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James, b. 1727, Swansea, MA to Thomas and Mary
Posted by: Duane Boggs (ID *****6286) Date: November 13, 2009 at 10:42:55
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In the 1933 work of John Lawton entitled "The Seamans family in America as descended from Thomas Seamans of Swansea, Massachusetts 1687", there is mention of a James Seamans, born September 30, 1727, the son of Thomas and Mary (Pierce, Peirce, Pearce, etc.) Seamans. This Thomas was the son of the Thomas in the book title. This Thomas reportedly moved from Swansea, in Bristol County, Massachusetts (which borders Bristol County, Rhode Island), to the area of Scituate, in Providence County, Rhode Island. Generally, researchers have adopted the 1740-1746 time frame for the move. Therefore, it seems likely that this James, somewhere between the age of 13 and 19 when his parents moved, MIGHT have moved with them (UNLESS: (1) he died in childhood; (2) he had been apprenticed to someone in Swansea and stayed behind; or (3) he was 18 or over when his parents moved and elected not to go with them).

I have been trying to find any information about this James Seamans without success. I have checked the Latter Day Saints database (www.familysearch.org), the World Connect (www.rootsweb.com), this Genforum, and I have googled him. NOTHING turns up about a spouse, any children, his residence(s) and his date of death. Does anyone have ANY information (beyond birth date and place) for this James Seamans? Bear in mind that, later in the 18th century, some records started to spell the surname as Seamons, Simmonds or Simmons rather than the traditional "Seamans". Please contact me firectly at duaneaboggs@live.com.


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