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Epes Sargent

Also Known As: "Eppes"
Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Gloucester,Essex,Massachussetts
Death: December 6, 1762 (72)
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William "the mariner" Sargent and Mary Sargent
Husband of Esther Sargent and Katherine Sargent
Father of Capt. Epes Sargent; Esther Goldthwaite; Ignatius Sargent; Thomas Sargent; Winthrop Sargent and 10 others
Brother of Fitz-William Sargent; Fitz-Willam Sargent; Peter Sargent; Mary Sargent; Daniel Sargent and 7 others

Occupation: Merchant; will Owned wharf, fish houses, storehouses, much land, slaves. Very active committeeman NEHGS
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About Epes Sargent

William Sargent and Mary Duncan had fifteen children: Epes, born 1690;

  • "Copley's art matured quickly, as evidenced in this forthright portrayal of Epes Sargent (1690-1762). As proprietor of almost half the land in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the sitter confidently sticks one hand in a pocket and leans on a sturdy column base that forms a traditional emblem of Fortitude. Copley candidly noted such factual details as the mole under Sargent’s left eye and the powder fallen onto his shoulder from his wig."

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. Volume 3.; Illustrated New York; Lewis Historical Publishing Company; 1908. Pages 1206-1211

(III) Colonel Epes Sargent, seventh child of William Sargent (2d) and wife Mary Duncan, born in Gloucester, 1690, died in Salem, Massachusetts, December 6, 1762. He was a man of much prominence in his day, a successful merchant, and acquired considerable property in the pursuits of trade. He was the principal magistrate of the town several years, and its representative in the general court of Massachusetts in 1744. After his second marriage he removed to Salem, where he took an active part in public affairs, was colonel of the militia, and for many years a justice of the general sessions of the court; and above all else he was an upright, earnest and conscientious christian man. After his death his remains were carried back to Gloucester and given a final resting place in the family tomb in the churchyard.

Colonel Sargent married, first, April 1, 1720, Esther Maccarty, born July 1, 1701, died July 1, 1743, daughter of Florence Maccarty by his second wife Elizabeth. Florence Maccarty, Boston, butcher, was one of the founders of the first Protestant Episcopal society in New England.

Colonel Sargent married second, August 10, 1744, Catherine Brown, of Salem, widow of Samuel Brown, and daughter of John Winthrop, granddaughter of Waitstill Winthrop and great-granddaughter of John (known as Fitz John) Winthrop, governor of Connecticut. Governor Fitz John Winthrop was a son of Governor John Winthrop of Connecticut, and the latter was a son of John Winthrop, governor of Massachusetts. Catherine Winthrop Brown also was a granddaughter of Governor Dudley of the Massachusetts colony.

Colonel Epes Sargent had in all sixteen children: Epes, born 1721; Esther, 1722; Ignatius, 1724; James, born 1726, died 1727; Winthrop, born 1727; Sarah, 1729; Daniel, 1731; William, 1734; Benjamin, 1736; and Thomas, whose name is given among the children of the first marriage, but of whom we have no reliable account.

The children of the second marriage were Paul Dudley, John, Catherine, Ann and Mary.

Among the sons of Colonel Epes Sargent were men of the highest character, and some of them attained to positions of distinguished prominence in the early history of Massachusetts, and although one of them cast his fortunes with the British cause during the revolution he did not sacrifice anything of his high character by reason of his unfortunate choice.

Katherine Winthrop married (2) EPES SARGENT 1744 in probably Salem, Essex, MA, son of SARGENT. He was born July 12, 1690 in Gloucester, Essex, MA, USA, and died December 06, 1762 in Salem, Essex, MA, USA.


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Epes Sargent's Timeline

July 12, 1690

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
Name: Eps Sargent
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 12 Jul 1690
Birth Place: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Father Name: William Sargent
Mother Name: Mary
Source Citation: .
Source Information: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
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February 17, 1721
Age 30
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
September 20, 1722
Age 32
Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts
July 27, 1724
Age 34
Gloucester, MA
April 16, 1726
Age 35
Gloucester, MA
March 6, 1727
Age 36
Gloucester, Massachusetts
August 6, 1729
Age 39
March 18, 1731
Age 40
Gloucester, MA
June 29, 1733
Age 42
Gloucester, MA