He was educated at Eton College, where he was a king"s scholar, and in 1799 in the sixth form. In 1799 he went to King"s College, Cambridge, where he was elected to a fellowship and graduated Bachelor of Arts 1804, Master of Arts
He was also centrally connected, by ties to other major Evangelicals of the time. Foreign Seaford in 1790, and Charlotte (d 1841), only daughter and heiress of Richard Bettsworth of Petworth, Sussex, born on 8 October 1780. 1807.
At Cambridge Sargent fell under the influence of Charles Simeon, who shaped his career.
Sargent was also drawn into Simeon"s evangelical network.
In 1804 he was the intermediary who ensured that Patrick Brontë was able to continue study at Cambridge: Henry Thornton and William Wilberforce provided financial support. Intended for the law, Sargent was instead ordained deacon in 1805, and priest in 1806.
On the presentation of his father he was instituted on 11 September 1805 to the family living of Graffham, Sussex, and from 5 June 1813 he held with it a second family rectory, that of nearby Woolavington. At Graffham Sargent rebuilt the rectory-house, and on these benefices he lived for the rest of his days, becoming on his father"s death the squire of the district.
He died at Woolavington on 3 May 1833, and was buried there.
The others were:
the second, Emily (d 1841), married, on 11 June 1828, Samuel Wilberforce;
Mary married in 1834 Henry William Wilberforce and died in 1878;
Caroline married, on 7 November 1833, Henry Edward Manning, and died on 24 July 1837. And
Sophia Lucy married, 5 June 1834, George Dudley Ryder, second son of Henry Ryder, and died in March 1850.