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Col Cornelius Riker Sedam, Sr
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Birth: 1759, Netherlands
Death: May 9, 1823
Sedamsville
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA

Revolutionary War Officer. His family emigrated from Holland to the United States when he was an infant and settled in New Jersey. Young Cornelius enlisted with the New Jersey Militia when he was 16 on June 23, 1775. He was a Private and then a Corporal in Captain Outwater's Company with the 1st Battalion until 1781 after Cornwallis and the British surrendered at Yorktown. He then entered the U.S. Regular Army as an Ensign under General Josiah Harmar and was assigned to Fort Harmar where he served with future Gen. and U.S. President William Henry Harrison. He then accepted assignments at Fort Finney, and then Fort Washington in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sedam participated in General Arthur St. Clair's march against the Indian tribes accused of massacre in the Ohio Valley and shared in General Mad Anthony Wayne's victory. Sedam returned to Cincinnati in the late 1780's and set up a homestead after clearing the land as its first settler. The area was at Bald Face Creek just west of the city settlement. His home became known as Sedamsville, a neighborhood that still exists by that name and is now a part of Lower Price Hill. (later home to famous baseball player Pete Rose). Sedam returned to the military by 1793 and fought with distinction during St. Clair's battle with Indians on March 19th when 600 army men perished. He was appointed by General George Washington as a Captain following the defeat and went on to fight in the campaign that led to the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. Peacetime was brief as Sedam fought again at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1796. He returned to the east coast for a while and ventured into the merchant mariner business until he was recalled for duty for the War of 1812 and was commissioned as a Colonel. Sedam, a 21 year military veteran, was also a member of the Honorable Cincinnati Society. He died at his residence when he was 64 years old and his grave was removed from the Sedam Family Graveyard to Spring Grove Cemetery in 1916. Alternate spellings for the family's name are Suydam, Sydam, and Sedam. A spring house that was part of his estate remained intact and was restored as a historical site and is open to the public. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Sedam*
 
 Children:
  Lewis M Sedam*
  David Ziegler Sedam (1831 - 1885)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: springgrove.org=86983.tif.pdf
 
Burial:
Spring Grove Cemetery
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Garden LN Section 110, Lot 89 space 1
 
Created by: K Guy
Record added: Mar 01, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18120990
Col Cornelius Riker Sedam, Sr
Added by: K Guy
 
Col Cornelius Riker Sedam, Sr
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Col Cornelius Riker Sedam, Sr
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