Enos Seward and Sarah Goss, their children: Titus Seward and his wife Clarissa Forbes

Titus Seward was born 9 July 1783 in Granville, Massachusetts to Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward.

Granville Town Records, Seward Births

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

Titus would have been about 11 years old when his parents migrated to Pennsylvania 1793. I wonder what stories he could have told.

Titus married Clarissa Forbes born about 1783 in Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Nathan Forbes (1754 to 1833) and Thankful Hale (1754-1820). Her sister Thankful (1785-1869) married Nathaniel Goss Jr. (1785-1854) a son of Nathaniel Goss, Sarah’s younger brother.

Titus – Clarissa Forbes daug of Nathan Forbes of Conn. & Thankful Hale distinguished desc. In Wilkes Barre, Go to U.S. Congress & to Yale Col. The handwritten notes of Emily Wheeler Lewin, March 7, 1947 left in the Granville, MA public library. Emily was a granddaughter of Mrs. M. L. T. Hartman (Margaret Trescott Hartman) who wrote the History of Huntington Valley published in the Mt. Echo March 11 1959 to Sept 30, 1949. This is available for viewing at FamilySearch.

Titus Seward appears in the 1810 U.S. Federal Census in Huntington, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25 – 1
  • Number of Household Members – 2

In 1840 Titus Seward appears in Fairmount, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Persons Employed in Agriculture – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 1
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 3
  • Total Free White Persons – 6
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 6

There seems to be a second entry for Titus under Hanover Twp. for 1840, which seems odd?

  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 3
  • Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Persons Employed in Mining – 1
  • Free White Persons – Under 20 – 1
  • Free White Persons – 20 thru 49 – 4
  • Total Free White Persons – 6
  • Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves – 6

In the 1850 U.S. Federal Census Titus appears at age 66 in Fairmount, Luzerne as a farmer with $2000 born in MA. With him is Clarisa age 66, Titus age 16 and Alford Meeds age 16.

In 1870 a Clarissa Seward appears in the U.S. Federal Census living with a family by the name of Tocklin/Cadtlin in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.  I think it is really Coughlin.  There is a John age 46 Farmer with $1000/200. Born in Ireland. With him is Diana age 40 born PA, Mary age 18, Caroline age 16, James age 12, Dennis age 10, Clarissa age 5, Dorothy age 6, Henreyetta age 4 and Nancy age 9/12, all born in Pennsylvania.

In the 1880 U.S. Census we do not find Clarissa but her daughter’s family is in New Columbus, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.  John Coughlin is 69, farmer with weak eyes. Diana age 60 wife, keeping house, daughter Mary age 37, Dennis O. age 28 son, school teacher and farmer, Ettie age 22 daughter at school and Nancy age 18 daughter at school. Beneath these names are a long list of boarders, a servant, and a laborer.

Titus has a will with a probate date of 20 May 1851 – Will Books Vol. B-C, 1839-1863. I will feature that in a future post.

Titus Seward died on 24 April 1851 and it is possible that he is buried in the Old Goss Cemetery. There is a Titus Seward buried there and his tombstone survived but it is of a younger person of 17 years of age. It reads Titus Seward Died march 24, 1857 Age 17 yrs., 9 mos. 15 days.  Where Clarrissa is buried I do not know at this time.

In the next post I will do a summary of Titus’ land dealings, then in another post his Estate and Will and finally a third post about their children.

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