Before I write about Enos and Sarah’s children, I think it is important to take a look at a very interesting source. Enos Seaward had an Account Book or Day Book. This book was given as a gift to the Luzerne County Historical Society (formerly the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society) in Wilkes-Barre by a Thomas Santee.
When I visited Wilkes-Barre, I made it my priority to visit the Luzerne County Historical Society in 2008. I wrote about that visit in my blog “Pennsylvania Wanderings.” I had been looking forward to visiting this archive because of my cousin the Rev. Paul H. Goss’s comments about it and use of the resources there. Now I was very green back then and I know a lot more know but I was disappointed. The archive was so strict and the receptionist at the time was acting like a general in the army. The administrator had left so there was no real leadership. I asked the receptionist to get me the Account Book but she could not find it. So I had to figure it out myself by studying their holdings and when it was finally found I left it on the table all day long to view it and study it. They would not allow any photography or copying at all. Now granted, it is 10 years later and hopefully their customer service has improved. I did send a letter before I went and expected to have some contact with someone but apparently that did not happen. I therefore, advise that you take a different approach if you want to access their holdings: have a plan, make an appointment. I know others have used their holdings with cooperation and success so it can be done. Do not confuse the museum with the historical society they are in two separate buildings.
This account book was in the possession of a Prof. Thomas Santee of 900 So. Franklin St. in Wilkes-Barre, PA as of April 17, 1927, he donated it to the Luzerne Co. Historical Society. The Day Book is there at the historical society under the manuscripts. I saw it on my trip to Pennsylvania in Sept. of 2008, I B.J. MacDonald. They would not let me photograph it or copy it.
Enos Seward wrote the name with -a- both times in this account book.
As of September 16, 2008 I, B. J. MacDonald, have seen this Account Book and was only able to review this information as given to us by Paul H. Goss. It is at the Luzerne Historical Society under the Manuscripts in the listing, not the card files. It is a leather-bound book although the binding has long gone. Very fragile and has many entries in it. The births are found almost at the end of the book. There is more in this account book, detailing transactions with individuals.
It starts with June 28, 1793 page 3, there is an entry for June 27, 1787, it jumps around. Lists names, dates and more, some places he signs his name Enos Seaward. About 1787 to 1804?
“The account of the Birth of Enos Seaward and his family, Enos Seaward born July 7 ____________________ 1735;
Sarah my wife Born, July the 4th 1745
Enos my Son Born September The 4th 1766
Eli my Son, Born July the 12th 1768
Amos my Son, Born August 13 1770 and desest June 25, 1804
Gad my Son Born June the 10th 1773
David my Son Born March 18th 1775 and desest September 11, 1777
Levi my Son Born April 13th 1778
Sarah my Dafter Born May 25th 1780
Titus my Son Born July 9th 1783
Mary my Dafter, Born July 12th 1785*
Ebenezer my Son, Born May 5th 1789
October the 18th, 1815 Eli and Ebenezer Seaward set out for Ohio with their families.
November the 3, 1815 George Good set out from hear for Ohio with his famile
February 23, AD 1803 Lemuel Lawrance & Sarah his wife set out for Canisteen Huntington July the 8th 1805 Enos & Mary lot out December 22, 1808 Ebenezer went from home.”
Regarding the name Mary vs. Marah:
“Mary my daughter, born July 12, 1785”
Granville births, p. 76 “MARAH (Seward) July 12, 1785.”
Source: Old Account Book of Deacon Enos Seward, Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA. (A12, B5S17 1791 o 1804) (Box #1 Shelf #14, A9 Steamboats, Capt. Sam Richards Family, Diary, Asher Miner Stout, Sermons, Rev. John Smith, Diary, German Lutheran Hymnal, Enos Seward) Luzerne County Historical Society Manuscripts.
In another source I found more description of this Account Book or Day Book:
“…kept a day book of business and family activities. Money was recorded in pounds and shillings and pence. Names in the Day Book are William, Peters, Loveland’s Mill, Amos, Eli and Gad his sons, Reuben Sweetman, Seth Graves, son Levi and Ephraim Howe. After 1793 they read Jabez Williams, Elijah Goodwin, Philip Goss, Solon Trescott and Elijah Austin and Mr. Averet and Dr. Crystall still in the old currency.”
Source: Townhill Cemetery File, Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania Pages 6 to 7, 17, 42 to 44, publication date unknown. Found in the file and cabinet. pg. 42, apparently the quote was from the Historical Sketches of Huntington Valley, May 21, 1886 which you can access at FamilySearch. I will share more of the Historical Sketches, which is quite involved, in another future post.
Apparently photocopies of the Account Book/Day Book were made at some time in the past prior to Mr. Santee giving it to the historical society, per Paul H. Goss’s Manuscript – Goss Family.
“The account on the reverse side is from a photo copy I have of the original page in Enos Seward’s account book of transactions with neighbors in Granville, Massachusetts before 1793 and in Huntington Twp., Luzerne County, Pennsylvania after that date. Prof. Thomas Santee, 900 So. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has the original book and had this photocopy made. I wrote as near as I could in accord with the original. Jesse Sampson.”
It is very interesting to me that Enoch is not mentioned at all in the above list from the Account book of the children. You would think that Enos would know if he had a son named Enoch and mention him. Enos references David who died young? So I am not sure there was a son name Enoch and maybe it was really one of the other children. I have seen other versions of the jingle above, I will share that version in a future post.
The question is who is Thomas Santee and Jesse Sampson. Well, Thomas is the son of Elijah Santee and Mary Seward a daughter of Levi and Thankful (Wilkinson) Seward. You will find him as Thomas Patterson Santee and he was a teacher. Jesse Sampson is the son of Jesse Sampson and Sarah Santee a daughter of Mary Seward and Elijah Santee and a sister to Thomas. Apparently this family inherited Enos’ Account/Day book. Jesse died about 1955 and has descendants. It is possible they have the photocopies in their files? I will go further into detail about Levi’s family in a future post.
I have decided to make a PAGE at the top of this blog about the Luzerne County Historical Society library an archive. As of today their new website is not working properly. I have added the link to my side bar. Also watch the hours they are limited if you plan a visit.