The Will and Estate of Titus Seward 1851 to 1856

Titus Seward had a will which was probated 20 May 1851. This will is available at FamilySearch online.

Will of Titus Seward pg 450 Luzerne Estate Files Will Book Vol. B-C 1839-1863.  Titus died in April so it was about a month later that the will was taken to Wilkes-Barre.

In the name of God Amen, I Titus Seward of Fairmount Township, Luzerne County, and State of Pennsylvania being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind, memory and understanding (praised be God for it) and considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof and ___ the end I may be the better prepared to leave this world, whenever it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and declare this my last Will and Testament in the manner following, that is to say: First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping for free pardon and remission of all my Sins and to enjoy everlasting happiness in the heavenly Kingdom through Jesus Christ my Savior, my body I commit to the Earth at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named..

I will that all my just debts as shall be by me owing at my death together with my funeral expenses and all charges touching the proving of or otherwise concerning this my Will. I shall in the first place Will to Titus Seaward Son of Elmer Seaward the East part of the tract taken up by John Rodes, commencing at a pair of bars East of the House, thence a Northerly direction to the Wall, the East side of the Peach Orchard, thence along the said Wall a Northerly course to intersect the North line of said tract all the East part from said line that together with the rise of the improvements of this place for which the said Titus Seaward is to support Grandfather and Grandmother while on the place. Also Thomas Seaward Son of Elmer Seaward Twenty Six acres off of the North line commencing at the corner of Truman Morris joining lands of B. Calendar to the Creek, down the Creek to leave the Creek to the East running a Southerly course for enough o make twenty-six acres, thence West until it comes to line of Truman Monroe. Also Thomas Stephens Two Hundred and Seventy five Dollars in order to make him equal with property with Grandsons R. Franklin and John Coughlin. The remainder of the property is to be divided equally among the Heirs of the land not to be sold under four years after my decease, and I make and ordain Charles Denison and Thomas Stephens Executors of this my last Will and Testament,   Titus Seward (Seal)

Signed and sealed and acknowledged by the testator in the presence of the subscribers of his last Will and Testament.  Barnabus Callendar, Gilbert Callendar

To Hugh Well Register and Recorder of Luzerne County. You will hereby take notice that I decline to act as one of the Executors of last Will and Testament of Titus Seaward late of Fairmount dec’d.  Charles Denison in renunciation see Will.  Wilkes-Barre May 20, 1851.

Page 451 – Luzerne County SS:  Be it remembered that on this 20 day of May Anno Domini 1851 personally appeared before the subscriber Register for the probate of Wills etc. for said County Barnabas Callendar and Gilbert Callendar who being severally duly sworn depose and say that they saw Titus Seward the Testator to the foregoing Will sign his name thereto, and heard him pronounce it as and for his last Will and Testament, and that they signed their names as Witnefses to the same, and at the time of his the said Testators signing the same, he was of sound mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief. Hugh Well, Register

Luzerne County SS:  In conformity to the foregoing Will and probate thereof. Letter Testamentary was this day granted to Thomas Stephens (Charles Denison having decline) one of the Executors in said Will named, he first having been truly sworn well and truly to Administer the Goods and Chattels of said decedent make a true and perfect Inventory thereof, and exhibit the same into the Registers Office at Wilkes Barre in one month from date, and a final settlement and reckoning of his whole Administration in one year or when thereto legally required. Given under the hand of the Register and Seal of Office at Wilkes Barre this 20th May 1851, Registered May 20, 1851 – Hugh Well, Register.

We turn now to the Orphan’s Court records for Titus Seward taken from the index of those court records and also available at FamilySearch online.

  1. Order of Sale 1853 – Vol. 5 page 1_7 – there is a piece of tape covering the entries and I cannot read it for the page number.
  2. Affdvt to Stay Sale Vol. 5 page 398 1854 – Estate of Titus Seaward dec’d. – Thomas Stevens 2nd as Executor of the Estate of Titus Seaward dec’d being duly sworn according to Law doth depose and say that the Sale of the Real Estate of Titus Seaward dec’d by the Sheriff of Luzerne County would occasion great sacrifice in the same. That said property has been advertised on two different times. That the first time the property was bid unto nearly its value but not stricken down because the handbill were not put up in time and the second time owing to notices given by third parties in regard to the title there were no bids. Your opponent is now willing to sell said property as soon as the legal notice can be given and your opponent believes that the property would bring more at sale upon the premises than at Sheriff’s sale in Wilkes Barre and he would ask that the Shff’s sale be stayed that he be permitted to sell at Orphans court.  Sworn and Subscribed before me this April 4th 1854 (Signed)    Thomas Stevens. 

A. Curtis Prot by S. Downing.  Sheriffs sale stayed and peremptory ordered by the Court, Order Exit. 

3. Petn of Sale confirmed 1854 Vol. 5 page 461  – Estate of Titus Seaward dec’d. Return of Sale of Real Estate confirmed visi 11 September 1854. 

4. Report of Sale 1855 Vol.  5, page 496 – Estate of Titus Seaward dec’d Report of Sale – Thomas Stevens 2nd Executor of Titus Seaward makes return That after giving due timely and public notice of the time and place of Sale of the Real Estate of the said Titus Seaward dec’d and sold what is called the Saw Mill Lot supposed to contain Seventy five acres to Armi Harrison for the sum of Sixty cents per acre, the amount to be ascertained by a Survey of the premises, he being the highest and best bidder, and that the highest and best price bidden for the same. And that he sold a portion of the old Homestead being the lot first described in said notice and the part sold supposed to be Sixty acres to William Hillinger for the sum of Sixty cents per acre, the amount to be ascertained by an accurate Survey of the same. The said William Hillinger being the highest and best bidder, and that the highest and best price bidden for the same, and the balance of the homestead sold in two pieces to Joseph Moss one part thereof supposed to contain Fifty acres, at One dollar and two cents per acre, and the balance about Sixty acres, for the Sum of Two Dollars and twenty one cents per acre the amount of both pieces to be ascertained by actual Survey of the Same. Joseph Moss being the highest and best bidder for the Same. And that the he sold at the first sale the piece of land last described in said advertisement unto Washington Saylor for the Sum of Thirteen dollars and fifty cents, he being the highest and best bidder and that the highest and best price bidden for the same.  Filed and confirmed visi November 11, 1854, Confirmed absolutely January 13th, 1855. 

Report of Sale in the Court Clerks books

5. Account Confirmed 1855 Vol.    6 page  192  – The following Administrators Accounts to filed examined and confirmed visi April 17, 1856 – Estate of Titus Seward dec’d. Account of Thomas Stevens ext Visi.

6. Auditor Appointed 1856 vol. 6 page  200 – 19 April 1856 Estate of Titus Seward dec’d. April 19th 1856 Court appoint E. P. Darling Auditor to distribute the assets of said Estate among the Creditors – Certificate Exit – April 29th 1856.

7. Auditors Report Conf’d 1857 Vol. 6 pge 264 – 10 Nov. 1856 Estate of Titus Seaward, dec’d – Now 10th Nov. 1856 Auditors report filed and confirmed visi – Confirmed absolutely by the Court 17 January 1857. 

8. Further time allowed 1857 Vol. 6 pg 345 – 21 April 1857 – Estate of Titus Seward, dec’d Now April 21 1857 [confinuation] stricken off and report returned to Auditor for correction. Now 17 August 1857 Court grant Auditor further time to report in the matter of the reference back of a prior report to him. 

9. Exceptions Sustained 1858 Vol. 6 page 405 – 9 Nov 1857 Estate of Titus Seward dec’d. Now Nov. 9, 1857 Amended Auditor’s Report filed & confirmed visi – Exeptions filed 10 Nov. 1857 by V.S. Maxwell Esq. Atty &c. Now March 26, 1858 Opinion of the Court on Exceptions to Report of Auditors filed – Exceptions sustained as far as appear’d in opinion.

The following two reports are in the Old Account Index and I have not been able to find this online at Family Search.

  • Auditors Report 1857 Old Acct Vol. 1 page 640
  • Auditors Report 1857 Old Acct Vol. 2 pg. 119

The local newspapers (Newspapers.com) had rather interesting tidbits of Titus Seward’s land dealings and large his estate process:

  1. This happened in 1848 before his death: Auditor’s Notice – The undersigned, the auditor appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County to distribute the money arising from the sale by the Sheriff of real estate of Titus Seward, will attend to the duties of said appointment at his office in the borough of Wilkesbarre, on Wednesday the 17th day of May 1848 at 3 o’clock P.M. which time and place all persons are required to make their claims before said auditor, or he debarred from coming in upon said fund F.J. Leavenworth, Wilkesbarre, April 19, 1848 4t. Auditor.   (Note there were actually two of these notices about a month apart.) April 26, 1848, May 10, 1848 in the Luzerne Union.  This means that the Court of Common Pleas will need to be studied to find out what happened. These are not online at this time.
  2. Administrators’ Notice – Letters of Administration upon the estate of Titus Seward, deceased, late of Fairmount township, Luzerne county, PA., have been granted to Tho’s Stephens, 2d. Notice is hereby given to all persons indebted to said estate to make immediate payment, and all persons having demands against the same are requested to present them duly attested for settlement to Thomas Stephens, 2d of Fairmount, Administrator, or to Charles Denison, Wilkesbarre. December 11, 1851 – 4 6 wpd. The Wilkes-Barre Advocate Jan 14, 1852, page 1.  

    Administrators appointed

  3. The True Democrat on July 13, 1853 page 2 had an article Orphan’s Court Sale – of the Real Estate of Titus Seward, late of the township of Fairmount, in Luzerne Co.  – Held Saturday the 30th day of July 1853 at 10 o’clock AM. and then it describes the property.  This is repeated again Wed Oct 5, 1853 page 3 with another piece of land.
  4. The Luzerne Union on Wed.Mar 29, 1854 page 2 about land in Fairmount – seized and taken in execution at the suit of George Bowman against Thomas Stephens, Executor of Titus Seward, dec’d. Abram Drum, Sheriff – March 8, 1854.
  5. The Auditor’s notice – Estate of Titus Seward Thursday 20 May 1856 about claims etc. E. P. Darling Auditor May 7, 1856. Another notice May 28, 1856 Page 3 page 3 – Luzerne Union newspaper.
  6. Final account of H.S. Stephens Executor of the Estate of Titus Seward, late of Fairmount, deceased filed March 10, 1856. In the Luzerne Union on Weds. Mar 26, 1856 page 3.

Well, I think that there were some issues going on regarding land, taxes and more with Titus Seward. Thomas Stevens/Stephens was probably the son-in-law who married Martha Caroline a daughter. Thomas also seemed to be having trouble with the estate as well. We would only know for sure if we could get to the Court of Common Pleas records and find the Estate file, if it survived.  The Estate file has all the original papers of the probate and is separate from the court clerks records in the big court books.  So I don’t feel that the research on Titus last days is yet complete.  So please keep that in mine.

In the next post, I will discuss the children of Titus Seward and Clarrisa Forbes, which have some interesting findings.

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Titus Seward’s Land dealings 1815 to 1856

Let’s take a look at deeds in the Luzerne Registrar of Deeds Index for Grantor and Grantee and see what we find for Titus. These deeds are available at FamilySearch for viewing and downloading. They are all very complicated in the land descriptions so what follows is just a summary of what I found.

Grantee – This is the person buying the land from the Grantor who sells the land.

  1. Titus Seward grantee buying from Elisha Myers grantor et. al. Vol. 16, pg. 72, 24 Sep 1814, Date of Record 11 Apr 1815 Huntington Twp. – Titus Seward paid $50 to Elisha Myers both of Huntington, for Lot #53 2nd Division, 43 acres one hundred 56 perches allowance for roads, Patent Book FI Vol. 9 page 571 granted unto Abiel Fellows and Stephen [Harrison] Elisha Myers (Seal) Mary X Myers (Seal), Witnesses Charles E. Gaylord, Samuel Chapin. 
  2. Titus Seward grantee buying from Erastus Bacon et al Vol. 20 pg. 151, 14 Feb 1821, Date of Record 9 Mar 1821 Huntington Twp. – Erastus Bacon & wife to Titus for Five hundred dollars, Lot # 48 first division in the undivided lands of Huntington, 38 acres strict measure Patent Book H, No. 5 page 596. Signed by Erastus and wife Mary Bacon, witnesses Elisha Myers, Enos Trescott.
  3. Titus Seward grantee buying from David S. Dodge Vol. 22, page 318, Date of Record 5 Mar 1828 Assignment. I cannot find this deed in the books.
  4. Titus Seward grantee from Bernard Sybert et al, Vol. 25, pg. 30, 27 Mar 1822, Date of Record 11 Apr 1828, Huntington Twp. I cannot find this deed in the books.

Grantor – What follows is not in date order.

  1. Seaward, Clarisy and Titus to Phineas Preston Vol. 15, pg. 435, 24 Nov. 1814, Date of Record 7 Dec 1814, Huntington Twp. – Titus Seward sells to Phineas Preston in Huntington Twp. $100.00, tract of land part of the undivided of said township and part of Lot No. 49 first Division. Patent 10 Jun A.D. 1814 Patent Book H Vol. 9 page 571 granted unto Abiel Fellows and Stephen Harrison, Signed Titus and Claricy Seward (Seals) Witness Enos Seaward and Charles Gaylord. 
  2. Seaward, Clarisy and Titus to Ebenezer Trescott, Vol. 20 pg. 152, 15 Feb 1821, Date of Record 9 Mar 1821 Huntington Twp. – Titus and Clarissa his wife to Ebenzer Trescott for $750.00, Lot #48 first Division part of the undivided lands, Patent Book H Vol. 9 page 571 Signed by Titus and Clarissy (Seal) Witnesses Enos Trescott and Joseph Dugan. 
  3. Seaward, Clarisy and Titus to Peter S. Trescott, Vol. 25 pg. 26, 26 Dec, 1827, Date of Record 11 Apr 1828, Huntington Twp. I can’t find this one in the books.
  4. Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to Freeman Munrow Vol. 31 pg. 57, 21 Jul, 1835 Date of Record 4 Jan 1836 Fairmount Twp. – Titus Seward Fairmount Twp. to Freeman Munrow in Huntington Twp. $150 – very complicated deed – Signed by Titus and Clarissa Seward (Sealt, Witnesses John Dodson and C. Dodson. Clarrissa is examined separate and says she did this voluntarily. 
  5. Seaward, Clarycy and Titus to George G. Gaiser, Vol. 41, pg. 160, 9 Dec. 1844 Date of Record 12 Dec 1844, Fairmount Twp. I cannot find this one in the books.
  6. Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to Wm. L. Hillinger Vol. 44, pg. 402, 10 Apr, 1847 Date of Record 26 May 1847 Fairmount Twp. – $125 for land in Fairmount Twp. Patented by John Koons dated 12 day of July 1824 and deeded to Titus Seward 9 day of October 1841. Witnesses Jos . H. Saycock and Rachel Smith.
  7. Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to Samuel R. Franklin, Vol 45, pg 531 17 Dec 1840, Date of Record 5 Nov. 1847, Fairmount Twp. – $$100.00 land in Fairmount Twp. 100 acres with allowances for roads, Witnesses were John Dodson and John Coughlin.
  8. Seaward, Clarey and Titus to Abraham Miller et. all Vol. 46, pg. 581, 28 Apr 1848, Date of Record 31 May 1848 Fairmount Twp.  – Sold to Abraham Miller and Andrews Fredle of Switzerland in Germany for $150.00, 50 acres and thirty six perches and allowances for Roads. To John Koons his Patent dated the 12th day of July 1824 and by deed  9 October 1841 Witnessed by G. Burrows Charles Denison, Signed by Titus Seaward.
  9. Seward, Claressa and Titus to John Kahl Vol. 47, pg. 82, 13 May 1848, Date of Record 17 Jul 1848 Fairmount Twp. – $500 for land in Fairmount Twp. very detailed deed. Witnesses G. C. Mc Warne and Silas Dodson. Clarrissa is once again examined separately.
  10. Seaward, Clarissa and Titus to George S. Miller, Vol. 53, 583, 3 Feb 1849, Date of Record 2 Jun 1852 Fairmount Twp. – $96 – 25 acres and sixty two perches strict measure. Witness John Koons, again Clarissa is examined.
  11. Seward, Clarissa and Titus to John Coughlin Vol. 54 pg 179 (not 174), 19 Jun 1848, Date of Record 3 Aug 1852 Fairmount Twp.  John married their daughter Dianna.

1848Titus and Clarissa sign a deed – court copy

Titus Seward & Wife to John Coughlin )))) This Indenture made the nineteeth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight Between Titus Seward of the Township of Fairmount County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania, and Clarissa his wife of the one part and John Coughlin of the same place of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Titus Seward and Clarissa his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars lawful money of the State of Pennsylvania to them in hand well and truly paid by the said John Coughlin at or before the ensealing or delivery hereof the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and therefore do acquit and forever discharge the said John Coughlin his heirs executors administrators have granted bargained sold alienad en______released and confirmed and by these presents do grant bargain sell alien ____release and confirmed unto the said John Coughlin and to his heirs and assigns forever all that part of tract of land surveyed on a warrant to Samuel Hall, dated 21st December 1792 situate in Fairmount Township, Luzerne County and State of Pennsylvania. Bounded and described as follows viz: Beginning at a stone corner on the line of Columbia and Luzerne Counties, Thence and said line South six and a half degrees West, sixty one perches to a stone corner, thence by lands of Washington Sutliff & Titus Seward South eighty five degrees East two hundred and sixty nine & a half perches to a stone corner thence by land of J.M. Alterton North five degrees East sixty one perches to a stone corner, thence by lands of Frances Myers and Henderson Baker North eighty five degrees West, two hundred and sixty nine perches to the place of beginning. Containing one hundred and two acres and one hundred and four perches strict measure be the same more or less. The said land having been sold for taxes by the Treasurer of Luzerne County to Daniel Montgomery who thereby became seized in fee for the same and in and by his last Will and Testament authorized his executors to sell the same, and Samuel York hath since been appointed Administrator and conveyed the same to Titus Seward by deed bearing date the ninth day of June 1848. Together with all and singular the houses outhouses barns stables gardens , orchards meadows, fields, fences, ways woods, water, 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 and title interest use trust property possession claim and demand whatsoever of them the said Titus Seward & Clarissa his wife in law or equity or otherwise howsoever of into or out of the same. To have and to hold the said one hundred & two acres and one hundred and four perches hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said John Coughlin his heirs and assigns forever to the only proper use and behoof of him the said John Coughlin his heirs and assigns forever — And the said ___ f ____heirs executors and administrators covenant promise and agree to and with the said — heirs and assigns by these presents that the said ___ and ___ heirs the said above mentioned and described __hereditaments and premises hereby granted and released or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said — heirs and assigns against the said — and heirs and against all and every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully –claiming or to 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 together present have hereunto set their hands and seals. Dated the day and year first above written. Titus Seward (Seal) Clarissa (her mark) Seward (Seal)

Sealed and delivered in the presence of us Silas Dodson

Received the day of the date of the above written indenture of and from the above named John Coughlin one hundred dollars in full of the consideration money for the above premises It being the consideration money above mentioned in full Witness present at signing Silas Dodson.     Titus Seward

Luzerne County SS:  Be it remembered that on the nineteenth day of June A.D. 1848 before Silas Dodson Esquire one of the Justices of the Peace of the said County came the above named Titus Seward & Clarissa 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 Clarissa being of full age and by me dully examined separate and apart from her said husband, and the contents thereof being first made known to her declared that she did voluntarily and of her own free will and act seal and as her act and deed signed 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. Silas Dodson, Justice of the Peace.  Recorded 3 Aug 1852.

  1. Seward, Claricy and Titus to Samuel Myers Vol. 56 pg. 121 24 Apr 1845 Date of Record 29 Jun 1853 Fairmount Twp. – $300 in Fairmount Twp. 53 acres tract of land in the name of Samuel Baker deeded to Titus Seward by deed bearing the date 24 April 1830.
  2. Seaward Titus to Elmer Seaward Vol 57, pg. 76 4 Mar 1834, Date of Record 14 Dec. 1853 Agreement  – Between Titus and Elmer his son, Huntington Twp.

Luzerne Co., PA Probate Court – Vol 57, pg. 76 4 Mar 1834, Date of Record 14 Dec. 1853 Agreement

Titus Seaward to Elmer Seaward ___ Articles of agreement and concluded the forth day of March 1834 between Titus Seaward, of the one part, and Elmer, his son, of the other part, bothe living in the State of Pennsylvania, County of Luzerne, Township of Huntington. The condition of this obligation is such, that the said Elmer is to release all claime to a certain tract of land adjoining Solomon Desevau, Henry Potter, and other s for the consideration of Two Hundred dollars, which is to be aplide on a certain tract of land, core___as follows: One hundred acres adjoining lands of Barney Callender, Peter Boston, and others, taken off from the East end of a tract of Samuel Baker, in said Township, whereon is erected a sawmill, five acres cleared, part in wheat, on the aid farm for which hundred acres, the aid Elmer Seaward is to pay Five hundred dollars, tow hundred red’c three hundred to be paid if the said Titus Seaward should used for his natural support. And the said Elmer Seaward is to keep the sawmill in good repair for sawing, for Titus Seaward to saw what logs he wishes to get in and saw himself, or have saw’d and the said Titus to leave it in as good repair as he finds it. If the said Titus Seaward should want to build a grist mill, and keep the privilege of the water, he is to release one hundred and twenty five dollars, on the above mention sum for and in these considerations, the said Elmer Seaward is to have a good Deed, clear from all incumbrance from ___________assigns, within five years from the date above mentioned, Us witness our hands and Paul Seaward                       Titus Seaward (Seal) Elmer Seaward (Seal)

Luzerne County SS – Peronally appeared before me, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Paul Seward, who, being duly sworn deposes and says that he subscribed the within agreement as a witness, and that he saw the said Titus Seaward and Elmer Seaward sign and seal the same, on the day and year it purports to have been done as their respective act and deed.

Sworn and subscribed before me, this 11th day of November 1853. J.C. Penington, J.P.     Paul Seaward

Recorded 14 December 1853.

14. Seward et al Titus Est to Joseph Moss Vol. 64 pg. 265 12 Mar 1855, Date of Record 12 Feb 1856 Fairmount Twp. TYPE UP T. Stevens to J. Moss.

Thomas Stevens Esq. To Joseph Moss )))) This Indenture sworn the twelfth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, Between Thomas Stephens executor of the last will and testament of Titus Seward late of the township of Fairmount County of Luzerne and State of Pennsylvania deceased of the one part and Joseph Moss of the township of _____________County and State aforesaid of the other part: Whereas the said Titus Seward in his life time and at the time of his death was seized in his ______as of fee of and in a certain tract of land situate in the township of Fairmount County and State aforesaid containing about two hundred and seventy five acres, and whereas letter testamentary were in due form of law co-written to the aforesaid Thomas Stevens; and whereas by the petition of the said Thomas Stephens to the ___Judges setting forth that the personal estate of the before said Titus Seward was not sufficient to pay his just debts a schedule of which together with his inventory of said debts and also a statement of all the real estate of the said Titus Seward was there to attached and praying said Court to allow him to make sale of so much of said ___as the said Court should judge necessary for the purposes afore said and there upon it ____considerate well ordered by the said Court that the lands here in after described should be sold according to the prayer of said petition: and whereas in ______________of the said Order and by force and virtue of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in such Cases made well provided afterwards to wit on the said Eighth day of July A.D. 1854 the said Thomas Stevens did _____the said premises in the township of Fairmount aforesaid ____to sale at public venue or auction the herein afterwards described land part of the above said two hundred and seventy five acres after duly advertising the same according to law and there and there did sell the same to the said Joseph Moss for the sum of one hundred and sixty-three dollars and twenty two cents he being the highest bidder and that that the highest and best price bidden for the same which sale on report thereof to the said Judges roles on the thirteenth day of January A.D. 1855, confirmed by the said Court and it was considered and adjudged by the same Court that the same should be and ________form and stable forever as by the records and proceedings of the same Court reference being therewith ____will more fully and let ____appear; Now this Indenture Witnesseth that the said Thomas Stevens for and in Consideration of the aforesaid sum of one hundred and sixty three dollars and twenty two cents to him in hand paid by the said Joseph Moss at and before the ensealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged hath grantee bargained  solee ___confirmed and b these presents doth grant bargain, sole ____and confirm unto the afore said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns that piece or parcel of land Situate in the township of Fairmount and State aforesaid bounded and described as follows. Beginning at a Sugar Tree corner in line of Calaway Harvey, thence North seventy two degrees east one hundred and thirty nine perches to a corner, thence South eighty degrees East thirty perches to a corner thence South fifteen degrees East fifty perches to a post corner, thence South East about twenty perches to a post and stones, thence South fifteen degrees East one hundred and forty one perches to a corner thence North forty two and a half degrees West two hundred and three perches to a Sugar Tree Corner, the place of Beginning Containing one hundred and two acres and sixty one perches – Strict measure be the same more or less.  Together with all and singular the eights  liberties, privileges hereditaments and appurtenances, whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining and the _____________rents issues and profits thereof; and also all the estate rights, title, interest, property claim and demand whatsoever of the said Titus Seward in his life-time at and immediately before the time of his decease or of him the said Thomas Stephens in law or equity or otherwise howsoever of in to or out of the same; To have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned and intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of the said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns forever and the said Thomas Stevens doth Covenant promise and agree to and with the said Joseph Moss his heirs and assigns by these presents that the said Thomas Stevens hath not committed or willingly or willingly suffered to be done or committed any act matter or thing whatsoever whereby the premises aforesaid or any part thereof is are or shall or may be impeached charged or encumbered in title share or estate or otherwise howsoever. In testimony whereof the party of the first part hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year aforesaid.  Thomas Stevens (Seal)

Sealed and delivered in the presence of J.C. Pennington and William Buckle

Luzerne County SS Before me the subscriber a Justice of the Peace in and for the said county, personally came the above named Thomas Stephens Executor of the last will and testament of Titus Seaward who in and form of saw acknowledge the above Indenture to be his act and deed as such executor to the and that the same might be recorded as such according to law. Witness my hand and seal the 31st day of March A.D. 1855 J.C. Pennington JP (Seal)   Recorded 12 February 1856.

When I transcribe the deeds, I strive to write them correctly but the handwriting can be a real challenge and the words can be difficult because of the misspellings.  So please understand that they are done as best I can.

So it looks like the land in the last deed had to be sold to pay for debts that Titus had acquired.  This means we would need to look a more court documents, like the Court of Common Pleas and maybe seek out an Estate file if it survived.  In the next post we will review Titus’ will and the Orphan’s Court records to see what we can learn about Titus’ life.

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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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