Sackett, Capt. Richard

Sackett, Capt. Richard

Male Abt 1678 - Bef 1746  (~ 68 years)

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  • Name Sackett, Richard 
    Prefix Capt. 
    Born Abt 1678  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 28 Apr 1746  Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Steel Works Burying Ground, Dutchess, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7927  Sackett | Descendants of Capt. Richard Sackett
    Last Modified 3 May 2016 

    Family Sleade, Margery L.,   d. Bef 1760 
    Married 11 May 1699 
     1. Sackett, Richard,   b. 1701, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1771, New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Sackett, Dr. John,   b. at 1703, Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1762, Stephentown, Rensselaer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     3. Sackett, Catherine,   b. 1702,   d. Aft 1746  (Age 45 years)
     4. Sackett, Maria,   d. Bef 1746
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F3246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Richard - 1701 - New York City, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sackett, Dr. John - at 1703 - Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef 28 Apr 1746 - Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Steel Works Burying Ground, Dutchess, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Weygant, Sacketts of America, (p29) names Richard's parents as (18) Jonathan Sackett and Hannah ___, of New Haven. Richard has not been found in New Haven records, nor has other evidence been found to link him to these parents. A descendant of Richard Sackett has completed a DNA test, with results matching those of descendants of Simon Sackett the colonist. A satisfactorily documented link between Richard and (18) Jonathan would consequently confirm a supposed link between the New Haven line and the line of Simon the colonist. However, the probability that Richard's father was not Jonathan makes this an unsafe conclusion. - [Chris Sackett]
      Weygant, p55-60:
      of New Haven, New York City, and Dover, Dutchess County, N.Y.

      Richard Sackett appears to have been employed in early life, for considerable period, in the forests of New England to have there learned how tar was extracted from pine trees. In 1699 he was a resident of New York City and the proprietor of a malt house or brewery. This malt house was located on the north side of Cherry Street, which at that time was known as Sackett Street, having been named for said Richard Sackett.

      On May 11, 1699, a marriage license was issued in New York City authorizing the marriage of Richard Sackett and Margery I. Sleade.

      p. 60:
      267. Richard Sackett, b. in 1701, d. in 1772; m. Mary _____.
      268. John Sackett.
      269. Catherine Sackett, m. Thomas Walcot (handwritten note: "Wolcott")
      270. Maria Sackett; m. ________ Dean.
      271. Josiah Crego Sackett, m. Miss Douglas.*
      *Note: Research by Roy Crego and the transcription of Richard Sackett's will have shown that Weygant used an abstraction of Richard's will and concluded that the statement; "I also give to my Wellbeloved son Josiah Crego ..." indicated that Richard has a son named Josiah Crego Sackett. However, In his will, Richard gave the surname of his sons; Richard Sacket and John Sacket. If Josiah Crego was one of his sons, why didn't he refer to him as Josiah Crego Sacket? Roy Crego's research shows that Josias Crego was the son of Margery L. ___ and Stephen Crego. Margery's 4th marriage was to Capt. Richard Sackett. Therefore, Josias Crego was a step-son of Capt. Richard Sackett.
      1. Notes and family for Josias Crego can be found at:
      2. Notes for the individual listed by Weygant as Josiah Crego Sackett can be found at: - [Thurmon King]
      Compiled by Mary Louise M. Hutton; Page 219
      Sackett, Richard (1683-1746) N.Y.; m. Margery Sleade.
      Military service; Tax collector.
      [Note: The 1683 birth year is clearly an error. Richard Sackett m. Margery Sleade, as her 4th husband, in 1699 just 16 years after this alledged birth year. - Thurmon King]
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      At about the same date Richard Sackett was commissioned Captain of the 7th Company of the New York City regiment commanded by Colonel William Peartree. This company was composed in the main of prominent young business men and Capt. Sackett commanded it for several years.

      On March 11, 1703, Capt. Sackett petitioned the Lord Cornbury Government for permission to purchase from the Indian proprietors a certain tract of land in Dutchess County, called Wassaic. The license petitioned for was duly granted, the purchase from the Indian proprietors was made, and a patent for same, covering 7,500 acres, was issued to Richard Sackett and Company (Richard Sackett, Josiah Crego, Joseph Sackett, William Huddleson and John Mitchell), bearing date Nov. 2, 1704.

      At the time of which we are writing Capt. Sackett was enjoying marked prominence and popularity in both government and social circles, and his name appears frequently in official records of both New York and Connecticut.

      In April, 1703, Lord Cornbury appointed him Chief Revenue Officer for the South Eastern Section of the Province of New York. In April, 1704, he filed a minute of expenses incurred in seizing the sloop Betsey of Oyster Bay, for trading contrary to law, and bringing her up to New York. This proceeding shows that he had jurisdiction over the harbor and seacoasts as well as over the city and surrounding country. On June 16, of the same year, he was granted license to dispose by lottery, of several lots and tracts of land in New York City and Dutchess County, N. Y.

      The date of birth of Mr. Sackett has not been ascertained. It is claimed by some of his descendants that at one period before his marriage he was a sea captain. It is also stated on supposedly reliable authority that "having perfected his title to the Wassaick tract, he, in connection with several wealthy residents of New York City, purchased the Indian titles to several other extensive tracts in same vicinity, and the colony line between New York and Connecticut not having at the time been established, he probably availed himself of his knowledge of astronomy, acquired in the study of navigation, and made experiments and observations, based upon the treaty of partition made in 1683, but which had never been carried out by actual survey, and persuaded himself that the boundary line when surveyed would run within about two miles of the Ouastonic
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      River. And that in this belief he purchased of Metoxan, the Great Chief of all the Indian tribes in that region, 22,000 acres of land -- more than 7,000 acres of which the survey of the boundary line showed to be in Connecticut." The foregoing probably refers to the Little Nine Pardners tract for which a patent was issued on April 10, 1606 (hand written note: "1706?"), to Richard Sackett and associates, the larger section of which is to-day the most productive portion of Dutchess County, and contains some of the most valuable farms to be found in the State of New York.

      The records of Connecticut General Assembly, under date of May, 1705, contain the following minute: "Mr. Richard Sackett, of the Province of New York, petitions this Assembly for full liberty for himself and associates to get and transport all such timber of pine and spruce and whatever growing in this colony, that might be of use in furnishing his Majesty's navy, and that he might have a patent for the same. Referred to the next General Assembly to be holden at New Haven in October next."

      At said October session the above petition, having been modified by the insertion of certain limitations and conditions, was favorably considered, and a resolution ordering the issue of a patent accordingly was duly passed.
      The Families of Old Fairfield, Vol. 1, Page 669

      Timothy Wheeler
      In 1708 he sold to Mr. Richard Sackett of the province of New York, brewer, land "formerly the dower of my mother Mrs. Ann Wheeler dec'd."
      In the Census of the City of New York, taken about 1708, Richard Sackett is shown to have resided in the East Ward, and to have a household consisting of himself, his wife, four children (two sons and two daughters), and four negro slaves (three male and one female).

      In 1711 Mr. Sackett settled his family permanently in Dutchess County, building his residence about one mile south of the present village of Wassiac. French, in his "Gazetteer of New York." says that Richard Sackett purchased several large tracts of land of the Indians in Dutchess County and in Sharon, Connecticut. P. H. Smith, in his "History of Dutchess County." says that "at the time Richard Sackett established his family in Amenia there was not another white family nearer than Paughkeepsie. Woodbury and New Milford." In other words within a radius of fifteen miles.

      In same year, 1711, Governor Hunter, somewhat in opposition to the Lords of Trade, who favored another person, appointed Mr. Sackett superintendent of the manufacture of naval stores in the Province of New York, and subsequently of New Jersey also.
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      This important position he filled acceptably throughout the term of office of Governor Hunter, who mentions him favorably in no less than twelve of his official reports to the Lords of Trade. In the first one of above mentioned reports Governor Hunter says: "I have provided another here by the name of Sackett, who hath lived three years in the Easterne Countries among the manufacturers of tar, and gives me a very rational account of the method of preparing the trees; I have also wrote to Connecticut for two more, who, as I am informed, understand ye matter very well."

      Mr. Sackett was also one of the presiding officers of the "Court over Palatines," appointed by "His Excellency, Brigadier Hunter, Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief," to manage the affairs of the several Palatine villages within his jurisdiction. The extraordinary powers conferred on this court are shown in the warrant creating it, which is recorded on page 669, Vol. III, Documentary History of New York, and reads as follows:

      To Robert Livingston, Richard Sackett, John Cast, Godfrey Wilson, Andrew Bagg and Herman Schumeman, Esqrs. and the officers commanding the detachment of soldiers at Manor Livingston for the time being:
      By virtue of powers to me granted by her Majesty's Patent, and her particular instructions with relation to the Palatines within the Province of New York, who by her Majesty's orders and their own contract are obliged to follow the manufacture of naval stores within the said Province, I do appoint you or any three of you (of which number Robert Livingston or Richard Sackett is always to be one), to be a court for regulating and forwarding the said work, with full power to take cognisance of all misdemeanors, disobedience, or other wilful transgressions in the said people to confinement or corporal punishment, not extending to life or mutilation. You are also hereby impowered to nominate to each village or settlement of the said Palatines a fit person for the head of the said village or settlement to whom all your orders are to be directed, and who is to see them put in execution, and in case of tumult, disobedience of any other mutinous proceeding as have already fallen out, the officer commanding the detachment now at Manor Livingston is to assist you, if need be, toward the suppressing the same, preserving the public peace and securing the delinquents, in order to their being brought to Royal and condign punishment, for all which this is your sufficient warrant.
      Given at Manor Livingston this present 12th June 1711.
      R. Hunter

      In 1715, Richard Sackett was, on recommendation of Judge Leonard Lewis, made the first clerk of Dutchess County, which office he held until 1721.
      Page 59
      On Nov. 29, 1722, it is recorded that Richard Sackett petitioned the New York Assembly for "a warrant of survey, to run the north line of Madam Brett's patent, his land lying adjacent thereto (in Dutchess County)."

      In 1732 the General Assembly of Connecticut granted a charter to "The New London Society, United for Trade and Commerce," in which Richard Sackett is named as one of the incorporators.

      Among the acts passed by the New York Colonial Assembly at session of 1734-5, was one "For the partition and division of a certain tract of land in Dutchess County, granted to Rip Van Dam, Richard Sackett, and others." A full account of proceedings taken under this act, together with copies of official maps, showing the specific allotments in this thirty-five mile trace, may be found in the "History of Little Nine Partners," by Isaac Hunting, of Pine Plains, N.Y., issued from the press of Charles Walsh & Co., Amelia, N.Y., in 1897.

      Capt. Richard Sackett died at Wassaick in 1746, and is buried in a private plot on a small rise of ground on the original Sackett Homestead farm at that place. Van Alstine in his "Burying Grounds of Sharon & Vicinity," referring to this particular plot, says: "This is a small enclosure on the hillside above the steel works, on the old road, half way between South Amenia and Wassiack. Here was buried in 1746, Mr. Richard Sackett, the earliest settler of Anemia. The stone that marked the spot has long since disappeared. The whole place is shamefully neglected."

      The will of Capt. Sackett was probated April 28, 1746, and was recorded both at Albany and New York City. It reads as follows: [an abstraction]

      In the name of God Amen. Dec. 14, 1744. I Richard Sackett, of Dover in Dutchess, County, yoeman, being sick ...... leave to my wife Margery all Household goods, and the use of my lot, house and Orchards, during her widowhood, and then to my son John Sackett. I leave to my oldest son Richard Sackett 200 acres of land above his equal share as oldest son. I leave to my wife 50 acres to be at her disposal. I leave to my son John after my wife's decease my house, homestead, orchards and meadows and all my books. I leave to my sone Josiah Crego, and to the heirs of my daughter Mary Dean deceased, and to my daughter Catherine during her widowhood, and to my sons Richard and John the whole of my remaining estate, each an equal part, and they are to pay equally in defending the title. I make my wife Margery and my sons Richard and John executors. [Note: This is an abstraction. The complete will is transcribed below.]

      The later years of the life of Capt. Sackett were attended with great annoyance occasioned by suits at law brought by persons claiming title to his estate, or the greater part of it, by virtue of grants or patents which it was claimed antedated those held by him. [Weygant, p. 55-59]
      Transcription of Richard Sackett's will acquired by Liesa Robarge and posted under "Civil War Records" on her website at:

      Original Admitted to Probate April 28, 1746
      Old Liber; Page 580-583

      In the Name of God amen the
      fourteenth day of December one
      thousand seven hundred and forty four
      I Richard Sacket of Dover in Dutchess County
      in the province of New York Yeoman being sick
      and weak but of perfect mind and memory for
      which thanks be given to Almighty God.
      Notwithstanding calling to mind the
      Mortallity of my Body as knowing it
      is appointed for all men once to Dye

      p 581

      do make and ordain this my last will and
      Testament that is to say principally and first of
      all I give and recommend my Soul into
      the hands of God that gave it and my
      Body I recommend to the Earth to be
      Buried in a Decent Christian Manner
      at the Discretion of my Executors.
      Nothing doubting at the Glorious
      Morning of the Resurection I shall

      Receive the same again by the Mighty
      power of God and as touching such
      Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased
      God to bless me with in this life
      I give bequeath demise and dispose of
      the same in the following manner and
      Imprimis when all my just debts
      are paid I give and bequeath to Margery
      Sacket my Welbeloved Wife all my
      Household Goods Debts and Moneys
      due to me and all my Moveables and
      Chattles During the term of her Widow-
      hood and to be disposed of by her at her
      decease And I also give and bequeath to
      her the said Margery Sacket the use and
      improvement of my Homelot House
      and orchard with all my other improve-
      ments which I now do or may any
      wise improve during her Widowhood
      and after her Decease those to return to my
      son John Sacket --
      Secondly I give and bequeath to my
      Eldest son before any Division be made
      Richard Sacket two hundred acres of
      land over above his equal Shear as being
      my Eldest son.
      Thirdly I give and bequeath to my
      Welbeloved Wife fifty acres of land to be at
      her disposing as she shall see good for her
      proper use. I give and bequeath to my
      Welbeloved son John Sacket after my
      Wife's Decease my House homestead
      and orchard together with all
      my meadows and and all what
      lands I now Improve or shall
      or may improve to him the said
      John Sacket and all my Books to

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      my son John Sacket. I also give to my Welbeloved
      son Josiah Crego and to the heirs of my
      Daughter Mary Dean Deceased and to
      my Daughter Catherine during her
      Widowhood and then at her Marriage or
      Decease to be equally divided between
      her Children and like wise give to my
      sons Richard Sacket and John Sacket the
      whole of my Remaining Estate Excepting
      what I have bequeathed as above said to
      each of them an equal share of fifth
      to be divided among them Viz- To
      Josiah Crego the heirs of Mary Dean
      and Catherine Margeson and Richard
      Sacket and John Sacket and
      Each of them are hereby obliged to be
      at their equal part or proportion
      of what charges shall or or may
      arise in dividing and in defending
      the title of the said land if any
      dispute should arise and if any of
      them shall neglect or refuse to be
      at their equal proportion in bearing
      of the charges as above then my
      Executors shall have power to
      sell and dispose of so much of
      their part of the lands as shall
      answer the charges of those past
      of which so arising . Returning
      the Remainder to them or their
      heirs if any be so neglecting further
      I do by these presents make and
      constitute and ordain to be
      my Executors after my decease
      my welbeloved wife Margery
      Sacket and my welbeloved sons
      Richard Sacket and my welbeloved
      son John Sacket of all and
      Singular my lands and Messuages
      and Tenements by them
      fteely to be possessed and
      enjoyed forever and I do
      utterly disallow revoke
      Disallow all and ever other Will
      and Testament Wills and
      Testaments by me made or Executors
      by me any ways named or Willed or

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      bequeathed Ratifying and Comissioning this
      and every article here in Specified and
      bequeathed to be my last Will and
      Testament and no other.
      In Witness whereof I have hereunto
      set my hand and Seal the day and
      datd before mentioned and after my Decease
      and my Wife's Decease hagar shall have the
      liberty to Chuse which of my two sons
      she will live with.
      Rich'd Sacket [SS]
      Witness before us whose names are
      underwritten to by my last Will
      and Testament.
      Henry [his mark] Nase
      William [his mark] Hunt
      Josias Crego
      Burying Ground at the "Steel Works"
      This is a small enclosure on the hillside above the "Steel Works," on the old road, half way between South Amenia and Wassaic. Here was buried in 1746, Mr. Richard Sackett, the earliest settler of Amenia. The stone that marked the spot has long since disappeared. The whole place is shamefully neglected.

  • Sources 
    1. [S626], Chris Sackett, 3 May 2016.
      Capt Richard Sackett, brewer of New York City and yeoman of Dover, Dutchess County, New York, was born in about 1678.1,2 His parents have not been identified.
      Richard Sackett (c1678?1746), first settler in Amenia, Dutchess County, NY
      (Src: Amenia Historical Society)
      He died in Wassaic, New York StateG, in 17462,3 and was buried at the Steel Works Burying Ground, halfway between Wassaic and South Amenia.3 He married in New York CityG, on 11 May 1699, Margery L (___) (Crego) (Wislake) Slade.2,4,5
      In 1703 Richard was living in New York CityG, and was recorded in the census as Richard Sackett in the East Ward. Other members of his household were his wife, four children (two sons and two daughters), and four negro slaves (three male and one female). It is assumed that the children would have been Richard, John, Catherine, and Mary/Maria.6
      Richard made his will in Dover, Dutchess County, New York StateG, on 14 December 1744. Named as beneficiaries were his wife Margery, his sons Richard and John, his "son Josiah Crego" [see comments below], his daughter Catherine Margeson, and the heirs of his deceased daughter Mary Dean.7

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