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Biography of Warren Sargent
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Warren Sargent, a brick manufacturer of Allenstown, and a son of Sterling and Sarah (Gault) Sargent, was born in this town, September 1, 1837. The genealogy of the Sargents, who are of English origin, is directly traced through eight generations to Richard Sargent, who is supposed to have been an officer in the royal navy of England. The first ancestor to come to America was William Sargent (first), who was born in England about the year 1602, and first settled in Ipswich, Mass. Later he moved to Newbury, and still later to Hampton, N.H. A more extended account of the Sargent family will be found in the sketch of the life of Philip Sargent. The great-grandfather of Warren Sargent, also Sterling, was born in Salisbury, Mass., May 25, 1731. When a young man he settled in Allenstown, where he followed agriculture during the active period of his life, and lived to a good old age. He was three times married. By his first union, contracted with Lydia Coffin, there were five children, of whom Philip was the youngest. On September 24, 1785, he married Mehitable Davis, a native of Amesbury, Mass. His third marriage, which was performed February 11, 1788, united him to Mary Andrews, of Pembroke, N.H., who died in February, 1820.
Philip Sargent, the grandfather of Warren, was born in Allenstown, March 21, 1765. He was a prosperous farmer, resided in this town throughout his entire life, and died February 21, 1820. In 1793 he married Sally Perrin, a native of Pembroke, who had one child, Sterling. Sterling Sargent, who was born in Allenstown, March 20, 1794, enlisted for service in the War of 1812 as a drummer, joining in 1814 Captain Samuel Collins’s company, and subsequently served in John Montgomery’s brigade under General Nathaniel Fisk, receiving promotion to the rank of Drum Major. After his return from the army he engaged in the manufacture of brick in Allenstown, and afterward followed that business successfully for many years in connection with farming. A stanch supporter of the Democratic party, he was a member of the Board of Selectmen for a number of years, and was a Representative to the legislature from this district for eight consecutive terms. He was well advanced in Masonry. At the age of seventy-four he died. His wife Sally, whom he married December 29, 1814, was a daughter of Matthew Gault, of Hookset, N.H., who served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. She became the mother of eleven children, five of whom are living; namely, Philip, Mrs. Sally Hartwell, Mrs. W. F. Head, Warren, and Abbie. Abbie is the wife of Nathaniel B. Emery, of Pembroke, N.H., and has two children-Frederick P. and Nathaniel B., Jr. Mrs. Sterling Sargent died at the age of sixty-seven. Both she and her husband were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
After attending the common schools of his native town for the usual period, Warren Sargent completed his education in New London, N.H. Then he worked upon the home farm until 1861, when he went to California, where he remained for over two years. At the expiration of that time he returned to Allenstown, and, forming a partnership with his brother Philip, engaged in the manufacture of brick. In 1891 his brother withdrew from the firm, and since that time Warren has carried on business alone. He owns and occupies a farm of eighty acres, which he cultivates successfully.
On April 2, 1868, Mr. Sargent was united in marriage with Fannie E. Knowles, of Pittsfield, N.H. She died January 11, 1895, leaving no children. On June 9, 1896, he married for his second wife Mrs. Florence L. Staples Brown, daughter of James Staples, of Danversport, Mass. In politics Mr. Sargent is a Democrat. He takes a lively interest in the prosperity and welfare of the town, and is connected with the Patrons of Husbandry. Mrs. Sargent is a member of the Baptist church.
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