The Seagraves Family

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John Henderson Seagraves

Male 1832 - 1909  (77 years)


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  • Name John Henderson 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.
    Born 1 Aug 1832  Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Migration About 1839  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    about 1839 John moved from Surry Co., NC to Macon Co., TN. 
    1850 census 1850  Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as John Seegraves, 17, born in North Carolina, brick-mason, son of Gilbra and Sarah Seegraves. 
    Legal actions Jul 1858  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    John Seegraves & I. N. Livingston notified to appear in response to an action by B. F. Townsend in Macon Co. Chancery Court. 
    Marriage #1 28 Feb 1859  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    John married Margie A. Atkerson.  
    Child born About 1860  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    first named child born: Othello E. Seagraves. 
    Child born About 1861  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    second named child born: Laura S. Seagraves.  
    Military Service About 1861  Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    John volunteered to join the Union Army as a recruiting officer, then applied for and was appointed an assistant acting surgeon in 1864 until discharged on 10 Apr 1866. 
    Death notices About 1862  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    daughter Laura S. Seagraves died. 
    Child born 17 Oct 1863  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    third named child born: Clara Rosaline Seagraves.  
    Military Service 10 Apr 1866  Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    John was honorably discharged from the US Army as Assistant Acting Surgeon at Louisville, Kentucky. 
    Migration About May 1866  Clinton County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    John moved with his family to Clinton Co., Illinois. 
    Tax List 1 May 1867  Aviston, Clinton County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    J. H. Seegraves recorded on the 1866 Collection Dist. #12, Illinois Tax Assessor's List, Aviston, Clinton Co., Physician, $10.00 tax. 
    1870 census 1870  Hull Township, Clinton County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as Joseph Seagrave, 39, born in NC, physician; Emma Seagrave, 30, born in KY, housekeeper; Rosa Seagrave, 6, born in TN; Sally Seagraves, , born in April in IL; James McAllelly, 42, born in IL, merchant. 
    • There is no clear explanation for the use of the name "Joseph" on this census. Perhaps he was still concerned about being discovered by Confederate sympathizers from Tennessee, which may also explain why he kept using the Seegraves spelling of his family name, both during and after the Civil War.
    Child born 8 May 1870 
    fourth named child born: Lydia A. Seagraves, probably in Clinton County, Illinois. 
    Child born 3 February1873  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    fifth named child born: Ida Lillian Seagraves.  
    Child born 10 Sep 1875  Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sixth child born: John Oliver Seagraves. 
    Property Event Sep 1876  Bald Knob, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    A large and fine tobacco barn, the property of Dr. Seagraves, at Bald Knob, was burned to the ground some 10 days since.  
    • A large and fine tobacco barn, the property of Dr. Seagraves, at Bald Knob, was burned to the ground some 10 days since. The burning was accidental. Dr. Seagraves? loss is quite heavy, a large quantity of leaf tobacco being consumed with the building. [5]
    Employment 19 Apr 1877  Rector, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    John was appointed first Postmaster of Rector. 
    Child born 21 Jan 1878  Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    seventh named child born: Ora Ethel Seagraves. 
    1880 census 1880  Oak Bluff Township, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as John Seegraves, 48, born in NC, both parents born in NC, physician; Marga, wife, 41, born in TN, father born in KY, mother born in TN, keeping house; Clara, daughter, 16, born in IL, father born in North Carolina, mother born in TN; Liddie, daughter, 10, born in MO, father born in NC, mother born in TN; Ida, daughter, 7, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN; John, son, 4, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN; Ethell, daughter, 2, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN; Cora, daughter, 4/12, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN. 
    Child born 28 Mar 1880 
    eighth named child born: Cora Edna Seagraves, probably in Oak Bluff Township, Clay County, Arkansas. 
    Legal actions 31 May 1880  Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr. John Seagraves appeared before the Clerk of the Clay Co. Court and swore that he was a resident of Rector, Clay Co., Arkansas: 
    • Dr. John Seegraves appeared before the Clerk of the Clay Co. Court and swore that he was a resident of Rector, Clay Co., Arkansas and had enrolled on 11 November 1864 as acting assistant surgeon U.S.A. and was honorably discharged at Memphis Tennessee on the 13th day of April 1866.
      His personal description was as follows: Age 50 years; height 6 feet 1 inch; complexion- fair; hair- dark, eyes- blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of duty between Gatlinburg and Carthage in the State of Tennessee on or about the 10th day of May 1865, he received an injury to his spine by his horse falling with him.
      That he has been employed in the military service otherwise as stated above- he was appointed Recruiting Officer by Andrew Johnson Military Gov. of Tenn. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the States of ILL. and Ark. And his occupation has been that of a Physician.
    Death notices 25 Oct 1893  Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Marja A. (Atkerson) Seagraves died at home at age 55.  
    Marriage #2 11 Nov 1895  Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John married Ella D'Aumall.  
    Legal actions 5 May 1898  [6
    John completed a Bureau of Pensions form, probably in Clay County, Arkansas, for submittal with his next quarterly payment voucher. The questions and his answers were: 
    • The questions and his answers were as follows:
      First: Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
      Answer. Ella Seegraves- Ella D'AUMALL
      Second: When, where, and by whom were you married?
      Answer. Water Valley Miss. Nov 11th 1895 by Rev. J.W. PRICE
      Third: What record of marriage exists?
      Answer. Marriage Certificate of Rev. J. W. Price
      Fourth: Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
      Answer. Yes. Marga A. ATKERSON- died home Oct 25th 1893.
      Fifth: Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and dates of their birth.
      Answer. Have 4 children living but none under eighteen years old.
    1900 census 1900  Oak Bluff Township, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as John H. Seegraves, 67, born in August 1832 in NC, father born in VA, mother born in NC, married 4 years, physician; Ella D., wife, 51, born in May 1841 in KY, father born in VA, mother born in KY, married 4 years, mother of 0 children; Lydia Vance, daughter, 30, born in March 1870 in IL, father born in NC, mother born in TN, married 10 years, mother of 1 child with 1 still living; Ora L. Vance, 8, born in March 1892 in AR, father born in TN, mother born in IL. 
    Legal actions 26 Aug 1902  Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr. John represented to a Probate Judge of Clay Co., Arkansas that his wife, Ella Seegraves "is insane and ought to be placed in the State Lunatic Asylum for care and treatment as her being at large is dangerous to herself and community." The Judge ordered two physicians to make examinations and report by September 8th, 1902. 
    Death notices 17 Oct 1909  Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    John died at age 77 of rheumatism at his home in Mayfield, Kentucky. 
    • "Dr. J. H. Seagraves A well known highly connected physician, who formerly resided at this place, died of rheumatism at his home in Mayfield, Kentucky on Tuesday, October 17, 1909. The body accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. C. A. Washburne and his granddaughter, Miss Ora Washburne, arrived in Rector Thursday morning . Interment was at the Seegraves Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. The funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. L. Lowdermilk." [7]
    Died 17 Oct 1909  Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Seegraves Cemetery, Rector, Clay County, Arkansas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I115  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 2 Jan 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 1 Margie A. Atkerson,   b. 1 May 1838, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1893, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 28 Feb 1859  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Othello E. Seagraves,   b. Abt 1860, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Laura S. Seagraves,   b. Abt 1861, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1862, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)  [Birth]
     3. Clara Rosaline Seagraves,   b. 17 Oct 1863, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1888, Oak Bluff Township, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)  [Birth]
    +4. Lydia Ann Seagraves,   b. 8 May 1870, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1941, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Ida Lillian Seagraves,   b. 3 Feb 1873, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1902, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)  [Birth]
    +6. John Oliver Seagraves,   b. 10 Sep 1875, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1957, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Birth]
     7. Ora Ethel Seagraves,   b. 21 Jan 1878, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +8. Cora Edna Seagraves,   b. 28 Mar 1880, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1974, Richmond, Contra Costa County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ella D'aumall,   b. May 1841, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Nov 1895  Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F569  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Aug 1832 - Surry County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration - about 1839 John moved from Surry Co., NC to Macon Co., TN. - About 1839 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1850 census - recorded as John Seegraves, 17, born in North Carolina, brick-mason, son of Gilbra and Sarah Seegraves. - 1850 - Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal actions - John Seegraves & I. N. Livingston notified to appear in response to an action by B. F. Townsend in Macon Co. Chancery Court. - Jul 1858 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #1 - John married Margie A. Atkerson. - 28 Feb 1859 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Feb 1859 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - first named child born: Othello E. Seagraves. - About 1860 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - second named child born: Laura S. Seagraves. - About 1861 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - John volunteered to join the Union Army as a recruiting officer, then applied for and was appointed an assistant acting surgeon in 1864 until discharged on 10 Apr 1866. - About 1861 - Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - daughter Laura S. Seagraves died. - About 1862 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - third named child born: Clara Rosaline Seagraves. - 17 Oct 1863 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - John was honorably discharged from the US Army as Assistant Acting Surgeon at Louisville, Kentucky. - 10 Apr 1866 - Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration - John moved with his family to Clinton Co., Illinois. - About May 1866 - Clinton County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTax List - J. H. Seegraves recorded on the 1866 Collection Dist. #12, Illinois Tax Assessor's List, Aviston, Clinton Co., Physician, $10.00 tax. - 1 May 1867 - Aviston, Clinton County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1870 census - recorded as Joseph Seagrave, 39, born in NC, physician; Emma Seagrave, 30, born in KY, housekeeper; Rosa Seagrave, 6, born in TN; Sally Seagraves, , born in April in IL; James McAllelly, 42, born in IL, merchant. - 1870 - Hull Township, Clinton County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - fifth named child born: Ida Lillian Seagraves. - 3 February1873 - Missouri Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - sixth child born: John Oliver Seagraves. - 10 Sep 1875 - Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - A large and fine tobacco barn, the property of Dr. Seagraves, at Bald Knob, was burned to the ground some 10 days since. - Sep 1876 - Bald Knob, Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployment - John was appointed first Postmaster of Rector. - 19 Apr 1877 - Rector, Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - seventh named child born: Ora Ethel Seagraves. - 21 Jan 1878 - Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 census - recorded as John Seegraves, 48, born in NC, both parents born in NC, physician; Marga, wife, 41, born in TN, father born in KY, mother born in TN, keeping house; Clara, daughter, 16, born in IL, father born in North Carolina, mother born in TN; Liddie, daughter, 10, born in MO, father born in NC, mother born in TN; Ida, daughter, 7, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN; John, son, 4, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN; Ethell, daughter, 2, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN; Cora, daughter, 4/12, born in AR, father born in NC, mother born in TN. - 1880 - Oak Bluff Township, Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal actions - Dr. John Seagraves appeared before the Clerk of the Clay Co. Court and swore that he was a resident of Rector, Clay Co., Arkansas: - 31 May 1880 - Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - Marja A. (Atkerson) Seagraves died at home at age 55. - 25 Oct 1893 - Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #2 - John married Ella D'Aumall. - 11 Nov 1895 - Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Nov 1895 - Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1900 census - recorded as John H. Seegraves, 67, born in August 1832 in NC, father born in VA, mother born in NC, married 4 years, physician; Ella D., wife, 51, born in May 1841 in KY, father born in VA, mother born in KY, married 4 years, mother of 0 children; Lydia Vance, daughter, 30, born in March 1870 in IL, father born in NC, mother born in TN, married 10 years, mother of 1 child with 1 still living; Ora L. Vance, 8, born in March 1892 in AR, father born in TN, mother born in IL. - 1900 - Oak Bluff Township, Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal actions - Dr. John represented to a Probate Judge of Clay Co., Arkansas that his wife, Ella Seegraves "is insane and ought to be placed in the State Lunatic Asylum for care and treatment as her being at large is dangerous to herself and community." The Judge ordered two physicians to make examinations and report by September 8th, 1902. - 26 Aug 1902 - Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - John died at age 77 of rheumatism at his home in Mayfield, Kentucky. - 17 Oct 1909 - Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Oct 1909 - Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Seegraves Cemetery, Rector, Clay County, Arkansas, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, (Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1889).

    2. [S498] Macon County Tennessee Chancery Court Trial Docket, 1854-1891, (on Microfilm in Macon County Library).

    3. [S47] Rector, Clay County, Arkansas Library, Seegraves folder notes, copied by Louanne Seagraves Love.

    4. [S40] U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, (Ancestry.com).

    5. [S555] An article in the Arkansas Gazette of September 1876 .

    6. [S556] Bureau of Pensions questionnaire dated 5 May 1898.

    7. [S557] Rector, Clay County, Arkansas, "The Daily Soliphone" .

    8. [S1] FindAGrave.com (FAG).