This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Ignatius Sargent, an old-time Boston merchant, died very suddenly at his home in Brook-line on Monday, in the eighty-fifth year of his age. When found he was sitting in his chair, with a book resting upon his knee, his head inclined forward, and it is supposed that he passed away while asleep. Mr. Sargent was born in this city in [800, and belonged to a well-known family, being a descendant of William Sargent, 2d, of Bristol, Eng., who settled here about 1678, and whose descendants have included many men of national repute in commercial, military, political and literary circles. Although born in this city, Mr. Sargent did not long remain here, as his father, Major Ignatius Sargent, a successful Gloucester merchant, moved to Boston during the son's infancy, and died there in 1821. The latter's father, Daniel Sargent, was also engaged in commercial pursuits here until the commencement of the Revolutionary war, when he removed to Newburyport, and afterwards to Boston, where he died in 1806; besides Ignatius he had sons Daniel, merchant and State Treasurer; Henry, a painter of celebrity, and Lucius Manlius, the author.
Daniel Sargent's father, Col. Epes Sargent, son of the early settler above mentioned, was a prominent citizen of Gloucester and Salem.
Mr. Ignatius Sargent retired from a successful mercantile career in 1840, and four years later purchased a large farm in Brookline, where his closing years were passed in dignified retirement. He was a great lover of Horticulture and choice stock, and his estate was one of the most beautiful in the suburbs of Boston. He was a man of shrewd and clear judgment, and of strict integrity, and was a recognized authority in financial circles. He was for nearly half a century a director and for 30 years president of the Globe Bank. He was also a director of the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Company, and for a time its manager; a director of the Western, the Boston & Albany railroad and the Connecticut River railroad. He was one of the moving spirits in the building of the Western road and was closely associated with the late Chester W. Chapin. He was also president and director of several manufacturing corporations. He leaves one son, Professor Charles S. Sargent, and one daughter, Mrs. James M. Cod-man, and a grandson by a deceased daughter.
Among the pictures which adorn his handsome residence at Brookline is a half length life size portrait by Copley, of Judith, relict of the Rev. John Murray, the apostle of Universalism, who was his father's cousin.