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which is to be called `The William Thompson Sedgwick School', in honor of a direct descendant of Samuel Sedgwick, born in West Hartford in 1855, for many years Professor of Biology in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a scientest widely known and highly esteemed in our own land and abroad.."
Samuel became a prosperous farmer of West Hartford and accumulated considerable property. (See the wills of himself and wife in the Appendix.) He was a Captain of Militia, and was called Captain Samuel, and his name is so inscribed on his tomb stone. Samuel and Mary had eleven children:
1. Samuel Sedgwick, Jr b. Aug. 22, 1690. (1)
2. Jonathan Sedgwick, b. Mar. 29, 1693. (2)
3. Ebenezer Sedgwick, b. Feb. 25, 1695. (3)
4. Joseph Sedgwick, b. May 16, 1697. (4)
5. Stephen Sedgwick, b. Mar. 17, 1701. (5)
6. Abigail Sedgwick, b. Feb. 21, 1703. (6)
7. Mary Sedgwick, b. May 24, 1705. (7)
8. Elizabeth Sedgwick, b. Dec. 10, 1708. (8)
9. Thankful Sedgwick, b. Nov. 3, 1710, d. July 20, 1720.
10. Mercy Sedgwick, b. Feb. 16, 1712-3 (A)
11. Benjamin Sedgwick, b. Nov. 7, 1716. (B)
The above dates of births are from the Hartford Records.
The Congregational Church in West Hartford was organized in 1713, and Benjamin Sedgwick the youngest child of Capt. Samuel is the only one of his children whose baptism is recorded there. Mr. Goodwin in his "Notes" agrees with the above dates, except he has Mary b. July 1, 1705, and Abigail b. Feb. 23, 1703.
The descendants of Captain Samuel Sedgwick will be assigned numbers in accordance with the "decimal" numbering system, their number appearing in brackets ( ) following their name and date of birth in their fathers or mothers list of children, where we have more information about them, such as their marriage and names of children. After the nine integers are used letters will be used instead of two figures. That is 10 will be expressed with (A), 11 with (B) etc., so as to only use one space for each generation. The last figure in a persons number will show their position in their fathers (or mothers) family, and the number of figures (and letters) will indicate how many generations they are removed from Captain Samuel. By adding three to the number of figures (and letters) in a persons number the number of generations from and including Major General Robert Sedgwick, the immigrant, is shown.