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I ran across the following while searching for other surnames in
Western New York. I'm sending it to the list in case someone may
not have discovered it yet. This is part of NYGenWeb, Erie County.
Town of West Seneca (New York)
WEST SENECA - was formed, as "Seneca," from Chicktowaga, Hamburgh and East
and Lancaster, Oct. 16, 1851; its name was changed March 25, 1852. It is
situated on the shore of
Lake Erie, near the center of the W. border of the co. Its surface is
gently undulating in the E. and
level in the W. The streams are Big Buffalo, Cazenove, and Smokes(1)
Creeks. The soil is
generally a sandy loam. The town is mainly settled by a society of German
known as Ebenezers, but who style themselves the "Community of True
Ebenezer, on Buffalo Creek, contains a church, calico printing factory,
woolen factory, sawmill,
oil mill, and 67 houses; Lower Ebenezer, on Cazenove Creek, contains a
gristmill, tannery, and 50 houses; and New Ebenezer contains a large
manufactory of cotton and
woolen goods, an extensive dying works, and 9 dwellings. Reserve, West
Seneca Center, and
West Seneca are p. offices. The first settlement was made by Reuben
Sackett, in 1826.(3) There
are 4 churches in town.(4)
(1)Named from an Indian who resided near its mouth and who was an
(2)This comunity purchased 7,622 acres belonging to the Buffalo Indian
reservation in 1844, and
commenced their settlements the same year. They are largely engaged in
manufactures; and their wares have obtained so excellent a reputation that
they find a ready market
at Buffalo and elsewhere. They have a community of property, reside in
villages, and several
families usually occupy the same house. They are governed by a board of
trustees; and their
business is done through an agent, who appears to have almost unlimited
control of matters. They
are honest, industrious, and frugal; and in the contented and peaceful
tenor of their lives they
present a model which might well be copied by some of the restless and
ambitious Yankee race.
(3)Among the early settlers were Artemus W. Baker, John G. Wells, Isaac
Earlle, and Geo. Hoppr,
who located in 1828. The first child born was a daughter of Joel Decker, in
Aug. 1828; and the
first death, that of Peter Beal, in 1834. Geo. E. Elderkin taught the first
school, in 1839; Reuben
Sackett kept the first inn, in 1826; the Ebenezer Society, the first store,
in 1845; and Ballou &
Tubell built the first mill, in 1837.
(4)Lutheran and 2 Community of True Inspiration.
J.H. French, Gazetteer of the State of New York (Syracuse, New York:
Smith, 1860), p. 293.
Back to Erie County GenWeb page.
Lake View, New York
I have the World Family Tree CD's #1 thru #5 for sale.
They are new. I bought a bunch of CD's from
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each or 5 for $79.99. I am hoping to sell all five for
$40.00 plus $4.00 shipping.
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/_/ \ Remember two wrongs don't make a right,
\_\/\ \ but two rights do make a Left-Turn.
I saw your earlier post and had assumed that perhaps someone else would
respond to it. One of the problems we have with the Sacketts who came over
on the Lyon has to do with a question of just who came over.
Traditions has it that there were brothers, Simon and John Sackett who
arrived on the Lyon. Simon and his wife Isabel settled in Newtown (now
Cambridge), MA. and John migrated to New Haven, CT. Simon and Isabel had a
son Simon Jr. whose birth has been placed at about 1628-1630. After arrival
in MA. Simon and Isabel had another son John Jr. b. at about 1630-1632 and
was supposed to have been the first white child born in Newtown.
One reason for the uncertainty on the date of birth for the two boys is a
question as to when Simon and Isabel came to America on the Lyon. Tradition
has the date as 1630 and if this date is accepted, then Simon Jr. would have
been born in 1628 and John Jr. in 1632.
Simon Sr. died in 1635. In 1636 Isabel moved to Hartford, CT. with Rev
Hooker and his congregation. She subsequently married a widower William
Bloomfield and they were supposed to have ended up in NY. Simon Jr. married
Sarah Bloomfield (daughter of William Bloomfield and his first wife) in 1652.
John and Simon Jr. were in Springfield, MA. where they both received land.
Simon Jr. died 9 Jul 1659 leaving Sarah with two small children. Sarah's
father came from Hartford to Springfield to help administer the estate of
John Sackett (son of Simon Sackett and Isabel Pearce) m. Abigail Hannum 23
Nov 1659 in Springfield, MA. and then moved to Northampton, MA. and then
moved to Westfield, MA. where he died 08 Oct 1719.
If you will go to: <http://www.nmmi.cc.nm.us/~nancy/sackett/intro.html> and
then scroll down to Chris Sackett. Then at the bottom Chris' Sackett line
you will see a link "Introduction". In the material Chris includes is a
discussion of who John Sackett of New Haven, CT. was and where he possibly
came from. In this material Chris includes a letter to an author named
Anderson who claims that John Sackett of New Haven, CT. did not exist.
I have a couple of files that I will combine and send as an attachment in an
e-mail to you (we can't send attachments through the List).
Perhaps this will also spur some of those who are better informed on our
Sackett ancestors to respond with more information on this subject.
5/25 from rhs1919(a)aol.com
This is Richard Heath Sackett in West Palm Beach, Fl. I have traced my twig
back to John the colonist, with help of excerpts from Weygant's Sacketts of
Have two queries: #1: My G Grandfather Joel begat my Grandfather George who
begat my father Herbert .so how and why did Joel get/go from Dutchess Co., NY
to Irving, Chautauqua Co., NY. #2: Did John the colonist come from Bristol,
England or was that just the port of departure for the Lyon?...also..it
appears that John was b 1632..and..the Lyon's pertinent voyage was in winter
of 1630-31 and John Jr (who started my particular branch) was said to be b
1628 .. that does not compute. Any suggestions anyone?
Does anyone have any info on Edward Sackett (b.1709), son of Simon
Sackett Jr (1665-1715)? Did Simon Jr have a son Edward? I was told by
someone that my Nathaniel Baldwin Sackett was the son of Edward Sackett
(b.1709). I need some proof. Can anyone help?
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<HTML><FONT SIZE=3D3 PTSIZE=3D10>from rhs1919(a)aol.com (Richard Heath Sacket=
t, West Palm Beach, Fl)<BR>
With help of "The Sacketts of America" by Weygant, I have found my family t=
hread, (in the New Haven, Ct branch) from: John Sackett, d Oct 8, 1719 m Abi=
gail Hannum, (came to New England from Bristol, Eng , with brother Simeon, =
d July 9, 1659 m Sarah Bloomfield, on the vessel Lyon during winter of 1630-=
31), to their son John Jr, d Sept 3, 1684 m Agnes Tinkham, (John Jr served a=
s a Lieut. in the New Haven militia), to their son Joseph b Oct 27, 1712 d 1=
7?? m Hannah Denison, to their son Samuel b 1747 d Aug 20, 1816 m Thankful W=
ood, to their son Joel b 1785 in Stanford, Dutchess Co., NY d 1836 m Betsey =
Husted, to their son Hiram 1812-1895 if Dutchess Co., NY and Irving, Chautau=
qua Co., NY m Millicent Smith, to their son George (my Grandfather) b&d unkn=
own, m Catherine Burmaster, to their son (my father), Herbert Joel b May 8, =
1895 Irving, NY d Jan 31, 1990 Erie, Pa., m Alice Katherine Heath b Nov 8, 1=
892 Hamburg, NY d June 14, 1981 Silver Creek, NY (both buried in Glenwood ce=
metery, Silver Creek, NY), to their sons Richard Heath (myself) b Oct 11, 19=
19 m Mary T. Baynes b Nov 30, 1919 Elmhurst, Queens Co., NY, to our sons Jam=
es Richard and Rchard Heath Jr., Richard Jr b Oct 12, 1955 m Karen Barker b =
June 14, 1956, their son Richard Herbert b 1990 is present end of my thread.=
There is an attached thread from my brother Robert Agnew of Erie, Pa, who h=
as a son Richard, residing in Dallas, Tx.<BR>
Weygant's book (I only obtained a few particular page copies) will have more=
details. I was of course interested in my own personal thread andI although=
the various families consisted of other m&f members, I only mention the mal=
es which carried my own thread. I would of course be interested in informati=
on re the origins of Simon Sackett and wife Isabel (of England), who were th=
e parents of John and Simeon.<BR>
Hope this provides any clues for other seekers.<BR>
I was thrilled to see the photo of Abigail's stone because I couldn't find
it--I had a couple of surveys of the cemetery in Westfield and it didn't show
up in the last one (I think from the 1980s) so I assumed the stone had
deteriorated so much that it was no longer identifiable! Now I will have to
go see it for myself!
Dear Cousins & Bob & Jean,
When I visited Patty in New York she very kindly loaned me her copy of
Lockwood's history of Westfield. She had been given this splendid 2-volume
edition by husband Stephen for Christmas (who said romance is dead?!). She
had photocopied all the relevant Sackett passages & these I have now typed.
There follow 9 emails containing these extracts. If you think I should have
run a spell check I should explain that I have copied the extracts exactly
as they appear in the book. The formatting may not work too well on some
printers so if anyone would like the whole thing as an attached file please
let me know.
I included the 'tobacko' law (p181) not because it has anything to do with
Sacketts but it just struck me as interesting - the first legislation on
I wonder how many of you knew that we had a red Indian chief in the family!
Patty, I think I am right in recalling that you found the book at the
Bibliofind bookshop on the Net at
Bob & Jean, Am copying you in on this - thought you would find it
p491-492 (Vol. 2)
[Appendix showing ownership of lands]
[In a list of 106 householders owning *** acres, (an average holding of
***), Sacket holdings were:]
"The Distribution of Outer-Commons, July 10, 1731-2"
Benony Sacket 81
William Sacket 199
Samuel Sacket 80
Joseph Sacket 91
John Sacket, Sen. 324
"At a meeting, January 28, 1733-4, on a report of a committee, the
inner-commons were allotted at the rate of "2 acres of land to one £ real
estate, and List is as followeth:
Benoni Sacket 07
Joseph Sacket 26
William Sacket 44
Samuel Sacket 15
Sargeant Sacket 32-10
John Sacket, Jr. 16-5
Daniel Sacket 16-5
[The list has 106 householders, allotted *** acres, an average of ]
"A Copy of Lieut. John Shepard's Muster Roll Minute Men, Westfield" lists
52 minute men, including:
home charged Amot
1775 M.W.Dy L.s.d.
Israel Sacket Westfield Corpl Apr.20 1.1 12.6¾ Enlisted Apr. 28
Abner Sacket Do Private Do 1.1 11.5 Do
"Westfield's Revolutionary Soldiers"
" Daniel, Capt.
"Graves of Revolutionary Soldiers in the Old Cemetery"
The Concluding Conflict
Letters concerning the state of the army in winter 1778:
"Camp at Valley Forge Pa. Jan. 25th 1778
" . . . I do assure you Sir, that there is at least fore hundred men in
the Brigade which I belong to that have not a shoe nor a stocking to put
on, and more than that number that have not a shirt apiece, and many
officers that have not a second shirt to put on in this situation in this
cold season of the year we are obliged to do our duty.
"To see men almost going naked going into the snow and frost to defend the
rights of those very men that are contriving every way to distress the poor
soldiers now in service by putting their specie at such exorbitant price
and under-valuing the currency now passing, the soldiers wages are stated
at a certain price which is out of there power to alter, and they cannot
revenge themselves by there folley, it greives me to my very soul.
"God bless you. I wish you helth and happiness. Believe me Sir, I am with
esteem your sincere friend and most obedient Hule Serv't
"David Mosley Wm Shepard."
"Camp at Valley Forge
Feb. 21st 1778.
"Brother King. I would gladly undertake to give you a Particular account
of the Circumstances of our Army at Present were I able to do it, but being
unable I should fall much short of a true description of the miserable
situation we are in at Present that I shall not attempt it no farther than
this. That we are at this Present Reched and miserable, Poor and Blind and
Naked. This account is short but it is trueno doubt before this time you
have seen Letters from Colo Shepard or some other gentlemen in the Army
that has given a direct account about the army and the siuation we are in
on the account of clothing which we suffer the most for of any article at
all. Hope you will write often, must conclude,
Your Friend & Brother, E. Lyman."
"At a meeting held the second month following, April 15, 1778, practical
action was taken relative to that heartrending statement of conditions at
Valley Forge. A committee was chosen, Major Warham Parks, Capt. Daniel
Sacket, Lieut. Winchell, Lieut. Zechariah Bush and Doct. Israel Ashley, "to
provide fifty-three Shirts & Fifty three pair of Shoes & Stockings for the
use of the Continental Army at the Cost & Charge of the Town."
"In August  a committee consisting of Dea. Root, Elisha Parks, Esq.,
Capt. Daniel Sacket, Col. John Mosley, and Mr. Samuel Fowler, was appointed
to collect the clothing sent for by the General Court for the use of the
"At a meeting in May, 1780, the Committee which had been appointed to
consider the new State Constitution reported objections to some of its
features and the town voted not to accept it "without Alteration or
Amendment." The vote stood 17 for and 36 against. May 23 it was voted to
accept the Constitution "excepting those Articles which are objected to by
the Committee chosen for that Purpose."
. . .
"The Constitution was formally adopted, June 16, 1780. Oct. 20, 1779, the
sum of thirty pounds was voted for each soldier then to be raised for the
Continental service and destined for Claverack and mileage money of two
shillings per mile. Five days later it was decided to raise the men
aforesaid "on the cost of the town and not by Detachment." The militia
officers were to be indemnified from all fines which might be laid upon
them because of raising the men in that way and not "according to an order
of the General Court." A committee of nine personsDaniel Fowler, Ozem
Sacket, Luke Phelps, Martin Tinker, Moses Dewey, Simeon Tremaine, Stephen
Lee, Lieut. Adnah Sacket and Benjamin Deweywas chosen to assist in this
matter. They were to agree with the men for 20 shillings per month, the old
way, exclusive of their bounty, mileage and wages allowed by the State.
Finally it was "Voted after a long Debate that the Committee chosen to hire
the soldiers above should be directed to agree with them at any Rate they
shall think reasonable."
"June 16, 1780, a new quota of nineteen soldiers for the Continental Army
was exacted of the town and a Committee of twelve persons was chosen to
secure it. They were Capt. Martin Tinker, Capt. Daniel Sacket, Simeon
Tremaine, Lt. Richard Falley, Jabez Baldwin, Ichabod Lee, Moses Dewey,
Capt. Gray, Capt. Kellogg, Asa Noble, Jr., James Taylor and Daniel Fowler."
The Maturing Struggle
p534-535 [Apr. 1775]
"According to the roster of Mr. Bartlett, taken from the Provincial
records, the company which then started from Westfield consisted of
fifty-two men, including the following officers: first lieutenant, John
Shepard; second lieutenant, Zechariah Bush; sergeants, Benjamin Dewey,
Moses Dewey, Gideon Shepard, Asa Noble; corporals, Israel Sackett, Roger
Noble, Benjamin Winchell, James Nimocks. The drummer was Ruggles Winchell,
and the fifer was Jedediah Taylor. The name of the Captain is not given,
but the muster roll makes Lieutenant Shepard the commanding officer.
"Among the old Westfield family names included in the list are six Deweys,
two Taylors, two Sacketts, three Nobles, and the same number of Bushes and
p538 (facing) [picture caption]
"The Washington Tavern (So-called).
Still standing at the end of Western Avenue, near where the original
trail, and later cartway and road, leading to Kinderhook and Albany, turns
up the mountain. It was built by a member of the Sackett family in early
Revolutionary times. Stephen Sackett, born 1748, lived there after his
"At a meeting held July 5 , called to see whether the town would
choose a new Committee of Correspondence, or add to the one already chosen,
it was voted to add five men"Ensign Zechariah Bush, Doct. Israel Ashley,
Aaron Bush, Lt. Daniel Sacket & Aaron King."
"At town meeting in the following March, five of the Committee were chosen
Selectmen, Col. John Moseley, Daniel Fowler, Daniel Bagg, Doct. Samuel
Mather, and Daniel Sacket, and another, Bohan King, was chosen constable.
"March 10  a new Committee of Correspondence, Inspection and Safety
was chosen, Capt. David Moseley, Bohan King, Benjamin Saxton, Daniel
Fowler, Lt. Zechariah Bush, David Weller, Jr., Martin Root, Saniel Sacket,
Capt. John Gray, the new name appearing then having been Benjamin Saxton,
born in 1720, second son of Benjamin, who was the first child born in
Westfield in 1666."
"In May  it was voted "to build a house to accomodate those Persons
who might be taken with the Small Pox in the Town."
"In the following February, 1778, at a meeting of which David Mosley was
Chairman, the above action was repeated, with the specification "that the
house should be built with logs, 35 or 36 feet long & 18 feet wide." The
Committee chosen for the work consisted of Elisha Parks Esqr. Dean Joseph
Root, Capn Daniel Sacket, Martin Root and Capn David Mosley, who were to
look up a convenient place for the house and negotiate for the land."
. . .
"It was also agreed "that the houses belonging to Ozean Sacket, Moses
Sacket, Asher & Abner Sacket be devoted to the use of Inoculation," and
"that no person should be inoculated after the 15th Day of February
instant." Any person who should be inoculated without the consent of the
Committee was to "be prosecuted at common Law." Mr. Samll Fowler and James
Taylor were chosen Prosecutors. At a meeting held Feb. 26 liberty of
inoculation was again refused, and a week later that action was again
reversed, but inoculation was to be in some part not "in the Town Plot."
After sundry related votes it was finally decided "to allow of a House at
Lump's Bottom belonging to George Phelps for Inoculation" and "all the
houses Eastward or below Capn. Daniel Sacket's" for the same use."
"Oct. 16, 1769. Mrs Parks 1 Gallon Rum. Capt. Moseley 2 qts of Rum.
Deacon Shepard a Breast of Mutton, Mr. Bildad Fowler, a Loin of Mutton,
Mrs. Clap 1 qt Rum. Thomas Root 2 qts Brandy, Mr. Matthew Noble Flour &
Suet. Ensign Noble, Butter, Clarke King a pig, Ensign Ingersol 2 qts Rum,
Mrs. Margaret Ashley a Loyn of Mutton, Mr. John Kellogg, Cranberries, Mr.
Seth Sacket Cranberries, Mr. David Mosely a Pigg, 3 Fowls & Suet, Mr.
Nathanael Weller, Piece of veal & suet. Ensign Weller apples, flour &
suet, Mr. Ford cabbage & potatoes. Mr. Stephen Noble 2 Fowls & Pork,
Deacon Root 2 qts Brandy."
[Apr. 22, 1773]
"22. Was at Deacon Shepards, at his son Johns, Married his daughter
Lucretia to David Sacket. Lucretia has just entered her 16th year. Received
[Oct. 31, 1773]
"31. Preached. Messrs. Lyman & Hunt of Northampton attended. Prayers
that death of Isaac Sacket may be sanctified to Ezekiel , Adnah & David
Sacket & their Wives, also to Danl Sacket, Deacon Shepard & their Wives."
"Thanks. Joseph Ashleys wife dd. and Gad Deweys wife recovered."
"Attended Isaac Sackets funeral, age 70, people met at Deacon Shepards."
The Impending Crisis
"They [the Provincial Congress] recommended to the towns to arm thoroughly
and drill frequently the minute men, and to send Representatives to a
similar Congress to convene several weeks later.
In anticipation of that event the town of Westfield provided for it at a
meeting held Nov. 14, 1774, Deacon Joseph Root, Moderator: "Voted. That Mr.
Elisha Parks and Capt. John Mosely be desired to attend the next session of
the Congress at Cambridge."
At the same meeting it was also "Votedand accepted the list of the
soldiers as returned by the Committee, viz., Eldad Taylor, Elisha Parks,
Dea. Joseph Root, Capt. John Mosely, Daniel Sacket, Jr., Daniel Fowler,
Oliver Ingersoll, Capt. Wm Shepard appointed to make a division of the Town
into 2 Companies."
"The people of Westfield, realizing increasing responsibilities, held a
meeting Feb. 6, 1775.
"Col. Elisha Parks chosen Moderator.
"2nd thing in ye warrant,
"To see if ye Town will do anything to encourage the Company of ye Minute
Men who have generously offered their servic to ye Public. Voted in ye
. . .
"Article 4thTo see if ye Town will appoint a Comtee of Correspondence &
Committee of Inspection & to carry into execution the Resolves of the Grand
"Votedto chuse a Comitee of 13 PersonsDoct. Mather, Colo. John Mosely,
Capt. Wm Shepard, Eldad Tayloe Esq. Colo. Parks, Daniel Mosely, Daniel
Fowler, Capt. David Mosely, Dea. Joseph Root, William Sacket, Samuel
Fowler, Lt. John Shepard Jr., Mr. John Phelps, were chosen as above
The Third Pastor
The third minister of the Congregational Church in Westfield, Rev. John
Ballantine, maintained a journal throughout his life there. The following
are extracted from his journal.
[Jan. 25, 1759]
"Visited Wm Sackets negro boy Ætat. 11, in a consumption and Dropsy, in
great distress and pain, a little while ago firm and strong. Youth and
health don't secure from Death. I see from his distress that a sick bed is
a poor place to prepare. The lad was dear to the family. They would give
much that his life might be spared. Psalms 49:6-9. How sad ye consequences
of Apostasy, how foolish to persist in sin."
[Jan. 26, 1759]
"26. Caesar, Wm Sackets negro died, how many warnings have youth, how
inexcusable if they neglect to prepare on presumption that they will live
to be old, earthly enjoyment uncertain."
[Nov. 30, 1760]
"30. Preached. Thanks, requested by Capt. Shepard, Oliver Root, and Ozem
Sackett, returned from ye War. Prayers requested by Sergt. Isaac Stiles &
Wife, that the death of her sister, Adams of Suffield, who hanged herself
with a wheel band just having been under disorders of body and mind, might
"James Stevenson prayers for his child burnt. William Sackett & Wife,
thanks for recovery from child bearing, prayers desired by widow Noble that
Ensign Graves death might be sanctified."
[Dec. 10, 1760]
"10. Mr. Eliakim Sacket gave me piece Beef and suet."
"Jan. 6, 1761. News of the death of King George II, in the 77th year of
his age, and the 34th of his reign. He died suddenly. The surgeons who
opened his body, judged that his death was occasioned by a rupture of the
right ventricle of the heart."
[Feb. 27, 1761]
"27. Ensign Ingersol gave me 2 qts. Rum. Elisha Root 1 qt. Erastus
Sacket 1 qt. Simeon Stiles 3 Doz. Eggs."
"July 4, 1764. Visited Eliakim Sackett, in a very dangerous condition, a
Tumor on his head, it has struck in at times, he appears in great distress
and stupor, has been opened."
[Apr. 3, 1768]
"Apr. 3. Sunday. Sent for by Adnah Sackets wife who hath been in travail
since ye first inst. prayed with her. Preached. Prayers. Aaron Bush
bereaved of his wife. Widow Mary Ashley of a daughter, Simeon Ashley &
wife, and Bethia Ashly of a sister. Thanks Capt. Moseleys wife d l d.
visited Sackets wife gave thanks for the delivery (additional proof of the
assurance the 'The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth
"These operations [the Indian war] must have disturbed greatly the people
of Westfield, and kept them in a state of perpetual alarm. This is
pathetically evidenced by the following record in the town's archives:
"March 26, 1676.
"The town considering that the hand of God is upon us in having or letting
loose the heathen upon us so that now wee cannot carry on our occasion for
lively hood as formerly & considering that it is not a time now to advans
our estates but to deny ourselves of our former advantages that so wee may
carry on something together for the good of the whole, that so by God's
blessing on our labours we may be in a way of getting food for our
familyes, therefore in case the honored counsel did not cost * * * we agree
to carry on as followeth
We agree to fence only the northeast field and
* * * * * * * * * * *
and we agree to plow and sow and carry on the improvement of this land in
general, that is such as shall agree thereunto as it shall be ordered by
some men we shall appoint, who shall go out to work and who shall tarry at
home from day to day, and if it shall please God to give opertunity to
rattfy the long fit of our labors each man shall receive an equal proporson
according to his family; necessary publick charges being first cleared and
the rest if any man sowes more seed than his proporson he shall receive
that again in the first place.
"The men chosen to order the whole matter for service and fencing are
goodman Ashly Senr & goodman Gun. We who agree here unto do promise &
engage to submit ourselves to the said propositions thereof as
"Witness our hands
"George Phelps Josiah Dewey
Thomas Gun Nathaniel Weller
Samuel Loomis Thomas Dewey
Isaac Phelps John Sacket
David Ashley Edward Neal"
Father Rale's War
"In November the Governor ordered Lieut. Kellogg to raise a company to be
partly stationed at Northfield and partly utilized for scouting, and sent
him a captain's commission. The muster roll of this company which served
from Nov. 20, 1723, to May 30, 1724, contains the names of four Westfield
men, David King, John Beamon, Jacob Wheeler and David Sackett.
"In the spring of that year, 1724, Capt. Dwight reorganized his company,
and among the additions to it was Isaac Sackett of Westfield."
King George's War
"In June, 1748, Captain Humphry of Springfield was ordered to go from
Charlestown, through the woods, to Fort Shirley, with a force of forty men.
When they reached the present location of Marlborough in Vermont, about
twelve miles northwest of Fort Dummer, he halted to rest his men. They were
refreshing themselves on a piece of ground on which grew alders and many
large trees, through which a rivulet flowed, when the guard posted by Hobbs
on the trail was driven in by a large body of Indians, commanded by a chief
named Sackett, a half-breed descendant of a captive taken at Westfield in
an earlier war. Though startled by the sudden onslaught, and totally
ignorant of the strength of his opponents, Hobbs and his company
immediately prepared for action, each man selecting a tree for cover. The
English had learned much about frontier warfare since the days of Bloody
Brook in Philip's War. Hoyt's account says:
"Confident of victory from their superiority of numbers, the enemy rushed
up, and received Hobbs' well directed fire, which cut down a number and
checked their impetuosity. Covering themselves also with trees and brush,
the action became warm, and a severe conflict ensued between sharpshooters.
The two commanders had been known to each other in time of peace, and both
bore the character of intrepidity. Sackett, who could speak English, in a
stentorian voice frequently called upon Hobbs to surrender, and threatened,
in case of refusal, to rush in with the tomahawk. Hobbs, in a voice which
shook the forest, as often returned a defiance, and urged his enemy to put
his threats in execution. The action continued with undaunted resolution
and not unfrequently [sic] the enemy approached Hobbs' line; but were
driven back to their first position by the fatal fire of his sharp-sighted
marksmen; and thus about four hours elapsed, with neither side given up an
inch of their original ground. At length, finding Hobbs determined on
either death or victory, and that his own men had suffered severely,
Sackett ordered a retreat, carrying off his dead and wounded, and allowing
his antagonist to continue his march without further molestation." (Indian
The size of Sackett's force is estimated by Hoyt at fully four times that
of the English. Later in the same summer a part of the same band killed and
wounded several settlers in the region of Fort Dummer and Northfield. This
half-breed chief was probably familiar with the region about Westfield.
Doctor Davis, in his historical sketch of Westfield, the only copy of which
known to be extant is carefully preserved in the Westfield Atheneum, says,
referring to an earlier period, "A daughter of the second wife of a Mr.
Sackett (her name I do not know) was taken captive by the Indians and
carried captive to the northwest part of New York, married an Indian and
remained among them as long as she lived. Her descendants have been here to
see their mother's friends several times since the French war. Previous to
that they used some exertions to make others of the Sackett family captives
but did not succeed." "
The Indian Menace, Philip's War
"The people of Springfield had to depend upon the mills at Westfield for
the grinding of their corn though the way there was long, rough, and
precarious owing to the menace of skulking enemies. Rev. Mr. Taylor,
writing of conditions during that frightful period (the autumn of 1675),
says, "but summer coming opened a door unto that, desolating war began by
Philip, Sachem of the Pakonoket Indians, by which this handful was sorely
pressed, yet sovereignty preserved, but yet not so as that we should be
wholly exempted from the fury of war, for our soil was moistened by the
blood of three Springfield men, young Goodman Dumbleton, who came to our
mill, and two sons of Goodman Brooks, who came here to look after the iron
ore on the land he had lately bought of Mr. John Pynchon, Esq. who being
persuaded by Springfield folk, went to accompany them, but fell in the way
by the first assault of the enemy upon us, at which time they burnt Mr.
Cornish's house to ashes and also John Sacket's with his barn and what was
in it, being the first snowy day of winter; they also at this time lodged a
bullet in George Granger's leg, which was the next morning taken out by Mr.
Bulkley, and the wound soon healed. It was judged that the enemy did
receive some loss at this time, because in the ashes of Mr. Cornish's house
were found pieces of the bones of a man lying about the length of a man in
"The following pathetic and reasonable plea must have been granted:
"Worshipful Sir together with the Hond Council.
"The allwise Providence of God having brought these desolating wars into
our parts the summer past, & thereby calling us not only to the expense of
a great part of our estate on public occasions; but also threatening ruin
both unto the rest & to ourselves, it was a question with some of us
whether we were in our way or not to abide the event. The which seems the
harder to resolve when there came (from whence we well know not) a report
that there would be no allowance for such charges as should be expended in
quartering soldiers (the which should be a truth would most certainly break
up our plantation & now undo the most here) but seeing neither equity in
any such report or thing, and considering what as our judgment it is for
towns to be laid desolate and made ruinous heaps, as also that our calling
& livelihood lay in this place, the hand of God seemed to point out unto us
some special duty of self denial, wherein we stood bound with respect to
the public benefit and hereupon we adventured (not troubling you for
advice) in keeping our station to draw out our estates in public uses & in
the service of God & his people, in quartering of soldiers in maintaining
of a garrison here, sometimes consisting of about 20, sometimes above 40 &
near about 30 soldiers as also in quartering Hartford soldiers in their
passing to & from, sometimes being more & sometimes less, sometimes leaving
40 or 50 or 60 Indian soldiers with them as also in sending posts &c from
the latter end of August until this instant.
"Therefore having now expended a great part of our estate thus in
obedience to the call of Providence we proceed to leave unto your
consideration an account thereof & proceeding upon the common say, that
things are with us, as for a man 4/ per week, for a horse 1/ at grass and
1/6 at hay, as for corn, wheat being at 3/6, Indian & oats 2/ per bushel,
as for flesh meat, pork being at 3d and beef at 2d½ per pound. Also
allowing a post 3d per mile he bearing all the charges (we say proceeding
according to these rates of things) our public expenses on Hartford
soldiers amounts to £124.16.7 from the latter end of August to the 19th of
November and our public expenses from the 19th of Nov. to March 3d 1675-6
(being just 15 weeks) the which have been disbursed on the garrison
soldiers left here by the Com. in Chief. Capt. Ap. amounts to £87.13.0. To
which we add troopers arrearages 25/ and for killing 2 wolves 20/ which
being added to the summers charges is £127.1.7 out of which subtracting the
County rates last summer demanded which come to 36.0.8½ the remainder
90.13.6½ being that which we are still out on public credit, the which
90.13.6½ of our charges on Hartford soldiers being added to the 87.13.0 the
total is 178.6.6½ that which we have still expended on public account which
is believed to be a faithful account as we are able with the best diligence
we could use to gather up. Only the last of the 3 county rates would not we
judge have come to so much as is set down, being that the list of our
estates did not arise to so much, as you may see; but not having at present
to correct aright we let it go at present. Thus having faithfully laid down
our expenses before you to your consideration & desiring the Almighty to
give you in all your consultations unto such events as he of his grace
shall bless to your good, & peace of his poor wilderness people, we remain
your humble servts.
John Sacket, Constable
John Root, Commissary
[Mar. 15, 1676. Handwriting of Rev. E. Taylor]
(Judd Ms. Forbes Library.)"
p101 [gives a list of 42 settlers of Westfield who have taken the oath of
allegiance to the King]
"The names of the Town of Westfield, who have tooke the oath of allegiance
to his Majesty
[list includes] John Sacket, Senr.
John Sacket, Junr.
Matters of Dispute and Discipline
"Westfield 17 Aug. 1684. We whose Names are under written being desired by
the Constable as a Jury according to Law, to give or Judgmt on the awful,
amazing and untimely death of Eleezer Weller, after due notice taken , we
al unanimously agree, that through the strength of temptation he became his
own Executioner, by hanging himself, al signs and circumstances freely
concurring therein, and nothing appearing to the contrary, to the best of
or Judgmts, we suppose he might be dead twenty four hourse before it was
John Maudesley John Root Samuel Root Samuel Loomis Sr.
John Sacket Jacob Phelps Isaac Phelps John Ponder
John Williams Thomas Noble Josiah Dewey Thomas Dewey."
"In his "Connecticut Historical Collections", Barber says: "About this
period (1644) tobacco was coming into use in the colony: the following
curious law was made for its regulation or suppression
" 'Forasmuch as it is observed that many abuses are crept in & committed
by frequent taking of tobacko:
" 'It is ordered by the authority of this Courte, That no person under the
age of twenty one years, nor any other that hath not accustomed himselfe to
the use thereof, shall take any tobacko untill he hath brought a
certificate under the hands of some who are approved for knowledge & skill
in physick, that it is needful for him, and allso that hee hath received a
lycense from the courte for the same. And for the regulating of those,
who either by their former taking it have to their own apprehensions made
it necessary to them, or upon due advice are persuaded to the use thereof.
" 'It is ordered, That no man within this colonye, after the publication
hereof, shall take any tobacko publiquely in the strett, highways, or any
barn yards or uppon training days in any open places, under the penalty of
six pence for each offence against this order, in any of the particulars
thereof, to bee paid without gainsaying, upon conviction by the testimony
of one witness, that is without just exception before any one magistrate.
And the constables in the severall towns are required to make presentment
to each particular courte, of such as they doe understand, & can evict to
bee transgressors of this order.' "
"Several years later the two brothers, Thomas and Josiah Dewey, had a suit
at law against John Sackett, Samuel Taylor, Joseph Pomeroy and Nathaniel
Williams for infringing on their rights by setting another mill in their
neighborhood, higher up on the brook. The matter was tried at Northampton,
appealed to the General Court, and finally settled at the Court in
Springfield in the autumn of 1685. The Deweys helped to move the rival mill
to another location and were themselves renewedly established in their
rights as sole proprietors of that portion of the stream. After much hard
feeling the settlement finally reached seems to have been mutually
Westfield and Its Historic Influences 1669 1919
The Life of an Early Town
With a Survey of Events in New England and
Bordering Regions to which it was related
in Colonial and Revolutionary Times
Rev. John H. Lockwood, D.D.
Pastor Emeritus of the First Congregational Church of
Printed and Sold by the Author
Beginnings of Settlement at Woronoco (the original Indian name of the
region within which Westfield was established).
"At certain points it was necessary to establish gates to admit of passage
into and across the large enclosed tract. At a meeting at Worronoco alias
Streamfield, February 11, 1667, it was "ordered that a convenient Gate easy
and handy shutting & opening shall by the proprietors of that field be set
up by the last of March next, which gate is appointed to be set over the
brook from Sackets house further into the meadow about a rod and a half
further than formerly, and the fence to be made firm and good at both ends
up to it." A little later it was ordered that "the gate by Sackets be well
hung for the security of the field by the 25th of this inst. March and
after yt time who ever shall leave open or not shut the gate shall pay 5s
to the use of the proprietors.""
"This Towne doth now therefore Order & appoynt mr James Cornish John Roote
Thomas Dewey & John Sackett or any three of them to lay out the aforesaid
graunt of land adjoyning to what is already allowed them from this Towne,
or shalbe most to ye advantage of ye Inhabitants of Worronoco: only they
are not to intrench uppon ye bounds fixt & Sett, or to be Sett as aforesaid
between them & Vs.
"That this is a true copy taken out of the Town Records at Springfeild.
Feb. 16, 1669
Attest. Elizur Holyoke, Recorder.""
"Att a Town Meeting March 23d 1669-70 This Towne having formerly appoynted
mr James Cornish John Roote John Sackett & Thomas Dewey or any three of
them to lay out the quantity of Six mile square graunted to Westfeild by
the Genrll Corte, and finding that ye aforementioned p'sons have hitherto
soe neglected the said work that unless some speedy course be taken or
other appoynted thereunto that shall more readily attend it, We shalbe
altogether unable to render an account to ye next Genrll Corte leaving ye
worke to our Town & that there may be noe further needless neglect on our
part: This Town doth now order to appoynt Capt Holyoke Quartrmr Colton
Rowland Thomas & Samuell Marshfeild to ye said work calling in & making
voyd the power we conferred upon mr Cornish & the rest above said forasmuch
as they have not done their work in their yeere."
Mr. Harry Andrew Wright, in "Indian Deeds of Hampden County", defines
Indian place names, including:
"Tomhaumucke. From aito-maham-uck, 'land on both sides (of which) water
flows down', or 'the canoe man goes down'. The modern name is Sackett's
"March the 12th 1667
"The Inhabitants of Waranoco spetially those that live at the Cellars
judging it necessary that there should be a highway across the wett meadow
under the hill for their passage to the pyne plains.
"The Committee doe determine order & appoint George Phelps & John Williams
to lay out a high way where it is most convenient for the end aforesaid.
And it is determined that if John Sacketts five acres over the brooke doe
come within the common fence that then he shall fence for it proportionally
with other men in the common fence."
Early Settlers and Allotments of Land
p86 [The early records show the original allotment of land, comprising 163
acres (the Meadow Division), 44 acres (first plowland division), 75 acres
(second plowland division), and 'the hundred acres', a tract of meadow
south of Little River, to 13 settlers, the allotments being listed in
detail on p86]
"The above lists do not include all those who were actual settlers at
about the time that the town was organised. The records contain references
to , John Sacket, ." [and about 20 others].
"John Sacket came from Cambridge to Springfield in 1653. He was born in
1632, three years after his father Simon Sacket and his wife Isabel came
from England. John removed to Northampton about 1659, and thence to
Westfield in 1667. He married 1656 Abigail Hannum in Northampton November
23, 1659. He lived to the advanced age of 87 years. She was the daughter of
William and Honora Hannum. She died October 10, 1690."
[is 1656 before Abigail above a reference number?]
Home Page, This is my first time on the list, so will give you what I
have on my Sacketts, which isn't much. Maybe someone can help me out.
My great-grandmother was Eva Pauline Sackett, born 18 March 1840 in
Dearborn, MI. She married Ephraim M. Squire on 22 December 1855, in
Sheboygan, WI. Her parents were, John Sackett born 28 June 1806, in NY,
and Bethany ? born 24 August 1809, in NY. Eva Pauline Sackett had
brother Alonzo, and sisters Salina and
Thanks to Fred Sackett on gnat.net I think we have something on my elusive
I guess my next question is - where do I go from here?
James Arthur Sackett was registered as baby Sackett b.nov. 24 1880 in
Westfield Mass. Registration took place Jan 13, 1881.
His parents are listed as George Arthur Sackett son of George Sackett and
Asenath Cowles, and Clara Etta Brady, daughter of James and Ester.
Is there any published family history that I can obtain to verify this and
the ancestral chain I have been supplied.
I would also again like to publicly thank Fred Sackett for the information
that leads back to Simon Sackett and Isabel Pearce.
As most of you have read in the past, I am doing this for some cousins who
know next to nothing about their Dads history.
He is not my direct line but he married my fathers sister.
All help gratefully accepted by myself and the Sackett family, of Alberta
Calgary AB Canada