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SEWARD, SAMUEL (1794–1870). Samuel Seward was born on December 29, 1794, in Pennsylvania and married a Virginia woman named Anna. Seward was a veteran of the War of 1812. He came to Texas around 1828 and purchased land in Coles's Settlement, later named Independence, on the Brazos River in Washington County. The family, including three sons, arrived there from Virginia on Christmas Eve 1835. Seward is said to have bought the estate of the merchant Colbert Baker, who died prior to 1837. The old Seward home at Independence, probably the first large two-story house in the community, was built in 1855 of hand-hewn cedar. The Historic American Buildings Survey of the United States Department of the Interior has photographed and made architectural drawings of it. Seward died on May 25, 1870, and is buried in Washington County.

Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Gracey Booker Toland, Austin Knew His Athens (San Antonio: Naylor, 1958). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Judy and Nath Winfield, Jr., Cemetery Records of Washington County, 1826–1960 (MS, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, 1974).

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