Captain John Sackett
|Father||Robert Sackett (1659-1704/5)|
|Mother||Elizabeth Neame (c 1660-1715)|
Captain John Sackett, as master of the ship Bedwell, was involved in a trade dispute in 1734/35 when he brought an action in the Court of Chancery against Richard Griffin and James Bradley, alleging that Griffin and Bradley were in breach of contract having failed to provide a cargo of 150 hogsheads of tobacco which Captain Sackett was to have shipped from Virginia to London in 1733. The defendants argued that Sackett's ship was late in arriving at Virginia because he had called first without agreement at Lisbon in Portugal, a charge refuted by Sackett who claimed the Lisbon diversion was agreed and that he had arrived in Virginia in good time.8
The Bedwell foundered on the coast of Cadiz, Spain, on 4 July 1734, the newspapers reporting that
Captain Sackett, and his ship Prince William, survived an Atlantic storm in October and November 1738 when returning to London from Antigua. Once safely anchored at Spithead, in the shelter of the Solent estuary, and before sailing on to London, Captain Sackett reported
In 1746 Captain Sackett's ship Sarah and Elizabeth and another ship were captured by French Men of War while returning to England from Antigua in company with the West India Fleet. Both ships were subsequently retaken by British privateers, and Captain Sackett was able to sail to Kinsale in southern Ireland.12
John made his will in MargateG on 25 April 1741.13 He left all his real and personal estate to his wife Elizabeth, and appointed her executrix. The will was proved in the Prerogative Court of CanterburyG on 18 December 1753.
John's widow Elizabeth made her will in MargateG on 20 April 1754, naming as beneficiaries her daughters Mary and Elizabeth.14 She made special provision for her younger daughter Elizabeth, bequeathing to her all goods and furniture in the back chamber, plus £50, "to make her equal with my eldest daughter who was so much better advanced and provided for by my late and loving husband John Sackett deceased than my youngest daughter was by him." Elizabeth made her will just a few months after the death of her husband, presumably with the intention of rectifying what she thought to have been unfair, although she was herself to live for a further 43 years. Subject to this adjustment in favour of Elizabeth, the two daughters were to share equally the remaining monies, stocks, and personal estate "both in England and in the Island of Autego [Antigua]." Her will was proved on 29 March 1797 at the Prerogative Court of CanterburyG, probate being granted to her daughter Elizabeth as the surviving executrix.
Date: 25 April 1741.
Proved: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 18 December 1753.
Source: National Archives, Kew, PROB 11/805 quire 326.
Testator: John Sackett, mariner, of Margate, Kent.
Wife Elizabeth, all real & personal estate.
Executrix: wife Elizabeth.
Witnesses: Philip Street, Wm Taylor, Edmund Amos.
Date: 20 April 1754.
Proved: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 29 March 1797, to daughter Elizabeth as surviving executrix.
Source: National Archives, Kew, PROB 11/1288 quire 205.
Testatrix: Elizabeth Sackett, widow, Margate, Isle of Thanet.
Daughter Elizabeth Sackett, all goods & furniture in back chamber, plus £50 "to make her equal with my eldest daughter who was so much better advanced & provided for by my late dear & loving husband John Sackett decd. than my youngest daughter was by him."
Daughter Mary Wynn, wife of John Wynn of St John, Wapping, Middlesex, pewterer; and daughter Elizabeth Sackett, equal shares in residue of monies, stocks, household goods & chattels, clothes & personal estate both in England & in Island of Autego [?Antigua].
Executors: John Wynn, son-in-law, & Elizabeth Sackett, daughter.
Witnesses: Daniel Butler, Mary Butler.
Children of Captain John Sackett and Elizabeth Mockett
Notes & Citations
- Baptisms Register, St Peter in Thanet, Kent (Society of Genealogists), "11 October 1697 John s. Robert & Elizabeth Sackett."
- Thanet Obituary (monumental inscriptions), St John's Church, Margate, Kent, headstone, "John Sackett, Marr. [?mariner] 17 Nov 1753 aged 57; Elizabeth, ux. 9 Mar 1797 aged 92; Elizabeth, their daughter, 7 Sep 1797 aged 65."
- Burials Register, St John in Thanet, Kent (Marion Sackett transcripts), "26 November 1753 Capt. John Sackett."
- Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "2 May 1728 John Sackett, bachelor & Elizabeth Mockett, spinster, both of St John in Thanet. At St Alphege or St Mary Magdalen Canterbury or St John in Thanet."
- Marriages Register, St Mary Magdalen, Canterbury, Kent, "2 May 1728 John Sackett, bachelor, & Elizabeth Mockett, spinster. Both of St John in Thanet. Licence."
- Date of birth based on age at death.
- Burials Register, St John in Thanet, Kent (Marion Sackett transcripts), "11 March 1797 Elizabeth Sacket wid. of Capt. John, 92."
- Sackett v. Griffin (1734-36), proceedings in the Court of Chancery (National Archives), transcript.
- British Newspapers Collection, "Newcastle Courant" (Findmypast image), 20 Jul 1734, "extract of a Letter from Cadiz, dated July 6, N.S."
- It is unclear whether the Chancery Court action was begun on 7 March 1734, and therefore before the loss of the Bedwell on 4 July 1734, or on 7 March 1734/35, after the ship's loss.
- British Newspapers Collection, "Newcastle Courant" (Findmypast image), 6 January 1739, "Extract of a Letter from Portsmouth, Dec. 25."
- British Newspapers Collection, "Caledonian Mercury", Edinburgh (Findmypast image), 10 November 1746.
"From the London Evening Post, Nov. 4.
"The Elizabeth, Frazer, and the Sarah and Elizabeth, Sackett, both from Antigua, that were taken out of the West-India Fleet by the French Men of War who chased it, are retaken by the London Privateer, Capt. Barker and the Garland Privateer, Capt. Taverner. The Elizabeth is sent into Plymouth, and the Sarah and Elizabeth to Kinsale."
- Will of John Sackett of Margate, Kent, 25 April 1741, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 18 December 1753 (National Archives, PROB 11/805 quire 326).
- Will of Elizabeth Sackett of Margate, Isle of Thanet, Kent, 20 April 1754, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 29 March 1797 (National Archives, PROB 11/1288 quire 205).
|Appears in||Notable Sacketts|
|Sackett line||6th great-grandson of William Sackett of St John in Thanet|
|Charts||Line 2 (English)|
|Last Edited||22 Apr 2021|