George Samuel Sackett LLD

FatherGeorge Sackett (1772-1842)
MotherSophia ___ (-1841)
George Samuel Sackett LLD, lawyer and author, son of George Sackett and Sophia ___, was born in Peckham, SurreyG, on 22 September 17991,2 and baptized at St Mary Magdalen, BermondseyG, on 20 October 1799.1 He died aged 93 at 227 Brockley Road, Brockley, KentG, on 25 May 18933,4 and was buried at Lewisham, LondonG.5 He married first at St George Hanover Square, MiddlesexG, on 8 July 1845, Hannah Fuggle, daughter of John Fuggle and Hannah ___.6,7,8 Hannah was born in Herstmonceux, SussexG, in about 18002 and baptized there on 12 April 1800.9 Hannah gave birth to a stillborn son at Yalding, KentG, on 21 June 1846. There appear not to have been other children of the marriage.10,11 She died aged 53 in Yalding, KentG, on 14 November 1853.12,13 He married second in Lewisham, KentG, in 1855, Emma (Fleming) Scarbrow, daughter of John Fleming and Elizabeth ___.14,15 Emma was born in Newington, SurreyG, on 14 February 1819 and baptized at St Mary, NewingtonG, on 17 July 1822.16 She died aged 68 in GreenwichG in 1887.17
     A record explaining how George achieved the award of a Doctor of Laws degree—a degree ranking above a PhD—has not been found. His field of research is hinted at in his listing in the 1851 census when he described himself as an author, general literature.
     His career as a schoolmaster suggests he was more an academic than a businessman, success as the former attended by a dramatic failure as the latter.
     In 1834, George took a 13-year lease on The Priory, a large house in Blackheath, Kent, and established a boarding school there. However, he soon ran into financial difficulty and the owner put the property up for sale by auction in July 1838, referring to the property as having been "late in the occupation of Mr. Sackett."
     George's absence from The Priory is explained by his having been imprisoned for debt.
     He made application to the Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors in October 1838, and his case was set for hearing in December of that year.
     The Court's decision has not been found, but a satisfactory arrangement must have been arrived at as he was able to resume his tenancy of the Priory, continuing to run it as a boarding school until 1848.
     George's financial fortunes later turned and by 1861 he headed a household employing no fewer than five servants. But tragedy struck the following year when both of his and Emma's children died, Emma Scarbrow aged six and George Burgoyne about five. They were buried together at Lewisham in June 1862.
     George's mother Sophia, helped by two of his sisters, Mary Ann and Ann, also established a small school in Blackheath, a girls' school, in a house leased in 1837.
     George was listed in the Lewisham, Kent, Directory in 1840 as the proprietor of a boarding school at Park Road, Lee, KentG.18
     In 1841 George was living at The Pryory, Charlton next Woolwich, KentG, and was recorded in the census as George Sackett, a schoolmaster, aged 35 [rounded down] and born not in Kent. His younger brother Thomas, 25 [rounded down] was also at the Pryory as an assistant schoolmaster. Others at the same address were Caroline Fielder, of independent means, aged 50; three female servants; one male servant; and seven pupils.19
     In 1847 George was listed as Dr Geo S Sackett in the Blackheath, Kent, Directory having premises at the Priory, Charlton.20
     In 1851 he was living at Lewisham Road, St Paul's, Deptford, KentG, in the household of his unmarried sister Mary A Sackett, and was recorded as George S Sackett, LLD Author Gen. Literature, married, aged 43 [actually 51] and born in Bermondsey. Also in the household were a 19-year-old female house servant and four visiting children.21,22
     George's wife Hannah was recorded in the 1851 census living with her unmarried aunt, Elizabeth Fielder, at Lattingford, Yalding, KentG. Hannah was aged 50, born in Hurstmonceaux, Sussex. Also in the household was Hannah's unmarried sister, Mary Fuggle, 47.23
     George was listed in the London Suburban Directory in 1860 as a resident of Heston, MiddlesexG.24
     In 1861 he was living in HestonG and was recorded as George Samuel Sackett, fundholder, head of household, married, aged 54 [actually 61] and born in Peckham. Living with him were his second wife Emma, 43, her Scarbrow children by her first marriage, Charlotte, 18, Edmund, 15, and Harry, 11, and George and Emma's children, Emma, 5, and George Burgoyne, aged three. Also living there was Emma's brother, Cornelius Swan L White, 46, a barrister. A schoolboy, Gordon Melhado, 15, born in Jamaica, was visiting. There were five servants: three house servants, a nursemaid, and a page.25
     George was listed from 1861 to 1865 as a voter in HestonG.26,27
     Census records for George after 1861 have not been found. In 1881, his wife Emma was listed at 38 Westbourn Park, Paddington, LondonG, in the household of her brother-in-law Cornelius White, 66, a retired barrister. Her unmarried daughter Charlotte Scarbrow, 38, was with her.28
The tower of the old Priory has been retained within a modern house
(Picture: Andrew Sackett, 2021)

Children of George Samuel Sackett LLD and Emma (Fleming) Scarbrow

Sale by auction
The Priory, Blackheath-park.—A delightful detached Residence, suitable for a family of respectability or a first-rate boarding school ... late in the occupation of Mr. Sackett.

The Times, London, 19 July 1838, p 8

Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors.
Wednesday the 17th day of October 1838.
Orders have been made, vesting in the Provisional Assignee the Estates and Effects of the following Persons:
(On their own Petitions.)
George Samuel Sackett, late of the Priory-park-road, Blackheath, Kent, Schoolmaster.—In the Queen's Bench.

London Gazette, 19 Oct 1838, pp 2241-2

The Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors.
The following Prisoners, whose Estates and Effects have been vested in the Provisional Assignee by Order of the Court, having filed their Schedules, are ordered to be brought up before the Court, at the Court-House, in Portugal-Street, Lincoln's-Inn-Fields, on Friday the 7th day of December 1838, at Nine o'Clock in the Forenoon, to be dealt with according to the Statute.
George Samuel Sackett, formerly of No. 3, Gloucester-terrace, Hoxton Old Town, afterwards of No. 99, Hoxton Old Town and late of the Priory, Park-road, Blackheath, Kent, School-Master.

London Gazette, 16 Nov 1838, pp 2588-9

"Sackett.—May 25, at 227, Brockley-road, Brockley, George Samuel Sackett, LL.D., aged 93."

—Guardian, London, 7 Jun 1893, p 13

In 1834 The Priory was advertised to let for the remaining 13 years of its lease: the advertisement noted seven bedrooms, stabling, a patent WC, and two acres of ground. But there was no mention of the central church-style tower in its middle — the architectural feature which gave the property its name. Why it was built like this we do not know but, certainly, there was no traceable ecclesiastical significance for the feature. A building like this was ideal for a small school and, indeed, this was to be its fate in 1834, when it was taken by John Sackett, and his brother Dr George Samuel Sackett. They ran the property as a boarding school until 1848 at which date it passed to cornfactor William Nixon ... .

No. 101 (Glengall Villa) ... — re-named Park End Cottage — was leased for a girls' school in 1837 by Sophia Sackett (or Sackitt) (1776–1841) helped by daughters Marianne and Ann. They were not to stay long and, in 1841, could only boast seven pupils.

—Neil Rhind, Blackheath Village and Environs 1790–1970 (Blackheath Bookshop, 1983), pp 156 & 163

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Surrey, "20 October 1799 George Samuel Sackett s. George & Sophia, East Lane, bn. 22 September. Father's occ: waterman."
  2. Census.
  3. General Register Office, Online Index to Deaths, "Jun qtr 1893. Sackett, George Samuel, 93. Greenwich."
  4. Guardian, London ( image), 7 Jun 1893, p 13, "Sackett.—May 25, at 227, Brockley-road, Brockley, George Samuel Sackett, LL.D., aged 93."
  5. "UK, Burial and Cremation Index" (Ancestry transcript), "Lewisham, London, 1 Jun 1893, George Samuel Sackett."
  6. Marriage Licence Allegations, Vicar-General's Office (Society of Genealogists), "7 July 1845 George Samuel Sackett, bachelor, 21+, of St George Hanover Square, Middlesex, & Hannah Fuggle, spinster, 21+, of Yalding, Kent, at St George Hanover Square."
  7. Marriages Register, St George Hanover Square, Middlesex, "8 July 1845, George Samuel Sackett, full age, bachelor, professor of languages, of Regent Street, father: George Sackett, artist; and Hannah Fuggle, full age, spinster, of Yalding, Kent, father: John Fuggle, farmer. Licence. By Charles Wesley. Witnesses: Ralph Dennis, Henry Fuggle, Archd Frank."
  8. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Sep qtr 1845. Sackett, George Samuel. St George Hanover Square. 1:5."
  9. "England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530–1980" (Ancestry transcript), "Herstmonceaux, Sussex, 12 Apr 1800, Hannah Fuggle, father John Fuggle, mother Hannah Fuggle."
  10. Website Times of London, Newspaper Archive, 26 June 1846, p. 5, Births. "On the 21st inst. at Yalding, Kent, the wife of Dr. Sackett, of the Priory, Blackheath, of a son, still-born."
  11. "England, Newspaper Death Notices" (Findmypast image), West Kent Guardian, 27 Jun 1846
    Births. June 21, at Yalding, Kent, the wife of Dr. Sackett, of the Priory, Blackheath, of a son, still born.
  12. General Register Office, Online Index to Deaths, "Dec qtr 1853. Sackett, Hannah, 53. Maidstone. 2a:244."
  13. "England, Newspaper Death Notices" , Sussex Advertiser, Surrey Gazette and West Kent Courier, 22 Nov 1853
    Deaths. Sackett.—November 14, at Yalding, aged 53, Hannah, the beloved wife of Dr. Sackett, L.L.D., of Counter-hill, New Cross.
  14. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Jun qtr 1855. Sackett, George Samuel. Lewisham. 1d:908."
  15. General Register Office, Online Index to Marriages, "Jun qtr 1855. Scarbrow, Emma. Lewisham. 1d:908."
  16. "London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813–1920" (Ancestry image), Newington St Mary, Southwark, "17 Jul 1822, Emma Fleming, b. 14 Feb 1819, father John Fleming, of Lambeth, gent, mother Elizabeth Fleming."
  17. "England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837–1915" (Ancestry transcript), "Jun qtr 1887. Sackett, Emma, 68. Greenwich. 1d:563."
  18. "UK, City and County Directories, 1766–1946" (Ancestry image), Pigot's Directory 1840, Kent, Lewisham, Academies & Schools, "Sackett George Samuel (boarding). Park road, Lee."
  19. 1841 England census, The Pryory, Charlton next Woolwich, Kent
    George Sackett, 35, schoolmaster, b. not Kent
    Thomas Sackett, 25, assistant schoolmaster, b. not Kent
    [also in household were: Caroline Fielder, 50, ind; 3 female servants; 1 male servant; & 7 pupils]
    HO107; Piece 481; Book: 2; Civil Parish: Charlton Next Woolwich; County: Kent; Enumeration District: 10; Folio: 37; Page: 30; Line: 3; GSU roll: 306874. [Also researched at PRO by Marion Sackett].
  20. "UK, City and County Directories, 1766–1946", , Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer and Directory 1847, Kent, Blackheath Hundred, Blackheath Miscellany, "2, Sackett Dr. Geo S. Priory." ["2" indicates Charlton parish]
  21. 1851 England census, Lewisham Rd., St. Pauls, Deptford, Kent
    Mary A. Sackett, head, unmarried, 32, b. Surrey, Bermondsey
    George S. Sackett, brother, married, 43, L.L.D. Author Gen. Literature, b. Surrey, Bermondsey
    Elizabeth Cousens, serv., unmarried, 19, house servant, b. Kent, Deptford
    Margaret Davidson, visitor, 11, b. Middlesex, London
    James Davidson, visitor, 6, b. Middlesex, London
    John Davidson, visitor, 3, b. Middlesex, London
    Samuel Everett, visitor, 4, b. Middlesex, Poplar
  22. Although the ages given in the 1851 do not match, identification of Mary A Sackett and George S Sackett would appear to be correct based on the combination of their being brother and sister and the fact that they were both born in Bermondsey. Both appear to have understated their ages by eight years.
  23. 1851 England census, Lattingford, Yalding, Kent
    Elizabeth Fielder, head, unmarried, 78, farmer, 196 ac., empl. 10, b. Kent, Mereworth
    Hannah Sackett, niece, married, 50, wife of Dr. Sackett, L.L., b. Sussex, Hurstmonceaux
    Mary Fuggle, niece, unmarried, 47, b. Kent, Maidstone.
  24. "London, England, City Directories, 1736–1943" (Ancestry image), Post Office London Suburban Directory (Northern Suburbs), Heston, Private Residents, "Sackett George Samuel, esq. LL.D."
  25. 1861 England census, RG 9, piece 773, folio 34, p. 5
    Heston, Middlesex
    George Samuel Sackett, head, married, 54, LLD, fundholder, b. Surrey, Peckham
    Emma Sackett, wife, 43, b. Surrey, Newington
    Charlotte Cornelia Scarbrow, stepdau, unm, 18, scholar, b. Cape of Good Hope
    Edmund Wm Scarbrow, stepson, 15, scholar, b. Middlesex, Camden Town
    Harry Ford Scarbrow, stepson, 11, scholar, b. Middlesex, Camden Town
    Emma Sackett, dau, 5, b. Kent, Sydenham
    George Burgoyne Sackett, son, 3, b. Middlesex, Heston
    Cornelius Swan L White, bro-in-law, unm, 46, barrister not in practice, b. Middlesex, Islington
    Gordon Melhado, visitor, 15, scholar, b. Jamaica
    Jane, servant, widow, 27, house servant, b. Middlesex, Heston
    Jane Moxey, servant, unm, 31, house servant, b. Surrey, Wandsworth
    Frances Quail, servant, unm, 26, nursemaid, b. Jamaica
    Sarah White, servant, 14, house servant, b. Middlesex, Heston
    Harry Holloway, servant, 14, page, b. Middlesex, Cranford.
  26. "London Electoral Registers, 1832–1965" (Ancestry image), Parish of Heston, Middlesex, 1861, 1862, 1865, "Sackett, George Samuel, Heston, Copyhold house and ground, Heston, in my own occupation."
  27. "London, England, Overseer Returns, 1863–1894" (Ancestry image), Brentford Polling District, Parish of Heston, 1863, "2120 Sackett, George Samuel, Heston, Copyhold house and ground, Heston, in my own occupation."; 1864, "1995 Sackett, George Samuel, Heston, Copyhold house and ground, Heston, in my own occupation."
  28. 1881 England census, RG11, Piece 14, Folio 81, p 17, GSU roll 1341003
    38 Westbourn Park, Paddington, London
    Cornelius S White, head, unm, 66, barrister not pract, b. London
    Emma Sackett, sister-in-law, m, 57, b. London
    Charlotte L Scarbrow, niece, unm, 38, b. Cape Town
    Sarah Chapman, servt, unm, 27, cook, b. London
    Louise Page, servt, unm, 21, housemaid, b. Kent St Margaret's.
Sackett line6th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
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Last Edited13 Sep 2023

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