Willet Seaman1,2,3

M, b. 15 October 1737, d. 5 April 1807
FatherSamuel Seaman b. 13 Apr 1715, d. b 12 Jun 1781
MotherMartha Willets Valentine b. 18 Nov 1717
     Willet was born on Tuesday, 15 October 1737 in the Town of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island, New York. Willet married Mary Searing, daughter of John Searing III and Elizabeth (?), on 11 February 1762 in Queens County, Long Island, New York, at St. George's Anglician Church in the Town of Hempstead.4,5,6,7 During the Revolutionary War, Willet served in the Duthches County Militia, 6th Regiment, under the command of Col. Morris Green. Near the close of this war, Willet went to New York City and established himself as a merchant. He was one of the founders of New York City Hospital & served on its board of governors. Willett was also involved in the abolitionist movement and was a fonding member of the Manumissions Society of New York in 1785, and was a representative of New York City in the 4th annual covention held in 1797 .8,9 The 1790 U.S. Federal Census enumerates at the City, County & State of New York, the family of Willet Seaman [33:41].10 Willet died on Sunday, 5 April 1807 in the City, County & State of New York, from a stone in his bladder.11


Mary Searing b. 5 Jul 1739, d. 8 Jun 1813


  1. [S93] Elizabeth Seaman Leggett, Journal of Elizabeth Seaman Leggett.
  2. [S117] Mary Thomas Seaman, The Seaman Family of America, page 64 - Willet Seaman m. Mary Searing, d/o Valentine Searing [Note: error - Mary was the daughter of John Searing - klm ]
    page 90-91 - Willit Seaman resident North Hempstead, New York; b. North Hempstead October 5, 1737; d. New York City May 4, 1807; m. Hempstead February 11, 1762 Mary Searing, daughter of Dr. Valentine Searing. [She was b. July 5, 1739 d. June 8, 1813 New York City] Children: 12.
  3. [S1120] Anti-Slavery Opinions before the Year 1800 - Read before the Cincinnati Literary Club, November 16, 1800
    : The fourth annual convention of the Abolition Societies of the United States was held in the Senate Chamber, at Philadelphia, May 3, 1797. The societies represented, and delegates, were as follows:
    New York Society-Willett Seaman, Thomas Eddy, Samuel L. Mitchell, William Dunlap, Elihu Hubbard Smith.
    New Jersey Society-Joseph Bloomfield, Richard Hartshorne, Joseph Sloan, William Coxe, Jr., William Carpenter.
    Pennsylvania Society-Benjamin Rush, William Rawle, Samuel P. Griffitts, Casper Wistar, Samuel Coates, Robert Patterson, James Todd.
  4. [S79] William Wade Hinshaw, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume III: paga 445-446 - Willets, s/o Samuel & Martha Seaman, m. Mary Searing, daughter of Dr. Valentine; disowned marriage out 4-28-1762
    Volume III [Westbury Meeting]: page 446 - Mary Searing, d/o Dr. Valentine Searing m. Willet Seaman. [Note: There is an error with Mary's father-should be John Searing not Valentine - klm]
  5. [S862] New York Marriage Licenses: 09 February 1762 - Willett Seaman & Mary Serring.
  6. [S978] St. George's Episcopal Church Records, originally Anglican - founded in 1702: Marriage Record: 11 February 1762 - Willett Seaman & Mary Sering - longislandgenealogy,com.
  7. [S1006] Benjamin D. Hicks, Records of St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island - from June 5, 1725 - Marriages, 11 February 1762 - Willett Seaman marriage License to Mary Searing.
  8. [S1509] The New York Manumission Society - African Free School Collection: Willett Seaman is listed as one of these founding members in 1785. - www.nyhistory.org.
  9. [S1510] Valentine Seaman 1797 (1804) the Balck Plague or Yellow Fever of New York City - http://brianaltonenmph.com/gis/historical-disease-maps/…
  10. [S668] 1790 United States Federal Census: New York County, New York - page 121 - Montgomery Ward - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy.
  11. [S407] Tombstone Inscription: His gravestone states he was 69 years old.