The Seagraves Family

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Thomas Seagraves

Male Abt 1782 - 1814  (~ 32 years)


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  • Name Thomas 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 Abt 1782  Botetourt County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • based on information contained in his US Army enlistment papers. Those papers and a later pension claim by his mother, indicate that Thomas was a son of Samuel and Mary Seagraves who had lived in Botetourt Co. and moved to Warren Co., Kentucky about 1805.
    Gender Male 
    Marriage #1 Abt 1810  Warren County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Thomas married Sarah "Sallie" Richards in the part of Warren County, Kentucky that later became Allen County in 1815. Sallie had been born about 1784.  
    Migration Abt 1812  Maury County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas and Sallie moved south to Maury County, Tennessee. It is not known whether they moved because a Jacob Seagraves who had moved with his family to Maury County from North Carolina in 1805/6 was somehow related to Thomas and had suggested the idea, or because Thomas wanted to move away from the area of Kentucky where his family lived. 
    Enlistment 20 Apr 1814  Maury County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Thomas enlisted as a private soldier in the 44th US Infantry Regiment in Maury County, Tennessee. 
    Death notices 20 Aug 1814  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    just after midnight, Thomas died along the Alabama River on the march with his unit from Tennessee to New Orleans, LA. From the Journal of Capt. Isaac L. Baker for 19 August 1814: 
    • From the Journal of Capt. Isaac L. Baker for 19 August 1814:
      "Resumed our voyage, halted for the night on the Right Bank of the [Alabama] River a little below old fort Mims. About midnight two of my soldiers Thomas Seagraves & Lewis Crouch died. August 20th arrived at Fort Stoddert about 10 o'clock. The general with many of the officers visited Mount Vernon 3 miles off where a part of the 39th were stationed. They had been very unhealthy. Out of the Regt. 600 strong there was not now half the number for duty."
    Died 20 Aug 1814  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Proved or Recorded 19 Apr 1817  Allen County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Abstract of the will of Samuel Segraves of Allen County, Kentucky: 
    • "Between Thomas Gatton, Administrator of the will...of Samuel Segraves, deceased, and Drury Burton, Sr. of the county of Allen and state of Kentucky said Samuel Segraves dec'd by his last will and testament...did devise to his son Thomas Segraves 75 acres...condition that if son Thomas should depart this life without lawful heirs...the land should be sold at public auction...proceeds...equally divided among all his daughters...said Drury Burton was the highest bidder for $160...Signed Thomas Gatton, admir.,"
    Pension Claim 5 Jun 1826  Allen County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Pension Document # 25883 submitted by Mary Segraves and heirs of Thomas Segraves, filed in Allen County, Kentucky: 
    • "Mary Segraves, mother and the other heirs at law of Thomas Segraves, dec. having deposited in the General Land-office a Warrant in 25.883 favor numbered 25.883 there is granted unto the said Mary Segraves, mother and the other heirs at law of Thomas Segraves, dec., late a private in Baker's Co. of the 44th Reg of Inf and to their Heirs a certain Tract of Land containing 160 acres being the SE of Section 22 of Township One South in Range One East in the Tract appropriated by the Acs. For Military Bounties in the Territory of Arkansas: To have to hold the said Quarter of Land, unto the said Mary Segraves, mother and the other heirs at law of Thomas Segraves and to their heirs and assigns forever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants."
    Pension Claim 9 Mar 1859  Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On this day appeared before the county court of Davidson County State of Tennessee, Sally Rigsby, a resident of said County & State aged about 77 years who being first sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of provision made by the law of the United States passed 3rd of February 1853:  

    • "that she is the widow of Thomas Seagraves who was a Private in the Company commanded by Isaac L. Baker in the 44th Regiment of Regulars, she is not certain that her memory is correct as to the number of the regiment, but believes it was the 44th; she was married to the said Thomas Seagraves on the day of in the year 1810; that her husband the said Thomas Seagraves died while in the service of the United States in consequence of sickness contracted in said service that he died as she was informed at or near Fort St. John but the date of his death she does not remember; that she afterwards remained a widow for about twelve years when she married Daniel Rigsby; that the said Daniel Rigsby departed this life on or about the 24th of July 1833 and that she has remained a widow since that time & is now a widow as will more fully appear from proofs hereto annexed.
      She further states that she was married to the said Thomas Segraves in what is now Allen County Kentucky, but that she is informed several changes have taken place in the organization of that part of Kentucky, that her attorney as he informed her, has attempted to procure the record of her said marriage but has not been able to do so, and that she has no means of proving said marriage except by witness that she lived with her said husband & was recognized in the community as his wife- the persons who were present at said marriage being either all dead or their residences being unknown to her- she refers to the proof heretofore made & filed by her-"
      Sally (X) Rigsby

      Affidavits attached:
      Mrs. Elizabeth Tarkington of Hickman County, Tennessee stated that "they (Sally & Thomas) lived together at my father's house & the present Sally Rigsby is the same Mrs. Segraves...she understands that they (Sally & Thomas) married in Kentucky and her maiden name was Richards."

      G. M. Johnson of Hickman County, Tennessee (no relation) stated that "Mrs. Sally Rigsby's first husband was named Thomas Segraves...they were married in the state of Kentucky...he (Thomas) died on his way back home...G. M. Johnson was boarded out to live with Sally Rigsby's brother and Sally's first husband, Thomas Segraves, came there and I became acquainted with them."
    Person ID I651  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2017 

    Father Samuel Seagraves,   b. Abt 1743,   d. Bef April 1817, Allen County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary LNU 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Bef 1770  [5
    • That is based on Mary being named in the 1804 sale of 400 acres in Botetourt Co., VA and the estimated birth year of his son, Jonathan about 1770. The only known source for the children of Samuel are notes from Sharon Tabor except that there are recorded marriages for a John Seagraves and Polly Burch and a Rhoda Seagraves and William Brown in 1808 and 1805, respectively, in Warren Co., Kentucky, but nothing except Sharon's interpretation of deeds in the Allen Co. [formed in 1815 from part of Warren Co.], Kentucky courthouse "provide hints" [her words] that Samuel had the children named. Only the Thomas mentioned in one deed as the deceased son of Samuel is considered likely enough to include. The Mary married in Botetourt Co., VA in 1792 is also a very likely a child of Samuel.
    • Samuel & Mary probably married in Virginia.
    Family ID F214  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Richards,   b. Abt 1784, Warren County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1810  Warren County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • that part of Warren County, Kentucky that later became Allen County in 1815.
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F245  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1782 - Botetourt County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #1 - Thomas married Sarah "Sallie" Richards in the part of Warren County, Kentucky that later became Allen County in 1815. Sallie had been born about 1784. - Abt 1810 - Warren County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1810 - Warren County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration - Thomas and Sallie moved south to Maury County, Tennessee. It is not known whether they moved because a Jacob Seagraves who had moved with his family to Maury County from North Carolina in 1805/6 was somehow related to Thomas and had suggested the idea, or because Thomas wanted to move away from the area of Kentucky where his family lived. - Abt 1812 - Maury County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEnlistment - Thomas enlisted as a private soldier in the 44th US Infantry Regiment in Maury County, Tennessee. - 20 Apr 1814 - Maury County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - just after midnight, Thomas died along the Alabama River on the march with his unit from Tennessee to New Orleans, LA. From the Journal of Capt. Isaac L. Baker for 19 August 1814: - 20 Aug 1814 - Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Aug 1814 - Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill Proved or Recorded - Abstract of the will of Samuel Segraves of Allen County, Kentucky: - 19 Apr 1817 - Allen County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPension Claim - Pension Document # 25883 submitted by Mary Segraves and heirs of Thomas Segraves, filed in Allen County, Kentucky: - 5 Jun 1826 - Allen County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPension Claim - On this day appeared before the county court of Davidson County State of Tennessee, Sally Rigsby, a resident of said County & State aged about 77 years who being first sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of provision made by the law of the United States passed 3rd of February 1853: - 9 Mar 1859 - Davidson County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S236] Register of Enlistments in the US Army, 1798-1914.

    2. [S237] War of 1812 widow's pension application file # 11149 , initiated 30 June 1859 in Davidson County, Tennessee, Claim # 1986 of Sally Richards Seagraves Rigsby of Nashville, Tennessee (formerly of Allen County, KY, Maury County, TN, & Hickman County, TN).

    3. [S165] Allen County, Kentucky Deed Book B, 1818-1819 Abstracts, page 158 copied by Sharon Tabor, 2002.

    4. [S239] Southwestern Historical Quarterly Online, Vol 30, #4.

    5. [S157] From notes provided by Sharon Tabor of Allen County, Kentucky.