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The Setons, the Bayleys, and the Roosevelts

Elizabeth Bayley Seton and her family shaped Catholic life in nineteenth century America. And they continue to shape it today.

By Pat McNamara

Archbishop Robert Seton was remembered as a fairly eccentric character who made a good deal of his family background. A pastor, scholar, and enthusiast for ecclesiastical minutiae, he was also a genealogist who traced his roots back to Medieval Europe. In 1899, he published a 438-page history, An Old Family: The Setons of Scotland and America. Enthusiasts of American Catholic history will find the second half most interesting, which discusses his grandmother, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), and her descendants.

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