Zadock Sedwick  [parents unknown]
b. abt 1772, Maryland1
d. August 1850, Rappahannock County, Virginia2a
m. December 23, 18024,5 or January 3, 18075a, Culpeper, Virginia, Elizabeth Murphy
served War of 1812, 2 Reg't (Barlowe's) Virginia Militia3 (Box 185 Exct 602)

Elizabeth Murphy  [parents unknown]
b. abt 1782, Virginia1
d. August 1851, Rappahannock County, Virginia

Census records:

1810 VA Culpeper
1820 VA Culpeper
1830 VA Culpeper
1840 VA Rappahannock
1850 VA Rappahannock

Zadock Sedwick told the census taker in 1850 that he was born in Maryland 78 years previous. Because of this and the "Sedwick" spelling, I suspect that he is descended from Thomas Sedwick, but what is his ancestry? There is a report that a census "Heads of Household - 1782, Virginia" connects Zadock to Benjamin Sedwick (aft 1728 - 1783) and Christiana Clare (1726 - 1798). Chuck Sedwick, a descendant of Zadock, is trying to locate this census. However, I suspect that he is son of the Benjamin Sedwick in the 1810 census of Culpeper County, Virginia, who may be Benjamin Sedwick b. 1740 son of Benjamin b. abt 1711.

Zadock first appears in Culpeper County, Virginia in 1802, when he purchased land.17 He purchased two more tracts of land in 1813 and 1817. He married Elizabeth "Murphey" probably in 1802, but possibly not until 1807; the truth should be found on Volume 1, page 17 of the Virginia Culpeper County Marriage Records, which have been filmed on LDS Film 30927. (This film is not available at LDS FHC Los Angeles)

There is also a record in Culpeper County of a Sally Sedwick marrying John Murphy, December 24, 1805.4,5 She is probably Zadock's sister, and he is probably a brother or cousin of Elizabeth. As you search for Zadock, keep an eye out for Sally.

Zadock Sedwick of Virginia served in the War of 1812, 2 Reg't (Barlowe's) Virginia Militia


William H Sedwick
  b. 1809, Virginia1,2a
  m. December 24, 1840, Rappahannock County, Virginia, Mary Cowgill4
Benjamin Sedwick
  b. 1813, Virginia1,2a
  d. 4 May 1875, Rappahannock County, Virginia2a
  m1 May 22, 1840, St Charles County, Missouri, Elvira Kenner2a,6
  m2 bet 1850 - 1852 [Virginia], Catharine V Unknown1
Dolly Sedwick
  b. abt 1815, Culpeper County, Virginia2a
  m. March 29, 1838, Rappahannock County, Virginia, Alfred Cowgill4
Peggy Sedwick
  b. abt 1817, Culpeper County, Virginia2a
  d. bef 18502a [Culpeper County, Virginia]
  m. Moses Herrington2a
James Bushrod Sedwick
  b. 1826, Culpeper County, Virginia2a
  d. abt 18902a
  m. July 19, 1850, Tacy Cowgill2a

Sources (all sources for this family shown here):

1. Census records, any of those indicated.

2. Records of descendants/researchers of this family
a. Joyce H Tucker, records available online at, used with her permission
b. Chuck Sedwick, descendant of Zadock's son James Bushrod Sedwick
c. Laura Franks, descendant of Hannah R Lovett, aunt of Kate Lovett wife of Robert A Sedwick

3. War of 1812 Service Records
an database

4. Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
an database
These records:
Zadock LedwichElizabeth MurphyDecember, 23 1802Chesterfield
John MurphySally SedwickDecember, 24 1805Chesterfield
Alfred CowgillDolly SedwickMarch, 29 1838Rappahannock
William H SedwickMary CowgillDecember, 24 1840Rappahannock
Moses HerringtonBarbary ShanksDecember 21, 1835Fauquier

5. Virginia Culpeper County Marriage Index 1784 - 1948
Culpeper County Clerk, Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia
LDS US/CAN Film 30978, here at
These records:
Sedwick, ZadockMurphey Elizabeth117December 23, 1802
Murphy, JohnSedgwick, Sally120December 24, 1805

5a. Culpeper County, Virginia marriages, 1780-1853
John Vogt & T William Kethley, Jr, Athens, GA, Iberian Pub Co, c1986
available at LDS FHC Salt Lake City
which gives the date of the Zadock Sedwick / Elizabeth Murphy marriage as January 3, 1807
as extracted by Jackie Troilo <> from her copy:

6. Missouri Marriages to 1850
an database
This record:
Benjamin Sedwick  Elvira Renner  May 22, 1840  St Charles

7. Biographical Register of Fauquier County Virginia's Black Horse Cavalry
manuscript, Lynn Hopewell, Warrenton, Virginia, draft May 2002
avalliable online at

8. Marriage Index: District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, & Virginia, 1740-1920
a database
this record:
NameMarriedCountyStateSpouse name
Charles L SedwickFeb 24, 1874FauquierVAMary M McLearen
references LDS Film 0031635, Fauquier County, Virginia Marriage Register, 1854-1906

9. American Civil War Soldiers
an database

10. Birmingham, Alabama Directories, 1888-90
an database
These records:
NameBusiness NameOccupationLocation 1Location 2CityStateYear
Albert M Avery; Robert A SedwickAvery & SedwickReal Estate, Bonds and Stocks1900 1/2 2d avenue BirminghamAL1888
Robert A SedwickAvery & Sedwickcity auditor4th ave corner 19th2513 1street aveBirminghamAL1888
Robert A SedwickCity Hallcity auditor r 600 19thBirminghamAL1889
Robert A SedwickCity Hallcity auditor r 600 19thBirminghamAL1890
I believe Location 2 is residence address

11. Texas Marriages, 1851-1900
an database
This record:
NameSpouse nameMarriage DateCountyState
Sedwick, J CAllen, Annie13 Sep 1870RobertsonTX

12. Texas, McLennan, Waco, Oakwood Cemetery
list prepared by the Central Texas Genealogical Society, Inc
online at
These records, all Lot 93:
Sedwick, Horace H. son of J.F. & L.B. Nov. 14, 1879- Oct. 19, 1887
Sedwick, Laura B. wife of Jno. F. Dec. 7, 1845 - Jan. 23, 1907
Sedwick, Jno. F. (Major) June 13, 1841- May 29, 1909
Sedwick, Annie C. wife of Jno. F. d. Jan. 4, 1876 age 29 yrs
Sedwick, Rodham (K.) (F&P*: d. Aug. 29, 1900 age 52)
Sedwick, Eddie
Goodman, Edna L. (Lee) Nov. 27, 1871 - May 27, 1941
Goodman, Forest E. Oct. 4, 1863 - Oct. 4, 1931
Sedwick, Ella Wilkes dau. of C.Z. & M.M. Aug. 30, 1878 - Apr. 14, 1880
Sedwick, Arthur B. son of J.F. & L.B. 1887-1887
Sedwick, Lucy V. dau. of J.F. & L.B. 1884-1885
Sedwick, Walter P. son of J.F. & L.B. 1878-1878
* F&P = Fall & Puckett Funeral Records

13. Social Security Death Index
These Records:
John Sedwick15 Aug 1873Feb 196876430 Albany, Shackelford, TXTX (Before 1951)
John Sedwick 1 Oct 1901Aug 198476430 Albany, Shackelford, TXTX (Before 1951)

14. Albany, Shackelford, Texas, Albany Cemetery
These records:
Sedwick, John F, 1873 - 1968
Sedwick, Bettie B, 1875 - 1935
Sedwick, Eunice H, 1889 - 1975
Sedwick, John H, 10/1/1901 - 8/26/1984
Booker, Gladys Sedwick, 9/8/1897 - 2/27/1984
Booker, Frank Martin, 7/2/1897 - 8/17/1983
Bray, Margie Sedwick Key, 8/23/1924 - 1/23/1994
Bray, John W, 1884 - 1956

15. Alabama Marriages, 1800-1920
an database
This record:
Spouse 1Spouse 2DatePlaceOSPage
R A SedwickMiss Katie Lovett23 Jul 1879Pickens267

16. "The Sedwick" History of Sedwick Shackleford, Texas
online at

17. Virginia Culpeper County Court, Index to deeds by grantee, A-Z, 1749-1913
Culpeper County Court, Culpeper, Culpeper, Virginia
LDS US/CAN Film 30941, here at

18. Texas McLennan County, Marriage records, 1850-1916
Texas McLennan County Court Clerk, Waco, McLennan, Texas
various LDS US/CAN Films here at

19. Texas Marriage Records of Nueces County, Wills, Cemetery, Church Records
compiled by Mrs C C Miller, Corpus Christi Chapter, DAR, 1957?
LDS US/CAN Film 227501, here at

20. John Francis Sedwick Letter to Thomas Stewart Sedgwick
Waco, Texas, March 1891

21. Waco, Texas Directory, 1890
an database

22. Alvin, Brazoria, Texas, Confederate Cemetery
photographed 8/1/2003 by Dennis and Marilyn Sedgwick

Descendants / Researchers:

Chuck Sedwick <>
descendant of Zadock's son James Bushrod Sedwick
Questions? Have more data?