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Roger William John Sargent, Mayor of Nothhampton

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, England
Death: July 16, 1649 (86)
All Saints Parish, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Place of Burial: Allsaints Parish, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh Roger Sargent and Margaret Sargent
Husband of Sargent and Ellen Sargent
Father of Timothy Osborn; Daniel Sargent; Sarah Sargent; Anna Sargent; Samuel Sargent and 7 others
Brother of Anne Sargent; Nicholas Sargent; Elizabeth Sargent; Mary Osborn; John Sargeant and 9 others

Occupation: BET 1616 AND 1617 Junior Bailiff In Northampton; 1626 Mayor Of Northampton
Managed by: John Nicholas Travis
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About Roger Sargent, Mayor of Northampton

Roger Sargeant (probably named for his mother's brother, Roger Gifford, or his great-grandfather of the same name) was junior bailiff in 1616 and 1617, and mayor of Northampton in 1626.

Will of Roger Sargeant

In the name of God Amen, I Roger Sariant of the Towne of North[ton] Mercer beibge aged and weake in bodye but of good disposinge memory and understandinge (for wch I bless God) doe make this my last Will in manner followinge. Ffirst I comend my soule to God that gave it me and my body to the earth to bee buryed by my execut[r] hereafter named, decently, accompanied to the grave w[th] the Mayor and Alderme of the towne my brothers and their wives w[th] such oth[r] friends as my Execut[r] shall think fitt. I assuredly trust and believe that at the generall resurretto[n] my soule and body shall meete againe and be eternally saved and glorified by and through the only merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for such little worldly goods and estate wch God of his goodness hath give[n] to me. I give and dispose thereof as followeth: Ffirst whereas my sonn Joseph Sariant hath twenty pounds of myne in his hands, I will that twenty marks thereof be spent on my buryal and no moor and the other twenty nobles I give to my daughter Sprigge. I give my garden and orchard in the Cowe Lane in North[ton] wch I bought of Nathaniel Sharpe with all things in it to my daught[r] Ball & her assignes for her life the remainder to my grandchild John Sariant eldest sonn of my sonn John and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten & to bee begotten. And for want of such ifsue the remaind[r] to Joseph Sariant his younger broth[r] and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotte[n] & to bee begotten and for want of such ifsue the remaynd[r] to my right heires for ever. I give my ffive silver spoons to my five children viz to my sonns Joseph John Will[m] and to my daught[rs] Elizabeth and Dorothy to every of them one and if there be any difference in the waight and goodnes of them I will my childre[n] as they are in prioritye of age and birth to make their choyce. I give all the rest of my goods household stuffe wearinge apparell gowns cattell and chattells whatsoever to my daught[r] Ball w[ch] hath most neede of my helpe by reason of the want and poverty wherein she was lefte by her husband Thomas Ball late deceased. I desire my childre[n] in the name and feare of God to live together in love and in what they may to helpe one anoth[r]. And I comend them and theirs to the blessinge of heaven. I make my sonn Joseph Sariant Executor of this my Will wch I publish as my last Will and Testament this twelfth daye of Aprill one thousand sixe hundred and fortye nyne und[r] my hand and seale. ROGER SARIANT [L.S.] In the presence of HENRY PAYNTER THOMAS TURLAND JONAS CHAMBERLIN Proved 22[d] February 1649



  • Roger Sargent
  • M, b. circa 1560
  • Father Hugh Sargent b. c 1530, d. 23 Feb 1596
  • Mother Margaret Giffard b. c 1532
  • Roger Sargent was born circa 1560 at of Courteen Hall, Northamptonshire, England. He married Eleanor Makerness, daughter of William Makerness and Agnes Harrgat, on 3 June 1589 at Northamptonshire, England. Roger Sargent was buried on 16 July 1649.
  • Family Eleanor Makerness b. 24 Nov 1564, d. 20 Oct 1645
  • Child
    • John Sargent+ b. 20 Jun 1602, d. 16 Dec 1682
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  • Sargent genealogy : Hugh Sargent, of Courteenhall, Northamptonshire and his descendants in England (1895)
  • Hugh Sargent (Sariant), the earliest known ancestor of the family, lived in Courteenhall, County of Northampton. Courteenhall was the inheritance of the Wake family, which traces its descent back to Hereward the Wake, to a time anterior to the Norman Conquest. It is five and a quarter miles southerly from the town of Northampton, and in 1831 contained one hundred and forty-four inhabitants. The church is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • Prefixed to the first volume of the parish register, which begins in the year 1538, and folded to its size, is a large piece of parchment, on which is very neatly transcribed many pedigrees. One of them is of the family of Sargent. There can be no doubt that this piece of work, which is both most useful and rare, was written by a former rector, who had at first hand the facts which he recorded.
  • The rector of the church, Rev. Archibald Wake (1895), says, "The parchment shows that the family were in Courteenhall in 1554, and were of gentle blood; and possibly the Sargents were in the parish before a Wake entered it."
  • Margaret, wife of Hugh Sargent, was daughter of Nicholas and Agnes (Masters) Gifford, of the Abbey of St. James, which was a western suburb of the town of Northampton. (See "Gifford Pedigree.") This abbey was a religious estate of considerable note, founded before the year 1112, by William Peverel, natural son of William
  • the Conqueror, and to which he (Peverel) gave forty acres of land. It is called St. James End.
  • Hugh Sargent must have been born about the year 1530. He died Feb. 23, 1595/6, (buried 1st of March).
  • That he heeded the Scripture injunction, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth," is evidenced by the fact that he was the father of fifteen children, the eldest having been born in 1556, and the youngest in 1579.
  • His children, in their order of birth, were : —
    • I. Elizabeth, bap. Jan. 30, 1555/6 ; m. Sept. 16, 1576, Nicholas Edwards.
    • II. Anne, ---- .
    • III. Nicholas, bap. Aug. 1, 1559; m. Nov. 27, 1593, Elizabeth, widow of John Clarke.
    • IV. Roger, b. about 1562 ; m. Jan. 3, 1589/90, Ellen Makernes (d. October, 1645, buried the 21st). He died July, 1649 (buried the 16th).
    • Ellen, wife of Roger Sargent, was daughter of William Makernes, of Finedon, thirteen and a half miles north-easterly from Northampton. The will of William Makernes, dated March 10, 1612,. proved March 30, 1616, names sons, Richard, Edmund, George, and William, "son-in-law Roger Seargeant," and daughter, Margery Chapman.
    • Roger Sargent (probably named for his mother's brother, Roger Gilford, or his great-grandfather of the same name) was junior bailiff in 1616 and 16 17, and mayor of Northampton in 1626. The following is a copy of his will : — .... etc.
    • V. Mary, bap. May 30, 1565 ; m. May 5, 1602, William Osborne, of Hansloppe.
    • VI. John, bap. April 25, 1566; m. Nov. 20, 1602, Joies, widow of Thomas Church.
    • VII. Jane, ---- ; m. Oct. 28, 1606, Arthur Clarke, alias Boterell.
    • VIII. Alice, ---- ; m. Oct. 6, 1597, George Coles.
    • IX. Richard, ---- ; m. Jan. 30, 1609/10, Jane Green (widow).
    • X. Thomas, ---- .
    • XI. George, bap. April 1, 1573.
    • XII. Magdeline, bap. July 9, 1574.
    • XIII. Robert, bap. Oct. 30, 1575.
    • XIV. Michael, bap. Dec. 27, 1576.
    • XV. Dorothy, bap. Feb. 8, 1578/9; d. Oct. 4, 1602.
  • Children of Nicholas (son of Hugh). .... etc.
  • Children of Roger (son of Hugh).
    • I. Daniel, bap. Sept. 18, 1590; d. Dec. 1590.
    • II. Sarah, bap. Oct. 4, 1591.
    • III. Anna, bap. Oct. 16, 1593.
    • IV. Samuel bap. Oct. 13, 1595; d. April, 1596.
    • V. Joseph, bap. June 25, 1598; m. Dorothy ----; d. April 11, 1678.
    • Joseph Sargent was made freeman April 16, 1625; was church warden of All Saints' Church, Northampton, 1631-32; junior bailiff, 1632-33; alderman; and mayor of Northampton 1644-45, 1656, and 1671.
    • VI. Dorothy, bap. March 6, 1599/1600; m. Nov. 30, 1634, Thomas Ball.
    • VII. William, bap. June 20, 1602; m. 1st Hannah ---- (d. September, 1632, buried 20th); 2d, Marie ---- (d. probably in 1637); 3d, Sarah, widow of William Minshall, of Whitchurch, county of Salop, Gent, and earlier of Bunbury, in Cheshire.
    • William Sargent was made freeman of Northampton July 20, 1626, and was senior bailiff, 1632-33. He came to New England in 1638. (See "American Lineage.")
    • VIII. A son, ----; d. September, 1604.
    • IX. John, bap. Nov. 23, 1605; m. Nov. 7 1634, Anne Orpin. He was made freeman July 20, 1626.
    • X. Mary, ---- .
    • XI. Elizabeth, ---- ; m. 1st, Oct. 9, 1626, Robert Banks; 2d, Henry Sprigg; 3d, George Norwood; d. before 1680.
  • Children of Joseph (son of Roger). .... etc.


  • The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 75 By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Pg.57
  • [EXPLANATORY NOTE.--The parish registers of Courteenhall, co. Northampton, begin in 1538. In the back of the first volume a parchment chart has been pasted, on which the pedigrees of many Courteenhall families, including the Sargent family, have been written. These prdigrees were probably entered by the vicar of the paris, the handwriting and ink showing that the work was done about 1590. The vicar evidently asked the various families in the parish for information
  • Pg.58
  • about the events in their histories that had occurred outside the parish of Courteenhall, and thus he secured for the chart the records of the older children of Hugh Sargent, who were born probably before the Sargent family moved to Courteenhall. The first Sargent entry in the Courteenhall registers is the record of the baptism of George, son of Mr. Hugh Sargent, Gent., 2 Apr. 1573. Later the vicar added records of some of the children of Roger Sargent, son of Hugh, which show that Roger Sargent of Courteenhall was identical with the Roger Sargent who family records are found in the registers of the parish of All Saints, Northampton(*) Below are give the statements about the Sargent family found on the parchment chart, and discrepancies between the statements of the chart and the entries in the parish registers proper are indicated in footnotes.]
  • Hugh Sargent gent & Margaret Gyfford he died 28 february: 1595 ch:
    • 1 Elizabeth 30 Januarij 1555 esp: to Nichas Edwards 16 Septeb: 1576(f)
    • 2 Anne
    • 3 Nicholas baptised 1 August 1559 esp: Elizabeth Clarke 27 Novebr: 1593 vid Joh' Clarcke
    • 4 Roger {esq: Ellen'r Macharnes of Thyndon 3 Junij} 1589 ch: Daniel 18 Septbr: 1590(+) died an p'rdict; Sarah 4 Octob. 1591; Anna 16 Octob: 1593($); Samuel 1595 dead; Joseph; Dorothie
    • 5 Marye 30 May 1565 esq to W: Osb. 5 May 1602
    • 6 John 25 Apr: 1566 esq: Joes Church 20 Noveb: 1602 {Spuria 4 Januarij 1602 buried 5 Januarij 1602} vid: Tho: church (||)
    • 7 Jane esq: to Arthur Clarcke alias Boterell (|f) 28 Octob: 1606
    • 8 Alce esp: to George Coles of Northampton
    • 9 Richarde
    • 10 Thomas
    • 11 George 2 Aprilis 1573
    • 12 Magddalen 9 Julij 1574
    • 13 Robert 30 Octob: 1575
    • 14 Michaell 27 Dec: 1576
    • 15 Dorothey 8 Febr: 1578 died 4 Octob: 1602 being delivered of a bd 9 daies before
  • In the "Sargent Genealogy," published in 1895 by the late Aaron Sargent of Somerville, Mass., the ancestry of William Sargent, on of the early settlers of Malden, Mass., is carried back to his grandfather, Hugh Sargent of Courteenhall, co. Northampton, England;
    • (*) Vide supra, vol. 74. pp. 281, 183.
    • (f) According to the parish registers Elizabeth Sargent married 25 June 1576 Thoms Flynte.
    • (+) Probably the date of birth, as he was baptized 20 September 1560 (vide supra, vol. 74, p. 281).
    • ($) Probably the date of birth, as she was baptized 21 Oct. 1593 (ib.).
    • (||) According to the parish registers John Sargent was buried 10 December 1614. His wife is recorded as daughter of Henry Church and Marie his wife, and she was baptized as such 21 December 1574. As Joyce Sargent, "a poore woman." she was buried 14 May 1643. The children of John and Joyce Sargent were: 1. Spuria, baptized 4 January 1602/3; buried 9 [5, according to the chart] January 1602/3. 2. Marie, baptized 7 December 1604. 3. Jane, baptized 5 September 1606; married 4 November 1633 John Locky. 4. Alice, baptized 19 May 1609. 5. Henry, baptized 23 March 1611 [1611/12]. 6. Edward, baptized 4 March 1613 [1613/14]; he and his wife Alice had John, baptized 7 Janurary 1641/2, and Anne, baptized 26 March 1643. [Edwaqrd Sargent, son of John and Joyce, seems to have been the only male Sargent who remained in the parish.]
    • (|f) He was of Stony Stratford.
  • Pg.59
  • but the statements about the English Sargents printed in this book contain several errors, the documentary evidence on which these statements are based is omitted, and comparatively little information is give about the ancestry of Margaret Gifford, wife of Hugh Sargent and grandmother of the New England immigrant. .... etc.
  • Pg.138
  • 1. HUGH SARGENT, of East Haddon and later of Courteenhall, co. Northampton, Gent., born probably about 1530, died 28 Feb. 1595/6, and was buried at Courteenhall 1 Mar. 1595/6. He married, about 1554(f) MARGARET GIFFORD, born about 1535, daughter
  • Pg.139
  • of Nicholas, Gent., and Agnes (Maister) of St. James near Northampton. (Vide supra, 19.) Children: (*)
    • i. ELIZABETH, bapt. 30 Jan. 1555/6; m. 25 June 1576 THOMAS FLYNTE.
    • ii. ANNE.
    • iii. NICHOLAS, bapt. 1 Aug. 1559; m. 27 Nov. 1593 ELIZABETH (----) CLARKE, widow of John.
    • 2. iv. ROGER, b. about 1560.
    • v. MARY, bapt. 30 May 1565; m. 5 May 1602 W. OSBORN of Hanslope, co. Bucks.
    • vi. JOHN, bapt. 25 Apr. 1566; bur. at Courteenhall 10 Dec. 1614; m. 20 Nov. 1602 JOYCE CHURCH, bapt. at Courteenhall 21 Dec. 1574, bur. there, "a poore woman," 14 May 1643, dau. of Henry and Marie. Six children, for whom vide supra, p. 58, footnote.
    • vii. JANE, bapt. at East Haddon 16 June 1567; m. 28 Oct. 1606 ARTHUR CLARKE, alias BOTERELL, of Stony Stratford, co. Bucks.
    • viii. ALICE, bapt. at East Haddon 8 May 1569; m. at Northampton, 6 Oct. 1597, GEORGE COLES of Northampton.
    • ix. RICHARD.
    • x. THOMAS.
    • xi. GEORGE, bapt. at Courteenhall 2 Apr. 1573.
    • xii. MAGDALEN, bapt. at Courteenhall 9 July 1574.
    • xiii. ROBERT, bapt. at Courteenhall 30 Oct. 1575.
    • xiv. MICHAEL, bapt. at Courteenhall 27 Dec. 1576.
    • xv. DOROTHY, bapt. at Courteenhall 8 Feb. 1578/9; d. 4 Oct. 1602, "being delivered of a bd 9 daies before."
  • 2. ROGER SARGENT (Hugh), of the town of Northampton, mercer, born about 1560, was buried in the parish of All Saints, Northampton, in July (perhaps 5 July) 1649. He married, 3 June 1589, ELLEN (or ELEANOR MAKERNES (or MACHARNES), baptized at Finedon, co. Northampton, 24 Nov. 1564, buried at Northampton 20 Oct. 1645, daughter of William and Agnes (Harrgat) of Finedon.(t)
  • Roger Sargent was an alderman of Northampton in 1616, senior bailiff the following year, and mayor in 1626. his will dated 12 Apr. 1649 and proved 22 Feb. 1649/50, is printed in Aaron Sargent's "Sargent Genealogy," 1695, pages 16-17.
  • Children, recorded in the parish of All Saints, Northampton:(+)
    • i. DANIEL, bapt. 20 Sept. 1590; buried 9 Dec. 1590.
    • ii. SARA, bapt. 4 Oct. 1591 (according to chart in the Courteenhall register).
    • iii. ANNA, bapt. 21 Oct. 1593; probably the Agnes, dau. of Roger Sargeant, who was buried at All Saints 30 Oct. 1599.
    • iv. SAMUEL, bapt. 13 Oct. 1595; bur. 27 Apr. 1596.
    • v. MARY, bapt. 6 Mar. 1596/7; bur. 17 Aug. 1597.
    • vi. JOSEPH,($) linen draper and mercer, bapt. 25 June 1598; bur. at All
    • Pg. 140
    • Saints 11 Apr. 1678; m. about 1624 DOROTHY ___, who was bur. at All Saints 9 Oct. 1681. He was executor of his father's will, church warden of All Saints' Church in 1631-2, junior bailiff on Northamton in 1632-3, alderman, and mayor of Northampton in 1644-5, 1656, and 1671. Children, recorded at All Saints, Northampton: 1. Samuel, bapt. 9 Oct. 1625; bur. 28 Feb. 1625/6. 2 Samuel, bapt. 20 May 1527. 3. Elizabeth, bapt. 15 mar. 1628/9; m. Robert Pickmer. 4. Dorothy, bapt. 7 Aug. 1631; m. at All Saints, 9 Nov. 1648, George Billton of London, Gent. 5. Thomas, draper, bapt. 9 Mar. 1633/4; bur. 6 May 1689; m. about 1657 Dorcas ___, b. in the parish of All Saints, d. there 20 Aug. 1729, in her 93d year; he was junior bailiff in 1659-60, church warden in 1666, and an alderman of Northampton; eight children, recorded in the registers of All Saints. 6. Martha, bapt. 10 Dec. 1637; bur. 18 Feb. 1638/9. 7. Anne, bapt. 13 Sept. 1640. 8. Infan child, bur. 26 Sept. 1646.
    • vii. DOROTHY, bapt. 6 Mar. 1599/1600; living 12 Apr. 1649; m. at All Saints, 30 Nov. 1634, THOMAS BALL, who d. before 12 Apr. 1549. In his will, dated 12 Apr. 1649, Roger Sargent, after making other bequests to Dorothy and others, gives "all the rest of my goods household stuffe wearinge apparell gowns cattell and chattells whatsoever to my daught'r Ball w'ch hath most neede of my helpe by reason of the want and poverty wherein she was left by her husband Thomas Ball late deceased."
    • 3.viii. WILLIAM, bapt. 30 June 1602.
    • ix. INFANT SON [puerulus], bur. 3 Sept. 1604.
    • x. JOHN, mercer and linen draper, bapt. 24 Nov. 1605; m. at All Saints, 4 Nov. 16334, ANNE ORPYN of Northampton. Children: 1. John, not recorded in the register of All Saints, but mentioned in his grandfather's will, 1649, as his father's eldest son. 2. Joseph, bur. 12 Mar. 1636/7. 3. Joseph, not recorded in the register of All Saints, bur mentioned in his grandfather's will in 1649. 4. Samuel, bapt. 18 Oct. 1860; bur. 14 Dec. 1640. 5. Samuel, bapt. 6 Jan. 1741/2; bur. 3 Aug. 1644. 6. Elizabeth, bapt. 28 Jan. 1643/4; probably d. in infancy. 7. Elizabeth, bapt. 6 Sept. 1646. 8. Mary, bapt. 10 Sept. 1648.
    • xi. ELIZABETH, bapt. 26 Feb 1608/9; living 12 Apr. 1649, when her father in his will refers to her as "my daughter Sprigge;" d. before 1680; m. (1) 9 Oct. 1626 ROBERT BANKS; m. (2) before 12 Apr. 1649 HENRY SPRIGG; m. (3) after 12 Apr. 1649 GEORGE NORWOOD.
  • 3. WILLIAM SARGENT (Roger, Hugh), of Northampton, haberdasher, and of New England, baptized in the parish of All Saints, Northampton, 20 June 1602, died at Barnstable, in the Plymouth Colony in New England, 16 Dec. 1682. he married first, probably about 1627, HANNAH ----, who was buried at All Saints 25 Sept. 1632; secondly, probably about 1634, MARY ---- , who died probably in 1637; and thirdly, probably in 1638, SARAH (----) MINSHALL, who died at Barnstable in the Plymouth Colony 12 Jan. 1688/9, widow of William Minshall of Whitchurch, co Salop, Gent. .... et.



No known marriage to Ellen Sargent nor could she have been the mother of Timothy Osborn, born 1604. See notes below:

Eleanor Makerness was christened on 24 November 1564 at Finedon, Northamptonshire, England. She married Roger Sargent, son of Hugh Sargent and Margaret Giffard, on 3 June 1589 at Northamptonshire, England. Eleanor Makerness died on 20 October 1645 at Finedon, Northamptonshire, England, at age 80.

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Roger Sargent, Mayor of Northampton's Timeline

August 1, 1562
Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, England
September 20, 1590
Age 28
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
October 4, 1591
Age 29
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
October 16, 1593
Age 31
Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, England
Age 31
Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, England
October 13, 1595
Age 33
Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, England
February 26, 1596
Age 33
Courteenhall, Northamptonshire, England
January 28, 1598
Age 35
Courteenhall, Northampton, England, Great Britain
March 6, 1599
Age 36
Courteenhall, Northampton, England, England