Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Baptism Record of Elijah Sedgwick

My fourth-great grandfather, Elijah Sedgwick, was baptised in Westfield, Massachusetts. His was the second baptism recorded in 1770. The record pictured above says, "Jan. 14, Elijah, son of Sam'l & Deborah Sedgwick."

Elijah's sister Rhoda was baptized in the church at Westfield also, in 1767. Hers was the third baptism on July 28 of that year. Pictured below, the record says simply, "Rhoda, dau of Samuel and Deborah Sedgwick."


These records are from The Publick Records of the Church at Westfield, Mass. 1639-1836 (Salt Lake City Family History Library, call no. 185,468).

You can download a PDF file containing these two Sedgwick baptism records at The Vertical File.

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As a result of a previous Sedgwick post, I've been contacted by a descendant of Elijah Sedgwick. She's my fourth cousin, once removed. I'm excited about that! Elijah has many descendants, but I haven't been in contact with any of them until now. So, today's post is a celebration of our common ancestor.

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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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