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growth of cities which the Sedgwick descendants helped to found
and the records of their births, marriages and deaths. The story
is too large for one volume. The records of BENJAMIN, the
eleventh and youngest child, head of the Stockbridge, Syracuse
and Boston branches have been taken for this first volume.
The Sedgwick genealogy, begun in Puritan homes in family albums, was made into written manuscript form in Chicago by two pioneers, George and Frederick J. Sedgwick, a lawyer and railroad executive respectively. They cooperated with Henry Dwight Sedgwick of Stockbridge, who had gathered many of the early statistics. The experiences, and the facts and the dates of the links of the New England settlements to those of the teeming expansions of population settling in the Midwest were recorded by George and Frederick. To their records were added those gathered by Francis Sedgwick of Columbus, Ohio, who completed the task of rewriting the early records and brought the records up to his death in 1929. The entire written volume was turned over to Hubert M. Sedgwick of New Haven, Conn., who has completed every feature of gathering and compiling the work.
Hubert Merrill Sedgwick died in 1950. His notes and manuscript for this Sedgwick line were deposited by his family in the library of the New Haven Colony Historical Society shortly before his death and the Society, soon thereafter, had a typescript copy made of the compilation for reference use in the library. This follows Mr. Sedgwick's compilation without effort to complete the line in the present generation. Many home addresses given for descendants living in the mid 1940's are as they then were and may have changed in the years since.
In 1960 Mr. Sedgwick's daughter, Professor Ruth Sedgwick, of New Haven and Mount Holyoke College, provided funds to enable the Society to publish the Genealogy in this form. This she does as evidence of her admiration for the time, effort and talent he devoted, over many years, to gathering the data which is the basis of this publication.