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Frances Seward
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Birth: Aug., 1836
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1837
Cayuga County
New York, USA

(See CORNELIA/FRANCES SEWARD, Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, NY.)

Original burial site of "infant daughter of W.H. Seward". Listed as "Frances" in church burial records, the 5-month-old baby was the child of celebrated American statesman William H. Seward and the namesake of his wife, nee Frances Adeline Miller, whose parents were the distinguished local jurist Elijah Miller and the former Hannah Foote. Born during the summer of 1836, the baby girl was the third of five children born to the Sewards, joining siblings Augustus, age 10, and Frederic, age 7. She was interred here in St. Peter's churchyard, Auburn, during the first week of the new year 1837, her brief life having been cut short by smallpox. Two years later a third son, William, was born to the Sewards, but his birth was followed, in 1844, by that of another daughter, who apparently became Mrs. Seward's second namesake. (Unlike today, newborns of past eras were often given the names of siblings who had predeceased them in early childhood.) Upon the opening of Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery in 1851, Mrs. Seward's father, Judge Miller, purchased a family plot in the cemetery, and was the first Seward relative to be buried there. The infant girl's remains were later moved to Fort Hill, probably after the untimely deaths of her mother and sister in the 1860's. Listed as "Cornelia" on the Fort Hill roster, the name of the paternal aunt who had introduced Mrs. Seward to her future husband, a posthumous name change may have been made in deference to the second Seward daughter given the name "Frances", and whose death at age 22 was still a fresh grief. The Fort Hill burial roster also gives the child's age as simply "5", which may account for the discrepancy between older records and the recently added new capstone on her grave, which states her age as 5 "years". In any case, Frances Street--one of four streets in the city forming a block honoring the Seward family--was inspired by the first name shared by Mrs. Seward and many of her descendents. 
Family links: 
  William Henry Seward (1801 - 1872)
  Frances Adeline Miller Seward (1805 - 1865)
  Augustus Henry Seward (1826 - 1876)*
  Frederick William Seward (1830 - 1915)*
  Frances Seward (1836 - 1837)
  Cornelia/Frances Seward (1836 - 1837)*
  William Henry Seward (1839 - 1920)*
  Frances Adeline Seward (1844 - 1866)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Baby Frances' lifespan of 5 months can be verified by William H. Seward's letters during the years 1836-37, & by the entry in the St. Peter's Church, Auburn burial roster dated January 1837.
Saint Peters Church Cemetery
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Aug 09, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20854906

- Suzy E.
 Added: Jun. 3, 2014

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