The founding of the town is speculated about 1754, by the Haines. Seward’s land came from parts of
A church stood near where the Merckley massacre occurred. As such they were in grave danger, and with no way of escape, the congregation just prayed. The Indians never went to the church. God has his days, I suppose.
When the Indians finally retreated, they killed the neutral Hoffmans. On the hundredth anniversary of the massacre, descendants of those killed addressed a crowd of more than four thousand. During the commemoration, Revolutionary relics were shown. Also, in September, 1782, three Ottman children were captured and brought to Niagra.
There was a supposed gold and diamond mine in Seward, which was supposedly found by farmers. It turned out to be untrue. Adam Strobeck, a wounded patriot, kept a tavern in Seward. On one occasion, Strobeck threw a Tory named Monk into a fireplace, nearly killing him.
Little hamlets are scattered around Seward, like Hyndsville and Gardnersville, which were nearly killed off by railroads. The first gristmill in the town was built in 1765 by Henry Haines, who, as previously mentioned, was one of the first settlers of Seward. There were three churches in Seward, the Baptist Church of Seward Valley, the Seward Centre Methodist Episcopal Church, and the
You must raise an eyebrow at Philip Crysler, who came back to the valley to kill and plunder, and yet he spared the