The Seagraves Family

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Maxie Dell  Seagraves

Maxie Dell Seagraves[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male 1918 - 2011  (92 years)

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  • Name Maxie Dell 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 6 Aug 1918  Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Enlistment 20 Mar 1942  Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Maxie enlisted in US Army at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. 
    WWII Service 1943  Europe Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    He was twice awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds in WW II in Europe with the 1st Division. 
    Died 11 Feb 2011  Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • at 5:00 am Maxie died at age 92 at the Palace Care & Rehabilitation Facility in Red Boiling Springs. Macon County, Tennessee.
    • Maxie Seagraves Macon County Patriot
      by Linda Worsham © maconcountytimes.com 2007
      07.02.07 - 12:00 am


      A quiet man, with a quick wit and smiling bright blue eyes, Maxie Dell (Mack) Seagraves is a decorated World War II veteran who will turn 89 on August 6. He's a Macon County
      native and the husband of Mae C. (Tuck) Seagraves; but Maxie Seagraves recently learned he is also a direct descendant of Revolutionary War patriot William T. Gaulden (1752-1841.

      Maxie Seagraves is the youngest, and last surviving, of eight children born to John Wesley "Luther" Seagraves and Mary Ann Simmons, according to Maxie's niece, and Seagraves family historian, Luanne Seagraves Love.
      Like so many veterans of his generation, Maxie was never one to talk about his war experiences that lasted three and a half years.
      As a member of the army's 1st Infantry Division, Seagraves served during World WarII from Marc4 20, 1942 until September 19, 1945. The first to land in England, and the first to land on the Normandy beaches for the D-Day invasion, Seagraves and the fighting 1st Infantry Division (nicknamed "The Big Red One" for the division's left shoulder patch depicting a red number one) were also the first on the fronts of Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes.
      Seagraves was awarded Bronze Stars for participation in major battles, as well as a theatre ribbon, good conduct medal, Bronze Arrowhead, and Purple Hearts for injuries he sustained in Algeria in 1942 and Belgium in 1944.
      Maxie received his draft notice just two and a half months after marrying Mae C. Tuck.
      "He never even got a furlough. After three months, he was gone for over three years," Mae C recalled.
      "It was hard; and during that time I got two telegrams telling me he was wounded," she continued.
      Mae C. Seagraves recalls the time she was frantic with worry when three months passed without a letter from her young soldier husband.
      ~ "We were living up on College Street then. I told Mother I was going to the post office and if there wasn't anything there, I was going to the Red Cross to see if they know anything," Mae C explained. The young bride never made that trip to the Red Cross because she discovered
      the post office was holding a bundle of letters from Maxie.
      "They had the awfullest stack of letters you ever saw; they had been holding them back because they said they didn't know where I was living," Mae C. recalled, shaking her head, the memory of those anxious months of waiting to
      hear from Maxie still crystal clear.
      If the neighbors happened to glance out the window Sunday June 24 this year, they may have done a double take and wondered what was going on, when a tall gentleman wearing a full dress Revolutionary War uniform strode up to the
      Seagraves front door; but Maxie and his family members were expecting the visitor.
      Charles Henri de Leusomme, President of the Tennessee State Sons of the American Revolution was there to deliver a framed certificate proclaiming Maxie Dell Seagraves a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
      Maxie Seagraves holds the distinction of being the oldest member of the SAR, and William Thomas de Leusomme, 4, the youngest SAR member, accompanied his grandfather Charles Henri for the Seagraves presentation.
      SAR membership requires genealogical proof of family lineage, and researching and validating ancestry can be a daunting task, but Maxie's niece Louanne Seagraves Love was up for the challenge of researching her family's history.
      An attorney, now living in Dunedin Florida, Louanne began researching the Seagraves family genealogy last year after her father died.
      Born in Lafayette, the daughter of Ray Wilson Seagraves and his wife Lola, but living in Florida, Louanne didn't have easy access to Macon County records, but she credits cousins Bobbi Hauskins and Della Gunter for helping with the search.
      "Most importantly, Maxie's wife Mae C, a self-proclaimed 'packrat', provided her priceless collection of photos, newspaper clippings, and the family Bible,"
      Louanne explained.
      Louanne reports her research revealed at least four, and probably more, Revolutionary War Patriots in the Seagraves and Gaulden family trees, in addition to William T. Gaulden; but proving the bloodlines over a 250 year
      period to the satisfaction of the DAR and SAR genealogists can be difficult, especially with the destruction of so many early records in the Macon County Courthouse fires.
      Louanne's research revealed Maxie Seagraves as the oldest living descendant of several early Macon County families including Atkerson, Clyburn, Cosby, Gaulden, Hargis, Haley, Seagraves, and Simmons.
      William T. Gaulden Jr., son of the Revolutionary War Patriot William T. Gaulden, moved with his wife Isabella and eight children to this area from Virginia in 1831.
      "The Gauldens owned the land commonly known as Gaulden Hollow, which extends from Union Camp Road, down to Ferguson Hill Road until Isabella's
      death in the 1880s," Louanne explained.
      The first Seagraves family reportedly came to Macon County from North Carolina, in 1841.
      "Gilbra Seagraves and his six sons were brick masons, and court records show they were paid to clear the land on which the town square was built," the enthusiastic family historian continued.
      References to several members of the Seagraves family marrying members of the Gaulden family can be found in the "Macon County, Tennessee, History and Families" compiled by the Historical Society, and published in 2001 by Turner Publishing Company.
      William T. Gaulden reportedly served four times in the Revolutionary War and survived being shot in the head, with the ball exiting the end of his nose, according to his pension records.
      After the war, Gaulden returned to Virginia and fathered at least eight children. The youngest two of Gaulden's children were born after he married his second
      wife, a woman reported to be in her twenties, when he was 85.
      Maxie Seagraves is of hardy stock and a stroke in 1994 only slowed him down a little. He is sharp witted and stays active with his riding lawnmower and puttering
      in the garage.
      --
      In addition to Revolutionary War patrons, Louanne Seagraves Love discovered several War of 1812 veterans in the Seagraves family history and she plans to continue climbing the family tree in search of more distinguished ancestors.
    Buried Haysville Cemetery, Haysville, Macon County, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I454  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2017 

    Father John Wesley Seagraves,   b. 5 Nov 1878, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1953, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary Ann Simmons,   b. 18 Nov 1884, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1959  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 4 Jan 1900  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F131  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mae C. Tuck,   b. 22 Jul 1922, Dixon Spring, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 2009, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1941  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F167  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Aug 1918 - Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1941 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWWII Service - He was twice awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds in WW II in Europe with the 1st Division. - 1943 - Europe Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Feb 2011 - Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Haysville Cemetery, Haysville, Macon County, Tennessee, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Maxie Dell “Mack” Seagraves 1918-2011
    Maxie Dell “Mack” Seagraves 1918-2011

  • Sources 
    1. [1920 CENSUS ] Lafayette, Macon County, Tennessee .
      recorded as Macie, 1 6/12, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, son of Ruther and Mary Seagraves.

    2. [1930 CENSUS ] District #1, Macon County, Tennessee .
      recorded as Maxie, 11, born in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, son of Luther and Mary Segraves.

    3. [1940 CENSUS ] Sumner County, Tennessee .
      recorded as Morie Segraves, 21, born in Tennessee, son of Luther Segraves, 61, born in Tennessee, farmer and Mary Segraves, 57, born in Tennessee.

    4. [S1] FindAGrave.com.

    5. [S39] Parker-Gaulden-Seagraves Family Tree, Louanne Seagraves Love, (Ancestry.com).

    6. [S69] Personal History of Ray Wilson Seagraves, Ray Wilson Seagraves.

    7. [S55] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, (Ancestry.com).

    8. [S77] Maxie Seagraves, Macon County Patriot, 2 July 2007 , (Macon County Times ).