James R. Sargent

Brief Life History of James R.

When James R. Sargent was born on 13 April 1824, in Lyndeborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Joshua Sargant, was 32 and his mother, Polly Burnham, was 26. He married Permelia Whittemore on 30 March 1847, in Jasper, Steuben, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Annin Township, McKean, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years and Ceres Township, McKean, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. He died on 6 October 1901, in Turtlepoint, Annin Township, McKean, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint, Annin Township, McKean, Pennsylvania, United States.

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James R. Sargent
Permelia Whittemore
Marriage: 30 March 1847
Sabra L Sargent
Sarah Eulialia Sargent
Martha P. Sargent
Minnie A. Sargent

Sources (9)

  • James Sargent, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James R Sargent, "Find A Grave Index"
  • James Sargant, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: status or occupational name from Middle English sergeaunt ‘servant’ (Old French sergent, serjant). The surname probably originated for the most part in this sense, but the word also developed a number of more specialized meanings in the medieval period, including ‘tenant by military service below the rank of knight’. It was also used for a variety of administrative and legal offices, which may have contributed to the development of the surname. The sense ‘non-commissioned officer’ did not arise until the 16th century. Compare Sergent .

History: William Sargent (1624–1717) came to Gloucester, MA, from Devon, England before 1678. Many of his descendants distinguished themselves in the civil and military affairs of the colonies and some in literary or artistic paths, notably the portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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