The Family Record.
Devoted for 1897 to the SACKETT, the WEYGANT and the MAPES Families, and to
Ancestors of their Intersecting Lines.
Nos. 9 and 10. Published by C.H.Weygant, Newburgh, N.Y.
SEPT. AND OCT. 1897.
$1.00 PER YEAR. Per Copy, by Mail, 20 Cents.
THE SACKETT FAMILY.
4. JOHN SACKETT, was born at Newtown (now Cambridge), Mass., in the year
1632. When about four years of age he journeyed on foot with his mother,
in the Rev. Mr. Hooker's company, from Newtown, through the unbroken
wilderness, a hundred miles, to the present site of the City of Hartford,
Conn. In 1653 he settled in Springfield, Mass., receiving from the town
commissioners a gift of four pieces of land, agreeable to an ordinance
passed to encourage the speedy settlement of that place. In 1659 he
married his first wife, Abagail Hannum (sic), sold his land at Springfield
and removed some fifteen miles up the Connecticut River to Northampton.
There they lived until 1665, when he again sold out, and moved to a farm he
had purchased of one Chapin, near Westfield, on what are now called
Sackett's Meadows. Mr. Sackett's removal to Westfield was at the date of
the first permanent settlement of that town, as well as of the commencment
of King Philip's Indian wars. There Mr. Sackett built him a house and barn
which were a few years later burned by the Indians. He also built a saw
mill, on a creek that ran through his farm and emptied into the Woronoco
(now Westfield) River. The building of a dam on this creek was the
occasion of a vexatious law suit, brought against him by one Dewey, who
claimed that by reason of Sackett's saw mill dam the water was backed up on
his grist mill. The case was tried at Springfield by a jury who found for
the plaintiff, but the court in giving judgment recited in the preamble
that it was a hard case for the defendant, and "therefore ordered that the
plaintiff should with his hired man and oxen work with said Sackett 9 days
in taking down and removing said dam."
Mrs. Abigail Sackett died October 9, 1690, and not long afterward John
Sackett married his second wife, Sarah -?
Judge Garry V. Sackett in his manuscript records says: "In the fall of 1830
I visited the old graveyard at Westfield and saw the stones erected to John
Sackett and Sarah Sackett. They stand in the south-east corner of the
yard. His is broken near the middle, and the top part lies on the ground.
It recites his name and that he died in the year 1712, aged 80. Hers is
whole and recites that she died in 1690, aged 59."
It will be noticed by the interested reader that this record differs in
several particulars from genealogical notes on page 42, which were made up
mainly from records gleaned from Savage's "New England Dictionary," and
Stiles' "Ancient Windsor," but which doubtless should read the above
authorities to the contrary notwithstanding as follows:
4. John Sackett, 1632-1712, married Nov. 23, 1659, Abigail Hannam (sic),
who died -? He married second, Sarah -?, who died Oct. 9, 1690, aged 59.
He married third, about 1692, Sarah, daughter of John Stiles, and widow of
John Stewart of Springfield.