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The Sedgwick family were well established in Massachusetts. Robert Sedgwick was the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony under Oliver Cromwell; William Ellery, was a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence; Judge Theodore Sedgwick, famously the first person to successfully plead for the freedom of a female slave (Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Mum Bett); and Catharine Sedgwick, the novelist. Actresses Edie Sedgwick and Kyra Sedgwick are represented, and Ellery Sedgwick was the editor and then owner of The Atlantic magazine.

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The family burial plot of the Sedgwick family in Stockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, gets its nickname from its shape and layout. It is laid out in the form of concentric circles, with interments made with feet toward the center, where are buried the patriarch Theodore Sedgwick (1746–1813) and his wife, Pamela Dwight Sedgwick (1753–1807).  -30-


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chg • SEDGWICK, Edie [1943-1971] – socialite, actress, model, artist SEDG87 9C3
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chg • SEDGWICK, Kyra [*1965-?] – American actress SEDG116 1S2
At the age of 16, Sedgwick made her debut on the television soap opera Another World. During the 1990s, she appeared in several Hollywood movies, such as Singles (1992), Heart and Souls (1993), Something to Talk About (1995) and Phenomenon, in which she played the love interest of John Travolta's character. She starred in the Emmy Award–winning 1992 made-for-TV film Miss Rose White as a Jewish immigrant who comes to terms with her ethnicity. She played the parts of Mae Coleman in 2003's Secondhand Lions and Stella Peck in the 2007 film, The Game Plan. She also starred alongside her husband Kevin Bacon in the 2004 film The Woodsman. She dubbed the voice of Batwoman in the animated movie Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.

Since 2005, Sedgwick has starred in the television series, The Closer. In 2007, she began earning roughly US$300,000 per episode. Over the life of the series, she was nominated for and won several awards for her starring role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. She received a Golden Globe award in 2007 for her performance as lead actress, and won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2010.

The Closer ended on August 13, 2012, following the completion of its seventh season; the series's broadcaster, TNT, said that the decision to retire the series was made by Sedgwick.

In 2009, Sedgwick was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television. [Wiki] wiki: Wiki née Kyra Minturn Sedgwick

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chg • SEDGWICK, Theodore (Hon.) [1746-1813] – American attorney, politician, jurist SEDG1 4C8
Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813 (May 9, 1746 - Jan. 24, 1813), legislator and jurist, was born in West Hartford, Conn. His father, Benjamin Sedgwick, who kept a small store, was a great-grandson of Gen. Robert Sedgwick. His mother, Ann (Thompson) Sedgwick, came from Wallingford, Conn. In 1748 Benjamin Sedgwick moved to the new township of Cornwall where, when Theodore was ten, he died, leaving little property. Through the sacrifices of his older brother, Theodore entered Yale in 1761, intending to prepare for the ministry. He left before graduating because of infractions of college discipline, but in 1772 received his degree as of 1765. From divinity he soon turned to law, studying under his second cousin, Col. Mark Hopkins, in Great Barrington, Mass. Here he began practice after his admission to the Berkshire County bar in April 1766. Shortly afterward he moved to Sheffield, the next town south-ward. In 1768 (Mason, post, p. 21) he married Eliza, daughter of Jeremiah Mason of Franklin, Conn., and aunt of Senator Jeremiah Mason. She died childless in 1771, of smallpox thought to have been caught from her husband when combing out his hair after he had been discharged from quarantine for the disease. On Apr. 17, 1774, he married Pamela, daughter of Gen. Joseph Dwight of Great Barrington by his second wife, Abigail Williams, who was half-sister of Col. Ephraim Williams, founder of Williams College, and had been previously married to John Sergeant, missionary to the Indians. To Sedgwick's second marriage ten children were born, eight of whom attained maturity. Among these were Theodore, 1780-1839, and Catharine Maria [qq.v.], while later generations of Judge Sedgwick's descendants included many other persons of distinction in law and literature.

Sedgwick soon became active in the struggle against Great Britain, although as late as May 1776, he was opposed to independence. He was clerk of the county convention called in 1774 to consider resistance to British taxation. Early in 1776 he became military secretary to Gen. John Thomas, whom he accompanied on his invasion of Canada. After Thomas' death on May 30, Sedgwick gave up soldiering--except possibly as a volunteer aid in the Burgoyne campaign--but he performed valuable service in 1776-77 in getting supplies on moderate terms for the northern department of the Continental Army. He served in the legislature as representative in 1780, 1782, 1783, 1787, 1788, and as senator in 1784 and 1785. He was speaker of the House in 1788. Meanwhile he continued practising law and was the leading Massachusetts lawyer west of the Connecticut in 1785, when he established his home in Stockbridge. In his most famous case (1783) he defended a Negro slave, Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet), against the master from whom she had fled. Sedgwick successfully argued that slavery had been abolished in Massachusetts by the Bill of Rights of 1780, which declared all men to be "born free and equal." The liberated negress became nurse of Sedgwick's children and died in his house.

After the recognition of independence Sedgwick became a Federalist and his career was for a time national. He was a member of the Continental Congress, 1785-88. His strenuous activity in suppressing Shays's Rebellion led the insurgents to threaten his life and an unsuccessful attempt was made to attack his house. In the Massachusetts convention of 1788 he was a prominent advocate of ratification of the Federal Constitution. Soon afterward, he was elected to the First Congress by a majority of only seven votes. He continued as representative in the Second, Third, and Fourth congresses. He was a vigorous debater and was chairman of important committees, reported the first fugitive slave law, all bills admitting new states, and some of the first ten constitutional amendments. He led the opposition to Livingston's motion requiring the papers leading up to the Jay treaty (Annals of Congress, 4 Cong., 1 sess., p. 514), and thus helped establish the inability of the House to participate in treaty-making. On Hamilton's resignation, Sedgwick declined an offer of the secretaryship of the Treasury. On the resignation of Senator Caleb Strong in June 1796, Sedgwick was elected to the Senate, of which he was president pro tempore for a few weeks in 1798. When his term expired in 1799, he returned to the House and was speaker during the Sixth Congress, retiring in March 1801. He was a Federalist of the Adams wing but was an intimate correspondent of all the party leaders.

In 1802 he was appointed for life to the supreme judicial court of Massachusetts, which at once began to show the effect of his personality and ability. Although his decisions did not permanently influence the law, they "were famous in their day for clearness and beauty" (Dexter, post, III, 149), and he won the high regard of the bar by introducing a new standard of courteous and cordial treatment from the bench. His hopes of succeeding Chief Justice Dana in 1806 were disappointed by the selection of Theophilus Parsons.

In 1807 Mrs. Sedgwick died after several attacks of insanity, attributed to her cares and trials during her husband's absence on public duty. In November 1808, much to his children's distaste, he married his third wife, Penelope, daughter of Dr. Charles Russell of Boston and Elizabeth (Vassall) Russell. She survived Sedgwick, having had no children. He died while visiting Boston in 1813, and was buried in the family cemetery at Stockbridge.

["Theodore Sedgwick." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 27 Jan. 2013.] wiki: Wiki


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This is my working list of candidates to include -- I'm not yet sure if they are related to me! As candidates are eliminated (proven not related) they are marked appropriately (THUS) and an explanation included. They are kept in the list in case future research proves they can be included. (And to keep them from popping up on the list again!) Never discard good research!

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