The Seagraves Family

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William Seagraves[1]

Male 1817 - 1851  (34 years)


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  • Name William 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 1817  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Since William's father, Gilbert, is described on Wake Co., NC court papers in 1821 as being a "resident of Anson Co.", I have presumed that Gilberts wife, Sarah, and their children were living in Anson Co. and that William had been born there.
    Gender Male 
    Child born About 1837  Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    first named child born: Ellen Seagraves. 
    Marriage #1 About 1837  Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Seagraves married a Sarah LNU. 
    Migration Abt 1837  Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William is believed to have moved from North Carolina to parts of then Smith County, TN that would become Macon County, Tennessee. 
    Church events Jun 1837  Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William and Sarah Seagraves are mentioned as members of the Lower Salt Lick Christian Church in Macon County, Tennessee. The Lower Salt Lick Church is distinguished from the Upper Church by being down the valley closer to the town of Red Boiling Springs. This entry in the church records implies that William and Sarah were existing members of the church as it was being reconstituted. 
    Child born Oct 1838  Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    second named child born: James Anderson Seagraves. 
    Child born 12 Mar 1843  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    third named child born: Maxwell Lewis Seagraves. 
    Child born About 1846  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    fourth named child born: Amanda Lucretia Seagraves. 
    Property Event 17 May 1849  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William made a mortgage on a tract of land of about 10 acres adjoining land of his two brothers: Lewis L. and Maxwell C. Seagraves. 
    1850 census 1850  Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as William Seegraves, 33, born in NC, brick-mason, with Sarah Seegraves, 35, born in TN; Ellen Seegraves, 13, born in TN; James Seegraves, 12, born in TN; Maxwell Seegraves, 7, born in TN; and Amanda Seegraves, 4, born in TN. 
    Death notices Jan 1851 
    William Seagraves died at age 33 probably in Macon County, Tennessee. 
    • The death date is based on a court record filed in Macon Co. on 7 February 1851 against the family of William Seegraves, for the mortgage made with his brothers in 1849, that states that William is deceased. William was alive on 15 October 1850 when the census was taken and he is not on the 1850 Mortality Schedule for Macon Co., which suggests that his death occurred after December 1850 and before February 1851.
    Died Jan 1851  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1860 census 1860  Giles County, Northern Subdivision, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William's widow, Sarah is recorded as Sallie F. Dundivant, 44, born in TN, wife of Wm J. Dundivant, 39, born in VA; Robert Dundivant, 14, born in Tennessee; Benj'm F. Dundivant, 13, born in TN; Wm Dundivant, 10, born in TN; Mc Seagraves, 16, male, boarder, born in TN; Amand Seagraves, 13, female, boarder, born in TN. 
    • [The last two children are clearly Maxwell Lewis Seagraves and his sister, Amanda Lucretia, children of William and Sarah. Sarah must have left Macon County after the death of William and married William Dundivant in Giles County during the 1850s.]
    Person ID I72  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 4 May 2017 

    Father 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) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah Wilson,   b. Abt 1796, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1885, Clay County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    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
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah LNU,   b. Abt 1815, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1836  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Ellen Seagraves,   b. Abt 1837, Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +2. James Anderson Seagraves,   b. Oct 1838, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1904, Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    +3. Maxwell Lewis Seagraves,   b. 12 Mar 1843, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1907, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. Amanda Lucretia Seagraves,   b. Abt 1846, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1895, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1817 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1836 - Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - first named child born: Ellen Seagraves. - About 1837 - Smith County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #1 - William Seagraves married a Sarah LNU. - About 1837 - Smith County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMigration - William is believed to have moved from North Carolina to parts of then Smith County, TN that would become Macon County, Tennessee. - Abt 1837 - Smith County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch events - William and Sarah Seagraves are mentioned as members of the Lower Salt Lick Christian Church in Macon County, Tennessee. The Lower Salt Lick Church is distinguished from the Upper Church by being down the valley closer to the town of Red Boiling Springs. This entry in the church records implies that William and Sarah were existing members of the church as it was being reconstituted. - Jun 1837 - Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - second named child born: James Anderson Seagraves. - Oct 1838 - Smith County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - third named child born: Maxwell Lewis Seagraves. - 12 Mar 1843 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - fourth named child born: Amanda Lucretia Seagraves. - About 1846 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProperty Event - William made a mortgage on a tract of land of about 10 acres adjoining land of his two brothers: Lewis L. and Maxwell C. Seagraves. - 17 May 1849 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1850 census - recorded as William Seegraves, 33, born in NC, brick-mason, with Sarah Seegraves, 35, born in TN; Ellen Seegraves, 13, born in TN; James Seegraves, 12, born in TN; Maxwell Seegraves, 7, born in TN; and Amanda Seegraves, 4, born in TN. - 1850 - Macon County, District #1, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jan 1851 - Macon County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1860 census - William's widow, Sarah is recorded as Sallie F. Dundivant, 44, born in TN, wife of Wm J. Dundivant, 39, born in VA; Robert Dundivant, 14, born in Tennessee; Benj'm F. Dundivant, 13, born in TN; Wm Dundivant, 10, born in TN; Mc Seagraves, 16, male, boarder, born in TN; Amand Seagraves, 13, female, boarder, born in TN. - 1860 - Giles County, Northern Subdivision, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [1850 CENSUS] Dist #1, Macon County, Tennessee.
      William Seegraves, 33, NC, brick-mason: Sarah, wife, 35, TN; Ellen, dau, 13, TN; James, son, 12, TN; Maxwell, son, 7, TN; Amanda, dau, 4, TN.

    2. [S409] 1850 census for Macon County, Tennessee.