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Edward Hamilton Waldo, (Theodore Sturgeon)

Male 1918 - 1985  (67 years)

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  • Name Edward Hamilton Waldo 
    Suffix (Theodore Sturgeon) 
    Birth 26 Feb 1918  Staten Island, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Death 8 May 1985  Eugene, Lane, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Person ID I37990  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TS
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2024 

    Father Edward Molineux Waldo,   b. 6 Mar 1884, Brooklyn, Kings, New York Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 28 May 1964, Queens, Queens, New York Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Christine Hamilton Dicker,   b. 30 Mar 1897, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Jul 1962, Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 65 years) 
    Marriage 18 Jul 1915  Buxton, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    SEPA Abt 1923  [7
    Family ID F22323  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was born in New York City, as stated in both Continuation of Waldo Genealogy and the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (citation details below), but neither source mentions specifically that he was born on Staten Island. That borough appears occasionally in his fiction, notably the story "Shottle Bop."

      Continuation of Waldo Genealogy (citation details below) calls him "Theodore Hamilton Sturgeon", but he was born Edward Hamilton Waldo. His name was legally changed to Edward Hamilton Sturgeon at age 11, after his mother's divorce and 1929 remarriage to William Dicky "Argyll" Sturgeon, an event unmentioned in Continuation of Waldo Genealogy. [Source: Adoption record of Edward H. Waldo, now renamed Edward H. Sturgeon, reproduced in the 2013 Open Road Integrated Media e-book edition of Sturgeon's More Than Human.]

      Sturgeon wrote years later about how his first name subsequently changed from Edward to Theodore: "I was confirmed a year [after the adoption proceedings] as Theodore rather than Edward because my mother told me I didn't like to chance being called Eddy. Hindsight again: I was my father's namesake (he was always Ned, never Ted) and she wanted the crumbs swept out. (Years later when I was having therapy with Milton Kline he asked me with shocking abruptness, 'What ever happened to Edward Waldo?' It was weird. My guts contracted.) Anyway, as far as self-indentification is concerned, I was always Ted or Teddy or, to my mother, Thuddy, no matter what the legal handles were." This is from the posthumously-published chapbook Argyll: A Memoir (Pullman, Washington: The Sturgeon Project, 1993), which consists of a pair of essays in which Sturgeon grapples with his fraught relationship with his stepfather, who by modern standards was obviously a classic abuser.

      Seventh cousin twice removed to Robert A. Heinlein, via John Hutchins (1604-1685) and his wife Frances (d. 1694).

      Eighth cousin once removed to Fritz Leiber, via William Allen (1615-1686) and Ann Goodale (1618-1678).

      Ninth cousin once removed to Damon Knight, through Thomas French (1584-1639) and Susan Riddlesdale (1584-1658); also, the same degree, through Henry Adams (1583-1646) and Edith Squire (1587-1673).

      Also through Thomas French and Susan Riddlesdale, ninth cousin three times removed to John M. Ford.

      Also through Henry Adams and Edith Squire, third cousin six times removed to President John Adams; fourth cousin five times removed to President John Quincy Adams; and sixth cousin four times removed to historian Henry Adams.

      Through shared ancestors William Hunter (1807-1878) and Jane Curling, Theodore Sturgeon was also a second cousin once removed to Elizabeth "Lisba" Curling Hunter (1915-1971), who married Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Thailand (1908-1963), grandson of King Rama V (1853-1910) of Siam. And a third cousin to their daughter Narisa Chakrabongse (1956- ), writer, publisher, and environmental activist. And a third cousin once removed to Narisa Chakranbongse's son Hugo Chakrabongse Levy (1981- ), Thai-American actor, singer, rapper, and songwriter, who performs under the stage names "Hugo" and "Chulachak Chakranbongse."

      Finally, through their common ancestors Andrew Hunter Dunn, 5th Anglican Bishop of Quebec, and his wife Alice Hunter, Theodore Sturgeon was a first cousin once removed to Joan Hunter Dunn, the inspiration for John Betjeman's much-anthologized 1941 poem "A Subaltern's Love-song."

  • Sources 
    1. [S5237] The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, third edition, ed. John Clute, David Langford, Peter Nicholls (emeritus) and Graham Sleight (managing). 1995-ongoing.

    2. [S6423] Continuation of Waldo Genealogy 1900-1943 by Charles S. Waldo. New York: Press of Chas. E. Fitchett, 1943., date only.

    3. [S4755] The Internet Science Fiction Database.

    4. [S6469] Hunter-Dunn Family Tree, from, year only.

    5. [S4755] The Internet Science Fiction Database., date only.

    6. [S6443] England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918, on

    7. [S6468] Argyll: A Memoir by Theodore Sturgeon. Pullman, Washington: The Sturgeon Project, 1993.