Stephen Seburn U.E. (1758-1828), his wife, Mary Haney (1765-1830), and their babe-in-arms, Nancy, were part of a large movement of Loyalist refugees who traveled on foot from New Jersey and arrived in Niagara in 1787. The family settled on Lot 50 in Stamford Township. Stephen farmed, kept a small amount of livestock, and also kept bees, did some carpentry, and made brooms for Fort Niagara. Like other pioneer families, they supplemented their diet by hunting game and foraging for edible plants. By 1797 the Seburns had obtained a Crown Patent for 100 acres in Stamford Township and 300 acres in Thorold Township and were in sufficient financial circumstances that they had contributed to the building of the first Anglican Church in St. Catharines in 1795.

The Seburns had seven children: Nancy Ann (1787-1856), who first married Jacob Wilkerson (1778-1814) who was killed at the Battle of Chippawa, and later married Nathan Hixon (1781-1856); John (1788-1863) who first married Elizabeth Bessey (1791-1816) and later married Sarah Dolson (1793-1855); Margaret (1790-1872?) who first married George Hoover Junior (1781-1812) and later married Jacob Vanderburg (1780-1860); Matthew (1791-1859) who married Elizabeth Ann Forbes (1794-1861); William (1793-1843) who married Catherine Lampman (1793-1865?); Jaocb (1795-1869) who married Hannah Ann Forbes (1799-1883); and Mary (1797-1870) who married John Hudson (1788-?), a former British soldier from Ireland who settled on land obtained from Col. Talbot in London Township. The other Seburn children settled in the Niagara area. All the Seburn men fought and remained loyal during the War of 1812. In total, Stephen and Mary Seburn had 55 grandchildren.

Tim Seburn U.E.

Click here to view the Seburn family fonds finding aid: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/bitstream/id/58332/Seburn%20Family%20Fonds%20-%20RG%20627.pdf

Recent Submissions

  • Daguerreotype - Cordelia Hopkins Seburn 

    Unknown author (n.d.)
    A daguerreotype in embossed case with velvet lining. The hinge is broken and only 1 closing hook remains. The picture is of Cordelia Hopkins Seburn.
  • Daguerreotype - Cordelia Hopkins Seburn and Benjamin Seburn 

    Unknown author (n.d.)
    A daguerreotype in embossed case with velvet lining. Hinges are working and there is a two hook closure. The picture within is of Cordelia Hopkins Seburn and Benjamin Seburn.
  • Photograph - Mary Seburn at age 97 

    Elliott, Charles (n.d.)
    A framed black and white photograph of Mary Seburn at age 97, taken at Cyrus Nunn's home in Fenwick by Charles Elliott.
  • Large Photograph Album 

    Unknown author (n.d.)
    A large tooled leather photograph album with a brass clasp. This contains photographs taken by S. Hays, Photographer of St. Paul St., St. Catharines; Poole Photographer of St. Catharines; McFadden & Seabrook Photographer ...
  • Small Photograph Album 

    Seburn, Mary M. (n.d.)
    Small tooled leather photograph album which belonged to Mary M. Seburn. The photographs are listed: 1. Hannah Ann Seburn (nee Forbes) 2. Mr. & Mrs. Happell 3. Nina & George Happell 4. Mary Ellwood 5. Mary Ellwood ...
  • Photograph - Hannah Ann Seburn 

    Poole, E. (n.d.)
    A photography of Hannah Ann Seburn (nee Forbes) from the E. Poole Photographer in St. Catharines, Ontario. The handwritten caption reads "Grandma Seburn".
  • Photograph - Third Seburn Homestead 

    Unknown author (1821)
    A photograph of the third Seburn Homestead (built in 1821) and on the reverse of the photograph it reads "Entrance by the original driveway and front gates. View from the west. This is the third house and was built in ...
  • Photograph - Sarah (Sally) Seburn 

    Maitland, G.F. (n.d.)
    A photograph of Sarah (Sally) Seburn in a long dark dress. The reverse of the photo reads "Sally Seburn cousin to my Mother and sister, To Matthew Seburn". There is also a stamp for G.F. Maitland St. Catharines photography.
  • Annual Report of the Methodist Church, 1897 

    Millar, D.E.; Clark, Rev. G.; McCleary, W. (Thorold Post Print, 1897-05-01)
    The annual report of the Methodist Church, Thorold for the year ending May 1, 1897. Included are the financials of the Official Board, Trustee Board, Sunday School, S.S. Missionary collections, Epworth League of C.E., ...
  • Indenture of Stephen Seaburn to John Heath for apprenticeship 

    Unknown author (1758-07-01)
    An Indenture by which Richard Lundy and Thomas Robinson, overseers of the poor of the Township of Hardwick in New Jersey, and with the consent of Samuel Wilson, Justice of the Peace place Stephen Seaburn [appears to be ...
  • Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Hannah Ann Seburn 

    Unknown author (1883-07-20)
    Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Hannah Ann Seburn of Stamford who died June 23 1883. The document is dated July 20, 1883.
  • Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Jacob Seaburn 

    Unknown author (1869-11-06)
    Probate of the Last Will and Testament of Jacob Seaburn of Stamford who died April 19, 1869, November 6, 1869.
  • County of Welland Abstract of Title on West half of Lot no. 51 

    Unknown author (1898)
    Ontario Registry Office, County of Welland Abstract of Title on the west half of Lot no. 51 in the Township of Stamford, 1898-1899.
  • Abstract Office of the Registrar of the County of Welland Lot no. 51 

    Unknown author (1898-04-15)
    Abstract including enregistrations in the office of the Registrar of the County of Welland affecting Lot no. 51 in the Township of Stamford, April 15, 1898.
  • Statutory Declaration Sale of Griffins Mortgage 

    Unknown author (1895-05-22)
    Statutory Declaration in the matter of the sale of Griffins mortgage whereby the sale under power of sale in a mortgage made by Obediah Griffin and his wife, Esther Griffin to Charles Gates (now deceased) is to be sold by ...
  • Hamilton Provident and Loan Society Assignment of Mortgage #3575 

    Unknown author (1891-12-03)
    The Hamilton Provident and Loan Society Assignment of Mortgage #3575 between Wilfred Hansel of Grantham and the Hamilton Provident and Loan Society whereas Rienzo Grenville and his wife Cordelia Grenville of Stamford did ...
  • Deed of Land Situate #3328 between Thomas Grenville and wife Eliza Jane Grenville to Albert Grenville 

    Unknown author (1889-07-27)
    Deed of Land Situate #3328 between Thomas Grenville and his wife Eliza Jane Grenville of Stamford to Albert Grenville of the Village of Wellandport for 118 acres more or less composed of Lot no. 51 in the Township of ...
  • Abstract - Lot no. 65 Stamford 

    Unknown author (1877)
    Abstract of all enregistrations affecting the south half of the west half of Lot no. 65 in the Township of Stamford, 1877.
  • Deed of Bargain and Sale #3847 from Jacob Seaburn to Mary Matilda Seaburn 

    Unknown author (1869-03-10)
    A Deed of Bargain and Sale #3847 from Jacob Seaburn of Stamford to Mary Matilda Seaburn of Stamford for 50 acres in the east half of Lot no. 50 in Stamford Township. Also, for 3 roods on the west by the western boundary ...
  • Mortgage Deed #8657 between Thomas Grenville and wife Eliza Jane Grenville to John S. Alma 

    Unknown author (1860-08-06)
    A Mortgage Deed #8657 between Thomas Grenville of Thorold and his wife Eliza Jane Grenville also of Thorold to John S. Alma of the Town of Niagara for 100 acres, more or less of Lot no. 51 in the Township of Stamford, ...

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