Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What Is the Maiden Name of Ann (--?--) Seaver (1807-????)? - Part 1

 There are many mysteries in my family tree - most of them are maiden names of females and parents of end-of-known-line ancestors.  This series is about finding one of them.

One of my long-running (probably about 30 years or so) mysteries is the maiden name of Ann --?--, who married Nathaniel Seaver (1803-1859) at some time.  

Here are the records I have found to date for Nathaniel Seaver to date; some of them include Ann:

1)  Nathaniel Seaver was born 6 December 1803 in Heath, Franklin County, Massachusetts, the son of Royal and Olive (Swan) Seaver.  

Source:  "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com, Heath, Briths, Marriages, Deaths," page 35 (image 92 of 482), Nathaniel Seaver birth entry, 6 December 1803.

2)  I don't know when Nathaniel married Ann - it was before 1850 and could have been as early as 1825 or so.   I don't think that they had any children, unless they were born and died before the 1850 U.S. census.  

3)  The 1850 U.S. census finds them in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York (indexed as Leaver on Ancestry):

Nathaniel is listed as age 45, a sash and blind maker, with $2000 in real property, born in Massachusetts.  Ann Seaver is listed as age 43, born in Massachusetts.

Source: 1850 United States Federal Census, Rensselaer County, New York, Troy Ward 7, page 301B, dwelling number 2374, family number 3842, Nathaniel Seaver household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archive Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 584.

4)  Nathaniel and Ann Seaver are in the 1855 New York State census, enumerated in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York:

In this census, Nathaniel is age 50, male, married, resident of town for 20 years, a sash and blind maker, a native voter, and owns the land.  Ann Seaver is age 46, female, wife, resident of town for 20 years.

Source:  "New York, U.S. State Census, 1855", Rensselaer County, Troy City Ward 10, unnumbered page (image 13 of 36), household #233, Nathaniel Seaver household, digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing Census of the state of New York, for 1855, Microfilm, Various County Clerk Offices, New York.

5)  There is a City Directory entry for the Seaver family in 1858 in Troy, New York:

In the Troy city directory, the firm Seaver (Nathaniel) and Ingraham (Russell), sash and blond manufacturers, 473 River, house 247 North Second.

Source: "U.S. City Directories, 1822-1895," indexed database with record images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), The Troy Directory, 1858, page 217, Seaver and Ingraham entry.

6)  The 1860 United States Census Mortality Schedule for Troy, Rensselaer County, New York has a death entry for Nathaniel Seaver:

This record indicates that Nathaniel Seaver was age 53, male, married, born in Mass., died in July 1859, a millwright, died if erryseppelis, ill 4 months.

Source:  "U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885," online database and digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), 1860, New York, Rensselaer County, Troy Ward 10, page 226 (stamped), line 1, Nathaniel Seaver entry; citing U.S. Census Mortality Schedules, New York, 1850-1880, Archive Roll Number: M4.

7)  Nathaniel Seaver died 18 Jul 1859 in Troy, New York at age 55, and is buried in Old Mount Ida Cemetery in Troy.  The Find A Grave memorial for Nathaniel Seaver:

Source:  Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image, (http://www.findagrave.com), Old Mount Ida Cemetery, Troy, N.Y., Nathaniel Seaver memorial #29356456.

8)  There is one more record available for Nathaniel Seaver, and I will review it in the next post.

9)  While Ann (--?--) Seaver is the subject of this blog post series, she is in several of the records shown above.  There are several more records that shed light on Ann's ancestry and I will show them in upcoming posts.

Most importantly, I was contacted by Patti in email last week asking me if I had seen the personal letters that she possesses from her family.  I had not seen them.  With Patti's permission, I will post these letters in upcoming posts.  Ann is not her ancestor, but is probably related to Patti's ancestors.

Perhaps from the letters, and Patti's research, we can deduce Ann's maiden name.

10)  Cousin bait, and crowd-sourcing, works!!


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