JACOB T. SARGENT is one of the representative men of Macoupin County. He came from New Hampshire in 1857 and has since resided on his farm north of Carlinville with the exception of two years spent in Nebraska. He is an enterprising and progressive farmer, striving to enrich and beautify his farm rather than reap great gain therefrom.
Mr. Sargent was born July 28, 1832, his parents being descended from the old Puritan stock. He inherited from his "Yankee" forefathers a vein of ingenuity which made him the inventor of several practical appliances to be used on farms for the most part.
In 1857 Mr. Sargent was married to Maria L. Braley, also a native of New England. Five children were born of this union, four of whom are living. While not remaining in Macoupin County, each one is a worthy addition to the place chosen for his home. Capt. Herbert H. is a United States Army officer and a military author of marked ability. Charles E. of Chicago is a mechanical engineer - the inventor of the "Sargent Gas Engine" and several other mechanical devices which have brought him some fame in his profession. Grace Venus is a teacher in the Chicago public schools and a progressive student. Edith M. is the wife of Roy B. Peebles, a successful business man of Chicago. Mr. Sargent's family is an honor to him and he is well repaid for his determination to educate his children even though it was a struggle in the early days.
Mr. Sargent's marked interest in Christianity, temperance, education and charity has won for him a place in the hearts of all who know him.