Levi is said to have lived on the land of Philip Goss IV (1724 to 1779) in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Well this is true, he lived on that land with his parents Enos Seward and Sarah (Goss) Seward. I have documented the land of Enos Seward and Sarah, in a past post, about their life in Pennsylvania after they migrated from Granville, Massachusetts. I will, in a future post, dig further into Philip’s land when I write about his son Nathaniel Goss.
Remember that Levi Seward was born in 1778 so he was only 15 years old when he migrated with his parents to Huntington in about 1793. The history books have implied he was there in 1776 but this can’t be so. See my last post about this issue.
Levi’s land transactions start in March of 1813 and continue on till June of 1851. Here is a link to a PDF of the deeds I found in the Luzerne County Deed Book Index for Grantors and Grantees at FamilySearch for Levi Seward. Follow this link: PDF, click and then click again: LeviSewardDeedListings
Levi Seward Deeds
Here is a summary of the deeds of Levi Goss. You will need this map to see where Union and Ross are located in relationship to Fairmount and Huntington townships.
- Archibald McCall, John Ashley & Thomas Astley, Trustees in the City of Philadelphia in the Asylum Company to Levi Seward, of Fishing Creek Twp. in the County of Northumberland, farmer – 30 Mar 1813 The writing is very light and it is all about this company. This deed was recorded Nov. 13, 1816. Book 17, pg. 343.
About this time Enos Seward has died and Levi, along with his brother Titus, are the Executors of his will. Levi got equal shares with his brother. The will of Enos Seward is featured in a past post.
2. Andrew Shiner and wife of Briar Creek Twp., Columbia Co., on 19 June 1820 to Levi Seward of Huntington Twp., County of Luzerne, State of Pennsylvania, $135.34, 33 acres and 141 perches. This is very complicated and once again involves the Asylum Co. and the Susquehannah Co., Book 21 page 183.
3. Commonwealth to Levi Seward 21 Feb 1821 in Huntington.
Deed Commonwealth to Levi Seward – in some areas is was very smudged and difficult to read. Bk 21, pg. 517, 21 Feb 1821
Commonwealth to Levi Seward SS: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – To all to whom these presents shall come. Greeting: Know yet that in consideration of the monies paid by Levi Seward for the Warrant – hereinafter mentioned and of the sum of Seven dollars and thirty cents in full since paid by him unto the Treasury office of this Commonwealth there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said Levi Seward a certain tract of land situate in Huntington Township Luzerne County, Beginning at a Post, thence by land of Bull and Peck North one degree West forty five perches and three tenths to a Post, and Stones, North Seventy five degrees West twenty five perches to a post North Twenty three degrees East twenty eight perches to a Post North Sixty seven degrees West fifty perches to a post North Seventy nine degrees and a half West forty seven perches and one tenth to a post South eighty eight degrees and a half West fifty perches to a post and Stones, thence by Land of Andrew [Eliple], South one degree and a half East Two hundred seventy seven perches to a Black Oak thence by the certified line of Huntington Twp. north sixty eight and a half East one hundred Twenty eight perches and five tenths to the beginning. Containing One hundred five acres, twenty perches and allowance Etc. Which said tract of Land was surveyed on the 14th July 1814 in pursuance of a Warrant dated the 31st day of May 1814 granted to the said Levi Seward. To Have and to Hold the said Tract or parcel of Lands with the appurtenances unto the said Levi Seward and his heirs to the use of him the said Levi Seward his heirs and assigns forever Free and Clear of all restrictions and reservations, as to mines, Royalties, Quit rents, or otherwise, excepting and reserving only the fifth part of all Gold and Silver or for the use of this Commonwealth, to be delivered at the ___month clear of all charges. In Witnefs whereof William Clark, Secretary of the Land Office of the said Commonwealth hath hereto set his Hand and the seal of the Land Office of Pennsylvania hath been herewith offices, the Twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Twenty one and of the Commonwealth the forty fifth. Atten A.M. Piper Dep Seal Ld Office Enrolled in Patent Book HH Vol. I Page 5 ____Recorded April 4th 1822. Book 21, pg. 517.
Levi Seward received a Land Warrant dated 31 May 1814 for Huntington, Luzerne. #402, 150 Acres, Ret – 21 Feb. 1821 per Ancestry.com’s index. This a hand written card. This warrant is online at the Pennsylvania Archives Website Under Warrant Indexes. This online warrant is only an index and you will have to buy the warrant to see it.
No. #402 Levi Seaward, Survey 150, 31 May 1814, Date of Return 21 Feb. 1821, 105.20 Patentee Levi Seward Recorded, Vol. H, No. 17, Page 592, Survey Book C233, page 45 Huntington.
The warranty maps are online at the Pennsylvania State Archives website. Click the link, choose the County you want, then the township you want:
#17 C-233 – 45, Levi Seaward 105 As 20 P & All. Warr. May 31, 1814, Sur. July 14, 1814, Pat. Feb 21, 1821 to Levi Seward H – 17-592.
There are more family on the warranty map for Huntington and some for Fairmount. At this time I focus on Levi Seaward. Make sure you look for the No. given at the top of the notation for that person, then the lot number, and then the division. Be patient it can be very confusing and takes some time to locate the person’s land.
The patent is also listed in an index online at the Pennsylvania Archives.
Page 340 Book 211 Feb 1821, page 592, Seward Levi, 105 acres, 20 perches, Warrantee, Levi Seward, Date of Warrant – May 31, 1814, Luzerne.
You can also find the Survey for Levi’s land online at the Pennsylvania Archives website under survey’s. You will look for Survey Book C233, page 45 Huntington. The photo below is only the drawing not the other information.
Go back to the Warrantee Map and see if you cannot find the land’s of Levi and compare this survey drawing with what appears there. Have fun.
4. Erastus Bacon et. all to Levi Seward 10 Apr 1822 in Huntington. I cannot find this deed it is not located at the book and page given: Book 22, page 81.
5. Levi and Thankful Seward of Huntington to Joseph Moss Jr. of Union Twp. 13 Feb 1823. Containing 100 acres usual allowances for roads. Parcel of land Warrant granted to Samuel Turner dated 10 March 1819 – to Levi Seward 11 Feb 1822. I told you all that land in Luzerne is complicated. Abiel Fellows is a witness to this deed. Recorded March 18th 1823. Book 20, pg. 254.
6. Levi and Thankful Seward to Ira Rood 4 Apr 1825 in Union Twp. 140 acres granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by two patents bearing _____11th of March 1822 enrolled in Patent Book H. Vol. 18 folio 581 the second in Patent Book H, Vol. 18, page 582. This deed was witnessed by Alvin Seward and a John Dodson a JP. Recorded 5 April 1825. Book 20, pg. 397.
7. Levi and Thankful Seward to Daniel Fuller, 3 April 1832 Both from Huntington Twp., Luzerne, PA. For $200 for forty-two acres. Land surveyed 31 of May 1814 granted patent bearing date 21 February 1821 to Levi Seward enrolled in Patent Book H Vol. 17 page 592. Witnessed by J. Westover, Freman Seward and David Uriah. Recorded 5 Nov. 1833. Book 29, pg 460.
8. Thomas Astley et. all to Levi Seward 26 Apr 1838 in Fairmount. This deed is interesting because Gad also had separate dealings with this person. Thomas Astley of the City of Philadelphia Merchant and Sarah H. Astley his wife and Levi Seward of Fairmount Twp. $114.28. Ninety one acres and fifty six perches and allowances Being Number 183 in the Register of the Asylum Co. originally surveyed dated 2nd day of August 1784 and it changed many hands over the years and deeds. Record April 16, 1820. Book 35, pg. 705.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has the Asylum Co. papers and gives a description of this company and its purpose and function. I visited this archive in 2008 and highly recommend it. Here is the link to the Asylum Company papers: http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/a/AsylumCo0021.html
9. Levi Seward to Samuel Seward, 20 Mar 1840, Ross Twp. Book 51, pages 437 to 438.
Levi Seward To
This Indenture made the twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty & Between Levi Seward of the township of Fairmount County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania farmer and Thankful his wife of the one part and Samuel Seward of the township of Rofs County and State aforesaid farmer of the other part. That the said Levi Seward and Thankful his wife for an in consideration of the sum of Seven hundred dollars lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania to them in hand well and truly paid by the said Samuel Seward at or before the ensealing or delivery hereof the receipt whereof they hereby acknowledge and therefore to acquit and forever discharge the said Samuel Seward heirs, Executors, Administrators, have granted, bargained, sold, aliened, en_____, released and confirmed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, alien, ______release and confirm unto the said Samuel Seward and to his heirs and assigns forever a certain lot or piece of Land situate in Rofs Township, Luzerne Co., and State of Pennsylvania Beginning at a corner on line of Paul Wolf’s land thence by land of John Long north twenty six degrees and a half East one hundred and twenty perches to a corner, thence by part of the same South sixty-three and a half degrees East forty six and five tenths perches to a corner, thence South twenty six and a half degrees West Eight perches to a corner; thence South sixty three and a half degrees East twenty perches to a corner; thence North twenty six and a half degrees East eighty perches to a corner thence by part of the same South sixty three and a half degrees East, seventy three and five tenths perches to a corner on Joseph Mofs’ line, thence by land of Joseph Mofs, South twenty six and a half degrees West one hundred and twenty perches to Joseph Mofs’ land, thence by land of Paul Wolf North sixty three and a half degrees West one hundred and forty perches to the place of beginning Containing one hundred and four acres strict measure It being part of a larger piece of land which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by two patents bearing date the Eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two Enrolled in Patent Book H. Vol. 18, page 581 and 582 did grant and confirm unto the said Levi Seward, relation being thereunto had more fully and at large appears. Together also 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, thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversions 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 Levi Seward and Thankful his wife in law equity or otherwise howsoever of in to our out of the same. To Have and to Hold the said ____of one hundred and four acres of land, hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released, or mentioned or intended ____with the appurtenances, unto the said Samuel Seward and his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the said Samuel Seward his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Levi Seward for his heirs, Executors and Administrators covenant, promise and agree to and with the said Samuel Seward his heirs and assigns by these presents; that they the said Levi Seward and Thankful his wife and their heirs, the said above mentioned and described one hundred and four acres of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released, or mentioned or intended so to be with the _______names unto the said Samuel Seward his heirs and assigns against him the said Levi Seward and his heirs and against all and every other persons, whomsoever, lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part or parcel thereof under him them or any of them shall and will warrant and forever Defend by these presents. In Witnefs whereof, the said parties to these presents. I have hereunto set their hands and Seals: Dated the day and year first above written. Levi Seward (Seal) ___________(Seal).
Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Elida Seward and J.J. Loaucock
Received the day of the date of the above written Indenture of and from the above named Samuel Seward Seven hundred dollars. It being the consideration money above mentioned. Witness present at signing.
County ss: Be it remembered that on the twentieth day of March Anno Dominin 1848 before J. F. Laycock Esquire, one of the Justices of the said County came the above named Levi Seward and acknowledged the above Indenture to be his act and deed and desired that the same might be recorded as such according to Law. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written. J.F. Laycock J. P. (Seal).
This deed starts out with Thankful and Levi identified at the beginning, but at the end only Levi acknowledges the deed and Thankful is not examined. She died 4 March 1848. She just missed this transaction.
10. Levi Seward to Joel Potter 26 June 1846 Fairmount Twp. Book 54, pg. 511. Patent dated 11 of Sept 1794 and enrolled in Patent Book No. 24, pg. 39. Again the Asylum Company is involved. Signed by both Levi and Thankful. She is taken aside and questioned in this deed and she did it voluntarily. Witnesses were James F. Saycock and Elida Seward. Recorded 10 Nov. 1852.
11. Levi Seward to Samuel Seward 21 June 1851, Ross Twp. Book 52, pg. 115:
This Indenture made the twenty first day of June Anno Domini in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one. Between Levi Seward of the Township of Fairmount Luzerne County State of Pennsylvania farmer of the first part, and Samuel Seward of Rofs township Luzerne County and State aforesaid Farmer of the Second part. Witneseth That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of Three hundred dollars lawful money of the United States of American unto him well and truly paid by the said party of the Second part at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, ______, released, conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell, alien, ____, release, convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns a Certain lot of land Situate in Rofs Township Luzerne County State of Pennsylvania Bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a corner, thence by land of David Rood North twenty six degrees and a half East one hundred and thirty three perches to a corner, thence by land of Samuel Rood, South sixty three and a half degrees East One hundred and seventeen perches Stake & Stones corner, thence south twenty six degrees and one half West thirty eight perches to a corner, thence by land of Joseph Mofs North sixty three and a half degrees West eighty perches to a corner; thence by land of Samuel Seward (party hereto) North sixty three and a half degrees West thirty seven and five tenths perches to the place of beginning, Containing Fifty acres and twenty seven perches. Together with all and singular the improvements, ways, waters, water courses, rights, liberties, privileges, hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining of and the revisions and remainders, rents issues, and benefits thereof; and all the estate, right, title, interest, property. Claim and demand whatsoever of him the said party of the first part in law, equity or otherwise, howsoever of in and to the same and every part and parcel thereof. To Have and to Hold the said above described fifty acres and twenty seven perches of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted, or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances, unto the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns to and for the only proper use and behoof of the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns for ever. And the said party of the first part for himself, his heirs, Executors, and Administrators doth by these presents covenant grant and agree to an with the part of the second part his heirs and assigns that he said party of the first part his heirs, all and singular the hereditaments and premises herein above described and granted, or mentioned, and intended so to be with the appurtenances, unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assign against him the said party of the first part, his heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof shall and will Warrant and for ever Defend. In Witnefs whereof the said party of the first part hath hereunto set his hand and seal dated the day and year first above written. Levi Seward (Seal).
Sealed and Delivered in the presence of Benjamin Harvey and R. J. Harvey
Received the day of the date of the above Indenture, of the above named Samuel Seward the sum of three hundred dollars in full for the consideration money herein Contained.
Luzerne Co. ss: The twenty first day of June Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty one before me personally appeared the above named Levi Seward and in due form of law acknowledged the above Indenture to be his act and deed, desired the same might be recorded as such. Witnefs my hand and seal the day and year aforesaid. Benjamin Harvey JP (Seal). Recorded 11 Aug 1851.
The Patents are listed on an index at the Pennsylvania Archive website but to see the patents you will have to buy them from the archive.
We see that Levi Seward was quite the speculator with his dealings with the Asylum Company. We also see that he sold land to his son Samuel before his death and Elida was a witness to one of those deeds. Freeman was also a witness to a deed. It is also good to see Thankful involved in a couple of these deeds. Be advised that these are copied deeds, by the clerk, and that means the signatures are not original. Still, we can see the names and those involved.
There are several more deeds that I will share but I believe them to be involved with the Estate of Levi Seward and that will be shared in the next future posts.