John Sackett

FatherJohn Sackett (1723-1800)
MotherMary Ayles (c 1725-1773)
Birth1757, St John in ThanetG,1
Baptism1757, St John in ThanetG,1
Death1834, St John in ThanetG,2
Marriage1787, St John in ThanetGAnn Hooper3,4
John Sackett, hoyman of Margate, Kent, son of John Sackett and Mary Ayles, was born in St John in ThanetG on 17 November 17571 and baptized there on 30 November 1757.1 He died aged 76 in St John in ThanetG on 28 March 18342 and was buried there on 4 April 1834.5,2 He married at St John in ThanetG on 12 May 1787, Ann Hooper.3,4 Ann was born in about 1756.6 She died aged 85 and was buried at St John in ThanetG on 24 December 1841.7
     John was the owner of a hoy (a small coastal sailing ship for carrying goods and passengers) named the Margate which, in 1802, was wrecked in a storm, with the loss of 22 passengers. Six passengers survived by clinging to the rigging. The ship was en route from Margate to London with, in addition to the passengers, a full load of corn for the London market. John Sackett was not aboard. The ship's master, John Goodburn, was also lost, but the other four crew members survived.
     The disaster made nationwide headlines, with London newspaper reports being repeated across the regional press. A fund was set up for public donations to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families. A book, A Circumstantial Narrative of the Stranding of a Margate Corn Hoy, was published, "the Profits arising from the Sale being applied to the Benefit of the Orphans, and other Sufferers by the Calamity."
     It would appear that John Sackett disposed of the Margate soon after the shipwreck, either in its wrecked state or after making repairs. The ship was offered for sale by auction by the assignees of Edward Curling, a bankrupt, in July 1804. It was described as in good repair and fit for immediate service. John Sackett was named in the advertisement as a contact for enquiries, along with the auctioneer.
     In 1826–7 John was living at Hawley Square, MargateG, and was listed in Pigot's Directory of Kent under "Gentry and Clergy."8
     John was named as a beneficiary in his uncle Francis Sackett's will made at Margate, KentG, on 13 October 1763.9 He was left one guinea.
     John made his will in St John in ThanetG on 21 July 1831, naming as beneficiaries his wife Ann, his daughter Mary, his grandsons John Sackett Swinford, Daniel Swinford, Stephen Swinford and Henry Herbert Swinford, and his granddaughter Ann Swinford.10 He left much of his substantial lands and investments to his wife Ann, but also left to his surviving daughter Mary investments worth £1,700. He stated that this sum was the equivalent of the value of premises left to his son-in-law John Swinford, the husband of John Sackett's deceased daughter Ann. He left sums of money in trust to be inherited by his five grandchildren at 21.
     In 1840 John's widow Ann was living at 27 Hawley Square, MargateG, and was listed in Pigot's Directory of Kent under "Gentry and Clergy."11
     John's widow Ann made her will in Margate, KentG, on 2 April 1840, naming as beneficiaries her daughter Mary, her grandsons John Sackett Swinford and Daniel Swinford, and her granddaughter Ann Swinford.12 She left her personal estate to her unmarried daughter Mary, and various specified personal items to her three Swinford grandchildren, the children of her deceased daughter Ann.
Abstract of will of John Sackett of St John's, Thanet, Kent.
Date: 21 July 1831.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 12 June 1834.
Source: National Archives, PROB 11-1833-369.
Testator: John Sackett, gent, of Margate, St John the Baptist, Thanet, Kent.
Wife Ann, for life, the free use & enjoyment of all my household goods, furniture, plate, linen, china & implements of household & also the rents, issues & profits of all my messuages lands tenements & real estate, & the dividends, interest, income & proceeds of all my monies etc. subject to the payment thereout of all my just debts & funeral & testamentary expenses; freehold messuage or tenement & dwelling house with appurtenances situate in Hawley Sq. Margate & household contents.
Daughter Mary Sackett, for own absolute use & benefit, £1700 invested in the names of Edward Boyes the elder & S__ Osborne the elder in trust for Mary until the death of wife Ann. This will be equivalent to property given to son-in-law John Swinford upon marriage to daughter Ann.
John Swinford, for life, freehold storehouse & premises in the Dane in Margate (mow in John Swinford's occupation), with reversion to his sons John Sackett Swinford & Daniel Swinford.
All remaining land & buildings to daughter Mary & Edward Dering, Gent of Margate, to be sold & money to go to a trust for Mary & wife Ann.
Within 6 mths of wife's death, £100 to be invested in government funds in trust for John Sackett Swinford to inherit at 21.
Ditto £150 for my grandsons Daniel Swinford, Stephen Swinford, Henry Swinford, sons of John Swinford, each to inherit their third part at 21.
Residue divided between daughter Mary, & 4 grandsons & granddaughter Ann Swinford, children of my late dau Ann Swinford (equal shares).
Edward Dering, 20 guineas.
Executors: wife Ann, dau Mary, & Edward Dering.
Witnesses: Wm Brooks, Geo Anderson, Saml Pointon.
Codicil, dated 8 Oct 1831
Godson John Sackett Hooper, son of late Herbert Hooper of Sandwich, my half part in number [gap] Stiga? St., Ramsgate & land behind purchased of Jacob Sawkins Esq.
Witnesses: Edw. Dering, Thos Pole?, Geo Anderson.
Abstract of will of Ann Sackett of Margate, Kent.
Date: 2 April 1840.
Proved: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 12 January 1842.
Source: National Archives, PROB 11-1957-53.
Testatrix: Ann Sackett, widow, of Margate, Kent.
Grandson John Sackett Swinford, £10 placed in tin box in my drawer as token of my estimation of his affection & attention towards me.
Grandson Daniel Swinford, my gold watch, seal & chain & my silver nutmeg box.
Granddaughter Ann Swinford, large table cloth, pearl ornaments & monies, securities for money, effects, goods, chattles & personal estate.
Daughter Mary Sackett, the same, for own absolute use. She to pay all outstanding debts, funeral costs, testamentary charges & expenses.
Sole executrix: Daughter Mary Sackett.
Witnesses: John Ma(nse?), W Brook.

Children of John Sackett and Ann Hooper

 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St John in Thanet, Kent, "30 November 1757 John s. John & Mary Sacket bn 17 November."
  2. Thanet Obituary (monumental inscriptions), St John's Church, Margate, Kent, Swinford's headstone, New Burial Ground, "John Sackett, father of Ann Swinford, 28 March 1834 aged 77; John Sackett Swinford, son of Jno & Ann, 25 December 1814, age 8 months."
  3. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "4 May 1787 John Sackett, of St John Thanet, hoyman, bachelor, & Ann Hooper, of the same, spinster."
  4. Marriages Register, St John in Thanet, Kent (Marion Sackett transcripts), "12 May 1787 John Sackett, hoyman, of this parish, & Anne Hooper of this parish. Licence."
  5. Burials Register, St John in Thanet, Kent (Marion Sackett transcripts), "4 April 1834 John Sackett, Margate, 77."
  6. Date of birth based on age at death.
  7. Burials Register, St John in Thanet, Kent, "24 December 1841 Ann Sackett, Margate, 85."
  8. "Pigot's Directory" (Ancestry image), 1826–7. Kent. Margate. "Gentry and Clergy. Sackett John, esq. Hawley square."
  9. Will of Francis Sackett of Margate, Kent, 13 October 1763, proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 18 July 1799 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-103-248).
  10. Will of John Sackett of St John's, Thanet, Kent, 21 July 1831, proved at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 12 June 1834 (National Archives, PROB 11-1833-369).
  11. "Pigot's Directory", (Ancestry image), 1840. Kent. Margate. "Gentry and Clergy. Sackett Mrs. —, 27 Hawley sq."
  12. Will of Ann Sackett of Margate, Kent, 2 April 1840, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 12 January 1842 (National Archives, PROB 11-1957-53).
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Last Edited22 Mar 2023

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