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SEYBOLT Family History

November 2009

Seybolt Surname
The surname Seybolt (variously spelled as Seyboldt, Seibold, Sebald and others) derives from the German elements "sigi" ("victory") and "bald" ("bold, courageous"). According to census records, American Seybolt families originate in New York and then expand into Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic states, the Mid-West, and beyond, as we see below with our family.

The Seybolt family trace back to Württemberg, in southwestern Germany (then a duchy under the Holy Roman Empire). They are first found in America in Orange County, New York, about 55 miles northwest of New York City near where New York meets Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two Seybolt sisters from Otisville married two Reeve gentlement (likely close relatives) and their children migrated to Porter Township, Scioto County, Ohio.

Five of seven Seybolt siblings in Orange County, New York, have relations to the REEVE family:

Also check out Joan Sholl Francis'
"Mount Hope Plains Cemetery"

Johannes Mickel SEYBOLT1 (~1726-1797)

1. Johannes Mickel Seybolt1 was born in either 1726 or 1727, likely in Württemberg, in southwestern Germany. He married Mary Kreizer about 1753 and had seven children, the first of whom appears to have been born in Germany and the rest born in the New World:

11. Mary Seybolt (1754) 6 Aug 1783 (29)
12. Frances "Fannie" Seybolt 20 Jan 1757 28 Oct 1828 (71)
13. John M(ickel) Seybolt (Jr.) 4 Sep 1759 22 Feb 1816 (56)
14. Frederick Seybolt 6 Nov 1761 10 Apr 1812 (50)
15. Rebecca Seybolt 20 Sep 1763 21 May 1833 (69)
16. Phoebe Seybolt2 25 May 1766 (1854) (88)
17. Catherine Seybolt 28 Aug 1767 15 Aug 1838 (70)

Johannes Mickel Seybolt died on February 11, 1797, in Greenville, Orange County, New York, at the age of 70. He is buried at the Mount Hope Plains Cemetery, south of Otisville.[Cem]

Mary (Kreizer) Seybolt lived on another 15 years before dying on October 4, 1812, in Otisville. She is also buried at the Mount Hope Plains Cemetery.

Sources
  • Cem: Cemetery Headstone, Mount Hope Plains Cemetery, Otisville, Orange County, New York

Mary (SEYBOLT) REEVE (~1754-1783)

11. Mary Seybolt was born about 1754 in Germany, likely in Württemberg, southwestern Germany. She married Elijah Reeve and had at least three children:

111. Gabriel Reeves 9 Mar 1777 24 Feb 1824 (46)
112. Katura Reeve 15 Aug 1779 4 Jul 1799 (19)
113. Frances "Fannie" Reeve 30 Apr 1782 4 Mar 1830 (47)

Mary (Seybolt) Reeve died on August 6, 1783. She was only about 29 years old.

Elijah went on to remarry to Mary Fox in 1786.

Elijah Reeve died on November 26, 1817, at the age of 60.

John M(ickel) SEYBOLT (Jr.) (1759-1816)

13. John M(ickel) Seybolt (Jr.) was born on September 4, 1759. He was married three times, successively to Sarah Little, Mary Butters, and Silvia Stephin Caldwell. Altogether he fathered nine children:

131. Mary Seybolt 19 Jan 1788 --  -- 
132. Anna Seybolt 8 Jul 1789 --  -- 
133. Rebecca Seybolt 30 Sep (1790) 18 Mar 1875 (85)
134. George Frederick Seybolt 15 Feb 1792 31 Oct 1842 (50)
135. Catherine Seybolt 10 Nov 1793 --  -- 

136. Lewis Arnold Seybolt 24 Jan 1797 9 Sep 1874 (77)
137. Sally Little Seybolt 4 Mar 1799 23 Apr 1811 (12)
138. Mahala Seybolt 10 Apr 1801 --  -- 
139. Lamira/Samyra Seybolt 15 Jul 1804 --  -- 

Sarah (Little) Seybolt died on January 21, 1796. She was only 32 years old.

John remarried later that year on Christmas Day, December 25, 1796, to Mary Butters.

John was also married to Silvia Stephin Caldwell, and by various accounts may have been the mother of his last daughter.

John M(ickel) Seybolt (Jr.) died on February 22, 1816, in Otisville. He was 56 years old.

Frederick SEYBOLT (1761-1812)

14. Frederick Seybolt was born on November 6, 1761. He married Abigail Reeve on January 17, 1786, in Goshen, Orange County, New York. They had nine children:

141. Matilda Seybolt (15 Apr 1786) --  -- 
142. Katura Seybolt 16 Sep 1787 16 Dec 1872 (85)
143. Mary Seybolt 20 Feb 1791 13 Oct 1875 (84)
144. John White Seybolt 20 Feb 1791 24 Aug 1849 (58)
145. Elijah Reeve Seybolt 1794 23 Oct 1814 (20)
146. Frederick Arnold Seybolt 30 Oct (1795) 24 Nov 1880 (85)
147. Ira Seybolt 4 Sep 1799 12 Aug 1831 (31)
148. Samuel Krizer Seybolt (1801-1802) 5 Jul 1880 (78)
14x. David Seybolt --  26 Feb 1832 -- 

Frederick Seybolt died on April 10, 1812, in Otisville, Orange County, New York, at the age of 50. He is buried at Mount Hope Plains Cemetery in Otisville.[Cem]

Cholera?
Tragically, the years 1831 and 1832 saw the deaths of sons Ira and David, and Abigail over a six-month time frame. This could reflect the great cholera outbreak that started many years earlier in India and exploded in England, Ireland, and Ameria in 1831. On the other hand, a review of headstones in the Mount Hope Plains Cemetery does not show an inordinate number of deaths in those years.

Abigail (Reeve) Seybolt died 20 years later on March 26, 1832. She is also buried at Mount Hope Plains Cemetery.[Cem]

Sources
  • Cem: Cemetery Headstone, Mount Hope Plains Cemetery, Otisville, Orange County, New York

Rebecca (SEYBOLT) MULOCK (1763-1833)

15. Rebecca Seybolt was born September 20, 1763. She married William Mulock on June 8, 1789, at a Presbyterian church in Goshen, Orange County, New York. They had ten children:

15A. John Mulock 12 Oct 1789 16 Apr 1807 (17)
15B. Sarah Mulock 3 Oct 1791 3 Apr 1888 (96)
15C. Joshua Mulock 10 Jan 1793 6 May 1867 (74)
15D. Julia Mulock 13 Jan 1795 16 May 1873 (78)
15E. Clarissa Mulock 24 Feb 1797 23 Apr 1884 (87)
15F. Gabriel Reeve Mulock 9 Mar 1799 15 Oct 1846 (47)
15G. Melinda Mulock 18 Feb 1801 25 May 1848 (47)
15H. Frances "Fanny" Mulock 9 Mar 1803 1885 (81)
15I. Elizabeth Mulock 29 Nov 1806 --  -- 
15J. Lewis Ward Mulock 8 Oct 1808 4 Oct 1892 (83)

William Mulock died on January 2, 1826, in Orange County. He was 68 years old.

Rebecca (Seybolt) Mulock died seven years later on May 31, 1833, at the age of 69. She is buried at the Mount Hope Plains Cemetery in Otisville.[Cem]

Sources
  • Cem: Cemetery Headstone, Mount Hope Plains Cemetery, Otisville, Orange County, New York

Phoebe (SEYBOLT) REEVE2 (1766-~1854)

16. Phoebe Seybolt2 was born on May 25, 1766. She married Elisha Reeve, Jr.1 on January 3, 1788, in Orange County, New York. They had at least one daughter:

161. Mary "Polly" Reeve3 11 Dec 1796 30 Dec 1870 (74)

By 1800 it appears the Reeve family moved a few miles west to Deerpark, in Orange County, and had as many as five daughters and one son.[Cen 1800] Their whereabouts afterward are unknown.

Sources
  • Cen 1800: 1800 Census, Deerpark, Orange County, New York