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Henry Sefton-biography

Henry Sefton - naturalization

Edward Sefton, Sr. 

Edward Sefton (Jr.)

John Bryson Sefton 

John Sefton 

Frank Ferguson Sefton 

Louisa Seitz Sefton (Mrs. David Henry Sefton)

Wilbert Wade Sefton

Helen Sefton Knight (Helen Isabella Sefton)

Vivian Virginia Cook Sefton 

Lawrence Henry Sefton

Carrie Elizabeth Sefton Krumpe

1952 Family Reunion at Ed & Helen's house

Mrs. Clarence David Sefton 

James Lester Sefton 

Lawrence Russell Sefton 

Helen Sefton Knight 1894 - 1996
formerly of Harrison

Helen Sefton Knight, 102, of Green Meadows Personal Care Home, Latrobe, formerly of Natrona Heights, Harrison, died Wednesday Dec. 11, 1996 in Latrobe Area Hospital. 

Born July 25, 1894, in Tarentum, she lived in the Valley all her life before moving to Green Meadows six years ago. Mrs. Knight was a 1911 Tarentum High School graduate.

She worked in the payroll department at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge Works, for nine years.

Mrs. Knight, a well-known musician in the Valley, was a piano and organ teacher until she was in her 90s. She was the organist at First Presbyterian Church, Tarentum, for 52 years, and played the organ at churches in Freeport, Natrona Heights, Brackenridge, New Kensington, and Arnold. She also was the pianist for the Kiwanis Club in Tarentum for 43 years. She also played the accordion.

Mrs. Knight was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Tarentum; past president of Tarentum Book Club; charter member and past president of the Women's Club of Allegheny Valley; and organized the Junior Women's Club of Allegheny Valley.

She organized and was the only president of the Allegheny Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, directed sewing and knitting groups during World War I, and served on the board of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mrs. Knight enjoyed tracing her family history and was active with the Republican Party in the Valley. She accompanied the Rev. Alan Hermann when he performed musical shows with his harmonicas until 1990.

Survivors include nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna Margaret Sefton; and three brothers, William Randolph, Francis Liggett and James Karns Sefton.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Robert Peters Funeral Home Inc., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. There will be no visitation Sunday. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church with her pastor, the Rev. Alan Trafford, officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to her church.

Wilbert Wade Sefton  - REMEMBERING

Newspaper article from the Valley News Dispatch on Friday September 14, 1979
by Marsha Keefer, Staff Writer

His gait is somewhat slower than it used to be. His eyes aren't as keen as they once were. You have to speak a little louder when talking with him.

But Wade Sefton won't have any trouble seeing the candles on his birthday cake today. nor will he have any difficulty hearing "Happy Birthday" sung to him.

Sefton, born in Cherry Valley in Clinton Township in 1879, marks his 100th birthday today. his many friends will celebrate with him at a party at Belair Nursing Home in Lower Burrell where he resides.

An affable and humorous man Sefton said he never thought he'd live to be 100.

"I don't think anybody thinks about that," he said. "I never thought about being 100. There are so many other things to do."

Asked what his longevity secret is Sefton surmised it's his "Irish constitution" that carried him through. "That's the reason I'm so noisy. But I never got used to Irish whiskey." He said he never drank liquor, eats moderately, and doesn't smoke.

Sefton probably is best known in the area for his community service. He's served as president of the Tarentum Chamber of Commerce, was co-founder and first president of the Kiwanis Club in 1922, organized the Demolay in 1924 and served as board chairman, is a life member of the Salvation Army Board and was secretary of the Mercantile Consumer Discount.

One thing he never got tied up in was politics. "They wanted me to run for burgess and tax collector. I would have none of it. I have too much fun being honest."

Sefton enjoys taking walks and going for drives with his friends. He still has a driver's license but gave up driving two years ago. Each Sunday he and his niece, Helen Sefton Knight, go out to dinner. 

Sefton was one of ten children. He had six sisters and three brothers, all of whom are dead. "I was the next to the last born," Sefton said. "The longer they came, the worse they got. That's a fact," he laughed.

The family moved from Butler County to Tarentum in 1885 and lived in the house his brother built. Sefton continued living there until this past April when he moved to Belair.

He likes to recall his school days when children gathered around potbellied stoves to learn their lessons.

"Unfortunately I never was expelled. I missed a lot of fun out of life. I don't believe I ever played hooky."

He never tried it, he said, because the thought frightened him. "I could show you some marks of my Irish mother's hand," he said, rubbing his backside. "If it weren't so impolite to do so, I've got plenty."

Sefton graduated from Tarentum High School in 1899. "It was the second class to graduate. Rosy Roswell's sister was in my class. I'm gonna hold a class reunion." (80th)

The only problem is, he'll be the only classmate attending. The rest are dead.

After high school, Sefton attended Western University of Pennsylvania, now the University of Pittsburgh, for one year, enrolled in the classical course. He didn't stay there long, however. "I didn't like the class. There were only three girls in the class and me."

So he transferred to Duff's Business College where he studied business administration and graduated in 1903.

He and Harry Girt, former Tarentum borough secretary, operated a clothing business in Tarentum.

He married Lotta I. Love Sefton in 1902. She died in 1957 at age 75.

Their only daughter, Carolyn, and a granddaughter, Geraldine, died in a fire around Christmas 20 years ago.

Besides his niece, Sefton has a granddaughter, Joan, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Wilbert Wade Sefton 1879 - 1981

Wade W. "Dad" Sefton, 101, formerly of Tarentum died Tuesday, June 30, 1981, at 10pm at Blue Ridge Haven Nursing Home, Camp Hill. 

He was born Sept. 14, 1879 in Cherry Valley, Clinton Township, Butler County, the ninth of 10 children of John B. and Martha F. Ferguson Sefton. He had lived in Tarentum 94 years, moving there with his family in 1885.

Mr. Sefton, a merchant, worked for the J.C. Stewart and Son men's clothing store, Tarentum, for many years. Later, he was part owner of Girt-Sefton Co. dry goods store on Fifth Avenue in the borough for 49 years until 1954. He also built the Sefton Building on Corbet Street, where he operated a dry goods store.

He was former secretary for the Mercantile Finance Co.; organizer, charter member, and first president of the Kiwanis Club in 1922; was instrumental in organizing the first chapter of Order of Demolay in 1924; former president of the Chamber of Commerce; and managed the Pennsylvania State University extension courses held at the old high school, all in Tarentum.

Mr. Sefton was a 50 year member and past master of Pollock Lodge 502 F&AM, Tarentum; Pittsburgh Consistory; Syria Temple; and a life member of the Salvation Army board, Tarentum. He was of the Presbyterian faith.

Mr. Sefton had the distinction of being the oldest licensed driver in the state. He was a 1899 graduate of Tarentum high school, a member of the school's second graduating class. He attended Western University of Pennsylvania, now the University of Pittsburgh, for one year. He then transferred to Duff's Business College, Pittsburgh, where he studied business administration and graduated in 1903.

Survivors include a granddaughter, Mrs. Leonard (Jerry) Reid of Mechanicsburg; four great-grand daughters; one great-grandson; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lotta I. Love Sefton on July 4, 1957; a daughter Carolyn Krieg and a granddaughter Geraldine Krieg, both killed in a house fire in Harrisburg 22 years ago; six sisters; and three brothers. 

John Bryson Sefton   1836-1908
Information from Tarentum History and Landmarks Foundation

John Bryson Sefton
E. 9th Avenue
Tarentum PA
age 72
died January 3, 1908 at his home
cause: complications of diseases
buried: Prospect Cemetery, Brackenridge, PA
Married: April 14, 1859
Wife: Miss Martha Ferguson
Birth/Place: April 9 1836, Clinton Twp., Butler County, PA

Children of the deceased
John - died several years ago
Bella (Isabella) - married Harvey Myers
Carrie - married Rev. A. B. Reid of Allice (sp?), Iowa
Jennie - married Rev. Alvin Hazlett
Edna - at home
Wilbur Wade
Lillie (dead)
name not known

Church member: Presbyterian

John B. Sefton served as a school director 9 years in Clinton Twp. and was one of the charter members of the Oak Grove United Presbyterian Church where he served as a ruling elder 22 years and clerk of the board of elders 6 years.

He was one of several members who helped build the church. In 1882 (?) he moved to Tarentum, for some years in the employ of the Kennedy Contracting Company and later for 9 years with the Logan Lumber Company. For the past 7 years he served as an elder in the United Presbyterian Church of Tarentum.

He was a man of strong convictions, an active temperance reformer, loyal to the church, a devoted husband and father.

Funeral was conducted by Reverend J. A. Cosby. 

Frank Ferguson Sefton   1863-1937

Frank Sefton, junior member of the well-known firm of Myers & Sefton, is of Irish descent, but his ancestors have been connected with Pennsylvania's progress for more than a hundred years. Henry Sefton, founder of the family, came from Ireland to Butler county as far back as 1790, there married Jennie Quinn and spent his life in assisting the other pioneers to build up what is now the great Keystone State. He left a son named John , who married Isabel Bryson, a native of Ireland, and died in 1888, aged eighty-seven years, his wife surviving him until 1899 and passing away at the age of eighty-eight. They had three sons and one daughter, and among the former was John B. Sefton, who was born in Butler County, April 9, 1836. On April 14, 1859, he married Martha, daughter of James and Rosanna (McKee) Ferguson, who came from Ireland in 1853 to Butler county, where the former died in 1864 and his wife in 1859. 

John B. Sefton was reared on his father's farm, and after growing up learned the carpenter's trade and has followed that occupation throughout life. He has always been a republican in politics and held the official positions of auditor and school director in Butler county. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian church. They had ten children, of whom eight are living. Frank Sefton, one of the family last mentioned, was born in Butler county, Pa., July 7, 1863. After the usual routine education on the farm and in the district schools, he learned the carpenter's trade under his father's capable instruction, and his whole life since then has been devoted to that occupation. 

In 1882, he came to Tarentum and, with the exception of three years, has been engaged since that time as a contractor and builder in partnership with W. H. Myers. The firm of Myers & Sefton has done a large amount of business during its existence of over eighteen years and has been very successful from a financial point of view. They enjoy high standing as businessmen and are stockholders in both the People's National bank and the Tarentum savings and trust company. Mr. Sefton is a republican in politics and has served one term in the council. He is a member of the Keystone band and takes an active interest in the social and industrial progress of his community. 
Pages 343 and 344
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,
Personal and Genealogical, Vol. II

On Jan. 20, 1891, Mr. Sefton was united in marriage with Miss Minnie, daughter of James E. Karns. Their four children are named William Randolph, Helen Isabel, James Karns, and Francis Liggett. Mr. Sefton owns a residence on East Muth avenue, in Tarentum, in which the family makes its home, and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church. -- taken from Who's Who in the AK Valley - Taken from the Alle-Kiski Chronicle, Sep/Oct - A Bi-monthly publication of the Allegheny -Kiski Valley Historical Society - 2000

Edward Sefton (Jr.) 1828 - 1913

From copy of letter from Butler County Department of Veterans Affairs - dated Feb. 21, 1973:

"Born in Penn Township, Butler Co., May 9, 1828, and is the eldest child of Edward and Elizabeth Sefton. Was reared upon the farm, learned the carpenter's trade. On April 20, 1852 he married Margaret Hay, a daughter of James Hay, Middlesex Twp., to which union have been born 10 children.......In politics he was a Republican. He has filled the offices of school director and road commissioner. On February 14, 1865, he enlisted in Company E 78th Penna Volunteers, was mustered in at Pittsburgh, whence he went to Harrisburg, and was sent to Nashville, Tennessee. (from Helen Osborne - as part of the Army of the Cumberland under General George H. Thomas) He remained at the latter point until September 11, and on his way home was taken sick at Cincinnati with typhoid fever, was brought on to Pittsburgh but did not recover for 8 months. He was honorably discharged at Harrisburg and then returned to his home. We have on file his official date of discharge as 9/11/1865. He died September 9, 1913 and was buried in the Glade Run Cemetery in Middlesex Twp, Butler Co."

Louisa Seitz Sefton  1867-1965 (Mrs. David Henry Sefton)

Newspaper article (with photograph of Louisa and her new clock radio)
circa 1955

She Was on Television, Too
Great-Grandmother Spans Country Roundtrip by Air
by Jeanne Meckey

So much is written about the modern mother...but let's not sell short the great-grandmothers of today.

No longer do they just knit and baby-sit, at least Mrs. Louise Sefton, not quite 88, of Tarentum doesn't.

Louise has just returned home from visiting her son, James, in Burbank, Calif., going roundtrip by airplane. 

"I really did have a good time," she confessed about her plane ride, "but I was a little scared."

"And I was on television too," she added, trying desperately to keep the pride of accomplishment out of her voice.

It seems the program "Queen for a Day" had a special "grandmothers day" on February 14. Louise was one of the 21 candidates chosen from the audience.

From these, they picked five to appear on television...and she was chosen.

"I'd planned to come home earlier, but I stayed on to be on that program," she explained.

"The fact that I had 32 great-grandchildren and 20 grandchildren really got me on," she admitted. "Although I didn't win I got a real nice clock radio."

Beside this highlight, she saw the Grand Canyon from the air on her way out. The Pacific Ocean, Chinatown, Ghost Town, Hollywood, and Forest Park were all part of her sight-seeing itinerary.

Grounded in Chicago

Her trip home she's trying to forget. She was grounded in Chicago due to bad weather conditions. She sent a telegram home, but it didn't arrive in time to alert her family. 

Hence, while she was on her way home by train from Chicago, her family was waiting for her at the Pittsburgh Airport.

"I get a little nervous when things get mixed up," she explained.

But all's well that ends well and she's once again home among her friends and relatives.

Besides keeping house for herself, she's an active member of the Golden Ager's Club. Despite her years and failing eyesight, she loves to walk...weather permitting.

Lawrence Henry Sefton 1906-1961

Lawrence H. Sefton, 54, Bakerstown Road, Frazer Township, died unexpectedly at 3 p.m. Saturday (July 8, 1961) in his home.

Mr. Sefton had been painting during the afternoon and apparently suffered a heart attack.

A resident of the area most of his life, Mr. Sefton was born September 21, 1906, in Butler County, the son of the late David Sefton and Mrs. Louisa Seitz Sefton of Sarver.

He was a charter member and past president of Frazer Township Fire Company and was employed in No. 9 shop of the Brackenridge Works of Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. for more than 35 years. 

He leaves his widow, Mrs. Rebecca Maizland Sefton; his mother; one son, Lawrence R., Springdale; four brothers, Harry of Oakmont, Edward and Clarence of Saxonburg, and James of Burbank, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Krumpe of Sarver and Mrs. Eddis (Lillian) Carney of Brackenridge, and one grandson.

Friends are being received at Andrew S. Walters and Sons Funeral Home, 543 E. 10th Avenue, Tarentum, where the service will be at 2 p.m Wednesday conducted by Rev. Edwin J. Siess, pastor of First Methodist Church, Tarentum. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Sarver. Frazer Township Firemen will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow to pay respects at the funeral home.

James Lester Sefton 1909 - 1974

James Lester Sefton, 65, of 2848 W. Frederic Avenue, Burbank, Calif., formerly of Natrona Heights, died at 1:45 p.m. yesterday (June 27, 1974) in Drierer Nursing Home, Burbank following an illness of eight months.

Mr. Sefton was born Feb. 2, 1909, in Tarentum, to David and Louise Seitz Sefton. He moved to California 26 years ago.

A retiree since February, Mr. Sefton had been employed by Borrman's Steel Co., Burbank, and was the owner of Sefton Trucking Service. Prior to leaving the area he was co-owner of Sefton and Milliron Service Company, Natrona Heights, and was a truck driver foreman for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., Brackenridge.

He is survived by his widow, Pansy Maizland Sefton; a son, James David of Tucson, Arizona; two grandchildren, three brothers: Harry of Oakmont, Edward and Clarence, both of Saxonburg; and a sister, Mrs. Eddis (Lillian) Carney of Brackenridge. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence, in 1961, and a sister Mrs. Joseph (Carrie) Krumpe.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. A service will be conducted by the Rev. William Walkins and burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, Calif.

Lawrence Russell Sefton 1930 - 1970

Lawrence R. Sefton, 40, of 26313 Tennant Drive, Dearborn Heights, Mich., formerly of Frazer Township, died unexpectedly in his home yesterday (August 7, 1970) at 6:30 a.m. after suffering a coronary seizure.

He was born in Tarentum, July 8, 1930, to Rebecca Maizland Sefton and the late Lawrence H. Sefton.

Mr. Sefton was the senior research scientist at Ford Motor Co., Detroit, for the last nine years. Before employment with the motor company, he was a technician at Allegheny Ludlum Research Laboratory, Natrona Heights.

A 1947 graduate of Tarentum High School, he worked as a technician while attending Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh. He was graduated cum laude by Wayne State University in Michigan where he did post graduate work.

Mr. Sefton was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Dearborn Heights, Mich.

His fraternal honor society memberships included Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Sigma Mu.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Joan Kimes Sefton, a son, Curt, at home, and his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Maizland Sefton, Frazer Township.

Friends will be received in the Walters Funeral Home, 543 E. 10th Ave., Tarentum, on Monday, Aug. 8 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Jack Ammon, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Brackenridge. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Sarverville.

Tally Ho! Sly Renard's Dead, Victim of Two Tarentum High Boys Who Went on Crow Hunt   newspaper clipping - Valley News - no date

Crow hunting resulted in a much bigger prize for two Tarentum High School Juniors when a gray female fox fell prey to them near Norris' nursery in Ridge road. The youths are Lawrence Sefton, Jr. 15, Bakerstown road, and James Maizland, 15, News carrier, West Seventh Avenue, Tarentum, both employees of Norris Nursery.

The boys claim to have seen a gray fox in the vicinity several days prior to the encounter and it was suspected that it was harassing young game in the reserve nearby.

The kill took place Thursday evening about 7 o'clock. Lawrence said that they had given several crow calls when the fox ran up into within a few feet from where they were standing as if in answer to the calls.

James sighted the animal, gave the alarm, and Lawrence fired upon the fox with a .12 gauge shotgun, killing it.

Sly Renard wasn't so sly so the boys collect $4 bounty.

(note - James Maizland above was the son of James H. (aka Lonnie) and Garnet Maizland) 


John Sefton 1857 - 1926 

story told by Helen Elizabeth Miller Osborne (1911-1996):

The branch of the family parented by John and Elizabeth Seitz Sefton almost didn't materialize. In the first place, Elizabeth was engaged to marry Charles Evans. He worked on a railroad and was killed in a work related accident before the wedding could take place. Elizabeth's sister, Louisa, who later married David Sefton, did a little match-making and introduced Elizabeth to David's brother, John. But, even on their wedding day, an event occurred that might have prevented the marriage.

John and Elizabeth went to Butler and took a room in a hotel close to the courthouse. Elizabeth went upstairs to freshen up and John waited downstairs after going out to do a few errands. Due to a misunderstanding, John paced the lobby downstairs and Elizabeth paced the room upstairs, each waiting for the other to join him or her. I don't know which one finally sought out the other, but they made it to the courthouse in time to get their license and be married by L. P. Walker, Justice of the Peace. 

For a good part of the marriage, John's health was poor and he was unable to provide a good living for his family. He certainly never managed to put anything aside for his old age.

When John was at an age when men today would be retiring, he and Elizabeth worked long, hard hours on a farm to keep body and soul together. They had no gas or electricity, hence none of the labor saving devices we take for granted today. No telephone. They heated and cooked with wood and coal, used kerosene lamps, and carried water from a distant spring. Rain water was caught in barrels for laundry, which was one on a wash board. 

John kept a horse for the farm work as well as pulling the wagon or surrey as the need arose. He raised lettuce, onions, carrots, tomatoes; almost any vegetable that could be grown in this climate, both for their own use and for market. They kept a cow and Elizabeth churned butter. Chickens were raised both for their meat and eggs. All these things were taken to market in Tarentum. They raised pigs and butchered them. Hams and bacon were smoked and sausage was made. Grandma made head meat or head cheese that was out of this world - not at all like what can be bought in the stores under those names. My mother remembers eating it on bread with home made apple butter when she was a little girl. Honey was another thing they sold. Granddad raised buckwheat, beautiful fields of white buckwheat. John raised corn, too. 

One miserable day in March, 1926, Grandpa John was invited into the house of one of his customers while she went upstairs for money to pay him. He sat down in a rocking chair and when the woman returned, she discovered he had died of a massive heart attack.

Henry Sefton 1779 - 1840

Henry Sefton was born in Ireland in 1779. He emigrated to the U.S., specifically to Clinton Township in Butler County, PA. There, he married Jane "Jennie" Quinn, the daughter of Edward and Jane, in 1801. Their 10 children were Edward, James, John, Robert, Henry Jr. , Jane, Mary Ann, Catherine, Ellen and William.

Henry became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. on February 11, 1811 according to documents found in the Butler County courthouse.  Henry served briefly in the War of 1812 with Co. 138 Pa. Militia but he later deserted (as was common). Henry Sefton was a farmer. At one point, he was offered the farm adjoining his in exchange for his rifle. He declined the offer, since his rifle was of more value than additional land.  Another family legend tells how wolves, especially, gave them great annoyance. One night, they killed twenty four sheep, only one of the flock escaped. That one crept into a log heap, out of the way of the savage brutes. At some point, Henry gave each of his 4 surviving sons a farm of 120 acres. Several succeeding generations continued to farm this land. (note:  In 1875 there were 7 farms owned by Sefton in the southwest quarter and two in the northwest quarter of the township. One of these 2 was owned by Edward Jr.)

Henry was a Presbyterian and was instrumental in the beginnings of the Clinton Township United Presbyterian Church.  The first house of worship was a small log building, 22x25 feet in its dimensions, erected about 1844, shortly after Henry's death. The seats were made of planks hewed from giant split logs. Later, pews of boards were constructed.  the United Presbyterian Church of Clinton Township was organized April 20, 1845 as the Associated Reformed Church and incorporated December 7, 1868 under its present name. The elders were Matthew Bickett, Joseph Logan and William Harvey. The original members being William Logan and wife Jane Sefton (daughter of Henry's), Mary A. Sefton Cox (daughter of Henry's) , John McGahey and wife, Daniel Berry, Minnamy Quinn and wife, John Brownlow and wife, Joseph Bartley, John Davis and wife, Joseph Harper and wife, Matilda Davis, Margaret Davis, Levi Logan and wife, Joseph Quigg and wife, James Carson and wife, William Harvey and wife. The signers to the petition asking that the society be incorporated were David Logan, Henry Sefton, (son of Henry's), John Anderson, Stephen Brewer, James Hay, Robert Trimble, J. W. Monks, W.M. Hay, J.H. Love, D.S. McElwain, Joseph Davis, John Brown, Obed Sefton (grandson of Henry's),  W.H. Bickett, Thompson Love, B. Logan, Thomas Frizier, David Hay, C.J. Anderson, S.H. Mathewson, S.M. Love and J.C. Norris.  

Henry died at age 61 and his wife, Jane, survived until she was 82. They are buried side by side in the Middlesex U. P. Church Cemetery in PA. The headstones were photographed in the early 1980's but were so badly deteriorated that the photographs showed little detail. 


Henry's Naturalization Document

To the Honorable the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the county of Butler  -  Tax Petition of Henry Sefton of the township of Middlesex in the county of Butler and the state of Pennsylvania

Humbly Showeth

That your petitioner is a native of Ireland and was heretofore a subject of the King of the entire Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and that he has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States and within the state of Pennsylvania one year at least and that he will support the Constitution of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to the King of the entire Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland whereof he was heretofore a subject. Your Petitioner therefore prays, that he may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States of America. (signature of Henry Sefton).

I, Henry Sefton (signature), do swear, that the facts set forth in this my petition are true, and that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state and sovereignty whatever, and particularly do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance to the King of the entire Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland whereof I was heretofore a subject.

Sworn and subscribed in open court February 11,1811 (signature Henry Sefton)

I, John Davis, of the township of Middlesex in the county of Butler and state of Pennsylvania, do swear that the petitioner Henry Sefton has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States of America five years at least and within the state of Pennsylvania one year at least; and that during that time he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.

Sworn and subscribed in open court February the 11th, 1811.

Edward Sefton, Sr. - circumstances of demise unknown - two versions of the story shared below...

In the late summer of 1842, Edward, Sr. accompanied by his son Edward, age 14, took a load of potatoes to Pittsburgh and sold them. After the sale, with the proceeds in his pocket, Ed Sr. went into a saloon, leaving his son with the wagon. Ed Sr. never came out to the best of anyone knowledge. Either he was killed and robbed or he took this opportunity to return to Ireland, as he is reputed to have expressed a wish to do so. 

NOTE: the first part of this story has been confirmed from many other sources. The suspicion of his return to Ireland has NEVER been confirmed or even mentioned by any other source.

from a letter written in 1966 by an elderly Hazlett relative (spelling as written):

"The main business part of town is located at Federal St. & Ohio St. This of course is way back in the 18 hundreds. On corner of Federal & Ohio Sts is the Post Office other corner city Market, 3 corner was Library I don't remember what the hid cor. was but right across from City Market was a large vacant lot. it was called the Hay market the reason I know as much about it as I do is because my Father used to go there to buy hay for the cows you see my Father operated a dairy - The Farmers for miles came to Allegheny to sell there Hay & what ever they had to sell at the hay Market. Grand Father Sefton used to bring his Hay & perhaps other saleable things in to sell His son William (that was you Dads Uncle Will perhaps you heard Sam speak of him - he never married & died at the Farm in Butler Co. some time in early 19 hr.) This particular trip I don't know the date - Gran Father Sefton & son William came in as usual to sell there Hay - after the days business was closed he said to his son to stay around & watch the horse & team & he would back in a little time. He never came back & finally Uncle Will went home hoping his Father would get home some way later that night. They never seen or heard from him again. They thought perhaps he was mobed & murdered but it was just a guess."

Mrs. Clarence David Sefton - Dorothy Ann Ringer Sefton

Obit from 9/13/1983 newspaper:

Dorothy "Dora" Sefton, 84, of Clinton Township, died unexpectedly Sunday (Sept. 9, 1983) in her residence.

Born October 26, 1898 in Superior, she was a daughter of the late George and Catherine Schaffer Ringer. Mrs. Sefton was a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church, Clinton Township, and the Ladies Aid Society of the church.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Clarence D. Sefton; three sons, David C. and George L., both of Saxonburg, and Glenn A. of Coraopolis; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Robinson of Natrona Heights, and Mrs. Mary Leslie of Butler; six grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.

Friends will be received today from 2 to 3 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fox Funeral Home, Saxonburg, where a funeral service will be conducted tomorrow at 11 a.m. by her pastor, the Rev. James Chain. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery, Clinton Township.

Clan Holds Family Reunion in Edward Sefton Home - August 3, 1952

Members of the Sefton family from Grove City, Tarentum, Brackenridge, Curtisville and the Saxonburg - Sarver area attended the sixth annual family reunion held last week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sefton of near Saxonburg.

The reunion date coincided with the birthday of the Edward Sefton's son, Theodore, which (garbled text)

Eighty-eight year old P.H. Harvey was the oldest guest (father of Helen Harvey) present, and Mrs. Louise Sefton, 84, was second oldest in age. Youngest family members present were Curt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sefton, Jr., and Debbie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Erb, both three months old. 

Dinner and supper were both provided on the lawn. 

Those attending included Mrs. David Sefton; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sefton and daughter Mildred; Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Sefton, Wayne and Janet; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sefton; Mr. and Mrs. George Sefton, Jerry and Allan; Mr. and Mrs. David O. Sefton; Mr. and Mrs. Edis Carney; Mr. and Mrs. James Davidson and Darlene and Jamie; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sefton; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Erb and daughters Marsha and Debbie.

Also Mr. and Mrs. Paul Krumpe and Kenneth, David, and Rosemarie; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sefton Jr. and Curt; Janice Crouch, Vivian Cook, Cecil McCormick, P.J. Harvey, and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sefton and children Theodore, Dale and Ruth.

Cecil McCormick and Kenneth Krumpe furnished music during the afternoon.

 Sefton Clan Holds Reunion in District - also about August 3, 1952 event

The annual Sefton family reunion was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sefton, Route 1, Saxonburg.

Attending were:
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sefton, Sr.; Mrs. Louise Sefton (widow of David Henry); Mr. and Mrs. Eddis Carney; Mr. and Mrs. James Davidson and children Darlene and Jamie, Tarentum.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sefton; Mr. and Mrs. David Sefton; Mr. and Mrs. George Sefton and Jerry, Alan, and RaeAnn; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sefton and Dale and Ruth, James Faust, Saxonburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Sefton and Billy and Danny, Corapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Sefton and Wayne and Janet, Grove City; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sefton and Mildred, Oakland.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sefton Jr., and Curt, Springdale; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kaluza, Natrona; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Krumpe and David, Sarver.

Dale, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sefton, will enter the armed forces tomorrow.

Vivian V. Sefton

Vivian V. Sefton, 63, of Saxonburg, died Monday at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. 

Born in Fawn Township, Allegheny County, June 10, 1935, she was the daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Miller Cook.

She was a homemaker and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Saxonburg.

She is survived by her husband, James T. "Ted" Sefton, whom she married April 10, 1954; a son, Richard Sefton of Butler; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Nancy) McCarren of Butler; two brothers, Robert Cook of Sarver and Clarence Cook of Lower Burrell; a sister, Mrs. Merle (Irene) Beckwith of Natrona Heights; and five grandchildren.

Friends of Vivian Sefton, who died Monday Dec. 7, 1998, will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Funeral Home, Saxonburg. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Deborah Huffmyer, her church pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Westminster Church Cemetery, Saxonburg. 

obituary was printed in The Butler Eagle on December 8, 1998

Carrie Elizabeth Sefton Krumpe

Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Krumpe, 78, of 119 Lardintown Road, Sarver, died yesterday (March 31, 1969), the date of her 60th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Krumpe's husband, Joseph G. Krumpe, died July 29, 1955

Ill for the past three months, Mrs. Krumpe was a patient in Butler Memorial Hospital, where she died at 12:25 p.m.

She was born January 20, 1891, in Tarentum, to David and Louise Seitz Sefton.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sarver.

Survivors include four sons: Paul, 118 Lardintown Road; Howard, Cabot; Glenn, Stout, Ohio; and Robert, 109 Lardintown Road; two daughters: Mrs. Evelyn Swigart, Verona; and Mrs. Layton (Gladys) Ekas, Cabot; one sister, Mrs. Eddis (Lillian) Carney, Brackenridge; four brothers: Harry Sefton, Oakmont; Clarence and Edward Sefton, Saxonburg, and James Sefton, Burbank, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 tomorrow in Fox Funeral Home.