1833 - 1904 (~ 71 years)
||Sackett, Jacob Thomas  |
||Hayfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
||16 Mar 1904
||Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
||Saegertown Cemetery, Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
||Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Simon Sackett the Colonist
||26 Sep 2018 |
||Sackett, Harvey, b. 14 Mar 1807, Huntington, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA , d. 10 Feb 1889, Blooming Valley, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA (Age 81 years) |
||Straw, Mary, b. 1811, Pennsylvania, USA , d. Aft 1880 (Age 70 years) |
||17 Jun 1830
||Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
||6 children |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Woodring, Mary Jane, b. Dec 1833, Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA , d. Unknown |
| ||1. Sackett, Isabel, b. Abt 1855, d. Unknown|
|+||2. Sackett, William Harvy, b. 25 Jul 1859, Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA , d. 10 Apr 1938, Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA (Age 78 years)|
| ||3. Sackett, James W., b. May 1871, Pennsylvania, USA , d. Unknown|
||23 Jan 2009 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
|Born - Jan 1833 - Hayfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
|Child - Sackett, William Harvy - 25 Jul 1859 - Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
|Child - Sackett, James W. - May 1871 - Pennsylvania, USA
|Died - 16 Mar 1904 - Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
|Buried - - Saegertown Cemetery, Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
- Jacob T. Sackett first came to my attention with a query posted on the SACKETT-L@rootsweb.com from Bin Lee who bought a violin made by J. T. Sackett and was looking for information on the maker of the violin. In my searches I ran across a query posted on Ancestry.com's Sackett message board:
"Author: BSackett Date: 8 May 2001 6:00 AM
Surnames: Jacob Sackett, William Sackett
Looking for the blacksmith, rifle maker, and violin maker ....Lived in Saegertown , PA"
[A message to the above email address has not been answered.]
I contacted Bin Lee and obtained further information concerning J. T. Sackett. The label inside the violin has:
J. T. Sackett, Maker
No. 431 Saegertown, PA 8 1888
Old Cremonia wood
Bin had found another item made by J. T. Sackett:
At the Red Barn Auction: http://www.oldbarn.com/newpage63.htm
[Item] "163. Half Stock Penn. Percussion Rifle - 36 cal., 33" barrel, brass hardware, set trigger, walnut stock, pewter end cap - "J. Sackett" maker of fine violins"
A search engine search of the internet turned up a mention of J. T. Sackett on the website for Crawford Co., PA.:
From Website: http://www.alltel.net/~yoset/CCo/history/1885/Woodcock.html
ABBOTT: "History of Crawford County, PA, 1885."
1885 History: Woodcock Township
BOROUGH OF SAEGERTOWN., page 703:
"French Creek Lodge, No. 2371, K. of H., was instituted February 15, 1881, with thirty-two members and the following officers: J. T. Sackett, Dictator; John Flaugh, V. D.; A. B. Floyd, Asst. D; W. F. Moyer, Reporter; W. E. Yost, Fin. Rep.; E. L. Russell, Treas.; A. M. McGill, Guide; J. R. Mosier, Chaplain; C. W. Yost, Guardian; Jacob Fleisher, Sentinel; C. W. Robinson, P. D. Meetings are held every Tuesday evening, and the membership is forty-one."
This led to a query on the SACKETT-L@rootsweb.com which produced the following:
Census information supplied by Cindy Torres Owens , John Lisle , and Merle Khun :
1850 census; Crawford co., PA.; Woodcock Twp., pg 322
Harvey Sackett, 43, m, MA
Mary Sackett, 39, f, PA
Montgomery Sackett, 18, m, PA
Jacob Sackett, 16, m, PA
Loomia/Somia ?? Sackett, 15, f, PA
Elizabeth Sackett, 12, f, PA
Homer Sackett, 4, m, PA
Roll M653 Federal Census; Saegertown Borough, Crawford Co., PA.; 11 June 1860
Line 32 235/927
Jacob Sacket, 27, m. Blacksmith, b. Penn
Mary Sacket, 26, f, ---, Penn
Isabel Sacket, 5, f, ---, Penn
William Sacket, 10/12 [10 mo], m, ---, Penn
Jacob Belvelheines, 21 m, Apprentice, Penn
Catherine Honeywell, 13 f, ---, Penn
From 1870 census Index:
SACKETT , JACOB ,39, M , W , PA , CRAWFORD , SAEGERTOWN BORO ,1331,835
Saegertown, Crawford Co., PA 1880 census
page #5, Supervisors district #10, enumerator District #114, other side of page has stamped 107A.
No house or dwelling #'s given, street names used but too faint to read.
3rd family from the bottom, of page
Ja??? Sacket, w,m,46, Blacksmith, born PA, parents MA & PA
Mary J. " " w,f,46, wife, keeping house, born PA, parents PA
William H. " " w,m,20, single,son, Blacksmith, PA, parents PA
James W. " " w,m,9, single, at school, born PA, parents PA
1900 Federal Census
Pennsylvania, Crawford County, Roll 1399 Book 1, Page 61
Jacob T. Sackett, born Jan 1843, married 45 years, 4 children, 3 living,
he's still a blacksmith & owns his home
Mary born Dec 1843
James W. born May 1871, laborer
From: "Anne Stewart"
To: "Crawford Co. Historical Society"
Cc: , "Bill Moore"
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 10:01:19 -0400
Of course you may use the Sackett article for your family newsletter, crediting the source and author of course. ..."
Summer Edition; NEWSLETTER OF THE CRAWFORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY; Volume XXi No. 2; page 9;
"Jacob T. Sackett, Blacksmith, Gunsmith and .....Violin Maker" by William B. Moore
Jacob T. Sacektt was born in Hayfield Twp. in 1833, the son of Harvey an Mary (Straw) Sackett. On his father's side whe was of New England stock, but his mother wa a Pennsylvania German, whose family were members of the same Saegertown area colony of settlers to which the Berlins belonged. Jacob located in Saegertown by 1860, and married a Pennsylvania German" Solomon Woodring's daughter Mary Jane. Jacob worked as a blacksmith, and declared that as his occupation in the 1880 census, but he was more versatile than simply that. He had been listed as a gunsmith in the 1879-80 county directory, and , in 1883, he inserted a description of his establishment in a Crawford County mercantile directory - to wit:
J. T. Sackiett, Manufacturer of and Dealer in Rifles
Shot Guns &c. Also Horse Shoer and Blacksmith
This business was established many years ago. It embraces the
manufacture and sale of Muzzle Loading Rifles, Shot Guns, and
Revolvers. In connection with this he carries a line of Breech
Loading Rifles and Shot Guns, both double and single barreled,
also Ammunition &c. He also manufactures a very superior
Violin, which has attained much celebrity for its excellence.
These have been used by some of the best violinists of Boston,
that center of American Musical culture, where they elicited the
warmest commendation, and were preferred to others of
celebrated make and costly price. Added to the above is the
Blacksmith Dejpartment, of which it is only necessary to say: It is
complete in all its details. Horse Shoeing is one of the specialties,
as is also reparing in all the various branches of the business.
The facilities are good and the situation is favorable to the
convenience of patrons, while trade transacted is largely
distribyted throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Mr. J. T.
Sackett, proprietor, is a native of Crawford county, and has been
for many years, filling a much desired niche in the business of
A few of his guns have been identified, and three of his violins. One of his violins has come to light sadly fragmentary and unplayable. the label indicates it is #11, and therefore one of Sackett's earlier productions. The date, which at first looks like 1841, is likely 1871 or 1891. From the remains, it looks to have been competently made, with tiger-striped maple for the back and neck. The only unusual feature is the screw and ratched attachments to tighten the strings, located on the neck below the scroll - these usually appear only on the much larger bass viol. This fragmented piece probably survived only because iit was in its case. Two other intact instruments are known to have survived locally and a third is reportedly being played regularly in the blue grass band in California.
A Rifle bearing Sackett's name was found at a sale in Waterford recently and is now owned by his great grandson, James Marvin who also owns a Sackett violin.
Mr. Sackett died in Saegertown of Bright's disease, on March 16, 1904, and is buried in Saegertown cemetery on the hill overlooking Frency Creek. Apparently some of his instruments remained to enliven the area, as the fragmentary survival was discovered at a sale in Cambridge Springs in the late 1960s and the two others were also found locally.
-William B. Moore
- [S1912] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 26 Sep 2018.
Name: William Harvy Sackett
Birth Date: 25 Jul 1859
Birth Place: Saegertown, Pennsylvania
Death Date: 10 Apr 1939
Death Place: Saegertown, Crawford, Pennsylvania, USA
Father: Jacob Thomas Sackett, b. in Saegertown
Mother: Mary Jame Wooding, b. in Saegertown
Spouse: Hattie Sachett
Informant: Ralph Sackett, Saegertown, Pa.
Certificate Number: 36623
Researched by Ted Smith