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About Joseph Sedgwick
HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY
New Haven Collection: Joseph Sedgwick, 4th. child of Capt. Samuel and Mary (Hopkins) Sedgwick, was born May 16, 1697, in West Hartford, Conn., and died Nov. 1, 1765, in Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Mass. He married Jan. 24, 1722-3, Ruth Smith, daughter of Joseph Smith, of Farmington, Conn., who was baptised Dec. 1, 1694. Joseph was rememberd by both his father and mother in their wills. From his father, who died Mar. 24, 1735, he received "15 acres of land, where his house now stands, butting on his brother Jonathan's land West, and on Lt. Gillett's south, besides what I have already given him." His mother, who died Sep. 4, 1743, gave him "a chest, bed and bedstead, and one blanket, also £6.0.0, which he borrowed of me some time ago; also a trammell, frying pan, a meat barrel and a suet tub and the old worm tub. I give him my cow and 3 chairs; also I give him my iron mortar and pestle; also one paire of shoes." On June 25, 1762, he bought land in Lot #187, in Tyringham, Berkshire, Co., Mass., where he seems to have continued to live until his death there Nov. 1, 1785. Hampshire County, Mass., is the second county north from Hartford County, Conn., and Berkshire County adjoins Hampshire on the west, so there moves were not so distant as we might imagine. Probably Thomas Orton, whose first wife was Elizabeth Sedgwick, a sister of Joseph, was the first of our relatives to locate at Tyringham. He had previously removed from Farmington to Cornwall, Conn., and about 1748 he sold his holdings in Cornwall to Benjamin Sedgwick, the youngest brother of Joseph, and removed from Cornwall to Tyringham, Mass. Samuel, the oldest son of Joseph, also preceeded his father to Tyringham, having bought a home lot #27 in Tyuringham on Dec. 16, 1764. We do not know when or where Ruth, the wife of Joseph, died.