Rebecca Sackett

FatherJoseph S Sackett (1715/16-1798)
MotherSarah Vansant (1726-1796)
Marriage1784, Bucks CountyGRev William H Wetherill3
Rebecca Sackett, daughter of Joseph S Sackett and Sarah Vansant, was born probably in Wrightstown, Bucks County, PennsylvaniaG, on 6 June 1760.1,2 She died aged 41 on 1 January 1802.1,2 She married at the Southampton Baptist Church, Bucks CountyG, on 13 July 1784, Rev William H Wetherill, son of William Wetherill and Rebecca Haines.3 Rev William H Wetherill was born in Bristol, Bucks CountyG, on 23 April 1762.4,2 After Rebecca's death, William married second in Bucks CountyG, on 19 April 1803, Hannah Phillips, by whom he had seven children.5 He was the founder and first minister of the Penns Park Methodist-Episcopal Church. He died aged 80 in WrightstownG on 10 February 1843 and was buried at Penns Park United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bucks CountyG.5
     Rebecca was named as a beneficiary in her father's will made in Wrightstown, Bucks County, PennsylvaniaG, on 21 October 1793.6

Children of Rebecca Sackett and Rev William H Wetherill

Penns Park's importance in the area of religion centers around its Methodist congregation which was among the earliest in the county. The leader of this movement in the strongly Quaker central Bucks County area was William Wetherill. Wetherill was also a key figure in the development of the village. In 1803 he purchased the entire northwest portion of the crossroads, including the store and tavern, from Jesse Anderson (who built another tavern on the northeast corner of the intersection a decade later). A year after his purchase of the land at the crossroads he conveyed a small lot of land along the New Hope Road to the Methodists in trust for the establishment of a graveyard and the eventual construction of a church. This action was only a year after the important General Conference of the Methodist Church and less than a year after the first Methodist Church in Bucks County was erected in Bristol. True to the Methodist tradition, services were held in William Wetherill's home until a church was erected in 1833. The church was built by Wetherill, a mason by trade, and by his son-in-law Charles Johnson. Under the guidance of William Wetherill, Methodism flourished in this small isolated community in the heart of the predominantly Quaker region.

—Living Places website

 Notes & Citations

  1. Email from Lynn Tinsley to Sackett Discussion List, 30 October 2005.
  2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston: NEHGS), vol 113, p 238, record believed to have been copied from Wetherill family bible, "William Wetherill was born April 23 1762; Rebecca Wetherill was born June 6 1760; Simon Wetherill was born Nov 14 1784; Sally Wetherill was born Sep 22 1786; Clara Wetherill was born Dec 16 1788; Patience Wetherill was born Sep 3 1790, died Jan 1870; Rebecca Wetherill died Jan 1st 1802; William Wetherill died 184_, will proved March 4 1843."
  3. "Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669–2013" (Ancestry image), Marriages Register, Southampton Baptist Church, Bucks County, PA, "13 Jul 1784, William Wetherill & Rebecka Sacket, by licence, by Wm Van Horne."
  4. John Wesley Haines, A Quaker Family of Burlington County, New Jersey, since 1682 (Boyce, VA: Carr Publishing Inc, 1961).
  5. Find a Grave.
  6. Will of Joseph Sackett of Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 21 October 1793, proved, 27 March 1798 (Probate file 02837) (Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Abstracts of Wills, 1785-1825),
    "Joseph Sackett, Wrightstown Twp., yeoman, 'far advanced in age.' October 21, 1793. Codicil November 1, 1794. Proved March 27, 1798.
    Wife Sarah. Son Joseph, son-in-law Simon Bennitt and son-in-law Joshua Dungan, son of Joseph, exrs. Sons Simon and Joseph. Daus., Clauche, Rachel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rebecca. Gddau. Mary Kinsey, 'Goods lent to Dau. Patience, and in possession of her father John Kinsey.' Land purchased of Joseph Wilkinson and John Watson. Do. adj. Garret Vansant and Samuel Kirk.
    Wits: Isaac Chapman, Thomas Chapman, Sarah Chapman."
Sackett line5th great-granddaughter of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
3rd great-granddaughter of Simon Sackett the colonist
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Sackett Family Association descendants
Lynn Tinsley, Richard Hearn and William Charles "Bill" Bonnet.
Last Edited25 Jun 2021
Sackett Database14796 Rebecca Sackett

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