Paul Sackett

(1588-aft 1640)
FatherRobert Sackett (c 1550-1622)
MotherFaith Norwood (c 1550-1591)
Paul Sackett, yeoman of Ash and St John in Thanet, son of Robert Sackett and Faith Norwood, was born in Margate, KentG, in 1588. He was baptized at St John's Church, Margate, KentG, on 10 March 1587/88.1 He died after 1640. He married at St Martin, CanterburyG, in 1620, Ann (___) Lee, widow of Richard Lee, by licence obtained at Canterbury on 1 February 1619/20.2 Ann was born in about 1594.2
     Paul was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in St John in ThanetG, in October 1622.3 He was appointed executor of the will and was to receive the residue of his father's estate after various bequests to his other sons and daughter and to his grandchildren.
     Paul was a defendant in an action in the Court of Chancery, London, in 1632, and the plaintiff in further actions in 1638–39, involving the disputed ownership of some of his father's lands in Ickham and Wingham, Kent. [See Transcript of Proceedings]
     Paul was a churchwarden at St John's ChurchG in 1640.4
The Chancery Court actions
     Paul Sackett was involved, first as a defendant and later as the plaintiff in proceedings in the Chancery Court, London, in 1632 and 1638–39. His brother William Sackett also gave evidence.
     Paul and William's father Robert Sackett had bought lands in Ickham and Wingham, Kent, in 1609 (7th year of the reign of King James) for ?60 from William Parker, the parties agreeing that Parker would continue to occupy the lands upon payment of an "annuity" of £6—effectively a sale-and-leaseback arrangement.
     Robert Sackett died in 1622 and left the residue of his estate, including the deed of annuity, to his son Paul. Inclusion of the deed in his will implied that Robert believed it was still in force, although it appears that no rent had been paid for some years.
     Paul Sackett sought through an action at common law in the Palace of Canterbury to recoup 12 years' rent arrears from Richard Hurlston, under threat of repossession of his land.
     In 1632, Richard Hurlston actioned Paul Sackett in the Court of Chancery in London, Hurleston claiming that William Parker had discharged the annuity in 1612 by paying to Robert Sackett in the North porch of the parish church of Ashe, as required by the deed of annuity, a capital sum of £63.
     Shortly after, William Parker had sold parts of the lands to various purchasers. Some of the lands were now in the possession of Richard Hurleston. Hurleston disputed that he owed anything to Paul Sackett, but that if he did it would be only his fair share with other holders of the lands once owned by William Parker.
     The matter rested for some years until, in 1638, Paul Sackett actioned, in the Court of Chancery, William Jones, Henry Austen, Edward Hubberd, Simon Hurlestone, and William Brewer, the then holders of the William Parker lands, for enforcement of the deed of annuity.
     Paul Sackett claimed that William Parker had not only failed to pay the rent due under the deed but had conspired with others to subdivide and sell the lands, rendering some of the lands unidentifiable through change of use and through merging with other land holdings.
     The case became acrimonious, with each side accusing the other of behaving fraudulently.
     The outcome of the case is not known although it must, for many years, have been the cause of a major rift, not least because Paul Sackett's older brother William Sackett (who also gave evidence) was married to Joan Parker, a cousin of William Parker.

Children of Paul Sackett and Ann (___) Lee

ChartsTree 1. William Sackett of St John in Thanet descendant chart

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St John the Baptist, Thanet, Kent, "10 March 1587/88 Paul Sackett filius Roberte Sacket."
  2. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "1 February 1619/20 Paul Sackett of Ash, yeoman, bachelor, about 30 & Ann Lee of St John in Thanet, widow, about 26, relict of Richard Lee late same parish deceased. At St Martin’s Canterbury. Edward Bennett of St Martin’s Canterbury, yeoman, bondsman."
  3. Will of Robert Sackett of St John in Thanet, Kent, 2x October 1622, proved in the Consistory Court of Canterbury, xx January 1623 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 32-45-303).
  4. Parish Records, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent.
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