Cortland County
Early Simmons/Seamans

Early Cortland County Simmons/Seamans families

There are several Simmons/Seamans families in Cortland Co. NY in the early part of the 1800's.

On the 1820 census, there are 3 families:

SIMONDS Benjamin Homer 550
SIMONDS Loring Virgilp3 634
SIMMONS Jacob Truxtonp3 611

1. Benjamin Simonds

1820: SIMONDS Benjamin 011101 41110 Benjamin is written up in an article in "The Cortland Co. Chronicles" His only documented son from that article, is also named Ben. Benjamin does have at least 2 sons by 1820.

One of the desc removed to MI: Here is a scan of the first part of an article on the family.

2. Loring Simonds

1820: Simonds, Loring 000100 10100

This is the only time that exact name appears in any census records. However, A Loring Simmons appears in Renseallear Co, NY in 1800 and 1820.

Here is a misc record I picked up on him(probably)

From the records of the First Presbyterian Church, Albany Co., Albany:

Elizabeth Allen d/o Loring Simonds and Hannah Sturgis b 13 Dec 1805:

This might explain where he was in 1810.

3. Jacob Simmons

1820: SIMMONS Jacob 200100 00100

Jacob Simmons is much too common to trace this way. So is the alt. spelling of Jacob Seamans. (for example, some early wills in the NY Historical Soc. Will collection list people as Seamans and Simmons in the SAME will).

There is a Jacob Seamans that seems to match this census record from the Seaman Genealogy:

The Seamans Family in America. written by Lawton, John Julian. Privately Printed. New York. 1933. p. 56

364 JACOB SEAMANS, (John117, John31, John4, Thomas1) b. Nov. 11, 1794 at Clarendon, Vt., d. Aug. 24, 1865 at DeRuyter, N. Y., m. to Hannah Keeler, b. July 31, 1795, d. Mar. 25, 1858 at Cortland, N. Y., buried at Truxton, N. Y.

_855 Isaac Massilon, b. Sept. 11, 1816.
_856 Jacob Roderick, b. Jan. 10, 1818.
_857 Avery Jesse, b. Nov. 2, 1822.

Resided at Cuyler, DeRuyter and Cortland, N. Y.

Editor's notes: Cuyler, Truxton and Cortland are in Cortland Co. DeRuyter is in Madison Co.

Other Seamans in the area:

You also have to look at Broome Co, as a lot of people crossed back and forth. There is a Pardon Seaman in the same book who seemed to cross back and forth.

210 PARDON SEAMANS, (Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. Jan. 22, 1787 at Foster, R. I., d. Apr. 5, 1879 at Virgil, N. Y., m. on June 25, 1820 at Winfield, N. Y., to Sally Green, b. Sept. 7, 1800, d. Jan. 18, 1859, dau. of Brinton and Polly (Thornton) Green of Connecticut.

_616 Angeline, b. Nov. 26, 1822.
617 Polly, b. Feb. 3, 1824.
_618 Chloe, b. Jan. 14, 1825.
_619 Amanda, b. May 3, 1827.
620 Eunice, b. Feb. , 1829, d. very young.
621 Cornelia, b. June 19, 1830, m. on Jan. 17, 1856, to Hiram Maltbie, b. Sept. 14, 1829, at Virgil, N. Y., d. Feb. 5, 1906, at Virgil, no issue.
_622 Simon, b. June 7, 1832.
_623 Mary, b. Oct. 2, 1837.
_624 Celia, b. July 12, 1841.

They resided at Winfield, New Berlin, and Virgil, N. Y. Pardon was a member of the Baptist Church, a farmer and carpenter.

Editor note:

1850 census lists him on page 280 of Broome Co. census - Lisle


616 ANGELINE SEAMANS, (Pardon210, Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. Nov. 26, 1822 at Winfield, N. Y., d. Apr. 8, 1914, m. on Mar. 6, 1842 at Pharsalia, Chenango County, N. Y., to Ebenezer R. Phillips, b. May 21, 1820 at New Boston, N. Y., d. Mar. 20, 1889.
1477 Delos, b. Nov. 18, 1842, d. Feb. 20, 1897 at Virgil, N. Y.
_1478 Lucetta C., b. Apr. 2, 1844.
_1479 Orsan D., b. June 21, 1846.
_1480 Rosetta Estella, b. Apr. 8, 1857.
_1481 Frank, b. June 25, 1859.

Resided at Lisle, Broome County, N. Y.

618 CHLOE SEAMANS, (Pardon210, Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. Jan. 14, 1825 at New Berlin, N. Y., d. May 18, 1882, m. on Oct. 3, 1842 at Lisle, N. Y., by David Leech, to Lyman Fox Edmister, b. July 12, 1814 at Lisle, N. Y., d. Oct. 28, 1866.
_1482 Elvira Smith, b. May 18, 1844.
_1483 Romain F., b. Apr. 30, 1849.
1484 Albert, b. , died in infancy.
1485 Charles M., b. , died in infancy.
1486 Charlotte M., b. June 23, 1858, unmarried and resided at Binghamton, N. Y.

Chloe and Lyman were two of nine that formed the first M. E. Church Class in Lisle, N. Y., he was a shoemaker and resided at Lisle, N. Y. (Editor's note: Lisle is in Broome Co.)

619 AMANDA SEAMANS, (Pardon210, Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. May 3, 1827 at New Berlin, N. Y., d. Jan. 3, 1878 at Syracuse, N. Y., m. on Apr. 1, 1847 at Lisle, N. Y. by Dr. Brewer, to Emory Webster Smith, b. July 25, 1827 at Parkersburg, West Va., d. July 29, 1864.
1487 Sarah A., b. Feb. 1, 1848, d. Mar. 24, 1932, m. on Jan. 1, 1869 to R. D. Joiner, b. Aug. 8, 1848.
1488 Webster O., b. June 5, 1850 at Cortland, N. Y., m. to Emily Speakman.
_1489 Frederick E., b. June 3, 1852.
_1490 Ellen Amanda, b. Sept. 27, 1853.
_1491 Mary Elizabeth, b. July 20, 1863.

Amanda's second marriage was to Mr. Farrer. Emory W. Smith enlisted in 9th. New York Heavy Artillery, in Dec. 1863, and joined his company in Feb. 1864, was wounded in battle of Cold Harbor on June 3, 1864, and was moved to Military Hospital on Sand Island, in New York Harbor where he died of the wound on July 29, 1864, was buried in Military Cemetery in New York Harbor. They resided at Cortland, N. Y., and Amanda is buried at Virgil, N. Y.
622 SIMON BOLIVAR SEAMANS, (Pardon210, Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. June 7, 1832, d. Nov. 17, 1908 at Lisle, N. Y., m. on Oct. 20, 1862 at Cardiff, N. Y., to Emma Owen, b. Apr. 30, 1841 at Warwick, N. Y., d. Dec. 10, 1920.
_1492 Harrison, b. July 5, 1864.
_1493 George, b. June 5, 1867.
_1494 Ella May, b. Jan. 12, 1876.

Resided at Harford, N. Y. (Editors note: this is Cortland Co. also).

623 MARY SEAMANS, (Pardon210, Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. Oct. 2, 1837, d. Dec. 2, 1927, m. on Nov. 20, 1853, to John Hammond, b. Feb. 23, 1831 at Sempronius, N. Y.

_1495 Alice Harriett, b. Nov. 30, 1854.
_1496 Mary Ann, b. Nov. 19, 1856.
_1497 John Adin, b. May 6, 1859.
_1498 George Henry, b. Jan. 3, 1862.
1499 Willie Burdette, b. Oct. 25, 1865, d. Apr. 13, 1872.
1500 Frank Jay, b. Apr. 6, 1868.
_1501 Oakley Dewitt, b. Aug. 27, 1871.
_1502 Nellie Augusta, b. June 6, 1873.
1503 Lewis Simon, b. Sept. 6, 1875, d. Nov. 25, 1928, m. on Sept. 24, 1902, to Celia Erricks, and had one child.
_1504 Celia May, b. Sept. 22, 1879.

Resided at Ironton, Northern Mich.

Mary (Seamans) Hammond was well educated and was called upon to teach the first school in Charlevoix, Mich., teaching two terms at $1.25 per week in a little log school house, she was obliged to take labor and a calf for her pay, and to board herself while teaching.

624 CELIA SEAMANS, (Pardon210, Caleb51, James6, Thomas1) b. July 12, 1841 at Pharsalia, N. Y., d. Aug. 18, 1926, m. on July 20, 1864, by Rev. Ezekiel Mundy, at Syracuse, N. Y., to Henry Oscar Salisbury, b. Jan. 11, 1839 at Columbus, N. Y., d. Jan. 31, 1891 at Syracuse, N. Y., buried in Myrtle Hill Cemetery.

1505 Eddie Henry, b. Nov. 16, 1865, d. in July, 1866.
_1506 Adelaide May, b. Sept. 1, 1867.
_1507 Burt Eugene, b. May 28, 1870.
1508 Fred Monroe, b. Sept. 24, 1878, d. Jan. 23, 1880.
_1509 Edith Mabel, b. May 23, 1882.

Resided in Syracuse, N. Y.

There is also another line in Virgil, from a completely different branch of the family:

Page 53

329 ISAAC SEAMANS, (William101, William28, John4, Thomas1) b. June 1, 1793/4 at Foster, R. I., d. June 25, 1880 at Virgil, Cortland Co., N. Y., he was a blacksmith and a wagon-maker, m. on Sept. 2, 1818, at Edmeston, Otsego Co., N. Y., to Amarilla Sheldon, b. Feb. 5, 1799 at Edmeston, d. Sept. 16, 1869 at Virgil, N. Y.

_812 Adelia, b. May 12, 1820 at Hartford, N. Y.
_813 Harriet, b. Mar. 4, 1822.
_814 Isaac Marsden, b. Mar. 15, 1824 at Marathon, N. Y.
815 Olive, b. at South Cortland, N. Y., d. in 1826.
_816 Julian Conable, b. Aug. 18, 1826.
817 Samuel Milton, b. Aug. 14, 1829, d. Feb. 14, 1904 at Virgil, N. Y., was a blacksmith and unmarried.
_818 Helen Mar, b. Dec. 5, 1831.
819 William Wallace, b. Dec. 16, 1835, d. Mar. 20, 1837.
_820 Ann Marilla, b. Dec. 18, 1837.
_821 Eleanor, b. Sept. 5, 1839 at Virgil, N. Y.
_822 Felissa Adel, b. Jan. 10, 1841.
823 Augusta Patricia, b. May 6, 1843, d. Apr. 9, 1925, at Homer, N. Y., m. first, on June 13, 1878, to Solomon Curtiss, second, to Edwin Burdick.

Isaac was a drum-major in the Home Guards, owner and operator of the second black-smith shop in Virgil, N. Y., his shop was located near the Methodist parsonage, until he built the shop which was later owned and occupied by his son, Isaac Marsden Seamans.

They resided at Edmeston, Harford, Marathon, South Cortland, and Virgil, N. Y.


Editor's notes

Amarilla Sheldon was daughter of John and Amy (Phillips) Sheldon, of Edmeston, N. Y. Her sister, Sally, married Isaac's brother Job and they settled in nearby Chenango Co. NY. Their brother George Seamans also married another dau of John Sheldon, Marcy. Their brother Samuel also married a Sheldon: Hannah Sheldon dau of Ezekiel.


An underscore before the name means that the family is traced later in the book.

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Created Mar 29, 1999

LAST UPDATED: Friday, 20-May-2011 22:23:40 MDT

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