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Mary Allen Robeson

Female 1853 - 1919  (66 years)

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Mary Allen Robeson was born on 14 Jun 1853 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; died on 15 Aug 1919 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

    Mary married Charles Sprague Sargent on 26 Nov 1873. Charles (son of Ignatius Sargent and Henrietta Gray) was born on 24 Apr 1841 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died on 22 Mar 1927 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. 2. Charles Sprague Sargent  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 7 Mar 1880 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts; died on 13 Feb 1959 in New York City; was buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Charles Sprague Sargent Descendancy chart to this point (1.Mary1) was born on 7 Mar 1880 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts; died on 13 Feb 1959 in New York City; was buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts.


    The New York Times, 16 Feb 1959, page 29:

    Charles S. Sargent of 960 Park Avenue, a partner in Hornblower & Weeks, stockbrokers at 40 Wall Street, died Friday in Doctors Hospital, after a short illness. His age was 78.

    Mr. Sargent, who graduated from Harvard in 1902, had been associated with Kidder, Peabody & Co.

    He was a director of the American Express Company, the American Machine and Metals Company, United Merchants and Manufacturers, Inc., the Associated Dry Goods Corporation, the Metropolitan Fire Reassurance Company, and the National Aviation Corporation.

    Born in Brookline, Mass., he was the son of Charles Sprague Sargent, Professor of Arboriculture at Harvard and Director of Arnold Arboretum, and Mary Robeson Sargent.

    Mr. Sargent was a Mason. His clubs included the Harvard of New York, the Knickerbocker, Links and Ejwanok Country of Manchester, Vt.

    Survivors include his widow, Dagmar; three sons, Charles S., Jr., Winthrop, and John T.; a daughter, Mrs. H. M. Havemeyer, and a sister, Mrs. N. B. Potter.

    Charles married Dagmar Wetmore on 9 May 1912 in Grace Church, New York, New York. Dagmar (daughter of William Boerum Wetmore and Annette Wetmore) was born on 24 Jan 1888; died in Nov 1984 in New York, New York. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. 3. John Turner Sargent, Sr.  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 26 Jun 1924; died on 5 Feb 2012 in New York, New York.

Generation: 3

  1. 3.  John Turner Sargent, Sr. Descendancy chart to this point (2.Charles2, 1.Mary1) was born on 26 Jun 1924; died on 5 Feb 2012 in New York, New York.


    "John Sargent, Former Doubleday President, Dies at 87." The New York Times, 8 Feb 2012:

    John T. Sargent, who as president and later chairman of Doubleday & Company oversaw its expansion from a modest-size family-controlled book publisher to an industry giant with interests extending into broadcasting and baseball, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

    The death was confirmed by his son, John T. Sargent Jr., the chief executive of Macmillan, the publishing company.

    Mr. Sargent, who was already working for Doubleday when he married Neltje Doubleday, granddaughter of the company's founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday, in 1953, was named president and chief executive in 1961. At the time, the company was largely a trade book publisher; it also ran a book club, a New York bookstore and a modest printing concern.

    Over the next 17 years, in partnership with Nelson Doubleday Jr., grandson of the founder, Mr. Sargent worked to expand all of those enterprises, largely succeeding in spite of a divorce in 1965 and an insurrection by a minority of the company's shareholders, led by his former wife, who wanted it to go public.

    By 1979, the year after he left the presidency and was made chairman, Doubleday was publishing 700 books annually. The company had bought a textbook subsidiary and the Dell Publishing Company, which included Dell paperbacks. It was operating more than a dozen book clubs, including the mammoth Literary Guild; more than two dozen Doubleday bookshops across the country; and four book printing and binding companies.

    In addition, Mr. Sargent led the company's expansion into radio and television broadcasting and film production. As chairman, he was involved in the company's purchase of the New York Mets in 1980.

    The Doubleday company eschewed publicity and the prying of journalists. "The Sphinx Called Doubleday" was the headline on a 1979 article about the company in The New York Times, which described its publishing ethos this way: "There is no class of book that is considered a 'Doubleday book,' nor is there any book that would automatically be judged unsuitable for the Doubleday imprint. Generally speaking, the house frowns on books loaded with sex, it would be unlikely to publish an anti-Kennedy book since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is an editor there, and it doesn't exhaust itself trying to lasso serious literature."

    The company may have been known for its secretive ways, but Mr. Sargent was visible among the New York elite, both during business hours and after. A strapping man, dapper and sociable, he was a voracious reader, an erudite speaker and, at one time, a poetry editor who worked with Theodore Roethke, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, who became a friend and, according to family lore, spent more than one night sleeping in the Sargent bathtub after an evening of imbibing.

    He dined with his famous authors — who included Daphne du Maurier, Peter Benchley, Alex Haley, Leon Uris and Stephen King — and other notable friends; attended A-list parties with socialites like Brooke Astor; frequented the opera; hobnobbed with movie stars. He was a friend and frequent escort of Mrs. Onassis, and hired her as an editor at Doubleday.

    "The guy liked dressing up in a tux and going out," his son said. "The publishing world was his world, and the social aspect was part of it. It all folded together."

    John Turner Sargent was born on June 26, 1924, and spent his early years in Cedarhurst, on Long Island. (No one in the family knows where, exactly, he was born, his son said, and his birth certificate has not yet been found.) His grandfather was the well-known botanist Charles Sprague Sargent; his father, Charles Jr., worked in finance. He went to St. Mark's School in Massachusetts and spent a year at Harvard before joining the Navy. Prevented from fighting overseas because of a punctured eardrum, he spent the war years "loading bombers in Florida," his son said.

    After his discharge he worked briefly for Time magazine and then began at Doubleday, writing book jacket copy, in the late 1940s. Over the next several years he read manuscripts, sold syndication and subsidiary rights, worked as an advertising manager and editor and was business manager of several publishing divisions. As president of the company, he succeeded Douglas Black, who had succeeded Nelson Doubleday Sr.

    Mr. Sargent met Ms. Doubleday, a painter who now lives in Wyoming, when he was 28 and she was 18. After their divorce she waged a long battle, enlisting some other shareholders, to get the company to sell shares to the public, but her mother, her brother and her former husband all lined up against her and the effort failed. The company was finally sold to the German conglomerate Bertelsmann in 1986.

    A longtime colleague of Mr. Sargent, Samuel S. Vaughan, who served the company as editor in chief and publisher, died on Jan. 30.

    In addition to John Jr., Mr. Sargent's survivors include a daughter, Ellen; six grandchildren; his wife, the former Betty Nichols Kelly, whom he married in 1985; and two stepchildren, Elizabeth Lee Kelly and James Hamilton Kelly.


    John Turner Sargent Sr. and Neltje Doubleday are 8th cousins, both being 7XG-grandchildren of the Rev. John Ward (1606-1693) and his wife Alice (1612-1680).

    John married Neltje Doubleday on 16 May 1953 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, and was divorced in Sep 1965. Neltje (daughter of Nelson Doubleday and Ellen George McCarter) was born in 1934. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. 4. John Turner Sargent, Jr.  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 6 Aug 1957 in New York, New York.

Generation: 4

  1. 4.  John Turner Sargent, Jr. Descendancy chart to this point (3.John3, 2.Charles2, 1.Mary1) was born on 6 Aug 1957 in New York, New York.


    CEO of Macmillan Publishers.

    His philanthropic activities include longtime service on the board of directors of Graham Windham, more recently called simply Graham, a nonprofit foster care agency providing services to needy children and families in the New York metropolitan area. Founded in 1806, Graham, the oldest non-sectarian childcare agency in the United States, was originally the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York, co-founded by Eliza Hamilton after her husband Alexander Hamilton, himself an orphan, was killed in the famous duel with Aaron Burr — a grandson of John Sargent's 6X-grandfather the Rev. Jonathan Edwards. Thus Aaron Burr's first cousin six times removed has served for years on the board of Eliza Hamilton's orphanage.

    He is also the author, under the anagrammatic pen name "S. T. Garne," of two children's books, One White Sail: A Caribbean Counting Book (1992) and By a Blazing Blue Sea (1999).

    John married Constance Lane Murray on 21 Sep 1985. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]