16th Vermont Infantry
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Darwin R. Sargent

Darwin Ranney Sargent was born in Ludlow, Vt., 24 May, 1845, son of Calvin & Lucy (Wright) Sargent). He m. Etta Mary Johnson.

From Linda Welch's JOHNSON family records for Families of Cavendish project:

Mary Etta Johnson (9) {Asa (8), Luther (7) John (6), Edward (5), John (4), Nathaniel (3), Isaac (2), John (1)}, was born in Ludlow, 13 April, 1847. She m. Cavendish, 27 Feb., 1868, Darwin Ranney Sargent (b. Ludlow, 24 May, 1845, son of Calvin & Lucy (Wright) Sargent).

Mr. Sargent was one of 14 children and born on Ludlow's North Hill. He served in the Civil War, Co. "C", 16th Reg't Vt. Vols. He enlisted in 1863. For twelve years he served the town as selectman and was also a village trustee. He was a carpenter and builder. -- Ludlow, 30 April, 1869: "Darwin Sergent and George Mandigo have bought a building lot of Warren Adams front of the old pain shop for $1,000, and will erect a building 60 x 36 feet. They intend to have a bakery in the first story and a tenement in the second story." Darwin and Etta's home was located at 45 Pleasant Street in the village of Ludlow.

Darwin d. of pneumonia after a four days' illness at his Ludlow home, 9 Feb., 1907 (age 62).

From his obituary: "He was taken ill with pneumonia only four days before his decease, this being his 4th attack of that malady. He had occasion to employ others and the uniform kindliness of his disposition is attested by those who have been brought close to him in this practical way. A member of Howard Post, GAR, Black River Lodge No. 80, F&AM, Okemo Chapter, R. A. M., and of Windsor commandery. The funeral was held at residence on Tuesday, Rev. R. W. Roundy officiating, bearers were his two sons, Albert and Winfield, and his son in laws."

-- Ludlow, 29 June, 1923: "Albert Sargent of Barre, Mrs. Lena Goddard, two sons, Paul and Sergent and daughter Helen, all of Newton Center, Mass., and Mrs. Hattie Kendall of E. Orange, NJ, were called here Saturday by the serious illness of Mrs. Etta Sargent."-- 6 July, 1923: "Paul Goddard of Boston came Tuesday to the home of his uncle, W. D. Sargent. Mrs. Lena Goddard, son Sargent and daughter Helen, who were called here ten days ago, returned home Wednesday with him." -- 21 Sept., 1923: "Mrs. Etta Sargent was taken Sunday to Barre to the home of her son Albert. Miss Gladys Clark, who has been caring for her, accompanied her."

Lena d. at the home of her son in Barre, Saturday, 10 Nov., 1923 (age 76)

Sargent Children (born Ludlow):

1. Hattie L. 'Kittie' Sargent, b. 8 Feb., 1869. She m. Ludlow, 7 Sept., 1892, George Kendall. They moved to Philadelphia, Pa. [see Kendall]

2. Lena Augusta Sargent, b. 29 June, 1870. She m. Henry M. Goddard, and moved to Concord, NH. [see Goddard]

3. Albert Asa Sargent, b. 15 Feb., 1871. Albert graduated in the Class of '90 at Black River Academy, the same class as President Calvin Coolidge. There were nine members of this class. He later moved to Barre, Vt. where he practiced law. NEWS--Ludlow, 4 June, 1914: "Mr. & Mrs. Albert Sargent of Barre with their children were visitors in town the latter part of the week on their return from a visit to Mr. Sargent's sister, Mrs. Goddard at Reading, Mass. Mrs. Etta Sargent, who has been at Reading for some time, also came back to Ludlow for a short stay, but returned to help care for Mrs. Goddard who has been in poor health for many months." -- 22 Sept., 1921: "Albert Sargent and family of Barre are spending a few days at the Sargent cottage, Lake Rescue. His mother, Mrs. Etta Sargent, who has spent some time with him, has returned to Ludlow."

4. Winfield Darwin Sargent, b. 28 March, 1880. He removed to Rutland, Vt

Contributed by Linda M. Welch, Dartmouth College

Obituary

St. Albans Daily Messenger
Feb. 21, 1907

D.R. Sargent, aged 62 years, who died recently at his home in Ludlow, was a member of Co. C, Sixteenth Vermont Regiment in the Civil War.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.

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