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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton & Family

Blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton - Family Resources (Introduction)

Elizabeth Ann Seton was born the daughter of Dr. Richard Bayley (1745-1801), a trailblazing professor and first health official for New York City and Catherine Charlton of New York City, Elizabeth Ann (Bayley) Seton came from a prominent family of French Huguenot and English settlers and married into the socially famed Seton clan by way of her late husband Dr. William McGee Seton (1768-1803).  As part of New York society, the connections to other famed and influential families expanded over subsequent generations including ties to the Roosevelt family.  This is clearly evident in the legacy of the first Bishop of Newark, James Roosevelt Bayley (1814-1877) who was a nephew of Mother Seton.  Other prominent figures in this family tree include daughter Catherine (1800-1891), the first American born member of the Sisters of Charity; William Seton II (1796-1868), a founding partner in the William Seton Company (later known as Seton, Maitland and Company) that specialized in mercantile imports-exports; Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley (1814-1877), the first Bishop of Newark (and founder of Seton Hall College in 1856); Robert Seton (1839-1927), grandson to Mother Seton,Titular Archbishop o Heliopolis and College Trustee during the nineteenth century; and William Seton III ( 1835-1905), a noted novelist and popular science writer to name a few.  The following links provide more details on this historic and prolific family.

Blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton - Family Resources (Internet)