Henry Proctor Sargent

14 July 1821–26 June 1885 (Age 63)
Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Henry Proctor

When Henry Proctor Sargent was born on 14 July 1821, in Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Nathaniel Sargent Jr., was 23 and his mother, Lydia A. Austin, was 23. He married Mary Jane Pressey on 15 October 1846, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 26 June 1885, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Henry Proctor Sargent
Mary Jane Pressey
Marriage: 15 October 1846
Charles Henry Sargent
Cora Adelaide Sargent
Henry Sargent
Nathaniel D. Sargent

Spouse and Children

15 October 1846
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States


    Charles Henry Sargent


    Cora Adelaide Sargent


    Henry Sargent


    Nathaniel D. Sargent


Parents and Siblings




    James M Sargent


    Sarah Elizabeth Sargeant


    Mary Herrick Sargent


    James C. Sargent


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World Events (7)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

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.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 9

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 25

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

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)

  • Henry P Sargent, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Henry P Sargent, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Henry P Sargent, "United States Census, 1880"

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