John William Seekins & Johannah Stenburg

Randy and Roy’s great grandparents

John William Seekins 1860 – | his parents
& 1882 Johannah Stenburg 1863 – 1946 | her parents
of England & Sweden & New York

Our working hypothesis – the way we see it as of this moment!!
Posted here at the request of Leroy Foster
including info and pictures supplied by Randy Moore


John William Seekins born in Chatteris, Cambridge, England
and Johanna Stenburg born in Soderholm, Sweden

William John Seekins and Johanna E Stenberg were married 12 Aug 1882.
William John Seekins was born 24 Mar 1860 in Hiue End, Chatteris, the son of Samuel Seekins and wife Alice Pettie.
Johanna was born 25 Jan 1863 in Soderholm, Sweden and came to the United States when she was 17 years old. She was a member of the Swedish Luthern Church. Johanna had a brother Gustaf Stenberg living in Staten Island NY and a sister Charlotte Nelson, who lived in Jamestown. Johanna died at the age of 83. -Randy

Johanna’s obit

William John Seekins birth name was John William Seekings born in Chatteris Cambridgeshire, England. I have his birth certificate from Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England Records Office. – Roy

William Seekins died in April 1944 per his wfe’s obit in 1946.

Grace Seekins Foster and her father John William Seekins

Children of John William Seekins and Johanna Stenburg:
1. Grace Pearl Seekins 22 Dec 1884 Kiantone NY – 9 Jan 1954 NY
married 1902 Archie Noah Foster 1 July 1881 NY – 13 Jan 1958 NY
2. Ester Seekins
3. Hazel Seekins
4. Beulah Seekins
5. Cosey Seekins

Samuel Seekins | his parents
& Alice Pettit 2 Feb 1827 – | her parents
of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England


Stillwater Cemetery where
Samuel Seekins and Alice Pettit are buried

Brothers and sisters of John William Seekins
Pictures are of Albert, Myrtle, Sam & Liz and of Mathew.
The one of Mathew was taken in 1924,
I have no dates for the others – Virginia

William Seekins
a. William [Bill] Seekins
married Maryland
i. David
ii. Cheryl
b. Gerald Seekins
c. daughter

John William Seekins is my father’s father. My name is David Lester Seekins and I was born 3-27-50 in Jamestown, NY. My father William (Bill) had four sisters as listed on your website, Beulah, Cozy, Esther and Grace. If you could please add his name, William Burt Seekins, to the list of the children of John William Seekins, we would be grateful. William was born on 1-11-20 and died 04-30-94. He had one brother Gerald Seekins, now deceased, and one sister Fairlene, also now deceased. Gerald had one son, Kevin Seekins and Fairlene (who married Ray Ross) had one daughter, Debbie Ross. We could get info on this line of the family, if desired. My wife Sharon and I have one son, Brian William Seekins, born 12-8-77. Brian has a son Tyler David Seekins, born 5-2-2004. If you want more info from us, please advise. We were very excited to find this link.

PJ: 6/24/2004: Greenhurst: Howard L. Seekings Sr., 80, formerly of Frewsburg, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 23, 2004) in Heritage Green Health Care Center.
A lifelong area resident, he was born May 22, 1924, in the town of Ellery, the son of Albert and Myrtle Seekins Seekings.
He was employed by Archie Nichols Junkyard in Frewsburg and Brian Horner Junkyard in Sugar Grove for many years, retiring in 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Leona Graves Seekings, whom he married Aug. 1, 1993; two sons: Howard Seekings Jr. of Jamestown and Delmar Robbins of Dieghton, Mass.; two daughters: Marjorie Hogue of Ohio and Judy Hindsman of Jamestown; a stepson, LeRoy Seekings of Ashville; two step-daughters, Virginia Ploss of Sherman and Diane Hollowell; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Delbert Seekings of Jamestown.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Walters Seekings, who died in 1979; a son, Ronald Robbins; two brothers, LeRoy Matthew and Ralph Seekings; and five sisters: Alice and Ellen Wright, Eva Hammond, Gladys Treacle and Louise Seekings.
Burial will be in Kiantone Maple Grove Cemetery.
PJ: 6/20/2001: Eva A. Hammond, 92, of Tanglewood Manor, formerly of 4391 Mahanna Road, Bemus Point, died at 9:03 p.m. Wednesday (June 20, 2001) in WCA Hospital. She was born Jan. 4, 1909, in Cassadaga, the daughter of Albert A. and Myrtle M. Seekings Seekins. In earlier years, she had been a foster parent and, along with her husband, operated the family farm. She was involved with air observations in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II and had attended the Bemus Point United Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, Robert J. Hammond of Ellery Center; three grandsons: David J. Hammond of Lakewood, John A,. Hammond of Jamestown and Mark L. Hammond of Gowanda; three great-grandchildren; and 27 foster children; and brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Hammond, whom she married Aug. 8, 1926, in Bemus Point, and who died Feb. 17, 1995; and several brothers and sisters. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Powers, Present & Sixby Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel G. McBride, pastor of Bemus Point United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Bemus Point Cemetery. Friends will be received for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Eva told me in 1994 – The obit of her sister Louise May Seekins states that she is buried in Bemus Point Cemetery.
Eva says she is buried in cemetery at Falconer along with their Grandfather.
Eva’s sister Ellen, at age 11, was killed by a fire explosion.
Her twin brothers Leslie & Wesley, who died at birth Nov. 16, 1911, were buried in the woods near Dewittville.
Sister, Leta Matilda Seekins, born Apr. 28, 1910 died at 3 weeks and was buried in a shoe box in Bemus Point Cemetery.
Her father, Albert A. Seekins 1890-1956 was the son of Mathew & Georgiana Wores Seekings. He married Dec. 25, 1907 – Myrtle Matilda Seekings 1892-1950 the daughter of Samuel Mace and Elizabeth Ordiway Seekings. (cousins). Albert spelled his name Seekins while his wife Myrtle spelled her name Seekings.

John Petit ca 1798 – | his parents
& 1819 Mary Allen ca 1797 – – | her parents
of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England

John Pettit was baptised 1800 aged 2 years, born 17.08.1800 the son of Ishmael and Elizabeth Pettit at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England

John Pettit married Mary Allen in 1819 at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, England.

03.08.1819 John PETTIT of this parish, bachelor
MARRIED Mary ALLEN, Spinster of this parish by Banns
WITNESSED William Smith and Ann ALLEN(x) and Thomas Camps (clerk)

Note: (X) denotes made mark and did not sign name. Did not know how to write.

Baptisms: 1813-1858 ref P38/1/6
23.4.1820 born 6 April 1820 Edward Pettit of Chatteris
25.08.1824 Ann daughter of John and Mary Pettit of Chatteris, Shoemaker born 05.08.1824
20.09.1829 Alice daugther of John and Mary Pettit of Chatteris, shoemaker, born 22.02.1827
20.09.1829 Robert son of John and Mary Pettit of Chatteris, shoemaker, born 15.07.1829
26.03.1837 William son of John and Mary Pettit of Chatteris, Cordwainer, born 09.02.1834
26.03.1837 Henry son of John and Mary Pettit of Chatteris, Cordwainer, born 06.03.1836
08.09.1839 Margaret daughter of John and Mary Pettit, Cordwainer, born 30.04.1838

1851 census Chatteris ref. H0107/1765 (transcript and index)
Three families of Pettit located in Chatteris in 1851.

Slade End, folio 305a

John Pettit, head of household, married, aged 53 years, an Ag. Lab, born Chatteris

Mary Pettit, wife, married, aged 54, born in Chatteris,

children living at home:

Ann Pettit, daughter, unmarried, aged 26 years born Chatteris

Alice Pettit (this is our Alice Pettit) unmarried aged 24 years born in Chatteris

Robert Pettit, son, unmarried, aged 21 years, an Ag. Lab. born in Chatteris

William Pettit, son, unmarried, aged 17 years, an Ag. Lab. born in chatteris

Henry Pettit, son, aged 14 years, an Ag. Lab., born in Chatteris

Margret Pettit, daughter, aged 12 years, a scholar born Chatteris


High Street, folio 301b

John Pettit, head of household, married, aged 28 years, an Ag. Lab. born in Chatteris, son of John Pettit and Mary Pettit of Slade End

Mary Pettit, wife married age 26 years born Chatteris

two children – George, age 3 and Ann Elizabeth aged 1

and alsi, George Pettit, brother to John Pettit, aged 19 years, an Ag Lab. born Chatteris



I have also the parents of Samuel and Alice and the house they lived in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire England. I even have pictures of the Fenland Cemetery where the Seekings and Pettit’s ancestors are buried in Chatteris. Roy


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