The Early Sewards

Here is George C. Seward's summary of his early ancestry in America, which is also mine.
He references Dr. Frederick Seward's research as well as his own.

  • Obadiah I, born 1630?-35? in England, British West Indies or New England. He was in Milford, Connecticut October 31, 1660. There's a marriage record between him and Bethya Hawes on that date. He moved to Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, about 1664. At some point he remarried, this time to Dinah Biggs. There's a sale of property in which she is mentioned. He died sometime after that sale (March 11,1698/9). (George proposes that a son of Obadiah I, again named Obadiah, may have been the person who actually married Dinah Biggs).

  • Obadiah II, born November 1, 1661 at Milford, Connecticut, died Brookhaven, Long Island, New York 1748 or 1749. His wife's name was Anna (family name unknown).

  • Obadiah III, born Brookhaven, Long Island, New York about 1702, moved to Black River, Morris County, N.J. before 1741, died May 14, 1751 in Berkshire Valley, Morris County, New Jersey. His wife's name was Isabel - most probably Isabel Luse, daughter of David Luse and Mary (Brown) Luse, close neighbors.
    Go to family group sheet for Obadiah III:

Here's his proposal for a possible fourth Obadiah:
NameBirthMarriageBirth of First Child
Obadiah I (1635)1660-Bethya1661-Obadiah
Obadiah II1661(1681)-Dinah(1682)-Obadiah
Obadiah III(1682)(1700)-Anna 1702-Obadiah
Obadiah IV17021720-Isabel1724-Eliakim

This is the list of the children of Obadiah III and Isabel (Luse) Seward:
  • Eliakim, b. 1724, d. 8 October, 1784
  • Susan
  • Obadiah, d. young; no children
  • Mehitable (Hettie), b. 1728, d. 15 October, 1812, married Nathan Cooper, son of Nathan and Mary (Miller) Cooper 1748.
  • John, b. 22 May, 1730, m. Mary Swezey 22 March, 1751, d. 1797. For Secretary of State W.H.Seward fans, this is his family line. Look at his family information here.
  • James, b. @1732, d. 1808 in Ohio. This is George S. Seward's line. There's some additional information about James and his family here
  • Isaac, b. @1733, d. @1769, m. Phebe (?) @1753
  • Samuel, b.@1736, d. 1816. This is my line. Look at Samuel's information here
  • Daniel, b. 1738, d. 10 August, 1826 in Goshen, NY, m. Ann Bishop


This is the family of John and Mary(Swezey) Seward
  • Polly Seward, b. 1752, m. Richard Edsall
  • Obadiah Seward, b. 2 August, 1754, m. Hilah Edsall
  • Nancy Seward, b. 1756, d. 1762
  • Infant daughter b. 1758, d. very young
  • Heliah Seward, b. 17--, m. Josiah Hurd
  • Elizabeth Seward, b.15 April, 1760, m. Dr. Jonathan Swezey
  • Hester Seward, b. 1762, d. 1762 or 1763
  • John Seward, b. 10 June, 1765, m. Mary Butler
  • Samuel Swezy Seward, b. 5 December, 1768, m. Mary Jennings.
William Henry Seward was their fourth child, b. in Florida, Orange County, New York 16 May, 1801. He married Florence Adeline Miller, daugher or Elijah and Hannah (Foote) Miller 20 October, 1824.
Their children were:
  • Henry Augustus Seward, b. 1 October, 1826, d. 11 September, 1876
  • Frederick William Seward, b. 8 July, 1830, d. 8 July, 1915
  • Cornelia Seward, b. 25 August, 1836, d. 14 January, 1837
  • William Henry Seward, b. 18 June, 1839, d. 26 April, 1920
  • Frances Adeline Seward, b. 9 December, 1844, d. 29 October, 1866.

The above information is extracted from "Seward Cousins, p. 6, V. I, #1 - My aunt attributes it to Frederick Whittlesey Seward.

"James, Sr. was born about 1732 in Brookhaven, Long Island, New York, or possibly Black River (now Chester), Morris County, New Jersey, moved to Hardyston, New Jersey in 1767 and on November 18, 1788 arrived at and assisted in establishing Columbia, now a part of Cincinnati, Ohio. Moved to Fairfield, Butler County, Ohio, and died there December 20, 1908. Wife's name not known. Had five sons of whom two were killed by Indians September 1789."

George Seward is descended from his son James, Jr..

"James, Jr. born about 1776 in Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey, moved to Ohio, Cincinnati area, November 18, 1788, died in Glendale, Hamilton County, Ohio, shortly prior to November 17, 1817. Wife was Mary (Swain?). Four children."

Above information quoted directly from George C. Seward's book.