John Sackett

FatherJohn Sackett (1723-1800)
MotherMary Ayles (c 1725-1773)
John Sackett, hoyman, son of John Sackett and Mary Ayles, was born in Margate, KentG, on 17 November 17571 and baptized at St John's Church, MargateG, on 30 November 1757.1 He died aged 76 in MargateG, on 28 March 18342 and was buried at St John's ChurchG, on 4 April 1834.3,2 He married at St John's ChurchG, on 12 May 1787, Ann Hooper.4,5 Ann was born in about 1756.6 She died aged 85 and was buried at St John's ChurchG, on 24 December 1841.7
     John was the owner of a hoy (a small coastal sailing ship for carrying goods and passengers) named the Margate which, in 1802, was wrecked in a storm, with the loss of 22 passengers. Six passengers survived by clinging to the rigging. The ship was en route from Margate to London with, in addition to the passengers, a full load of corn for the London market. John Sackett was not aboard. The ship's master, John Goodburn, was also lost, but the other four crew members survived.
     The disaster made nationwide headlines, with London newspaper reports being repeated across the regional press. A fund was set up for public donations to alleviate the financial hardship of bereaved families. A book, A Circumstantial Narrative of the Stranding of a Margate Corn Hoy, was published, "the Profits arising from the Sale being applied to the Benefit of the Orphans, and other Sufferers by the Calamity."
     It would appear that John Sackett disposed of the Margate soon after the shipwreck, either in its wrecked state or after making repairs. The ship was offered for sale by auction by the assignees of Edward Curling, a bankrupt, in July 1804. It was described as in good repair and fit for immediate service. John Sackett was named in the advertisement as a contact for enquiries, along with the auctioneer.
     In 1826–7 John was living at Hawley Square, MargateG and was listed in Pigot's Directory of Kent under "Gentry and Clergy."8
     John made his will in St John's, MargateG, on 21 July 1831, naming as beneficiaries his wife Ann, his daughter Mary, his grandsons John Sackett Swinford, Daniel Swinford, Stephen Swinford and Henry Herbert Swinford, and his granddaughter Ann Swinford.9 He left much of his substantial lands and investments to his wife Ann, but also left to his surviving daughter Mary investments worth £1,700. He stated that this sum was the equivalent of the value of premises left to his son-in-law John Swinford, the husband of John Sackett's deceased daughter Ann. He left sums of money in trust to be inherited by his five grandchildren at 21.
     In 1840 John's widow Ann was living at 27 Hawley Square, MargateG and was listed in Pigot's Directory of Kent under "Gentry and Clergy."10
     John's widow Ann made her will in Margate, KentG, on 2 April 1840, naming as beneficiaries her daughter Mary, her grandsons John Sackett Swinford and Daniel Swinford, and her granddaughter Ann Swinford.11 She left her personal estate to her unmarried daughter Mary, and various specified personal items to her three Swinford grandchildren, the children of her deceased daughter Ann.

Children of John Sackett and Ann Hooper


 Notes & Citations

  1. Baptisms Register, St John the Baptist, Thanet, Kent, "30 November 1757 John s. John & Mary Sacket bn 17 November."
  2. Thanet Obituary, monumental inscription, St John's Church, Margate, Kent, Swinford's headstone, New Burial Ground, "John Sackett, father of Ann Swinford, 28 March 1834 aged 77; John Sackett Swinford, son of Jno & Ann, 25 December 1814, age 8 months."
  3. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "4 April 1834 John Sackett, Margate, 77."
  4. Marriage Licences, Canterbury, Kent, "4 May 1787 John Sackett, of St John Thanet, hoyman, bachelor, & Ann Hooper, of the same, spinster."
  5. Marriages Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "12 May 1787 John Sackett, hoyman, of this parish, & Anne Hooper of this parish. Licence."
  6. Date of birth based on age at death.
  7. Burials Register, St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent (Parish Registers 1570-1650 (U3/140/1/1) (Debrett's); Tyler transcripts; IGI), "24 December 1841 Ann Sackett, Margate, 85."
  8. Website Pigot's Directory ( (, 1826–7. Kent. Margate. "Gentry and Clergy. Sackett John, esq. Hawley square."
  9. Will of John Sackett of St John's, Thanet, Kent, 21 July 1831, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 12 June 1834 (National Archives, PROB 11-1833-369).
  10. Website Pigot's Directory ( (, 1840. Kent. Margate. "Gentry and Clergy. Sackett Mrs. —, 27 Hawley sq."
  11. Will of Ann Sackett of Margate, Kent, 2 April 1840, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 12 January 1842 (National Archives, PROB 11-1957-53).
Last Edited3 November 2014