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Matthew Arthur Sedgwick  [Robert Sedgwick / Mary Ann Selwood]
b. October 1, 1856, Illinois (1861 per tombstone)
d. January 23, 1940
bu Afton, Dickens, Texas, Afton Cemetery tombstone
m1 abt 1890, Blooming Grove, Texas, Callie Finley
m2 March 9, 1899, Parker County, Texas
( Texas Marriages 1851-1900)

Callie Finley  [James Finley? / ?? ]
b. abt 1863, Tennessee
d. abt 1898

Minnie Etter  [John Henry Etter / Elizabeth Maynard]
b. Nov 20, 1867, Kentucky
d. September 7, 1940
bu Afton, Dickens, Texas, Afton Cemetery tombstone

Census Records:

1860 Illinois, Cumberland, Crooked Creek
1870 Illinois, Cumberland, Crooked Creek
1880 Illinois, Cumberland, Crooked Creek
1900 Texas, Wise
1910 Texas, Scurry
1920 Texas, Dickens
1930 Texas, Dickens
Callie as youth: 1880 Texas, Denton
Minnie as youth: 1880 Texas, Jack

of Callie Finley:

Claude Sedgwick b. August 12, 1891, Texas
James Robert Sedgwick b. April 4, 1893, Texas
Arthur Sedgwick b. April 17, 1896, Texas
of Minnie Etter:
Ollie Vera Sedgwick b. March 10, 1900, Texas
Myrtle Ora Sedgwick b. September 29, 1902, Texas
Edna May Sedgwick b. Texas
Tessie Sedgwick b. May 23, 1911, Texas
Oby Sedgwick b. May 23, 1911, Texas

I am 150% sure that he is the Matthew Arthur Sedgwick (b. October 01, 1861, d. January 23, 1940) from whom Selma Sedgwick's husband William Ryland Sedgwick is descended. Check her website.
Here are the reasons I believe this:

* The Cumberland County History article says Matthew the son of Robert went to Texas.
* The date of birth is the same month and day, even if the year is confused. Such confusion about the year of birth was common in those days.
* Selma's Matthew had a brother Robert who also came from Illinois and lived in Silverton, Briscoe, Texas.
* Selma's Matthew's family believe that Matthew's father was William Sedgwick, while in Illinois William brother of Robert and Matthew was the one who was home with mother after father's death.

Additional resources:

Matthew Arthur Sedgwick
website by Selma Sedgwick, wife of William Ryland Sedgwick, descendant of Matthew
Dickens County Texas Burial Records
At the Dickens County Website of the US GEnWeb Project

Selma Sedgwick sent this history by Myrtle (Sedgwick) Carothers

Mathue Sedgwick

Mathue Sedgwick was born Oct 1, 1860 in Illinois. I know nothing about our family. My father has a brother, Robert who lives in Silverton, Briscoe County, Texas, and he made several trips back to Illinois before he was determined to live in Texas. He married Callie Finley and they had three sons, Claud, Jim and Arthur. After Arthur was born, Callie died on March 10, 1899, and father married Minnie Etter. Four children were born to them, Ollie, Myrtle, Edna and Oby. At this time we lived near Bowie, Texas.

From Bowie, we moved to Briscoe County, and then to Clay County, Henrietta, things were not good for us there, so we moved to Ira in Schurry County, there was a big drought then, and daddy wanted to move to the plains, so we moved to Haskell. There times were better, daddy made a good cotton crop and was presented a prize by the banker, who was W.B. Lee, imagine my daddy's when we came to Dickens County to see Mr . Lee.

We left Rochester and started to New Mexico to take up a claim. I remember so well we came by Dickens with four covered wagons and a bunch of horses. We camped all night at the place where the roadside park now is. The next morning we started for the Plains. We came to a farm house and the told us we could stay there until the snowstorm was over, it lasted for a week. We went on to Lovington, New Mexico and stayed there for two months while daddy and the boys looked for a claim they liked. He said he didn't see anything but rattlesnakes and prairie chickens, so we headed back for Texas, and this time we settled in Kress. We stayed there for one year. Then we left there and settled near Wellington and pulled cotton in the fall. Then we went on to Wheeler, soon it was time to move again, and we piled our things in the wagon and moved to Roaring Springs, we pulled cotton there for Mr. Mason, for feed for our horses and mules.

In the spring of 1916 we moved to the Duncan Flat community in Dickens County. We bought a farm from Mr. Black, no improvements, we lived in tents and built a barn, which we lived in. There was a creek near by but we could not drink the water from it. We had our first Thanksgiving dinner in the barn we built. My brothers were good carpenters and so we went to work building a house and clearing our land, we girls burned the brush while the boys grubbed the mesquites, we made a good crop, and so were able to enjoy our first real Thanksgiving in a real home, after having traveled around for so many years.

Our community did not have a school so we kids had to walk five miles to Chandler. Daddy gave the first hundred dollars and my brother helped build the school house at Duncan Flat. The first teacher was Mrs. Tom Whitaker and then Miss Mayme Hulsey. It was a one room schoolhouse and it also served as a church.

In 1918 my brothers went to the Army for World War I. Edna and I had to help Father gather the crop. Daddy had never stayed in one place over two years, so he wanted to move, but Mother said "No, I am going to stay here with the children," the boys had already said that "they were here to stay." So we stayed.

For entertainment we had parties, singing and fruit suppers, sometimes we went to Roaring Springs for picnics.

In 1921 our school house and church burned tot eh ground. That summer we built an arbor and had a great revival. In the fall, another schoolhouse was built, this time there were two rooms, and a teacherage was constructed. Some of the teachers that I can remember that taught there were Mr. Bennett, Fred Arrington, Mr. Cozby, Delma Law, Harvey Lovell, Law Stone, and Lee Glen.

Duncan Flat was a good rich farming community, with a good school and churches. The entire community seemed to enjoy each other, and if you needed help, the whole community was there to help you. It was a lovely place to live, but Father Time changed that picture. Most all the early pioneers have passed on; others have moved away, and there are only a few families left. Many homes have been torn down and the community doesn't look like it once ... still have pleasant memories ... friends were once a part of good old Dickens [Flat].

This letter was written from Matthew Sedgwick, apparently from Whitt, Jasper, Texas
to his mother Mary Ann (Selwood) Sedgwick.
Rachel Sharp sent it, "with spelling corrected, which was terrible."
The "Olley" to whom he refers is his sister Mary Olive Sedgwick
she died March 10, 1887, which will help to date the letter.

"pleasure dear Mother try to write you few lines let you know that we are all well but the baby he has been sick ever since February the 13 he took the grip he is cutting teeth he better now this is a hard country look like we have a drought every year crops is sorry here I don't know whether make two bales of cotton or not I am about done gathering corn it is sorry I think I will make enough to do me sorry hear of Olley death it is hard to give her up the only sister living she was good and kind to me I know I never meet on this earth I hope to meet her in heaven Send my best wish to Tom and his darlin child he has lost a companion and Rosey has lost a Mother that is a debt we all got to pay sooner or later all we can do try live right She is better off than any of us We have a hard time in this world there is nothing but trials and troubles take good care of yourself Where is Howard and Ardy Mullen and Ardy Groves to write me if don't answer when I write to Mother I write to all I will close for this time Write soon and tell me all the news"

The following email message from Margie Etter , Sunday, March 21, 2010,
    provides aditional information abou thte Etter family:

Minnie was my father's sister. I am sending what information on Minnie's parents, you may do what you will with it.

Minnie was born 20 Oct 1867 to Elizabeth Maynard and John Henry Etter. John and Elizabeth married 27 Nov 1866 in Pike County, KY.

Elizabeth was born 18 Nov 1844 to Henderson Maynard and Lucinda McCoy. They moved to Wise County, TX by Mar 1870.

Elizabeth and John had Octavia Etter on March 11, 1870. Elizabeth died 27 Apr 1871 and Octavia died 12 Oct 1870. Gravesites unknown.

Birth and death dates from Bible record and marriage record from Pike County, KY

Margie Etter