Enos Seaward and Sarah Goss, their children: Enos Seaward Jr. and his wife Lydia Stevens

Enos Seaward (1735 to about 1820) and Sarah (Goss) Seaward (1745 to after 1820) had the following children: Enos Jr., Enoch, Eli, Amos, Gad, David, Levi, Sarah, Titus, Mary and Ebenezer.

The following summary of the children and descendants of Enos and Sarah will start with Enos Seward Jr. and his wife Lydia Stevens.

BIRTH: 

In this post I will attempt to write about Enos Seaward Jr. who has a very large family of descendants that spread across the US.

Enos Jr. was born in Granville, Massachusetts 4 September, 1766 and he grew up there. He looks like he migrated to Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania with his parents about 1793. Enos Jr. lived in Huntington Twp. till about 1810 when he left and migrated to Allegany Co., New York.

Allegany Co. in New York is along the west southern border of New York north of Pennsylvania. If you look at this map below and find Wilkes-Barre then you and go over and up to find Allegany Co.

Look closely and you will find Wilkes-Barre, Shickshinny and then look up to NY and find Allegany Co.

Enos Seward Jr. was born 4 September 1766 in Granville, Massachusetts.

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

CHURCH

In 1776/1777 he is listed among the names of those renewing the covenant for the East Granville Church along with his father, mother and other siblings.

Source: East Granville Congregational Church 1776-1777, East Granville, MA. Part I and II, Cooke Collection, Berkshire Athenaeum. 

TAX LISTS

On the list of taxables in Huntington Twps, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania Enos Seward Jr. is featured in 1796, along with other family members.

Source: History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, PA. with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of their Prominent Men and Pioneers, R974.836 P384L (microfilm and also as a book) multiple pages, W. W. Munsel & Co., 1880. Online at Internet Archive for viewing.

Enos Seward Jr. appears in the Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, of 1798 in Luzerne. The document describes a house 18 by 30 and a barn 18 by 22. No. of dwelling houses 1, Value 5. It has more information but mostly shows that he is surrounded by his father, brothers Amos and Gad and neighbors.

SCHOOLS

Chapter XIII – Among other early teachers in the valley from Connecticut were Amos Franklin, Enos and Amos Seward, Mrs. Margaret L. Trescott, Huldah Fuller, Cyrus Fellows and the sons and daughters of Capt. Thomas Stevens.

Source: History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Selections – Schools starts page 374 – pg. 380. It is not clear if they are referring to the father Enos or Enos Jr. in the above quote. Based on the other names listed which look like descendants, I would say that it was the son Enos Jr.

CENSUS Pennsylvania Septennial

Enos Seward Jr. appears in the 1800 Huntington, Luzerne Co., PA Septennial Census 1779-1863 Ancestry.com. This census is only a list of names: Enos Sewart, Gad Sewart, Enos Seward Jr., Seward, Amos are listed. Enos Jr. would be about 34 years old in this census.  I do not find Enos Seward Jr. in the U.S. Federal Census for 1800 in Pennsylvania. I believe the Enos listed in that census is his father.

MARRIAGE:

About 8 January, 1808 Enos Jr. married Lydia Stevens. She was born 27 Aug 1778 in maybe Stillwater, Saratoga, New York but baptized 22 July 1779 Canaan, Litchfield Co., CT. per Connecticut Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920.

Lydia had married before in about 1798 to a Nathaniel Haskins and had two children Eri (Oliver Eri) Haskins 1801-1888, and David S. Haskins 1803-1873.

Nathaniel Haskins resided in Brookfield, Madison Co., NY, where he married Lydia Stevens and died there May 15, 1805. They had two children Eri and David. Mrs. Haskins married second, Enos Seward and in 1806 moved to Almond. Eri Haskins married 1st, Elinor Burdick who died in 1827; 2d, Pauline, daughter of Christopher Crandall, who died in 1854; 3d Caroline, daughter of Reuben Allen. Mr. Haskin was a farmer and settled on the farm where his son R. Allen Haskin now resides. His surviving children are R. Allen and Carrie L. 

pg. 569 Enos Seward is listed as a member of the reorganized Presbyterian Church in 1812. 

Source: Allegany County and its People, A Centennial Memorial, History of Allegany County, NY, by John G. Minard, W.A. Fergusson & Co., Alfred, NY, pg. 574 and 569. Available on Internet Archive for viewing. Please be careful there are mistakes in the above paragraph about the Haskins family.

Lydia’s parents were Joseph Stevens (1752 to 1836) and Naomi Matthews (1754 to 1778). Joseph Stevens married several times first to Naomi and then to Desire Waterhouse a widow. With Naomi he had about 3 children including Lydia and with Desire he had approximately 10 children. He lived most of his life in Wheeler, Steuben, New York.

Joseph Stevens was a Revolutionary War Soldier for there is a Sons of the American Revolution War application available at Ancestry.com (please be careful with these they can be incorrect). Joseph’s father was Samuel Stevens 1714-1754 and his mother was Anna Segar/Seagar 1718 to 1755. Samuel’s father was Thomas and his father may have been Henry who came from England about 1660.

There is a Stephens-Stevens Genealogy online at Internet Archive for viewing and downloading. See pages 31-32 for this particular family history.

https://archive.org/details/stephensstevensg00stev/page/n5

Lydia died 26 July 1853 in Almond and is buried with Enos in the Merwin Cemetery.

This family of Lydia’s ancestors seems to have been researched a great deal per Ancestry.com Family Trees and it would take me a while to figure it all out. So please be careful, I don’t feel that I have it totally reviewed. I need to move on, maybe some day I can come back and give it a more thorough study. It looks to me like Enos Jr. married well and into an established Colonial Family.

Another mystery is the 1850 U.S. Federal Census. There is a Lydia Seward age 71 living with a family named Cartip. My information has Sarah marrying David Rood. So I have a mystery here?

MIGRATION and CENSUS

By 1810, maybe a little earlier, Enos Seward Jr. left Pennsylvania and moved up to New York. He is listed in the 1810 U.S. Federal Census as living in Alfred, Allegany, New York. This census was enumerated 6 August 1810 so we know he was in New York before that date.

Free White Persons Males Under 10 – 4
Free White Persons – Males 26-44: 1
Free White Persons – Females 26 thru 44 – 1
Number of Household Members Under 16 – 4
Number of Household Members over 25 – 2
Total 6

Source: U.S. Federal Census 1810, Alfred, Alleghany, New York.

In the US Federal Census of 1820 Enos Jr. is listed as living in Alfred, Alleghany, New York, enumerated August 7, 1820:

  • Free white persons – Males – under 10 — 3
  • 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 – 45 and over — 1
  • Free white persons – Females – Under 10 — 1
  • Free white persons – Females – 26 thru 44 — 1
  • Number of persons – engaged in agriculture — 1
  • Free White persons – Under 16 — 5
  • Free White persons — over 25 — 2
  • Total Free White persons — 9
  • Total All persons, White, Slaves, Colored, Other — 9

In 1830 Enos Jr. has settled in Almond — 1830 U.S. Federal Census, Almond, Alleghany, New York. Almond and Alfred are not that far apart so without a deed search we do not know if he sold and bought land in this move.

  • Free white persons – Males – 10 thru 14 — 1
  • Free white persons – Males – 15 thru 19 — 1
  • Free white persons – Males – 20 thru 29 — 2
  • Free white persons Males – 16 thru 25 — 2
  • Free white persons – Males – 60 thru 69 — 1
  • Free white persons – Females – 5 thru 9 — 1
  • Free white persons – Females – 15 thru 19 — 1
  • Free White persons – Females – 50 thru 59 — 1
  • Free White persons — Under 20 — 4
  • Free White persons – 20 thru 49 — 2
  • Total Free White persons — 8
  • Total All persons, White, Slaves, Colored, Other — 8

In the 1840 U.S. Federal Census he is still in Almond, Allegany, New York

  • Free white persons – Males – 30 thru 39 — 1
  • Free white persons – Females – Under 5 — 2
  • Free white persons – Females – 20 thru 29 — 1
  • Persons employed in Agriculture — 2
  • Free White persons – under 20 — 2
  • Free White persons – 20 thru 49 — 2
  • Total Free White Persons — 4
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves — 4

Enos Seaward Jr. died 6 August, 1842 in Almond, Allegany Co., New York. He is buried in the Merwin Cemetery with his wife Lydia. You will find them at Find A Grave. Lydia died 26 July 1853.

Enos left a will in Allegany Co. New York

Source: Preliminary Proceedings ___Order Book page 254/164

Enos Seaward Will

Last will and testament of Enos Seaward of the town of Almond in the County of Allegany. I Enos Seaward aged Seventy five years and upwards being deposed to discharge the duty which every man owes to his family by making such provision for the distribution of my property as Shall be just and equitable do make publish and declare this my last will and testament as follows: First I direct that the expenses of my last sicknefs and of my funeral shall be paid in preference to any devise or legacy herein contained. Second, I give and bequeath unto my wife Lydia the use of my dwelling house and garden with all the fruit trees shrubbery and all things appertaning thereto and proceeds these of together with so much land contingous and adjoining said house and garden and right of ingrefs ____and regrefs to and from the same and all privileges necefsary for the ample enjoyment thereof also the right of taking form the  orchard on my farm so much fruit as she shall need for her own use when fresh and for drying during her natural life; also the use of one good cow to be kept on said farm so long as she shall require or de___the same. Third, I further given and bequeath the unto my said wife absolutely and to be desposed of by her according to her own discretion all my household furniture of every name and nature including the clock, also my own home waggon together with all the poultry on the premises at my decease. Fourth I direct that my Executors hereinafter named deliver or case to be delivered to my said wife for her own use at said dwelling house on or before the first day of January in each and every year so long as she shall live one hundred pounds of good mefs pork together with a due proportion of land ten bushels good wheat also ten bushels potatoes to be delivered in the cellar at the usual time of digging twelve pounds of good wool as soon as shorn ten pounds of flax at the seaton of dreping and also all necesary fire wood cut ____and prepared for the fireplace so that she shall not at any time be destitute of a reasonable supply. It is my will that no division shall be made of the wool that shall be shorn from my sheep this present season and that my said wife in case of my death should have and dispose of the same in her own discretion. Third I give and devise unto my Son Enos Seaward his heirs and afsigns f____twenty acres of land off the south end of my farm on which I now reside situate in the town of Almond afore said described as follows to wit: Beginning at the south east corner of said farm thence along the east line of said farm north to ____that ___line drawn thence West parallel with the south line of said farm to the west line these of would include the afore said quantity of twenty acres together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any ____appurtaning subject to the rights of his Mother my said wife Lydia under this will. Fourth – I give and divide unto my Son Orrin Seaward his heirs and afsigns forever eighteen acres of land of my said farm described as follow to wit: beginning at the north east corner of the land above described to my said son Enos thence north along the east line of said farm so far that a line drawn thence west parallel with the north line of the lands above described to my said son Enos to the West of said farm would include the aforesaid quantity of eighteen acres together with all and Singular the hereditaments and appurtances thereunto belonging or in any ____appertaining subject nevertheless to the rights and privileges of his Mother my said wife Lydia by virtue of this my just will and testament. Fifth, I give and devise unto my son Amos Seaward his heirs and afsigns forever twenty six acres of land of my said farm described as follows to wit: Beginning at the north east corner of the land above described to my said Son Orrin thence north along the east line of said farm so far that a line drawn then west parallel with the north line of the above lands described to my said son Orrin to the west line of said farm would include the aforesaid quantity of twenty six acres together with and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances therewith belonging on ___any wite appurtaining.  Sixth I given and devise unto my son Joseph Stevens Seaward all the residue of my said farm lying north and adjoining the land above described to my said son Amos supposed to contain about twenty nine acres of land be the same more or lefs together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtanances thereunto belonging or in any wite appertaining to have and to hold unto my said Son Joseph Stevens Seaward  his heirs and afsigns forever. Seventh I given and bequeath unto my daughter Naomy Clason the wife of George Clason one hundreds yards of good common fulled cloth to be paid in the manner following to wit twenty yards there in one year after my decease the balance thereof in form equal annual installments thereafter and I hereby direct that my said Executors herein after named pay the same to her or her personal representative accordingly.  Eighth I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Seaward the sum of sixty dollars to be paid in three years after my decease and I hereby direct that my said Executors pay the same to her accordingly. Ninth I give and bequeath to my four sons above named all the remainder and residue of my personal property to be equally divided between them. Tenth – In consideration of the above described to my four sons above named I hereby order and direct that they pay and deliver unto my said Executors the money and means above mentioned in equal proportions reasonably to enable said Executors to carry this my last will and testament into full execution and that each of said sons contribute his equal share thereof and that the same become a change upon the land above described to each of said sons respectively and subject to the payment thereof as a condition precedent. And further it si my will and I hereby direct that the fruit of the orchard on my said farm be equally divided among such of my children as may reside on my said farm or within the vicinity thereof for the term of five years after my decease ______and reserving to much thereof as is above bequeathed to their Mother my said wife Lydia. Lastly I appoint my son Enos Seaward and my friend Rufus Whitney Executors of this my last will and testament. In witnefs where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 15th day of April 1842. Enos Seward (Seal)

The above instrument consisting of one ___________ was subscribed by Enos Seaward the testator in our presence and was declared by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request have signed our names hereto and witnefsed.  Ami Whitney residing in Almond Allegany Co. and John How residing in Almond Allegany Co.

Source: New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999, Allegany, Wills Vol. 0003-0004 1840-1865, pages 169 to 174 Enos Seaward will 15 April 1842.

There is so much more that could be done to study the life of Enos Jr. and his wife Lydia but I think the above is a good start. In the next post I will discuss Enos Seaward Jr. and Lydia Stevens land in Pennsylvania and in the following post I will review their children’s lives, based on the will above.

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