The Seagraves Family

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Samuel Tilman Seagraves

Male Abt 1825 -


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  • Name Samuel Tilman 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 Abt 1839-40  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Samuel is believed to have moved from Surry County North Carolina to Wilson County Tennessee with his family about 1840. 
    Born Abt 1825  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Samuel was born in North Carolina, possibly in Surry County, based on his age on the 1850 census and that his father, Gilbert, had probably moved to Surry County, NC from Anson County, NC in the early 1820s.
    Gender Male 
    Race Abt 1825 
    White 
    Marriage #1 18 Dec 1844  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Samuel married Sarah Robertson. 
    Child born Aug 1848  [1, 3
    first named child born: Samuel A. Seagraves. 
    • Since Samuel and Sarah Robertson were married in Wilson Co., TN in 1844 and were thereon the 1850 census, it is likely that this child was born there.
    1850 census 1850  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as Samuel Seagraves, 25, born in North Carolina, with Sarah Seagraves, 27, born in North Carolina; Samuel Seagraves, 2, born in Tennessee; and Margaret Tricy, 18, born in Tennessee. 
    Child born Oct 1851  [3
    second named child born: Andrew Blythe Seagraves. 
    • Since Samuel and his family were in Wilson Co., TN on the 1850 and 1860 censuses, it is likely that this child was born there.
    Property Event 17 Nov 1853  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel purchased 25 acres from Patrick H. Anderson as recorded in Deed Book A#2. 
    Property Event 10 Feb 1854  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel sold 25 acres to J. H. Taylor as recorded in Deed Book A#2.  
    Activity 1855  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    S. T. Seagraves won a prize for his "Brick Machine" in the Third Division Fair in Wilson Co. 
    Child born Abt 1856 
    third named child born: John Kelly Seagraves. 
    • Since Samuel and his family were in Wilson Co., TN on the 1850 and 1860 censuses, it is likely that this child was born there.
    Property Event 7 Mar 1857  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel sold 30 acres on the Carthage Turnpike to Burr Harris as recorded in Deed Book B#2. 
    Property Event 15 Dec 1857  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel sold 38 acres in the 10th District to Wm. W. Carter in as recorded in Deed Book C#2. 
    Property Event 28 Feb 1858  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel sold tract of land in the 10th District to Burr Harris as recorded in Deed Book D#2. 
    Property Event 3 May 1858  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel sold 8 acres in the 10th District to John C. Organ as recorded in Deed Book C#2. 
    Property Event 30 Sep 1858  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel purchased a jackass from Thomas J. Wray as recorded in Deed Book C#2. 
    Property Event 6 Aug 1859  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel sold 10 acres to John C. Organ as recorded in Deed Book D#2. 
    1860 census 1860  Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as S. T. Segraves, 34, born in Massachusetts [an obvious census-taker error], brick layer, with Sarah Segraves, 36, born in Tennessee; Samuel Segraves, 11, born in Tennessee; Andrew Segraves, 6, born in Tennessee; John Segraves, 4, born in Tennessee; Henry Segraves, 30, born in North Carolina; and Benjamin Taylor, 25, student, born in Tennessee. 
    Military Service 1861-1865  [6
    Samuel was a private in Company A, 7th Confederate Cavalry Battalion. 
    Property Event 16 May 1865  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Samuel declared a Homestead. 
    Death notices 2 Apr 1867  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    the Chancery Court of Wilson County Tennessee acknowledges the death of Samuel Tilman Seagraves and directs:  
    • To the Sheriff of Wilson County: Greetings - In the case of Marion B. Kittrell re Samuel T. Seagraves et al pending in the Chancery court at Lebanon, the death of defendant Samuel T. Seagraves was suggested and admitted at the April Term 1867 of said court, and (plaintiff) was directed to issue to revise said suit against the widow and heirs at law of said def. Seagraves returnable to next term and it appearing that Sallie Seagraves is the widow and that Samuel, Andrew and Kelly Seagraves are the heirs at law of Def. Seagraves...."
    1880 census 1880  Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded Sallie Segraves, age 57, born in Tennessee, mother of Sam Segraves. 
    Person ID I114  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 17 Sep 2017 

    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) 
    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) 
    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 Sarah Robertson,   b. Abt 1823, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 18 Dec 1844  Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Allison Seagraves,   b. Aug 1848, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906, Saline County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)  [Birth]
    +2. Andrew Blythe Seagraves,   b. Oct 1851, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1925, Carlyle, Clinton County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)  [Birth]
    +3. John Kelly Seagraves,   b. Abt 1856, Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMigration - Samuel is believed to have moved from Surry County North Carolina to Wilson County Tennessee with his family about 1840. - Abt 1839-40 - Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1825 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #1 - Samuel married Sarah Robertson. - 18 Dec 1844 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Dec 1844 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1850 census - recorded as Samuel Seagraves, 25, born in North Carolina, with Sarah Seagraves, 27, born in North Carolina; Samuel Seagraves, 2, born in Tennessee; and Margaret Tricy, 18, born in Tennessee. - 1850 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel purchased 25 acres from Patrick H. Anderson as recorded in Deed Book A#2. - 17 Nov 1853 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel sold 25 acres to J. H. Taylor as recorded in Deed Book A#2. - 10 Feb 1854 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsActivity - S. T. Seagraves won a prize for his "Brick Machine" in the Third Division Fair in Wilson Co. - 1855 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel sold 30 acres on the Carthage Turnpike to Burr Harris as recorded in Deed Book B#2. - 7 Mar 1857 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel sold 38 acres in the 10th District to Wm. W. Carter in as recorded in Deed Book C#2. - 15 Dec 1857 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel sold tract of land in the 10th District to Burr Harris as recorded in Deed Book D#2. - 28 Feb 1858 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel sold 8 acres in the 10th District to John C. Organ as recorded in Deed Book C#2. - 3 May 1858 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel purchased a jackass from Thomas J. Wray as recorded in Deed Book C#2. - 30 Sep 1858 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel sold 10 acres to John C. Organ as recorded in Deed Book D#2. - 6 Aug 1859 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 census - recorded as S. T. Segraves, 34, born in Massachusetts [an obvious census-taker error], brick layer, with Sarah Segraves, 36, born in Tennessee; Samuel Segraves, 11, born in Tennessee; Andrew Segraves, 6, born in Tennessee; John Segraves, 4, born in Tennessee; Henry Segraves, 30, born in North Carolina; and Benjamin Taylor, 25, student, born in Tennessee. - 1860 - Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - Samuel declared a Homestead. - 16 May 1865 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - the Chancery Court of Wilson County Tennessee acknowledges the death of Samuel Tilman Seagraves and directs: - 2 Apr 1867 - Wilson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 census - recorded Sallie Segraves, age 57, born in Tennessee, mother of Sam Segraves. - 1880 - Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S432] 1850 census for Wilson County, Tennessee .

    2. [S3] Early Middle Tennessee Marriages, Vol 2 Brides, Byron & Barbara Sistler, (Nashville, 1988).

    3. [S433] 1860 census for Wilson County, Lebanon, Tennessee .

    4. [S435] Wilson County, Tennessee Deeds, 1853-1875, (Southern Historical Press, 2006).

    5. [S436] Wilson County, Tennessee, History of, page 58 , DixonMerritt, 1961.

    6. [S437] Tennesseans in the Civil War.