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The Sacketts of America

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932. Anne Sackett, b. Feb. 24, 1791; m Peter Gorsline.
933. Mary Sackett, b. Apr. 28, 1793; m. [444] Joseph Lawrence.
934. Patience Sackett, b. July 21, 1795, d. unmarried.
935. Elisabeth Sackett, b. Dec. 18, 1799, d. unmarried.
936. Amy Sackett, b. June 6, 1804, d. unmarried.

389.  Lieut. Daniel Sackett, 1759-1822, of Newtown, L. I., and Old Milford, Conn., son of (122) William and Anne Lawrence Sackett,, was married to Martha Green.  He died at Old Milford, leaving no descendants.  In the war of the Revolution he was Lieutenant of Capt. Livingston's Company, of Colonel Malcomb's Regiment.

390.  Jonathan Sackett, 1761-18__, of Newtown, L. I., son of (122) William and Anne Lawrence Sackett, was married to Sarah Banks, daughter of Capt. Jacob Banks.


937. Jacob B. Sackett, b. June 4, 1786.
938. Anne Sackett, b. May 7, 1789.
939. William Sackett, b. Sept. 28, 1792, d. July 2, 1802.
940. John L. Sackett, b. May 7, 1794.
941. Jonathan Sackett, b. May 9, 1801.

400.   Mary Alsop, daughter of (133) Hon. John and Mary Fragot Alsop, was married Mar. 30, 1786, to Hon. Rufus King, 1755-1827.  Mary Alsop is described, at the time of her marriage, by Mrs. Lamb, as "remarkable for personal beauty - face oval, with a clear brunette complexion, delicately formed features, expressive blue eyes, black hair, and exquisite teeth, her motions all grace, her bearing gracious, her voice musical, and her education exceptional."  Her husband, Hon. Rufus King, is described by Mrs. Lamb in same connection, as "thirty-three and passing for the most eloquent man in the United States."

Rufus King was born at Scarborough, Me., in 1755, and graduated from Yale College in 1777.  He entered the Continental Army in 1778 and served on the staff of General Sullivan.  In 1783 he became a member of the General Court of Massachusetts, and was a delegate to Congress from that State for the years 1784, 1785 and

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1786.  In 1787 he was a delegate to the convention that met at Philadelphia to establish a more permanent form of Government, and was made a member of the committee appointed to draft the Constitution.  In 1788 he took up his residence in New York City, and the following year was elected a member of the Legislature of that State, which forthwith elected him, with General Schuyler, to the United States Senate.  It may be recalled that General Washington was that year inaugurated first President of the United States in New York City.  The part taken by Senator King and his accomplished wife at the ceremonies and festivities attending that most memorable event have not been made a matter of record, but the following extract from Washington's Journal, under date of November 24, 1789, referring to his first visit to the theatre after his inauguration, is not devoid of interest in this connection:

Sent tickets to following ladies and gentlemen and invited them to a seat in my box, viz: Mrs. Adams, Lady of Vice-President, General Scuyler and lady, Mr. King and lady, Major Butler and lady, Colonel Hamilton and lady, Mrs. Green,  All of whom accepted and came except Mrs. Butler, who was indisposed.
In 1795 President Washington appointed Senator King minister plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James, in which important post he was retained though the administration of President John Adams and into the second year of President Jefferson's term, when he asked to be recalled.  In 1813 he was for the third time sent to the United States Senate, and his speech there on the burning of Washington by the English was a most striking display of oratory.  In 1817 he was a candidate for the Presidency, but was defeated by James Monroe.  In 1819 he was again sent to the United States Senate and served out a full term of six years; at the expiration of which President John Quincy Adams induced him to again accept the appointment of Minister to England.  Soon after reaching London he was taken ill, returned home and died in New York City, Apr. 29, 1827.


950. John Alsop King, b. Mar. 3, 1788, d. July 7, 1867.
951. Charles King, b. Mar. 16, 1789, d. in Oct. 1867; m. Eliza Gracie.
952. James Gore King, b. May 8, 1791; d. in Oct. 3, 1853; m. Sarah Rogers.
953. Edward King, b. Mar. 3, 1795, d. Feb. 6, 1836.
954. Frederick Gore King, b. in year 1795, d. in Apr. 1829.

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401.  Richard Alsop, 1761-1815, of Middletown, Conn., and Flatbush, L. I., son of (134) Richard and Mary Wright Alsop, studied at Yale, and devoted the greater part of his life to literary pursuits.  He was one of the so called "Hartford Wits," and the principal contributor to a series of satirical papers which appeared from 1791 to 1805, and which in 1805 were collected in "The Echo."  Among his other writings are "The Enchanted Lake, or the Fairy Morgana," and "A Poem: Sacred to the Memory of Washington."


955. Richard Alsop, d. May 29, 1842.
956. ________ Alsop.
957. ________ Alsop, m. Francis J. Oliver.

402.  Joseph Wright Alsop, 1772-1844, was the son of (134) Richard and Mary Wright Alsop.


958. Lucy W. Alsop, m. Henry Chauncey.
659. Charles R. Alsop.
960. Joseph W. Alsop.
961. Clara P. Alsop.
962. Elisabeth W. Alsop, m. George H. Hoppins.
963. Mary W. Alsop, m. Thomas M. Mutter, M. D.

437.  Jonathan Lawrence, 1767-1850, son of (144) Hon. Jonathan and Judith Fish Lawrence, was married to Elisabeth Rogers.  Early in life he became a clerk in the newly established Bank of New York.  Later he united with Henry Whitney in the commercial firm of Lawrence & Whitney, and still later became President of the Merchants' Fire Insurance Company.  The only political office he appears to have held was that of Alderman of New York City.


965. Henry Lawrence, a merchant at Manilla.
966. William Anson Lawrence, a merchant at Canton, China.
967. Jonathan Lawrence, a counsellor-at-law, New York City.
968. Richard Lawrence, a merchant at New York City.
969. Isabelle Lawrence, died young.

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970. Judith Lawrence, died young.
971. Margaret Lawrence, m. John Slawson, of Geneva.
972. Adriana Lawrence, m. W. T. Whittmore, of Liverpool.

438.  Judith Lawrence, 1769-____, daughter of [144] Hon. Jonathan and his second wife Ruth Riker Lawrence, was married to John Ireland.


973. Margaret Ireland, m. Thomas Lawrence.
974. William Busteed Ireland, m. Anne Wall.
975. Andrew Lawrence Ireland, b. 1808, d. unmarried.
976. Louisa Anna Ireland, b. Dec. 31, 1800, d. in 1845; had three husbands.
977. John L. Ireland, m. Miss Floyd.

460.  Joseph Sackett, 1757-1816, only child of (147) Joseph and Eliza Strang Sackett, was born several weeks after the death of his father.  He died at Fishkill, Dutchess County, N. Y., which would seem to have been his place of residence during the latter part of his life.  His will, dated May 14, 1812, and probated Feb. 27, 1718 [sic], is recorded on page 385 of Liber D. of Westchester County, N. Y. records.  By this instrument he conveys his property, first to his "Cousin Sarah Strang, single woman, daughter of Henry Strang, deceased, and second to Joseph Sackett Strang, son of Thomas Strang, Esq."  So far as known he never married.  His name appears in list of residents of Dutchess County, N. Y., entitled to land bounties because of service rendered his country in war of Revolution.

461.  Ananias Rogers Sackett, 1760-1839, of the counties of Dutchess and Sullivan, N. Y., and of Forest Dale, Ohio, son of (148) Hon. Nathaniel and Mary Rogers Sackett, was married about 1785 to Eunice Meeker, daughter of Solomon Meeker, of Cape Cod, Mass.  He was born, and for several years previous to attaining his majority was employed as a clerk in his father's store at Fishkill, N. Y.  During the war of the Revolution he was an active member of Capt. Van Wyck's Company, of Col. Brinkerhoff's Dutchess County Regiment.  From the close of the war to 1803

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Mr. Sackett was engaged mainly in conducting a general store and a farm in the town of his birth.  In 1803 he purchased two tracts of timber land containing together upwards of 500 acres, located a few miles west of Monticello, in the town of Thompson, in the present county of Sullivan, N. Y., and took up his residence there.  At the same time he leased for a long term of years, from Guillian Verplank, Esq., a third tract in same vicinity, which contained a water power, on which he built a  saw mill, and there engaged in the manufacture of lumber. In connection with this business he built a wagon road through the wilderness from Mamakating westward, which passed through his  principal purchase and extended to Klines Flats, several miles beyond.  This road was known as Sackett's Pike until it was taken up by and became a part of the Newburgh and Cochecton Turnpike, a highway which for over half a century was the principal avenue of travel from Cochecton on the Delaware to tide water at Newburgh on the Hudson.  Mr. Sackett was one of the principal settlers of western Sullivan.  Sackett's Lake, one of the most attractive sheets of water in Sullivan County was named for him.  In 1814 he sold the before mentioned lands and leasehold to his brother Samuel for $6,400, and again "moving on into the wilderness beyond."  He journeyed on his own conveyance and took with him his wife and daughters, and a few household goods, including cooking utensils.  This was the usual mode of "moving west" in those days.  Their starting point was Newburgh, from which they took their departure in 1814-15, and drove through to Benton, in the present county of Yates, N. Y.  There they remained a year with Mrs. Sackett's brothers, David and Archibald Meeker.  Then they resumed their journey, accompanied by two families from Benton named Green and Sales, but leaving behind them at Benton their eldest daughter, Sarah.  In this second stage of their journey they frequently encountered wandering bands of Indians, and suffered many hardships as they made their way through the forest over almost impassable roads.  Their start from Benton was made early in the year, and when they reached Alleghany River, down which it was their purpose to journey, they found it was yet frozen over.  Here they encamped and built a flat boat while waiting for the ice to break.  When at length the ice was out they sailed down the Alleghany to its junction with the Ohio, and then on down the Ohio to Gallipolis, where they tarried

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for a few weeks.  While there their second daughter, Elisabeth, who had been educated for a teacher, secured her first school, at a settlement near Sand Forks, on the Symmes Creek.  Mr. Sackett, with his wife and youngest daughter, Charlotte, then journeyed down the Ohio to Kentucky, and spent a year there on a hired farm near the mouth of the Big Sandy River, after which they crossed over into Ohio and settled permanently at Forest Dale.


990. Sarah Sackett, m. Rosell Tubs.
991. James Sackett, d. aged 5 years.
992. Elizabeth Sackett, b. in 1797, d. May 22, 1837.
993. Charlotte Sackett, b. May 20, 1805; d. Feb. 12, 1899; m. David Hughes.

462.  Samuel Sackett, 1762-1841, of the counties of Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan, in the State of New York, son of (148) Hon. Nathaniel and Mary Rogers Sackett, was married, at Fishkill, N. Y., Feb. 14, 1788, to Polly Halstead, 17- 1796, daughter of John Halstead.  On Oct. 20, 1803, he was married to his second wife, Mary Bailey, daughter of Nathan Bailey, and his wife Abigail Pine.  When a mere lad he met with an accident which shortened one of his legs.  This unfitted him for military service, and during the Revolutionary War was engaged in his father's store at Fishkill.  At first under the direction of his uncle, James Sackett, who had charge of the absence of Nathaniel, whose time was almost wholly given up to public duties.  But presently, James Sackett threw down his pen, shouldered his musket and marched away with the patriot army, leaving the lad to conduct the business as best he could.  That he succeeded as well as could have been expected under the circumstances, is made apparent by the fact that his father, a few years later, made him a partner in the business.  About the year 1800, Samuel Sackett removed from Fishkill to Moodna [Modena?], Orange County, where he had purchased a property with water power, and there engaged quite extensively in the milling business, and in the purchase of grain from farmers of Orange and adjoining counties, which he shipped in sloop loads to merchants in New York City.  In 1813 he disposed of his mill and grain business and purchased a farm at Monticello, Sullivan County, N. Y., on which he remained for twelve years.  He then returned to Orange County,

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N. Y., and in addition to conducting a farm, established a general store at Little Britain Square, New Windsor, which, with the aid of Samuel B., his oldest son by his second wife, Mary Bailey, he conducted in a successful manner during the remainder of his life.  His death occurred September 9, 1841, in his 79th year.

It does not appear that Samuel Sackett ever held any public office of importance, but the records show that in the year 1897 he was sent by the "National Appean Highway Company" to explore a suitable route for the proposed turnpike road from Newburgh, N. Y., westward to Cochecton.  He, however, took and active part in public affairs and was a pronounced partisan and outspoken man of business.  This is shown by the following extracts from a letter now lying before the  writer, which is dated, "Windsor Mills, Oct. 22, 1812," and was written by him to his oldest son, Dr. John Sackett, who had a short time previously been appointed an assistant surgeon in the Regular United States Army and assigned to duty at Charleston, S. C.

Before this reaches you, you will probably be, and I hope safely, arrived at your destination * * * We have no news of consequence, only that the despicable Clinton faction are crowing loudly at the success of Federalists in the states of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, and are, as they pretend, calculating with great certainty on Pennsylvania; and of course, as they would have us believe, on the success of their infamous candidate.  But as the election approaches such things are to be expected from such characters as compose that truly contemptible faction.  Genl. Wilkin and Ross, who, as you know, are of the Clintonian State Committee of Correspondence, are, I am creditably informed, both ashamed of their conduct in this affair, and if I mistake not, are in opposition to their leader's wishes.
The same day I received your letter I took one out of the post office for you, and knowing it to be from Dr. Little broke it open with the intention of reading it and informing you of the contents.  But I have not been able to read it on account of the shamefully bad hand writing, however, I will endeavor to decipher it and inform you of the contents in my next.  I think you had better acquaint him of our present situation in order that he may know where to direct to you in the future, and inform him that there is no occasion for sealing his letters.  I am in much greater haste than I could wish, being under engagement to be at Newburgh before two o'clock, so that I have only leisure to add the assurance of my regard with great sincerity.
Your ever affectionate father,
Saml. Sackett.
Polly Halstead, daughter of John Halsted, and the first wife of Samuel Sackett, died at Fishkill, Sept. 1, 1796.  She was survived

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by her husband and two sons, but left no daughters.  The following inventory, made by her husband after her death and previous to her burial, for the evident purpose of making a satisfactory distribution of the articles mentioned to her female relatives, immediately after the funeral was over, in accordance with a custom of the times to be interesting to be omitted from this record.  I copy it from the original, word for word, not omitting an added schedule of articles he possessed which she had made for him with her own hands:

INVENTORY, 3d SEPT., 1796.

8 white and 3 striped flannel sheets
1 white Do found afterwards
2 carpet coverlids - 1 large blue Do - 5 coarse Do
1 large cotton Do used for an ironing blanket
12 petticoats - 16 short gowns
8 long gowns - 3 of which are silk
1 double gown - 1 long scarlet cloak
1 short stuff Do - 1 silk shade
9 pr linen and cotton stockings
3 Diaper table cloths - 1 Huckaback Do
11 shifts - 33 pillow cases - 4 more Do
3 Diaper and 1 Irish stitch towel
3 twill Do - 52 linen and tow sheets
1 more petticoate, making in all 13
4 pr linen stockings found afterwards
2 pr good woolen stockings and 2 pr poor Do
 My own Wearing Apparel
8 pr woolen stockings - 3 pair worsted Do
21 shirts - 8 pr linen stockings
4 pr striped trousers.


994. John Halstead Sackett, b. Feb. 8, 1789, d. June 15, 1822, unmarried.
995. Nathaniel Sackett, b. Apr. 6, 1792, d. in Jan. 1825, unmarried.
996. Mary Sackett, b. Aug. 23, 1794, d. Sept. 29, 1797.
997. Samuel B. Sackett, b. Dec. 4, 1805, d. Apr. 11, 1887; m. Elisabeth T. McCoun.
998. Mary Sackett, b. Mar. 4, 1809, d. Aug. 29, 1884, unmarried.
999. Elisabeth Sackett, b. Mar. 14, 1811, d. July 15, 1824.
1000. Frederick Augustus Sackett, b. Oct. 5, 1815, d. Feb. 18, 1891, unmarried.
1001. William H. Sackett, b. Oct. 5, 1815, d. in 1888, unmarried.

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463.  Nathaniel Sackett 1768-1854, of Dutchess County, N. Y., and Butler County, Ohio, son of (148) Hon. Nathaniel and Mary Rogers Sackett, was married in 1792, to Elisabeth Terboss, daughter of Jacob Terboss, Jr. and his wife Sarah Dubois.  Elisabeth Terboss Sackett died in 1822, and Nathaniel Sackett, at an unascertained date, was married to his second wife, Jane Stitt, of Woodford County, KY.  Mr. Sackett, shortly after his marriage to Miss Terboss, settled on a farm near Wappingers, Dutchess County.  Just how long he remained there is uncertain, but in 1814 he was a resident of Fishkill, in same county.  In 1816 he determined to remove to the "far west," and disposing of his property in Ulster County, he set out with a two-horse conveyance on a seven hundred mile journey to Cincinnati, Ohio.  He took with him his wife and two children, together with such provision and household goods as would be needed in camping out along the way, for a considerable portion of the route to be traversed ran through a wild and uninhabited country.  Cincinnati was, at that period, a flourishing city of about twenty thousand souls.

It was Mr. Sackett's intention when he started on this long journey, to make Cincinnati his permanent home, but on reaching that city concluded he could best provide for the future of his family by settling on a farm within marketing distance of the place, especially as farming land was cheap, rich and easily cultivated, while the market value of all farm products was unusually high.  He therefore joined with a Mr. Piatt in the purchase of an extensive tract at what was then called Baker's Hill, in Butler County.  Now Baker's Hill was in fact an extensive plain and a hill only in the sense that it was the highest ground in all that region.  Nearly four long years passed away after Nathaniel Sackett left his home on the banks of the Hudson before his relatives in that vicinity heard a word from him.  Then there came a long letter which eventually found a place among the treasured archives of the family.  This well written old letter, folded after the manner of those days, is inscribed:

Mr. Samuel Sackett 25c
Monticello, Sullivan County
State of New York.
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Opening it with care and spreading it out we read:

Ohio, March 12, 1820.
Dear Brother:

Next May it will be four years since I had the pleasure of seeing you.  Then you would not believe I would move to this country.  I am engaged in farming.  The land here is far richer than I expected to find it.  In some places there are large plains of the richest and finest soil, without any trees growing on it, and then there are large tracts of equally rich land covered with timber.  Black walnut, ash, buckeye poplar abound.  Other land not quiet so rich is covered with white oak, beech, and whitewood.  All the trees grow large and tall.  There are no mountains, rocks, or stones.  The land is very easy to plow.  We use but two horses to turn the stiffest sod.  Everything grows larger than with you.  If well cultivated it is the best land I ever saw for rye, wheat, oats, Indian corn, flax, potatoes, and all kinds of fruit and vegetables that can be grown in New York State.

I have this season killed 7,000 weight of pork, all of my own raising.  I have a good stock of cattle and 4 horses, one of which is the sorrel I had when I lived in Fishkill.  The other three are just as good.  I have 45 sheep and we make plenty of homespun cloth and blankets.  I have fatted a great deal of beef as well as pork and it is all first-rate.  I feed all my stock all they will eat the year round.

We are in a favored land.  But I have nevertheless had many a heartache since I saw you last, thinking of relatives and friends and native country seven hundred miles away, and I, with my little family among strangers in a strange land.  We live in a thickly settled neighborhood of friendly people many of whom came in this country when land was cheap and now have large and well cultivated farms that are worth many times what they cost.  If some of you would only come and spend a little time with us how it would sweeten our solitude and cheer us up.

I have laid out a town on my farm and sold a number of lots. There are already 20 houses up and two stores and two taverns, and there is a Presbyterian Meeting-house in sight. I have called it Monroe.  Where are John and Nathaniel, and what are they doing?  And where are Joshua Arkills and his family, and Betsey Sackett, and what are they doing?  What has become of Ananias?  I forgot to mention that my wheat weighed from 62 to 66 lbs. per bushel.  I must stop writing now for Betsey claims part of the paper on which to write to Polly
Your affectionate brother,
Nathaniel Sackett.
[to] Mr. Samuel Sackett.

Dear Sister:

It is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you.  Perhaps the time seems longer to me than it does to you.  When traveling over craggy mountains and through lonely vales, leaving all my near and dear relatives and friends far behind, no one with me but my little family, many a tear trickled down my cheek.  But my Heavenly Father was my stay and sup-

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