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A Sedgwick Genealogy: Descendants of Deacon Benjamin Sedgwick
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was spent in the spacious Hafstaengl home near Munich. Children (Hanfstaengl):

1. Edgar, b. 1883. (B2C,511)

2. Egon, b. 1884; killed in Germany army, 1915. (B2C,512)

3. Erna, b. 1885. (B2C,513)

4. Ernst Franz Sedgwick, b. February 11, 1887. (B2C,514)

5. Erwine, b. 1888; d. 1914 of typhoid in the American Hospital, Paris, France. (B2C,515)

Ernst Franz Sedgwick Hanfstaengl, 4th child of Katharine Wilhelmina (Heine) Hanfstaengl (B2C,51) and Edgar Hanfstaengl, was born February 11, 1887, in Munich, Germany. His godfather was His Royal Highness Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, brother of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and brother-in-law of the late Queen Victoria of England.

After graduating at Harvard University in 1909, he returned to Munich where from October 1909 to October 1910 he served his time as volunteer in the Royal Bavarian "Lieb-Regiment" under His Royal Highness Crown Prinz Rupprecht of Bavaria. In 1910-11 he took over the New York City branch office of Franz Hanfstaengl, Fine Art Publishing House, Munich, London and New York City. This business was liquidated by order of the Alien Property Custodian in the spring of 1919. For years it has been a famous landmark on the southeast corner of 45th Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City.

On February 11, 1920, his 33d birthday, he married Helen Neemeyer*, a German-American lady of Corona, L.I., N.Y. A year later his only son, Egon Ludwig Sedgwick Hanfstaengl, was born in New York City, February 3, 1921. A daughter, Hertha, who died when a few years old, was born to them. His divorced wife lives in Greater New York.

In the summer of 1921 Mr. Hanfstaengl took his wife and son to Munich and there met Adolf Hitler. He became Hitler's intimate friend and was given by him an important post in the headquarters of the National Socialist Party in Berlin. About January 1, 1934, he retired from the position and left Berlin for Zurich, Switzerland. He went later to London and New York City and in 1937 back to England.

In 1934, on the 25th anniversary of his graduation from

* note:
    All web references indicate the name of Ernst Franz Sedgwick Hanfstaengl's wife was Helene Elise Adelheid Niemeyer. Here's one example:

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