William Sargent, Sr.
|Birthplace:||Bath, Somerset, England, (Present UK)|
|Death:||Died in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)|
|Place of Burial:||Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA|
Son of Richard Sargent, (twin) and Katherine Sargent
|Occupation:||Able Seaman, "seaman", Reverend, Royal Navy Officer|
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Hoyt states according to GR 1885, pg 291, apparently on the authority of Somerby, that the two William Sargents of Amesbury and Charlestown were brothers, and sons of Richard Sargent of London. The eldest son, William, held a position in the navy, was left behind in Virginia, where he married his first wife, Judith Perkins, and had by her two daughters. His parents, supposing him to be dead, gave the name William to a child of subsequent birth. This William afterwards came to Charlestown, in this country.  Merrill  gives nearly the same story.
William SARGENT was christened/baptized on 28 JUN 1606 in Bath, Somerset, England. He immigrated in 1630 from England to America. He signed a will on 24 MAR 1670/71 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
The following is the will of William SARGENT ca 1606-1675, as recorded in Edwin Everett Sargent's book, "The Sargent Record," self-published in 1899.
In the name of God Amen. the 24 day of March 1671\72 I William Sargent of ye town of Emefbury in ye County of Norfolk Maffachufettf in Newengland Seaman being in pritty good health of body & of found & pfect memorie (praise bee given to god for ye same) & knowing ye uncertainty of thif life on earth & being Defirouf to fettle thingf in order doe make thif my laft will & teftamt in manner & form That if to fayFirst & principally I comend my soule to Allmighty God my Creator affurdely believing yt fhall recieve full pardon & free remiffion of all my fins & bee faved by ye peciouf death & meritte of my bleffed Savioc & Redemmer Chrift Jefuf & my body to ye earth from whence it waf taken to bee buried in fuch Decent & Chriftian manner af to my Executoed hereafter named fhall be thought meete & convenient.
And af touching fuch wordly eftate af ye lord mercy hath lent mee my will & meaning if ye fame fhal bee imployed & beftowed af hereafter by thif will & Teftament
Item I give & bequeath to my grand child William Challis five poundf & to my grandchildren Elizabeth, Lydia, Mary & Phillip watson Challif to each of them twenty fhillings
Item I give & bequeath unto my grand children Dorothie & Elizabeth Colby to each of them twenty fhillings
Item I give unto my grand child William Sargent thirty shillings
Itt I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth ye wife of Sam Colby five poundf
Item I give all ye remayndere of my estate (these my legacies & my funeral chargef being firfte paid) unto my daughter Sarah both howfing & landf, chattelf & other movablef wt foever alwayf pvided that if fhe die wth out children that these howfing & landf: to bee equally divided: unto my four children hereafter named, i: e: my fons Thomaf & William & my daughters Mary & Elizabeth
Item I do conftitute ordaine & appointe my fone Thomaf Sargent & my daughter Sarah Sargent Executors unto thif my will & Teftamt & doe make my loving brother in law Tho Bradbury & my efteemed friend Major Pike my overfeerf to take care that thif my will may bee prformed according to ye true intente & meaning thereof
And to thif my last will & Teftament I doe hereunto fess my hand & feale ye day & year above named
William Sargent (Seal)
Signed, fealed and thto in
ye prfence uf
The mark of MB Mary Bradbury
Tho Bradbury & Jno Bradbury testified upon oath yt they faw Wm Sargent senr. figne, feale & declare thif to bee hif will before ye court held at Salifbury 13 Aprill 75
Tho Bradbury rec
Entered and Recorded in ye County recordf for Norfolk (tit 3d pa 6 ye 29th of Aprile 1675) as attefte
Tho Bradbury recr
He died in MAR 1673/74 at Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. He will was proved on 13 APR 1675 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
The inventory of the estate of "Willi. Sargent, Senr.," taken 8 April 1675 by Thomas Sergeant and John Weed, totalled £196, of which the real estate totalled £137 10s., including "housing & lands about the house & orchard on both sides [of] the country way," £85; "half the lot in the tide meadows, £16; "a Higledee Pigledee lot in the salt marsh" £25; "a lot lying in ... Lyons Mouth," £5 10s.; "a lot in the great swamp," £2; "a lot in ... Bugmore," £4.
He has Ancestral File Number 8JD9-XN.
In the General Court of records of Massachusetts Colony in April, 1633, by an act of the court, protecting certain grantees of land then at Agawam, now Ipswich, Massachusetts, in their rights and "Willm S'jeant" was one of those grantees.. He took the oath of allegiance to the Colony and King in 1639. He was one of the first settlers of Newbury in 1635. He was at Hampton, New Hampshire in 1639, and is taxed in Salisbury New Town, December 25, 1650, 7s.4d. He was next located at same place, now Amesbury and Merrimac, in 1655 where he resided until his death in 1675.
He married Elizabeth Perkins about 1633. No record of her death is found but it was before September 18, 1670, for on that date he remarried to Joanna Rowell, who survived him. (Amesbury marriages show William Sr m Joanna Rowell on Sept 18,1670)
His will was probated April 29, 1675 and names his son Thomas and daughter Sarah as executors; his brother-in-law Thomas Bradbury and friend Major Pike as overseers. All his property was left to his children and grandchildren, which inventoried at 191 pounds.
Hoyt's "Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury" page 310,311, indicate William was b. 1598. He was labeled as "seaman". Indicated he married 1st Judith Perkins, 2d Elizabeth Perkins; 3d., Sep 18, 1670 (records at Salem) Joanna Pinder (wid of Valentine Rowell). He is said to have been one of the first settlers of Ipswich in 1633; afterwords of Newbury; one of the first settlers of Hampton in 1638, rec land in Salisbury in 1640, 41,42,43, and '54; commoner and taxed in 1650; moved early across the Powow; one of the origional settlers of Amesbury where he received land 1654-68; a "township" for one of his sons, 1660; meeting house seat 1667; d. ab 1674; will 24 Mar 1670-1; 13 April 1675. Wid Joanna m. 26 Oct 1676 in Amesbury, Richard Currier. (listed 7 children) He was born in 1606 in Bath, Somerset, England. He was baptized on Jun 28 1606 in Bath, Somerset, England. Baptised in Abbey Church, Bath, County Somerset, England He died about 1674 in Salisbury, Ma. Another William Sargent, in Gloucester, 1649; m. 1651 Abigail Clark; descendants given in Babson's Gloucester, pp 148-50. The court rec. at sm. state that he was in 1652 nearest of kin in this country to Thomas Wathing, who died with Prince Rupert, "said Wm. being his father's sister's son."
Edwin Everett Sargent's book, "The Sargent Record," self-published in 1899.
Since my extensive research in England, which included the examination of probate, church, naval, judicial and other records by genealogists and others; advertising in the leading daily and Episcopalian papers of London, offering a reward for information, I failed to substantiate the statements I copied in my former work, therefore I feel it incumbent on me to give the following explanation: The quotations that William, "was born in London in 1602," that his father Richard, "was a barrister at law," and his mother, "a daughter of Sir Richard Saltonstall," I could not substantiate and found much to disprove the last. two. I believe that a part of these statements I quoted from the persons making them, were conclusions drawn from a record furnished them about fifty years ago, of a 'Richard Sargent, a justice, who died at Dinton, England, in 1665, who had a son William." But the Dinton Parish records show that the children (if William the son of Richard, were baptised there from 1630, to 1634, and that Richard died aged 79. He therefore would have been but thirteen years old when our ancestor William was born, if born in 1602. That William "was appointed midshipman in the navy," I found no record. That William "sailed with Captain John Smith, in 1614, to Jamestown, Virginia, stopping at Agawam, Massachusetts, en route," may be true as to his being with Captain Smith at Agawam, as he settled there afterwards. But that he went to Virginia, as that writer alleges, is questioned, as history does not give Capt. Smith as being in Virginia later than 1609. William was a seaman in his younger years as he is designated as a "seaman" or "mariner" in his will and other documents, but he no doubt later in life followed other occupations with it. That his father Richard held a position in the "Royal Navy," another tradition advanced by others, is not confirmed, so far as I can learn, by the navy records. As to William being born in London, and in 1602, it may be claimed that it has been a tradition so long it must be true, but I have proven so many traditions untrue, I am skeptical in this matter. As the birth of William of Malden, whose record was written by Aaron Sargent of Somerville, Mass., was known to have been in 1602, and the two Williams lived so near each other in Massachusetts, their records of birth might have got "mixed up." Then I have a letter from a person in England stating that he was born in 1598, but cannot learn as there is any authority for it. The nearest record to the one claimed in 1602, I have been able to find in England, of a William born to a Richard, is the following from the Abby church, Bath: "Marriages. 1602, November, Richard Sargent, and Katherine Steevenes the 22 day. Ano Dom., 1630, Jening Walters and Joane Sergeant, were married April 15." "Baptisms. Elizabeth the daughter of Richard Sargeant, 28 day 1603, October. 1606 June, William the Sonne of Richard Sargeant the 28th. March 1609, Joane the daughter of Richard Sargent was baptized the 26th." As there is no further record of the father or son found there, they may have gone to London and William shipped from there. At first I was not inclined to believe this William was our ancestor or from this part of England, for the following reasons: There were many Sargents, and some whose given names were Richard, in Cambridge and Suffolk counties, England, and as John Winthrop and some of the others who settled at Agawam, Mass., and changed its name to Ipswich, were from Ipswich, Suffolk county, and vicinity, England, I was inclined to believe William was from there. But since learning that the father of William's first wife, "Quartermaster John Perkins," was at Agawam in August, 1631, in a short time after arriving in America, and that he came from near Bath, England, that if William was from there and with Capt. Smith in 1614, when the latter landed at Agawam and wrote up its beauties and advantages. William may have returned and induced John Perkins and others to emigrate. The first recorded record I bond of William is in the General Court records of Massachusetts Colony in April, 1633, by an act by said court protecting certain grantees of land then at Agawam, now Ipswich, Massachusetts., in their rights, and William Sarjeant was one of them. The next record is that of his oath of allegiance and fidelity in 1639, and his name is recorded Willi : Sergent, but neither is as he spelt it. It is shown by records and deeds that he was later one of the first settlers at Wessacucon, now Newbury, MA, 1635; at Winnacumet, now Hampton, N. H., in 1638; at South Merrimac, now Salisbury, Mass., in 1639, and that "Wm. Sargent, townsman and commoner of Salisbury, tax rate Dec. 25, 1650, 7s. 4d." He was next located at Salisbury New Town, now Amesbury and Merrimac, in 1655, where he resided until his death in 1675. The statement in the town history of Amesbury, "that William married for his first wife Judith, a sister of his second wife, Elizabeth Perkins," the author informs me he made on information of another, and had no other authority. The genealogy of the John Perkins's family gives no daughter Judith, and that Elizabeth was born in 1618, at Newent, Gloucestershire, England, and therefore old enough by 1634 to have been the mother of Mary, the eldest child of William, who married Philip Challis, and Mary old enough to be a mother in 1653, when her first child was born. This therefore refutes the marriage of William to Judith, and also the idea that Elizabeth was too young to have been the mother of the eldest children of William. The date of their marriage was probably about 1633, as she came to America with her parents in the ship Lion in the spring of 1631, and they were both at Agawam prior to 1633. I found no date of her death, but it was before Sept. 18, 1670, for he married on that date Joanna Powell, who survived him and married Richard Currier of Amesbury. Owing to a lack and contradiction of records, there is an uncertainty as to William's children, their order, dates of birth and death. Where there are two records which conflict, I have used the Salisbury, if that is one of the two. There is a record of "Mary b. June 17, 1647," and no record of her death, and it is not probable a second child was named Mary after the one who married Mr. Challis, the one named in William's will. So I am convinced it Should have been "Lydia," Of whom I find no record of birth, hut "died in 1661I," and have given the former under the latter name. The "Elizabeth" given as the "wife of William died 1641" must have been the daughter "Elizabeth" who "died July 14, 1641" He was one of the "Prudential" men in Amesbury in 1675; he resided in the part of the town known as the West Parish, and built a house near the church and academy. He died in March, 1675, and was buried in the cemetery at the Ferry.’’ His will was probated at Salem Mass., in 1675. The inventory of William's estate (as near as can be made out) amounted to 191 pounds.
Submitted by jim roaix
SOURCES: (1) Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996, Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150; (2) Perkins Family in Ye Olden Times. p 78-79 (B11C27); (3) Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury, Mass by Hoyt, p 281 (Mass S&); (4) Dawes & Allied Families by Mary Walton Ferre, p 484-85 (B12F12); (5) Lynn Hist. Reg. Mass. 27A-7B, B4 D8, B6 3A.; (6) Edwin Everett Sargent's book, "The Sargent Record," self-published in 1899.
William Sergent 2d, also of Gloucester, "mariner," appeared in Gloucester in 1678; m. Mary Duncan; descendants given in Babson's Gloucester, pp. 150-7. It is stated that he was the son of Wm. and Mary (Epes) Sargent of Exeter, Eng., Barbadoes and Bristol, Eng., Where Wm. 2d was born.
There was still another William Sargent, of Charlestown, 1638-45. It is stated, G.R. 1885, p. 291, apparently on the authority of Somerby, that the two William Sargents, of Amesbury and Charlestown were brothers, and sons of Richard Sargent of London. The eldest son, William, held a position in the navy, was left behind in Virginia, where he married his first wife, Judith Perkins, and had by her two daughters. His parents, supposing him to be dead, gave the name William to a child of subsequent birth. This William afterwards came to Charlestown in this country. M. Ames., p. 102, gives nearly the same story, but states that his first wife Judith Perkins d. abt 1633, leaving three daus.; Lydia, Sarah, who must have died young, and Mary. (See p. 282 (John Perkins, of Ipswich, b. abt 1590)) He was married to Elizabeth Perkins on Sep 18 1640 in Salisbury, Ma.
Parents: Richard SARGENT and Katherine STEVENS.
Spouse: Elizabeth PERKINS. William SARGENT and Elizabeth PERKINS were married on 18 SEP 1640 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Children were: Mary SARGENT, Elizabeth SARGENT, Lt. Thomas SARGENT, William SARGENT, Elizabeth SARGENT, Lydia SARGENT, Sarah SARGENT.
Spouse: Joanna PINDOR. William SARGENT and Joanna PINDOR were married on 18 SEP 1670 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
- Occupation: Seamen 1
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William Sargent appeared in Ipswich in 1633, the Shatswells
being also residents there. At this time he was apparently
living in Newbury, MA, bur before 1638, had removed to Hampton,
NH. He returned from there in less than a year. He was in
Salisbury in 1639 and lived there until after 1651 when he moved
across the Powwow river and spent the rest of his life in the
West Parish of amesbury. In 1667, he was one of the Prudential
Men of amesbury.
William served on a grand jury in 1652. In 1653 he sued Samuel
Buswell for a cow which had been killed by a beast belonging to
the defendant. It was agreed that he should have half the price
of the living cow, as appraised by two different men, and that
its hide should be divided between him and Buswell. In 1664, he
was on the trial jury, and 13 april 1669 and 12 april 1670 he
again served on the grand jury.
William Sargent and Joanna his wife, late wife to Valentine
rowell, sued Christopher Osgood for debt in 1671/2 winning the
case. Joanna was administratrix of her former husband,
Valentine rowell, and there was a legacy due her children by
rowell from their grandfather, Thomas rowell, whose widow,
Margery, had married secondly Christopher Osgood, Sr., and
thirdly Thomas Coleman.
William Sargent left the following will:
In the name of God amen the 24 day of Marche: 1670-71 I
William Sargent of ye town of Emsbury in ye County of Norfolk
Massachusetts in New-england: Seeman: being in pritty good
health of body, & of sound, & prfect memorie (praise bee given
to god for ye same) & knowing ye uncertenty of this life on
earth, & being desierous to settle things in order doe make this
my lans will and Testamt in manner, & forme following...Item I
give & bequeath: to my grandchild William Challis five pound: &
to my grandchildren: Elizabeth, Lidia: Mary: & Philip watson
Challis to each of them twenty shillings: Item I give &
bequeath unto my Grand children: Dorethie, & Elizabeth Colby:
to each of them twenty shillings: Item I give unto my
grandchild William Sargent thirty shilling Itt I give &
bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth ye wyfe of Samll Colby five
pound: Item I give all ye remaynder of my estate (these my
legasies: & my funerall Charges being first payd) unto my
daughter Sarah foth howsing & lands: chattels & other moveables
wtsoever; always pvided that if she die, without children; that
then ye howsing & lands to bee equally : unto my fower
Childeren herafter named i.e.: my sons Thomas & William: & my
daughters: mary and Elizabeth: Item I do constitute ordaine &
appoint my sone Thomas Sargent, & my daughter Sarah Sargent,
Executors unto this my will & Testamt: & doe make my loveing
brother in law mr Tho: Bradbury: & my esteemed friend Major
Robert Pike, my overseers, to take care that this my will bee
prformed according to ye true intent & meaning thereof: And to
this my last Will & Testamt: I doe hereunto sett my hand &
seale ye day & yeare above named.
William Sargent sued Mr. William Hook of Salisbury for 56s. in
corn 26 December 1643. He acknowledged judgement in favor of
Mr. Jonathan Wade 26 September 1648.
Michael Spencer sued him for detaining corn and other goods 2
January 1650. Hard words were exchanged between Sargents and
their near neighbors, the Martins. either William Sr. or Jr.
was sued for slander by George Martin, who claimed Sargent had
called his wife a witch 13 April 1669. Martin sued Thomas
Sargent for saying his son George Martin was a bastard and that
richard Martin was Goodwife Martin's imp. In 1672 William
Sargent and Joanna his wife sued Christopher Osgood for debt due
part on the estate of Joanna's late jusband, Balentine Rowell.
The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, by George A Perkins, M.D. lists the following on Part 1, pages 7 and 14:
4 Elizabeth (John1) was born in England in 1618. and came to New England in the ship Lion with her parents in 1631. She lived in Ipswich, and probably married her husband, William Sargent, there. The date of her marriage is not known. He was born in England in 1602, was one of the first settlers here, and went from Ipswich to settle Newbury. He was also among the first to settle in Hampton; from that place he went to Amesbury, where he made a permanent settlement, and died there in 1677, in the seventy-fifth year of his age.
The time of the death of his wife, Elizabeth was in 1700. His will was made in 1671. The descendants of William and Elizabeth (Perkins) Sargent are now very numerous.
Children of William Sargent and wife Elizabeth were:
Thomas, b. June 11, 1643; m. Rachel Barnes; d. 1705-6.
William, b. m. Mary Colby; d.
Mary, b. m. Philip Chalis; d.
Elizabeth, b. m. Samuel Colby.; d.
Emigrated to New England Colonies 1630
Elizabeth Perkins was his second wife
Info from The History of the Town of Goffstown 1733-1920 by George Plummer Hadley, Vol 2, pg 449
He ws first known to be in Ipswich,Mass in 1633 and a little while later in the town of Newbury,Mass., where he moved from Hampton in 1638. At one time he was a resident of Salisbury Mass which was about 1650, and in 1655 he moved to Amesbury Mass where he resdied until his death in 1675.
His first wife was supposed to be Elizabeth Perkins who died sometime prior to 1670 for upon Sept 18,1670 he married Joanna Rowell, who survived him and remarried after his death.
He had 9 children, all by his first marraige. -------------------- Hoyt states according to GR 1885, pg 291, apparently on the authority of Somerby, that the two William Sargents of Amesbury and Charlestown were brothers, and sons of Richard Sargent of London. The eldest son, William, held a position in the navy, was left behind in Virginia, where he married his first wife, Judith Perkins, and had by her two daughters. His parents, supposing him to be dead, gave the name William to a child of subsequent birth. This William afterwards came to Charlestown, in this country.  Merrill  gives nearly the same story.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rsholmes/fg03/fg03_021.html -------------------- Source:
The Prominent Families of the United States of America, by Arthur Meredyth Burke, 1908, reprinted 1991, p. 158 (descent of Herbert Howland Sargent)
married 1st wife: Judith Perkins b. ? d. 1633 married on ? married 2nd wife: Elizabeth Perkins ( sister to Judith ) b. 3/21/1610/1611 d. Abt. 9/18/1670 married in Abt. 1633 probably in England. married wife #3: Joanna Pinder b. ? d. ? married on 9/18/1670. -------------------- He migrated to America in 1632 . He was often referred to as a seaman or a yeoman in legal documents
William Sargent, Sr.'s Timeline
June 20, 1606
Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
June 26, 1606
June 28, 1606
Bath, Somerset, England, (Present UK)
June 28, 1606
June 28, 1606
Bath, Somerset, England
June 28, 1606
Bath Abbey, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
June 28, 1606
Abbey Church, Bath, Somersetshire, England
June 28, 1606
Bath, Somerset, England
June 28, 1606
Abbey Church, Bath, Somersetshire, England
September 27, 1633
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)