Bio: Seaman, Randolph
Contact: Lani Bartelt

----Sources: Family Records

The Randolph/Randolf Seaman Family

Randolph/Randolf Seaman was b 27 March 1809 in Duchess Co. NY. and he moved to PA. at a young age. In 1829 he married for the first time (wife’s name unknown) and they had four sons all of whom were deceased by 1892 three of them having fought for the Union during the Civil War.

After the death of his first wife he moved to Rochester, MN and married a second time. She too died.

Randolph Seaman served in the Civil War enlisting on 10 July, 1 862 in Co H of the 6th MN. INF.

6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry

Organized at Camp Release and Fort Snelling, Minn., September 29 to November 20, 1862. Campaign against the Sioux Indians in Minnesota August 20 to November 14, 1862. Sibley's march to relief of Fort Ridgly August 24-28. Engagement at Birch Coolie September 1, 2 and 3 (Co. "A"). Engagement at Wood Lake September 23. At Camp Release September 26. Regiment mustered in at Camp Release. Companies "A," "B," "F" and "G" October 1; Company "C" October 13; Company "D" September 29; Company "E" October 5; Company "I" October 4; Company "K" October 10, and Company "H" at Fort Snelling November 20, 1862. Garrison duty at Fort Snelllng, Companies "A," "B," "G," "H" and "K"; at Glencoe, Companies "C," "F" and "I"; at Forest City, Company "D"; at Kingston, Company "E," till February, 1863. Companies "A," "G" and "K" at Glencoe; Company "B" at Forest City; Companies "C," "D," "F" and "I" at Fort Snelling; Company "E" at Clearwater, and Company "H" at Kingston, till April, 1863. At Camp Pope till June, 1863. Sibley's Expedition against hostile Indians in Dakota June 16 to September 12, 1863. Action at Big Hills, Dakota Territory, July 24. Dead Buffalo Lake July 26, Stony Lake July 28. Missouri River July 29-30. On frontier duty in Minnesota till June, 1864. Company "A" at Fort Ridgly September, 1863, to June, 1864. Company "B" at Fort Snelling September, 1863; Swan Lake and Fort Ridgly to January, 1864, and at Fort Snelling till June, 1864. Company "C" at Fairmont September, 1863, to June, 1864. Company "D" at Kingston September, 1863; at Fort Snelling to November, 1863. Escort trains to agencies on the Missouri River November 6 to December 29, 1863; at Kingston till June, 1864. Company "E" at Lake Hanska September to November, 1863; escort trains to agencies on the Missouri River November 6-December 29; at Fort Ridge Organized at Anoka, Forest City, Stillwater, Lake ly till June, 1864. Company "F" at Fort Ridgly September, 1863; at Lake Hanska till June, 1864. Company "G" at Wautowan River September, 1863, to January, 1864; at Madelia till June, 1864. Company "H" at Buffalo Creek September-October, 1863; at Fort Ridgly to November, 1863; escort supply trains to agencies on the Missouri River November 6-December 29, 1863; at Fort Ridgly till June, 1864. Company "I" at Forest City September, 1863, to June, 1864. Company "K" at Fort Snelling September, 1863, to June, 1864. Regiment concentrated at Fort Snelling June 9, 1864. Moved to Helena, Ark., June 14-23, and duty there till November 4. Attached to District of Eastern Arkansas, 7th Army Corps, Dept. of Arkansas, June to November, 1864. District of St. Louis, Mo., Dept. of Missouri, to February, 1865, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps (New), Military District of West Mississippi, to August, 1865.


Expedition from Helena, Ark., to Buck Island July 13-16, 1864 (Cos. "E" and "F"). Moved to St. Louis, Mo., November 4-11, and Provost duty there till January 29, 1865. Moved to New Orleans January 29-February 7, and duty there till March 5. Moved to Dauphln Island, Mobile Bay, Ala., March 5-8. Campaign against Mobile, Ala., and its Defences March 8-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Duty there till July. Moved to St. Paul, Minn., and mustered out August 19, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 12 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 161 Enlisted men by disease. Total 177.

After serving for three years, one month and nine days he was mustered out on 19 Aug 1865.

He married his third wife, Mary E (maiden name unknown) on 15 April 1866 and they had a son, Arthur Also listed on Randolph Seaman’s obituary are four step-children.

Lani note / Feb 2006. I believe these four step-children (names not listed) must have been his wife, Mary’s children from a previous marriage

Randolph Seaman was a blacksmith by occupation but had not worked at his profession while He lived in Clark Co. WI. moving there in 1884.

His obituary says he suffered from an obstinate case of hernia to which his cause of death was directly attributable.

His obituary also says he was known as Grandpa Seaman by young and old and he was a familiar figure on the streets of Thorp until about a month before his death when he became confined to his home.

Randolph Seaman died on 14 Feb 1892 in Thorp, Clark Co. WI. at the age of 82 years 10 months and 18 days. Services were held at the M.E. Church with a N. Sweet officiating. He was buried at the East Thorp Village Cemetery, Clark Co. WI. His wife Mary d 2 Mar 1900.

The following Seaman’s are buried at East Thorp Village Cemetery:

Arthur Jesse Seaman b Aug 1869 d1941 wife Meta parents Randolph & Mary E Seaman

Bernard R Seaman b 1905 d 1931 parents Arthur & Meta Seaman

Mary E Seaman b 1829 d 2 Mar 1900 husband #1 Kern #2 Randolph Seaman parents Bernard & Annie (Von Bergen) Frese.

Randolf Seaman b 27 Mar 1809/1810 d 14 Feb 1892 wives Emily m 1829/Amy m? /Mary E M 15 April 1866






Re: Bio: Seaman, Randolph
Contact: Carol Schaefer

The third wife of Randolph Seaman was Mary Eliza Beck (parents: Abraham Beck and Eliza Winchester). She was first married to Jesse Alfred Kern. The four step-children mentioned in Randolph Seaman's obituary are Margaret Kern, Harvey Kern, Laura Kern, and Anna Kern. In 1869 a daughter, Jane Seaman, was born to Randolph and Mary E. Seaman, but she predeceased her father.  Bernard & Annie (Von Bergen) Frese listed here as the parents of Mary E. Seaman is incorrect. They are the parents of Meta Seaman, wife of Arthur Seaman.




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