|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1817|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 1852|
Susan was born at Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri, not far from where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers converge. She was the seventh and youngest child of Joseph and Prudence Seawell. Both parents were members of pioneering families of Eastern and Middle Tennessee. Susan married Richard C. Haile on Nov. 17, 1836 in Sumner Co., TENN. The couple had six children. In the fall of 1850, Richard and Susan resolved to settle in California permanently. The couple set out on their westward journey leaving Missouri and heading out to California along the Oregon Trail. It was during this journey that Susan died in Nebraska from cholera.
Legend says that Richard Haile identified the grave with a temporary marker and then turned back east to get a proper marble headstone so that the grave of his wife would be forever marked. According to this story Richard left the wagon train, placed his children under the care of their Aunt Martha Seawell and returned to St. Joseph or Omaha with his horses. Once there he sold the horses and used the proceeds to pay for an engraved marble headstone. Not having enough money to buy another outfit, he "procured a wheelbarrow and with this vehicle set out on foot, pushing his wife's headstone before him." After marking Susan's grave, he joined another wagon train as a hired hand and proceeded to California.
A California author familiar with Richard's story wrote of the event: "When at Platte River, Mrs. Haile was seized with cholera, from the effects of which she succumbed on June 2, 1852. Here far away from friends, on the lonely waste of an unknown border, was this fair pioneer buried, near Fort Kearny, on that river, leaving naught but a mound, heaped by loving hands; the last tender offering to a devoted wife and mother, by her sorrowing husband and children."
Leeman Haile (1840 - 1873)*
Susan C Seawell Haile Gravesite
Plot: On a sandy knoll about four miles northwest of Kenesaw
Created by: KRW
Record added: Sep 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15750121