Although this family did live in South Cave for a short time, they are also spread across a number of other villages within the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire. In addition, a branch of the family emigrated to Canada in about 1829, hence why I’ve called this tree South Cave and beyond. The main surname variants in this tree are Sargison and Serjeantson, and interestingly, there are no Serjeantsons in Yorkshire in the 1939 register.
The furthest ancestor I’ve been able to find in this tree is Thomas Sergeson although I do not have birth/baptism and death/burial dates for him. This is the Descendant Report for Thomas Sergeson. Thomas seems to have married two wives: Catherine Woolen in 1755 and then Margaret Etty in 1768. So far I have been unable to trace his children from his first marriage and it is possible that this first marriage and subsequent children is incorrect. Thomas’s children from his marriage to Margaret were baptised in either South Cave or Blacktoft and in all cases their father was recorded as Thomas of Faxfleet where it is likely that he was working on the land.
It is one of Thomas’s son John’s children who emigrated to Canada with his family. Joseph Sargison (1802-1880), a blacksmith, took his wife and family to Canada in about 1829. They settled initially in Montreal, Quebec, where Joseph was recorded in the City Directory as a blacksmith. In the 1871 Canadian census they are in Macauley, Ontario, however they moved back at some point as both Joseph and his wife Dinah’s deaths are recorded in Montreal. Some of their later descendants moved to Seattle and other parts of the USA.
There are two people in the Canadian family who seem to be notable for different reasons: Albert Edward Sargison (1887-1956) and Reginald Sargison (1892-1965). During WW1 Albert was a Captain in the Canadian Field Artillery when he came to the UK and gained his certificate to fly a Maurice Farman Biplane from the Royal Flying Corp on 30 April 1917 in Thetford. In contrast, it seems that Reginald was debarred when he tried to enter the USA from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 15 June 1917 when he was a barman aged about 26. He did move to the USA later on though and died in San Francisco in 1965.
Other members of the family stayed in Yorkshire. John’s brother George Serjeantson (1805-1901) was also a blacksmith. He lived with his family in Snaith (West Riding). One of his sons, Thomas (1832-1913), became a joiner and seems to have only had daughters. Another son, Isaac (1830-1913), also became a joiner; it doesn’t look like he had any surviving sons who had male children.
Whilst I make every effort to check the source records carefully I am conscious that mistakes can creep in. Do please contact me if you have any information which can help me improve this tree.