William Seward is an ancestor of whom I know very little, but thanks to Google Books, I’ve found that he certainly set a great example for his descendants to follow. He was born circa 1627 in England, and immigrated from Bristol, England to Taunton, Massachusetts in 1643. He later settled in New Haven, which was still part of New Haven Colony which would later be part of Connecticut.
William married Grace Norton of Guilford (daughter of Thomas Norton and possibly Grace Wells) in New Haven to April 2, 1651. It seems that he moved to Guilford sometime after 1652 and took the oath of fidelity there on May 4, 1654.
By trade, William was a tanner who did well for himself. He owned plenty of property and enjoyed good standing in town. William’s name comes up often as a leader in the early history of the town. On June 1, 1665, he was appointed captain of the guard in Guilford. He served as a deputy between 1674 and 1685 and as representative to the General Assembly in Connecticut between 1683 to 1686.
William and Grace’s children were:
- Mary, born Feb 28, 1652 in New Haven; married John Scranton, Jr. on March 12, 1673; died 1688
- John, born February 14, 1653/54; married Abigail Bushnell* on June 25, 1679; died December 6, 1748
- Joseph, born 1655; married Judith Bushnell* on February 7, 1681/82; died February 14, 1731/32
- Samuel, born August 20, 1659; died before 1666
- Caleb (who I spoke of in this post), born March 14, 1662/63; married Lydia Bushnell* on July 14, 1686; died August 2, 1728
- Stephen, born August 6, 1664; never married
- Samuel, born February 8, 1666/67; died April 8, 1689; never married
- Hannah, born February 8, 1669/70; married Joseph Hand; also married John Tustin
- Ebenezer, born December 13, 1672; died October 19, 1701
*Abigail, Judith and Lydia Bushnell were sisters.
William died on March 29, 1689 (age 62) (some sources say March 2). Grace died March 5, 1704. Sadly, I don’t know where either of them are buried, although I am sure it is somewhere in Guilford.