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Adam Seagrave[1]

Male Abt 1660 - 1723  (~ 63 years)

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  • Name Adam Seagrave 
    • The surname presented for this person as with each other in this study is based on the dominant spelling found in the various records researched, but primarily on the name carved on the person's gravestone. EXCEPT for the common variations of the Seagraves family name of which there are over 20, such as Segraves, Seagreaves, Seagroves, etc. For clarity and ease of analysis all those variations have been given the Seagraves name. Certain variations are used so consistently within a family that they have been retained in this analysis, specifically, SAGRAVES and SEAGRAVE. The Seagraves version is the most common found (about 39%) of all on the 1940 census. A discussion of the name spelling variations can be found on the Home Page of this website.
    Born Abt 1660 
    • It is likely that Adam was born between 1650 and 1670, possibly in Virginia or North Carolina, but just as possibly in England or Ireland, the two most common European origins for members of the Seagraves family. His date of birth is estimated at 1660 based on the fact that his will was proved in court in 1723. If he lived a full lifespan for those times of 50 to 60 years then he could have been born from 1653 to 1663. Given his death in Colonial America and he could easily have been born in America since there were thousands of colonists in North Carolina by the mid-1600s or he could have been an immigrant from either England or Ireland. Given his possible birth date in 1660, he could be related in some way to the other Segrave in that part of the Americas of his same generation: Francis Segrave, Sr. of Isle of Wight County, Virginia and Chowan County, North Carolina. Adam referred to himself as a "weaver" in his will and Francis, Sr. was described as a "merchant tailor", two similar occupations.
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Oct 1723  Currituck Precinct, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 7 Oct 1723 the will of Adam Seagrave was proved in court in Currituck Precinct, North Carolina. Legatees were: John Smith (Executor) Hezekiah Woodhouse, Maleqoe Winter, and Samson Woodhouse. Witnesses were: Henry Woodhouse, Thomas Larry, and John Stone.
    • Will of Adam Seagrave:
      Oct. 27, 1723; Jan. 14, 1723/4
      Secretary of State Original Wills, NC 1663-1789

      In the name of god amen I Adam Seagrave weaver of North Carolina in the precinct of Corrotuck being very sick and week in body but of perfect mind and memrey thanks be to god for the same Calling to mind the imortallity of my body and knowing it is ordained for all men once to die I give my soule into the hands of god how give it me nothing doughting but all the general Resection but I shall Receive the same again by his infinite goodness and mercy Likewise my body to be buried in a Christane Like Desent maner as for this wourdely goods whare of it hath pleased god to bless me with all I give and Despose in the follering manner
      Item I give and bequeave to my well beloved friend John Smith free negrow whome I consecute and apoynt my onely and solelie Excetor of this my Last Will and testement my plantation whereon I live and all my house in goods cow sowes and one Barrow one Red Cowe and Calef one red and whit Stear and one black pide bull and one hores.
      Item I give and bequeave to Samson Woodhouse one Black cowe and Calef
      Item I give and bequeave to Hezekiah Woodhous one Black heffer
      Item I give and bequeave to Maleqoe Winter one grae Corse vest and one Cuntry Cloth vest.
      I doe heareby consecute make and ordain John Smith my onley and soley Execetor of this my Last will and testement I doe heare by utterly Desanule Revoke and Deslowe all former wills and Legasies oneing this and noe othere to be my Last will and testment as witness my hand twenty
      seaven Day of october 1723

      Adam Seagrave

      Sined Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us
      Henry Woodhouse
      Thomas Larry
      John Stone

      Last will of Adam Seagrave JanĀ?y 1723/4
      North Carolina Pro.
      Corotuck Prsct.
      This will was Proved in open Court ye 14th Day of JanĀ?y Anno Dom 1723/4 By the Oaths of Mr. Henry Woodhouse and Thomas Lerry.
      Test Jos. Wicker Clk. Court
    • Adam Seagrave left no known descendants.
    Person ID I615  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2017 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Oct 1723 - Currituck Precinct, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
      1718 Adam Seagrave is listed on the Albemarle Precinct, North Carolina Tax List with a levy of 15 shillings showing 0 acres of land and 0 land tax.