I am looking to tie my earliest known ancestor, Thomas Sargent who was granted 100 acres in 1689 in Fort Pemaquid, to a Lt John Sargent. he must be related some way to Lt John who was killed along with a son Joseph in 1703 at the Fort. Why were some of these earlier settlers granted land?
Thomas married Ruth Johnson, d/o Lt Francis Johnson of Fort Pemaquid.They were neighbors and lived next to each other and paid taxes to Andros(Massachusetts Charter)I think Lt Francis was killed before 1690 and Thomas and Ruth may have lived actually across the bay and escaped the massacre as I next find them in Scituate, MA by 1690 where their chidren were named and baptised. No further mention there os Francis, and I am not sure who he married. Ruth had a siter Mary who married Thomas Warden. I am thinking Thomas ties in some fashion to an earlier Immigrant Stephen Sargent , Master Fisherman at Richmond Island and was later at the Isle of Shoals. He worked for Mr John Winters and Robert Trelawney. Stephen corresponded many times with Trelawney and his fishing operation at the Shoals. His estate was inventoried in 1649, by John Thompson, of Boston, Antipas Maverick, John Monke, Richard Cummings. Some of these men, appeared to be creditors to the Fishing company.
Might anyone know more of these Sargents? They apparently made big contributions but unfortunately are little documented, as well as the other Sargent lines of Amesbury,Gloucester, and Malden in Massachusetts. I intend to possibly change that. I am currently writing a book on this line, and intend to have it published. I need to definitely "prove" Thomas's connection to Stephen. So far...I have found that Lt John Sargent had only 2 sons, Edward, and Benjamin(who was also killed by Indians) There is still another Stephen, and this Thomas Sargent who I think were other sons of Lt John.
Thank you for any further assistance or replies,
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