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 real 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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