The Seagraves Family

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Lewis L. Seagraves

Male 1819 - 1901  (81 years)


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  • Name Lewis L. Seagraves 
    • The Seagraves surname presented for this person is based on the dominant spelling found in the various records researched, but primarily on the name carved on the person's gravestone. HOWEVER, for the common variations of the Seagraves family name of which there are over 20, such as Cegrave(s) Segrave(s), Seagreave(s), Seegrave(s), Segrove(s), Seagrove(s), etc. all of which have been given the Seagraves spelling for clarity and ease of analysis.
      Certain variations are used so consistently within a family that they have been retained in this analysis, specifically, SAGRAVES (which also includes Sagrove(s)) and SEAGRAVE. Sagraves was adopted by the early settlers of eastern Kentucky about 1800. Seagrave was the version brought to Massachusetts by the John & Sarah Seagrave family who settled there about 1725.
      The Seagraves version is the most common found (about 39%) of all those found on the 1940 census.
      A discussion of the name spelling variations can be found on the Home Page of this website.
    Migration About 1839-40  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lewis appears to have moved to parts of Smith County, TN that would become Macon County, Tennessee. 
    Born 10 Dec 1819  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Lewis' father, Gilbert, is believed to have been living in Anson County, NC in the early 1820's then migrated to Surry County, NC. Since no 1820 census recording for Gilbert has been found, it is not certain where Lewis was born, Anson is possible as is Surry.
    Gender Male 
    Marriage #1 About 1845  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lewis married Rhoda Ann Jenkins in Macon County.  
    • Rhoda Ann was born 23 February 1826, possibly daughter of James and Polly Jenkins.
    Legal actions 31 Jan 1846  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    suit filed by Lewis Segraves vs. John Marsh in Macon County District Court. Suit ?Stayed? by Gilbra Segraves. 
    1850 census 1850  Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as Lewis L. Segraves, 27, farmer, born in North Carolina; Rhoda Ann, 24, born in Tennessee; Frances A., 4, born in Tennessee; Byram H., 2, born in Tennessee. 
    1860 census 1860  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    From the 1860 census Slave Schedules:
    L. L. Seagraves [indexed as S. S. Seagraves] is listed as owning two male slaves, one 34 and one 21. The listing is right after James Jenkins who owned 17 slaves. Since Lewis married Rhoda Jenkins, we are convinced the L. L. Seagraves is Lewis L., son of Gilbert and Sarah. 
    1860 census 1860  Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as L.L. Segraves, 40, farmer, born in North Carolina; R. A., female, 36, born in Tennessee; F. A., female, 14, born in Tennessee; B. H., male, 12, born in Tennessee; S. L., male, 6, born in Tennessee. 
    1870 census 1870  Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as Lewis L. Seagraves, 50, dry goods merchant, born in North Carolina; Roda A., 43, keeping house, born in Tennessee; Mary E., 19, born in Tennessee; Samuel L., 17, born in Tennessee; Laura S., 8, born in Tennessee. 
    Church events 23 Sep 1876  Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lewis and Rhoda Seagraves on list of members of the Christian Church of Lafayette.  
    1880 census 1880  Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as L.L. Segraves, 60, born in North Carolina, both parents born in North Carolina, merchant & farmer; Roda, wife, 51, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, housekeeping; Wiley Jenkins, servant, 22, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, laborer. 
    Migration About 1885  Era, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lewis moved his family and settled in Era, Texas.  
    1900 census 1900  Cooke County, Precinct #6, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as Louis L. Segraves, 80, born in Dec. 1819 in North Carolina, both parents born in North Carolina, married 50 years, capitalist; Rhoda A Segraves., wife, 74, born in February 1826 in Tennessee, father born in Virginia, mother born in Kentucky, mother of 8 children with 5 still living; Amanda Segraves, granddaughter, 23, born in May 1877 in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, single. 
    Death notices 5 Dec 1901  Era, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lewis died at age 81 in Era, Cooke County, Texas. 
    Died 5 Dec 1901  Era, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Death notices 3 Oct 1916  Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Rhoda Ann died at age 90 of rheumatism in Cooke County, Texas. 
    Buried Era Cemetery, Era, Cooke County, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I109  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2019 

    Father Gilbert Seagraves,   b. Abt 1797, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1887, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah Wilson,   b. Abt 1796, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1885, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Abt 1815 
    • It is not known where Gilbert and Sarah were married, but since he was noted as a resident of Anson County, NC in 1821, she may have been from that county and they may have possibly married there.
    Notes 
    • The Search for Gilbert's Father
      Numerous postings on the internet (and OneWorldTree) boldly state that the parents of Gilbert Seagraves are William and Polly. But the fact is, so far there is no reliable proof of Gilbert's parents. We want to change that. One of the long range goals of this website is to brainstorm and research to find proof of Gilbert's parents, so we would like to open up a discussion about what we know, where we look and how we get there. Here are our initial thoughts about how we begin.
      When was Gilbert Born? On the first census to record actual ages in 1850 Gilbert reported his age to be 53. On later censuses his age was always rounded: on the 1860 census he was 60; on the 1870 census he was 70; in 1880 he was 80. We think that it is more likely that the age he reported in 1850 was accurate which would make his birth year 1797. If that is true then his father, who was not likely to be less than 17 when Gilbert was born, must have been born no later than 1780. Assuming that Gilbert's father would have been no older than 47 (an arbitrary but reasonable date) when he was born, then the earliest date of birth for Gilbert's father would be 1750.
      Where is Gilbert's family most like to be found? Gilbert always reported his birthplace as North Carolina on the census, and everywhere he is found in the public records prior to 1842 is in North Carolina:
      1817 Birth of son William - NC
      1819 Birth of son Lewis - NC
      1821 Birth of alleged out of wedlock son - Wake Co NC
      1821 Bastardy Bond court record stating Gilbert had "removed to Anson County" NC
      1822 Birth of son Maxwell - NC
      1826 Birth of son Samuel - NC
      1827 Purchase of 100 acres of land - Ashe Co NC
      1828 Birth of son Henry - NC
      1830 Gilbert?s first appearance in the census records - Surry Co NC
      1832 Birth of son John Henderson - Surry Co NC
      1840 On census - Surry Co NC

      So, based on Gilbert's movements outlined above, we see that Gilbert spent much if not all of his early years in NC, mainly in western NC. However, we can't ignore the fact that he "removed" to Anson Co when slapped with a paternity suit, since that suggests he had family there.
      Where do we begin looking for Gilbert's Daddy? We believe that the logical place to start looking for Gilbert's parents is the list of Seagraves on the 1800 census for NC who had young male children in their household. If Gilbert were born in 1797, he would have been counted in the census age range of 0-9 years old - and that narrows our initial search to 6 Seagraves households:

      John Segraves of Anson County husband (former?) of Phoebe below
      Daniel Segraves of Montgomery County who was in Wake Co. in 1790
      Stephen Segraves of Wake County who married Prudence Sevils in Wake in 1795
      William Segraves of Wake County who married Leah Sealey in Wake in 1798 and lived in Montgomery Co. in 1840 and 1850
      John Segraves of Wake County several men named John appear in NC in this era
      Phoebe Segrave of Warren County [I believe that Phoebe was the wife (former?) of John Seagraves of Anson Co.]

      Please let us have your thoughts on what we've said here, and share any other information and ideas you might have about how to prove Gilbert's parentage.

      Jim Seagraves and Louanne Seagraves Love
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rhoda Ann Jenkins,   b. 23 Feb 1826, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1916, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Abt 1845  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Frances Adeline Seagraves,   b. 28 Mar 1846, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1934, Holland, Allen County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Byram Henry Seagraves,   b. 6 Apr 1848, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1933, Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Mary Elizabeth Seagraves,   b. 18 Sep 1850, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Andrew W. Seagraves,   b. 3 Apr 1852, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1852, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Samuel Lewis Seagraves,   b. 10 Oct 1853, Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1945, Era, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [Birth]
     6. Joseph Y. Seagraves,   b. 9 Dec 1856, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1858, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
    +7. Laura S. Seagraves,   b. 4 Mar 1862, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1950, Sentinel, Washita County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Birth]
     8. Jose H. Seagraves,   b. 11 Sep 1867, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1868, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F279  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMigration - Lewis appears to have moved to parts of Smith County, TN that would become Macon County, Tennessee. - About 1839-40 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Dec 1819 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #1 - Lewis married Rhoda Ann Jenkins in Macon County. - About 1845 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1845 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal actions - suit filed by Lewis Segraves vs. John Marsh in Macon County District Court. Suit ?Stayed? by Gilbra Segraves. - 31 Jan 1846 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1850 census - recorded as Lewis L. Segraves, 27, farmer, born in North Carolina; Rhoda Ann, 24, born in Tennessee; Frances A., 4, born in Tennessee; Byram H., 2, born in Tennessee. - 1850 - Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 census - From the 1860 census Slave Schedules: L. L. Seagraves [indexed as S. S. Seagraves] is listed as owning two male slaves, one 34 and one 21. The listing is right after James Jenkins who owned 17 slaves. Since Lewis married Rhoda Jenkins, we are convinced the L. L. Seagraves is Lewis L., son of Gilbert and Sarah. - 1860 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 census - recorded as L.L. Segraves, 40, farmer, born in North Carolina; R. A., female, 36, born in Tennessee; F. A., female, 14, born in Tennessee; B. H., male, 12, born in Tennessee; S. L., male, 6, born in Tennessee. - 1860 - Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1870 census - recorded as Lewis L. Seagraves, 50, dry goods merchant, born in North Carolina; Roda A., 43, keeping house, born in Tennessee; Mary E., 19, born in Tennessee; Samuel L., 17, born in Tennessee; Laura S., 8, born in Tennessee. - 1870 - Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch events - Lewis and Rhoda Seagraves on list of members of the Christian Church of Lafayette. - 23 Sep 1876 - Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 census - recorded as L.L. Segraves, 60, born in North Carolina, both parents born in North Carolina, merchant & farmer; Roda, wife, 51, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, housekeeping; Wiley Jenkins, servant, 22, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, laborer. - 1880 - Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration - Lewis moved his family and settled in Era, Texas. - About 1885 - Era, Cooke County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1900 census - recorded as Louis L. Segraves, 80, born in Dec. 1819 in North Carolina, both parents born in North Carolina, married 50 years, capitalist; Rhoda A Segraves., wife, 74, born in February 1826 in Tennessee, father born in Virginia, mother born in Kentucky, mother of 8 children with 5 still living; Amanda Segraves, granddaughter, 23, born in May 1877 in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, single. - 1900 - Cooke County, Precinct #6, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - Lewis died at age 81 in Era, Cooke County, Texas. - 5 Dec 1901 - Era, Cooke County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Dec 1901 - Era, Cooke County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - Rhoda Ann died at age 90 of rheumatism in Cooke County, Texas. - 3 Oct 1916 - Cooke County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Era Cemetery, Era, Cooke County, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] FindAGrave.com (FAG).

    2. [S422] Smith & Macon Counties, Tennessee Court Records, District #1 1836-1852 , (on microfilm in Macon County Library).

    3. [S65] Macon County Tennessee History and Families, Macon County Historical Society, 2001.

    4. [S423] The First 100 Years in Cooke County, Texas , A. Morton Smith, (The Naylor Co., San Antonio, 1955).