24 June 1712–July 1712 Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
The Life of Mehetable
When Mehetable Sargent was born on 24 June 1712, in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Thomas Sargent II, was 35 and her mother, Mary Stevens, was 32. She died in July 1712, at the age of 0.
English and French: in medieval times this did not denote a rank in the army, but was an occupational name for a servant, Middle English, Old French sergent (Latin serviens, genitive servientis, present participle of servire ‘to serve’). The surname probably originated for the most part in this sense, but the word also developed various more specialized meanings, being used for example as a technical term for a tenant by military service below the rank of a knight, and as the name for any of certain administrative and legal officials in different localities, which may also have contributed to the development of the surname. The sense ‘non-commissioned officer’ did not arise until the 16th century.