Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Catherine Sheffield Grantham Seaman - Wife of William C. Seaman

Catherine Sheffield was born 11-Apr-1793 in Wayne County, Georgia.  She is the daughter of West Sheffield (13-Dec-1747 to 22-Sep-1830) and Susannah Sherrod (11-Oct-1754 to 02-Jun-1802).  Catherine was the youngest of 7 children.  When Catherine was 9 years old her mother died and a few years later her father remarried.

Catherine married Ignatius Grantham on 09-Oct-1810 in Wayne County, Georgia.[1] 

Ignatius Grantham and Catherine Sheffield Marriage Record

Together they had one son, West Sheffield Grantham (04-Jun-1815 to 21-Sep-1894), who was born in Mississippi.

On 18-Feb-1825, Catherine filed for divorce in Marion County, Mississippi.[2]  Oddly enough, William Seaman was called her “next friend” in the divorce papers.  The divorce decree cannot be located, but the divorce was probably finalized about 1827.

William Seaman and Catherine were married 02-Nov-1828 in Jackson County, Mississippi.[3]

According to Catherine’s tombstone she died 09-Sep-1853 and is buried next to William Seaman at the Biloxi City Cemetery in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Catherine Seaman Headstone
Photo by Michael Burnett 31-May-2014

Next up – Ignatius and Catherine’s Divorce

[1] Ancesrty.com. Georgia, Marriage Records From Select Counties, 1828-1978 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.Original data: County Marriage Records, 1828–1978. The Georgia Archives, Morrow, Georgia.
[2] Mississippi High Court of Errors and Appeals, Drawer no. 65, Case no. 15, Catherine Grantham vs. Ignatius Grantham, 21 February 1825; Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.
[3] "Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-30378-15495-40?cc=1999178&wc=9SBM-44M:267823301,267841001 : accessed 14 June 2015), Wayne > Estates 1822-1855 > image 103 of 174; county probate court