Alexander County

Biography - James Sackett

JAMES L. SACKETT, farmer, P. O. Elco. Isaac Sacket, the grandfather of our subject, was born in England and came to this country some time before the Revolutionary war. He settled in Connecticut, and was a soldier in that war. In the same State, Isaac Sacket. Jr., the father of James L., was born in 1808, lived there until he reached manhood, and then married, in 1827, Sophronia Richards, daughter of Charles Richards, whose forefathers were also of English descent. She was the mother of ten children, and of that number subject was the youngest, and was born December 20, 1831. When he was about nine years of age, his parents moved with him to Illinois and settled in Marine, Madison County. Subject received his education partially in the schools of Connecticut, and also in the schools of Illinois. When about fifteen years old, he commenced working at the carpenter's trade, and followed that vocation until about nineteen. At that age, he undertook business for himself, and commenced contracting for jobs. This vocation he followed for about six years, working at it in St. Louis, also in Monroe and St. Clair Counties. In 1860, he came to Alexander County, and first settled on Sandy Creek, but only remained there about three years, and then came to his present location in 1863. He first purchased a farm of fifty acres, and now owns about 118 acres in Sections 18 and 19, Township 14, Range 1 west. He was married, March 24, 1858, in Belleville, Ill, to Eliza Anson, daughter of Fred and Lucinda Anson. She is the mother of ten children, seven of whom are now living — Rosala, Montie, George R., Minnie, Clara, Mattie and Louis. He enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-third Illinois Infantry, Col. Bronson, Company F, Capt. Johnson, February 12, 1865, and was discharged May 29, 1865, on account of disability. In politics, Mr. Sacket is a Republican.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, pages 227-228.

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