Elizabeth Sackett

FatherThomas Sackett (1697-1754)
MotherAlice Harper (before 1710-1771)
Baptism1733, Hornchurch, EssexG,1
Marriage1753, HornchurchGJohn Arnold2,3,4
Elizabeth Sackett, daughter of Thomas Sackett and Alice Harper, was baptized at Hornchurch, EssexG, on 12 February 1732/33.1 She died aged about 32 and was buried at St Andrew's, HornchurchG, on 13 January 1766.5 She married there in October 1753, John Arnold, son of John Arnold.2,3,4 John was baptized at Great Warley, EssexG, on 10 November 1720.4,6 He died aged 71 in Great WarleyG on 7 February 1792 and was buried at The Old Churchyard, Great WarleyG.7,8
     Elizabeth was named as a beneficiary in her father's will made in HornchurchG on 2 June 1754. She was to share equally with her siblings in the proceeds of sale of marshland in Hornchurch.9
     Elizabeth's husband John Arnold was a significant musician, publishing numerous books of his own and others' compositions, both religious and secular. He used London publishers, his works being frequently advertised in London newspapers. He was also a performer and concert organiser.
John Arnold
(Src: Frontispiece to The Compleat Psalmodist, The Musical Times citing University of Bristol Library)

Children of Elizabeth Sackett and John Arnold

The son of a yeoman farmer, John Arnold (1720–92) spent his life in the small village of Great Warley, Essex, 17 miles north of London. He was active throughout his life in village affairs, but put most of his considerable energy into music. From the age of 19 he styled himself 'Philo-Musicæ', and his passion for music drove his activities as editor, composer, performer and concert organiser.
The family was fairly comfortably off, for John Arnold senior owned several small farms and other property in the village.
In 1753 Arnold brought out the third edition of The Compleat Psalmodist. ... Then, on 18 October there was an announcement in the London Evening Post: 'A few Days since Mr. John Arnold, jun. of Great Warley in Essex, Gentleman Farmer, (Author of the Compleat Psalmist and Essex Harmony) was married, at Hornchurch in the same County, to Miss Sackette of Hornchurch, a young Lady of fine Accomplishments, and a good Fortune.'
     Arnold married into his own class, for Elizabeth's father owned farm land and grazing marshes in the adjoining parish of Hornchurch. ... A new John Arnold was born in 1758, but the baby boy lived for only a few weeks. There were also three daughters, but the youngest died when just over a year old; Arnold's wife died in 1766 and he never remarried.

—Olive Baldwin & Thelma Wilson, "John Arnold, Philo-Musicæ of Great Warley: an 18th-century musical enthusiast," The Musical Times, vol. 157, no. 1934 (Spring 2016)

 Notes & Citations

  1. "Essex Baptisms" (Findmypast transcript), Baptisms Register, Hornchurch, St Andrew, Essex, "12 Feb 1733, Elizabeth Sacket, father Thos Sacket, mother Alice."
  2. Marriage Licence Allegations, Faculty Office (Society of Genealogists), "27 September 1753 John Arnold Junr, bachelor, 21+, of Great Warley, Essex, & Elizabeth Sackett, spinster, 20, of Hornchurch, Essex, daughter of Thomas Sackett, at Hornchurch."
  3. Marriage, Hornchurch, Essex (IGI), "October 1753 John Arnold & Elizabeth Sacket."
  4. Olive Baldwin & Thelma Wilson, "John Arnold, Philo-Musicæ of Great Warley: an 18th-century musical enthusiast", The Musical Times, vol. 157, no. 1934 (Spring 2016).
  5. Email from Matthew Abel to Chris Sackett, Jul 2023, Burials Register, St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch, Essex, "13 Jan 1766, Elizabeth Arnold, wife of ___ Arnold (Warley)."
  6. "England Births & Baptisms 1538-1975" (Findmypast transcript), Great Warley, Essex, "10 Nov 1720, John Arnold, father John Arnold."
  7. "National Burial Index For England & Wales" (Findmypast transcript), St Mary, Great Warley, Essex, "19 Feb 1792, John Arnold."
  8. "Essex Monumental Inscriptions" (Findmypast transcript), Stone slab on brick box tomb. // Here lies interred the body of / Mr John Arnold / late of this parish / who departed this life / Feby 7th 1792 aged 71 years / also of / Mrs Phoebe Bankin / wife of John Bankin / of this parish / who departed this life / the 18th October 1826 / aged 78 /.
  9. Will of Thomas Sackett of Hornchurch, Essex, 2 June 1754, proved at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1 July 1754 (National Archives, PROB 11/810 quire 210).
Sackett lineGranddaughter of Richard Sackett of South Weald, Essex
ChartsLine 6 (English)
Last Edited15 Sep 2023

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