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Guide to the Seaman Family Papers
1761-1983 (bulk 1830-1923)
  MS 552

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Collection processed by Jan Hilley and Megan Hahn Fraser

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Biographical Note

November 11, 1868 Birth of George Williams Seaman Member of an old Dutchess County family and descendant of President John Adams. Worked in general exports at the David Brown Company in New York City, later George W. Seaman, Inc. (Obituary: New York Times 1/29/1942)
April 2, 1878 Birth of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Worked as an interior decorator in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island, prior to her marriage. Unlike most immediate family members, used an older spelling of Van Horne with an "e."
June 9, 1903 Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman and George Williams Seaman marry. At the time of the wedding, George is referred to as "superintendent of the Reformed Sunday School and a well-known young society man."
1921 Retirement of George Williams Seaman
January, 1942 Death of George Williams Seaman
August, 1968 Death of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman

The marriage of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman and George Williams Seaman joined together four Dutchess County, New York, families -- Van Horn, Freeman, DeWindt and Seaman. The following are family members mentioned within the collection and the relationship of each to Irmingarde or George W. Seaman. (Note: "DeWindt" is sometimes seen within the collection as "DeWint.")

Abner O. Van Horn (b.1814; d.1885) Maternal Grandfather of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman. New York City businessman, inventor and owner of Abner Van Horn and Company, "machinists and brass founders, and manufacturers and dealers in wrought iron pipe and fittings of all kinds" (from letterhead). Died of cholera in 1885. (Obituary: Patchogue Advance 9/19/1885)
Abner Van Horn, M.D. (b.1845; d.1917) Uncle of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Henry Voorhees Freeman (b.1829; d.1888) Father of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Ida Van Horn Freeman (b. 1840; d.1898) Mother of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Genevieve Freeman Sister of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Gertrude Van Horn (b. 1849; d. 1922) Aunt of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Gay Van Horn Aunt of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Sadie Van Horn (b. 1847; d. 1926) Aunt of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Alice Van Horn (b. 1853; d. 1926) Aunt of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman
Gidney Underhill Uncle of Irmingarde Van Horne Freeman Seaman (Married Irmingarde's father's sister, Josephine.)
Romietta Q. O'Dowd Niece of Henry V. and Ida Van Horn Freeman (Daughter of Irmingarde's father's sister, Henrietta.)
May E. O'Dowd Niece of Henry V. and Ida Van Horn Freeman (Daughter of Irmingarde's father's sister, Henrietta.)
John Peter DeWindt (b. 1786; d. 1870) Grandfather of George Williams Seaman
Caroline Amelia Smith DeWindt (b. 1795; d.1852) Grandmother of George Williams Seaman. Caroline Amelia was a granddaughter of President John Adams.
George Allen Seaman Father of George Williams Seaman
Mary Catherine DeWindt Seaman (b. 1838; d. 1881) Mother of George Williams Seaman
Emily DeWindt Seaman (b. 1865; d. 1931) Sister of George Williams Seaman
Charles Henry "Carl" Seaman Brother of George Williams Seaman
Mary Groebe DeWindt Ketchum Sister of George Williams Seaman
John B. Seaman Uncle of George Williams Seaman
Amelia Seaman Aunt of George Williams Seaman. Wife of John B. Seaman.
Will Seaman Uncle of George Williams Seaman
Sophie Seaman Aunt of George Williams Seaman. Wife of Will Seaman.
Will, Lizzie and George Seaman Cousins of George Williams Seaman Children of Will and Sophie Seaman
Elizabeth Seaman Field Aunt of George Williams Seaman
Seaman Field Cousin of George Williams Seaman Son of Elizabeth Seaman Field
Julia DeWindt Van Wagenen Maternal Aunt of George Williams Seaman
Elizabeth DeWindt Cranch Maternal Aunt of George Williams Seaman
Louisa DeWindt Cook Maternal Aunt of George Williams Seaman
Isabella Adams DeWindt Furman Maternal Aunt of George Williams Seaman
Emily DeWindt Withers Maternal Aunt of George Williams Seaman
Caroline Elizabeth DeWindt Monell Maternal Aunt of George Williams Seaman. Caroline Elizabeth, oldest child of Caroline Amelia Smith and John Peter DeWindt, married Andrew Jackson Downing, considered by many to be the first great American landscaper. He, along with his mother-in-law, drowned in a steamboat disaster in the Hudson River in 1852. Caroline later married Judge John James Monell.