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William Sargent, 2nd

Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucestershire , England
Death: Died in At sea
Cause of death: Lost at sea
Immediate Family:

Son of William Sargent; William SARGENT and Mary Sargent
Husband of Mary Sargent
Father of Fitz-William Sargent; Fitz-Willam Sargent; Peter Sargent; Mary Sargent; Daniel Sargent and 8 others

Occupation: Mariner
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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.


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William "the mariner" Sargent's Timeline

November 12, 1659
Bristol, Gloucestershire , England
January 8, 1678
Age 18
Gloucester, mass, United States
Age 19
Age 20
December 29, 1681
Age 22
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Age 26
Age 28
July 12, 1690
Age 30

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:
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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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January 1707
Age 47
At sea