Semans, Nelson, of Starkey, born there March 6, 1819, is a son of David and Polly (Starkey) Seamans, who were
natives of Maryland, where they were married. They moved to New York in 1816, settling in Tompkins County. In 1821
they moved to Starkey, where they lived until their death. They were the parents of ten children, seven of whom
survive : William, Nelson, Matilda, wife of John Wilson, John E. Tildon, Benjamin J., and Emily, widow of Robert
Conklin. David Seamans was a Methodist minister, and died February 2, 1872. His wife, who was a member of the same
church, died October 17, 1870. Nelson Semans was educated at Starkey, was reared on a farm, and married, June 28,
1844, Hannah, daughter of William R. Briggs, of this county. She was born in February, 1826. They had five children:
William D., Byron H , Martha A., wife of John H. Stark ; Corey D., and Carlton B. (deceased). Mr. Seamans owns
a good farm of 100 acres. His wife is a member of the M. E. Church.
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892
Yates County, NY
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