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1. Thomas Sargent was born about 1805.1 He appeared in the census in 1830 in Saint Clair County, Illinois.2 He was a farmer. He was the patentee for land in Saint Clair County, Illinois issued on 1 Jul 1838.3 He was the patentee for land in Saint Clair County, Illinois issued on 1 Aug 1838.3 He appeared in the census in 1840 in Saint Clair County, Illinois.4 He died on 17 Sep 1845 in Saint Clair County, Illinois.1 He was buried in Prairie du Long Township, Cemetery Section 2, Saint Clair County, Illinois.5 The parentage of Thomas Sargent is unknown as well as his birthplace. However, there are statements of census noting his birth in Ohio and in Kentucky. Dr. William F. Sargent thinks Thomas may have been born in Ohio County, Kentucky.
Two possibilities exist. A George Sargent appears as a sheriff in St. Clair County, Illinois, circa 1830. As well, Winthrop Sargent appears in deed records of St. Clair County, Illinois, circa 1790. The State of Illinois did not exist in this period, but was considered a part of the Northwest Territories.

The following records appear in the Illinois Secretary of State land sale archives:

Purchaser: SARGENT THOMAS Record ID: 276648
Date: 02/08/1836
Acres: 40
Price: $1.25
Type of sale: Federal sale (FD)
County: 82
Section: 25 Section Part: NWNW
Township: 01S Range: 08W
Meridian: 3 Purchaser Res: 82
Arch. Vol. No: 031 Vol. Page No.: 040
Cash warrant code: Record corrected: 0

Purchaser: SARGENT THOMAS Record ID: 276649
Date: 06/20/1836
Acres: 40
Price: $1.25
Type of sale: Federal sale (FD)
County: 82
Section: 25 Section Part: SWNW
Township: 01S Range: 08W
Meridian: 3 Purchaser Res: 82
Arch. Vol. No: 031 Vol. Page No.: 056
Cash warrant code: Record corrected: 0

Thomas Sargent and Jane D Chewning were married on 8 Apr 1830 in Saint Clair County, Illinois.6,7 They were married by Samuel Smith.
In a letter from Dr Bill Sargent to Frankie C. Heinzmann dated 26 Jul (1995), Dr Sargent lists an unidentified boy born between Nancy Caroline and William Matthew. He does not list a boy born between William Matthew and Francis nor does he list a boy born after Francis.
In a letter from Dr Bill Sargent dated 17 Aug 1995, Dr Sargent lists the marriage date as 1828. Jane D Chewning (daughter of Jesse Chewning Jr and Polly Lipscomb Wash) was born on 2 Aug 1809 in Louisa County, Virginia.1,6,8 She immigrated in 1817 to Barren County, Kentucky.6 She immigrated in 1824 to Saint Clair County, Illinois.6 She appeared in the census in 1840 in Saint Clair County, Illinois.4 She died on 8 Feb 1885 in Saint Clair County, Illinois.1,5,6,8 Regina Davidson reported both a death date of 1845 and a second marriage of 1849.

W. Farthing Sargent "Dr Bill", in a letter to Frankie C. Heinzmann, July 26 (1995), gave 5 Feb 1885 as a death date. More likely this is the correct date of death. It is also listed in her father's bio.
She was buried in Squire Hill (Rittinghouse) Cemetery, Prairie du Long Township, St. Clair County, Illinois.1 Regina Davidson's letter says she was buried at "Hill Cemetery Prarie DuLong Township, St Clair County, IL. Last name could also be spelled Chuwning. Thomas Sargent and Jane D Chewning had the following children:

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Nancy Caroline Sargent.

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ii.

William Matthew Sargent.

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iii.

??? Sargent.

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Frances Anna Sargent.

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??? Sargent died from a farm accident on 23 Jul 1845.1 Reported in the Belleville Advocate: A female Sargent fell to her death in front of a farm thresching machine while driving the team.