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Lydia Straw

1818 1897


Amelia M. Seaman nee Straw

1846 1936



28 April 1897


Death of Mrs. Lydia Straw


Lydia, relict of Nathaniel Straw, departed this life at her home, 200 Church Street, Thursday afternoon last, in the 79th year of her age. She had been an invalid for several years, and general debility may be assigned as the cause of death.


The deceased was among our earliest and best known residents, having lived here almost continuously for over fifty years. She first saw the light of day in a Vermont hamlet in 1818. In her native state she was married to Mr. Straw and together they migrated to Wisconsin in 1846, at once settling here. Mr. Straw died some 14 years ago, since when Mrs. Straw has been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Amelia Seaman.


In early days Mrs. Straw was among the foremost women of the town, and in her charitable and kindly way accomplished much good and made her beneficence felt where most needed. Feeble health of late, however, had confined her to the home circle, where she was cherished as a loving and affectionate mother. She was possessed of a truly Christian companionable and cheerful nature, which induced the esteem and confidence of hosts of acquaintances, and in her death all will feel the loss of a trusted and admired friend.


She is survived by three children - Alonzo W. Straw of Chicago; Mrs. Jennie Wyckoff, of Detroit; and Mrs. Amelia Seaman, of this city - besides three brothers - Timothy, George and Jonathan CHESLEY, and three sisters.


The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, services being conducted at the home by Rev. G. C. Weiss of the Congregational church. The body was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.



Amelia M. Seaman nee Straw

1846 1936

Seaman, Amelia M. (Straw), b. 1846, d. 1936, Sec 23 (d/o Nathaniel Straw)




Death of Mrs. A. M. Seaman

Watertown Gazette, 12 03 1936


Mrs. A. M. Seaman, a former well known resident of Watertown, died in Milwaukee, Wis, November 12, 1936, and her remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery in this city on Saturday, November 14, 1936.


She was born in Waterbury, Vermont, February 11, 1846, and when three months of age came to Watertown with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Straw, who resided at 200 Church Street. On the death of her parents she removed to Detroit to reside with her sister, Mrs. R. W. Wyckoff, whose maiden name was Jennie L. Straw. She was also a sister of Alonzo W. Straw of the firm of Straw, Elsworth Co., of Milwaukee. The late Drew Straw of the firm of Straw & Murphy Co., of this city, was her uncle, and also Timothy, both pioneer residents of Watertown. The late Charles Straw was her cousin. F. A. Wyckoff of Detroit, was her nephew, and Mrs. A. L. Osborn of Oshkosh was her niece.


Mr. Seaman, to whom she was married on July 31, 1868, conducted a Young Ladies Seminary in Watertown. He died in 1877.


She had been a close neighbor, just across the street, and we knew her well. She was an excellent neighbor, and had a kind word and a smile for all she came in contact with, hence her death is mourned by all who know her here as a good and holy woman.





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