Rev John Sackett

(1596-1664)
FatherJohn Sackett (1564-1623/24)
MotherAnn/Agnes Sampson (c 1565-1630/31)
John Sackett, son of John Sackett and Ann/Agnes Sampson, was baptized at St Peter's Church, Thanet, KentG, on 6 February 1596/97.1 He died aged about 67, within a day or two of making a codicil to his will on 20 August 1664 and was buried at Great Mongeham, KentG, on 24 August 1664.2 He married first at Denton, KentG, on 19 April 1624, Elizabeth Rogers, the fifteen-year-old daughter of Francis Rogers DD, having obtained a licence at Canterbury on the 8th of that month.3,4 Elizabeth Rogers died at the age of eighteen and was buried at Eythorne, KentG, on 8 November 1627.5 He married second in 1628 or 1629, Sarah ___.6 She died in Braunston, LincolnshireG, on 22 May 1676.7
     John was admitted to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, on 20 May 1614. He was awarded a BA degree in 1617/18 and an MA in 1621. He was ordained a deacon in London on 12 March 1619/20, and appointed a priest in Peterborough on 24 September 1621. He was a curate at Herne, Kent, in 1624, and was rector of Betteshanger, Kent, from 1626 to 1628. He was awarded a BD degree at Oxford University in 1628. He was rector of Eastbridge from 1628 to 1646 and was master of Eastbridge Hospital. He served as rector of Great Mongeham for 36 years from 1628 until his death in 1664.8,9
     John was named as a bondsman in the marriage licences of his brother William in 1618, of his sister Ann in 1620, and of his brother Rev Stephen Sackett in 1632.10,11,12
     John was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made in St Peter in ThanetG, on 8 February 1623/24.13 John's father was evidently a fairly prosperous yeoman farmer and John the son was left the unspecified residue of lands and tenements after specific bequests of properties to his brothers William and Richard. The three brothers were joint executors of their father's estate.
     John was named as a beneficiary in his mother's will made in Swalecliffe, KentG, on 31 January 1630/31.14 John (and each of his brothers William and Richard), having been well provided for by his father, was left just five shillings in his mother's will, the residue of her estate going to the youngest son Stephen.
     John was appointed as an overseer of the will of his brother-in-law William Jenkin made at Minster in ThanetG on 12 February 1639/40.
     John's name appears on several surviving Lay Subsidy rolls. In 1629/30 he had £3 in land on which he paid 12/- to 14/- tax. In 1642/3 he had £2 in land and paid 16/- rates. He made a contribution of £1-10s to the Collection for the Relief of Distressed Protestants (in Ireland) made throughout England in 1641/2. In the 1664 Hearth Tax returns, he had 6 hearths (in what would have been a large vicarage), and a non-chargeable empty cottage.15
     Rev John Sackett, as master of Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury, and his brother Rev Stephen Sackett were involved as defendants in proceedings in the Chancery Court, London, in 1650–51.
     Ann Eastman, widow of Edward Eastman, claimed to be entitled to possession of six houses in Canterbury owned by the Eastbridge Hospital. Edward's father John Eastman had purchased a 40-year leasehold of the houses sometime before 1633. He had transferred the leasehold benefit to Edward by way of a marriage settlement, Ann having been given £100 as her portion by her own father.
     John Eastman later came to regret the settlement and, without consultation or agreement with his son and daughter-in-law, sold the lease back to John Sackett. Ann alleged that her father-in-law had conspired with John Sackett and Stephen Sackett to sell them the leasehold for a small sum, destroying the documentation in the process. The houses had subsequently been let to tenants.
     John Sackett confirmed that he had, as master of Eastbridge Hospital, granted a 40-year lease in 1630 to John Eastman for five houses and a shop, subject to maintenance of the premises in good order at the tenant's cost and to a yearly rent of 34 shillings. In 1635, after Eastman had consistently failed to pay the rent and had allowed the properties to fall into "very greate ruine", the parties agreed a buy-back of the lease, and this was effected by John Sackett paying John Eastman £70, a sum well in excess of the value of the properties. (The transaction was somewhat convoluted, with the properties being first put in the name of John's brother Richard Sackett, then put in trust for John to Stephen Sampson, who was probably John's brother William's father-in-law, and then mortgaged by John to his brother Stephen Sackett.)
     The court dismissed Ann's claim, but John Sackett agreed to pay her £10 and to grant her a lease to continue living in one of the houses.
     John made his will in Great MongehamG, in 1664, naming as beneficiaries his sons Nathaniel, George, Samuel and John, his daughters Margaret, Elizabeth and Patience, and his brother William. As a result of his living at Great Mongeham and as Master of Eastbridge Hospital and by inheritance, Rev John Sackett was a wealthy man. He left some £900 in money as well as several land holdings, and his will refers also to his wife's fortune of £40 a year.
     He left £100 each to his sons Nathaniel and George and £200 each to his daughters Margaret, Elizabeth and Patience, plus £20 to each daughter to buy necessaries on marriage. He left tenements, a malthouse, and lands in Great Mongeham to his son Samuel, and tenements and lands in St Peter and St John in Thanet to his son John, the Prebendary of Lincoln. In a codicil to the will, he left his brother William an annuity of 40 shillings. John appointed his two elder sons John and Nathaniel as executors.16 The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court, Canterbury, KentG, on 14 September 1664.16
An account of John Sackett's life and times is given in A Dynasty of Vicars by Marion Sackett.

     John's widow Sarah made her will in Braunston, LincolnshireG, on 13 April 1676, naming as beneficiaries her daughters Elizabeth and Patience. She left to her daughter Elizabeth £5 in silver, her wedding ring and half her 'wearing cloaths', while the residue of her goods and chattels were to go to Patience, who was also appointed executrix. A George Sackett, presumably her son, was named as a witness to the will. Neither George, nor her other sons John, Nathaniel and Samuel, known to be then surviving, are mentioned in her will, presumably because they had been well provided for by their father. A detailed inventory made shortly after her death valued Sarah's personal estate at £78.17
John Sackett signed the registers as curate at St Martin's Church, Herne for the year to March 1623/24

Children of Rev John Sackett and Sarah ___

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 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, Kent (Society of Genealogists), "6 January or 1/6 February 1596/97 John s. John Sacket."
  2. Burials Register, Great Mongeham, Kent (Bishop's Transcripts & Parish Register), "24 August 1664 John Sackett."
  3. Marriages Register, Denton, Kent (Mrs Nichol's Index), "19 April 1624 John Sackett & Eliz. Rogers."
  4. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, 8 Apr 1624 John SACKETT of Herne, Clerk, MA, bachelor, about 27 & Elizabeth ROGERS of Denton, maiden, about 15, daughter of Francis ROGERS, Doctor in Divinity, same parish, who consents. At Denton.
  5. Burials Register, Eythorne, Kent (Mrs Nichol's Index), "8 November 1627 Mistress Sackett the wife of John Sackett, minister."
  6. A marriage record for Rev John Sackett & Sarah (___) has not been found. The date of the marriage is assumed to have been between the death of Elizabeth (Rogers) in Nov 1627 and the birth of Sarah's first child in 1630.
  7. Will and inventory of personal estate.
  8. John Venn, Compiler, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press (1922), 'SACKETT, John: Adm. pens at SIDNEY 20 May 1614. Doubtless s. of John, gent. B. in the Isle of Thanet. Matric. 1614; B.A. 1617/18; M.A 1621; B.D. 1628. Incorp. at Oxford, 1622. Ord. deacon (London) 12 Mar 1619/20, age 27; priest (Peterb.) 24 Sep 1621. Probably C. of Herne, Kent, in 1624. R. of Betteshanger, 1626-8. R. of Gt Mongeham, 1628-64. R. of Eastbridge, 1628-46. Master of Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury. Died 24 Aug 1664. Buried at Gt Mongeham. Probably brother of Stephen (1621); father of George (above) and of the next. (Hasted, iv.140, 630)."
  9. "Alumni Oxonienses, 1500–1886", digital image, Ancestry.com, "Sackett, John; B.A. from Sydney Sussex Coll., Cambridge, 1617–18, M.A. 1621 (incorporated 9 July, 1622), B.D. 1628, rector of Betteshanger 1626–8, of Great Mongeham 1628, and of Eastbridge (all Kent) 1628–46. See Foster's Graduati Cantab. & Foster's Index Eccl."
  10. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, 19 Sep 1618 William SACKETT of St Peter in Thanet, yeoman & Ellen SAMPSON of St Lawrence in Thanet, virgin. At St Peter in Thanet. John SACKETT of St Peter in Thanet, BA & Isaac ELVIN of Canterbury gentleman, bondsmen.
  11. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, Daniel PAMFLETT of St John in Thanet, yeoman, bachelor, about 22 & Ann SACKETT of St Peter in Thanet, maiden, about 17, daughter of John SACKETT, same parish, yeoman, who consents, at St Mary Bredman’s Canterbury. John SACKETT of Sidney College Cambridge BA & Isaac ELVIN of Canterbury, clerk, bondsmen.
  12. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, 13 Jul 1632 Stephen SACKETT Clerk MA vicar of Blean bachelor about 27 & Alice FRISBY of Great Mongeham virgin about 17 daughter of Samuel Frisby deceased & of Sarah Frisby alias SAY who consents. At Gt Mongeham. John Sackett Clerk rector of Gt Mongeham bondsman.
  13. Will of John Sackett of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, 8 February 1624, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 14 April 1624 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-66-354).
  14. Will of Ann Sackett of Swalecliffe, Kent, 31 January 1631, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 15 February 1631 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-67-505).
  15. Marion Sackett, A Dynasty of Vicars.
  16. Will of John Sackett of Great Mongeham, Kent, 1664[?], proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 14 September 1664 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-72-97).
  17. Will of Sarah Sackett of Braunston, Lincoln, 13 April 1676, proved in the London Consistory Court, 15 August 1676 (National Archives, LCC 1676/216 INV 179/178).
Last Edited1 November 2017