Miriam Sargent

30 December 1720–1820 (Age 99)
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Miriam

When Miriam Sargent was born on 30 December 1720, in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Charles Sargent, was 26 and her mother, Hepzibah Heath, was 22. She married John Challis Jr on 9 October 1748, in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She died in 1820, in New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 100.

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John Challis Jr
Miriam Sargent
Marriage: 9 October 1748
John Challis
Thomas Challis
Elisabeth Challis
Timothy Challis
Enos Jonas Challis
Seth Challis
Hannah Challis
Miriam Challis

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9 October 1748
Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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World Events (4)


Age 56

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 56

New Hampshire is 9th state.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 80

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Meriam in entry for Thomas Challis, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Meriam in entry for Enos Challis, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Mirium Sargant, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"

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