Samuel Sargent

Brief Life History of Samuel

When Samuel Sargent was born on 1 March 1703, in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Joseph Sargeant, was 39 and his mother, Mary Greene, was 34. He married Elizabeth Pratt about 1725, in Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He registered for military service in 1780. He died on 20 November 1791, in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Lower Village Cemetery, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Samuel Sargent
Elizabeth Pratt
Marriage: about 1725
Mary Sargeant
Joseph Sargent
Samuel Sargeant
Elizabeth Sargent
Lydia Sargent
Nathaniel Sargent
Rebecca Sargent
Elizabeth Sargent
Susanna Sargeant

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  • Samuel Sargent, "United States Census, 1790"
  • Samuel Sargeant Or Sargent, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Samuel Sargent, "Find A Grave Index"

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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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