Croyden Sargeant

CROYDEN SARGEANT, farmer, Sec. 34; P.O. Brooklyn; born Jan. 27, 1821, in Chesterfield, N.H.; attended the common schools, the old Chesterfield Academy, and a review course at the M. E. Seminary at Newburg, Vt., began at 18 and taught five terms in New England; came West in 1843, and paid almost his last dollar for 40 acres of his present farm; reaching Freeport, Ill., with just 60 cents, he obtained a school near Cedarville; afterward taught at Evansville and Wiota, and several winter terms after his permanent settlement on the farm in 1845; has taught in all, twenty terms.Sept. 22, 1846, he married, in Sutton, Vt., Miss Lucy W. Hutchinson, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.; they began on the homestead in a small log house, and, as their only capital was youth and health, saw what would now be termed hardships; in 1852, they removed to an adjoining 40, which he bought, and lived in a long, low, rickety frame house until the present tasteful residence was built, in 1866; Mr. Sargeant has 220 acres, with good barns, stables, etc.-125 acres under cultivation.Mr. and Mrs. Sargeant have had four children-William E., Amy J. (deceased), Grace A. and Charles H. Mr. Sargeant is liberal in politics and religion, being governed by reason, not prejudice; he was one of the School Commissioners of Rome Precinct in 1845, and once after the organization of Oregon Township; was also Town Superintendent under that system.

Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1248-49.

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