Dr Seth Oliver Byam

2 February 1824–7 December 1900 (Age 76)
Batavia, Genesee, New York, United States

The Life of Seth Oliver

When Dr Seth Oliver Byam was born on 2 February 1824, in Batavia, Genesee, New York, United States, his father, Oliver Hale Byam, was 33 and his mother, Polly Steele, was 30. He married Almeda Clark in March 1863, in Linn, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Elk Creek Township, Republic, Kansas, United States in 1880 and Jackson Township, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 7 December 1900, in Paris, Linn, Iowa, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Blodgett Cemetery, Central City, Linn, Iowa, United States.

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Dr Seth Oliver Byam
Almeda Clark
Marriage: March 1863
Sarah C. Lillie Byam
Don Alonzo Byam
Victoria Virginia Byam

Spouse and Children

March 1863
Linn, Iowa, United States


    Sarah C. Lillie Byam


    Don Alonzo Byam


    Victoria Virginia Byam


Parents and Siblings

    Oliver Hale Byam


    Polly Steele




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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 3

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 22

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from Bytham in Lincolnshire, so named with Old English bythme ‘valley bottom’ + hām ‘homestead’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Seth Byam, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Seth Byam, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Seth Byam in household of Jacob G Dorner, "United States Census, 1900"

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