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My sister and I went to Oakland & Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park yesterday to decorate family graves.

Together, we have a combined total of over two dozen ancestors, relatives and extended family members buried there, including several members of my brother-in-law's family.

And as we were placing flowers on the grave of our great great grandmother, Laura Isabelle Cunningham Balding, it finally hit me that the two people buried next to her were her son-in-law, Charles Edwin Seaman and her granddaughter, Ethel Ione Seaman Rich, Charles' daughter from his marriage to Laura's daughter, Nellie Ione Balding.

So natch, my genealogy ADD kicked in and as I was exploring this part of the family in greater depth, I ran into the birth certificate for Arthur Robert Sisson. He was Nellie's son from her second marriage to Arthur Wright Sisson.

 photo Arthur Robert Sisson birth cert.jpg


It says that with Arthur's birth, Nellie had borne 5 children, 4 of whom were living.

Who was the fifth kid, please? I can only account for Charles Ernest Seaman, Victor Claude Seaman, Ethel Ione Seaman Rich, and Arthur Robert Sisson. Was this fifth child a Seaman or Sisson?

Balding & Seaman history

Date: 2017-08-01 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My GPA was Victor C. Seaman, son of Charles E. Seaman (named after V. C. Baiding)) and I knew Vic Seaman well. I also knew Vic's half brother, Art Sisson and his wife Kay. Wonderful people and they retired not far from my parents in the panhandle of Florida in the 1980s. John Atkinson

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