Charles Bronson, History of Tallmadge and the Western Reserve 1804–1886
TRACT NO. 6
Beginning at the N.W. Six Corners, thence south to the West Four Corners, thence East to the Public Square, thence North to the N Four Corners, thence West, to the place of beginning. Containing 955 10/100 acres.
The point between Lot 7 and the Public Square known in Ensigns Survey as No. 9 of six acres was first occupied by Mr. Norman Sackett who built a small frame shop and worked at his trade as a shoemaker. In 1819 he built a log house now occupied by B. D. Wrights house.
TRACT NO. 10
This Tract by Ensigns Survey began at the NW Corner at the West 4 corners, thence South to the SW Six Corners, thence East to the South 4 Corners, thence North to the Center of the Township, then West on the Center Line to the place of beginning containing about 965 acres.
In looking over the sketch of Deacon Wright, I find no mention of his and Mrs. Wright's efforts in Sabbath School instruction. By the best evidence we can obtain, and it is satisfactory, that the following youth were formed into a class, Viz. Julian M. Sturtevant, Ephraim T. Sturtevant, Elizur Wright Jr., Elezer C. Sackett, Lannon Blakeley and Simeon C. Porter. And they were taught by Dea. Wright, in the intermission between the sermons, in the summer of 1819, in the lower room of the first building for an Academy and for public worship.
It is believed the next settler on Tract 10 was Clark Sackett, in 1814. Clark Sackett was the 6th child and 4th son of Benj. and Betsey (Eldred) Sackett, and was born in Warren, Litchfield Co. Conn Feb. 4th, 1793. His education obtained in the Common Schools of his native town. He remained at home on his father's farm until he was 21 years of age. After War was declared in June 1812 against Great Britain, the legislature passed an act to raise two full regiments to be denominated "States Guard". …
Mr. Sackett, being an able bodied man, and subject to military duty, he enlisted into this corps of troops and went to New London. In the spring or early summer of 1814, he left his native place for Ohio. His eldest sister was married to David Hine and resided in Canfield, and his uncle Salmon Sackett and his family had previously settled in Tallmadge. He came to Tallmadge and found employment and becoming acquainted with the people and thinking it a desirable place to make a permanent home, he bought of Esq. Wright off the south side of Lot No. 6 100 acres extending from the south west six corners east to the west Starr or proprietors line. Mr. David Preston Jr. had girdled the timber on a few acres on the west end of the lot in the spring 1813 with the intention of making hiis home there but he gave it up. Esq. Wright sold the land to Mr. Sackett, he cleared some 20 acres at intervals while he was at work by the month for others. He was married to Miss Cynthia, daughter of David and Cynthia S. Preston, May 2nd, 1816, by Rev. Simeon Woodruff. And on the 4th day June 1816 she died of typhus fever, aged 19 years and 34 days after her marriage. Her death cast a gloom over the community, being one of the singers in the congregation, amiable and the life of the circle in which she moved. Having but a few days previous, stood at the Hymeneal Altar, and soon taken down with the fatal disease, she passed from earth universally respected and lamented by a large circle of friends. … Mr. Sackett, after the death of his wife, returned to Conn where he remained until early summer of 1818. He left his native place and returned to Ohio and began working on his farm. He was married the 2nd to Miss Laura Melissa Aikins, Nov. 25th, 1821 by Rev. Simeon Woodruff.
CHILDREN OF C AND L. M. SACKETT
1st – Cynthia Melissa, born in Tallmadge Sept. 9th, 1822, married Martin Luther Heath.
2nd – Hiram Aikins, born in Tallmadge, April 1st, 1824, married Eliza A. Treat, Oct. 29th, 1848.
3rd – Anna Amelia, born [blank], married George Chapman, died March 4th, 1854.
4th – Edwin, born in Tallmadge Jan 1st, 1827, married Susan Pierce, died in Genessee, N.Y. Sept 1st, 1879 aged 52.
5th – Benjamin, born 1829, died June 27th, 1831 aged 2 years.
6th – Benjamin, born 1835, died Jan 9th, 1839 by Muratic Acid aged 4 yrs.
7th – Clark Augustine, born [blank], married Catharine Ashmun.
8th – Charles Hine, born [blank], married Flora I. Treat.
9th – Darius Parmelee, born [blank], married [blank]."
OBITUARY OF MRS. AMELIA A. S. CHAPMAN
Died in Tallmadge March 4th. 1854 Mrs. Amelia A., wife of Mr. George Chapman, and daughter of Dea. Clark Sackett. After a very severe illness of four days. Never was her intellect more active than during her sickness, almost to the moment of her death; and with full knowledge that she must die, she had no fear; she looked upon death and made her arrangements, with entire calmness. For her husbands and babes sake, she would have chosen to live, for Jesus sake, she was willing to die.
Her death scene forcibly impressed the words "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, yea saith the spirit; for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them". A calm, humble, consistent useful Christian life, led for nearly twelve years since her public profession, prepared for that peaceful death.
Affliction was not wanting. In addition to such sickness in her family just two weeks before her own death, God took to himself her child of one year and seven months of age. She showed that it was good for her to be afflicted. The Church, community, her relatives above all her family, have lost much by her removal; but we all feel, she has gained her crown.
Copied from the Ohio Observer of March 15th, 1854.
Mrs. L. Melissa Sackett died March 30th, 1846 aged 44. Mrs. Laura Melissa Aikins Sackett was born in Norfolk Conn it is thought in 1800. She was the daughter of Asher and Rozella (Wilcox) Aikins. About 1806 her parents removed to Ohio and settled in Vernon in Trumbull Co. While residing in Vernon and several years before her marriage, she publicly professed her faith in Christ. In the fall of 1821 she was married to Dea. Clark Sackett. They united with the church March 10th, 1822, she by letter. She was the mother of nine children, two of which died at the ages of two and four years, and of the remaining seven, the four oldest have sat with their mother at the Communion Table. As a wife and mother, she was faithful, kind and affectionate. She cordially united with her husband in sustaining and promoting family religion, and desired spiritual rather than temporal blessings for her children. She especially delighted in the maternal association and prayer meeting, as serving to quicken her in parental faithfulness, and as the place where mothers can agree in pleading the promises of God for their children.
As a member of the Church, her attendance upon its ordinances was regular, and her daily walk consistent and her disposition humble, charitable and benevolent. Her piety was progressive. She strove to die more and more unto sin and to live unto righteousness and increased in benevolence, in desires for the conversion of the world, and cherished the hope that her own children, God would call one or more to preach the gospel of his son to the perishing. Her sickness was protracted, and such as affected her mind in its earlier stages. But as she drew near to death, her mind became more clear, her faith stronger, and her hope brighter. Though at first it seemed hard to part with family, she was called to leave in calm resignation to the will of God, while for herself she expressed a firm confidence in him who says "I am the resurrection and the life".
Copied from the Ohio Observer June 6th, 1879.
Dea. Sackett in remarks he once made in the weekly prayer meeting in reference to his religious experience, he said he was brought up to respect the holy Sabbath and religious things both by precept and example and still he went out from his father's house unconverted. He always treated the subject with a great respect [and] was a constant attendant of meetings on the Sabbath. In the spring of 1821 he began to work on his farm steadily and built a log house preparatory to his marriage as mentioned before. He was the subject of a revival of religion in the Cong. Church in Tallmadge in the summer of 1821. He was admitted to the Cong. Church by profession of his faith March 10th, 1822, Mrs. Sackett uniting at the same time by letter.
He was ordained the fifth Deacon of the Church May 2nd, 1835 by the laying on of hands of Rev. J. C. Parmelee, and Dea. Elizur Wright, and Dea. Garry Treat. He was an active man in the Church in spiritual as well as its temporal interests, and for this activity in church and in the society, a great many remarks were made that were calculated to irritate and create unpleasant feelings. But all these things did not seem to move him from pursuing a conscientious course for the spiritual and the temporal welfare of the church and people with whom he had cast his lot. He was placed by his brethren into the office of Deacon at a time when his activity and energy were called into immediate action. Dea. Wright was the senior Dea of the church. Dea Chapman and Dea Porter were dead, Dea Wright was advanced in life, Dea Treat was one of the excellent of the earth, but a man very retiring in his habits. So there seemed to be no other way but for Dea Sackett to take the lead, and he did and time showed and the Church and Society records show that he was an active, wise and safe counselor and his great desire was to promote a good healthy Christian influence not only in the Church and Society to which he belonged but to his fellow men throughout the world.
He was often called to sit in councils with churches and he was always found to exercise that judgment and prudence and Christians deportment that is requisite to make a wise and also a judicious councillor. He was one of trustees appointed by the missionary society of Conn the last years of their operations on the Reserve. Dea Sackett was a man that was successful in his business relations, was in his dealings with his fellow men an honest upright man, always and under all circumstances he manifested a high standard of Christian principle. He married for his third wife, Mrs. Jane Minor, widow of Mr. Cyrus Pierce, they were married by
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His intercourse with his fellow men was such that he lived in peace with all in clearing his farm, erecting his buildings and having hired help he accomplished all this without having any trouble or lawsuits. His children that arrived at mature age all made a profession of religion all joining the same church which he belonged to. Among the last acts of his life was his advice to the Church in a church meeting called to canvass the question – should we employ Rev. S. W. Segur, to preach to the church and congregation for one year. The subject being open for debate there was some diversity of opinion. All appeared to be satisfied with Mr. Segur but some wanted to wait and hear more candidates so we could form a better judgment of who we would like as our minister. After many remarks had been made on both sides, Dea Sackett remarked that it is a good thing to let well enough alone, we appear to be fully satisfied with Mr. Segur, as a candidate to preach for one year, and still some are desirous of having more candidates. I think there is danger in delaying for Mr. Segur is a candidate and looking for a place, my opinion is that he will not look long for a man of his talents will soon have a place. Now if we wait to hear more candidates, and decide finally to have Mr. Segur, and write to him to come and preach for us and find another church had secured his services. It does not seem to me that it is safe to delay or necessary to wait any longer. The vote was taken and Mr. Segur was invited to preach one year. Dea Sackett was very favorably impressed with Mr. Segur, he went with him to visit the people and become acquainted, and he thought him to be the right man in the right place.
After nine years labor as stated supply and Pastor, it was proved that his judgement and foresight respecting Mr. Segur was correct. But Dea Sackett was not permitted to welcome Mr. Segur back to take the pastoral care of the church, of which he had for so many years taken so deep an interest in her welfare.
Deacon Clark Sackett died May 14th, 1862, aged 69.
Thursday May 29th, 1862
"The following resolution was presented and passed by the Church, Resolved, that in the afflictive dispensation that has removed by death from us Clark Sackett, one of the Deacons of this Church, we would recognize the hand of God. And in order that we may make such improvements as the event is calculated and designed to promote, we would humbly submit to his will and earnestly implore wisdom and grace, that we may be more disposed and enabled more faithfully, to do his will and fulfill those covenant obligations we have individually and voluntarily assumed."
The next settler after Dea Sackett was Mr. John Lane. …
TRACT NO. 11
Beginning at the NW corner of the Tract at the S side of the public square, thence south to the south four corners, then E to the south E six corners, thence North to the East Four Corners, thence West to the public square, the place of beginning.
Containing 940 16/100 Acres.
DEACON SALMON SACKETT
The name of Sackett is found among the inhabitants of Springfield, Mass. between the years 1637 and 1647. Dea. Justus Sackett moved from Hebron, Tolland County Conn. to New Cambridge which was incorporated into a town by act of the Legislature in 1786, and was named Warren. Dea. Justus Sackett had three sons Benjamin, Homer, and Salmon. There has resided in Tallmadge children of Benjamin and Homer Sackett and Dea. Salmon Sackett for 34 years was a prominent citizen of the town of Tallmadge. Salmon Sackett was born in Warren, March 8th, 1764. His occupation was a farmer. His advantages for education were those of the common district schools, of that day in Conn. On arriving to early manhood, he spent some of his winters in teaching school, the remainder of his time was devoted to the pursuit of farming, which he followed through life. In his early days of boyhood, the interest of his souls salvation became his great concern; and at the age of sixteen, he professed his faith in Christ and united with the Cong. Church in Warren. He married Miss Mercy Matilda, daughter of Col. Elezer and Sarah (Newcomb) Curtiss, May 3rd, 1787. Her son Cassander Sackett, of Denmark Iowa in a letter before me says: of his mother, As it regards my mothers early days, I cannot speak in particular; her advantages for an early education, was rather limited; and I think she did not profess religion, until several years after her marriage. From this time until her death, she lived a consistent Christian life.
"In health she was a bosom friend,
Her counsel and advice to lend,
In sickness, she was ever nigh,
To our assistance she would fly
Her countenance, so mild and meek
Now veiled in death her lovely cheek".
There are a few living in Tallmadge, at this time (1877) that can say the above quotation is correct, and we can say: respecting Mrs. Sackett, that she had a kind word for all, and a kind sympathetic heart, for the children; would at all times, enter into their joys and sorrows. Would always be ready with words of hope, and would apply the balm of consolation to all. Mrs. Sally (Carruthers) Hine, informed the writer very many years ago she could never forget old Mrs. Sacketts kindness to her when a little girl and she went from her fathers house to the Center to school. That long walk of over two miles, when on her return home from school, with her sisters, weary, hungry and thirsty, we would stop at Deacon Sacketts for a drink of water then she would put in our hands a large slice of bread and butter or a dish of pudding and milk, which would enable us to go home with renewed strength. Mrs. Hine exclaimed "O! Mrs. Sackett was so kind and good to me that I can never forget her as long as I live". I have been told by the pioneers that Moses Bradford, with all his profanity and scoffing at religion and would take every opportunity when the members of the Church were present to show his disrespect. He would receive a rebuke and admonition from Mrs. Sackett, and always treated her with the greatest respect. They were the parents of thirteen children.
1st – Mercy Matilda, born in Warren Feb. 6th, 1788.
2nd – Norman, born in Warren, March 11th, 1789.
3rd – Lorinda, born in Warren, Dec. 17th, 1791.
4th – Harvey, born in Warren, Dec. 24th, 1792.
5th – Leander, born in Warren, April 29th, 1795.
6th – Cassander, born in Warren, Dec. 24th, 1796.
7th – Lodemia, born in Warren, Nov. 7th, 1798.
8th – Betsey, born in Warren, April 22nd, 1800.
9th – Elezer Curtiss, born in Warren, March 1st, 1802.
10th – Salmon Dunham, born in Warren, March 27th, 1804.
11th – Achsa Miranda, born in Warren, June 10th, 1806.
12th – Ann Filer, born in Warren, March 16th, 1809.
13th – Elenezer Tunner [Ebenezer Tanner], born in Tallmadge June 8th, 1812.
Mrs. Mercy M. Sackett lived to see most of her children settled in life. And all but two members of the same church with themselves. She departed this life July 13th, 1831, aged 64 years, 8 months & 24 days. In the Observer and Telegraph printed in Hudson July 21st, 1831 was inserted a notice of Mrs. Sacketts death.
Died in Tallmadge, on the 13th instant, the wife of Dea Salmon Sackett, aged 65. Mrs. Sackett had been a professor of religion from her youth; and adorned her profession by a life of consistent piety. She has left a numerous family to mourn their loss, sustained however, by the hope that their loss is her unspeakable gain.
I have been informed that Salmon Sackett was a prominent man in Church and Society in Warren. When his father Dea Justus Sackett resigned the Deacons office in the Church, Salmon Sackett about 1807 was appointed in his place. He never was deacon in Tallmadge, but he carried the title to his grave. He also arose in the military, to the post of Capt. of the Company of Conn. Militia, in his native town, an office of much honor for at that day, they carried their military titles to the grave. He had a farm but his large family, and other expenses involved him in debt. John Tallmadge, in connection with his brother, Col. Benjamin Tallmadge of Litchfield opened a store in Warren and like others, he was in debt to them for goods. Col. Tallmadge perhaps thought Dea Sacketts farm in Warren would be as available as wild land on the Reserve in Tallmadge and elsewhere. The Tallmadges wanted their pay, the business of the country was crippled by the embargo and Non-Importation Acts of Congress in Mr. Jeffersons Administration. Dea Sackett thought much of the proposals of Col. Tallmadge, he was 46 years old, a large family, 6 sons that would soon be active in business if their lives were spared. In the fall of 1810 he left home to visit the Western Reserve to find a home in the far west if he could find a suitable place to settle with his family. He came direct to Tallmadge. The writer had a conversation with Dea Sackett in 1839, he said "I came to Tallmadge for the purpose of looking at the land Col. Tallmadge owned here in reference to the exchange of my farm in Warren, in part pay for land in this township. On my arrival, I was cordially received by the people and on the Sabbath, they met for the Sabbath worship at Capt. Wright's log house, after the good old New England fashion; the inhabitants of the township were mostly there, men women and children, and we had a good meeting. And I found that a majority of the people were from my native county of Litchfield in Conn. Among them was Dea Elizur Wright Esq. who had arrived a short time before with his family from Canaan Conn. Also the Preston family, and Mr. Fellows. I felt it was so much like New England, that I was at home, and if I must leave my native place, where could I find a place more congenial to views and wishes, where I could be useful in building up a church and society on the New England plan." He had made up his mind he could live here, and bring his family here, and do good in the Church and Society, in assisting to build them up and by this means extend the Redeemer's Kingdom. He liking the country, he returned to Conn., and disposed of his farm to Col. Tallmadge and early in May 1811 he left Warren, his native town with his family for New Connecticut, their destination the Town of Tallmadge, in the County of Portage, Ohio.
They arrived in Tallmadge on the first Monday of July, 1811. This family were quite an addition to the population of the township. Norman Sackett was married and Lorinda had married Daniel Beach, and their son, Cyrus Beach, who was the first grand child of Dea and Mrs. Sackett, making 17 persons. He had taken in part payment for his farm, 648 acres of land belonging to Col. Benj Tallmadge on the east side of Tract Eleven being all his land in the Tract 11, and Lot 2 in Tract 15. He built his log house by a large spring on the west side of the southeast diagonal road near Mr. Andrew Treat's present residence (1877). This was on Lot 9, he with the help of his sons, soon cleared the portion he had selected for his homestead. He also set out an orchard paying some attention to choice fruit. In 1820 he built a frame barn and in 1828 he built a frame house, and both are standing at this time (1877). Dea Sackett was a descendant of that good old Puritan stock that first settled New England; and were Congregationalists to the very core. And he was one that would not give up one jot or tittle of the rigid puritan principles of Church government he had been instructed in all his life, or had obtained from his Puritan ancestry by inheritance. In the long controversy in the Church in Tallmadge, on the question of the Church uniting with the Presbytery of Portage, Dea Sackett could not be moved from his position, he did not approve of the Presbyterian form of Church government. And he steadily voted against the measure until the Presbytery made the concession allowing the church to receive or reject the decisions of the Presbytery, this being granted, and he being the wheel horse of opposition, he voted in its favor. Dea Sackett was what might be called a very positive man. He was in nowise backward about expressing his opinions about his fellow men, in the course they pursued to carry out the various measures, that was agitating the minds of the people of his day. It can be said of him, that when he made up his mind, he seldom changed it. In expressing his feelings on a measure, he would use sometimes harsh and positive language to express his views and which would disturb the feelings of his friends as well as those who were at enmity with him.
This characteristic of him led some of his warm personal friends to remark that Dea Sackett was a hard man to express his feelings, yet he was a good man. He was active in the Church and in the Society, always looking well to the welfare of both. In the various questions that have agitated the Church and Society from time to time, he would be immovable, unless he could be convinced that he was wrong or that a small compromise would produce harmony and good feelings. He was not one to enter into any movement, until he was fully satisfied with its workings. Thus in the Temperance Movement in 1828 he did not enter with zeal into it. He was a temperate man, but was not confident it would be such a success. Capt. Amos Seward, relates an anecdote, that was characteristic of him.
When the friends of Temperance formed a society to promote the cause in Tallmadge, he took no part in the movement, he never made much use of spirits in his life, but yet he stood back from active cooperation. A while after being at the raising of a building, where whiskey was provided for those that chose to use it, one man who at times would be under its influence, approached Dea Sackett with a jug of whiskey saying: "We don't belong to the cold water party, let us take a good drink." His reply was, "I don't but I will, the first time I see the pledge, I will not be insulted by drunkards." This remark is characteristic of the man. He likewise was a strong opposer of slavery all through his long life. When Loyde Garrison first blew the Anti-Slavery trumpet, it was no uncertain sound to Dea Sackett, and his sons. And he maintained the principles of Anti Slavery, as long as he lived. Dea Sackett and his wife united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge, April 25th 1813, by letter. Dea Sackett believed in strict church discipline and the question might be asked why this delay in presenting their letters. I would say: that there was a serious difficulty in the Church between Mr. Bacon and some members of the church and I infer, (not knowing that this was the reason), that they did not unite sooner. The records show that he was one of the active members of that early day, in a variety of duties he performed. After the death of first wife, his daughters Miranda and Ann kept house for their father. Dea Sackett was married to Mrs. Betsey, widow of Dea Stephen Pitkins of Rootstown. They were married Sept. 4th 1839 by Rev. Joseph Merriam.
Mrs. Sackett's maiden name was Betsey Catlin, was born in 1772. She transfered her church relations from Rootstown to Tallmadge March 1st, 1840, the last admission by Rev. J. C. Parmelee. Elezer C. Sackett made an arrangement with his father for the home farm, he bought of Amos Avery the place now owned by Benj. D. Wright (1877). Here Dea Sackett and his wife lived a few years with his daughter Miranda Sackett, all appearing to enjoy the evening of life very pleasantly, at last the infirmities of age seemed to render it necessary in the opinion of some of the family to give up housekeeping entirely. Mrs. Sackett was taken by her son Mr. [blank] Carrington of Charlestown, Portage County. She spent the remnant of her days with her children. She died in Charlestown Feb. 15th, 1853, aged 84 years.
Dea Sackett went to live with his son Elezer in Akron, where he died on the 24th of Nov. 1846, at the age of 83.
He was brought to Tallmadge and buried with those that he had formerly been active with, in moulding society, and building up the Redeemer's Kingdom throughout the Western Reserve, and throughout the World. All had a place in his mind and heart.
Dea Salmon Sackett Obituary
Died in Akron at the house of his son E. C. Sackett, on the 23rd of Nov 1846 aged 83 years; Deacon Salmon Sackett.
Dea Sackett, was born in Warren, Conn, March 8th, 1864: and removed to Tallmadge, in this State, in 1811. Owning only the land he designed to cultivate, and the team, which brought him with twelve children, he reached Tallmadge with but one dollar in his pocket, his wife was sick, and the dollar was soon parted with for a quart of poor wine, the best that could be obtained, and that, too, at a point no nearer than Canton. Previous to his setting out from Conn, he had procured a deed for a tract of land near the Center of Tallmadge, a tract evidently desirable; but upon his arrival, he found the ground already occupied and partially improved. The occupants, relying upon an agreement with the agent in the vicinity, had neglected to secure themselves by deeds in due time. With a magnanimity as rare as it was noble, Dea Sackett, surrendered his deed, went further back from the Center into what was then unbroken wilderness, and proceeded forthwith to the erection of a log house, his future residence for 18 years. With one of his oxen he bought some wheat, and with one of his horses he bought some swine. In the next harvest season he began to be rewarded for his toil, and successive crops, and a handsome property, gradually acquired, attested his skill, his industry and his success. Dea Sackett, professed a healthy and vigorous constitution, a sober and steady judgement, and an indomitable energy, and perseverance the straight forward and unostentatious prosecution of his plan of life. He made the interest of the town his own interest; contributed always and substantially to the various public improvements, the construction of roads, the building of bridges, the building of an Academy and Meeting House. He made his religion his constant and paramount concern. He made a profession of religion at the age of 16 (1780) and was in early manhood elected a deacon of the church in his native town (about 1807). He was a warm, substantial and valuable supporter of the institutions of religion. h was characterized by an ardent attachment to the ministers of the gospel; by a readiness to leave his plough in the field, and go from house to house if the state of feeling seemed to encourage, and to labor for the revival of religion in the church, and for the conversion of sinners, and when the infirmities of 80 years and two attack of palsy had caused reason to totter on its throne, he had, at any time, up to within a few days of his death, but to be asked to lead his children and his grand children in prayer at the family altar, and his mind was instantly recalled from its wanderings, his sentences were correct and well expressed, and his soul was animated as in earlier days, with the sentiments, the hopes and the spirit of an intelligent and unfeigned piety.
—Copied from the Ohio Observer.
The remark was made in his funeral discourse that after his mind was so much impaired, that with difficulty he could recognize his former friends and acquaintance he would lead in family devotions with fervor and with propriety. He being dead yet speaketh.
Mercy Matilda Sackett, his eldest child came to Ohio with her father's family, she was past 23 years of age. She was married in her father's house to James Platt of Wadsworth O. Nov. 25th, 1819, by Rev. Simeon Woodruff. She removed to Wadsworth, she made a public profession of religion and joined the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Aug. 29th, 1813, and was dismissed April 18th, 1820 to the Church in Wadsworth. Her husband James Platt was a soldier in the War of 1812, came from Buffalo N.Y. in 1818, was the first shoe maker in Wadsworth, was a member of the Cong. Church. He died in Ruggles Ashland Co., Ohio. They had a family of children and Mrs. Platt lived with her children until her death which took place at her daughters Abagail Amis, who married Homer Read, near Marshall, Mich. Oct. 6th, 1868, aged 80 years.
The 2nd child was by trade a shoemaker, when his father moved to Ohio he was 22 the March previous. He married Miss Sally Northrup of Brookfield, Fairfield County, Conn. They had a large family. Children of Norman and Sally Sackett:
1st – Horatio Northrup, born [blank].
2nd – Claudius Cook, born Dec. 16th, 1813.
3rd – Demming Whittlesey, born Jan. 18th, 1816.
4th – Homer Augustine, born [blank].
5th – Sarah Celina, born 1820.
6th – Ebenezer, born August 1822.
7th – Norman, born March 18th, 1824.
8th – Harriet Elizabeth, born Nov. 1826.
Mrs. Sally N. Sackett died in Tallmadge Feb. 9th, 1827, aged 35. Mr Sackett, in accordance with the custom of those days, connected farming with his trade. His father, gave him [blank] acres off [blank] on which he built a log house, and cleared some of the land. In 1815 he sold this land to Mr. Martin Camp. He then bought of Col. Tallmadge, Lot No 1 in Tract 12. On this he built a log house. According to Ensigns Survey, this lot contained 160 acres. Mr. Sackett was the first settler on Tract 12, and his log house was north about 30 rods from the brick house, now (1877) standing on the farm. Mr. Sackett cleared a few acres, and in 1817 sold to Mr. Abraham Hine, of North Milford, Conn. He then bought fifty acres off the south east corner of Tract No. 7 in Lot 10 of Mr Reuben Beach. On this land he built a log house and a log barn, and made some clearing. In 1819 in company with others, he built a small frame shop with the intention of working at his trade. He built a log house in 1821, on the corner where stands the house of Benj. D. Wright (1877) into this house he moved his family. Here Mrs Sally N. Sackett died on the 9th of Feb. 1827, aged 35 years. It can be said of her that she was a very patient, Christian woman. She left a family of 9 children. Mr. Sackett sold his farm in 1823 to Marcus Hinman, who gave him $10 per acre, and on this farm Mr. and Mrs. Hinman still reside (1877). Mr Sackett, after his first wife's death, he broke up housekeeping, placing his children in families mostly among his brothers and sisters. He and his brother Elezer had a section of the Pennsylvania Canal to build in the vicinity of Pittsburg, Pa. Here he became acquainted with Miss Mary Ann Goudy, and they were married in 1829. After finishing up their canal contract in Pa, they returned to Ohio and bought land in the township of Portage, in Tract 3. This land was in early days called the Oak Openings. As early as 1816 Thaddeus and Wm. Granger, Esq., with their families settled on the Tract. They were visited with severe sickness, and several members of the Granger families died and were buried at the Center of Tallmadge, the Granger families left the farms, those that survived and Norman Sackett moved onto the land, and his second wife died there March 1833, aged [blank] years. She was represented as a refined woman by those who were acquainted with her, and also a humble Christian. She united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge by letter Jan 1st 1832. Children by Norman & Mary Ann G. Sackett:
1st – Edward Curtiss, born July 10th, 1831.
2nd – Harvey Leander, born Dec. 6th, 1832.
His third wife was Miss Sarah Weston, they were married Nov. 7th, 1833 by Rev. J.C. Parmelee. Mr. Sackett made an exchange of his farm in Portage township and for part pay he took land in western Illinois, which was given by the U. S. Government as bounty to the soldiers of the War of 1812. He went west to see his purchase in Illinois and returned, he was immediately taken sick, with billious fever, arrising from the miasma of the country he had passed through in his journey west. He attended a meeting of the church in Tallmadge, after his return from the Ill. He related to his friends some incidents of his journey across the country; the extent of the prairies, the scattered settlers, the amount of sickness that prevailed from malarial disease, all through the country. And then remarked that he had all the symptoms of the malarial disease and that he must take the prescribed medicines to cleanse his system. He went to Mr. Weston, his third wife's father where he breathed his last on the 16th day of Aug. 1834, aged 45 years. Mr. Sackett made a profession of religion in Conn. He transfered his church relations to the Cong. Church in Tallmadge April 25th, 1813 with Sally N his first wife, both by letter.
He was a man that took a deep interest in the prosperity of the church to which he belonged. And also the church throughout the earth. He was fond of reading and had a retentive memory, a cultivated mind well stored with useful information. All this made him a very agreeable companion in the social circle. He was a man of ardent feelings, and when a subject was brought forward that enlisted his sympathies he was not the man to stand back. When the cause of temperance was first agitated in the church, he was one of most zealous advocates, this was in 1827 and he was a firm adherent through life. And so it was with the cause of Anti-Slavery when that arose, he entered with zeal into that cause, and maintained the principles it advocated through life. He was also one of a rifle company that was commanded by Capt. Rial McArthur, in 1812 and 1813, and in the U.S. service. He was the father of 13 children, 9 by his first wife, 3 by his 2nd wife and by his 3rd wife 1. Norah S.
In conversation with Mr. Marcus Hinman in 1877, I find that I have been led into an error respecting the land on which Mr. Hinman lives. Mr. Reuben Beach sold 50 acres off the south east corner of the farm to Erastus Carter, a brother of his son-in-law Ira Carter. He had emigrated from Vermont and his father, an old acquaintance he sold him the piece of land to encourage him to get him a home. He sold to Norman Sackett, as has been mentioned before and went to Middlebury and run a distillery. He married Tilpah Wilcox, had a family, moved west and died many years since.
The Children of Norman and Mary G. Sackett:
1st – Caroline Lovica, born [blank].
2nd – Solomon Ashmun, born March 7th, 1830.
3rd – Edward Curtis, born July 10th, 1831.
4th – Harvey Leander, born Dec. 6th, 1832."
Child of Norman and Sarah W. Sackett – Norah S."
In a letter before me from Miss Anna Sackett, a daughter of Claudius C. dated Waverly, Ill. May 15th, 1877, she says: Grandfather Sacketts family record was burnt when Uncle Horatios house was burned at Ruggles. This is the reason of its being so incomplete.
Horation Northrup, baptized Sept. 22nd, 1812, born in 1812 in Tallmadge. Died in the hospital at Cincinnati, Dec. 1862, age 50.
Claudius Cook, born Dec. 16th, 1813. Resides in Waverly, Ill.
Demming Whittlesey, born Jan. 18th, 1816. Died in Wilson County Kansas, Jan. 4th, 1870, aged 59 years.
Homer Augustine, baptized March 29th, 1818, probably born the last of the year 1817. Went south in 1837, and supposed to be dead.
Sarah Celina, born in 1820, married [blank] Reynolds, died at Ruggles O. Sept. 5th, 1852. Aged 32 years.
Ebenezer, born Aug. 1822. Died at Waverly, Ill. Dec. 8th, 1871 aged 49 years.
Norman, born March 18, 1824, resides in Tariffville, Conn.
Harriet Elizabeth, born Nov. 1826, married Johnston, died at Waverly, Ill. Dec. 19th, 1864, aged 38 years.
CHILDREN OF NORMAN AND MARY ANN G. SACKETT
Caroline Lovica, born 1829, married Schlabach is living at De Witt, Clinton County, Iowa.
Solomon Ashmun, born March 7th, 1830 is living at Bloomington, Ill.
Edward Curtis, born July 10th, 1831. His residence is Berdan, Green Co., Ill.
Harvey Leander, born Dec. 6th, 1832. Died at Waverly, Ill, Aug. 13th, 1865, aged 33 years.
Mr. Sacketts third wife was Miss Sarah Weston, they were married Nov. 7th, 1833 by Rev. J.C. Parmelee, they had one child Norah S.
The 4th child and 2nd son of Dea. Salmon and Mercy M. Sackett was Harvey, he came to Ohio with father, he being in the 20th year of his age. His education was obtained in the common schools of Conn. When he became of age his father gave him a farm of [blank] acres in Lot [blank], it being on the east side of the diagonal road leading SE from the center. He cleared a number of acres, and fenced it, built a log house upon it. In the fall of 1816, he made journey to Connecticut, and on the 2nd of April 1817 he was married to Miss Thalia Eldridge; she was a native of Warren, Conn. Soon after their marriage, they left Conn for Ohio, arrived safe and soon they commenced housekeeping in their own log house. Mrs. Sackett made a profession of religion in Warren, Conn and brought a letter of dismission and recommendation and they united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Aug. 31st, 1817, Mr. Sackett by profession of his faith, Mrs. Sackett by letter. Mr. Sackett arose to be Capt. of the company of Ohio Militia in Tallmadge. Mr. Sackett identified himself with the interests of the people of Tallmadge, in all things in building the meeting house, in sustaining the church and ordinances of the Gospel, the society and schools. These things met his approbation all the time he resided in Tallmadge. In 1823 Mr. Andrew Treat of Orange, Conn, came to Ohio to look for a home. He made an offer to Mr. Sackett for his farm which he accepted and he removed his family to the town of Ruggles, in the County of Huron, which has since been set off to Ashland County, Ohio.
He and his family commenced pioneer life in earnest, he bought his farm in the forest, built his log house No. 2 and began the second time to make the wilderness a fruitful field. He was the man to succeed, for his industrious habits, his close attention to his own affairs, his prudence, and strict economy will always insure success. He was one of the quiet men of his day, he would not enter into controversy with his fellow men, but he was steadfast and immovable, in all his principles, civil, political, and eccl. The same principles actuated him in Ruggles, that did in Tallmadge, and that was to become identified with the interests of the town, spiritual as well as temporal. He and his first wife were two of the origional members of the Cong. Church in Ruggles when it was organized in 1827. He officiated as Deacon for several years, always an active and efficient member, and doing all in his power to promote the welfare of the church and building up the Kingdom of Christ.
They were dismissed from the church in Tallmadge, May 1st 1825. Mrs. Thalia E. Sackett died in Ruggles, April 28th, 1843, aged 47 years.
CHILDREN OF H AND T SACKETT:
1st – Dimmes Miranda, born in Tallmadge Jan. 2nd, 1818.
2nd – Erastus T., born in Tallmadge March 10th, 1821.
3rd – Erasmus Mason, born in Tallmadge Sept. 20th, 1822.
4th – Irana C., born in Ruggles, Dec. 26th, 1826.
Dea Harvey Sackett married for his second wife Mrs. Mary Van Vranken, April 12th, 1844. Justus H. Sackett, born Feb. 18th, 1848. Mr[s]. Thalia E. Sackett, born in Warren, Conn. Dec. 14th, 1795.
I would say in conclusion that in a visit I made Deacon Sackett from the 23rd to the 26th of Oct. 1874, I gathered very many historical items of interest which is incorporated in the above and in the general history of Tallmadge, and its pioneers. I feel greatly indebted to him for not only his correspondence, but his oral communications to me of early times in Tallmadge. The last letter I addressed him was inviting him to come and participate with the few old friends that remained of his old contemporaries in the semi-centennial of the event that has passed into history, viz. the dedication of the Cong. Meeting House in Tallmadge Sept 8th. He answered my invitation with many thanks, and if nothing intervened, would be present on the interesting occasion.
But man proposes, but God disposed. He was making arangements to be present, but he died suddenly of strangulated hernia Aug. 11th, 1875, aged 83 years.
This lady the third child and 2nd daughter of Salmon and Mercy M. Sackett, should have been mentioned before her brother Dea. Harvey Sackett. More mention will be made of her in connection with her husband Mr. Daniel Beach, who were early residents of Tallmadge.
This man was the 5th child and 3rd son of Dea. Salmon Sackett. He came to Ohio with his father's family in 1811, at this time he was 16 years old, with other members of the family he was under the necessity of laboring hard to obtain a subsistence, for in those days pioneer life was not flowery beds of ease. He was one that could chop, roll logs, split rails and lay up rail fence, and reap the grain with a sickle. When he was 21 his father gave him [blank] acres off the east side of Lot No. 2 on Tract 15. He did not incline to work on the land his father had given him, but worked by the month, had jobs of chopping and clearing land. In 1819 he commenced a course of study with Elizur Wright Esq. to prepare himself for usefulness in some missionary field. He went to Pittsburg in March 1821 and assisted as boatman when the mission went forth known at the time as the Great Osage Mission. They embarked at Pittsburg in two boats, descended the Ohio River, then up the Mississippi River to the Missourie, up that river to the mouth of the Osage River to where the mission station was established on the Osage River. Mr. Sackett was married on the 3rd of Jan. 1821 to Miss Rebecca Gonant of Windham Portage Co. by Rev. Joseph Treat. In 1822 a mission was organized under the patronage of the United Missionary Society, to establish a mission among the Indians on the Maumee, near where Maumee City now stands. This mission Mr. and Mrs. Sackett joined in some capacity. He united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge, May 19th, 1816, was dis Sept. 1822. He continued to reside in that region of country after the mission was abandoned he at last settled in Raisinville, Michigan, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died Sept. 2nd, 1869, aged 74 years.
Mr. Sackett in his younger days was inclined to be positive and outspoken, and somewhat impulsive, he was not always judicious in his remarks and at time made himself trouble which with caution might have been avoided. After he left Tallmadge in 1822, he would return and spend a day or two among his friends and old acquaintance, but for many of the last years of his life he did not visit Tallmadge. And of his life and family I have no information of consequence.
He was the 6th child and 4th son of Dea. Sackett. When he moved to Ohio with his father's family, he was 14 years old. This limited his education some, for he like the rest had to battle with the stern realities of pioneer life. And it can be said with truth, he acted well his part.
He worked on his father's farm until his majority, then his father [blank] acres off the Lots Nos 9 and 10 in Tract 11, it being the south east corner of the Tract. He worked by the month for several years at intervals working on his land. He had cleared off the points, on both sides of the south east diagonal road and on the east side of the road he built a log house. After living in this way, he made up his mind that it was not well for man to live alone; and he was married to Miss Henrietta, daughter of Luman Beach, of Morgan, Ashtabula Co., O. April 13th, 1825. They went to housekeeping, like others at that day; happy in each others society, and happy in the society of their friends and neighbors. And they both looked forward when their united efforts would be crowned with success. And when their portion of the great wilderness would become a fruitful field. He and his wife by patient industry and good economy had cleared their land and built a barn on the west side of the road. In 183? he sold his place, what was the east side of the diagonal road to Mr. Andrew Treat, the west side of the road with his frame barn to Mr. Samuel M. Combs. With the results of this sale, he bought of the heirs of Ira Carter, Lot 2, Tract 7, 107 acres where he designed to make his permanent home. They to human appearance had obtained a competence and were in the situation to spend the evening of life in the town in whose interests he had been identified, and where they expected to lay their bones; but unfortunately he became surety for his brother Leander Sackett, who failed in business and by this means his home where he expected to spend his days was taken from him. This was a sore trial to them, but they gathered up the wrecks of their property and with their family went west in 1844. He settled in Denmark, Lee County, Iowa. Mr. Sackett made a public profession of religion and joined the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Sept. 22nd, 1822. He was the last person admitted to the church under the pastorate of Rev. Simeon Woodruff. Mrs. Sackett was a subject of revival in the church in the summer of 1827, and on the 4th of Nov. 1827, she was one of eleven that united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge, and but four are living at this time (1877). They were dis from the church June 13th, 1844.
CHILDREN OF CASSANDER AND H. M. SACKETT
2nd – Mercy Matilda, born July 5th, 1831.
3rd – Wm. Lloyd Garrison, born Sept. 3rd, 1833.
4th – George Cassander, born Dec. 29th, 1835.
5th – Henrietta Lorinda, born March 29th, 1838."
Mr. Sackett was enabled to start anew in life and by their united efforts were successful again. They visited Ohio in 184? and the warm reception they received must have been very gratifying to them; for it was plain they had a warm place in the hearts of the people in the town where they had dwelt so many years of their lives.
I have some correspondence with Mr. Sackett after he resided in Iowa, and I do not think it out of pace to introduce some extracts of the early days in Tallmadge. In speaking of mail facilities in a letter before me dated Feb. 17th, 1859 he says: "Previous to the year 1814 our nearest post office was Stow Corners. And the nearest south was Canton. This inconvenience the people of Tallmadge had suffered from the beginning of the settlement. Asaph Whittlesey Esq. in the hearing of a number of his neighbors said, "We cannot live so we cannot suffer this great inconvenience longer", the question being asked "what shall we do?" he answered "let us consult with the people of Springfield Suffield and Green townships and all concerned, get up a subscription to defray the expense of getting the mail route established from Hudson to Canton, nominate our postmasters and send to the P.O. Department for commissions and Keys", and the people said: "Amen". They accordingly met and appointed a committee of two in the three townships viz. Tallmadge, Asaph Whittlesey Esq. and Dea. Salmon Sackett, Springfield, Arial Bradley and Nathan Moore Esq., in Green Township [blank] Dickerhoff and a man whose name I cannot recall now, formed this committee. This committee met in Springfield at Mr. Moores and they conferred on the subject and reported that it was safe to try the experiment. Asaph Whittlesey of Tallmadge, Benj. Baldwin of Springfield and Isaac Cutshall of Green were nominated for Post Masters. The petition was forwarded to the department, the mail route established, commissions and keys sent, and the contract for carrying the mail was let to the lowest bidder. The contract was struck off to Dea. Salmon Sackett to carry the mail from Hudson to Canton, and back once a week. The compensation was at the rate of $199.75 a year. The route commenced April 9th, 1814. Mr. Sackett says: it commenced the first of Sept. 1814, but having rec'd an abstract of the date of the establishment of the post office in Tallmadge which says April 9th, 1814, and Esq. Whittlesey, first report to the department was dated Oct. 1st, 1814. Mr. Sackett is mistaken as to the time. Mr. Cassander Sackett says"he was the post boy, or in other words the mail carrier, it used to take two days to go to Hudson, bring it to Tallmadge, the next day go to Canton and back to Tallmadge and next morning go to Hudson. In this way they would be at home at night. On the 1st of Jan. 1815, there was a change in the mail route. Mr. Sackett relates a little incident of his elder brother Harvey who sometimes took his place in carrying the mail bag. Before he left home in the morning for Hudson, he prepared from the stem of a pumpkin leaf, with this he rode up to the Center, instead of the windings of the coachmans horn, was heard the sound of the vine, which was responded to with a hearty laugh from Esq. Whittlesey, as he came out to receive the mail bag.
There is another circumstance Mr. Sackett mentions; it is that the 13th of June 1812 was set apart by the citizens of Tallmadge to commence felling the great growth of timber, which covered the seven and a half acres of ground in the center, now the beautiful Public Square.
This was done by what is called "a bee", each man to furnish his own dinner, saying we are working for ourselves and those that come after us. For as in Nehemiahs time, the people had a mind to work. Mr. and Mrs. Sackett were two of the excellent of the earth. They were kind neighbors, good citizens, not to be moved from what was right. He was an unflinching Anti-Slavery man, he named his oldest son Wm. Lloyd Garrison, was active in church and in the benevolent operations of his day, his examples and precepts were good. After they removed to Iowa, they manifested the same readiness to labor in building up the Redeemers Kingdom in the west. Mrs. Sackett died in Denmark, Iowa, April 21st, 1863, aged 58 years. Mr. Sackett died in the same place March 11th, 1875, aged 79 years.
LODEMIA SACKETT LOOMIS
This lady was the 7th child and 3rd daughter of Dea. Sackett. She was 13 years old when they moved into Tallmadge, by being at this early age, brought into immediate contact with pioneer life with its privations, it had its effect to make her industrious, and to use close economy for all this seemed necessary in order to be successful in life in pioneer days. She was one of the subjects of a revival of religion the Church in Tallmadge enjoyed in 1816. She united with the Cong. Church Feb. 16th, 1817 by profession and was also one of the singers. She taught school several seasons and she taught a district in Wadsworth in the summer of 1819.
On the 16th of Dec. 1823 she was married to Mr. Sherman Loomis of Wadsworth, by Rev. Joseph Treat. It is not out of place to copy from Browns Wadsworth Memorial the following viz.
Sherman Loomis, born in Torrington, Conn. Jan. 23rd, 1792. Came in 1816. Married Julia M. Mills. Second wife, Lodemia Sackett. He was one of the leading men in the community in the early history of the town. Was Justice of the Peace for several years, and township clerk and trustee. Was universally respected and beloved. He was one of original members of the Cong. Church, and one of first teachers in the schools of Wadsworth. He died Feb. 13th, 1851. Mrs. Lodemia S. Loomis was dis Sept. 1st, 1824.
She was the 8th child and 4th daughter. When her father's family came to Ohio, she was a girl of eleven summers. She was ushered into pioneer life young, but acted well her part. She was also a school teacher, and she professed religion in a public manner Feb 16th 1817, and adorned that profession in a well ordered Christian life. She remained in her father's family until her marriage. She was expecting to marry Dr. Erasmus M. Beach, but he died about the time set for their marriage. She married Wm. K. Beach, the eldest brother of Dr. E. M. Beach, Feb 12th 1828, by Asaph Whittlesey Esq.
Mr Beach at the time lived in Morgan, Ashtabula Co., O. She was dismissed in 1829. Mrs Betsey (Sackett) Beach died Mission Creek, Wabonsey County, Kansas, Oct 4th 1866, aged 66. Dea William K. Beach, son of Luman and Lydia M (Wright) Beach, was born in Conn. in 1798. Married Henrietta Emory. Second wife Elizabeth Sackett. Came to Wadsworth in March 1830. Was an active member of the Cong. Church, a man of great firmness and decision of character. Removed to Appleton, Wisc. From there he led two companies of emigrants into Kansas, in the time of the outrages committed in the interests of slavery, and settled at Fremont, Kansas. On the death of his son, Dr. Samuel E. Beach, he returned to Ohio and died at the residence of his brother, Jonathan M. Beach, in Chatham, Nov 21st 1872 aged 74.
ELEZER CURTISS SACKETT
This man was the 9th child and 5th son, and was a boy of nine summers when he came into Tallmadge, and he lived at home and attended school and also the Tallmadge Academy, under the tuition of Elizur Wright Esq. and by this means he secured an education. He remained at home until he was 21; his father gave him [blank] acres off the west side of Lot No. [blank] in Tract 15. He cleared some of it of timber. About 1826 he went to Conn and there worked at farming. He married Miss Patty, daughter of Mr Homer Sackett, of Warren, his uncle.
He returned to Ohio in 1828, with his wife. He in connection with his brother Norman Sackett had a contract in the Penn. Canal near Pittsburgh. When their canal section was finished, he returned to Ohio and bought out his younger brother Salmon's interest in their father's home farm. He united with the Cong. Church Feb. 16th, 1817. Dis April 8th, 1845. He carried on the home farm and in connection with his brothers Norman and Cassander they worked a farm on the openings in the township of Portage. A project was started in 1843 to take the Cuyahoga River at the dam occupied at the present time (1877) by Mr. John Hinde around onto the sand hill north of Akron. "This company was called the Portage Canal and Manufacturing Company, having the derisive name of the Chuckery Company." They succeeded in getting the water through, planned for a city of great magnitude called "Summit City." This was designed on paper to have been one of the largest manufacturing cities of the world. But this is not the only paper city that has failed, and its projectors come to grief. Mr. Sackett was one that was identified with it and when the company failed, Mr. Sackett sold the farm to Amos Avery taking Mr. Avery's place at the center of Tallmadge, in part payment and E. C. Sackett had Mr. Avery deed the place to his father. Mr Sackett built a large house in Akron at the foot of the hill near what is known as Howard Street extension (1877.) Here he lived hoping to gather something from the wrecks of the great undertaking known as the Chuckery Ditch.
After many law suits and years of litigation, the courts decided the questions at issue and the affairs of the company were closed up. Mr. Sackett, after the death of his father, went to Illinois with his family settling at Bardstown.
SALMON DUNHAM SACKETT
He was the 10th child and 6th son, and was 7 years old when he came to Ohio. He was designing to remain on the home farm and continued on it after he was of age. He sold his interest in his father's homestead to his brother Elezer in 18??. He married Miss Mary Ann, daughter of John Jr. and Saloma G. Wright of Tallmadge Sept. 27th, 1828. He purchased a farm in Ruggles, where they commenced housekeeping. They raised a family of [blank] children and in 18?? he sold his farm in Ruggles and removed to Illinois where Mrs. Mary Ann Sackett died Feb. 16th, 1872, aged 66 years. He died at his residence in Garfield Kansas Sept. 19th, 1880 aged 77. A sketch of him can be found in Vol [blank] [9:99] of these Historical Collections."
ACHSA MIRANDA SACKETT
She being the 11th child and 5th daughter was 5 years of age when her father's family arrived in Tallmadge. She passed through the hardships and privations of pioneer life, like the other children of that day, in the log school house, and in varied scenes of life which arose before her and those contemporary with her. She lived at the time when all the mysteries of housekeeping must be thoroughly understood, as well as the art of spinning and weaving, in order that if the time should come when they would have a log house of their own to care for they would be ready for the emergency. She made a profession of religion, uniting with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Jan 6th, 1828. After her father became so infirm that he ceased to keep house, she left town and was dis Nov. 27th, 1853. She died at the house of her brother Leander Sackett, at Raisinville, Monroe County, Mich. of cancer Oct. 4th, 1859, aged 54.
FILER ANN SACKETT
She was the 12th child and 6th daughter and was only two years old when the family came to Ohio. Consequently she would not be of sufficient age to draw a comparison between life in Conn. and pioneer life in Ohio. But she enjoyed life with her companions, in the sphere in which she moved, in the social circle, in the school room, or by the fireside. Many years ago I addressed a letter to her, asking for her recollections of Tallmadge in its early days. She very kindly responded, and as the letter is before me, I will make some extracts from it.
Seville, Medina Co., O. May 12th 1862
Mr. C. C. Bronson, Cor. Sec. T.H.S.
Sir, Yours was duly recd; you ask me for early recolections. It has been so long since I have had frequent intercourse with the friends of my childhood, or any that were conversant with them, that most of my early life seems like a pleasant dream, long since passed away, for it was one of the first lessons I was taught, was to record an unpleasant scene in the Sand. And blessed be the memory of my first teachers, the remembrance of them brings back to my mind very many dear associations, that had been so long hidden, by a succession of new scenes, and new places, that they were almost forgotten. My first recollections of Tallmadge was the brush heaps close to our door, where I used to listen for the merry bell of the old dun cow which came night and morning from the woods to fill my porringer with milk. The first school I attended was taught by my sister Lodemia (now Mrs. Loomis of Wadsworth CCB) in Dr. A. C. Wrights log office or shop. There were two incidents connected with this school that I remember, one was going to sleep and being sent out to wake up with Charles Whittlesey who had fallen into the same dilemma. We repaired to the play house, which had been erected by the larger schollars, with great care and skill in the corner of the rail fence; having one forked post to support the roof, which was covered with bark. It was furnished with equal haste; having moss for beds and pillows, moss carpets, shelves filled with broken crockery and make believe cups and saucers of acorns and their shells; indeed the whole looked as inviting and grand to me as any richly furnished mansion I have since entered, but Charles, now "Col. Charles Whittlesey" notwithstanding all my cries and entreaties; would "Samson" like try his strength upon the post which caused a tremendous crash, that brought the teacher and schollars to the door, and us to our seats in "double quick" to give our account. The other incident was meeting one of Master Bruin's family, when returning from school, with other children not far from where Daniel Beach used to live. (Now the residence of James Chamberlain, 1877. CCB) Although there was no attack, by either party and of course no harm done, the way we "skedaddled" left its impressions and afterwards it tended to similar motives when we neared the same spot. My first Sabbath associations are rather mixed with the idea of bears, of long walks through the woods, with a father's guiding hand, an abundance of wild flowers, which I have ever since been passionately fond of, which my Father strict and Puritanical as he would now be called, permitted me to gather on the way. The alarm of war, and soldiers returning, as I had two brothers in the service, are all in my remembrance. I do not think I was a very regular attendant, on Sabbath worship until they met in the Academy that was burned. The first Sabbath School efforts, I recollect more distinctly and perhaps is the only thing that is worthy of any record. There were a few mothers that used to meet together to pray and work for missionaries. I cannot remember when these meetings commenced, but I do recollect that one evening, when my mother came home from one of these meetings, she asked sister Miranda and myself if we would like to go to Sabbath School, and learn verses from the Bible and hymns to repeat. She said Mrs. Wright would be our teacher.
That evening was the first time, I ever remember of hearing of "Robert Raikes" or of Sabbath Schools. It was a novelty to me, child as I was, I entered into to it with spirit, and for 40 years have been greatly interested and a lover of S.S. I continued a schollar until 1828, when I took the position of teacher, the schollars were Sarah Camp, now Mrs. Emory of Philadelphia, Rosanna Whittlesey, the late Mrs. Foot of the Syrian Mission, Eliza Blakelee, teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Laura Clark, since Mrs. Douglass, and Laura Haines, whose father lived at the foot of Coal Hill.
They were very dear to me then, and I now look forward to the time when our acquaintance will be renewed in the spiritland, not as teacher and pupil, but as ransomed sinners to spend an eternal Sabbath, with other dear ones singing the song of redeeming love. I have written simple incidents that occurred to my mind after the receipt of your letter. And I am willing to submit to the correction of those who may remember dates more acurately than I can.
Respectfully Yours, Ann F. Russell.
This lady was married at her father's house in Tallmadge, to Mr. Wm. Russell by Rev. Stephen W. Burritt of Franklin, Aug. 21st, 1839. She united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Jan. 6th, 1828. Dis April 14th, 1840. They returned to Tallmadge and united with the Cong. Church. He left Tallmadge and transfered their church relations Nov. 27th, 1853. He was licenced to preach the Gospel in Seville, Medina County with acceptance. He died in Cleveland west side July 2nd, 1871, aged 64 years. Mrs Russell lives with her children in west Cleveland.
"The 13th child of Dea. Salmon and Mercy M. Sackett, was born in Tallmadge June 8th, 1812 and he was the 7th son. He died Aug. 13th, 1819 aged 7 years. His name was Ebenezer Tanner."
Daniel Beach was the eldest child of Reuben and Hannah (Kimball) Beach (for a sketch of these pioneers the reader is referred to Vol. 1st of Historical Collections page 102) and was born in Warren Conn March 16th, 1785. He like others of that day had a rather limited education; but his father being one of the prosperous farmers of his day, and industrious and economical habits absolutely necessary in order to be successful in business. Daniel Beach appeared to have requisite qualifications by inheritance for he was quick and active of good judgement and decision somewhat impulsive and was a man that would express his opinion in a manner to create unpleasant feelings sometimes. He was a good neighbor always ready to help the needy, and the afflicted, he identified himself with the interests of the town, and of schools, and in society.
Although he was not a proffor of religion, yet he was a regular attendant on public worship on the Sabbath and always helped support the Gospel ministrations in the Cong. Church and Society. He was a liberal subscriber when the first efforts were made to erect the first Cong. Meeting House in Tallmadge, and was one of the contestants to get the first stick of hewing timber on to the ground where it was to be used on the 24th of Dec. 1821. Mr. Daniel Beach was married to Lorinda, the 2nd daughter of Salmon and Mercy M. Sackett, on the 1st day of Jan. 1810. When his father-in-law Dea. Salmon Sackett had resolved to dispose of his farm in Warren for land in Tallmadge, in part pay and Dea Sackett having visited the country his description of the fertility of the soil, it had an inducement on Mr. Beach's mind to think whether the rocky hills of his native town, or the soil of Tallmadge, with its heavy growth of timber, was preferable, his father was disposed to purchase a farm of Col. Tallmadge, without any improvement and help him to an outfit of such things as he would need in the dense forests of the Western Reserve. He and his wife and their first born Cyrus Beach, who was the first grandchild of Dea. and Mrs. Sackett left Conn in company and all arrived safe in Tallmadge, the first Monday of July 1811. He selected Lot 5 of Tract 11 of [blank] acres. Daniel Beach was without doubt the 4th settler on Tract 11. He made good use of his time and energies, his father paid for the farm he had selected, it was an unbroken forest of heavy timber, and it was to be subdued and the wilderness to become a fruitful field. Mr. and Mrs. Beach were the ones to battle with the stern realities of pioneer life.
He selected a place by a spring and built his log house near the present residence of Mr. James Chamberlain (1877) and in 12 years had a fine farm, fenced an orchard, set out and in 1819 built the third frame barn on the Tract. In the early spring of 1823, he sold his farm to Garry Treat of Orange Conn. Mr. Beach bought a tract of land in Ruggles, Huron Co., O. on the west side of the town, west of the Vermillion River; he being the first settler. He and his family arrived in Ruggles Aug. 2nd, 1823. The 2nd family which was Mr. Bradford Sturtevant arrived in Sept 1823, which comprised all the white population in these two families in Ruggles. His son Wakeman J. Beach was the first white child born in Ruggles, he was born Jan. 11th, 1825.
CHILDREN OF DANIEL AND LORINDA S. BEACH
1st – Cyrus S., born in Warren, Conn. Sept. 23rd, 1810.
2nd – Reuben Kimball, born in Tallmadge, Oct. 4th, 1812.
3rd – Cordelia M., born in Tallmadge, Oct. 7th, 1814.
4th – Harriett L., born in Tallmadge, Aug. 6th, 1816.
5th – Daniel B., born in Tallmadge, May 13th, 1820.
6th – Wakeman J., born in Ruggles, Jan. 11th, 1825.
7th – William, born in Ruggles, Nov. 8th, 1827.
Daniel Beach married for his 2nd wife Mrs. Frances B. Taylor Peck, died Feb. 23rd, 1875 aged 78. Daniel Beach died May 21st, 1862 aged 77. Mrs. Lorinda S. Beach died Nov. 10th, 1856 aged 67. Daniel B. Beach died Nov. 24th, 1854 aged 34. Mr. Beach when he went to Ruggles was 38 years old and he entered into business with energy, built a saw and grist mill on the Vermillion River, was unfortunate but by the aid of his sons he passed through life with comfort and enjoyment.
The boundaries of Tract twelve Ensigns Survey, beginning at the North West corner of the Tract at the Four Corners East of the Center, running south to the south east six corners, thence east to the township line, thence north on the township line to the E and West Center line, thence West to the place of beginning; CONTAINING 889 ACRES.
The first settler on this Tract was Norman Sackett, on Lot 1 this is the NW Corner Lot of the Tract in 1815. He cleared a few acres, built a log house, and in 1817 he sold to Mr. Abraham Hine of North Milford now Orange Conn. Mr. Hine did not move his family to Ohio until 1820. So the 2nd actual settler was Samuel Treat.
MISS EMELINE SACKETT
Miss Emeline Sackett was the daughter of Aaron and Huldah C. (Tanner) Sackett and came with her parents into Tallmadge about 1837. Miss Sackett united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Sept. 1st, 1844, by letter. She went into the southern states where she spent several years teaching. She came north a year or more before her death to recuperate her health. But that fell destroyer of mankind consumption had laid his hand upon her. She died August 5th, 1867.
Mr. Abraham Hine came with them to see the country, with a view of removing his family … having arrived on the 14th of July, 1817 …. Mr. Norman Sackett had bought of Col. Benj. Tallmadge of Litchfield Conn. Lot 1 in Tract 12 on which he had cleared some acres, built a log house. He liking the land and Mr. Sackett being willing to sell, Mr. Hine bought the farm and returned to Conn to his family. … All being in readiness they on the 23rd of May, 1820 bid adieu to their native place … and arrived in Tallmadge on the 27th day of June after a journey of 35 days.
Maj. Neal and his wife were subjects of a revival of religion in Tallmadge in 1816. They united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge Feb. 16th, 1817. Their names head the list of 14 individuals who were admitted on that day, six by letter and 8 by profession. And but two are living at the present time Feb. 18th, 1878, viz: Mrs Lodemia (Sackett) Loomis, of Wadsworth Medina Co., and her brother Elezer C. Sackett of Warrensburg, Ill.
"Clark Sackett is living in the NE part of the township." [Letter from Sally C Preston to C C Bronson, Tallmadge, 26 Feb 1862. Bronson notes that this refers to Clark A Sackett, son of Dea Clark Sackett.]
In 1812 a company of riflemen was raised from various townships …
Privates … Norman Sackett ….
Lot No. 2 in Tract 15 was included in the land purchase of Dea. Salmon Sackett, of Col. Benj. Tallmadge in 1810. … Dea Sackett gave a portion of this lot to his son Leander Sackett and he sold the farm.
… In the meantime there had been quite an emigration from Warren to the Western Reserve, of their acquaintance. Dea Salmon Sackett with a large family, and Daniel Beach in 1811 to Tallmadge her Uncle John Weston settled in Springfield in 1812. Nathan Battison in 1814 and Clark Sackett, Mr. Reuben Beach and family and Warren Sturtevant, all from Warren and all settled in Tallmadge.
Lydia Mason [Wright, sister of John Wright Jr, next], married Luman Beach.
4th [of 9] – Henrietta Mariah, born [blank], married Cassander Sackett, died April 21st, 1863, age 63.
John [Wright] Jr. [brother of Lydia Mason Wright, above] married Saloma Gillett, May 10th, 1804 by Rev. Joseph Badger.
1st [of 11] – Mary Ann, born Oct. 24th, 1805 in Morgan, married Salmon D. Sackett, Sept. 27th, 1828. Died Feb. 16th 1872, aged 66.
THE MATHEWS MURDER
[Salmon Sackett was a witness in a murder trial in 1814. The victim, Epaphro Mathews, a peddler of Pittsburg, Pa, was known to Salmon. After a chance meeting, Salmon was able to confirm that he had seen a man who appeared to be travelling with Mathews. This man, later identified as Henry Aughst, was found to have murdered Mathews and stolen his money, some $270 in silver coin. Aughst was found guilty and executed by hanging. Bronson includes a detailed account of the murder and trial, the reference to Salmon Sackett reading:]
Once when in the woods near Poland, when a suitable moment seemed to have arrived, Deacon (Salmon) Sackett of Tallmadge, travelling with his wife came upon them. The deacon knew Mathews well and the meeting was an agreeable one between the two friends and formed an important link in the chain of evidence against the murderer, as deacon Sackett afterwards visited Aunghst in jail and recognized as the man he saw with Mathews in the woods near Poland.
[Bronson's account reveals that Aunghst was six feet seven inches tall—so it would not have been difficult to identify him! The account also reveals the ghoulish detail that, after the murderer's body had been buried at the foot of the scaffold, it was stolen by "some parties, who doubtless desired it for anatomical purposes." The body was recovered and guarded over night at the court house, only to be taken next day by "a party of German residents with the intention of sinking it in 'Mother Wards Pond' to keep it from the doctors." The Justice of the Peace recovered the body from this group and it was finally "reinterred in the original grave, the coffin being filled with lime and the largest log possible placed upon it."]
The present nineteenth century commenced when the territory north west of the Ohio River was comparatively an unbroken forest, the settlements were few and far between without roads or bridges. Early in this century a pious individual conceived the idea of establishing a community that would be a model society to be composed of none but those of good morals, professedly pious and such as would harmonize in religious doctrines.
He selected for this enterprise Town 2 Range 10 on the Connecticut Western Reserve now the township of Tallmadge. … This individual was Rev. David Bacon, in the employ of the Connecticut Missionary Society. …
In April 1808 several families came into the township and the settlement increased rapidly until the commencement of the War with England when it ceased until peace was declared in 1815.
Those who settled … SE of the Center; Daniel Beach, Salmon Sackett, Norman Sackett, Harvey Sackett and John Cruthers, …. [A total of 32 names, presumably the heads of families]
The 22nd of Jan. 1809 a church was organized consisting of 9 members …. [No Sacketts].
Meetings were held regularly in houses and barns in different parts of the township until 1815 when an Academy Building commenced the year previous completed on the ground now occupied by the Congregational Meeting House. … no move was made towards erecting a house for public worship until near the close of the year 1819. … An anonymous notice was posted at the same time calling on the citizens to meet at a given time not far distant to take measures for the erection of a meeting house, the call was responded to a meeting held and a committee of 7 appointed to fix the location plan of the house and manner of proceeding to effect the object viz: the erection of a Meeting House.
The Committee were Salmon Sackett, Peck Fenn, Lemuel Porter, Asaph Whittlesey, Reuben Beach, Amos C. Wright and Amos Seward.
A Presbyterian Church was organized in Middlebury Dec. 15th, 1831 by Rev. J.D. Hughs. Consisting of 26 members, mostly from the Congregational Church in Tallmadge. Rev. Benson C. Baldwin had been preaching in Middlebury most of year 1831 and continued his labors one half of the time until the first of Jan 1835 from that period all the time till Oct 1838 Rev. Alanson Saunders succeeded Mr. Baldwin for one year. Rev. Seth A. Sackett was employed on a stated supply in June 1840 his labor with the church ceased with the close of the year for which he was engaged.
There has been sixteen deaths of males over 80 years of age, [including] Salmon Sackett.
The following casualties have occurred in the township resulting in death: [including]
16th – A child of Clark Sackett by taking muriatic acid into the stomach.
Do the ladies suppose I attribute all the moral worth and usefulness to the male part of community, by no means. Often have we been called to mourn the departure of those females called away by death whose council and aid was needed in the family circle and elsewhere. I will name some of them [list of 10, including] Malissa Sackett.
MRS. MARY ANN W. SACKETT
In Prairie City Ill Feb 16th, 1872, Mrs. Mary Ann, wife of Salmon D. Sackett, aged 66. Mrs. Sackett was the daughter of John Jr. and Mrs. Saloma (Gillett) Wright, and was born in Morgan Ashtabula Co on the 24th of Oct. 1805. Came to Tallmadge with her fathers family in 1809. She united with the Cong. Church in Tallmadge March 10th, 1822 was dismissed in 1828.
[An all denominations society, The Connecticut Western Reserve Bible Society, was formed in 1814 to distribute free bibles to destitute families. The Society was funded by public subscription. Among the subscribers were:]
Salmon Sackett, Tallmadge, $1.50; Matilda Sackett, Tallmadge, $1.50; Harvey Sackett, Tallmadge, $1.50; Norman Sackett, Tallmadge, $1.50; Sally Sackett, Tallmadge, $1.50; Leander Sackett, Tallmadge, $1.50.
FROM THE CONNECTICUT EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE
The writer about 1844 heard Mr. Hanford in the Cong. Meeting House remark that the first sermon he preached in Tallmadge was at the funeral of a young bride. This was Mrs. Cynthia Preston, the wife of Mr. Clark Sackett. They were married May 2nd 1816 by Rev. Simeon Woodruff and she died June 4th 1816, aged 19 years.
REMINISCENCES OF 1879
Clark A. Sackett, a large bank barn, at S.W. Six Corners.
H.A. Sackett, a barn on the Upton farm west of Center.
MRS. CATHARINE ATWATER (ASHMUN) SACKETT
This lady was the wife of Clark A. Sackett, and was daughter of Russell A. and Marcia W. Ashmun, and was born in Tallmadge, where she was a resident all her life. For a great many years she was a prominent singer, being a great grand daughter of Capt. John Wright, whose family and descendants have held such a prominent place in sacred music in Tallmadge, from its early settlement. Mrs. Sackett united with the Cong. Church in her native town Jan. 1st, 1854. Mrs. Sackett from her early years was connected with the sabbath school, in the Cong. Church; first as a scholar and then as a teacher for many years. She continued to be with her class until that fell destroyer of the human family, consumption, attacked her and she was laid on a bed of sickness, from which she never arose. She was an active Christian woman and identified herself with the interests of the church and community. She lingered along until the 10th day of September 1879, the weary wheels stood still, aged 40.
He was the son of Dea Clark and L Melissa (Aikins) Sackett, was born in Tallmadge Jan 1st, 1827. His father and mother were descendants of that New England Puritan Stock, which has done so much to create a standard of religion and morals in this republic. He was early instructed by his parents to walk in the path of rectitude by precept and example. He was taught to attend meeting on the sabbath, and also the Sabbath School; and to avoid vicious company, and not tarnish his own good name or bring reproach upon his parents and the family. His education was good, and his fathers circumstances such that he could not expect a large amount to commence business with. He worked on his fathers farm after he was 21 years of age. He remained in Tallmadge and vicinity until 1852. His eldest sister having married and was residing in Geneseo, Livingston County, N.Y. He went to visit her, a good opportunity presented itself to go in to business there. He made his arrangements and entered into business, and being one of the energetic go ahead men he was in a good measure successful. He married Miss Susan Pierce, a native of Woodbury, Conn. He became a member of the Cong. Church in Tallmadge, by profession July 23rd, 1843. He never changed his church relations. He died suddenly at his residence in Geneseo, Sept. 1st, 1879, aged 52 years.
THE OLD FOLKS IN TALLMADGE
Read before the T.H.S. Jan 14th, 1879 by C.C. Bronson
Mrs. Jane Minor Sackett, born in Woodbury Ct., Aug 15th, 1809.
Remarks made by J.S. Upton at Thorntons Grove, Sept. 2nd, 1879
In the eventful year of 1863, when the militia spirit of the people of the north had been fully aroused, an organization of the Militia of Ohio was made in accordance with orders, an election of commissioned officers for the local militia of Tallmadge was held on the afternoon of July 4th, 1863. Norman S. Heller was elected captain, Charles H. Sackett, 1st Lieutenant, and Louis H. Ashmun 2nd lieutenant.
The company was uniformed in Dec of same year. April 25th, 1864, 2nd Lieut F.H. Wright was elected 1st Lieut in place of 1st Lieut. C.H. Sackett who resigned.
ROLL OF COMPANY D, 164th REGIMENT OF O.N.G.V.P.
[Soldiers' list includes] Clark A. Sackett.
Members of Company C., 54th Battalion not on the above roll.
1st Lieut Charles H. Sackett [first named and highest ranked in list of 32 names].
AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE TALMADGE ACADEMY
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio; … Salmon Sackett, Norman Sackett, Harvey Sackett [of 23 names], and their associates for the time being, be, and they are hereby declared a body politic and corporate in law, by the name of the "Tallmadge Academy," and as such shall remain and have perpetual succession, subject however to such alterations as the legislature may from time to time think proper.
SALMON DUNHAM SACKETT
He was the 10th child and 6th son of Dea Salmon and Mrs. Mercy M. (Curtiss) Sackett. He was born in Warren Conn, March 27th, 1804. On the first Monday of July, 1811 Dea Sackett arrived in Tallmadge with his family. Salmon was 7 years of age at the time. He was thus early initiated into pioneer life. Like other children of the pioneers, the luxuries of life he enjoyed were far from plenty. But they were able with their healthy and robust constitutions to withstand the hardships and privations, that are always incident to the life of a pioneer. Salmon as he advanced in life, was taught to use the axe and hoe, as his strength would admit. He attended the district school, and he attended the Tallmadge Academy, two or three terms under the tuition of Elizur Wright Esq. He being the youngest son living, it was the wish of his father that he should remain on the homestead, and he did one or two years after he was of age. He finally sold his interest in his fathers farm to his brother Elezer C. Sackett. He went to Ruggles then Huron Co, and purchased a farm. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ann, a daughter of John and Saloma G. Wright Sept. 27th, 1828, and immediately moved to Ruggles, where he lived and cultivated a farm many years. With a large family and thinking to better his future prospects, he moved his family to Fulton Co, Ill, where he buried his wife and several children. Mrs. Sackett died Feb. 16th, 1872, aged 66 years. He enlisted into the service of his country in the late war, and faithfully performed every duty. He went to Kansas in 1878, to improve the land which government had awarded him, hoping to again make him a home. He died in the triumphs of faith in his Redeemer, having been a professing Christian for nearly 50 years. During his sickness of two months, when asked if he was afraid to die, his answer was always, "No, I'm not afraid, only waiting", often repeating "One day nearer home", and "fly swiftly round ye wheels of time etc." He died at his residence near Garfield, Sat morn, Sept 19th, 1880, aged 77.
THE NAMES OF THE VOTERS IN TALLMADGE IN 1880
Hiram Sackett, Charles H. Sackett, Clark A. Sackett, Walter B. Sackett, Edward A. Sackett, Charles C. Sackett
Charles Cook Bronson, History of Tallmadge and the Western Reserve 1804–1886 (10 vols.). Akron-Summit County Public Library (http://www.akronlibrary.org). Extracts transcribed from typescript by Tallmadge Historical Society, 1995, from handwritten original.