thomas, the colonist, was married at Hartford about the year 1645 to Mary Church.  In 1656 they removed to Hatfield and later to Hadley, where on January 24, 1666, their daughter Hannah, who married William Sacket, was born.

Richard Church, colonist, and his wife Annie, were at Hartford in 1637, and removed from there in 1660 to Hadley, where he died in December, 1667.  In his will he mentions his daughter "Hannah, wife of Isaac Graves."

Children of William Sacket and Hannah Graves.

44. Joseph Sacket, b. May 1690, d. in 1756; m. Abigail ________.
45. Hannah Sacket, b. June 1692. [handwritten note in my copy of the book: m. Samuel Warner]
46. Rebecca Sacket, b. Sept. 18, 1694, d. Sept. 15, 1782; m. T. Dewey.
47. Jonathan Sacket, b. Mar. 20, 1696; d. Sept. 1, 1773; m. Ann Filer.

10.  Abigail Sacket, 1663-1683, oldest daughter of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married, Sept. 13, 1682, to John Noble, of Westfield, Mass., son of Hon. Thomas Noble and his wife Hannah Wariner, who was the daughter of William Wariner, colonist, and his wife Joana Searl.  Bridgeman, in his "Inscriptions on Graves Stones." published in 1850, states that a stone erected to the memory of Abigail Noble is the oldest found in the burying ground at Westfield, and contains this inscription, "Here lieth the body of Abigail the wife of John Noble, who died IV  ly, ANO 1683, in ye 20 year of her age."

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Only Child [of Abigail and John Noble].

48. Abigail Noble, b. June 30, 1683, d. March 28, 1700.

12.  Hannah Sacket, 1669-1749, daughter of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married in April, 1688, to Thomas Dewey, 1664-1690, of Westfield, Mass.  On May 3, 1691, she was married to her second husband, Capt. Benjamin Newbury, 2nd, 1669-1709.  Previous to the year 1719 she was married to her third husband, a Mr. Merryman.

Hon. Thomas Newbury, colonist, grandfather of Capt. Benj. Newbury, 2nd, came from England in 1634, and was one of the Assistants in the Government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay in 1636, and died that year leaving property valued at £1520, 4, 7.

Capt. Benjamin Newbury, 1st, father of Capt. Benjamin Newbury, 2nd, was born in England and came to America with his father in 1634.  He was married, June 11, 1646, to Mary Allen, daughter of Hon. Matthew Allen.

Hon. Matthew Allen was one of the early residents of Newtown, Mass., where in 1632-3 he built a house for himself and family, adjoining that of the colonist Simon Sackett.  Paige, in his "History of Cambridge." quoting from records made by Hinman & Hazard, says:

"Allen, Matthew, was here, in 1632, and in 1635 he owned the estate at N. W. corner of Winthrop and Dunster streets.  He also owned the opposite corner, south of Winthrop street.  He was a deputy in the General Court.  3 March, 1635-6, removed to Connecticut with Hooker, and settled at Windsor, where he died in 1670, having had children John, Thomas and Mary.  Mr. Allen sustained a high rank with his fellow colonists; held several town offices, and served as Juror, Deputy Magistrate, and Assistant in the Colony Government.  He was also appointed by the Colony, in 1660 and 1664, one of the Commissioners of the United Colonies, an office fully equal in dignity and importance to that of Senator in the Congress of the United States."
Children of Capt. Benjamin and Hannah Sacket Newbury.

49. Benjamin Newbury, b. Jan. 31, 1693, d. Sept. 24, 1709.
50. Roger Newbury, b. June 24, 1706.
51. Marah Newbury, b. Feb. 3, 1709, d. June 5, 1753.

13.  Mary Sacket, 1672-1729, daughter of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married, Oct. 2, 1689, to Benjamin Moseley

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 (originally Maudsley), son of John Maudsley and his wife Mary Newbury, daughter of the first Capt. Benjamin Newbury.

Children of Benjamin and Mary Sacket Moseley.

52. Thomas Moseley, b. in 1690, d. in 1719.
53. Benjamin Moseley, b. in 1693, d. in 1719.
54. Jemima Moseley, b. in 1694.
55. Bethsheba Moseley, b. in 1697.
56. Azariah Moseley, b. in 1701, d. in 1719.

14.  Samuel Sacket, 1674-1709, of Westfield, Mass., son of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married in 1698, to Elizabeth Bissell, daughter of Samuel Bissell.  In 1712 widow Elizabeth Bissell Sacket was married to John Root.

Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Bissell Sacket.

57. William Sacket, b. in 1700, d. in 1756; m. Hannah Bagg.
58. Elizabeth Sacket, b. Feb. 20, 1702, d. Nov. 22, 1755; m. Luke Noble.
59. Samuel Sacket, b. in 1704, d. in 1760; m. Ruth Trumbell.
60. Benoni Sacket, b. May 18, 1710, d. Apr. 6, 1783; m. Mindwell Smith.

16.  Abigail Sacket, 2nd, 1683-__?, youngest child of (4) John and Abigail Hannum Sacket, was married, about the year 1701, to David King, 1677-1730, of Westfield, Mass.  A short time after the date of their marriage they removed to a "new plantation," in what became the town of Sheffield, Mass.

Capt. John King, 1629-1703, colonist, the father of above mentioned David King, came to New England in 1645, and lived at Hartford for about five years, when he removed to Northampton. There on Nov. 18, 1656, he was married to Sarah Holton. Theirs is the first marriage recorded and it is believed to have been the first solemnized at Northampton.  John King was for several years captain of the Northampton military company, and in 1679, was representative.

Hon. William Holton, colonist, father of Sarah Holton King, was born in England in 1634.  He came from Ipswich to New England in the ship Francis, and was one of the early proprietors of Hartford, Conn.  In 1655, he removed to Northampton, Mass., and was one of the first deacons of the church there.  In 1666, 1667,

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1669, 1670 and 1671 he was a Representative, serving one year for the neighboring town of Hadley.

Children of David and Abigail Sacket King.

61. David King, b. in 1702.
62. Thankful King, b. in 1701, d. in year 17--; m. (37) Benjamin Sacket.
63. Moses King, b. in year 1706.
64. Stephen King, b. in year 1708.
65. Benjamin King, v. in year 1710.
66. Aaron King, b. in year 1714.
67. Asafel King, b. in year 1718, d. in year 1719.
68. Eldad King, b. in year 1718.
69. Gideon King, b. in year 1722.

17.  Lieut. John Sackett, 1653-1703, of New Haven, Conn., son of (5) John and Agnes Tinkham Sackett, was married about the year 1686 to Mary Woodin, 16_?-1717, daughter of William Woodin and his wife Sarah Allard.  Like his father and many of his kinsmen he took a lively interest in military affairs.  As soon as he had reached the required age he joined the New Haven military company and remained an active member of it to the day of his death.  After serving several years as a private and non-commissioned officer, he was commissioned an Ensign and later a Lieutenant.  The records of the General Court of Connecticut show that at a session held at Hartford May 14, 1696, a lease from certain Indians, for a considerable tract of land to John Sackett and others, was confirmed.

William Woodin, (16_?-1684), colonist, is first mentioned in New Haven records under date of 1643.  He was married there October 5, 1650 to Sarah Allard, who died in 1693.

Children of John and Mary Woodin Sackett.

70. Mary Sackett, b. in year 1688.
71. Sarah Sackett, b. in year 1694; m. Capt. Jonathan Alling.
72. John Sackett, b. in year 1699.
73. Samuel Sackett, b. Mar 7, 1702, d. Feb 1781; m. Elizabeth Todd.

18.  Jonathan Sackett, 1655-__?, of New Haven, Conn., son of (5) John and Agnes Tinkham Sackett, was married to Hannah ______.

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Children.

74. Jonathan Sackett, m. Ruth Hotchkiss.
75. Richard Sackett, d. in year 1746; m. Margery L. Sleade.
76. Hannah Sackett.
77. John Sackett, m. Hannah Smith.
78. Joseph Sackett.

20.  Lieut. Joseph Sackett, 1660-17_?, of New Haven, Conn., son of (5) John and Agnes Tinkham Sackett, was married about the year 1685 to his first wife, Anne.  [a handwritten notation Sarah ______ 4-12-1671].  On May 18, 1710, he was married to his second wife, Hanna Denison, daughter of James Denison and his wife Bethiah Boykin.  In 1704 the General Assembly of Connecticut, in reorganizing the militia for active service "against the common enemy." appointed "Sergeant Joseph Sackett to be Lieutenant of the soldiers raised in the county of New Haven for this service."

He was administrator of the estates of his parents and served as such until July 8, 1712, when he filed his report and was discharged.  On January 1, 1717, he was chosen by his nephew John Sackett, a minor son of Lieut. John Sackett, as his guardian.

Jarvis Boykin, colonist, came from Charington in Kent, England, to Charlestown, Mass., in the year 1635.  In 1639 he removed to New Haven, Conn., where in April 1643, his daughter Bethia was married to James Denison.

Children of Lt. Joseph Sackett and his wife Anna.

79.  Anne Sackett, b. in August, 1687.
80. Sarah Sackett, b. Nov. 23, 1691.

Child of Lt. Joseph Sackett and Hannah Denison Sackett.

81. Joseph Sackett, b. Oct. 27, 1712.

GENERATION IV.

22.  Simon Sackett, 1678-1718, oldest son of (7) Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth Betts Sackett, was born at Newtown, Long Island, N. Y., and died at Hopewell, New Jersey. 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 seven-


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