The Seagraves Family

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Sarah Seagraves[1, 2, 3]

Female Abt 1826 -

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  • Name Sarah Seagraves 
    • The only confirmation (?) that Sarah actually existed is in the brief biography of Gilbert's family by his son, John Henderson Seagraves, in "The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeastern Arkansas" by the Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889. The article is a piece about Dr. John Henderson himself, but describes his father's family and describes the "nine" children of Gilbert and Sarah Wilson as: Louis, William, Maxwell, Samuel T., Henry, Gilbra, Sarah, Martha, and John H.
      The actual birth order of the children is slightly different that his list and no other confirming records have been found for the child listed as "Gilbra" or for Sarah or Martha. The 1830 census for Gilbert shows:
      3 males under 5, 5 males 5-9 years old, 1 male 10-14 years old, and 1 30-39 years old/ 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-9 years old, 1 female 10-14 years old, 1 female 20-29 years old, and 1 female 30-39.
      Logically, the male and female in their 30s would be Gilbert and Sarah. The female in her 20s would not be a child so must be a young relative or servant. Since the number of children does not match Gilbert's known family (he and Sarah would have had 4 boys in 1830- William, age 13, Lewis L., age 10, Maxwell C., age 7, and Samuel Tilman, age 5; and possibly 2 girls. So, the other 5 boys might along with one of the girls have been children of the unidentified woman in her 20s.
      The two girls could have been Sarah and Martha but there would be no way to determine which was which. The 1840 census does not list any female children in Gilbert's household, so presumably both Sarah and Martha were elsewhere (married, working out of the home?). Assuming that Martha was the older girl (10-14 in 1830, born between 1816 and 1820), I have made her born in 1818. If Sarah is the younger (under 5 in 1830, born between 1826 and 1830) I made her born in 1826.
      No facts, just speculation. [4]
    • 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 1826  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sarah, if she existed, was possibly born in Surry County, North Carolina.
    Gender Female 
    1830 census 1830  Surry County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a female child age 0 to 4 years was recorded in the Gilbert Seagreavs family, who might have been Sarah. 
    Person ID I98  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 16 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.
    • 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

    Last Modified 23 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1826 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1830 census - a female child age 0 to 4 years was recorded in the Gilbert Seagreavs family, who might have been Sarah. - 1830 - Surry County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [1850 CENSUS] South Division, Surry Co., North Carolina.
      Sarah Seagraves, 16, NC, dau of Gilbert and Sarah Seagraves.

    2. [1860 CENSUS] Ashe County, North Carolina.
      Sarah Denny,24, NC; wife of Solomon Denny, 44, NC, farmer; Synthia Denny, dau, 18, NC; Elizebeth Denny, dau, 12, NC; Joseph Denny, son, 12, NC; Eli Denny, son, 5, NC; Jesse Denny, son, 2, NC.
      This Sarah Denny may or may not be the daughter of Gilbert.

    3. [1870 CENSUS] Ashe County, North Carolina.
      Sarah Denny, 36, NC, wife of Solomon Denny, 51, NC, farmer; Elizabeth Denny, dau, 20, NC; Josiah Denny, son, 18, NC; Eli Denny, son, 14, NC; Jesse Denny, son, 11, NC; Lynda Denny, dau, 5, NC; Solomon Denny, son, 1, NC.

    4. [S35] Biographical & Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas, (Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1889).