Titus Seward and Clarissa Forbes: Their children

Titus and Clarissa (Forbes) Seward had about 8 children. Here is a summary of those descendants as best I can determine. Please keep in mind that this is only a beginning of research on these families, a great deal more needs to be done.

Dorothea Seward was born 2 June 1805 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania.

She married a Samuel Ransom Franklin on 1 January, 1830 in Fairmount Twp. Samuel was born 1808 in Luzerne.

There is a Samuel R. Franklin appearing as Ransom Franklin in 1840 in Huntington, Luzerne Co., PA, in 1830

Dorothea died 20 January 1842 and after her death, Samuel Ransom Franklin married her sister Thankful Seward and had more children with her. See Thankful Seward’s information below.

Samuel and Dorothea had: Florence Franklin 1830 –    , Bryon Franklin 1835-1836, Mary Ann Franklin 1837-1841, Byruf Franklin 1839-1863 died in Civil War, Burton Benjamin Franklin 1839-1904 married Sarah A. Corbin went to New York, and Vocansus Franklin 1841-1913 he was a Civil War Solder and migrated to Nebraska married Betty Alice Simpson.

Dorothea Seward died 20 January 1842 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. She is buried in the Scott/Waterton Cemetery in Huntington Twp. Samuel died 19 Jun 1873 and he is also buried in the Scott Cemetery per Find A Grave.

Elmer Seward was born about 1807 in Huntington, Luzerne, PA. He died sometime before 1841. He married a Lydia Dodson born about 1811 in Luzerne to a Thomas Dodson (1776-1857) and Alta Chapin (1781-1876).

Lydia and Elmer had maybe 3 children:  Titus Seward 1833-1854. Harriett Seward 1835-1923 who married Zebulon S. Stevens 1836-1915 and they moved to Shickshinny and had one daughter Lydia 1856-1936. Thomas Dodson Seward 1837 – after 1892. He was in the Civil War and is buried in Forty Fort Cemetery with no dates listed. He married Rachel Byrd and they had two children.

Elmer Seward was mentioned in his father, Titus Seward’s will which was published in the last post. Several of Elmer’s children were also mentioned by Titus.

A Lydia C. Seward born about 1811 died on 13 November 1852 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne and is buried in the Fairmount Springs Cemetery. I do not know where Elmer is buried at this time.

Lydia Seward was born about 1809 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA. She died 29 November, 1837. She was only 28 years old at the time.

Dianna Seward was born 18 October 1818 in Huntington Twp. She married a John Coughlin who was born 10 Apr, 1811 in Ireland. His father was Dennis Coughlin and his mother was Mary O’Brien.

UPDATE 1/18/2019: They appear in the 1860 U.S. Federal Census under the name of Tocklin. They are living in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., PA John is a farmer age 46 $1000/200 born Ireland.  Diana age 40, Mary age 18, Caroline age 16, James age 12, Dennis age 10, Clarrissa age 8, Dorothy age 6, Henryetta age 4, Nancy age 9/12 and mother Clarissa Seaward age 70.

John and Dianna appear in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census living in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., PA. John is age 56 a farmer with $2000/1000 and born in Ireland. Diannah is 50 keeping house, Mary is 28 domestic, James if Farm L. age 22, Dennis is 21 farm labour, Claricy is 19 domestic, Henrietta is 14 and Nancy is 10. With the family is Seward, Clarisy age 87 no occupation born MA. All the rest are born in PA.

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, a labour.

Dianna (Seward) Coughlin died 26 Aug 1884 in New Columbus and is buried in the New Columbus Cemetery in Luzerne County.  John Coughlin died 28 Aug 1886 and is also buried in the New Columbus Cemetery.

This couple had the following children: Mary Ann Coughlin 1842-1920, James Martin Coughlin 1848-1906, Denis O’Brien Coughlin 1852-1916, Nancy Coughlin born about 1860 death unknown probably after 1880. Clarissa Coughlin 1855-1925, Henrietta Coughlin 1859-1941, Dianna and John may have had 3 more children Dorothea, Titus and Caroline Coughlin with no information at this time.

Dennis O’Brien Coughlin, son of Dianna and John, appears in the George B. Kulp book “Families of the Wyoming Valley.” Vol. II pp. 615 and 616 (1889) Corrected and brought up-to-date by Paul H. Goss circa 1945, Dennis O’Brien Coughlin.

Dennis O’Brien Coughlin was born in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., July 9, 1852. He was educated in the public schools and at the National School of Oratory in Philadelphia and was for many years a teacher in the public schools of this county. Seven of those years he was principal of the New Columbus Academy. He taught, also three years in Foster Twp. and two years in Fairmount Twp. His father, John Coughlin who is still living was born in 1810 in Kilrish, County of Clare, Ireland. He was the son of Dennis Coughlin and was about ten years of age when he came to this country. The mother of the subject of our sketch and the wife of John Coughlin was Dianna Seward, daughter of Titus Seward (Seaward) of Huntington Twp., in this county. Titus was a son of Deacon Enos Seaward, Sr. who was born July 7, 1735 at Middletown, Connecticut and removed from Granville, Massachusetts to Huntington Twp. in 1793. Deacon Enos Seaward married 31 Oct. 1765 (Granville Marriages p. 154) Sarah Goss, daughter of Philip (4) Goss, Sr. “of Brookfield, Massachusetts and his wife Mary (Kendall) Goss “of Lancaster,” and lived in Granville, Massachusetts until he moved to Huntington in 1793 and occupied the farm formerly owned by his wife’s father. Philip Goss, Sr., the father of Mrs. Seaward was one of the first claimants of land in Huntington (Deed dated 25 Jan. 1769, Ledger A., pg. 6 “from David Bull to Philip Goss the Elder for a half right, in the Susquehanna Purchase, Lots No. 18 of the 1st and 53 of the 2nd, Division” and also see “Proceedings of the Commissioners Under the Confirming Law,” Book 2, pg. 141 of Sept. 27, 1787.) His sons Philip, Solomon, David, Comfort, Nathaniel and Ebenezer were with their father in the place before the Indian and Tory invasion of 1778. Solomon was a prisoner in Forty Fort with Captain John Franklin and others, for a short time. The names of Philip Goss and Comfort Goss are enrolled among the first two hundred settlers who braved the hardships and dangers of the advance force who came to “man their rights.” The name of Goss has been permanent in Huntington since the first advent of the Connecticut settler. Before the massacre and battle of Wyoming the family of Philip Goss, Sr. lived on the farm now occupied by Levi Seward, (Seaward).

Mr. Coughlin studied law with Agib Ricketts, of this city, and graduated in the law department of the Northern Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso. He was admitted to the bar of Luzerne Co. on November 20, 1882. In 1880 he was the Democratic candidate for the state legislature in the second legislative district of Luzerne Co. and was defeated by Philip H. Seeley, Republican, the vote standing Seeley 2299, Coughlin 1865. Mr. Coughlin married February 20, 1883 to Emma Hughes, daughter of Edward Hughes of Kingston Twp. He was the son of James Hughes who wife was Elizabeth Swetland, daughter of Joseph Swetland a descendant of Luke Swetland of Kent, Connecticut, settler of Wyoming. Mr. & Mrs. Coughlin have but one child living, Anetta Coughlin. James M. Coughlin, County Supt. Of Public Schools of Luzerne County is an only brother of Dennis O. Coughlin. Mr. Coughlin is not practicing his profession but is occupying an important position in the office of the Collector of Internal Revenue of this District. It goes without saying however, that one who has been so carefully trained and has had such a lengthened experience in the training of others is a safe counselor and capable pleader in a court of law. As an educator Mr. Coughlin achieved a most enviable reputation and as a rule those who have succeeded “with the birth” and afterwards went to the bar have succeeded there.  Respectfully Submitted, Signed by Paul H. Goss – See my page above on Paul H. Goss’ Goss Manuscripts. 

References and Proofs: 

1. Granville, MA Vital Records to 1850

2. Rev. Horace Edwin Hayden’s “Genealogy and Family History of Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys,” Vol. I, pp. 276-278.)

3. Blair, “The Michael Shoemaker Book,” p. 23 “Enos Seward (Seaward) born July 7, 1735 of Greenville, MA”* (Note: Should read Granville, MA, there is no Greenville in Mass.)

4. “Old Account Book” of Deacon Enos Seaward, Archives of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

5. “History of Luzerne, Lackawanna & Wyoming CO., PA” by W. W. Munsel & Co. (1880) pp. 253, 254 and 296.

6. “Proceeding of the Commissioners,” Book #2 of Sept. 27, 1787 for Goss Land claims in Huntington Twp.: Deacon Enos Seaward first settled on original land of Philip Goss, Sr., his father-in-law.

7. “Huntington Valley Historical and Biographical Sketches,” by Mrs. M. L. Trescott (Scrapbook by F.C. Johnson, former librarian of Wyoming Historical and Geological Society. “The Seward Family,

Thankful Seward  born 28 May 1819 in Huntington Twp., and died 17 October 1891 in Huntington Twp.

Thankful Seward married Samuel Ransom Franklin, the husband of her sister Dorothea who died in about 1842.

Samuel Ransom Franklin was born 1808 and died 19 June 1793. His father was Samuel Franklin 1759 to 1828 and mother was Mary Ransom 1772-1825. He is connected to Capt. John Franklin of Wyoming Valley fame.  Mary Ransom Franklin is buried in the Scott Cemetery. Per Find A Grave her father is given as Capt. Samuel Ransom 1737 died 1778 – Battle of Wyoming Burial Ground.  These two families are very prominent in the Wilkes-Barre area.

Samuel R. Franklin and Thankful appear in the 1850 US Federal Census living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA. He is a farmer with $1000. They have with them, Burton Frankln age 15 farmer, Berkil Franklin age 11, Vocansus Franklin age 9, Esther Franklin age 7, top of next page, Vestene Franklin age 6, Rosabell Franklin age 3, Winfield T. Franklin 5/12 Male.

Samuel R. Franklin and Thankful Franklin appear in the 1860 US Federal Census, living in Huntington Mills, Luzerne Co., PA PO Muhlenberg. Samuel is now 53 years old a farmer with $3000, $1200. Thankful is 44 years old, Byron age 20 Farm Labor, Vocansus age 19, Esther A. age 17, Vestine age 16, Rose age 11, Winfield T. age 10, Samuel age 9.

We find them still living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA in the 1870 US Federal Census. Ransom S. Frankline is now 62, farmer $4000/$1065. Thankful is 54 keeping house, Vocansus is 29 Farm Labor, Vestine is 24 at home, Esther A is 26 at home, Rosabell is 22 at home, Winfield is age 19, farm Labor and Samuel is 18 farm labor.

In 1880 the census has Thankful Franklin as a widow. She is living in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA at age 64, keeping house. With here are Esther Franklin age 35 daughter, Perry W. Wolfe age 21 Son in law, Farmer, Rosa B. Wolf age 28, daughter keeping house. A Perry Monroe age 56 Farmer labor, Martha Monroe age 41 wife, keeping house, Edith Monroe age 20 daughter, Ida Monroe age 18 daughter, Emma Monroe age 14 daughter.

Thankful and Samuel had these children: Esther Ann Franklin 1843-1926. Some have her first name as Hester? Winfield Scott Franklin 1844-1873 buried Scott Cemetery, Vestine Franklin 1844-1874 married Hiram C. Wolfe, Rosa Belle Franklin 1848-1921 who married Perry W. Wolfe, Samuel Franklin 1851-1875 buried in Scott Cemetery and Martha Elizabeth 1853 to 1858 buried in Scott Cemetery.  The two Wolfe’s listed are probably cousins.

Thankful Franklin is buried in the Scott Cemetery. She died 17 October 1891. Samuel Ransom Franklin born 1808 died 19 Jan 1873 and is also buried in the Scott Cemetery per Find A Grave.

Caroline Seward was born 23 October 1823 in Bloomingdale, Luzerne Co., PA. and she died 19 June 1904 in Goldendale, Klickitat, Washington. She is buried in the Spring Creek Cemetery in Goldendale.

She married  Thomas Stephens/Stevens was born about 1813 in Ohio.  His father may have been Benjamin Miller Stevens 1786-1858 and mother was Helen Shepard 1787-1827.

A Thos. Stevens appears in the 1840 US Federal Census in Fairmount Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.  I do not know if this is the correct Thomas.

  • Free White Persons – Males – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Free White Persons – Females – Under 5 – 2
  • Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29 – 1
  • Persons Employed in Agriculture = 1
  • 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

In the 1850 US Federal Census Thomas Stevens appears age 35 a farmer with $1000 and born in Ohio. Caroline is 27 born PA. Harriet is 12, Harrison is 7, Matilda is 5, John M. is 1 and Martha A. is 2.

Thomas Stevens/Stephens acted as the Executor of Titus Seward’s estate. See the previous post for information. I had him married to Martha in my last post which was incorrect, he married Caroline.

Iowa Counties

Thomas Stevens age 43 born 1813 in Ohio appears in the Iowa State Census in 1856 in Millville, Clayton, Iowa. With him are Caroline age 32, Clarasa age 21, Hariet age 19, Matilda age 13, Marthy Ann age 9, John M. age 7, Albert age 4 and Lydia Ann age 2.

This implies that the minute he was done with Titus’s estate he left Pennsylvania and went first to Iowa then to Kansas and remained there for the rest of his life.

I can’t find him in the 1860 census, at this time, but he was in Kansas by 8 Aug 1865 according to the Kansas State census for that year. He was 53. He had with him Caroline age 40, Matilda age 21, Martha age 19, John age 15, Albert age 11, Liddy age 9 and Wilbert age 4.

Kansas Counties

Thomas Stephens appears in the 1870 U.S.Census living in Scott, Linn Co., Kansas. He is 57 a farmer with $3000/$50 born in Ohio. Caroline is 47 keeping house born PA, John is 20 a farmer, Albert is 17 a farmer, Lydia is 15 at school, all children born PA, and Willard is 8 at school, he is born in Kansas. Thomas also appears in the agriculture census for 1870.

Thomas Stevens and family are in Scott, Linn Co., Kansas 1 Mar 1875. He is 62, Caroline is 46, Lydia is 19 and Wilward is 14.

They appears again in Linn Co., Kansas in the 1880 US Census. Thomas Stevens is 67 a farmer, Caroline is 57 wife, house keeping, Willard is 18 son, farmer. Thomas appears in the agricultural census for 1880 as well.

John Stevens appears in the 1 Mar 1885 Kansas State Census. With him are Thomas age 72, Caroline age 64 and Willivard age 23.

Thomas Stevens died 26 March 1894 in Linn County, Kansas and is buried in the Goodrich Cemetery per Find A Grave. Caroline Seward Stevens born 23 October 1823 in Luzerne Co., died 19 June 1904 in Goldendale, Washington. She is buried in the Spring Creek Cemetery in Goldendale, Washington. She followed her son John M. Stevens to Washington State.

Caroline and Thomas Stevens had the following children: Harriett 1838 – after 1870 Kansas married Newman Clark, Clarrissa 1842 –  (she was 21 in 1865) , Harrison 1843 to 1864 served in Civil War, Matilda 1845 to 1915 to Iowa and Kansas, John Miller 1850 to 1911 died in Goldendale, WA, Albert 1853-1890 died Chicago buried Goodrich Cemetery, Linn Co., Kansas, Lydia 1855-1913 married John Williamson, Martha A. 1857-1918 married Daniel Augur lived in Kansas and New Mexico, and Willard 1862 migrated to Idaho, married Belle Grant Brooks 1867 to between 1900 and 1910.

Below are two more possible children for Titus and Clarrissa Seward Stephens/Stevens who would have been over 40 regarding when giving birth to these two children.

Martha Seward born about 1825  and further information is unknown.

Mary A. Seward was born 1827 and died 29 November 1837 in Huntington Twp., Luzerne Co., PA.

In the last posts I have shared what I know about Titus Seward/Seaward and his family and descendants. There is so much more to do in the research like checking vital records, deeds, estates and more for each of these families in order to really determine their life paths.  It is time to move on and finish with the children of Enos and Sarah (Goss) Seward.

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