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Samuel Sedgwick (1639 - abt 1675)

Samuel Sedgwick  [Robert Sedgwick / Joane Blake]
b. abt March 31, 1639, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
bp March 31, 1639, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts1
m. abt 18 February 1666 / 7, Stepney or Whitechapel, Elizabeth Harwood2
bd. probably 23 October 1673 St Katherine Cree, London
occupation: clothworker

Elizabeth Harwood  [John Harwood / Elizabeth Usher]
b. 17 March 1649/50
m1 abt 18 February 1666/7, Stepney or Whitechapel, Samuel Sedgwick
m2 5 January 1691/2, Stephen Wesendunck (IGI)
d. August 1718, Stepney, Middlesex

It is thanks to the will of Hannah Manwaring nee Harwood, sister of Elizabeth, that we can trace Samuel's descendants. Hannah's will was proved in 1709 and includes bequests to her grandchildren, son in law, and more importantly to her sister Elizabeth Wesendunck, her nephew Samuel Sedgwick, Samuel's sons Robert, Samuel and John and, intriguingly, her cousin Elizabeth Sedgwick.

Elizabeth died in 1718, and her will describes her as Elizabeth Wesendunck, widow, of Stepney, Middlesex. Her bequests are to her son Samuel Sedgwick, daughter Eliza, her grandsons Robert, Samuel and John and to her sisters Rebecca and Catherine Bouirk.

A License was issued on 5 January 1691/2 for the marriage of Elizabeth Sedgwick of Stepney, widow aged 38, and Stephen Wesendunck, gentleman and bachelor aged 42. The marriage was to take place at St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex. The early research which attributed this marriage to the widow of Robert Sedgwick junior was therefore flawed.

The Guild of Clothworkers records includes the following entry;

Samuel Sedgwick, son of Robert of London, Esquire; apprenticed to William Peake, 26 September 1655. Made a Freeman on 31 October 1662.

In 17th century London, membership of one of the Guilds was essential to those wishing to succeed. Apprenticeship was normally for a period of seven years and then an individual became a Freeman of the City of London and was entitled to call himself Citizen. By the latter part of the 17th century, most Guilds included members who earnt their living by a different trade.

The Public Record Office catalogue has an entry for the Administration of the estate of Samuell Sedgewicke of St Katherine Cree, London, Citizen and clothworker. (PROB 5/1685). The papers detail the contents of Samuel's house and accounts showing payments made from his estate. Included in this is a mention of the costs of buying funeral clothes for Mrs Sedgwick and the 'children'. Could this be who 'cousin Elizabeth Sedgwick' is?

An Ann Sedgwick daughter of Samuel Sedgwick and Elizabeth was baptised on 24 November 1678 at St Magnus the Martyr, London.

Children:

Samuel Sedgwick
b. abt 1670
m. abt 1694, Elizabeth (Harrison)
bu 21 August 1741 St Lawrence Jewry & St Mary Magdalen Milk Street, London

There was a report of another child, Sarah, supposedly mentioned in the will of her mother Elizabeth (Harwood) (Sedgwick) Wesendunck, August 21, 1718. However, when the will was found, no reference was made to her.

Sources:

1. First Record Book, First Church in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
baptismal record of Samuel Sedgwick, March 31, 1639

2. Marriage Licences issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660 to 1668
an Ancestry.com database
this record:
"18 Feb 1666-7 Samuell Sedgwick, of St Katherine Creechurch, Lond., Bachr, abt 27, & Elizabeth Harwood, of Stepney, Midd., Spr, abt 18, with consent of her father; alleged by Wm Redman, of St James, Duke's Place, Lond., Vintner; at Stepney or Whitechapel, Middx."

3. Wills:
a. Will of Elizabeth Harwood 1686
b. Will of Hannah Manwaring 1709
c. Will of Eliza Wesendunck 1718

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