Enos Seward and Sarah Goss, their Children: Levi Seward and his wife Thankful Wilkinson

Levi Seward was a son of Enos Seward and Sarah (Goss) Seward. He was born 13 April 1778 in Granville, Massachusetts. The Michael Shoemaker book has his birth as March 30, 1777?

Sources: Massachusetts Compiled Birth, Marriage and Death Records 1700-1850, Granville Births page 76. 

Luzerne Altas for 1873 shows both Huntington and Fairmount Twp. and their relationship.

According to the history books he arrived in Huntington in 1776 which is odd because he wasn’t born till 1778. I am wondering if they meant 1786, which makes more sense. The other possibility is that there is a mistake in the name or it was another Levi from other Sewards. Unfortunately, it has been repeated in many of the history books so where the information originally came from I do not know. Even Paul H. Goss missed the date problem.

Levi Seward from Connecticut located in 1776 in the north part
of the township (Huntington) and from him sprung a large family and respectable family ______.”

Sources: Page Mp62 Paul Goss – Goss Manuscript and also found in the History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA. with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of their Prominent Men and Pioneers which is online at Internet Archive. My Legacy database does not like this bit of history for it is before his death. So something doesn’t add up?

Levi Seward married a Thankful Wilkinson about 1797. She was born 25 April 1779 in probably Granville, MA. Her parents were Jonathan Wilkinson 1758-1837 and Elizabeth Worden 1755-1810.

The Michael Shoemaker book describes Levi and his Seward family, on page 23. This book is available through Internet Archive and Ancestry.com for viewing.  Please be careful with this book, there are mistakes.

Levi Seward appears in the 1796 Taxables for Luzerne Co., along with his father and brothers, placing him in Huntington Twp. at that time.

Source: The History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Selections, H.C. Bradsby, Editor, 1895, page 587. 

He also appears in the 1798 U.S. Direct Tax List – Seward, Levi 75/15. His brothers are below him with a note for the father Enos.

Levi Seward is present in the 1800 U.S. Federal Census in Huntington, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.  There is a woman in the 16 to 25 year range and Thankful would be about 21 years old at this time. In this time frame Levi would be 22 years old.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 1
  • Number of Household Members  – 3

Levi Seward is still living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania in the 1810 U.S. Federal Census.

  • Free White Persons – Males – Under 10 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Number of Household Members Under 16 – 4
  • Number of Household Members Over 25 – 2
  • Number of Household Members – 7

Apparently Levi Seward served in the War of 1812 as a Private with Montgomery’s Regiment for Pennsylvania Militia, National Archives Roll Box 186, M602. This is an index only listing.

Much to my surprise, I found a newspaper article in the Susquehanna Democrat for Fri. Feb. 24, 1815 page 3 titled Court Martial – A Court Martial for the trial…to consist (confift) of the following officers: Captains Austin Howell, Amos Tiffany, Thomas Allen and Levi Seward. I wonder what this was all about. One will probably have to study court documents to find out the facts of this case.

The 1820 U.S. Census was enumerated on August 7, 1820 and Levi Seward is still living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne, PA.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 18 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 10 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over – 1
  • Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture – 5
  • Free White Persons – Under 16 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Over 25 – 3
  • Total Free White Persons – 8
  • Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other – 8

Levi Seward and family are in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA in the 1830 U.S. Federal Census.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 2
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 2
  • Total Free White Persons – 6
  • Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored) – 6

1pg. 253: Fairmount Township: Fairmount was taken from Huntington in April, 1834. It has 1085 inhabitants. Previous to the adoption of the State constitution of 1838 Jacob Ogden and Levi Seward were commissioned by the governor as justices. Justices have been elected under the new constitution as follows: Levi Seward and Silas Callendar, 1840; Jonathan Pennington and James Lacock, 1845…

Source: History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA. with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of their Prominent Men and Pioneers, 1880. This book is online at Internet Archive for viewing.

Levi Seward is now listed in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne, PA as shown by 1840 U.S. Federal Census.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 60 thru 69 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Persons Employed in Agriculture – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 2
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 2
  • Total Free White Persons – 7
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 7

In the 1850 U.S. Census we find Levi living in Fairmount, Luzerne, PA. He is family #2322 born about 1778 in MA. It sort of appears that he is alone at 72 years of age, but not really, because family are near. This census was enumerated 26 Dec 1850.

Family #2322 Levi Seward widower, age 72 M. Farmer $4000, born MA. Below him is Family #2323 Eli Seward age 26 M. Farmer with Sabina age 23 born.  Family #2325 is Freeman Seward age 43 M. Welder $2000 with Lucinda age 31, Sarah age 6, Delanson age 4, Lucy age 2, Mary P. age 7/12, etc.

Levi Seward died on 6 September 1851 probably in Fairmount Twp., but he was buried in the Goss Cemetery near Harveyville. Fortunately his tombstone and Thankful’s survived. Thankful died 4 March 1848 and is also buried in this cemetery. I have visited this cemetery and it was in very bad shape in 2008. A group on Yahoo tried to clean it up. The leader died and it once again fell into disrepair and was overgrown by the time I visited it. It is now being cared for by a neighbor.

I have published a cemetery transcript on this blog listing the names that are interred there but there is a lot of broken and unreadable stones so it is very incomplete. I will revisit the Goss Cemetery in future posts.

In the next post I will summarize the land transactions of Levi Seward.

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Gad Seward and his children…

Gad Seward married twice. He first married to Elizabeth Thompson about 1797. They had two children together, as far as I know. Elizabeth was born about 1777 and probably in Ireland maybe Granville, MA. She died about 1811 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

Luzerne Atlas for 1873 shows both Huntington and Fairmount Twp. and their relationship.

Without a clear document showing the heirs of Gad Seward the following is subject to my best guesses and hopefully more information will come to light.

Paul S. Seward was born 27 November, 1804 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married Abigail Forbes who was born 29 December 1813 in Luzerne Co., Her parents were Amos Forbes 1780-1852 and Lucy Trescott 1791-1861.

Paul (Pall) Seward and Abigail appear in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census living in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He is 46 and she is 37 years old. They have a Sarah E. Ferby age 9 with them and a Jasper Baliley age 16 listed as a farmer.

In 1860 they appear again in Fairmount Twp. Paul is 53, a farmer with $1500/400. Abigail is now 47. They have a Chaldern Beton age 6 Female with them at this time.

In 1870, there is an Abigail Seward living in Fairmount Twp. now age 57. She is keeping house $1000/100. Living with her is a Charlotte Betron age 16, Ebban Forbs age 39 farming $200. Above her is a William Seward age 29 and Mary E. age 25 with a John S. Above him is another William age 56. Above him is another William Seward age 56, Farmer, a widow with large family.

Paul S. Seward died on 10 May 1863 in Fairmount Twp. Abigail lived to 13 June 1877 and died in Fairmount Twp. They are both buried at the Fairmount Springs Cemetery.  There are no tombstone pictures at Find A Grave, at this time.  I also do not pick up on this couple having children of their own but I could be wrong.

David Seward was born about 1807 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. He married a Rebecca Schaum 6 Aug 1833 in Easton, Northampton, PA., First United Church of Christ. She was born about 1815. It is possible that she was married before so her name might be Thomas as per her son Samuel’s death record.

I am not totally confident with the information about this individual so proceed with caution. It appears to me that there are several David Seward’s and they are getting mixed up.

In 1834 Gad Seward sold land to David Seward in Fairmount Twp. Those deeds were featured in past posts about Gad Seward’s life. I also shared and Auditor’s notice that refers to the estate of a David Seward in Fairmount Twp. in 1844?

David Seward and Rebecca appear  in the 1850 US Census living in Schuykill Co., Pennsylvania. David is 43, Rebecca is 35, John is 14, Samuel is 12, Abmen is 9, Christian is 7, Susanna is 5, Nancy is 4 and Sarah J. is 0.

I cannot find them in the 1860 census.

Skipping ahead to 1870 and the U.S. Federal census has the family in Scranton, Ward 2, Luzerne Co., PA. Rebecca is age 54 and running a boarding house $2500/300. Living with her is Christian age 26 a carpenter, David age 18, Weigh Master Coal Mine, Joseph age 15 farming, Horace age 13 attending school, Caroline age 23 is at home. All born PA. In addition there is Julius Young age 44 a Carpenter, William Johnson 52 a Carpenter, Evantine John age 23 a carpenter, Julius Young age 7 attending school and Lenke Gleason age 20 a carpenter.  There is no sign of David Seward.

David and Rebecca Seward may have had the following children: John 1836, Samuel 1838-1918, Almon 1841-1889, Christian 1844, Susanna 1845, Nancy  1846, Caroline 1847, Sarah 1849, David C. 1852-1933, Joseph H. 1855 to 1941, Horace 1857 to 1877.

David Seward is said to have died after 1890 but I think this is confusing the father with the son David who lived in Scranton and is the David C mentioned in City Directories. I think he either died in 1844 per the newspaper announcement in the paper or I have all this totally mixed up.

Rebecca Seward born 5 February 1815 died 10 September 1892 and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Dunmore, Lackawanna Co., PA. per Find A Grave. Dunmore is near Scranton.

I really am not comfortable with the above about David Seward and need to look at Common Pleas court records in order to clarify the situation and more digging to clarify it all is needed but I am limited by what is online at this time.


After Elizabeth’s death Gad remarried to Mary Ann Sloane. Mary Ann was born 10 June 1773 maybe in Granville or maybe in Scotland. Gad and Mary Ann had the following children:

William S. Seward was born about 1813. He married Desdamona Marshall. She was born 1812 in PA.

William Seward and Desdamones are living with the Nagle family in the 1850 U.S. Census. They are in Fairmount Twp. William is 37, Desdamona is 42, Nathaniel H. is 15, Claresa J. is 12 and Mary A. is 11.

William Seward appears in the 1860 U.S. Census living in Fairmount, Luzerne Co., PA. This census is two pages. William is 45 years old and a farmer with $2000/800.  Desdamona is now 48, Nathaniel is 35 Farm Labour, Margaret is 25 Domestic. James is 19 and Abigail is 12.

They are still in Fairmount Twp. in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census. William is now 56 a farmer $2000/800. Nathaniel H. is 35 and a Farm L. $1500/600. Josebald is 62 keeping house (I think this is Desdamona). Abigail is now 22 without an occupation, Lydia E. is 10, Loyd is 8. Below them is a William E. and a Mary E. with John S. and further down is Abigail Seward.

In 1880 the U.S. Census has Wm. S. age 60 lumberman living in Fairmount Twp. with Desdamona age 72 wife keeping house. Nathan H. age 45 son Farmer widow. Emma age 17 Grandd keeping house, Lloyd age 17 Grandson a farmer. Above them is a W. J. Seward with Mary E and Sml C. age 7 a son.

William and Desdamonia had: Nathaniel H. Seward 1835-1899 who married Margaret Fritz, Clarrisa Jane Seward 1837-1918 who married Elias Fritz, Mary A. Seward 1839 – , William James 1841-1911, Abigail 1848-1924. Be careful Nathaniel’s children are featured in the census.

Desdamonia Seward died on 5 Nov. 1883 and is buried in the Fairmount Springs Cemetery.  Find A Grave states that she is the w/o W.S. Seward. Per and obituary by another researcher at Ancestry, William Seward died 9 January 1900 in Red Rock, Fairmount Twp.

Enos Seward born 24 December 1814 in Luzerne Co., PA. He married an Emaline Waltman. She was born 2 March 1824 in Luzerne Co.,

Enos and Emeline Seward appear in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census living in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Enos is 38, Emeline is 26, Amos is 6, Earl is 4, Francis is 2 and Mary is 0. Enos is farming with $3600.

We find Emeline age 35 working as a domestic $500/150 in the 1860 US Federal Census. She is living in Fairmount Twp.  Living with her is Sarah M. age 11, Ammi H. age 9 Male, Eli age 7, Amos age 16, Earl age 13 and Albert age 12. All born in PA.

Emeline is still living in Fairmount Twp. in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census. She is 46 years old. Living with her is Earl age 23 farming $1000/500. Albert age 22 farm labor, Harrison age 19 Day L., Eli age 17 Day L. and Sara M. age 21 domestic.

In the 1880 US Federal Census Fairmount Twp., Emeline is now 55 and keeping house. Earl is 33 son, farmer, Abbie A. age 24 daughter-in-law is keeping house, Carles E. age 3 is grandson at home, Arni H. is age is 29, son and a teacher.

Enos and Emeline had these children: Amos 1844 to 1864, Earl 1846-1930, Francis Albert (1848-1873), Sarah Mary (1849 –   ),  Ami Harrison (1851-1931), and Eli (1853-1876).

Enos Seward died on 15 April 1854 in Fairmount Twp., He was born in Huntington Twp. His father is Gad (Gud) and Mary Ann. His spouse is Emeline Seward. He is stated to be 35 years old. I have him at 39. He is buried in the Fairmount Springs Cemetery. Emeline died in March 1886 but her burial is not known at this time. Emeline’s maiden name might be Williams or she was married before?

James Seward was born 8 May 1817 in Fairmount Twp. He married Elizabeth Gearhart. She was born 7 April 1823 in Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Her parents were George Gearhart Sr. and Rebecca McPherson. Elizabeth’s brother Reuben Gearhart (1821-1878) was the father of Willard Gearhart (1856-1944). Willard’s mother was Mary Ann Goss a daughter of Nathaniel and Thankful Forbes Goss.  Willard was the individual that consulted with Paul H. Goss on the Goss and Seward Family History in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Paul is featured in a Page on this blog and his research can be found at FamilySearch for viewing.

James Seward appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census in Sugarloaf Twp., Columbia Co., PA. He is 32 farming with $500. Elizabeth is 26,  George is 7, Mary J. is 6, Sylvester is 5, Lydia is 2, Harriett is 8/12 and Gad Seward is 77, born Mas. This is a two page census. They are living in Sugar Loaf Twp. in Columbia Co., Pennsylvania.

The 1860 U.S. Federal census is very light and you really can’t read it. Ancestry has a summarized it as James Sanoverts, Elizabeth, George, Mary J., Harriett, Martha, Bethle, James and Rebecca. The location is Sugarloaf, Columbia, PA. Family Search might have a better copy of this census.

In 1880 we find them still in Sugarloaf Columbia Co, PA. James age 63, Elizabeth wife age 57, Orville son age 17  and Myttre son age 12.are living with them.

James and Elizabeth may have had the following children: George 1843-1863, Mary J. 1844 to 1930, Sylvester 1845-1854, Lydia 1848-1854 these two died in an accident, Harriett A. 1850, Bertha 1853-1933, James Russel 1855-1934, Rebecca 1858-1887, Orville 1863-1931, and Mytle Mae 1867-1949.

James Seward died on 28 June 1893 and is buried in Fairmount Springs Cemetery. Elizabeth died on 20 Nov 1881 and is also buried in the Fairmount Springs Cemetery.

Sarah Jane Seward was born 2 November 1821 in Fairmount Twp. She married Orrin James Park. He was born 10 Jan 1821 in Pennsylvania.

Orrin (Oran) appears in the 1850 U.S. Federal census at age 29. They are living in Sugarloaf Twp., Columbia Co., Pennsylvania. Sarah is 28, Alvira is 5, Samuel F. is 3, Aberts M. is 1 and a Judson Myers age 16 is with them. Orin is a mail carrier with $500.

Columbia County, PA – Luzerne Co. is the eastern border of Columbia Co.

They are still in Sugarloaf Twp. in the 1860 U.S. Census. This census is very light and you cannot read it. Ancestry has Oliver, Sarah, Samuel, Albert, Rebecca, Amos, John, Arthur and Horace listed.

Orrin Park served on the Union side in the Civil war, Enlisted 4 Nov 1862 for Pennsylvania.  Enlisted in Co. A, Penn. 178th Infantry Regmt, on 4 Nov 1862, mustered out on 27 Jul 1863.

In 1870 they are still in Sugarloaf Twp. Orrin is 49 farmer $1500/300. Sarah is 48 keeping house, Elmira is 25 at home, Amos is 18 farm labor, John is 10, Arthur is 13, Horace is 11, Emily is 8, Willard is 7 and Hugh is 11/12.

In 1880 the U.S. Federal Census in Sugarloaf Twp. has Orin 59 farmer, Jane wife age 58, Elvira, age 35 daughter, teacher, Willard age 16 son farmer, Emma age 18 daughter teacher, Hugh B. age 10 son, at home.

In 1900 we find Orrin Parks age 79 living in Sugarloaf Twp. as a widow. He has with him first Arthur C age 42 (Sept 1857), Kate wife, 38 (June 1861) 4 children born 4 living, Sarah H. daughter 10 Jan 1890, William F son age 8 Jan 1892, Harrold E. son 6 Jan 1894, Joseph B. son age 3 June 1896, and Orrin Parks Father, age 79 Jan 1821 widow, Sarah Hanze M-in-law Mar 1830 age 70, widowed 8 children born 6 living.

Orrin and Sarah Park had these children: Elmira 1845, Samuel 1848 to 1886, Albert Mansfield 1849 to 1908, Rebecca 1851 to 1880 went to Kansas, Amos Prentice 1852-1884, John McKinney 1854 to 1938 went to Kansas, Arthur Clinton 1858 to 1929, Horace Sloan 1859 to 1939 went to Kansas, Emily 1862 to 1935 ended in California, Willard Randolph 1863 to 1914 went to Kansas, Hugh Byron 1869 to 1925 Columbia Co., PA.

Chase County Kansas

Orrin James Park died 12 Oct. 1904 in Clements, Chase Co., Kansas. He is buried in the Clements Cemetery per find a grave. Sarah Jane Park died 21 July 1882 and is buried in the Fairmount Springs Cemetery in Luzerne County.

I stop here but that does not mean I don’t have information on the descendants of the above.  There might have been more children for Gad and his two wives Elizabeth and Mary Ann, but at this time, I think this a good list.  Please feel free to comment, but be specific. I am open to updating these families.

My study of Gad Seward has been very interesting, frustrating and challenging. I do not feel that I am done or that I am totally satisfied with what I have in the past posts about Gad Seward.  It is time to move on to more of his siblings.

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Gad Seward’s Estate or his legacy!

Trying to pin down what happened to Gad Seward, his death, land dealings, and estate details has been quite the challenge. Gad is not cooperating.

Court Records:

I have not been able to find Gad listed in the Orphan’s Court or will records, for both Luzerne and Columbia County in the online FamilySearch records.

In the last posts about Gad, I presented some deeds that I have pulled and they contain some rather interesting information. One in particular points to the Court of Common Pleas and another to the Court of Quarter sessions and maybe the Auditor or Treasurer records in Luzerne and even Columbia Counties.  These could be possible records to search about Gad Seward’s estate. I do not have online access to this information and believe consulting the courthouse in Wilkes Barre is in order at a future time. I just hope his records didn’t get affected by the 1972 flood.

Deed Records:

I cannot find a partition deed, at this time, which would help determine what happened to his real estate. Partition deeds are when the heirs sell the land of their father. This would help identify them.  I also cannot figure out how he obtained his tavern and lost it.  Sometimes the land is sold to a child before the death of the parent.  In this case Gad looks like he sold his land in Fairmount Twp. to his son David Seward. I have featured these two deeds in the last post. See below for more information.


Others believe Gad died 18 September 1855.  I am not so sure so I tracked his deeds, in the last two posts, to see what might come up, but they are even giving me trouble.

We also have a problem because there is no tombstone to consult. I cannot find his burial location. The Old Goss Cemetery near Harveyville in Huntington Twp. is in bad shape. Gad’s brothers Titus and Levi are there with stones. So it is possible he was buried there. The transcriptions that I have collected on that cemetery, while traveling in 2008, do not show Gad’s name on any of them.

According to the Census he appears at age 77 in the Sugar Loaf Twp. Columbia Co., 1850 U.S. Census living with a James Seward.  I have run his name through the cemetery where James Seward is buried in Columbia County at Find A Grave and other grave locators but there is no results for Gad. I also didn’t find him when I visited the area in 2008. I did not visit Columbia county, only Luzerne.

As for his two wives Elizabeth Thompson 1777 to 1811 and Mary Ann Sloane 1773 to about 1840, I cannot find their burials as well. I do know that Mary Ann was alive in 1834 per deeds that she witnessed and signed for involving David Seward. There are 3 adults in the 1840 census so one could be her?


Frankly, even the newspapers of the area are thin on news about Gad Seward and his son David. See below for some interesting items.

Let’s take a look at some of the news from local newspapers to see what we find out about Gad Seward.  It is not looking good.

Sheriff’s Sale 1835 Gad Seward’s Old Tavern Stand – seized a suit See Newspaper

Sheriffs Sale by virtue of a write of Venditioni Exponas issued out of the Court of Common Please of Luzerne County to me directed, will be exposed to public sale, on Saturday the 2d day of January next, at ten o’clock in the forenoon, at the Court house in the Borough of Wilkes-barre, the following described property to wit: A certain tract of land situate in the township of Fairmount, on the turnpike road leading from Berwick to Towanda, known by the name of Gad Seward’s Old Tavern Stand, adjoining lands of Seward and Buck, containing about twenty-five acres of land, more or less, with the appurtenances. Seized and taken in Execution at the suit of Jacob Mayland & Co. against John Koons, and to be sold by T. Myers, Sheriff – Sheriff’s Office, Wilke-barre, Dec. 2, 1835. Republic Farmer, and Democratic Journal (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Wed, Dec 2, 1835 page 3, Newspapers.com.

In 1838 Another Sheriff’s sale took place mentioning Gad’s old tavern stand and lists several pieces of land:

Land situate in the county of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania, described as follows: one piece or parcel in the township of Fairmount, and county of Luzerne on the turnpike road leading from Berwick to Towanda, known by the name of Gad Seward’s old tavern stand, adjoining land of Seward and Buck containing twenty five acres, more or less. Also, a piece or parcel of land in Huntington township, county aforesaid, bounded est by lands of Caleb Williams, on the west by lands of Matthias Williams, containing two hundred acres of land, more or less. Also, forty acres of land, more or less, on Huntington Creek, bounded by John Dodson, 2d, and Luther Trescott on the north, on the east by Amos Forbes, south by Septimus Bacon, on which there is a saw mill. Also one hundred acres of land, more or less, in Huntington township, bounded east and est by lands of Matthias Williams, south by lands of Benjamin Goble, and north by Humphrey Davenport. Also, two hundred and fifty acres of land, more or less, situate in Salem township, county of Luzerne, in the warrantee name of Jesse or Obediah Scott, bounded on the north by lands in the warrantee name of Lewis Nice, on the lands in the warrantee name of Abiel Fellows, on the south by certified township of Huntington, and east by the line dividing Salem and Union townships — late the estate of John Koons, in said writ named, with the appurtenances. Seized and taken in execution at the suits of Miller and DOrney, and others against John Koons, and to be sold by T. Myers, Sheriff, Sheriff’s Office, Wilkes-Barre, July 2, 1838.  Wyoming Republic and Farmer’s Herald (Kingston, PA) Wed, Jul. 18, 1838, Page 1, Newspapers.com

Auditor’s Notice – Sale of David Sewards real estate by Lewis Jones Nov 20, 1844 Wilkes Barre Advocate Dec 4, 1844 page 1.  I have been trying to tract David in the records and he too is very elusive and does not appear in the Orphans court and will records online at Family Search. This implies that David Seward died in 1844 and that means Gad outlived him.

Auditor’s Notice – David Sewards land 1844

Court of Quarter Session April 1842:

To the Honorable the Judges of the Court of Quarter Sessions in land for Luzerne county, for April 1842. The undersigned petitioner an inhabitant of the township of Fairmount in said county, respectfully represents that he has rented he old stand formerly occupied by Gad Seward, where lie is well prepared for the accommodation of strangers and travellers: He therefore prays your Honors to grant him a license to keep a tavern the ensuing year, and he will every pray &c. Elbey Trescott. The article goes on to list citizens of Fairmount Twp. and they state that Elbey Trescott is a man of good repute etc.  Republican Farmer and Democratic Journal (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) Wed, May 23, 1842, Page 1, Newspapers.com.

Fairmount Twp. broke off from Huntington about 1832.

There is another deed in the Luzerne Co., Book 37 page 498 to 500, dated 3 Apr 1841, Sale of record was recorded on 2 Aug 1841 in Fairmount Twp. The persons involved  are Caleb Atherton Sheriff and James Buckalew. I recognize the Buckalew name from the 1830 deed I featured in the last post. This deed reads: “Gad Seward late of said County,” but it doesn’t say deceased after his name. Later the deed reads “late the estate of Gad Seward.”

This is all so confusing and I wish I could see the Court of Common Pleas records. This deed is very odd because of the date of 1840.

To all persons by whom these presents shall come I Caleb Atherton Sheriff of the County of Luzerne in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Send Greeting whereas by a writ of Teri Facius bearing teste at Wilkes Barre the twenty fourth day of November A.D. eighteen hundred forty I was commanded that of the goods chattels Lands and tenements of Gad Seward late of said County yeoman in my Bailiwick that I should cause to be levied as were a certain debt of one hundred and ninety three dollars and forty seven cents which Benjamin Harvey lately in County Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County before the Judges at Wilkes Barre Recovered against him as ten dollars twenty three and three fourth cents which in said Court were adjudged for his damages which he sustained by occasion of the detention of that page 499 debt and that I showed have these monies at Wilkes Barre at a Court of Common Pleas there no be ____for the said County Monday of January then next to render to the said Benjamin Harvey for his debt and damages aforesaid and that I should have then there that unit A which day I the said Sheriff made return to the Judges That By virtue of the said unit to me directed I had seized and taken in execution a certain tract land situate in Fairmount Townswhip in Luzerne Comunty State of Pennsylvania and bounded NOrth and east by Land of Thomas Stephens south and west by Lands of James Buchalew containing one hundred acres one hundred acres more or less and about eight acres thereof improved with a house and ____ thereon late the estate of Gad Seward in said unit named which remained in my hands unsold for want of buyers So that I could not have the monies in said unit mentioned at the day and place therein contained as by the said unit I was commanded and the residue of the execution of the said unit was contained in a certain schedule thereunto annexed By which Schedule or inquisition it appears on the oaths and affirmations of the inquest therein named that the rents issues and profits of the messuage & were not of a clear yearly value sufficient beyond all reprises within the space of seven years to satisfy the debt and damages in unit mentioned wherefore by a certain other unit of venditioni suponas issued out of the said Court bearing teste at Wilkes Barre the twenty first day of January last past I the said Sheriff was commanded that the said messuage ___tract of Land with the appurtances so by me seized and taken in execution I should appose no sale and that I should have those monies before the said Judges at Wilkes Barre at the Court of Common Pleas there to be __eed the first day of April then next to and to the said Benjamin Harvey for his debt and damages aforesaid In pursuance whereof I the said Sheriff having leaving given due and timely notice of the of the time and place of sale did on the third day of April expose the premises aforesaid to sale by public vendue or out cry and sold the same to James Buckalew for the sum of five hundred eighty dollars he being the highest bidder and that the highest and best price bidden for the same. Now know ye that I the said Sheriff for and in consideration of the aforesaid sum of five hundred eighty dollars to me in hand paid by James Buckalew at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge Have granted bargained and sold and by these presents according to the directions of the said last recited unit and by force and virtue thereof do grant bargain and sell unto the said James Buckalew his heirs and assigns all that the said messuage and tract of land aforesaid. Together with all and ____wear the buildings improvements rights members and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise a appertaining and the reversions and remainders rents issues and profits thereof and also all the estate right title interest property claim and demands whatsover of him the said Gad Seward of in to our out of the same To have and to hold the said messuage and tract of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said James Buckalew his heirs and assigns to his and their only proper use and behoof forever for such estate and under such unto and conditions as the said Gad Seward hand and heed the same at and immediately before the taking thereof execution according to the form and effect the Laws and ways of this Commonwealth in such case made and provided In witness whereof I the said Sheriff have hereunto set my hand and seal Dated at Wilkes-Barre the third day of April one Thousand eight hundred and forty one — Caleb Atherton  Sealed and Delivered in the presence of John R. Dean C. W. Potter

Luzerne County ss At Court of Common Pleas held at Wilkes Barre in and for the County of Luzerne on the 17th day of April  A.D. one Thousand…..page 500 eight hundred and forty one Caleb Atherton Esquire Sheriff of said County came personally into Court and in open court in due form of Law executed and acknowledged the foregoing Instrument of writing as and for his act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned  In Testimony whereof I have here unto  signed my name and set the seal of said Court at Wilkes Barre the day and year aforesaid – Andrew Bedford Pro’n By Warren I Woodward — Recorded Aug’t 2 1841. 

Many years later in 1960 there is mention of a Gad Seward Road in a Sheriff Sale Announcement for Friday, June 10, 1960. “Tract No. 1: Beginning at a corner in the road known as Gad Seward Road in line of lands now owned by J.W Pace and Sarah Steel: thence…at the end it reads “Seized and taken into execution at the suit of the First National Bank of Shickshinny vs. Theodore R. Harrison and Mary A. Harrison, and will be sold by Joseph Mock, Sheriff 5/12/31/c.” It was found in the Mountain Echo (Shickshinny, Pennsylvania) Thu, May 26, 1960, Page 7, Newspapers.com. This article is long and complicated.  What is a Sheriff’s sale? Well, here is a link that might help shed light on the process and what it means:  https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sheriff-sales.asp

So, I don’t know about you, but the end of Gad Seward’s life is very puzzling, and also that of his son David. I would need to do a lot more research in the other court records. The possibility that there might be an Estate Case file for Gad and for his son David, that have survived and those would be worth studying. All this means a trip to the court houses in Wilkes-Barre which is probably not in my future at this time.

If you are a descendant and know what happened, I would be very happy to chat with you bjmcdonell@gmail.com.  Please leave a comment and tell us what you know. Be specific, I want details. HA!

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