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Elizabeth Seaman (Mott)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Westbury, Nassau County, Province of New York
Death: Died in New York City, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Adam Mott, Jr. and Elizabeth Mott
Wife of Judge Benjamin Seaman, III
Mother of Jane Billopp and William Seaman
Sister of Richbell Mott
Half sister of Ebenezer Mott

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About Elizabeth Seaman (Mott)

Descendants of Capt. John Seaman of Hempstead, Long Island, NY according to Mary Thomas Seaman: 1928

Judge Benjamin4 Seaman (Benjamin3, Benjamin2, John1) was born February 11, 1719/20 in Westbury, Long Island, NY (Source: Hinshaw, William Wade, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 3:443.), and died Aft. August 4, 1785 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 293 "Errata", The date 1781 as stated of the death of Judge Benjamin Seaman is incorrect although given in original manuscript and family records. Judge Seaman was in New York in 1783. He announced his intentions to remove to Nova Scotia, and was one of the fifty-five petitioners for grants of land in that Colony. His name appears on a Muster Roll at Granville in 1784. He is buried at St. John, New Brunswick; the inscription on his tomb gives no dates of birth or death.). He married Elizabeth Mott 1743 in Great Neck, Long Island, NY (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 56.), daughter of Adam Mott and Mary Stillwell. She was born 1720 in Westbury, Long Island, NY (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 78.), and died September 7, 1781 in New York City, NY (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 78.).

More About Judge Benjamin Seaman:

Burial: Unknown, bur. St. John, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Canada (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 293.)

Fact 2: May 31, 1757, Mentioned as bondsman for the will of Abraham Poillion of Richmond County, NY (Source: Scott, Kenneth, Genealogical Data from New York Administration Bonds 1753-1799, (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1969), 110, Poillion, Abraham, of Richmond Co., farmer - Adm. (31 May 1757) John Poillion and James Guyon - Bd: John Poillion, farmer, James Guyon, Esq., and Benjamin Seaman, Esq., all of Richmond Co.)

Fact 3: November 22, 1774, Mentioned as bondsman for the will of Mary Mersereau (late wife of Joshua Merser (Source: Scott, Kenneth, Genealogical Data from New York Administration Bonds 1753-1799, (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1969), 95, Mary Mersereau (late wife of Joshua Mersereau, dec'd) - Adm (22 Nov. 1774) Joshua Mersereau, eldest son of dec'd - Bd: Joshua Mersereau, Esq., Peter Housman, farmer, and Benjamin Seaman, Esq., all of Richmond Co.)

Fact 4: December 28, 1732, mentioned in grandfather's will, Benjamin Seaman, of Jerusalem, Hempstead,Queens (Source: Heritage Books Inc., New York Abstracts of Wills, 1665-1801 (CD #9), (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997), "CD-ROM," 3:128.)

Fact 5: August 31, 1781, mention in newspaper that wife, Elizabeth, died Aug. 31 in New York City (Source: Scott, Kenneth, Genealogical Data from Colonial New York Newspapers, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1977), 231.)

Fact 6: October 28, 1729, mentioned in father's will, Benjamin Seaman, T. of Hempstead, Queens Co., NY (Source: Heritage Books Inc., New York Abstracts of Wills, 1665-1801 (CD #9), (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997), "CD-ROM," 11:146-147.)

Fact 8: 1782, Event, year, place: Living, 1782, New York (Source: Wright, Esther Clark, The Loyalists of New Brunswick, (Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada: E.C. Wright, 1981 printing, c1955.), 251, source discovered on Brøderbund Family Archive #118, Ed. 1, Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s - 1900s.)

Fact 9: 1783, Event, year, place: Living, 1783 (Source: Wilson, Isaiah W., A Geography and History of the County of Digby, Nova Scotia, (Reprint of the 1900 ed. published by Holloway Bros., Halifax, N.S. Belleville, Ontario: Mika Studio, 1972), 67, Under date August 1, 1783, Sir Guy Carleton enclosed to Governor Parr, the Memorial of the following "Gentlemen, Clergy, and Merchants" of New York, where Sir G. Carleton then resided, representing themselves as loyal British subjects "who therefore" were "compelled to leave their homes," desiring to live under the English Government, applied for a Grant of Lands in Nova Scotia: John Watson, David Seabury, Andrew Bell, Christopher Billop. A. Willard, William Wanton, Benjamin Seaman, Richard Seaman,... This application was dated "New York, July 22, 1783." A Town Plot named "New Edinburgh," after the Capital of Scotland; of which Country Anthony Stewart, their Agent, and other Applicants were natives, was ordered to be surveyed for them by Hon. Charles Morris, assisted by Stephen Jones and Samuel Goldsbury, Esquires, as Commissioners specially appointed by the Governor. This is the patent named in Halliburton's Provincial History....")

Will: August 4, 1785, Proved September 26th, 1785, Registered November 15, 1785 (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 289-290.)

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Fact 11: August 31, 1781, death date given New York newspaper (Source: Scott, Kenneth, Genealogical Data from Colonial New York Newspapers, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1977), 231, Seaman, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Benjamin Seaman, Esq. -- died Aug. 31 in NYC in her 58th year (9/10/1781 issue).)

Marriage Notes for Benjamin Seaman and Elizabeth Mott:

Benjamin Seaman was a member of the 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, Colonial Assembly, 1756 to 1775; Surrogate 1759; County Judge 1775. "At the opening of the Revolutionary struggle he was on the side of resistance to parliamentary tyranny and was Chairman of Correspondence when war began, but later became, with his children and father-in-law, an active loyalist, and moved to Nova Scotia, at the end of the war. In 1784 they settled at Granville, Annapolis, Nova Scotia. His property on Staten Island was confiscated by an act of the New York Legislature in 1776, as was the property of his son-in-law, Colonel Christopher Billopp."

"The old Seaman homestead at Glen Ridge (Staten Island) stood off the Fresh Kill road, just east of the road leading to Eltingville. It was originally of Dutch style of architecture, and at some time had been partially changed to that of Gothic. How many generations of the Seaman family had occupied it, we are unable to say. We know, however, that is was the home of Judge Benjamin Seaman, the last Colonial Judge of Staten Island, and that after his departure with the Loyalists in 1783; it passed to other members of the family, probably by purchase, for it was seized by the Government and sold.

Judge Seaman was the father of the second wife of Colonel Christopher Billopp. Several years ago the writer conversed with an old colored woman, whose mother, a slave in the Seaman family, had witnessed in this old house the marriage of Colonel Billopp and Jane Seaman.

The Seaman Estate was purchased in 1880, and when a new residence was erected the old Seaman homestead was demolished. It stood on historic ground, and adjoined the church and graveyard of the "French Congregation."

The date 1781 stated of the death of Judge Benjamin Seaman is incorrect although given in original manuscript and family records. Judge Seaman was in New York in 1783. He announced his intentions to remove to Nova Scotia, and was one of the fifty-five petitioners for grants of land in that Colony. His name appears on a Muster Roll at Granville in 1784. He is buried at St. John, New Brunswick; the inscription on his tomb gives no dates of birth or death.

In a letter attached as an appendix [p.288] to Mary Thomas Seaman's book there is a letter from E. Claude Goddard [no date given]: My dear Miss Seaman: I have just received from St. John, New Brunswick, a certified copy of the Will of Judge Benjamin Seaman, dated August 4th, 1785. Proved September 26th, 1785. A copy is herewith enclosed.

The children named therein, in the order of birth, agree with the list you kindly sent me, with the exception of Elizabeth, wife of Robert Stewart (whose name does not appear on list). There were apparently two daughters named Elizabeth; the first, third child, born 1747, died 1748, the second, who was the ninth child, must have been born 1759 or 1760.

John the eighth child, was born 4-12-1758, died 10-5-1826. His wife Rebecca, born 10-15-1773, died 11-5-1845. (St. Andrew's Church Records, Richmond, Staten Island, New York)

William, the eleventh youngest child, was born 1763, died 12-14-1835. (New York commercial Advertiser, December 15th, 1835)

I have been unable to find any record of the birth, death, or marriage of Elizabeth Benson, wife of William.

There is more recently published information on this branch of the Seaman family in:

Wright, Esther Clark "The Loyalists of New Brunswick." [Lancelot Press, Hantsport, Nova Scotia: 1981]

p. 251 and 326

and Isaiah W. Wilson's "Geography and History of the County of Digby, A." [Mika Publishing Company, Belleville, Ontario: 1975] p. 67

More About Benjamin Seaman and Elizabeth Mott:

Marriage: 1743, Great Neck, Long Island, NY (Source: Seaman, Mary Thomas, The Seaman Family in America..., (New York: TA Wright, 1928), 56.)

Children of Benjamin Seaman and Elizabeth Mott are:

594 i. Mary5 Seaman, born 1743; died Unknown. She married Paul Micheaux August 6, 1759 in Province of New York (Source: (1) Tucker, Gideon J, Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued..., (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860), Marriage Bonds, volume II, page 376., (2) Seaman, Ardon, Marriages of the Seamans taken from the records of the Town, State, and Church, (NY: privately published, 1866), Mary Seaman to Paul Micheau, Aug. 6, 1759.); died Unknown.

Marriage Notes for Mary Seaman and Paul Micheaux:

Ardon Seaman has the marriage date as Aug. 6, 1759 and spells the groom's name Micheau. Mary Thomas Seaman has the date Aug. 3, 1759.

More About Paul Micheaux and Mary Seaman:

Marriage: August 6, 1759, Province of New York (Source: (1) Tucker, Gideon J, Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued..., (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860), Marriage Bonds, volume II, page 376., (2) Seaman, Ardon, Marriages of the Seamans taken from the records of the Town, State, and Church, (NY: privately published, 1866), Mary Seaman to Paul Micheau, Aug. 6, 1759.)

+ 595 ii. Edmund Seaman, born 1745 in Staten Island, NY; died 1828.

596 iii. Elizabeth[1] Seaman, born 1747; died 1748.

597 iv. Benjamin[1] Seaman, born 1749; died 1750.

+ 598 v. Richard Seaman, born 1751 in Staten Island, NY; died Unknown.

+ 599 vi. Jane Seaman, born 1754; died 1802 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

+ 600 vii. Benjamin[2] Seaman, born 1756 in Staten Island, NY; died Unknown.

+ 601 viii. John Seaman, born 1758 in Staten Island, NY; died Unknown.

602 ix. Elizabeth[2] Seaman, born 1759; died Unknown. She married Robert Stewart October 26, 1781 in Province of New York (Source: (1) Tucker, Gideon J, Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued..., (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860), Marriage Bonds, volume XXXIV, page 6., (2) Seaman, Ardon, Marriages of the Seamans taken from the records of the Town, State, and Church, (NY: privately published, 1866), Elizabeth [Seaman] mar. Robert Stewart, Oct. 28, 1781., (3) Armbruster, Eugene L., Marriages of Long Island Settlers and Allied Families, (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Collection, The Queens Borough Public Library, 1941), has the marriage date of Oct. 26, 1781., (4) New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, "New York Genealogical and Biographical Record," New York:: year 1941, page 75.); died Unknown.

Marriage Notes for Elizabeth[2] Seaman and Robert Stewart:

Seaman, Elizabeth Marriage date : Oct 26, 1781

Spouse : Stewart, Robert

County of record : Province of New York

Source information: Tucker, Gideon J. "Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued". 1860. Marriage Bonds, volume XXXIV, page 6.

More About Robert Stewart and Elizabeth[2] Seaman:

Marriage: October 26, 1781, Province of New York (Source: (1) Tucker, Gideon J, Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued..., (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860), Marriage Bonds, volume XXXIV, page 6., (2) Seaman, Ardon, Marriages of the Seamans taken from the records of the Town, State, and Church, (NY: privately published, 1866), Elizabeth [Seaman] mar. Robert Stewart, Oct. 28, 1781., (3) Armbruster, Eugene L., Marriages of Long Island Settlers and Allied Families, (Jamaica, NY: Long Island Collection, The Queens Borough Public Library, 1941), has the marriage date of Oct. 26, 1781., (4) New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, "New York Genealogical and Biographical Record," New York:: year 1941, page 75.)

+ 603 x. Henry Seaman, born March 21, 1761 in Staten Island, NY; died February 28, 1799.

+ 604 xi. William Seaman, born August 7, 1764 in Staten Island, NY; died December 14, 1835.

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Elizabeth Seaman's Timeline

1720
1720
Westbury, Nassau County, Province of New York
1743
1743
Age 23
Great Neck, Long Island, New York, United States
1754
January 16, 1754
Age 34
1764
August 7, 1764
Age 44
Staten Island, Richmond County, Province of New York
1781
September 7, 1781
Age 61
New York City, New York County, New York, United States