Eagle-eyed Kelly Jo Brown took the trouble to write The Sackett Family Association with a picture of an old medicine bottle she found in the Ohio River near Bennett's Towing & Recovery in New Albany, Indiana. The bottle likely dates from the late 1800s or very early 1900s.
Pharmacist O Sackett inscribed on the bottle was Ozem Sackett (1841-1911). Ozem lived in New Albany throughout his life and was listed as a druggist in the census from 1880 to 1910.
David Sackett MD (1934–2015) was a Canadian medical doctor and a pioneer in evidence-based medicine who proved that aspirin helps prevent heart attacks. He founded the department of clinical epidemiology at McMaster University, Ontario, in 1967. Later in his career, recognising his preeminence in the field, he was awarded a professorship at Oxford University, England, where he established the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. His textbook Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine is considered a classic in its field.
David Lawrence Sackett, son of De Forest Sackett and Margaret Ross, was born in Chicago on 17 November 1934.1 He died aged 80 in Ontario, Canada, on 13 May 2015. He graduated MD at the University of Illinois.
Dr Sackett was inducted in 2000 to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. His profile on the Hall of Fame website includes a commemorative video.
Association member Myra Roper recently found a record in Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania for the hitherto unknown Harry Oliver Sackett (1868–1926), a "prominent citizen" of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. The record gives some detail of his maternal ancestry, but is silent on his father's side.
Further research has revealed that his father was Samuel S Sackett (1842–1932), but then the trail goes cold, and it has not yet proved possible to fit Samuel into our various Sackett trees.
There are plenty of records for Samuel, but unfortunately none that gives a clue to his parentage. Indeed, his own son Leroy was unable to provide the names of Samuel's parents for his death certificate.
Some of the records are somewhat contradictory—to the extent that it seems possible that there were two Samuel S Sacketts. There are records of two marriages, with apparently overlapping dates, and this adds to the confusion. However, it is surely unlikely that there were two men of the same name, of similar age, in the same area. Were this the case, we would then have two mysteries.
Suggestions as to Samuel's parentage will be gratefully received.
Over Christmas 1900 and into January 1901, newspaper readers in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and several States beyond were agog at the gossip surrounding a scandalous case of bigamy. The subject of the outrage was Benjamin Franklin Sackett, a “traveling man” who, despite his illustrious name, had apparently abandoned his wife of three years, Freda Goodwin, and married bigamously Minnie Copp, a boarder in the Sackett household.
Sackett was arrested and jailed, pending further police enquiries and the mounting by prosecutors of a case against him, preparatory to a court hearing.
But all was not what it seemed. The accused had pleaded his innocence throughout, claiming that the first wedding was but a mock marriage ceremony. And this, indeed, turned out to be so. The authorities had no option but to release him, although one newspaper editorial had opined that if he could not be prosecuted under the bigamy laws, “at least there is the horse whip as a court of last resort.”
But who was Benjamin Franklin Sackett?
Research so far reveals that he died aged 64 in Chicago in 1925. His marriage record to Minnie Copp in Richmond, Indiana, in December 1900 has been found. And a Benjamin F Sackett, commercial traveler, is found in St Joseph, Missouri, in 1910, described as single, in which case, and assuming this is the right man, he had by then probably also abandoned Minnie. Research efforts beyond that have so far drawn a blank. Suggestions as to his parentage and any other information will be gratefully received.
Transcripts of the newspaper articles are at Benjamin Franklin Sackett (c1861-1925).