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Guide to the Seaman family papers
||Seaman family papers
||The Seaman family papers (1752-1838) principally concern merchant John Seaman and
Willet Seaman, though several other Seaman family members are also represented. The
bulk of the collection consists of deeds and other documents concerning land transactions.
Several of these deeds relate to land in North Hempstead, Long Island, acquired to
establish a manufactory for woolen goods, circa 1816. Other legal documents related
to this business are also in the collection, such as partnership agreements and an
insurance policy. An indenture for an apprentice from the Overseers of the Poor of
Brooklyn and a bill of sale for John Seaman's purchase of an enslaved African-American
also relate to the manufactory, known as Seaman and Cock (the Cock referring to partners
John Cock and Townsend Cock). Other land transactions concern Seaman properties or
interests on Long Island, New York City, other New York State counties, and other
states. Other documents include John Seaman's will, Seaman's conditions for the eventual
manumission of the slave he purchased, and correspondence from Willet Seaman supporting
quarantine laws to prevent the spread of yellow fever.
||0.25 Linear feet in 16 folders in one manuscript box
|Language of Materials:
||The materials are in English.