American Silversmiths

Samuel Sargeant
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Samuel Sargeant


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Samuel Sargeant
  • Born: 20 Dec 1767, Mansfield Center CT
  • Marriage (1): Matilda Southworth in Jan 1791 in Mansfield Center CT
  • Died: 7 Nov 1847, Middlebury VT

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  • He worked circa 1791-1799 as a silversmith in Worcester MA
  • Advertised in the Thomas' Massachusetts Spy (Worcester MA), 5 Jul 1797, that "he carries on his business, in Worcester, near the Court House; where he keeps constantly for sale . . . watches, jewelry, etc., and silver table and tea spoons." 3
  • He worked in 1799-1816 as a gold- and silversmith in Middlebury VT according to the History of the Town of Middlebury by Samuel Swift (1859), Samuel Sargeant was a goldsmith from Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1799 he built on Weybridge Street in Middlebury a one-story house in which he resided several years. At a later date he purchased the lot north of his house, owned at that time by one Elias Wilder, and moved his house onto the Wilder lot. He then built a new two-story house on his old lot and resided there until 1847 when he died at age 80 years. He continued at his business of goldsmith until the infirmities of age induced him to retire. At first Sargeant's shop was in a building Jabez Rogers had erected on a point of rock which jutted into Otter Creek. In order to gain free passage of the water over the falls, all obstructions were removed from the creek and around 1801 Sargeant erected a brick building on the east side of the falls on the point formed by the two roads around the park and removed his shop there. 16
  • Advertised in the Middlebury Mercury (Middlebury VT), 1 Dec 1803, requesting all who were indebted to him either by book or note to call and settle the same on or before the 2oth of January, or he would place the notes and accounts with an attorney for collection. 16

  • He was a partner circa 1816-1845 with Edward Eells in Middlebury VT as SARGEANT & EELLS. 3
  • Advertised in the Middlebury National Standard (Middlebury VT), 7 Mar 1816, reading in part that they [SARGEANT & EELLS] carried on the business of clockmaking, repairing clocks and watches of all kinds, making gold beads, silver spoons, etc. They noted that they had on hand and would keep constantly for sale a general assortment of jewelry and watch furniture. The advertisement further noted that Edward Eells would attend constantly to the shop and would work principally on watches and closed with the rather pathetic statement that "he flatters himself that his old customers will not forsake him; and that he has been a sufferer by the late distressing fire, but that he may at least find a consolation in the continuation of former favors." The hotel and other buildings on the site of what later became Addison House were all destroyed by fire in 1816 and it was this fire Eells was referring to. 16

Samuel married Matilda Southworth, daughter of Samuel Southworth and Abigail Aspinwall, in Jan 1791 in Mansfield Center CT. (Matilda Southworth was born on 27 Feb 1770 in Mansfield Center CT and died on 14 Aug 1852 in Middlebury VT.)

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