Gad Seward’s land dealings….

Gad Seward was involved with the buying and selling of it in Huntington and Fairmount Twp. from about 1794 to his death. Gad was not a Connecticut Claimant, per Donna’s book, but he did get involved with the chain of title for land in Huntington in the early years. This is the buying and selling of a piece of land over time with multiple grantors and grantees.

Here are some claimant listings from Donna’s book (Claimants Vol. III) in which Gad is listed. Pay attention carefully to the lot #, division and acres. This also helps in identifying deeds which may or may not be in the Luzerne Deed Registers online at FamilySearch and instead in the Connecticut Claimants records at the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg.

The following implies that Gad sold land to his brother Amos at some point and was also involved with this same piece of land that the Nathaniel Goss owned at one time.

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

Claimant: Amos Seward
Date Acquired: 12/4/1799
Drawer: Lemuel Kingsbury
Twp. Huntington
Div 2
Lot 35 W 1/2
Acres: 51 A 63p
Chain of title: Nathaniel Goss 6/21/1777, John Goss 9/4/1797, Gad Seward 9/3/1799
Patentee: Wm. Koons
Source: CTL:43:MEHun:212, 195
Patent Book: H38:158
Survey Book 4:107

Claimant: Jonathan Wilkinson
Date Acquired 3/4/1802
Drawer: Lemuel Kingsbury
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 35 E 1/2
Acres 51A 63p
Chain of Title: Nathaniel Goss 6/21/1777, John Goss 9/4/1797, Gad Seward 9/3/1799
Patentee: J. Wilkinson
Source: CTL:43;MEHun:212, 221
Patent Book H6:447
Survey Book 4:108; 3:183

There is a deed where Nathaniel Goss sells this land above to John Goss, his son, regarding the Lot #35. I will feature this deed and more when I write about Nathaniel Goss and also about his son John Goss. I do not have a deed with Gad buying from John Goss at this time. This is all so complicated. It just might show up as I piece things together.

Claimant: Epaphras Wadsworth
Date Acquired: 4/18/1801
Drawer: Elihu Parsons
Twp. Huntington
Div. 1st
Lot 24 1/3
Acres ____
Chain of Title: Ezekiel Hamilton 8/30/1775, Rufus Lawrence 11/20/1775, Dan Warner 1/21/1794, Seward & Goss 12/31/1794, Jesse Scott 2/18/1800 Gad Seward and David Goss.
Patentee: E. Wadsworth
Source: CTL:42;MEHun:218
Patent Book: P60:120
Survey Book 4:43: 3:150

Claimant: John Goss
Date acquired: 1/18/1804
Drawer: Elihu Parsons
Twp. Huntington
Div. 1st
Lot 24, 1/2 Inc. pts. 24 and 25
Acres: 93A 67 p
Chain of Title: Ezekiel Hamilton 8/30/1775, Dan Warner 1/21/1794, Seward & Goss (Gad Seward & David Goss) 12/31/1794, Scott Jesse 2/18/1801
Patentee: Christ. Bowman
Source: CTL:41;MEHun:230, 210, 217
Patent Book H12:314, Survey Book 4:60

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants by Donna Bingham Munger, 2007.  These claimant summaries all involve land in Huntington.

Here is a PDF summary of Deeds for Gad Seward that are in the Luzerne County Deed books online at FamilySearch. I do not claim it is complete. Below I will give summaries of some of them and share others that I think are interesting: Click and click again to get to the spreadsheet:   GadSewardDeedsLuzerneCo.PA

Let’s take a look at the deeds for Gad Seward, in review which are all in Huntington Twp. Remember Fairmount was not formed from Huntington till about 1832:

1794:  In December of 1794, Dan Warner sold to Gad Seward Lot #24 in the first division in Huntington. This deed was featured in the last post about Gad Seward and his life in Pennsylvania. You will find it in the Luzerne Deeds – Book 3, pg. 514, which are online at FamilySearch.

1799: In February of 1799,Thomas Williams sold to Gad Seward Lot #6 in the 2nd division in Huntington Twp. and it was recorded 26 July 1802 in the Luzerne Deed Book 8 page 188.

1801: In December of 1801 Gad sold land to Epaphras Wadsworth Lot #6 of the 2nd Division in Huntington, Recorded in Luzerne Deed book 26 July 1802 – Book 8 Pg. 189. Below we see the transaction and apparently Mr. Wadsworth ended p with the patent for Lot 6.

Claimant: Epaphras Wadsworth
Date Acquired: 12/9/1801
Drawer Thomas Williams
Twp. Huntington
Div 2nd
Lot 6
Acres ___
Chain of title: Gad Seward 2/25/1799
Patentee: E. Wadsworth
Source: CTL:42;MEHung:218
Patent Book P60:120
Survey Book 4:43; 3:150

Source: Connecticut’s Pennsylvania Colony Vol. III Claimants by Donna Bingham Munger, 2007. 

1812: In April of 1812 Silas Jackson heirs sold to Gad Seward land in Huntington that their father Silas Jackson bid for as unsealed lands and bought for the same amount of money. This land is located on Towanday (Towanda) Creek. You will find a copy in the Luzerne Deed Books Book 14, pg. 156. This is actually two deeds one before the other explaining the sale of this piece of unsealed land. The description of the land is very complicated.  This seems to be located in Bradford County.

1812: Gad Seward sold land to Joseph Potter 20 Nov 1812. This deed was barely 1/2 a page in the record book. One of the shortest I have ever seen. The land was on Fishing Creek Township in Northumberland Co., State of Pennsylvania. This deed was recorded April 14, 1815 (Examd) Luzerne Deed Book 16 pg. 84.

1812: In July of 1812 the Sherriff of Luzerne Co. et all Trst (Sarah Potter, Stephen King estate) Lots 43 and 44 in the 3rd Division sold land to Gad Seward in Huntington Twp. located in Luzerne Book 16 page 82. Notice this is page 82 and the one above is page 84. They are right together and need to be read as a unit.

1823: A David S. Dodge sold land to both Gad and Titus Seward in March of 1823 listed in Luzerne Deed Book 22 pg. 318. I was unable to locate this deed with the information given.

1825: Gad Seward bought land from Simon Tubbs et. all, Lot #1 & 8 third Division in 1825 in Huntington in Luzerne Deed Book 20 pg. 428.

1830: In May of 1830 Gad bought land from a Thomas Astley Book 27 page 284 and I was unable to locate this deed with the information given.  His brother Levi Seward also was involved with a deed regarding this Astley individual. I will present that information when I share about Levi Seward.

July 1830: Here is a very interesting Deed done 20 July 1830 and sale of record done 12 Apr 1841, Page 259 to 260 of Deed book #37.

Gad Seward and Mary Ann to David Seward 1834

Gad Seward & wife to James Buckalew))))  This indenture made the twentieth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and Thirty Between Gad Seward of the Township of Huntington County of Luzerne State of Pennsylvania and Mary Ann his wife of the one part and James Buckalew of the same place of the other part witnesseth that the said Gad Seward nd Mary Ann his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and four dollars money of the State of Pennsylvania to them in hand well and truly paid by the said James Buckalew on or before the ensealing or delivery hereof the receipt whereof They do acknowledge and thereof do acquit  and forever discharge the said James Buckalew and his heirs executors administrators Have granted bargained sold aliened _____ released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain sell alien ____release and confirm unto the said James Buckalew and to his heirs & assigns forever a certain track of land situate in the Township of Huntington aforesaid bounded and described as follows viz Beginning at a corner of the Susquehanna and Tioga Turnpike Thence by lands belonging to said Gad Seward and by him occupied north eighty seven degrees East one hundred and seven perches to a Roak corner thence by other lands north three degrees East three hundred and twenty perches to a poplar corner Thence south eighty seven degrees East one hundred and twelve perches to a corner Thence by said Turnpike south sixteen degrees west twenty seven perches, south thirty one degrees west twenty six perches, south nineteen degrees East two hundred perches south three degrees west forty two perches south eleven degrees west forty six perches south three degrees east forty two perches to the place of beginning Containing two hundred and eight acres and allowance of six percent (It being part a certain tract of land originally surveyed to John McMullin and in the year 1820 sold for taxes due thereon by the Treasurer of Luzerne County to Daniel Montgomery and on the fifth day of November A.D. 1822 sold again for the taxes due thereon to the Commissioners of said County who on the fifteenth day of June 1824 conveyed the same to Daniel Montgomery and the said Daniel Montgomery by assignment dated the eighth day of July 1830 conveyed all his right and title of the same to the said Gad Seward. Together also with all and singular the houses out houses barns stables orchards gardens meadows field fences ways woods waters water courses rights liberties privileges hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and the reversions and remainders unto issues and profits thereof and also all the estate rights title interest use trust property possession claim and demand whatsoever of them the said Gad Seward and Mary Anne his wife in Law or equity or otherwise howsoever of in no or act of the same.

To have and to hold the said two hundred and eight acres and allowance hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned or intended so no be with the appurtenances unto the said James Buckalew his heirs and assigns to the only proper use benefit and behoof the said James Buckalew his heirs and assigns forever and the said Gad Seward and wife for their heirs executors and administrators do covenant promise grant and agree to and with the said James Buckalew his heirs and assigns by these Presents that they said Gad Seward and wife and their heirs the said above mentioned and described piece 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 against them the said Gad Seward and wife and their heirs and against all and every person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or no claim the same or any part or parcel thereof by from or under him them or any of them shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereby set their hands and seals dated the day and year first above written.  Gad Seward (seal) Mary Ann  her +mark Seward (Seal)

Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Jonathan Estover William Blish Martha Converse.

Received the day of the date of the above written Indenture of and from the above named James Buckalew one hundred and four dollars. It being the consideration money above mentioned in full ))) Witness present at signing I Nathan Westover, William Blish)))) Gad Seward.

Be it remembered that on the twentieth day of July Anno Domini 1830 Before Jonathan Westover Esquire one of the Justices of the Peace of the said County came the above named Gad Seward – Mary his wife and acknowledged the above Indenture to be their act and deed and desired the same might be Recorded as such according to Law. The said Mary Ann being of full age and by me duly examined separate and apart from her said husband and the contents thereof being first by me made known to her declared that she did voluntarily and of her own free will and accord did seal and as her act and deed deliver the said Indenture without any coercion or compulsion of her said husband. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written  Jonathan Westover (Seal) Just of Peace Recorded April 12, 1841.

In February 1831 Gad & Mary Ann sold to Annie Chapin land in Huntington part of a larger tract of land of land sold by Thomas Astley by deed dated 12 Day of May A.D. 1830, recorded Nov 7, 1831. This deed with Annie is in Luzerne Book 28 page 217.

1831: Gad and Mary A. Seward sold more land in February of 1831 to a Washington Sutliff in Huntington Twp. Part of a large tract of land of Gad Seward conveyed to him by the Asylum Co. and another piece of land being part of a larger tract of land which Thomas Astley of the City of Philadelphia by Deed dated 12 May 1830 conveyed to said Gad Seward etc.  Note Mary Ann is questioned in this deed 10 February 1834. This deed with Mr. Sutliff is in Luzerne Book 30 pg 133.

1834: In April of 1834 Gad Seaward sold to a David Seaward land in Fairmount Twp.:

Gad Seaward to David Seaward ))))  Book 30 page 2 and 3, 1834

This Indenture made the nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four Between Gad Seaward of the Township of Fairmount late Huntington in the County of Luzerne state of Pennsylvania and Mary Ann his wife of the one part and David Seaward of the Township County and State said of the other part, Witnesseth that the said Gad Seaward and May Ann his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand dollars lawful money to them in had paid by the said David Seaward at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof the receipt and payment whereof they hereby acknowledge hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, ____, released and confirmed and by these present to grant, bargain, sell, alien, ____, release, convey and confirm and by these present do grant bargain, sell, alien, ____,release, convey and confirm unto the said David Seaward and to his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Township of Fairmount late Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania Beginning at a white Oak thence by land of Alexander McMullen now James Buckalew South eighty nine degrees west three hundred and fourteen perches to a stone heap thence North twenty degrees and three fourths west one hundred and thirty five perches to a stone heap North eighty nine degrees east two hundred and twenty six perches to a white Oak south thirty four and a half degrees east one hundred and fifty one perches to the beginning. Containing two hundred and nineteen acres and three fourths of an acre reserving and excepting out the above described land two lots bounded and described as fall ___ viz. one lot containing three acres and four perches and allowance surveyed and sold to Washington Sutliff Beginning at the Susquehanna and Tioga Turnpike thence along said pike North eleven degrees west eighteen perches and four tenths south eighty nine west twenty seven perches to a post, South one – eat eighteen perches to a post eighty nine east thirty perches to the beginning. AN the other lot containing twenty five acres and situate in the east and west side of said Turnpike adjoining lands of James Buckalew Beginning at the stone heap at the North west corner of Jas Buckalews land thence along said line north eighty nine degrees east one hundred and two perches to a corner thence south twenty degrees and a hay east thirty five perches and four tenths to the corner South eighty nine degrees West one hundred and two perches to a tree North twenty and a half degrees West thirty five perches to the Beginning. Granting and conveying at the same time out of the last mentioned and reserved lot one half acre viz: Beginnning at the west side of said Turnpike two rods from Buckalews line thence along said pike ten perches thence south eighty nine degrees west eight perches thence parallel with turnpike to within two rods of Buckalews line. ____also one acre on ___ east side of so pike adjoining Buckalew line viz thirty perches along said pike, and five perches and three tenths in width the same __ as surveyed  to the said Gad Seawrd by the Asylum Company by Deed dated March 15th 1814. Together with all singular the houses and houses edifices and buildings thereon erected and being and all ways, waters, water courses, woods, gardens, fences, minerals, rights, liberties, privileges advantages hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or as any wise appertaining and the revisions and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof and also all the estate, right, title, interest, use, trust property, possession, claim and demand whatsoever of them the said Gad Seaward and Mary Ann his wife in law equity in otherwise howsoever of, ___of the same.  To Have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land containing two hundred nineteen and a fourth – hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned or intended so be __ with the appurtenances unto the said David Seaward and to his heirs and assign to the only proper use, benefit and behoof of the said David Seaward and to his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Gad Seaward and Mary Anne his wife, for their heirs, executors and administrators doth covenant, promise, grant and agree to and with the said David Seaward his heirs and assigns by these present that they the said Gad Seaward and Mary Ann his wife & their heirs the said above described tract or parcel of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted and release or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said David Seaward his heirs and assigns against them the said Gad Seaward and Mary Ann his wife, and their heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any fact thereof shall and will warrant and forever defend . In Witness where of the said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals, dated the day and year first above written.  Gad Seaward (Seal) and Mary Ann her X Mark Seaward (Seal).

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of John Dodson  Hiram Baker.

Received on the date of the date of the above Indenture of and from named David Seaward the sum of eight hundred dollars in full for the consideration money above mentioned. Gad Seaward. Witnessed at present at signing John Dodson.

Luzerne County ss))) Be it remembered that on the nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four. Before the subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid personally appeared the above named Gad Seaward and Mary Ann his wife and severally acknowledged the foregoing Indenture to be their act and deed and desired the same as such to be recorded. She the said Mary Ann being of full age and being first to be separately and apart from her said husband examined and the full contents of the said Indenture made known to her declared that she voluntarily and of her own free will was accord did seal and as her act and deed deliver the said Indenture without any coercion or compulsion or her said husband. Witness my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid, John Dodson (Seal) Justice of the Peace.

So this tells us that Gad is alive in 1834 and so is Mary Ann. I am assuming that he is selling the land to his son David Seaward.

1834: The following August 1834, another deed with Gad Seward selling to David Seward: Luzerne Deed Book #30, pages 175-176:

Gad Seaward to David Seaward ))))) This Indenture made the eleventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight under and thirty four. ____Gad Seaward of the Township of Fairmount late of Huntington in the County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania of the one part and David Seward of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Gad Seward for also in consideration of the sum of four hundred and twenty five dollars, lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania; to him in hand paid by the said David Seward at or before the ensealing or delivery hereof the receipt whereof I doe hereby acknowledge and thereby acknowledge and therefore do acquit and forever discharge the said David Seward his heirs executors administrators have granted bargained sold aliened, en___, released and confirmed & by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, alien, ____, release and confirm unto the said David Seward and to his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the Township of Fairmount late Huntington in the County of Luzerne and state of Pennsylvania Begin’g at stone heap at the north west corner of James Buckalews land thence along said line north eighty nine degrees east one hundred and two perches to a corner thence south twenty degrees and a half east thirty five perches and four tenth to a corner thence north twenty and a half west thirty-five perches to the place of beginning Containing twenty five acres together with all and singular the houses out houses barns stables gardens, orchards meadows fields fences ways woods waters, water courses rights liberties privileges, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever there unto belonging or in any wise ascertaining and the revisions and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof and also all the estate right, title, interest, use, trust, properly possession claim and demand whatsoever of him the said Gad Seward in law in equity or otherwise howsoever of in to or out of 

Page 176  To have and to hold the said above described lot or piece of ground the hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said David Seward heirs and assigns to the only proper use benefit and behoof of him the said David Seward his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Gad Seward for him self and for his heirs, executors and administrators doth covenant promise & agree to and with the said David Seward and his heirs and assigns these present that he the said Gad Seward and his heirs and assigns by these presents that he the said Gad Seward and his heirs the same above mentioned and described lot or piece of ground with the hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned or intended so it be with the appurtenances unto the said David Seward his heirs and assigns against him the said Gad Seward and heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or claim the same or any part or parcel thereof shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents. In Witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hands & seals dated the day and year first above.   Gad Seward (Seal)  Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Hiram Baker, William Seaward.

Received on the day of the date of the above Indenture of and ____the above named David Seward four hundred and twenty four dollars it being the consideration money above mentioned in full. Witness present at signing.

Luzerne County ss )) Be it remembered that on the eleventh day of August Anno Domini 1834 before – Esquire one of the Justices of the Peace of the said County came the above named Gad Seward and acknowledges the above indenture to be his act & deed and desired the same might be recorded as ___according to law.  Given under my hand and seal the 11 day of August 1834, J. Westover SS JP Recorded August 12, 1834.

1837: Gad Seward sold land in Jan of 1837 which was record in April 1841, to a Benjamin M. Stevens. It was part of a tract surveyed to Alexander McMullin, the same was conveyed to the Commissioners by then Treasurer in 5 Nov 18, 1822 having been sold for taxes and the same was conveyed to Daniel Montgomery by Comm’rs by deed 15 June, 1824 and same Montgomery conveyed to Gad Seward by Assignment date July 8, 1830. Gad selling to Stevens, that deed is in Luzerne Book 37 page 200.

1841:  This was followed up in 1841 with the Sheriff of the County selling to James Buckalew. I will feature this deed in the next post about the estate of Gad Seward.

Well, I can see that more needs to be done regarding Gad’s land dealings. To really understand these deeds and the land involved would require using my Deed Mapper software to create a deed map. That is a little beyond me at this time. Here is a like to the software:   http://directlinesoftware.com/–_purchase

The other possibility is to take several of the deeds with the complicated descriptions of the land and compare them. Apparently, as time went on the Lot numbers done in the 1790’s to 1820’s began to disappear and land was divided up more and more and they used the surveys to figure out the land descriptions.

The Warranty Maps are online at the Pennsylvania Archive website and you can search for these lot numbers on those maps for Huntington and Fairmount to get an idea where the land was located.

Don’t forget to study the PAGE at the top of this blog titled: “Land & more in Pennsylvania – Connecticut’s Colony (Susquehannah Company) – An Overview!”

sgossfamily.wordpress.com/land-more-in-pennsylvania-connecticuts-colony-susquehannah-company-an-overview/

In the next post I will write about Gad’s estate as I know it, unfortunately the information I have is very thin due to the fact that it is not all online.

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