The present generation of the Seddgewitch family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the township of Sedgewick in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland.
Early Origins of the Seddgewitch family
The surname Seddgewitch was first found in Sussex
where the family held an ancient castle and manor near Horsham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Horsham "is supposed to have derived its name from Horsa, the brother of Hengist, who is said to have been interred in the immediate vicinity, in 457, after the battle with Vortimer, near Aylesford, in which he was slain." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Seddgewitch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seddgewitch research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1669, 1600, 1658, 1573, 1611 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Seddgewitch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seddgewitch Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Seddgewitch include Sedgewick, Sedgewicke, Sedgwicke, Sedwick and many more.
Early Notables of the Seddgewitch family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Sedgwick (ca.1610-1669), an English clergyman of Puritan views and mystical tendencies born in Bedfordshire
, known as the “apostle of the Isle of Ely” and “Doomsday Sedgwick"; Obadiah Sedgwick (c.1600-1658), an English clergyman of Presbyterian views, a member of the Westminster Assembly; Thomas... Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Seddgewitch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seddgewitch family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Seddgewitch were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Major General Robert Sedgwick (c.
1611-1656), who settled at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1635; Joe and Mary Sedgwick who settled in Virginia in 1679.