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William Seward

Also Known As: "William Seward", "of Lawne's Creek"
Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: of, Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Death: May 4, 1703 (60-68)
Lawne's Creek Parish, Surry County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Seward and Eleanor Drake
Husband of Elizabeth Seward and Ann Clinch
Father of Elizabeth Holt; John Seward; Mary Seward and William Seward

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About William Seward

   William Seward b abt 1660s prob Surry Co VA, father of MARY SEWARD who married JAMES BRUTON listed above, was grandson of JOHN SEWARD Sr. WILLIAM was married 1st) to Elizabeth CAUFIELD/Coffield, and 2nd) to ANN unknown, who was apparently married to a CLINCH, either previously or after WILLIAM died.
   Will of WILLIAM SEWARD probated May 1703 Surry Co VA: To daughters Mary Bruton and Elizabeth Holt, each a pewter dish. The plantation I live on that is on Sanford's Creek to White Marsh, to Wm Harrison' to my grandson's line--to my wife Ann for , for her life, and at her death to my son William Seward; but for lack of heirs, to my son Benjamin Seward. To my son James, land; if no issue to son Joseph--white Marsh Robert Barham's woods. Rest of my estate to my wife and her five children, in law in consideration of her dowry, children: William Seward, James Seward, Joseph Seward , Benjamin Seward, and Ann Seward. Wife Ann executor. Will book 5, p 274
   Will of ANN SEWARD written Aug 20, 1712; probated Nov 19, 1714. To daughter Ann Seward, ten pounds in cash. The rest to five sons and daughter, namely: Christopher CLINCH, William, James, Joseph & Benjamin SEWARD, and Ann SEWARD. Will book 6, page 126.

Parents of Mary Seward: William Seward-- b. bef 1640 Warrasquinoke, Va Christening-Lawnes Creek, Surry, VA d. 1702

Elizabeth Caufield b. 1590 Lawns Creek Parish, Surrey, VA d. 1635 VA

source: Carlin Hadlock


John Seward

Page history last edited by Ellen Ward 4 mos ago

John Seward, 400 acres, 18 June 1638 upon North side of a S.W. creek setting out of the main creek commonly called Caryes Neck. Due for trans. of 8 persons including John Seward, Edward Brantly, Anthony Matthews, Gerson Cromwell. Edward Brantly, 30 Oct 1669, 675 acres adj. land of Mr. England and Mr. Tooke.

Virginia Land patent Book 7, p. 520, dated 27 Apr 1686: Mathew Tomlin 1227 acs. Low. Par. of Is. of Wight Co., on brs. of the Backwater, 781 acs. being part of 1200 acs. granted Mr. John Seward, 15 Apr. 1648; 446 being waste adj; beg at a br. dividing land of John Turner from his daughter Marie's by Wm. Westray; adj; Mary Turner and Thomas Harris; to the bottome of Pig neck and c; trans of 9 pers..

( CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, Nugent, Vol.2, p. 299.).

"Indenture 7 Aug 1672 John Seward of Bristol, merchant, son of John Seward late of said city, merchant, who died in VA, sells to Wm. Bressie of VA merchant, now resident of Bristol, for 240 olb all of John Seward's dividend of land called "Levy Neck" in the whole patent 1500 acres in county of Warwicksqueak."

Levy Neck is the area about one and one-half miles north of Smithfield on the Old Stage Highway, formerly Hwy. 10. The origin of the name is unknown and the boundaries are vague. The name goes back at least to 1639-1640, when viewers of tobacco were appointed. In 1672 all of John Seward's dividend of land, called Levy Neck, was sold to Wm. Bressie. In 1679, Bressie sold to the Quakers, one house built by the people in a place called Leby Neck Ould Field near the creek side, to worship and serve the living God in spirit and in truth, with ground sufficient for a graveyard, bounded by 4 corner trees to be planted, egress through any of Bressie's land. One story of the origin of the name is that there was a large cleared space where people came to levy taxes. It is still called Livy Neck or Libby Neck.

The first family starts with John Seward, a merchant of Bristol, England. John was a burgess (?) in IOW in 1645. He left a will in 1651, duplicated in IOW, naming his wife Sarah, his eldest son John, also identified as a merchant from Bristol, and other son James. Younger John apparentely followed in his father's footsteps. John Sr. left to his two sons the plantations of Blackwater and Levy Neck, which the sons sold about twenty years later.

The second family begins with William Seward (abt. 1640?-1703). He married first to Elizabeth Caufield, and then to Ann Clinch.

The name Seward is found at an early date in Isle of Wight and Surry counties. John Seward had a grant of 300 acres of land in the county of Warrosquoiacke (Isle of Wight) July ist, 1635, and had numerous other grants. He was Burgess for Isle of Wight in 1645. In 1665 "Mr. John Seward" was granted 1,500 acres, called "New Hemington," on Seward's creek in Isle of Wight, which had been formerly granted to his father, John Seward, in 1649. In1672 John Seward of the city of Bristol, merchant, and James Seward, of the same place, the former the eldest son and heir of John Seward, late of said city, merchant (but who died in Virginia;, conveyed to William Bressie of Virginia a tract called " Levy Neck," Isle of Wight county. There is in Isle of Wight the will of a John Seward, dated November 30, and proved February 9, 1650: but not recorded in Isle of Wight until 1705, in which he bequeaths portions of his estate to his sons John and James'and his wife Sarah, and mentions a will "at home in Bristol." This was evidently the first John Seward and the James mentioned may have been the one named in the text. It is possible, though not probable, that the person named may have been a James Seward, son of William Seward of Surry county, who is named in his fathers will, dated March 16, 1702-3. William Seward was a tith- able in Surry in 1668.—Ed.]

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

By Virginia Historical Society, William Glover Stanard p. 406

Seward, John, immigrant, came to Virginia from Bristol, England, before 1635. He was a merchant and had grants of land in Isle of Wight county, one of which was called "New Hemington." He was burgess for Isle of Wight in 1645, and his will dated November 30, 1650, was proved February 9, 1650-1651. in the general court and afterwards recorded in Isle of Wight county in 1705. He left two sons John and James Seward.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography

By Lyon Gardiner Tyler

p. 322

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William Seward's Timeline

Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Age 31
Surry County, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 35
Lawnes Creek, Surry, Virginia, USA
Age 37
Lawnes Creek, Surry, Virginia, USA
Age 44
May 4, 1703
Age 64
Surry County, Virginia