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Sarah Sargent (Osgood)

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: December 8, 1714 (62)
Salisbury, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Osgood, I and Elizabeth Cleer Osgood
Wife of Sgt. John Colby and Thomas Sargent
Mother of Elizabeth (Sargent) Flanders
Sister of Elizabeth Quimby; William Osgood, Jr., twin; John Osgood; Mary Currier; Joseph Osgood and 1 other

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About Sarah Sargent

'Sarah Sargent



was born on 7 DEC 1652 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

She died on 8 FEB 1714 at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

She has Ancestral File Number 8JD8-1V.

SOURCES: (1). Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, pg 106, by David Hoyt, Compiled 1897 - 1919.

Reprinted by New England History Press Somersworth, NH 03878.

Reprinted 1981,1987, 1990. ISBN 0-89725-026-5;

(2). Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996,

Family History Library, 35 North West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150;

(3). Early Vital Records of Essex County, Massachusetts to 1850. Salisbury.

Parents: William OSGOOD and Elizabeth CLERE.

Lt. Thomas SARGENT and Sarah OSGOOD were never married.

Children were: Elizabeth SARGENT.

Thomas was found not guilty of fathering her child in October, 1668.

Spouse: Sgt. John COLBY. Sgt. John COLBY and Sarah OSGOOD were married about 1699.

Hoyt notes in Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, that marriage records list the marriage of John Colby to

Sarah Eldridge (Eldredge or Eldred) on December 27, 1675 in Amesbury.

See Hoyt at page 106. As Hoyt notes in an accompanying footnote, however, there is no documentary evidence,

beyond the marriage record, of a Sarah Eldridge or an Eldridge (or Eldred) family in Salisbury or Amesbury at

that time.

Hoyt indicates also that "it is certain from deeds" that Colby was married by 1700 to Sarah Osgood

and was married to Ruth Ring on 8 FEB 1714/15 in Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Hoyt suggests the following possibilities: “It is certain from deeds that Sarah Osgood, b. 1652-3, was in 1700 and 1708 wife of John Colby, and that she was dead in 1716. The only doubt is whether Sarah Eldridge and Sarah Osgood were the same person. The records may be reconciled in three ways: 1. Perhaps Eldridge should read Osgood. 2. Perhaps Sarah Osgood m. 1st, (???) Eldridge, of whom we have no other record, and 2d, John Colby. 3. The two may be distinct persons, as given above, which seems most probable, though we have no trace of the family of Sarah Eldridge. Wm. and Anne Eldred, or Eldredge, of Yarmouth, had dau. Sarah b. Oct. 10, 1650; but she was 6 yrs. older than John Colby, and we know of no intercourse between Salisbury and Yarmouth. There was a John Eldred of Hampton in 1640, who apparently soon died or moved away.”

Many genealogy pages pick up on the existence of an Eldredge/Eldridge family in Yarmouth at about this time and fit Sarah Eldredge of Yarmouth into the Colby family in Amesbury notwithstanding the clear reservations that Hoyt expresses about the likelihood of that possibility in the footnote above. I don't find there to be any actual evidence that Sarah Eldredge/Eldridge of Yarmouth was ever the wife of John Colby of Amesbury and there is considerable circumstantial evidence to the contrary.

It seems very likely that Sarah Eldridge of Yarmouth married a William Bentley [see,] of Rhode Island, with whom she had five children between 1675 and 1685, the years during which many of the children of Sgt. John Colby were also born. William Bentley did not die until 1720. Sgt. John Colby died in 1719. In addition, as Hoyt indicates, there is documentary evidence that John Colby was married to the former Sarah Osgood between 1700 and 1708. All of the foregoing facts, most of which seem to be based on documentary evidence, preclude a marriage between John Colby and Sarah Eldridge of Yarmouth.

It seems to me that whoever the Sarah Eldridge in the Amesbury marriage records was, she was NOT Sarah Eldridge of Yarmouth, the daughter of William Eldridge and Ann (Lumpkin) Eldridge.

There is also no evidence that points to Sarah Osgood's having married Colby in 1675 or having been the mother of his children, all of whom were born before 1693. Hoyt, at 160, indicates that there is evidence that Sarah Osgood had an illegitimate child by a Thomas Sargent in 1668, that there was a paternity suit brought by Sarah and that the court indicated that it could “not judge Sargent to be the father.” Hoyt, at 160, notes also that John Flanders, son of Stephen and Jane Flanders, John Flanders, married “Elizabeth Sargent, ‘so called’” on January 18, 1688.

Because, based on the available documentary evidence, it seems very unlikely that Sarah Eldridge of Yarmouth was the mother of the Colby children and there is nothing that indicates that Sarah Osgood was the mother, I have left the mother in the tree as essentially unknown.

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Sarah Sargent's Timeline

February 7, 1652
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 15
Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
December 8, 1714
Age 62
Salisbury, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
June 30, 1931
Age 62
June 30, 1931
Age 62
June 30, 1931
Age 62
October 23, 1931
Age 62
October 23, 1931
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October 23, 1931
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