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|Sedwick (now officially William George's guardian) and the U.S. government for the purpose of obtaining all of the pension money owed to his grandson. These facts also serve to
confirm the family legend that William George lived with his Sedwick grandparents and that his uncles were like brothers to him.33 Whether a farm was purchased with this money is not known
but it would seem that Lavina's information about the farm would be accurate.34
It is unfortunate that other, more personal, aspects of Grandmother's tale are unverifiable - for instance, any knowledge of George's wartime romance has been lost, as are, sadly, his optimistic letters to his family. In the absence of any information to the contrary, it would seem reasonable to accept these details of story as the essay presents them.
One serious error, however, in Grandmother's article is the statement that a "beautiful monument has been erected in his honor at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania." To the best of my knowledge, no monument was ever erected for George Fletcher Sedwick. In fact, extensive research has not even yielded the location of his grave. The statue in question is probably the one in honor of GENERAL JOHN SEDGWICK of Connecticut. The family was so convinced that General Sedgwick was their forebear that my grandmother had a photograph taken in front of his monument and wrote on it that this was a statue of her great-grandfather. In all likelihood, Sergeant George Fletcher Sedwick was buried in a hastily dug grave near Camp Scott, Virginia where he died. This grave may have been marked with a wooden plaque or cross which undoubtedly has been destroyed, lost or become decayed in the ensuing years.
33 The assimilation of William George into his grandparents' family would have happened quite naturally. Aged four years, W.T. and Eliza's youngest child, Hiram Jobe, was only two years older than William George. The probability increases when one considers the elder Sedwicks' had just lost their year-old twins, A.D. and L.D. Sedwick (see Appendix A). In any case, William George was certainly living with his grandparents in 1860. (U.S. Census, 1860, Parker Twp., Butler Co., Pa., N.A., roll 1087: 713, line 9, dwelling 228, family 230.)
34 There is no deed in the name of William George and Lavina Sedwick in Butler Co. However, William and Lavina Sedwick's Family Bible (Appendix B) shows that from 1880 to, at least, 1892 when their last child was born, their children's births took place on the Fletcher Farm near Martinsburg. In the Beers, History of Armstong County (2: 825), William and Lavina's youngest son, Hiram Jobe Sedwick, states that the family moved to Kittanning from Bruin when he was eight, i.e., about 1900. The possibility exists that the farm purchased was the Fletcher homestead itself. The deed may have been lost in the Butler Courthouse fire or perhaps the missing deed can be explained by the fact that the farm was held within the (Fletcher/Sedwick) family.
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