31 March 2019

Who was Samuel S Sackett?

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.

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01 March 2019

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Who was Benjamin Franklin Sackett?

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).

31 January 2019

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31 December 2018

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19 December 2018

Brief Lives: Frederic Moseley Sackett, US Ambassador to Germany


Frederic Moseley Sackett (1868–1941) was the US Ambassador to Germany in the critical early 1930s when Hitler and the Nazi party were rising to power. He was a close political ally of Herbert Hoover and became a Republican US Senator in 1924.
As US Ambassador, he foresaw the threat to peace in Europe and developed a strong political relationship with German Chancellor Heinrich Bruning in support of his attempts to save the Weimar Republic.
Frederic Sackett was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of General Frederic Moseley Sackett, a wealthy wools manufacturer, and Emma Louisa Paine. He graduated from Brown University and Harvard Law School. He married Olive Speed and, after practising law in the 1890s, turned to the management of his wife's extensive family business interests, especially coal mining, real estate, and banking.
A detailed account of his diplomatic career is given in the book, Ambassador Frederic Sackett and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic, 1930–1933 by Bernard V Burke (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

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