Q: HEY MARK!! What's all the green stuff for?
A: The text you see in green is information that is NOT found in SFA.
This document was compiled by Mark
William Seamans 1998-2001.
Unless otherwise noted, everything in the Seamans Home Page comes from the privately printed book
" The Seamans Family in America" by John Julian Lawton, printed in Syracuse,
New York in 1933. The oldest date mentioned in that book is 11/05/1932.
2a. John Rogers of Brewerton, NY. reports that this
information is per a newspaper article in the Seneca Falls
Historical Society (NY) publication, and that she died at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary
Rogers Feeck and Peter Feeck in Seneca Falls, NY. Her age was stated as being 83 yrs 6 mo 0 days.
He also says that Jonathan Rogers was born about 1771 in RI., was a resident of Saratoga County, Town of
Greenfield before moving to Onondaga County, NY. sometime before 1840. John Rogers of
Brewerton, NY can be reached at "Sunrise555@aol.com"
3. This information provided by Dori Partsch
3a. Dori quotes the 1860 Fed. Census (Linn, Walworth Co., WI). Page 24 of the Lawton book spells
her name Apema, but I correct it here (on the assumption the Census was accurate).
3b. The information (between the 3b markers) was obtained by me from Dori Partsch
( email@example.com ).
4. Per "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. XIII - Deaths", page 21.
Lawton records her name as Susannah 06/06/1807-01/27/1826, died Foster, RI., but
then "corrects" himself and says the birth and death records say her name was
Sarah Ann, died 02/07/1826 age 19 years. I am using the Vital Record for now (not Lawton).
5. Baptised on 09/28/1817 by Elder Wright. This per "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 286.
6. Mary Wilson, daughter of Thomas and Mary. This per "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 349.
Marriage date of 02/02/1801 confirmed by "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 349.
7. Her name is spelled Meriam in this book: "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 349.
8. Date of death was 02/24/1813 per "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 389. Lawton says 02/23/1813
9. Lawton had the name as Burkitt and the marriage date as 02/27/1796, these 2 items have been corrected as
per "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 504, which says they were married by Rev. Stephen Gano.
10. The marriage date of 07/07/1811 agrees with: "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 504.
11. Lawton has this marriage date as being 08/12/1823, but I have corrected it to agree with:
"Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 504.
12. From: Paul Eugene Beyer's page at www.familytreemaker.com
12a. Birth and Death dates, and place of death agrees with same source as 12 (above).
13. All the information on this line (between the = = = markers) was provided by Jeanette
Maynes of Oswego County, NY. Jmaynes@aol.com
14. All of the information for Caleb & Rhoda (between the = = = markers) was provided
by www. familytreemaker.com (Raymond H. Wood.)
He sites the following references:
Killingly Vital Records
Foster Probate Records
Census records of Foster and Killingly
Windham County Transcript, Feb 2, 1860
15. Per Ed Stumpf .
15a. Date of death for Hannah from Lawton agrees with source from 15 above.
15b. The source from 15 above states Hannah's birth as 02/01/1709/10
16. "Early Settlers of New York State" by Jane Wethy Foley. Volume 1; Page 71
The information found here agrees with the Lawton Book.
16a. The source from 16 above states that Benjamin died 12/19/1819
will need to determine the correct date in the future. Since he
had children in 1830, the 1819 date is wrong, but IS the 1849 date right?
16b. Information comes solely from the source in 16 above, Lawton did not have this info.
16c. According to the source in 16 above, the birth year COULD have been 1809.
16d. According to the source in 16 above, the birth year COULD have been 1812.
17. "Early Settlers of New York State" by Jane Wethy Foley. Volume 1; Page 80
The date of death and the birth year found here agrees with the Lawton Book.
17a. Information comes solely from the source in 17 above, Lawton did not have this info.
18. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 100; Page 288
All information on Caleb comes from here, Lawton did not know about this offspring.
19. The Lawton book implies that these person(s) were living as of the 1930's in:
19a. Boise, ID
19b. Osgood, MI
19d. Cornucopia, Baker County, OR
20. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 101; Page 68
Freelove Seamans married Samuel Howland (1715-1797), he was son of
Josiah and Yet Mercy (Shove) Howland, who was son of Jabez and Bethia
(Thacher) Howland, who was the son of Pilgrim John Howland.
21. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 127; Page 308
The 1782 Census of Foster, RI finds these Seamans' living there: Caleb, Noah
Thomas, Jonathan, Simeon. They could be ours.
22. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 80; Page 182
Lawton does not have this information.
22a. Same source as in 22, this information agrees with the Lawton book.
22b. Same source as in 22, this source calls her Seaman.
23. When the Lawton book 0 was published in 1933, this tense was used, implying
that the subject was still living.
24. From "http://www.familyhistory.com" in the Seamans' Forum. All information between
the dashes except for Eugene's name and lineage was provided by Michael Seamans
and Mary Hoffman.
25. From "http://www.familyhistory.com" in the Seamans' Forum. All information between
the dashes was provided by Michael Seamans.
26. Charles, Emmet (E.R.A.), Eva, Lizzie, and Etta were alive as of 05/27/1908 according to a
St. Paul newspaper.
27. All of the information between the = = = comes from: "History of Rutland Co., VT", by
H.P. Smith and W.S. Rann; Page 940.
28. Page 210 of "The Mayflower Descendant"; Vol. 18, states that Mary and
Hannah Bowen were married to Gilbert and Charles Seamans, and that Mary
and Hannah were the daughters of Thomas and Thankful Bowen of Swanzey
(Swansea), MA. The above stated in a Will dated 12/25/1730.
29. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 110; Page 237, Published 1956.
Page 237 of Volume 110 is a transcription of the Bible of Rev. Job Seamans, died
10/04/1830, of New London 1818. The information which is underlined agrees with
the Lawton book.
29a. The source in 29 above states that her date of death was 04/27/1819.
30. The source of this was "Who's Who in Massachusetts, Volume I, 1940-1941", Page 684
Here we find that Richard's middle name was Dodge, that his wife was from Salem, that they
married in 1917, they live in Salem, and her name here is spelled Nathalie. The previous
facts in bold were not found in the Lawton book. In agreement with Lawton is thus; The
names and birth order of the children (including spelling), and the names of Richard's father
and mother (Francis and Caroline (Brodhead) Seamans).
31. Remeber that this web page is based on a book written in 1933, so the number of children
a family has may be more than what is shown here if they had children after the book was written.
32. From handwritten notes made in my Lawton book. Have no idea of the accuracy of these notes
but am including them anyway. The author could be a Livermore.
33. Lawton does mention that one of his sources is "Arnold's Vital Statistics of Rhode Island".
Since the "Arnold" sources (below) match almost exactly everything that Lawton documents,
it may be inferred that the source in 33 is a subset of "Arnold's Vital Statistics of Rhode Island".
34. From: "Vital Record of Providence, RI", by James N. Arnold; Volume 2 part 1., page 166.
This agrees with what Lawton has.
35. From: "Vital Record of Providence, RI", by James N. Arnold; Volume 2 part 1., page 258.
This agrees with what Lawton has.
36. From: "Vital Record of Providence, RI", by James N. Arnold; Volume 2 part 1., page 259.
This agrees with what Lawton has.
37. From: "Vital Record of Providence, RI", by James N. Arnold; Volume 2 part 1., page 166.
Here the author says that Lillis and Gideon were married on 06/11/1758, then 2 lines down
says Lillis and Gideon were married 06/25/1758 (which is what Lawton had). Since
Gilbert Seamans and Martha Alger were also married on 06/25/1758, I am going to go out
on a limb and use the 06/11/1758 date for the marriage of Lillis and Gideon. I doubt that
both couples married on the same day.
38. All of the information on Maria and Samuel came from "The New England Historical and
Genealogical Society, Volume 92, page 82". The only exception is that Lawton agrees,
but has just 1 piece of information, saying only "Maria L., born: 01/26/1826".
39. "Barbour Collection Connecticut Vital Records - Windham Co., CT". Volume 2, page 76.
The connection of THIS Susan S. Seamans to Hiram Stone is purely circumstantial. I know
that the Susan S. mentioned in the Lawton book is the ONLY Susan S. in the entire book.
I know that this Susan S. would have been 21 when married to Hiram, which would be a good
fit, and I know that her father was born in Foster, RI. and married in Killingly, CT. All this
evidence leads me to think that this could be the Susan S. Seamans that married Hiram Stone.
40. "Erie County, New York Obituaries", page 238. By Bill and Martha Reamy. It provides a
circumstantial link to Marvin when it says:
"Seaman, Harriet B., wife of Marvin, Lancaster, NY, 07/29/1845, age 21."
41. "Sudbury Vermont Genealogies, Vital Records & Census Records", by Mary Anne Z. Wheeler
Pages 136-137. Lawton only lists Rhoda with no birth date and detailed only that she
married Oliver Westcott, on page 9.
This source tells us that her name was "Rhoda A. Simonds or Seamans, daughter of
John and Patience (Hopkins) Seamans". This is where I get the middle initial A.
42. From the Hale Collection, this particular reference found at
The page there is entitled:
"Headstones at "Hammond Cemetery" in Woodstock, CT., located in S.W. part of town."
The (date of death) information EXACTLY AGREES with Lawton, but the age is off. If you use
the Lawton birth dates, then Caleb would be 87, Sarah would be 86, and Esther would be 90.
Conversely, the age and date of death for Anna EXACTLY AGREES with Lawton.
The Hale information reads as thus:
Seaman, Anna, daughter of Caleb &
Sarah, died Sept. 17, 1870, age 74 yrs
Seaman, Caleb, died Jan. 21, 1848, age 88 yrs
Seaman, Sarah, wife of Caleb, died Dec. 11, 1857, age 88 yrs
43. From the Hale Collection, this particular reference found at
The page there is entitled:
"Headstones at "Hammond Cemetery" in Woodstock, CT., located in S.W. part of town."
This information is not found in
Lawton, except for the name "Ester" (Lawton's spelling)
being the dau. of Caleb and Sarah, she was married to George "Matthewson"
(Lawton's spelling), and that she was 07/25/1799 - 06/08/1890. All of the rest of the
information for George and Esther comes from Hale. It reads as thus:
Mathewson, Clarissa, wife of John P.
Kingsley & daughter of George & Sarah,
died May 25, 1850, age 25 yrs
Mathewson, Esther, wife of George, died June 8, 1890, age 91 yrs
Mathewson, George, died Mar. 15, 1828, age 33 yrs
Since I have no other records to support,
the evidence that these people belong in the
Seamans' line is only circumstantial, though the evidence is stronger because of the
information I found in footnote 44 , which by the way gives a birth date which would
make George 32 at death. Note that it says Clarissa was dau of George & Sarah.
I assumed that this was a typo after I found the information in 44 .
44. A web site known as "http://w3.nai.net/~lmerrell/mathewson.html"
which was suntitled "Taken from a photocopy of a paper found many years ago at the
CT State Library and work done subsequently by Elaine Merrell". This page details
the Mathewson family tree. It says (exerpted) thus:
George born Mar. 29, 1795 Woodstock,
CT, married Apr. 4, 1824, Esther Seamans, both of
Woodstock, CT, had Clarissa born Jan. 14, 1825 who married John P. Kingsley of Norwich,
CT and George Prescott who was born Feb. 21, 1827 ;
45. In another real oddity or mystery we have two women marrying the same man with the same
anniversary date, 10 years apart. 1st, there is Sarah of (Squire, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas)
born 09/16/1780 (in Dighton, MA) who married Solomon Baker, born 03/02/1779. They
married 10/26/1806. Then there is Sarah of (Comfort, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas) born
07/14/1795 who married Solomon Baker, born 03/02/1779. They married on 10/26/1816.
The possiblities are endless; maybe Solomon did marry 2 different Sarah's using the same
anniversary date. Maybe the birth date for Solomon is wrong and there are 2 different
46. According to page 52 of the Lawton book, this family went by the name of SIMMONS starting
with George, born 1782. I will list all of his descendants with that name and a footnote pointing
here, except for his son George, who is not noted as a SIMMONS.
47. Per a post to familyhistory.com by Susan Fairchild 08/27/1999, this information was
compiled by her uncle, and not known by Lawton.
48. Same as 47, but the information provided agrees EXACTLY with Lawton.
49. Per a post to familyhistory.com by m.fieber 08/18/1999, this information agrees
EXACTLY with Lawton.
50. Same as 49, but this information was not known by Lawton.
51. "The Compendium of American Genealogy", by F.A. Virkus, volume 7,
page 513 states that John Seamans married Levina Potter, and his
father Benjamin married Elizabeth Hammond. This info agrees
exactly with Lawton.
52. "The Compendium of American Genealogy", by F.A. Virkus, volume 7,
page 513 states that Stephen Capwell was from Factoryville, PA., and
that his parents were George and Mary (Gardner) Capwell.
53. "The Compendium of American Genealogy", by F.A. Virkus, volume 7,
page 513 states that Stephen Capwell was born 1806, and died 1856, and
that in 1829 he married SaValla (note the spelling) Seamans, born 1808 and
died 1845. These years correspond exactly with Lawton. Except for the
death of SaValla, which Lawton records as 01/01/1846.
54. "The Compendium of American Genealogy", by F.A. Virkus, volume 7, page
513 states that Dr. Albert Marion Capwell was born 1831, and died 1886.
This agrees exactly with Lawton, but all other information about Albert and
family comes strictly from this source and not from Lawton.
55. This person is in the line of Hosea. When Hosea died there was an argument
among his children as to whether to put the name "Seamans" or "Simmons" on
the grave stone. No resolution could be found, so no last name was used. Since
Lawton does not state which children wished to spell their name which way,
footnote 55 will be put next to Seamans for all of his descendants, until it can
be determined which line spelled their name which way.
56. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 101 (Published July, 1947);
Page 236, is my first evidence of people changing their name from Seamans to Simmons.
Page 52 of Lawton mentions it, but this reference is a listing of the Grave inscriptions in
Burlington Flats, NY. (which is where Lawton says that Marcy is buried!) It lists
"George W. Simmons died 04/29/1838, age 56.
"Marcy, his wife died 04/06/1831, age 50." These death dates agree exactly with
Lawton, and the ages support what Lawton has as the birth year.
57. "New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 101 (Published July, 1947);
Page 235. This references a listing of the Grave inscriptions in Burlington Flats, NY., saying:
"Miron Seaman born 06/16/1806...died 07/01/1884
"Sarah M., his wife died 04/23/1881 age 71 years, 11 mo and 6 days."
These 3 dates match exactly what Lawton had. I thought the children
of George and Marcy had changed their name to Simmons, but not here evidently. I am
changing the spelling of the first and last name for Myron Seamans to Miron Seaman, until
I find out differently.
58."New England Historical & Genealogical Record". Volume 101 (Published July, 1947);
Page 235-236. This references a listing of the Grave inscriptions in Burlington Flats, NY., saying:
"Children of Miron and Sarah M. Seaman: -
Laurentine D. son died 10/19/1852 age 22 yrs, 6 months.
Lewis O. died 11/08/1831 age 11 months.
Mary L. died 03/08/1837 age 7 months and 8 days.
George M. died 07/08/1866 age 34 yrs, 8 months.
Mary E. died 04/30/1849 age 7 yrs, 7 months.
Lawton had the information as follows,
which I have updated to agree with the pg. 236 reference
(where it differs).
Mary E. 09/__/1830 - 04/30/1849
Lewis O. 09/__/1830 - 11/06/1831
George Marvin 11/__/1831 - 07/08/1866
Mary L. __/__/1835 - 03/16/1836
59. Page 93 of the Lawton book says that "This family spelled their name Simmons at one time".
60. I have changed the spelling of their name from Patterson (per Lawton, page 103)
to Peterson. Per: "Vital Record of Rhode Island Vol. 8", page 504 lists their
name as being Peterson and agrees with Lawton on the marriage date of 06/09/1816.
61. Information provided to me by Will Watkins, who is at WW3194@aol.com
62. Lawton makes NO connection between Florence E.; daughter of B. and Mary J. (Seamans)
Phillips, and Florence E.; wife of Julius Seamans. The assumption (that the two Florence's
are the same person) is mine since the name, birth date, and death date match exactly
for both Florence's on page 129 of Lawton.
63. Lawton reports that the name Seamans is spelled SIMONDS on some of the marriage
records at Clarendon, VT.
64. Lawton does not mention the relationship between Harvey and his wife, Susan.
I assume they are related because of the birth place (Ashton, CT.) and that the
birthdays on page 69, and 141 are the same. If I am correct, then Benjamin Benjamin
would be the grandfather of Susan and Harvey.
65. At this site "http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/cgi-bin/archives/marriage.s",
I found this information:
Rettberger, Henry; married Seamans, Antonette in Cook County on 12/13/1872.
Since the marriage date matches EXACTLY what Lawton has, then it is
possible that the 'A' in Wealthy's middle name DID stand for Antonette,
and that Henry's last name was butchered by Lawton, and was really
66. At this site "http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/cgi-bin/archives/marriage.s",
I found this information:
Seamans, Marshall; married Seamans, Harriet in Warren County on 12/25/1869.
This information (marriage date) agrees EXACTLY with Lawton.
67. The birth and death dates, and birth/death place for Celestia come from Penny Fitler,
whose posting was at:
68. The spelling of Vaughan and the birthdate for Barbara come from this site:
69. My father (C.W. Seamans) reports that when he asked Luna why she named
her son Percy, her reply was "BECAUSE I WANTED TO!" (capitals intended).
70. According to this site: http://www.geocities.com/dbspang/misc/wgm3.html
Willard Kent died in 02/09/1950, and married Florence J. Spang (born 10/29/1889)
on 01/26/1929. Lawton spells his name Williard, while this site spells it Willard (no extra i).
(with permission from Dave Spang: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 23:23:40)
71. Ed Stumpf has this as 11/29/1709.
72. Ed Stumpf has this as 02/26/173(5/6).
73. Ed Stumpf has this as 03/14/174(1/2).
74. Ed Stumpf has this as Bennajah.
75. found on internet at www. familytreemaker.com
75a. Date of death for Hannah from Lawton agrees with source from 75 above.
75b. The source from 75 above states Hannah's birth as 02/01/1709/10
76. "Washington County, Ohio Marriages 1789-1840", by Bernice
Graham and Elizabeth S. Cottle.
77. The source in 76, page 66 lists "Simmons, Samuel & Tillson, Lydia 04/04/1790"
78. The source in 76, page 64 lists "Seamans, Preserved & Patterson, Betsy 05/27/1804"
79. The source in 76, page 64 lists "Seamans, Gilbert & Hammon, Anna 05/18/1797"
80. The source in 76, page 64 lists "Seamons, Preserved & Reed, Polly 06/25/1818"
81. The source in 76, page 64 lists "Seamans, Samuel & Law, Sarah 11/28/1797"
82. The source in 76, page 64 lists "Seamans, Benajah & Rice, Mrs. Polly 06/26/1803"
Ed Stumpf has this as "Polly Rice", not "Mrs. Polly Rice".
83. The source of this information comes from Lois Jane Rose whose gGrand Mother was
Mary A. Seaman, dau. of Preserved T. and Mary (Reed) Seaman. She lists 15 different
sources including OH state agencies and such.
She can be reached at: LoRosePash@aol.com.
84. "Abstract of probate records Washington County, OH", by Bernice
Graham and Elizabeth S. Cottle; Page 143.
85. "History of Washington County, Ohio", by H.Z. Williams & Bro.,
Publishers. Page 362, 610.
86. "http://www.heritagepursuit.com/marr2t1.htm" This page is entitled:
"MARION COUNTY MARRIAGES VOLUME II (1835-MAR 1842) (F-K)"
In it we find this:
"Samuel C. Seaman married Sarah Higgins 10/18/1840, officiated by JP Jadok Hurd"
The list is read as follows: NAME; INSCRIPTION; NAME OF THE CEMETERY
AND THE TOWNSHIP NAME WERE THE CEMETERY IS LOCATED.
SEAMAN, Oren L. s/o Samuel &
Sarah d Mar 17 1858 Aged: 16y 9m 7d Paw Paw (26) Grand
SEAMAN, Samuel C. d Oct 30 1852 Aged: 31y 10m 17d Paw Paw (26) Grand
The above 2 were buried in Marion Co., OH.
31y,10m,17d would put Samuel
C.'s birthday at 12/13/1820, EXACTLY matching SFA.
Subtracting 16yr, 9mo, 7day from 03/17/1858 results in 6/10/1841. (for Oren's birthday)
I of course am assuming that
the Samuel C. Seaman listed above is Samuel Clemens
Seaman, son of Preserved, and that Oren was his son. This should not be that far
of a reach given that Oren would have been born 8 months after the wedding of
Samuel and Sarah.
88. I witnessed the event on this date and recorded it.
7. Charles (Chuck) William Seamans was born 12/27/1921 at home in Syracuse, New York on Tallman Street. He thinks it may have been 700 Tallman. Moved to 922 Tallman Street in 1923. Chuck came to Texas after World War II because he was attracted to the climate he experienced while being stationed at Lackland Air Force Base. He attended Trinity University and met my mother, Rosalyn Stearns at 1st Presbyterian in San Antonio. He is the proud father of 3 children and 2 grand children, and had a distinguished 30 year career selling life insurance for John Hancock, Travelers and others.
__/__/____ - __/__/____ means I do not know when that person was born or died.
12/04/xy - ________ means the person was born on December 4th, is still
alive (as far as I know), and
the xy means I have been requested not to release the year of birth.
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