John Wheeler Leggett

M, b. 23 May 1864, d. 1939
John Wheeler Leggett|b. 23 May 1864\nd. 1939|p2.htm#i30149|William "Willie" Haight Leggett|b. 7 Nov 1840\nd. Feb 1921|p1.htm#i30131|Anna Beardslee|b. 20 May 1840\nd. 25 Mar 1910|p1.htm#i30132|Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|||||||
FatherWilliam "Willie" Haight Leggett b. 7 Nov 1840, d. Feb 1921
MotherAnna Beardslee b. 20 May 1840, d. 25 Mar 1910
      (an unknown value). John was born on Monday, 23 May 1864 at Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan. John married Grace E. Frue in 1892 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. John died 1939 at age 74 years.

Family

Grace E. Frue

Grace E. Frue

F
     Grace was born. Grace married John Wheeler Leggett, son of William "Willie" Haight Leggett and Anna Beardslee, in 1892 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Grace died .

Family

John Wheeler Leggett b. 23 May 1864, d. 1939

Augustus "Gus" Wright Leggett1

M, b. 25 November 1867, d. 30 November 1944
Augustus "Gus" Wright Leggett|b. 25 Nov 1867\nd. 30 Nov 1944|p2.htm#i30151|William "Willie" Haight Leggett|b. 7 Nov 1840\nd. Feb 1921|p1.htm#i30131|Anna Beardslee|b. 20 May 1840\nd. 25 Mar 1910|p1.htm#i30132|Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|||||||
FatherWilliam "Willie" Haight Leggett b. 7 Nov 1840, d. Feb 1921
MotherAnna Beardslee b. 20 May 1840, d. 25 Mar 1910
      (an unknown value). Augustus was born on Monday, 25 November 1867 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Augustus married Emma Kay "Jimmy" Carter on 7 June 1903 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Augustus died Thursday, 30 November 1944 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, at age 77 years and 5 days.

Family

Emma Kay "Jimmy" Carter b. 7 Sep 1880, d. 26 Jul 1964

Citations

  1. [S17] S. Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney Family of Connecticut and its affliations, p. 1991.

Emma Kay "Jimmy" Carter

F, b. 7 September 1880, d. 26 July 1964
     Emma was born on Tuesday, 7 September 1880. Emma married Augustus "Gus" Wright Leggett, son of William "Willie" Haight Leggett and Anna Beardslee, on 7 June 1903 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Emma died Sunday, 26 July 1964 at Utah at age 83 years, 10 months and 19 days.

Family

Augustus "Gus" Wright Leggett b. 25 Nov 1867, d. 30 Nov 1944

William "Willie" Haight Leggett1

M, b. December 1869, d. 22 March 1878
William "Willie" Haight Leggett|b. Dec 1869\nd. 22 Mar 1878|p2.htm#i30153|William "Willie" Haight Leggett|b. 7 Nov 1840\nd. Feb 1921|p1.htm#i30131|Anna Beardslee|b. 20 May 1840\nd. 25 Mar 1910|p1.htm#i30132|Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|||||||
FatherWilliam "Willie" Haight Leggett b. 7 Nov 1840, d. Feb 1921
MotherAnna Beardslee b. 20 May 1840, d. 25 Mar 1910
     William was born in December 1869 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. William died Friday, 22 March 1878 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, at age 8 years and 3 months. Wayne County Death Records [State of Michigan]: Leger page 69, record no. 241 - He died of dropsy at age 9 years - recorded 13 May 1879. William was buried at Sashabaw Cemetery, Sashabaw Plains, Independence Twp., Oakland Co., Michigan. He was buried beside his brother & near his grandparents. The grave marker is a small square stone marked "Willie L." with no other information.

Citations

  1. [S17] S. Whitney Phoenix, The Whitney Family of Connecticut and its affliations, p. 1991.

Fredrick Carlile Leggett

M, b. 7 December 1880, d. 23 June 1954
Fredrick Carlile Leggett|b. 7 Dec 1880\nd. 23 Jun 1954|p2.htm#i30154|William "Willie" Haight Leggett|b. 7 Nov 1840\nd. Feb 1921|p1.htm#i30131|Anna Beardslee|b. 20 May 1840\nd. 25 Mar 1910|p1.htm#i30132|Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|||||||
FatherWilliam "Willie" Haight Leggett b. 7 Nov 1840, d. Feb 1921
MotherAnna Beardslee b. 20 May 1840, d. 25 Mar 1910
      (an unknown value). Fredrick was born on Tuesday, 7 December 1880 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Fredrick died Wednesday, 23 June 1954 at age 73 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Obituary: FREDERIC C. LEGGETT- A retired Highland Park hardware merchant, Mr. Leggett, 73, of McIver, Mi., drowned Wednsday in Echo Bay at Port Austin while fishing. A native of Detroit, he was a member of the firm Leggett, Doll, and Foster Co., of Highland Park, prior to his retirement in 1933. Mr. Leggett was a past master of Palestine Lodge, F &AM. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Rice Howell. Services will be at 11 A.M. Saturday at the Manely Bailey Funeral Home, 183 Oakland, Birmingham. Burial will be in Sashabaw Cemetary, Drayton Plains. Detroit Free Press - 25 June 1954.

Dr. Augustus Wright Ives

M, b. 21 June 1861
Dr. Augustus Wright Ives|b. 21 Jun 1861|p2.htm#i30155|Lewis Thomas Ives|b. 4 Aug 1833\nd. 13 Dec 1894|p1.htm#i30134|Margaret "Minnie" Wright Leggett|b. 27 Apr 1843\nd. 28 May 1928|p1.htm#i30133|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherLewis Thomas Ives b. 4 Aug 1833, d. 13 Dec 1894
MotherMargaret "Minnie" Wright Leggett b. 27 Apr 1843, d. 28 May 1928
Augustus Ives
     Augustus was born on Friday, 21 June 1861 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He married Margaret Eugenia Schnoor circa 1893. Augustus's wife, Eugenia on 5 April 1897 in Nice, France, at age 27 years, leaving him a widower. Augustus married Julia Claire Chandler on 31 July 1901 at Massachusetts. 10 January 1920, Augustus was listed on the U.S. Federal Census at Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan. Enumerated in this household were Augustus W. Ives [58 Michigan - New York & New York], Claire C. [46 New York - New York & Ohio], Margaret [16 Michigan], Chandler [14 Michigan]. [Enumeration District 106, sheet 9a, line 43] Augustus died at Alexandria, Virginia.

Family 1

Margaret Eugenia Schnoor b. 1870, d. 5 Apr 1897

Family 2

Julia Claire Chandler b. 25 Aug 1873

Percival "Percy" Seaman Ives

M, b. 5 June 1864, d. 15 February 1928
Percival "Percy" Seaman Ives|b. 5 Jun 1864\nd. 15 Feb 1928|p2.htm#i30156|Lewis Thomas Ives|b. 4 Aug 1833\nd. 13 Dec 1894|p1.htm#i30134|Margaret "Minnie" Wright Leggett|b. 27 Apr 1843\nd. 28 May 1928|p1.htm#i30133|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherLewis Thomas Ives b. 4 Aug 1833, d. 13 Dec 1894
MotherMargaret "Minnie" Wright Leggett b. 27 Apr 1843, d. 28 May 1928
      (an unknown value). Percival was born on Sunday, 5 June 1864 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. 7 January 1920, Percival was listed on the U.S. Federal Census at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Enumerated in this household were Percy Ives [55 Michigan - New York & New York], Lewis T. [25 Michigan]. [District 6, Second Ward, Enumeration District 69m sheet 41b, line 76] Percival died Wednesday, 15 February 1928 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, at age 63 years, 8 months and 10 days.

Valentine Ives [twin]

M, b. May 1870, d. 1917
Valentine Ives [twin]|b. May 1870\nd. 1917|p2.htm#i30157|Lewis Thomas Ives|b. 4 Aug 1833\nd. 13 Dec 1894|p1.htm#i30134|Margaret "Minnie" Wright Leggett|b. 27 Apr 1843\nd. 28 May 1928|p1.htm#i30133|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherLewis Thomas Ives b. 4 Aug 1833, d. 13 Dec 1894
MotherMargaret "Minnie" Wright Leggett b. 27 Apr 1843, d. 28 May 1928
      (an unknown value). Valentine was born in May 1870 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Valentine died 1917 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, at age 46 years.

Elizabeth Seaman Christian

F, b. circa 1868
Elizabeth Seaman Christian|b. c 1868|p2.htm#i30158|William Henry Christian|b. 2 Dec 1845\nd. 11 May 1911|p1.htm#i30137|Anna Seaman Leggett|b. 19 Apr 1848\nd. 5 Dec 1934|p1.htm#i30136|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherWilliam Henry Christian b. 2 Dec 1845, d. 11 May 1911
MotherAnna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
      (an unknown value). Elizabeth was born circa 1868 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Elizabeth died .

Corrydon Chandler Randall

M, b. 14 June 1846, d. August 1907
Cory & Annie Randall's Family
     Corrydon was born on Sunday, 14 June 1846 at Hamiliton, Ontario, Canada. Corrydon married Anna Seaman Leggett, daughter of Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett and Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman, on 9 May 1874 at 169 Elizabeth Street, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. They were married at the home of Anna's parents. Corrydon died August 1907 at Drayton Plains, Oakland County, Michigan, at age 61 years and 1 month.

Family

Anna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
Children

Ferris Seaman Randall

M, b. circa 1877
Ferris Seaman Randall|b. c 1877|p2.htm#i30160|Corrydon Chandler Randall|b. 14 Jun 1846\nd. Aug 1907|p2.htm#i30159|Anna Seaman Leggett|b. 19 Apr 1848\nd. 5 Dec 1934|p1.htm#i30136|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherCorrydon Chandler Randall b. 14 Jun 1846, d. Aug 1907
MotherAnna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
      (an unknown value). Ferris was born circa 1877 at 169 Elizabeth Street, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. This was the home of his grandparents, Augustus & Eliza Leggett. Ferris died .

Huntley Burnham Sejourney Randall

M, b. circa 1875
Huntley Burnham Sejourney Randall|b. c 1875|p2.htm#i30161|Corrydon Chandler Randall|b. 14 Jun 1846\nd. Aug 1907|p2.htm#i30159|Anna Seaman Leggett|b. 19 Apr 1848\nd. 5 Dec 1934|p1.htm#i30136|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherCorrydon Chandler Randall b. 14 Jun 1846, d. Aug 1907
MotherAnna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
      (an unknown value). Huntley was born circa 1875. Huntley died .

Chandler Corrydon Randall1

M, b. 1881
Chandler Corrydon Randall|b. 1881|p2.htm#i30162|Corrydon Chandler Randall|b. 14 Jun 1846\nd. Aug 1907|p2.htm#i30159|Anna Seaman Leggett|b. 19 Apr 1848\nd. 5 Dec 1934|p1.htm#i30136|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherCorrydon Chandler Randall b. 14 Jun 1846, d. Aug 1907
MotherAnna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
      (an unknown value). Chandler was born in 1881. Chandler married Alice Kendall Stewart in 1900. Chandler died .

Family

Alice Kendall Stewart b. 1876

Citations

  1. [S12] Michigan Daughters of the American Revolution, Old Bible and Other Genealogical Records, page 114 - Frederick Steward Randall [8/04/1901, son of Chandler Corydon Randall [1881- ] m. 1900 Alice Kendall Stewart[1876- ]. Frederick Spencer Stewart [1836-1900] m. 1872 Clara Pierce[1840-1915] [Application of Helen May Clark DAR National No. 29899 cousin of applicant].

Mortimer Allen Randall

M, b. August 1885
Mortimer Allen Randall|b. Aug 1885|p2.htm#i30163|Corrydon Chandler Randall|b. 14 Jun 1846\nd. Aug 1907|p2.htm#i30159|Anna Seaman Leggett|b. 19 Apr 1848\nd. 5 Dec 1934|p1.htm#i30136|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherCorrydon Chandler Randall b. 14 Jun 1846, d. Aug 1907
MotherAnna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
      (an unknown value). Mortimer was born in August 1885 at Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan. Mortimer died .

Elrose Anna Randall

F, b. September 1884
Elrose Anna Randall|b. Sep 1884|p2.htm#i30164|Corrydon Chandler Randall|b. 14 Jun 1846\nd. Aug 1907|p2.htm#i30159|Anna Seaman Leggett|b. 19 Apr 1848\nd. 5 Dec 1934|p1.htm#i30136|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherCorrydon Chandler Randall b. 14 Jun 1846, d. Aug 1907
MotherAnna Seaman Leggett b. 19 Apr 1848, d. 5 Dec 1934
      (an unknown value). Elrose was born in September 1884 at Waterford Township, Oakland County, Michigan. Elrose died .

Emma F. Whittemore1

F, b. 9 May 1883
Emma F. Whittemore|b. 9 May 1883|p2.htm#i30165|James Whittemore|b. 31 Oct 1860|p1.htm#i30144|Blanche Irving Leggett|b. 22 May 1860\nd. 8 Aug 1922|p1.htm#i30143|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherJames Whittemore b. 31 Oct 1860
MotherBlanche Irving Leggett b. 22 May 1860, d. 8 Aug 1922
      (an unknown value). Emma was born on Wednesday, 9 May 1883 at 169 Elizabeth Street, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. This was the home of her grandparents, Augustus & Eliza Leggett. Emma married Kenneth I. Guest on 14 June 1906 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Emma died at California.

Family

Kenneth I. Guest b. 26 May 1879

Citations

  1. [S12] Michigan Daughters of the American Revolution, Old Bible and Other Genealogical Records, Volume 18 [edited by Lillian Drake Avery, 1934]: page 177-179 - Blanche L. Leggett [5/22/1860-8/08/1922] m. 6/14/1882 James Whittemore -10/31/1860- ] child: Emma F. [5/9/1883- ] m. 6/01/1906 Kenneth I Guest [5/26/1879- ]: page 178 - Blanche died Santa Barbara, California; Emma had four children: James W. 1907, Kenneth Jr. 1910, John R. 1913, & Elizabeth L. 1915.
    [Submitted to the Michigan DAR by Mrs. Kenneth I. Guest, 450 Kenneth Road, Glendale, California]

Kenneth I. Guest

M, b. 26 May 1879
     Kenneth was born on Monday, 26 May 1879. Kenneth married Emma F. Whittemore, daughter of James Whittemore and Blanche Irving Leggett, on 14 June 1906 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Kenneth died .

Family

Emma F. Whittemore b. 9 May 1883

Nelson Whittemore

M, b. circa 1885
Nelson Whittemore|b. c 1885|p2.htm#i30167|James Whittemore|b. 31 Oct 1860|p1.htm#i30144|Blanche Irving Leggett|b. 22 May 1860\nd. 8 Aug 1922|p1.htm#i30143|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherJames Whittemore b. 31 Oct 1860
MotherBlanche Irving Leggett b. 22 May 1860, d. 8 Aug 1922
      (an unknown value). Nelson was born circa 1885 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Nelson died .

Margaret Fay Whittemore

F, b. circa 1887
Margaret Fay Whittemore|b. c 1887|p2.htm#i30168|James Whittemore|b. 31 Oct 1860|p1.htm#i30144|Blanche Irving Leggett|b. 22 May 1860\nd. 8 Aug 1922|p1.htm#i30143|||||||Augustus "Gussie" Wright Leggett|b. 11 Jun 1816\nd. 12 January 1885 [Monday]|p1.htm#i30107|Elizabeth "Eliza" Seaman|b. 9 May 1815\nd. 9 Feb 1900|p1.htm#i30108|
FatherJames Whittemore b. 31 Oct 1860
MotherBlanche Irving Leggett b. 22 May 1860, d. 8 Aug 1922
      (an unknown value). Margaret was born circa 1887 at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Margaret died .

James Valentine Seaman1

M, b. 31 March 1799, d. 1 March 1857
James Valentine Seaman|b. 31 Mar 1799\nd. 1 Mar 1857|p2.htm#i30573|Dr. Valentine Seaman|b. 2 Mar 1770\nd. 3 Jul 1817|p2.htm#i30920|Anna Ferris|b. 8 Dec 1771\nd. 5 Nov 1854|p2.htm#i30921|||||||John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|
FatherDr. Valentine Seaman b. 2 Mar 1770, d. 3 Jul 1817
MotherAnna Ferris b. 8 Dec 1771, d. 5 Nov 1854
     James was born on Sunday, 31 March 1799 at the family home at 90 Beekman Street, City, County & State of New York. James married Maria Bogart Wright on 17 March 1824 at the home of William H. Leggett in the Rue Street, City, County & State of New York. James' sister, Eliza and Augustus W. Leggett, both small children witnessed the ceremony. Many years later, these two children married. (an unknown value).2 25 July 1850, James was listed on the U.S. Federal Census at City, County & State of New York. Enumerated in this household were James Seaman [50 New York-Gentleman], his wife: Maria [50 New York], children: Sarah [24 New York], Margaret [22 New York], Mary Ann [20 New York], James [16 New York], Catherine [14 New York], & servants: Mary Bailey [23 Ireland], & Barbara Magari [19 New York].3 James died Sunday, 1 March 1857 at City, County & State of New York, at age 57 years, 11 months and 1 day. James was buried at the Ferris Burying Ground, Westchester, Westchester County, New York.4 He (an unknown value).

Family

Maria Bogart Wright b. 19 Apr 1790, d. 24 Jan 1873
Marriage*James married Maria Bogart Wright on 17 March 1824 at the home of William H. Leggett in the Rue Street, City, County & State of New York. James' sister, Eliza and Augustus W. Leggett, both small children witnessed the ceremony. Many years later, these two children married. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] A. Perroud, Les Origines du premier duche d'Aquitaine, page 166 - Maria Bogart, d/o Augustus Wright & Katharine Bogart, b. 19 April 1790; d. 24 January 1873; m. James Valentine, s/o Dr. Valentine & Anna [Ferris] Seaman, of New York City, 17 March 1824, b. 31 March 1798, f. 1 March 1857. Issue: as listed above.
  2. [S47] Autobiograph of Eliza Seaman Leggett - 8 October 1889, page 31.
  3. [S25] 1850 United States Federal Census, City, County & State of New York - Sheet 24, line 41.
  4. [S20] Eliza Seaman Leggett, Journal of Eliza Seaman Leggett, Eliza tell of her brother, James V.'s burial.

Maria Bogart Wright

F, b. 19 April 1790, d. 24 January 1873
     Maria was born on Monday, 19 April 1790 at New York City, New York County, New York. She was the daughter of Augustus & Catherine [Bogart] Wright. Maria married James Valentine Seaman, son of Dr. Valentine Seaman and Anna Ferris, on 17 March 1824 at the home of William H. Leggett in the Rue Street, City, County & State of New York. James' sister, Eliza and Augustus W. Leggett, both small children witnessed the ceremony. Many years later, these two children married. Her married name was Seaman. Maria died Friday, 24 January 1873 at age 82 years, 9 months and 5 days.

Family

James Valentine Seaman b. 31 Mar 1799, d. 1 Mar 1857
Children

Dr. Valentine Seaman1,2,3,4,5,6

M, b. 2 March 1770, d. 3 July 1817
Dr. Valentine Seaman - This portrait hangs in a room just off the board room in the New York City Hospital. It was painted by Lewis T. Ives.]
     Valentine was born on Friday, 2 March 1770 at Queens County, Long Island, New York. He was the son of Willett & Elizabeth Searing Seaman. (an unknown value). He married Anna Ferris on 7 May 1794 in a Quaker ceremony at Flushing Meeting House, Flushing, Queens County, Long Island, New York. (an unknown value). Valentine made his will 2 August 1815 at New York City, New York County, New York.

I, Valentine Seaman, of the city of New York, phusician, do make and publish this my last will & testament in manner & form following. That is to say: first I order & direct, that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid & my dues collected as soon after my death as can convientlly be done.
Secondly, I authorize & empower my executor hereinafter named, and the survivors & survivors of them, at their discression, to sell & dispose, in fee simple absolutely of all such of my real estate as I now hold in common with my brothers & sisters, John Seaman, Willett Seaman, Benjamin B. Seaman, Mary Thurston & Rachael Seaman, and with any or either of them; to give good &
sufficient conveyences in the law for the same; to compromise & compound with any & all my debters; & to refer to arbitration any & all disputes & contraversies, that shall or may arise in the settlement of my estate.
Thirdly, I order & direct that the proceeds of my personal estate together with the avails of such part of my real estate as may be soldby virtue of the authority above given, and the rents & profits of the residue thereof, as the same shall be received, be put out & kept at interest on good real security and that out of such interest & income my belovedwife Anna Seaman be supported; and my children, William F. Seaman, James V. Seaman, John F, Seaman, Valentine Seaman, Percival, Willett Seaman, Marianna Seaman, Anna Seaman & Elizabeth Seaman, repectively, be supported & educated until they shall respectively at the age of twenty-ibe years.
Fourthly, it is my will & I heeby direct that as my children above named shall respecitvely arrive at the age of twenty-one years that they each be paid out of my out of my estate or from such income & interest as aforesaid,be from time to time put outand kept at interest such security as aforesaid, until the youngest of my surviving children shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years, and shall have received his or her legacyas aforesaid. And that then what shall remain of all my estate real & personal be divided among my said wife, if she shall then be living,and such of my said children as shall then be living, and the lawful isssue, if any there shall be, of such of mysaid children as shall then have deceased, [equallyto be divived among said issue if these shall then be more than one] share and share alike; and when so divided to be and remain to them, their heir & assigns forever; - hereby meaning and -------------, that the issue of any such of my said children,as shall have died previous to the time of such general distribution, shall receive the shalre or proportion thereof, that his, heror their parentswouldhave received, if living, snf noymore: also, I declare my intention to be the before mentionedappropriationsfor the support of my said wife, shall be in heirand in bar of herdower, right in title of dower, and of all other claimed upon my estate. And I further declaremy will and intentionto be, that the above mentioned legacy of five thousand dollarsto be paid to my children respectively, as they shall arrive at the age of twenty oneyears,shall not be paid to the issue of anyone of my childrenwho shall have died under the age of twenty-one years: but that only such of my said childrenwhoshall attain to that age, shall respectively at such agebe authorized out of my estate the said sum of five thousand dollars, previous to thegeneral divisionand distribution of the above mentioned.
And lastly, I hereby nominate ---- & appoint my eldest son, William F. Seaman, and my brother-in-law, William B. Thurston and my kinsman, SamuelHicks of the cityof New York, merchant Executors of this my last will & testament. In witness thereof I have there unto set myhand and seal this 22 day of the sixth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
Valentine Seaman
Signed, sealed, published, and declared
by the above named Valentine Seaman as
and for his last will and testament in the
presence of us who havehere unto subscribed
our namesas witnesses of therequest of the
said testatorand in his presence and in the presence of each other. Isaac Burr, Rob C. Cornell, Benjamin Clark


2.7 Valentine died Thursday, 3 July 1817 at the family home "Grove Farm", Throgs Neck, Westchester County, New York, at age 47 years, 4 months and 1 day. He died of consumption in the front room of his home. He was buried at the Friend's Cemetery on North Street. "Friends" [Quakers] did not have headstones to mark their graves. A few years later, all the graves there were moved to a location adjoining the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Valentine's son spent much time and money trying to locate his father's remains but to no avail. Valentine was laid to rest in a grave unknown.8 Valentine was buried at the Friend's Burying Ground on North Street, City, County & State of New York. His body was reemoved, along with his famiy members, several years later to the Brooklyn Cemetery, next to the Greenwood Cemetery. The practice among the Quakers was not to mark the graves. His son, John, took great pains in trying to locate his grave, as well as his siblings who were buried there. and finally he was allowed to place stones upon their graves.9 He His estate was not to be settled until after his youngest child reach the age of 21 years.

Family

Anna Ferris b. 8 Dec 1771, d. 5 Nov 1854
Marriage*He married Anna Ferris on 7 May 1794 in a Quaker ceremony at Flushing Meeting House, Flushing, Queens County, Long Island, New York. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S5] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume III: page 281 - Anna, d/o Valentina & Anna Seaman, b. 3/18/1812 m. ___ Ferris, [H] dismissed 12/1843; Eliza, d/o Dr. Valentine & Anna Seaman, b. 5/9/1815, m. ___ Leggett, dismissed 7/5/1837.
    Volume III, page 282 - Dr. James V., s/o Valentine & Anna Seaman, b. 3/1/1799; John F. [changed name from Walter], s/o Dr. Valentine & Anna Seaman, b. 3/22/1801; Mary Ann m. ___ Middlebrook, d. 10/16/1831; Percival, s/o Dr. Valentine & Anna Seaman; Dr. Valentine, s/o Henry & Hanna Seaman, b. 4/2/1770, d. 6/27/1817, m. New York 5/07/1794 Anna Ferris, d/o John & Anna Ferris/ b. 12/8/1771, d. 11/05/1854, ch. __ d. 3/23/1796, William F. [Dr.] 2/3/1797, James V. [Dr.] b.3/1/1797, Walter [changed to John F.] b. 3/22/1801, Valentine [Dr.] 9/30/1802, Percival b. 10/11/1804, Willet J. b. 6/9/1808, Mary Anna b. 4/20/1810, Anna b. 3/18/1812, Eliza b. 5/9/1815; Dr. Valentine, s/o Valentine & Anna Seaman, b. 9/3/1802, d. 3/29/1899, m. 1838 Anna Amelia Ferris, d/o Elijah & Amelia Ferris; Willet J., s/o Dr. Valentine & Anna Seaman, b. 7/10/1820; Dr. William F., s/o Dr. Valentine & Anna Seaman, b. 2/3/1797, d. 1/12/1827, m. Elizabeth H. ___, ch. William F. d. 3/26/1825 age 10 months, Sarah H. b. 11/26/1825.
  2. [S2] Getroit Genealogical Society, Marriage Valentine Seaman & Anna Ferris, 1794.
  3. [S18] Mary Thomas Seaman, The Seaman Family of America, pages.
  4. [S19] Dr. John Shrady, Contributions to the Medical History of the City of New York, Dr. Valentine Seaman was a prominent physician and surgeon of New York City. President of the Medical Society which was the forerunner of the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  5. [S44] Minnie Goodnow, Goodnow's History of Nursing




    , pages 129-130 The family of Dr. Valentine Seaman, of New York, holds that he was the first person to found a school for nurses. His son says, "In 1798 Dr. Seaman introduced the first regular school for trained nurses, from which other schools have since been established." He had about twenty-four pupils, and gave them a course of lectures in anatomy, physiology, care of children, and midwifery. In 1800 a synopsis of these lectures was published. The report of the New York Hospital for 1882 says: "As long ago as the early part of the present century Dr. Valentine Seaman, connected with this hospital as attending surgeon up to his death in 1817, was in the habit of giving regular instruction to the nurses by lectures and otherwise. Thus early was foreshadowed the more elaborate system which has recently taken shape in the modern training- school."
  6. [S45] James Joseph Walsh, History of Medicine in New York, pages 295-296 - To Dr. Valentine Seaman, one of the attending physicians of New York Hospital, is due the honor of having conceived and initiated the first system of instruction for nurses on the American continent. This fact is commemorated by an inscription below his portrait in the hospital which contains the words: "In 1798 he organized in the New York Hospital the first regular training school for nurses, from which other schools have since been established and extended their blessings throughout the Community." In connection with the Maternity Department of the New York Hospital, Dr. Seaman, who was far ahead of his time in liberality of view, organized a course of lectures, some twenty-four in number, for nurses, including outlines of anatomy, physiology, and the care of children. The three concluding lectures of this course have been preserved in a small volume called "Midwives' Monitor and Mothers' Mirror," published by Isaac Collins in 1800.
  7. [S10] Elizabeth Seaman Leggett, Journals of Elizabeth Seaman Leggett.
  8. [S57] His daza Seaman Leggettughter - Eli, Dr. Valentine Seaman, In telling of her father's death, Eliza wrote - "Doctor Valentine Seaman, my most revered father, died of consumption lingering I think my mother said it was twelve years. Over work, over study, in his 43th year he died in Beekman Street, Number 21, New York, in the large front bedroom - in the same room in which I was born. Always my heart has ached to feel that I do not remember him; yet my sister Marianna said that my father said to her, "I give this little sister to thee," so she always was so kind."
  9. [S20] Eliza Seaman Leggett, Journal of Eliza Seaman Leggett, Eliza tells of her father's burial. She says that there were no markers at the time put on the site of a Quaker.

Anna Ferris

F, b. 8 December 1771, d. 5 November 1854
Anna Ferris|b. 8 Dec 1771\nd. 5 Nov 1854|p2.htm#i30921|John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|||||||||||||
FatherJohn Ferris b. 9 Jun 1733, d. 3 Jan 1814
MotherMarianna "Myanna" Hunt b. c 1738, d. 9 Jul 1809
      (an unknown value). Anna was born on Sunday, 8 December 1771 at Westchester County, New York. Anna married Dr. Valentine Seaman on 7 May 1794 at Flushing Meeting House, Flushing, Queens County, Long Island, New York. (an unknown value). Anna died when she was young Thursday, 3 July 1817 at the family home "Grove Farm", Throgs Neck, Westchester County, New York, at age 47 years, 4 months and 1 day. He died of consumption in the front room of his home. He was buried at the Friend's Cemetery on North Street. "Friends" [Quakers] did not have headstones to mark their graves. A few years later, all the graves there were moved to a location adjoining the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Valentine's son spent much time and money trying to locate his father's remains but to no avail. Valentine was laid to rest in a grave unknown.1 Anna made her will 9 February 1850 at Newburgh, Orange County, New York. In the name of God, Amen: I, Anna Seaman, of the town of Newburg, Orange County, the state of New York, (widow of the late Dr. Valentine Seaman of the City of New York) being of sound mind & disposing memory for which I am sincerely thankful to a merciful & almighty God, do make, publish, & declare this my last will & testament in a manner following that is to say - I direct that all just debts & funeral expenses be paid, among which debts is a bond & mortgage for two thousand eight hundred dollars [$2800.00] dated on or about the first day of May 1847 & held by Stephen Bedford, & Cyrus H. Bowne, executors of the last will & testament of Peter Van Nute.
      Second, I give & bequeath to my daughter-in-law, Anna Amelia Seaman, wife of my son, Valentine Seaman, all the livestock, farming utensils, household & kitchen furniture, beds, bedding, wearing apparel, silver plate & all other articles of personal property that I may die possessed of belonging to the premises of which I now reside. And I do further give & bequeath to my said daughter-in-law, the sum of ten thousand dollars [$10,000.00], to be paid to her by my executors here in after named out of that first money they shall receive from the proceeds of my estate to be sold by them as here & after mentioned all of which bequeathed are for her sole use & benefit.
      Third, I hereby authorize & direct my Executors to sell & dispose of all my real estate at public or private at such time or times & upon such terms & in such manner as to them shall seem meet & to give good deeds of conveyance therefore & further to collect all debts due & owing to me at the time of my decease - to sell & transfer all shares of stock held by me in any company or companies & generally sell & dispose of all my property not here before specially bequeathed as soon after my death as the same can be done for the interest of the estate & divide the proceeds thereof after paying the ten thousand dollars herein before bequeathed & my just debts, & funeral expenses, between my five sons James V., John F., Valentine, Percival, Willett Jun., & my two daughters Anna, wife of Charleton Ferris & Elizabeth S. , wife of Augustus W. Leggett, share & share alike which said shares are hereby bequeathed to my said children as aforesaid & to their heir & assigns forever.
      Lastly, I hereby nominate & appoint Lindly M. Ferris of Montgomery, Orange County, New York & William F. Waring of Westchester County, New York Executors of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness whereof I have hereby set my hand & seal this ninth day of February one thousand eight hundred fifty.

Signed, Sealed, published & Signed,
declared by said Anna Seaman Anna Seaman
as for her last will & testament
in presence of us who at her
request & in her presence & in
that of each have subscribed
our names as witnesses
      Stephen Bedford, town of New Burgh, Orange County,
      Andrew Embler, town of Newburgh, Orange County.

[Written 9 February 1850 & probated ]
Anna died Sunday, 5 November 1854 at Newburgh, Orange County, New York, at age 82 years, 10 months and 28 days. Anna was buried at the Ferris Burying Ground, Westchester, Westchester County, New York.2

Family

Dr. Valentine Seaman b. 2 Mar 1770, d. 3 Jul 1817
Marriage*Anna married Dr. Valentine Seaman on 7 May 1794 at Flushing Meeting House, Flushing, Queens County, Long Island, New York. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S57] His daza Seaman Leggettughter - Eli, Dr. Valentine Seaman, In telling of her father's death, Eliza wrote - "Doctor Valentine Seaman, my most revered father, died of consumption lingering I think my mother said it was twelve years. Over work, over study, in his 43th year he died in Beekman Street, Number 21, New York, in the large front bedroom - in the same room in which I was born. Always my heart has ached to feel that I do not remember him; yet my sister Marianna said that my father said to her, "I give this little sister to thee," so she always was so kind."
  2. [S20] Eliza Seaman Leggett, Journal of Eliza Seaman Leggett, Eliza tells of her mother's burial.

Elizabeth "Betsey" Seaman

F, b. circa April 1795, d. 23 March 1796
Elizabeth "Betsey" Seaman|b. c Apr 1795\nd. 23 Mar 1796|p2.htm#i30932|Dr. Valentine Seaman|b. 2 Mar 1770\nd. 3 Jul 1817|p2.htm#i30920|Anna Ferris|b. 8 Dec 1771\nd. 5 Nov 1854|p2.htm#i30921|||||||John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|
FatherDr. Valentine Seaman b. 2 Mar 1770, d. 3 Jul 1817
MotherAnna Ferris b. 8 Dec 1771, d. 5 Nov 1854
     Elizabeth was born circa April 1795 at the family home at 90 Beekman Street, City, County & State of New York. Elizabeth died Wednesday, 23 March 1796 at the family home at 90 Beekman Street, City, County & State of New York, after receiving an inoculation for smallpox. This inoculation was the live smallpox vicrus. Her father later went over to England to study with Edward Jenner and he brought the new cacine back home with him. Elizabeth was buried at the Old Liberty Street Yard, City, County & State of New York.1

Citations

  1. [S20] Eliza Seaman Leggett, Journal of Eliza Seaman Leggett, Eliza tells of her sister Betsey's burial and that her mother attended meetings there when she was little.

Dr. William Ferris Seaman

M, b. 13 February 1797, d. 12 January 1827
Dr. William Ferris Seaman|b. 13 Feb 1797\nd. 12 Jan 1827|p2.htm#i30933|Dr. Valentine Seaman|b. 2 Mar 1770\nd. 3 Jul 1817|p2.htm#i30920|Anna Ferris|b. 8 Dec 1771\nd. 5 Nov 1854|p2.htm#i30921|||||||John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|
FatherDr. Valentine Seaman b. 2 Mar 1770, d. 3 Jul 1817
MotherAnna Ferris b. 8 Dec 1771, d. 5 Nov 1854
     William was born on Monday, 13 February 1797 at the family home at 90 Beekman Street, City, County & State of New York. (an unknown value).1 William married Elizabeth Hicks on 30 October 1822 at Westbury, Hempstead Township, Queens County, Long Island, New York. (an unknown value). William died Friday, 12 January 1827 at the family home at 300 Pearl Street, City, County & State of New York, at age 29 years, 10 months and 30 days.

Family

Elizabeth Hicks b. 10 Jun 1805, d. 2 Jan 1865
Children

Citations

  1. [S47] Autobiograph of Eliza Seaman Leggett - 8 October 1889.

Elizabeth Hicks

F, b. 10 June 1805, d. 2 January 1865
     Elizabeth was born on Monday, 10 June 1805 at Westbury, Hempstead Township, Queens County, Long Island, New York. She was the daughter of Isaac Hicks of Westbury. Elizabeth married Dr. William Ferris Seaman, son of Dr. Valentine Seaman and Anna Ferris, on 30 October 1822 at Westbury, Hempstead Township, Queens County, Long Island, New York. Elizabeth's husband, William, died on 12 January 1827 in the family home at 300 Pearl Street, City, County & State of New York, at age 29 years, 10 months and 30 days, leaving her a widow. Elizabeth married William Cock circa 1830 at New York. Her married name was Cock. Elizabeth died Monday, 2 January 1865 at New York at age 59 years, 6 months and 23 days.

Family 1

Dr. William Ferris Seaman b. 13 Feb 1797, d. 12 Jan 1827
Children

Family 2

William Cock

John Ferris Seaman1

M, b. 16 March 1801, d. 26 May 1872
John Ferris Seaman|b. 16 Mar 1801\nd. 26 May 1872|p2.htm#i30935|Dr. Valentine Seaman|b. 2 Mar 1770\nd. 3 Jul 1817|p2.htm#i30920|Anna Ferris|b. 8 Dec 1771\nd. 5 Nov 1854|p2.htm#i30921|||||||John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|
FatherDr. Valentine Seaman b. 2 Mar 1770, d. 3 Jul 1817
MotherAnna Ferris b. 8 Dec 1771, d. 5 Nov 1854
     John was born on Monday, 16 March 1801 at the family home at 90 Beekman Street, City, County & State of New York. (an unknown value). John married Ann Drake at New York. (an unknown value).2,3 18 August 1850, John and his wife, Ann, were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at City, County & State of New York. Enumerated in this household were John F. Seaman [50 New York], his wife: Ann [50 New York], servants: Isabella Wilson [24 Ireland] & Sarah Parler [22 Ireland], & coachman: Thomas Gould [25 New Jersey].4 20 August 1860, John and his wife, Ann, were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at City, County & State of New York. Enumerated in this household were John F. Seaman [60 New York-Gentleman], his wife: Ann [56 New York], servants: Mary J. Vandersee [11 New York], Jane Egberts [30 New York], Caroline Kelly [19 Ireland], & coachman: James Steward [26 New York]. The real estate was 100,000 & personal assets 100,000. The Post Office was Manhattanville.5 20 July 1870, John and his wife, Ann, were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at City, County & State of New York. Enumerated in this household were John F. Seaman [69 New York], his wife: Ann [69 New York], domestics: Jane Lowrey [21 England], Sarah Rayhey [27 Ireland], & Gabela Wilson [40 Ireland], coachman: Rich Dickson [38 New York].6 John died Sunday, 26 May 1872 at his family home west of Kingsbridge Road & northeast of the Isham Estate, City, County & State of New York, at age 71 years, 2 months and 10 days.7

Family

Ann Drake b. c 1804, d. b 12 Mar 1878
Marriage*John married Ann Drake at New York. 

Citations

  1. [S5] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume III: page 282 - John Ferris Seamn [changed name from Walter], son of Dr. Valentine & Anna, born 3/22/1801, dismissed 5/--/1837.
  2. [S60] Seaman-Drake Arch, The Seaman-Drake Arch on Broadway and 215th Street may be regarded as one of the most unusual structures in northern Manhattan today. It continues to amaze passers-by and nonresidents who are not aware of its significance, history and age.
    The Seaman Family dates back to the colonial times when Captain John Seaman settled Long Island in what is now Hempstead. In 1653 Captain Seaman acquired 12,000 acres in the area.
    Among the Captain's descendants was Dr. Valentine Seaman, who with several colleagues, introduced the Smallpox vaccine to the United States in the early 1800s. The vaccine was developed in England by physician Edward Jenner in 1796. Since then, its introduction to the rest of the world started the control and eventual eradication of the disease.
    In 1851 the sons of Dr. Seaman, John and Valentine the younger, bought 25 acres of land between 214th and 218th Streets, and the Kingsbridge Road (now Broadway) north and west to the Spuyten Duyvil Creek. Their immediate neighbors to the south were the Dyckmans and the Ishams.
    alentine Seaman the younger built a house on top of a hill between what is now Park Terrace East and Park Terrace West. The house was used as a country residence for seasonal use. The original design of the house had a domed tower but was eventually changed to a square format.
    In 1855, the arch was constructed as a gateway to the hilltop estate. Its measurements were 35 feet high, 20 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Iron Pivots for a large gate still exist in the passageway. On the rear of the arch are windows suggesting that there may have been quarters for a gatekeeper.
    Sources indicate that the Seaman house and arch were constructed of local marble from a quarry on Broadway in what is known as Marble Hill. This vein of marble extends up to Tuckahoe, New York and was also used for the construction of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.
    James F. Seaman eventually became the principal occupant of the estate and married Ann Drake. In her will dated 1883, Mrs. Seaman bequeathed her part of the estate to her nephew Lawrence Drake. The extent of the occupancy of the Drake family could not be determined as to who was at the estate at what period of time.
    During this period, the Drakes designed a garden with shrubs, trees, charming walks and statues. The Suburban Riding and Driving Club occupied the estate in 1897. Lawrence Drake, an avid auto enthusiast, was a member of the club.
    In 1905 the estate was sold to Thomas Dwyer. Dwyer was a contractor who was involved with such projects as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Riverside Drive and 90th Street and part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street.
    Over the next few years the appearance of the property started to change. In 1912 the first of a series of low brick buildings began to surround the archway, forming a kind of compound built by Dwyer. These became auto dealerships. In 1938 Dwyer sold the main house to developers. The only thing that remained of the old estate was the arch.
    Seaman Avenue was opened in 1908 and was named for Henry B. Seaman, a relative of the family. The Avenue runs north from Dyckman Street to 218th Street and runs parallel with the eastern border of Inwood Hill Park through Isham Park to the northern border of the old estate.
    In the 1960s, the area immediately surrounding the arch was occupied by the Jack Gallo Auto Repair shop, which has since changed ownership. In 1970 a fire in the arch left the stairs and plaster walls exposed and can be seen from the tops of the surrounding buildings and was never repaired. The marble facade is slowly decaying from age and exposure of the brick work to pollution and acid rain. Until it collapses or is razed, the Seaman-Drake Arch will act as a gateway to another era of the history of Inwood.
  3. [S61] Park Terrace Gardens

    , For nearly a century, the huge Seaman-Drake estate, constructed in 1855 by John Seaman, stood on the grounds now occupied by Park Terrace Gardens. Famous for its fanciful gate at the bottom of the hill, actually a scale model of the Arc de Triomphe, the home quickly earned the nickname “Seaman's Folly.”
    Walking though Park Terrace today it is easy to imagine the magnificent 19th century estate. While much has changed, the gardens, were, and remain, the soul of this hilltop property. This turn of the century description, written at a time when the mansion still retained the ornate cupolas survives:
    “West of the Kingsbridge Road (Broadway) and northeast of the Isham estate, is the magnificent Seaman-Drake estate. The property contains twenty-six acres, and was formerly owned by Valentine Seaman. Its large white marble entrance arch is said to have cost $30,000.
    The grounds are a specimen of old-time gardening, laid out in the Italian style with statutes, walks and driveways. Scattered about are small pieces of marble statuary on pedestals, representing Europa, Euterpe, and other classical characters. Where the walks lead down a slope there are marble steps, with figures of lions at the sides. The dwelling itself is of marble and has ampelopsis vines trailed over its south side. By those who live within sight of it, it is familiarly called 'the marble house.' This mansion is said to have cost $150,000.”
    But the good life couldn't last forever.
    In 1878, widow Ann Drake Seaman left the home and the rest of her two million dollar estate to her nephew Lawrence Drake. (As an interesting side note, 145 relatives contested her will) Lawrence Drake in turn sold the estate and by 1906 it was purchased and occupied by a prominent local builder named Thomas Dwyer. Dwyer lived in the home, and used the still surviving Seaman-Drake arch as his office and workshop.
  4. [S25] 1850 United States Federal Census, City, County & State of New York - 5th Ward, sheet 103, line 21.
  5. [S24] 1860 United States Federal Census, City, County & State of New York - Sheet 1093, line 37.
  6. [S22] 1870 United States Federal Census, City, County & State of New York - 12th Ward, Enum. Dist. 18, page 606a, line 7.
  7. [S39] Graveyard Inscriptions: St. Paul's Church, Eastchester, New York, John Ferris Seaman 18 March 1803-20 May 1872 son of Dr. Valentine Seaman, 2 April 1770-June 1817 m. 2 July 1794 Anna Ferris, grandson of Willet Seaman, m. Mary Searing, and James Ferris m. Anna Sands, ...

Valentine Seaman II1,2

M, b. 30 September 1802, d. 29 March 1899
Valentine Seaman II|b. 30 Sep 1802\nd. 29 Mar 1899|p2.htm#i30936|Dr. Valentine Seaman|b. 2 Mar 1770\nd. 3 Jul 1817|p2.htm#i30920|Anna Ferris|b. 8 Dec 1771\nd. 5 Nov 1854|p2.htm#i30921|||||||John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|
FatherDr. Valentine Seaman b. 2 Mar 1770, d. 3 Jul 1817
MotherAnna Ferris b. 8 Dec 1771, d. 5 Nov 1854
Valentine Seaman
     Valentine was born on Thursday, 30 September 1802 at the family home at 90 Beekman Street, City, County & State of New York. Valentine married Anna Amelia Ferris, daughter of Elijah Ferris and Amelia Livingston, on 30 October 1838 at New York. (an unknown value). 1 September 1850, Valentine and his wife, Anna, were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at Newport Beach, Orange County, California. Enumerated in this household were Valentine Seman [49 New York], Anna [35 New York], Vernon [10 New York], John [6 New York], Lindley [3 New York], Anna [78 New York], Percival [37 New York], Hannah [55 New York], Rosa [20 New York], Julia [16 New York] & servants: Ellen Sheeler [52 Ireland], Ellen McDonald [22 Ireland], Catherine Murray [39 Ireland], Mary Sivert [14 New York] and Andrew Pennel ]22 Ireland - farm laborer].3 11 June 1860, Valentine and his wife, Anna, were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at Newburgh, Orange County, New York. Enumerated in this household were Valentine Seaman [58 New York], Percival [56 New York], Anna [40 New York], Lindley J. [13 New York], Lewis [10 New York], Fanny [5 New York], William [3 New York], laborer: Joseph Brown [40 New York], and servantS: Joanna Barry [22 New York], Julia Smith [25 New York], & Bridget Forgarty [16 New York]. Valentine & Percival are a master farmers.4 Valentine died Wednesday, 29 March 1899 at New York City, New York County, New York, at age 96 years, 5 months and 29 days.

Obituary: Valentine Seaman Dead - He was thought to be the oldest native New Yorker
Valentine Seaman who was undoubtedly the oldest native New Yorker, died yesterday afternoon at his apartments no. 12 West Twenty-second-st. Had he lived only another eighteen months he would have reached his one hundredth year. He was born on September 30, 1802, in Beekman-st., nearly opposite the Old Brick Church. When he was born Beekman-st. was one of the most fashionable thoroughfares of the city. Its aspect was, however, from that of an uptown street or avenue today.
Mr. Seaman's earliest recollection of his birthplace was a house surrounded by large flower gardens and vineyards, and the first impressions of the child of the first decade of the century who lived to almost the end of the last decade, were of quiet and shady walks, flanked by apple and peach trees in brilliant bloom.
Although Mr. Seaman had outlived his generation he was widely known, and thanks to the attention of his sons and a host of friends, the quiet and contented life he lived in his bachelor quarters was not devoid of animation. He was an interesting man, not alone because of his great age, but because of the charm of his disposition, his remarkabe mental activity, his reminiscences of old-time New York and because also of his historic family associations. He was a descendant of Captain Seaman, who sailed from Brightling sea, on the south coast of England in 1620, in his own ship to this country. Charles I issued to him a grant of a great part of Long Island. His twenty-three sons by two marriages were the ancestors of Americans prominent in the Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Captain Seaman himself, although a Quaker, led a troop of militia against the Dutch when they attempted to take possession of Long Island.
Mr. Seaman's father, Dr. Valentine Seaman, was a man of great distinction. The intimate friend of Chief Justice John Jay and Jenner, he was the first man to teach clinical surgery in this country, he was the first also to introduce vaccination. His children were the first persons vaccinated in America, and for his faith in Jenner's discovery, he was threatened with death by a New York man. He was president of the Medical College, the forerunner of the present College of Physicians and Surgeons, and wrote the first pharmacepedia published in the New World.
For many years he wa0s chief surgeon in the New York Hospital, and a fine case of imported surgical instruments presented to him by John Jay is still in the possession of Dr. Lewis Livingston Seaman, his grandson. Although his father was so famous a surgeon, Mr. Seaman would often recount, with a merry twinkle, that he was so weak up to his fourteenth year that his father used to say he would not live long. Mr. Seaman's mother was born in the homestead at Throgg's Neck, a structure about 121 years old and still standing. The house was used by Lord Howe as headquarters in the War of the Revolution.
Mr. Seaman wa educated at the Friends school at Nine Partners. Until the great fire in New York in 1835, He was amember of the firm of Seaman Brosam in Water-st., the largest wholesale drugist in the city. Since 1835 he has not been connected with any business, say for a brief interest in the old publishing firm of Seaman & Jenkins. For the last quarter of a century his principal occupation, practiced purely as a pastime, was the painting of landscaped in monochrome. With remarkable skill he would with the aide of a sheet of celluloid, little ivory black, some turpentine and a piece of cloth execute with his forefinger pictures that were greatly admired for their artistic merit. He was an expert backgammon and chest player, and could defeat three times out of five, his son, Dr. L. L. Seaman, although the later was president of the Cornell Chest Club.
Mr. Seaman married Miss Ferris of Throgg's Neck, whose mother was a member of the Livingston family, in 1838. He leaves four sons, the eldest Vernon Seaman. The others are F. Seaman, a merchant in Shanghi; Lindley Ferris Seaman and Dr. L. L. Seaman. In a course of a published convwrsa5ion about two years ago, Mr. Seaman chatted cheerly ablut himslf. "I supposed" he said to a reporter, "That I am the oldest native New Yorker now living, there are only two of my classmates left. They are the Jenkins boys and they live in the next street. William L. Jenkins used to be president of the Bank of America but does not do anything now. I guess he is eighty-eight or eighty-nine years old. Sylvanus Jenkins is younger, and he is still down in the Seaman's Savings Bank. We went to a Quarker School in Pearl-st. My family were all Quakers. No, I don't read as much as I used to it makes my eyes smart, newspapers are printed in such fine type now a days."
"I don't know whether I am sick or not," replied he in reply to a question regarding his health. "I have no appetite, I eat because I have to eat. I don't live to eat, I eat to live. I sleep pretty well. Go to bed about ten o'clock at night unless I have company, then I stay up later. I generally wake up about six o'clock in the morning and get up at eight o'clock. I have a pretty good time. One or the other of my sons takes me out to the park and I sometimes meet George Francis Train over in Madison Square."
"Stimulants? No, I never take anything strong. It make me sick. I don't smoke and never use tobacco, accepting in the for of snuff. When I was young, I used to do as the rest did about drinking. In those days everybody drank wine. It was the custom to keep a decanter of wine on the sideboard all of the time. I can remember when my father bought a cask of Madeira and had it hoisted up into the third floor of our house. I used to draw pitcherfulls out of it." [New York Paper]


His funeral was held at the home of his son, Dr. Louis Seaman.5 Valentine was buried at the Woodlawn Cenetery, The Bronx, City, County & State of New York. His will was probated on 24 April 1899 at 10:30 am at the Surrogate's Court in the chambers of S. Fitzgerald.6

Family

Anna Amelia Ferris b. 3 Jul 1813, d. 14 Jun 1885
Marriage*Valentine married Anna Amelia Ferris, daughter of Elijah Ferris and Amelia Livingston, on 30 October 1838 at New York. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S5] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume III: page - Valentine Seaman m. Anna Amelia Ferris.
  2. [S41] Charles Edward Crowell, Partial Genealogy of the Ferris Family

    Atlantic Highlands, N.J., Charles E. Crowell, & Antonio Rasines, 1899
    Atlantic Highlands, NJ.


    , page 19 - Children of Valentine & Anna Amelia [Ferris] Seaman: Vernon [m. Mrs. Gun], John Ferris [m. daughter of Dr. Yates], Linley Ferris [bachelor], Dr. Bouis Livingston [m. Fanny B. Freeman][no issue], William Kelly [deceased][no issue], & Fanny.
  3. [S25] 1850 United States Federal Census, Newburgh, Orange County, New York - sheet 44, line 3.
  4. [S24] 1860 United States Federal Census, lNewburg, Orange County, New York - sheet 32, line 13.
  5. [S34] , Funeral of Valentine Seaman
    Simple Services Held at the Home of the Dead Man's Son.
    Simplicity marked the funeral service for venerable Valentine Seaman, which was held at the residence of his son. Dr. Louis L Seaman, 18 West Thirty-first Street, yesterday morning. Mr. Seaman died last Wednesday, in his ninety-seventh year, and for some time past he had then regarded as the eldest resident New Yorker. The Rev. John Huske of St. Thomas's Church conducted the Protestant Episcopal Service for the Burial of the Dead, and Incidentally recited the hymn beginning, “Brief life is here nur portion" translated form the hymns of St. Bernard.
    The black cloth-covered casket containing the body was placed in one corner of the large parlor, and was sheltered by a bower formed of tall palms, which Dr. Seaman brought home from Puerto Rico, after the close of the war with Spain. Many floral tributes - mostly Easter lilies - rested partly upon and about the casket. Besides Dr. Seaman, there were present two other sons of the dead man - Vernon, the oldest and Lindley Ferris.
    A large number of old friends of the Seaman family were also in attendance, including Mrs. Isaac Russell, who had been a friend of Valentine in his earlier years; Edward Jenkins Jr. the son of a school mate of the dead mad - the senior Jenkins though still living, was unable to attend the funeral; Justice Henry Bischoff, Mr. and Mrs. George Branwell, Mr. Thomas Harrington, and George Francis Train. The body was taken to
    Woodlawn for interment.
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Anna Amelia Ferris

F, b. 3 July 1813, d. 14 June 1885
Anna Amelia Ferris|b. 3 Jul 1813\nd. 14 Jun 1885|p2.htm#i30937|Elijah Ferris|b. 24 Jan 1768\nd. 7 May 1842|p3.htm#i31136|Amelia Livingston|b. 5 Oct 1772\nd. 1 Mar 1853|p3.htm#i31138|John Ferris|b. 9 Jun 1733\nd. 3 Jan 1814|p3.htm#i31126|Marianna "Myanna" Hunt|b. c 1738\nd. 9 Jul 1809|p3.htm#i31127|||||||
FatherElijah Ferris b. 24 Jan 1768, d. 7 May 1842
MotherAmelia Livingston b. 5 Oct 1772, d. 1 Mar 1853
     Anna was born on Saturday, 3 July 1813 at Throgs Neck, Westchester County, New York. Anna married Valentine Seaman II, son of Dr. Valentine Seaman and Anna Ferris, on 30 October 1838 at New York. As of 30 October 1838,her married name was Seaman. 1 September 1850, Anna and her husband Valentine were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at Newport Beach, Orange County, California. Enumerated in this household were Valentine Seman [49 New York], Anna [35 New York], Vernon [10 New York], John [6 New York], Lindley [3 New York], Anna [78 New York], Percival [37 New York], Hannah [55 New York], Rosa [20 New York], Julia [16 New York] & servants: Ellen Sheeler [52 Ireland], Ellen McDonald [22 Ireland], Catherine Murray [39 Ireland], Mary Sivert [14 New York] and Andrew Pennel ]22 Ireland - farm laborer].1 11 June 1860, Anna and her husband Valentine were listed on the U.S. Federal Census at Newburgh, Orange County, New York. Enumerated in this household were Valentine Seaman [58 New York], Percival [56 New York], Anna [40 New York], Lindley J. [13 New York], Lewis [10 New York], Fanny [5 New York], William [3 New York], laborer: Joseph Brown [40 New York], and servantS: Joanna Barry [22 New York], Julia Smith [25 New York], & Bridget Forgarty [16 New York]. Valentine & Percival are a master farmers.2 16 June 1880, the U.S. Federal Census listed Anna in the household of his parents at Westchester, Westchester County, New York. Enumerated in this household were Anna Ferris [66 New York], daughter: Anna A. Ferris [35 New York], brother-in-law: William L. Ferris [70 New York], borders: Anna A. Seaman [66 New York], Valentine Seaman [76 New York], Lindley F. Seaman [33 New York], Fanny L. Seaman [24 New York] & Percival Seaman [75 New York], servants: Joseph Korkoski [30 New York], Ann B. van Zandt [50 New York] & Louisa Thoma [31 New York].
Anna is a bording house keeper.3 Anna died Sunday, 14 June 1885 at New York at age 71 years, 11 months and 11 days.

Family

Valentine Seaman II b. 30 Sep 1802, d. 29 Mar 1899
Marriage*Anna married Valentine Seaman II, son of Dr. Valentine Seaman and Anna Ferris, on 30 October 1838 at New York. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S25] 1850 United States Federal Census, Newburgh, Orange County, New York - sheet 44, line 3.
  2. [S24] 1860 United States Federal Census, lNewburg, Orange County, New York - sheet 32, line 13.
  3. [S21] 1880 United States Federal Census, Westchester, Westchester County, New York - Ennumeration District 129, sheet 23, line 48 Note: Anna is a sister of Valentine & Percival.
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