Hilda Elizabeth MORGAN

Hilda Elizabeth MORGAN

Female 1903 - 2005  (102 years)

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  • Name Hilda Elizabeth MORGAN 
    Born 19 Jun 1903  Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The birth record of Hilda Morgan cites birth Bow, New Hampshire 19 June 1903, the 6th child of Bertrand Morgan, age 39, occupation Farmer, born Bow, and Tilda J. Terrier, age 40, occupation Housewife, born Manchester, New Hampshire. [1]
    Gender Female 
    Died 25 Dec 2005  Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1714  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2017 

    Father Bertrand Sargent MORGAN,   b. 6 May 1863, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1921, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Matilda Josephine TERRIER,   b. 15 Dec 1863, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1945, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1884  Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The marriage record of Bertrand Morgan cites his bride's name as "Tildia J. Terriar"; both living in Bow, he age 20, she age 21; his occupation is carpenter, hers is lady; he was born in Bow, she in Hooksett, NH, and it was a first marriage for both. It cites the grooms parents as Landis Morgan, occupation farmer, born Bow, NH, and mother Emily Morgan, housekeeper, born Bow. Matilda's parents are listed as Lewis Terrier, a farmer, born Monteral [sic], Ca, and mother Violia Terriar, housewife, born Monteral [sic], Canada.
    Notes 
    • 1880 census of Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 5 June 1880:

      - Morgan, Landais, age 53, Farmer, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Emily, age 48, wife, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Bertrand, age 15, son, born New Hampshire.

    • 1900 census of Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 5-6 June 1900:

      - Morgan, Bertie, age 36, head of household, married 16 years, born May 1864 in New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Farmer.
      - Morgan, Matilda, age 36, wife, married 16 years, mother of 3 children with 3 still living, born December 1863 in New Hampshire, both parents born Canada English.
      - Morgan, Roy L., age 14, son, born November 1865 in New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Lee B., age 11, son, born January 1889 in New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Parker, age 3, son, born July 1896 in New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Landais, age 72, father, widowed, born February 1828 in New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Retired.
      - Terrier, Lewis, age 70, father-in-law, widowed, born March 1820 in Canada English, father born France, mother born Canada English, occupation Retired.

    • 1930 census of Valley Road, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 21-22 April 1930:

      - Sargent, Philip J., age 31, rents home for $20, first married age 26, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Chauffeur, Town Truck.
      - Sargent, Hilda M., age 26, wife, first married age 21, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Sargent, Lee M., age 3 years 2 months, son, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Matilda J., age 67, mother-in-law, widowed, first married age 29, born New Hampshire, both parents born Canada English.

    • 1940 census of 18 Grandview Road, Bow Mills, Bow Town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 3 April 1940:

      - Morgan, Matilda, age 77, widowed, completed 4 years of high school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.
      - Sargent, Philip J., age 41, son-in-law, completed 3 years of high school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935, living in the same house on 1 April 1935, occupation Time Keeper, WPA Fire Hazard Project.
      - Sargent, Hilda, age 36, daughter, completed 4 years of high school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.
      - Sargent, Lee M., age 13, grandson, completed 8 years of school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.
      - Sargent, Lyle, age 8, granddaughter, completed 2 years of school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.

    Family ID F1920  Group Sheet

    Family Philip James SARGENT,   b. 25 Dec 1898, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1979, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1925  Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage record of Philip James Sargent and Hilda Elizabeth Morgan cites their residences as Bow, New Hampshire. The groom is age 26, occupation Grocer, born Bow, son of Sam Sargent, age 56, occupation Laborer, born Bow, and Florence Wheeler, age 52, occupation Housewife, born Concord, New Hampshire. The bride is age 21, occupation Wire Insulator, born Bow, daughter of Bertrand Morgan, age 57 at death, occupation Carpenter, born Bow, and Matilda Terrier, age 62, occupation Housewife, born Manchester, New Hampshire. It is a first marriage for both. Intentions filed 9 February 1925. [3]
    Notes 
    • 1930 census of Valley Road, Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 21-22 April 1930:

      - Sargent, Philip J., age 31, rents home for $20, first married age 26, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire, occupation Chauffeur, Town Truck.
      - Sargent, Hilda M., age 26, wife, first married age 21, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Sargent, Lee M., age 3 years 2 months, son, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Morgan, Matilda J., age 67, mother-in-law, widowed, first married age 29, born New Hampshire, both parents born Canada English.

    • 1940 census of 18 Grandview Road, Bow Mills, Bow Town, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, enumerated 3 April 1940:

      - Morgan, Matilda, age 77, widowed, completed 4 years of high school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.
      - Sargent, Philip J., age 41, son-in-law, completed 3 years of high school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935, living in the same house on 1 April 1935, occupation Time Keeper, WPA Fire Hazard Project.
      - Sargent, Hilda, age 36, daughter, completed 4 years of high school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.
      - Sargent, Lee M., age 13, grandson, completed 8 years of school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.
      - Sargent, Lyle, age 8, granddaughter, completed 2 years of school, born New Hampshire, living in the same house on 1 April 1935.

      Informant is Philip J. Sargent. Their home is owned and valued at $1,200.

      Lyle Sargent is listed under Supplementary Questions, and birthplace of both parents is New Hampshire

      The family at 20 Grandview Road is Philip's parents:

      - Sargent, Sam, age 71, completed 3 years of high school, born New Hampshire, occupation Retired, Railroad.
      - Sargent, Florence M., wife, age 67, completed 2 years of high school, born New Hampshire.
      - Sargent, Arthur W., son, age 36, married, completed 4 years of high school, born New Hampshire, occupation Plumber, Plumbing & Heating.
      - Sargent, Laura B., daughter-in-law, age 33, married, completed 2 years of high school, born Maine.
      - Sargent, Arlene E., granddaughter, age 14, completed 8 years of school, born New Hampshire.
      - Sargent, Arthur W., Jr., grandson, completed 6 years of school, born New Hampshire.

      All persons living in the same house on 1 April 1935. Informant is Sam Sargent.

    Children 
     1. Lee Morgan SARGENT,   b. 2 Jan 1927, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 2007, Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Lyle Emily SARGENT,   b. 24 Oct 1931, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1992, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F1926  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Jun 1903 - Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Feb 1925 - Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Dec 2005 - Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bow, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Landis Morgan (1827-1907), Ione Emily Bell (1879-?), Matilda Josephine (Terrier) Morgan (1864-1945), Parker Guy Morgan (1896-?), Roy Landis Morgan (1886-?), Lee Bertrand Morgan (1889-?), Bertrand Sargent Morgan (1863-1921) holding Hilda Elizabeth Morgan (1903-2005)
    Landis Morgan (1827-1907), Ione Emily Bell (1879-?), Matilda Josephine (Terrier) Morgan (1864-1945), Parker Guy Morgan (1896-?), Roy Landis Morgan (1886-?), Lee Bertrand Morgan (1889-?), Bertrand Sargent Morgan (1863-1921) holding Hilda Elizabeth Morgan (1903-2005)
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan and Phillip James Sargent, wedding day, February 14, 1925
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan and Phillip James Sargent, wedding day, February 14, 1925
    Hilda Morgan, circa 1990's
    Hilda Morgan, circa 1990's
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, June 1915
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, June 1915
    Vivian 'Marie' Morgan and Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, 1917
    Vivian "Marie" Morgan and Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, 1917
    Doris Emily Morgan, Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, Vivian 'Marie' Morgan, and Marion Adeline Morgan, 1918
    Doris Emily Morgan, Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, Vivian "Marie" Morgan, and Marion Adeline Morgan, 1918
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan and Kathleen Beatrice Morgan, 1918
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan and Kathleen Beatrice Morgan, 1918
    Lee Bertrand Morgan, Parker Guy Morgan, Bertrand Sargent Morgan, Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, Matilda Josephine (Terrier) Morgan, and ____, 1919
    Lee Bertrand Morgan, Parker Guy Morgan, Bertrand Sargent Morgan, Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, Matilda Josephine (Terrier) Morgan, and ____, 1919
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, graduation from Pembroke Academy, 1922
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, graduation from Pembroke Academy, 1922
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, Philip Sargent, 1960's
    Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, Philip Sargent, 1960's
    Philip Sargent and Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, June 1977
    Philip Sargent and Hilda Elizabeth Morgan, June 1977
    The TokALot Club of Bow, New Hampshire
    The TokALot Club of Bow, New Hampshire
    The TokALot Club was a social group that supported many community projects.
    Beach Outing.
    Beach Outing.
    A group of friends relax after an outing to Hampton Beach in the early 1920s. Pictured, from left to right, are (first row) Hilda Sargent, Hiel Allbee, and Grace Cote; (second row) Phil, Arthur, and Laura Sargent; (third row) Ruth Heath, Florence, and Sam Sargent.
    Goodwill Soap Wagon.
    Goodwill Soap Wagon.
    In 1926, people made do with what they had. Hilda (Morgan) Sargent watches over Robert Ordway and pal in a wagon made from a Goodwill Soap crate. The photographer probably did not realize that they were capturing a piece of history in this shot looking down Valley Road. The home of Alice Hanson is on the right, Upton Shingle Mill is on the left, and the Women's Christian Temperance Union hall is off in the distance on the left.
    Hilda Morgan Sargent
    Hilda Morgan Sargent
    A native of Bow, Hilda Sargent was born June 19, 1903 at the family farm on Bow Bog Road. When she was 3, the family moved to 5 Grandview Road, where she lived for the next 99 years. Over her lifetime, Hilda was active in just about every social club and event in town. She was the last known person from Bow to have spoken directly to Mary Baker Eddy, and was the holder of the Boston Post Cane from 2002 until her death in 2005 at 102 years of age.

    Headstones
    Headstone of Philip Sargent & Hilda Morgan
    Headstone of Philip Sargent & Hilda Morgan

  • Notes 
    • Bow Times, June 27, 2002.

      Bow Honors Town's Oldest Citizen with Boston Post Cane.

      Bow - In 1999, Hilda Morgan Sargent was honored with a special pew reserved in her name at Bow Mills United Methodist Church where she had been a member since April 8, 1917.

      On Sunday, June 23, selectmen Isabel Sinclair and Harry Judd presented Sargent with Bow's Boston Post Cane--an honor bestowed on the town's oldest resident.

      "The first Morgan came to Bow in 1717," Sargent said. "I've belonged to this church for 86 years."

      Sargent was taken by surprise with the honor as she sat with her son, Lee, and daughter-in-law, Shirley, while the couple renewed their wedding vows after 50 years of marriage.

      "Not many can have their 50th wedding anniversary and have their mother there," Sargent said. "They were married 50 years ago on my birthday, June 19.

      The couple have lived in Maryland for the past 30 years, but wanted to renew their vows in Bow and help celebrate a special day with their mother.

      "My wife and mother share a birthday," said Lee Sargent. "It's a great honor for her to be remembered like this."

      As Sargent was presented with a bouquet of purple and pink flowers to match her purple dress, she remarked at how many people know her favorite color.

      "I have the only purple mailbox in town," she said.

      She was born in 1903 to Bertrand and Matilda Morgan at the family farm on Bow Bog Road.

      When Sargent was 4 years old, the farm was destroyed by fire.

      "We lost everything, "Sargent said, "When I was 4 years old, my father bought the home that I still live in."

      Sargent remembers sitting in front of her home and meeting a local celebrity.

      "She rode a surrey with fringe on top going to her birthplace," Sargent said. "She'd always say, 'Good morning little girl.' I found out later it was Mary Baker Eddy. She had a little parasol." Mary Baker Eddy is the founder of Christian Science, a religion dating back to the 1800s.

      In 1925, Sargent got her driver's license.

      "I drove a Model T," she said. "I drove until I was 94, then I gave it up. You can say the old car gave out before I did."

      Family and friends from Bow, Maryland, and New York gathered to pay tribute to Sargent, who looks many years younger than her age.

      "We're hoping we all have her genes," said granddaughter Susan Schiffer.

      Sargent said she was thrilled by the honor.

      Her nieces Priscilla Ordway and Patricia Goodwin, both of Bow, sent in Sargent's name when the search for the oldest resident was announced.

      "They're my caretakers," she said. "They're very special."

      Elsie Ordway, who has known Sargent for about 50 years, said that the honor could not have happened in a better place than the United Methodist Church.

      "This is her second home," Ordway said. "She's a wonderful lady. She's like a mother to me."

    • Obituary of Hilda Sargent, Concord Monitor, Tuesday, 27 December 2005:

      Hilda Sargent. Last person to have spoken with Mary Baker Eddy.

      Bow - Hilda Sargent, 102, of 5 Grandview Road, where she lived for the past 99 years, lifelong resident of Bow, died on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at her home.

      Hilda Morgan Sargent was born in Bow, NH June 19th 1903 on Bow Bog Rd. She was the oldest living native still living in Bow. Her parents were Bertrand S. Morgan and Matilda Terrier Morgan. She married Philip James Sargent on February 14, 1925 and enjoyed 54 years of marriage before he died March 6th 1979. She had four brothers, all deceased, named Roy, Lee, Parker, and Percy. She had a sister, also deceased, named Eldora. Hilda graduated from Pembroke Academy in 1922.

      Hilda has a surviving son, Lee Morgan Sargent, living in Frederick, MD with his wife Shirley. She had a daughter, Lyle Sargent Stone, who died on May 1st 1992. Her son-in-law lives with his second wife, Dana, in Sauquoit, NY. She had 7 grandchildren, 1 now deceased (Anne Elizabeth Stone). The others being Daniel Stone, Michael Sargent, Laurel Marrs, and Anna Strobel. She has had the assistance of her grandchildren Susan Schiffer, Philip Stone, and her great grandchild Dana Schiffer to remain in her home of many years as her age has made living alone harder and harder. She has many nieces and nephews and great and great-great nieces and nephews, with very special nieces Patricia Goodwin and Cilla Ordway here in Bow.

      Hilda belonged to the Bow Methodist Church on South St. since 1917, was a charger member of UMW and also a former WSCS member and held many offices through the years. She was a choir member for over 50 years. She was a charter member of the Bow Ladies Fire Auxiliary and was one of the 1st women to belong to the Bow Volunteer Fire Dept. (in 1955). Hilda was a charger member of the Bow Talkalot Club for 50 years (now disbanded), and a member of the Bow Grange (now the Pineconia Grange), the Pomona, the State Grange, and the National Grange for over 50 years (joined in 1921). She held offices in the Bow Grange, and was a co-founder of the Bow Young at Heart Senior Citizens Club. Hilda worked at the Bow School cafeteria at 10 Grandview for several years.

      Hilda was a member of the Bow Historical Society and during WWII was a member of the Ground Observer Corp., Air Craft Warning Corp. She received a Certificate from the first Fighter Command and Aware of Merit from the Army Air Force. Hilda's grandfather served in the Civil War. Her son served in the Korean War. She has a granddaughter who was in the army, and a great-granddaughter who served in the Marines, and another great-granddaughter serving in the Navy, and a great-grandson serving in the Air Force.

      Hilda is the holder of the Boston Post Cane for Bow and received a commendation from the New Hampshire Legislature for good citizenship on her 100th birthday. Known for her love of the color purple, her house has a purple door and a purple mailbox in Bow. Her passing also marks the end of anyone who has spoken directly to Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science Movement (she died in 1910).

      Calling hours will be held Friday, Dec. 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 505 South St., in Bow. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the parish hall. Burial will take place in the spring at Alexander Cemetery in Bow.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Sargent's memory to the Bow Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow 03304.


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