The Joshua Dodge Sargent Family, C 1899

Standing left to right:
Hannah, James and Jessie.
Seated left to right:
Mary Elizabeth, mother Mary,
father Joshua, and Robert.
Seated in the front
to the right is Jay.

The purpose of this site is to share Sargent family history through pictures, journals and letters starting with the family of Joshua and Mary Sargent of Alton, Maine and moving backward in time through prior generations.The descendants of Joshua and Mary Sargent are flung far and wide, and this is an easy way to share family history.

Mary Butman Sargent and Joshua Dodge Sargent

Unknown Family Members?

(Dixie's Note) Yesterday an old quilt was delivered to my door from my granddad's house. It is likely from the 1930's to the 1950's - although some of the prints might be older. Some of the prints might have been from dresses, others are from feedsacks. The maker is unknown. Of course, Mary Sargent often referred to handwork in her journal - making lace, knitting, quilting. It is unlikely that she contributed to this quilt. But perhaps some of the prints are ones she had saved from feedsacks or old clothes. Or it might have come from another family branch, or even outside of the family in some way.

Every family has these kinds of unknown treasures - artwork and handiwork made by someone and photo albums with pictures of people they don't know. Putting together family history is a bit like making a quilt - you find pieces here and there and you try to put it together as best you can to make sense.

Speaking of unknown family photos - here are a few pictures from Mary Butman Sargent's Photo Album that were not marked. It is likely that some of them are from the Maine Pendleton and Butman families, and probably family members and close friends known well enough to not need to be identified at the time. But here we are over 100 years later and have no clue who these people are.

Mary F. Butman Sargent, front right - one mystery solved, and quite close to home! My father emailed and said the couple above is likely to be Margaret and James Parse, her close friends. Margaret was Mary's niece, the daughter of her sister Margaret Ann (Butman) Sargent. The date on the photo finds Mary in Alton, but the following entry from Mary's journal is found from a few days before:

"September 7, Sunday - Took dinner at Margaret’s. James there. Pictures taken while we sat out talking. Jay came at 3:40 and in half an hour we started for Alton. Arrived about 7."

Here (below) is a photo of James Parse found on p. 167 in Searsport Sea Captains:

Another unknown couple above with dogs

A handsome young man above - but who?

Another unkown man...

An earnest unknown boy
but I know a present family member
with ears like that!

Hannah Butman Ford?
Mary Butman Sargent's sister?

Hannah Ford's daughters?

She looks like a dependable woman -
I wish I knew who she was!

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