Capt. Epes Sargent

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Epes Sargent, Il

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
Death: January 1779 (57)
Roxbury, Suffolk , Massachusetts, United States (Smallpox)
Immediate Family:

Son of Epes Sargent and Esther Sargent
Husband of Catherine Sargent
Father of Epes Sargent, Jr. and John Osborne Sargent
Brother of Esther Goldthwaite; Ignatius Sargent; Thomas Sargent; Winthrop Sargent; Sara Sargent and 4 others
Half brother of Col. Paul D. Sargent (Cont. Army); Ann Sargent; John Sargent; Mary Sargent and Catherine Sargent

Occupation: Shipowner
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About Capt. Epes Sargent

From Early Sargents of New England, by Winthrop Sargent, Harvard University, 1922, page 28-29

 * “His [Epes' 1721-1779] interest in John Murray, the Universalist clergyman, who was induced to come to Gloucester by him and his brother Winthrop, brought religious persecution to the Sargents, and Epes Sargent further suffered and was finally ruined financially by his loyalty to the Mother Country at the breaking out of the Revolution.”

From GENEALOGICAL and PERSONAL MEMOIRS Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts Prepared under the editorial supervision of William Richard CUTTER, A. M. Vol New York; Lewis Historical Publishing Company; 1908. Pages 1206-1211

(IV) Epes Sargent eldest son of Colonel Epes Sargent, born in Gloucester, 1721, died of smallpox, 1779. He married, 1745, Catherine, daughter of Hon. John Osborn, of Boston. She died February 7, 1788, and in an obituary notice of her in a Salem paper she is described as "an elegant and accomplished woman." Early in life Epes Sargent engaged in mercantile pursuits, and only a few years before the beginning of the revolution he owned ten vessels which were employed in the fisheries and foreign commerce. His trade was very extensive, but the total suspension of business on account of the war with the mother country caused him heavy losses and the consequent impairment of his large fortune; and most unfortunately for himself Mr. Sargent had cast his political fortunes with Great Britain, and this alone meant financial disaster as well as personal unpopularity among the loyal Americans on Cape Ann. Finding himself at length an object of reproach among his townsmen of Gloucester, and having been summoned to appear before them in public to give account of himself, he quit that town and went to Boston, where even greater indignities were put upon him. He then determined to live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but soon changed his purpose and returned to his old home in Gloucester. Here again his misfortunes were increased by reason of his espousal of the then unpopular doctrines preached by Rev. John Murray, and the warm welcome he extended that noted divine. As Babson says: "His whole life had exhibited the proper fruits of the christian spirit and he had sat for many years at the table of the Lord in affectionate communion and entire unity of religious sentiment with his brethren of the christian faith; but these now coldly turned from him, and so, with fortune wasted and friendships broken up, he 'endured as seeing Him who is invisible,' and rich in faith and the memories of a just and pure life passed away to the tomb."


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Capt. Epes Sargent's Timeline

February 17, 1721
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
November 2, 1748
Age 27
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
November 4, 1751
Age 30
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
January 1779
Age 57
Roxbury, Suffolk , Massachusetts, United States