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The Sacketts of America

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ciplinarian, had the confidence of Washington and was on intimate terms with Hamilton and many of the prominent statesmen of his time.


789. Susan Elisabeth Fish, b. July 26, 1805; m. Daniel LeRoy.
790. Margaret Ann Fish, b. Feb. 11, 1807; m. John Neilson, Jr.
791. Hamilton Fish, b. Aug. 3, 1808, d. Sept. 7, 1893; m. Julia Kean.
792. Elizabeth Sarah Fish, b. May 25, 1810; m. Richard L. Morris, M. D.
793. Petrus Stuyvesant Fish, b. May 13, 1813, d. Nov. 7, 1834.

314.  William W. Sacket,* 1765-1833, of Newtown, Hunting Grove, Monticello and Lumberland, all in the State of New York, son of (97) William and Sarrah Fish Sackett, was educated in Columbia College, and was married in 1790 to Susan Smith, 1771, daughter of Hon. Nathan Smith and his wife Susan Mackintosh, of Hunting Grove, now Burnside, in the present County of Orange, N. Y.  Mr. Sacket was by education and profession a civil engineer and surveyor.  On leaving school he read law for a short time in the office of his stepfather, John Woods, Esq., of New York City.  On reaching his majority and coming into possession of some property located within the bounds of the present County of Orange, which he had inherited for his grandfather's estate, he decided to locate in Newburgh, then the most promising village on the western bank of the central Hudson.  The practice of his profession took him to all parts of the counties of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan, which were being at the time rapidly settled, mainly by former residents of Long Island.  In 1793 Mr. Sacket became interested in the general store and fulling, grist and saw mills, which were being conducted by his father-in-law at Hunting Grove, and removed his family to that place, but about 1796, having been appointed Revenue Collector for the ninth division of the New York District, he re-transferred his residence to the village of Newburgh.  In 1797 he was employed to survey and make a map of the town of Newburgh.  This map was filed in the office of the Secretary of State at Albany, and has ever since been regarded an unimpeachable authority in all  matters appertaining to boundaries of original land grants within that town, as well as of the dividing line between the present
*All of his immediate family wrote their names S-a-c-k-e-t-t.

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counties of Orange and Ulster.  When in 1801 the Newburgh & Cochecton Turnpike Company was organized, Mr. Sacket became one of its board of directors and was employed to survey and lay out the route to be traversed.  This road was of great value to Newburgh, increasing its importance as a commercial centre.  While making this survey Mr. Sacket became interested in several extensive tracts of timber land in Sullivan County, on one of which the closing years of his life was spent.

During the greater part of the time from 1800 to 1813, Mr. Sacket was associated with one of his brothers-in-law in a general store at Newburgh.  But in the year last named he removed to Monticello, Sullivan County, where for a considerable period he had been engaged professionally in the construction of the Narrowsburgh and Sullivan Turnpike, and in the making of numerous surveys of timber lands.  While residing at Monticello he erected on an extensive and heavily timbered tract he had purchased in the adjoining town of Lumberland, a commodious dwelling, with all necessary out-buildings, to which he removed with his family in 1818.  After he became settled there he constructed near his house a saw mill, and engaged quite extensively in the manufacture of lumber.  This with the continued practice of his profession absorbed his time, energies and attention up to within a short period of his death, in 1833.  Two pocket receipt books carried by him from 1788 to 1813 have been preserved and are now (1907) the property of his grandson, William W. Sackett, who for many years was a resident of Wilkesbarre, Penn.  These old receipt books contain the signatures of several hundred residents of Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties who were men of prominence a hundred years ago.  They also contain minute genealogical tables of several generations of his ancestors and their families.  These receipt books, together with available official records, the files of old Newburgh newspapers, and published histories of the counties mentioned, furnish abundant and interesting data for a more extended history of his life than available space in this volume will admit of publishing.  A few extracts from the authorities mentioned, given chronologically, must of necessity suffice.

Received of William W. Sacket, two pounds on account of surveying Lot No. 22 in the 3000 acre tract in Wawayanda Patent, it being in part.
Jan. 7, 1792
Elias Oldfield
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Received of W. W. Sacket ten shillings for his subscription to a school house at Robert Ross's.
Jan. 25, 1793.
Abram Neely.

Received Newburgh June 6, 1798, of Wm. W. Sacket a mote of Abram Snyder's for 26 pounds; an order on David Colden for 5 pounds, and 14 pounds in cash, in full for a negro wench named Candice, purchased from my mother Elisabeth Colden.
Alexander Colden.

Newburgh  June 30, 1798.
Received of Wm. W. Sacket the sum  of 3 dollars in full for road taxes.
Elnathan Foster.

Received, Newburgh, August 27, 1798, of Wm. W. Sacket a draft on the Treasurer of the County of Orange for four dollars for assisting in the surveying of the town of Newburgh.
James Lorimer.


The auctioneers within the ninth division will observe by their licences that the time for which they are granted expires the last of this month.  The state has taken up the regulating of sales at auction by appointing auctioneers in said division.  In consequence of such regulation I am not authorized to license any in future.  Therefore request that every auctioneer complete his returns agreeable to law and take up his bonds.
Newburgh, N. Y., Sept. 21, 1798.
William W. Sacket,
Collector of the Revenue.
P. S. - As there is no auctioneer in this part of the country at present but myself, it will be necessary for those making vendues to consult the auctioneer before they appoint the day of sale, as it may happen to be on the days when he is previously engaged and they be in consequence thereof disappointed.
Wm. W. Sacket, Auctioneer.


All owners of stills within the ninth division of the district of New York must make entry thereof in writing at this office between the last day of May and the first day of July agreeable to law or forfeit 250 dollars.
The law requires that all distillers and all places where distilled spirits are deposited shall have the following words written over the door "Distiller of Spirits."  This and every other duty the law requires, is expected to be complied with under penalty annexed thereto.
It must be observed that  no new license will be given per this until the duties in arrears are paid.
Newburgh,  May 28, 1799.
Wm. W. Sacket, Collector of the Revenue.

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N. B. -- The office of the Inspector is removed to the house next forth of Benjamin Smiths, on the hill back of the village of Newburgh.
Conveyancing and surveying will be done at the moderate price, at short notice.

Received Newburgh June 8, 1799 of Messrs Sacket & Smith their note of hand for one hundred and twenty six 760100 dollars, which when paid will be in full for nails, shovels and hollow ware sold them this day.
Appollas B. Leonard.

Recieived Newburgh Dec. 13, 1799, of William W. Sacket, forty dollars on accound of a negro man named Will, sold him 27 November, last.
Cad. R. Golden.

Received Newburgh Mar. 20, 1800, of Wm. W. Sacket two pounds 15 shilling in full for bombs for Sacket & Smith.
Uriah Brett.


Will be sold without reserve on Tuesday, the 14th February next, at twelve o'clock on the premises, a lot of land with a house, barn and still house thereon, containing two acres, joining Van Dusers Mills in Hunting Grove, and about 8 acres of wood land within one mile of said lot.
And on Wednesday the fifteenth, at the house of Thomas Gardner in the Village of Newgurgh at two o'clock P. M. a house and lot (eighty by one hundred corner lot) on Smith Street, also a lot fifty by one hundred on said streed, also lot no Eighty-three, a ten acre lot in the Village of New Windsor.  Good title will be executed for same and terms of payment made known on said day
January 23, 1804
Wm. W. Sacket.

Mr. Smith, the paternal grandfather of Sarah, wife of William W. Sacket, was, according to family tradition, a Presbyterian minister who left England on account of religious persecution, and after being in America a short time settled on Long Island, where he married a Miss Mowbray.

Hon. Nathan Smith, son of above and father of Mrs. Susan Sacket, was born in town of Huntington, L. I., and married Susan Mackintosh, of Paramus, N. J., whose grandfather, Thomas Mackintosh, came into possession of 2, 000 acres of land in the western portion of the old town of New Windsor, then within the boundary line of Ulster County, N. Y.  This tract was Patgented to "Phineas McIntosh" in 1719.  A short time after Nathan Smith and Susan Mackintosh were married they were induced to go to New Windsor and locate in the heart of this as yet but partially

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improved estate.  There Mr. Smith built a house and on the stream called Otterkill erected a grist mill, a saw mill, and a fulling mill.  He also opened and conducted a gereral store, and named the settlement Hunting Grove.  The young couple "grew up with the country," and Mr. Smith speedily attained a prominence which for a time rivaled that of his ultimately more illustrious townsmen, the Clintions.  At the breaking out of the Revolution Mr. Smith was one of the early signers of the Revolutionary Pledge, and in 1776 he was made a member of the New Windsor Committee of Safety and Observation.  During the same year his name appears on the records as one of the associate justices of the Court of Common Pleas.  From 1777 to 1793 he was almost continously a nember of the State Legislature.  In the last year named he was appointed first judge of Ulster County Common Pleas and served as such untio his untimely death in 1798; the following account of which is given in a letter written by hes granddaughter Miss Mariah Hunter, of New York City, to E. M. Ruttenber, the historian, under date of Jan. 15, 1879:

Judge Smith was in New York in Sept. 1798 and had been dining with Governor Clinton and some friends.  When on his way to the sloop, in apparently his ususal health, he was attacked on the street with yellow fever, and carried to the hospital.  some friends heard of his situation and with noble self sacrifice came and cared for him.  One of these, John Woods, Esq., conveyed the tidings of his death and burial to his friends at Newburg before the tidings of his sickness had reached them.

The year 1798 is known as one of New York City's fatal yellow fever years, and Judge Smith, like all other victims of the scourge, had hardly taken his last breath when his volunteer attendants were dismissed, and under the hospital rules his body was placed in a rough box and unceremonioulsly hurried to the potters' field and buried in an unmarked grave.  The John Woods, Esq., referred to above was the stepfather of his daughter's husband, Wm. W. Sacket.

Politically Judge Smith was an ardent Whig, and the close attention he gave to public affairs in the troublous times in which he lived evenrually interfered with his private business to such an extent that he disposed of all  his interests at Hunting Grove and settled on a farm he had purchased of Selah Van Duser, some two miles west of the village of Newgurgh.  It was there that the sad news of his death and hasty burial reached his family in 1798.

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Children of William W. and Susan Smith Sacket.

795. William Woods Sackett, b. Jan. 27, 1791, d. July 14, 1836, unmarried.
796. Louise Sackett, b. Apr. 22, 1792, d. at Honesdale, Pa., unmarried.
797. Harriet Sackett, b. Apr. 20, 1793; m. Spicer McNish.
798. Nathan Smith Sackett, b. Mar. 5, 1795, d. Oct. 15, 1853, unmarried.
799. Caroline Sackett, b. Nov. 15, 1796, d. unmarried.
800. Nicholas Fish Sackett, b. Aug. 14, 1799.
801. Augustus Mowbray Sackett, b. Mar. 16, 1801, d. in Feb. 1871.
802. James W. Sackett, b. Jan. 8, 1803, d. Dec. 15, 1887; m. Nancy Beers.
803. Sarah Case Sackett, b. Feb. 19, 1805; m. Herberdon S. Murray.
804. Susan Sackett, b. Mar. 1, 1807, d. Dec. 24, 1808.
805. Susan Smith Sackett, b. Mar. 3, 1809, d. in 1881; m. Isaac Gould.
806. Elisabeth Smith Sackett, b. Sept. 15, 1812; m. Henry Stark.
807. Augustus M. Sackett, b. 1814.
808. Charles J. Sackett, b. Apr.. 21, 1816, d. Feb. 28, 1885; m. Miss Schoonover.

315.  Benjamin Moore, S. T. D., 1748-1816, fifth President of Columbia College, son of [98] Lieut. Samuel and Sarah Fish Moore, was married before 1879 [sic] to Charity Clarke, daughter of Maj. Clement Clarke, of New York City.  He was educated at Kings (now Columbia) College, where he was graduated in 1768, and from which he received the degree of Doctor of Laws in 1789.  Following graduation he taught Greek and Latin for a time, and studied theology.  Later he went to England, where, in 1774, he was ordained Deacon and Priest of Chapel of Fulham Palace by the Bishop of London. On returning to America he became assistant rector of Trinity Church, New York City; of which in 1800 he became rector.  The following year he was consecrated Bishop - Coadjutor of St. Michael's Church, Trenton, N. J.  A few months later he was elected to succeed Bishop Provost as Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the State of New York.  From 1801 to 1811 he was President of Columbia College.


809. Clement C. Moore, b. July 15, 1779, d. July 10, 1863.

316*[sic] [317].  William Moore, M. D., 1754-1824, of Newtown, N. Y., and New York City, son of (98) Lieut. Samuel and Sarah Fish Moore, was married Feb. 4, 1782, to Jane Fish, daughter of Nathaniel
[*On page 67 William's number is 317]

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Fish, of Newtown.  Dr. Moore was a graduate of Columbia College and continued his studies at Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was graduated a Doctor of Medicine in 1780.  Returning to America he soon acquired an extensive practice in New York City and on Long Island, in the arduous duties of which he was unremittingly engaged for forty years.  During a considerable portion of that period he was President of the New York Medical Society and a Trustee of the College of Physicians, as well as a Vestryman of Trinity Church.


810. Nathaniel F. Moore.
811. Maria Theressa Moore, m. Henry C. DeRhom.
812. Samuel W. Moore.
813. Jane Moore, m. Henry Mayor.
814. Susan Moore.
815. Benjamin Moore.
816. Sarah Moore, m. Edward Hodge.
817. William Moore.

340.  Justus Sackett, 1740-1827,  of Greenwich, Conn., son of (118) Nathaniel and Anne Bush Sackett, was married to Anna Lyon.  The records of St. John's Episcopal Church at Stamford, Conn., show that on Mar. 11, 1787, Sally, Justus, Betsey, William Henry, and John, children of Justus and Anna Sackett, of Greenwich, were baptized there.  Mr. and Mrs. Sackett were both buried in the cemetery at Greenwich, where their graves are marked by stones bearing these inscriptions:

In memory of
who died Jan. 15, 1827
in the 87th year
of his age.

In memory of
widow of Justus Sackett
who died Jan. 15, 1837
aged 99 years, 4 months, 9 days.


830. Justus Sackett, b. in 1778, d. May 7, 1854; m. Clarissa Belcher.
831. John Sackett, d. in year 1864; m. Mary Meed.
832. Mary Sackett, m. Josiah Brown.

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833. Sally Sackett, m. Jonathan Secor.
834. Betsey Sackett, b. about 1783, d. May 21, 1837; m. Thomas M. Wilson.
835. William H. Sackett, b. 1779, d. Dec. 29, 1820; m. Rebecca Holly.

341.  Colonel Richard Sackett, 17__-1799, of Westchester County, N. Y., and New York City, son of (118) Nathaniel Sackett, was married to Rachel Holmes, daughter of Isaac Holmes and his wife Abigail Mead.  He was an active participant on the war of the Revolution, serving almost continuously, as a commissioned officer, from the commencement to the end of the seven years' struggle for independence.  On May 26, 1776, he was commissioned First Lieutenant of Grenadiers in the 2d Midland Regiment, and on May 26, 1778, was promoted to the Captaincy.  Heath's Memoirs give an account of his capture on the 4th of December, 1781, by the British, on a road called Kings Street, at a point now embraced within the limits of greater New York City.  After being confined for several months he was exchanged and served in both the 1st and 2d Westchester County Regiments.  He is also reported as commanding for a time a company in Pawling's Levies.

Immediately after the disbandment of the Continental army he was appointed and commissioned Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Westchester County Regiment of Militia, and held that position until 1792, when leaving determined to change his residence to New York City, he resigned his commission.  In 1786, he was made one of the commissioners to carry out the provisions of an act of the State Legislature, appropriating One thousand eight hundred pounds for the erection of a court house in Westchester County.  About one year after his removal to New York City he purchased a considerable tract of land in Tioga County and settled his son Nathaniel upon it.  In 1799, while on a visit to his Tioga County estate he was taken ill and died there.  He was buried near the present Court House in Owego.  His will, which was executed in 1798 and probated in 1799, reads as follows:

In the Name of God Amen.  I Richard Sackett of the City of New York, being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and memory . . . do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament . . .
First I give and bequeath to Rachel my dearly beloved wife one third of all my estate both Real and Personal to her use during her natural life
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and at her decease to be divided equally between my well beloved sons Nathaniel and Caleb.
Second.  I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Betsey Holmes, the wife of William Holmes the use of Sixty five pounds during her natural life, and if she shall die without any heirs then to be equally between my beloved sons and daughter and if she should have an heir then to the heir of heirs after her death.
Third.  I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Polly the use of one hundred pounds during her natural life, and if she should have an heir or heirs the one hundred pounds to be paid to them after her decease, and if she have no heir or heirs then to be equally divided between my beloved sons and daughter.
Fourth.  I give and bequeath all the residue of my estate both Real and Personal to my well beloved sons Nathaniel and Caleb, to be equally divided between them excepting Nathaniel to have paid him fifty pounds first out of my estate before the division to be made between them, and then to be divided equally.
And Lastly, I order that my executors or the survivors of them take care to have the monies given to my daughters Betsey Holmes and Polly put out at interest so as not to have any loss or damage thereto, so that they may have the full use or interest therefrom as above said.
And I do likewise constitute make and ordain the following persons my sole executors: My sons Nathaniel and Caleb and my beloved cousin Richard Sackett of the town of Bedford.  And I do by these presents fully authorize my said Executors and empower them to sell and dispose of all my real and personal estate or divide the same as they think best.  And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul any other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executors & co.

840. Nathaniel Sackett, b. Apr. 9, 1770, d. Nov. 5, 1817; m. Sarah Waring.
841. Caleb H. Sackett, b. Apr. 9, 1770.
842. Betsey Sackett, m. William Holmes.
843. Polly Sackett.

348.  William Sackett, 17__-____, of Greenwich, Conn., son of (118) Nathaniel Sackett, was a Revolutionary soldier and served in Capt. Thomas Hobby's Greenwich Company of the 5th Regiment of the Connecticut Line, commanded by Col. Waterbury.

374.  Lieut. James Sackett, 1762-1---?, of Westchester County, N. Y., son of (120) Joseph and Hannah Budson Sackettt, served during the war of the Revolution and for fifteen years after the dec-

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laration of peace as a private soldier and a commissioned officer in 2d Westchester County Regiment.  Throughout the greater part of his long term he served under his cousin[*], Richard Sackett, who during the war was the Captain of his Company, and after the war commanded the Regiment in which he for five years served as Adjutant.
[*]According to the Rev. War pension files of Lt James Sackett and Capt. Richard Sackett they were brothers. - [Thurmon King]

375.  Nathaniel Sackett, 1763-1812, of Greenwich, Conn., and Bedford, Westchester County, N. Y., son of (120) Joseph and Hannah Budson Sackett, was married Feb. 19, 1787, to Bethiah Reynolds.  His will is dated "Bedford, Westchester County, N. Y., Mar. 13, 1812," and was probated May 14, 1812.  In it he mentions his children Joseph, William, James, Fanny, the wife of Henry Reynolds; Maria, Hannah, and Jane Ann.  He names as his Executors his brothers Joseph and James and his daughter Maria.


920. Joseph Sackett, m. Augusta Downing.
921. William H. Sackett, b. in 1803, d. Feb. 28, 1846; m. Althea Higgins.
922. James H. Sackett, m. Jerusha Post.
923. Fanny Sackett, m. Henry Raymond.
924. Maria Sackett, m. _______ Weed.
925. Hannah Sackett, b. in year 1794, d. in year 1814.
926. Jane Ann Sackett, b. in 1805, d. Sept. 11, 1836; m. Charles Hicks.
927. Harriet B. Sackett, b. Dec. 2, 1795, d. Feb. 1, 1811.

388.  Capt. John Sackett, 1755-1819, of Newtown, L. I., son of (122) William and Anne Lawrence Sackett,, was married to Elisabeth Gibbs of Connecticut.  Mr. Sackett was a Revolutionary soldier.  He served in the  ranks of Col. John Harper's Levies and in other commands.  After the war he took an active part in reorganization of the Militia, and in 1798 was commissioned First Lieutenant of Capt. Remson's Company of the Queens County Regiment, and served as such  until 1793, when he succeeded Capt. Remson and commanded his company until 1804.


930. William Sackett, b. Feb. 23, 1784, d. Feb. 4, 1849; m. Gertrude Meserole.
931. Lawrence Sackett, b. Sept. 14, 1786.

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