Two Sarah Sackets b 1752 & 1758 #SimonColonist #ThomasElder
Ted Smith #55
Earlier today Walt Pettis sent me a message that triggered some digging. It concerned Sarah Sacket, daughter of Eliakim Sacket and Bathesda Fowler of Westfield, Massachusetts.
Weygant (p. 49) indicates that Sarah, b. 29 Aug 1758, daughter of Eilakim, married Elna Hoyt. Thurmon King had also entered that she married a Mr. Weller but did not cite a source for that marriage. Thurmon did cite a source for Elna and Sarah's marriage that took some digging to find.
A quick search for Sarah on Ancestry.com found a Find A Grave memorial for Sarah Sackett Weller (b. 1756, d. 18 Jun 1812, buried in Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; see https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/140953541 . Her husband is Justus Weller who died in 1810.
Looking in the Sackett-Tree database, there are four Sarah Sacket/Sackett entries born around this same period:
However, I did find a record for a Massachusetts marriage of a Sarah Sacket to Justus Weller:
Massachusetts, Town & Vital Records, 1620-1988, (Ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3), 3 May 2020.
Name: Justus Weller
Event Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 11 Aug 1776
Marriage Place: Westfield, Massachusetts
Spouse Name: Sarah Sacket
Transcribed from image:
Justus Weller [illegible word] Sarah Sackett both of Westfield had their names [illegible phrase] of their intention of marriage and publication. There on [illegible word] August 11, 1776.
Justus Weller & Sarah Sackett were married Aug. 1776.
Justus Weller son of Justus and Sarah Weller was born Nov. 5, 1776.
The record for the marriage of Sarah Sackett that married Elna Hayt is found in "Names of persons for whom marriage licenses were issued by the secretary of the province of New York, previous to 1784. Printed by order of Gideon J. Tucker, secretary of state. 1860. Albany, Weed, Parsons and company. pp. 334:
1780, Oct. 12. Sacket, Sarah, and Elna Hayt, Marriage Bonds, v. XXX, p. 63.
So it seems that there are two Sarah Sackets: One married Elna Hayt and one married Justus Weller. Of course Weygant did not cite his source, and none of these marriage records give names of parents, so we cannot be certain which Sarah really is which. But the fact that the daughter of Eliakim was born in Westfield and that one of the two marriages occurred in Westfield raises some doubt about whether the daughter of Eliakim really married Elna Hayt.