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Henrietta Madeleine "Harriet" Seton
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Birth: 1789
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 23, 1809
Frederick County
Maryland, USA

On 25 January 1794, at age 19, Elizabeth Ann Bayley married William Magee Seton,
aged 26, a wealthy businessman in the import trade. Samuel Provoost, the first
Episcopalian bishop of New York, witnessed the wedding vows of the couple.

Five children were born to the marriage: Anna Maria (Annina) (1795–-1812),
William Jr (1797-1868), Richard (1798–-1823), Catherine (1800-–1891)
(who was to become the first American to join the Sisters of Mercy) and Rebecca
Mary (1802–-1816).

After the death of Elizabeth's husband in Italy, she eventually settled in rural
Maryland and found the Sisters of Charity of St Joseph, at the request of Bishop
John Carroll. The Sulpicians assisted Elizabeth in adapting the
seventeenth-century French Common Rules of the Daughters of Charity (1672) for
the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph, in accord with the needs of the Catholic
Church in America. Elizabeth formed her sisters in the Vincentian spirit
according to the tradition of Louise de Marillac (1591-1660) and Vincent de Paul
(1581-1660). Eighteen Sisters of Charity, including Elizabeth, made private,
annual vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and service of the poor for the
first time, July 19, 1813; thereafter they made vows annually on March 25.

Divine Providence guided Elizabeth and her little community through the poverty
and unsettling first years. Numerous women joined the Sisters of Charity. During
the period 1809-1820, of the ninety-eight candidates who arrived in Elizabeth's
lifetime, eighty-six of them actually joined the new community; seventy percent
remained Sisters of Charity for life. Illness, sorrow, and early death were
omnipresent in Elizabeth's life. She buried eighteen sisters at Emmitsburg, in
addition to her two daughters Sr Annina (a novice in her mother's order) and
Rebecca, and her sisters-in-law Harriet and Sr Cecilia Seton.

Henrietta (Harriet) Madeleine Seton (1789-1809), was the daughter of William and
Anna Maria (Curson) Seton, and a half-sister of William Magee Seton. She
accompanied her younger sister Cecilia to Baltimore in June 1809 for a visit
with their sister-in-law Elizabeth Seton. Once engaged to Elizabeth's
half-brother; Andrew Barclay Bayley (1783-1811), Harriet broke the engagement
after her conversion to Roman Catholicism at Emmitsburg. She decided to convert
on July 22nd but made her profession of faith and First Communion September
24th, and died December 23, 1809.
Family links: 
  William Seton (1746 - 1798)
  Anna Maria Curson Seton (____ - 1792)
  Anna Maria Seaton Vining (____ - 1800)**
  William Magee Seton (1768 - 1803)**
  Rebecca Mary Seton (1780 - 1804)*
  Charlotte Curzon Seton Ogden (1786 - 1853)*
  Samuel Waddington Seton (1789 - 1869)**
  Henrietta Madeleine Seton (1789 - 1809)
  Cecelia Barbara Seton (1791 - 1810)*
*Calculated relationship
National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Maintained by: Angela Owens Jando
Originally Created by: Los Angeles Native
Record added: May 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36699627
Henrietta Madeleine Harriet Seton
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Henrietta Madeleine Harriet Seton
Added by: Los Angeles Native
Henrietta Madeleine Harriet Seton
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 Added: Sep. 2, 2011
with respect
- Goddess
 Added: Nov. 2, 2010
The young half sister-in-law of St. Elizabeth Seton, Harriet was the daughter of merchant William Seton and his second wife. Always close to St. Elizabeth, Harriet converted to Catholicism and joined the religious order she founded.
- Nikita Barlow
 Added: Jan. 4, 2010

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