Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 46, William Seeds, Where DID You Come From?

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 46 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

William Seeds was born, well, not sure, he is a brick wall of mine. Before his marriage, I have no record of him.  Still looking.

William marries Melia Morris (she is also known as: Permilia "Pamilia\Amelia\Melia" (nee) Battin) May 27/28, 1809 per Minister's Returns, Isle of Wight, Virginia. She is the widow of Hezekiah Morris, who died before December 1808.

William Seeds appears on the 1810 census (record taken from published book, not actual census report) of Isle of Wight, Virginia as follows: 2 males between 16 - 26 years of age, 2 females under the age of 10 and 1 female between 16 - 26 years of age.  I am not sure why there are two males, ages 16 to 26 listed, but I feel that one of them is William, the female between 16 and 26 would be his wife, Pamilia Battin Morris, the female under the age of 10 could be Margaret Morris, daughter of Pamilia and Hezekiah Morris, for who William Seeds is found to be the guardian (see Isle of Wight County, Virginia records).

There is a William Seeds listed in the 3rd Regiment of Boykins Virginia Militia in the Soliders of the War of 1812.  Is this is the same William?  I found William on the Index to Virginia Soldiers in War of 1812, however this work needs to be revisited. Further research may prove helpful.  Here is the compiled service card image, found at Fold3.  I looked up Addison Littleton, in the same record set, and did not find a reference to William.  More research I guess.  SIGH

In my data base I have recorded that William and Permilia had the following children:

Mary Ann Seeds
Edmund Seeds
Nancy Seeds
Permilia "Pamilia" Seeds
William Seeds.

On January 1, 1827 William Seeds is the surety on a marriage record for Mary Ann Seeds and Armstrong Turner.  Per work by Mable Van Dyke Baer (Research for James Otis Wright, 6100 Wing Lake Road, Birmingham, Michigan), titled Darden-Lassiter Lineage of Isle of Wight and Nansemond Counties Virginia in 1965, Mary Ann Turner is William's daughter, as stated in his will of 1835.

William Seeds appears on the 1830 census of Isle of Wight County, Virginia as follows:  1 male 10 - 15 years old; a male 15 - 20 years old; 1 male 40 - 50 years old; 2 females 5 - 10 years old; 1 female 40 - 50 years old, and 9 slaves.

It is believed William died in or around Isle of Wight County, Virginia before January 4, 1836.

William has a Will recorded in Will Book 20, pages 198, 199 & 200, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  I do not seem to have a copy of that will digitized or recorded on the data base.

Wish list for William Seeds, birth information, including parents.  Find out more about possible service in the War of 1812. Information on death, and place of burial.  Digitize Will and transcribe into the data base.

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1 comment:

Jan Mains said...

I had no idea there was a free site. Thanks so much for the info.