Thomas SEAMAN; [SFA©-ID# 18.104.22.168.1] [SFA©-FG 53]
(s/o Jacob Vaughn SEAMAN & Mother: Lydia JONES) [REF:#002]
b. 02 Feb 1820, Washington Co., PA.
d. 10 Feb 1910, eight days after his 90th Birthday, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., Calif.
Buried: next to Wife, Washington Cemetery, Washington Co., PA. [See: Cem.Rec.]
Occupation: Plaster, 1850, Grociery Merchant
At a24y he married on __ May 1844 in Washington Co., PA. to
24 year old Miss Mary Anne SURRATT;
(1st d/o Samuel,5 SARRATT & Isabella HUSTON, of Thomas Inhertance, P.G., MD. to Washington Co., PA.
(1Gd/o...Alphonsus "Francis" SARRATT & Ann HARRISON, of Mattapany 100 Section, Prince George's Co., MD.
(2Gs/o...Joseph,2 & Mary (Unk) SARRATT), of Mattapany 100 Section, Prince George's Co., MD.
(3Gs/o...Joseph,1 & Katherine SARRATT), of So. France to Prince George's Co., MD. The American Progenitor
b. 17 Sep 1820, Washington Co., PA.
d. 03 Oct 1909, age 89yrs, 0mths, & 16 days, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., Calif.
Buried: 05 Oct 1909, Wash. Cemetery, Washington Co., PA. [See: Cem.Rec.]
They had 6 Children born to this Union:
(2 Sons & 4 Dau's) per <--- [REF:#90, pg18,19]
|Son/Dau||Click on Name for More Inf.||b.-d.||Married/Info.||Ch.||22.214.171.124.1.1. 1st Dau:||Mary Ann SEAMAN,||PA. *1845-1845 a 1day PA.||d. Infant, bd Wash. Cemetery||126.96.36.199.1.2. 1st Son:||Samuel Surratt SEAMAN,||PA. *1846-1907 a60yrs TX.||m. c1876 PA. Kate McCLOUD,||4Ch.||188.8.131.52.1.3. 2nd Dau:||Mary Is"Bell" SEAMAN,||PA. *1847-1886 a38yrs WV.||m. c1871 PA. Alexander HENRY,||3Ch.||184.108.40.206.1.4. 3rd Son:||Elizabeth SEAMAN,||PA. *1851-1945 a94yrs CA.||Never Married!||220.127.116.11.1.5. 2nd Son:||Homer U. SEAMAN,||PA. *1853-1937 a83yrs ??.||m. c1881 PA. 1st Elizabeth McKEAN,||3Ch.||"2nd"||"2nd"||"2nd"||m. c1920 PA. 2nd Miss Georgia Unknown,||0Ch.||18.104.22.168.1.6. 4th Dau:||Gertrude SEAMAN,||WV. *1861-1946 a84yrs CA.||m. c1886 PA. J. Ross BELL,||1Ch.||11 Known Grandchildren/1st Cousins|
|Parents of Thomas SEAMAN||
The parents of our subject Thomas SEAMAN (1820-1910) were
Jacob Vaughn SEAMAN and Lydia JONES (1778-1869).
Jacob Vaughn SEAMAN,
b. Aug 22, 1791;
d. Sept 15, 1834 of "dropsy of the chest,"
(according to a newspaper account), in Washington PA where his grave is.
After the death of his grandfather, William, in 1814.
Jacob operated the tavern in Amity at least until 1822.
Since the Amity property was not sold to satisfy the heirs until 1836,
Jacob may have rented it from the estate. |
The name "Vaughn," from his mother's maiden name, was passed down to several descendants and was pronounced "Van" and often so spelled. This fact gave rise to a belief that the family was Dutch or German, as if the name were "Van SEAMAN" or "Von SEAMAN" but records found subsequently indicate this is an error.
Jacob was married at the age of 16 (Jan. 30, 1807) to Lydia Jones, who was then 28 years old (b. Feb. 7 1778, d. Oct 1869). She is said to have been born in Philadelphia when the Hessians held the city and her father, who had gone for a doctor to attend the birth, was kept in jail by the Hessians, not getting home until after the child was born. Much of the information on this line comes from her Bible. Since both the wife and mother of Jacob had the name Lydia, there seems to have been some confusion of the two women. per [REF:#002]
About 1866, Mr. & Mrs. SEAMAN, they moved from Washington, Co., PA.
to Wheeling, West VA. where Mr. Thomas SEAMAN was in the Grocery business. Later they
returned to Washington, PA.. When their daughters Elizabeth and Gertrude moved to Calif.
they went to live with them, where the resided until their death.
Mr. Thomas SEAMAN*
was a "Tin-smith, Stonemason, and Contractor."
REF:#90, Source: <--- William M. SEAMAN.
Possible Record Problem! No. 1|
We believe Gr-Gr-Grandson William M. SEAMAN, is wrong that his Gr-Gr-Grandfather Thomas SEAMAN trade/occupation as a Tinsmith". In the 1850 Census, he listed he was a "Plaster" in every Census after 1850, 60, 70, 1880, 1900 he listed his Occupation as a "Grocery Merchant" and a very successful one, by 1870 his Real Estate was $9,000 & Personal vaule was $5,000....prs
|Item||Date||Age||Description (Click on Date for more Information!)||Living in Co.||Born||1820||in the home of his Parents.||Washington Co., PA.||Census||1830||10yrs||in the home of his Parents.||Washington Co., PA.||Census||1840||20yrs||in the home of his Parents.||Washington Co., PA.||Married||1844||24yrs||in the home of Bride Miss Mary Ann SURRATT, age 24yrs||Washington Co., PA.||Census||1850||30yrs||on Aug 12, with Wife & 2Ch. So. Strabane Twp., Own $1,200 "Planter"||Washington Co., PA.||Census||1860||40yrs||on Aug 07, with Wife & 4Ch. Washington, town of; Own "Grocer" $4,000/$3,000||Washington Co., PA.||Moved||1861||41yrs||before Jan 16, when 4th Dau Born! Wheeling,||Ohio Co., WV.||Census||1870||50yrs||on Aug 15, with Wife & 2Ch. Wheeling, town of; Own "Retired Grocer" $9,000/$5,000||Ohio Co., WV.||Census||1880||60yrs||on Jun 14, with Wife & 3Ch. 55 S. Broadway St., Wheeling; Own "Grocer"||Ohio Co., WV.||Moved||1893||73yrs||with Wife & Dau's Eliz & Gertrude to Sona Drive, Los Angeles,||Los Angeles Co., CA.||Census||1900||80yrs||on Jun 1st, with Wife only. Sona Drive, Los Angeles, Wd. 3; Rent No Occup.||Los Angeles Co., CA.||Death||1909||89yrs||on Oct 3rd, Mrs. Mary Anne (Surratt) SEAMAN, dies age 89yrs bd Wash. Cem., Wash. Co., PA.||Los Angeles Co., CA.||Death||1910||90yrs||on Feb 10th, Thomas SEAMAN, dies age 90yrs bd next to Wife in Wash. Cem., Wash. Co., PA.||Los Angeles Co., CA.|
Marriage Mr. SEAMAN & Miss SURRATT|
Mr. Thomas SEAMAN, age 24yrs Son of Jacob Vaughn (dec'd) & Lydia (Jones dec'd) SEAMAN and
Miss Mary Ann SURRATT, age 24yrs Daughter of Samuel (dec'd) & Isabell (Huston) (dec'd) SARRATT were married in Washington, Washington Co., Pennsylvania on ?? May 1844.
<--- [REF:#90, pg17] [Need M-Bk #, Page #]
|* Cousin Finder with LINCOLN Conspirators & Assassination (LCA) *||Gen.||Name||Date||<- Relation ->||Name||Date|
|1st Gen. Joseph,1 & Katherine SARRATT, 3Ch.||2nd||Joseph,2||1710-1772||3rd||Alphonsus SARRATT||1740-1800||4th||Jacob? SARRATT||1788-18??||<- Brother/Sister ->||Samuel,5 SARRATT||1787-1839||5th||
Squire John H.,Sr.
m. Mary E. JENKINS, 3Ch
|1813-1862||<- 1st Cousin ->||
1. Mary Ann SEAMAN,
2. Joseph Huston SARRATT,
3. James Fleming SARRATT,
4. Elizabeth SARRATT,
5. William Huston SARRATT,
1. Idaac D.,
2. Annie E.
3. John H.,Jr.
|<- 2nd Cousin ->||
1. Mary Ann SEAMAN,
2. Sam S. SEAMAN,
3. M. Bell SEAMAN,
4. Lizzie SEAMAN,
5. Homer U. SEAMAN,
6. Gertrude SEAMAN,
Concerning the Correspondence of the 2nd Cousins! per
Gr-Gr-Grandson: William M. SEAMAN, [age 71yrs] in 1980 reports these facts!
"Pres. LINCOLN was shot shortly after 10:00 P.M. on 14 April 1865 [a.]
a few hours later authorities visited SURRATT's residence at 541 H Street
to question the occupants.
On the 17th they arrested all those in the house.
On one of these raids they (authorities) seized papers and personal
items from the house, including letters written by Aunt
BELL SEAMAN, age 21 to second cousin
JOHN H. SURRATT, Jr. and his
sister Miss ANNIE SURRATT.|
On April 20, 1865 the Provost Marshall (Named Unknown) for the 24th District of Pennsylvania came to the home of my Grandfather THOMAS SEAMAN and confiscated at least two letters of cousin JOHN H. SURRATT, Jr. to my Aunt BELL SEAMAN.
One of these letters was from Post Marked from Montreal, Canada, signed "John Harrison". the SEAMAN family admitted that it was in cousin JOHN HARRISON SURRATT's handwriting.
On this same day of April 20th my Aunt BELL SEAMAN wrote to cousin Miss ANNIE SURRATT saying that the authorities had seized the letter, which she said was written on the 10th April, in Montreal, Canada, mailed the 11th, and delivered to her on the 17th April. This she wrote, was sufficient proof the cousin JOHN H. SURRATT could not have been the attacker of Secretary SEWARD as he was accused.
This writer can NOT find any record where JOHN H. SURRATT, Jr. was accused for the attack on Secretary SEWARD. All records found indicate POWELL/PAINE was the attacker and he was hanged for it.
The April 20th letter from BELL SEAMAN to Miss ANNIE SURRATT was never delivered. This letter ended up in the War Department Files. On the envelope is written, over the postmark, "Taken from the P. O.", apparently in Washington Co., PA. or Washington D.C. This letter was never introduced as evidence that JOHN H. SURRATT, Jr. could hardly have been in Washington, D.C. at the time of President LINCOLN'S murder on April 14, 1865. Some of the correspondence between BELL SEAMEN and her cousins JOHN H., Jr. and ANNIE SURRATT are to be found on National Archives microfilm. Two other letters from JOHN to BELL are recorded in BAKER'S "History of the United States Secret Service."
Another letter from BELL SEAMAN in Wheeling, West VA. to ANNIE SURRATT dated 19 March 1865 has a curious page, perhaps a bit of doodling, that says, "ANNA SURRATT presents MARY BELL SEAMAN to JOHN WILKES BOOTH, National Hotel, Washington, D.C."
[a.] -- Another source says indicates the authorities, did not come to the SURRATT house until late Monday, 11:30 P.M., April 17th [REF: #005, Pg189
Washington Cemetery, Washington, Washington Co., Pennsylvania
b. 02 Feb 1820 ~ d. 10 Feb 1910,
age 90yrs, 0mths, & 8 days,
<---See: Find A Grave Memorial# 68749148
[Created by: Paul R Sarrett, Apr 22, 2011]
(Need Photo of Headstone)
Mary A. (Surratt) SEAMAN,
b. 17 Sep 1820 ~ d. 03 Oct 1909,
age 89yrs, 0mths, & 16 days,
<---See: Find A Grave Memorial# 68749322
[Created by: Paul R Sarrett, Apr 22, 2011]
<---See: FAGrave.com Map! GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.1569, Longitude: -80.2544
<---See: Google.com Map! GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.15677, Longitude: -80.25581
The Following are the Children of: Thomas SEAMAN & Mary Aanne SARRATT
Second Generation! 22.214.171.124.1.1. Mary Anne SEAMAN, (1st d/o Thomas & Mary A. (SARRATT) SEAMAN) b. 02 Feb 1845, Washington, Washington Co., PA. d. 02 Feb 1845, b. & d. Infant! Washington, Washington Co., PA. Buried: Washington Cemetery, Washington Co., PA.
126.96.36.199.1.2. Samuel Surratt SEAMAN, (1st s/o Thomas & Mary A. (SARRATT) SEAMAN) b. 17 Sep 1846, Washington, Strabane Twp., Washington Co., PA. d. 25 Aug 1907 age 60yrs Unknown Co., in Texas Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) At a30y he married in 1876, Lancaster Co., PA. to the 28 year old Miss Katherine "Kate" McCLOUD, (4th d/o Herman & Catherine (Unk) McCLOUD Parents of Lancaster Co., PA.) b. __ Sep 1848, West Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., PA. d. __ ___ 1942, age 94yrs, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Residence: 2139 Main St., Wheeling, WV. [1900 Census] Residence: 1023 Summet St., Wheeling, WV. [1910 Census] Residence: 1004 Summet St., Wheeling, WV. [1920 Census] Residence: 1073 Summet St., Wheeling, WV. [1930 Census] They had 2 Children born to this Union: per [REF:#90, pg18,19] They had 4 Children born to this Union: per [REF:#001] [per Census Records] 188.8.131.52.1.2.1 1st Son: Wm. E. Sr. PA. *1876-1963 a 87y m. Frankee JEFFERSON, 3Ch. 184.108.40.206.1.2.2 2nd Son: James S., OH. *1882-1970 a 88y m. Lillie M. ARMSTRONG, 6Ch. 220.127.116.11.1.2.3 1st Dau: Elizabeth, OH. *1884-1973 a 89y Never Married! 18.104.22.168.1.2.4 2nd Son: Helena, WV. *1886-1986 a100y Never Married!
22.214.171.124.1.2.1 William Emerson SEAMAN, Sr. (1st s/o Samuel S. & Kate (McCLOUD) b. __ Nov 1877, Lancaster Co., PA. d. __ ___ 1963, age 87yrs, Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Occupation: Enginer, Printing House, 1910 Occupation: Enginer, Station?, 1920 Residence: 1005 Summet St., Wheeling, WV. 1920 (Next Door to Brother below) At 36yrs he married in 1912, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. to 27 year old Miss Franklin "Frankie" JEFFERSON; b. __ ___ 1885, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. d. Unknown (to me) They had 3 Children: 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 Only Dau: Sara Belle SEAMAN, WV. c1912- m. Leo CHAMBERS, 4Ch 184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11 1st Son: William E.,Jr SEAMAN, WV. c1914- m. Wife Unknown, 3 0r 4 Ch. 18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 2nd Son: Charles Edgar SEAMAN, WV. c1917- m. Wife Unknown, 10Ch. 126.96.36.199.1.2.2 James Surratt SEAMAN Sr.; (2nd s/o Samuel S. & Kate (McCLOUD) b. 17 May 1882, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH. [SSD# 235-24-0257 WV.] d. __ Aug 1970, age 88yrs Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Occupation: Salesman, Grocery Store, 1910 Occupation: Dealer, Drug Store, 1920 Residence: 2907 Jacob St., Wheeling, WV. 1910 Residence: 1008 Summet St., Wheeling, WV. (Next Door to Brother above) At age 25yrs, he married in 1907, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. to 23 year old Miss Lillie Mae ARMSTRONG, b. 15 May 1884, Unknown Co., PA. [SSD# 233-96-2620 WV.] d. __ Aug 1974, age 90yrs, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) They had 6 Children: (3 Sons & 3 Dau's) all born in Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 1st Son: William M. SEAMAN, WV. b. c1909 m. Frances M. Unknown, 4Ch. 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 1st Dau: Mary C. SEAMAN, WV. b. c1911 No M. School Teacher 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 2nd Son: James S., SEAMAN, Jr. WV. b. c1913 m. Wife Unknown, 4Ch. 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 2nd Dau: Lillie Mae SEAMAN, Jr. WV. b. c1915 No m. School Teacher 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 3rd Son: Elwood A. SEAMAN, WV. b. c1919 m. Wife Unknown, 4Ch. 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 3rd Dau: Elizab. J. SEAMAN, WV. b. c1920 m. Vernon MAXHAM, 6Ch.
It's been reported in 1980 by [REF:#90, pg18] that Samuel Surratt SEAMAN, was a 'Tinsmith; he abandoned his family and died 1907 in Texas.
Samuel Surratt SEAMAN, Census Records & Source Notes! 1850 was age 4yrs living with Parents & 1 Sibling in 1850 Census Straubane Twp., Washington Co., PA. 1860 was age 14yrs living with Parents & 3 Siblings in 1860 Census Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. 1870 was age 24yrs living with Charles & Emma BLISS in 1870 Census Richland Twp., Belmont Co., OH. Occup. "Tinner" 1877 was age 30yrs when Married to Miss Kate McCLOUD, age 28yrs 1880 was age 34yrs living with Wife & 1Ch. & B-I-Law in 1880 Census Dayton Twp., Montgomery Co., OH. Occup. "Tinner" 1900 was age 54yrs living in Alaska in 1900 Census Circle, Northern Supertendent Dist., Alaska Occup. "Miner" 1900 Mrs. K. SEAMAN, H/H 2139 Main St., Wheeling, WV. in 1900 Census Center Twp., Ohio Co., WV. Occup. "Grocer" 1907 was age 60yrs when Samuel S. SEAMAN, died on 25th Aug. Unknown Location in Texas? 1910 Mrs. K. SEAMAN, age 61yrs "Widow" H/H w/3 Ch. in 1910 Census Wash. Dist., Ohio Co., WV. Own, Occup. "Grocer" 1920 Mrs. K. SEAMAN, age 71yrs "Widow" H/H w/3 Ch. & 3GCh. in 1920 Census Wheeling Wd#2, Ohio Co., WV. Own, No Occup. 1930 Mrs. K. SEAMAN, age 81yrs "Widow" H/H w/2 Unmarried Dau's 1930 Census Wheeling Wd#2, Ohio Co., WV. Own, No Occup. 188.8.131.52.1.2.3 Elizabeth SEAMAN; (1st d/o Samuel S. & Kate (McCLOUD) b. 10 Jan 1884, Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH. [SSD# 233-05-3959 WV.] d. __ May 1973, age 89yrs, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. 26003 Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Never Married! Was age 24yrs b. 1886, OH. with Widowed Mother in 1910 Census, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Occupation: Saleslady, Millnery, Was age 36yrs b. 1884, PA. with Widowed Mother in 1920 Census, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Occupation: Salesman? Hot Dog Stand? 184.108.40.206.1.2.4 Helena/Elona SEAMAN; (2nd d/o Samuel S. & Kate (McCLOUD) b. 24 May 1886, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. d. __ Jan 1986, age 100yrs, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. 26003 Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Never Married! Was age 22yrs b. 1888 WV. with Widowed Mother in 1910 Census, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Occupation: Clerk, Ednsawsanew Co. Was age 34yrs b. 1886 WV. with Widowed Mother in 1920 Census, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. Occupation: Clerk, Bullard Bank.
220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 Professor William M. SEAMAN
(1st s/o James S., Sr. SEAMAN & Mother: Lillie May ARMSTRONG)
(GrandSon of Samuel S. SEAMAN & Kate McCLOUD)
(Gr-GrandSon of Thomas SEAMAN & Mary Anne SARRATT)
b. 26 Dec 1907, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. [SSD# 579-32-7023 DC.]
d. __ Aug 1985, age78yrs, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV.
Buried: Cemetery Unknown (to me)
Married: (Date & Location Unknown (to me)
Miss Frances M. Unknown,
b. 16 Jan 1909, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. [SSD# 577-34-0803 DC.]
d. 17 May 1997, age 88yrs, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV.
They had 4 Children born to this Union:
William M. SEAMAN, was a Professor of Latin & Greek for Michigan State University. Was the family Genealogist & the Informant for <--- [REF:#90]
He also Wrote about his: Gr-Gr-Great-Grand father <--- Samuel,5 SURRATT, in 1902.
Possible Record Problem!
It's impossable that Prof. Wm. M. SEAMAN (Who was only 7 years old in 1902), write about his Uncle Samuel SURRATT, in 1902? this William SEAMAN, must be William Emerson SEAMAN, age 25yrs in 1902 (1877-1963) ..prs)
ID# 22.214.171.124.1.3. Mary Isabell "Bell" SEAMAN,
(2nd Dau of: Thomas & Mary A. (SARRATT) SEAMAN)
b. 15 Aug 1847, Washington, Washington Co., PA.
d. 17 May 1886, age 38yrs at Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV.
Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me)
At age 24yrs she married (bfr 1871) Washington Co., PA. to:
23 year old James "Alexander" HENRY,
(s/o Father: b. England, Mother: b. Germany)
b. c1848, Wheeling Twp., Ohio Co., WV.
d. c1886, age 38yrs at Colombia, South America
Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me)
They had 3 Children born to this short Union:
(1 Sons & 2 Dau's, these Children were "Orphans" at a young age, Not known Who? raised them?
|Son/Dau||Click on Name for More Inf.||b.-d.||Married/Info.||Ch.|
|126.96.36.199.1.3.1. Only Son:||Murrry M. HENRY,||b. c1871~1952, a81yrs, ??.||m. Wife Unknown (to me),||2Ch|
|188.8.131.52.1.3.2. 1st Dau:||Isabelle HENRY,||
b. c1876~19??, a??yrs, ??.
d. London, England?
|m. Wm. Elliot HAYES,||?Ch|
|184.108.40.206.1.3.3. 2nd Dau:||Cecilia HENRY,||b. c1880~19??, a??yrs, ??.||m. Charles D. REESE,||?Ch||Known Grandchildren/1st Cousins|
|"Bell" SEAMAN, as a young girl of 18 years old in 1865, corresponeded with 2nd cousin John Harrison Surratt, Jr. (Part of the Assassination plot of Pres. Abraham Lincoln) in Surrattsville, MD. as well as in the "Boarding House" in Washington, DC. Her 2nd cousin Anna SURRATT, visted her in Washington, D.C. "Bell's" letters were confiscated by the U.S. Government and have been printed in several books regarding Lincoln's assassination. <--- [REF: # 90, Pg18],||
Based the above information "Bell" (Seaman) HENRY, married at age 24
both her and her husvand died in 1886, age 38yrs, leaving the three small children,
Murray, age 15yrs;
Isabel, age 12yrs and Cecilia age 9yrs|
No information on who raised these "Orphan" Children?prs
Letter Dated: 1st August 1864|
From <--- John H. SURRATT, Jr. age 20yrs to his 2nd Cousin <--- Miss Belle SEAMAN, age 17yrs.
Yet, there were lighter moments. On August l, 1864 John sat in the parlor writing a letter to his cousin.
Belle Seaman. From his letter we are treated to the young man's sense of humor. He teased her by saying
that it was an extremely hot day, and that it was heat like this that
"makes us Rebs. so savage, cruel and disagreeable."
He continued by saying that "it is so hot, that we can neither eat, sleep, sit down, stand
up, walk about, and in fact, to sum the whole in a nutshell, it is too warm to do anything."[7.]
In Belle's previous letter to John, she must have mentioned to him that he had a great amount of "assurance." In his return letter of August 1, he thanked her, but said that he actually was "bashful, and perfectly unsophisticated, as very few ladies take a fancy to me."[8.]
In answering Belle's question as to why he had not married, John said that he hadn't found anyone who would have him. "Often they have vowed, yes." Then John quoted Lord Byron, "But---This record will forever standóWoman, thy vows are traced in sand." Apparently, in spite of John's alleged unfortunate experiences with womankind, he still had faith in the gentler sex, by saying, "If you know of any lovely angel, in human form, desirous of a matrimonial correspondence, just tell her to indite a few lines to your humble cousin and I can assure her she will not be sorry for it."[9.]
John continued his letter ten days later. He said that he had been on a visit of a week's duration. Then John proceeded by treating his reader to a bit of domesticity. "Ma and Anna are sitting in the hall enjoying the evening breeze, whilst I am sitting over my desk, almost cracking my brain in order to find something to fill these pages."[10.]
The following paragraph of the same letter to Belle is interesting; it demonstrates that John felt no animosity toward his cousin, Maj. James Sarratt, U.S.A., John asks, "Have you heard from your Uncle James lately? There has been some very hard fighting out West recently, and you know, Cousin Bell, that the foe has very little regard where he directs his bullets. May God preserve him, and grant that he may see the end of this unholy war without harm."
In John's final paragraph he tells Belle that, "everything looks like starvation." Then he adds that Ma and Anna send their love. He continues by saying, "I wish you knew Ma, I know you would like her. Neither of us is like her. My brother resembles her very much. He is the best looking of the family." Then John gives us a view of Anna. Apparently, she had come in from the hall and had started playing the song "Hindoo Mother" on the piano. He mentioned that the piece is beautiful and that he advised Belle to get the sheet music. John ended his letter with another witticism. "To whom shall we Grant the Meade of praise? Ha! Ha!"[12.]
Source: Chapter 10, Notes Pg 249|
Pg77 [7.] Letter from John H. SURRATT, Jr. to Belle SEAMAN, dated 01 August 1864, Surratt Society archives, Clinton, MD.
Pg77 [8.] Ibid. Pg77 [9.] Ibid. Pg77 [10.] Ibid. Pg77 [11.] Ibid. Pg77 [12.] Ibid.
Letter Dated: 6th Februaty 1865
From <--- John H. SURRATT, Jr. age 20yrs to his 2nd Cousin <--- Miss Belle SEAMAN, age 17yrs.
During John's stay at home, he wrote a letter to Belle Seaman. He
told her that he and Anna were going to a "regular country hoedown."
Then he mentioned that the Smithsonian Institution had suffered a very serious fire.
Finally, in his letter to his cousin, we are treated to another picture of home life with the SURRATTS that John seemed to enjoy sharing with Belle, "I have just taken a peek in the parlor. Would you like to know what I saw there? Well, Ma was sitting on the sofa, nodding first to one chair, then to another next to piano. Anna sitting in corner, dreaming, I expect, of J. W. BOOTH. Well, who is J. W. Booth? She can answer the question. Miss Fitzpatrick playing with her favorite cat a good sign of an old maidóthe detested creatures. Miss Dean fixing her hair, which is filled with rats and mice.
In John SURRATT's letter of February 6, 1865, to Belle SEAMAN, he mentioned that he was leaving for Europe the following week. He added, "....Yes, I am going to leave this detested country....." As it turned out John did not go to Europe.
|Source: Chapter 12, Pg 95; Chapter 12, Notes, Pg 252; John SURRATT's letter to Belle SEAMAN, 6th February 1865, Surratt Society archives, Clinton, MD.|
|Pres. LINCOLN, shot & killed on 14th April 1865||
The President and Mrs. LINCOLN reached the theater about 9:00 P.M.
April 14, 1865. They were accompanied by a young officer and his fiancee.
The Presidential party was shown to a flag draped box, where Mr. LINCOLN
eased himself into an upholstered rocking chair to enjoy the play.
A half hour later, about 9:30 P.M. JOHN WILKES BOOTH arrived at
the Theater. Pres. LINCOLN'S unreliable guard had left his post, and
the entrance to the Presidential box was unguarded. JOHN WILKES BOOTH slipped
along a back corridor and hurried to the door of the box. He sighted
Mr. LINCOLN through a hole he had drilled in the door that morning.
He silently entered, aimed a six-inch brass derringer at the back
of Mr. LINCOLN'S head, and fired. After grappling with the young officer
for a moment or two, JOHN WILKES BOOTH jumped from the box. He landed
on the stage, breaking his leg as he fell. Quickly he rushed out through
the wings and escaped on a horse waiting in the alley.|
Mr. LINCOLN was carried into a private house across the street from the theater. Through out the night doctors did what they could to save Mr. LINCOLN'S life, but at 7:22 A.M. the next morning, Saturday April 15, 1865 President ABRAHAM LINCOLN died.
Some 11 days later, on Wedensday, 26 April 1865, JOHN WILKES BOOTH was trapped and killed in the burning barn of Mr. GARRETT, in Bowling Green, Virginia.
Although from the start BOOTH was known for certain to be the murderer, in the wild turmoil of the crime's aftermath scores of suspected accomplices were arrested and thrown into prison. When these were finally narrowed down to the eight (8) prisoners - Seven Men and One Woman considered guilty enough to try in court.
1. Samuel B. Arnold (1834-1906) Guilty, Prison! Pardoned 1869
2. George T. Atzerodt (1832-1865) Guilty, Hanged, 1:00pm, Jul 7th 1865
3. David Herold (1844-1865) Guilty, Hanged, 1:00pm, Jul 7th 1865
4. Samuel A. Mudd (1833-1933) Guilty, Prison! Pardoned 1868
5. Michael O'Laughlin (1840-1867) Guilty, Prison! died in Prison 1867
6. Lewis T. Powell (18??-1865) Guilty, Hanged, 1:00pm, Jul 7th 1865
7. Edward "Ned" Spangler (18??-18??) Guilty, Prison! Pardoned 1869
8. Mary E. (Jenkins) SURRATT (1817-1865)Guilty, Hanged, 1:00pm, Jul 7th 1865
Secretary STANTON invented an unusual and spectacular torture for them. He ordered eight heavy canvas hoods made, padded with 1 inch thick cotton, and only one small hole opening for eating, no openings for eyes or ears. Secretary STANTON ordered that the "Headbags" be worn by the 7 men "day and night" as a preventive to conversation. Headbag Number 8 has been reported, never used on Mrs. MARY E. (JENKINS) SURRATT.
The 9th Conspirator was John H., SURRATT, Jr. (1844-1916) he fled the country and avoided capture until 1866. Was on trial for 2 months June - August, 1867; was reprieved by a Hung Jury, was not released from prison until June 1868.
|Letter Dated: 20th April 1865||It is not known if Miss Anna SURRATT, age 22yrs received the followng letter from her 2nd Cousin Miss Belle SEAMAN, age 18yrs.||
My dear Anna,|
It was with feelings of deep regret that we heard the rumors of cousin John being accused of the assassination of Mr. Lincoln. I was rejoiced to receive a letter from him written from Montreal. It was written on the 10th, mailed the llth, and came here the 17th, which was just sufficient in my mind to clear him from all suspicion. The Provost Marshal, hearing I had it, came and demanded it. A copy of which is now in the hands of the authorities in Washington. Write at the earliest convenience, as we are all interested in your welfare. Love Is yours and the assurance of the sincere love of,
Washington Co., PA.
Source: National Archives, Washington, DC, microfilm LAS 599, Reel 3, frames 0749 through 0751
220.127.116.11.1.4. Elizabeth SEAMAN, (3rd d/o Thomas & Mary A. (SARRATT) SEAMAN) b. 15 Feb 1851, Washington, Washington Co., PA. d. 28 Sep 1945, a94y at Los Angeles, CA. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Never Married!
18.104.22.168.1.5. Homer U. SEAMAN, (2nd s/o Thomas & Mary A. (SARRATT) SEAMAN) b. 05 Jun 1853, Washington, Washington Co., PA. d. 02 Apr 1937, age 83yrs Washington, Washington Co., PA. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Occupation: Owner Jewelery Store. Residence: 416 East Marden St., South Washington, PA. [1900,10,20 Census] He married twice, first at age 25yrs in 1878, Washington Co., PA. to 22 year old Miss Elizabeth McKEAN, (3rd d/o Thomas McKEAN, b. c1821 PA & Mother: Fannie J. Unknown, b. c1821 PA.) b. __ Nov 1856, Washington Co., PA. d. __ ___ 1916 age 60yrs Washington, Washington Co., PA. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) After the death of his 1st Wife, he married 2nd age 66yrs bfr 1920 to 41 year old Miss Georgia Unknown, b. __ ___ 1879, Washington Co., PA. d. Unknown Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) No Issue! They had 2 Children born to this Union: per [REF:#90, pg18,19] They had 3 Children born to this Union: per [REF:#001, Census rec.] 22.214.171.124.1.5.1 1st Son: Thomas M. SEAMAN, c1878- m. c1920 Miss Sarah, 0Ch. 126.96.36.199.1.5.2 2nd Son: Homer A. SEAMAN, c1880-1900 a30yrs Not Traced! 188.8.131.52.1.5.3 3rd Son: Joseph,1 SEAMAN, c1883-1910 a27yrs m. c1904 Miss Frances, 2Ch.
184.108.40.206.1.5.1 Thomas McKean SEAMAN, (a.k.a. "Mack") (1st s/o Homer U. SEAMAN & Mother: Elizabeth McKEAN) b. __ Jun 1878, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. At age 42yrs he married bfr 1920, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. to 23 year old Miss Sarah M. Unknown, (d/o Ireland Parents) b. __ ___ 1897, Unknown Co., IN. No Issue! 220.127.116.11.1.5.2 Homer A. SEAMAN, (2nd s/o Homer U. SEAMAN & Mother: Elizabeth McKEAN) b. __ Dec 1880, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. d. before 1900, age 20yrs, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) 18.104.22.168.1.5.3 Joseph,1 SEAMAN, (3rd s/o Homer U. SEAMAN & Mother: Elizabeth McKEAN) b. __ Nov 1881, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. d. before 1910, age 29yrs, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) At age 25yrs he married bfr 1906, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. to 22 year old Miss Frances Unknown, b. __ ___ 1884, Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. They had 2 Sons born to this short Union: 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 1st Son: Homer Jr,. SEAMAN, b. c1906, Washington Co., PA. 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206 2nd Son: Joseph,2 SEAMAN, b. c1909, Washington Co., PA.
Homer U. SEAMAN, Census Records & Source Notes! 1860 was age 7yrs living with Parents & 3 Siblings in 1860 Census Washington Twp., Washington Co., PA. 1870 was age 17yrs "Silversnith" Apprt. with Uncle James F. SARRATT 1870 Census Stubenville, Jefferson Co., OH. 1878 was age 22yrs when Married Miss Elizabeth McKEAN, age 22yrs Washington Co., PA. 1880 was age 27yrs with Wife & 2 Ch. Occup. "Jeweler" 1880 Census Wash., Washington Co., Co., PA. 1900 was age 47yrs with Wife & 2 Ch., Niece Cecelia HENRY, 1900 Census So. Wash., Washington Co., Co., PA. Own, Occup. "Jeweler" 1910 was age 57yrs with Wife & 1 Ch., D-I-L, 2GrandCh, in 1910 Census So. Wash., Washington Co., Co., PA. Owner Jewelery Store 1916, 1st Wife Mrs. Elizabeth (McKean) SEAMAN, dies age 60yrs, So. Wash., Washington Co., Co., PA. 1920, Marries 2nd to Miss Georgie Unknown, age 41yrs, So. Wash., Washington Co., Co., PA. 1920 was age 67yrs w/2nd Wife & Nephew Roy H. HEISNER? in 1920 Census S.Wash., Wash. Co., Co., PA. Owner Retail Jewelery Merch.
220.127.116.11.1.6. Gertrude SEAMAN, (4th d/o Thomas & Mary A. (SARRATT) SEAMAN) b. 16 Jan 1861, Washington, Washington Co., PA. per [REF:#90, pg18,19] b. 16 Jan 1861, Wheeling, Ohio Co., WV. per [1870 Census] d. 03 Jan 1946, a84y Los Angles, L.A. Co., CA. Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) At age 25yrs she married in 1891 Washgington Co., PA. to 32 year old J. "Ross" BELL, 1Ch. b. __ Jan 1859, Washington Co., PA. d. Unknown Buried: Cemetery Location Unknown (to me) Occupation: Oil Driller, in Los angeles, CA. They had 1 Child born to this Union: 6.1 1st Dau: Gertrude E. BELL, b. Apr 1893, Los Angeles Co., CA.
Source and Reference Notes [REF:#001] Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. [email protected]
Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Families of America (SFA)©
Bibliography County Histories
[REF:#002] Helen E. Vogt "Descendants of William Seaman of Washington County, Pennsylvania, and Allied Families: Hunt, Brasher, McCammant, Wright"
By Helen Elizabeth Vogt, 121 Blaine Avenue, Brownsville, PA 15417.
Published by H.E. Vogt, 1981, 346pp
The progenitor of this SEAMAN family in America was Captain John SEAMAN,
Some other Off-Site SEAMAN Family Research Sites
|These records are part of the "Genealogy Computer Package" *** PC-PROFILE *** Volume - II. Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Family Profile© Compiled and self Published in Oct. 31, 1989 by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. with the assistance of my late mother Mrs. M. Lucille (WILSON) SARRETT (1917-1987) These 1989 "Work-Books" were compiled by listing the various families, born, married, died, and a history of that family branch. In 1996 I started "Up-Loading" this material on the now called SFA© Series...prs|