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WILLIAM SEDGWICKE

"of London Gent." - N.E. Vol. 42, p. 68.

"of Com. Yorke." - N.E. Vol. 42, p. 66.

According to the Register of St. Mary's Church, Parish of Woburn, Bedfordshire, England, WILLIAM SEDGWICKE was a warden of tht church in 1609 and again in 1618.

The same authority records his marriage April 10, 1604, to Elizabeth Lowe (or Howe), the first letter of her name being indistinct. The burial of William Sedgwicke is recorded as July 25, 1632, at Woburn.

Mrs. Sedgwicke survived her husband and was living in Woburn, Nov. - Dec., 1638, according to the will of her son John, proved Dec. 5, 1638, in which he devised to her 500 pounds in money. (N.E. Vol. 38, p. 206-7)

The earliest date on the St. Mary's Register is 1558, and the earliest Sedgwicke is of the baptism of Richard, son of James Sedgwickes, on Sept. 18, 1580.

The same register contains the names of seven children born to William Sedgwickes, as follows;

1. Mary, bap. Apr. 1, 1607, in Woburn. Married Robert Houghton of the parish of St. Olaves, Southworth, County of Surry.
2. William, bap. Aug. 17, 1609, in Woburn. A minister whose will was proved Feb. 261 1683.
3. Jobn, bap. June 5, 1611, in Woburn. A brewer whose will was proved Dec. 5, 1638.
4. R0BERT, bap. May 6, 1813, in Woburn. Died May 24, 1656, in Jamaica, W. I. He was the founder of the family in New England.
5. Thomas, bap. Sep. 16, 1615, in Woburn. Buried Apr. 11, 1618, in Woburn.
6. Rebecca, bap. Sep. 6, 1617, in Woburn. Buried June 27, 1618, in Woburn.
7. Thomas, bap. July 22, 1623, in Woburn
8. Francis, Name not on the parish Register, but supposed to be a son of William Sedgwicke, as he is called a "brother" by the above mentioned Robert Houghton in his will.
9. Sarah, born abt 1631 probably in England, died abt. Jan. 2 1705 in Boston, married Gov. John Leverett.

Note - In England a Churchwarden is an officer whose business is to look after the secular affairs of the church and is the legal representative of the church. Churchwardens are appointed by the minister, or elected by the parishioners, to superintend the church, its property and concerns, enforce proper and orderly behaviour during Divine service, and to fix the church rates. (Century Dict.)

Note - N.E. Vol. - , p. - refers to the volumes of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

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