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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Grandfather's Sedgwick Line

After the recent spate of posts about my various distant Sedgwick cousins, I finally took a little break from reading about them to make some charts showing my own direct-line Sedgwick ancestors. Above is my maternal grandfather's chart. His great-grandmother was Tryphena Sedgwick, who married Micajah Pettis. The two charts below follow her Sedgwick lineage back to the 1600s.

Joseph Sedgwick was the fourth child of Captain Samuel Sedgwick and his wife Mary Hopkins. Joseph's youngest brother Benjamin was the father of Judge Theodore Sedgwick, whose descendants are the subject of two books I recently wrote about here, In My Blood and Edie: An American Biography.

In future posts, we'll look at my Sedgwick line one generation at a time, using the materials posted at Sedgwick Genealogy Worldwide and whatever else I come up with.


An Important Note About Mrs. Ezekiel T. Efner:

In the first chart above, you'll see Salina Bouck, Ezekiel T. Efner's wife, in the lower right corner. But was her surname Bouck or Burch? As a beginning genealogist many years ago, I found that someone had noted Selina's surname as "Bouck or Burch." (At this point, I can't tell you where I saw that!) I tried to determine which was correct, but to no avail, and I suspect that better researchers than I have also found a brick wall here.

Richard Efnor, in his extensive research, cites William B. Efner (Efner Family - Eugene Bouton Papers): Ezekiel T. Efner "married Selina Burch February 03, 1831." I haven't seen the Bouton papers. However, I found that Bouck was a common surname in Schoharie County, New York, where Ezekiel lived. I did some searching under both names, but I found no mention of anyone who might be Ezekiel Efner's wife. Consequently, although she is listed as Salina Bouck in the pedigree chart appearing here, I do have her listed both ways in my database, until some kind of documentation comes into my hands to show which is correct.


Lanweirda said...

I don't know if my first entry took because I did not have a Google account, but Elijah was my great, great grandfather and Tryphena his sister would have been my great, great, great aunt. I think we are 4th cousins once removed. I am Emily Sedgwick, daughter of Julius Parker Sedgwick, Jr.
Happy Holidays!

T.K. said...

Hi Emily, I'm so happy to hear from you! I've just done my homework, i.e., entered your Sedgwick line into my database and, assuming your father is the Julius who was born in 1921, you're exactly right, we are fourth cousins, once removed. And I'm guessing we're about the same age, as my dad was also born in 1921. Let me make sure, though, that I've got your line right:

Elijah Sedgwick and Tryphena Parker, both born in 1769
Parker Sedgwick and Hepsebah Goodwin
David Ernest Sedgwick and Jennie E. Treat
Julius Parker Sedgwick (Sr.) and Emily Weeks
Julius Parker Sedgwick (Jr.)

Is that right? So that would make Elijah your great-great-great grandfather? And Tryphena Sedgwick, his daughter, your great-great-great aunt as you said. Actually I would say it the same way, but the relationship calculator in my genealogy software calls her your great-great grandaunt. Who ever says "grandaunt?" Nobody, I think! Ha!

Well, I hope I've gotten your line right anyhow, and if not, please let me know. I am depending on the old typescripts posted at for that lineage.

Oh! You wouldn't happen to have any photographs of our Elijah, would you?

Coincidentally, just before I got your comment, I was trying to tidy up one of my notebooks and came across something I'd forgotten I had--a record of Elijah's birth. In honor of our meeting, I think I'll post it in case you don't have it! Check back later today!

emily sedgwick said...

Been a long time. I forgot this post. You are exactly right on the line. Don't have a picture of Elijah, but do of his son Parker. Best, your 4th cousin, Emily Sedgwick

TK said...

Hi Emily, so nice to hear back from you! My blog has languished for quite awhile now as I've been focused on putting together some family history books. So much to do, so little time!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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