Samuel Sackett

FatherSamuel Sackett (1724-1780)
MotherMary Betts (-1784)
Marriage1786Elizabeth Kissam1
Samuel Sackett, son of Samuel Sackett and Mary Betts, was born in Jamaica, New York StateG, on 22 September 1765.1 He died aged 56 in Brooklyn, New York CityG, on 7 March 18221,2,3 and was buried at Grace Episcopal Churchyard, JamaicaG.4 He married on 9 November 1786, Elizabeth Kissam, daughter of Daniel Kissam and Mary Betts.1 Elizabeth was born on 25 May 1766.5 She died aged 50 in New York CityG on 4 June 18166,7,8 and was buried at Grace Episcopal ChurchyardG.9
     Samuel was named as a beneficiary in his father's will made at JamaicaG on 26 September 1780. He was to receive a sum of £700 at age 21 together with an equal share with his siblings, Richard, Augustus, and Sophia, of the residue of the estate.10
     Samuel was listed in the New York directory and register of 1796. He was a merchant of 190 Pearl StreetG.11
     Samuel was listed in the 1810 census as a householder in Brooklyn, New York CityG.12
     Sackett Street in Brooklyn, NY, was named after Samuel Sackett.13
     Samuel made his will in Brooklyn, New York CityG, on 23 February 1822, naming as beneficiaries his children, Edwin, Clarence, Grenville, and Elizabeth. He made special provision for his eldest son, Edwin, who evidently suffered from a disability. His needs were to be met from an annual income of up to $250 to be administered in trust by the executors (who included his three younger siblings). The remainder of the estate was to be shared equally by the three younger children, subject to an adjustment resulting in Grenville and Elizabeth each receiving $1,500 more than Clarence, he having already been given land in Onondaga County as well as having received an expensive education. The will was proved at the Surrogate's Court, Flatbush, Kings County, on 22 March 1822.10
Will of Samuel Sackett of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.
Date: 23 Feb 1822.
Proved: Surrogate's Court, Flatbush, Kings County, 22 Mar 1822.
Testator: Samuel Sackett of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.
Eldest son Edwin K Sackett, sufficient part of estate to a maximum of one fourth part to yield $250 p.a., to be held in trust and administered by executors to defray Edwin's living expenses.
Children Clarence, Grenville, and Elizabeth, remainder of estate, divided such that Grenville and Elizabeth each have $1,500 more than Clarence, Clarence already having received land in Onondaga County and an expensive education.
Executors: James B Clarke Esq, sons Clarence and Grenville, and daughter Elizabeth.
Witnesses: Jno Ireland, Charles Ball, Matthew Wendell.

Children of Samuel Sackett and Elizabeth Kissam

305. Samuel Sackett, 1765–1822, of Jamaica, Long Island, and Brooklyn, N. Y., son of (94) Samuel and Mary Betts Sackett, was married Nov. 9, 1786, to Elisabeth Kissam, daughter of Daniel Kissam and his wife Mary Betts. The greater part of the adult life of Mr. Sackett was spent in Brooklyn, where he was interested in many public movements having for their object the commercial, industrial, educational and moral advancement of that ambitious and thriving village, which has since become a great city. He was a member of the first Board of Directors of the Wallabout and Brooklyn Bridge Company, incorporated Apr. 6, 1805. When in 1815 The Society to Prevent and Suppress Vice in the town of Brooklyn was organized, he was made one of its Executive Committee. He was also for many years a trustee of the Brooklyn Select Academy. Stiles in his "History of Brooklyn," written in the year 1816, says: "On the lower side of the turn of present Clinton Street into Fulton was a pretty two story frame dwelling of Samuel Sackett, who was a most excellent man. He was for many years Overseer of the Poor of Brooklyn, to which, as well as to the duties of a trustee of the only public school, he gave his undivided attention. He was a man of polished manners and agreeable address, and was highly esteemed by his contemporaries."
775. Edward K. Sackett.
776. Clarence D. Sackett, b. in 1798, d. Mar. 8, 1858; m. Miss Tredwell.
777. Granville A. Sackett, b. in 1804, d. Mar. 9, 1858, unmarried.
778. Elisabeth K. Sackett, m. Thomas W. Titus.

Samuel Sackett worked in poor relief in Brooklyn and was a trustee at the sole public school in the area. His manorlike residence was the site of the first regular hospital in Brooklyn proper (until that point only temporary ones had existed), and he was one of the organizers of the Brooklyn Apprentices Library, which later became the Brooklyn Institute. His son Clarence, a lawyer, state assemblyman, and village trustee, was instrumental in helping secure for the City of Brooklyn its municipal charter and served as alderman to the new city from the Seventh Ward.

 Notes & Citations

  1. Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "305. Samuel Sackett, b. Sept. 22, 1765, d. in year 1822; m. Elizabeth Kassam."
  2. Website Death Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801–1890 (New England Historic Genealogical Society), 8 Mar 1822, "Yesterday Samuel Sackett, 57."
  3. American Antiquarian Society, "Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704–1930" (Ancestry image), Columbian Centinel, Massachusetts, 13 Mar 1822, death, "Sacket, Samuel Esq, d. in Brooklyn, LI, aged 57."
  4. Find a Grave, inscription, "Samuel Sackett, died March 7, 1822, in his 57th year."
  5. Find a Grave.
  6. Website Death Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801–1890, "6/5/1816. Yesterday morning Mrs Elizabeth Sackett wife of Samuel of Brooklyn."
  7. American Antiquarian Society, "Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704–1930", (Ancestry image), Columbian Centinel, Massachusetts, 8 Jun 1816, death, "Sacket, Elizabeth (Mrs), wife of Samuel Sacket d. in New York."
  8. American Antiquarian Society, "Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704–1930", (Ancestry image), New York Weekly Museum, 8 Jun 1816, death, "Sacket, Mrs Elizabeth R, wife of Samuel Sackett of Brooklyn, died."
  9. Find a Grave, inscription, "Elizabeth K. wife of Samuel Sackett Jr. and daughter of Daniel and Mary Kissam, died June 4, 1816, in her 51st year."
  10. "New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659–1999" (Ancestry image).
  11. John Low, "New-York directory, and register, 1796" (American Ancestors image), "Sackett, Samuel, merchant, 190 Pearl st."
  12. 1810 United States census, "Samuel Sacket, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York State, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-44, 1 other free person, 1 slave, total 8."
  13. Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss, Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges, and More Got Their Names (NYU Press, 2006), 70, Sackett Street.
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