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George Seagraves

Male Abt 1735 -

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  • Name George Seagraves 
    • Faye (Sampson) Seagraves of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho wrote two books about her family and her husband, John Kootenai Seagraves', family. Bothe were titled "Genealogy of Seagraves, Sampson and Kindred Lines". The first volume was privately printed in 1969 and the second, noted as "Second Edition" on the cover is dated 1983.
      Both are serious efforts to document the ancestry of both sides of her family. John Kootenai Seagraves clearly descended from the New Jersey/Pennsylvania branch of the early families, but as most researchers know the muddled records from the 18th century make that a confusing period genealogically. Faye researched the sources available and found many early documents, but did her research long before internet access and had to make assumptions.
      She relied heavily on "The Genealogy of the Seagrave Family, 1725-1881" by Daniel W. Seagrave of Massachusetts and on "The Segrave Family, 1066-1935" by Charles W. Segrave of London, England, both substantial sources for the branches covered. However, Faye thought she could see connections that are not now in evidence.
      Without attempting to show each incorrect item, here are some examples: "The family of Seagraves has an honored ancestry and their history may be traced back to England A. D. 519." is her first line of introduction. That is a direct quote from "The Genealogy of the Seagrave Family, 1725-1881" and not supported therein or by other sources. She goes on to conflate the Massachusetts settlers with the New Jersey family based on a clear supposition by Daniel Seagrave that the lines were originally connected.
      She does refer to this George Seagrave who settled in New York as the ancestor of the New Jersey branch. [1, 2, 3]
    Born Abt 1735  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "A school teacher who came from England to America early in the Eighteenth century and straightaway began to teach school in [New] York State." Quoted from the "History of Warren County, New Jersey".
      The assumed birth year ]1725] for this George is based entirely on the above statement and the assumption that the events attached to his life which range from 1774 to 1784 would fit a man born in the 1720s.
      There are no records to show who George's children were and Faye was not clear as to who they were either. she calls the English immigrant George generation #1 and names 4 other Seagraves men found in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the 18th century as sons of George #1: George, James, Thomas, and Henry. The son, George, is shown as born in 1732; James, born 1774; Thomas, no known birth date, but supposedly had a child (Peter) in 1798; and Henry, died 1818.
      It seems to me that the son, George #2, born 1732, died 1812 (no source for those dates was offered) is more likely to have been the George from England, but if George #2 was born to an English settler in 1732 who had arrived in America recently, The George #1-George #2 relationship would make some sense.
      Without further proof, I will not attach James, Thomas and Henry to George #1; instead I will include them in a 3rd generation as sons of George #2. [2, 4, 5]
    Gender Male 
    Tax List Sep 1774  Greenwich Township, Sussex County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    George Segraves on the list of Ratables as Head of Household in Greenwich Township, Sussex County, NJ. 
    Military Service 1776-1778  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    G. Seagroove was on a list of New York Loyalists. 
    Probate- Witness to Will 17 Jun 1784  Greenwich Township, Sussex County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    George Segrave listed as a witness to the will of Phillip Cline.
    [this entry may also apply to his son, George, born about 1765] 
    Person ID I6476  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2017 

    +1. George Seagraves,   b. 1732, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F434  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1735 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - G. Seagroove was on a list of New York Loyalists. - 1776-1778 - New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Genealogy of the Seagrave Family with Supplement, Daniel Seagrave, (Tyler & Seagrave, Worcester, MA 1881).

    2. [S729] Genealogy of Seagraves and Sampson Families and Kindred Lines, Faye S. Seagraves, (self, 1969).

    3. [S854] Segrave Family, The, 1066-1935, Charles W. Segrave, (Novello & Co., London, 1936).

    4. [S717] Warren County, New Jersey, History of , James P. Snell, (Genealogy Researchers, 1981).

    5. [S1047] Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, John W. Jordan; Edgar M. Green; and George T. Ettinger, (Lewis Publishing Co., NY/Chicago 1905).

    6. [S1044] Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol 40, #3, page 96.

    7. [S1043] Orderly Book of 3 Battalions of Loyalists commanded by Brig. General Oliver de Lancy, 1776-1778, Wm. Kelby, New York, 1917.

    8. [S630] Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New Jersey, Vol 35.