Theresa Seabrook
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What Maine surnames are you researching?
Trafton Gardner

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At 6:27pm on May 29, 2015, Jeanette Berry Heath said…

I have some family tree information (Births and Marriages mostly) but I have not checked the censuses for the Seabrook family.  So I don't know when they moved to Detroit and when they came back.  I have some photos of them, a page of social security death index info & a photocopy of a bible page.  I also have some photos of gravestones, etc.  Shall we trade emails?

At 10:47pm on April 4, 2015, Jeanette Berry Heath said…

Hello, Cousin.  Sewell Calvin Trafton was also my 2nd great Grandfather.  I am a descendant of his first daughter, Delia Trafton who married Herbert J. North in Syracuse, NY.   Apparently the Traftons didn't talk much about their life in Maine.  One story I heard from my father is that Sewell loved the sea!  He was a captain.  But something must have happened, because after he lost three children between 1872 and 1877, he left for California.  Meanwhile, his wife left to visit her relatives in Syracuse (the Fosters?) and when she got there she was told of a job on the railroad which was available if Sewell came back.  And he did come back, and he worked as a Fireman on the NY Central Railroad.  Josephine and Sewell had two more children in Syracuse, NY.  Many questions remain:  Had he lost a ship in Maine?  Was he going to dig for gold in California?  Was he going to visit Trafton cousins in California?  How ever did Josephine get hold of him in such a timely manner that he was able to get back and get that job?  Inquiring minds want to know.  But no one in my family knew the answers.  Josephine died in 1894, when her youngest child was only 5 years old. Sewell lived to 1913 and I have a picture of him and my Dad as a baby! I have part of your tree in my records...which includes your father.  I'd love to correspond with you! 


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