Gee, I’m Related to Kyra Sedgwick, Too
Watching Louis Henry Gates’s “Finding Your Roots” show tonight provided a nice diversion. One of his guests was actress Kyra Sedgwick. “Wait a moment,” says I, “there’s a Sedgwick on our family tree. Maybe …”
It took a little sleuthing, but I think the relationship is pretty sound, if distant and via my 7th great grandmother having married twice. I had Kyra’s father’s name from the Web, and her 4th great grandfather’s (Theodore Sedgwick, a prominent lawyer and participant in the Revolution in 18th century Massachusetts) from the show, so the rest was filling in the gaps between us and Theodore (via his grandfather) and between Theodore and Kyra.
And all this because our 7th great grandfather David Whitney’s wife was recorded in our family tree as “Prudence Merrill Sedgwick,” erroneously it turns out, because Ebenezer Sedgwick was Prudence’s first husband. That error, now corrected, was all I needed to complete the track, which is illustrated in the image — sorry it’s so small, but that’s the site’s limitation.