The Seagraves Family

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Sarah Wilson

Female Abt 1796 - 1885  (~ 89 years)


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  • Name Sarah Wilson 
    Born Abt 1796  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sarah was possibly born in Anson County, North Carolina.
    • Birth date notes:
      A specific date is often from a gravestone shown on Findagrave.com. Typically, those dates are accurate, but not always.
      A year shown as "abt" is often based on a census record showing the age of the person with no other confirming source. Generally those years are within one or two of the actual date, but not always.
      A year shown as "est" is given when no source has been found to estimate the precise date of birth, so I have tried to find any other date from which a birth year can be estimated. In many cases, a child is estimated to be born 20 years after the birth of the youngest known parent, or for females, 3 years after the birth of their spouse and for males 3 years after the birth of their spouse, or if a child is known, then 20 years before the birth of that child.
    Gender Female 
    Died 31 Dec 1885  Clay County, Arkansas 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 
    Person ID I58  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2017 

    Family 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) 
    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
    Children 
    +1. William Seagraves,   b. 1817, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1851, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)  [Birth]
     2. Martha Seagraves,   b. maybe Abt 1818, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +3. Lewis L. Seagraves,   b. 10 Dec 1819, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1901, Era, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [Birth]
     4. Gilbert Seagraves, Jr.,   b. Abt 1822, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Maxwell C. Seagraves,   b. Abt 1823, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1867, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
    +6. Henry Seagraves,   b. Abt 1830, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1881, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     7. Sarah Seagraves,   b. Abt 1826, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +8. Samuel Tilman Seagraves,   b. Abt 1825, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. John Henderson Seagraves,   b. 1 Aug 1832, Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1909, Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1796 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Dec 1885 - Clay County, Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Seegraves Cemetery, Rector, Clay County, Arkansas, United States Link to Google Earth
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