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146. Lieut. Billy Seymour

146. Lieut. Billy6 Seymour (Aaron5, Zebulon4, John3, John2, Richard1), born at Hartford, Conn., about 1772, died at Spencer-town, N.Y., 14 Jan. 1821, aged 49; married at New Hartford, Conn., 19 Aug. 1793, Hannah Goodwin, born in 1773, died at Batavia, N.Y., 3 Oct. 1827.

He was commissioned Ensign in a Columbia County, N.Y., company in 1800, Lieutenant in 1800, and was replaced Apr. 1803 because he had moved. In 1805 he was Adjutant of Lt.-Col. Charles McKinstry's Regt, Columbia County, and resigned in 1807.

i. Harriet Eliza7, b. 7 Feb. 1794; d. 25 May 1867; m. in 1812, Ethan B. Allen, a lawyer, of Batavia, N.Y.
ii. Laura Ann, b. 10 May 1796; d. 26 Apr. 1822; m. in 1819, James Brown.
iii. Walter Marvin, b. 3 June 1798; d. 22 Nov. 1863; m. 3 Aug. 1828, Eliza Martin Otto, b. at Philadelphia, Pa., 15 Oct. 1812, dau. of Jacob S. and Phebe (Whitehead). He was cashier for the Holland Land Company. Children:
I. Jacob Otto8, b. 30 Sept. 1829; d. 27 Feb. 1879; res. N.J.; m. 28 Feb. 1854, Julia A. Morgan.
II. James Walter, b. 1 Jan. 1832; d. 25 Apr. 1874; res. La.; m. 3 Nov. 1858, Mary J. Tallent.
III. Maria Brinkerhoff, b. 23 Sept. 1834; m. (1) 5 Sept. 1854, James C. Woodward, a produce merchant, of New York City; m. (2) 2 June 1881, Henry Parish, a graduate of Columbia College, and president of N.Y. Life and Trust Insurance Co.
IV. Catherine Susan, b. 2 Dec. 1836; m. 12 Nov. 1868, John Stevenson, of New York City.
V. Henry, b. 25 Sept. 1838; res. Milwaukee, Wis.
VI. Laura Ann, b. 3 Jan. 1841.
VII. Walter Marvin, b. 28 Jan. 1843; d. 15 Nov. 1875.
VIII. Edward, b. 2 Dec. 1844; d. 13 Mar. 1869; res. Washington, D.C.
IX. Charles, b. 18 Apr. 1847; d. 10 Mar. 1883; Lieut., U.S. N.; m. 26 Dec. 1878, Anna Josephine Guest, b. 20 Aug. 1851, dau. of Commodore John Guest, U.S. N., and Anna Josephine (Pleasonton). Two children.
X. John Cotes, b. 16 Dec. 1849; m. 19 Sept. 1876, Estella Johnson. He was on the N.Y. Mining Stock Exchange, N.Y. City.
XI. Eliza Martin, b. 27 June 1853; m. 13 Jan. 1875, Henry C. Perkins, of New York City.
iv. Edward William, b. 23 Apr. 1800; d. at sea, as supposed, in 1825.
v. Fanny Maria, b. 3 July 1802; m. in 1820, William Hart Wells.
vi. Erastus, b. 9 Sept. 1804; d. 5 Dec. 1804.
vii. Erastus Bille, b. 11 Nov. 1805; d. at Buffalo, N.Y., 6 May 1888; m. (1) 1 Dec. 1834, Celia Burnham; m. (2) 12 Feb. 1857, Sarah S. Hempsted.
viii. Henry Washington, b. 16 Jan. 1809; d. at Batavia, N.Y., Mar. 1859, unm.

ERASTUS B.7 SEYMOUR (1805-1888), after his father's death, moved with his mother to New York, and subsequently from there to Batavia where he engaged in the grain business. About the spring of 1845 he came to Buffalo and was one of the first commission merchants there. He first entered into partnership with Pardon C. Sherman. Afterwards he took into partnership William Wells, the firm of “Seymour & Wells” for years thereafter being one of the best known along the entire chain of lakes.

Mr. Seymour was the first president of “The Western Elevating Company,” and was also interested in several vessels and elevators, and when he came to Buffalo there were but two of the latter in the city, while “Seymour & Wells” stored and shipped about two-thirds of all the grain that came into this port.

He was a member of St. Paul's Parish for over thirty years, and was long one of the vestry. He was a Republican, but not active in political life. He was a thoroughly domestic man, devoted to his home and his family. His serene, kindly, affectionate disposition endeared him to all who knew him. He was one of Nature's true gentlemen, ever considerate, courteous and dignified.

He was survived by four daughters: Mrs. J. Morris Gwinn of Chicago, Dr. Abby Janet Seymour, Miss Louise C. Seymour, and Miss Lizzie H. Seymour.

ABBY JANET8 SEYMOUR, daughter of Erastus B., was at the time of her tragic death, the most prominent professional woman in Buffalo. Born in Batavia, N.Y., she lived from early childhood in her father's home on Niagara Square, Buffalo, afterwards occupied by the Working Boys' I Ionic She was graduated from the Rush Medical College of Chicago, established herself in practice in Buffalo, and gained an enviable reputation from her skill in the treatment of disease. She was a thoroughly educated woman with special talent in many directions. Besides being an excellent physician, she was an artist of considerable ability.

Early in 1895, she went to Chicago to attend the sessions of the Post-Graduate Medical College. While there, an accident affected the nerves of her hip, necessitating the use of crutches. She had been a very active woman, and the affliction preyed upon her sensitive mind. She spent the summer in a private hospital for treatment, and in the autumn went to a private sanitarium in East Aurora. There she was unhappy, and she returned to Buffalo on 18 Oct. 1895, where she met many of her old friends, and although apparently rational, appeared to be mentally depressed. The following day she left the house of a friend, and, either by accident or design, stepped in front of a fast West Shore train and was instantly killed. She was about forty-two years old.

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