Richard Sedgwick  [parents unknown]
b. 1774, Yorkshire, England3
d. July 4, 1849, Indiana (cholera)3,10
bu Wayne County, Indiana, Elkhorn Cemetery3
m. 1808, Indiana, Sarah Hunt6,3,2
immigrated to Wayne County, Indiana, 1806
  in an area now part of Union County

Tombstone inscription:

"My father calls me to his arms
and willingly I go,
With cheerfulness I bid farewell
to everything below."3

Sarah Hunt  [Charles Hunt / Mary Unknown]
b. August 20, 1779, North Carolina3
d. October 11, 1843, Indiana3
bu Wayne County, Indiana, Elkhorn Cemetery3,10

Census Records:

1820 Indiana Wayne
1830 Indiana Union
1840 Indiana Union

"RICHARD SEDGWICK, of England, came in 1806 and settled at Richmond, Indiana. He had two sons, John and Charles. Isham and Richard Sedgwick were sons of John, and they were proprieters of Sedgwick Brothers, manufacturers of fences and gates, at Richmond, Ind., for many years."

- Francis Morris or Hubert Merrill Sedgwick New Haven Collection

On January 13, 1808, Richard Sedgwick parts of Sections 10 and 11 of Range 1W Twp 12N. The land east of the Greenville Treaty Line and west of the the present Indiana - Ohio border was then part of Ohio Territory2. The records of his purchase therefore appear with early Ohio land records.4 Beverly Yount says it was "a farm of 300 acres, three miles south of Boston, Harrison Twp, Union County, Indiana"3

A Richard Sedwick arrived at Philadelphia on April 20, 1807, aboard the Ship Halcyon, departed Liverpool.7 This might be this Richard.

In court proceedings held in Ross County, Ohio, on "4th Wednesday September 1799", the jury included one Richard Sedwick. I wonder if this is the same Richard?

Charles Hunt of North Carolina and his wife Mary moved to Wayne County in 1807, having sent ahead four sons to start work building the first grist-mill in the area and daughter Sally to cook for them.6 Richard Sedgwick and Sarah (Sally) Hunt, daughter of Charles and Mary, were married in 1808.6,3,2

"The first Carding Machine--a rude establishment--was put up by Richard Sedgwick and Smith Hunt, at the mouth of Elkhorn."2 Smith Hunt was one of Sally's brothers. A carding machine would be one that combs fibers with metal brushes or spikes to untangle them in preparation for spinning.

We see in 1930 that Richard had two sons and four daughters. The sons names are given in the excerpt above. I find marriage records for the sons in Wayne and Union Counties, and for four Sedgwick women in Union County in the 1830's and 1840's. Since this appears to be the only Sedgwick family in the area at the time, I believe the four women to be the four daughters.

Children (daughters assumed):

Charles Sedgwick
  b. August 26, 1811, Wayne County, Indiana10
  d. October 16, 1891, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington10
  m1 January 8, 1835, Wayne County, Indiana, Hannah Conley8,9
  m2 April 9, 1848, Union County, Indiana, Lucinda Farlow8
  m3 June 24, 1857, Wayne County, Indiana, Elizabeth Moore8,9
Francina Sedgwick
  b abt 1813
  m1 September 30, 1838, Union County, Indiana, Phineas Allen8
  m2 February 1, 1851, Wayne County, Indiana, William S Beard8,9
Agnes Sedgwick
  b. abt 1815
  m. January 17, 1833, Union County, Indiana, Levi Druley8
Mary Sedgwick
  b. November 06, 1817
  m. March 10, 1844, Union County, Indiana, John P Smith8
John Sedgwick
  b. August 18, 1819
  m. January 29, 1843, Wayne County, Indiana, Margaret Smelser8
Martha Sedgwick
  m. March 22, 1846, Union County, Indiana, William Devenport (Davenport?)8


Pages for the rest of the children will be made as time permits; meanwhile some of the data is collected here:

Agnes Sedgwick married Levi Druley January 17, 1833. They lived in Wayne County, Indiana and appear in the 1850 and 1880 censuses.


Mary Sedgwick married John P Smith on March 10, 1844. They appear in the 1850 Census in Union County and the 1880 Census in Wayne County. He was co-owner of the Charter Oak Pork House, a large slaughterhouse


Two of Richard's children, Mary and John, married descendants of Adam Schmeltzer (1724 - 1796), an immigrant to Pennsylvania. Their descendants are delineated in the book Asters at Dusk, the Smeltser family in America

Sources and notes (all sources for this family listed here):

1. Census records, any of those indicated.

2. History of Wayne County Indiana
book, Andrew W Young, Cincinnati, Robert Clarke and Company, 1872
available at GenealogyLibrary.com
features a portrait of Mary Hunt, mother of Sarah (Sally) Hunt, on page 149

3. The Pioneering Spirit Lives On: The Hunt Family
manuscript, Beverly (Wynn) Yount, Richmond, Indiana, 1956
scan of page 141 sent by Ted Lofto, a descendant

4. Ohio, 1787-1840 Land and Tax Records: Early Ohio Settlers: Southwestern OH, 1800-1840
Surnames, S - T, page 287
available at GenealogyLibrary.com

5. Ohio Vital Records #1, 1790s-1870s: Gateway to the West
Volume II, Ross Co., Territorial Court Order Book, 1798-1799, page 473
available at GenealogyLibrary.com

6. Ancestry.com database: Gene Pool Individual Records - Marriages
"Hunt, Sarah, Spouse: Sedgwick, Richard, Marriage Date: 1808, State: IN"

7. Passenger and Immigration Lists: Philadelphia, 1800-1850
a Genealogy.com database
This record:
NameShipDepartureArrivalArrival DateFilmList
Sedwick, RichardShip HalcyonLiverpoolPhiladelphiaApr 20, 1807425-1255

8. Index of Indiana Marriages Through 1850
these records:
NameSpouseCounty Date
Sedgwick, Agnes Druley, Levi Union1-17-1833
Sedgwick, Charles Conley, Hannah Wayne1-8-1835
Sedgwick, Francina Allen, Phineas Union9-30-1838
Sedgwick, John Smelser, Margaret Wayne1-29-1843
Sedgwick, Mary Smith, John Union3-10-1844
Sedgwick, Martha Devenport, Willilam Union3-22-1846
Sedgwick, Charles Farlow, Lucinda Union4-9-1848

9. Wayne County Indiana Marriage License Database
Wayne County, Indiana, Government
these records:
Hannah S Conley married Charles Sedgewick on 1835-01-08. (Book B Page 409)
Margaret Smelsor married John Sedgwick on 1843-01-29. (Book D Page 161)
Frances Allen married William S. Beard on 1851-02-01. (Book E ; Page 492)
Elizabeth Moore married Charles Sedgwick on 1857-06-24. (Book G Page 174)
Martha J Sidgwick married George W Deacon on 1863-12-31. (Book H Page 468)
Viola J Beeson married Ishaw Sedgwick on 1870-09-22. (Book J Page 513)
Annie E Sedgwick married James Beeson on 1884-12-03. (Book O Page 225)
Annie Alyce Sedgwick married William Thomas Heann on 1901-05-14. (Book T Page 87)

10. Tombstone Inscriptions in Wayne County, Indiana
Beverly Yount, 1968, 4 vols.
includes genealogical data, well researched, in which I place full trust.

Questions? Have more data? genealogy@sedgwick.org