SACKETT, Joseph & wives

Cliff McCarthy, 2016
Last Updated 5 November 2017

Joseph Sackett, son of Lieutenant Joseph and Sarah (Denison) Sackett, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on 27 October 1712. The identity of his first wife, by whom he had five or six children, is unknown.

Outstanding Mystery: Who was Joseph Sackett’s first wife? What happened to her?

Joseph married second in about 1750, Abigail (Rowe) Ives, widow of Stephen Ives. Abigail was born on 17 January 1712/13 and had five children with her first husband.

Joseph and Abigail had three more children.

In Sacketts of America, Charles Weygant states; “By the terms of his will, which is recorded in probate office at Poughkeepsie, he bequeaths all of his property in Dutchess County to his son Samuel, who is supposed to have been the first of his line to settle in Dutchess County.” However, Donald Lines Jacobus says that Joseph, not his son Samuel, “removed to Nine Partners, NY.” Nine Partners was the name of the land grant in Dutchess County on which he settled.

Samuel Gilbert, who had married Joseph’s eldest daughter Sarah, put his New Haven home up for sale in 1761 and shortly afterwards moved to Dutchess County, NY.

We know that Joseph was living in Dutchess County by 1790 when the U.S. census was taken. He is recorded in the town of Washington with two females and himself in the household. Samuel Sacket, presumably his son, is recorded next to Joseph, with a household of thirteen people, including one slave.

Joseph’s will is dated 20 May 1795, and was proved on 13 April 1818, so he must have died between those dates. This will has been abstracted as follows:

At Court of Common Pleas for Co. Dutchess on 13 April 1818 will of Joseph Sackett of town of Stamford, Co. Dutchess dec’d was proved by being brought into court by Samuel Sackett one of the heirs of said Joseph Sackett dec’d, by two of witnesses, Samuel Sackett and Anna Sackett formerly Anna Hammond.

Will (Pgs 39-42) Joseph Sackitt of town of Stanford, Co. Dutchess, N.Y. Yeoman — dated 20 May 1795
— to my wife Abigail use of one third of all my lands during her life & one third of all my moveable estate in lieu of her dower
— to my eldest daughter Sarah £5
— all my Real estate in township of New Haven State Connecticut to children of my said Daughter Sarah (except her son Samuel)
— to my son Reuben Sackett £40
— to my son Joseph Sackett £45
— to my dau Hester Sackett £200
— to my son Samuel Sackett all my real estate not heretofore willed
— the one third my real estate given to my wife during her life to my son Samuel Sackett after her death
— my dau Hester be taken care of by my son Samuel Sackett
— that my friends Peter Garnsey, Caleb Thompson, John Miller take care & see she is supported
— appt my son Samuel Sackitt exr
— hand & seal day above

(sg) Joseph Sackit (LS) pf Anna Hammond, Samuel Sackitt, Gershon Salmon


Children of Joseph & (Unknown) SACKETT & Abigail (Rowe) Ives SACKETT

JOSEPH SACKETT, son of JOSEPH SACKETT and SARAH DENISON, was born 27 October 1712 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, and died Aft. 20 May 1795 probably in Dutchess Co., NY.  He married (1) UNKNOWN.    He married (2) ABIGAIL (ROWE) IVES Aft. 1744, daughter of MATTHEW ROWE and REBECCA MIX.  She was born 17 January 1712/13 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. She married (1) STEPHEN IVES 13 May 1736 in New Haven, CT, son of JOSEPH IVES and SARAH BALL. He was born 27 June 1708 in New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, and died December 1745 in North Haven, New Haven Co., CT. She married (2) JOSEPH SACKETT.

Children of JOSEPH SACKETT and UNKNOWN are:

i.    SARAH SACKETT, b. Abt. 1732; d. 22 February 1818; m. SAMUEL GILBERT, 2 July 1750, New Haven, CT; b. 27 November 1724, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; d. 27 November 1797.
ii.    JAMES SACKETT, b. Abt. 1738. [Included according to Jacobus; not in Weygant]
iii.    REUBEN SACKETT, m. MARCY, b. Abt. 1730, d. 23 January 1805.
iv.    JOSEPH SACKETT, b. bef 1755; d. bef 1830. DNA evidence indicates that he is the progenitor of the Vermont line of Sacketts. [see Sackett Family Association website]
v.    HESTER SACKETT, b. 1743; d. 6 May 1816
vi.    SAMUEL SACKETT, b. 1747; d. 20 August 1816; m. THANKFUL WOOD; b. Bet. 1776 – 1794.


Children of ABIGAIL ROWE and STEPHEN IVES are:

vii.    MARY IVES, b. 13 July 1737; d. October 1813, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT; m. JASON COOPER.
viii.    REBECCA IVES, b. 27 February 1738/39; d. 26 January 1797, East Haven, New Haven Co., CT; m. WILLIAM BRADLEY.
ix.    JOSEPH IVES, b. 26 October 1740; m. ABIGAIL GRANNIS; d. 31 January 1768.
x.    STEPHEN IVES, b. 16 March 1741/42; m. SARAH AMES; d. 12 October 1786.
xi.    ENOCH IVES, b. Abt. 1744; d. 3 May 1762, North Haven, New Haven Co., CT.



xii.    JOEL SACKETT, b. Abt. 1750; d. 10 January 1773, Dutchess Co., NY.
xiii.    ABIGAIL SACKETT, b. Abt. 1752.
xiv.    THORETHE SACKETT, b. Abt. 1752.



  • 1790 U.S. Census for Joseph Sacket, (Washington, Dutchess Co., NY).
  • Ives, Arthur Coon, Genealogy of the Ives Family,  (Hungerford-Holbrook Co.; Watertown, NY, 1932).
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines, Families of Ancient New Haven, (Genealogical Publishing Co.; Baltimore, MD, 1981).
  • Sackett Family Association website,
  • Weygant, Charles H., Sacketts of America: Their Ancestors & Descendants, 1630-1907, (Newburgh, NY, 1907).
  • Will of Joseph Sackett, (Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835., as reproduced at the Sackett Family Association website,



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