William Sargent Jr. — Cause of Death

Jersey City, NJ

In a previous post about the Sargent family, I spoke about discovering William Sargent Jr.’s spouse, Sarah Jane Bowley, in Evergreen Cemetery alongside him. I’d had no idea he was married. And there were other revelations such as the fact that his wife was considerably older and had the same surname as William Sargent Sr.’s second wife Mary Bowley Pitt. I was also surprised and curious about his death at a young age, 34, so I sent off for the death certificate. It arrived the other day and revealed that William Jr. died of “debilitation of the heart” at what I presume was his home address: 195 Harrison Ave., Jersey City, NJ. I “googled” the location, and it is now occupied by a Bank of America.

Debilitation of the heart is a rather vague description, and it was probably secondary to the actual cause of his death. Perhaps he had suffered as a child from something like rheumatic fever which can have devastating effects on the heart as one ages. Unfortunately back then, it seems like these certificates of death were filled out in hasty fashion; the doctor in this instance did not indicate the “length of sickness,” a detail that may have provided more clues as to what happened to him. In any event, how sad his loss must have been to all who loved him, not the least his wife of just five years.

William Sargent (Jr.) death certificate

Where William fits into the Sargent family (for a more elaborate tree, go to the S-Z tab)
William Sargent Sr. b. 1828, c. 10 Dec 1829
+Mary Wills b. 1829 d. 1877
|–2-Rev. Samuel Sargent b. 1852, d. 1926
|–2-Elizabeth Sargent b. 1854, d. 1926
|–2-Sargent b. 15 Sep 1854, d. 1854
|–2-Sadie Sargent b. 1858
|–2-William Sargent Jr. b. 1861, d. 1896

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