Lyman Belcher Sackett

(c 1840-between 1889 & 1894)
FatherLyman Sackett (1818-1841)
MotherLydia Amanda Ostrander
Lyman Belcher Sackett, son of Lyman Sackett and Lydia Amanda Ostrander, was born in New York CityG in about 1840.1 He died between 1889, when he was a witness to his daughter Florence's marriage, and 1894, when his wife Lydia died a widow—but see note.2 He married at the Baptist Chapel, New Town, Madras, IndiaG, on 28 May 1867, Caroline Lydia Aldridge.3,4,5,6 Caroline was born in about 1850.7 She died aged 43 in Allahabad, Bengal, IndiaG, on 29 January 18948 and was buried at Allahabad Civil CemeteryG on 30 January 1894.8,9
     Lyman was in London, England, in 1863, travelling back from there on the Cornelius Grinnell, and arriving in New York on 22 June 1863. The record gives his age as 22 and occupation as sailor. His place of origin was the USA and his nationality American. A record of his outward journey has not been found.10
     Lyman served as a Union soldier in the Civil War. He enlisted as a private on 21 January 1864 in New York CityG in Company F, New York 165th Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out (one record indicates that he was mustered out, another that he deserted) on 11 September 1864 at Georgetown, DC.11,12 He subsequently travelled from New York to Australia, working his passage as an able bodied seaman, arriving in Sydney, New South WalesG, on 20 January 1865.13
     At the date of his marriage, 1867, Lyman was the station master at Perambur Railway Station. He was working as a traffic inspector at Jolarpet, Madras, in 1868. He was the station master at Jagotee Junction on the Eastern Bengal Railway in 1873, a guard at Howrah, Bengal, on the East Indian Railway in 1876, and a goods clerk at Lucknow with the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway in 1881.14,15

Children of Lyman Belcher Sackett and Caroline Lydia Aldridge

 Notes & Citations

  1. Ships' passenger records and US Civil War records.
  2. Although Lyman's wife's death record describes her as the "widow of Mr Sackett", there is conflicting evidence to suggest that Lyman outlived her. A "L B Sackett" was a witness to their daughter Mildred's marriage in 1896; the only candidate for this witness is Mildred's father.
    More puzzling is the record of a death in 1915: "Liviun Beauchamp Sackett, d. 29 Aug 1915, bur. Christ Church, Tundla, Bengal, 30 Aug 1915, age 82, retired, cause old age. W F Horace McCready, Chaplain."
    The only apparent candidate for this record is Lyman, although such a conclusion requires some explanation.
    "Liviun" is clearly written as such; if "Lyman" was intended, then it must be assumed that the name was incorrectly copied from another document. "Beauchamp" is usually pronounced "Beechum" in British English; there is evidence that Belcher had become Beecher in Indian records, and the form "Beecham" is written in Lyman's son Bertram's marriage record in 1910.
    Lyman would have been about 75 in 1915, not 82. "Liviun's" cause of death was given as old age; perhaps his age had been exaggerated.
    No other record of a Liviun Beachamp Sackett has been found. The place of death, Tundla, supports identification of this record with Lyman; his son Bertram Edward Sackett was there between 1911 and 1920, baptising at least five children there.
  3. Website India Office Family History Search (British Library) (, Registry Office Marriage Index, 1866–1870, MZ/N/11/3/f.655, [location blank], Lyman Beecher Sackett & Caroline Lydia Aldridge.
  4. Website British India - Birth, Deaths & Marriages (Michael Quin-Conroy) (, "Sackett, Lyman Beecher, married, 28 May 1867, New Town, Madras."
  5. "British India Office Marriages" (Findmypast image), "Baptist Chapel, New Town, Madras, 28 May 1867, Lyman Beecher Sackett, 24, bachelor, station master, Madras Railway, of Perambore [Perambur] Railway Station, father Lyman Beecher Sackett; to Caroline Lydia Aldridge, 16, spinster, of Harris Road, Poodoopett [Pudupet], father Edward Samuel Aldridge. Witnesses: George Bartlett, Alex Wilson. By William Money, Bapt Anglo-Indian Mission."
  6. In all birth records of her children, she is referred to as Lydia Caroline.
  7. Date of birth based on age at death.
  8. Website India Deaths and Burials 1719–1948 (Family Search) (, film 512348, "Lydia Caroline Sackett, aged 43, d. 29 Jan 1894, bur. 30 Jan 1894, Allahabad, Bengal, India, widow of Sackett."
  9. "British India Office Ecclesiastical Returns, Deaths & Burials" (Findmypast image), "Lydia Caroline Sackett, d. 29 Jan 1894, bur. Allahabad Civil Cemetery, Bengal, age 43, widow of Mr Sackett, cause phthisis."
  10. "New York Passenger Lists 1820–1957" (Ancestry transcript), microfilm serial: M237, microfilm roll: M237_230, "Lyman Sacket, 22 Jun 1863, 22, M, sailor, from London, England, to New York, origin USA, Cornelius Grinnell."
  11. Website US Civil War Soldiers Records and Profiles ( (, "Lyman B Sackett, 23, enlisted 21 Jan 1864, private, at New York City, in Company F, New York 165th Infantry Regiment, mustered out 11 Sep 1864 at Georgetown, DC."
  12. Website American Civil War Soldiers ( (, "Lyman Sackett, enlisted 21 Jan 1864 New York City, side served Union, enlisted as a Private on 21 January 1864 at the age of 23, Company F, 165th Infantry Regiment New York. Deserted from Company F, 165th Infantry Regiment New York on 11 Sep 1864 at Georgetown, DC."
  13. "New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists 1826–1922" (Ancestry image), "Lyman B Sacket, ab seaman, 24, origin America, departed New York, arrived Sydney, New South Wales, 20 Jan 1865, Royal Saxon."
  14. Marriage record.
  15. Children's baptism records.
Appears inNotable Sacketts
Sacketts in the Military
Sackett line8th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Descendants of Justus Sackett (1777–1854)
Last Edited11 Feb 2022

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