Samuel Seaman1

M, b. 13 April 1715, d. before 12 June 1781
FatherNathaniel Seaman b. c 1670, d. 9 Oct 1759
MotherRachael Willis b. b 8 Jan 1674, d. 28 Oct 1739
     Samuel was born the 13th day of the 2nd month 1715 at Westbury, Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York. Samuel married Martha Willets Valentine, daughter of Obadiah Valentine II and Martha Willett, on 29 December 1736 in Westbury, Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York.2 Samuel & Martha were Quakers. Samuel made his will before 16 April 1780 second at the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York.

Know all men by these Presents, that I, Samuel Seaman, of Oysterbay Township in Queens County, on Nassau Island, this sixteenth day of ye Second month, 1780, do make this present writing to contain my last will. My just debts to be fully paid and all necessary charges that may happen. I leave to my daughters, Rachel Hicks, Martha Titus, Abigail Willets, Phebe Hicks, Meriam Robens, and Ester Sands, each o100 and all my household goods, in equal shares. Unto my grandchildren, viz.: Samuel Seaman, Samuel Robens, and Samuel Hicks, my randsons; and Martha Hicks, Martha Willets, Martha Seaman, Martha Titus, and Elizabeth Seaman, all my granddaughters, o10 each, to be preserved in my executors' hands for their use, and paid as each shall come of age. Having taken into consideration that I am now in possession of divers black-people, do hereby by virtue of these presents give them all, both male and female, their freedom and fully discharge all them from me and my heirs forever at my decease, feeling an entire freedom so to do in my mind. The residue of my estate, real and personal, unto my three sons, Willet, Obediah, and Samuel Seaman. But having deliberately considered the legacy given to my son Obediah, I have thought it proper for his benefit and advantage to impower my executors to take his equal portion of lands and goods into their care and possession, and carefully to let my son have the privilege and benefit of all his portion during his life. In case they have any of my Estate in their hands at my son's decease, then his wife, Phebe Seaman, should have the use of one-third of the Estate left by him, and the other two-thirds to go to his children in the following manner: Unto his sons, two-thirds; and to his daughters, one-third, as they respectively come of age. Further observe, the legacy given to my son Obediah Seaman's wife is to be understood given to her during her idowhood, and no longer. Her portion to go to Obediah's children as their portions be directed. I make my brother-in-law, John Williams, Samuel Way, and my kinsman, Henry Post, executors. Witnesses, Jonathan Wright, Joshua Titus (yeoman), and Henry Post. New York Wills: Page 226 [in the original will book].3

Samuel departed this life in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York. His will was probated on 12 June 1781.


Martha Willets Valentine b. 18 Nov 1717


  1. [S117] Mary Thomas Seaman, The Seaman Family of America, page 43.
  2. [S79] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume III: page 445 - Samuel Seaman, son of Nathaniel & Rachel; b. 2nd month [April] 13, 1715; died: 1780; married: 1736 Martha Valentine, daughter of Obadiah & Martha, born: 9th month [November] 18, 1717; Children: Willet m. Mary Searing and 10 other children.
  3. [S30] New York Historical Society, Collections of the New York Historical Society Abstract of Wills, Volume X [1780-1782].