About William "the mariner" Sargent
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.
- 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
(II) William Sargent, born in Exeter, England, (Babson's "Gloucester" says Bristol) is mentioned in early Gloucester records as William Sargent (2d) in order to distinguish him from another of the same name who had preceded him on Cape Ann, but with whom he was in no wise related. He appears in Gloucester in 1678, and received a grant of two acres of land on Eastern Point, where he built a house. He was a mariner, and owned a sloop, and it is believed that he engaged in coast trading rather than in the fisheries. The manner and date of his death are not know, and Mr. Babson inclines to the opinion that he was lost at sea, sometime previous to January, 1707, as in the settlement of his estate no charges are made for sickness or burial expense; nor do the town or church records give account of his death and there is no mark in the old family tomb to indicate that his body was given a final resting place there; and it is therefore safe to assume with Mr. Babson that William Sargent "lies in the deep bosom of the ocean buried."
William Sargent married, June 21, 1678, Mary Duncan, daughter of Peter Duncan, of Dorchester.
William Sargent and Mary Duncan had fifteen children: Fitz William, born 1679, died 1700; Peter, born 1680, died February 11, 1725; Mary, born 1681; Andrew, born 1683; Daniel, born 1686, became a blacksmith, was killed by lightning July 21, 1713; Jordan, born 1688, died 1689; Epes, born 1690; Ann, born 1692; Samuel, born 1694, died 1699; Fitz John, born 1696, died 1698; Machani, born and died 1699; Jabez, born and died 1700; Fitz William, born 1701; Winthrop, born 1704; Anna.
William "the mariner" Sargent's Timeline
November 12, 1659
Bristol, Gloucestershire , England
January 8, 1678
Gloucester, mass, United States
December 29, 1681
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
July 12, 1690
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
Gloucester Essex MA