Mr Frederic Kimber Seward

Frederick Kimber Seward

Mr Frederic Kimber Seward was born in Wilmington, Delaware on 23 March 1878.

He was the son of Samuel Swayze Seward (1838-1916), a clergyman, and Christina F. Kimber (1837-1906), natives of Mendham, New Jersey and Delaware respectively who had married on 19 October 1864. He had four known siblings: John Perry (b. 1868), Lydia (b. 1870), Mary (b. 1872) and Samuel Swayze (b. 1876). Following the death of his mother in 1906 his father was remarried to Rosalie Chesterman (b. 1856) of New York.

He first appears on the 1880 census as an infant living with his family in New York City where he would remain into adulthood. He was a graduate of Columbia University in 1899 and was a prominent member of the Glee Club during his college days. He later worked for the law firm  of Curtis, Mallet, Prevot & Colt of 30 Broad Street.

He was married on 30 August 1902 to Sara Flemington Day (b. 26 October 1878), who also hailed from Delaware, and the couple had three children: Kimber (b. 1903), Katherine (b. 1908) and Samuel Swayze (1910-1989). The family appeared on the 1910 census living in Manhattan and by 1912 were residents of 542 West 112th Street.

Mr Seward had been on a two-month-long business trip in Europe and  boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113794 which cost £26, 11s).

On the night of the sinking Seward played cards with William Sloper and his church friend Dorothy Gibson in the first class lounge when the impact occurred. Miss Gibson insisted that her two male friends join her in the first lifeboat to be launched, boat 7.

Whilst returning to New York on the Carpathia, Seward organised a group of other survivors (Karl Behr, Margaret Brown, Mauritz Björnström-Steffansson, Frederic Spedden, Isaac Frauenthal and George Harder) to honour the bravery of Captain Rostron and his crew. They would present the Captain with an inscribed silver cup and medals to each of the 320 crew members.

Following the disaster Frederic went to great lengths to trace the whereabouts of the children of John Montgomery Smart who was lost in the disaster. Seward's law firm had represented the American Cold Storage and Shipping Company, of which Smart was President. Seward only knew that the children were in Europe but knew little to no other details and employed many European papers as intermediaries, finally receiving word that a boy and girl had been discovered in a school in Belgium.

Fred and his family later moved to Queens, New York and he would later cross the Atlantic several times over. He was widowed in 1932 when his wife Sara passed away. He himself died in Queens on 7 December 1943.

References and Sources

New York Herald, April 18, 1912

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK
Michael A. Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA

Pictures

Fred Seward

(1925) 

FRED SEWARD

 

Articles and Stories

SEEK THE CHILDREN OF TITANIC VICTIM

New York Times  (1912) 

SEEK THE CHILDREN OF TITANIC VICTIM

 
F. K. Seward Saved

Newark Evening News  (1912) 

F. K. SEWARD SAVED

 
CAN FIND NO TRACE OF SMART CHILDREN

New York Times  (1912) 

CAN FIND NO TRACE OF SMART CHILDREN

 
Frederick K. Seward

New York Times  (1912) 

FREDERICK K. SEWARD

 
PARTNER SAYS SMART DIDN'T SIGN THE WILL

New York Times  (1913) 

PARTNER SAYS SMART DIDN'T SIGN THE WILL

 
DISPUTE J. M. SMART'S WILL

New York Times  (1914) 

DISPUTE J. M. SMART'S WILL

 
TITANIC SURVIVORS HONOR CAPT. ROSTRON

New York Times  (1912) 

TITANIC SURVIVORS HONOR CAPT. ROSTRON

 
Mrs. Stoiber-Rood Denies Report Husband Is Alive

Denver Times  (1912) 

MRS. STOIBER-ROOD DENIES REPORT HUSBAND IS ALIVE

 
William Sloper's Account of the Titanic Disaster

Ship to Shore  (1984) 

WILLIAM SLOPER'S ACCOUNT OF THE TITANIC DISASTER

 
THE SMART HEIRS FOUND?

New York Times  (1912) 

THE SMART HEIRS FOUND?

 

External Links

1928 Letter from F. D. Roosevelt to F. K. Seward 1928 LETTER FROM F. D. ROOSEVELT TO F. K. SEWARD  
History of F. K. Seward's Law Firm, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost & Colt, with references to him at pages 12 and 27. HISTORY OF F. K. SEWARD'S LAW FIRM, CURTIS, MALLET-PREVOST & COLT, WITH REFERENCES TO HIM AT PAGES 12 AND 27.  
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