An American Family History

The Seaman Family

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

Caleb Seaman was born about 1740 in Jericho, Queens (now Nassau) County, New York.

He married Martha Jackson.

The children of Caleb and Martha included:

Caleb Seaman, Jr. (1774, married Nancy Stevens)
Samuel Murray Seaman (1776, married Sarah Smith),
Elizabeth Seaman (1779, David Shipman),
Nehemiah Seaman (1780, Margaret McCready),
Smith Seaman (1784, married Sabra Rider),
Sarah Seaman (1785, married William Manhard),
Stephen Seaman (1786, married Rachel Patterson),
Robert Seaman (1789),
Margaret Seaman (1790, married James Wilson),
James Seaman (1792),
Mary Polly Seaman, married James McLaughlin).

1797 census of Elizabethtown:

Caleb, Martha, Samuel, N. (male), Elizabeth, Sarah, Smith, Mary, Stephen and Robert.

Caleb was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805. He kept an inn in Yonge.

During the War of 1812, Stephen served in the Second Leeds Militia as did Samuel who died.


Caleb Seaman, Jr. was born about 1774 in Long Island, New York.

He married Nancy Stevens. Nancy was the daughter of Abel Stevens.

Caleb and Nancy's children included:

Caleb Seaman (married Lucinda Patterson),
Augustus Seaman, (married Orinda Chrismore),
German Seaman,
William Seaman (married Elizabeth Comstock, daughter of William Comstock),
Experience Seaman (married Duncan Griffin), and
Rachel Seaman (married William Wood).

In 1796 Caleb was granted land in Ontario.


Samuel Murray Seaman was born about 1776. He was the son of Caleb Seaman.

He married Sarah Smith. She was born about 1782 in Vermont.

At the time of the 1804 census he was and age 25 living with wife and daughter in Bastard Township. Leeds County, Ontario.

Samuel and Sarah's children included:
Cornelius Seaman
Rhoda Seaman (married William Doak),
Caleb Seaman,
Albert Seaman
Martha Seaman (1799),
Polly Seaman (1802),
Stephen Seaman (1804)
Daniel Murray Seaman (1811),
Mary Elmira Seaman.

During the War of 1812, Samuel died while serving in the Second Leeds Militia .


Dutchess County, New York patriots forced colonists loyal to the British government to flee north into what became Ontario.

Nehemiah Seaman was born on November 4, 1780 in Amenia, Dutchess County, New York.

He married Margaret McCready.She was born June 5, 1783 in Half Moon, Albany County, New York and was the daughter of David McCready and Catherine Donnan.

Nehemiah was granted 100 acres at the west boundary of Saint Lawrence Park. He built the first stone house in Brockville where he operated a tavern. He was a founding member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Nehemiah and Margaret's children included:
Martha Seaman (married Henry Page Jackson)
Allen Grant Seaman (married Ann Lawson)
Caleb Seaman (died young),
Catherine Seaman, (married Abel Cole),
Susanna Seaman (married Andrew Donaldson)
Anna Seaman (died young),
Sarah Seaman (died young),
Eliza Ann Seaman (married Hiram Kilbourne),
Mary Ann Seaman (married Ebenezer Kyle and John Guthrie)
David Seaman (1807, married Huldah Mallory).

In 1816, Nehemiah and Margaret Seaman signed the document of rules for the governing of the First Presbyterian Church of Brockville.

On December 9, 1830, Nehemiah died in a fall from St. Paul's Bridge during a storm.


Smith Seaman was born about 1784 in Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York.

He married Sabra Rider.


Sarah Seaman, born May 11, 1785.

She married William Manhard


Stephen Seaman was born on October 27, 1786.

He married Rachel Patterson the daughter of Daniel Patterson.

  Robert Seaman, born Abt. 1789  
  Margaret Seaman, born 1790 She married James Wilson  
  James Seaman, born Abt. 1792  
  Mary Polly Seaman, born Bet. 1794 - 1795 She married James McLaughlin  


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