Source: CMS Missionaries (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: EDWARD SARGENT was born in Paris in 1815. At an early age he went to Madras with his parents. Their regiment was quartered at Poonamallee and was ministered to between 1822 and 1830 by the Rev. W. Sawyer, the C.M.S. missionary at Perambore. During this period Sargent's father died, and the boy was adopted by Sawyer, who arranged for his education. His kind patron, who was appointed a Chaplain in 1830, died in 1832, when the boy was seventeen years old. He appears to have been trained at the local missionary seminary as a teacher, and to have been sent to Palamcottah as a Lay Agent of the Society in 1836. There he came under the notice of the Rev. George Pettitt, who recommended that he should be sent to England and trained as a missionary. He joined the C.M. College, Islington, in 1839; was ordained deacon in 1841, and priest in 1842, by the Bishop of London; and returned to Tinnevelly in the latter year. There he laboured for forty-seven years and there he died in 1889. He was consecrated Assistant Bishop of Madras in 1874 witfy the learned and revered Bishop Caldwell.