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Digory Sargent Family

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Re: Digory Sargent Family

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Surnames: Sargent
Source: Gazetteer of Windham County, VT, 1724-1884, by Hamilton Childs

pg 111 - 112 Town of Brattleboro

John Sargent, erroneously called "David" in Thompson's Gazetteer, was one of the earliest settlers in Vermont. His home for a time was at Fort Dummer, where he arrived about 1730 or 1731. His family at this time consisted of a wife and two children, Daniel and Abigail. In after time, say up to 1742, there were born to them John, Thomas, Abigail, (her namesake having died) Rufus and Mary. In March (here the record is not legible, but probably 1742 or 1743) while he and his son Daniel were a short distance from the fort, looking for timber to make paddles, they were ambushed by Indians, the father killed and scalped and the son carried into captivity. This son, Daniel remained for quite a time with the Indians, adopting their habits and manners; but finally he returned, and, in company with the youngest son, Rufus, bought a section of land on the Connecticut river, lying in the southeastern corner of Dummerston, where each made a home and reared a family.

John Sargent Jr., generally known as Col. John Sargent, was born December 4, 1732, at Fort Dummer, and, so far as is known, was the first white child born within the present limits of this State. He, with his brother Thomas, bought a tract of land comprising 460 acres, lying in the northeast corner of Brattleboro. The deed of this land, now in possession of G. P. Sargent, residing on road 11, is legible in every respect, being dated as follows: "Brattleboro, April twentieth, Seventeen hundred and seventy, County of Cumberland, Province of New York." The consideration , "Two Hundred & Eighty Six Pounds Lawful Money of New York." On the site now owned and occupied by J. H. Sargent, a lineal descendant, Col. John erected a commodious dwelling, wherein he, for many years, dispensed a generous hospitality to the weary traveler, and elevated the spirits and patriotism of his friends with liberal potations of the fluids of the time. Here, also, he reared two sons and two daughters. Col. John was noted as a thorough farmer, a genial landlord, and a spirited and efficient colonel of the State militia. He died July 30, 1798, in his sixty-eight year.

Thomas Sargent, or "Lieutenant Tom," as he was usually designated, was also born at Fort Dummer, Feb. 23, 1734. As previously stated, he bought land with Col. John, and selected for a home a situation about seventy-five rods north of the Colonel, where he built a substantial farm dwelling and other necessary structures. Here the forest melted before his sturdy axe, and he soon had sufficient arable land to meet the necessities of an increasing household, but in the midst of usefulness and near the meridian of the allotted time, when all seemed fair, bright and hopeful before and around him, death knocked at his door, April 19, 1783. At his death his family consisted of his wife (formerly Miss Anna Lee), eight sons, Elisha, Thomas, Calvin, Luther, Erastus, Roswell and Harry W., and four daughters, Anna, Lecta, Susannah, and Roxanna. Elisha, his son, who married Molly Kathan, and ultimately possessed the homestead, clearing from it the remaining surplus of wood and timber, besides adding to its acres and otherwise improving it. He died December 1, 1833. To him was born Elisha, Molly, Caressa, Thomas, Alexander, Chester and George. Of these none attained any special note, excepting Thomas, who was a famous pedagogue of the times, and George, who stood at the head as a bass drummer. Such was the latter's skill with the "padded stick," that he and his favorite tenor, W. M. Knapp of Dummerston, were often employed in the adjoining States of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He married Roxanna Pratt, succeeded to the estate of his father, and died January 25, 1859. His widow still survives him, aged eighty-five years, and resides on the old place. To him were born George W. George B. Sargent married Miss M. A. French, and now owns and occupies a portion of the original farm. He has two children now living, Mrs. Lodema A. Sargent, Prescott, and George H.
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