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Hubert M. Sedgwick
England boasts that the records it kept were paths which led to its civilization. Through four centuries which began with the Renaissance they grew; records of the earth, the soil, rocks, fruits, the inhabitants themselves, mankind, the sciences, the professions. The break that followed World War One and World War Two halted the continuity, the systematic spread of the knowledge that came from the records.
The world is back at its recording and a new chain is about to be forged in catching up our war records and starting anew. American families whose records were begun, perhaps with the Pilgrims, but had been discontinued, have been sought out and links made to connect them with the present. Pioneers whose records were religiously set down in the family album have been checked, the gaps filled to the present time and a new start made.
It is sought to bring down to date the Sedgwick genealogy, its chapters of the family before it came to the United States, biographies of its founders, Major General Robert, who settled in Boston about 1629, and his son William, who in the next generation came to Hartford, married Elizabeth Stone, followed by the records of their descendants. From the Boston and Plymouth pioneers the early generations spread over the sleeping continent westward, filling other New England states, into New York and Pennsylvania, through the Midwest to the western coast. General Robert Sedgwick and his son William had been halted by military campaigns into Maine and Acadia and by carrying out Cromwell's mission to capture Jamaica. In this era Robert died and William did not return to his wife in Hartford.
In the third generation eleven children were born to Captain Samuel, the only child of William and Elizabeth. Six of the eleven children scattered across the continent and the Sedgwick hegira had begun.
A generation of the Sedgwick emigrants rested in New York State and from them the surplus surged on. Homes were built in Ohio and Illinois and successive generations trod the paths that led to the Golden Gate, largely in the rush of just a century ago. The life story of every one of the six children of Captain Samuel who "went West" is a separate chapter of American history, not an epic but a record of daily life, rising to heights with the wars, the