Thanks to all of our cousins for their information - especially the
"Lillie' letters, and the recent articiles about Reuben & Mercy Finney &
My husband is a great-great-great-great grandson of Reuben, through
Reuben's son Aaron, Aaron's son thomas L, Thomas' son John, John's son
Alfred M., Alfred M's son Alfred Earl; Alfred Earl's son Burl - -
This is Thomas's biography as told in the Henry Co., IA Biographical
Sketches around the turn of the century.
Thomas Sackett was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1789. Thomas &
Catherine Chambers had these children: Dorcas (m. Levi Batterton,
Menard Co., IL); John (m. Rhoda Hart of Green Co., KY); Samuel, a farmer
of Macon Co., MO; Phoebe, (m. Milas Goodwin, farmer of Coos Co., OR);
Mary, (m. Rev. AC Gaines, Douglas Co., NE); Harriet (m. Thompson
Mr. & Mrs. SAckett removed to Butler Co. in a very early day, & at that
place their three eldest children were born, there they improved a
beautiful farm on which they resided until 1816. They then removed to
Brookville, Franklin Co, IN, where their three youngest children came to
make the household. Here as in Ohio, they cultivated a beautiful farm
of 160 acres, but in 1826 he moved back to the old home in Ohio. In
1828 he removed to Sangamon Co., IL, and again obtained school land &
made a farm of 140 acres. Thomas Sackett was a man always in advance of
civilization. whle in Sangamon Co., his life companion was called to
rest. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church & taught her
children that in the teachings of the Bible all were made better to live
& better to die.
About 4 years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Sackett married
Elizabeth Dickerson & by this union 1 child was born, Margaret (m.
Harvey Wells, Sangamon Co., IL); After the death of his second wife in
1847, Mr Sackett married May McKee, who died in 1857 after which time he
made his home with his children. He died at the home of his son Samuel,
Macon Co., Mo. 1872.
I will send the sketch on his son, John Sackett later.