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TopEKA, Kansas: 

Crane & Company, 


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Copyright 1906, by O. A. Seaton. 


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JAN 18 1908 



To all of the writer* s relatives^ 



Aia mattir of pltatnrt and duty, with tlu hopi that some om of thtm will continue 
the ittbjeet as exiiting conditious require ; that no one of them will ever com- 
mit an act that might cause a blush of shame on the face of any 
member of the family, or that he and they would not will- 
ingly see published with their names by future 
writers of the family history. 


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The work of preparing this book has been done almost entirely 
in the idle moments, rainy days, and other odd spells of a busy 
man's working hours in his grain office, when there was no other 
regular work unperformed. 

The typewriter stood on its desk, capable, ready and convenient, 
and was made use of as opportunity offered; the work being 
dropped, even in the middle of a word, to wait upon a present, 
prospective customer, and not approached again sometimes for 
days at a time when business was flourishing. 

This work has been the fad or pastime of the writer, for all 
ambitious business men mxist have some relaxation from their 
regular work and worry. It has also been a work of love in which 
this Scripture injunction has been heeded: 

"Remember the days of old, consider the years of many genera- 
tions; ask thy father and he will shew thee ; thy elders and they 
will tell thee." — Deuteronomy xxxii. 7. 

It might have been pardonable had we spelled the name of 
each member of the family S-e-a-t-o-n, but in deference to the 
different writers on the subject and to some members of the differ- 
ent branches of the family, their spelling of the name has been 
retained, except possibly in a moment of preoccupation, when the 
name may have been written mechanically, as it were, from force 
of habit. 

At the request of friends for information as to where we connect 
with the great family whose heroic deeds have been set forth in 


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Archbishop Robert Seton's inimitable work, "An Old Family, 
The Setons of Scotland and America/' the copyright of that book 
has been purchased and enough material has been gleaned from 
that magnificent memorial of a pious, learned, and indefatigable 
man to show the connection. And we take this opportunity to 
recommend the above genealogy as the best in existence without 
regard to cost, and as well worth the price asked, to anyone in- 
terested in the history of our ancient family. 

This book is intended as a continuation of "An Old Family" 
along some lines not brought down to date in the former. There 
are also some added statements from other authorities, in regard 
to some persons whose names appear in the earlier work. 

It is with regret the work must be presented in its present im- 
perfect condition, in many instances resembling the bare skeleton 
of a deciduous tree in springtime before the new-born leaves and 
lovely blossoms have clothed it with living verdure, making it 
" a thing of beauty and a joy forever." But, where the necessary 
facts to make each individual life sketch as complete as desired, 
could not be ascertained from outside sources, and the subject of 
the sketch could not, or would not, render the desired assistance, 
we have been compelled to console ourselves with the old saying 
which declares that "What cannot be cured must be endured." 

It is feared some errors may have crept unnoticed into the state- 
ments made herein, but the best possible efforts have been made 
to prevent anything of the kind happening, and it is hoped that 
anyone finding any such slips of the fingers on the typewriter, or 
misinformation, will kindly advise the writer, so corrections may 
be made before a revision is attempted. And if any possible mis- 
take of the writer's should happen to touch you, dear reader, in a 
tender place, you will please be generous enough to remember 
that errors have appeared in very much more pretentious vol- 

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umes. In this connection be pleased to read what is said in the 
Bible, the greatest and best of all books, as to the sons of Benjamin : 
First Chronicles, vii. 6, 7; then in chapter viii. 1,2; and again in 
Numbers, xxvi. 38, and in Genesis xlvi. 21 ; or where the de- 
scendants of Bela are given, in First Chronicles, vii. 7, and viii. 
3 and 5; and in Numbers xxvi. 40. And still further, kindly 
remember that the writer was not on the spot when each incident 
mentioned is reported to have happened, but has been obliged to 
take some one's word for the fact and the date thereof. Also, 
that the writer of this page makes no pretensions to being the au- 
thor of the book, but compares himself, in this connection, to a 
fisherman who frequently passes his office with a considerable 
string of fish. After much search the fisher finds the proper place 
to cast his hook, baits it the best he knows how, and then strings 
the catch together, just as the several biographies are being strung 
together here. This genealogy is really a book of quotations, 
very little herein being original with us. In the words of the poet, 

"We have gathered posies from other men's flowers, 
And nothing but the string that binds tuem is ours." 

With kindest regards to every one mentioned in the body of the 
work, and all their kith and kin, I remain, as ever and forever, 
your humble servant and well-wisher, 


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Our grateful acknowledgments are due to all who have as- 
sisted in gathering material for this work, and their names are 
many. But especially are we indebted for assistance in tracing 
the earlier generations, to Monsignor Seton's matchless work, 
"An Old Family, The Setons in Scotland and America"; to 
Leonard Seaton, Jr., of Henderson, New York; to John Seaton, 
of Greenup, Kentucky, who in the kindness of his heart has 
turned over to us the gleanings of his father and himself, for a 
period of seventy-five years, in the genealogical field; to "A 
Biographical Sketch of William Winston Seaton," Editor of the 
National Intelligencer of Washington, D. C, and for ten years 
Mayor of that city ; and last, but not least, to Samuel T. Seaton, 
Editor of the Olathe Register ^ of Olathe, Kansas, a lawyer of ex- 
perience, our friend and co-worker, the most enthusiastic and 
successful searcher of recent years in the field of genealogy. 

We have found some one or more of the family mentioned in, 
or assisting with, the following works, or we have made quotations 
from them. No apology is offered for the length of the list; it 
is by no means complete, and would have been much longer if 
more time had been allowed to the search. 

Abbott's Life of Mar>' Queen of Scots, mentioned on pages 39, 84, 85. 

Abilene Chronicle, 340. 

A Biographical Sketch of William Winston Seaton, 96, 106, 107, 109 ,f 113, 

114 118. 
Alan of Winton and the Heiress of Seton, 55, 114, 118. 
Abstracts of Virgmia Land Patents, 103. 
Academia E(;clesiastic, 99. 
Advocates Library of Edinburgh, Scotland, 64. 
A Group of College Stories, 39. 
A Jacobite Family, 90. 

An Old Family 8, 49, 50, 67, 77, 82, 93, 95, 97, 99, 100, 103, 387. 
Antiquities of Edinburgh, 04. 
A Recantation, 37. 

Bible, 7, 9, 35, 39, 44, 108, 115, 313, 375. 

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Birds of Manitoba, 100. 

Blue Laws of Connecticut, 116. 

Bridge's Northamptonshire, 390. 

Brief Notices of Families (Amot's), 390. 

British Museum, 34, 57, 83. 

Brown Book, The, 11, 15. 

Buchanan's History of Scotland, 37, 53, 66. 73, 75, 85, 86, 88, 103. 

Burke's Landed Gentry and Peerage and Baronetage, 45, 387. 

Caledonian, The, 47. 

Camden's Works, 11. 

California Law Reports, 390. 

Cedar Rapids Republican, 139. 

Century Dictionary, 100. 

Century Magazine, 113. 

Chambers's Encyclopaedia, 71, 76, 151. 

Chambers's Family of Gordon, 58. 

Chart of the Descendants of John and Elizabeth Seton, 14. 

Cincinnati Commercial Tribime, 97, 182. 

Clan Ferguson, The, 237. 

Clark's Heraldry, 30. 

Continental Encyclopaedia, 111. 

Courier, The, 339. 

Cram's Atlas, 33. 

Descendants of Comfort Sands, 14. 

Descendants of John Ogden, 14. 

Descendants of Martinus Hoffman, 14. 

Detective, The, 137. 

Dictionary of English Literature, 11. 

Dictionary of National Biography, 36, 387. 

Dignity of Labor, The, 99. 

Doomsday Book, 11. 

Dugdale's Works, 11, 32. 

Eminent Men of Kansas, 216, 319. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 37, 48, 50, 113, 389. 

Family of Seton, The, 93. 

Family of Seyton, The, 37, 38, 71, 72, 76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 390. 

Farmer's History of Amherst, New Hampshire, 241. 

Ferguson's Handbook of Architecture, 151. 

Fitzhugh's Valleys of Virginia, 105. 

Fordun's History, 55. 

Freeman's History of the Goths, 42. 

Freeman's Norman Conquest, 11. 

Froissart's Works, 57. 

Galesbur^ Free Democrat, 339. 

Genealogist's Guide, 11. 

Genealogy by Pierce, 388. 

Genesis of the United States, 104. 

Gibson's Works, 42. 

Gordon's Genealogical History, 58. 

Gravestones, 255, 322. 

Gray Days and Gold (Winter's), 70. 

Gray's Ele^, 243. 

Greek Politics, Utopian and Practical, 364. 

Green Book, The, 11, 15. 

Hatfield's Historical Notes of Doncaster, 390. 

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Hay ward's Hancock, New Hampshire, 236. 

Heitman's Register, 107, 388. 

Herald of Freedom, 339. 

History of the Church of Scotland, 103. 

History of the Clan Ferguson, 237. 

History of the Family of Seton, 93. 

History of the House of Seyton, 50. 

History of Pelham, Mass., 237. 

History of Prairie Townj?hip, 194. 

History of Scotland, 39, 45, 48, 53. 

History of Washington, New Hampshire, 236. 

Hotter's Our Early Emigrant Ancestors, 103. 

Jackson's History St. George's Church, 390. 

Jewell Coimty Republican, 194, 215, 216, 219. 

Kansas City Star, 101. 

Kent's Engineers Pocket Book, 321. 

Knollys' Works, 85. 

Laing's Works, 52. 

Letters and Journal of Mother E. A. Seaton. 99. 

Life of Mother E. A. Seaton, 96, 97. 

Lost Heir of liinlithgow, The, 59. 

Macaulay's Works, 12. 

Maitland's House of Seyton, 46, 47, 48, 50, 53, 57, 64. 69, 70. 71, 74, 102. 

Marion Sentinel, 298. 

Maxwell's Life of Bruce, 49. 

Mechanical Drawing. 321. 

Memoirs of Walter Pringle, 390. 

Menzie's HLstory, 103. 

Metcalf's Visitations of Northamptonshire, 390. 

Metropolitan Magazine (1904), 85. 

Monastery, The, 35. 

National InteUigencer, 105, 111, 113, 128, 276. 

National Magazine, 390. 

Nesbit's Heraldry, 68. 

New Hampshire State Papers, 236, 245. 

New Orleans Pica3r\me, 292. 

New York Daily Sun, 99. 

New York Ledger, 176. 

New York Tribune, 82, 99. 

New York Worid, 101. 

Nicolay and Hay's Life of Lincoln, 113. 

North Carolina Journal, A, 110. 

Occidental Monthly, The, 221. 

Olathe Register, The, 363, 364. 

Omaha Bee, The, 138. 

Pennsylvania Archives, 366, 387, 388. 

Pennsylvania Pensioners, 313, 389. 

Pension Roll of Revolutionary Soldiers. 313, 388. 

Philadelphia Ledger, The, 83. 

Postal Guide, The, 33. 

Potosi Republican, The, 374. 

Provincial Antiquities, 36. 

Queen's Quair, The, 85. 

Railroad Guide, The, 12. 

Rand-McNally's Atlas. 24. 

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Rangers of the Frontier, 388. 

Records of Qties, Churches, and Courts, 106, 111, 240, 247, 257, 392. 

Record of the Bayley Family in America, 14. 

Register of the Pri^^ Seal, 68. 

Richmond Journal, A, 110. 

Robertson's History, 107. 

Ruins of Seton Chapel, The, 67. 

Salina Herald, The, 221. 

Scotch Guards in France, The, 68. 

Scotch History, 37, 39, 40, 48, 53, 73, 103. 

Scottish Chiefs, 50. 

Scott's Works, 35, 36, 37, 39, 47, 50. 60, 71, 72, 76, 78, 79, 80, 84, 90, 102. 

Seaton's Manual of Marine Engineering, 321. 

Seccomb's History of Amherst, 236, 240, 242, 244. 

Seton of Parbroath in Scotland and America, 14. 

Seton's Law and Practice of Heraldry, 27. 

Some Account of the Family of Prime, etc., 14. 

Student's Herald, The, 226. 

S\\Tnebum's Works, 48. 

Taylor's Works, 55. 

The Olivestob Hamiltons, 14. 

Thermod3mamics of the Steam Engine, 321. 

Tytler's History, 49. 

Valleys of Virginia, 105. 

Virginia Historical Magazine, The, 103, 104, 38". 

Virginia Land Patents, 103. 

Warranties of Land, 366, 389. 

Webster's (Daniel) Writings, 113, 134, 290. 

Webster's (Noah) International Dictionary, 134. 

Western Watchman, The, 99. 

Who's Who, 39. 

AVho's W^ho in America, 39. 

Wild Animals I have kno\vn, 101. 

William Winston Seaton, A Biographical Sketch, 96. 106, 107, 109, 1 13, 1 14. 

Wood's Memoirs of Walter Prinscle, 390. 
Wvman's Record of Families. 245. 

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I. The History of the House of Seytoun to the Year 
MDLIX. By Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington, 
Knight, with a continuation, by Alexander Viscount 
Kingston, to MDCLXXXVII. Printed at Glasgow, 
II. A History of the Family of Seton During Eight Cen- 
turies. By George Seton, Advocate, M. A. Oxon., etc. 
Two volumes. Edinburgh, 1896. 

III. Seton of Parbroath in Scotland and America. Printed 

for private circulation. 12 mo, pp. 28. 1890. 

IV. The Olivestob Hamiltons. By Rev. Arthur Wentworth 

Hamilton Eaton, B. A., New York. Privately printed, 
V. Chart of the Descendants of John and Euzabeth 

VI. Record of the Bayley Family in America. By Guy 

Carleton Bayley, M. D., Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 
VII. Descendants of John Ogden. 1640. By Henry Ogden, 
Esquire, of New York. 
VIII. Descendants of Martinus Hoffman. B. 1640. D. 1671. 
With Notes. By Lindley Murray Hoffman, Esquire, of 
New York. 
IX. Some Account of the Family of Prime of Rowley, Mass. 
With Notes on the Families Platts and Jewett. By 
Temple Prime. Second edition (illustrated), New York. 
X. Descent of Comfort Sands and His Children. With 
Notes on the Families of Ray, Thomas, Guthrie, Aleock, 
Palgrave, Cornell, Dodge, Hunt, and Jessup. By Tem- 
ple Prime. Second edition, New York. 1897. 

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XI. The Green Book. Contains Notes, Recollections, and 
Memoranda of the Seton Family. The earliest entry is 
XII. The Brown Book. Contains Notes and Memoranda made 
by Archbishop Seton while visiting Scotland in 1855, 
1861, 1889, and 1896. 

XIII. An Old Family, The Setons or Scotland and America. 

By Monsignor Seton. New York, Brentano's. 1899. 

XIV. William Winston Seaton, of the National Intelligencer^ 

Washington, D. C. A Biographical Sketch, with Passing 
Notices of His Associates and Friends. Boston, 1871. 
Written by his daughter, Josephine Seaton, and pub- 
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Although it has not been usual in Scotland to put an a in our 
name, yet there are several well-recognized eases in which it has 
been so written and printed in public documents, particularly in 
the seventeenth century. 

As there can be no reasonable doubt that some who write their 
name Seaton are descendants of that noble race which was pre- 
eminently distinguished in Scotch history for over six hundred 
years, I welcome with pleasure the publication of a history of his 
branch of our illustrious family by my friend and kinsman Oren 
Andrew Seaton, Esquire. 

The preparation of private records in that more endurable 
form which printing alone can assure, Is a laudable object, and 
worthy of approval from all who value ancestral traditions, de- 
grees of relationship, distinguished alliances, and examples of 
military and civic virtues. Intelligence, honesty, and courage — 
qualities which make for good in every country — have ever been 
characteristic of those who bear our ancient name. May it so 

Scotland is a small, but a very great country, and Americans of 
Scotch descent feel justly proud of the land of their forefathers. 
It is a land in which have been blended the best there was of Nor- 
man, Gael, and Saxon; and the Scot abroad has always been a 
gain to the people he settled among. The United States are in 
this respect the most favored nation in the world. 

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(By the EIditor.) 

It is natural for all persons of intelligence to desire to know 
who and what their ancestors were, and to speculate as to what 
their posterity will be in the future history of the most interesting 
world in the universe, to them. 

The questions of the children in a family, as to their ancestors, 
will very soon bring out the lamentable fact that too little is 
known, in most families, of the men and women who bequeathed 
to them the varying cast of countenances they wear, and the tend- 
encies of their minds to good or evil, — to acquiring useful knowl- 
edge, or frittering away their valuable time in useless, not to say 
harmful, amusements. 

The person who feels no pride in his ancestry, nor love of pos- 
terity, like an army mule, is to be pitied. For him the past must 
be a barren waste and the future a dreary desert. God gave us 
parents to venerate and remember affectionately, and children to 
love, admire and plan and work for with the hope that they will 
grow up to be honorable men and women, who will do what they 
can for themselves, their country, and their posterity. 

The poet said : 

"Your son is your son tiU he gets him a wife; 
But your daughter 's your daughter all the days of her life.'* 

A genealogist, however, like a fond parent, considers your 
children as yours for all of time and for eternity. 

To belong to a family that has for generations continued to earn 
well-deserved respect, to be able to look back to forefathers who 
have lived well and done their life's work bravely, to know that 
before you were bom your ancestors were honorable citizens who 
had done their best to uphold the right in domestic and national 
affairs, is a birthright of which anyone may well be proud. 

Daniel Webster once wrote: "There may be, indeed, a respect 
for ancestry which nourishes only a weak pride, but there is also 
a moral and philosophical respect for ancestors which elevates the 
character and improves the heart, a respect which is laudably 


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manifested by perpetuating their lineaments and describing their 

An inheritance of wealth may be desirable, but an inheritance 
of character, an innate tendency toward that which is good and 
noble which has been intensified by generations of ancestors, who 
have themselves inherited a love of right and justice, is a dower 
beyond the ability of some persons to estimate or appreciate. 

No one who sprang from a noble ancestry is justified in saying, 
as was once written: 

" I am a nobody; who are you?" 

A celebrated judge, long since deceased, used to contend that 
there was no such thing as bad port wine ; while willingly admit- 
ting that one sample of his particular favorite wine might be better 
than another. We are inclined to believe the same of biographies. 
Any biography is better than none, for what one of God's crea- 
tures has done interests others, but we are none of us admirers of 
gravestone biographies in a family history. 

Finally, tell us the history of the past and we may at least 
attempt to prophesy something of the future of a family. If our 
ancestors sprang from monkeys, as Darwin taught, why may we 
not expect our descendants to descend to donkeys? If our for- 
bears were students, why may we not hope that we and our chil- 
dren may become scholars if we but direct our energies to that 
most desirable aim and end in life, especially if Addison was right 
when he wrote: 

"Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but 
an ill one more contemptible." 

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Dedication, .... .... 





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. 14 

Introduction by Archbishop Robert Seton, 

. 17 

Introduction by Oren Andrew Seaton, 

. 18 

List of Illustrations. ...... 

. 24 

Chapter I. The Seaton Coat of Arms, 

. 27 

Chapter II. The Scotch Tartan, 

. 31 

Chapter III. The Name Seaton Given to Many Places. . 

. 32 

Chapter IV. The Family Name, 

. . 35 

Chapter V. The Early Ancestry in Normandy, 

. 42 

Chapter VI. De Say in Scotland, .... 

. 45 

Dougall de Saytoun, 

. 46 

Seher de Setoune, 

. 46 

Philip de Saytoun, . 

. 46 

Alexander de Setomi, 

. 46 

Bertrand de Setoun, 

. 47 

Adam de Seatomie, 

. 47 

Sir Christopher de Seton, 

. 47 

Sir Christopher de Seton II, 

. 48 

Sir Christopher de Seton III, . 

. 48 

Chapter VII. Sir Alexander Seton of Seton II, . 

. 52 

Sir Alexander III, ...... 

. 53 

Sir Alexander Seton Kt. IV, ... . 

. 55 

Margaret, Heiress of Seton, . . . . 

. 55 

Chapter VIII. Sir William Seton, 

. 57 

Patrick Gordon, 

. 59 

Chapter IX. John, Second Lord, and William, Master of Seton 

. 62 

George, Third Lord, Master of Seaton, 

. 63 

John, Master of Seaton, . . . . . 

. 64 

George, Fourth Lord, . . . . . 

. 64 

Seton Church, 

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Chapter X. George, Fifth Lord, 69 

George, Sixth Lord Seton, .70 

Chapter XI. George, Seventh Lord Seton, .74 

Chapter XII. The Flight from Lochleven, 78 

Chapter XIII. Mary Seton and the Maids of Honor, .82 

Chapter XIV. Robert Seton, First Earl of Winton, .91 

Robert, Second Earl, John, Third Earl, .92 

Hon. John, 93 

William and Mother Seton, .95 

Archbishop Robert Seton, .99 

Ernest Thompson Seton, . .100 

Chapter XV. The Family in Americli, 102 

First Seaton in America, .103 

Chapter XVI. Only Child of Henry and Children of George Seaton, 106 

Chapter XVII. Children of Augustine, ..... 109 

Chapter XVIII. Asa Seaton and Children of William W. Seaton, . 115 

Chapter XIX. Children of Asa Seaton, .123 

Chapter XX. Children of Willard and Mary Seaton, .131 

Chapter XXI. Children of Willard and Mary Seaton (continued), 142 

Children of Daniel Seaton, ..... 143 

Chapter XXII. Children of Leonard and Polly Seaton, . . 149 

Chapter XXIII. Children of Leonard and Polly Seaton (continued), 161 

Chapter XXIV. Children of Leonard and Polly Seaton (continued), 169 

Chapter XXV. Children of Leonard and Sarah Seaton, .172 

Chapter XXVI. Children of Leonard and Sarah Seaton, .176 

Chapter XXVII. Children of Asa and Dorothy (Wilcox) Seaton, 181 

Children of Benjamin F. and Leonard Bama Seaton, 184 

Chapter XXVIII. Child of Andrew P. and Laura A. Seaton, . . 188 

Chapter XXIX. Children of Andrew P. and Laura A. Seaton, . 195 

Chapter XXX. Children of Boynton C. and Cornelia Seaton, . . 204 

Child of Leonard Jr. and Hattie Seaton, . 205 

Children of Samuel G. and Ellen Seaton, . .206 

Chapter XXXI. Only Child of Chauncey E. and Sarah E. Seaton, 208 

Only Child of Ambrose B. and Amelia F. Seaton, . . 208 

Children of George L. and Sarah V. Seaton, . 209 

Children of Herbert J. and Helen I. Seaton, .211 

Children of Robert and Mary (Stewart) Seaton, . .211 

Children of Leonard T. and Nancy A. Seaton, .212 

Chapter XXXII. Children of Oren A. and Sadie E. Seaton. . . 213 

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Chapter XXXIII. Children of Oren A. and Sadie E. Seaton, . . 218 

Chapter XXXIV. Children of Oren A. and Sadie E. Seaton, . . 222 

Chapter XXXV. Children of Oren A. and Sadie E. Seaton, . 228 

Chapter XXXVI. Children of James H. and Francelia Seaton, . 232 
Children of George F. and Clara F. Seaton, . 234 

Children of Peter N. C. and Ella Seaton, .235 

Chapter XXXVII. Scotch-Irish Seatons, 236 

Children of John and Jane (Edwards) Seaton, . 240 

Chapter XXXVIII. Children of John and Jane (Edwards) Seaton, 242 

Chapter XXXIX. Children of Andrew and Jane (Blake) Seaton, . 245 

Children of James and Elizabeth (Robinson) Seaton, 246 

Children of James an<J Nancy (Wilhite) Seaton, . 250 

Chapter XL. Children of Deacon John and Ismenia Seaton, . . 253 

Chapter XLI. Children of Kenner and Elizabeth (Shger) Seaton, 258 

Only Child of Thomas Washington and Barby Seaton, 260 

Children of James Kenner and Margaret (Scott) Seaton, 260 

Chapter XLII. Children of James Kenner and Margaret (Scott) 

Seaton, 263 

Chapter XLIII. Children of John and Rebecca Seaton, . . 270 

Chapter XLIV. Children of John and Rebecca Seaton (continued), 277 

Children of Andrew and Polly (Bowers) Seaton, . . 278 

Chapter XLV. Children of George, son of Kenner Seaton, .281 

Children of Richard and Eleanor Seaton, . . 285 

Children of Kenner, son of Richard Jr. Seaton, . 286 

Chapter XL VI. Children of Samuel and Hannah (Eddy) Seaton, 288 

Chapter XLVII. Children of Ambrose «uid Mary (Goss) Seaton, 294 

Children of Charles D. and Elizabeth Seaton, . . 296 

Chapter XLVIII. Children of Allen R. and Sarah (Pound) Seaton, 301 

Chapter XLIX. Children of John and Mary E Seaton, . 307 

Children of John Ambrose and Margaret Seaton, . 309 

Children of Charles Stuart and Sarah Seaton, . 310 

Children of James Allen and Mary Seaton, . .310 

Children of George K. Seaton, .311 

Chapter L. A Virginian and His Descendants, .... 313 

Some Virginia and Tennessee Immigrants to Kansas, 316 

Some Virginia and Pennsylvania Seatons, . . . 319 

Chapter LI An English Family of Seatons, ..... 321 

Other English Seatons, 322 

Children of Benjamin W. and Julia E. Seaton, . 325 

British Seatons in Jamaica, ..... 326 

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More British Sestons, 


Alexander Seaton and His Posterity, .... 329 
English Seatons in the United States, .... 330 

Chapter LII. English Seatons in the United States, . 332 

Indiana and Illinois Seatons, ..... 335 
A Real Reformer, ....... 337 

Chapter LIII. Robert Seaton of Scotland and His Descendants, 338 
Children of Robert and Jane (McCiUje) Seaton, . . 338 
Children of Robert Jr. and Ann (Seachrist) Seaton, . 339 
Children of Joseph C. and Mary B. (Carson) Seaton, 342 

Chapter LIV. Some Scotch-Irish Seatons, ..... 345 
A Real Scotch Family, 348 

Chapter LV. Scotch Seatons in Different States, .... 353 

Chapter LVI. Scotch-Irish Seatons, ...... 359 

A Pennsylvania Family of Seatons, .... 364 

Chapter LVII. Greene Coimty (Pennsylvania) Seatons, . . 366 

Tennessee Seatons, ....... 366 

More Tennessee Seatons, . . .371 

Chapter LVIII. New- York- Wisconsin Seatons, .... 373 

Other Seatons, 375 

New York Seatons, 375, 376 

Some Pennsylvania Seatons, ..... 376 

Chapter LIX. A Seeton Family, 381 

^ Chapter LX. Negroes Whose Names are Seaton, .... 386 
? Chapter LXI. Miscellaneous Mention, ..... 387 

Chapter LXII. Interesting Coincidences, ..... 392 

Chapter LXIII. Names of Some Seatons Not Heard From, . . 394 

Index, . 397 

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Oren a. Seaton (frontispiece), 3 

Archbishop Robert Seaton, 

. 16 

Seaton Coat op Arms, 

. 26 

Arms with Slogan and Motto, . 

(facing) 29 

Seyton with Macbeth, 

. 39 

Seton House, 

. 61 

Seton Church, 

. 66 

FiviE Castle, 

. 88 

Pinkie House, 

. 94 

William Winston Seaton, . 

. 110 

Seaton Schroeder, .... 

. 120 

Family op Seaton Schroeder, 

. 121 

Malcolm Seaton, .... 

(facing) 122 

Mrs. Malcolm Seaton, 

(facing) 123 

Leonard Seaton, Sr., .... 

(facing) 126 

Asa and Dorothy Seaton, 

. 131 

Home op Asa and Dorothy Seaton, . 

. 132 

Ira D. Seaton, ..... 

. 148 

Andrew P. Seaton, .... 

. 150 

Mrs. Laura A. Seaton, 

. 151, 157 

Minerva J. Seaton, .... 

. 159 

Monument of A. P. and Laura A. Seaton 

. 160 

Leonard Seaton, Jr., 

. 163 

Residence of Leonard Seaton, Jr., . 

. 167 

Family op Oren A. Seaton, 

. 189 

Mrs. Sadie E. Seaton, .... 

(facing) 192 

Family of James Henry Seaton, 

. 190 

Family op George F. Seaton, 

. 198 

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Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Morgan and Lynn, 201 

Clara May Morgan, ......... 20?^ 

W. T. AND Hattie (Morgan) Guider, ..... 203 

GoLDiE Myrtle Seaton, . .213 

Noble Fay Seaton, . .218 

Roy Andrew Seaton, ........ 222 

Fay, Goldie and Roy Seaton, ....... 227 

Guy Oren Seaton, ......... 228 

Sadie Gladys Seaton, ........ 231 

John and Hattie (Seaton) Conger, ...... 233 

James Hbrvey Seaton, ........ 250 

Judge John Seaton, . 288 

John Ambrose Seaton, ........ 294 

Rev. James Allen Seaton, ....... 297 

Charles Seaton, M. D., . . 303 

Samuel T. Seaton, ......... 363 

Seton Hospital, ....... (facing) 387 

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The armorial ensign, or coat of arms, in Scotland was a token 
of prominence of the possessor in his country. It was regulated 
by the ruler of the country, and many restrictions were placed 
upon those who aspired to support one. 

The shield upon which arms were first displayed .was three or 
four feet long, pointed below, and eighteen inches broad. The 
shield was carried in battle by its owner in the left hand (unless he 
was left-handed or ambidextrous), by a handle attached to its 
reverse side, as a means of defense from his enemies' weapons, 
while the spear, pike, axe, or whatever weapon suited his fancy or 
station, was used in his right hand. 

The coat of arms signifies very little to peaceful Americans, 
where every one who behaves himself belongs to the nobility, but 
it is considered invaluable to the nobility of England and Scotland. 
In this country we know very Uttle and care less about heraldry, 
as a rule. 

Robert Seton says : " There is, perhaps, no family in Scotland — 
there is certainly not one in America — the heraldry of which is so 
ancient, so honorable, and so abundant as that of Seton." 

George Seton wrote a work on "The Law and Practice of Her- 
aldry" in which the number of colored shields of the family num- 
bered over three hundred, and the Americans could add a dozen 
more; but W. Harvey McNairn, of Toronto, Canada, says there 
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course, and that the others are those of families allied to the 
Setons by marriage; that there are no Seton arms given, except 
the well-known coat with the crescents and tressure. 

Each head of a family of proper lineage in Scotland could sup- 
port a coat of arms with the consent of the sovereign, and each 
branch of our family seems to have one to itself. 

Nesbit, the famous writer on Heraldry, says Dougal de Setoun 
possessed the earliest recorded arms of Seton in Scotland. 

The coat of arms later came to be used as a decoration in cas- 
tles, on carriages, and even on stationery and business cards. 

For the benefit of those who have never looked up the subject 
of heraldry it may be said the shields were colored any one or 
more colors each having a special name different from its usual 
designation, as "Or" for golden yellow; "Argent" for silver 
white; "Gules" for red; " Azure " for blue ; " Sable " for black ; 
" Vert " for green ; " Purpure " for purple, etc. And on shields in 
black and white each color was represented by certain marks to de- 
note the color; thus, the part of the shield that should be golden 
yellow was represented by points or dots \ [ [ ; silver white, by 
a plain white field ; red, by perpendicular lines |||| ; blue, by 
horizontal lines = ; black, by perpendicular lines crossed 
by horizontal ones ^ fi^ ; green, by diagonal lines from upper left 
to lower right NJ$^ ; purple, by diagonal lines from upper right 
to lower left ^.^^^ ; and blood-red, by lines representing green 
crossed by those denoting purple "^^^ . So by examining a 
printed coat of arms the colors in which it was originally painted 
may be determined. 

A " Charge " in heraldry is any figure or picture contained in the 
field of an escutcheon. That on our Seaton arms, as represented 
herein, is a sheaf of wheat, signifying that we as a family are 
bound together by mutual interests and love, and that in union 
is strength, and if we scatter we lose our greatest element of 
strength. The birds hold a branch of holly, an emblem of the 
House of Avenel, from which we sprang. 

" Supporters " are the pictures at the sides of the shield ; ours 
are the same birds as in the charge, and they also hold a holly 

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spray. Supporters were allowed only to chiefs of the principal 
families in Scotland. 

The scroll-work at the sides of the shield is called "Mantling." 
A " Crest " is some figure above the top of the shield. Crests were 
marks of honor, worn only by heroes of great valor or those who 
had been advanced to high military command, though later every 
one with a coat of arms appears to have thought himself entitled 
to use a crest with it. The crest in the accompanying copy is a 
military arm with a drawn sword ready to strike. Different 
branches of the family sometimes had different crests, though the 
same crest has answered for many different arms in the family. 
A wyvem issuing out of a ducal coronet was, perhaps, the greatest 
favorite for a crest in our family at an early date. 

The "Slogan," or war-cry, usually accompanied the crest, either 
surmounting it or being placed at the sides. The Seaton slogan 
is given by Scott as follows: "A Seyton! A Seyton! Set on! 
Set on! Bear the knaves down!" Others give only "Set on! 
Set on ! " and I have seen it given " St. Bennet and set on ! " Saint 
Bennet, or Benedict, it appears was the patron saint of the family. 
The slogan was the battle-cry, shouted aloud upon making a 
charge upon the enemy. 

"Scrolls" were placed below the painted shields, for the family 
name or motto. Our motto was and is, "Hazerd zet Forward." 
This is presumed to signify, at whatever hazard yet go forward. 
This motto appears in some of the arms of the family, and it was 
carved over the castle gateway and over doors, and was also 
used in interior decorations. 

The "Fitch^" on the shield is the cross with the sharp point 
downward. It is said by G. T. Clark, in his work on Heraldry, 
to have been added by the eldest son, who used his father's arms 
with the fitch6 added, to distinguish between them, or as a mark 
of cadency, or difference. 

The "Crescents" in the upper part of the shield are said by 
Monsignor Seton to have been used as emblematical of the three 
crescent-shaped bays into which the lands of Lord Seton divided 
the southern portion of the silvery Frith of Forth, but Mr. Clark, 
just quoted, says they were used to distinguish between the arms 

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of the father and those of the second son when he was allowed to 
support that honor, as the fleur-de-luce, commonly called the 
fleur-de-lis, denotes that a sixth son had used the same arms as 
his father and first and second sons. 

"The fleur-de-lis, that lost her right, 
Is queen again for a' that!" — ScoU. 

The markings on the coat of arms that precedes this article 
denote that the upper part of the shield was gules, or red, and the 
sides, between the mantling and the body of the shield, were mur- 
rey, or blood-red, both of which colors were supposed to indicate 
valor, magnanimity, and the like, and are regarded as the most 
honorable colors, according to Chambers, Vol. V, p. 144. 

Mr. John Seaton, of Greenup, Kentucky, has a print of a coat 
of arms printed from a copper plate that was brought to this 
country by John Seaton, the Irish emigrant, from which the writer 
had photographs taken. And there are other prints in possession 
of some other members of the family in America. 

James Seaton, of the Charles town Navy Yard, had a copper 
plate from which copies were printed in Boston, Massachusetts, 
as late as A. D. 1830. 

Some well-posted members of the family doubt this being a 
genuine coat of arms of our family, but, after noting their reasons, 
the writer is inclined to accept it as all right. 

In his article on Heraldry in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, C. F. 
Clark mentions Seton as a writer on the subject; also, that in 
Scotland an early Lord Seton had a concession from King Robert 
Bruce of a sword supporting a crown, and that his descendant in 
1601 received as an augmentation, "azure, a blazing star of eight 
points within a double tressure." 

"The tressured fleur-de-lis he claims 
To wreath his shield."— /Sco«. 

The arms of Governor Gordon, of Pennsylvania, show the tres- 
sure and three crescents of the Setons in one of its quarters. And 
in the volume quoted above, Seton is mentioned as one of the 
critical writers on the subject; and in another place there is a 
quotation from Seton 's "Law and Practice of Heraldry.'* 

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The Scotch Tartan was a worsted, or linsey-woolsey, cloth 
woven with alternate stripes or bands of colored warp and weft, 
or woof, so as to form a checkered pattern in whidi the colors al- 
ternated in sets of definite sequence. The tartan was worn like a 
shawl, or an Indian's blanket, and* great antiquity is claimed for 
it. It has been asserted that the numerous clans into which the 
Highland population of Scotland were divided had each a special 
pattern by which their clan could be distinguished from others. 

After the rebellion of 1745 various Acts of Parliament were 
passed disarming the Scottish Highlanders, and prohibiting the 
use of Highland dress in Scotland under heavy penalties. But 
those Acts were repealed in 1782 and the tartans were again per- 
mitted to be worn. Macaulay says that the sight of a Scotch 
tartan in London would inflame the populace of that city with 

The Seaton tartan in Scotland is said to have been principally 
of a red color with small lines, or stripes, of green, purple, and 
white. It is more than likely that a " top-coat *' has now taken the 
place of the tartan with nearly every one, being much handier for 
working-people and of a considerably later style in polite society ; 
though the same plaids, made of different materials, have fre- 
quently been used for lining ulsters and other overcoats. 

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In the north of England there are several places that have been 
given the name Seaton, being mostly, if not altogether, localities 
where persons of the name had settled and were extensive land- 
owners. Sir William Dugdale' (1605-1668), an em\nent English 
antiquary, mentions, in the northeastern part of England, an 
"Ivo de Seaton" and a "Capella de Seaton"; also a "villa et 
territorium de Seaton." And William Camden (1551-1623), 
a "celebrated and conscientious antiquarian and historian," gives 
a Seaton in Northumberland as part of the barony of De-la-Vall 
in the thirteenth century, and Seaton Delavell and Monk Seaton 
are plainly marked on a superb collection of maps spoken of by 
Robert Seton as being in the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of William 
and John Blaeu, published at Amsterdam in 1648. He further 
remarks that these names of places are now mostly written Seaton, 
but that it was not so formerly, evidently meaning that the spelling 
was Seton at that time. 

In Rand & McNally's Atlas there is given a harbor at Cockenzie, 
in Scotland, called Port Seaton; and in Cram's a Seaton village 
in the city of Toronto, Canada, in which village there is a Seaton 
street. The village is said to have been named for Baron Seaton, 
whose title was derived from the City of Seaton, a watering-resort 
on the sea, in Devonshire, England. 

In the United States of America we find a town of Seatonville 
in Marshall county, West Virginia, the northwest comer county 
of the State, located on the Ohio river. This place is given on 
some maps as Wolf Run. The town was named for John B. 

There is a village of Seatonville in Jefferson county, Kentucky, 

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on the Ohio river, where the river forms the boundary between 
that State and Indiana. This village was very appropriately 
named Seatonville by its founder, Charles Allen Seaton, w^ho with 
Kenner, George, Richard, and Kenner Seaton Jr. all lived on ad- 
joining farms in the vicinity. When a postoffice was granted the 
village, some one at the Postoffice Department saw fit to give it 
the name of Malott instead of Seatonville as petitioned for. 

The village of Seaton, Blount county, Tennessee, was named 
for Mr. "Gran" Seaton, son of Alfred Seaton, whose father was 
Philip Seaton, of Sevier county. The postoffice has been dis- 
continued or renamed. This village seems to have been located 
inland and not on any large stream, or other body of water, as 
has been the almost unvarjang custom among persons of our name 
when establishing towns. 

Coming on west, we find a village of Seaton on the Iowa Central 
Railroad^ in Mercer county, Illinois, which was founded by 
George Seaton, president of the Bank of Seaton, for whom the 
town was named. This county is located on the Mississippi 
river. There is also quite a village called Seatonville in Bureau 
county, of the same State, and a Seatonville Junction, — both of 
the latter places being located on the Indiana, Illinois <fe Iowa 

In Hamilton county, Nebraska, a \Tllage and postoffice of Seaton 
were established by Robert Seaton, the first settler and first mer- 
chant in the place. Along the northwest corner of this county 
flows the Platte river. 

Again, in far-away Oregon we find a postoffice of Seaton, in 
the western part of Lane county, on the Siuslau river, about fif- 
teen miles from where it empties into the Pacific ocean. This 
office must have been named by some person in the Department, 
for we are assured that no Seaton ever lived in the neighborhood. 
The name of the office has lately been changed to Mapleton. 

Cram's list gives a Seaton postoffice in Fayette county, Iowa, 
but a letter to the postmaster was returned with the notation upon 
it that there is no such office in the State. 

There is a postoffice of Seaton in Bell county, in about the 
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no person of the name ever made his residence there, but that the 
office must have received its name from some one connected with 
the Postoffice Department of the Government. 

There is a curious letter in the British Museum (addit. 19,185), 
dated Pianketank (Virginia), 21st July, 1730, from Dorothy 
Seaton, widow, to Sir Robert Kemp, Bart., of Ulston Hall, near 
Yoxford, in Sufifolk, by the way of London. It bears the following 
indorsation: "Rec^ the 20th of October, 1730, — not answered." 
The writer's maiden name appears to have been Kemp, and after 
making out a relationship to Sir Robert, she narrates some of her 
misfortunes. In a postscript she gives her address as "Sea ton's 
Ferry on the Pianketank, Virginia." 

Last of all, so far as we know, there is a street in the city of 
Washington, D. C, that has been given the name of Seaton street. 

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"Have regard for thy name; for that shall continue with thee above a 
thousand great treasures of gold." — EcclesiasticuSf xii. 12. 

The manner in which we came to be called Seaton is a curiosity, 
indeed. At first, only individual names were given to anyone, 
Indian fashion, for some peculiarity of the one receiving it. It 
appears our eariiest known ancestors used pikes or spears in the 
almost continual wars in which they were engaged. For that 
reason they were called Picot, which means Pikemen in the early 
Norman language. Later, these people seem to have settled down 
to the more quiet life of agriculturists, and, oats being their prin- 
cipal crop, they soon gained such a reputation for the wonderful 
crops of this valuable grain that their section came to be known 
by a name derived from the Latin name of oats, which are called 
avena in that language. So the vicinity came to be known as 
Avenelle, and our forefathers as Avenel. 

This manner of calling a section of country after its principal 
crop has its counterpart in Alexander county, Illinois, where so 
much wheat was formerly produced as to give the name Wheat- 
land to that section and a town therein. 

We find a Baron Walter Avenel, descended of a very ancient 
border family, who once possessed immense estates in Eskdale, 
mentioned in "The Monastery," by Scott; also, a Mary Avenel. 
In the same story he describes the arms of Glendenning and Ave- 
nel, two ancient families. 

As the family increased in numbers they began to spread out, 
as they did nearly a thousand years later in the eastern part of 
this coimtry, and some of them lived at a place called Say ; hence 
that branch became Picot Avenel de Say; the de meaning of. 
Say is said to have been located near Argentan, Normandy. 

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One Saher de Say went to Scotland and located in the Lothians, 
where he built a 'Houn'^ which was called Sea-toun, or Say toun. 
One of his descendants was made Lord of Sea-toun, and some of his 
posterity took the name Seatoun or some one of the twenty-five 
other ways in which the name has been spelled. So the family 
was Seatoun until when Sir Alexander Seton IV., Knight, died. 
That was the last of the Seatouns in direct descent, but his daugh- 
ter, Margaret Seton, married Alan de Win ton, a distant kinsman, 
who assumed the name Seton in order to secure the titles and 
estates. Had Alan de Winton been possessed of superior titles 
and estates to those belonging to Margaret Seton he would doubt- 
less have retained his own name and all succeeding generations 
who are now called Seaton would have sported the euphonious 
name of Winton, as some of his descendants did. 

Monsignor Seton, from whom we learn these and many other 
interesting facts, says Avenel was one of the great names of Nor- 
mandy, and that the Avenels were kinsmen of Rollo, first Duke 
of Normandy. 

In an article on Seton Chapel, in Provincial Antiquities of 
Scotland, by Sir Walter Scott, it is said : " They took their original 
name from their habitation, Seaton, Hhe dwelling by the Sea/ 
in East Lothian." 

In this way the name came to be Seaton, or any one of the 
other ways of spelling the name, for it should be remembered 
there was no established spelling of any name by legal enactment 
at that time, each writer spelling any word as seemed proper to 
him from the way he heard it pronounced, as often happens even 
at this late date. But, in spite of the numerous different ways 
in which the name has been spelled, all of the persons most vitally 
interested, with barely one exception, pronounce the name alike, 
so far as we have been able to learn. 

We have the word of Archbishop Seton that he has known 
instances where those of the family who had the a in their names 
have dropped it; and Leonard Seaton of Henderson, New York, 
informed me that some members of our branch of the family 
spelled the name Seton until about 1817, when they added the a. 

In the Dictionary of National Biography the name of Alexander 

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Seton, a Scotch friar and reformer, who took a prominent part in 
the Reformation, is given as in this sentence Bishop Burnett, 
writing almost contemporaneously, spells it Seaton, while in a 
Recantation, published by the friar himself in London in 1541, 
it is spelled Seyton. 

Mr. Samuel W. Seton, for many years Superintendent of Edu- 
cation in New York city, an uncle to Archbishop Seton, told 
Samuel Seaton, of Greenup, Kentucky, many years ago, that there 
was originally only one family of the name. And many others 
have expressed the same opinion to the writer. 

With one exception, all persons of the name with whom we 
have had any correspondence on the subject agree that their 
ancestors were descended from a Scotch family ; so there can be 
no reason for a doubt, it seems to us, that we are all descended 
from one common ancestor, though Monsignor Seton claims the 
Setons were a Highland clan, while the Seatons were a great Low- 
land family. There is no reason to doubt the correctness of his 
claim, but our researches seem to prove that condition of afifairs 
to have existed many generations after the foundation of the fam- 
ily. And even if it were originally so, we may console ourselves 
by reading "Tales of a Grandfather," by Scott, where it is said: 
" But the Highlands and the Borders were so much wilder and 
more barbarous than the others [Lowlands] that they might be 
said to be altogether without law." 

It has been explained that the name was spelled differently 
according to the locality. Those of the family who went to Ger- 
many during the troubles of the Stuarts spelled the name Sey- 
toun; the emigrants to Ireland, and many of those who went to 
England, used the a, as do most of the name in America who are 
known to the writer either personally or by correspondence; 
though there are many who write the name Seton, and not a few 
spell their patronymic See ton. 

In Buchanan's History of Scotland, which was originally written 
in Latin and afterward translated into English by John Watkins, 
the name appears in each of several spellings; see pages 199, 201, 
203, 306, 353, 393, 439, 446, 455, 457, 629, and 638. 

In the Encyclopaedia Britannica the name is spelled Seton, as 

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it is in Who's Who and Who's Who in America. In the former 
work the name appears in Vol. XI, pages 362, 690 and 712; in 
XIV, 670 ; XV, 597-598 ; and in XX at 593. 

Sir Walter Scott uses one form of the name for several of his 
characters in his Scotch story, "The Abbot,'' where it is Seyton; 
and Shakespeare gives our name to one of his creations in Mac- 
beth, where he gives it the same as Scott. In commenting on this 
fact, Monsignor Robert Seton says the name was almost always 
spelled in Shakespeare's time as he used it. 

In a "Group of College Stories," one tale by Catharine Young 
Glen makes use of an Arch Seton as attending college at Windham. 
And Alice Louise Lee uses the name of President Seton of James 
Seton 's School for Boys. 

Abbott, in his Life of Mary Queen of Scots, uses the name of 
one of the Queen's maids of honor as Mary Seaton, but Monsignor 
Seton spells her name as he does his own, Seton. 

But, after all has been said, the Seaton coat of arms, a copy of 
which was brought from Scotland to this country by way of Ire- 
land when John Seaton came over in 1729, settles the question as 
to some of the family having used the name as we do now before 
they left Scotland. 

However, the writer has no doubt that the original name was 
Seatoun, and has no desire to have it changed, since it has been 
handed down to us unstained by criminal performances. 

A few more words about names, and we will close the subject 
and leave it for each person who is interested in the matter to de- 
cide whether there was only one family of the name in the begin- 
ning of the family history, or whether there might have been as 
many families as there are spellings. We will also let each one 
concerned decide how the name should be spelled. 

It was no very uncommon affair to change the family name in 
the early history of the Scottish nation. In fact, it has been 
stated that there were no family names, or surnames, except 
among the nobility, until many generations had passed away 
after the settlement of the country. But, in this connection, we 
read in the Bible that Simon's surname was Peter, — and that was 
at the beginning of the Christian era. 

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It is claimed that it was in the reign of Malcolm Canmore (1058- 
1093) that surnames were first given indiscriminately to the 
favorites of the king. 

Quite often, in the marriages of the upper classes, it occurred, 
where the bride was an heiress, that the groom would assume the 
surname and titles of the bride's family, after surnames had be- 
come somewhat conunon. As an instance apropos we might men- 
tion that Alexander of Seton, son of Sir William Seton, married 
Elizabeth of Gordon, the heiress of Sir Adam Gordon, about 1408, 
and was created Lord of Gordon about 1431. Their son took the 
name Gordon and was made Earl of Huntley, and Lord of Bade- 
noch a few years later. 

In several cases, where some one married a Seton heiress, the 
groom took the name Seton after the same fashion. Even in the 
royal family, Mary, daughter of King James V., was the first to 
spell the name Stuart according to the present custom. Before 
that time the name was Steward and later Stewart. A Norman 
baron had a son, Walter, who was a steward in the household of 
David I., King of Scotland. Afterward the name Steward be- 
came attached to his family and it was written Steward, or Stew- 
art, until Mary went to France, when the form Stuart was adopted 
by her, and was continued in use by succeeding generations. 

More than that, the name of the country was not known as 
Scotland until in the ninth century, when Kenneth Macalpine 
was king, having been called Caledonia before that time, at least 
by the Romans. 

It has been considered a sure sign of high rank in the country 
to have possessed a surname as early as the beginning of the 
eleventh century, as most persons had only individual names at 
that time, which names were given as descriptive of the person, 
or some of his doings, after the custom of the American Indians 
of this country, at our first acquaintance with them, as well as 
the savages of all other countries. 

The family Christian names, as well as surnames, follow in direct 
descent, though very irregularly, through many generations, often 
given from father to son, or from mother to daughter, and perhaps 
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and from grandparent to grandchildren. The names John, An- 
drew, James, and George, common enough even at the present, 
have descended from the earliest immigrants, as have those of 
Charles, William, Henry, Samuel, and Robert. The more common 
female Christian names in the family have been Margaret, Mary, 
Martha, Ann, and Elizabeth, of which the latter has been very 
much the most common of all names among the ladies who have 
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The earliest recorded ancestors of the Seaton family were 
Normans, who derived their remote origin from the Goths, the 
latter of whom took such an active part in the afifairs in Europe 
from the third to the eighth century of the Christian era. ** The 
Goths," says E. A. Freeman in his History of the Goths, "may on 
many grounds claim foremost place among Teutonic nations 
which had a share in breaking up the Roman power. 
No Teutonic people has left behind it such early remains of a 
written literature. The Goths first appear in history in the an- 
cient land of the Gatse. ... In the third century they were 
still settled outside the empire, and appear as invaders and rav- 
agers of the Roman territory from the outside. In the middle of 
the fourth century they were a great power under the Gothic king, 
Ermanaric, whose domain stretched from the Danube to the Bal- 

Some writers claim the Goths had always been Catholics, but 
others say they embraced Arianism before the end of the fifth 
century. In the sixth century the Goths overran Spain and Italy, 
but many were finally overcome, and some joined their conquerors, 
the Romans. 

Written laws were put forth among the Goths in the fiifth cen- 
tury, but the great collection of their laws dates from about the 
year 654. In the seventh century the Goths and the Romans 
were again Catholics. 

Alexander Gibson, M. A., says of Normandy, the country from 
which our remote ancestors went to Scotland : 

"Normandy is the name which was given to part of northern 
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century by Northmen, whose name was, on Gaulish soil, gradually 
changed into Normans." 

The chief of the early Scandinavian settlers in Normandy was 
Rolfe, known in Latin as Rollo and in French history as Rou, a 
viking leader to whom many early exploits, real or imaginary, are 
attributed. He received a grant of a tract of land of which Rouen 
was the center, from Charles the Simple, King of Carolingia. The 
land was cut off from the duchy of France, yet the grant was 
from the king and not from the duke of France, and the king re- 
ceived Rolfe 's homage. The two princes were presently engaged 
in war with each other, but Rolfe seems to have been faithful to 
King Charles. 

The Normans were thus at war with the French from the mo- 
ment of their settlement. In the next century the land was 
"parted out" among the successful contestants, and before the 
end of the tenth century there was an oppressed peasantry in the 
land, who were evidently the conquered descendants of the earlier 
inhabitants. These people were either slaves or serfs, the latter 
of whom were considered as belonging to the land on which they 
lived and with which they might be transferred. They were not 
regarded as personal property, as w^ere the slaves. Serfdom ex- 
isted in Normandy at an early date and in Scotland as late as the 
eighteenth century, while in Russia serfdom was not abolished 
until 1861. 

A nobility gradually sprang up among the Normans, consisting 
of those who could claim kindred with the reigning house. The 
leaders among the soldiers had a share of the land to be divided 
among the conquerors, and the slaves and serfs made the noblemen 
wealthy in the course of time. 

The country was frequently, if not continually, at war with some 
power, and generally after each decided defeat on either side some 
of the participants on the losing side sought refuge in some other 
country, disposing of what property they could and taking as 
much as possible of what remained with them. 

It is stated by some writers that it was in Normandy that sur- 
names, that might be handed down to their descendants, were 
first given to the nobility, from which country they were said to 

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have been introduced into near-by countries ; but evidently those 
writers forgot their Bible lessons. However, the fact that Saher 
de Say, who was later the founder of our family, possessed a sur- 
name, proves to some that he was of the Norman aristocracy, 
which fact is further confirmed by his possessing enough wealth 
to purchase and improve such extensive properties in each of the 
three Lothians in Scotland. For it is to be remembered that the 
aforesaid Saher de Say was a refugee from Normandy, who settled 
in the southern part of Scotland, taking part with his countrymen 
the Wallaces, Bruces, etc., in the almost continual wars between 
the different claimants for the crown of the latter country. 

We learn that Picot Avenel de Say, one of our forbears, lived 
in Normandy under Robert, sixth duke of that country, about 
1030. " He was a son of Robert de Say and Adelaid his wife, of 
the charter of Saint Martin of Seez, where he held no less than 
twenty-nine lordships. He was the ancestor of all the Says in 
England and Scotland, and probably of Jean Baptiste Leon Say 
in France, a noted statesman, Minister of Finance, etc., and was a 
baron of England under the Conqueror's reign. He also held the 
Castle of Marigny, with other possessions in Normandy, while he 
still continued, like many others, to be represented in both coun- 
tries. He erected a church and a monastery in honor of Saint 
Giles within the boundaries of Camboritum, the relics of which are 
said to still exist." 

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" The first appearance of de Say in Scotland was in the reign of 
Alexander I. (1107-1124), and it antedated by some years the 
peaceful invasion of the Anglo-Normans under his brother, David 
I. Then they came to the number of at least a thousand. 

"The immediate cause of de Say's going to Scotland for a home 
was a dispute between a baron and his suzerain, something quite 
common in that turbulent age. Robert Fitz-Picot was Baron of 
Brunne, in Cambridgeshire, in 1068, where 'the moat of his castle 
and a few other traces of the buildings yet remain.' His oldest 
son, Robert Fitz-Picot, the viscount, forfeited the barony for re- 
bellion against King Henry I., who granted it to Pain Peverill, 
said to be the husband of Robert's sister." 

Had the result of the quarrel been different, who can^say that 
de Say might not have remained in Normandy? Then there 
would have been no Sea-toun and consequently no Seatons. 

The first of the great house of Seatoun established in Scotland 
was Saher de Say, as has been told. He had a grant of land in the 
Lothians, which was called in different histories Saytun, Saytoun, 
Seatoun, etc., all evidently meaning the home of Say, or, as is 
claimed by others, the home by the sea. 

" This settlement gave rise to a name and family which became 
preeminently distinguished in the annals of Scotland," as Sir 
Bernard Burke puts it. The account continues : 

"The knight or baron, having secured his grant of land, pro- 
ceeded forthwith to build a castle and a church — both of rude 
material and ruder in architecture — a mill, a brew-house, and huts 
for the serfs, and thereby formed about himself a hamlet which, 
in the practice of the age, was called a "toun" of the owner. 
. The place where Saher de Say settled is between Tranent 

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and the sea, about ten miles below Edinburgh, and it continued 
to be the principal home of his descendants for over six hundred 

The son of Saher de Say is known in our family history as Dou- 
gall de Say-toun. His Christian name is unknown, as he was 
usually described by a familiar appellation of the people around 
him. The Normans wore a strong coat of mail, which made them 
objects of dread and wonder to the Britons, Picts, and Celts, in 
whose ancient songs they were called Dugall, the " Black Stran- 
gers/' from the appearance they made when incased in armor. 
Dougall de Saytoun, then, literally means "The Black Stranger 
[lord] of the toun of Say." He flourished in the reign of Alexander 
I., A. D. 1107-1124, and married Janet, daughter of Robert de 

"Seher de Setoune succeeded to Dougall, his father.'' Just 
how or why the name was changed from Saytoun to Setoune is 
impossible to say, unless it was through an error of some recorder. 
"Whom he married I find not certainly in any register of the 
house/' quaintly remarks Maitland. Seher de Setoune lived in 
the time of David I. (1124-1153). 

"Philip de Saytoun succeeded to Seher, his father. He made 
a strong alliance by marrying Helen, only daughter of Waldeve, 
fifth Earl of Dunbar and March, bj^ Aelina, his wife. Philip got 
a charter from King William, the Lion, in 1169, confirming to him 
certain lands, which remained in possession of his descendants 
for more than five hundred years. 

^'Alexander (1) de Setoun succeeded his father Philip, who 
died in 1179. He married Jean, daughter of Walter Berkley or 
Barclay, chamberlain to the king — an office of great influence and 
dignity. He subscribed a charter given by Secher de Quincy, 
Earl of Winchester, in England, his kinsman, to the Church of 
Saint Mary of Newbattle in the thirteenth century, which is in- 
teresting because it contains the earliest mention of coal-mining 
in Scotland. . Sir Alexander died in 1211." 

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" Bertrand or Bertram de Setoun succeeded Alexander, his 
father, and married Margaret, daughter of William Comyn, Eari 
of Buchan, Great Justicar of Scotland. 

" He died about 1230, leaving two sons : Adam, of whom below, 
and Alexander, who witnessed the confirmation of a charter to the 
burgh of Glasgow by King Alexander II., dated November 22, 

" Adam de Seatoune. He succeeded his father Bertram, and 
is described by Maitland as *ane maister clerk'; i. e., a well-read 
man. Adam de Seatoune married Margaret Gififord, 

daughter to Hugh de Gifford, Lord Yester, a neighboring baron. 
The original * Goblin Hall,' described in Marmionj is 
still a part of this old, ivy-clad castle, now in ruins, and but a few 
miles from Seton. Adam died in the reign of King Alexander 
III. (1249-1292), but the year is not known. He left, besides a 
son and successor, a daughter, who married Sir William de Keith, 
ancestor of the great family of Keiths, Earls Marischal of Scotland. 
This lady, ' who was,' says Chalmers in his Caledonian j ' of a gallant 
race,' seems to have infused a new spirit into the Keiths. Her 
husband died before 1290. By him she had three sons, one of 
whom, Philip, was a priest and rector of Biggar, in Lanarkshire." 

"Sir Chrystell or Christopher de Seton (1). He suc- 
ceeded his father Adam, and married Maud, daughter of Ingelram 
Percy, Lord Topcliflf in Yorkshire." Here we have another change 
in the spelling, without any reason being given. "The illustrious 
family of Percy derived its descent from one of the Norman chief- 
tains (William de Percy) who accompanied the Conqueror to England 
in 1066. The line of Percy is traced back in Normandy to the time 
of Rollo, first duke, in 912. Sir Christopher was a very pious man, 
'more given to devotion than to worldliness,' says Maitland; and 
another family chronicler tells us that he was a man that loved 
neither strife nor wrong, but rather to read and pray. He was a 
considerable benefactor of the Church, particularly out of the 
estates in England, which he administered during his father's 
lifetime. His brother settled also in that part of England in which 
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land-owners, and is described as 'Sir John Seton of Seton, in 
Yorkshire.' He died in old age, before 1270." 

" The knight's bones are dust, 
And his good sword rust ; 
His soul is with the Saints, I trust." 

" Sir Christopher Seton (2) succeeded his pious father, and 
married Agnes, daughter of Patrick, Earl of March. He was a 
valiant knight, and did many brave deeds against England when 
the crown of Scotland was in dispute between Bruce and Baliol. 
He was a friend and companion of the national hero, Sir William 
Wallace, and when driven off his own lands by the enemy, took 
refuge with forty followers in Jedburgh Forest, 'ay awaiting his 
tyme contrare the English,' says Maitland. He was finally killed 
at the battle of Dillicarew, on the 12th of June, 1298, leaving two 
sons, Christopher and John." 

''Sir Christopher Seton (3), succeeded his unfortunate but 
gallant father in those troublous times of the War of Independence. 
He was knighted by King Robert Bruce, and for his courtesy and 
valor was called by the common people, with whom he was a 
favorite, Good Sir Chrystell. He is mentioned by Lord Hailes, the 
restorer of Scottish history, as one of the twenty chief associates of 
Bruce in his arduous attempts to restore the liberties of Scotland. 
He is there styled Christopher Seton of Seton." This is the first 
time I remember to have seen the English oj take the place of the 
French de in the family name. 

-A. C.' Swii*u?fl^, iirhis»History of Scotland, as given4n the. 
Encyclopaedia Britannica, gives the name of this Christopher 
Seton as early as 1301. In that year he married Lady Christian 
Bruce, sister of the heroic Robert Bruce, afterward King of Scot- 
land. Sir Christopher was twenty-three years old at that time, 
having been born A. D. 1278. Christian Bruce was the daughter 
of Robert Bruce, Lord of Anandale, and Margaret, heiress of Niel, 
Earl of Carrick. 

The account continues: "On March 25th, 1306, Robert Bruce 
was crowned at Scone, but though a king, he had as yet no king- 
dom. In his efforts to obtain it he was defeated at Methven by 

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Pembroke on June 19th, 1306, and on August 11th of same year 
he was surprised at Strathfillan, where he had taken refuge, by 
Lord Lorn, and was impelled to take refuge on the island of Rath- 
lin, ofif Antrim, Ireland. " Some of the ladies of the household were 
sent prisoners to England ; some were confined in cages and shown 
as curiosities. Nigel Bruce, Robert and Christian's brother, was 
beheaded at Berwick by the victorious English, as was Christopher 
Seton, their brother-in-law, sometime before June 7th, 1307, for 
the crime of faithfully upholding the cause of the rightful heir to 
the Scottish crown, as they professed to believe. 

At the battle of Methven, Bruce was thrice unhorsed, and once 
so nearly taken that the captor, Sir Philip Mowbray, called aloud 
that he had the new-made king, when Sir Christopher Seton felled 
Mowbray to the earth and rescued his master. The large two- 
handed sword, wielded by our common ancestor, is now in the 
possession of George Seton, Esq., of Edinburgh, representative 
of the Setons of Cariston, as we are informed in "An Old Family." 

In G. A. Henty's story, "In Freedom's Cause," it is stated that 
Sir Archibald Forbes, whose mother was a Seaton, was with Sir 
Christopher Seaton at Methven, and assisted him in rescuing 
Bruce from Sir Philip Mowbray and his men. 

After many notable acts against the English, Chrystell was 
taken prisoner at last, in the castle of Loch Doon, near Dalmeling- 
ton, in Ayrshire, through the treachery of one of his retainers 
named MacNab. Sir Christopher was immediately conveyed to 
London, to be exhibited to^e king, and then was brought back 
to Pumfrifis and executed there, because he was present and per- 
mitting Bruce to kill the Red Com}^! in a sudden quarrel in the 
Greyfriars' Church in that town, on February 10, 1305. 

In a quaint Life of Robert Bruce, published in the early part of 
the 18th century, Sir Christopher is enshrined in verse : 

"The noble Seton, ever dear to Fame, 
A Godlike Patriot, and a spotless name, 
By factious Treason in Lochdown betrayed, 
And to Augusta's hostile towers conveyed; 
For Scotia's sake resigned his gallant breath, 
Great in his life, and glorious in his death." 

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The historian Tytler says : " So dear to King Robert was the 
memory of his faithful friend and fellow-warrior, that he after- 
ward erected on the spot where he was executed a little chapel, 
where mass was said for his soul." But Robert Seton says that 
it was the widow of Sir Christopher who was really the one who 
built the chapel for her husband, in honor of the Holy Cross ; but 
her royal brother so generously endowed it by a charter dated at 
Berwick-on-Tweed, the last day of November, 1323, that he is 
sometimes called the founder. 

Sir Richard Maitland, whose mother was a daughter of George 
Lord Seton, left in manuscript a history of the family of Seyton, 
as we learn from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, from which it ap- 
pears he had seen the king's charter endowing the chapel, and that 
he had heard mass there, and that it was still standing in the year 

In Jane Porter's "Scottish Chiefs" mention is made of this 
Sir Richard Maitland of Thirlstane, the Stalwarth Knight of 
Lauderdale, noted in Scottish traditions for his bravery. She 
says that his valiant defense of his castle against the English in his 
extreme old age is still the subject of enthusiasm among the people 
of Lauderdale. One of Sir Richard's daughters was married to 
Lord Mar, but in giving birth to a daughter, who was named 
Isabella and afterward became queen of Scotland by marrying 
Robert Bruce, she died. 

Sir Christopher's widow was confined for a time in a nunnery in 
England, but was liberated in a few years, and died in peace, we 
are told by Robert Seton, D. D., in "An Old Family." 

Sir Walter Scott thus touchingly refers to our friends, Nigel 
Bruce and Christopher Seton, in his "Lord of the Isles," Canto 
second, xxvi: 

" Where 's Nigel Bruce and De la Haye, 
And valiant Seton — where are they? 
Where Somerville, the kind and free? 
And Fraser, the flower of Chivalry?" 

"The large family estates in England were confiscated at this 
time. The manor of Seton, at Whitby Strand, in Yorkshire, was* 

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conferred upon Edmund de Manly, who was later killed at the 
battle of Bannockbum. The more extensive domain in North- 
umberland was granted to William, Lord Latimer, who was made 
a prisoner at the same battle, which occurred June 24, 1314, and 
which determined the independence of Scotland and confirmed the 
title of Robert Bruce as King of that country. '^ 

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" Sir Alexander Seton of Seton (2) succeeded his good father, 
and was knighted by Robert Bruce. He was employed both in 
civil and military affairs, for in January, 1302, he had a safe-con- 
duct into England, and three years later the Scottish king applied 
for another one for him to treat of a peace with the English. In 
1306 there was a mutual indenture made between Sir Gilbert Hay 
of ErroU, Sir Niel Campbell of Lochaw, and Sir Alexander Seton 
of Seton, knights, at the Abbey of Lindores, to defend King Robert 
Bruce and his crown to the last of their blood and fortune. 

"Upon sealing the said indenture they solenmly took the sac- 
rament at Saint Mary's altar in the said abbey church. " " Seton," 
says Alexander Laing, " came of a race that fought bravely and 
suffered much for the independence of Scotland." Sir Alexander 
Seton shared in the glorious victory of Bannockburn, June 24, 
1314. Sir Thomas Gray, on the testimony of his father, who was 
then a prisoner in the Scotch camp, tells us that Alexander Seton 
rode to Bruce's tent in the woods the evening before the battle 
with important information, and advised him to take the offensive 
and attack the English next morning with vigor. 

" Sir Alexander got from his royal imcle, Robert Bruce, impor- 
tant grants of land for services rendered by his father, and also 
certain honorable and uncommon additions to his paternal coat 
of arms. A little later he received another grant — this time of the 
Barony of Barnes, in East Lothian, for his own services, partic- 
ularly in Ireland, whither he had accompanied the king's brother, 
Edward Bruce. 

" The appeal of the Irish chieftains for deliverance from their 
English conquerors, the Scottish expedition to Ireland, the crown- 
ing of Edward Bruce as King of Ireland in 1316, his victorious 
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native assistance, from Carrickfergus to Limerick, his unsuccessful 
siege of Dublin, his retreat northward, and his final defeat and 
death with neariy all of his followers at the battle of Dundalk, on 
October 5, 1318, is one of the most chivalrous episodes, as it was 
one of the most ill-advised measures, in the history of Scotland. 

"Sir Alexander Seton was one of the thirty-nine nobles and 
others who assembled in Pariiament at the Abbey of Arbroath on 
April 6, 1320, and addressed that famous letter to Pope John 
XXII. at Avignon, which is one of the most spirited and patriotic 
documents in history. It induced the Holy See to recognize the 
independence of Scotland and the title of King Robert Bruce. 

" Sir Alexander was a benefactor of the monasteries at Hadding- 
ton, and looked only to pass his remaining years in piety and 
repose; but the peace of the kingdom was violently broken by 
the attempt of Edward Baliol to seize the crown after the death 
of Bruce, and during the minority of his son David II.'' 

Maitland tells us in his History of Scotland, page 201, that 
Edward Baliol, who wished to be made king, came to Kinghom 
and there landed his forces on August 1, 1331. On the arrival of 
the fleet, Alexander Seton, a nobleman who happened to be there 
at the time, strove to oppose them, but he had so few followers at 
hand, in comparison with those of Baliol, that he and most of his 
followers were cut off. 

Sir Alexander married Isabel, daughter of Duncan, tenth Earl 
of Fife. In this connection Robert Seton remarks that up to the 
eighteenth century, there is not another family in Scotland that 
made so many advantageous marriages and gave so many younger 
sons to heiresses. 

Sir Alexander Seton (3) succeeded to Alexander II., his father, 
and was truly a noble knight and renowned in Scottish prose and 

He was made captain and keeper of Berwick in April, 1333, 
bringing as his contribution to the defense of that important 
town, one hundred men-at-arms and five gallant sons. Buchanan 
here comes to our aid, telling us that Edward Baliol was made 
king in August, 1332. About four months later the party of Bruce, 
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arations for war, strongly fortifying Berwick because they be- 
lieved the English would attack that place first. Alexander 
Seton, a worthy knight, was made governor of the town. The 
English king demanded Berwick of the Scots, but they replied 
among other things, that they were resolved to die a noble death 
rather than consent to a peace unjust to themselves and their 
kingdom. They appeared to appreciate the Latin motto, AiU 
mors aut vita decora. The English king then besieged Berwick by 
sea and land with vast forces, giving the besieged no rest either 
by night or day. The Scots boldly sallied out upon the English 
every day. They also threw fire into the English ships which lay 
in the river, and burned many of them. 

In these skirmishes William Seton, the Governor's son, was lost, 
and was much lamented by all on account of his singular valor; 
for while he endeavored to leap into one of the English ships, his 
own being driven too far off by the waves, he fell into the sea and 
was drowned. Another son of the governor, Alexander, in too 
great eagerness, proceeded so far in a sally that he was taken by 
the English. 

The siege began on the 13th of April, and it was now July. The 
garrison became straitened for want of provisions ; so the town, 
no longer able to hold out against such great odds, made an agree- 
ment with the English to surrender if no help arrived by the 30th 
of the month. For a guarantee of the faithful carrying out of the 
arrangement, Thomas Seton, the governor's eldest son, was given 
to the English as a hostage. Archibald Douglas, captain general, 
hearing of the agreement made by Alexander Seton, changed his 
plan of marching into England, and went toward Berwick. When 
his force came in sight of the English king, he sent a herald into 
the town to tell Governor Seton that unless he surrendered at 
once, he would put his son Thomas to death, although the day 
had not arrived for the surrender according to the agreement. 
The English set up a gallow^s where it could be easily seen by 
the Scots, and caused the governor's two sons, Alexander and 
Thomas, the one a prisoner of war and the other a hostage, to be 
brought forth for execution. At this dreadful sight Governor 
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by his heroic wife, the mother of the boys, and one of the most 
patriotic, courageous and far-seeing women of any age, it was de- 
cided to defend the town that had been committed to his care^ at 
all hazards, rather than betray his trust. What a terrible position 
for parents to be placed in, all who have children of their own can 
perhaps realize! The English king, Edward III., carried out his 
threat, and executed the boys. In the battle that followed from 
ten thousand to fourteen thousand Scots were slain, the most of 
them of the better class, as Buchanan assures us. After the battle, 
when there was no further hope of relief, Alexander Seton surren- 
dered the town of Berwick upon condition that the people should 
march out with all their goods. 

The heroic wife of Alexander Seton was Christian Cheyne of 
Straloch, who belonged to a Norman-Scotch family, a family of 
well-connected notables of Scotland. He died at a good old age, 
and was buried at Seton Church, leaving two sons, Alexander, 
who succeeded him, and John, founder of the Parbroach branch of 
the family. 

"Sir Alexander Seton, Knight (4), succeeded to his patri- 
monial estates, yet lived to enjoy them only a few years. He was 
the third, but eldest surviving son of the late Governor of Ber- 
wick. He married Margaret, sister to Sir William Murray, Cap- 
tain of Edinburgh Castle, by whom he left an only child, a 
daughter, named Margaret for her mother; so that in him the 
direct male line of the family came, partially at least, to an end." 

Taylor says that Sir Alexander sought refuge from his sorrows 
and troubles in a hospital of the order of Saint John of Jerusalem, 
and his daughter Margaret became the heiress of his extensive 

" Margaret, heiress of Seton, Lady Margaret Seton, was forci- 
bly abducted in 1347 by a neighboring baron, Alan de Win ton, a 
distant kinsman of her own and a cadet of the Seton family. 
This outrage caused a bloody contest in Lothian ; on which occa- 
sion, says Fordun, a hundred plows were laid aside from labor.'' 

In a ballad entitled "Alan of Win ton and the Heiress of Seton," 

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we find some verses, in one stanza of which an allusion is made 
to the family crest and slogan : 

"One hundred ploughs unharnessed lie, 
The dusky collier leaves his mines. 
A Seton! is the gathering-cry, 
And far the fiery Dragon shines." 

When Margaret Seton was rescued and Alan de Winton con- 
fronted by the Seton family, she was handed a ring and a dagger, 
with permission to give him either love or death. She gave him 
the ring, and they were happy ever afterward. It is supposed 
that Henry de Wynton was a younger son of this marriage. He 
was one of the heroes of Otterburn, August 19, 1388 Alan de 
Winton assumed his wife's name, and died in the Holy Land, leav- 
ing a daughter, Christian, who became the Countess of Dunbar 
and March, and two sons. Sir William Seton, his successor, and 
Henry, who retained his father's surname and inherited Wrychts- 
houses. He married Amy Brown, of Colston. 

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"Sir William Seton of Seton, first Lord Seton. He was a 
famous knight in the middle of the fourteenth century, and visited 
Jerusalem. On his return he took part, in 1383, with the Bor- 
derers of Scotland, in that raid into England described so graph- 
ically by Froissart (who names him), *for they said there had been 
such damage done to their lands as was disagreeable to themselves 
and friends, which they would revenge the very first opportunity.' 
They came back with a rich booty in prisoners and cattle. Frois- 
sart mentions in the same year a Sir John Seton, who took part 
with the English in the counter-raid into Scotland. He must have 
been one of the Yorkshire Setons. Those were days of murderous 
and almost constant fighting between the Scotch and English; 
and one of the battles is forever celebrated in poetry and romance. 
The battle of Otterbum, which furnished material for the ballad 
of Chevy ChasCj was fought on the 19th of August, 1388, and Sir 
William Seton was there. Maitland informs us that 

Sir William Seton * was the first created and made lord in the par- 
liament, and he and his posterity to have a vote therein, and be 
called Lords.' Several of his ancestors sat in Parliament. . . . 
In a manuscript of the British Museum, Sir William Seton is 
styled 'Wilhelmus primus Dns. Seton,' and several other doc- 
uments confirm the title to him. His descendant refused an earl- 
dom in the sixteenth century, because he preferred the distinction 
of being the premier Baron of Scotland. The precise date of the 
creation is unknown, but it is reasonably presumed to have been 
sometime before 1393. Lord Seton married Catharine, daughter 
of Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston, a great house at that 
time. By her he had tw^o sons and six daughters. The eldest 
son, John, succeeded his father, while the second son, Alexander, 
married, in 1408, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Adam 
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founded a family of Seton blood which rose to fame and im- 
portance and the highest rank of the peerage. ... 

"Alexander Seton was created Lord of Parliament as Lord 
Gordon about 1437. His son, Alexander Seton, Lord Gordon, 
assumed his mother^s surname, and was created Earl of Huntley. 
While some of the descendants of this marriage took the name of 
Gordon, others retained that of Seton. The Marquess of Huntley 
(Premier Marquess of Scotland) is descended from him in the male, 
and the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in the female line. The 
daughters of William and Catherine all married well. Margaret — 
John, Lord Kennedy; Marion — Sir John Ogilvy of Lintrathen; 
Jean — ^John, Lord L34e; Catharine — Bernard Haldane of Glen- 
eagles; Anna — Hamilton of Preston; Lucy — Lauder of Poppill. 
All these were men of old family and personal distinction. . . 

"Lord Seton belonged to the third Order of Saint Francis, and 
dying in February, 1409, was buried in the Church of the Fran- 
ciscan Friars in Haddington, to whom he left by will six loads of 
coal weekly, out of his coal-pit of Tranent, and forty shillings 
annually, to be charged to his estate of Barnes. His widow is 
described as a virtuous and energetic woman, who got husbands 
for four of her daughters, and built a chantry on the south side of 
the parish church of Seton, prepared a tomb for herself there, and 
made provision for a priest to say mass perpetually for the repose 
of her soul.*' 

Chambers's "The Family of Gordon'' says: "The last of the 
Gordons in direct line came to an end in Sir Adam Gordon, who 
fell at Homildon in 1402, leaving an only child, a daughter, Eliz- 
abeth, to inherit Ws lands." This Elizabeth Gordon married 
Alexander Seton, son of Sir William of Seton, before 1408, who, be- 
fore 1437, was created Lord of Gordon. Their son, Alexander, 
who took the name Gordon, was made Earl of Huntley in 1445, 
and Lord of Badenoch a few years later. In Sir Robert Gordon's 
Genealogical History of the Earl of Lutherland, written in 1639 
by Sir Robert Gordon and published in 1813 in Edinburgh, it is 
stated that George Gordon, Lord Byron, the poet, was descended 
from a younger son of the second Earl of Huntley, grandson of 
Alexander Seton. 

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Another Gordon, Patrick, a soldier of fortune, being a younger 
brother, became the Lieutenant-General and finally the General 
of the Russian army. King James II. of England wished him to 
enter the English service, but he was unable to obtain permission 
to leave the Russian service. He died at Moscow, November 29, 
1699. "The Czar Peter visited him five times during his illness, 
and had been twice by his bed during the night,. stood weeping by 
his bed as Patrick drew his last breath ; and the eyes of him who 
left Scotland a poor boy were closed by the hands of an emperor. '' 

The first Lord Seton owned extensive tracts of land in each of 
the three Lothians, East, Mid and West Lothian, the Lothians 
being later created into the counties of Haddington, Edinburgh, 
and Linlithgow of Scotland. In this connection it may not be 
considered out of place to mention the fact that there is a village 
of Linlithgow in Columbia county, New York, which was probably 
named for the place of the same name in Scotland, as there were 
many persons of Scotch descent among its early settlers. 

In the "Lost Heir of Linlithgow,'' by Mrs. E. D. E. N. South- 
worth, Eglantine Seton, Baroness of Linlithgow in her own right, 
orphan, niece, and ward of the Earl of Torsach, is given a very 
singular and interesting history. She was said to have been 
presumptive heir to four great estates, situated severally in Scot- 
land, England, Wales, and Ireland. Before her twelfth year she 
had succeeded to each of these rich estates, and so came to be 
called "the combined heiress.'' Her father was the tenth and 
last Baron of Linlithgow, and upon his death Eglantine became 
Baroness Linlithgow in her own right. Her home was Seton 
Court, and her tutor was the Rev. Mr. Graham, a retired clergy- 
man. She was possessed of a "colossal fortune," and Alexander, 
Earl of Ornoch, was attracted and delighted by her "glad eyes" 
and fell in love with her at first sight. Eglantine, however, 
loved William Douglas, a nephew of Dougald Douglas of Inch 
Trosach, and married him. 

There was also mentioned a Dr. David Seton, of the village of 
Seton, who was a distant relative of the Setons of Linlithgow, and 
who was educated in Edinburgh. 

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capital city, Edwin's Burgh (Edinburgh), and the village of Lin- 
lithgow, about fourteen miles west of the former place. This 
castle was known as Niddry Castle, or Seton's Niddry. It appears 
to have descended from generation to generation until George, 
fifth Lord Seton, finally owned it. 

Sir Walter Scott, in ''The Abbot,'' mentions Mary Queen of 
Scots having visited the castle, and every Life of the unfortunate 
Queen that I have seen confirms the statement of the story. The 
castle was finally confiscated with other immovable property be- 
longing to the family, and at last account was nothing but a ruin 
belonging to Lord Hopetoun. 

Lord Seton also owned a palace in Edinburgh, which has been 
mentioned by many writers. The best description of this magnifi- 
cent structure known to the writer is that of Scott, who calls it 
the Palace of Seyton. From his description it appears to have 
been entered through an arched gate from Cannongate street, 
which arch was graced by a shield supported by two huge foxes of 
stone. There was a paved court before the house that was dec- 
orated with large formal vases of stone, in which yews, cypress and 
other evergreens vegetated in somber sullenness and gave a cor- 
responding degree of solemnity to the h'gh and heavy building in 
front of which they were placed as ornaments, aspiring toward a 
square portion of the blue hemisphere, corresponding exactly in 
extent to the blue quadrangle in which they were placed, and all 
around which rose huge black walls, exhibiting windows in five 
stories, with heavy architraves over each, bearing armorial and 
religious devices. In the center of the lower front of the court 
was a large door where hung a bobbin attached to a heavy and 
massive latch, which admitted to the large hall, or vestibule, 
lighted dimly by latticed casements of painted glass. The walls 
were surrounded with suits of ancient and rusted armor, inter- 
charged with huge and massive stone scutcheons, bearing double 
tressures, fleured and counter-fleured, wheat sheaves, coronets, and 
so forth. Several folding doors led from this apartment to the 
other parts of the massive building where the family lived during a 
portion of each year. 

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"John, second Lord Seton, was intended for the Heiress of 
Gordon, but secretly wedded Janet Dunbar, daughter of the Earl 
of March, much to his father's displeasure. He had one son by 
her, who predeceased him, and three daughters. Lord Seton was 
appointed Master of the Household by King James I., and was 
sent on a mission to France. He is described as a good fighter and 
a great hater of the English, and was taken prisoner at the battle 
of Homildon Hill, in 1402. He had several safe-conducts to Eng- 
land between 1409 and 1421, and died about 1441, when he was 
buried in his mother's chantry at Seton Church. 

" His daughters were disposed of as follows : Christian married 
Norman Leslie of Rothes, by papal dispensation from the fourth 
degree of consanguinity, obtained in December, 1415; Janet 
married Sir Robert Keith, son of the Earl Marischal; Marian 
married Sir William Baillie of Laminton, in Lanarkshire, now 
represented by Baillie of Dochfour, County Inverness, and in Ire- 
land by Baillie of Ringdufferin, County Down.'' 

William, Master of Seton (eldest son of a baron) "first appears 
in a charter which he witnessed in 1423, where he is described as 
* William Seton, son and heir of John, Lord Seton.' ^' 

In the wars of France there were Scotchmen on both sides. 
An Alexander Seton, who cannot now be identified, took forty 
lances and forty men-at-arms ... to the assistance of 
King Henry V. in 1421. The Master of Seton accompanied the 
Scotch Auxiliaries to the assistance of the French, and after shar- 
ing in the victory of Bauge was slain at the bloody battle of Ver- 
neuil, August 17, 1424. By his wife, whose name is unrecorded, 
William, Master of Seton, left a son George, who succeeded his 
grandfather, and two daughters: Catharine, who married Alan 
Stuart of Damley, and was mother of the first Earl of Lennox; 
and Janet, who married John, second Lord Haliburton. 

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From a work on "The Scots Guards in France," by Father 
William Forbes-Leith, S. J., Robert Seton gives an account of 
some matters of family interest not found elsewhere: "As early 
as the first dispatch of Scotch Auxiliaries to France, two Setons^ 
Thomas and his brother, are found each at the head of a company 
of men-at-arms and archers, and were 'conspicuous amongst the 
most faithful followers of the Dauphin. Thomas was favored 
with the estate of Lingeais and appointed to accompany Charles 
wherever he went.' Sir Thomas Seton was killed a few years 
later, before the fortress of Cravant. ... To conclude a 
short digression, Setons are foimd officers and gentlemen-privates 
in this celebrated corps [the Scots Guards] from 1419 to 1679, the 
last of our name on the list and muster-rolls being David Seton, 

" George, third Lord Seton, succeeded to the title and estates 
while still a minor, * being bot nyne yeirs of age,' and was secured 
as a rich prize by Sir William Crichton, the powerful but imscrupu- 
lous Lord Chancellor, who then held possession of Edinburgh 
Castle. . When George grew up he accompanied Crich- 

ton, who, after all, could not have meant him wrong, on an em- 
bassy to France and Burgundy, and had a safe-conduct to pass 
through England, April 23, 1448. He was very tall and handsome, 
a good scholar, and an accompHshed courtier. He made a great 
match, marrying Lady Margaret Stewart, only daughter and heir- 
ess of the gallant John, Earl of Buchan, younger son of Robert, 
Duke of Albany, Regent of Scotland, and grandson of King Robert 
II., of which branch of the royal Stuarts the Setons are the only 
representatives. For his victory at Bauge 22d March, 1421, the 
earl was made Constable of France. His wife was Elizabeth, 
daughter of Archibald, fourth Earl of Douglas in Scotland, and 
Duke of Touraine in France. He was one of the foremost war- 
riors of his time." 

By this marriage Lord Seton had a son called John, of whom 
hereafter, and a daughter Christian, who married Hugh Douglas of 
Corehead. This lord kept a great house, and was given to enter- 
taining. He restored and embellished the parish church of Seton. 

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"After he had lived a long and honorable life/' says Maitland, 
"he died in the Convent of Black Friars (Dominicans) at Edin- 
burgh, and was buried in the choir of their church. He left them, 
by will, twenty marks to be paid annually out of his estate of 
Hartsyde, in Berwickshire. '^ 

"John, Master of Seton, died during the lifetime of his father, 
and was buried in the parish church of Seton. He married Chris- 
tian, daughter of the first Lord Lindsay of the Byres, by whom he 
had three sons and a daughter, who married the second Lord Lyle. 
The eldest son, George, succeeded his grandfather; the next son 
was John, who had a son killed by robbers in Annandale while 
returning, with too small an escort, from a military expedition 
into England ; the youngest son was Alexander, who had, besides 
a son called John, Baillie of Tranent, who married and had issue, 
a daughter Christian, who was wedded to Preston of Whitehill." 

George, fourth Lord Setox, succeeded his grandfather, and 
exemplified in his person the hereditary love of learning in his 
family. Maitland says : " He was much given to letters, and was 
cunning in divers sciences, as in astrology, music, and theology. 
He was so devoted to study that even after his marriage he went 
to the University of Saint Andrew^s, and after a while to that of 
Paris, to prosecute his researches." Between 1485 and 1503 he 
was engaged in the public affairs of the kingdom, while at the 
same time devoting considerable attention to his patrimonial 
estates, with a fine eye to architecture and to the dignity of re- 
ligion. In this line he built Winton House, and laid out the garden 
and park around it ; but his most enduring memorial is the Col- 
legiate Church of Seton. A Church of Seton, Ecclesia de Seetburiy 
is mentioned as early as 1242, and the Rev. Joseph Stevenson, 
S. J., discovered "a presentation of the Church of Seyton, in the 
year 1296.'' It must have been a considerable church even be- 
fore it was made collegiate by papal authority, because a Brief 
of Pope Paul II., in 1456, which is preserved among the treasures 
of the society of Antiquaries at Edinburgh, mentions the "Provost 
of Seton — Prepositus de Seton.^^ Schools of elementary Instruction 
were almost alwavs attached to these old Scottish churches. 

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There exists in the Advocates' Library at Edinburgh a Brief of 
Pope Alexander VI., written on vellum, and dated 1492, dans 
protestatem . . , ad procedendum ecclesiw coUegiatce de Seton, 
In consequence, Lord Seton, on June 20, 1493, had the provisions 
of the Brief carried out by the ecclesiastical authorities to whom it 
had been committed, viz., the Bishops of Candida Casa (Whithorn) 
and Dunblane, and the Abbot of Newbattle. It is one of the only 
two remaining churches in Scotland that are roofed with stone.'' 

The following is Robert Seton, D. D.'s, description of the col- 
legiate church of Seton : 

"This little church, whose original pile was very ancient, is 
situated near the sea-coast of Scotland, about twelve miles below 
Edinburgh, and rears itself close to the mansion-house of the 
Setons. It enclosed for many centuries their family tomb, and 
received from them whatever decorations, endowments, furniture 
of sacred vessels, and ornaments they imagined could add to its 
magnificence. The present structure was erected in the thir- 
teenth century, and King Robert I. granted to the *town of Seton 
the liberty of having a weekly market every holiday after mass,' 
when the traders would expose their goods in booths beside the 
church, where the presence of the clergy and the sanctity of the 
place, under the invocation of Our Lady and Saint Bennet (Ben- 
edict), patron of the family, .tended to preserve order among the 
people and justice in their dealings. In the year 1493 it was made 
a collegiate establishment for a provost, six prebendaries, two 
singing-boys, and a clerk, to whose support George, Lord Seton, 
assigned the tithes of the church and various ehaplainries which 
had been founded in it by his ancestors. At later dates other 
members of the family made additions to the edifice, multiplied 
its ornaments, increased its wealth, and raised within it some 
sumptuous monuments. In 1544 the English invaders, while de- 
stroying the neighboring castle, desecrated the church ; and after 
removing the bells, organ, and other portable objects to their 
ships, burnt the beautiful timberwork within. The church was 
soon restored, and during the commotions of the Reformation 
had the good fortune to escape almost uninjured. It remained 
perfect until the Stuart troubles of 1715, when the Hanoverian 


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troops quartered in the castle and vicirtity defaced the interior of 
the building, broke the tombs, and tore up the pavement in search 
of hidden treasures and for the lead that encased the bodies. 

"Seton Church while undamaged was a handsome cruciform 
Gothic structure with a central tower. Now it stands desolate 
amid ancestral oaks entwined by ivy — the family badge — retaining 
little of its former self, and showing only an impressive and death- 
like beauty of an architectural ruin. The Earl of Wemyss and 
March, a descendant, but not the representative of the original 
owners, is the present proprietor, and has arrested the further 
progress of decay. It has long been a favorite subject with ar- 

The illustration in this book was taken from the one in "An 
Old Family ^^ which was made from Swon's engraving in the Mait- 
land Oub edition of the History of the House of Seyton which was 
published in 1829 for the Maitland Club. It was brought down to 
the year 1559 then, and Alexander, Viscount Kingston, wrote a 
continuation to 1687. 

**A curious feature of Seton Church is the hagioscope, vulgarly 
called ^squint,' which is an opening frequently found on one 
side, and sometimes on both sides, of a chancel arch, arranged 
obliquely and converging toward the altar in order to enable the 
w^orshippers in the side aisles of a church to witness the Elevation 
of the Host during mass. It is the only one now existing in Scot- 
land. It may be an interesting item that the last burial in this 
old church (until within these later years, when the Weymes fam- 
ily are beginning to be interred there) w^as that of Miss Matilda 
Seton, on December 8, 1750," says Robert Seton, adding: "I do 
not know who she was." 

The following short excerpt from "The Ruins of Seton Chapel," 
by David Macbeth Moir, taken from "An Old Family," tells its 
own story: 

"And, O! sad emblem of entire neglect, 
In rank luxuriance, the nettles spread 
Behind the ma-ssive tablature of death, 
Hanging their pointed leaves and seedy stalks 
Above the graves, so lonesome and so low 
Of famous men, now utterly unknown, 

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Yet whose heroic deeds were, in their day, 

The theme of loud acclaim, — when Seton^s arm 

In power with Stuart and with Douglas vied. 

Clad in the robes of state, or graith of war, 

A proud procession, o'er the stage of time, 

As century on century wheeled away, 

They passed ; and, with the escutcheons mouldering o'er 

The little spot, where voiceless they sleep. 

Their memories have decayed; nay, even their bones 

Are crumbled down to undistinguished dust. 

Mocking the Herald, who, with pompous tones, 

Would set their proud array of quarterings forth, 

Down to the day of Christal and De Bruce." 

" The most notable affair in the life of this lord was his capture 
by Dunkirkers in the course of one of his voyages to France. 
After losing all of his baggage he was obliged to ransom his life 
from these Flemish pirates or privateers, but with the firm resolve 
to bide his time and punish them severely. This he did soon after, 
although at great cost to himself in land and money. On the 22d 
of January, 1498, as appears in the Registry of the Privy Seal, 
he bought a ship from the King of Scotland called the Eagle, 
fitted her for war, and put to sea against his enemies, slew many 
of them, took and destroyed several of their vessels. The stream- 
ers and flags, embroidered with the family arms, used on this oc- 
casion were preserved at Seton Castle, and were seen and described 
by Alexander Nesbit, the writer on Heraldry, over two hundred 
years later. Lord Seton married Lady Margaret Campbell, eldest 
daughter of Colon, first Earl of Argyll, and had three sons and two 
daughters: George, his successor; John, who died without issue; 
Robert, a man-at-arms in France, who died in the Castle of La 
Rocca, at Milan, during the Italian wars of Louis XIL, leaving 
two sons: William, also a man-at-arms, in the Scotch Guards in 
France, and Alexander, who married Janet Sinclair, Heiress of 
Northrig, and founded the line of Setons of Northrig; Martha, 
who married William Maitland of Lethington, of an ancient family, 
and was ancestress of the Earl of Lauderdale. Catharine, re- 
fusing many good offers of marriage, entered the Convent of Saint 
Catharine of Siena at Edinburgh, and died there a professed sister 
at the age of seventy-eight." 

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"George, fifth Lord Seton. During his brief career he com- 
pleted certain portions of the house at Seton, and repaired the 
great dungeon. He was also a generous benefactor to his Colle- 
giate Church. By his wife, Lady Janet Hepburn, daughter of 
Patrick, first Earl of Bothwell, he had, besides a daughter Mariota 
(or Marion), who in 1530 married Hugh, second Earl of Eglinton, 
three sons, the first and third of whom died young, and the second 
succeeded to the title. This lord was very familiar with the 
chivalrous King James IV., and was among the valiant ones who 
died at Flodden on September 19, 1513. His body was brought 
home and buried with great lamentation in the choir of Seton 
Church beside his father : 

" ' Sleep in peace with kindred ashes 
Of the noble and the true, 
Hands that never failed their country, 
Hearts that never baseness knew.' 

"Lady Seton continued a widow until her death, forty-five 
years after, and was a wise mother to her children and grand- 
children, and a very pious woman. Sir Richard Maitland enu- 
merates some of her many benefactions to Seton Church — a silver 
processional cross, sacred vessels, rich and complete sets of vest- 
ments, antependiums of fine woven arras, besides adding new 
furniture to the revestry, founding two more prebends, and en- 
larging the priest's chambers near the church, parts of which re- 
main. When her son came of age she retired to the Convent of 
Saint Catharine of Siena, at Edinburgh, of which she was a large 
benefactress, as others of the family had been before. 
Lady Seton died in this convent in 1558. Her body was honorably 
transported to Seton, and buried in the choir of the church beside 
her liusband. Saint Catharine ^s Convent, commonly called 'The 

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Sciennes/ was destroyed at the Reformation, and the inmates dis- 
persed. Nothing now remains of it, and even the site is built over, 
the only memorial being the name, ^ Saint Catharine's Place.' . . . 

"George, sixth Lord Setox, succeeded his father in 1513, and 
was *a good, wise, and virtuous man.' This lord repaired the 
older parts of Niddry Castle, in his Barony of Wynchburgh, and 
enlarged it. The top of the old square tower is distinctly seen 
among the trees as the train from Edinburgh speeds northward. 

" ' In former days the traveler to Stirling commonly went by the 
way of Linlithgow, which is the place where Mary Stuart was 
born, and he was all the more prompted to think of that enchanting 
woman because he usually caught a glimpse of the ruins of Niddry 
Castle — one of the houses of her faithful Lord Seton — at which she 
rested on the romantic and memorable occasion of her flight from 
Lochleven.' — William Winter : Gray Days and Gold. 

"Maitland describes this Lord Seton as much given to manly 
games and outdoor sports, especially hawking, and says that he 
was reputed to be 'the best falconer in his day.' On November 
17, 1533, he first appears in public life as an extraordinary Lord 
among the Senators of the College of Justice, an institution which 
had only been founded the preceding year. In 1542 he was as- 
sociated with Lords Huntley and Home in command of a strong 
force organized to watch the operations of the English troops 
while King James V. himself assembled a large army at Edinburgh. 
In March, 1543, he was intrusted with the keeping of Cardinal 
Beton, who was accused of treasonable correspondence with 
France. In May, 1544, Seton Castle was burnt, and the church 
greatly injured by the English invaders, who carried away every- 
thing they could. This unfortunate nobleman died on July 17, 
1549, at the Abbey of Culross, and was buried in the choir, be- 
cause the English then garrisoned Haddington and harried the 
lands of the Barons round about. When they evacuated the 
country, his body was conveyed to Seton by his wife and a large 
company of kinsmen and friends to be entombed in his own 
church. He was twice married. His first wife — 1527 — was 
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whom he had two boys and five girls. The eldest son, George, 
succeeded as seventh Lord Seton. John, the second son, founded 
the Setons of Cariston by marrying Isabel, Heiress of David Bal- 
four of Cariston, in the County of Fife, *of a very old standing 
family,' which is traced back to Sir Michael Balfour, who died in 
1344. Of the five daughters, Beatrix married George, eldest son 
and heir of Sir Walter Ogilvy of Dunlugus. Their grandson was 
created a peer in 1642 as Baron Ogilvy of Banss, for his eminent 
services in the royal cause. The title is dormant since 1803. 

"Helen [Maitland says Eleanor] married Hugh, who succeeded 
as seventh Lord Somerville, a peerage created in 1430 and dormant 
since 1872. 

"Lord Seton married, secondly, a French woman of noble birth, 
Lady Mary Pyeris, who came to Scotland in the suite of Mary of 
Lorraine, daughter of the Duke of Guise and second wife of King 
James V., by whom she was the mother of the ill-fated Mary 
Queen of Scots. By this foreign marriage, something most un- 
usual at that time, and in Scotland, 

" * Land of the brown heath and shaggy wood, 
Land of the raountam and the flood,' 

Lord Seton had two sons, who left no descendants, and an only 
daughter, Mary, who w^as one of the Four Marys." 

From Chambers we learn that George, sixth Lord Seton, was 
immovably faithful to Queen Mary during all the mutabilities of 
her fortune, and that he was master of the household of the king, 
in which capacity he had a portrait of himself painted with his 
official baton and the following motto : 

"In adversitate, patiens; 
In prosperitate, benevolous. 
Hazard, yet forward." 

But Robert Seton ascribes all this to the seventh lord. 

Chambers also describes the joyous times at Seton, and the beau- 
tiful necklace won as a prize by Mary Seton at golf in a game 
against the queen. 

Scott mentions a George Seyton, son of this Lord Seyton, as 

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having been wounded in the Leslie-Seyton skirmish in the streets 
of Edinburgh. He also writes of a Dick Seyton of Wyndygoul, 
who was run through the arm by Ralph Leslie in the same en- 
counter, but says two of the Leslies suffered phlebotomy at the 
same time. He likewise speaks of a Catharine Seyton and a Henry 
Seyton, twin brother and sister, children of Lord Seyton, both of 
whom assisted at the escape of Queen Mary from Lochleven Castle, 
where she was held a prisoner. From Scott ^s remarks it seems that 
Catharine and Mary Seyton were one and the same person. He 
describes her as "a modest young lady of sixteen, with soft and 
brilliant, deep-blue eyes, well-formed eyebrows, rich wavy tresses, 
of excellent shape, bordering perhaps on embonpoint, and there- 
fore rather a Hebe than a Sylph, but beautifully formed, with 
round and taper fingers. She was an attendant of Queen Mary's 
at Lochleven Castle." 

Henry Seyton was described as being a fiery youth, bold and 
fearless, with laughing full blue eyes, a nose with the slightest 
possible inclination to be aquiline, of a firm, bold step. He is 
represented as applying his riding-whip to the shoulders of a lout 
who stood before him and maintained his position with clownish 
obstinacy, or stupidity. He was dressed in purple velvet and 
embroidery. To a maid of the inn he promised a groat to-night 
and a kiss on Sunday, "when you have on a cleaner kirtle," for 
some slight service she was to perform for him. 

To Adam Woodcock, the falconer of Sir Halbert Glendenning, 
who offered him a drink, by way of courtesy, and to sing him a 
song railing at the Pope, he replied : " He who speaks irreverently 
of the Holy Father of the Church in my presence is the cub of a 
wolf-bitch, and I will switch him as I would a mongrel cur." And 
when the singer started in again, Henry struck him a blinding 
blow across the eyes. He is said to have killed one Dryfesdale, 
who spoke slightingly of his religion and collared Henry and tried 
to have him arrested, and was himself killed in the battle of Lang- 
side, following the flight from Lochleven Castle, at which time 
George Douglas also met his death, as the story goes. 

During the time of this Lord Seton, in the year 1539, King 
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where he caused James Hamilton, Sheriff of Linlithgow, to be 
brought to his trial and the king's court was duly convened there, 
when the prisoner was convicted of breaking open the royal bed- 
chamber with a design to kill the king, and condemned. His 
head was struck off, his body dismembered, after execution, and 
the quarters hung up in the public places in Edinburgh. Such 
was the inhuman practice in England and Scotland in that bar- 
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"George, seventh Lord Seton, was born in 1531, and suc- 
ceeded his father in 1549. It was to this ' noble and mighty lord ' 
that Maitland dedicated his history of the Seyton Family, begun 
at the request of his father. He was addicted to horse-racing and 
to hawking in his youth, and on May 10, 1552, won a silver bell 
which was run for at Haddington, the county town. 

"Before he was twenty he married Isabel, daughter and heiress 
of Sir William Hamilton of Sanquhar, at the time one of the Sen- 
ators of the College of Justice in Edinburgh Castle, a singular 
combination of peace and war. She brought him the Manor of 
Sorn and other lands in Kyle. A number of gold medals w^ere 
struck to commemorate this union, on account, especially, of the 
bride's relationship to the Earl of Arran, Regent of Scotland and 
Duke of Chatellerault in France. The medal is now very rare. 
The Hamiltons have ranked for upward of four hundred years 
among the most prominent and powerful of the Scottish nobility. 

" Sir William Hamilton of Sanquhar was also Lord-Treasurer to 
James V., and invited his Majesty to Sorn Castle, in Ayrshire, to 
be present at the marriage of his daughter to Lord Seton. On the 
eve of the appointed day the king set out on the journey ; * but he 
had to traverse a long and dreary tract of moor, moss, and miry 
clay, where there was neither road nor bridge; and when about 
half-way from Glasgow, he rode his horse into a quagmire, and 
was with difficulty extricated from his perilous seat in the saddle. 
Far from a house, exposed to the bleak wind of a cold day, and 
environed on all sides by a cheerless moor, he was compelled to 
take a cold refreshment in no better position than by the side of a 
prosaic well.' The well at which he sat and swore is still there, 
and is called the King's Well; and the quagmire in which his 
horse floundered is ironically called the King's Stable. 

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"Soon after coming of age, Lord Seton was elected Provost of 
Edinburgh, and governed the capital for several tumultuous years 
with firnmess and discretion. On one occasion there was an up- 
roar in the city, whereupon two of the mimicipal officers hurried 
out to the Provost at Seton; but he, finding that they were to 
blame, promptly confined them in his castle dungeon, while he 
rode into Edinburgh, summoned the guard, and suppressed the 

When the marriage of Mary Queen of Scots and the Dauphin of 
France, afterward Francis II., was under consideration, in 1558, 
eight ambassadors were chosen in Scotland to go over to France to 
complete the arrangements. Among these was named George 
Seton, Governor of Edinburgh. Soon after they had embarked 
a violent gale of wind arose, in which two of the ships were sunk. 
The rest of the fleet was scattered, but sometime later arrived at 
different ports in France. The commissioners could not come to 
any satisfactory agreement with the French court, and were dis- 
missed the court. Before they had time to embark for Scot- 
land, four of their number died, from poisoning as some thought, 
but George Seton 's name does not appear among those who died, 
and he returned to Scotland, as Buchanan tells the tale. On this 
occasion we are told that the king made George, Lord Seton, a 
present of magnificent silver plate, superior to anything seen in 
Scotland, w^hich, after serving at banquets prepared for royalty 
at Winton House and Seton Castle, was finally stolen and beaten 
to pieces or melted down, at the time the castle was plundered in 
the troublous times of 1715. One of the noteworthy deeds of 
Lord Seton was the bringing of the first coach to Scotland when 
the Queen returned from France. 

After the marriage of Mary Stuart and Francis II. was finally 
consummated. Lord Seton was sent to England to present Queen 
Mary's portrait to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, and was enter- 
tained in a sumptuous manner at the English court. He also 
went to France to accompany Queen Mary back to Scotland after 
her husband had died, and she made him one of her Privy Council, 
and appointed him Master of the Household. He was also a 
knight of the most noble Order of the Thistle. 

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In June, 1567, Queen Mary and Bothwell, with several lords, 
who had answered their unhappy sovereign's appeal, and a con- 
siderable force assembled for battle, marching along gathering 
friends and distributing arms among her subjects as she went. 
Before night they reached Seton, but, there being so many of them, 
they could not all be quartered there, so they divided their num- 
bers, some going to each of two neighboring villages. 

On various parts of his castle he inscribed, as representing his 
religious and political creed, the following French legend : 

** Un Dieu, un Foy, un Loy." 

Robert Seton gives a slightly different rendering of this inscription, 
as follows : 

"Un Dieu, Une Foy, Un Roy, Une Loy." 

He is said to have declined to be promoted to an earldom which 
Queen Mary offered him at the same time she advanced her natural 
brother to be Earl of Mar. On refusing this honor, Mary wrote or 
caused to be written, according to Chambers, the following lines 
in Latin and French : 

"Sunt comites, decesque alii, sunt denique regis, 
Setoni dominum sit sates esse mithi. 
II a des <*omptes, des roys, des duces, ainsi 
C'est assez pour moy d'estre Seigneur Seton." 

Which was rendered by Sir Walter Scott as follows : 

"Earl, duke or king, be thou that list to be; 
Seton, thy lordship is enough for me." 

Robert Seton says this inscription was written by Mary, herself, 
with her diamond ring, upon a window of the great hall called 
Sampson's Hall, at Seton. 

Lord "Seyton'' was described by Sir Walter Scott in *'The 
Abbot" as he appeared at his castle after the encounter with the 
Leslies in the streets of Edinburgh, as a tall man whose dark hair 
was already grizzled, though his eye and haughty features retained 
all the animation of youth. On that occasion the upper part of 
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were stained with blood. But he wore a mantle of crimson, lined 
with fur, cast aroimd him, which supplied the deficiency of his 
dress. On his head he wore a crimson velvet bonnet, looped up 
on one side with a small golden chain of many links, which, going 
twice around the hat, was fastened by a medal, agreeable to the 
fashion among the grandees of the time. 

In a poem by Aytoun of Bothwell at that time, Lord Seton is 
described, as we learn in **An Old Family," as follows : 

" He was of a noble stamp 

Whereof this age hath witnessed few; 
Men who came duly to the camp, 

Whene'er the Royal trumpet blew. 
Blunt tenure lords, who deemed the Crown 

As sacred as the Holy Tree, 
And laid their lives and fortunes down 

Not caring what the cause might be." 

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LocHLEVEN Castle, where Mary Seyton and Mary Fleming 
were in attendance upon their beautiful and otherwise charming, 
but ever unfortunate queen, is described by Scott as "a seques- 
tered, water-girted fortress consisting of one large donjon keep, 
surrounded with a court-yard with two round flanking towers at 
the angles, which contained within its circuit some other buildings 
of inferior importance. A few old trees, clustered together near 
the castle, gave some relief to the air of desolate seclusion. The 
gate of the court-yard was kept locked so no one could pass in or 
out without the consent of the owner of the castle." 

While confined in Lochleven, Queen Mary had some of her 
maids of honor with her, as well as a page or two, who tried to en- 
tertain their beloved sovereign by reading, singing, and friendly 
converse, and it is even said that they danced for her, perhaps at 
her request, to keep the time from passing too slowly for her fol- 

The following is taken from Scott ^s description of the flight from 
Lochleven Castle, and is the most interesting of any of the accounts 
at hand and probably as reliable, if what Napoleon said of history 
is true. Here is his definition of history. Who can improve 
upon it? "What is history, but fiction agreed upon?" 

" * We have but brief time', " said Queen Mary ; ' one of the two 
signal lights in the cottage is extinguished — that shows the boat 
is put off.' 

"*They wdll row very slow,' said the page, *or keep where depth 
permits, to avoid noise. To our several tasks. I will commu- 
nicate with the good father.' 

** At the dead hour of midnight, when all was silent in the castle, 
the page put the key into the lock of the wicket which opened 
into the garden, and which was at the bottom of the stair-case 

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which descended from the Queen ^s apartment. ' Now turn smooth 
and softly, thou good bolt/ said he, 'if ever oil softened rust!' 
and his precautions had been so effectual that the bolt revolved 
with little or no resistance. He ventured not to cross the thresh- 
old, but exchanged a word with the distinguished Abbot, asked 
if the boat were ready. 

" ' This half-hour,' said the sentinel. ' She lies beneath the wall, 
too close under the islet to be seen by the warden, but I fear she 
will hardly escape his notice in putting off again.' 

"'The darkness,' said the page, 'and our profound silence may 
take her off imobserved, as she came in. Hildebrand has the 
watch-tower — a heavy-headed knave who holds a can of ale to be 
the best head-piece upon a night-watch. He sleeps for a wager. ' 

'"Then bring the Queen,' said the Abbot, 'and I will call Henry 
Seyton to assist them to the boat.' 

" On tiptoe, with noiseless step and suppressed breath, trembling 
at every rustle of their own apparel, one after another the fair 
prisoners glided down the winding stair, under the guidance of 
Willie Douglas, and were received at the wicket-gate by Henry 
Seyton and the churchman. The former seemed to take instantly 
upon himself the whole direction of the enterprise. 'My Lord 
Abbot,' he said, 'give my sister your arm and I will conduct the 
Queen — and that youth (Willie Douglas) will have the honor to 
guide Lady Fleming.* Catharine Seyton, who well 

knew the garden path, tripped on before like a sylph, rather lead- 
ing the Abbot than receiving assistance. The Queen, her native 
spirit prevailing over female fear, and a thousand painful reflec- 
tions, moved steadily forward, by the assistance of Henry Seyton ; 
while Lady Fleming encumbered with her fears and her helpless- 
ness, Willie Douglas, who followed in the rear, and who bore under 
the other arm a packet of necessaries belonging to the Queen. 
The door of the garden, which communicated with the shore of 
the islet, yielded to one of the keys of which Willie had possessed 
himself, although not until he had tried several — a moment of 
anxious terror and expectation. The ladies were then partly led, 
partly carried, to the side of the lake where Lord Seyton, George 
Douglas and several others awaited them. Henry Seyton placed 

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the Queen in the stern ; the Abbot offered to assist Catharine, but 
she was seated by the Queen's side before he could utter his proffer 
of help. 

"They rowed to the mainland, where they found horses awaiting 
them, and long before dayUght they ended their hasty and perilous 
journey before the gates of Niddry, a castle in West Lothian 
nearly midway between Edinburgh and Linlithgow, belonging to 
Lord Seyton. When the Queen was about to alight, Henry Sey- 
ton, preventing Douglas, received her in his arms, and kneeling 
down, prayed her Majesty to enter the house of his father, her 
faithful servant. ^Your grace,' he added, 'may repose yourself 
here in perfect safety. ... Do not dismay yourself should 
your sleep be broken by trampling of horses, but only think that 
here are some score more of saucy Seytons come to attend you/ 

"'And by better friends than the saucy Seytons, a Scottish 
Queen cannot be guarded,' replied Mary. 'Rosabell went fleet 
as the summer breeze, and well-nigh as easy ; but it is long since 
I have been a traveler, and I feel that repose will be welcome. — 
Catharine, ma mignonnej you must sleep in my apartment to-night 
and bid me welcome to your father's castle.'" 

The next day the Queen with her attendants proceeded to 
Hamilton Palace, where six thousand men were soon assembled 
in her defense. While Mary's headquarters were at Hamilton 
the regent and his adherents had, in the king's name, assembled 
a host at Glasgow to oppose the Queen's followers. And when the 
latter came opposite Glasgow on the way to Dumbarton, they 
were attacked near Cat heart Castle, in w^hich battle, called the 
battle of Langside, Henry Seyton met his death while defending 
the Queen. 

The Queen's forces were defeated, and nearly suffered annihila- 
tion in this battle. Mary is said to have fled sixty miles from the 
field of battle before she halted at Sanquhar, and for three days of 
flight, according to her own account, she had to sleep on the ground 
and live on oat-meal and sour milk. On the third day she crossed 
the Solway and landed at Workington, in Cumberland, May 16, 1568. 

After this disastrous encounter Lord Seyton was obliged "to 
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which time he was reduced to the necessity of working for his daily 
bread like common people. The work he succeeded in securing 
was driving a team in Flanders. He is said to have risen to favor 
in King James VI. 's reign, and returned to his home and resumed 
his accustomed life. As a reminder of his trip abroad he had a 
picture painted on one of the walls of the picture gallery at Seton 
Castle in his wagoner's costume as though driving four of those 
stocky Flemish horses. • 

Robert Seton says : " Lord Seton here displayed the hereditary 
valor of his race, repeatedly charging the rebel heights with the 
cry, *God and the Queen! Set on! Set on!' He was wounded 
and taken prisoner and came near being put to death. When he 
was brought into the presence of Moray, he was bitterly rebuked 
by him as having been the prime author and the chief performer 
in this tragedy; whereas, according to Moray, it was his duty to 
have been one of the first to protect the infant king. Seton an- 
swered that he had given his fidelity to one prince, and that he 
should keep it as long as he lived, or until the Queen should have 
laid down her right of government of her own free will. Irritated 
by the reply, Moray asked him to say what he thought that his 
own punishment ought to be, and threatened that he should un- 
dergo the extreme severity of the law. *Let others decide,' said 
Seton, *what I deserve. On that point my conscience gives me 
no trouble, and I am well aware that I have been brought within 
your power, and am subject to your will. But I would have you 
know that even if you cut off my head, as soon as I die there will 
be another Lord Seton.'" 

"As it was, he got imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle, but after a 
year's confinement went into exile," as above stated. *^Lord 
Seton returned to Scotland in January, 1571, and is then constantly 
mentioned in letters and state papers, and always as an incor- 
ruptible and untiring agent of the imprisoned Queen and the 
Catholic cause. 

'Lord Seton died on the 8th of January, 1585, and was buried 
in his family church, where on a slab of black marble embedded in 
the wall there is a lengthy epitaph from the pen of his son Alex- 
ander, who was an elegant Latin scholar." 

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Mary Seaton was the only daughter of the sixth lord by his 
second wife, and consequently she was half-sister to the seventh 
lord. She was one of the '*Four Marys/' celebrated in song and 
tradition, daughters of Scottish noblemen, all of the same age and 
Christian name as Mary Stuart. They were brought up as her 
playmates at the Priory of Inchmahome, on an islet in the lake of 
Monteith under the shadow of the highlands, and afterward ac- 
companied her as little maids of honor when she was taken to 
France in childhood. 

The New York Tribune is quoted by John Seaton of Greenup, 
Kentucky, as saying that Mary Seaton was the most beautiful and 
the favorite of the Four Marys that figured as maids of honor to 
the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots, accompanying her from Scot- 
land to France, and finally back to Scotland and into captiv- 
ity. The same paper further says: 'There is not a chapter 
in the annals of Scotland which does not contain mention of the 
Setons. They are represented to this day in the aristocracy of 
Sweden, and have occupied for three centuries a conspicuous place 
in the patritiate of Milan; while students of Shakespeare may 
remember that a Lord Seyton is described as being in attendance 
on Macbeth. The present head of that branch of the Seton family 
which has remained in the United Kingdom is Sir Bruce Maxwell 
Seton of Abercom, while the head of the American branch known 
as the Setons of Parbroath descended from a Seton who came to 
America in the reign of George II. is William Seton, elder brother 
of the right reverend author of the family record, 'An Old Fam- 

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" The words of an old ballad founded on the dying lament of one 
of the four Marys have often been quoted to us : 

" *Yestereen the Queen had four Maries, 
This night she'll have but three; 
There was Mary Seton, and Mary Be ton, 
And Mary Carmichael, and me." 

"They remained in France from 1548 to 1561, receiving there 
a finished education. Mary Seton was the only one who never 
married, although not for want of noble suitors, among whom the 
most ardent and persistent was Andrew Beton, nephew of the 
murdered Cardinal and brother of the then Archbishop of Glasgow. 
He was a faithful friend and servant of the Queen; but Mary 
Seton had cherished from her earliest years, amid the monastic 
cloisters of Inchmahome, a pious inclination to retire from the 
world, when she could do so without seeming to desert her unfor- 
tunate sovereign, whose captivity she had shared in Scotland, 
France and England. Once, on being pressed by her kind-hearted 
mistress to marry, she declared she was not free to do so, having 
made a vow of virginity. She would never admit an earthly 

"Finally, in September, 1583, she obtained the Queen's permis- 
sion to retire from her services and fulfill her desire of entering a 
convent. She became a nun at Saint Pierre-aux-dames in Rheims, 
of which the Queen's aged aunt, Ren^e de Lorraine, was abbess, 
and died there some time after 1615.'' 

There is a letter in the Manuscript Department of the British 
Museum from Mary Seton to the Countess of Roxburgh, dated at 
Rheims, September, 1614. But the most curious of several me- 
morials of Mary Seton is a Mori watch made in the shape of a 
human skull, that was given her by Queen Mary. 

I have seen several different pictures of this watch, and while 
it must have been quite a curiosity, it was surely rather a ghastly 
affair. From the Philadelphia Ledger and other papers we learn 
that the watch was about two inches and a half in diameter. It 
is supposed to have been purchased by Queen Mary when on a 
visit to Blois with her husband, the Dauphin of France, as it has 
the name of a celebrated Blois manufacturer engraved on it. 

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The entire skull is curiously engraved. On the forehead there 
is a picture of Death, with the usual scythe and the hour-glass and 
sand-glass. He is depicted as standing between a palace and a 
hovel, to show that he is no respecter of persons, and underneath 
is the familiar quotation from Horace: '^Pallida mors aequo 
pulsat pede pauperum tabernas Regumque turres,*' At the back of 
the skull is another representation, this one being of Time devour- 
ing everything. Time also carries a scythe, and behind him is the 
emblem of eternity — the serpent with its tail in its mouth. 

The upper section of the skull is divided into two pictures. On 
one side is the crucifixion, with the Marys kneeling at the foot of 
the cross, and on the other side are Adam and Eve surrounded by 
animals in the Garden of Eden. 

Below these pictures, running around the skull, there is an 
open-work band, to allow the sound of the striking of the watch 
to be heard. This open-work is a series of designs cut to represent 
the various emblems of the crucifixion, such as scourges, the cross, 
swords, spears, the lantern used in the garden, and so forth. All 
the carvings have appropriate Latin quotations. 

By reversing the skull and holding the upper part in the palm 
of the hand, and lifting the under jaw on its hinge, the watch may 
be opened, and on the plate inside is a representation of the stable 
at Bethlehem, with the shepherds and their flocks in the distance. 

The works of the watch are in the brains of the skull, the dial- 
plate being where the roof of the mouth would be in a real skuU. 
This is of silver and gold, with elaborate scrolls, while the hours 
are marked in large Roman letters. The works are remarkably 
complete, even to a large silver bell with a musical sound, which 
holds the works in the skull when the watch is closed. 

This curious old w^atch is still in perfect order, and when wound 
every day keeps accurate time. It is too large to be worn, and 
was probably intended for a desk or private altar. 

Perhaps it may interest some to learn more of the four Marys. 
In addition to what we have learned from Archbishop Seton and 
other sources, we read from Abbott's Life of Mary Queen of Scots 
that they were Mary Beaton, Mary Fleming, who is also mentioned 
by Scott, Mary Livingston, and Mary Seaton. We have no ex- 

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planation as to whether Mary Li\dngston or Mary Carmichael was 
really the Maid of Honor, and it is possible that both may have 
occupied that honorable station at different times. 

But, evidently, the lament herein given must have been that 
of either Mary Fleming or Mary Livingston. Abbott further says 
the four Marys were educated with Mary Stuart, Queen of Scot- 
land, and that the French king claimed that he had expended 
five million pieces of gold in their maintenance and education. 

KnoUys, writing of Mary Queen of Scots, speaks of her daring 
grace and openness of manner, her frank display of a great desire 
to be avenged of her enemies, her readiness to expose herself to 
all peril in hope of victory, her delight to hear of hardiness and 
courage, commending by name all her enemies of approved valor, 
sparing no cowardice in her friends, but above all things at hirst 
for victory by any means, at any price; so that for its sake pain 
and peril seemed pleasant to her, and all other things, if compared 
with it, contemptible and vile. From this description we may 
form some opinion of those who were her favorites, among whom 
were the Seatons of her reign, and especially Lord Seaton and 
Mary Seaton the Maid of Honor. 

In the Metropolitan Magazine, 1904, page 119, in the story 
of "The Queen's Quair,'' a story of Mary Queen of Scots, by Mau- 
rice Hewlett, mention is made of Lord Huntley, his sons, John and 
Adam Gordon, Mary Set on, Lord Seton, and Niddry House. 

While on the subject of Mary Queen of Scots and the Seatons, 
it may not be out of place to give a few instances where the Scottish 
sovereign visited at the Seaton home, or made some use of their 
services, that are to be found in Buchanan and Watkins's History 
of Scotland: 

In June, 1488, Buchanan tells us, when James III. was slain, 
his eldest son, the Prince, ordered the Admiral of the fleet, An- 
drew Wood, to come ashore to him. This, Wood refused to do 
unless hostages were given for his safe return, upon which Seaton 
and Fleming, two noblemen, were sent for that purpose. They 
were safely landed after a stormy interview between the Prince 
and the Admiral, which might have terminated differently had 
it not been for the hostages on board the ships. 

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In the reign of James VL, who began his reign August 29, 1567> 
the king found his finances running low, and that he had no pros- 
pect of pecuniary assistance from England ; so he began to devise 
measures for the improvement of his treasury. With this object 
in view he appointed eight commissioners, all of whom were of the 
legal profession, and who, because of their number, were called the 
Octavians. Among these men was Alexander Seaton, president 
of the board, and seven other noblemen. To these eight men, or 
any five of them, was given full and free management of the rents 
and duties of the controllers and collectors, with almost unlimited 
power of jurisdiction. " The national affairs were so well managed 
by these men,'' says Buchanan, "that the king was relieved from 
his embarrassment and the country benefitted at the same time." 

At the time of the murder of David Rizzio, the Queen's Secre- 
tary, Mary went with George Seaton, attended by one hundred 
mounted soldiers, to his castle, and afterward to Dunbar, where 
she gathered a force together and turned her fury against the mur- 
derers of her favorite. 

After the murder of Lord Damley, and before twelve days were 
passed. Queen Mary went to Seton and while there never allowed 
Bothwell, who was supposed to have been the cause of the murder 
of her husband, "to be one moment from her side." The palace 
was full of the nobility, and she went abroad every day to the usual 
sports, although it was proper for a widow not to be seen for some 
time after the death of her husband. The coming of M. de Crocq, 
the French embassador to Scotland, to Seton somewhat disturbed 
her arrangements, for he told the guests how infamous the matter 
looked among foreigners. Mary then returned to Edinburgh, but 
Seaton had so many conveniences the queen was not contented 
till she returned there again. 

However, Mary was finally married to Bothwell, and during 
their nuptials their party were at Seton House, where it appears 
she was a frequent visitor, especially when she sought shelter from 
her enemies, as were many others of the Catholic portion of the 
citizens of turbulent Scotland. It was while at Seton House on 
this occasion that Moray (or Murray), the Prime Minister, was 
summoned to appear before the Queen, which he did, and the party 

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was there for some days until, finally, he was banished from the 
country, receiving permission to pass through England into France 
and thence to any place he might choose. 

In 1604, when James VL — he who caused the Bible to be trans- 
lated into English — was King of England, Scotland, Ireland and 
France, a quarrel arose between Alexander Seaton, Lord Fivie, 
the Chancellor of Scotland, and the Earl of Glencairn, for which, 
being a Catholic, he was cited to appear before the Council, and, 
on his disobedience of the order, was pronounced contumacious; 
but from the rapid advancement he made in the good graces of 
the king it does not appear that the decision of the Council 
amounted to very much in that case, for in 1605 he was made 
First Earl of Dunfermline, and in 1611, Keeper of Holyrood House 
during his life. 

At the beginning of 1617, King James made know^n his intention 
of visiting Scotland in person, and about the middle of March he 
left London with a large train of attendants. On crossing the 
boundary-line of the two kingdoms he alighted from his horse and 
welcomed the English nobles into Scotland, then remounting, he 
went to the seat of the Earl of Hume, from whence he proceeded 
the next day to Seaton, the house of the Earl of Win ton, and on 
the next day entered Edinburgh. 

About a hundred years later, when Anne occupied the throne, 
at the opening of Parliament in July, 1704, the succession of the 
crown being under discussion, and Queen Anne very much desiring 
to have the matter so arranged as to preserve the Protestant re- 
ligion, the commissioner addressed the assembly, making known 
the queen's wishes. Several others continued in a similar strain, 
but without producing much effect, as Buchanan assures us. 
When the ministers had finished, Seaton of Pitmedden introduced 
a motion that " the house would support the Queen without nam- 
ing a successor to the crown during the session of Parliament, and 
would agree to settle such question of government as should best 
conduce, in the event of Her Majesty's death, to free the kingdom 
from all English influence, preparatory to a federal union." In 
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that in case the queen died without issue, the estates of Scotland 
should have the power to nominate a successor to the crown. 

This parliament was the last under the reign of the Stuarts, 
as Queen Anne died on the first of August, 1714, closing the reign 
of the House of Stuart in Scotland, which was begun when Robert 
II. began to govern the country in 1371. 

Under the reign of George I., King of Great Britain, France, 
and Ireland, in the year 1715, summonses were sent to many per- 
sons of distinction in Scotland, calling upon them to appear by a 
given time at Edinburgh to give security for their submission to 
the reigning sovereign, on pain of being declared outlaws and 
rebels. A few complied with the requirements, but the majority 
determined to begin hostilities before the royal armies should be 
concentrated in force. On the fifth of October the laird of Mack- 
intosh joined the Earl of Mar, who ordered him to cross to the 
south side of the Frith of Forth in order to cooperate with the 
English and Scotch partisans on the border. ''Mackintosh ac- 
cordingly landed in East Lothian, and, having taken Seaton 
House, marched toward Edinburgh, but, finding the city and sub- 
urbs well defended, he changed his course and went to Leith." 
He gained possession of Leith without much difficulty, and at 
once fortified it. But when the Duke of Argyll appeared there 
with twelve hundred soldiers, the Highlanders, "like the Arabs, 
silently folded their tents ^' in the night and marched away, re- 
turning to Seaton House, which he placed in such a state of de- 
fense that the royal troops did not care to attack the place at that 

All Scotland was now in commotion, and most persons were 
compelled to take up arms on one side or the other. Several 
noblemen and gentlemen with their tenantry took sides against 
the English government, among whom were George Seton, fifth 
and last Earl of Winton. But fierce divisions broke out among 
the Scots, which proved their ruin. A battle ensued in which the 
carnage was great and many prisoners were taken by each side. 
Earl Winton and several other earls were taken prisoners not long 
after, at Preston, on the thirteenth of November. A court-martial 
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first. Some were sentenced to be shot and others were taken to 
the Tower in London and treated with great indignity. Many 
escaped to neighboring countries without so much as a Scotch 
baubee. Like Bedlam beggars they were literally turned out in 
the highways of the world to beg their bread until such time as 
they could find work. 

In "A Jacobite Family/^ by Brown, we find mention of this 
event : 

"Mr. Moir had occasion to go to London, taking John [Gunn] 
with him, of course. He visited his friend, the Earl of Winton, 
then under sentence of death in the Tower for his concern in the 
rebellion of 1715. The Earl was arranging his aflfairs, and the 
family books and papers had been allowed to be carried into his 
cell in a large hamper, which went and came as occasion needed. 
John, who was a man of immense size and strength, undertook, if 
the Earl put himself, instead of his charters, into the hamper, to 
take it under his arm as usual, and so he did, walking lightly out. 
Lord Winton retired to Rome, where he died in 1749.'' 

Some of the exiles made their way, under assumed names, to 
England. Among these were the ancestors of Ernest Thompson 
Seton, who went by the name Thompson for some generations, 
and the ancestors of John and Mary Seaton mentioned elsewhere 
in this volume. Some went to France, others to Germany and 
Italy, and quite a number to the neighboring island of Ireland, 
where some of their ancestors had been with the army of Edward 
Bruce, and from which country a good number emigrated to this 
land of the free and home of the brave. 

Scott, speaking of that time, says: "The horses remained al- 
most constantly saddled, and the sword seldom quitted the war- 
rior's side; where war was the natural and constant state of the 
inhabitants, and peace only existed n the shape of brief and 
feverish truces." 

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"Robert Seton first Earl of Winton. On the death of 
George, seventh Lord Seton, in 1585, he was succeeded by his eld- 
est surviving son, Robert, as eighth lord. Although his father 
left the estates heavily incumbered by reason of the great expense 
of several embassies and of his losses suflfered by adhering to the 
queen's party, yet by prudence and ability Robert was soon able 
to put his affairs in good condition and provide both sons and 
daughters with respectable fortunes. He was very hospitable and 
kept a noble house, the king and queen being frequently there, 
and all French and other ambassadors and strangers of quality 
were nobly entertained. He was a favorite with the king, and. 
was created Earl of Winton with solemnity and pomp of banners, 
standards, and pennons inscribed with loyal mottoes and quaint 
devices, at Holyrood House, on the 16th of November, 1600. He 
was a great builder and a wise improver of his property, especially 
by working on the harbor of Cockenzie, along the most rugged 
part of the Frith of Forth, a curious fishing village of great antiq- 
uity, whose history is little known. It originally sheltered only 
small boats, but when improved by art accommodated vessels of 
larger size. 

"In 1582 Lord Seton, as he then was, married Lady Margaret 
Montgomerie, oldest daughter of Hugh, third Earl of Eglington, 
by whom he had five sons and a daughter: Robert, second Earl 
of Winton ; George, third Earl of Winton ; Sir Alexander Seton of 
Foulstruthers, who succeeded as sixth Earl of Eglington, and in 
descent from whom is the present Earl of Eglington and Winton, 
Lord Montgomerie, Androssan, Baron Seton and Tranent; Sir 
Thomas Seton of Olivestob; Sir John Seton of St. Germains; 
Lady Isabel Seton, who married James Drummond. first Earl of 
Perth. Their only daughter married the thirteenth Earl of Suth- 

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erland. Secondly, Lady Isabel married Francis Stewart, eldest 
son of the attainted Earl of Bothwell, by whom she had a daughter, 
Margaret, and a son, Charles Stewart. 

" Robert, second Earl of Winton, was bom in 1583, and mar- 
ried Ann Maitland, only daughter of John, Lord Thirlstane, Chan- 
cellor of Scotland, but by whom he had no issue. In his disap- 
pointment he resigned his titles and estates to his younger 
brother, George, and died, in a private station in life, in January, 

" George, third Earl of Winton. In 1620 he built the house 
of Winton from the foundation, which had been burned by the 
English of old, and restored the park, orchard, and garden around 

The description of Setoun Palace in East Lothian makes it 
appear to have been a splendid structure. It had been visited 
in royal progresses by Queen Mary; by her son. King James VI. ; 
by the unfortunate Charles I. ; and by the Merry Monarch, 
Charles II. ; and an account of the masque ceremonies on those 
occasions, it is said, would fill a volume. 

"In 1639, at the commencement of the Scottish Rebellion, Lord 
Winton left the country and waited upon the king to offer his 
loyal services, for which the rebels did him great injury; and 
thereafter all through the Civil War he was constantly harassed. 
In 1645, when Montrose was in command of the royal forces, the 
earPs oldest son. Lord Seton, joined him, and was taken prisoner 
at the disastrous battle of Philipaugh, and remained long in hazard 
of his life. When King Charles II. came to Scotland in 1650, the 
Earl of Winton was in constant attendance on him, and died on 
the 17th of December of that year, while preparing to be present 
at the coronation. Like his father, he suffered a long series of 
petty persecutions from the Presbytery of Haddington on account 
of his attachment to the Catholic faith. . . . '' 

Lord Winton was twice married. By his first wife, Lady Ann 
Hay, eldest daughter of the Earl of Erroll, he had five sons and 
three daughters, of whom only three will find place here, as the 
rest died young or unmarried. 

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The children of Lord Winton and Lady Ann Hay were : George, 
Lord Seton, of whom hereafter; Alexander, Lord Fivie, who was 
made Earl of Dunfermline and Lord Chancellor of Scotland, 
being the last Catholic to hold that position. He is spoken of as a 
man of magnificent tastes. He was made keeper of Holyrood 
House during his life, which gave him the right to an apartment in 
the royal palace. He was distinguished for his architectural skill 
and his writings. He died at Pinkie House on Jime 16, 1622. 

Elizabeth Seton, daughter of Lord Winton, was married in 
1637 to William, seventh Earl Marischal, by whom she had four 
daughters, who were all well married. She brought a large for- 
tune to her husband, and died in 1650. 

'* By his second wife, Elizabeth Maxwell, only daughter of the 
seventh Lord Herries, Lord Winton had six sons and six daughters, 
of whom only the following are mentioned, the others dyingeither 
young or unmarried, or without succession: 1. Christopher; 2. 
William. Christopher was a scholar. The brothers and a pre- 
ceptor, while going 'on their travels abroad, were cast away at 
sea, upon the coast of Holland, in 1648.' 3. John, the Honorable 
John of Gairmiltoun, or Garleton; 4. Robert, of whom more 
among the cadets in ' An Old Family. ' 5. Ann, married at Winton 
in April, 1654, to John Stuart, second Earl of Traquair, by whom 
she had three sons and one daughter, Elizabeth, who died, *a 
brave, hopeful, young lady,' at the age of twenty. 6. Mary, 
married James Dalzell, fourth Earl of Camwath, by whom she had 
a daughter, also named Mary, who married Lord John Hay, second 
son of the Marquess of Tweeddale." 

The Honorable Sir John, a younger son of Lord George Seton, 
third Earl of Winton, was bom September 29, 1639, and was 
created a baronet on December 9, 1664. He received in patrimony 
the lands of Garleton, or Gair-mil-toun, and Athelstanford in 
Haddingtonshire, where the picturesque ruins of the old tower and 
castle are to be seen on Garleton Hills, about two miles from Had- 
dington, Scotland. He married Christian, daughter of Sir John 
Home of Renton, and had ten children by her, who was his second 

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of Garleton was twice married, and the names of the ten children 
given by him were by his second wife, the Hon. Elizabeth Maxwell, 
daughter of Lord Hemes. We do not know the names of the 
children by the first wife, but Mrs. F. Catharine Dahl, n^e Seaton, 
of Frogner, The Park, Hull, England, thinks he had no children, 
or only daughters by the first wife. If her supposition is correct, 
there remains no doubt that our branch of the family belongs to 
the Parbroath instead of to the Garleton branch. But Josephine 
Seaton makes the unqualified statement in the sketch of her 
father, William Winston Seaton, that Henry Seaton was the eldest 
son of Sir John Seaton of Garleton. 

Sir David Seton of Parbroath married Mary, daughter of Lord 
Gray, by whom he had three sons, George, David, and John, the 
latter of whom w^ent to Virginia from London, England, in 1635, 
and from whom some good genealogists believe Henry Seaton and 
William Winston Seaton were descendants. If it were not for 
Josephine ^s positive statement that Henry was the son of Sir John 
of Garleton, all would be plain enough. She gives no authority, 
but makes the statement that Henry was the son of Sir John of 
Garleton, and it is not for us to say she was mistaken, but both 
lines are given as we find them. 

George Seton, fourth Earl of Winton, succeeded his grand- 
father, and the descent through that line may be found in "An 
Old Family," to which we are indebted for much the greater 
portion of what has preceded, and to which your favorable atten- 
tion is directed. 


Elizabeth Ann (Bayley) Seton, wife of William Seton, a member 
of the firm of Seton, Maitland & Co., of New York city, was born 
in New York city August 28, 1774. She married William Seton 
of the same city on January 25, 1794, Bishop Provost officiating. 
She opened a school in New York in 1805, and conducted it until 
1808. In the following year she, with her sisters-in-law Harriet 
and Cecilia Seton, took the veil, and with eight thousand dollars, 
given by a recent convert to Catholicism, bought a farm at Em- 

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mitsburg, Maryland, and there founded the first community of 
the order of Sisters of Charity in the United States, together with 
a school for girls, Mrs. Set on becoming the Mother Superior. 

Mother Seton wrote her Memoirs in 1817. Her father was 
Richard Bayley, M. D., and her mother, Catharine Carleton, whose 
father was Rector of St. Andrew's Church at Richmond on Staten 
Island. Mrs. Catharine (Carleton) Bayley died at Newton, Long 
Island, in May, 1777, leaving two daughters, of whom Elizabeth 
was the younger. By his second marriage, with Charlotte Bar- 
clay, June 16, 1778, a daughter of Andrew Barclay and Helen 
Roosevelt, he had a large family, of whom Guy Carleton Bayley 
married Grace Roosevelt. Their eldest son, James Roosevelt 
Bayley, who was Mother Seton 's nephew by the half blood, was 
the first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, in 1853. He founded 
Seton Hall College and was Bishop of Baltimore in 1872. 

Helen and Grace Roosevelt were own cousins to President 
Roosevelt's fourth and fifth great-grandfather, as appears in the 
"Genealogy of the Roosevelt Family," published in 1902 by 
Charles B. Whittelsey, of Hartford, Connecticut. 

The married life of William and Elizabeth Ann Seton was very 
happy. Their home was near the Battery, in New York, then 
the most desirable part of the city. 

William Seton is said to have been the handsomest man in New 
York, and one of the few who were w^ll connected in Great Brit- 
ain. Their first child was born in 1795, and was named Ann 

Early in 1800 William Seton 's affairs became embarrassed, 
and he found himself in difficulties which he was unable to sur- 
mount, and before two years were over he had lost his fortune, 
but he found his wife to be a woman of indomitable energy and a 
support in every trouble. 

In November, 1797. Mrs. Seton. with a few other society ladies, 
formed the first organization in New York, and probably in the 
United States, for the relief of poor widows with small children. 
The one-hundredth anniversary of the society was celebrated with 
much eclat in 1897. 

Mrs. Seton had been strictly brought up in the tenets of the Prot- 

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estant Episcopal Church, and became a particular favorite of Rev. 
Mr., afterward Bishop, Hobart. One of Doctor Hobart's daugh- 
ters, Rebecca Seton Hobart, was a god-child of Mrs. Seton. 

In September, 1803, William Seton, accompanied by his wife 
and eldest daughter, went on a voyage to Italy for his health, 
which he hoped would be restored by the mild climate at Pisa. 
Mrs. Seton kept an interesting journal during her absence, which 
has been published, and was edited by her grandson, now Arch- 
bishop Robert Seton. 

William Seton died at Pisa, on December 27, 1803, of consump- 
tion. His body was buried in a Protestant cemetery at Leghorn, 
his modest tomb being next to Smollett's. 

While in Italy, Mrs. Seton and Anna were much befriended 
by a noble and exemplary Catholic family named Filicchi. Chev- 
alier Filicchi had traveled in the United States in 1785-86, and 
became a friend and correspondent of William Seton. After her 
return to New York, in June, 1804, Mrs. Seton and her children 
were received into the Catholic Church on March 14, 1805, after 
a severe struggle with herself, and after encountering the most 
intense opposition of her family and friends. She left New York 
and went to Baltimore, Maryland, in an almost destitute condi- 
tion on account of the treatme^nt received from her family. Her 
god-mother, a rich and childless widow, Mrs. Sartin, who had 
made her will in Mrs. Seton 's favor, destroyed the will when Eliz- 
abeth became a Catholic, and left her large fortune to another. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Seton died on January 4, 1821, in Emmitts- 
burg, Maryland. Her life has been admirably written by the late 
Rev. Dr. White, who made it one of the most interesting and ed- 
ifying works in the Catholic literature of America. It has gone 
through several editions, and continues in constant demand. Her 
life has also been written in French by Mme. de Barbery, and trans- 
lated into German and Italian. 

The children of William and Elizabeth Ann Seton were : Wil- 
liam, Richard, Ann Mariah, Rebecca, and Catharine, for an ac- 
<jount of whose lives see *' An Old Family.'' 

From the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune we learn that: 

"Search is being made here for the facts and deeds that will 

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authorize the enrollment of the first native American to be in- 
cluded among the canonized saints. The Very Rev. P. S. McHale, 
C. M., President of Niagara University, has received authority to 
begin the work preliminary to the beatification of Mother Eliza- 
beth Seton, who founded the order of the Sisters of Charity in the 
United States." 


"William Seton, brother to Archbishop Robert Seton of Rome, 
Italy, representative of the Setons of Parbroath, Scotland, died 
March 15, 1905, in St. Vincent's Hospital, New York. He was a 
most learned and distinguished gentleman, who always reflected 
luster on the ancient and honorable family from which he sprang. 
Bom in New York January 28, 1835, he studied at Fordham Col- 
lege, and at Mount St. Mary's, of Emmitsburg. After traveling 
some years in Europe he returned to the United States to study, 
and passed his examination for the bar. The Civil War breaking 
out just then, he never practiced his chosen profession, but an- 
swered President Lincoln's earliest call for troops in 1861. He 
was a first lieutenant and later a captain of the Fourth New York 
Regiment of United States Volunteers, and was severely wounded 
twice in the battle of Antietam. After recovering he was ap- 
pointed captain of the Sixteenth Artillery, and was under General 

"After the war he began a life of study and literary occupation. 
He published several novels and stories, the best known of which is 
'A Romance of Charter Oak.' 'The Pioneer,' a poem from his 
pen, won the admiration of William CuUen Bryant. In a few 
years he abandoned this line of literature and devoted himself to 
the study of Natural History, making yearly visits to Paris to 
meet there the most learned men in their special branches. 

''Mr. Seton was a grandson of the venerable Mother Seton, 
foundress of the Sisters of Charity in the United States. His 
brother. Archbishop Robert Seton, of Rome, Italy, is a distin- 
guished antiquarian and writer who knows more about the history 
and antiquities of Rome than any other living person. The Arch- 

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bishop is now the last of his race. A sister, Miss Elizabeth Seton, 
a most graceful writer, lives at Huntington, Long Island. 

**Mr. William Seton, before his lamented death, gave to the 
Bishop's Memorial Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana, all the Seton 
heirlooms which he inherited from his ancestors. Among the 
treasures is an original portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, given by 
that unfortunate princess to a member of the Seton family." 

The foregoing mteresting article was taken from the Western 
Watchniarij a Catholic journal published at St. Louis, Missouri, 
April 20, 1905. 


Robert Seton was born in New York August 28, 1839. His 
father was William Seton and his mother Emily Prime. 

Robert was educated by private tutors at his home, and at 
Rome University. He is an LL. D. and a D. D. He was the 
Private Chamberlain to Pope Pius IX.; Dean of all Monsignori 
in the United States; lecturer of Seton Hall College at South 
Orange, New Jersey, with its twenty-two instructors, one hundred 
and fifty students, and its library of forty thousand volumes ; and 
of the Catholic University of Washington. 

He has been a writer for Catholic magazines, is author of "An 
Old Family, or the Setons in Scotland and America," the best 
history of several that have been published, and "The Dignity of 
Labor," published in 1893. He was also editor of "The Letters 
and Journal of Elizabeth Ann Seton." 

The New York Tribune is quoted by John Seaton of Greenup, 
Kentucky, as saying that Monsignor Seton is not only one of the 
most eminent genealogists in the United States, but likewise en- 
joys the distinction of being the only Roman Catholic prelate of 
American birth who ever had been admitted to and graduated 
from the Academia Ecclesiastic at Rome, Italy, which is restricted 
exclusively to theological students of noble birth, and from the 
graduates of which the nuncios and diplomatic officials of the 
Pope are exclusively recruited. 

The New York Daily Sun in 1899 said that Monsignor Seton 
was made Prothonotary Apostolic by Pope Pius IX. in 1867, 

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when only twenty-eight years old, and that he was the first Amer- 
ican to be so honored. 

The Chicago Tribune of January 3, 1905, contains a letter by 
Marquise De Fontenoy, mentioning the college where Robert 
Seton, the only American-born person who ever entered, was 
educated. Also Sir Bruce Maxwell Seton, head of the Seton 
family in Great Britain, and William Seton of New York, head of 
the Setons of Parbroath, whose ancestors came to America in the 
reign of King George II., and who married a Miss Curzon, of 
Baltimore, Maryland. 

Fontenoy further says : " I know of few families whose record 
is more interesting or more closely interw'oven with national his- 
tory on both sides of the Atlantic than the Setons. '^ 

At present Robert Seton is an Archbishop in the church that is 
*^ Roman in its center and Catholic in its circumference.'' His 
story is very modestly told in *'An Old Family.'' 

William Seton, Robert's father, is reported to have been the 
first person to introduce Percheron horses into this comitry for 
breeding purposes, having sent two brood mares and a stallion 
from near Chartres, in Eure et Loire, France, in August, 1856, to 
his son, also William Seton, who then owned property at Dixon, 
Lee county, Illinois. 


Ernest Thompson Seton, artist, author, and noted lecturer, was 
bom in 1860, and educated at Toronto Collegiate Institute and 
the Royal Academy of London, England. He lived in the back- 
woods of Canada during the time from 1876 to 1880, when he was 
Official Naturalist to the Government of Manitoba, and on the 
Western Plains of the United States from 1882 to 1887. He 
studied art in Paris, France, during the years from 1890 to 1896 
inclusive, and married Grace, daughter of Albert Gallatin, of San 
Francisco, California, on the first of June in the latter year, having 
before that time published the "Birds of Manitoba," in 1890. 

He is now well known as an animal painter and illustrator, 
having been one of the chief illustrators of the Century Diction- 

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ary. He has written several popular books, among which "Wild 
Animals I Have Known '' is probably the best known. 

Mr. Seton is one of those who have changed their names for 
cause, having at different times written it Ernest Seton-Thompson, 
Ernest Thompson-Seton, and Ernest Thompson Seton without 
the hyphen. He is also reported to have spelled the name Seaton 
at an early period of his career. 

Grace (Gallatin) Seton is a writer and book-maker of assured 
reputation. She did praiseworthy newspaper work in Paris, 
France, in 1894, and she plans the makeup of some of her hus- 
band's books, especially as to the arrangement of the text and 

Mr. and Mrs. Seton now make their home at Cos Cob, Fairfield 
county, Connecticut, except during the time he is out upon his 
lecturing tours. 

In the Kansas City Star of February 14, 1904, a long article is 
copied from the New York Worlds telling that Mr. and Mrs. Seton 
had been blessed with their first child after eight years of wedded 
life, and that their intention was to raise little Miss Ann Seton out 
of doors, "An Indian child.'' 

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" The family is the first institution and lies at the basis of every- 
thing that is good in society," says C. H. Parkhurst, D. D. Then 
let us study the history of our family and try to improve wherein 
our ancestors may have done amiss in the past, or at least main- 
tain the record of sobriety, patriotism, and honor handed down 
to us. 

It ought to be an inspiration to every one to know he has de- 
scended from a long line of upright, intelligent men and women, 
and vicious indeed is the one who would intentionally bring re- 
proach upon a name that has been maintained in honor for many 

"Seek not the idle fame derived from dead ancestors," as Scott 
says, but put forth your best efforts to so live that the world may 
be made better in some degree by your having lived in it, is fit 
advice for children in this and all coming generations of the fam- 

The same fate that made you Scotch by descent gave you head 
and heart and hands to uphold the good name so nobly handed 
down to you by a long line of honorable ancestors, no one of whom, 
so far as we have learned, was ever the inmate of a penitentiary. 
Those of our name and blood who have suffered confinement or 
death at the hands of the law have done so through the efforts of 
the enemies of their king or country for fighting in defense of the 
one or the other. 

'*It were a great pleasure," says Maitland, "to a man to know^ 
the origin and beginning of his house and surname, and how long 
it has stood, with good actions and virtue of his predecessors." 

Should anyone claim the Seatons have not always been loyal, 
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may, with a clear conscience, tell him as Marmion told Douglas 
of old: 

"And if thou saidst I am not peer 
To any lord in Scotland here, 
Lowland, or Highland, far or near. 
Lord Angus, thou hast lied." 

And to the best of our knowledge and belief, no man has ever 
found a mistress of the Seaton name or blood. 

Both tradition and history declare that the Seaton family 
originated in Scotland, as has already been explained, and George 
Buchanan and John Wat kins 's History of that country is es- 
pecially explicit on that point ; and to prove their competency as 
witnesses we will quote from Reverend Allan Menzie's History of 
the Church of Scotland, as follows : 

"One of the best Latin scholars that modern Europe has pro- 
duced was George Buchanan. His last and most important la- 
bor was his History of Scotland, originally printed in 1582, of 
which there have appeared seventeen editions." 

So much for the man who lived with and wrote of the ancestors 
of our family and the people of whom they formed no unworthy 

George Buchanan had the direction of the later education of 
James L of England, who was also James VL of Scotland, he who 
authorized the translation of the Bible. 


In the "Virginia Historical Magazine, '* volume 6, page 406, 
under the head of ^'Virginia Land Patents, '* is to be found the 
earliest record of a Seaton in this country, so far as we know; 
mention being made of 1200 acres of land on the north side of the 
James river, the patent issued July 12, 1637, in consideration of 
the transportation of twenty-four persons by Harvey. Among the 
names is to be found that of "Jon." Seaton, who is doubtless the 
John Seton mentioned on page 196 of "An Old Family" as the 
sixth child of Sir David Seton of Parbroath, who went from London 
y ^ "^ to Virginia on August 7, 1635. 
JT;^':- HoUpr4» "Our Early Emigrant Ancestors" says that "Jo." 

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Seaton sailed August 7, 1635, on the ship "Globe," and that he 
was nineteen years old at that time. 

In "The Genesis of the United States," by Alexander Brown, 
is an extract from the record of the Stationers' Company of the 
City of London, dated *'1609, 7th n^io.," which shows that a Mr. 
Seton was a member of the "Stationers," and was one of those 
among whom £125, to be used in the Company's adventure in the 
voyage to Virginia, was levied and disbursed. Mr. Seton 's share 
was three pounds. 

In the Virginia Historical Magazine, volume 2, page 280, it is 
recited in a long deed in Stafford county, dated March 8, 1759, 
from William Fitzhugh, of Calvert county, Maryland, to Bailey 
Washington, of Stafford county, Virginia, that Richard Carey and 
George Seaton obtained a patent in 1662 for six thousand acres 
of land on the Potomac, in Westmoreland county, which had been 
granted in 1659 to Mr. Hugh Gwinne, who sold it to said Seaton 
and Thomas Morris; that Morris and his wife Mary sold their 
share to said Carey, etc. Carey's will, dated November 29, 1682, 
is referred to, and discloses the fact that George Seaton was then 
dead and that he left heirs. 

This George Seaton may probably be safely considered as a 
son of Jon. Seaton mentioned heretofore, as least until we learn 
more of them. 

' Henry Seaton, son of the Honorable John Seaton of Garleton, 
or Gairmiltoun, in East Lothian, Scotland, or of John Seton, son 
of Sir David Seton of Parbroath, with others of the family, were 
devoted adherents of the Stuarts of Scotland "for whose throne 
they had unflinchingly fought in opposition to the Prince of 
Orange," making themselves somewhat noticeable to the govern- 
ment of England by their Jacobite schemes for its overthrow in 
Scotland. Finally, convinced of the futility of any further re- 
sistance to the authority of William III., Henry Seaton and a num- 
ber of his co-workers sought refuge in the wilds of America, lo- 
cating in the Colony of Virginia in 1690. 

In volume I, page 479, of the Virginia Historical Magazine, a 
George Seaton is mentioned as a Justice of the Peace of Gloucester 
county and as having taken part with the insurgents in Bacon's 

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Rebellion ; and it is further stated that some of his descendants 
probably lived in King William county, and that W. W. Seaton of 
the National Intelligencer was of the latter family. This may or 
may not have been the George Seaton mentioned as of Westmore- 
land county ; but the inference that he may have been George 
Seaton, son of Henry, the ancestor of W. W. Seaton of the 
National Intelligencer, appears to be very doubtful. 

Henry Seaton settled first in Gloucester county, where others of 
the name had been located since 1637, and who may have been, 
and probably were, relatives, who had influenced the decision of 
Henry as to a proper starting-piace for a home, the Pyanketank 
seeming to be the most eligible site for that purpose. For some 
years Henry Seaton continued to reside upon the banks of the 
Pyanketank, in Gloucester county, during which period, in 1709, 
he was married to Elizabeth Todd, daughter of a gentleman of 
standing in that county, and had issue. 

Mr. George Fitzhugh, of Rappahannock, a gentleman remark- 
able for his wit and abstruse learning, in his papers on the ''Val- 
leys of Virginia,'' quotes Bishop Mead's list of the early justices 
and Vestrymen, — at that time offices of mark, — among whom, in 
Pent worth Parish, Gloucester county, were mentioned Henry, 
Richard and Bailey Seaton, and says: ''None but men of sub- 
stance and consideration were made vestrymen," and the reader 
will find that the descendants of these gentlemen have retained 
their high social position. 

Henry Seaton subsequently removed to an estate in King Wil- 
liam County, on the Matta^pony, which for several generations 
continued to be the home of his descendants. 

By a deed a century and a half old, in possession of the family 
" An Indenture Tripartite, made in the first year of the reign of ' our 
most gracious Sovereign, Lord and King, George the Second,' be- 
tween Colonel Taylor, George Seaton, only son and heir of Henry 
Seaton, and Elizabeth his wife, now the wife of Augustine Moore, 
Gentleman," we learn that Henry Seaton 's widow had remarried. 

Henry and EHzabeth Seaton had been blessed with only one 
child before the death of the former, and to him had been given 
the name of George Seaton. 

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George Seaton, the only child of Henry Seaton, was born on 
the family estate on the Mattapony, in Virginia, on December 11, 
1711, and of course was given all the advantages of the then new 
country in the way of an education. We have no extended ac- 
count of his boyhood, but on December 27, 1734, when he was 
twenty-three years old, he married EHzabeth, daughter of Leonard 
Hill, of King William county, Virginia, gentleman. He seems to 
have succeeded in a financial way, holding large properties in 
Spottsylvania county, besides the paternal estates, which at his 
death in 1750 were left to his eldest son, after the legal fashion of 
the country as a royal colony of England. The daughters and the 
younger son must have been compelled to be satisfied without any 
of the real estate belonging to the family. 

The names of the children, according to the old family Bible, 
were, in the order of their birth : Elizabeth, Augustine, George 
2d, and Betty, of the record, but Elizabeth in the Biographical 
Sketch of her nephew, William Winston Seaton. 


Elizabeth Seaton, the first chUd in the family, was bom Decem- 
ber 19, 1735. Further than this we know nothing more of her, 
except that she died December 9, 1738, but we surmise that she 
was bom at the estate on the Mattapony, where her grandfather, 
Henry Seaton, had established his home in 1709. 

Augustine Seaton, son of George, was evidently bom at the 
same Virginian home as his sister. His birthday was October 17, 
1737. The facts in our possession regarding the early life of 
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of the case we feel sure his education was carefully looked after 
by private tutors and his morals guarded with loving kindness. 
And in confirmation of this thought we learn that he was *'a 
gentleman noted for his high-toned bearing, winnmg manners, 
and strong good sense." 

In the year 1776 — a year never to be forgotten by any loyal 
American — Augustine Seaton was married to Mary Winston, 
daughter of Samuel Winston, Esquire, of Louise county, Vir- 
ginia, who was of the same family as the mother of the immortal 
Patrick Henry. 

Colonel John Henry, Patrick's father, a native of Aberdeen, 
Scotland, and a nephew of the historian Robertson, came to this 
country in quest of fun, fighting and fortune, enjoying the pat- 
ronage and friendship of Governor Dinwiddie, of Virginia, by 
whom he was introduced to Colonel Syme, of Hanover, whose wife 
was Miss Sarah Winston, in whose family he became domiciled, 
and whose widow he subsequently married, continuing to reside 
on the family estate of Studleigh, where their son, Patrick Henry, 
was born. It is said that it was from his mother's side of the 
house that Patrick derived his genius of eloquence. 

The home of Augustine and Mary Seaton, "Chelsea," since 
passed into the sixth generation on the mother's side, is described 
as '^one of the most ancient houses in Virginia, its brick having 
been imported from England, and it is still, despite the dilapida- 
tions of two revolutions, an imposing and stately residence." 
This account is found in '*A Biographical Sketch" of William 
Winston Seaton, the third son of these aristocratic people, and 
continues: "Here w^ere the graves of young Seaton 's forefathers, 
and within the venerable mansion were gathered cherished Old 
World family relics, with worm-eaten wills and musty parchments, 
while on the w^alls were portraits of his progenitors of a century 
and a half." 

The name of Augustine Seaton, Regimental Quartermaster in 
Grayson's Additional Continental Regiment of Virginia, May 24, 
1777, is given in Heitman's Register. He resigned December 
20th of that year. 

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of his daughter, Mrs. John West, of York River, York county, 
Virginia, on October 10, 1794, being nearly fifty-seven years old. 
The children of Augustine and Mary Seaton were: 1. Lucy; 
2. Augustine Hill; 3. Leonard Hill; 4. William Winston; 5. 
Elizabeth; and 6. John. For an account of what is known of 
the lives of these people, see further along in this book. 

George Seaton 2d, the only other son in the family, was born 
February 8, 1739, according to the record in the old family Bible, 
that was printed in the year 1638, and which is now in the pos- 
session of Seaton Schroeder, of Washington, D. C, a son of Caroline 
Seaton, daughter of William Winston Seaton. 

Of the chUdren of George Seaton 2d and his wife we have as 
yet foimd no record, except that they had one son, Asa Seaton, of 
whom all that is known to us will be given later. 

George Seaton 2d died in the year 1791, as recorded in the Bible 
referred to before. 

Elizabeth Seaton, called Betty, was born March 28, 1741, 
doubtless on the family estate on the Mattapony, in Virginia, and 
carefidly nurtured until in good time she merged her identity with 
the one man of her heart by marrying John West, of York River, 
gentleman, a scion of a noble British house. 

The Wests are a family of great historical distinction, John being 
a direct descendant from father to son of Lord De la Warre, the 
famous and gorgeous Governor of Virginia of long ago. 

We have no account of the children of John and Elizabeth 
(Seaton) West, except that Thomas West, their son, married a 
Miss Boiling, who is claimed to have been a direct descendant of 
the Princess Pocahontas, daughter of the Indian chief, Powhat- 
tan ; but they left no issue. 

John Randolph, the Virginian statesman and United States 
Senator, is also said to have been a descendant of the Princess 

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Lucy Seaton, the eldest child, was born on December 10, 1778. 
When she was grown to womanhood and had been educated, she 
was married to Thomas Rose, of Richmond, Virginia. 

Augustine Hill Seaton was bom on November 15, 1780. 
He died in February, 1810, without issue. ' 

Leonard Hill Seaton was born October 13, 1782. He died 
in April, 1826, without heirs. 

William Winston Seaton has been given another write-up, 
much more in detail than can be attempted here ; but for those 
who have no opportunity to read the *' Biographical Sketch " of 
him, we give the following, gleaned from several sources : 

He was born January 11, 1785, at Chelsea, in Virginia, the 
ancestral home of this line of Seatons. From the sketch men- 
tioned we learn that ^* Under the paternal roof passed young Wil- 
liam's childhood in happy companionship of brothers and sisters, 
his tastes refined by gentle maternal uifluences, his intelligence 
quickened by the noted society frequenting his father's hospitable 
home, which numbered among its cherished guests the illustrious 
Patrick Henry." 

A domestic tutor directed the education of the youth, and of 
course his brothers and sisters, in the earlier paths of learning, 
until he reached, in Richmond, Virginia, what was then the culmi- 
nating academic polishing of OgUvie, the Scotchman, "whose 
earldom of Finlater slept whUe he was playing pedagogue in 

Young WilUam belonged to a military company in Richmond 
from his boyhood, and he was a sportsman skilled in the use of 

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firearms. We are told that at the early age of eighteen his mind 
was quite matured, his ambition aroused, and he passed into the 
arena of public life, entering with manly earnestness upon the 
career of political journalism, of which he was one of his country's 
pioneers, and which his well-earned fame and social distinction 
crowned with honor. 


He made his first essay into the stormy field of politics as es- 
sistant editor of a Richmond journal, having acquired a practical 
knowledge of "the art preservative of all arts'' in the same office 
with that master of journalism, Thomas Richie. 

William Seaton soon received an invitation to take charge of a 
more prominent journal, in Petersburg, Virginia, then edited by 
Colonel Yancey. This was in the spring of 1806, and in the next 
year he accepted an advantageous offer and the persuasions of the 
retiring editor to assume proprietary editorship of the North Car- 
olina Journal, of Halifax. 

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On March SOth, 1809, he was married to Sarah Weston Gales, 
daughter of Joseph Gales and Winifred Gales, of Raleigh, North 
Carolina, formerly of Sheffield, England; and it appears to have 
been a most happy union of hearts as well as hands and a bright 
feather in his cap in the way of social advancement, for Mrs. Seaton 
proved to be one of the brightest and most fascinating ladies of 
the nation's capital city. 

In October, 1812, he joined his fortunes with those of his brother- 
in-law, Joseph Gales, which association transferred the names of 
Gales and Seaton from the head of the Register to that of the 
National Intelligencer^ of Washington, D. C, of which journal the 
subject of this sketch was editor at the accession of James Madison 
to the presidency ; and still he was in the same position during the 
administration of our first martyred President, the lamented 
Abraham Lincoln, and w^as yet hale and hearty and in full posses- 
sion of his magnificent powers though eighty years of age. 

"Had it not been for the industry of Gales and his partner, 
William W. Seaton, an important part of the proceedings of the 
Senate and House of Representatives ,which they reported, would 
not have been preserved. Especially is this true of the great 
debate between Hayne and Webster. '' (Continental Encyclopae- 

William Winston Seaton enrolled himself as a private in a vol- 
unteer company commanded by Captain John Davidson, at Fort 
Warburton, and was in the various expeditions on which his com- 
mand was detailed during the War of 1812. He was with the com- 
pany on August 24, 1814, at East Branch, and also at Bladens- 
burg, when they were engaged with the enemy. 

The Intelligencer office was sacked by orders of Admiral Cock- 
burn, a British officer, as a petty spite against the publishers for 
the help they gave the cause of their country. 

A letter to Mr. Seaton from General G. H. Stuart, of the British 
army, is addressed to ** Colonel" W. W. Seaton, though we have 
no other evidence of his having been promoted at such a surprising 
stride. But he was at least Captain of the Washington Guards in 
October, 1824, and his son, Augustine F. Seaton, was also the 
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commanded by his father, and it was declared to be the best drilled 
volunteer corps at the reception of General Lafayette in Alexan- 
dria on that memorable occasion. 

Mr. Seaton is reported to have offered this toast at the reception 
given to the distinguished guest of the nation : 

"The United States and France, their early friendship — may 
it ever be maintained by mutual acts of kindness and justice.'^ 

He also entertained the iioble Frenchman at his home on Decem- 
ber 15, 1824, when all of the President's cabinet, except Mr. William 
Harris Crawford, were present, as was every member of the dip- 
lomatic corps, except Baron Marenit, the French minister, who 
was precluded from society for three months at that time by some 
rule of court etiquette. 

Lafayette attended the Unitarian church with the Seatons dur- 
ing his stay in Washington, being desirous of hearing the Reverend 
Mr. Little, of whose fervid eloquence he had heard. And Mr. 
Seaton accompanied Lafayette as far as Baltimore on his departure 
from the capital, and visited the cattle show with him in that 
city. He was also chosen, with the Mayor of Washington, at 
another time, to escort Lafayette from the President's to a pri- 
vate en famiUe evening at the home of Mr. Barlow, a personal 
friend of the titled foreigner, from which place Mr. and Mrs. 
Seaton accompanied him to a concert. 

WUliam Winston Seaton was for ten years elected to the Mayor- 
alty of the city of Washington, D. C, and in that capacity enter- 
tained the city's guests in the persons of General Bertrand, Charles 
Dickens and wife, and many others, at his home. 

He was an active member of the Washington Monument So- 
ciety, of which organization he was chosen vice-president. And 
the corner-stone of the monument was laid during one of his terms 
as Mayor, which event, by the way, was the last appearance in 
public of President Taylor, July 4, 1848. 

Winfield Scott and William Winston Seaton were intimate com^ 
panions in their youth, both living in Richmond, Virginia at the 
time, there being only one year difference in their ages, and both 
attended the same school, that of Ogilvie, the Scotchman, men- 
tioned before. 

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Daniel Webster and our Mr. Seaton were quite intimate, often 
visiting back and forth in each other's homes in Washington, and 
quite as frequently writing to each other, as is shown by letters 
given in the Biographical Sketch of our subject. 

Far ahead of the time in which he lived, he emancipated his 
slaves of his own volition, and assisted as many as desired in 
colonizing themselves in Africa, being an active and practical 
member of the Colonization Society at the time. It has been said 
of him that he freed more of his own slaves, at his own suggestion, 
than all of the Abolitionists in the North had ever done up to the 
time of the Emancipation Proclamation of the President. 

There are many letters in existence that were written to him by 
noted men of several countries, among the number one from Lord 
Durham, Governor-General of Canada, who is reported to have 
pronounced Mr. Seaton "the most charming American he ever 

In Nicolay and Hay's Life of Abraham Lincoln in the Century 
magazine, is a portrait of W. W. Seaton, of Washington, D. C, 
and in the Continental Encyclopaedia it is stated that he and his 
brother-in-law were the only reporters in Congress for eight years, 
from 1812 to 1820, one working in each house. And W. W. 
Seaton is mentioned in the Encyclopaedia iBritannica in connection 
with Joseph Gales, where it is said they -formed a partnership in 
1812, and that the Intelligencer was changed from a tri-weekly to 
a daily in 1813; and further, that the files of the Intelligencer 
form an important part of the authentic documents relating to 
United States history. 

The children bom to William and Sarah Seaton were as follows, 
in the order of their birth: 1. Augustine Fitzwhylson; 2. Julia; 
3. Altona; 4. Gales; 5. William Henry; 6. Ann Eliza; 7. Jo- 
sephine; 8. Caroline; 9. Virginia; 10. Malcolm; and 11. Arthur. 

Mr. Seaton retired from the management of the National In- 
telligencer on December 31, 1864, and if we are not much mistaken, 
considerably reduced in fortune on account of the war, for when 
the South seceded from the Union, in 1861, his subscription list 
must have suffered to the number of subscriptions carried in the 

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Mrs. Sarah (Gales) Seaton died on December 23d, 1863, and was 
buried on Christmas day. Mr. Seaton survived his wife only 
about three years, dying at Washington, D. C, June 18, 1866, 
aged about eighty-one years. 

The reader is referred to the Biographical Sketch of William 
Winston Seaton for fuller particulars regarding the life of this 
most excellent gentleman. The said sketch is said to have been 
written by his daughter, Josephine Seaton. 

Elizabeth Seaton, bom October 9, 1786, married Samuel Scott, 
of Richmond, Virginia, and had issue, one daughter, Mary Seaton 
Scott. Elizabeth died September 5, 1818. 

John Seaton was born August 18, 1788, and died July 18, 1808, 
without issue. 

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Asa Seaton, the only child of George Seaton 2d, of whom we 
have any mention, was born in Virginia, about the year 1758, as 
nearly as we can ascertain. When he was a young man he struck 
out on his own behalf, as many another son has done when it would 
probably have been better for them to have remained with their 
loving parents. 

When the W^ar of the Revolution broke out he was to have been 
found enlisted in the United States Navy, and later he served his 
country in the army. It is more than likely that he took to the 
water like a young duck when he first left his Virginia home, and 
thus naturally gravitated into the navy when there was need of 
sailors and marines to defend the best interests of his country, for 
it has run in the blood of the Seaton family to go to the rescue of 
their government at the first possible moment when their services 
were needed. 

Asa Seaton is said to have been a magnificent specimen of 
manhood, being of dark complexion, with black hair and eyes, 
and of a large, powerful build, weighing over two hundred and 
fifty pounds and measuring two inches over six feet in height. 
He possessed broad shoulders and great physical energy and res- 
olution. He married Rebecca Barnes on January 8, 1778, in 
Connecticut. Rebecca was born at BralJford, Connecticut, in 
1759, and was well educated for her time, being a botanist of some 
repute and a diligent biblical student. It has been said of her 
that she could give the verse and chapter of almost any Bible 
passage quoted in her hearing. She died in Henderson, New 
York, in 1845, aged eighty-six years. 

From the best information at hand it seems reasonable to sup- 
pose that Asa Seaton lived at Bradford, Connecticut, from the 
date of his marriage to about 1790. My uncle, Leonard Seaton, 
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Rebecca (Barnes) Seaton, relate incidents concerning her older 
sons that happened after they were men grown and while they 
still lived at Bradford. One of the stories follows : It seems that 
according to the Blue Laws of Connecticut there was a prohibition 
against traveling on the Sabbath day, but at one time Truman 
and Willard were away from home and were naturally anxious to 
return as soon as possible ; but a Sunday intervened. So one of 
the young men muffled the other up, and they continued their 
journey homeward, telling every one who asked them about their 
traveling on the Lord's day that they were going to a safe and 
isolated place, as they did not desire to give the much-dreaded 
smallpox to anyone, — all of which may have been true in a sense. 
They thus reached home without molestation for violating the 
law, and without doing harm to anyone except themselves, and 
afterward enjoyed telling of the unceremonious way in which 
people they met scrambled out of the way of the loathsome dis- 
ease, as they supposed. 

It was from the same source we learned that Asa Seaton serv^ed 
as a volunteer in the Revolutionary War, as well as in the United 
States Navy. My uncle said he had the word of his grandmother 
for the facts, she having lived in Henderson, where Uncle Leonard 
resided, for some years before her death. 

Asa Seaton and his family moved to EUisville, Jefferson county, 
New York, from Columbia county, in the same State, about 1814 
or 1815, buying and paying for six hundred acres of land in that 
township, as is shown by the records at Watertown, the county 
seat. There is a tradition that he moved to Columbia county, 
from Connecticut, about 1790, though we have no documentary 
evidence of the date of the removal. He deeded a small farm to 
each of his four married sons about the time of the removal to 
EUisville, and sold a large part of his remaining realty in 1818 and 
the rest in 1820. He emigrated to Ontario, Canada, soon after 
the close of the War of 1812, settling near Coburg, where he spent 
the remainder of his days. He died at the home of his son Wil- 
lard, at the age of seventy-two years. 

Asa Seaton accumulated quite a good amount of this world's 
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who gave his children as good educational advantages as were pos- 
sible at that time in a new country. 

There were bom to Asa and Rebecca Sea ton eleven children, as 
follows: 1. Willard; 2. Tina; 3. Keziah; 4. Truman; 5. Ros- 
well; 6. Welthy; 7. Ann; 8. Asa, Jr.; 9. Leonard; 10. Sam- 
uel; 11. Pamelia. 


Augustine Fitzwhylson Seaton, the eldest son of these most 
estimable people, was early interested in military affairs, having 
commanded a company of "Young Guards" at the reception of 
the great friend of our government, General Lafayette, in the city 
of Baltimore, on the occasion of his visit to this country in 1824. 
And we are pleased to record the fact that his company was pro- 
nounced to be the best drilled command that took part in the pa- 
rade, his father's company of the "Old Guards'' not excepted. 

Augustine was a cadet at the West Point Military Academy, 
and graduated from that institution July 1, 1828. He was Brevet 
Second Lieutenant in the Seventh Infantry in July, 1833 ; Second 
Lieutenant September 28, 1834. After his graduation from that 
great training-school, from which have been sent out so many of 
the best commanders of the nation's army, Augustine was ordered 
to Fort Gibson, on the then far frontier. 

During an expedition against the Indians in 1835 he shared all 
the hardships of a soldier's life, advancing into the wilderness of 
the plains and the Ozark mountains. The health of the young 
soldier failing, he suffered intensely, and in a few weeks was dis- 
charged at the summons of the Angel of Death, and passed over 
and was enrolled with the army of warriors in the " happy hunting- 
grounds '' of the red savages whom he was opposing, where he will 
forever hear the glad songs of reveille, but the bugle-calls to fa- 
tigue duty and taps never. 

He was bom at Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 10, 1810, 
and died a Lieutenant of the Seventh Regiment of Ignited States 
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Julia Seaton, the first daughter to bless the happy pair, was 
bom on June 9, 1812, at Raleigh, in the "Old North State/^ In 
the course of time she was married to Mr. Columbus Munroe, at 
Washington, the capital of the country. Tw^o sons were born to 
this couple, Seaton Munroe, and Frances Munroe, the latter of 
whom died at Washington, D. C, August 7, 1889. 

Altona Seaton was bom after the removal of the family to 
Washington, or on March 10, 1814, to be exact. She died on Oc- 
tober 3d of the same year. 

Gales Seaton was born at Washington, July 27, 1817. He at- 
tended school at Georgetown College, and he was at one time 
located in Richmond, Virginia, for a short time at least, for he 
wrote quite an interesting letter to the guest of his father's home, 
Charles Dickens, the great novelist, soon after the latter *s visit 
there, and the letter w^as dated at Richmond. Gales died February 
9, 1857, unmarried. 

William Henry Seaton, the son who is mentioned in the Bio- 
graphical Sketch of his father as having come to his death in the 
spring of 1827 by being thrown and dragged by his pony while 
taking his morning canter, was born at Washington, June 20, 
1819. His death is recorded by Mr. Seaton Schroeder as having 
occurred on September 21st, 1826. 

Ann Eliza Seaton was born in June, 1821, and died the same 

Josephine Seaton was born at Washington, D.C.,on September 
7, 1822. From that time until the day of her death we find no 
mention of her name, except that she was the author of the Bio- 
graphical Sketch of William Winston Seaton, her father. 

Caroline Seaton was born at the Washington home of the 
family, on March 25, 1824. She was married to Francis Schroeder, 
of Baltimore, Maryland. Both Francis and his father, Henry 
Schroeder, were born in Baltimore. When their son, Seaton 
Schroeder, was two months old, the family went to Sweden, 
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holm, where they remained eight years, during which time Caroline 
(Seaton) Schroeder died on February 24, 1855. 

Their son, Seaton Schroeder, now one of the best known officers 
of the United States Navy, was born August 17, 1849. After 
the return from Sweden, Seaton remained a year in this country, 
then passed two years in Paris, France. 

In September, 1864, he was appointed a midshipman at the 
United States Naval Academy by President Lincoln, entering the 
Academy that month with Richard Wainright, w^ho was also one 
of Lincoln's appointees, and who was also born in the District 
only four months later than Schroeder. They grew up together 
in Washington, were graduated from Annapolis at the same time, 
in June, 1868, Schroeder having the higher standing; and to fur- 
ther cement their lifetime friendship, the subject of this sketch 
married Wainright *s sister, Maria Campbell Bache Wainright, 
the daughter of Captain Richard Wainright of the navy, who had 
commanded Farragut's flagship, Hartford, at New Orleans, dur- 
ing the Civil War. Through her mother she was the great-grand- 
daughter of Benjamin Franklin. They were married in January, 

Seaton and Maria Schroeder have had six children, of whom 
the last five are living, and whose names follow : Winston Seaton 
Schroeder, died in infancy. Sarah Franklin, Caroline Seaton, 
Joanna Anchmuty, Seaton, and Wainright, complete the number. 

Among the interesting episodes of Mr. Schroeder's service at 
sea, which began on the Pacific station, where he was promoted 
to Ensign in 1869, may be mentioned the following: 

In June, 1871, while on the sloop-of-war Benicia, he took part 
in the attack on the Korean forts, and was mentioned by name in 
dispatches of the commander-in-chief, Rear Admiral John Rodgers. 

In 1879-80 he was associated with his friend Lieutenant Harry 
H. Gorrings in the removal of the Egyptian obelisk in Alexandria, 
and its erection in the city of New York. 

In 1890 he was put in command of the dynamite gun- vessel, 
Vesuvius, and for three years carried on experimental work with 
that vessel and her guns. 

While a lieutenant, also, in 1888, in cooperation with Lieutenant 

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W. H. Driggs, he invented and perfected the Driggs-Schroeder 
rapid-fire guns, which have since shared with the Hotchkiss in the 
composition of the secondary batteries of United States war-ships. 

During the war with Spain he was Executive Officer of the 
battleship Massachusetts, and was advanced three numbers in his 
grade for services during that war. 

In May, 1900, Mr. Schroeder went to the Island of Guam as 
Governor, remaining there until February, 1903. Upon his re- 
turn to Washington in March of this year, he was appointed Chief 
Intelligence Officer of the Navy and a member of the General 
Board, which position he occupies at this writing. 

Since entering the service he has passed considerably more 
time at sea duty than on shore. He has lately finished the work 
of revising the Naval Regulations. 

Virginia Seaton, daughter of William Winston and Sarah 
(Gales) Seaton, born at Washington, D. C, on September 20, 
1825, died at about two years of age. Thus was added another 
sorrow to the many sustained by this estimable family. 

Malcolm Seaton was bom at Washington, on May 12, 1829. 
He married Jane E. Spriggs, daughter of Major Benjamin Spriggs, 
of Washington, November 19, 1857, but had the great bereave- 
ment of losing his loving companion after twenty years of married 
life, she dying on September 27, 1878. After fourteen years of 
mourning for his departed helpmeet, he again married, his choice 
this time falling upon Mar>% daughter of Captain Henry Graybill, 
of Savannah, Georgia, and the impressive ceremony being per- 
formed on September 22, 1892. 

Malcolm Seaton we find listed as principal examiner of Division 
Fireman's Navigation and Wood Work. His death has lately 
been reported to us as having occurred at Washington, D. C, on 
September 6, 1904. 

Arthur Seaton, the last child given to the. family was born at 
Washington, on January 24, 1831, and died on the succeeding 
19th of August. 

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WiLLARD Se-\ton WES bom March 23, 1779, in the State of 
Connecticut. He married Mary Adams, a descendant of John 
Adams, the second President of the United States. 

Their children, in the order of their ages were: 1. Laura; 2. 
Asa; 3. Daniel; 4. Josiah Wellington; 5. Hiram; 6. Mary; 
7. Riley; 8. Leonard Bama; 9. Willard 2d; 10. Harriet; 11. 
George; 12. Benjamin Franklin ; 13. Louise; and 14. Ira Ham- 

With his brother Roswell, Willard moved his family from New 
York to Canada soon after the close of the War of 1812, and set- 
tled near Coburg, Ontario. Here his son Benjamin F. was born, 
and at least two of the other children. Willard left Canada in 
1830, returning to the States. He stopped at Henderson, New 
York, to visit his brother Leonard for a short time, then they 
pulled out for the West. 

When they left Canada, Willard 's mother went with them to 
Henderson, her husband having died in Canada at a good old age. 

After leaving Henderson this time, the family of Willard went 
to Forest\'ille, New York, then to Chardon, Ohio, and later to 
Massillon, in the same State, where both Willard and his wife 
Mary died and were buried. 

Tina Seaton, the first daughter in the family, was bom January 
25, 1781, at Branford, New Haven county, Connecticut. She was 
never married, preferring to live the life of a celibate, with a so- 
ciety of Shakers, a religious community whose official title is 
"United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing." 
They came from England to New York in 1774, and settled near 
Albany, New York. 

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"families," that Tina Seaton was a member of the society from 
early childhood. She died at the Village of " Shakers '* in Albany 
county, New York, January 13, 1860, aged seventy-eight years, 
eleven months and nineteen days. 

Keziah Seaton seems to have left no obtainable record of her 
life. We only know that she was born on December 17, 1782, in 
the State of Connecticut. 

Truman Seaton was bom on December 12, 1784, in Connecticut. 
He was married, but to whom we have yet to learn. He owned 
the farm given to him by his father in Jefferson county. New 
York, but how much more we are unable to say. He sold his real 
estate in New York before 1830, and moved to the new and grow- 
ing West, after which time we have no account of his own or his 
family's doings. 

RoswELL Seaton, one of the Connecticut boys, was bom on Sep- 
tember 8, 1786. He married a Miss Olmstead, who died when her 
daughter Aurilla was quite young. He was one of the married 
sons to each of whom his father gave a farm, which land with all 
other owned by him was sold before 1830, and Roswell moved his 
family and personal effects to Canada and became a loyal subject 
of the King of England, no doubt. In Canada he located near 
Coburg and Port Hope, Ontario, where his brother Leonard vis- 
ited the family in 1851, returning a visit Roswell made him in 

Rosweirs mother, Rebecca (Barnes) Seaton, lived with him 
after the death of her husband in 1827, until in 1833, when she 
made her home with her son Leonard at Henderson, New York, 
for a year or two, when she returned to Roswell, and stayed until 
in the fall of 1837, w^hen she once more took up her residence in 
Henderson, where she continued to reside until the day of her 
death, in September, 1845. 

Roswell Seaton lost his first wife, and their daughter, Aurilla, 
lived with her grandparents. Olmstead, at Ogdensburg, New 
York, until she was a young lady. In the meantime, Roswell had 
married again, and had children by his second wife, Elizabeth 

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HoUenbeck. Aurilla and one of her half-sisters, Arietta, went 
West to visit their uncle Willard's family; and Arietta's brother 
Albert went later, and worked for Daniel Sea ton for two years. 
Then Arietta and Albert returned to Canada, where their home 
had been, near Hamilton. 

Although Aurilla only went West for a visit, she remained, and 
was married to her cousin, Daniel Seaton, and did not go back to 
see her grandparents for three years, and then took her two little 
boys, George P. and John Hill Seaton, with her to make a visit. 

Aurilla Seaton reared a family of eight children, and died at 
Sandwich, Illinois, September 2, 1887, aged seventy-nine years 
and ten days, having been born in the State of New York, August 
22, 1808. 

Welthy Seaton was born June 30, 1788. She married a De 
Sany, or Desany, and lived with him in Canada. They had chil- 
dren who visited the Henderson Seatons with their mother in 
1835, since which time we have no account of them, and we have 
not been ad\TLsed as to their Christian names. 

Ann Seaton, daughter of Asa, was born September 18, 1790. 
She was married to a Mr. Hart, with whom she lived at Flint, 
Michigan, as late as 1855; or possibly it may have been some of 
their children who lived at Flint at that time. 

Asa Seaton, Jr., was born September 12, 1792. He was once 
married, but parted from his wife on some terms and joined the 
Shakers near Albany, New York. He owned a farm in New York 
State, which he sold to his brother Leonard after having lived on 
it for some time with his wife. Probably there were no children. 

Mr. Chauncey Miller, for many years the leader of ono of the 
families of Shakers, having succeeded Asa Seaton, Jr., in that 
honorable and responsible position after the death of the latter in 
1867, says that Asa joined the Society about 1822, and died stead- 
fast in the faith on April 18, 1867, at the age of seventy-four years, 
seven months and six days. It is understood that whatever prop- 
erty Asa possessed at the time of joining the Shakers was contrib- 
uted to the common fund. 

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Leonard Seaton, senior, the writer's paternal grandfather, was 
born at Granville, Washington county, New York, on August 1, 
1794. He was evidently named for Leonard Hill, father-in-law of 
George Seaton, or Leonard Hill Seaton, son of Augustine, a man 
very highly respected in the family, his name appearing in other 
instances. At the age of thirteen years, in 1807, Leonard Seaton 
went to Fort Stanwix, now Rome, Oneida county, New York, to 
learn the trades of tanner and currier, and boot- and shoemaker, 
with his uncle, Rufus Barnes, with whom be continued to make 
his home, and for whom he worked as an apprentice. He stayed 
there six years, except while serving his country as a soldier during 
the War of 1812. He first enlisted in Captain Rudd's Company, 
Detachments 131 and 157, Regiments of New York Volunteers, 
War of 1812. His first term of enlistment began March 10, 1813, 
and expired on March 25 of the same year. He afterward vol- 
unteered in Captain Brooks Harrington's company of Colonel 
Allen's Fifty-fifth Regiment of the New York Militia, for which 
service he received a land warrant for one hundred and sixty 
acres of land. 

After Leonard's apprenticeship was out, he worked as a jour- 
neyman for his uncle and others in Utica and other villages in 
Oneida county, New York, until about 1816, when he went to 
Henderson, in Jefferson county, of the same State. The records 
show that he owned a tract of land in 1816, and his son, Leonard, 
Jr., has in his possession a deed which shows that he bought 
eighty-eight and three-fourths acres from his father, Asa Seaton, 
paying $1,200 for it. The deed bears date of June 18, 1818. 

He worked at his trade in Henderson in 1817 for Allen Kilby, 
after which he was agent and foreman for Giles Hall, at Belle- 
ville, in the same county, as well as for Samuel Borden, of that 

In 1822, when twenty-eight years old, he married Polly Pennell, 
daughter of Andrew and Sabrina Pennell, of Belleville, New York, 
by whom he had five children, as follows: 1. Andrew Pennell; 
2. Boyington Chapman; 3. Leonard, Jr.; 4. Frances Phidelia; 
and 5. Samuel G. 

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1824, which he carried on until 1830, when he moved to Mather's 

On July 6, 1834, Polly Seaton died at the farm, four days after 
the birth of her son Samuel G. Seaton. In the fall of the same 
year that he lost his wife, he married Sarah Chapman, of St. 
Lawrence county, New York. Of this union there were born 
eight children, viz. : 1. Mary Miranda ; 2. Cornelia; 3. Arminda 
Dorleska ; 4. Chauncey Eugene ; 5. Ambrose Barnes ; 6. Louise ; 
7. George Luman ; and 8. Herbert Julian. 

In 1836 Leonard moved to the farm known as the Oliver Smith 
farm, three-fourths of a mile northeast of Belleville. And from 
1830 to 1837 he owned and managed two other farms, known as 
the Sturtevant farm, at Roberts Comers, and the Jotham Little- 
field farm, just south of the Roberts Comers burying-grounds, in 
Ellisburg township. 

Having sold all of the before-mentioned property before April 
1, 1837, he bought the Amasa Whitney farm, in Henderson town- 
ship, to which he moved at that date. He bought the tanning and 
currj^ing business of S. D. and A. D. Kilby, at Henderson village, 
at some time in 1839, but, though taking possession and running 
the business, he did not move the family to the village until in 
April, 1840. He continued to run this business and a boot-and- 
shoe business, as well as a small farm, until his death on August 
15, 1872, though he did very little work except around the house 
and garden for some years before his death. 

In company with his eldest son, Andrew Pennell Seaton, the 
writer's father, he bought the tanning, currying and boot-and-shoe 
business of Foster Lewis, at Burrville, Jefferson county, New 
York, which business was personally managed by the son and 

The writer remembers quite distinctly hearing his grandfather 
tell of putting out an orchard on one of his farms near Henderson 
after he was a middle-aged man. His neighbors tried to convince 
him, for what reason I cannot guess, that it was useless at his age 
to plant an orchard expecting to receive any remuneration for 
his labor. However, he planted the trees, and, as it proved, 
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labors. Besdes that, he received much credit for his success, and 
his example encouraged others to thus beautify and enhance the 
value of their farms, and helped to prove that part of the State to 
be adapted to the production of fruit, which was doubted by many 
at that time. 

Grandfather Seaton received a newspaper gratuitously for many 
years from his cousin William Winston Seaton, editor of the 
National Intelligencer, of Washington, D. C, whom he admired 
very much as a man and an editor. 

The subject of this sketch was a strictly honest and honorable 
man in all of his dealings, almost painfully prompt at all of his 
appointments, exacting immediate obedience to all his requests 
and commands from his children, all of whom, excepting Herbert, 
perhaps, stood in considerable awe of him. I remember hearing 
Uncle Boyington tell of his and Uncle Leonard's jumping up from 
the table and running to the window to see something that was 
going on out in the street. When they returned to finish their 
meal Grandfather pointed w^ith his thumb over his shoulder to- 
ward some chairs, saying : " You boys have finished your supper. " 
The boys took the hint, and after that were sure to eat all they 
w^anted before leaving the table. 

That he possessed a keen sense of humor is certain. On one 
occasion when he was going away to be gone for some time, he 
gave instructions to Herbert about the chores. Among other 
things to be done there were some pigs to be fed. He cautioned 
Herbert against forgetting to feed them regularly, "for,*' said he, 
"if you do there will be a streak of lean meat for every feed you 
forget to give them, and we wall find it out when we come to kill 
the pigs." Uncle Herbert is said to have attended to the pigs 
with great faithfulness on that occasion. 

My recollection of Grandfather Seaton is that he was full six 
feet tall, and straight as an Indian. He appeared to me a very 
austere man, one who made use of as few words as possible and 
one who seldom smiled, at least not on noisy children. He dearly 
loved a game of draughts or checkers, and would play for half a 
day at a time, after he gave up active work, without passing a 
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talk as himself at the time. I have often seen him and a Mr. 
Brown playing, or rather studying how to play, for so long a time 
that I became tired of waiting and ran off to play with some other 
boys without having seen either of them make a move, though 
always feeling a deep interest in a good game of checkers myself. 

Leonard Seaton, Sr., died of bronchitis, at his home in Hender- 
son, New York, on August 15, 1872, being seventy-eight years and 
fourteen days old at the time of his death. 

Mrs. Sarah (Chapman) Seaton was a large, fine-looking lady 
as I remember her, and her photograph shows her to have been. 
She was a fine housekeeper and needlewoman, and was as kind to 
the grandchildren as any grandmother could have been ; and the 
fact that grandparents always spoil their grandchildren with kind- 
ness has become proverbial. I can remember going to her home 
often, when I was a small boy, hoping and expecting she would 
give me some cookies or apples, of which it was soon learned there 
was always an abundance. And I do not remember ever to have 
gone in vain ; nor was the giving skimped. She, being usually 
busy, would send me to the cellar and tell me to fill my pockets, 
a permission I was not slow nor backward about improving. She 
died at her home in Henderson on the fifth day of October, 

Samuel Seaton, the youngest son in the family circle, was bom 
June 10, 1797, probably at Gran\dlle, Washington county, New 
York. He died in Ellisville, Jefferson coimty, New York, when a 
young man, and was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Mixer's 

Pamelia Seaton, the last child as well as youngest daughter, 
was without any possible doubt the pet of the household, 'or the 
regular order of nature must have been reversed in this particular 
case. On the 17th of July she was bom, in the year 1799, probably 
at Granville, New York. She was married to William P. Jones, 
of Ellisburg, about 1819. They moved to Bishop Street, in Hen- 
derson township, about 1839. There were born to them nine or 
ten children whose names were: 1. Arietta; 2. Leonard S., for 
his grandfather ; 3. Philetus ; 4. Riley ; 5. Lorenzo ; 6. Alsom ; 

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7. Cordelia; and 8. Evalin. And there were one or two more 
whose names do not appear on our list. 

The sons, Leonard, Riley and Philetus, moved to Battle Creek, 
Michigan, in 1845. Lorenzo left New York about 1847, since 
which time we have heard nothing from him. The rest of the 
family, except William, the father, who died in 1841, in Hender- 
son, continued to make their home in Henderson township until 
in 1851, when Grandfather Seaton went with them to Battle 
Creek, Michigan, where he saw them comfortably settled in a good 

Pamelia (Seaton) Jone> died more than twenty-five years ago, 
but some of the children were still living at the Michigan home 
the last we heard of them, in the first year of the twentieth cen- 

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Laura Seaton, when grown, married a gentleman named 
Becock, and lived in Stark county, Ohio. They had a son, Leon- 
ard Becock, who was a member of the Thirty-fourth U. S. Zouaves 
with his cousin Warren Seaton ; and a daughter, Aurilla Becock, 
who married a Brow, and lived with him at Massillon, Stark 
county, Ohio. 

After the death of Mr. Becock, Laura married a gentleman 
named Waldo, since which time we know nothing of them. 


Asa Seaton was bom on Independence Day of 1803, and died 
at Chetopa, Kansas, January 16, 1891. 

Dorothy Wilcox, daughter of Clement and Kate (McDougal) 

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Wilcox was also a second child of the marriage which took place 
in 1806. These two were married in Canada, in 1831, and both 
died at the home of their son, Robert Sea ton. Asa was a farmer 
all of his life, and lived to be eighty-seven years of age. 

The children of Clement, and Kate Wilcox were as follows : 
Hiram, Dorothy, Charles, Warren, Miranda, George, Millie, Mary, 
and Susan; and here may be found some of the names that Asa 
and Dorothy gave to their children, viz. : Loraine, Polly, Warren, 
Clarinda, Valentine, Miranda, George, Robert, and Chauncey. 

Dorothy (Wilcox) Sea ton died November 24, 1884, at the age 
of seventv-four vears. 


Danikl Seaton, son of Willard, was born in New York State, 
and moved to Canada with his parents when he was quite young. 
He married his cousin, Aurilla Seaton, daughter of Roswell. He 
bought land in Canada that was situated near that owned by 
Willard and Roswell, and all three did their trading at Coburg. 
The family moved to Illinois, and Daniel set men to work with 
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ready for crops. The next year he raised a great crop of wheat 
and com. He had to haul his grain to Chicago, which took three 
days to go and return, but wheat was worth a dollar per bushel. 
He lived in a log house until his land was fenced, and he had a 
fine stock of horses and cattle ; then he built a large new house and 
bam. He was one of the leading men in the neighborhood, one 
whose word was as good as his bond. He was hospitable and 
charitable, never turning those away who were in distress, and 
many a load of wood and sack of flour or wheat he was known to 
take to the sick and needy. He had a houseful of young folks, 
and was able to indulge the Seaton love for large families and 
fine horses to the full, Mth carriages to go with them. 

There were born to Daniel and Aurilla Seaton ten children, 
all but one of whom lived to become men and women. The fam- 
ily lived near Newcastle, Hamilton township, Ontario, Canada, 
and Daniel's brother Josiah lived near them. When Daniel moved 
to Illinois, Josiah went and lived with him until he had bought 
land and built a house. Another brother, Leonard Barna Seaton, 
lived near enough so they could visit back and forth, both in 
Ontario and in Illinois. 

The children of Daniel and Aurilla Seaton were: 1. Aurilla; 
2. Harriet Louise; 3. Mary; 4. Samantha; 5. George Perry; 
6. George Hill; 7. Leonard; 8. Albert; and 9. Ira Daniel. 
They were one-half of them light-complexioned and one-half 
dark, but all had black eyes. Who was the other child? 

Daniel Seaton' settled at Campton, Illinois, at an early date, 
buying and "taking up" four hundred acres of prairie land and 
buying another hundred acres of timber land. At a later date he 
moved to Sandwich, Illinois, where he died September 8, 1884, at 
the age of seventy-nine years, five months and eight days. 

Josiah Wellington Seaton was born in Castleton, Vermont, 
in 1806, moved to New York, and later to Canada, where he was 
married in Coburg to Sarah Gilford of that place. He died March 
17, 1895, in Illinois. 

The children who blessed this union were: 1. Humphrey Gif- 
ford, who was twice married, first to Helen Oilman, who died 

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several years ago, leaving two children, — Willard, who now re- 
sides in Chicago, Illinois, and Jennie, who married Lee Moore, and 
claims Chicago as her home. Humphrey next married Mary 
Carver, of Piano, Illinois, by whom he was presented with two 
children : Georgie, now Mrs. Fuller, of Piano, Illinois, and Frank 
Sea ton, of Chicago. 

2. William Albert Seaton went to California many years ago. 
He married Emma Cross, of Oakland, California, whose mother 
was a second cousin to Daniel and Noah Webster. Mrs. Emma 
(Cross) Seaton is now living in Reno, Nevada, having once made 
her home in San Francisco. She has a son in Reno, Nevada. 

3. Nelson James Seaton, of Elbum, Illinois, has two sons, Lyle 
and Wert, residing at Elburn. 

4. Henry Wellington Seaton, of Chicago, has three sons, James 
and Harry, of Jackson, Michigan, and Clinton, of Chicago, Illi- 
nois, and one daughter, Mrs. Corrinthe Angeline (Seaton) Crosby, 
who lives in Chicago. 

All of Josiah Seaton^s children, except Henry W., were born in 
the Dominion of Canada, (Henry's birthplace was Campton, Illi- 
nois,) and all were raised in the Methodist faith, were Republi- 
cans, and all were blondes. 

Mrs. Sarah Seaton was a daughter of Humphrey and Elizabeth 
(Smith) Giflford, of Coburg, Ontario, Canada. 

Josiah W. Seaton was a County Commissioner and a member of 
the School Board, though he had no ambition to be a public offi- 
cial, preferring to attend to his own affairs on his farm. 

Hiram Seaton, son of Willard. was married, and had at least 
two children, a son who returned to New York State with his 
parents, after they had been West, and lived in Ellisburg, Jef- 
ferson county, a year or so about 1836, and a daughter, Abby 
Seaton. After leaving New York the second time, Hiram took 
his family to Indiana or Michigan, from one of which States he 
went to Canada on a visit to relatives, and was taken sick there. 
When it was certain he could not recover, Daniel, at whose home 
he was at the time, sent for Hiram's wife, and she and her little 
daughter went to Canada. After the death of her husband, Mrs. 

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Seaton, Hiram's widow, married Samuel Sanderson, and moved 
away. Hiram died at his brother Daniel's home, of quick con- 

Mary Seaton, daughter of Willard, died in infancy. 

Riley Seaton was living at his brother Daniel's home when 
Hiram died there, and on the day of Hiram's funeral Riley con- 
tracted a bad cold, which was accompanied with the usual chill 
and fever. Some cattle broke out of the pasture, and Riley ran 
out without coat or hat to assist in driving them back, caught 
more cold, became decidedly worse, and in six weeks from the 
day of Hiram's funeral Riley died of the same complaint at the 
same hospitable home. 

Willard Seaton 2d was married, and had one son, Dallas 
Seaton, who died of smallpox in the army during the Rebellion, and 
a daughter, Frances Dallas Seaton, who, as well as her mother, is 
deceased. Willard, Jr., went to California in 1848, evidently in 
search of gold, and has not since been heard from by his friends 
and relatives. He was living in Kendall county, Illinois, when 
his brother Daniel moved to that State. 

Harriet Seaton, daughter of Willard. married a man whose 
name was Parmelee. They lived at Massillon, Ohio. 

George Seaton lived in Kendall county, Illinois, was married 
and had one child, when his brother Daniel moved to that State. 

Louise Seaton married a Mr. Mobile. They lived at Fulton, 

Ira Hamilton Seaton, son of Willard and Mary, lived at 
Springfield, Ohio. He was born April 9, 1824, in Hamilton, Duken 
county, C. W., and died January 25, 1884, at Springfield. He 
was married to Hester Ann McBride on February 12, 1846, at 
Canton, Stark county, Ohio, by Rev. Mr. Mower. Hester Ann 
died February 24, 1852, aged 26 years and 21 days, at Massillon, 
Ohio, having been born February 3, 1826, at Shippenburg, Frank- 
lin county, Pennsylvania. 

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The children of this family reported to us were : 

1. Benjamin Franklin Seaton, born at Canal Fulton, Stark 
county, Ohio, December 1, 1848. He was married to Miss Lu- 
cilla Everett, of Decatur, Illinois, at Quincy, in that State, August 
7, 1871. He lives at 773 West Jefferson street, Springfield, Illi- 
nois, at which address he has domiciled for fourteen years, having 
lived at Quincy, Illinois, from 1871 to 1876. He was a letter- 
carrier for twenty-seven years, is a Republican and a Methodist. 
The children of Benjamin F. and Lucilla Seaton are : John Benja- 
min, bom at Burlington, Iowa, October 11, 1871, and married 
January 31, 1899, at Belleville, Illinois, to Miss Lulu Bertha 
Caviness, in the court-house. His sister, Edith Everett Seaton, 
was born at Springfield, Ohio, January 27, 1885. She was mar- 
ried by Rev. J. L. Duckwall, at Springfield, Ohio, April 18, 1904, 
to George H. Keller, of Baltimore, Maryland. 

2. George Arthur Seaton, who died December 28, 1853, aged 
one year and fourteen days. 

3. John Ira Seaton was bom in Massillon, Ohio He married 
Sarah Ann Nagley at Springfield, Ohio, her birthplace, in April, 
1876. He died December 11, 1883, at Springfield, aged thirty- 
three years and twenty-eight days. The children of John Ira 
Seaton as reported to us are Harry McBride Seaton, of Delray, 
Michigan, and William Rea Seaton. The latter son was bora 
August 20, 1879, at Springfield, Ohio, and is a telegraph operator 
at Holly, Michigan, where he has resided for about two years, 
before which time he had always made his home at the place of 
his birth. Harry is a Republican in politics, and his religious 
belief is Episcopalian. 

4. Charles Willard Seaton, son of Ira H., died February 1, 1886, 
aged thirty-nine years and two months. 

Ira Hamilton Seaton was at one time extensively engaged in 
fancy poultry, owning 1500 fine birds. He made a visit to his 
nephew, Robert Seaton, at Muncie, Indiana, about 1875. It is 
said he had a son, Leonard Seaton, who was a railway mail clerk. 
Ira was twice married, but had no offspring by his second wife. 

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Coburg, in the province of Canada, on November 11, 1820. He 
left the Dominion with his parents in 1830, returning to the 
United States and stopping for a short visit with relatives at Hen- 
derson, New York. After a brief rest and visit at Henderson, 
they continued on their way west to Forestville, in that State, 
and later to Chardon, Ohio, and finally to Massillon, Ohio, where 
they resided until Willard and his wife died and were buried there. 

The subject of our sketch married Ruth Maria Hurlbert at 
Ashtabula, Ohio, on December 14, 1852. There were bom to 
them seven children, whose names follow: 1. Carrie p]lizabeth; 
2. May Goodwin; 3. Anna Ruth; 4. Grace; 5. Fannie Louise; 
6. Frank Hurlbert; and 7. Grace Lillian. 

Mrs. Ruth (Hurlbert) Seaton died at Marion, Iowa, on March 
2, 1901, where the family had resided since 1860. Mr. Seaton was 
engaged in the agricultural implement business at Marion for a 
long period of years, and was serving as Mayor of the city when he 
was elected Sheriff of Linn county, '*in which position he served 
five years, having been twice reelected.'' From several different 
newspapers we learn that Mr. Seaton had some very thrilling ex- 
periences in the line of his duties as Sheriff. The August number 
of the Detective for 1885 gives a full page to his experiences while 
in office, as well as a portrait of him. 

It appears the election in 1880, when Mr. Seaton was first 
elected Sheriff, was very close. Colonel Ed. Swem, who then held 
the office, being a very popular candidate for reelection ; but when 
Mr. Seaton was reelected, four years later, after having served the 
county faithfully, his majority was 1,008 votes. During the last 
four years of his service he had under his charge eight hundred 
prisoners, twelve of whom were charged with murder, conviction 
following in nearly every case. These eight hundred prisoners 
included housebreakers, "gophers," fanners, and in fact almost 
every class of criminals from murderers to common vagrants. 

Among the notorious characters arrested by Mr. Seaton were 
Albert Mitchell, O'Connor, "Doc" Mohler, and "Doc" Diets, 
murderers. The account says that although Mr. Seaton is of 
slight build, he is one of the hardiest and most successful in the 
pursuit and capture of criminals. 

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The St. Joseph Gazette gives a description of the capture of the 
notorious Bill Cari, a most desperate man, by Mr. Seaton at Green- 
leaf, Kansas, that shows the latter to have been a very courageous 
man. It appears that Carl knew officers were out for him, and 
had often made the statement that he would never be taken alive, 
and went armed and kept in company with a companion, each 
keeping guard over the other. 

Mr. Seaton and his deputy, W. W. Graham, of Atchison, Kan- 
sas, w^ent to Greenleaf, and after a few preliminaries the former 
walked into a barber shop and arrested Carl, who commenced 
backing toward a door and turned and ran. The deputy arrived 
in time to fire three shots at the fleeing man, but neither of them 
took effect. Carl ran into the cellar under a grocery, closely 
followed by Sheriff Seaton, by whom he was again arrested, and 
was brought to the street at the point of the Sheriff's revolver. 
By this time Carl regained his nerve, and as soon as he was in the 
street he began to show fight. Had Carl not lost his self-possession 
while in the cellar he might easily have killed the Sheriff, being 
hidden and protected behind a barrel of vinegar. A desperate 
struggle ensued while the officers were putting the handcuffs on 
the prisoner, who succeeded in drawing his revolver, and would 
have killed the Sheriff had that gentleman not knocked the weapon 
out of range. He bit the lobe of Graham's ear nearly off, and by 
some means got Mr. Seaton 's middle finger of the right hand in his 
mouth and lacerated it fearfully. All this time the City Marshal 
and peace officers, together with a large crowd of curious people, 
stood by looking on, but not one of them lent a hand to the strug- 
gling captors; in fact, their sympathies seemed to be with the 
outlaw. It was said to have been the most desperate hand-to- 
hand struggle ever witnessed in that part of the country. The 
prisoner was immediately taken to the depot and shipped to Mar- 
ion, Linn county, Iowa. 

From the Omaha Bee: " On the 20th of last March a man by 
the name of Thum, an ex-convict from the Iowa penitentiary, 
was brutally murdered upon the railroad bridge of the C. M. & 
St. P. road at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and his mangled remains 
thrown into C^dar river. The murderer escaped. Albert Mitch- 

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ell, alias Harry Wood, was suspected, and officers were put upon 
his track; but he seemed to vanish into thin air. Later, SheriflE 
Sea ton, of Linn county, got word that Mitchell was in Omaha, and 
immediately went there ; but again the culprit had flown. At a 
still later date Mr. Seaton was notified that Mitchell was again in 
Omaha. Accompanied by George Pollins, a constable of Cedar 
Rapids, he again went to that city, and saw Mitchell walking on 
a street. Pollins remained where he was while Sheriff Seaton 
crossed the street and spoke to Mitchell, at the same time grasping 
him by the wrist to prevent his using a weapon. Mitchell broke 
loose and made a move toward his hip pocket, but the sheriff w^as 
too quick for him, and almost in the twinkling of an eye his re- 
volver was in his hand and the muzzle was full upon Mitchell's 
face. At this stage of the game Pollins appeared upon the scene 
and clapped the bracelets upon MitchelPs wTists. He was marched 
up to the city jail and placed behind the bars, and later in the day 
was taken to Iowa.'' 

The Cedar Rapids Republican is responsible for the following : 
"Marion, the county seat, was shaken from center to circumfer- 
ence by the wildest excitement yesterday afternoon. At about 
one o'clock four prisoners confined in the county jail made a des- 
perate attempt to regain their lost liberty, and in doing so one of 
them almost lost his life. The men were: Albert Mitchell,- the 
supposed murderer of Thum; Will Carl, who was recently cap- 
tured by the Sheriff in Kansas after a desperate resistance; Al- 
bert Taylor, the insurance agent, in for forgery ; and J. H. Smith, 
bound over for burglary. 

"At one o'clock yesterday, Frank Seaton, the Sheriff's son, 
entered the jail proper for the purpose of putting water for bath- 
ing in the cell in which the four men were confined. As customary 
at the entrance of an official into the cage, the men retired to the 
inner cell and shut the door. The bolt^s were shot, and Frank 
entered. No sooner was he inside than the door was burst open 
and the four desperate men rushed at him. Mitchell led the gang, 
and with a powerful push overthrew the young man, and in an 
instant the party were out and hurrying along the passage. Miss 
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brother, and running from the kitchen, where she was at work, 
caught Taylor as he attempted to pass her. The desperate man 
caught the frail girl and with one effort hurled her from him. Be- 
fore she could recover the men were out of the front door, and 
like frightened sheep were running down the street toward the 
outskirts of the city. Frank Seaton had not been idle, however, 
and was on their heels. A party of forty or fiity men, who had 
gathered at the postoffice corner on their way to the ball grounds, 
joined in the pursuit, led by the Sheriff himsdf, he being among the 

" Frightened by the repeated shots of Seaton, Taylor and Smith 
surrendered before going a block from the jail, and were turned 
over to men and taken back to their cells. Mitchell and Carl, 
however, ran south on Market street for a block, and then struck 
off along an alley running east. As they crossed the sidewalk 
there was a decli\dty of several feet, and there Mitchell tripped and 
fell. He recovered his feet in a few seconds, but Carl was some 
distance ahead. The crowd had in the meantime stopped when 
Taylor and Smith were caught, and Mitchell was pursued by only 
two men, S. L. Waters, a contractor, and George Holland, one of 
his employees. The Sheriff, meantime, had gone past where the 
prisoners turned into the alley, and made a detour for the purpose 
of heading them off. Mitchell, when he had reached the center of 
Parmenter & Son's lumber yard, turned on his pursuers, flourish- 
ing a heavy club, and even started toward them. Backing off a 
few feet. Waters and Holland armed themselves with clubs, and 
seeing this, Mitchell attempted to escape, but they were on him 
before he could do so, and a desperate encounter ensued. In 
the first few blows Holland was struck on the left temple, and a 
serious gash, some two and a half inches in length, inflicted. 
Waters still kept up the fight, which was of the fencing order and 
resulted in no wounds, but catching sight of the Sheriff advancing 
on Mitchell from the other direction. Waters said : 
"'Well, here comes Seaton, and he will finish you.' 
"*Xo, he won't,' said the desperate prisoner, at the same time 
facing about. At this moment Waters could easily have knocked 
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to wait till the Sheriff came, feeling that that official now had 
command. Seaton and Mitchell advanced toward each other, 
the former with a drawn revolver, the latter swinging above his 
head his heavy club. The Sheriff was the first to speak and said : 
'Surrendei;, or I will shoot you.' * I will never surrender,' replied 
Mitchell ; 'shoot and be damned! ' Twice the officer commanded 
him to surrender, but no attention was paid to the order, and when 
Mitchell was within a few feet of him the Sheriff fired. The man 
wavered, but before he could do anything, Holland, who had by 
this time recovered, rushed upon him and threw him to the ground. 
A fierce struggle ensued, during which Mitchell succeeded in 
getting hold of the Sheriff's revolver and tried to wrest it from 
him. The officer's hand was badly cut, but he managed to hold 
on to the weapon. Mitchell fought hard, but at last gave up and 
was sent back to jail. 

"Carl meanwhile had taken refuge in a corn-field a little way 
beyond, and had crouched down, hoping to escape observation. 
However, it was known that he was there, and Seaton going into 
the field soon found him and compelled him to surrender." 

Since the spring of 1903 Mr. Seaton has made his home with his 
daughter, Mrs. Fannie Louise Ives, at Galesburg, Illinois, having 
permanently retired from business. 

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Leonard Barna Seatox, son of Willard and Mary (Adams) 
Seaton, was born March 14, 1814. either in Jefferson county, New 
York, or in Ohio, according to different correspondents. He went 
to Canada with his father's family "soon after the close of the War 
of 1812," lived there until about 1830, having married Almira W., 
daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Sperry) Wing, the latter of whom 
was a descendant of that Deborah Wing, a widow% who settled at 
Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1629. Upon the death of Almira's 
father, her mother married a second time, her second husband be- 
ing a Mr. Brisbin. Almira was born at Champlain, Clinton county, 
New York, April 22, 1817. The family moved to Hope township, 
Durham county, Ontario, where Almira met her future husband. 
She died at Aldercoign, Toronto, the residence of her son-in-law, 
J. H. McNaim, on February 26, 1895, and was buried at Mt. Pleas- 
ant Cemetery, Toronto. 

Leonard Barna Seaton learned the trade of wagon- and carriage- 
maker at Port Hope, Canada. He worked seven years as an ap- 
prentice to learn the business, then some years as a foreman for 
the man with whom he learned his trade. He moved to Bletcher's 
Corners in 1838, and finally to Newcastle, in Clark township, 
where he bought a farm covered with timber. This tract he traded 
for eight acres in Newcastle, where he built several good houses 
for that time. He also built quite a large shop and started the 
manufacture of wagons and buggies on his own account. The 
business grew steadily for years, until he was possessed of a com- 
petency and retired from active business, leasing his shops to two 
young men who had learned the trade with him. 

About the time he quit the business to enjoy the fruits of his 
labors, his health began to fail. His doctors said he would die 
of consumption in a short time, but, Seaton-like, he declared he 
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die of consumption. And he did outlive every one of them. 
After a few years he regained his old-time health, and, with the 
return of health, his ambition for business returned, and thinking 
he ought to be doing something, he launched out in the mercantile 
business and kept what is now denominated a department store, 
then called general store. 

The Grand Trunk Railroad was in course of construction at 
that time, and business was booming. Like many others, he 
made plenty of money for a time, but business depression set in, 
as it is sure to do occasionally, and " down came baby, cradle and 
all.'' Mr. Seaton was undismayed, but with indomitable will 
determined to take Horace Greeley's advice and "go West and 
grow up with the country." So in 1859 he ticketed to Leaven- 
worth, Kansas; but he remained there only a short time, then 
went to Piano, Illinois. This was about 1862. In Piano he made 
some property, not very much, but enough to be getting along 
nicely. Finally the time came for him to lay his burdens down, 
and he was summoned home to receive his reward, dying as he had 
lived, with no murmurings, at Piano, on the 20th of March, 1890. 
He was a Methodist in religion. In Canada he was a Reformer 
and in the United States a Republican. 

The children of Leonard Bama and Almira (Wing) Seaton were : 
Sarah Elizabeth, born in Clark township, 3d of February, 1837, 
died, and was buried in Newcastle in 1847; Mary Elizabeth; 
Emeline Irene ; and Leonard Turner Seaton. 


George Perry Seaton, the eldest child of the family, was named 
for Mr. George Perry, a merchant who was an intimate friend of 
the family. George Perry Seaton was a great traveler in his 
younger years. He contracted the gold fever when only seventeen 
years of age and went to California, coming back after three years 
with gold enough to buy and stock a good farm, build a comforta- 
ble house and supply himself with many conveniences. His 
friends then thought he was about to settle down and take unto 
himself a wife, but a number of his young friends, including his 
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accompany them; so, after being at home for about a year, he 
again crossed the desert and the mountains. He put in two years 
there, and then returned around Cape Horn, having made the 
first trip across the Rockies and returned by way of the Isthmus 
of Darien. Going to California so young cut off his studies; so, 
after his second return, George attended Mount Morris Seminary 
for another year. He then married and settled down. He had 
two daughters and a son. The eldest daughter was named Mary 
and the son Frank, but we have not been advised as to the name 
of the other daughter nor of the wife. 

George was a successful farmer until the end of his life, both he 
and his wife dying at Flora, Illinois, where it is supposed some of 
the children may be living. 

John Hill Seaton, son of Daniel and Aurilla, went to California 
in search of gold, remaining about a year. After his return he 
remained on the home farm until he was married, when he bought 
a place in Sandwich, Illinois, but he soon traded his town property 
for a farm, where he was liv-ing at the time of his death. He was 
named John Hill Sexton, for John Hill, who married Esther 01m- 

John Hill Seaton had one son, John Channer Seaton, a pharma- 
cist, who resides at Somonauk, Illinois, and who has furnished us 
quite an amount of copy, but neglected to give his own biography, 
though asked especially for it ; — another example of the extreme 
modesty of the Seatons when speaking of themselves. 

John Channer Seaton was married to Josephine, daughter of 
Mr. T. J. Phillips, of Newark, Illinois, (where Josephine was bom, 
September 14, 1862,) on her nineteenth birthday. They made 
their home in Newark and Piano for about six years, then removed 
to Somonauk in the fall of 1887, where Mr. Seaton has since been 
in business continuously. 

A daughter, Nina Seaton, was vouchsafed to these loving pa- 
rents, and it is a safe prophecy that she has seldom known an un- 
supplied want. 

Mrs. Seaton had three brothers: Carson E., of Springfield, 
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Illinois; and two sisters, Mrs. Ida R. Flower, of Paw Paw, Mich- 
igan, and Mrs. Louise Harding, of Aurora. 

Mrs. Seaton was a prominent church worker, and was a member 
of the Congregational choir for seventeen years. She was also the 
contralto in the Somonauk Ladies' Quartette, and an active mem- 
ber of the Eastern Star. She died from the effect of a tumor, on 
November 26, 1904, and the funeral was held at the Congregational 
Church in Somonauk, Monday, November 28, the Rev. W. L. 
Lewis officiating. The members of Pearl Chapter, O. E. S., at- 
tended the funeral in a body. The remains were interred at Mil- 
lington Cemetery. 

Aurilla Seaton, the eldest daughter, married D. Gardner Cook. 
They had a son, Willard Cook, who lives in Chicago, Illinois. He 
married Edith Kisnor, and has two children, Lorie and Harold 

Aurilla Seaton taught school a few summers, the school-house 
being located on her father's land, only a short distance from the 
home. She went to spend a summer with her uncles Willard and 
George Perry, and there met Mr. Cook, who was a maker of wooden 
pumps and was doing well. They were married, and he built a 
house and shop in Sandwich, Illinois. Their children were: 
Willard, bom five years after the marriage, and Mary, who was 
born when her brother was six years old. 

After Mrs. Cook died, November 25, 1^81, Mr. Cook rented his 
place in Sandwich, and went back to Red Bank, New Jersey, his 
old home, where all of his relatives were, stayed ten years, and 
then returned to Sandwich. 

Willard went to Chicago to work when he was old enough, and 
is a pattern-maker in the McCormick reaper works. He is said to 
have made all of the models shown by the McCormicks at the 
Paris Exposition, and is considered a genius at his business. 

Mr. D. Gardner Cook died in 1898. 

Harriet Louise Seaton married E. K. Freeland, at Sycamore, 
Illinois, September 18, 1865. Mr. Freeland was born at Newark, 
New Jersey, in 1840. He is of German descent, and had six 
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M. both served in the Federal Army during the Civil War, 
and in the Regular Army afterward. The Freelands reside at 
Sandwich, Illinois, and have lived there for nearly forty years, and 
they expect to continue to reside there, having a nice home that 
satisfies their moderate desires. At one time they had a home at 
Campton, Kane county, Illinois, where Daniel Seaton settled at an 
early date. Mr. Freeland was a soldier in the Union Army, having 
enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifth Illinois Volunteers, Com- 
pany H, and served through the war. Mrs. Freeland's three 
youngest brothers were in the army as drummer-boys, and her 
uncle, Leonard Barna Seaton, was a Drum Major. Mr. Free- 
land has been Marshal, Constable and Deputy Sheriff in his 
home county, and is now Constable and Fish Warden. He is a 
Republican, and a member of the Congregational Church. 
The children of Harriet (Seaton) Freeland are as follows : 

1. Hattie L. Freeland; died in 1860, in infancy. 

2. Elizabeth B. Freeland was born in 1864. She was a bright, 
active girl, and in time graduated from the Sandwich High School. 
Then she went to Aurora, Illinois, and learned shorthand and 
typewriting, and secured a position there ; but after about a year 
she went to Chicago and worked in an office, making her home 
with her aunt, Mary (Seaton) Miller. In 1897 she went home to 
spend the holiday- time, was taken sick, and, after three weeks of 
suffering, died. She was a beautiful young lady, and was to have 
been married in two months. 

3. Daniel Freeland was bom in July, 1867. He was a young 
giant in strength when he was grown. He married Jessie Everest 
in 1890. Their daughter, Grace Freeland, is eight years old, and 
her brother Robert is five at this writing. "Dannie'' had never 
been sick except with childish ailments, until he was overcome by 
pneumonia, that carried him away after a day and a night's sick- 
ness, March 4, 1904. He worked in a manufactory in Sandwich, 
never having been away from home for any length of time. 

4. D wight A. Freeland, when through school, learned the 
printer's trade and the barber business, but he works at neither. 
He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electric 
Workers, and his home is in Chicago. He married Belle Whit- 

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more in 1884, losing her by death in 1900. Their two little boys, 
Donald Edward, eight years old, and Henry Eugene, six years of 
age, live with their paternal grandparents. Donald is said to be 
a ver}' bright scholar for an eight-year-old boy. He can repeat 
whole chapters from the Bible, and literally searches the Scrip- 

Samantha Seatox, daughter of Daniel, was married on her 
eighteenth birthday to Edwin Miller, who was an engineer on the 
Northwestern Railroad, but he owmed a farm near Campton, 
Illinois. They have three children: 1. Mary, now Mrs. Alfred 
Steffen, of Chicago, a bookkeeper in the Phoenix Insurance Com- 
pany's office, who translates all their German correspondence. 
2. Frederick Miller, who married Maud Stewart and has two 
children, Ida and George Frederick Miller. At the time of his 
death, in 1896, he was cashier for a gas company in Chicago. 3. 
Carrie Miller, now Mrs. Herbert Elliott of Chicago, completes the 
list of Samantha (Seat on) Miller's children. Four years after the 
death of Samantha, Mr. Miller married Mary Seaton, sister to his 
first wife. They had two children, Grace, who died in infancy, 
and Harvey, who is a bookkeeper for the Swift Packing Company. 
He married Jessie Parks, and has one little girl, the idol of her 
grandmother Freeland's heart. 

Leonard Seaton, son of Daniel, went through the Civil War as 
a' Drum Major, then married Belle Drake, of Chicago, and lived 
there the most of the time till his death, in 1894. His two sons 
are in the People's Gas Company, and in Chicago you could find 
very few, if any, better or steadier boys than Willard R. Cook, 
Henry Miller and Earl and Grant Seaton, not one of whom has a 
vicious habit. 

Albert Seaton, son of Daniel, is said to be a confirmed bache- 
lor, a good, steady man, always to be relied upon. He lives at 
Aurora, Illinois. 

Ira D. Seaton, the youngest son of Daniel and Aurilla, was bom 
at Campton, Kane county, Illinois, February 15, 1850, and died 
at Sandwich, in the same State, at the home of his sister, Mrs. 

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Harriet Louise Freeland, January 31, 1895. Up to the time of the 
Civil War he lived on the farm where he was bom. During the 
progress of the war he enlisted as a drummer-boy in Company G, 
One Hundred and Forty-first Illinois Infantry. After serving 
about a year he was honorably discharged, and returned home 
broken in health. Ira was a musical genius, and was an invalid 
for some years before he died. His funeral was held at his late 
residence, and the body was interred at Lawn Ridge Cemetery. 
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Andrew Pennell Seaton, the writer's father, and the eldest 
son of Leonard and Polly Seaton, was born at BellevUIe, Jefferson 
county, New York, on November 19, 1823. He was named for 
his maternal grandfather, Andrew Pennell, through whom he 
traces his descent to a certain John Pennell, who came to America 
in 1728. He was a Captain in the Cumberland Militia, and served 
his country from August 18, 1778, to July 24, 1782, in the War of 
the Revolution. 

When the subject of our grateful remarks was old enough, he 
helped on his father's farm until he understood the business as 
then carried on in New York State. Like most young men who 
lived in the vicinity of the ** Great Lakes,'* he followed sailing ip 
one capacity and another. He also worked in a tannery with his 
father until he became a master mechanic in the business of tan- 
ning leather. 

In 1846 he was married to Laura Ann Ferguson, daughter of 
John and Clara (Wilson) Ferguson, who lived near Burrville, or 
Burr's Mills, in Watertown township, Jefferson county, New 
York. Her father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and later a 
farmer. Her maternal grandfather served his country in the 
Revolutionary War. 

The Fergusons trace their descent to a son of King Fergus of 
Scotland, who was, according to the custom of the time, called 
Fergus' son, and later, Ferguson. The name is frequently men- 
tioned in the history and literature of Scotland. 

Robert Bums, the most beloved Scottish poet, wrote of Ramsay 
and Ferguson as his models in poetry. Sir Samuel Ferguson was, 
perhaps, the most widely known poet in the family, though not 
the only one by any means. There were historians, soldiers 

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poets, teachers, and scholars, to say nothing of lords and other 
dignitaries in the family, that were spoken of as praiseworthy in 
the histories of their country. A plan of the Cathedral of Norva 
is given in Chambers's Cyclopaedia that is credited to Ferguson's 
Handbook of Architecture. 


In company with his father, the tanning and currying and 
boot-and-shoe business of Foster Lewis at Burrville, New York, 
was purchased by Andrew P. Sea ton, who was the resident part- 
ner and manager of the business. 

It was while living at this picturesque little village that the first 
child was born to Andrew P. and Laura A. Seaton, and the writer 
of this book was that child. 

Soon after this time the Burrvdlle business w^as disposed of to 
advantage, and Father moved his little family to Henderson 
village, where he worked in his father's other tannery. 

In after-years the writer frequently helped his father in the 
tanning process, taking boyish delight in plunging the hides into 
the clear water-vat to soften them, then fishing them up with a 
long hook and sousing them into the lime-vat to loosen the hair. 

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When that object had been accomplished the hides were again 
fished for, the hair removed and the surplus flesh skived off, and 
once more baptized, this time in the bate or hen-manure solution, 
to extract the remaining lime ; then the clear water was once more 
employed to remove the ingredients of the bate, when the sides, 
as they were now called, having been split along the back, were 
ready for the tanning process proper. The sides were carefully 
laid away in other vats, flesh side up, alternating them with a 
liberal sprinkling of ground tan-bark ; then the water was turned 
on to make the tanning liquor. The object of this whole process 
was to impregnate the sides with tannin or tannic acid, which 
makes leather of the skins and renders them firm and durable, 
and, in some measure, impervious to water. 

When the tanning was complete I helped spread the sides 
out on the piles of unground tan-bark in the sun to dry before 
currying, or finishing. It soon became evident that wet leather 
could be burned by the hot sun as readily as by a hot stove. The 
process of drying had to be watched very closely and the sides 
taken in at just the right moment or there would be burned spots 
that were worthless. The currying, including slicking, stufl^ng, 
boarding, blacking, smoothing and polishing, followed; but that 
part of the work was beyond my ability. 

When we boys were old enough to begin to work at some ad- 
vantage and to pick up considerable knowledge on the streets 
that was better for us not to know, Father moved from Henderson 
village to the "Overton farm," a short distance east of town, and 
engaged in dairy-farming. During the time we lived in Hender- 
son we occupied, at different times, the Wooley house, across the 
creek; the Chapman house, adjoining the school-grounds on the 
west; and a house known as the Kilby house. Then Father 
bought the Bullard place, north of the Universalist Church. It 
was from the last-named place we moved to the Overton farm, 
about the beginning of the War of the Rebellion. And it was from 
this farm I went to the army in the summer of 1864. On May 31 , 
1864, Father bought the "Court farm," down on Sixtown Point. 
On this latter farm Father continued to keep a dairy, and hauled 
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village. Later, there was a factory built on the farm of Albert 
Wilkinson, less than a fourth of the distance from our place to the 
village, and the milk was delivered there for a time. But Fathier 
prided himself more on the butter we made than on the cheese 
that was made for us ; so he returned to making butter for special 
customers, from whom he received quite a premium over the reg- 
ular market price. 

Father was a very particular man about the way his work was 
done. We were all required to milk the cows at exactly the same 
hour, morning and evening, every day, and there was to be no 
changing of milkers or trading cows among the boys. Each 
milker must milk the same cows from the time they were fresh 
until they went dry. And he was as exacting in the dairy-house 
as in the milking-yard. Nothing was allowed to be takon into the 
milk-room except the new milk and the utensils for making it 
into the very best butter it was possible for us to make. Even 
the swill-pails were not allowed to be taken in to be filled with 
skim-milk, but the milk must be taken out-of-doors before being 
emptied. I said ils advisedly, for Brother James and I had the 
churning to do, and Mother did the dairy-work while the hired 
help attended to the other housework. If the temperature of the 
cream was such that a whole hour was required to do the churning, 
Father was so much the better pleased, whatever we boys thought 
about the subject. 

The diary kept by Father in his farming days lies before me 
as I write, and in several places mention is made of selling butter 
to so-and-so at thirty cents, and from that price to forty cents per 
poimd, w^hich shows his efforts to make first-class butter were ap- 
preciated. He had several regular customers for whom he filled 
a firkin with butter each year, that held enough to last the family 
for whom it was made a whole year. I once heard Captain Eggle- 
ston, one of the regular customers, say to Father: "We have 
just used the last pound of butter from the firkin you put up for 
us a year ago, and we thought it was as good as the first pound 
we used from it.'' While the honor has been given to Father, it 
will readily be understood that at least a share belongs to Mother, 
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In the sugar-bush, as everywhere else, the same painstaking 
care was observed. Nothing was neglected that would insure an 
extra quality of the product. All the straining and skimming 
was done that could be of any benefit, and when the syrup was 
thick enough it was allowed to cool ; then sweet milk and fresh- 
laid eggs were beaten up together and added to it. It was then 
re-heated, and again skimmed, to clarify it. When the syrup was 
so clear that a newspaper could be read through a two-quart 
Mason's fruit jar filled with it, all hands were satisfied. 

While we lived on the Court farm, Father raised some wheat to 
sell, and engaged in fishing on Lake Ontario and in Henderson 
bay, with gill-nets, when the ciscoes came down the lake to spawn 
in the bay. In 1865 and 1866 we pushed the fishing, sometimes 
catching as many as six or eight barrels of ciscoes in a night, that 
were sold for the Catholics during Lent, when they were not al- 
lowed to eat any kind of meat, bringing from six to eight dollars 
per barrel. But on account of a law having been passed by the 
New York law-makers in 1867 that no fishing was to be done in 
the waters of the State with nets, Father sold his boats, nets and 
other fishing outfit on August 28, 1867; but later it was decided 
that the law did not apply to the international waters of the Great 
Lakes, so we helped others for wages during that season. 

After the farm-work was done in the fall of 1867, Father sailed 
on a lake propeller and left us boys to run the farm until it was time 
to begin fishing; when he returned I helped run a pound-net and 
a string of gill-nets for a firm from up the lake, while he took care 
of the farm and helped neighbor Peter Demelt what he could with 
his fishing. 

During the summer of 1867 a swamp fire raged on the Point, 
and the road overseer, or path-master as he was called there, 
ordered out all of the able-bodied men and boys in his district 
with their teams to haul water and fight fire. It was a terrible 
experience. The fire swept everything before it, roaring and rag- 
ing like a very unquenchable burning lake of fire so often pictured 
to us by the preachers of that day. Large trees were burned 
down, falling with a thunderous crash and a great scattering of 
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it was of branches and leaves that had fallen from their parent 
limbs, burned to the depth of two feet or more in places and often 
the fire would run beneath the surface of the ground for some dis- 
tance and break out where it had not been looked for before, 
often setting fire to some building or fence. Sometimes in walk- 
ing along a person would suddenly fall into a seething pit of fire 
which had not shown aboveground. When these underground 
fires were found, the teams were directed to unload their water 
there, and quite frequently it required many loads of water to 
quench these fires and prevent their spreading in the direction 
of buildings or other valuable property. Thousands of dollars' 
worth of stately monarchs of the woods were destroyed, the homes 
of the farmers threatened, and weeks of valuable time consumed in 
fighting these destructive fires; and once in a while some fire- 
fighter would lose his life by being struck by falling trees or falling 
into the underground fires and being asphyxiated before help 
could reach him. 

In the spring of 1868 Father traded his dairy cows for sheep, 
thinking there would be more profit in raising sheep than there 
was in dairying, but he sold the sheep in the fall of the same year, 
and returned to butter-making as better suited to his tastes and 

The Point was a great place for sociability. Neighborhood 
visiting, card-playing and dancing were of frequent occurrence 
during the winters w^hen the sailor-boys were at home. And 
apples, cider, cards, and checkers were the regular order at home 
on those evenings, when we were not invited out or entertaining 
others. Mother never played, being busy with her work. I usu- 
ally read or wrote while the others played one game or another 
as the notion came to them ; and that seemed to be the regular 
order at the other homes in the neighborhood. 

During the winter of 1867-8 we had a severe siege of typhoid 
fever, each member of the family, except Father, taking a turn at 
it. Brother James had a relapse, the second spell being worse 
than the first. If it had not been for the kindness of Julia White 
and Sarah Manning, who came to Mother's aid, I do not see how 
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she was completely prostrated as it was. Doctor Eugene Chap- 
man, a brother to my particular chum, I. W. Chapman, was our 
physician, and he was faithful even to coming the distance on 
foot on at least one occasion when the snow-drifts were so great 
that no horse could make the trip. With neighborly assistance 
we pulled through the sickness without the loss of any member 
of the family, but without their aid it is doubtful what the issue 
might have been. 

My parents and brother George and sister Clara moved from 
Henderson, New York, in 1870, and located at Floyd, Floyd 
county, Iowa, where Father bought a farm not far from town, 
but soon moved to town and rented the farm. He was engaged in 
merchandising for some time in Floyd, and was a Justice of the 
Peace there for several years. 

Father was a stockily built man, and was able, when in his 
prime, to do a full day's work with any company, having cut five 
acres of heavy grass in a day, using an "Armstrong" reaper — a 
hand-scythe and snath. The nearest the writer ever came to 
doing an equal task was when he mowed five acres of rather light 
barley in one day. After that day's work the boy had a pretty 
good opinion of his father's ability as a hay-maker. 

He was extremely punctual and exact to all of his appointments 
and engagements, even in attending to his meals, — so much so 
that one of his good neighbor ladies said she could safely set her 
clock by Mr. Seaton when he went to his dinner. And what is 
perhaps more strange, his favorite cat would almost invariably 
meet him at about a certain place on the sidewalk and accompany 
him the rest of the way home at meal-times. 

Father was an Ensign in the New York State Militia, but he 
never was required to leave the State to take an active part in the 
war, though he had one son and four brothers engaged on the side 
of the Union in the War of the Rebellion of 1861-5. 

In the diary that has been mentioned I notice that Father 
belonged to a temperance society, probably the Good Templars, 
and mention is frequently made of his attending lodge during the 
winter. The fact is also mentioned that he was loaning money 
quite often about 1866-7-8. 

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Laura Ann (Ferguson) Seaton, my mother, was born near 
Watertown, New York, on the Ferguson homestead, July 11, 
1822, died at Floyd, Iowa, March 29, 1887, and was buried in the 
cemetery there, where a fine marble monument marks her last 
resting-place. I have in my possession a document from the War 
Department at Washington, D. C, saying that William Ferguson, 
Mother's grandfather, served in the Twent3'-fifth Massachusetts 
Regiment in the Revolutionary War. 

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Seventy-sixth Regiment of the New York Militia, War of 1812, 
and received a land warrant for one hundred and sixty acres of 
land for the service. 

I have often been told that my mother was a beautiful lady, 
which exactly agrees with my estimate of female loveliness. I 
can add that she was a consistent Christian and a regular attend- 
ant at the Methodist Episcopal Church when I lived at home. I 
have often written of Mother in both prose and verse, and always 
to speak in her praise. She was my ideal of a lovely woman, pos- 
sessing all of the virtues and none of the vices of w^omankind. 

On the 27th of July, 1887, Father was married to Minerva J. 
Carpenter, at Waterloo Iowa, by the Reverend J. O. Stephenson. 
Mrs. Carpenter w^as a fine-looking and wealthy widow and an old 
acquaintance of the family, and, if she could add any happiness to 
Father's old age, I would be the last to object to such a marriage. 

Andrew Pennell Seaton died at the residence of Brother George 
F. Seaton, at Floyd, Iowa, February 22. 1897, and was buried 
beside my Mother. 

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BoYNTON Chapman Seaton, the second son, who has always 
been a '*boy'' to all of his friends, was born on August 25, 1825, 
in EUisburg, Jefferson county, New York. In 1847 he was mar- 
ried to Cornelia Wallace. They lived a long time in the county of 
his birth, where as a farmer I first remember him, and it was one 
of my greatest delights at that time to go out from town to visit 
at Uncle Boy's. He was probably the most friendly and sociable 
Seaton of them all, and had more closely intimate friends. It was 
aptly said of him by an admiring personal friend: "He is the 
Seaton with the least money and the most friends." 

There were bom to these good people four children, one dying in 
infancy. The other children are P. N. Cushman, Wallace, and 
and Maud ; of whom more will be told later. 

Cornelia (Wallace) Seaton died in March, 1884. Boynton was 
a sailor on the Great Lakes for some years. The last vessel that 
he commanded was the " Jennie White," which he sailed during the 
season of 1885. 

He served his country in the War of the Rebellion as a gentle- 
man private in the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery, enlisting 
on August 21, 1862, and being mustered out in July, 1865; and 
he used to talk very entertainingly of his experiences while in the 
army. I have heard that he repeatedly refused an office in the 
regiment when one was offered to him. 

After the capture of Petersburg, Virginia, by the Federal array 
in April, 1865, while our brigade was marching through the cap- 
tured city he hunted me up, secured my exemption from the reg- 
iment for a short time, and showed me many of the interesting 
sights of the defeated and badly wrecked city, he being on some 
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up with some of the toothsome food of civil life, which tasted re- 
markably palatable in comparison with the hard-tack, wormy 
beans and "sow bosom" of the army rations. 

It is my impression that Uncle Boy kept a first-class hotel in 
Henderson after the war, from which time I do not remember to 
have met him until the date of my visit to Rochester, New York, 
in the summer of 1901, when he was living with his daughter, 
Mrs. Maud Smith, wife of Charles N. Smith, a barber, at No. 852 
St. Paul street, in that beautiful city. Uncle Boy appeared to 
be perfectly contented with the treatment the world had given 
him so far along the journey of life. 

It was a pleasure to the writer to walk along the streets of 
Rochester with the subject of this sketch and notice how familiar 
he was with every one we met, even to the little toddlers on the 
sidewalk; for every one of whom he had a pleasant word, often 
accompanied with a chuck under the little one's chin. It was also 
a pleasure to see the courtly grace with which he saluted the older 
portion of the citizens with his lifted hat and cheery good-morning. 
He seemed to know, and be known by, everyone. 

Boynton C. Seaton died at No. 16 Straub street, Rochester, 
New York, on September 5, 1903, of apoplexy, aged seventy- 
eight years and eleven days. The remains were taken to Hender- 
son, in the same State, for burial, and interred at the Roberts 
Corners Cemetery. 

It is with great regret we find it necessary to close this poor 
sketch of a prince of good men without some of his help in the way 
of some of the interesting stories that he delighted in telling, and 
told with such infinite gusto, of his many experiences, both in and 
out of the army. 

Leonard Se.\ton, Jr., the third son of the family, was born in 
Ellisburg, Jefferson county, New York, July 18, 1827. He was 
brought up on a farm and learned the tanning, currying and 
shoemaking trades with his father, his first experience in the 
business being at grinding bark in 1839 with one horse on a sweep, 
— the same the writer operated a good many years later. He 
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Richard Ellis's select school and Union Academy at Belleville, 
in the same county. 

In 1845 he worked for Gen. A. N. Corse in his boot-and-shoe 
manufactory, assisting in the store, where now stands Washington 
Hall, Watertown. 

From 1847 to 1848 he worked in Burrville, at tanning and shoe- 
making, for his father and brother Andrew P. Seaton, and in the 


next year he bought his father's currying and boot-and-shoe 
business in Henderson, which he carried on until August 21, 1862, 
when he enlisted in the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery. 

In the course of time he married Mary Brown, of Henderson. 
This Mrs. Seaton lived only about one year after their marriage, 
and left no offspring, so far as I know. 

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The second lady he chose for an helpmeet was Harriet Ann 
Bates, to whom he was married in Henderson, March 17, 1850. 
I remember Aunt Hattie as a very pleasant lady — one of my 
favorite aunts, in fact. She was of a remarkably lively tempera- 
ment, and took particular interest in making the visits of children 
agreeable when they visited her, which I for one did quite fre- 
quently. Of this marriage there were bom a daughter, Florence, 
in 1857, and a son in 1859. The son died in infancy, and Florence 
married Dr. W. G. Terry, of Henderson. 

Harriet Ann Seaton died at Henderson, in 1859. 

In 1850 Mr. Seaton bought the Spaulding & Ivory Furnace 
Company property in Henderson, and converted it into a tannery. 
In 1860 he was appointed as Assistant Census Marshal of the towns 
of Henderson and Hounsfield, and in September of that year he 
was appointed Postmaster at Henderson; but in 1861, by reason 
of political affiliations, he was succeeded by L. B. Simmons. 

In 1861 Mr. Seaton bought the C. H. Overton farm, near the 
village of Henderson, and let it for a term of years. He also sold 
his boot-and-shoe stock, and having closed his tannery and sold 
the stock in the vats to Sylvanus Pool, at something of a sacri- 
fice, he joined his regiment on September 18, 1862, at Watertown, 
immediately before it left for New York city, where it w^as quar- 
tered at Park Barracks, where the New York postoffice now stands. 
He was appointed battalion quartermaster, and later ordnance 

On March 27, 1864, the regiment was ordered to the front, and 
in May of that year was embarked on transports at Alexandria, 
arriving at Front Royal, Virginia, May 31, and on the march to 
Cold Harbor Lieutenant Seaton was in command of the rear 
guard. The regiment arrived at Cold Harbor at midnight, June 
4, 1864, and commenced active work in building defenses, digging 
ditches, etc. 

The regiment was under fire, and, though in no actual battle, 
war was to be seen on every side. From drinking filthy water at 
that time Mr. Seaton was severely poisoned, and had a serious 
time with some eruptive disease, which caused a scab to form 
over his whole person. This scab finally peeled off in great flakes, 

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and from the effects of which he never fully recovered, and he 
was afterward pensioned. 

In July, 1864, he was assigned to the command of a provisional 
battalion of six hundred men, and receipted for their outfit of 
arms, ammunition, clothing, etc. The battalion was made up of 
convalescents from sixteen different regiments. The provisional 
battalion was reorganized into companies, and Mr. Seaton assigned 
to command the second company and take, charge of Fort Simons, 
D. C. In September the regiment w^as ordered to report to Gen- 
eral Sheridan, in the Valley; but from having ridden on top of a 
box-car in the rain all night, Mr. Seaton was taken sick and sent 
to the hospital. 

On December 17 he was assigned to general court-martial duty, 
and so continued until February 18, 1865, when he was discharged 
for physical disability incurred in line of duty. He had been 
trying to settle up with the department for liabilities incurred by 
receipting for the property of the provisional battalion in July, 
1864, the department having him charged with about $36,000; 
but after several weeks' work in procuring affidavits, the debt was 

On April 4, 1886, Mr. Seaton married Mrs. Marian J. Chapman, 
of Belleville, New York, a very estimable lady, who kindly enter- 
tained me at their home on the occasion of my visit to New York 
in June, 1901. They lived on the farm one year, when he sold the 
farm and engaged in the general mercantile business at Henderson, 
in which- he continued until 1878, except in 1874-5-6. There are 
no children from this union, but each has one child by a former 
marriage. Mrs. Seaton's son, Arthur L. Chapman, is a successful 
physician in the city of Watertown, the county seat. He married 
a Miss Tyler, of Henderson Harbor, daughter of the gentleman 
who owns the Tyler cottages along the bay shore, where a large 
company of people congregate every summer to enjoy the beauti- 
ful scenery and the healthful lake breezes that have the scent of 
evergreens and enjoyable health in every breath. Arthur and his 
wdfe own a beautiful cottage contiguous to the Tyler group. 

In 1872 Mr. Seaton and his brother George bought the Daniel 
Smith farm, in Henderson, and in the same year he was elected 

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Supervisor of the township and was reelected in 1873-4-5, al- 
though a Democrat, while the town was strongly Republican. 

During the years 1871 and 1872 he built at Henderson Harbor 
the vessel "Leonard Seaton,'' and sold her for $22,000. He built 
and sold the '' James Wade '' in 1873 for $28,000. She proved too 
large for the Welland Canal, and her stem had to be cold-chiseled 
down, her wales taken oflF and her load taken out before she could 
get through, when she sailed to Chicago. Heavy damages for 
demurrage and delay were demanded by other vessel-owners, but 
their claims were eventually compromised. 

Mr. Seaton afterward built the vessel "Jennie White,'' named 
for a schoolmate of the writer's, which was sailed by her father, 
Captain J. M. White, and others for fifteen years, when she was 
sold in 1890; she was finally lost in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in 
1894. The "James Wade" foundered in Lake Michigan in 1878, 
and all on board were lost. The " Leonard Seaton " was wrecked 
in Lake Erie in 1888, but no lives were lost. This vessel business 
proved to be a great financial loss, and although no one else shared 
the losses, many profited by the enterprise. 

In 1873 Mr. Seaton bought the Reeves farm, in Henderson. He 
was nominated for Sheriff in 1875, but was defeated by Hon. A. W. 
Peck by only 186 majority. In 1876 he attended the Democratic 
State and National Conventions ; besides, he was for a short time 
at Democratic headquarters in New York city. 

He was elected Sheriff of Jefferson county in the fall of 1878. 
At the expiration of his term of office he was appointed chief 
deputy and jailer by G. Harrison Smith, Sheriff-elect, and took 
substantially the sole charge and responsibility of the office 
throughout Mr. Smith's term, which ended December 31, 1884, 
thus having been a Democratic Sheriff for two terms in a county 
strongly Republican. 

In 1884 he was again nominated for Sheriff, but was defeated by 
J. M. Felt, though with a reduced majority. On January 1, 1885, 
he returned to Henderson with his family. He attended the Na- 
tional Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1884, and in 1887 and 
1888 he made several trips to Kansas on important business for 
others, which he transacted to their entire satisfaction. He at- 

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tended the Republican National Convention, witnessing the nom- 
ination of Benjamin Harrison for President. He also attended 
the National Democratic Convention in 1892, when Cleveland 
was renominated for President. 

In 1860 he visited Wisconsin, Iowa, and other Western States. 
On that trip he also visited Toronto and London, Canada, where he 
saw the Prince of Wales, who was then making a tour of Canada. 
At that time he traveled by mule teams in Iowa, as there were then 
no railroads in the northern part of the State. In 1867 he again 
visited the West, accompanied by his father. At Winona, Min- 
nesota, they met Bishop Whipple, who was bom and raised in Jef- 
ferson county, New York. He, having known Mr.Seaton,Sr.,came 
forward and introduced himself, and an agreeable visit resulted. 

In the fall of 1885 Mr. Seaton commenced to practice law in 
justices' courts in Henderson, EUisburg and Hounsfield, and oc- 
casionally in Worthville and Rodman, and even in the city of 
Watertown. He almost invariably appeared on the side of the 
defendant, and, as he himself said, never advised the commence- 
ment of suits unless as a last resort ; and in obtaining settlements 
he was usually quite successful. 

Mr. Seaton was a Democrat, voting first in 1848 for Cass, then 
for Pierce, Buchanan, Breckinridge, McClellan, Seymour, Greeley, 
Tilden, Hancock, Cleveland, and Bryan. Greeley was the hardest 
medicine for him of any in the list. 

He was a member of no church, but contributed liberally for the 
support of churches. He was a Mason and a member of Joe 
Spratt Post G. A. R. His knowledge of affairs and business was 
most excellent. His judgment was good and his foresight and 
initiative perceptions of the means necessary to be used to ac- 
complish his purposes were of a high order. 

But it was rather as a kind and lovable friend and acquaintance 
than as a business man, soldier, politician or legal adviser that he 
made his most favorable impression upon all who knew him. 

Leonard Seaton, Jr., died at his home in Henderson, New York, 
on December 5, 1903. The funeral was held on the 7th, conducted 
by Rev. L. Black, and the interment was made at Roberts Cor- 
ners Cemetery. 

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Frances Phideua Seaton, the first daughter in the family, 
was born at Henderson, Jefferson county, New York, on April 
25, 1830. She was married to Elliott Monroe Clark, of New 
Haven, Madison county, Vermont, December 24, 1846, by Elder 
Slater, of Henderson. Mr. Clark was born May 15, 1826, as above. 

Mrs. Frances Phidelia (Seaton) Clark died many years ago, and 
Mr. Clark married again and lived somewhere in Missouri at the 
last account we had of his whereabouts. 

The children of E. M. and Frances Clark were : 

1. Leonard Anson Clark, born February 11, 1847, in St. Law- 
rence county. New York. He was married to Clara V. Smith at 
Charles City, Iowa, November 22, 1878, by D. U. C. Duncan. 
Their children are named as follows: 1. Frank Ray Clark, bom 
August 27, 1879, at Charles City, Iowa; 2. Arthur Earl Clark, 
born at Charles City, Iowa, July 15, 1881 ; 3. Maud Belle Clark, 
bom August 28, 1883, at Faulkton, South Dakota; 4. Rollin 
Vern Clark, born at Faulkton, South Dakota, October 3, 1886; 
5. Roy Leonard Clark, bom April 7, 1889, at the same place as 
above ; 6. Hugh Harold Clark, born as above, on September 8, 
1892 ; and 7. Daisy Maree Clark, bom April 7, 1896, at Elmore, 

2. Mary Angelia Clark, who was born at Henderson, New York, 
October 18, 1848. She was married to Horace Jerome Dawley 
at Austin, Mower county, Minnesota, October 20, 1866, by C. J. 
Shortt, a Justice of the Peace. Their children were: 1. Hubert 
Jerome Dawley, born March 27, 1869, at Charles City, Iowa; 2. 
Hurel Guy Dawley, born March 6, 1872, at Charles City, Iowa; 
3. Herbert Macy Dawley, bom February 16, 1878, at Sibley, 
Osceola county, Iowa; and 4. Edith Aurilla Dawley, bom Sep- 
tember 4, 1881, at Sibley, Iowa. 

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3. Ella Genevieve Clark was bom at Henderson, New York, 
August 29, 1851, and was married to her cousin, P. N. C. Seaton, 
December 16, 1871, at Charles City, Iowa, by C. B. Hamlin. 
They have four children, as follows: 1. Zua Olga Seaton, bom at 
Charles City, Iowa, July 8, 1873; 2. Jennie Cornelia; and 3. 
Jessie and Angelia, the twins, born at Algona, Iowa, on Independ- 
ence Day, 1879; and 4. Fay Cushman Seaton, bom at Algona, 
Iowa, July 28, 1883. 

4. Ernest Danford Clark, born November 13, 1863, at Waukon, 
Hardin county, Iowa. He was married to Beezie Henrietta 
Morgan, in Charles City, Iowa, on February 26, 1884. Mrs. Clark 
was bom November 4, 1865, in Waukegan, Illinois. They have 
four children: 1. Jessie Mae Clark, bom December 7, 1884; 2. 
Eddie Clark, born December 22, 1885; 3. Florence Henrietta 
Clark, born February 24, 1889; and 4. Hazel Frances Clark, 
bom April 10, 1891. 

5. Clara Eva Clark was born August 12, 1865, at Charles City, 
Iowa, and married to William J. Smith on January 20, 1882, in 
Charles City, Iowa, by John S. Bradley. Their children are named 
as follows: 1. Effie Smith, bom November 12, 1882; 2. Bertha 
Smith, born June 12, 1885, 3. Frank Smith, born June 12, 1885, 
evidently twins; 4. Oren Smith, born June 17, 1887; 5. Millard 
Smith, born November 25, 1889 ; 6. Ruby Smith, born November 
13, 1891 ; and 7. Willie Smith, born December 15, 1898. 

Samuel Greenleaf Seaton, the youngest child of Polly (Pen- 
nell) Seaton, was born at Mather's Mills, Jefferson county. New 
York, on July 2, 1834. He lived at Elyria, Ohio, for twelve 
years, and went to Kingston, Wisconsin, in 1848, where he con- 
tinued to reside until in 1856. In the next year he was married 
to Ellen Graham, eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth Graham, 
on the 10th of January, 1857, since which time his home has been 
in and around Chicago, Illinois; though five of his children were 
born in Wisconsin, as follows: 1. Fred Albert; 2. Mary; 3. 
Fannie; 4. Jane; 5. Ellen Graham. The youngest child, 6. 
Louise, was born at Chicago. 

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since he was old enough to take a position with the American 
Express Company, having worked his way up from the bottom 
round of the ladder by mere force of executive ability until he 
was Superintendent of the Western Division, with an office in 
Chicago. He has since been with the Adams Express Company 
in the same capacity, and now is in the employ of the United 
States Express Company and is still in Chicago, though his home 
is now at Lagrange, Cook coimty, Illinois. 

While he lived at Kingston, Wisconsin, he was the President 
of the place in the year 1860. He was a Reform Alderman in the 
twelfth ward in the city of Chicago during 1877 and 1878. 

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M\RY Miranda Seaton, the first-born of the second marriage, 
was born at Henderson, New York, on October 19, 1835, where 
she lived and attended the village school, except while finishing 
her education at the Belleville Academy, perhaps, until she was 
married to Danford Butts, who was a tinner and hardware dealer 
in the latter place when I attended the academy there. 

The children born to Danford and Mary (Seaton) Butts were: 

1. Lenora Holly Butts, bom May 23, 1858, who was married to 
Benjamin Stretton on April 6, 1881. Mr. Stretton was in the em- 
ploy of the American Express Company at Atchison, Kansas, 
when the writer visited them many years ago. "Nora," as we 
called her, died at Kansas City, of typhoid fever, on August 2, 
1891, leaving two little girls, Nina Claire Stretton, bom July 31, 
1884, and Nellie Louise Stretton, born January 6, 1887. 

2. Nellie Louise Butts was bom October 1, 1860. She was mar- 
ried July 10, 1894, to William Herrick Putnam, of Red Wing, 
Minnesota. Their children were : Danford Seaton Putnam, born 
May 25, 1895, and died January 3, 1896; and Richard Herrick 
Putnam, bom July 15, 1901. 

3. William C. Butts was born Febmary 15, 1863. He is a 
steamboat captain on the Great Lakes; has had command of 
several different boats, but was in command of the "Nimich'' 
in 1891. 

4. Sarah E. Butts was born November 3, 1865. She was mar- 
ried to Dewitt Hungerford on November 15, 1883. A daughter 
was born to them March 15, 1888, who was given the name Beulah 
N. Hungerford. 

5. Mary E. Butts, the youngest of the children, was born Octo- 
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1889. One daughter was born to them, on August 15, 1895, and 
given the name Marian Estes. Danford Butts, the father, died 
December 22, 1890. His relict lives at Henderson, New York, 
where I spent a few pleasant hours on my visit to New York in 

If I am not mistaken, she and her only son, who is her only 
unmarried child, live together, when he is not engaged at his 
business on the lakes, and they own a summer cottage at the bay- 
side, where Aunt Mary passes the heated term with the company 
of campers during the absence of her son. 

Cornelia Seaton w^as born at Henderson, New York, in 1837, 
and died at the same place about a year later. 

Arminda Dorlesca Seaton was born in the town of Hender- 
son, New York, May 10, 1838. Her girlhood was passed, like that 
of other girls, in attending school and helping about the housework. 
She was married in Henderson on Thanksgiving evening in 1857, 
to Daniel Jr Sprague, by the Reverend M. M. Rice. Their only 
child was Elwin Delay Sprague, born August 15, 1858. He lives 
in Arizona. Mr. and Mrs. Sprague lived together for about ten 
years, when, for reasons of their own, a divorce was obtained. 
Aunt Arminda resided in Henderson up to February 14, 1883, 
when she was married to Arthur J. Armstrong, of Rochester, 
New York, by Reverend L. B. Fisher, and went to the city of 
Rochester to make their home. Their residence is at No. 31 Har- 
ris avenue, where I visited them in 1901, and found them nicely 
located and apparently as happy as we mortals often are. With 
Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong at that time were living Hattie (Arm- 
strong) McBirney and her husband, Wesley McBimey, and their 
sweet little baby-girl, Helen McBirney. Uncle Armstrong was a 
night-watchman somewhere in the city when I was there, and Mr. 
McBirney was working at his trade, a gilder. 

Chauncey Eugene Seaton, fourth child, but first son of Leon- 
ard and Sarah Seaton, was born at Henderson, New York, on Jan- 
uary 19, 1840. He was married to Sarah Eugenia Grannis on the 
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by the Reverend James Maxwell. Mrs. Seaton's death occurred 
at Owatonna, Minnesota, on the 20th of August, 1869. They had 
one child, Julia Seaton, who was born May 11, 1868, at Owatonna. 
Chauncey E. Seaton was married a second time, and his choice 
this time fell upon Florence Ida Potter. The ceremony was 
pronounced at Meadville, Pennsylvania, in Christ Church, by the 
Reverend William G. W. Lewis, on February 11, 1874. Chauncey 
was a lieutenant in the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery during 
the Rebellion. He has been engaged in the express business most 
of the time since the close of the war. His present address is 
3360 Calumet avenue, Chicago, Illinois. He has an office in Chi- 
cago, where he has charge of all of the property of the western 
division of the American Express Company, and is their purchas- 
ing agent. 

Ambrose Barnes Seaton was born at Henderson, New York, 
September 21, 1841. He attended the village school, and prob- 
ably Union Academy, at Belleville, in the same county, and when 
he was old enough, helped at the farm work, but probably never 
enjoyed it as much then as later in life. I remember hearing 
Uncle Danford Butts tell of Ambrose helping him harvest some 
wheat. As long as Ambrose could rake and bind as fast as Dan- 
ford cradled he w^orked away cheerfully enough, but when the 
cradler let out a few links in his speed Ambrose lost confidence in 
his ability as a binder, and quit in disgust. We have not heard the 
other side of the story, and do not know how it looks from that 
point of view. Ambrose went into the army in August, 1862, 
enlisting in the Tenth New York Heavy Artillery as Quarter- 
master Sergeant, in which capacity he served until made First 
Sergeant, in January, 1863. He was promoted to Second Lieu- 
tenant of Company B, about July, 1863, and t6 First Lieutenant 
of Company F, in May, 1865. I believe he took part in all the 
engagements of the regiment during his term of service. He was 
mustered out of the service in August, 1865. After wintering in 
Henderson, he went to Montana with ox teams in the spring of 
1866, and remained there until 1872, being engaged in farming for 
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he worked for an express company. He was married to Amelia 
Frances Selfridge, at Champaign, Illinois, by the Reverend Theo- 
dore Morrison, of Bloomington, Illinois, on January 10, 1875. 
Their only child, Charles Chauncey Seaton, was bom on October 
16, 1880, but lived only about nine months, dying at Marshalltown, 
Iowa, July 3, 1881. Ambrose owns nearly one thousand acres of 
land, part of it at least being near Running Water, South Dakota. 
He lives in the city of Mitchell, South Dakota, and is engaged in 
farming and small-fruit raising. He has lived in South Dakota 
since the year 1876. 

Louise Seaton, the next daughter, was born at Henderson, 
New York, February 22, 1843, and was married to James Pettengill, 
of the same place, on her twenty-third birthday, February 22, 
1866. Their first child, Jennie Louise Pettengill, was bom De- 
cember 29, 1866, and died on August 20, 1873. Florence Petten- 
gill was bom May 5, 1878, and died May 19, 1878. Reuben C. 
Pettengill was bom October 23, 1879, and Herbert A. Pettengill 
on November 14, 1883. Both boys are bright and well educated 
and great readers. Reuben has taught school, but seems to pre- 
fer some other line of work. He worked at market gardening for 
about two years near Rochester, New York, where he was mar- 
ried to Hattie Cole. They moved to Kansas in the fall of 1905, 
where Reuben planned to engage in raising garden truck and 
small fruits for market, locating at Jewell City. 

Herbert A. Pettengill is a sailor on the Great Lakes. Aunt 
Louise is one of my best correspondents, and is much more given 
to expressing her thoughts and feelings than most of the Seatons, 
who, as a rule, are not demonstrative even to a slight degree, and 
especially not addicted to talking of themselves, much to my re- 
gret when I speak as a writer of the family genealogy. 

Uncle James Pettengill died September 20, 1885, aged fifty 
years. I remember him as a first-rate horseman, and often have 
I, as a boy, thought that to have such horses as he drove, or rode, 
with such unusual skill, would be all that could be wished for in 
this world. 

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George Luman Seaton, the next son, was born at Henderson, 
New York, on December 24, 1844. He attended the village 
school in his native town for several years, showing especial pro- 
ficiency in penmanship more than in any other branch of learning. 
He was grand company for we younger boys, and could tell such 
wonderful tales as fairly fascinated us. At this date it appears 
that he was repeating the tales he read in some book or story-paper, 
of which he was especially fond. 

After a while George and Talford Jeffers, a playmate, who was 
also an interested reader of the New York Ledger and Mrs. South- 
worth's stories, as well as all tales of adventure, took the notion 
into their heads that they, as well as the heroes of the stories they 
read, could go out into the world in their youth and return after 
many days of wandering up and down the land and sea, laden with 
honors and rolling in wealth. So they started out, after telling 
their plans to some of us smaller boys, and cautioning us not to 
mention where they were. As good luck would have it, the par- 
ents of the two adventurers never thought of asking us if we knew 
where their boys were, and we were saved the ordeal of trying to 
deny knowing anything of their whereabouts. 

Mr. Jeffers, Talford 's father, was greatly worried, and fairly 
flew around trying to find the boys, or to learn where they had 
gone. When he appealed to Grandfather Seaton to secure his 
cooperation in the task of following the boys, he received but little 
satisfaction. Grandfather, in his dignified and almost stoical way 
replied : " I think they will return by the time they need a clean 
shirt." But Mr. Jeffers, not liking to trust to such procedure, 
started out, and finally overtook the boys at Albany and brought 
them back with him, thus proving Grandfather's prediction true> 
but not in the sense intended. 

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Like most boys raised near the lakes, George finally began life 
as a sailor. He once told me of making out a report to the auditor 
of the company for which he worked. When he handed the report 
in, the man who received it said it was not right. ''I will wager 
you the cigars that it is correct," replied Uncle George. The 
auditor took his pencil and pointed out wherein the report was 
defective. " You are right," said George, and he set up the choic- 
est smokes he could secure, thinking that a cheap way to learn how 
to make out the report without letting anyone know that he did 
not before quite understand the modus operandi. 

George Seaton was married to Sarah Viola Hutchins, at Lamotte, 
Jackson county, Iowa, February 25, 1869, by James Hays. Viola 
was born in the town of Orleans, New York, on the 17th of April, 
1845. Their children were: 1. Anna Lee; 2. Lena Louise; 3. 
Benjamin Levi ; and 4. George Louis. 

Uncle George spent many years as a purser on one of the large 
lake steamers, and finally lost his life when the Manistee went 
down in Lake Superior on November 15, 1883. It seems he had a 
premonition that he would lose his life on the lakes, and expressed 
the feeling that it was not safe for him to return to his boat the 
last time he was at home, but he said the company for whom he 
worked had been so kind to him that he disliked to disappoint 
them, or cause them any inconvenience in finding another man to 
take his place, so he left his home and loved ones after a lingering 
and reluctant fare-you-well, and never returned to them again. 
But he had thoughtfully insured his life in the interest of his fam- 
ily and left them quite w^ell provided for in this world's goods. 


To Mrs. G. L. Seaton. 

" Proudly sailed the Manistee, 
O'er the waters so glad and free, 

Bearing on board in captain and crew, 
A group of men both loved and true, 
And in every port where they chanced to be, 
They welcomed the crew and Manistee. 

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"And as gaily they swept away from land, 
'Twas with many 'God keep you' and waving of hands, 

For the boat was a favorite and all were kind; 

And in searching the lakes you could scarcely find 
A crew^ more civil and good to see. 
Than that which belonged to the Manistee. 

"As around the lovely lake she flew, 
And the pictured rocks came into view, 

More beauties of nature, it would seem. 

Than ere was known in wildest dream. 
Much of the pleasure, all could see. 
Was due to the men of the Manistee. 

" But where is she now? O, who can tell 
What happened to her, what really befel 

That beautiful boat, and that gallant crew 

Of husbands, fathers, and heroes true? 
Tell me, O, tell me, merciless sea. 
Did you take our all with the Manistee? 

"O, you cruel, cruel, treacherous sea. 
Can you ever know what you did for me? 
While counting the days until he come, 
You robbed me of him, you spoiled my home. 
For it never, never more can be. 
As it would had you spared the Manistee. 

" Can it be that the dear ones we knew went down. 
He with the black eyes, he with the brown. 
Are their bodies lying 'neath the blue wave. 
Their spirits \vith one that's 'mighty to save'? 
We trust that united the friends may all be, 
With the ones that were lost with the wrecked Manistee. 

"01 dear Lord in Heaven I pray that before 
They knew they must cross to the other shore. 

They saw helping hands reaching out through the wave, 
From the Father who's ready to rescue and save. 
And safe in thy home may all of them be. 
The crew of the ill-fated, lost Manistee." 

After about ten years of widowhood, Mrs. Seaton was married 
to Mr. Hyland Millen, on October 27, 1893, by the Reverend C. G. 

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Mr. Millen was killed by the cars at Buena Vista, Colorado, on 
September 20, 1895, after which time Auntie Millen kept the fam- 
ily together until they were ready to begin work on their own ac- 
count. She gave them a good education and a lovely home at 
3857 Charles street, Omaha, Nebraska, up to the time of the 
Trans-Mississippi Exposition, when my wife and I visited them. 

In the summer of 1904, during the Louisiana Purchase Expo- 
sition, George L., his wife, Benjamin L. and their mother were 
living in St. Louis, the boys working for the express company, 
in whose office I had a few moments' visit with the boys. 

Herbert Julian Seaton, the youngest child in the family, 
was bom at the Seaton home in Henderson, New York, on Jan- 
uary 2, 1852. He attended the village school, and helped some 
with the farm work after he was old enough. He was different 
from most boys in having decided, before he was fifteen years old, 
what girl he was to marry, and in making no secret of his choice. 
He had also determined at that time that he was to be a merchant, 
and tried to shape his education with that object in view. He 
seems to have changed his mind on the first proposition ; as it has 
been stated that "Wise men change their minds, fools never." 
But he did enter the store of his brother Leonard when he left 
school in 1866, and remained there until 1875, when he* went sail- 
ing as clerk of the steamer Olean, running between Buffalo, New 
York, and Toledo, Ohio. 

He had a spell of typhoid fever that fall, but after his recovery, 
finished the season on the steamer Tioga as her clerk. During the 
winter of 1875-6 he was bookkeeper at the New York Central 
dining-hall, at East Buffalo, New York. In the spring of 1876 
he sailed as clerk of the Jay Gould, running between Buffalo and 
Detroit, and again in the winter of 1876-7 he clerked at the same 
dining-hall as the winter before. 

He was married to Helen Ida Barber, at Munnsville, Madison 
county. New York, on June 26, 1877. Of this union two children 
were born, viz. : Leonard Barber and Donald Adelphas. 

This marriage was not entirely congenial, and the parties most 
concerned decided to separate, Mrs. Seaton to have the home and 

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everything they had, as well as the custody of the children. She 
is said to have married another man within three months of the 

Herbert married again on May 10, 1898. His second wife was 
Mae Anna Dodson, eldest daughter of Mr. N. H. Dodson, of Chi- 
cago, Illinois, where the wedding took place. Miss Dodson was 
born at Wakefield, Clay county, Kansas, on September 6, 1871. 
This time the little winged god seems to have pierced two hearts 
with one arrow, and all is well. 

Herbert was clerk of the Canisteo, running from Buffalo to 
Green Bay, in the summer of 1877, and again spent the winter at 
the usual dining-hall. In the spring of 1878 he shipped as clerk 
of the steamer Atlantic for the run from Buffalo to Lake Superior. 

He was then for two years Under-Sheriff of Jefferson county, 
New York, with his brother Leonard, at Watertown, the county 

In the spring of 1881 he engaged with the Lake Michigan and 
Lake Superior Transportation Company, and while in their em- 
ploy has been clerk of the Heard, Peerless, Fremont, City of Du- 
luth. Traverse, and Manitou, and ticket agent in Chicago, Illinois. 
Since 1898 he has been agent for the company at Hancock, Mich- 
igan, where he lives at the present writing, January 8, 1901. 

Herbert thinks his grandmother lived to be nearly one hundred 
years old, and was totally blind for some years before she died. 
He further says Asa Seaton, Jr., his uncle, was at the head of one 
of the four Shaker settlements, or families, at Lebanon, Mount 
Lebanon, New Lebanon and Shakers, near Albany, New York, 
holding that position from sometime in 1850 to 1865, when he was 
succeeded by Chauncey Miller, from whom the writer has lately 
received a very pleasant letter in reference to the lives of Asa, Jr., 
and Tina Seaton. 

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LoRAiNE Seaton was born near Coburg, Ontario, Canada, Jan- 
uary 5, 1833. She married a Mr. Dombaugh, December 11, 1858. 
They lived near Muneie, Indiana, and were the parents of four 
children as follows: Anna Belle Clara, born March 3, 1859; mar- 
ried Lewis Cowing, September 28, 1881. Mr. Cowing was at ore 
time Commissioner of Delaware county, Indiana, and was living 
at Muneie, in that county, in 1903. Edward Dombaugh, born 
October 3, 1860; died August 23, 1862. Fannie G. Dombaugh, 
born December 24, 1865; died October 30, 1867. Harr>' I. Dom- 
baugh, born November 18, 1867 ; was in Mexico when last heard 

Loraine (Seaton) Dombaugh married a second time, George W. 
Leith, August 23, 1871. One child, Ernest Irven Leith, was born 
February 6, 1873, to bless this marriage. He lived in Bakersfield, 
California, at the last word from him. 

Polly Seaton was bom December 11, 1834, and died in less 
than a year, October 8, 1835. 

Warren Seaton was born in 1835. He married Margaret 
Blades, in 1865, at Mount Pleasant, West Virginia. He is the 
only living brother to Robert, of Kansas City. Their children 
were Dimmie and Catharine. Warren Seaton is said by more 
than one to resemble the writer so closely that the picture of 
either might be mistaken for that of the other. 

Clarinda, or Clara Seaton, born April 5, 1838, married Syl- 
vester Gray, in 1860. They live in Wooster, Ohio, and their chil- 
dren are: Edward Gray, bom in 1863; Alice Gray, born in 1865, 
and married to William Kilgore. They reside in Duluth, Min- 

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nesota. Lillie Gray was born in 1867, and Howard Gray in 1871, 
and died in 1902. The family address is Wooster, Ohio. 

Valentine Seaton was born in Stark county, Ohio, February 
4, 1840, and died in Pulaski county, Indiana, September 7, 1901. 
Margaret L. Jurey, born in Wyandot county, Ohio, July 29, 1843, 
died in Pulaski county, Indiana, February 15, 1898. They were 
married at Wyandot, Ohio, by Rev. Mr. Jackson, November 13, 
1867. They lived with his father for a time, then made a home 
for themselves in Dunkirk, Jay county, Indiana, afterward moving 
to Muncie, Indiana, and finally to Pulaski coimty, Indiana, where 
both died as stated above. 

The children of Valentine and Margaret L. Seaton are : Albert 
Jurey, born in Crawford county, Ohio, October 4, 1868, died in 
Pulaski county, Ind., April 3, 1890; Charles H., bom in Dunkirk, 
Ind., May 27, 1873, married Delia Martin at Jansen, Neb., Decem- 
ber 22, 1902. They are now living near Minot, North Dakota, on 
a farm. Frank W., born in Muncie, Ind., November 7, 1875, is at 
present a merchant in Glenburn, North Dakota, and immarried; 
Edward A., bom in Pulaski county, Ind., January 19, 1887, is 
now a junior in the Muncie, Ind., High School, living with Mrs. 
Lewis G. Cowing, his cousin. 

After the death of his wife, Margaret, Valentine Seaton married 
Martha J. Stout, December 1 , 1898. She is still living, in Winamic, 

Miranda Seaton was bom December 29, 1841, and married 
Jesse McClelland in 1868. They live at Wooster, Ohio. Their 
children are George McClelland, bom in 1870, and Blanch McClel- 
land, who was bom in 1872. 

George Seaton was bom July 7, 1843, and died on April 
29, 1844. 

Robert Seaton, bom July 1, 1845, at Crestline, Ohio, married 
Mary Stew^art, of Nevada, Wyandot county, Ohio, in 1872. Rob- 
ert was bom and raised on a farm, where he continued to live until 
he went to learn the printer's trade, at the age of fourteen years. 
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was editor and publisher, from which position he enlisted three 
times in the Federal Army during the Civil War. The first and 
second times he was rejected on account of age and a truss that 
he was compelled to wear, but on the third attempt to become 
a soldier the inspection was less rigid and he was accepted. He 
served in the One Hundred and Thirty-sixth Ohio National 
Guard, and went to Washington, D. C, where his regiment did 
garrison duty, serving from May 2, 1864, to September 4th of the 
same year. He was in no regular battles, but that was no fault 
of the soldiers ; for who ever knew a soldier who did not prefer an 
active campaign to being shut up in a town with nothing but drill- 
ing and guard duty to do? 

Since his return from the army he has been engaged in the mer- 
cantile business. He Hved at Muncie, Indiana, about 1875, where 
two of his children were born. Later he founded the village of 
Seatonville, in Nebraska, was the first postmaster, built the first 
store building, and was the first merchant. 

From Seatonville, Nebraska, the family went to Chetopa, Kan- 
sas, continuing the same business, and from the latter place to 
Kansas City, Kansas, where he was having a rushing trade when 
the Kaw river flood occurred, in May, 1903. The flood put an end 
to his operations, wiping out all of his accumulations for years, 
but he soon started again in a modest way in Kansas City, Mis- 
souri, in a grocery and bakery, in which his son Chauncey Alfred 
is associated with him. Each member of the two families lends a 
helping hand as needed, and the business is having a good run of 

The present address of the Sea ton Grocery Company is 2610 
East Eighteenth street, Kansas City, Missouri. 

The children of Robert and Mary (Stewart) Seaton are : Chaun- 
cey Alfred; Lulu Stewart; Wallace Robert ; Mabel Helen; Car- 
rie Loraine; Ruth Marie; and Dorothy Margaret. 

Robert Seaton is First Day Adventist in belief, but worships 
with the Methodists in his present location. He is a six-footer 
without obesity, a mild-mannered, quiet gentleman, in whom all 
have implicit confidence as soon as they become acquainted with 
him. He is a Republican in politics. 

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Mrs. Seaton is a model housekeeper, an ideal hostess, and a 
lady of education. She is a Seventh Day Adventist in belief, but 
at present affiliates with the Methodists. 

Chauncey Seaton, the youngest son of Asa and Dorothy, was 
born March 17, 1848, and died December 12, 1896. He was mar- 
ried to Ella Stewart in 1884, at Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Ella being 
a sister to Robert's wife, Mary. Chauncey died at Spokane Falls, 


Carrie Euzabeth Seaton was born at Massillon, Ohio, on 
October 8, 1854, and died at Marion, Iowa, February 6, 1885. 

May Goodwin Seaton was born at Massillon, Ohio, on the 17th 
of May, 1856. She was married to L. M. Lillis, a druggist, on 
March 7, 1887, and died at Marion, Iowa, on April 27, 1895. 

Anna Ruth Seaton was bom at Massillon, Ohio, July 30, 
1859. She died single, at Marion, Iowa, September 1, 1899. 

Grace Seaton was born after the family moved to Marion, 
Iowa, the date of her birth being July 30, 1861, the year the 
Civil War began. She died in October of the same year. 

Fannie Louise Seaton was born in Marion, Iowa, December 
21, 1863. She was married to Norman E. Ives, United States Pen- 
sion Examiner, September 9, 1885. One incident of her life is 
mentioned in the sketch of her father. They have two chil- 
dren, Haroldine C. and Xorman Seaton Ives, born at Marion, 
Iowa, September 19, 1890, and Chicago, Illinois, March 5, 1897, 

Frank Hurlbert Seaton was born at Marion, Iowa, April 3, 
1865, and died at the same place on July 30, 1895, unmarried. 

Grace Lillian Seaton was bom at Marion, Iowa, December 
2, 1874. She was married to Leslie C. Bolton, a lawyer of 
Oskaloosa, Iowa, on September 5, 1894. They have two chil- 
dren, both born at Oskaloosa: James Seaton Bolton, born June 
14, 1895, and Frank Leslev Bolton, born Julv 30, 1896. 

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Sarah Eliza, the first-bom of the family, was born in Clark 
township, Ontario, on the 3d of February, 1837, and died and was 
buried !n Newcastle, Canada, May 3d, 1847 

Mary Elizabeth Seaton was bom at Bletcher's Comers, On- 
tario, on the 26th of February, 1839. She was married August 4, 
1857, by the Rev. Canon Henry Brent, in Newcastle, to Robert 
Jones, son of Elias Jones, of Coburg, one of the oldest and most re- 
spected Ontarian families. He was a Conservative, a member of 
the Church of England, Clerk of the Court in Millbrook, and sub- 
sequently a traveler. They lived at Millbrook, Ontario, during 
1857-62, Newcastle 1862-77, Toronto 1877. He died, and was 
buried in Toronto August 15, 1892. The present address of his 
widow is 255 North Lisgar street, Toronto, Canada. They had 
the following family : Frank Elias Jones, died 1879 ; Emma Mary 
Jones was born in Newcastle, Ontario. She married William 
Sinclair Duncan. He is an expert marksman, the winner of the 
Govemor-Generars prize (championship of Canada), and a mem- 
ber of the team sent by the Canadian Army to Bisley, England, to 
compete with marksmen from all parts of the Empire. He was a 
Lieutenant in the Second Regiment, "Queen's Own Rifles of Can- 
ada,'' and Adjutant in the Twelfth Regiment ''York Rangers." 
They had the following children: Helen Emma, married John 
Campbell Hunter; Gertrude Florence. 

Jessie Seaton Jones married Arthur Augustus Martin, of To- 
ronto, and died in that city February 16, 1902. They had five 
children: Jessie Edith, Frank, ob. inf., Mary Helen^ Arthur 
Burnham, and Henry Edwards. 

Margaret Louise Jones, Frederick and Edith Helen complete 
the names of the children of Robert and Mary Elizabeth (Seaton) 
Jones. Frederick died about 1897. 

Emeline Irene Seaton, daughter of Leonard Bama, was born 
at Newcastle, Ontario, on the 19th of January, 1842. She was 
married in Newcastle, by the Rev. Canon Henry Brent, December 
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(Pierce) McNairn, of Dickinson's Landing, Ontario. He was bom 
there August 15, 1837. They lived at Whitby, Ontario, 1861-62, 
Port Hope 1862-66, Toronto 1866-. He was a captain in the 
Grand Trunk Rifle Brigade during the Fenian Raid of 1866, and 
has the General Service Medal and a military land grant in New 
Ontario for his service on that occasion. He edited the "Sower" 
in 1891, and published "The Apocalypse" in 1899. He is a 
member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and is a Commis- 
sioner. He is a manufacturer of waxed paper in Toronto and 
proprietor of the Dansville Paper Mill at Dansville, New York. 
His residence is Aldercoign, 4 Harvard avenue, Toronto, Canada. 
They have had six children : Mary, ob. inf. ; Alice Maud, ob. 
inf. ; Frederick Harvey, ob. inf. ; Edgar Norman, bom 15th July, 
1869, died 27th June, 1884; Harvey Turner, ob. inf. ; William 
Harvey McNairn, bom 3d of September, 1874. The latter is a 
scholarly gentleman, very much interested in the subject of gene- 
alogy, and consequently well versed in the mysteries of heraldry. 
He has rendered us considerable assistance with this branch of 
the family history. He is a member of the University of To- 
ronto, matriculated in 1895, and graduated B. A. in 1899 and 
M. A. in 1900. For two years he was an assistant in the min- 
eralogical laboratory, and while an undergraduate he won some 
scholarships and prizes, and held one or two offices. He is a 
charter member of the Toronto Chapter of the Delta Upsilon col- 
lege fraternity, and at present is his father's assistant in the office 
in Toronto. He is a member of the choir and of the board of 
managers of the Parkdale Presbyterian Church. 

Leonard Turner Seaton, son of Leonard Bama and Almira 
(Wing) Seaton, the youngest child and only son of his parents, 
was bom July 26, 1848, in Newcastle, Ontario, and moved to 
Piano, Illinois, wdth his parents. He married Nancy Alice Rob- 
bins in Piano on the 2d of April, 1873, Elder F. Curtis performing 
the ceremony. Their children are : Frank Grant ; Earl Garfield ; 
Sidney Blaine ; Emeline Mary ; Stanley Wing ; Harrison Ingalls ; 
and Jessie Caroline, — all Republicans, like their father, as their 
names plainly indicate. 

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Leonard Turner Seaton learned the trade of cabinetmaking 
while quite young, and in 1870 opened a furniture and undertaker's 
store in Piano. He continued in active business there until in 
1877, when he sold out and went to Pecatonica, Winnebago county, 
Illinois, and bought a furniture business. In 1882 he sold that 
establishment and returned to Piano, where he took up the same 
line of work and continued it until finally he retired from that 
business, and now devotes his time to the sale of a patent milk- 
can washer of his own invention, of which he is selling machines 
and territory. He seems to be of a lively temperament, positive 
in his opinions and likes. He sums up the Seaton characteristics 
by saying that as a class they are very radical, and are slow to 
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Oren Andrew Seaton, the first child born to the worthy peo- 
ple whose names head this chapter, was bom at Burr's Mills, or 
Burrville, Watertown township, Jefferson county, New York, 
on August 11, 1847, but the family moved to Henderson village, 
in the same county, soon after that important event occurred, 
and all the recollections of his boyhood days are associated with 
Henderson and its surroundings. He attended the village school 
in the latter place until far enough advanced in his studies to make 
it advisable to continue the good work at Union Academy, at 
Belleville, in the same county. He helped with the work in the 
tannery, grinding bark and doing other light jobs, during the va- 
cations of the school, after he was old enough, until the day ar- 
rived when his father moved from town to the Overton farm, 
probably for the children's good. After that time he assisted 
with the farm work, milking cows, feeding calves, plowing, or 
whatever Was the order of the day, until August 22, 1864, when he 
enlisted in what was later Company B, One Hundred and Eighty- 
sixth New York Volunteers, Infantry, and went to the war. The 
regiment rendezvoused at Madison Barracks, Sacket's Harbor, on 
the bank of Lake Ontario, where the soldiers took their first les- 
sons in guard duty, drilling, and especially in eating the army 
rations. This latter experience was a revelation to our soldier-boy. 
In comparison with his mother's cooking the meals dished up at 
the barracks tables appeared to him as though the potatoes had 
been boiled with their jackets^on, in the same water in which they 
had been washed, although Lake Ontario kissed the shore a few 
steps back of the dining-hall. The potatoes were piled, a peck in 
a place, on the bare, rough pine board tables, alternating with 
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boy never had been able to eat, was scattered along the tables at 
frequent intervals. Our tin cups were filled with black, drastic 
coffee, '* strong enough to bear up an iron wedge," as some one 
said, and we were told to pitch in and help ourselves. No butter, 
no cream, no sugar, no anything inviting, and, worst of all, no 
appetite for such food. But later in the war there were times 
when such a spread would have been considered a feast. 

At about this stage in the game the youngster began to wonder 
if he had ever complained of the food or cooking at home, and 
heartily repented having done so, if he had. Some of the boys ate 
with an appetite worth having, some made uncomplimentary 
remarks, and others looked down their noses as though they saw 
eternal misery at the end thereof. Three or four skedaddled for 
Canada, unable to face the music, and were marked on the rolls as 
deserters. It was explained that the Commissary Department was 
not quite ready for so many boarders, and that matters would 
mend in a day or two. 

When the company was dismissed more than one boy went to 
the sutler and bought something he could eat. And for about 
four days this order of exercises was repeated three time» a day, 
without tasting a bite at the regular meals. " How do you live? " 
asked an acquaintance. "Oh, I am boarding with my pocket- 
book," was the answer; and many another could have truthfully 
made the same reply. On the fourth day some one asked the boy 
if he intended to board and clothe himself and serve his country 
for nothing during his term of enlistment. This set the boy to 
thinking, and he said to himself: "See here, my young man, can 
you not muster up spunk enough to take things as you find them, 
when they cannot be improved, or must the Government of these 
United States maintain a wet-nurse for its baby-boy?" After 
that view of the case was taken, yeast bread, bean soup and baked 
beans, salt fat pork and several other items on the bill of fare 
were introduced to the soldier-boy's stomach, but in this case, to 
know them was not to love them. It was a tough proposition, but 
in his veins were- a few- drops of blood imbued with the '^sand" 
that had stood a long line of sailor and soldier ancestry in good 
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The first experience on guard duty is well remembered. The 
position chanced to be at the entrance to that part of the barracks 
used for a temporary hospital. The orders were not to permit 
anyone, except officers, or the hospital corps, to pass in or out, and 
a club about three feet long and an inch or less in diameter was 
handed over by the preceding guard with which to enforce the 
order. But the young and inexperienced guard, on duty for the 
first time, was not told how to distinguish officers and hospital em- 
ployes from the common soldiers and civilians, nor did he think 
to ask. As all wore citizen's dress, he was at a loss to know whom 
to admit or to allow to pass out. Even had some one appeared 
with the proper insignia of his rank, it would have been impossible 
for our soldier-boy to interpret his position without instruction. 
As he marched up and down the porch before the door, he won- 
dered there had been no password, or countersign, given him by 
which he could determine whom to allow to pass, as he had read 
was the custom in the army. Presently a man (not a gentleman) 
came along and tried to pass into the hospital. "Halt!" de- 
manded the guard in his best military tone. The approaching 
man paid no attention to the command, but kept advancing as 
though to crowd his way through. Again "Halt!" was called, 
and this time the club that did duty for a sword or gun, was raised. 
Still he came on. Then, preparing to strike, the boy called 
"Halt, you jackass, or you will get hurt!" The man stopped, 
drew back a step and said, " Til teach you to call a superior officer 
a jackass! What is your name and company?" The question 
was ignored, with the remark that it was hard to see where he 
was superior to a jackass. Off he went in a towering rage to have 
the boy arrested, but the fighting blood of the young soldier was 
up, and he felt no fear of arrest under the circumstances. And 
that proved to be the last that was heard of the affair. 

It would perhaps be interesting to follow the fortunes of the 
young man through the war in the Second Brigade of the Second 
Division of the Ninth Army Corps, but that experience has been 
saved for a sketch of itself, when opportunity offers, so we will 
only say he followed the line of duty in his regiment until the close 
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without ever having failed to answer at roll-call, or being excused 
from any duty for disability, though twice slightly wounded. 

After the war was over, returning to the farm he made a hand 
at anything there was to be done summers and attended school 
during the winter, taking a post-graduate course, until in the spring 
of 1868, when he shipped as landsman on the lake schooner, C. G. 
Mixer, Captain Eggleston, for a sailor on the Great Lakes. In a 
month's time he was promoted to ordinary seaman, though such 
promotion usually requires a whole season's service in the former 
capacity. But the experience as a fisherman and with the pleas- 
ure sail-boat at home made him familiar with the vessel, and the 
former acquaintance with sail-boats was counted in his favor. 
In another month he was advanced to seaman, with all the duties 
and pay of that position. But, not enjoying the night work on 
board ship, he went to St. Joseph, Champaign county, Illinois, to 
visit his aunt's family, and while there accepted a position as 
salesman, bookkeeper and assistant Postmaster in the store of 
his uncle, Albert R. Ralph, living in the family with Aunt Lydia 
and Cousins Jennie and Alta, who came to gain a place in his af- 
fection next to his mother and sister. 

After the new town of St. Joseph was started on the railroad, the 
store was moved there, and while boarding at a hotel the clerk 
somehow exchanged his usually good health for quite a disagree- 
able case of dyspepsia, and he decided to go to Kansas and rough 
it a while for health's sake, and to secure a homestead while they 
were to be had for the taking, almost. 

In Kansas he taught school during several winters, farming 
summers, until in March, 1878, on the twenty-sixth day of that 
eventful month, he was married to Sadie Elizabeth Bartley, whose 
acquaintance he made while living at St. Joseph, the home of her 
father, James Bartley, a farmer of English and German descent. 

Mr. Bartley 's father, Jacob Bartley, went from Ohio to Illinois 
at the early settling of the latter State, having previously emi- 
grated from Virginia, where he married Sarah West, a descendant 
of the original owner of West Point, Virginia, later made historic 
by General George B. McClellan in his campaign during the War 
of the Rebellion. 

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Here occurs another of those curious coincidences so often found 
in the study of genealogy: In 1741 Elizabeth Sea ton married 
John West, of York River, Virginia, gentleman, and here in 1878 
we find Oren Andrew Seaton, a blood relation to the said Eliza- 
beth, marrying Sadie Elizabeth Hartley, a direct descendant of 
the aforesaid John West. 

The children bom to Oren A. and Sadie E. Seaton, all of whom 
are alive and well at this writing, are : Goldie Myrtle ; Noble Fay ; 
Roy Andrew ; Guy Oren ; and Sadie Gladys. 

The next year after Goldie Myrtle was born a trip was made to 
Illinois, to see and be seen by relatives, and from there the journey 
was continued to Iowa for the same purpose. 

A term of school was taught while the family visited at St. 
Joseph, and Noble Fay was born at the home of his grandfather 

Arriving at the Kansas home in the fall of 1882, an engagement 
was entered into with the officers of the home school district to 
teach their winter ^s term of school, after which the farming went 
on as before, until in July of 1883, when a position was accepted 
as weighman and bookkeeper with Messrs. W. R. West & Company, 
grain merchants, of Glasco, Cloud county, Kansas. 

While the family resided at Glasco, Roy Andrew, the third child, 
was bom, on April 17, 1884. And while there Mr. W. A. Walker, 
one of the partners in the grain business, who also owned the Bank 
of Glasco, offered the grain business bookkeeper the position of 
cashier of the bank, at better wages than he was receiving, but 
the other partners would not consent to release him from the grain 

When the year was up for which he had hired, the bookkeeper 
accepted a better position with the remaining partner, A. T. Rog- 
ers, in his grain office in Beloit, in Mitchell county, there being a 
change in the Glasco firm by which Leo Noel became a partner 
and wished to do the office work. 

After one year's experience in Heloit he bought, in partnership 
with Mr. Rogers, the grain business of John D. Robertson, in Jew- 
ell City, Jewell county, Kansas, and in another six months secured 
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except for a few months when his father owned a quarter interest, 
and has added coal, thoroughbred Poland-China hogs, Shorthorn 
cattle and Percheron horses to his other business, besides owning 
three hundred and twenty acres of land, which is rented out. 

Guy Oren, the third son, was born at the Seaton home in Jewell 
City, on August 8, 1886, and Sadie Gladys, the baby of the family, 
on February 13, 1890. 

Besides attending to the regular business of his grain office, 
the subject of this sketch has written considerably for the agri« 
cultural press and the local newspaper, besides a volume of poems 
for his mother; a book of stories for children, many of which have 
been published in different periodicals; a History of Prairie 
Township, Jewell county, Kansas, published in the Jewell County 
Republican; and this Genealogy of the Seaton family. There is 
also in course of construction, as opportunity offers, a series of 
stories of army life as seen by a private in the rear rank and a cor- 
poral, and a book of quotations composed of interesting state- 
ments found in the writer's reading. 

As a matter of gossip, which the greater part of this book is, and 
which does very well within the family but is decidedly poor busi- 
ness outside of that holy tribunal, it might be mentioned that the 
soldier-boy was more than once offered a commission while in the 
army, but very foolishly refused it because he thought one so young 
and inexperienced ought not to be put in command over older men 
with whom he had been associated all of his life, and who were 
much better fitted to command than a seventeen-year-old boy. 

It might also be allowable to mention the fact that he was the 
Master of three different Granges of Patrons of Husbandry w^hile 
granges were the fashion among farmers; that he is a Republican 
in politics, and a brother-in-law to the Methodists in religious 
matters; that is, he married a Methodist lady, and considers it 
the best day s work he ever did. 

While in the army he took part in the battles of the Weldon 
Railroad, the Jerusalem Plank Road, Hatch's Run, and was in at 
the taking of Petersburg, and was on the way to Richmond when 
the assassination of President Lincoln occurred and the war came 
to an end. 

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James Henry Seaton, the second son in the family, was born 
July 2, 1849, at Henderson, New York, where he passed his youth 
attending the \dllage school and enjoying all of the pleasures that 
came in his way. He was naturally sociable, fun-loving, and 
purse-free. He could find more to laugh at in a day than 
some others could in a week. He made friends wherever he hap- 
pened to be, and apparently without effort. When he was sent 
to the field to hoe corn he was sure to need rest every time he came 
out to the fence where another boy was doing like work in an ad- 
joining field, and he would become so interested in the conversation 
of his company that it was nothing uncommon for him to sit on 
the fence visiting while his brother would hoe another round. 

His father once summed up his predominant traits of character 
by saying that he was always laughing, whistling or crying, when 
he was a small boy. 

When James was grown to man's estate, he took to the water 
as naturally as a catfish to mud. He was a sailor on the Great 
Lakes for several seasons, spending his winters around Henderson, 
Watertown, Rutland, and vicinity, often spending all of the wages 
of the previous season before the winter was over. He seemed 
to care nothing for money, except as it could add to his and his 
friends' pleasure. 

One winter, while enjoying himself around Rutland sleigh- 
riding, dancing, skating, etc., he made the acquaintance of Fran- 
celia Alma Cotton, with whom he was afterward spliced, as the 
sailors say. Miss Cotton was bom December 26, 1848, at or near 
Rutland, New York, and was married to the sailor-boy at Black 
River, New York, on August 22, 1872. 

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farming near Floyd, Floyd county, Iowa, where the family had 

After an indifferent experience as an Iowa agriculturist, he set 
sail in a prairie schooner for sunny Kansas, to embark in the sod- 
house line of wheat- and stock-raisers. After waiting eighteen 
months for his first wheat crop to heave in sight, after it was sowti, 
and when they had eaten everything they brought with them, ^\ith- 
out raising even a mouthful, they again hoisted anchor and set sail 


in their mover-wagons, steering their course back to Iowa as a sure 
haven; but there they again met adverse winds, and in course of 
time hove about and started a voyage of discovery over the bil- 
lowy prairies of Nebraska. They finally landed at Wallace, in 
Lincoln county, where they had their port of refuge for a number 
of years. They had a comfortable home in town, and a half- 
section of land not far away. 

James has always been a lover of fine horses and has owned a 
good many, some of which were well bred and excellent roadsters. 
One of his admirable conceits has always been that he did not 
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one town to the next, and he never did the like if his team was 
able to make the distance on time with what encouragement he 
was able to give it, though it should be understood that he soon 
disposed of horses that needed to be urged to do their best, and 
that he was a good feeder and care-taker of his horses as well as 
of himself and his family. 

During his eventful life, James has tried several different lines 
of business with the intention of making his fortune, having at 
different times been a sailor and a farmer, as has been stated; 
then he was remarkably successful at collecting bad debts for 
others for some years; has operated a livery stable, a natural 
outgrowth of his love for fine driving-horses ; has doctored horses 
for those in need of such help; been the undertaker for all the 
country round, at no expense to anyone except himself; sold and 
set up agricultural implements and machinery. At the present 
writing he is superintendent of a line of creamery stations extend- 
ing over four hundred miles of railroad lines in western and south- 
em Nebraska. He owns a two-hundred-acre farm, where he lives, 
and enough other land to bring his holdings up to a thousand 
acres of Nebraska prairie farm-land. 

James and "Frank," as he calls his wife, have raised quite a 
family of fine, bright children, among whom are now living, 
Hattie Maybelle; Charles Andrew; Laura Pearl; James Henry 
2d; and Merton Robert. The children who have died are: 
Gertrude Alma ; Kittie Isabelle ; Perry Albert ; and Cassie May, 
We may have more to say of these children further along in this 

Franklin Pikrce Seaton was born at Henderson, New York, 
on March 8, 1852, and died April 6, 1853. 

George Ferguson Seaton, named for his uncle, George Fergu- 
son, was bom January 21, 1854, at Henderson, New York. He 
is the heavy-weight of all our branch of the family since his great- 
grandfather, Asa Seaton, whom he resembles in having dark 
hair and being large in person. 

George is a great stay-at-home practitioner. It is doubtful 
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business, and once when he came to Kansas to spy out a better 
location for a home, and to visit the family of the writer. And 
then he would have turned back before bedtime the first night of 
his visit if he had only his own feelings to consult, or at east that 
is the opinion of his host on that occasion. He is always the same 
pleasant, quiet, honorable gentleman every day of his life, a friend 
to every one he knows, enjoying the confidence and respect of all 
his acquaintances. 

On the thirteenth day of January, 1878, he was married to Clara 
Fannie Bulkley, of Floyd, Iowa, where they have made their 
home since that most momentous event of their lives, their mar- 
riage, unless we have to except the birth of their first child. 

Mrs. Seaton, n^e Bulkley, was bom May 9, 1857, receiving a 
fine education, and, if I mistake not, was a successful school 
teacher before her marriage. She is a bright, stirring, wideawake 
lady, a tidy housekeeper and a model entertainer, as the writer 
can testify from his own experience when he paid them a visit 
about as far back as the year 1880. 

George has made steady progress in his business affairs, until 
the last we heard he owned a fine farm near the city of Floyd, 
which he rented out, and a lovely home within the confines of the 
city, where he lives and enjoys the fruits of his labors and serves 
the city in the capacity of Street Commissioner. 

The children bom to George F. and Clara F. Seaton were: 1. 
Maud Ethel: 2. Frederick Bulkley; 3. Andrew Pennell; and 
4. Clara Bulkley Seaton, — of whom more as we proceed. 

Jennie Clara Seaton, the baby and pet of the family, was born 
on November 16, 1856, at Henderson, New York. She was a 
handsome girl, having fair complexion and long, black, curling 
hair, which she usually wore in ringlets. So much favored was 
she in the matter of hair that she could comb it out straight be- 
fore going to school and when she retumed at eventide it would 
have coiled itself into ringlets, and wet weather that would ruin 
most girl's curls would only make hers curl the closer. 

Clara was a very studious girl, and was usually at or near the 
head of her classes. She was especially a wonderful speller, hav- 

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ing attended a whole term of school when quite small without miss- 
ing a word in spelling. She and her cousin, Florence C. Seaton, 
won the prize as the best spellers in their school, if not in the 

She went with the family to Iowa in 1870, and when old enough 
married William H. Morgan, at Floyd, Iowa, on October 29, 1876, 
the Reverend Samuel Sherin, pastor of the Methodist Church of 
that place, officiating. 


; Their children, all of whom were born in Iowa, were: 1. Hattie 
Ethelyn Morgan, bom in Floyd, on July 21, 1878; 2. Clara May 
and 3. Katie Mabel, the twins, born in Charles City township, on 
December 19, 1880. Katie died December 25, 1890. 4. Oliver 
Clinton, born December 27, 1885, died January 20, 1891; and 
Lynn Ferguson Seaton Morgan, w^ho was born at Riverton, Floyd 
county, October 12, 1894. 

The family started from Iowa on November 15, 1895, to seek 
a new home in the fruit belt of Missouri, where they hoped to find 
a climate less severe. After a journey of a month and a day in 
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at Bartlett, Shannon county, Missouri, on December 16, 1895. 
They bought a small fruit farm, where they had every promise of 
raising abundance of apples, peaches, cherries, and pears, not to 
mention the small fruits of all kinds, which grow almost sponta- 
neously as though native to the locality, or, as some one has stated 
it, *'as though the soil were own mother to them, as it is to the 
weeds, instead of only stepmother/' 

From August 20, 1900, to Febiuary 11, 1902, they lived in the 
city of Winona, Missouri, running a hotel during that time. 


They have given their children a good education, and at least 
one of the girls has taught school. From the last-named date up 
to the fall of 1905 they were back on the farm raising fruit and live- 
stock, since which time they have made their home at Jewell City, 
Kansas, where Mr. Morgan has worked at carpentry and Miss 
Clara has been the proprietor of a "racket" store, called the Cu- 
riosity Shop. 

Hattie Ethelyn Morgan married William T. Guider, a New- 

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Yorker, who has been a member of the fire department of Omaha, 
Nebraska, for twelve years, and has had several very narrow 
escapes from death in the line of his duty. The Guiders own 
two farms, one in Dakota and the other in Missouri. 

Lynn Morgan is attending school in Jewell City, Kansas. 


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Peter Newcomb Cushman Seaton, the first-bom son of 
"Uncle Boy'' and "Aunt Cornelia," was bom at Henderson, New 
York on October 10, 1850. He lived in the neighborhood of his 
birthplace until he was seventeen years of age, when he moved to 
Charles City, Floyd county, Iowa, and engaged in farming. 
"Cush" was as full of fun as a bee-sting is of poison, and that is 
about as full as it is possible to be, and it is a wonder that he, as 
well as most other boys, ever lived through the thoughtless 
scrapes of his younger days, after he began to run on the streets 
and mingle with other boys of his own age. 

In the year 1871 he married Ella Genevieve Clark, his cousin, 
and daughter of Frances Phidelia (Seaton) Clark, who married 
E. M. Clark. 

Cushman and Ella were married at Charles City, Iowa, on De- 
cember 16, 1871, by C. B. Hamlin. Their children were: 1. Zua 
Olga; 2. Jennie Cornelia, 3. Jessie Angelia, the latter two being 
twins; and 4. Fay Cushman. 

It was in 1877, I believe, that Cousin Cushman moved from 
Charles City to Algona, in the same State, and there followed 
farming for some time, then operated a tow mill and hay press. 
In 1887 the family made another move, this time to Orange City, 
where Cushman again managed a tow mill and hay press for sev- 
eral years. Then he took up electric-light work, directing the 
electric-light plant of that city for about two years, when, on 
account of poor health, he gave up that work and moved to Spring- 
field, South Dakota, and began farming again. After raising one 
crop in Dakota he moved to Birch Tree, Shannon county, Mis- 
souri, starting on October 10, 1894. At the latter place he fol- 
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for Springfield, South Dakota, where he lived at the writing of 
this poor sketch of a superior gentleman, in January, 1902. 

Wallace Seaton, another son of this family, has kept his doings 
to himself, so far as the writer is concerned, except that he is a 
sailor on the Great Lakes. 

Maud Seaton, the daughter of the family, is the wife of Charles 
N. Smith, in Rochester, New York, where her father lived until 
the time of his death. They have no children, but lavish their 
affections on some choice cats of an aristocratic breed. Angoras. 
Their home is as tasty and tidy as anyone could wish, — a model, 
in fact. Their location was at St. Paul street when the writer was 
there in the summer of 1901. 

the only child of LEONARD AND HATTIE SEATON. 

Florence C. Seaton, the only child of Leonard, Jr., and Hattie 
(Bates) Seaton, was bom in Henderson, New York, in 1856. She 
was a bright, vivacious, happy girl, the particular chum of my 
sister, Clara Jennie Seaton. They were in the same classes at 
school, and jointly won a prize as the best spellers in the school, 
or county, neither having missed a word in spelling during the 

In the course of time she married Doctor W. G. Terry, a practic- 
ing physician of Henderson, where we visited them for a short 
time in 1901, making the acquaintance of the rest of the family at 
that time. 

Mrs. Terry was an active member of the Woman's Christian 
Temperance Union, having been the secretary of the society until 
her health failed. She was also a member of the Eastern Star 
Lodge and the Grange, as well as of the Daughters of the Ameri- 
can Revolution, and of the Universalist Church of Henderson. 

Doctor and Mrs. Terry have raised two bright, interesting chil- 
dren, now grown to manhood and womanhood. Richard Seaton 
Terry, the elder, is a full-fledged lawyer, having graduated from 
the Albany (New York) Law School, and Hattie, "the married 
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\\ith Professor J. Aiken Montague to found a home of their own, 
and is the happy mother of a son and heir, Terry Seaton Montague, 
bom August 7, 1905, at Henderson, New York. Professor Mon- 
tague is probably a cousin of the writer's room-mate at Union 
Academy, David A. Montague, and of Harrison Montague, who 
swung the birch over us in the Henderson school in the days of 
our callow youth, and still once more, of Joel Montague, who was 
the last teacher in the Old North School House while we attended 
that venerable institution. 

Professor Montague was principal of the village school at Hen- 
derson in 1901, while we were there. 

Mrs. Terry was a great sufferer from something like neuralgia 
during the closing years of her life. She died at the family home 
in Henderson, New York, on June 21, 1902, mourned by all who 
knew her. Mrs. C. L. Boyce was a constant attendant upon Mrs. 
Terry in her last illness. No daughter could have done more for 
a mother. 

We are reminded that "Death loves a shining mark," and Mrs. 
Terry will be sadly missed in her home village, where she was 
always prominent in social, literary, and religious work. She 
was a fine elocutionist and was ^al ways ready to give her services 
in helping and training others to help in church and other enter- 

Her funeral w^as held in the Universalist Church, of w'hich she 
was an active working member, Rev. George Adams officiating. 
The interment was at the Evergreen Cemetery. 


Fred Albert Seaton was born at Kingston, Wisconsin, November 
22, 1857. He was married to Mary E. Kellog, and they have 
three children : Florence, Blanch, and Hazel. Their home is in or 
near Chicago, Illinois. 

Mary Seaton, daughter of Samuel G., was born at Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin, December 11, 1862, and married to Myron S. Kellog, 
by whom she has two children, Leorard Seaton Kellog and Flor- 
ence Kellog, both of whom are unmarried, I believe. 

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Fannie Seaton was first made acquainted with the other mem- 
bers of the family at Kingston, Wisconsin, on March 1, 1866. She 
was later married to Frank A. Mower, and has presented her 
husband with one child, Annie Louise Mower. 

Jane Seaton was bom September 12, 1868, at Kingston, Wis- 
consin. She married William F. Brabrook, Jr. They have one 
child, a son, whose name is Ralph Seaton Pope Brabrook. 

Ellen Graham Seaton, bom August 13, 1870, at Kingston, 
Wisconsin, married Cyril Larkin Coussens. They have no chil- 
dren, so far as we know. 

Louise Seaton was bom at Chicago, Illinois, on May 11, 1873, 
and married Fred Osborne Munn when she had finished her educa- 
tion in school and in the home. They have one heir, whose 
name is Robert Osborne Munn. 

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Julia Seaton, only daughter of Chauncey E. and Sarah E. 
Seaton, was born on May 11, 1868, at Owatonna, Minnesota. On 
account of the well-known modesty of her father we have no 
account of her early life, though the proud parents of a first-bom 
child are not usually chary of their praises of their treasure. But, 
from the nature of the case, we feel sure she had everything that 
could add to her happiness, including a liberal education. No 
home, however, can be made so attractive to young people that 
they do not, after a while, want one of their own, and this case 
was no exception to the general rule. So Julia Seaton gave her 
heart and hand into the keeping of Mr. Albert Walter Frost. The 
ceremony that made them husband and wife was performed by the 
Reverend George C. Tanner, of Faribault, Minnesota, at No. 3360 
Calumet avenue, Chicago, Illinois, at the home of the happy bride's 
parents, on the last day of the year 1890. 



Chauncey Charles, or Charles Chauncey, Seaton, the only 
child of Ambrose B. and Amelia F. Seaton, was born October 16,. 
1881, at Marshalltown, Iowa, but was spared to his loving parents 
less than one short year, dying on the third of July of the year 
following that in which he was bom, and in the same city. 

Inscrutable are the ways of Providence, and past finding out, 
that this little rosebud should have been taken from his doting 
parents just as he began to twine the tendrils of his love about 
the'r hearts. They could have supplied his every want and ed- 
ucated him to fill an honored and useful place in the world, dis- 
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in many other homes, where there is only a crust and a slip for the 
little ones, they are to be found in numbers, though sometimes not 
in good behavior and in the ways of w^isdom. 


Anna Lee Seaton, the eldest child of Uncle George and Aunt 
"Ola," was bom at Lamott, Jackson county, Iowa, on the 27th 
of March, 1870. After the careful training in the home of her 
youth, under the direction of her competent mother, and in the 
schools of Iowa and Nebraska, she was well fitted to fill any posi- 
tion that might attract her liking. As it proved, she decided to 
take charge of a home of her own, and as a means to that end ac- 
ceded to the earnest solicitation of Franklin Moore Borolin to 
become his wife, and was married to him at Omaha, Nebraska, 
on October 14th, 1896, the Reverend Frederick Tonge performing 
the ever-interesting ceremony. 

The only child in the Borolin home at the time of this writing 
is a son, who was bom on the last day of the year 1901. After 
canvassing all of the names within their knowledge without find- 
ing one musical enough to suit so sweet a babe, they finally de- 
cided to call him Seaton Ayres Borolin ; and who is there who has 
the hardihood to say that their choice might have been improved 

The Borolin home was located not far from Omaha, Nebraska, 
but over the line in Iowa, at the thriving little city of Harlan, in 
Shelby county. 

Lena Louise Seaton, the second daughter, is a namesake of her 
Aunt Louise (Seaton) Pettengill — of whom she reminds the writer 
every time he sees her — and was bom on March 24th, 1872, at 
Henderson, New York. She is a lovely girl,* and it is a wonder the 
young men of Omaha would take no for an answer to their suit ; 
but, so far, she has resisted all of their pleading, and she stays with 
her widowed mother at their modern home at 3857 Charles street, 
Omaha, Nebraska. 

Lena has had the benefit of the best teachers Omaha could 
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she was studying in the office of one of Omaha's leading physicians, 
at the date of our visit at their home on the occasion of the Trans- 
Mississippi Exposition. 

Benjamin Levi Seaton, the first son in the family, was born at 
Wyoming, Jones county, Iowa, on the Ides of March, 1879. After 
graduating from the best schools in Omaha, Nebraska, he accepted 
a position with the American Express Company, and has contin- 
ued with that company since that time. There is no reason for 
doubt that he will serve the company well, and I take the liberty 
of predicting, although not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, 
that he will reach a high and responsible position in the head 
office of the company. He was promoted to the St. Louis office, 
where we met him during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 
the year 1904. 

George Louis Seaton, the youngest of the children, was born 
on the 24th day of October, in the year 1880, at Wyoming, Iowa, 
and received the finishing touches to his education in Omaha, 
Nebraska, where the family must have moved soon after his birth. 
As soon as he had reached the age when the American Express 
Company would accept his services, he began working his way 
up from the bottom round of the ladder in the city of Omaha, and 
he still continues with them. But after proving his fitness for 
the position given him, and his sterling honesty, untiring industry, 
and reliability, the company promoted him to a better position, 
and sent him to the St. Louis office, where he is yet working for 
them, and where he will, more than likely, be found as long as the 
company desires good reliable men and he wants a situation. We 
noticed, in our short visit at his office, that every one depended 
upon George to know where any desired information could be 
found, and he was competent to give the required information. 

George Louis Seaton was married to Sara Bent Wall, of Wash- 
ington, D. C, at the home of the bride's father, on the 22d day of 
May, in the year of our Lord 1902. An invitation to the wedding, 
received by the writer, says the happy couple, now made one 
flesh, will be at home, 2700 Russell avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 
after June 15, 1902. 

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Leonard Barber Sea ton, the first child and son, was born at 
Munnsville, New York, on December 11, 1878. He is supposed 
to be still among the living, but where, we are not advised. Doubt- 
less he is making history that would be interesting to each of his 
relatives, could they learn the facts in the case. 

Donald Adelphas Seaton was born, at the same place as his 
brother, on January 17th, 1882. If we knew more of his story it 
would be our delight to make the information known to the other 
members of the family at large. 

the children of ROBERT AND MARY (sTEWART) SEATON. 

Chauncey Alfred Seaton was bom at Muncie, Indiana, on 
June 8th, 1874. He is a stirring business man, one who takes 
off his coat and goes into business as though he enjoyed it. 

He married Anna May Mobray on November 18, 1902, at Ply- 
mouth, Missouri. Their address was 2610 East Eighteenth street, 
Kansas City, Missouri, when the wTiter visited them. 

Mrs. Seaton is a lady who shows her good breeding and training 
in every act and word. She assists in w^aiting upon the customers 
in the store when her household and society duties will permit. 
Chauncey Alfred is a Methodist, and in all probability a Repub- 

Lulu Stewart Seaton married F. E. Dent, of Oswego, Kansas, 
in her twentieth year, having been born on June 21, 1876, and 
married at Parsons, Kansas, September 29, 1895. They have 
one child, Marie Dent, born in the spring of 1897. Mrs. Dent is a 
Presbyterian in religious affiliation. 

Wallace Robert Seaton, born October 4, 1878, is now a rail- 
way mail clerk on the Frisco line. 

Mabel Helen Seaton was born March 28, 1881. She graduated 
from the Chetopa (Kansas) High School on May 17, 1898. She 
is described to us by a disinterested judge as a '* fine-looking lady, 
with brains to take care of herself anywhere and at any time." 

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Carrie Loraine Seaton was bom June 18, 1884. She died in 
Armourdale, Kansas, February 5, 1901. 

Ruth Marie Seaton was bom July 21, 1891, and died on 
February 22, 1895. 

Dorothy Margaret Seaton, a daughter by adoption, was 
bom February 20, 1894, and of course lives at home with her 


Frank Grant Seaton, the eldest child, was bora at Pecatonica, 
Illinois, on December 1, 1878. He married Cornelia Cleveland 
("no kin to Grover/' we are told), at Piano, Illinois, on June 24 
1903, the interesting ceremony being administered by the Rev. 
Doctor Henry, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Frank is a 
farmer in calling. 

Earl Garfield Seaton was bom January 26, 1881, at Pecaton- 
ica, Illinois, and is now his own man, or was before he was married 
to Georgia Potts, of Viroqua, Wisconsin, on the 6th day of August, 
1905. The home of the happy couple is at the last-named place. 

Sidney Blaine Seaton was born at Piano, Illinois, September 
28, 1883. He is a mechanic, and lives at 1874 Seeley avenue, 
Chicago, Illinois, since his marriage to Clara G. Vogelberg, in 
Piano, on the 21st of August, 1905. 

Emeline Mary Seaton, the first daughter to take up her resi- 
dence with the family, was born August 15, 1886, at Piano, Illinois, 
where she still resides, a young lady with the best of life before 

Stanley Wing Seaton was born at Piano, Illinois, on May 23, 
1890, and is evidently striving for an education. 

Harrison Ingalls Seaton was born November 3, 1892, at 
Piano, Illinois. 

Jessie Caroline Seaton, the youngest of the children, was 
born February 18, 1896, at Piano, Ill'nois. 

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GoLDiE Myrtle Seaton, the first-born of the writer's family, 
was born on the Seaton homestead, in section thirty-three, in 
Prairie township, Jewell county, Kansas, on the 26th day of No- 
vember, of the year 1879. She was a "wee bit morsel," with 
fingers like bird-claws, almost, weighing only six pounds with her 
<jlothes on, at the first weighing. She was quite a bright, observ- 
ing babe, seeming to see and notice things about her at an early 
age. When only a few weeks old she startled her mother con- 
siderably by laughing aloud. Her father held her in his arms and 
was showing the canary to her. Every time her father would 
whistle the bird would chirrup and often sing a stave or two, and 
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Goldie never learned to creep like other children, but would 
roll over and over on the floor when she wished to go from one 
part of the room to another. When she was about nine montha 
old she began to climb up beside a chair, and stand, holding on 
with her hands, but before she was able to walk alone she had 
quite a bad spell of whooping-cough, which reduced her strength 
so much that she was over a year old when she first walked by 

She seemed to be entirely fearless as a little girl when in her 
father's company, and would stand perfectly erect and quiet on 
his hand when extended at the length of his arm, something none 
of her brothers or her sister could do. 

Before she was two years old she made a trip to St. Joseph,. 
Champaign county, Illinois, with her parents, in a covered w^agon 
or "prairie schooner," to visit her Grandpapa Bartley and other 
relatives, and the next year made another journey to Floyd, 
Floyd county, Iowa, to see and be seen by the Seaton relations. 

Goldie was not allowed to attend school until she was about 
seven years old, but she made good progress after she was once 
started. She usually ranked number one in her classes, except 
when she was obliged to stay at home on account of sickness. 
She graduated from the common school in the summer of 1895,. 
before she was sixteen years old, her Common School Diploma 
being dated June 22, 1895. 

At the examination of teachers after her graduation, she won 
a prize jointly w4th Miss Grace Price, a High School graduate, 
offered to the common-school graduate who should pass the best 
examination at the county Teachers' Institute. The prize was 
to be fifteen dollars, or the expenses of the teacher at the County 
Institute, and was offered by Honorable R. W. Turner, a Mankato 
lawyer, a former County Superintendent of Public Instruction, 
and ex-Minister to Spain from the United States Government. 
The following letter from Mr. Turner expla'ns itself : 

Mankato, Kansas, September 11, 1895. 
Miss Goldie Seaton, Jewell City, Kansas: 

My Dear Miss Seaton — It affords me pleasure to herewith enclose draft 
for $7.50 as a promised prize to the Common School Graduate of Jewell 

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county who should distinguish himself, or herself, above all others at the 
first examination for teachers' certificates taking place after the graduation 
of the class of 1895. 

I have but one regret, and that is that my circumstances in life are such 
that I cannot make the prize more substantial. I can, however, enclose 
with it my best wishes for your success in life, and at the same time feel as- 
sured that the search after knowledge, so well begun, will not be abandoned 
even if it be true that, 

" Ever after mortal effort, ever after mortal pains, 
Something to which light is shadow, something unexpressed remains; 
Ever after human question, ever after human quest. 
Something farther than the farthest, something better than the best." 

Faithfully, your friend, 

R. W. Turner. 

Some time before this, Goldie won a gold pen and plush-lined 
case, offered by the editor of The Jewell County Republican, for 
the best essay, to contain fifty words of the editor's choosing. 
(Words chosen by editor given in italics.) The judges in the con- 
test were Professor Cook, of the city schools, Mrs. Etta Harrington, 
and Mrs. Theodore Bartholow. The essay written by Goldie was 
as follows : 


Alcohol is an intoxicating drink and a poison. It is sold by wholesale, 
and some men make a fortune selling it. It is in demand in nearly every 
city. Some people who keep boarders think it is generoits to use wine and 
cider on the table. Once on a time 1 heard a young woman tell one of her 
friends about a father that drank, who died and left a family. Their father 
wasted his money buying alcoholic drinks, and now they are poor. The 
mother tried to coax him not to drink^ but it did no good. They were not 
happy or jolly. Sometimes the boys and girls had no good clothes. The 
girls seldom got a new apron, and they often went in debt for things. They 
were young, and wanted to work hard and earn a living. They were dear 
to their mother, and they loved her. These people often used pounded 
com instead of flour, and considered it a treat to have coffee and potatoes. 
The boys did many jobs to earn a living, and were among the best in the 
city where they lived. Oftentimes the ground was covered with snow and 
they had no shoes. One of the boys used tobacco. All of the housework 
was done by the mother. She was strict and taught her sons not to drink, 
as she herself was a temperance woman, and they grew to be good and true 
men and they were liked and respected by all. She was blessed by them in 
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from drinking vnll help others not to use it. They worked like beavers to 
get money enough to get a good education. They were patient and waited 
for good times, and now it has come. Their mother is living happily with 
them, and expects to spend the rest of her life in peace with her children. 
Jewell City, Kansas. • Age 11. Words 318. Goldie Seaton. 

On July 26, 1895, Goldie took part in a Demorest Contest at the 
Methodist Church in Jewell City. The title of her declamation 
was, "Prohibition Warriors.'' The essay she read at the grad- 
uating exercises of the common school on June 22, 1895, was 
" How Success is Won.*' And the subject of her essay at the Class 
Day exercises was "Chronicles." Her graduating oration was 
called "Probabilities of the Twentieth Century." 

Goldie wrote the School Notes for The Republican during her 
last year in the High School, and was invited to attend a concert, 
with all of the other correspondents of the paper, and before the 
concert an oyster supper was served the writers who make a local 
paper interesting, — the correspondents, — all at the expense of the 
editor, Mr. William C. Palmer ; the entertainment taking place on 
New Year's Day, 1896. 

Goldie graduated from the Jewell City High School in the sum- 
mer of 1896. Her High School Diploma is dated May 6th of that 
year, and she received a Teachers' County Certificate dated Au- 
gust 23, 1896, in which her grades were none of them less than 90, 
with two 99s and two 100s. She received another certificate, 
dated August 21, 1897, and in the fall contracted to teach the 
winter term of school in the Vance district, No. 34, which she car- 
ried through successfully, as young as she was at the time. She 
boarded at home and drove back and forth all through the winter. 

On March 21, 1899, she entered Baker University, at Baldwin, 
Kansas, taking the Normal course, with a determination to secure 
a State certificate that would entitle her to teach any school in the 
State without further examinations. During her studies in the 
University she was employed to teach geography during one term, 
and to assist one of the professors in some other work. She grad- 
uated with honors in due time, and received recommendations 
from the professors under whom she studied that were calculated 
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work and that she was fully qualified to manage any school in a 
creditable manner. 

In the fall of 1899 she engaged to teach the winter term in the 
Wyland district, and again that w^inter she drove to and from her 
home all of the time, except a few nights when she visited with 
some of the patrons of the school. 

After her graduation from Baker she was employed in the city 
graded school at lonia^ Kansas, and is at the present time one of 
the corps of teachers at Jewell City. 

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Noble Fay Seaton. the second child and first son, making the 
"King's wish" complete, a son and a daughter, was born at St. 
Joseph, Champaign county, Illinois, at the home of his Grand- 
father Hartley, on March 16, 1882. 

Being the first son in the family, and of course thought to be a 
wonderful boy, his mother chose the name Noble for him, as 
expressing at once her idea of what he was and what she desired 
and believed he would be. His father decided on the name Fay 
for him, because it was short, easy to pronounce, and besides, 
it could not be shortened into a nickname. 

In the fall, when he w^as about six months old, he took a ride in 
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Jewell county, Kansas, where he lived until in the summer of 1884, 
when the family moved to Glaseo, Cloud county, of the same State, 
where his father worked at the grain business while Fay toddled 
around keeping his mother busy looking after him. After a year 
spent in Glasco, the family moved to Beloit, in Mitchell county, 
where they stayed another year, then made another move, — mak- 
ing the three removes that Franklin said were as bad as a fire. 
This time took the family to Jewell City, in Jewell county, where 
he has since been when at home. 

He attended the city schools almost every day they were in 
session until he was graduated from the High School. 

When Fay was eight years old he wrote an essay on " The Late 
War" for The Jewell County Republican, as explained in the sketch 
of his sister's life. Writing against boys four years older, he did 
not win the prize, but his essay was so well thought of by the com- 
mittee of judges and the editor of The Republican that it was 
printed, and was as follows: # 


Once on a lime there was a war between the Northern and Southern men. 
Many fathers and their sons went from the city and country, and were 
wounded and died. My father was a soldier. He says the officers were very 
strict. The soldiers had coffee to drink and sometimes 'potatoes to eat. 
They slept on the ground and had a knapsack for a table. Some of them 
drank whisky and chewed tobacco by wholesale, and when ofif duty were 
jolly and happy. Some of the men who had a fortune before the war began 
wasted their money, buying every thing they liked, and thought it generous 
to treat the soldiers to things that did them hann. Others waited and 
worked with a wUl and did not go into debt, and by constant practicing 
saving their money they made themselves comfortable. Clothes were de^r 
and the girh had to work like beavers to earn money. Even the blessed 
little boys and girls did a great many small jobs. Many a young woman 
left school and neglected her education to help her mother, who kept boarders, 
do the housework, or to work out to earn money to buy herself an apron. 
Many parched rye and drank it for coffee when it was in demand, and 
pounded corn and used it for meal. I like to hear my papa tell how they 
taught the rebels to obey the law they could not coax them to do. Every 
loyal person respected the soldiers, who loi^ed their country and wanted them 
to do their best and be good and true to it. 

Jewell City. Age 8. Words used 264. Fay Seaton. 

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When Fay was a little fellow about five years old a lady and 
gentleman called on his parents unannounced, and being a little 
short on pastry at the time, their mother told Goldie and Fay they 
must not ask for pie, as there were only two pieces, which would 
be served to the guests. All went along as merry as a wedding 
ball until the guests began eating their pie, when Fay said, as 
innocent as could be : "I must not ask for pie, for mamma has 
only two pieces.'* It is doubtful if Fay, or even Chauncey Depew, 
ever made a post-prandial speech that more completely brought 
down the house than that timely remark. The guests, who hap- 
pened to be near and very intimate neighbors and friends, and the 
parents, laughed immoderately, while Fay gazed at them in big- 
eyed wonder, not understanding why they were so much amused. 

When Fay was a sma^l boy he had a habit of sticking his tongue 
in his cheek, when he was interested in his play, and making the 
most curious humming, buzzing, grunting noise I ever heard a 
child make. He seemed unconscious of making any noise, and 
would keep it up for a long time when busily engaged playing by 
himself. I do not know that he usually made the noise when 
playing with other children. 

Fay was a good hand doing chores among the stock, but he 
never liked to work around machinery. 

He was quick to learn, and might easily have been at the head 
of his classes, for his scholarship was the best, but his deportment 
usually brought his averages down so that he was most of the time 
rank two, which might have been much worse. 

In the summer of 1900 he w^ent to Salina, Kansas, to take a 
business course at the Wesleyan Business College, to fit himself 
with a good business training and be able to take charge of office 
work as stenographer, typewriter and bookkeeper. He graduated 
with the highest honors, being promoted ahead of his classes two- 
or three times and after he had graduated, received a position 
with Mr. T. D. Fitzpatrick in his real estate and insurance business, 
which included the business of Grand Secretary of the Occidental 
Insurance Company, through the recommendation of Professor 
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The following clipping from the Salina Herald is perhaps worth 
preserving in this connection : 

" Fay Seaton, of Jewell City, a late graduate of Kansas Wesleyan Business 
College, made one of the most brilliant records ever made by a student of 
that school. He finished the course several weeks ahead of the class in 
which he first started, and has the honor of being one of the fastest operators 
on the typewriter as well as the most swift in taking dictation. Prof. Roach 
has reason to be proud of Mr. Seaton, and his clean school record and up- 
right, Christian character would be worthy of recommendation to anyone 
wishing to employ a stenographer. He went home last Saturday to spend 

Since beginning work Fay has saved his wages and even worked 
over-hours, investing his savings in Salina real estate, and selling 
again when he could do so to advantage, until he owns and rents 
some houses of his own, beside owning some unimproved city 

He is a member of the Epworth League and the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church of Salina, Kansas, where he lived. He cast his 
first vote in the spring of this year of grace 1903, and is an active 
worker in the Republican party. 

In addition to his other duties, Fay, has edited the Occidental 
Monthly, an insurance periodical, for the society of which it is the 
official organ, at the earnest solicitation of the management, 
doing the work mostly at night after a busy day in the insurance 

Fay has since entered the Northwestern University of Evans- 
ton, Ills., with the view of taking a classical course. 

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Roy Andrew Seaton, the second son and third child in the 
family, was born on April 17th, 1884, at Glasco, Cloud county, 
Kansas. Before he was two weeks old Roy had begun to cut his 
teeth, and by the time he was a month old he had two teeth fully 
cut through. He grew to be a full-faced, red-cheeked toddler, 
with black, curly hair that his mother usually curled in ringlets, — 
altogether a remarkably comely child. 

One evening when he accompanied his father down-town, Mr. 
John D. Robertson, one of the most wealth}^ men in the county, 
said he would give the half of all he was worth for such a son. 
Very naturally the father placed a much greater estimate on the 
possession of such a son. 

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When Roy began to run around by himself in the yard he went 
out near the stable, where a young colt was lariatted, and, being 
too familiar on a short acquaintance, made an attempt to approach 
his coltship at the wrong end and received a kick from both the 
coitus, hind feet on a soft spot just below his belt that knocked 
him down and scared him considerably, but did no other per- 
ceptible harm. From that day Roy's bad luck with horses has 
continued. He has had his full share of horses running away 
from him, though he never received any bodily injury in any of 
his runaways. Even after he began to like to visit a certain young 
lady, the saddle-horse that he rode out on that occasion broke 
loose just as Roy was about to mount for his return trip, and he 
was obliged to make the eight miles to his home just far enough 
behind the horse to be out of reach of it. So they walked home 
together, Roy and "Mack," in a sort of Indian file. 

While Roy was yet wearing dresses he used to come up to the 
elevator and drive the horse that operated the cleaning machinery 
before the gasoline plant was installed. He would sit on a seat 
attached to the sweep and ride around and around for hours at a 
time. He had nothing to do, except to see that the horse did not 
stop, and could do that as well as a man. Sometimes he would 
fall asleep while the horse plodded on, but he seldom tired of his 
position of superintendent of the motive power. 

One cold day, as he was driving aw^ay wrapped up in his shawl 
and mittens, his father noticed a tear on his cheek, and asked 
what was the trouble He replied that he was cold. It had 
never occurred to him that he could quit his place until the job 
was finished, and that has been his rule of conduct ever since. 
His one predominant trait of character has been to stick to his 
task until it was completed. 

At one time while Roy was a little fellow there came to the 
house a negro woman with her brood of little pickaninnies, wishing 
to rent one of our houses. Roy had never before seen a negro, and 
watched the group in big-eyed wonder. When his mother told 
the woman she would send to the office for me, Roy was all eager- 
ness to go. "ril go, mamma! Let me go, mamma!'' he ex- 
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considerably out of breath, and called out: "Papa! there's a 
lady at the house who wishes to see you. And papa, she's awful 
dirty !^^ "Why, Roy/' I replied, "you ought not say such a thing; 
you might hurt the lady's feelings if she knew what you said." 
"Well, but papa, she is awful dirty.*' He did not know at that 
time that there is a black that will not wash off. 

Roy has always been a studious boy, preferring books to street 
gossip, and has always shown a determination to fully compre- 
hend any subject under consideration, not so much to be able 
to recite well as to understand the why and wherefore, the cause 
and effect of the subject. He was almost invariably reported by 
his teachers as ranking number one in all of his classes. 

In the garret of his home are yet some of the many forms of 
apparatus that he and his classmate, Robert Sandborn, constructed 
while they were studying natural philosophy at school. Some of 
the models were very crude and rough, for their tools and mate- 
rials were such as they could pick up about the place, but in every 
instance, so far as known to the writer, the contrivance illustrated 
the principle involved. They made induction coils, an electric 
friction-generator, electric bells, an electrophorus, an electric 
telegraph, and a miniature acetylene gas plant, that I now recall, 
besides a large number of little things hardly worth mentioning. 

The telegraph line was located in the grain office, and extended 
from the southwest corner of the room, "Kansas City," to the 
northeast corner, "Chicago." the line running up and down the 
walls and along the ceiling. There the boys practiced for many an 
evening after school and supper were over, until, finally, Robert 
secured a position in a railroad telegraph office, assisted, no doubt, 
by the practice received in the grain office telegraph line. 

The electric friction-generator was something of a curiosity. 
It consisted of a platform about fifteen inches square, with two 
uprights at the sides which supported an axle or shaft, on one end 
of which was a small pulley. A large driving-pulley was secured 
to another upright on the same side of the platform as the small 
pulley. These uprights were securely braced, and a belt connected 
the two pulleys. A large drenching-bottle, from which both ends 
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the uprights, and securely fastened. A handle or crank was fas- 
tened to the larger pulley with which to operate the machine. 
A cat had been killed, and its skin prepared for the purpose it was 
required to serve. This cat-skin was secured to a lever that was 
fastened to the platform by a hinge at one end of the lever, while 
the other end was loose, so that pressure could be applied to that 
end and thus hold the cat-skin against the circumference of the 
bottle when the crank was turned. 

For the boys who may wish to try to make a machine like the 
one being described, it may as well be explained that the ends of 
the bottle were removed by winding a string soaked in kerosene 
around that end that it was desired to remove just at the place 
where it was desired to be severed, then the string was set on fire. 
This heated the glass just above the string so that when it was 
plunged into water to a proper depth the sudden cooling caused 
the glass to crack and fall off ; after which the other end was given 
a like treatment. It may require a few trials to get the knack of 
doing this, but what man has done man can do. 

In appearance the contrivance reminded the writer of the work 
of a New York carpenter, who said he could make anything if he 
could only have a cap-auger and a string to work with, but it did 
the work required of it in a surprisingly satisfactory manner. 

Roy was president of his class in the senior year in the Jewell 
City High School, and was valedictorian in his class at the com- 
mencement exercises. 

Up to this time he had shown a decided liking for, and an 
adaptability for, taking care of machinery about the elevator; 
so, on account of this natural predilection, he entered the class 
in mechanical engineering at the Kansas State Agricultural Col- 
lege, entering the sophomore class on September 19, 1901, being 
allowed nearly a year's credits on his preparation at the home 

In the cadet corps at college he was promoted from private, 
after one year's drill, over all the corporalships, to first duty 
sergeant, and at the close of his second year upon taking a com- 
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lieutenants to Captain, and assigned to duty in Company D 
where he had served during his attendance at the college. 

He was financially interested in the Students* Cooperative 
Association, which was running a book-store, in which Roy has 
held a position as salesman, and a dining-hall, where he takes his 
meals. He was also a stockholder in The Students' Herald Pub- 
lishing Company and was Associate Business Manager on the 
Herald staff, to which periodical he was a frequent contributor. 

While attending the college Roy filled the offices of president, 
corresponding secretary and critic in the college society to which 
he belonged, and was treasurer of the lecture course committee 
for the season of 1903-04. He was also president of the junior 
class during the spring term in 1903. 

He has helped with the work at home during his vacations, and 
he graduated from the college in June, 1904. After graduation 
Roy was employed as assistant teacher in mathematics in his 
alma mater, something very seldom attained to by those who 
have never had experience as teachers, but his standing was 
such that the faculty decided to retain him in the college. He 
has classes in mathematics, including surveying and trigonom- 

Roy is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
and the Epworth League, and now that he is his own man, will 
doubtless vote with the Republicans in exercising the important 
pri\ilege and duty of citizenship. 

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Guy Oren Seaton, the youngest son and the most wideawake 
member of the family, justly claims Jewell City, Kansas, as the 
place of his birth, and celebrates each anniversary of the eighth 
day of August, 1886, as his birthday. 

From his infancy Guy has been a lover of movement, seldom 
being quiet except when asleep, and not always so even then. As 
soon as he could walk about he would wander off and cause his 
busy mother so much worry as to where he was and trouble to 
follow him, that she finally resorted to lariatting him to a porch 

When he was a little fellow in dresses he ran away from the home 
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on. In trying to climb upon a heavily loaded wagon while there 
he put his foot before the wheel just as the team started and it 
was run over. Every one w^ho saw the accident supposed of course 
his foot was crushed and ruined. A gentleman standing near 
caught him up and carried him to the house, where an examination 
showed the foot only slightly injured. There must have been a 
depression where his foot rested, as the wagon passed over it, and 
for once good luck counted for more than bad management. 

Guy has always felt perfectly acquainted with every person he 
has come in contact with, or at least appeared to possess that 
happy faculty, and has always made friends readily. He has a 
great liking for bright colors, and if possible would wear a band- 
master's flowing plume, gold lace and braid, and other insignia 
of office, at all times, and be perfectly happy. 

He is a most distressing rustler, doing whatever he undertakes 
with a rush and hurrah that sets more deliberate people's teeth 
on edge. He can do as much work as most boys, but is decidedly 
interested in knowing who is to receive the pay for his work. It 
can hardly be claimed that he likes work for work's sake, though 
he has planned more different ways to earn spending-money than 
any other boy known to the writer. And he never seems to have 
had a doubt of his ability to make his way in the world under any 
and all circumstances. 

Guy learns readily enough, and might easily have been at the 
head of his classes, if his ambition had taken that direction ; but 
he has experienced considerable difficulty in keeping his features 
composed enough to escape an occasional reprimand from his 
teachers, and he would much rather learn from Nature's great 
book than by steady application to school-books. If he was ever, 
before the last term in the High School, entitled to rank one in 
his classes, or if his activity permitted his deportment to be graded 
one hundred per cent., that fact escaped the notice of his parents; 
but he is quick to comprehend and has confidence enough in him- 
self to do almost anything that comes his way, and if he does not 
develop into a hustling business man, when once he settles down 
to some line of life-work, it will prove a great disappointment to 
his friends. 

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Guy has so far shown a decided liking for fine, high-headed, 
swift-moving horses, and when he holds the reins a current of 
magnetism seems to pass from driver to the team and they are up 
and going. He is much like his uncle, James H. Seaton, in not 
wishing to be on the road between two places long enough for team 
or driver to suffer from hunger. 

Guy has just graduated from the Jewell City High School, at the 
head of his classes, having been declared valedictorian for the 
class, and it is to be hoped he will ever be an honorable gentleman, 
whatever his calling in life may be, for as Pope said : 

r " Honor and shame from no conditions rise ; 

Act well your part, there all the honor Hes." 

Guy is a member of the Epworth League, which he attends 
quite regularly, and of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Jewell 
City. ^ 

Sadie Gladys, the second daughter and fifth and last child in ^ 
the writer's family, was born at the Jewell City home on February 
13, 1890. She is a bright, active, light-haired girl in her teens. 
She has never missed a day at school, except on account of sick- 
ness, and stands well in all of her classes, having received more 
times than any other pupil in her classes the honor of being rank 
-one. She entertains a great liking for her teacher. Miss Mary 
McCoy, and will do all that is within her power to please the 
object of her admiration. 

Her affection for Miss McCoy has prompted Gladys to write a 
number of " poems ^' in praise of her beloved teacher and friend. 
These "pieces," with several on other topics, Gladys has written 
in a little book for Miss McCoy. Gladys has the poetic tempera- 
ment, and delights in expressing her thoughts and feelings in 
rhyme. She comes naturally by her talent for rhyming, and it is 
yet rather a natural than cultivated one, for among the Fergusons, 
from whom her descent is traced, there have been many poets, 
among whom Sir Robert Ferguson, the Scotch poet, a friend 
of Robert Burns, and Sir Samuel Ferguson, were perhaps the most 
widely known. 

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any ordinary musical composition, and she sings quite well for 
so young a girl who has had the benefit of no more instruction, 
e\'idently inheriting her musical talents from her mother, or 
farther back in the Seaton family than her father. She accepted 
an invitation to preside at the instrument during the commence- 
ment exercises at the Ionia schools in the summer of 1903, and 
Professor Durett and several others expressed their approval of 


the manner in which she filled the position. And she has more 
lately officiated as organist at the Epworth League and at the 
services of the church and at prayer-meetings. 

Gladys is also an elocutionist of some merit, considering her 
age and limited training, her services being in demand when there 
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Hattie Maybelle Seaton, the first-bom in the family, was 
bom on Independence Day, in 1873, at Floyd, Floyd county, 
Iowa. She was given as good an education as the circumstances 
allowed, but was not so well instructed in the blessings of single 
life as to persuade her not to give herself in marriage to the man 
of her choice. She was married to John Conger, a broom-maker 
by profession, who at the last account was running a creamery 
station for the Beatrice Creamery Company of Lincoln, Nebraska, 
of which his father-in-law, James H.Seaton, is the Superintendent. 

The children of these fine young people are Guy, Fay, Harold, 
and Joseph. 

Charles Andrew Seaton was born January 13, 1875. He was 
educated for a teacher, and was quite successful in that calling, 
but later he was managing a station for the Beatrice Creamery 
Company in Nebraska. He was married to Nettie Simmons at 
North Platte, Nebraska, November 8, 1905. They live at Wal- 
lace, Nebraska, near which place they own three hundred acres 
of land, which is devoted to raising horses. 

Gertrude Alma Seaton was bom March 11, 1877. She was a 
very sweet child, too lovely for this world, and was called home 
to the other and it is to be hoped better world, on October 27, 
1880, her death occurring at Floyd, Iowa. 

Laura Pearl Seaton, evidently named for her grandmother, 
Laura A. Seaton, was bom December 14, 1879, at Floyd, Mitchell 
county, Kansas. After her school days were over she taught for 
some time near Wallace, Nebraska, where the family had located, 
with admirable success; then she established herself in the mil- 
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married to George Myers at Wallace, November 20, 1902. They 
have one girl, Frances Myers. The family resides in Lincoln 
county, Nebraska, where they are farmers and stock-raisers, de- 
voting especial attention to raising hogs. 

KiTTiE IsABELLE Seaton was bom at Floyd, Iowa, on October 
9, 1881, and died at Griswold, in the same State, July 29, 1882. 

Perry Albert Seaton was born September 20, 1883. He 
died at Wallace, Nebraska, on June 28, 1886. 

James Henry Seaton 2d, named for his father, was bom June 
20, 1885. He attended the Wallace, Nebraska, schools while the 
family made that village their home, and moved with the others 
to Wauneta, in that State. He married Clara Fairbanks at 
Wauneta in October, 1904. They have one son, Clifford Clair 
Seaton, born 26th September, 1905. They live near Wallace on 
their farm, devoting their time to stock-raising. 

Merton Robert Seaton was born at Wallace, Nebraska, Lin- 
coln county, March 28, 1887. He has been getting an education, 
and is in charge of the home farm of two hundred and ten acres 
on the Frenchman river. 

Cassie May Seaton was born at Wallace, Nebraska, April 21, 
1889, and died at the same village in July of that year. 


Maud Ethel Seaton, the child that first made glad the hearts 
of her parents, was born December 6, 1878, at Floyd, Iowa. She 
spent her youth in getting an education and in learning house- 
keeping and home-making by assisting her mother. She was mar- 
ried to Charles Bird Kennard July 4, 1894, and has one girl, 
Blanch Ethel Kennard, born September 12, 1895. The Ken- 
nards make their home near Floyd, Iowa, and devote their ener- 
gies to farming and stock-raising. 

Fred Bulkley Seaton, the son that made the wish of all par- 
ents complete, a daughter and a son, was bom at Floyd, Iowa, on 

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the tenth of April, 1881. He has grown to be a stoekily built man, 
and has devoted some time to learning the carpenter trade, but 
is now engaged in farming. 

Andrew Pennell Seaton 2d was given his grandfather's name 
complete. He was born at Floyd, Iowa, on February 15, 1885. 
He seems inclined to follow the honorable and independent busi- 
ness of farming for a livelihood. He was married February 22, 
1905, at Floyd, to Laura Belle Reeser, and they are li\ing on the 
farm where *'Andy'' was born. 

Clara Bulkley Seaton, the baby-girl of the family, was born 
September 18, 1892, and is of course the pet of the household, 
and is helping her mamma and gaining knowledge. 


ZuA Olga Seaton, the j&rst child, was bom at Charles City, Iowa, 
on July 8, 1873. She married Fred. J. Olerich at Orange City, 
Iowa, on March 16, 1893, the Reverend J. A. De Spelder perform- 
ing the most interesting ceremony. Here ends the information 
we are allowed to know concerning these people, whose life history 
would doubtless rival the most thrilling romances were we per- 
mitted to know and tell the particulars of their lives. 

Jennie Cornelia and Jessie Angelia were twins. They were 
bom at Algona, Iowa, on Independence Day, in the year 1879. 
The former died at Winona, Missouri, on the 22d of March, 1897. 
Jessie Angelia was married to Ode B. Odens on August 11, 1901, 
by the Reverend David J. Parrin, at Springfield, South Dakota. 

Fay Cushman Seaton was bom at Algona, Iowa, on the 28th 
day of July, 1883. He must be his own man by this time, unless 
he has been married, and have an interesting life story if it could 
be told as it should be told. 

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James Seaton, of Scotland and Ireland. From Hay ward's 
"Hancock, New Hampshire/' Seccomb's ''History of Amherst, 
New Hampshire," the "History of Washington, New Hamp- 
shire," and several other sources, we have gleaned the following: 
Three brothers emigrated from Scotland to Ireland, and thence 
braved the dangers of an ocean voyage to make a home in the wil- 
derness of America. James Seaton came in 1727. His name with 
those of his two brothers and some younger members of the family 
are found on the tax lists of the new town of Amherst in 1760. 

In "New Hampshire State Papers," volume XXVII, pages 
67-70, is a quitclaim to certain lots in Amherst, dated December, 
1759. Among others are mentioned John Seatown, Samuel Sea- 
town, Andrew Seatown, and James Seatown, all of Souhegan. 
We have no mention of James having moved away from Souhegan 
or Amherst, so we suppose he died there at a later date, which has 
not appeared in our correspondence. 

John Seaton, of Scotland and Ireland, a brother to the subject 
of the above sketch, was the next member of the family, so far 
as we know, to cross the stormy Atlantic to make a home in the 
New World. He came from Ireland, where he had taken refuge 
after some disastrous conflict of the supporters of the Stuarts 
with their enemies, in the year 1729. 

After leaving Scotland in something of a hurry, probably, as 
he seems to have taken very little property with him, he was com- 
pelled to begin again to build a fortune for his old age and for his 
children, so he went to Newry, County Down, Ireland, and learned 
the tailor's trade. 

John Seaton married Jane Edwards in Scotland, and more than 
likely some of his children may have been born there, for as nearly 
as we can learn, he lived in Ireland for only about fifteen years. 

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After their seven children were bom, John Seaton, with his 
family, emigrated to what has come to be the United States of 
America, settling at Boxford, adjoining Andover, in Essex county, 
Massachusetts, bordering on the Atlantic ocean. His name ap- 
pears on the records at Andover in the years 1737 and 1738, 1759 
and 1760. He subsequently removed his belongings to Souhegan 
or Amherst, Hampshire coimty, New Hampshire, which coimty 
was also the home of another family of immigrants from Scotland, 
which is very closely related by marriage with some of the Seatons, 
— the Ferguson family, who first settled at Pelham, Hampshire 
county, of that State. 

A "History of the Clan Ferguson,'' a book of considerable size 
and pretensions, was written many years ago in Scotland, and a 
continuation of the American branch of the family history, it 
being compiled by the writer's cousin. Miss Alta M. Ralph, of 
Watertown, New York. The names of the Fergusons first coming 
to America appear in C. O. Parmenter's "History of Pelham, 
Massachusetts," where they took an active part in the early set- 
tlement of that town. 

John Seaton frequently wrote to his relatives in Ireland of the 
advantages of the new country over the old, until finally his brother 
Andrew came over in 1740. An account of his coming will fol- 
low. John Seaton sold his Amherst home to his son, John 2d. 
He it was who brought from Scotland the copy of the coat of arms. 

The children of John and Jane Edwards) Seaton were: 1. 
Mary ; 2. James ; 3. Martha ; 4. John 2d ; 5. Samuel ; 6. Eliz- 
abeth; and 7. Jane, — all of whom will appear further along in 
this book. 


At the frequent solicitation of his brother John, who preceded 
him, Andrew Seaton came to America with his family in the year 
1740. He was born in Scotland, where he finally married Jane 
Blake, a daughter of one of the first families of that country. 
They lived at Tellehoague, Ireland, after his active and aggressive 
support of the house of Stuart had made him so interesting to the 
English that they declared his property confiscated and had de- 
cided to take his life upon the first opportunity. 

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Andrew kept a public-house at Tellehoague, County Tyrone, 
and was very wealthy before he left there, — so much so that he 
said when he left Ireland he could have given each of his children 
their weight in gold as their portion So we conclude that he 
must have saved a considerable sum from the wreck of his fortune 
in Scotland. It is probable that he left Scotland about 1715 as an 
exile, but in 1740 he set sail with his family from Ireland for this 
country, in one of the richest loaded ships that had ever crossed 
the ocean at that time. 

We cannot help wondering whether Jane (Blake) Seaton ever 
asked her husband in the words of Arnold : " Wilt thou go forth 
into the friendless waste, that hast this Paradise of pleasure here? " 
Not she. Wherever Andrew thought it best to go, Jane was ready 
to accompany him. What a strange enchantment is love, to cause 
a woman to give up home and friends and comforts and native 
land to go with the one man of her heart across a tumultuous 
ocean, into a strange land, a wilderness, among savages, where 
none of the comforts and conveniences to which she had been ac- 
customed from her birth, were to be had for love or money! Great 
is love, and too often greatly unappreciated! 

Andrew Seaton shipped a valuable stock of merchandise from 
Ireland, intending to begin business in Boston, but the vessel in 
which they came was cast away one morning at about the break 
of day, on the Isle of Sable, then an uninhabited island, and he 
again lost his property. His family was providentially saved, 
but many of the other passengers on the ship at the time of the 
disaster lost their lives. The youngest daughter of the Seaton 
family was thought for some time to have been drowned, but was 
j&nally found washed ashore and partially buried in the sand, 
about two miles from where the wreck occurred, and resuscitated. 

Andrew had the further misfortune of having his lower jaw 
broken at the time they were cast away, and his wife died a few 
days later, from fatigue and suffering. 

The survivors from the wreck stayed nine days on the Isle of 
Sable without food, except a gill of dough and a thimbleful of 
butter to each individual per day, that being everything in the 
way of food saved from the sharks and fishes. At the end of the 

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time named they managed to j&t up the long-boat, and in it went 
to the Island of Cancer. All of the family^ except Jane Seaton, 
the almost indispensable mother, who was probably buried at 
Cancer, went from Cancer to Cape Ann and thence to Boxford, 
near Andover, where afterward Andrew Seaton married Peggy 

The name of Andrew Seaton appears on petitions at Andover 
dated May 13, 1747, and as late as 1753. At a later date the fam- 
ily moved to Amherst New Hampshire, where finally Andrew 

The children of Andrew and Jane (Blake) Seaton were: 1. 
Andrew 2d; 2. Richard; 3. Sarah; 4. Ismenia; 5. Elizabeth; 
and 6. Anna, the last of whom was the one who was supposed for 
a while to have been drowned when the ship was cast away at the 
Isle of Sable. 

Peggy (Wood) Seaton owned a farm near Amherst, New Hamp- 
shire, beside three other tracts in Souhegan, in the same county. 
She and her husband adopted two children to rear, Pegg}^ never 
having had any of her own. To these two children she left a farm 
jointly, as they were at the time husband and wife. One of these 
children was Samuel Stanley and the other Jennie Seaton, a daugh- 
ter of Andrew's Ismenia. 

Peggy Seaton is reported to have once said to her husband's 
daughter: "You have so many children while I have none, you 
may give me one.'* The reply was, " You may take your choice." 
For this reason we conclude that Peggy Seaton must have been a 
remarkable woman, that a mother should be willing to give one 
of her daughters into her care to raise. According to the account, 
Peggy said to Jennie, the second girl, "Put on your bonnet and 
go home with me,'' which she did, and never returned except as a 
visitor. These two children that Peggy adopted lived on the 
farm given them by their mother by adoption, until their decease, 
Samuel being sixty-one and Jennie sixty-six when they died. 

After the death of Andrew Seaton one of his daughters went to 
England and secured the services of an attorney, whose name, as 
nearly as we can make it out, was Nathan Haislup, to act for her in 
settling up the estate. But where much of an estate could have 

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come from after all of this indomitable gentleman's misfortunes is 
a wonder. It further appears from the records that Mr. Haislup, 
if that was really his name, was appointed as guardian for the other 
children of Andrew Seaton, his widow having later married Joseph 
Sewder, and very likely. Miss Abbott of Andover says, the younger 
children may have lived with Mr. Sewler. 


Mary Seaton was born in Scotland or Ireland, and came to 
America with her father's family in 1729, as has been stated. 
The next information concerning her is that she was married to 
JohA Mann. They had three children, as follows: Mary, John 
2d, and Samuel Mann. 

The family lived at Pembroke, Plymouth county, Massachu- 
setts. The records in the case show that John Mann was pub- 
lished to Mary Seaton in 1737, in Andover, Massachusetts. It has 
been claimed that this Mary Seaton had been married to a Mr. 
Col ton, who died before her marriage to John Mann, but if the 
report is true, why was she published as Mary Seaton instead of 
Mary Col ton? 

James Seaton was doubtless bom in County Tyrone, Ireland^ 
about the year 1718, and came to this country with the rest of the 
family in 1729, locating near Andover, Massachusetts. The 
records of the city say: "Married, May 5, 1748, James Seatown 
to Elizabeth Robinson, by Rev. Barnard." 

Elizabeth Robinson was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth 
(Stevens) Robinson, honorable people of the vicinity. She was 
the youngest of a large family whose births were recorded in 
Andover up to 1723, and she was baptized in the North Church, 
in 1727. Her father, Joseph Robinson, died April 9, 1756. 

James Seaton is named by Seccomb and others as being on the 
Association Tax List in 1760, and he was a Selectman in 1766 and 
still in 1779; was on church committee in 1777, and subscription 
papers at about the same time. 

The city records show that there was "Bom, July 13, 1750, 
Elizabeth, daughter of James and Elizabeth Seatow^n.'' This 

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Elizabeth Seaton is said to have been married to Ebenezer Ellen- 
wood, and to have raised two children, John and Phcebe EUen- 

The family is said to have moved to Amherst, New Hampshire, 
where they bought a farm, which was later given to the Ellen- 
woods, who finally gave it to their children, John and Phoebe, and 
bought another for themselves not far away. From John Farmer's 
History of Amherst we learn that James Seaton was a resident of 
Amherst before his brothers made their appearance there. 

What has been written of the early life of Mary Seaton might 
be said of her sister Martha. The Andover records show this 
fact: "Married, May 22, 1744, John Wasson and Martha Sea- 
town, by Mr. Barnard." It has been stated that John Wasson 
and his family resided in Penobscot, Hancock county, Maine, and 
that they had eight children : 1. William, the first child was bap- 
tized on August 20, 1769, according to the records of South Church 
in Amherst ; 2. John 2d ; 3. Samuel ; 4. Thomas ; 5. Mary ; 6. 
Martha; 7. Ann; and 8. Elizabeth. 


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John Seaton 2d was bom in Ireland, about 1724, his father 
having emigrated to that country about 1715. He was five years 
old when the family crossed the Atlantic, locating at Boxford, 
near Andover, Massachusetts. The intention of John Seatown of 
Boxford to marry Ismenia Seaton, his cousin, and daughter of 
Andrew Seaton of Andover, was published in the latter place in 
October, 1744, according to the records of the town. He moved 
to Souhegan West in the same year of the marriage, his father- 
in-law, Andrew, locating there at about the same time, and his 
brothers, Samuel and James, a short time afterward. Their 
names are all found on the tax lists of Amherst in 1760. He was a 
Deacon in the church at the time of his marriage, and continued 
to serve in that capacity there until 1783, when he resigned and 
moved to Washington, New Hampshire, where he died in 1793. 
He owned the old Seaton homestead at Amherst, having purchased 
it from his father, and, in course of time, sold it to his son, John 
3d, just prior to moving to Washington in the same State. His 
name appears on petitions dated May 13, 1767, and others in 
1778 and 1783, and on the Committee of Safety in 1778, and from 
other records it is certain that he was prominent in church affairs 
in 1779. 

John Seaton 2d was a lover of music, like all of the family, and 
he taught vocal music and sang in the choir of which he was the 
leader in Andover, Amherst and Washington, as we have been 

After his removal to Washington, New Hampshire, he is said to 
have made his home with his son James Seaton. 

The children born to John 2d and Isemenia Seaton, as given by 
Seccomb and others, were: 1. Elizabeth; 2. Jane; 3. Andrew; 
4. Mary; 5. Margaret; 6. Martha; 7. John 3d, or John James, 
as some give it ; 8. Ann ; 9. Another Andrew on some lists and 

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another Jane on others ; 10. Is James on one list and Ambrose on 
another, — so it is not impossible that these loving people had 
twelve children instead of ten, as some claim. The birth of Am- 
brose is not recorded in Andover, but it may have been at some 
other place. James is not mentioned in the Amherst History, 
but was added by John Sea ton of Greenup, Kentucky, a member 
of this branch of the family. 

John Seaton 2d made his home in Washington with his son 
James from 1787 until the angel of death made him a call with a 
summons to "come up higher/' in the year 1793, as has been 

Ismenia Seaton, daughter of Andrew and wife of John 2d, was 
the mother of ten or twelve children. She suffered a stroke of 
palsy in 1764 which deprived her of the use of all of her limbs. 
When they moved to Washington in 1787 she was carried on a 
horse litter, and though helpless, her mind remained as vigorous as 
ever before. She was a great reader, and like many ladies of her 
time, indulged in smoking a pipe, though it was necessary to have 
every page of her book turned for her while she read, and her 
pipe held while smoking. Her daughter, Anna, with remarkable 
patience and cheerfulness did this without complaining, for the 
remaining seventeen years of her mother's life. 

Samuel Seaton was one of the children of John and Jane Seaton, 
of whose descendants we will have no more say as we proceed, 
for they had only one child, a daughter, who married Henry Kim- 
ball, a hatter. Her name was Sarah Seaton, and she was bom 
September 23, 1761, but further than that we are unable to say 
anything concerning her. 

Samuel was one of the family on record at Andover, Massa- 
chusetts, but the record in the case is well described by a line in 
Gray's Elegy in a Country Church Yard: 

"The short and simple annals of the poor." 

But we do not know that the quotation describes the subject of 

this sketch in any way, even though it does the record in the case. 

Samuel Seaton and Ruth Smith were published in Andover, 

Massachusetts, in November 1756, as both being of Andover. 

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The record was this: "Married, December 2, 1756, Samuel Sea- 
town and Ruth Smith, both of Andover, by Mr. John Barnard." 
Miss Abbott, of Andover, is inclined to think that Ruth Smith 
was a Boxford girl, in spite of the record. 

Samuel moved to Amherst a short time after 1744, where his 
name appears on the tax list in 1760. He was one of the Select- 
men of Amherst, and he owned a farm near that city, which farm 
adjoined the one given to Samuel Stanley and his wife by Peggy 

Seccomb says Samuel Seaton's name was on a petition in Am- 
herst in 1783; also that he was prominent in church affairs in 
that city in 1779, and was in trade early in some place in New 
Hampshire that looks like Hemiplus in our copy, and owned es- 
tates in Nashua, Hillsborough county, and in Salisbury, in Mer- 
rimack county. New Hampshire, though he lived in Andover at 
one time. 

Samuel Seaton died in Wenham, Essex county, Massachusetts, 
about the year 1796. 

Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of John and Jane Seaton, was born 
in Bonny Scotland or the Emerald Isle, was never married, and 
died when about twenty-one years of age. 

Jane Seaton, a sister to the above, was born in the old country, 
happily lived to be a woman, and was married to John Henderson. 
They had one child, John Henderson 2d. 

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Andrew Seaton 2d, son of Andrew and Jane Seaton, must have 
been bom in Scotland or Ireland, and made the voyage to America 
with his father's family. In "New Hampshire State Papers, '* 
Vol. XXVII, page 65, is a petition from the inhabitants of Am- 
herst, dated at "Souhegan West No. 3, January ye 27, 1748," 
signed among others, by Andrew Seeton, Jr. ; and in Wyman's 
"Charlestown Record of Families," he is mentioned as keeping a 
tavern called Indian Chief Tavern, on what is now the site of 
Harvard Church, near Charlestown Square. It is also recorded 
there that he sold some town lots to one Jonathan Bailey, a distiller, 
in August, 1766, and in 1809 he sold out his holdings and bought 
other land of Thomas Crown, on Washington street. His wife's 
maiden name is given as Betsy Gordon. 

Richard Seaton appears to have been one of the minor children 
of Andrew and Jane Seaton, who were said to have been partly 
raised by their stepfather, Joseph Sewler. 

Sarah Seaton was probably born in Ireland. She was married 
to Joseph Chaplin, and raised a family of four children : 1. Joseph 
2d; 2. Mary or Mercy; 3. Anna; and 4. Sally. They lived in 
Londonderry at one time. 

IsMENiA Seaton, we have already learned, married her cousin, 
John Seaton 2d, under whose name may be found the names of 
her children, who are the best and often the only history of a 
woman who merges her identity into that of her husband and 

Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of Andrew and Jane Seaton, was 
born in the old country. She married Richard Kimball. They 

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lived at Boxford, Mass., for some time, then moved to Rindge. 
They had seven children : 1. Richard 2d; 2. Andrew; 3. Aaron; 

4. Abel; 5. Lemuel; 6. Mercy; and 7. Ismenia. 

Anna Seaton, the youngest child of Andrew and Jane Seaton, 
was born in 1736. It was this Anna who came so near being 
drowned when the vessel was wrecked on the Isle of Sable during 
the twenty-one days' voyage over the Atlantic. When she was 
found it was supposed that she was dead, and she was laid aside 
for burial, but the other children took on bitterly to have Anna 
waked up. Her mother took her into bed with her, breathed 
into her mouth and did all she could to revive her, and after a 
while they perceived that her body began to be warm, and at 
last they succeeded in restoring her to life ; but the mother, Jane 
Blake Seaton, died on the Island of Cancer, as has been told. 

Anna was a person remarkable for her religious character, ever 
manifesting, from her earliest youth, a great regard for serious 
things and an aversion to everything light and trivial. She lived 
to become a lovely woman, and married Andrew Nichols. They 
lived at Newburj-port, where he died, after which sad event, Anna 
went back to Londonderry and taught school. In the course of 
time she was married to James Donaldson, but it is believed that 
she died childless. 


Eliz.\beth Seaton, daughter of James and Elizabeth, was born 
July 13, 1750, as mentioned in the life sketch of her father. She 
is said to have married Ebenezer Ellin wood, and to have had two 
children, John and Phoebe Ellin wood, to whom they gave a farm 
near Amherst, New Hampshire. 

Kenner Seaton, son of James and Elizabeth, was bom in Vir- 
ginia, March 13, 1753. He was a soldier in the war for American 
Independence, called the Revolution. He was married at An- 
dover, Massachusetts, to Elizabeth Sliger, who bore him seven 
children: 1. Elizabeth; 2. Margaret; 3. Rebecca; 4. George; 

5. James Kenner; 6. Sarah; and 7. Richard. 

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With his family, Kenner Seat on moved to Jefferson county, 
Kentucky, where he and his sons settled at a place called Seaton- 
ville, in which village the postoffice was named Malott, and where 
Kenner lived the remainder of his days. 

Rodham Sr.\ton, brother to Kenner, was a very religious man, 
belonging to the old Baptist Church. He was very strict in keep- 
ing the Sabbath day, and it is rather remarkable that he lost his 
life about 1788 by rupturing a blood-vessel in trying to remove 
a tree from the road one Sunday morning, the tree having fallen 
across the road during the previous night. 

Rodham Sea ton's children were four: two boys, Thomas and 
Kenner, and as many girls, whose names were Sarah and Eliza- 
beth. Rodham is supposed to have been bom about 1757, and 
consequently to have been about thirty-one years old when he 

Thomas Washington Sea ton, a brother to the above people, was 
bom about 1755, probably in Virginia. From the records in the 
War Department at Washington, D. C, it appears that he served 
as a private in Captain Syme's company, Tenth Virginia Regi- 
ment, commanded by Colonel Edward Stevens, in the Revolu- 
tionary War. He is reported to have enlisted January 6, 1777, 
for a period of three years, but on the muster-roll of the company 
for the month of August, 1777, he is reported as "Invilade." 

In due course of time, Thomas Washington Seaton married 
Barby Zinks, either in 1810 or 1811. They lived in Indiana at 
one time, and had an only son, Peter Seaton. Thomas died in the 
Hoosier State about 1813, and, some time afterward, Barby (Zinks) 
Seaton married Joseph Perisho. They resided in Indiana for a 
few years, then removed to Edgar county, Illinois. 

Another Elizabeth Seaton, a sister to Kenner, Rodham and 
Thomas, is said to have married Joseph Donaldson who lived and 
died at Eminence, Indiana. They had two sons and three daugh- 
ters; Joseph and Jacob were the boys, both of whom are 
deceased. One of the daughters married John McGinnis, and they 
live near Eminence, Indiana. Another daughter married a Mr. 
Shoemaker, and lives near Eminence, a widow. 

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HousEN Seaton was born in Virginia. He married Sarah Ken- 
ner Pritehard, who was bom in 1768 and died August 15, 1856. 
Housen built a flatboat in Virginia, probably at Huntington, and 
took his family down the Ohio river to Louisville, Kentucky. 
There he engaged in the hat business, but he is reported to have 
lived near Seatonville for a time. Soon after his trip down the 
river he died, leaving a widow and six children, — four boys and 
two girls. 

The children of Housen and Sarah Seaton were : 

1. James Seaton, bom March 27, 1796, at Winchester, Fred- 
erick county, Virginia. He married Nancy Wilhite, in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, on December 16, 1819. They moved to 
Bureau county, Illinois, in 1835, and raised ten children. Nancy 
Wilhite was born July 25, 1801, in Old Virginia, and died in Illi- 
nois. James Seaton bought land in the above-named county, 
and lived there until the day of his death, in 1789. The village of 
Seatonville is on land formerly owned by James Seaton. The 
children of James and Nancy Seaton will appear later. 

2. William C. Seaton, son of Housen, was born in Virginia, 
January 8, 1804. He was twice married, first to Rebecca Stewart, 
by whom he was presented with four children, as follows : Eleanor 
Scott Seaton, bom November 11, 1825; was married to Jefferson 
Durley, who is the Circuit Clerk of Putnam county, Illinois. 
They have one son, Leslie Durley, of Chicago ; Sarah K. P. Seaton, 
bom December 24, 1827, married a Burnham, now living in Hen- 
nepin, Illinois. Damarius Seaton, born June 9, 1830, married a 
Kay. She died in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where they made 
their home. James Hervey Seaton, born August 24, 1832, died 
at three years of age. 

For his second jvife William C. married Ellen Booth, who gave 
him two children, the first of whom was named James Hervey 
Seaton, the same as the child before him, who had died. His 
biography will follow. 

The other child of the second wife of William C. Seaton was 
William Thompson Seaton, who was born February 1, 1839. He 
is now living at Bonanza, Alaska, unmarried. 

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William C. Seaton lived eighteen niiles from Louisville, Ken- 
tucky. From there he moved to Clay county, Indiana, about 
seventy years ago. He died July 22, 1838. He was married to 
Ellen Booth, in August, 1835. Ellen was bom in Hoosierdom, 
where she also died, in 1847. William is said to have come to his 
death by drinking too much cold water while overheated. 

3. Hervey Seaton, son of Housen, lived and died in Kentucky. 
He was Chief of Police in Louisville at the time of his death, having 
served on the police force thirty-eight years. He was twice mar- 
ried, having four children by his first wife, Anna Campbell. 

4. Sarah Seaton, daughter of Housen, married William Zenor. 
They had ten children: 1. Housen K. Zenor had nine children, as 
follows: Mary; Amanda; John; Pritchard; Henry; Ardelia, 
who married James H. Seaton and presented him with the fol- 
lowing children: Nellie B. Seaton, now Mrs. W. M. Studyoin, of 
Hennepin, Illinois; Alice Ardelia Seaton, bom in Hennepin, 
December 14, 1868; is assistant postmistress and saleslady in a 
store in her native city, where she has passed thus much of her 
life, except while traveling in different States. She has always 
been an attendant at the Methodist Episcopal Church ; is a member 
of the Rebecca branch of Odd Fellowship. We are under many 
obligations to Miss Alice for facts concerning the descendants of 
Housen Seaton, which she secured from an old Bible more than a 
hundred years old, and from relatives. Anna Geneva Seaton and 
Anna Eleanor Seaton are both deceased. Ida Frances Seaton; 
married W. J. Read, of Peoria, Illinois. 2. Jacob Zenor, William 
Zenor, Betsy Zenor, all three deceased ; 5. Squire Zenor lives in 
the State of Washington; 6. Levi Zenor; 7. Amanda Zenor 
(Cecil); 8. Ann Zenor (Patterson); 9. Harvey Zenor; the last 
four are all deceased; 10. James Zenor; is living in Hennepin, 
Illinois. Each of these Zenors has children and grandchildren. 
Some were pioneers in Illinois and some of the sons participated in 
the Black Hawk War. 

5. Betsy Seaton, daughter of Housen, married a Rose, 
but they were not permitted to raise any young Roses, how- 

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ever. They owned a plantation in Virginia, where they owned 

6. Pritchard Seaton, son of Housen, died young. 


The children of James and Nancy Seaton, whose names I have 
learned, were James Hervey Seaton, of Seatonville, Illinois, who 
was bom February 21, 1828, in Oldham county, Kentucky. He 


married Elizabeth Ann Harris, April 8, 1857, in Bureau county, 
Illinois, where they made their home until she died there, on De- 
cember 12, 1893. 

Mr. Seaton is now a retired farmer, living at Ladd, where his 

home has been for sixty-eight years, having previously resided 

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place he emigrated in 1835. He has held several local offices in 
his time, but his business has been farming, to which the greater 
portion of his time has been devoted. 

The children of James Hervey and Elizabeth Ann Seaton are 
Emma Isabel, bom February 17, 1858; Franklin Willard, bom 
May 31, 1859; Oliver H., born June 27, 1862; Nora Edith, bom 
January 8, 1868 ; William Arthur, born July 4, 1870, is a farmer 
and stockman, and lives in Bureau county, Illinois, probably; 
George Prit chard, born February 22, 1874, is a stockman and 
farmer. From one of the heifers owned by him were bom four 
calves at a birth, all of which were perfectly formed and were reg- 

Isam Seaton, son of James and Nancy, is deceased; Sarah 
Seaton is now Mrs. Porter, of Princeton, Illinois. Eliza Seaton 
lives at Spring Valley, Illinois, as Mrs. Munson. Lucretia Seaton 
married a Mr. Lee. They live at Seatonville. America Seaton 
is deceased, and Betsy Seaton is Mrs. Ott, of Chicago, Illinois. 

James Hervey Seaton, son of William C. and Ellen (Booth) 
Seaton, the second son in the family of the same name, was born 
December 12, 1836, and died of pneumonia, at Hennepin, Illinois, 
on Febmary 17, 1899. He was President of the Village Board, 
a member of Hennepin Lodge No. 118, 1. 0. 0. F., and of Hennepin 
Post No. 231, G. A. R. Having lost his parents early in life, he 
went to live with an aunt. He attended school several years, 
then taught school in Missouri. 

At the breaking-out of hostilities between the North and South, 
he enlisted from Clay county, Indiana, July 15, 1862, as a private 
in Company D. Sixth Indiana Volunteers, Cavalry, to serve three 
years or until the close of the war. 

The regiment was assigned to the Second Division, Cavalry 
Corps, Army of the West, under Brigadier-General Stoneman, 
and he participated in the following engagements: Richmond, 
Kentucky, August 30, 1862, where the regiment lost 215 men 
killed and wounded, and 347 prisoners, 225 escaping capture. 
After some severe fighting, which resulted in very much reducing 
the regiment, what was left of it returned to Indianapolis for a 
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the siege of Knoxville, Tennessee, November 17 to December 4, 
1863; also in the Atlantic campaign, including Resaca, Cassville, 
P'enesaw, Altoona Pass, Lost Mountain, the Macon raid of July 
27; Pulaski, Tennessee, September 27; Nashville, December 
15-16, 1864; and a number of other engagements. 

He was promoted to hospital steward, but took part in all the 
battles of his regiment, and was honorably discharged July 17, 
1865, at Pulaski, Tennessee, on account of the close of the war. 

He was united in marriage with Ardelia Zenor, daughter of 
Housen K. Zenor, who was born in Kentucky, in 1811, and died 
February 1, 1870, and Flora (Patterson) Zenor, a native-born 
Kentuckian, bom October 29, 1815, and died November 2, 1902. 
The marriage of James Hervey and Ardelia Seaton took place May 
29, 1866, at Hennepin, Illinois. 

For about twenty years he was a teacher in the Methodist 
Sunday school, taking a deep interest in the work and being al- 
ways present. He was a charter member of the Grand Army Post 
to which he belonged, and was initiated into the brotherhood of 
Odd Fellowship on October 15, 1870, serv^ing as treasurer of the 
lodge from April in 1887 to the day of his death. 

For the greater part of his residence in Hennepin he conducted 
a drug store and news depot, having graduated from the Bennett 
Medical College of Chicago, on May 23, 1871, and practiced med- 
icine from that time until stricken down. In fact, it was in the 
discharge of his professional duty that he was exposed and con- 
tracted the fatal disease. 

He was elected and served with credit to himself, several terms 
as Superintendent of Putnam county schools, and was also Presi- 
dent of the Village Board of Trustees a number of terms. 

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in Hennepin, February 18, 1899, Rev. L. F. Zinser, pastor, 
assisted by Rev. J. C. Zeller, of Magnolia, conducting the relig- 
ious services. The interment was in Riverside Cemetery, under 
the auspices of Hennepin Lodge No. 118, I. 0. 0. F., assisted by 
Hennepin Post No. 231, G. A. R. ; and both lodges, as well as the 
Board of Trustees, passed resolutions of respect for the deceased 
and sympathy for the family. 

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Elizabeth Seaton was born November 8, 1744, probably at 
Amherst, New Hampshire. She married Richard Godman, or 
Goodman, who later gave his I'fe for his country at Valley Forge. 
Sometime later, on June 2, 1780, she married Henry Hendley, 
as some say, or Henry Hawley according to others, by whom she 
had one child, that was stillborn. Both of her husbands were 
Englishmen. She died on November 8, 1819. 

Jane Seaton, second child of John and Ismenia Seaton, was 
bom on the 6th of October, 1746, at Amherst. New Hampshire. 
She was adopted and raised by Peggy Seaton, as related elsewhere, 
with the consent of her parents. She married Samuel Stanley, 
who was also adopted and raised by Peggy Seaton, on May 3, 
1774, and had seven children: 

1. Andrew Stanley, born February 3, 1775; married Fanny 
Price. They had one child, Samuel Price Stanley, who died May 
7, 1857. Andrew Stanley died January 10, 1849. 

2. Peggy Stanley, born September 19, 1776. She married 
Joshua Wyman, December 25, 1796. They had two children, 
Stanley Wyman and Mary Wyman. Joshua Wyman died before 
his wife, and she married William Fox for her second husband. 

3. Ismenia Stanley died of scarlet fever, at the age of fifteen 
years and six months. 

4. David Stanley is unaccounted for in our record. 

5. Sally Stanley was born July 25, 1789. and married Nathaniel 
Shattuck, Esq.. being his second wife. They had seven chil- 
dren: 1. Annie Shattuck, born in Milford, on May 12, 1809. She 
married B. F. Wallace, of Antrim, August 13, 1829, and died in 
Bedford, August 16, 1847. 2. Mary Wallace Shattuck, bom 
March 28, 1817, and died March 6,, 1819. 3. Algernon Parker 

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Shattuck, born February 15, 1819; married Catharine Sweet, of 
Newark, on July 17, 1851. 4. Catharine Kendall Shattuck, bom 
December 15, 1823; married Rev. Aaron W. Chaffus, on April 
20, 1848. 5. George Freeman Shattuck, born October 9, 1825; 
lived only a little over a year. 6. Henry Campbell Shattuck, 
bom August 9, 1827; died within eight months. George Henry 
Shattuck, born December 9, 1830. He wrote to John Seaton, of 
Greenup, Kentucky, two letters, one from Philadelphia and the 
other from Niagara Falls, in 1857, asking for the genealogy of the 
Seatons, which was sent him, and which he corrected as to the 
Jane Seaton Stanley and Shattuck families by adding a few names 
and dates which are included in this book. 

George Henry Shattuck taught penmanship and bookkeeping 
in Philadelphia, New York, and Niagara Falls at that time. 
Sally Stanley Shattuck died in Manchester, February 7, 1865. 
Nathaniel Shattuck was born in Temple, February 27. 1774, and 
died in Concord, September 1, 1864. 

Samuel Stanley, the husband of Jane Seaton, died of spotted 
fever, April 19, 1814, aged sixty one years; and Jane preceded 
him, dying December 5, 1812, at the age of sixty-six. 

Mary Seaton, fourth child of Deacon John and Ismenia Seaton, 
was born January 14, 1750. at Amherst, New Hampshire. She 
consented to take Peter Robinson s name, and to multiply his 
comforts and divide his troubles w^ith h'm. 

Peter was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, and lost his 
right arm at the battle of Bunker Hill. He was a baker by pro- 
fession, and kept a public house in Concord, New Hampshire. 
They are reported to have had six children, but we have an ac- 
count of only the following: 1. Peter 2d, like his father, was a 
baker, and kept a public house in Concord ; 2. John Robinson ; 
3. Polly Robinson; 4. Ismenia Robinson, married William But- 
ters, or But ten, of Concord. They had two boys, one of whom 
was named William Butters; the other's name was not given us. 
After the death of Butters, Mary Seaton married a man named 
Shaw, but they had no children. 

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born April 22, 1752, and married Timothy Hartshorn. They had 
one child, a daughter, who was left an orphan. Her name was 
Peggy Hartshorn. She married Daniel Densmore, and moved 
with him to Genesee. It is stated in other places that Margaret 
Sea ton's husband was Timothy Hawkey, and again that his name 
was Timothy Sleartson; so we conclude that she was married 
more than once, or that a mistake was made by some one or the 
other of our informants. 

Martha Se.\ton, sixth child of John and Ismenia Sea ton, can 
be given only a short biography, for we only know of her that she 
was born February 27, 1754, was married to Jesse Stevens on the 
13th of April, 1786, moved to Genesee, and had four children: 
1. Andrew; 2. John; 3. Patty; and 4. Nancy. 

John Seaton 3d, or Deacon John James Seaton, as one writes 
of him, was the seventh child of John and Ismenia Seaton. He 
was bom in Amherst, New Hampshire, on the eighth of Aprils 
1756, and married Rebecca Kendall daughter of Nathan Kendall 
and Rebecca Converse, April 28, 1787. They lived on the old Seaton 
homestead, one and a half miles from Amherst plain, on the east, 
the same farm on which his father and grandfather had lived be- 
fore him. He succeeded hLs father as Deacon in the Congrega- 
tional or Presbyterian Church in Amherst, having been chosen for 
that responsible position on September 3, 1795, and continued to 
officiate until the time of his death, which occurred at his residence 
on October 3, 1836, when he was over eighty years old. 

It appears that John James Seaton was so well versed in the 
pleasing art of music that he taught vocal music, sang in the 
choir in the church where he worshipped, and was the leader of 
the choir for a number of years. 

The children of John 3d and Rebecca Seaton were four in num- 
ber: 1. John 4th; 2. Nathan Kendall; 3. Samuel; and 4. Am- 

''She was never idle," the motto on her tombstone, was literally 
true of Rebecca (Kendall) Seaton. Besides doing her own house- 
work, she did carding, spinning, weaving, knitting socks, and other 
work of that kind for market. She drove a "one-horse shav''' 

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on her trips to market, going to neighboring villages, and at times 
as far as Salem. She was bom in September, 1763, and died at 
Greenup, Kentucky, in August, 1839. 

Ann, or Anna Seaton, daughter of John and Ismenia Seaton, 
was born July 5, 1760. She devoted seventeen years of her life to 
the loving care of her palsied mother, proving herself a most patient 
and affectionate daughter. She afterward married the Hon. 
John Duncan, of Antrim, New Hampshire, who had been a Select- 
man, Town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, Representative for sixteen 
years, State Senator, and, best of all in the estimation of many of 
the Seatons, a Deacon in the church. 

It was this Anna (Seaton) Duncan who, in 1827, at the home of 
her brother John, related the history of the early Seatons to her 
nephew Samuel Seaton, of Greenup, Kentucky. She died at 
Antrim, on October 4, 1834. 

Ambrose Seaton. From Miss Charlotte H. Abbott, of An- 
dover, Massachusetts, we have received the information that there 
was a son Ambrose in the family of Deacon John and Ismenia Sea- 
ton, but we are inclined to believe that he was a son of Deacon John 
3d and Rebecca (Kendall) Seaton, and will figure elsewhere. 

Andrew Seaton, son of John and Ismenia, was born on Novem- 
ber 4, 1762. He married Polly Bowers. It is claimed there was 
another son in this family who was given the name of Andrew, 
and that he was born August 22, 1748, and died January 10, 1749. 

Andrew and Polly (Bowers) Seaton are said to have "lived all 
about.'* They lived in Merrimack, Nottingham West, Hancock, 
and in Charlestown, Massachusetts, about 1803, in which latter 
city they kept a public house; thence they moved to Boston in 
1818, and later to Medina, Ohio, where Andrew died September 
12, 1826. In Boston he continued to maintain a public house 
and in Hancock he engaged in trade, being a member of the firm 
Seaton & Gordon. 

Andrew Seaton was a "thoroughgoing business man,'' owning 
several stage lines: one to Providence, another to Andover, 
besides some others. 

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There were ten children bom to Andrew and Polly (Bowers) 
Seaton: 1. Mary, bom at Merrimack, August 14, 1790; died on 
September 24th of the same year. 2. James, bom at Nottingham 
West, March 31, 1792; died January 2, 1834. He was a clerk 
in the Navy Yard in Charlestown, Massachusetts. 3. Ismenia, 
bom at Nottingham West, September 10, 1793; died in 1870. 
4. John. 5. Andrew, died at three years and nine months. 6. 
Mary. 7. Andrew. 8. Tyler. 9. Reed Page; and 10. Isaac 
Bowers Seaton. 

James Seaton, son of John and Ismenia, married Abigail Ste- 
vens, in Washington, New Hampshire, according to the records of 
that city, where his father lived with him in his later years, and 
where he (John) died. James moved to New York State, near 
Canada, at a more recent date. This family is reported to have 
been blessed with no issue. 

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1. Elizabeth Seaton, bom February 14, 1773, in Virginia; 
died in 1848. She married John Rose August 24, 1787, and had 
six children: Allen; Mary, who married a Buekner; James; 
George; and William. 

2. Mary Seaton was bom April 4, 1775, and died February 
15, 1776. 

3. Margaret Seaton was born May 25, 1777, in Virginia, and 
died in June, 1835. She married Levi Whittaker, November 8, 
1796. To them were given six children : Blaney ; Grafton ; Ken- 
ner; Le\d; John; and Mary. 

4. Rebecca Seaton was born in Virginia, June 31, 1779; mar- 
ried John Patterson August 8, 1799, and died September, 1836. 
To them in due time came three children : Rachel, who married 
aKinsalo; Seaton Patterson ; and Sarah Patterson, who married 
Joseph Frederick and had five children : Kitty ; Margaret ; Rich- 
ard ; George ; and Alexander Frederick. 

5. George Seaton, son of Kenner, was bom in Virginia, on 
April 23, 1781, and died July 6, 1835. He married Sarah Drake,^ 
whose grandfather was Charles Drake, a brother to Sir Francis 
Drake, the famous English circumnavigator of the globe, Febru- 
ary 3, 1803. Sarah was bom Febmary 20, 1783, and died De- 
cember 14, 1863. To them were bom eight children: Charles. 
D. ; Allen Rose ; John Simpson ; Jesse D. ; Mary (Polly) ; Eliz- 
abeth ; Apphia Ward ; and Sarah. 

George Seaton was for many years a magistrate at Seatonville,. 
Kentucky, and after his death, his son, Charles D., was appointed 
under the old Constitution to be his successor. 

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6. James Kenner Seaton, son of Kenner, was born in Vir- 
ginia, March 6, 1783, and died September 2, 1826, in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, where he had moved. He was married Novem- 
ber 24, 1807, to Margaret Scott, who was bom in Scotland, August 
10, 1780, and died in Jefferson county, Kentucky, October 27, 
1863. The fruit of this marriage was two sons and five daughters : 
Cynthia Ann; Levi W. ; Richard Aliph; Mary; Sarah; Mar- 
garet; and Rachel. 

7. Sarah Seaton, born October 23, 1787; died in 1836. She 
married Joseph Frederick, in April, 1806. She was left a widow, 
and later married Hezekiah Woodsmall. 

8. Richard Seaton was bom January 10, 1790, and died April 
21, 1873. He was married to Eleanor (Nellie) Mundell, May 11, 
1817, and moved to Illinois in 1835, settling at Camp Point, where 
he continued to reside to the day of his death. 

Miss Mundell was bom July 26, 1795, in the same county as 
her husband, where they were doubtless married " at the home of 
the bride's parents, '^ with all the pomp and circumstance of such 
occasions. Richard and Eleanor Seaton were blessed with seven 
children: Margaret, Rebecca, Kenner, James, John, Richard 2d, 
and Sarah (Sallie). 

The children of Rodham Seaton, as stated, were Thomas 
and Kenner; the latter of whom was bom and died in Jeffer- 
son county, Kentucky. He married Mary Sliger. Their children 
were : Charles Allen and William Chesley. Mrs. Seaton was born 
in BiJlitt county, Kentucky, where they were married about 1832, 
he having probably been bom about 1796, and died in 1872 at 
the age of seventy-six, and she in 1871, aged sixty-five. 

Sarah Seaton, daughter of Rodham and Elizabeth, married 
George Risinger. They had two children, a son, Kenner Risinger, 
and a daughter, Mariah Risinger. The former married a Miss 
Sliger, sister to his uncle Kenner Seaton 's wife. Mariah Risinger 
was married to Ephraim Risinger, perhaps her cousin, and raised 
a large family, whose names have not been made known to us. 

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Peter Seaton, the only child of the above persons who has been 
reported to us, was bom about eighteen miles north of Louisville, 
Kentucky, on May 12, 1812. He married Lucinda Seain, on Sep- 
tember 24, 1835. They had children to the number of sixteen, 
as follows: 1. Jonas W. Seaton was born December 10, 1836, and 
<iied October 18, 1855. 2. Nancy Jane Seaton was born March 
15, 1839, and is probably among the living, as no record of her 
demise appears among our papers. 3. Elizabeth A. Seaton was 
bom August 5, 1841, and died November 1, 1901. 4. John W. 
Seaton was born October 22, 1843, and lost his life in the War of 
the Rebellion, on November 20, 1862. 5. Lucinda F. Seaton was 
born April 1, 1846, and died on the 7th of July, 1883. 6. Jacob 
N. Seaton was born on March 19, 1848, and died September 30, 
1848. 7. Barby A. Seaton was born November 28, 1850. She was 
evidently named for her grandmother, Barby (Zinks) Seaton. 
The rest of her life story remains to be told. 8. James H. Seaton 
was born April 18, 1854. 9. Christopher C. Seaton was born 
November 30, 1855. 10. Peter Harry Seaton was bom April 
11, 1858. He lives at Rose Hill, Jasper county, Illinois. He is 
married, but to whom we cannot say, and has four children, as 
follows: Frederick, bom October 8, 1881 ; John W., bom May 25, 
1884; Charles I., bom October 12, 1885; and Sylvia C, who was 
born on the 22d day of August, 1892. 11. William T. Seaton, 
son of Peter and Lucinda, was born March 15, 1860. 12. Jona- 
than S. Seaton was bom June 6, 1862. 13. Phoebe Seaton was 
born April 23, 1864. 14. Emanuel W. Seaton was bom August 
10, 1866. 15. Daniel E. Seaton was born January 19, 1869, and 
died January 1, 1872. 16. Rose E. Seaton was bom June 8, 
1874, and died June 6. 1880. 


Cynthia Ann Seaton was born in Jefferson county, Kentucky, 
August 25, 1808, and was married June 18, 1826, to William Rose, 
her cousin, by whom she had three children : Margaret Rose, who 

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married James Vaughn, and died in Neosho, Missouri, without 
issue ; James Rose, died without children ; and Alice Rose, mar- 
ried an Albright, and lives at Glen Cove, Texas. Cynthia Ann 
(Seaton) Rose died in Texas, May 3, 1896. 

Levi W. Seaton, born near Fisherville, Jefferson county, Ken- 
tucky, December 18, 1810; died unmarried, July 8, 1833, of small- 

Richard Aliph Seaton, bom at the Fisherville home, March 12, 
1812, died in Dade county, Missouri, October 21, 1895. He was 
married to Eleanor Mitchell Bayne, who was born November 16, 
1817. The children bom to this marriage were : Hester A. Seaton, 
bom January 26, 1834, and died Febmary 4, 1840; Margaret Ann 
Seaton, bom November 16, 1835, married Taylor Boswell January 

26, 1855, and died July 1, 1860, leaving three sons: Clinton Bos- 
well, now living in Louisville, Kentucky; Edward Boswell also 
lives in Louisville; and Everett Boswell, who died young. 

Mary Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of Richard Aliph, was 
born July 14, 1840, and died June 24, 1841. Her sister, Sarah E. 
Seaton, bom July 30, 1842, married James W. French, October 

27, 1859. They live at Veachdale, Kentucky, and have two 
children: William S. French, of Monte Vista, Colorado, who 
married Georgia Kellar and has two children, Nora and Louise 
French. Nellie French, a sister to William S., married Foster Con- 
nor, and lives at Veachdale, Kentucky, and has several children. 

Cynthia Isabel Seaton, daughter of Richard Aliph, was born 
November 6, 1844, and died November 22, 1877, unmarried. 

James Richard Seaton, son of Richard Aliph, bom April 18, 
1847, at the family home at Fisherville, about fifteen miles from 
Louisville, married Mary Frances Bidwell (born March 3, 1847, in 
Kentucky), October 29, 1872, near Mansfield, Missouri. They lived 
in Jefferson county, Kentucky, until 1870, when they moved 
with his father to Dade county, Missouri, where they lived for 
twenty-five years, then moved to Springfield in the same State, 
where they now reside, James R. being engaged in the coal and 
wood business. He is a Democrat in politics, and belongs to the 

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Baptist Church. The family consists of Elmer Bidwell Seaton, 
born July 23, 1847; Anna Eleanor Seaton, bom September 21, 
1876; James Richard Seaton, Jr., born April 13, 1879; married 
Mary Grand June 17, 1903; Ida Pearl Seaton, born May 15, 1881 ; 
died August 3, 1901. 

Elodia Artemesia Seaton, daughter of Richard Aliph, born 
October 14, 1849; died August 22, 1880. She married Virgil I. 
Long, April 1, 1869. Besides two children who died young, they 
have two daughters: Olive, who married a Malone, and lives in 
Louisville, Kentucky, and Virgie, who married a Duval, and 
lives in Louisville. 

Samuel Eugene Seaton, son of Richard Aliph, born near Fish- 
erville, Jefferson county, Kentucky, July 8, 1852, married Jennie 
Watson in Greene county, Missouri, February 11, 1874. He 
moved from Kentucky to Greene county, Missouri, in 1871, where 
he lived until 1891, when he removed to Center, Saguache county, 
Colorado, where he now resides. Samuel E. is a Democrat in 
politics and a Baptist in religion. Of this family there were 
five children: Cortey Eugene, bom October 18, 1875, and died 
February 21, 1877, at Springfield, Missouri; Dalton Estelle, bom 
April 6, 1877, at Willard, Greene county, Missouri. He married 
Pearl Carlin, in Del Norte, Colorado, January 14, 1903, and now 
resides at Alamosa, Colorado. Maud Inez, born October 9, 1878, 
at Willard, Missouri, now lives at Center, Colorado; Eleanor 
PaiJine, born April 13, 1880, at Cedarville, Missouri, married 
Stmble Miles at Del Norte, Colorado, September 25, 1900, and 
lives at McPherson, Kansas; Grace Irene, born June 26, 1883. 

William Frank Seaton, son of Richard Aliph, born September 
4, 1860, in Jefferson county, Kentucky, moved to Missouri in 1870 
with his brothers, and settled in Dade county, where he married 
Tempa Slinker, on October 3, 1883. They subsequently moved 
to Hooper, Colorado, where he died June 3, 1899. In the family 
there were three children: Leslie Everett, of Greeley, Colorado; 
Eula, who died in 1898 without issue; and Frank, of Mosca, Cos- 
tilla county, Colorado. 

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Mary Seaton, daughter of James Kenner, was born at the 
family home near Fisherville, Jefferson county, Kentucky, on 
October 14, 1814, and died March 7, 1892, at Dunksburg, Pettis 
county, Missouri. She married Milton William Tyler, March 14, 
1833, arid lived happily with him for fifty-nine years. They 
celebrated their golden wedding March 14, 1883, the family being 
all present for the first time in twenty-seven years. 

Mr. Tyler was bom near Fisherville February 28, 1812, and died 
at Dunksburg, Missouri, September 6, 1892. A full biography 
of each of the children in this family, including all of their de- 
scendants, woiJd make a good-sized book of itself, but we will 
give a brief outline of such as appear on our files : The children 
bom to Milton William and Mary (Seaton) Tyler were: James 
Kenner Tyler; Louisa Jane Tyler; Samuel Levi Tyler; Charles 
Thomas Tyler; Martha Josephine Tyler; Milton William Tyler 
2d; and Richard Seaton Tyler. 

Milton W. Tyler, Sr., removed from Jefferson county, Kentucky, 
to Johnson county, Indiana, in October, 1852. From that place 
he moved to Johnson county, Missouri, in 1869, and to Dunks- 
burg, Missouri, in 1890, where he lived until his death, in 1892. 

James Kenner Tyler was bom in Jefferson county, Kentucky, 
on the 30th day of September, 1834. His father was Milton W. 
and his mother Mary (Seaton) Tyler, both natives of the same 
State. His paternal grandfather was Moses Tyler, of Irish- 
English extraction. James Kenner Tyler obtained his early ed- 
ucation at the private schools of his neighborhood. When about 
twenty years of age he attended Franklin College, in Indiana, a 
Baptist institution. After attending this college one term he 
taught school, and then went home and spent a short time on the 
farm. In 1856 he emigrated to Missouri, first stopping at Knob 
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Company's establishment. After that he engaged in numerous 
enterprises until in 1859, when he embarked in the mercantile 
business on his own account and continued the enterprise till the 
war broke out, in 1861. 

He was a member of the State Guards at the time, and was 
ordered out in June of that year, in defense of his noble State, 
and served his country faithfully, participating in several hotly 
contested battles, among which were Wilson Creek and Lexington. 
In the latter, his side captured three thousand prisoners. He was 
finally captured in the spring of 1862, in Grover township, and 
taken to Sedalia and held there a short time, after which he was 
released and returned home, where he engaged in farming and 

During the war he engaged in teaching school a few terms in 
the State of Indiana. In 1865, when matters had become settled, 
Mr. Tyler resumed his farming, and engaged in raising and buying 
stock and shipping the same, which business he followed success- 
fully until the fall of 1880, when he was elected by the Democrats 
to fill the responsible position of Treasurer of Johnson county, a 
position for which his mild and genial ways, and especially his 
strict honesty, particularly fitted him. 

In 1860, April 17, he was married to Amanda Jane, daughter of 
Larkin Hocker, Sr., a prominent farmer and stock-raiser of their 
county. The children by this marriage were: Mallie May Tyler; 
Sterling Price Tyler; Larkin Milton Tyler; James Seaton Tyler; 
and Elmer Hocker Tyler. 

The last we heard of Mr. Tyler he was in the real-estate business 
at Warrensburg, Missouri. 

Amanda Jane (Hocker) Tyler died January 4, 1880, at Knob 
Noster, Missouri, and was buried at Hocker Cemetery. She had 
long been a faithful member of the Mt. Zion Christian Church, 
and was so at her death. 

In 1860 Mr. Tyler became a member of the Christian Church, 
and one of its most liberal supporters. He served as Township 
Clerk and School District Clerk for several years, being a friend 
to the public schools. 

On March 29, 1882, James Kenner Tyler married Annie Cruce 

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at Warrensburg, Missouri, by whom he had one daughter, Edith 
Cruce Tyler, who was born August 20, 1887. 

He owns a handsome residence in Grove township, called "Sum- 
mit Home." As a man he is liberal and charitable, and is held in 
high estimation by all who know him. 

Louise Jane Tyler, bom September 24, 1838, ndfer Fisherville, 
Kentucky, died September 24, 1896, at Franklin, Indiana, and 
was buried at Hopewell Cemetery, near there. 

She was married to James Kerlin, August 24, 1870, at Knob 
Noster, Missouri, and raised three children: Seaton Tyler Kerlin, 
bom November 23, 1872, at Franklin, Indiana, was a train-dis- 
patcher at Charter Oak, Iowa, in 1894, and is now a telegrapher 
at St. Louis, Missouri, his address being 1803 Belienolt avenue. 

Lulu Lenora Kerlin, bom August 24, 1875, at Franklin, married 
Henry B. Harbaugh, April 6, 1903. Their present address is 602 
East Second street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Harbaugh is 
cashier of the Claypool Hotel. Mrs. Lulu L. Harbaugh was a 
teacher, a Baptist, and a Democrat. 

Mar>' Wyota Kerlin, born May 7, 1877, married Doctor H. R. 
Byfield, June 5, 1896. Their present residence is at Franklin, 
Indiana. They have one daughter, Halene Edell Byfield, bom 
October 16, 1899. 

Charles Thomas Tyler, bom October 1, 1841, in Jefferson county, 

Kentucky, married Mary Elizabeth , March 24, 1868, near 

Franklin, Indiana. She died July 23, 1891, near Knob Noster, 
Missouri, and was buried in Hocker Cemetery. She was the 
mother of five children, as follows : Samuel Ira Tyler, born No- 
vember 9, 1870, died January 11, 1872; Ida Maud Tyler, bom 
November 15, 1872, married Arthur Layanley, March 4, 1897; 
Cecil Guy Tyler, born December 17, 1873; Charles Thomas Tyler, 
Jr., born August 6, 1880, married Nannie May Smith, November 5, 
1902, and lost his wife by death, March 6, 1904; Neva Blanch 
Tyler, born December 14, 1881, is the last of the five. 

Charles Tyler, Sr., traveled overland from Franklin, Indiana, to 
the Pacific coast in 1862, and, after many hardships, reached 
San Francisco after being on the road six months. He retumed 
home by steamer to New York by the way of Panama. In re- 

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ligion he is a Christian and in politics a Democrat. His business 
is farming, stock-raising and fruit-growing, at Knob Noster, Mis- 
souri, on the rural free delivery route No. 2, where he has made 
his home for thirty-two years. He lived at Franklin, Indiana, 
until 1869, w^hen he removed to his present place of residence. 

Martha Josephine Tyler, born January 28, 1846, in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, married Hume Edward Forsyth February 25, 
1868, near Franklin, Indiana. Their home is *'Edgewood" on 
the "Woodlawn Farm," Knob Noster, Missouri, where they are 
evidently happy, being Baptists and Democrats. 

The children of the family are : Ora C. Forsyth, bom March 14, 
1874; Emory Tyler Forsyth, bom December 14, 1877, and died 
Febmary 10, 1878; Earl Thomas Forsyth, bom January 13, 1884, 
died September 25, 1886. 

Ora C. Forsyth and Stella T. Winston were married December 
27, 1897. To them one daughter has been bom : Velma Gladys 
Forsyth was bom June 9, 1900. She was fatally burned, and 
died March 29, 1904. 

Mr. H. E. Forsyth has made his home at Knob Noster, Missouri, 
for thirty-two years, having emigrated to Missouri from Johnson 
county, Indiana, in 1869. 

Milton William Tyler, Jr., was born March 2, 1850, in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky. His present address is Sweet Springs, Mis- 

Richard Seaton Tyler, born December 3, 1855, at Franklin, In- 
diana, married Florence Shanks, November 3, 1880, at Sweet 
Springs, Missouri. He is a practicing physician and surgeon at 
Dunksburg, postoffice No. 2, Sweet Springs, Missouri. He has 
lived at his present home for twenty-five years, ha\dng made his 
home at Franklin, Indiana, fourteen years, and at Knob Noster, 
Missouri, nine years. He is a graduate of St. Louis Medical Col- 
lege, class of 1879; is Medical Examiner for the New York Life 
Insurance Company, the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New 
York, and the Master Woodmen of America. He is also a member 
of Pettis County Medical Society and the Missouri State Medical 
Society, etc., etc. 

Samuel Levi Tyler, born July 28, 1839, near Fisherville, Ken- 

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tucky, was married to Emma Eugenia Holland, March 6, 1866, 
in Centerville, Texas. The children in this family were : Charles 
Holland Tyler, born December 30, 1868, and died January 1, 1870, 
at Bryan, Texas ; Lulu May Tyler, bom December 27, 1870, and 
was married to Robert L. Hancock, November 28, 1899; Pearl 
Es telle, bom January 26, 1875, married Romeo Wood April 18, 
1897; Daisy Eugenia Tyler, born May 13, 1880, married Jesse 
Wiggin June 20, 1897 ; Samuel Lee Tyler was bom May 16, 1882. 

Emma Eugenia (Holland) Tyler died November 17, 1899, at 
Ellen ton, Florida. 

The following grandchildren have been bom to Samuel Levi 
Tyler: Myrtle May Wiggins was born April 11, 1898; James 
Clyde Wood, July 29, 1898; Thelma Pearl Wood, June 24, 1901; 
and Samuel Leonard Wood, March 4, 1904. 

Samuel Levi Tyler and his family are Baptists in religion and 
in politics they are always Democrats. They are orange-growers 
at Ellenton, Florida. 

During the Civil War Samuel Levi Tyler was in the service of 
the Confederacy, having enlisted in the army under General Ben 
McCulloch, in Texas, May 1, 1861, and remained until the last 
general surrendered. The command in which he served. General 
Wharton's Cavalry Corps, never surrendered. They disbanded 
at Columbus, Texas. Mr. Tyler was a prisoner of war at Fort 
Leavenworth, Kansas, from November 19, 1861, to February 1, 
1862, when he broke away from the guard and made his escape 
by running across the Missouri river on the ice. He was only about 
six feet from the guard, who had a gun with six loads in it, when 
he scaled the wall and ran for the river. Mr. Tyler with five others 
were to have been shot the next moming, as they supposed, for 
being Confederate soldiers. Mr. Tyler traveled five hundred 
miles to General Price's army, which was then at Boston Moun- 
tain, Arkansas, arriving in time to participate in the battle of 
Pea Ridge, or Elkhom Tavern, and to receive two slight wounds. 
He remained in the army to the close of the war, taking part in all 
the Red River campaign and all battles in lower Louisiana. He 
was in the "Forlorn Hope'' of two hundred who captured Brazier 
City, taking 1400 prisoners and $20,000 worth of supplies. He 

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was also in the Battle of Wilson Creek and Lexington, Missouri, 
and was one of the guards placed over General Lyon where he 

The children of James Kenner Tyler and Amanda Jane Hocker, 
his wife, were: Mallie May Tyler, born October 4, 1862, at Knob 
Noster, Missouri. Married William Layan Hickman, January 29, 
1882, at Warrensburg, Missouri. He is a merchant at Warrens- 
burg, selling clothing and boots and shoes. They are members of 
the Christian Church, and "Democratic to a finish.'' This family 
has had nine children : Jennie Tyler Hickman, bom April 16, 1883, 
at Warrensburg, Missouri; married Charles C. Clay April 25, 1901, 
at the place of her birth, where they reside at the present time. 
Mr. Clay was a Captain in the Third Infantr}% National Guard of 
Missouri. They have one son, Charles Hickman Clay, who was 
bom March 8, 1902, and whose great-great-grandmother was 
Mary (Seaton) Tyler. Elsie Lee Hickman, bom April 26, 1886; 
Mary Allan Hickman, bom March 28, 1891 ; James Larkin Hick- 
man, bom October 24, 1893, died December 11, 1893; Lydia A. 
and Mallie L. Hickman, the twins, were bom April 26, 1895. 
Mallie L. died December 1, 1896, and Lydia A. July 15, 1897. 
Louise Hickman was bom May 2, 1897. 

Sterling Price Tyler, bom October 25, 1864, at Franklin, In- 
diana, married Pearl H. Williams July 2, 1890, at Warrensburg, 
Missouri. Their children have numbered four, as follows : Encell 
Ellis Tyler, bom October 1, 1891; James Kenneth Tyler, bom 
June 8, 1894, died April 20, 1896; Sterling Price Tyler, Jr., bom 
March 30, 1897; and Lhekla Tyler, bom October 17, 1902. 

Sterling Price Tyler is City Clerk, and he is a Democrat. 

Larkin Milton Tyler,bom September 7, 1866, at Knob Noster, 
Missouri, married Rachel WoflFord, December 5, 1893, at Kansas 
City, Missouri. They have one daughter, Aniel Louise Tyler, 
born January 19, 1901. Larkin is a United States mail clerk, 
and resides at 3319 East Eighteenth street, Kansas City. 

James Seaton Tyler, born June 7, 1868, near Knob Noster, Mis- 
souri, married Olive M. Campbell, December 20, 1891, at St. Louis, 
Missouri. They have two children, and reside at Dublin, Idaho 
where James is engaged in general merchandising. 

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Elmer Hocker Tyler was bom December 27, 1870, at Knob 
Noster, Missouri. 

Edith Cruee Tyler was bom August 20, 1887. 

Sarah Seaton, daughter of James Kenner, was bom July 31, 
1817, and married James Stout, June 9, 1836. Their children 
were two: 1. James Stout, Jr., who is practicing medicine at 
Omaha, Nebraska; and 2. Amy Stout. 

Margaret Seaton, daughter of James Kenner, was bom Febru- 
ary 2, 1820, in Jefferson county, Kentucky, and died January 2,. 
1893, in her native State. She married Nelson Tucker, March 22,. 
1837. Into this family were born four children: 1. Margaret 
Tucker, married Frank Davis, and lives at Morganfield, Ken- 
tucky; 2. James Tucker, married, and resides at the place last 
named; 3. William Tucker, died without issue; and 4. Alice 
Tucker, d. y. s. p. 

Rachel Seaton, daughter of James Kenner, bom January 27, 
1823, died at Billings, Missouri, August 9, 1891. She married 
Washington Smith, December 2, 1841, in the State of Kentucky. 
Their children w^ere: Marcellus, Canning, and Chalmers Smith. 

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John Seaton 4th, son of John and Rebecca, was born Novem- 
ber 2, 1791. After a course at school he studied law with Aaron 
F. Sawyer. But, while it was his intention to be a first-class 
lawyer, it appears that both he and the family considered it a 
greater honor that he should be a Deacon in their church, succeed- 
ing his father and grandfather in that position, and he took espe- 
cial pains to prepare himself to worthily fill that place, which was 
in their estimation no less worthy nor responsible than to be the 
pastor of the church. In this admirable ambition they were, 
however, disappointed, for he died on August 5, 1813, when he 
was about twenty-one years old, having up to that time taught 
school and vocal music in Amherst, where he also sang in the 
choir and, a part of the time, played on the bass viol therein. 

Nathan Kendall Seaton was bom October 24, 1794. It is 
said of him that he did not enjoy attending school in his youth, 
preferring to assist his parents on the farm and allow his brothers 
to obtain good educations, which they did, — Samuel as a teacher 
and lawyer, and Ambrose as a teacher and physician. However, 
he could not have neglected his own education to any great extent, 
for he was an officer in the Boston Custom House for about twelve 
years during Jackson and Van Buren^s administrations, his term 
of office expiring in 1840. 

He married Nancy D. Richardson, of Mount Vernon, New 
Hampshire, on December 25, Christmas Day, 1817. They are 
reported not to have been blessed with any children to make life 
doubly worth the living, once for themselves and more especially 
for the children. While Nathan was engaged at the Custom 
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serving his country at the same place, and another cousin, James 
Seaton, was a clerk in the Charlestown Navy Yards. 

Nathan had copies of the coat of arms printed from his cousin 
James's plate while they were in the employ of the Government, 
and while he was in the Custom House at Boston, Nathan would 
occasionally go up to the old home place to visit his parents and 
to see how they were getting along, and, especially after his father's 
death, he would go up and hire a girl to do the housework and try 
to persuade his mother not to work so hard, but shortly after his 
departure his mother would discharge the help and do the work 

As she was a great knitter, and that being the easiest work she 
could do, often knitting while asleep in her chair, and awakening 
when she dropped a stitch, and, after picking up the stitch, drop- 
ping off to sleep again while the knitting went on, Nathan thought 
he would make use of her skill at that art to lighten her labors. 
So he told her there was a demand for socks in Boston, and that 
he would hire a girl to do the housework and give fifty cents a pair 
for all the socks she would knit. He did not take the trouble to 
inform her that socks were worth only twenty-five cents per pair 
in Boston. These arrangements completed, he returned to his 
business. In a short time socks began to come to Boston in such 
quantities that the son's salary was likely to prove insufficient for 
the demands upon it. Upon inquiry into the matter, it appeared 
that his mother had told all of the neighbor ladies of the great 
demand for socks in Boston and the good prices Nathan was 
willing to pay for them; so all hands went to work knitting for 
that market. That scheme had to be abandoned, so he persuaded 
his mother to go to Kentucky to make her son Samuel a visit, 
which she did, and she continued to live there to the day of her 
death, which occurred on August 30, 1839, when she was buried in 
the Seaton burial-grounds at Greenupsburg. 

The subject of our sketch moved from Boston, Massachusetts, 
to Greenup, Kentucky, where his brother Samuel lived, in 1843, 
and engaged in merchandising, which business he -continued to 
operate until the day of his death. He died March 11, 1859, and 
was buried at Greenup, after which his widow, Nancy Seaton, 

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moved to Champlin, Illinois, where she finally died, but she was 
buried beside her husband at Greenup, Kentucky. 

Samuel Sea ton, son of the aforesaid Christian people, was bom 
July 3, 1796. He was a student, devoting considerable time to 
fitting himself for a teacher and for the practice of the honorable 
profession of the law, teaching school as a stepping-stone to the 
vocation of his choice. 

He married Hannah, the youngest of the four children of Na- 
thaniel Eddy and Hannah Shepardson of Washington county,. 
Northwest Territory, August 22, 1822. Her parents moved from 
Rutland county, Vermont, in 1798, to the above-named place, ar- 
riving at Marietta, Ohio, October 14. Hannah was born in Adams 
township, as above, on January 9 of the next year. Her grand- 
father, Nathan Eddy, was born in Plymouth county, Massachu- 
setts, September 8, 1773. He married Eunice Sampson, of Mid- 
dleboro, Massachusetts, on November 17, 1757. They moved to 
Sherburne, Vermont. The above Eddys were descended from 
Rev. William Eddy, vicar of St. Dunstan Church, in Cranbrook,. 
England, from 1589 to 1616. His two sons, John and Samuel,, 
left London for America August 10, 1630, in the ship Handmaid,. 
John Grant, master. They arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
October 29 of that year. Samuel was the ancestor of Hannah 
Eddy, she being the eighth generation from William of Cranbrook, 
thus: William, Samuel, Obediah, Samuel, Samuel, Nathan, Na- 
thaniel, and Hannah. 

The Sea ton brothers, James, John, and Andrew, from whom 
John of Greenup was descended, arrived at Plymouth in 1727, 
1729, and 1740, respectively; therefore the children of Hannah 
Eddy and Samuel Seaton, being the descendants of both families^ 
are the fifth generation in America of the Seatons and the ninth 
of the Eddys. 

Samuel and Hannah (Eddy) Seaton had six children: 1. John 
of Greenup; 2. Rebecca; 3. Emily; 4. Emma; 5. Samuel: and 
6. Mary Peck. Samuel learned the printer's trade in Amherst,, 
and also learned to make hand-cards for carding wool and cotton. 
At the age of nineteen he went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where 
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in teaching, in Meigs and Athens counties. From Ohio he went 
to Greenupsburg, Kentucky, where he continued in the work of 
teach the young idea to shoot. Among his pupils in Kentucky 
were some of the grandchildren of Daniel Boone, and it was in the 
home formerly owned by one of the Boones that his children, or 
part of them, were bom. When they went to Greenup they com- 
menced housekeeping in the house where Daniel Boone had lived 
with his son Jesse. It was near there that Daniel Boone cut the 
poplar tree from which he made the pirogue in which he went to 
Missouri. Samuel commenced reading law with John M. Mc- 
Connell, in Greenupsburg. But about 1818 he went to Ports- 
mouth, Ohio, and continued to read there with a Mr. Clough, and 
was admitted to the bar. He practiced his profession in Piketon^ 
Ohio, in 1819-20, then went to Meigs county, in the same State^ 
but finally returned to Greenupsburg, where he practiced for a 
time, then engaged in merchandising. In the fall of 1826 he took 
his family, consisting of his wife and two children, John and Re- 
becca, on a trip to New Orleans, on a flatboat loaded with produce 
for sale along the route. His cargo consisted of leather, bacon,, 
apples, castings made in the iron foundry in Greenup coimty, and 
various other articles, all together making a large boat-load. He 
traded along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers as he found oppor- 
tunity, till the arrival at their destination. The boat was frozen 
in the ice at Shippensport, near Louis\ille, during the winter,, 
but in the spring of 1827 the trip was continued, and the trading 
resumed until they arrived in New Orleans, where the remainder 
of the cargo and the boat were sold. 

In trading along the river he had received a considerable sum 
of money, which he carried in a belt around his waist for safe- 
keeping. One very dark night on the lower Mississippi river,, 
while managing the steering-oar, his boat came into collision with 
a vessel at anchor in the stream. The shock threw him into the 
river, loaded as he was with his clothes and the money-belt, and 
he also had his overcoat on. As he went down he heard his boat 
crash against the other, and, as he could see nothing, he supposed 
his boat had sunken. He started to swim to shore, but could see 
nothing for some time, but after a while he saw a light some dis- 


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tance down the river and swam in that direction. He soon heard 
his wife's voice calling, **Man overboard!" so he continued to 
swim down the river in the direction of the voice. He became 
greatly exhausted and could make but slow progress toward over- 
taking his boat and family that were floating with the current, 
his clothing hampering his movements and making his efforts 
almost of no avail, but by great efforts and persistence he finally 
overtook the boat and was carefully helped on board. He said 
afterward that if the pole that was reached to him had been care- 
lessly pulled from him, he would not have been able to swim any 
longer and must have drowned. 

From New Orleans he took his family by sailing-vessel to Bos- 
ton, Massachusetts, and from there they went to Amherst, New 
Hampshire, to visit his parents and relatives, after an absence of 
about thirteen years. His parents, and brothers Nathan Ken- 
dall and Ambrose, were then living at Amherst. 

On their return to their home they went by way of the lakes and 
stopped at Niagara Falls, where they saw a vessel containing live 
animals and geese sent over the falls for a show, gotten up to 
attract visitors to the falls. 

It was upon his return from this trip, in 1827, that Samuel 
Seaton began his career as a merchant, which business he con- 
tinued to manage successfully until his death. He was a Whig in 
politics, and was twice a member of the Kentucky Legislature, 
in 1833 and in 1846. He was the author of the law passed in 
1847, called the "Seaton act," which secures to married women 
certain property inherited or given to them separate from their 

Samuel Seaton was engaged in many enterprises: In 1847, at 
an expense of about five thousand dollars, he built a large stone 
dam twelve feet high across Little Sandy river at the falls one mile 
from the Ohio river, and a large mill. In the same year he com- 
menced building a large charcoal iron furnace twelve miles west- 
erly from Greenup, in the same county, on a tract of twenty 
thousand six hundred and twent\^-six acres of land — the Thomas 
Keith patent — which he had bought of the heirs of Thomas Keith, 
who was before his death a paymaster in the Revolutionary War, 

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and was an uncle of Chief Justice John Marshall, of the United 
States Supreme Court. The furnace was completed and in blast 
in November, 1849, at a cost of fifty thousand dollars, and was 
named the "New Hampshire,'' after his native State. He died 
of lung fever, at the furnace, on the 29th of March, 1850, and was 
first buried there, but afterwards his remains were removed to the 
Seaton family burial-ground on the hill back of Greenup. All 
gave him the name of being a "friend to the poor,'' an honest man. 
His will is a pattern of brevity, and shows the great respect and 
confidence he reposed in his wife. It is as follows : 

" I bequeath to my wife Hannah Eddy Seaton all my estate, real, per- 
sonal and mixed, rights, credits, moneys and effects ; and I appoint my 
said wife my sole executrix without security, and desire that no bond be 
taken nor oath administered. Sam. Seaton." 

Samuel Seaton began to trace the genealogy of his family at the 
time of his visit to Massachusetts in 1827, receiving some assist- 
ance at that time from his father, mother and others, but his 
father's sister, Mrs. Anna Duncan, who was the daughter of John 
and Ismenia Seaton, gave him the most help. He continued to 
collect material, as opportunity offered, for the remainder of his 
life, all of which was given to his son, John of Greenup, through the 
kindness of whom we are allowed to reproduce it here. Samuel 
was satisfied from his researches that there was originally only one 
family of the name, though some spell the name differently. 

His son John, who continued to investigate the family history, 
and has added considerably to what his father had accumulated, 
has found no reason to believe otherwise than his father did on 
this point, and the writer of this book is more and more convinced 
that all Seatons are descended from the same common ancestor. 

Samuel Seaton was personally acquainted with Samuel W. 
Seton, of New York, an uncle to Archbishop Robert Seton, who 
was Superintendent of Schools in New York city between 1838 
and 1842, and was told by him much concerning the Seatons, 
ancient and modern, and especially that they were originally all 
of one family. 

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Seaton, of Washington, D. C, and his partner, Joseph Gales, pub- 
lishers of the National Intelligencer newspaper under the firm-name 
of Gales & Seaton, Seaton having married a sister of Gales. He 
took their newspaper up to the time of his death, and his son, John 
of Greenup, continued to take it until publication was discontin- 
ued by that firm. As Samuel had been well acquainted with them, 
he corresponded with William Winston Seaton concerning the 
family, and sent him a copy of the Seaton coat of arms in 1858. 

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Ambrose Seaton, son of John and Rebecxa, was born at Am- 
herst, New Hampshire, on September 27, 1804. He graduated 
from college in 1825, and was Town Clerk in Amherst in 1829. He 
was proficient in music, teaching it successfully and leading the 
choir in their church, as his father had done before him. But 
medicine was his chosen profession, and he practiced it with honor 
and profit in Amherst, New Hampshire, in Boston, Massachusetts, 
and in Maysville, Kentucky, while he lived in each city. 

Mar>' Rand Goss was bom in Amherst in the same year that 
Ambrose Seaton was, and more than likely they were school- 
mates there. However that may be, they were married in Am- 
herst on November 12, 1828, by Jeremiah Barnard. 

Ambrose and Mary Seaton had the following children : 1. Mary 
Elizabeth; 2. John Ambrose; 3. Nathan Kendall; 4. Helen 
Augusta; 5. Ann Martha; 6. Sarah Frances; and 7. Charles 
Stewart. Of these children, Nathan K., Ann Martha and Sarah 
Frances died young. 

While Ambrose lived at Amherst and led the choir in the Pres- 
byterian Church he had an experience that has been reported to 
us by Miss Charlotte H. Abbott, of Andover. It appears that 
"when Rev. Silas Aiken was ordained, after Doctor Lord had re- 
signed in 1828 at the close of his term, the choir had some kind of 
a misunderstanding, and struck, leaving young Ambrose in the 
singers' seats alone. A hymn was read, but there were no singers 
in the choir. The senior deacon, equal to the occasion, rose and 
led off with Saint Martin's, and, some of the congregation joining 
in, a good all-around service of song was enjoyed. Ambrose, in 
vexation, probably because the choir had failed him, rushed down 

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the gallery stairs two steps at a time and off to his boarding- 

Ambrose Seaton moved from Amherst to Boston in 1830, where 
he practiced his chosen profession. He also taught music and led 
the choir of the Unitarian Church on Purchase street while living 
there. From Boston he moved to Maysville, Kentucky, where 
he continued the healing art and led the choir in the Presbyterian 
Church. He died in Maysville on April 9, 1866. Mary R. (Goss) 
Seaton was born March 25, 1804, and died July 4, 1863. 


Mary E. Seaton was bom in Merrimack, August 14, 1790, and 
died on September 24 of that year. 

James Seaton, son of Andrew and Polly, was bom in Notting- 
ham West, March 31, 1792. He was a Clerk in the Navy Yard at 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the early part of the Nineteenth 
century, during the administrations of Jackson and Van Buren. 
While there he owned a metallic plate of the Seaton coat of arms 
that was brought from Scotland, from which many prints were 
struck off and distributed in the family. He is reported never to 
have known the happiness of married life, but to have died single 
at Charlestown, June 2, 1834. 

Ismenia Seaton, the third child of Andrew and Polly, was born 
in Nottingham West, on September 10, 1793, and died in 1870. 
There is a record of the fact that Ismenia Seaton was published 
to James Moore of Charlestown on December 19, 1815, and in 
"our intentions," Miss Charlotte H. Abbott of Andover writes: 
"I find James Moore, of Charlestown, published to Ismenia Sea- 
town on January 7, 1816. A little later they were married here.'^ 
Evidently here was a little tragedy in real life — a regular lovers' 
quarrel, that was made up after a short interval. They moved 
to Medina, Ohio, and it was through their efforts that Ismenia's 
father was persuaded to move his family to the same place some 
time later. They are said to have had no children. 

John Seaton, son of Andrew and Polly, was bom at Hancock^ 

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June 6, 1795. When old enough, in 1821, he went to sea, but the 
vessel in which he sailed was swallowed up by the insatiable ocean, 
and neither the ship nor he was ever heard of afterward. 

Andrew Seaton 3d died at three years and nine months old, 
having been bom December 13, 1796, and died September 11, 

Mary E. Seaton, the second daughter in the family, of the 
same name, w^as born at Hancock, December 9, 1798. She married 
Jesse Hawley, residing at Dunham, P. I., where he died, lea\dng 
one daughter. Second, Mary married Thomas R. Greenleaf, 
September 11, 1826, and lived at Salisbury, then at New Phila- 
delphia, Ohio, where he died. Mary E. died at Lebanon, Mis- 
souri, May 3, 1873. Her children were: Elvira, Charles, and 
Andrew, born in Salisbury and died young. George Henry, born 
in Salisbury, November 5, 1833, was in the commission business in 
Chicago and in St. Louis for several years. He was also a banker 
for twenty years in Lebanon, Missouri. He married Eliza Har- 
rison, and had three children. 

As Mrs. Greenleaf, Mary had two children, George and Andrew 
Greenleaf. The family lived for a while in Mayslick, Mason 
county, Kentucky, where Mr. Greenleaf was a prosperous mer- 
chant. He visited relatives in Greenup, Kentucky, about 1840, 
since which time we have no mention of his family. 

Andrew Seaton, the second of that name in this family, was 
born August 18, 1800, and married Celinda Nabors. They had 
two children, Mary and Lucy. Andrew Seaton died in 1841, at 
Cleveland, Ohio. We have no further record of the children. 

Tyler Seaton was born at Hancock, October 26, 1802. He was 
at New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Texas, but the last heard of 
him he was on Lake Ponchartrain, in Louisiana. It is supposed 
that he died of cholera in that State. 

Reed Page Seaton w-as born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, 
July 25, 1805, and died at Medina, Ohio, July 13, 1877. He mar- 
ried Frances Henrietta Abbott (who survived him), on November 
27, 1834. 

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Their children were: James, born December 13, 1834, married 
Mary Wornack, and resides at Grayson, Carter county, Kentucky. 
Emma Ismenia, bom April 1, 1839; married Nathan McCIure, 
who died in Washington, leaving a son, who is a graduate of the 
Columbus (Ohio) Law School. Emma Ismenia married, second, 
Thomas H. Johnson, a resident of Medina, Ohio. 

Isaac Bowers Seaton was born March 14, 1809. He lived in 
New Philadelphia, Ohio, from which place he moved to Fort 
Dodge, Iowa. He died August 21, 1866. 

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Charles D. Seaton, son of George and grandson of Kenner, 
was born in Madison county, Kentucky, in October, 1803. He 
married Elizabeth Payne, in Jefferson county of the same State, 
in 1827. He is supposed to have continued to live in the State 
made famous by its beautiful women, fine horses, and good whisky, 
until in 1844, when he moved to Columbus, Adams county, Illi- 
nois, at which place he made his home up to the time of his death, 
on April 3d, 1872. 

There were bom to these good people eleven children, of whom 
only four were living in 1902. The names of the children were: 
1. Apphia; 2. James Allen; 3. Jane; 4. George K. ; 5. Sarah; 
6. Mary Louise ; 7. Lavina ; 8. Herbert ; 9. Maud. The names 
of the other two do not appear on our roster. 

Charles D. Seaton was a Democrat in politics until his son, 
James Allen, was wounded by the Confederates whDe he was 
serving his country in the Union Army during the War *of the 
Rebellion, after which time he was a staimch Republican during 
the rest of his days. When the rebels injured his son they touched 
the father in a tender place, and his sympathies were transferred 
from the Democrats to the Republicans. Not that it is to be 
understood that all Democrats were rebel sympathizers, — far 
from it, — but many were. As General John A. Logan said: "I 
do not say all Democrats were rebels, but I do say that all rebels 
were Democrats." 

Allen Rose Seaton, brother to Charles D., was bom April 28, 
1808, in Jefferson county, Kentucky, where he was married to 
Sarah Pound, who was bom there on August 7, 1811. She died 
at Hall, Morgan county, Indiana, January 31, 1884; and Allen 
died at the same place on September 6, 1895, at 80. 

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The children of Allen and Sarah Seaton were : John P. ; George 
W. ; Charles; Richard, who died at four and a half years old; 
James P.; Grafton W. ; Mary Elizabeth; Sarah Jane; and 
Apphia M. 

John Simpson Seaton, the next son, was probably bom in Ken- 
tucky. He qualified himself as a physician, and lived at Louis- 
ville, Kentucky, the last heard of him. He married Mary Kellar, 
and had one daughter. Both mother and daughter died soon 
after the birth of the latter, and John S. married Mary Hicks some 
time later. There were four children: Blanch; Crittenden; 
Curran ; and Eliza, of whom we have no further mention. John 
S. died in Louisville, aged seventy-four years. 

Jesse D. Seaton, the youngest of the family, married Lucinda 
Hill, a widow, whose maiden name was Crump. They are re- 
ported not 10 have been blessed with children. Jesse D. served 
his county for four years as Sheriff. He died in Louisville, Ken- 
tucky; and further than that deponent saith not, and hL<?tory is 
as silent as the grave. 

Mary (Polly) Seaton married John Miller. Their children 
were: Sarah Miller, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky; Peter 
Gait Miller ; Henry C. Miller ; Emory ; and Selden. 

Mrs. Mary Miller is said to be interested in genealogy and to 
delight in discoursing on the subject. It was of her son Peter 
Gait Miller, that Rev. James A. Seaton wrote : " He is one of the 
best men alive.'' 

From The Christian Companion^ of Louisville, Kentucky, of 
June 28, 1905, we learn that he was president of Bridgeford & 
Company, manufacturers of stoves and ranges, having worked 
his way up from messenger-boy by diligence and integrity. He 
was a director in the Louisville Water Company, and held official 
positions in other important business enterprises. He was a 
faithful member, an elder in the Broadway Christian Church, a 
regular attendant and worker in the Sunday-school and pra3'er- 
meeting. Although a busy man of affairs, he found time to do a 
great deal of preaching for churches within reach of Louisville. 

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He was unassuming and unpretentious in all that he did. He 
married Miss Kate Dodge, and the union was a most congenial and 
happy one. To this union five children were born. A little girl 
died many years ago; the other four, two young men and two 
young ladies, remain. We have not learned the names of the 
children, except that one daughter was Kate Gait Miller. A 
portrait and biographical sketch of him were printed in the Chris- 
tian Companion. 

Elizabeth Seaton married Thomas M. S. Reynolds. Their 
children were: Simpson; George; Theodore; and eight others, 
whose names have not been mentioned to us. The family moved 
to Lincoln, Nebraska, from Kentucky. The eldest son, Simpson 
Reynolds, w^as a lumber dealer at Seward, Nebraska, the last we 
heard of him. 

Sarah Seaton, the youngest child in the family and the only 
living representative in 1903, was born March 3, 1828, in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, and was married to John Ward Jean, on Feb- 
ruary 11, 1847, by Joseph A. Sweeney. Mr. Jean was born in 
Henry county, Kentucky, on April 10, 1821, and died January 
16, 1897. He was a saddler and harness-maker by trade, and he 
cultivated some land. For the last tw^enty years before his death 
he followed farming only. 

There were born to these good people eleven children, all of 
whom were born in or near Jefferson town, Kentucky. 

1. George Noel Jean was born April 8, 1848. He was married 

to Nettie Berkele November 7, , by Elder Randolph. He 

learned his trade with his father, but when married he moved to 
Garrard county at the solicitation of his father-in-law, and en- 
gaged in farming; but after a few years he was appointed Gov- 
ernment Storekeeper. He is now Deputy Internal Revenue Col- 
lector, and lives at Danville, Kentucky, but still owns his farm. 
There has been only one child raised by George and Nettie Jean, 
Dr. George William Jean, who was sent to the Philippine Islands 
as a Lieutenant Surgeon after that memorable first of May when 
Dewey surprised the whole world at Manila Bay. About one year 
in that climate, with the work he had to do, was too much for the 

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Doctor, and he was sent home for medical treatment. After his 
recovery, he was sent to Fort Adams, Long Island, where he was 
in the spring of 1904. 

2. William Curtis Jean, born December 9, 1849, died April 4, 

3. Jesse Simpson Jean was born December 25, 1851, and died 
August 17, 1864. 

4. Myers Seaton Jean was bom January 21, 1854. He was 
married to Eunice Welch, November 11, 1880, by Elder Peter 
Gait Miller, who is a son of Mrs. Sarah (Seaton) Jean's eldest sister, 
who lived to marry. Myers lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where 
he is employed in the hardware store of Bridgeford & Company. 
He has no heir apparent to his possessions, so far as we are in- 

5. Alice Medora Jean was bom January 17, 1856, and has been 
persuaded to add the name Mills to those given her by her parents, 
and so Kenner Mills and Alice Medora Jean were married June 
14, 1882, by Elder P. Gait Miller. They made their home within 
sight of Alice's mother, and were farmers. Their children are 
Guy Forrest, age seventeen, and Ethel, who is fifteen. It has been 
reported to us that Mrs. Nora Mills lived in Washington, D. C, 
her husband having some office mth the Govemment. 

6. Lucelia Hobbs Jean, bom April 12, 1858, married George 
S. Mills, November 23, 1881, and lives six miles from Louis\alle, 
Kentucky. They have four children : Vema Malott is a success- 
ful school teacher; Nettie Jean, George Everett and Sarah Seaton 
Mills complete the number. 

7. Lenora Marcia Jean, bom July 8, 1860, has never married, 
but makes her home with her mother, each a great comfort to 
the other. 

8. Clarence Pr>^or Jean, bom October 2, 1862, married Eliz- 
abeth R. Porter October 9, 1889, Elder P. Gait Miller officiating. 
They make their home in Louis^dlle, Kentucky, where Clarence is 
employed in the hardware business with his brother Myers. Clar- 
ence and Elizabeth have four children: Winnie Hays; John 
Porter; and the tw^ins, Enid and Eaine. 

9. John Miller Jean, bom February 17, 1866, is practicing 

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medicine in Woodford county, Kentucky, his residence being at 
Pinchard, but his postoffice address is Fort Garrett. He is not 

10. Foree Clay Jean was bom April 22, 1869, and married 

Fannie Stout on March 28, . He is farming about two miles 

from his mother's home, and is said to be a bom farmer. There 
are two children in the home: Sarah Charlotte, aged four, and 
Orville Rhea, two years old. 

11. Frank Lowe Jean, bom August 31, 1871, lives in Malott, 
where he runs a general merchandise store. He also manages 
his own and his mother's farms, they being partners in the store 
and the farms, and he is also the postmaster in Malott. Frank 
has one boy, four years old. 

The whole family of Jean are very temperate, none of them 
using tobacco or spirituous liquors, and none of them have more 
than one living wife. 


Kenner Seaton, son of Richard and Eleanor Seaton, was born 
May 7, 1862, at Camp Point, Illinois. He was married to Hannah 
Margaret Hunsaker, daughter of Samuel Y. and Matilda Angeline 
Hunsaker, the ceremony taking place at the home of her birth, 
on September 11, 1884. 

The children of Kenner and Hannah M. Seaton were as follows : 
Hattie Bailey Seaton, bom December 19, 1888; Richard Wiley 
Seaton, born December 24, 1892; and Irene Maud Seaton, bom 
November 24, 1898. 

The family address at present is 807 North Eighth street, 
Quincy, Illinois, where Kenner has made his residence for eight 
years. In 1892 he moved to Kansas, but after four years' ex- 
perience there, he returned to the State of his nativity. He is a 
railroad switchman, but the remainder of his life-story is not ours 
to give. 

John Seaton, a brother to Kenner 2d, was living at Camp Point, 
Illinois, in the year of our Lord 1902, w^here he followed the hon- 
orable calling of a farmer for many years, a man grown old in 
good works. 

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James Seaton, M. D., died in the fifties, never having taken 
unto himself a helpmeet to divide his cares of life and multiply 
his comforts. 

Richard Seaton, Jr., was born December 19, 1835, in Adams 
county, Illinois, where his father's family had located, and where 
Richard 2d was married to Nancy Ellen Curry, on October 15, 
1857. He was postmaster at Camp Point, Illinois, in 1902, having 
served the people of that city for many years in that capacity. 

They had two daughters, Rebecca and Margaret, whose short 
biographies follow. 

Rebecca Seaton, daughter of Richard, Jr., married Thomas 
Bailey, of Camp Point, Illinois. She died without issue, about 
1882. Her sister, Margaret, married Joseph Wallace. They lived 
and died at Camp Point many years ago, leaving a large family, 
of whom we have no further mention, except that their eldest 
son, Richard Wallace, moved to California a long time ago, the 
exact date not being ours to give. 

the children of KENNER seaton, son of RICHARD, JR. 

Charles Allen Seaton, son of Kenner, was born in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, January 8, 1836. He married Mary E. Kel- 
ley, January 24, 1856; and second, after Mary's death, he was 
married to Annie Feldhaus, on January 2, 1895. The father of 
the first wife was Captain Samuel Kelley, a soldier in the War of 
1812, and of the second, Joseph Feldhaus, of Louisville, Kentucky. 

Charles Allen Seaton built the first store and was the first per- 
son to sell merchandise at the point afterward called Seatonville, 
Kentucky. He was elected magistrate, and was reelected four 
times, serving in that capacity for sixteen years. He was then 
elected Marshal of Jefferson county and the city of Louisville, and 
was later appointed Public Administrator and Guardian over the 
same territory. He is at this writing a notary public and post- 
master at Buechel, Kentucky, having never made his home out- 
side of the county in which he was born, and where he was a farmer 
a portion of the time. He says he never knew a Seaton who was 

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a very bad fellow, and never heard of one of the name or blood 
who was executed or incarcerated in a penitentiary or even in a 

Charles Allen Seaton is a Democrat, and a member of the Chris- 
tian Church. His children were: 1. Maximilian Sylvester, de- 
ceased; 2. Mallie Belle; 3. Eggleston Kimpton, deceased; 4. 
Leslie Clina; 5. Ardenia Capitolia; 6. Perlie Cleopatia, — all 
bom at SeatonvUle, Jefferson county, Kentucky. 

Mallie Belle married V. L. Ford. Ardenia C. is also married^ 
the ceremony in both cases having been performed by Elder Peter 
G. Miller. Leslie C. married Miss Belle Steele, of Louisville, Ken- 
tucky, September 4, 1900, when he was about thirty-two years 
old, his birthday having been September 16, 1868. They have no 
offspring. Leslie C. is a commercial traveler for the Louisville 
Cider Vinegar Works, with headquarters at Thomasville, Georgia^ 
during the winter and spring months, but he is on the road almost 
constantly. His home address is Buechel, Kentucky. 

William Chesley Seaton, son of Kenner, was bom in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, October 22, 1847. He is a single man ; is an 
auctioneer and traveling salesman. His home is at Louisville^ 
Kentucky, where he has lived for five years, having previously 
resided at Fairmount, in the same State. He was a Constable 
for several years and was then elected Sheriff, serving four years 
in that capacity. 

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John Seaton, of Greenup, * Kentucky, was born in the old 
Boone house near Greenup, on July 25, 1823. He attended school 
principally at home, but also attended the Boston and Hingham 
(Massachusetts) schools from 1836 to 1839. He was almost raised 
in his father's store in Greenup as a salesman and bookkeeper. 

He voted for Henry Clay for President on November 7, 1844, 
and on the same day rode on horseback to Grayson, Carter county, 
Kentucky, and opened his stock of goods and began the business 
of merchandising on his own account, having previously shipped 
his goods to that place. 

He was married to Mary Elizabeth Rice, daughter of John and 
Elizabeth Rice, on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 20, 
1845, the first Thanksgiving ever observed in Kentucky. Mary 
E. Rice was bom in Greenup county, Kentucky, on October 26, 

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1825. They were married three miles below Greenup, at her 
uncle William Biggs's home, by the Rev. Abel A. Case, at nine 
o'clock A. M., and rode on horseback to Greenup, where they took 
limcheon, and continued their journey in the saddle to Grayson, 
twenty-seven miles in all, the same day, and took their supper in 
their own log house, built of round logs, thus beginning housekeep- 
ing on their wedding-day. 

Their oldest two children were bom at Grayson, Hannah Eliz- 
abeth on August 7, 1847, and Anna on February 16, 1849. While 
they lived in Grayson, John Seaton built a large frame dwelling 
and store building on the hill opposite the court-house square, 
which was afterward called the Gable house. 

He quit business in Grayson in the fall of 1849, having lived 
there five years to a day. From Grayson he moved to his father's 
New Hampshire charcoal and iron furnace in Greenup county, 
arriving a few days after he quit at Grayson. At the furnace he 
assisted in the store and office until his father's death, which oc- 
curred at the furnace on March 29, 1850. In July of that year 
John moved his family to Greenup, where his eight other children 
were born, and where three died and the wife and three daughters 
still lived in 1903. 

His father had bequeathed all his estate to his ^vife so that it 
could the more easily and cheaply be settled up, she having the 
power to sell or rent real estate without a decree of court. John 
then went to work to assist his mother in settling his father's 
business, attending to various tedious land and other suits, some 
of which caused great trouble and expense, being forty years, 
from 1852 to 1892, in court. 

The heirs of Joshua Harlan, of Philadelphia, produced in 1852 
and had recorded for the first time anywhere a deed dated October, 
1794. purporting to have been made by the patentee, Thomas 
Keith, of Fauquier county, Virginia, for the same 20,626 acres of 
land that Samuel Seaton had bought in 1844 of the heirs of said 
Keith, and upon which he had erected his New Hampshire fur- 
nace. Suits were brought in Greenup and Lewis circuit courts in 
1852 in the name of Harlan's heirs against the heirs of Samuel 
Seaton and others for the lands, upon which, in the Court of Ap- 

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peals, the Harlans recovered the lands, but the Seatons were given 
a lien upon the property for their improvements. Harlans never 
paid the judgment to Seatons for the improvements, and the lands 
in both counties were sold, bringing only a small part of the claim, 
and leaving, with the interest, many thousand dollars behind. 
Harlan's deed was dated two years before his father's birth, and 
had never been recorded anywhere in Virginia or Kentucky until 
in 1852, two years after the death of Samuel Seaton, and fifty- 
eight years after it was dated till it was recorded, and still it took 
the land, though it cost a common lifetime and a fortune at law. 

John Seaton is a practical accountant, and has been employed 
in writing up sets of books at various places in Kentucky and 
Ohio, and as expert in writing and straightening up tangled ac- 
counts for the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway Company and 
others. He opened in 1854 the books for the Kentucky Iron,. 
Coal and Manufacturing Company. 

He was Deputy Clerk, also Master Commissioner in Chancery 
several years. And he was licensed to practice law, the interesting 
document being signed by Judges L. W. Andrews and Richard 
Apperson, Jr. 

He was "for the Union at all hazards" in the War of the Re- 
bellion, and this in Kentucky, and was selected as a straight-out 
Union man in 1862 as County Judge and served as such to 1866. 
He received a certificate of qualification as Clerk of the Court of 
Appeals, and was an unconditional Union candidate for that office 
in 1866, but withdrew in favor of General Hobson, who ran and 
was defeated by Judge Alvin Dewal, a Democrat. 

He was bom during the presidential term of James Monroe,, 
the same year of but before the proclamation of the lately much- 
talked-of Monroe Doctrine. He voted for Henry Clay and a 
protective tariff in 1844, and for William McKinley and a pro- 
tective tariff in 1896 and again in 1900, having voted for President 
fifteen times and never for a Democratic President or their prin- 
ciples. He was a strong Whig of the Adams-Clay-Webster school 
as long as the party existed ; he is still in favor of the principles 
of that party. He was always opposed to secession, nullification, 
repudiation and the so-called Democracy, "their parent," as he 

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puts it. Though not in favor of slaver\% and opposed to its ex- 
tension, he did not see how it was to be gotten rid of, till the slave- 
holders solved the problem by declaring war against the Govern- 
ment and firing on Fort Sumter. 

He admits his folly in supporting Bell and Everett in 1860 as 
a middle party, though he still thinks their platform, "The Un- 
ion, the Constitution, and the Enforcement of the Laws," is good 

After President Lincoln ^s first inauguration and the firing on 
Fort Sumter, he became an ardent supporter of Lincoln's admin- 
istration and in favor of coercion and any other proper means of 
putting down the Rebellion. His motto at that time was in sub- 
stance the same as that of the family for hundreds of years, the 
only difference being in the wording. There is so little difference 
between Hazard yet Forward and The L^nion at all Hazards, that 
it is hardly worth mentioning. 

In 1864 he warmly supported Lincoln's reelection and upheld 
the Republican party, canvassing several counties for the cause. 
He favored, canvassed for and voted for the thirteenth, fourteenth 
and fifteenth amendments to the Federal Constitution, and feels 
proud that he was able to see the right and that he never supported 
the ** so-called Democratic, Populist, Greenback, nor any other 
party in opposition to the old Whig and Republican parties," 
perhaps having inherited his opposition to them from his father 
and grandfather. He has voted for several individuals who were 
Democrats when there was no national issue at stake, — the best 
men for local office, but never for Democratic principles. 

He received several copies of the coat of arms from his uncle, 
Nathan K. Seaton, and also has one very old copy that he has had 
for nearly seventy years, that tradition says was brought from 
Scotland to Ireland and thence to America. It w^as transmitted 
to him from his grandfather, Deacon John Seaton 3d. 

The ten children of John and Mary E. Seaton were: 1. Hannah 
Elizabeth; 2. Anna; 3. Rebecca; 4. John; 5. William Biggs; 
6. Nathaniel Eddy; 7. Edward Eddy; 8. Mary (Molly); 9. 
Dora Peck; and 10. Samuel, of whom more hereafter. 

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bom near Marietta, Ohio, March 2, 1826, and married Dr. Alfred 
Spaulding, on May 14, 1846. They had six children: 1. George 
Atherton Spaulding, born January 14, 1849; married his cousin 
Rebecca Atherton Davis, of Amherst, New Hampshire, September 
4, 1878. They have two daughters, Honora and Mary Seaton 
Spaulding, and live at 248 Lenox avenue, New York. Honora 
Spaulding was bom July 25, 1881. Mary Seaton Spaulding was 
bora July 8, 1883, and died Febmary 24, 1897. George A. Spaul- 
ding is a practicing physician in New York. 2. Hannah Eddy 
Spaulding, bom November 2, 1853, died July 28, 1854. 3. Alfred 
Matthias Spaulding was born April 13, 1857. He lives at 419 
West One Hundred Forty-fifth street. New York, and is a prac- 
ticing physician. 4. Helen Hookaday Spaulding was bom Octo- 
ber 30, 1860. 5. Rebecca Went worth Spaulding was born Sep- 
tember 15, 1863. 6. Samuel Seaton Spaulding was bom August 
1, 1869. He is superintendent of safe deposit vaults at Mount 
Morris Bank, in New York city. 

Rebecca (Seaton) Spaulding died at the home of her son Alfred, 
in New York, on September 6, 1896. 

Emily Seaton, daughter of Samuel and Hannah Seaton, was 
bom May 7, 1829, and died on August 10, 1831. 

Emma Seaton, the next daughter of Samuel and Hannah Seaton, 
was born November 1, 1831, and died October 2, 1832. 

Samuel Seaton, youngest son of Samuel and Hannah Seaton, 
was born at Greenup, Kentucky, July 7, 1833. He was evidently 
given a good education at home, and taught the moral law as well. 
He describes himself as the "lightest weight Seaton" he ever 
heard of, weighing only one hundred and five pounds; as being 
over seventy years old, without ever having had toothache or 
rheumatism, and was never "tight/* which latter is something to 
be proud of even in Kentucky, "and rich (in the Lord) and al- 
ways happy." About five years after his father's death, or in 
1855, he went to Comal count}', Texas, to the family of George 
Wilkins Kendall, a cousin to his father, and a native of Amherst, 
New Hampshire. Mr. Kendall was the man who started the New 
Orleans Picayune, and was then editor and part owner of the paper, 

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the firm being Lumsden, Kendall, Holbrook, and Brillet. After 
visiting the Kendalls a while Samuel Seaton went to Fort Worth, 
in Tarrant county, Texas, to his uncle Nathaniel Eddy's, who was 
a brother to Samuel's mother, then alive. He taught school in 
Fort Worth and Dallas for several years. 

He married Lizzy Addington, in Fort Worth, and at the com- 
mencement of the Civil War, being a strong Union man, took his 
wife to Greenup, Kentucky, where he remained, teaching school, 
clerking, etc., to the close of the war, at which time, in 1865, 
whDe he was still in Kentucky, he was appointed by ex-Governor 
William Dennison, Postmaster-General, as Postmaster of Dallas, 
Texas. He immediately returned to Texas and entered upon his 
duties as distributor of Uncle Sam's mail. Some time after this 
he went to Fort Worth, where he bought a farm and built some 
business houses in the city, where he yet resides (1903). He had 
no children by his first wife, after whose death he married for 
second helpmeet, Jennie Pollard Johnson, of Fort Worth, by whon> 
he was presented with one son, Samuel Seaton, of whom a very 
meager sketch later. 

After ten years of married life together, his wife Jennie died,, 
at Fort Worth; and on November 10, 1886, he was married to 
Miss Lavora Patton, of Senatobia, Mississippi. In 1887 they 
moved to New Decatur, Alabama, and from there to Anniston, 
and later to Mobile, the last three places being in the same State. 
Last of all they returned to Fort Worth, where they now reside, 
and from which city they made a visit to relatives in Greenup and 
Ashland, Kentucky, in 1901. 

Samuel Seaton, only child of Samuel and Jennie P. Seaton, is 
reported to us to be a Christian gentleman, a druggist at Fort 
Worth, Texas. If we had further information it would be gladly 
given, for such as we have give we unto you, as was said by One 
of old. 

Mary Peck Seaton, the youngest daughter in the family of 
Samuel and Hannah Seaton, was bom at Greenup, Kentucky, on 
March 26, 1836. She was married to John Means, of Ashland, 
where they now reside, so far as we know. 

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Mary Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of Doctor Ambrose and 
Mary Rand (Goss) Seaton, was born at Amherst, New Hampshire, 
on November 3, 1829. She is Hving at Greenup, Kentucky, single. 


John Ambrose Seaton, the first son in the family, was born 
at Boston, Massachusetts, January 5, 1832. He was married to 
Margaret Arthur, at Maysville, Kentucky, on October 25, 1859. 
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daughter of George Wiles Arthur and his wife Lydia (Hunt) 

After seven years in Boston, John went with his father's family 
to Maysville, Kentucky, leaving the former city in May, 1839. 
He lived for thirty years in Maysville, during which time he was 
engaged in the drug business for twenty-one years, and for the last 
thirty-four years he has lived in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is in- 
terested in the Seaton Manufacturing Company, and writes all 
kinds of insurance, with an office at 414 Cuyahoga Building, his 
home being at 103 Glen Park Place. 

He is an elder and clerk of Calvary Presbyterian Church, trus- 
tee of Cleveland Presbyterian Union, secretary and treasurer of 
the Alumni Association Chautauqua C. L. S. C, president of the 
Class of 1896, Chautauqua C. L. S. C. of the United States of 

He was a member of the "Home Guards'' of Kentucky during 
the Civil War for a brief time, but never had any real service. 

The children born into this family are: 1. Frances; 2. Sara; 
3. Lillie ; 4. George Ambrose ; each of whom will receive further 
attention at the proper time and place. 

Nathan Kendall Seaton, son of Ambrose and Mary R. Sea- 
ton, was bom in Boston, Massachusetts, January 1, 1835, and 
died in the same city on October 12 of that year. 

Helen Augusta Seaton, the second daughter, was bom in 
Boston, on July 22, 1838. She was married to Alfred D. De Bard 
at Maysville, Kentucky, January 25, 1859. They lived in Greenup 
of that State, where they had eight children born to them, to wit : 

1. Alfred 2d, who married Myrtle Ha worth, in Kansas, where 
they are li\ing and have four children, viz. : Helen ; Mahlon, now 
deceased ; Ambrose Seaton De Bard ; and Alfred Jones De Bard. 

2. Mary Seaton De Bard. Married Thomas N. Biggs, and has 
three children : Alfred De Bard Biggs ; Naylor Bragg Biggs ; and 
Seaton Humphrey Biggs, — all of whom are living at Greenup, 

3. Harriet Eliza De Bard. Died young. 

4. Helen Goss De Bard. Married James Burns. They have 

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had three children, as follows: Gordon, deceased; Helen Seaton 
Burns; and George W. Mead Burns. 

5. Carrie Belle De Bard. Is deceased. 

6. Harriet Davis De Bard. Is single. 

7. Margaret De Bard. Married Samuel E. Peters, in Greenup, 
where they are now living. They have had three children : Henry 
William Peters ; Alfred De Bard Peters, deceased ; and Margaret 
De Bard Peters. 

8. Eunice De Bard. Married W. B. Taylor, Jr., and they are 
living, at the present writing, in Gallipolis, Ohio. They have 
one child, Charles De Bard Taylor. William B. Taylor, Jr., was 
bom in Greenup county, Kentucky, September 26, 1875, and 
died in Gallipolis, Ohio, October 23, 1893, and w^as buried at 
Greenup, Kentucky. 

Ann Martha Seaton was born at Maysville, Kentucky, on Au- 
gust 23, 1840, and died there on April 30, 1848. 

Sarah Frances Seaton was bom at Maysville, Kentucky, Au- 
gust 2d, 1842, and died in the same city on the 13th of March 
six years later. 

Charles Stewart Seaton was born at Maysville, Kentucky, 
May 29, 1849, and died at Cleveland, Ohio, October 16, 1898. He 
was married in Cleveland, May 18, 1871, to Sarah HoUenbeck, who 
was born December 13, 1843, and died at Cleveland in August, 
1879. They had three children whose names follow, and who are 
living in Cleveland : Carrie ; Charles Ambrose ; and Elizabeth. 

After the death of Sarah (HoUenbeck) Seaton, Charles took 
unto himself a second wife, who was a sister to his first, Lizzie 
HoUenbeck by name. The latter marriage took place December 
30, 1880. Lizzie was bom October 13, 1843. She is living at 
Cleveland, but has no children to cheer her heart. 


Apphia Seaton, daughter of the above-named worthy people, 
married a Mr. Butler. She died in September, 1864, lea\ing three 
children, as follows : 1. Clinton Butler, who is somewhere in Kan- 
sas. 2. Ora Butler. Married a man named Welch. They live 

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in Brookfield, Missouri^ where he practices the honorable profes- 
sion of the law. 3. Ella Butler. Married Sanford Heron. They 
live at Kirksville, Missouri, and are engaged in the most inde- 
pendent of all callings and live close to nature, being farmers. 

James Allen Seaton, the next child, was bom in Jefferson 
county, Kentucky, on February 28, 1840. He moved with his 
father's family to Columbus, Adams county, Illinois, in 1844, 


where he grew to manhood on a farm, fourteen miles east of 
Quincy. He attended the public school, and then a Presbyterian 
Academy at Clayton from 1859 to 1861. His time was divided 
between work on the farm, teaching school, and attending the 
academy, until in February, 1862, when he married Mary E. 
Bradley, of Columbus, Illinois. 

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He entered the Union Army on August 7, 1862, was wounded 
in the succeeding year, and mustered out of the service as a lieu- 
tenant on September 27, 1864. This contracted army record 
falls far short of doing the subject justice, but what is to be done 
about it? The Seatons are somewhat like the traditional woman, 
"When she will, she will, and you can depend on't; but when she 
won't [tell], she won't, and that's the end on't." The well-known 
modesty of the Seatons will seldom allow them to say much of 
their own doings and has doubled the work of securing the ma- 
terial for this book many times over, and has prevented its being 
anywhere near what the writer desired it to be. 

Listening to sermons by the Reverend John Lindsey, of Eureka, 
Illinois, the subject of this sketch was convinced and was baptized 
by Reverend P. B. Garret, and became a minister himself in 1871, 
and has been faithful to his calling from that time. He was pastor 
at St. Augustine, Cambridge, Atlanta, and La Harpe, in Illinois; 
Watertown, Dakota; Corvallis and Bozeman, in Montana; cuid 
at Marion, Iowa, continuing at the latter place for nearly five 
years. The Marion Sentinel says of him : " During his stay with 
us he has made a host of friends among our citizens, who join in 
congratulating him on his success and wishing him many years of 
happiness and prosperity." 

His last appointment was at Webster City, Iowa, from which 
place he resigned June 9, 1902, on account of the effect of a sun- 
stroke which he received in 1864, and which troubles him very 
much every summer in the heated term. He has held many 
excellent meetings, and is in hearty sympathy with all evangelists 
who work after the New Testament model; He has taken part 
in several public debates; two with Adventists, one each with 
Baptists, Universalists, United Brethren, Methodists, and Mor- 
mons. In a busy life he has had his trials and triumphs, shared 
by his happy Christian family, all of whom have been added to 
the church between the ages of eight and fourteen years. The 
children are: Ossian Ellsworth; Juniata Jane; Frances E. ; 
George W. ; Clara Bell ; Nellie M. ; and Addie. 

Elder Sea ton has been a lecturer of considerable reputation. 
His principal subjects were: "Foundation and Formation of 

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Character," humorous, instructive, and very helpful; "The Castle 
of the Antilles," humorous, but instructive; "That Boy," needed 
in every community. " Not one in a hundred understands ' That 
Boy.' Humorous and instructive, helps the boys, their parents, 
and teachers, makes better boys." 

The Elder was engaged in the work of the ministry for thirty- 
two years, with very little rest during all those years. A hint of 
his character may be surmised from the following sentences from 
one of his letters to the writer : 

"My face is perhaps too short, but I try to make people happy. 
The world has no time for a minister with a disordered liver who 
looks as if he was going to, or returning from a funeral, or who 
expects to have one of his own in an hour or two. Although this 
may be true, we have our share of sorrow, but the world does not 
want to hear of trouble, — it has its own. This is a true saying: 
* Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep 
alone.' Give us plenty of sunshine in life." 

The Elder says he is like his father was, except that his father 
was tall, bony, and dark of complexion, while he is stocky and 
fair. He further remarks: "I am a little proud of the Seaton 
tribe. I never heard of one of them being a drunkard, in jail, a 
Democrat, or running away with another man's wife." 

In another letter Elder Seaton says : " I have never known of 
a Seaton being an inmate of the pen, a drunkard, a prize-fighter, 
or a scalawag ; so I am very proud of the name, and claim all Sea- 
tons as my relatives. They are brave, but modest, full of sym- 
pathy, and generous almost to a fault. They cultivate lofty 
ideals, and feel that they are here in the world for some good 

Jane Seaton, the next daughter in the family, married Joseph 
Kelly, in 1844, in Kentucky, where she was bom. She now lives 
in Hutchinson, Kansas, with her daughter, Joan (Kelley) Sten- 
beck, wdfe of a gentleman of the latter name. 

Jane (Seaton) Kelley was the mother of six children, three sons 
and as many daughters. One of her daughters, Mrs. Sarah (Kel- 
ley) Davis, has a farm near Sterling, Rice county, Kansas. Of 
the remaining four children of Jane Kelley we have no mention. 

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George K. Seaton was born August 16, 1828,— in Kentucky, 
no doubt. He died at Golden, Illinois, on July 24, 1901. He 
was a widower at the time of his death, and left four children, as 
follows: 1. William A. ; 2. Charles D., for the boy's grandfather; 
3. Herbert; and 4. Maud. 

Sarah Seaton married W. R. Thomas. They live at Linneus, 

Mary Louise Seaton married Peter Felt. They live at La- 
Clede, Missouri. 

Lavina Seaton married William Nichols, of Saline County, 
Missouri. She died many years ago, leaving one son, Ellsworth 

Herbert Seaton, I believe, was somewhere in Oklahoma the 
last heard from him. 

Maud Seaton is unknown to the writer, except by name ; and 
there were two others of the family, whose names even are not 
known to him. 

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John P. Seaton, eldest son of Allen R., married Ruth M. 
Carder. Their children were : Joan, who married Frank Garrison ; 
Gait; Indiana, married Frederick Wilhite; Georgia is now Mrs, 
Frank Shields ; Vesta E. was united in marriage to Thomas Crews, 
He was the only one of the boys who did not enter the Federal 
army during the Rebellion, but, his father being old and his broth- 
ers all in the army, he decided to remain at home to look after 
their affairs, which he did well. He was a loyal citizen, and did 
what he could to keep the " Knights of the Golden Circle" and the 
"Butternuts" in check, — they being formidable enemies of the 
country in Indiana at that time. Further particulars remain to 
be learned. 

George W. Seaton, with two of his brothers, enlisted in the 
Federal army in August, 1861. In the following winter he con- 
tracted typhoid fever at Crab Orchard, Kentucky, and, after being 
confined in the hospital there and at Lexington for four months, 
was discharged on accoimt of what was thought to be permanent 
disability, and went home. While he was in the hospital his wife 
visited him and ministered to as many of the inmates as possible, 
until she finally succumbed to the same insatiable disease, and died 
as much a martyr to the cause of saving the Union as any soldier 
who was killed in battle. She spent her last days and all of her 
strength in waiting upon her husband and the other sufferers, and 
then gave up her life in a negro jail, then used as a hospital, at 
Lexington, Kentucky. She left a little girl about four years old, 
now Mrs. Olie Smith, wife of James S. Smith. 

George returned home, as stated, and lingered between life and 
death for a long time, but finally, in the fall of 1863, being some- 
what better, he reenlisted in the One Hundred and Seventeenth 

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Indiana Regiment, and was sent to East Tennessee with General 
Bumside, at Knoxville and Greenville. He belonged to the fa- 
mous " Persimmon Brigade/' commanded by General Wilcox. He 
served out his term of service, but returned home a physical 
wreck, and has been such to the present time, suffering from var- 
icose veins, and lung and heart disease, contracted in the army. 
George W. Seaton is a Republican, and a member of the Chris- 
tian Church. He married Matilda Wellman, who died in the 
hospital during the War of the Rebellion. After her death he 
was married to Martha Rankin, by whom he had no children. 

Charles Seaton was bom March 21, 1835, near Hall, Morgan 
'County, Indiana, on the Seaton farm. He grew to manhood 
there, and attended the common school until he was ready for a 
promotion to Belleville Academy, in Hendricks county. After 
his course at the academy he taught school during the winters 
and farmed with his father in the summers, until he had saved 
enough money to take him through the two courses of medical 
lectures then required, and in the spring of 1858 he took up the 
study of medicine in the office of his uncle. Doctor John Simpson 
Seaton, of Jefferson county, Kentucky, where he continued the 
good work for about a year. In the fall, after having studied a 
while with Doctor Samuel B. Mills, he attended the Kentucky 
School of Medicine at Louisville, Kentucky, until he graduated 
from that institution on the 28th day of February, 1860. 

On May 4th of that year he began the practice of his chosen 
profession at Hall, Indiana, his home town. After Fort Sumter 
was fired on, April 12, 1861, by General Beauregard, and the Re- 
bellion was in full swing, he closed his office, and, with two of his 
brothers, George W. and James P., enlisted for three years or 
during the war. They were assigned to Company A, Thirty- 
third Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. At the organization of the 
company he was elected First Lieutenant, and was afterw^ard 
promoted to the captaincy of the same company. The regiment 
was sent to Kentucky, and finally attached to the Army of the 
Cumberland in Tennessee. He was at the post of duty on all the 
marches and in the battles of that armv. 

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On March 5th, 1863, he was captured with the entire brigade 
at Thompson's Station, Tennessee, and sent to Richmond, Vir- 
ginia, where he was confined in Libby Prison for about two months, 
when he was liberated, exchanged, and soon after rejoined Gen- 
eral Rosecrans's army at Franklin, Tennessee, and remained in 
that army until after the surrender of Atlanta, Georgia, September 
4th, 1864, when his health failed and he was compelled to resign 


his commission and go home. After about four months' rest he 
resumed the practice of medicine where he left off about three 
years before. He continued in the practice of his profession until 
in the fall of 1883, when he was elected to the office of County 
Treasurer, continuing to serve in that capacity until 1888. 

When the artesian water was discovered at Martinsville, In- 
diana, he took charge of the medical department of the first san- 
itarium, and was successful in demonstrating the medical proper- 
ties of the water and its adaptability to the treatment of various 
diseases, for which it has become noted. He has been connected 
with the sanitarium up to the present time, and is now in charge 
of the Hills-Cohn Sanitarium at Martinsville, Indiana. 

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In politics he has always been a Republican, and he is a member 
of the Christian Church, in which he has filled every position from 
usher to treasurer, deacon, and elder, and, but for his excessive 
modesty, might have been a preacher. He has taught the Bible 
class in the Sunday-school for many years. He has also served 
as Trustee in the school district, and is now President of the United 
States Board of Pension Examining Surgeons at his home town, 
which position he has held for eight years. He is a member of the 
Masonic order and of the Grand Army of the Republic, being 
Past Commander in the latter organization. 

On the 14th day of April, 1864, while he was in the army, he 
was married to Miss Mary Genevieve Major, and to them were 
born two children, a son and a daughter, the latter of whom died 
at the age of nine days, unnamed. The son, Sims Major Seaton, 
lives at Camden, Ohio, where he is assistant manager of a large 
photograph and publishing house. He married Miss Katharine 
Birtsch of that place about twelve years ago. They have no chil- 

Richard Seaton, son of Allen R., died at four and a half 
years of age. 

James P. Seaton, son of Allen R., enlisted in the Federal army 
in August, 1861, remained with the regiment three years, and 
then reenlisted for three years more. He was severely wounded 
in the leg at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, on July 20, 
1864, and was in the hospitals at Chattanooga and Nashville, 
Tennessee. He was at the latter place when General Thomas 
defeated Hood there on the 15th and 16th of December, 1864, as 
his company was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He was 
then sent to New York, thence by steamer to Savannah, Georgia, 
where he joined his company and marched through the Carolines 
to Washington, D. C, and was in the grand review. His terms 
of service covered all the time from August 15th, 1861, to Septem- 
ber 21, 1865. He was captured with other members of his com- 
pany, and served a time in Libby Prison. When exchanged he re- 
turned to the front, and was with the Cumberland Army to the 
end of the war. 

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After his discharge from the army, like a sensible young man 
he courted and married a nice young lady in the person of Miss 
Elvira Wilhite, and started out to make a home. They raised a 
respectable family. Their youngest son, 0. R. Seaton, was in the 
Cuban War, and was sent to Porto Rico, where he served until his 
eyesight failed and he was discharged. 

James P. Seaton was a Republican, a Mason, a G. A. R. man 
and a deacon in the Christian Church, and he died as he had lived, 
a Christian. 

The children of James P. and Elvira Seaton are three : Edgar 
A., Olive O., and Vaugie Seaton. The latter married Vema 
Whi taker, but has no children. 

Mary Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of Allen R., married Elder 
Jesse B. Johnson, by whom she had six children, as follows: 
Lucile Johnson married Lafayette Wilhite, and has ten children ; 
Charles Johnson married a Miss Dane. They have seven or eight 
children: Melvin Johnson married a Miss Allison, and has one 
child; Frank Johnson married another Miss Allison, and they 
also have one child; Carrie Johnson married Kellar Smith, but 
has no offspring; Cecil Johnson married a Miss Wiles, but is with- 
out heirs. 

Saran Jane Seaton, daughter of Allen R., married John T. 
Lewallen. Their children are Elmer, Oral, Pearl, and Etta. 

Apphia M. Seaton, daughter of Allen R., married R. M. J. 
Pound, and had one child; then she and the child both died. 

Grafton Whitaker Seaton, son of Allen R., was bom March 
5, 1846, at Hall, Morgan county, Indiana. He graduated from 
the Louisville (Ky.) Medical College in 1870, and was married to 
Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Andrew T. Wellman, March 
2d, 1871, at the place of his birth. He is now a physician and 
surgeon in Indianapolis, Indiana, the family home being at 1117 
Olive avenue, where they have lived less than a year, having 
formerly made their home at Hall from 1868 to 1874; at Oberlin, 
Ohio, about a year, then back to Hall again in 1888, besides five 

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years in Cartersburg, Indiana, and Montezuma for a year, then 
back to Cartersburg, then to Indianapolis. 

For a short time Mr. Seaton served in the Seventeenth Indiana 
Regiment in the Rebellion, and was later a member of the One 
Hundred and Seventeenth Indiana Regiment, in Company D. 
He was discharged in 1864, disabled for further service, the result 
of sickness and exposure ; and still he says his life has been un- 
eventful, running along as quietly as the brooks by which he 
sported in his youthful days, nothing worth reporting ha\nng 
occurred to him. 

The children of these good people are as follows, all of whom 
are living at this date, and all were born at Hall, Indiana : Harry 
Alfred Seaton, bom April 16, 1872 ; Guy Alfred, bom September 
8, 1873. He is a doctor, and is probably practicing medicine at 
Martinsville, Indiana. Edna Earl Seaton was born August 13, 
1875; and Nellie Seaton was bom July 3> 1880. 

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Hannah Elizabeth Seaton, eldest child of John and Mary E. 
Seaton, was bom in Grayson^ Carter county, Kentucky, in her 
father's log house, on Saturday, August 7, 1847. She was married 
to Jerome B. Secrest, at her mother's house near Greenupsburg, 
Kentucky, on February 15, 1866, at 10 o'clock a. m. 

Mr. Secrest was born in Lewis county, Kentucky, September 
25, 1843. 

They had eight children: 1. Lida Secrest, bom at Concord, 
Kentucky, January 23, 1868, died young; 2. John Seaton Secrest, 
born November 13, 1869, at Concord; 3. Mary Secrest, bom 
March 4, 1872, died young; 4. George Rice Secrest, born in his 
grandmother's house, on April 7, 1874; 5. William Arthur Se- 
crest, bom at Willard, Carter county, Kentucky, October 5, 1878, 
died at the same place, January 10, 1881 ; 6. Rebecca Hookaday 
Secrest, born at Grayson, April 16, 1883; 7. Sally Dorsey Secrest, 
bom at Eminence, Kentucky, August 18, 1886; and one whose 
name is not in our possession, 

John Seaton Secrest, above, married Emma Arnold, in Ashland, 
Kentucky, Febmary 18, 1895. They have had two children. 
The first died youngv perhaps unnamed ; the second, Mary Eliz- 
abeth Secrest, was bom at a place called Rush. 

Anna Seaton, daughter of John and Mary E. Seaton, was bom 
at Grayson, Kentucky, February 16, 1849, and died at Greenup, 
September 24, 1852. 

Rebecca Seaton, born Febmary 13, 1851 ; died in September, 

John Seaton was bom January 13, 1854, and died August 
10 of the same year. 

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William Biggs Seaton was born July 18, 1855, in Greenup, 
Kentucky, on Forrest street, in his grandmother Hannah Eddy 
Seaton 's home. He was given a good education, which probably 
occupied the most of his time till he went to the Bellefonte Iron 
Furnace, in the same county, about the middle of March, 1872, 
and began work for Means, Russell & Means, afterward incorpo- 
rated as the Means-Russell Iron Company. At first he was their 
storekeeper, and later, furnace clerk, assistant manager, etc. 
He remained there till in 1882, when he went to the Moimt Savage 
Iron Furnace, in Carter county, to manage the business there for 
Joseph S. Woolfolk, the owner, which he successfully operated 
something over two years. Then he took a trip south to the iron 
regions, where he with others contemplated starting a car-wheel 
works at Birmingham, Alabama, but on account of the death of 
one of his associates the project was given up. He then went to 
Ashland, Kentucky, and learned the banking business, after which 
he and Charles P. Mead went to Charleston, West Virginia, and 
with others, organized the Charleston National Bank, in Septem- 
ber, 1884. He was made teller, and then cashier, of the bank. 

On the 17th of September, 1885, he was married to Elizabeth 
Isabella, daughter of John Means, of Ashland, Kentucky. Their 
first child, Harriet Hildreth Seaton, was bom at Charleston, on 
June 18, 1886, in which year he moved to Ashland, Kentucky, 
and took the position of bookkeeper and cashier of the Ashland 
Coal and Iron Railway Company, at their general office in Ashland. 
Afterward he moved to Bellefonte Iron Furnace, three miles from 
Ashland, and acted as manager until the furnace ceased to be 
operated, when he built a residence on Bath avenue and moved 
to Ashland. 

After the death of John Russell, the president of the Russell 
& Means Iron Company, he was elected their President and Gen- 
eral Manager, which position he still held in 1902. 

With others he organized the Citizens Telephone Company of 
Ashland, and the Lawrence Telephone Company of Ironton, Ohio. 
He was elected President of both companies, and he is Secretary 
and Treasurer of the People's Telephone Company of Catletts- 

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"burg. He was elected Secretary and General Manager of the old 
Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company, and was ap- 
pointed assignee of the Ashland Improvement Company, which 
latter concern has since been closed. Besides the above, he was 
elected one of the Directors of the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway. 

Elizabeth Isabella (Means) Seaton was bom August 8, 1855, 
And has five children : Harriet Hildreth, already mentioned ; Isa- 
bella Seaton was bom at Bellefonte, Kentucky, May 17, 1888; 
John Means Seaton was bom April 15, 1891, at Bellefonte; Ken- 
dall Seaton was bom February 26, 1893, at Bellefonte; and Ed- 
ward William Seaton was bom at Ashland, April 26. 1894. 

Nathaniel Eddy Seaton was bom October 11, 1857, and died 
:about eleven months later. Edward Eddy Seaton was bom Au- 
.gust 2, 1860, and, as far as we know, is still making history. 

Mary (Molly) Seaton was born July 15, 1862, and lives at 
Oreenup; and Dora Peck Seaton was bom June 7, 1865. 

Samuel Seaton was bom November 24, 1867. He married 
Belle McXeal October 7, 1899. They have one son, Vernon Seaton. 


Frances Seaton, the first-bom of these estimable people, was 
bom at Maysville, Kentucky, on September 27, 1860. She is a 
disciple of celibacy, at least she practices that theory, evidently 
not agreeing with Boyle, where he says : " He that said it is not 
rgood for man to be alone placed the celibate amongst the inferior 
:states of perfection." She is a graduate of Wellesley College, of 
Massachusetts, and is a teacher in the Cleveland (Ohio) High 
School, in which city she makes her home. She also has an "M. 
A." from Cornell University, and, if we are not mistaken, she :'s 
the author of "A Study of Birds and Animals.'' 

Sara Seaton was bom at Maysville, Kentucky, February 13, 
1863. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, 
and is a teacher in the Cleveland (Ohio) High School, where she 
lives a life of single-blessedness, too busy preparing lessons and 
:grading papers to waste any of her valuable time in being married 
or other trivial affairs. 

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LiLLiE Seaton was born at Maysville, Kentucky, on May 6, 1867^ 
and died at Cleveland, Ohio, on the 13th of October, 1874, a sweet 
bud transplanted from an earthly to a heavenly home. 

George Ambrose Seaton was bom August 7, 1878, at Cleve- 
land, Ohio, where he secured his education, having graduated from 
Adelbert College, Cleveland, with "B A.,'* and from Case School 
of Applied Science of the same city with " B. S.'' He is unmarried,, 
and lives at Glen Park Place, Cleveland, Ohio. 



Carrie Seaton was bom August 19, 1872, n Cleveland, Ohio,, 
where she resides as the wife of Fred Stewart Hodges, their mar- 
riage having taken place on September 19, 1894, in the city of her 
birth. They have the following-named children, all of whom 
are living in Cleveland : Wayne Stewart Hodges, bom in Cleve- 
land, July 3, 1896; Forest Seaton Hodges, bom as above, on May 
28, 1898; and Clyde LeRoy Hodges, bom July 31, 1900. 

Charles Ambrose Seaton was bora February 23, 1875. He 
lives in Cleveland, Ohio, unmarried. 

Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of Charles Stuart and Sarah Sea- 
ton, was bom on the 8th of October, 1877. She was married to- 
Henr}'^ Van Bolt on June 12, 1901. Mr. Van Bolt was bom Sep- 
tember 29, 1875. They have no children to cheer their lives. Their 
home is at Cleveland, Ohio, at the time of this writing. 


OssiAN Ellsworth Seaton, the first child, was bom at Camp 
Point, Illinois, on November 12, 1863. We have not been fa- 
vored with a detailed account of his boyhood as was desired, but 
he married Eva Russell on the last day of June, in the year of our 
Lord 1900, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Only a short year after his 
marriage he started for the Klondike, to make his fortune in the 
gold mines, evidently, and nothing has been heard from him since 
that unfortunate twelfth day of July, 1901. He had considerable 

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money with him when he departed, and fears are entertained by 
his friends that he was either drowned or foully dealt with on the 
journey. , . ,^ 

Juniata Jane Seaton, with a great many others whose names 
are mentioned in this book, is entitled to the same apology as is 
given above as to the meager account of their youth, and in fact 
their whole life. However, she was married to Shelly Horton, 
of Stuartsville, Minnesota, on October 20, 1886, by Elder A. D. 
Traveller, of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their children are 
three, as follows: 1. Roy S. Horton, age fourteen at the present 
writing; 2. Homer Horton, twelve years old; and 3. Mary 
Horton, a ten-year-old maiden. Charles D. Horton died at 
twelve months of age. 

Frances E. Seaton was married at Estelline, South Dakota, on 
September 5, 1888, to H. H. Reeves, who is the cashier of the 
Bank of Brookings, in the South State. They have two sons: 
Edwin Allen Reeves, thirteen years old, and Walter Seaton Reeves, 
a youth of ten years. 

> George W. Seaton died at two years old. 

p Clara Bell Seaton is a clerk in the Bank of Brookings. 

Nelue M. Seaton is a bookkeeper and cashier in C. A. Skin- 
ner's dry-goods store in Brookings, South Dakota. 

Addie Seaton, the baby of the family, died at twelve months 
of age, in December, 1882. 

the children of GEORGE K. SEATON. 

William A. Seaton is a carpenter by training, and lives at 
Quincy, Illinois, where he is foreman of the bridge-builders of the 
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He is another *' fellow 
that looks like me," and if the truth, the whole truth, and 
nothing but the truth has been told of him, there is no danger 
of our friend ever getting into trouble on account of his beauty, 
for it is said he resemble the writer so closely that the portrait of 
either might be mistaken for that of the other by intimate friends. 

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Charles D. Seaton 2d is a professor in the Deaf and Dumb 
School at Devil's Lake, North Dakota, himself having been 
educated at the Deaf and Dumb Asylum in Washington, D. C. 

Herbert Seaton is said to live somewhere in Oklahoma. 

Maud Seaton, "a fine young lady," lives at Golden, Illinois, 
unmarried. She was attending the Gem City Business College at 
Quincy, Illinois, in September, 1903. 

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Down in Virginia there lived a Seaton, whose name we have 
been unable to learn, but the family tradition says that he was a 
captain of a company in the Revolutionary War, so it is probable 
that he must have been bom not very far from 1730. This soldier 
left a Bible to his descendants, on the fly-leaf of which was written 
this prayer: 

"From Doctors, Lawyers, Preachers and the Devil, good Lord, 
deliver us." 

The last seen of that ancient Bible by George Warren Seaton, 
a descendant of the former owner, it was in the possession of his 
grandfather's sister, Mrs. Lucy Cox, of Mead county, Kentucky, 
who is long since dead, but her grandson, Gus. Cox by name, 
lives at Wichita, Kansas. 

The Revolutionary soldier, above, had three sons, George, 
James and William, who, very early in the nineteenth century, 
settled in Kentucky. Of William Seaton nothing definite is 
known, but George and James made their home in Breckinridge 
county, Kentucky, James moving from Fauquier county, Vir- 
ginia, or possibly, according to Booker Seaton, another of this 
branch, from Westmoreland county. 

Georgk Seaton was a Revolutionary soldier, and drew a pension 
as such. He went to Kentucky from Pennsylvania. His name 
is found on the "Pension Roll of Revolutionary Soldiers" as a 
private and sergeant in the Virginia Militia. His place of resi- 
dence was at that time Breckinridge county, Kentucky, and he 
drew $78.33 per year, his name having been put on the roll Octo- 
ber 21, 1833, at the age of seventy-nine years; so he must have 
been bom in 1754. 

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others. The son was born in Pennsylvania, and moved with his 
father, while quite young, to Kentucky, where he died in 1852 or 
1853, aged sixty-five years. He was married to Mary Anna 
Reeder, and had seven children, as follows : 

1. William Seaton 2d; died in infancy. 

2. Thomas Holt Seaton; died in 1901 in Breckinridge county, 
Kentucky, aged seventy-four years; unmarried. 

3. Richard Stevens Seaton lives somewhere in Texas. He must 
have been bom about 1831. 

4. James Reeder Seaton is dead. He left quite a family in 
Breckinridge county, Kentucky, among them John Seaton, of 
Hardinsburg, in that State; Laura Seaton, who married a Mr. 
Compton, a cashier in a bank in the last-named place ; and Emma 
Seaton, of the same village. 

5. Mary Seaton married James Barnes. They have had five 
children. The family lives at Hardinsburg, Kentucky. 

6. Martha Seaton is single, and lives at the village last named. 

7. Booker Seaton was born December 25, 1834, in Breckinridge 
county, Kentucky, where he lived until in May, 1870, when he 
moved to Linn county, Kansas. He has been a farmer until re- 
cently, when he moved to Lacygne, Kansas, to take his ease for 
the rest of his days. On May 23, 1877, he married Eleanor Eliz- 
abeth Dalton, at Sedgwick, Harvey county, Kansas, and they 
lived happily until her death March 18, 1899, at Lacygne, Kansas. 
Booker Seaton 's second wife was Dillie Mitchell, a widow at the 
time of their marriage, she having previously married a man 
named Ellis. 

James Seaton, the other brother of the three, among other 
children had a son, James D. Seaton, who was born in Fauquier 
county, Virginia, January 1, 1804. He moved to Breckinridge 
county, Kentucky, and married Harriet Greenwell, who was bom 
in 1812. They had children as follows: 

1. Wilfred Seaton died unmarried, in Kentucky. 

2. Eleanor Ellen Seaton married, first, Franklin Dalton, and 
after his death she was married to Booker Seaton, on May 26, 

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1877, at Sedgwick City, Harvey county, Kansas, and died on 
March 18, 1899, at Lacygne, Kansas, without issue by either hus- 

3. Luella Seaton married Luther Hendricks, whose present ad- 
dress is Cloverport, Kentucky. They have not been blessed with 

4. Sarah Jane Seaton married Peterson Roff, whose address is 
State Reform School, Topeka, Kansas. They have five children. 

5. George Warren Seaton married Annie, daughter of Elder 
William Head, of Linn county, Kansas, in 1865. They moved to 
what is now Harvey county, Kansas, in 1869, and located a home- 
stead, to which the family moved in the next year. He managed 
the farm until in 1887, when he established a drug business in that 
county, where he continued to operate until in 1893. Then he 
moved to Lacygne, and conducted the same business until in 
November, 1903. 

At the breaking-out of the War of the Rebellion he enlisted in 
Company K, Third Kentucky Cavalry, and served three and a 
half years in the Federal army. He took part in the battles of 
Bowling Green, Shiloh, Nashville, Stone River, Jonesboro, Wains- 
boro (where General Joe Wheeler went after them). Atlanta, 
Kenesaw, and others. At Stone River he was badly injured by 
his horse falling on him, and in the same battle a shell bursting 
close to his head destroyed the hearing in one of his ears. 

Annie (Head) Seaton died in 1876 in Harvey county, Kansas, 
and was buried at Sedgwick City in that county. They had 
children as follows: 1. Harriet Seaton was born June 12, 1866, 
at Cloverport, Breckinridge county, Kentucky, and finally mar- 
ried Jefferson Miller at that place. They have four children. 

2. Anna Theresa Seaton, born October 18, 1868. married William 
Urton, and has two children. They live at Wichita, Kansas. 

3. Ellen Dalton Seaton, born April 18, 1870, married John B. 
Saunders at Lacygne, Kansas, who is a merchant at Fort Worth, 
Texas. They have two children. 4. Clora Seaton, bom April 
7, 1872; married Frederick Judson at Lacygne, and died October 
23, 1902, at Knoxville, Tennessee, childless. Mr. Judson was 

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agent and manager for the Swift Packing Company. 5. Jamea 
Davis Seaton, bom in October, 1873, lives at Qoverport, Ken- 
tucky, a family man. 6. Benjamin Hamed Seaton lives at Guth-^ 
rie, Oklahoma. 7. John P. Seaton died young and unmarried. 
8. Albert Seaton, son of George Warren, is among the deceased. 
His widow and two children live at Elmdale, Kansas. 9. James: 
H. Seaton is located at Newton, Harvey county, Kansas. He 
graduated from the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville^ 
in 1866, and practices his profession at Newton. 10. Jefferson 
D. Seaton died without issue. 

George Warren Seaton, the father, married for his second wife 
Mrs. Edith A. Clute at Lacygne, Kansas, July 20, 1896. Na 
children have been bom to the latter union. 


John M. Seaton is supposed to have been bom in Tennessee 
or Virginia. He was the youngest son of his father's family, and 
had at least one brother. He enlisted from Virginia in the United 
States Army for service in Mexico ; was at the battle of Vera Cruz^ 
and, on the march toward the city of Mexico, lost his life at the 
battle of Cerro Gordo, a mountain-pass in the Cofre de Puerto^ 
in southern Mexico, about sixty miles from Vera Cruz. Here, on 
the 18th of April, 1847, General Scott with an army of 6000 men,, 
following up his successes at Vera Cruz, found General Santa Anna 
with 3000 Mexicans awaiting him and blocking the pass. After 
several unsuccessful attempts to find another route. General Scott 
decided to assault the army in the pass. He succeeded in routing^ 
the Mexicans, capturing about 3000 prisoners, between four thou- 
sand and five thousand stands of arms and over forty pieces of 
artillery; but among the sixty-three Americans killed in the 
battle, our kinsman, John M. Seaton, died in a blaze of glory. 

Long before this time he had married Elizabeth Jones, daugh- 
ter of a Vermont farmer, who later moved to New York State; 
Elizabeth being a daughter of a first marriage. Her mother died 
about 1801, when Elizabeth was bom. There were several chil- 
dren born to this union, and Mr. Jones married again and raised 

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numerous other children. Both sets of children were raised to- 
gether, the wives having been sisters. 

John M. Seaton also served the Republic of Texas, and his wife 
received a land warrant (three sections) in Hardeman county, 
Texas, through which two railroads now run, and in which Beau- 
mont is located. 

There was recently published in a Clarksville, Tennessee, paper 
a notice which states that Sheriff Stafford has received from J. Q. 
Lillard, of Amity, Louisiana, a letter asking information concern- 
ing people by the name of Seaton. The letter states that there 
is valuable land in Texas for the heirs of John M. Seaton, who 
w^ent to Texas previous to 1837. 

Elizabeth Seaton, widow of John M. Seaton, drew a pension up 
to the date of her death, in 1865, on account of the services of her 
husband in the United States Army. 

John Seaton, son of John M. and Elizabeth Seaton, was born 
June 11, 1834, in Ohio. He spent his boyhood and learned his 
trade of coppersmith and heavy iron work in Louisville, Ken- 
tucky, where he received his education, except the last season, 
w^hich was spent at Cincinnati, Ohio. He served his apprentice- 
ship without indenture, and soon after that worked as journeyman 
in St. Louis, Missouri, from which city he went to Alton, Illinois, 
and began business on his own account. He ran a shop with 
from twelve to twenty men until Fort Sumter was fired upon, 
when he secured a drummer and fifer and started around to secure 
recruits, raised a company, and went into camp May 11, 1861, and 
was made Captain of Company B, Twenty-second Regiment, 
Illinois Infantry. 

He served until the 19th of July, 1862, when he resigned, like 
many others, thinking their services were no longer needed, as 
they thought the war was practically ended, and being anxious to 
return to their business, w^hich they had left at something of a 
sacrifice. He was drilling, scouting, fortifying, skirmishing, and 
was in the battle of New Madrid in the spring of 1862. From 
there, after lying around a month, they crossed the river as ad- 
vance guard of General Pope's Army at Island No. 10, which had 

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been evacuated. They followed up to Tiptonville, where 6000 
surrendered to the Twenty-second regiment, thinking all of Pope's 
army was there. They returned to New Madrid, then went to 
Fort Pillow after two days' delay on account of high water, then 
went up the Tennessee and took part in the siege of Corinth. 
They were a month approaching Corinth, expecting battle. May 
31st they found Beauregard had evacuated; then John sent in his 
resignation and went back to Alton and started up his business 

He continued in business at Alton until in 1872, when he re- 
moved to Atchison, Kansas, where he established his present 
business, which has made a healthy growth. He was Councilman 
in Alton, and Chief Engineer of the Volunteer City Fire Depart- 
ment. In Atchison he served three terms (six years) on the School 
Board, after which he went to the Legislature in 1879, and was 
almost continuously there until 1902. He was a candidate for 
nomination for Governor of Kansas with six others, and received 
more votes than any other except W. E. Stanley, and was next to 
him in each ballot, gaining on each ballot. 

The Atchison Foundry Company, of which John Seaton is 
President, is employing upwards of 200 men. The company was 
incorporated on January 1, 1903, taking in several of the former 
employes, among whom are John C. and Leroy George Seaton, 
sons of the former proprietor. John Seaton owns the Atchison 
Theater, has numerous real-estate investments in St. Louis, Kan- 
sas City, Camden county, Missouri, Eldorado Springs, Cedar 
county, Missouri, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Topeka, Kansas. 

John Seaton was married to Charlotte E. Tuthill, on the 9th of 
April, 1857, at Alton, Illinois. Pardon T. Tuthill, the father of 
Mrs. Seaton, is a descendant of a Tuthill who came over in the 
Mayflower, and his descendants have lived at Orient, Long Island, 
where dozens of families of the name now reside, not far from New 
London, Connecticut, across the Sound. 

There have been bom into the family of John and Charlotte 
Seaton three girls and two boys, as follows: Lillie M. Seaton; 
married a Mr. Moore and after his death, George W. Hendrickson. 
2. Mary Elizabeth Seaton ; married Dr. W. H. Conditt. 3. John 

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Charles Seaton; married Lillian Burtis, of Water ville. He is a 
a member of the Atchison Foundry Company, being vice-president 
and general manager. 4. Nellie Tabor Seaton; married Theo- 
dore Byram, of Atchison. She died in Kansas City, Missouri, in 
the fall of 1902, of peritonitis, and the body was taken to Atchison 
for burial. 5. Leroy George Seaton is single, and lives at the 
home of his father. He is a bookkeeper at the foundry. 

Mrs. Lillie M. Hendrickson lives at Effingham, Atchison county, 
Kansas; and Mrs. Mary E. Conditt at Kansas City, Missouri. 

John Seaton prepared and read a paper on " The Battle of Bel- 
mont" before the Kansas Commandery of the Military Order of 
the Loyal Legion of the United States, that is said to be the best 
account of that battle ever written. 

The residence of the family, 520 South Fourth street, Atchison, 
is beautifully located, high up on the bank of the Missouri river, 
and the wife and mother is a beautiful lady, lovely beyond the art 
of society. 

There is a short biography of Captain John Seaton of Atchison 
in *' Eminent Men of Kansas," page 185. 

He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas 
Penitentiary, and was elected as president of the Board. 


James Carmichael Seaton and his wife, Elizabeth, went from 
Virginia to Nebraska with his father in 1854, locating at Bellevue, 
Sarpy county. They appear to have lived at one time at Union- 
town, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, but whether before or after 
their residence in Virginia it is impossible to say with certainty. 

The children of J. C. and Elizabeth Seaton were: 1. Hiram. 
2. Susan, who married a Collier. 3. Sallie, who became Mrs. 
Crawford. 4. Merchant. 5. Mar>^ ; became Mrs. Ingraham. 6. 
Frank. 7. Rebecca; married a Martin. 8. James 2d. 9. Ju- 
liet ; married Robert Bony. 10. John Swan. 

A daughter of the Bonys lives at Kansas City, Kansas, their 
address being 732 Nebraska avenue, and her married name is 
Lallie B. Crawley. 

John Swan Seaton went to Baltimore, Maryland, and there 

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met and married a Miss Ellen Rowler, daughter of William and 
Harriet (Donaldson) Rowler. J. S. was bom at Uniontown, Fay- 
ette county, Pennsylvania, where relatives are reported to reside 
at the present writing. He was a member of the First Nebraska 
Veteran Volunteers; went into the army as a private in 1861, 
enlisting at Syracuse, Missouri. After serving out the two years 
for which he first enlisted, he reenlisted in a cavalry company as a 
second lieutenant, continuing in the service until July 1, 1866, 
when he was honorably discharged. The command to which he 
belonged was stationed at Fort Kearney, Nebraska, at the time of 
the muster-out. He died in 1874, but his wife is still awaiting 
the summons to meet him on the other shore. She is seventy-six 
years old, and is sojourning on the Pacific coast. 

The children of John S. and Mary Ellen Seaton were : 1. William 
De V. Seaton, who died in Omaha, Nebraska, June 1, 1873. 2. 
Charles Fuller Seaton; lives in California with his second wife. 
He had one daughter, Edith Seaton, by his first wife, but none 
by the second, neither of whose names has been given us. 3. 
John Hamilton Seaton, the only other child reported to us, was 
born at Bellevue, Nebraska, on July 26, 1857. He was married 
at Omaha, Nebraska, October 2, 1884, to Agnes Virginia Russell, 
daughter of Newell and Paulina (Blachley) Russell. 

John H. Seaton is a carpenter and builder at Omaha, where 
he has made his home since July 19, 1876, when he moved from 
Bellevue, except that he was in Seattle, Washington, from May 2, 
1902, until September 29. 1903. He is, and always has been, a 
Republican, and is a member of the Baptist Church. 

The children who have come to them are : 1. Elizabeth B., who 
was bom at Omaha, August 18, 1885. 2. John Russell, bom 
November 25, 1888, where all the children were born, Omaha, 
Nebraska. 3. Emest Lawrence, born April 4, 1891. 4. Earl 
Millard, April 30, 1894. 5. Ruth Allen, March 1, 1897; and 6. 
Lola Agnes, bom July 11, 1901. 

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John Seaton was born at Whitby, England, in 1734, and was 
married to Hannah Gallilee at the same place in 1763. Miss 
Gallilee was also bom at Whitby, in the selfsame year. John 
died in the year 1789, and Hannah in 1811. 

Their son, Thomas Seaton, was bom at the Whitby home in 
1777. He married Mary Littlefair in 1807, who died the next 
year, leaving a son, Thomas L. Seaton, who was bom at Whitby 
in 1808. He was married to Mary Longford in 1840, at Padstow, 
Cornwall, Mary having been bom at that place in 1818. She 
died at Kingston-upon-Hull in 1896, Thomas L. having preceded 
her to his rest in 1870, dying at Padstow\ 

Their son, Albert Edward Seaton, was born September 3, 1848, 
at Padstow, Cornwall, England. He was united in the holy 
bonds of wedlock to Mary Hellyar Spettigue in January, 1873, at 
Whitstow, Cornwall. Mary was the daughter of Joseph Spettigue, 
of Whitstow. She died at Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, on 
May 16, 1876, where she was buried. 

Albert Edward Seaton was again married, on August 22, 1889, 
this time to Edith Gertrude, daughter of George Stephenson, a 
merchant of Hull, at the home of the bride's father. 

The only child by the first marriage was Mary Catharine Seaton, 
born in 1874; and to the second union, Edith Jane Seaton, born 
in 1891; Edward Lancelot, bom in 1892; Sylvia May, 1895; 
Reginald Ethelbert. 1899; and Gilbert Christopher Scoresby, in 

Albert Edward is a ci\'il engineer, shipbuilder and marine en- 
gineer. He is the author of a "Manual of Marine Engineering," 
published by D. Van Xorstrand, which was revised in 1890. 
The "Thermodynamics of the Steam Engine,'' by Cecil H. Pea- 

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body, mentions and quotes from the above work, and in "Me- 
chanical Drawing and Elementary Machine Design" mention is 
made of the same author and his work as authority on the sub- 
ject. Kent's " Mechanical Engineer's Pocket Book " mentions and 
gives quotations from the same book in several places. 

Mr. Seaton was consulting engineer for some years. He has 
held the office of Justice of the Peace, or Magistrate, for Hull. 
For eight years he was in the naval service of his coimtry. His 
present address is Wilton House, Kingston-upon-HuU, and his 
office at No. 32 Victoria street, London, S. W. 

A letter from Mr. Seaton sets forth a different theory of the 
origin of the family from that generally entertained on this side 
of the ocean. He claims that the family was originally English, 
and that some of the members first went to Scotland with Robert 


John Seaton, of England, was bom May 27, 1744, his parents 
having evidently emigrated from Scotland. He had, according 
to the record in the old family Bible, five sisters and one brother, 
to wit: Sarah Seaton, bom June 26, 1742; Ann Seaton, born 
June 27, 1746; Edward Seaton, born October 25, 1747; Rachel 
Seaton, born July 6, 1750; another Ann Seaton, bom February 
7, 1752; and Mary Seaton, bom in August, 1754. All these lived 
in England. 

John called his wife Mary, but further than that we are not in- 
formed as to her name. Their only child, so far as the record 
shows, was Joseph Seaton, who was bom in England August 3^ 
1781. He married Elizabeth Walker, on June 18, 1806, in St. 
Mary's Church, in Beverly, England. 

Joseph and Elizabeth Seaton came to this country with 
their family in June, 1830, and settled in Utica, New York, where 
he worked at his trade, being a wheelwright. Of his children we 
know comparatively little, but his death and burial in Utica 
Cemetery are attested by a tombstone close to the west fence and 
not far from the one on the south. The inscription on the head- 
stone is as follows : 

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" Sacred to the memory of Joseph Seaton, who died November 
19, 1848, aged sixty-eight years. 'Mark the perfect man, and be- 
hold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.' " 

Elizabeth Walker was bom March 27, 1783, in England. She 
died February 15, 1855, in Utica, New York, and was buried 
beside her husband. This is a copy of the statement on her burial 
tablet : 

" At rest, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Seaton, who departed this 
life February 15, 1855, aged seventy-three years. 'Then shall the 
dust return to earth as it was ; and the spirit shall return to God 
who gave it.' '' 

There were born to Joseph and Elizabeth Seaton thirteen chil- 
dren, as follows: 

John Walker Seaton was born March 22, 1807, in England. 
He married Harriet Nightingale July 4, 1831, and died August 
10, 1869, aged sixty-two years, four months and eighteen days. 

Joseph Seaton 2d was born June 4, 1808, in England. When 
grown to manhood he married a lady named Hellen Kelly. He 
passed over the dark river to his reward December 30, 1880, after 
seventy-two years, six months and twenty-six days of the joys 
and sorrows of this life. 

Benjamin Seaton, the third son, was welcomed into the family 
circle on November 10, 1809, in England, and departed this life 
September 18, 1817, while only a small boy, and is happy, "for 
of such is the kingdom of Heaven." 

Edward Seaton was bofn in England, on August 4, 1811, and 
died before he had attained his first birthday, on April 19, 1812. 

Edward Seaton 2d was bom on February 15, 1813, about ten 
months after his brother of the same name had died, and was 
given the same name. He married Mary B. Whiff en on April 30, 
1849, dying on March 22, 1872. 

Mary Ann Seaton, the first daughter born into this family, 
was born September 10, 1814, and died within a year. 

Mary Ann Seaton 2o was born on October 29, 1815, in England. 

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In the course of some few years she was married to David Night- 
ingale, probably a brother to Harriet Nightingale, who espoused 
John Walker Sea ton, Mary's brother. This happy event took 
place on November 21, 1832, and Mary Nightingale died on the 
15th of February, 1882. 

Rachel Helen Seaton was born in England, on the second of 
May, 1817, and died about a year later, on May 12, 1818. 

Rachel Helen Seaton 2d was born March 19, 1819, in Eng- 
land. She married Carrol M. Steele April 30, 1837, and died on 
the 20th of February, 1855. 

Sarah Seaton was born October 25, 1820, in England. She 
was married July 21st, 1838, to John Whiffen, who was more than 
likely a brother to Mary B. Whiffen, who married Edward Seaton 
2d. Sarah Seaton Whiffen died February 23, 1854. 

Elizabeth Seaton was born March 25, 1822, in England. She 
married, on November 21, 1841, Isaac Whiffen, the third of the 
family to unite their destinies with the Whiffens. From the fact 
that Elizabeth Seaton 's death was not recorded with the others of 
the family, it is supposed that she was still among the living when 
the record was made, in Janulary, 1892. 

Susannah Seaton was bom in England, November 27, 1823, 
and died about a month later, on December 30, 1823. 

We have no account of any children having been bom to any 
of the children of Joseph and Elizabeth Seaton thus far, even if 
they had any, which they may have had. 

Benjamin Welbon Seaton, the only one of this large family 
with whose posterity we will have to do at present, was born 
January 13, 1825, in England. He married Julia E. Bond, De- 
cember 30, 1849. They were the parents of ten children, viz. : 
1. Elbert; 2. Franklin B. ; 3. Clarence H. ; 4. Mary; 5. Morris: 
6. Helen ; 7. Hiram Johnson ; 8. Clara Elizabeth ; 9. John Her- 
vey ; and 10. Charles A. 

Julia Elizabeth Bond, wife of Benjamin Welbon Seaton, was 
bom August 30, 1822, in Philadelphia. Her father, Mulford R. 

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Bond, who was bom on October 26, 1798, married Julia A. John- 
son, who was born January 18, 1800, the wedding taking place on 
the 20th of October, 1821. Mr. Bond died January 11, 1879, and 
his wife on March 13, 1847, both in Chicago, Illinois. 

Julia Sea ton's grandfather was Elisha Johnson, of Long Island. 
He was a Revolutionarj' soldier, who served five years and eight 
months in the patriot army, and was one of the three soldiers 
who, on September 25, 1785, while under orders, rowed Benedict 
Arnold to the ship Vulture when he escaped after his treachery. 
Mr. Johnson was an agent for a colony of French refugees who at- 
tempted a settlement, but failed on account of the Frenchmen not 
being used to laboring, and the first winter being severe, with heavy 
snows. Many of the colonists starved and froze to death. 

Elisha Johnson married Mary Reeves, a Rhode Island lady, 
who was married at fifteen years of age and bore thirteen children, 
nine of whom grew to maturity. She made with her own hands 
all of their clothing, except shoes,^from the raw material, — wool 
and flax, — carding, spinning and wea\'ing and afterward making 
up the cloth into clothes. She also knit their stockings and plaited 
their summer hats. She died May, 1860, at the age of ninety-four, 


Elbert J. Seaton was born October 20, 1850, in Chicago, 
Illinois. He died August 10, 1851, without having known much 
of either the joys or sorrows of life. 

Franklin B. Seaton was born September 14, 1852, in Chicago, 
and died at Cambridge, Illinois, January 2, 1870. 

Clarence H. Seaton, son of Benjamin W. and Julia E. Seaton, 
was born December 18, 1853, in Chicago, and died July 5, 1854. 

Mary Seaton was born in Chicago, on February 7, 1855. She 
was married to William A. Worthington, on April 8, 1875. Mr. 
Worthington died March 28, 1881, and she was again married, 
on October 14, 1885, this time to Chauncey Clapham. Her only 
child by Mr. Worthington was Elizabeth Worthington, bom Sep- 
tember 24, 1870, in Nebraska, and died December 5, 1881, at 

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Cambridge, Illinois. Her children by Mr. Clapham were : Benja- 
min Clapham, bom April 13, 1887, in South Dakota; Robert 
Clapham, bom June 13, 1889, in the same State as his brother; 
and Julia Candence Clapham, bom August 31, 1891, also in Dakota. 
The Clapham children are still among the living, so far as we have 
been advised. 

Morris Seaton was bom October 18, 1855, in Chicago, and 
died November 17 of that year. 

Helen Seaton was bom November 1, 1857, at Prairie City, 

Hiram Johnson Seaton was bom May 9, 1860, at Kewanee, 
Illinois. He was publisher of a newspaper at Comanche, Iowa, 
the last heard of him by the writer. 

Clara Elizabeth Seaton was bom July 2, 1863, at Kewanee, 
Illinois, and married George M. Leathers July 6, 1881. Their 
only child, Harvey Leathers, was born April 22, 1882, in Chicago. 

John Hervey Seaton was born September 13, 1865, at 
Wethersfield, Illinois. 

Charles A. Seaton was born April 21, 1868, at Wethersfield, 
Illinois. He was publishing a newspaper at Clarence, Iowa, at 
the date of our last information. 

^^ Another British Seaton is Oscar Mauscaus Seaton, of 1524 
Pifth street, Washington, D. C, being a native-born citizen of 
the Island of Jamaica, B. W. I. He was bom August 9, 1874, 
and came to this country in 1902 to study dentistry. His father 
resides on the island and is a Justice of the Peace and Clerk of the 
Municipal Board for the Parish of Westmoreland. He was born 
in 1844, and is a widower. 

Oscar was a volunteer in the Jamaica Militia, but resigned, as 
the hours of drill clashed with his official duties as a second-class 
clerk in the General Postoffice in Kingston, Jamaica, where he 
served four years, and as a second-class clerk in the Internal 
Revenue department at Morant Bay and Chapelton for six years. 
He is an Episcopalian, Church of England. 

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Martin Alexander Seaton, father to Oscar, was bom in 1840, 
at Manchester, Jamaica, British West Indies, and was married 
in 1865 to Ophelia Isabella Munroe, who was born in 1845, at 
Savanna, Lamar, Jamaica, B. W. I. He is Inspector of the Poor 
in addition to his other official duties. His other children besides 
Oscar are: Martin Alexander Sea ton, Jr., who is married and has 
three children, one boy and two girls. He is Clerk to Messrs. 
Nathan Sherlocks and Company, General Merchants, 96-98-100 
Itarban street, Kingston, Jamaica, County of Saney; David 
Taraies Sea ton is a second-class clerk in the CoUector-Generars 
office in Kingston, Jamaica ; Reginald Emanuel Seaton is Deputy 
Clerk of the Court, Parish of St. Mary, his postoffice being Port 
Maria. This family has relatives in England and Scotland, but 
we are not informed as to their names and addresses. 

William Seaton lived and died at Elm Tree Inn, Intake, Shef- 
field, England. He married Mary Driver, of the same address. 
Their son, William Xewbould Seaton, was bom about 1834, at 
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, where he married Harriet Walker, 
who was born in the year above mentioned. They came to Amer- 
ica, and he died somewhere "out West" in the United States, 
his wife living until February 17, 1890. 

Their son, Charles Seaton, born December 14, 1859, at Sheffield, 
England, must have come to America with his parents. He mar- 
ried Emma Susan Rupley, June 9, 1866, at Poughkeepsie, New- 
York. This Mrs. Seaton died December 20, 1892, at Brooklyn, 
New York, and was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery. The 
children of this union were: Bessie Rupley Seaton, bom April 10, 
1887; Edward Newbould Seaton, born February 26, 1889; Nel- 
lie Walker Seaton, born October 22, 1892; and Donald Charles 
Seaton, bom March 16, 1891, died August 4 of the same year. 

For his second wife, Charles Seaton married Mary Adams, on 
October 29, 1895, in New York city. They have one daughter, 
Ida Adams Seaton, born February 7, 1897. Mr. Seaton is as- 
sistant manager in a drug house at No. 20 Schenck avenue, Brook- 
lyn, New York, where he has made his home for fifteen years, 
having previously lived in New York city. He mentions the 
crest in England as being a deer en rampant. 

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Lieutenant John Seaton, of the Royal Navy of England, was 
also in the service of the King of Spain at one time, and was 
knighted by him for services in the field during the Peninsular 
War, receiving the Order of the Tower and Sword. He married 
Esther Saunders, and made their home in Yorkshire, England. 

The children of John and Esther Seaton were three, as reported 
to us: Their son Henry Francis Seaton married Mary Compton, 
and lives at Cadborough Bay, Victoria, B. C. They have one son, 
Arthur Henry Seaton, who was born December 19, 1872, at En- 
field, Middlesex, England, and it appears he is a single man, a 
draughtsman by profession. At our latest advices he was tran- 
siently located at 1328 Melleville street, Vancouver, British Co- 
lumbia, but his home has been at San Francisco, California, and 
at Seattle, Washington. 

The late William Arthur Seaton, son of John and Esther, was 
bom at North Cave, Yorkshire, in 1834. He married Pauline 
Corbet, in January, 1866. Pauline was the daughter of Philip 
and Jane Corbet, of Shrewsbury. William Arthur was a Lieu- 
tenant in the Royal Navy and Commander in the Peninsular and 
Oriental Company. The present address of the family is Old 
Charlton, Kent, England, and has been for the last five years, they 
having formerly resided at West combe Park, Blackheath, from 
1831 to 1899, and in the neighborhood of Southampton before. 

In politics William Arthur Seaton was a Conservative, and in 
religion, Church of England. 

The children of William Arthur and Pauline Seaton were five : 
1. William Roseland, born at Southampton, in 1870, was a civil 
engineer in the Royal Navy, and was drowned from Her Majesty's 
Ship "Victoria,'' in 1893. 2. Esther Jane Seaton was born in 
1873, at Woolston, Southampton. 3. John Francis Seaton, bom 
in 1876, was a clerk in the National Bank of India; is now in 
Karachio, India. 4. Archie Corbet Seaton, bom in 1879, at 
Kitterae, near Southampton, is an electric engineer at the Electric 
Harbor Works, Durban, South Africa. 5. Cyril Gervas, born in 
1879, at Kitterae. near Southampton, is a clerk in the postoffice 
at No. 122 Leadenhall street, London, England. 

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Frederick Seaton, son of Lieutenant John and Esther Seaton^ 
was drowned. 


Alexander Seaton was bom in one of the above countries. 
He came to America and bought land in Westmoreland county, 
Pennsylvania. He died on March 7, 1822, leaving his land to 
Thomas Seaton, who was probably his brother. Thomas held 
the land until his death, July 21, 1831, when it passed to his 
brothers, John and James, and his sister Harriet, who had inter- 
married with one Berry. 

Thomas Seaton, above, had a son, George Washington Seaton, 
who died in Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, 
somewhere about 1874, at the age of eighty-five years. This 
George Washington Seaton married Jane Menhirter, who lived to 
be eighty-seven years old. They had a son, Thomas A. Seaton, 
born at Ligonier in 1825, who married Ann Matilda Cole, who was 
born at the same place and in the same year as her husband. 
They had four sons and one daughter : 

1. Burnerd Cole Seaton, born in 1848, at Ligonier, practiced 
medicine for thirty-one years, and died October 9, 1903, at Bolivar, 
where he was buried. He married Sarah Adelaid Miller, at Boli- 
var, in 1874. She was bom in West Virginia, in 1857, and died in 
August, 1901. They had children as follows: Leander Miller 
Seaton, bom in 1875, at Bolivar, is an M. D. ; Carrie; Rebecca; 
Edna; Lillian; Charles Forrest; and Ethel Maud Seaton. 

2. John Seaton, born in 1852, at Ligonier, married Ida Patter- 
son, in Bolivar, in 1888. Their present address is Bolivar, Penn- 
sylvania. They have three children : Frank, Wilbur, and Hazel. 

3. Thomas Seaton, born in 1854, at Ligonier, died in 1885, at 
Pittsburg, but was buried at Bolivar. At the time of his death 
he was attending a medical college in Pittsburg. He married, 
in 1878, Amanda Luilleger, but had no children. 

4. Leander Seaton was bom December 25, 1858, at Ligonier. 
He never married, but died at Pittsburg, and was buried at Boli- 
var. He was practicing medicine before his death. 

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5. Augusta Seaton, bom in 1860, at Ligonier, married Daniel 
Brown, in 1879, at the home of her youth. She died at Deny 
Station, Pennsylvania. They had three children: Edna Brown 
married Allen Culp. They lived at Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania. 
Blanch and Olive Brown reside at Derry Station. 


WiLUAM Seaton, of Bristol, England, must have been bom not 
very far from 1770, for his son Robert was bom October 13, 1792. 
When William died the flags in Bristol were hung at half-mast; 
so, presumably, he was a public officer. 

Robert Seaton, son of William, w^as born at Bristol, and came 
to America with his family about 1846. His son, Worthington 
Winton Seaton, w^as born in Bristol, September 16, 1842, and was 
about four years old when he came across the Atlantic. He is 
located at No. 61 South street, Boston, Massachusetts, where he 
is engaged in the leather business, according to the Boston 1903 
Directory. His home is at No. 16 Davis avenue, Brookline, Mas- 
sachusetts, from which place a letter was received from his wife, 
Mrs. Sarah M. Seaton. 


James Seaton, of England, married Margaret Dickson. Their 
son, Robert Seaton, was bom at Chamlockhead, Thomhill, Dum- 
fries, Scotland, and married Dorothy Struthers, who was also 
bom in Scotland, at Falkirk, their marriage taking place at 
Niagara Falls, Canada, on December 11, 1850. Their children 
were : William T. (now dead) , and James Walter Seaton of 866 
Rockdale avenue, Avondale, Cincinnati, Ohio. William T. Seaton 
left a daughter, Gertrude Dorothy Seaton, who lives at Grand 
Lodge, Michigan. 

James Walter Seaton, bom at London, Canada, December 7, 
1854, was married to Bertha Newberry, at Buffalo, New York, 
April 11, 1883. Miss Newberry *s ancestors were born at Somer- 
setshire, England. James W. is a solicitor of Bradstreet's Mer- 
cantile Agency, his present address being 866 Rockdale, as above, 

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where he has lived over twenty years, ha\dng formerly made his 
home at Detroit, Michigan, and at London, Canada. He is a 
Republican and a Presbyterian. His only child, Ethel Seaton, 
born February 26, 1844, at Cincinnati, Ohio, is unmarried, heart- 
whole and fancy-free, a devout Methodist. 

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Francis Seaton was born at Goole, England, about 1794. He 
had one sister, Mary Frances Seaton, who was married at Goole 
about 1814. His wife was also born in England, as were at least 
some of their children. Francis and his wife both died at Walden, 
New York, the former in 1861 and the latter in 1884 or 1885. The 
names of their children follow : 

1. Daniel Seaton came to this country with his parents, and 
settled at Walden, New York. He w^as a soldier on the Federal 
side during the Rebellion, and is now an inmate of the Soldiers' 
Home at Bath, New York. With his brother Mark he enlisted 
as a nine-months man in Hawkins's Zouaves, from Newburg, New 
York, served his time out, reenlisted for three years, and at the 
expiration of two and a half years took a thirty-days furlough and 
again reenlisted, and was mustered out at the close of the war, 
having done his whole duty from beginning to the close of his term 
of service. 

His only son was John Francis Seaton, whose widow, Mrs. Eva 
B. Seaton, resides at No. 311 Seventh avenue, Newark, New Jer- 
sey. Their son, Howard Brierley Seaton, was born in 1890. 

2. Mark Seaton had the same experience in the w^ar as his 
brother Daniel, both enlisting at the same time, in the same com- 
mand, serving together through the war and being discharged at 
the same time and place, having served through the w^hole of the 
terrible struggle. Mark is supposed to have died in the West. 
He had a son living in Oklahoma or in the Indian Territory about 

3. William Seaton was a sailor. He served on an English 
man-of-war, and later sailed as a minor officer on the steamer 

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" Scotland," in the White Star Line between New York and Liver- 
pool, for some years. Still more recently he was in the British 
army in India, and died in a London hospital from a disease con- 
tracted while serving there. 

4. John Seaton, born June 7, 1817, in Leeds, England, was 
twice married. His first wife was Frances Law, who died at 
Glenham, New York, about 1844, their marriage having taken 
place in England. They had no issue. For his second wife her 
wooed and won Susannah Bray, who was born June 11, 1816,^ 
near Manchester, England. She had been previously married! 
to Joseph Wharam, who died in England before Susannah came 
to America, a widow with one daughter, then five years old, who 
is now in Torrington, Connecticut, as Mrs. Edward Capel. John 
and Susannah Seaton were married October 17, 1846, at Newberg, 
New York. John died at Walden, New York, December 23, 1868, 
from an accident. Susannah died in Ansonia, Connecticut, March 
27, 1880. 

The children of John and Susannah Seaton were: 1. Francis 
W., born July 22, 1848, now resides at Goshen, Connecticut. He 
was married at Walden, New York, April 9, 1873, to Mary Booth- 
royd. 2. John T. Seaton, bom September 25, 1853; married 
at Thomaston, Connecticut, April 22, 1880, to Elizabeth Capel. 
They reside at James street, Torrington, Connecticut. 3. Mar- 
tha A. Seaton, born August 25, 1850; married at Walden, New 
York, April 15, 1872, to George S. Burden. Their present ad- 
dress is 364 North Main street, Torrington, Connecticut. 4. Ann 
Jane Seaton, bom July 25, 1847; died in infancy. 5. Sabina 
R. Seaton, bom July 15, 1855, at Walden, New York; died Sep- 
tember 25, of the same year. 6. Charles W. Seaton, bom July 31, 
1856, at Walden; w^as married to Sarah E. Summer, April 12, 
1882, at Ansonia, Connecticut. Miss Summer was bom in Bir- 
mingham, England, February 16, 1861. Her father was Charles 
Summer and her mother, Hepzibah (Coxson) Summer. Both 
died in Birmingham, England. She had eleven brothers and 
sisters, all of whom, except two sisters and one brother who live 
in Califomia, are now dead. Charles W. Seaton is foreman in a 

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wire-mill in Ansonia, Connecticut, where he has resided since 1874. 
The first seventeen years of his life were spent at Walden, New 
York; then he lived at Torrington, Connecticut, about eleven 
years. He is a Republican in politics and is a member of the 
Episcopal Church, having been baptized in the Methodist Church. 
The children of Charles W. and Sarah E. Seaton are: Ruby E., 
bom January 16, 1883, at Ansonia, Connecticut, and Charles A., 
bom November 18, 1886, at the same place. Both are single. 

5. Hannah Marston, daughter of Francis Seaton, died in 
Vineland, New Jersey, in 1902, aged about eighty years. 

^fi. Mary Holmes, born in 1824; lives at Walden, New York. 

7. Jane Seaton was born about 1826. She was married to 
Joseph Hartley, September 12, 1847, at Leeds, England, where 
Mr. Hartley was a cloth-finisher. They came to America soon 
after their marriage. They have lived at their present address, 
Pittsfield, Pennsylvania, for thirty years, and before that, at 
Titusville, near Poughkeepsie, New York, for twenty-four years. 
They are retired farmers. 

The children of Joseph and Jane Hartley were: Elizabeth 
Hartley, who married Frank Allen, in 1875; Martha Jane Hartley 
married James N. Young, in 1872 ; and Richard Seaton Hartley 
married Mary I. Giles, in 1876. 

Richard S. and Mary I. Hartley live at Youngsville, Pennsyl- 
vania, R. F. D. No. 2, where they own and operate the "Smith 
Hill Stock Farm," breeding high-class cattle and poultry, making 
choice butter and selling the Omega Jr. cream separators. Rich- 
ard S. Hartley reports that William Seaton served in the army 
during our Civil War, then went back to England, enlisted in the 
British army, and died in India. 

The last heard of Mark Seaton he took up a soldier's claim in 
Kansas to make himself a home. He had a son who went to 
Kansas about 1874. 

Mrs. Martha Jane (Hartley) Young lives at 108 Howard ave- 
nue, Utica, New York. 

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George Washington Seaton lived in Posey county, Indiana, 
from which section he moved to Canton, Illinois, where he died on 
February 21, 1904. His children were William Pitt, Charles, 
Catharine, Annie, and Richard. We have no particulars regard- 
ing the lives of any of the children, except William Pitt, who also 
moved from Posey county, Indiana, to Canton, Illinois, possibly 
at the same time his father did. From Canton he removed to 
Farmington, in 1884, and in 1889, to Peoria, Illinois. He married 
Miss Hannah Petrie, daughter of P. W. Petrie of Farmington, and 
two children have blessed the union. 

Ross Petrie Seaton was born at Canton, Illinois, on the 25th 
of October, 1882. He attended the public schools in Peoria until 
in 1896, when, on account of poor health, he spent about a year 
in California, finishing his education after his return to Peoria, in 
the public schools and Bradley Polytechnic Institute of that city. 
Since 1889 he has been engaged in the brokerage business. He 
is senior member of the firm of Seaton & Field, at No. 12, Chamber 
of Commerce. 

Erma Loise Seaton was bom November 6, 1884, but whether 
before or after her father moved to Farmington we are not in- 


John Seaton was born February 20, 1828, in Crawford county, 
Indiana. His father was bom in Tennessee, in 1802, and his 
mother in Indiana, Crawford county, in 1803. They were mar- 
ried in 1821 by a Methodist minister, Mr. Seaton being a preacher 
of that denomination. Mrs. Seaton's ancestors are said to have 
come from Caucasia. 

John Seaton was married to Mary Catharine Ott, at Mifflin, 
Indiana, by the Rev. John Hughes, in the Methodist Church, 
October 16, 1856. Mary Catharine was a daughter of Malachi 
Ott, who married a lady by the name of Ware, her mother being a 

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strenuous labor as is required of artists in his business. He has 
lived in Huntington, Dubois county, Indiana, for about eight 
years, having formerly made his residence near Grantsburg, in 

1865, from which locality he moved to Mifflin in 1872, and to St. 
Anthony in 1896, thence to Huntington. 

He enlisted in the Union Army July 13, 1861, and was not dis- 
charged until May 31, 1865, at Washington, D. C. In politics he 
is a Republican and in religion a Methodist. 

The children vouchsafed to this family were: John Wesley 
Gordon Seaton, born at Mifflin, Indiana, June 4, 1860; married 
C. E. Tillman July 13, 1884, at Banta, Indiana. He is a Repub- 
lican, and a member of the Friends' Church. His business is. 
carpentry. For ten years last past his home has been at West 
Newton, Indiana. From 1860 to 1893 he lived at the home of 
his birth, then at Banta from 1893 to 1894. 

The children of J. W. G. and C. E. Seaton are Nellie Alra, bom 
at Mifflin, July 20, 1885, and Ward Tillman, whose birthday was 
November 21, 1891. 

Oliver Preston Morton Seaton, son of John and Mary, was 
born at Grantsburg August 19, 1862. He lives at Taswell, Craw- 
ford county, Indiana. He married Alice Benham, at Mifflin^ 
March 24, 1887. 

Emma Lou Alice Seaton was born at Grantsburg, March 24, 

1866. She married "Rile" Robertson, at Taswell, October 30, 
1887, Rev. Mr. Brock performing the interesting ceremony. They 
reside at English, Crawford county, Indiana. 

Mary Luarcia Seaton, born at Grantsburg in the year 1868, 
September 8, was married to Elias Stolk Beard, February 14, 1898, 
at St. Anthony, by Esquire Ray. They are domiciled at Hun- 
tingburg, Dubois county, Indiana. 

Walter Seaton was born May 1, 1871, at Mifflin, and his 
brother, Charles T. Seaton, July 6, 1874, at the above home. 

Maud E. Seaton was born August 12, 1877, at Mifflin. She was 
united in marriage with Hugh H. McConnel, at Hun tingburg, 
June 21, 1904, by Rev. Mr. Priest. Their home is at Evansville, 
Indiana, 1103 South Governor street. 

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George G. Seaton, a farmer and pioneer settler of Rockford^ 
Illinois, was a very devout man, and smoking and drinking he 
held to be sins that could not be condoned by any religion. He 
had a deep-rooted horror of the cigarette habit, and never lost an 
opportunity to wage war against it, either in public or among his 
friends and relatives. 

He left an estate worth $50,000. The principal legatees under 
his will were his daughters, Mrs. Alice Crunke, and his son, Arthur 
Seaton. To four nieces and six nephews he bequeathed sums 
ranging from one hundred to two hundred dollars each, with the 
proviso that if any of the legatees should use to excess either 
cigarettes or alcoholic liquors, that portion which was to go to 
them should go to some charitable institution, to be determined 
by the executors. All of the heirs are said to have been of the 
same opinion as Mr. Seaton, on this question. 

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Robert Seaton was bom in Scotland or Ireland, probably the 
latter, about 1775 or 1780. He married Jane MeCabe, of County 
Down, Ireland, whose ancestors were among the early settlers 
of the latter country, coming from Scotland. In 1806 Robert 
and his family set sail for America, but, sad to relate, he died on 
the voyage, and was doubtless buried in the hungry ocean that 
has so often bereaved those who have trusted their lives upon its 
restless bosom, hoping to better their condition by leaving the 
Old World for a home in the New. 

Mrs. Seaton settled in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, and 
six months after the death of her husband, gave birth to a son, 
to whom she gave his father's name, Robert Seaton. Some time 
after locating at the above place, Jane Seaton was married to 
Robert Crawford, an Irish school teacher. She is said to have 
been a Protestant, a seceder, now called United Presbyterians, in 

Robert Crawford died in 1843, aged seventy-six years, and his 
wife Jane in 1841, aged seventy-four years. Both died and were 
buried in Fayette county, in western Pennsylvania. 

The children of Robert and Jane (McCabe) Seaton, as far as 
known to us, were: 1. Matthew; 2. James; and 3. the Robert 
2d whose bifth is noted above. 


Matthew and James Seaton, sons of the above worthy people, 
are among the altogether too large number of those whose life 
history remains to be traced, although every means at hand, or 
within the grasp of our mind, has been employed to do these per- 
sons, and all others, full justice. 

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Robert Seaton, Jr., we have already learned was born on this 
side of "the big pond," about six months after the death of his 
father, or in the year of our Lord 1806, in Cumberland county, 
Pennsylvania. He was married to a Pennsylvania Dutch lady 
by the name of Anna Seachrist on Independence Day, 1826. 
They had seven children, all of whom were bom in Fayette county, 
Pennsylvania, viz.: 1. James; 2. Jain Martha; 3. Anna; 4. 
Joseph Crawford; 5. Mary; 6. Frances Elizabeth; and 7. 
Matthew Alexander Seaton. Robert Seaton, Jr., died in 1846, 
aged forty years. 


James Seaton, son of the above parents, has no attainable per- 
sonal history, except that he was born in Fayette county, Penn- 
sylvania, on January 6th, 1828. 

Jain Martha Seaton was born in Fayette county, Pennsyl- 
vania, July 11, 1830, and died in the same county on November 
26, 1833. 

Anna Seaton was born at the same place as the above-men- 
tioned members of the family, on March 31, 1833. She was mar- 
ried to George Glendenning, a blacksmith, sailor, and soldier, and 
now lives at Abilene, Dickinson county. Kansas. 

Joseph Crawford Seaton was born July 20, 1835, in North 
Union township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, two miles from 
Uniontown, the county seat. He learned the profession of a printer 
at Galesburg, Illinois, on the Free Democrat. It was providentially 
his good fortune to work for two years at his trade in Conneaut- 
ville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, on the Courier, owned by 
G. W. Brown, who afterward became famous by publishing The 
Herald of Freedom at Lawrence, Kansas, of which publication 
Preston B. Plumb, afterward United States Senator from Kansas, 
and Thomas A. Osborn, at one time Governor of Kansas, were 
at different times the foremen. 

The whole outfit of the Herald office was thrown into the Kansas 
river and everything about the office destroyed by the pro-slavery 

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advocates in the early political troubles of Bloody Kansas. The 
only crime charged against the proprietor of the paper was that 
he upheld the doctrines of the Free-Soil party, or the anti-slavery 

Mr. Seaton also worked two years in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 
in a book- and job-office, from which position he enlisted into the 
Union Army, after having worked at his profession for nine years 
in all. While he was in the army all of his surplus wages were 
sent home to assist his sisters in completing their education. 
After his return from the war, he was appointed Census Enumer- 
ator for the townships of Dunbar, North Union, Menallen, and 
Stuart, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, being a strip of territory 
twelve by twenty-four miles in extent. 

It was on May 4, 1861, that he enlisted in Company G, Ninth 
Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, under Colonel Jackson, afterward 
Brigadier-General, who was killed at Fredericksburg, the regi- 
ment being under the immediate command of General George 
B. McClellan. It was not until May 12, 1864, that he was mus- 
tered out of the United States' service, having served all of the 
time in the same company and regiment in which he first enlisted, 
and never having been wounded, or been in a hospital. He took 
an active part in all of the battles in which his regiment partic- 
ipated during his term of enlistment, as follows: Drainsville, 
Virginia, December 20, 1861 ; a skirmish at Meadow Bridge on 
the Chickahominy river, June 23, 1862; Mechanics ville, Virginia, 
June 26, 1862 ; the latter being first day of the famous seven daj-s' 
fight; Gaines Hill, Virginia, June 27, 1862; Glendale, or Charles 
City, Cross-roads, June 30, 1862; Malvern Hill, on the James 
river, July 1, 1862; Groveton, Virginia, August 29, 1862; Manas- 
sas, Virginia, August 30, 1862; South Mountain, Maryland, Sep- 
tember 14, 1862; Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862; 
Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862; Gettysburg, Penn- 
sylvania, July 2 and 3, 1863 ; Rappahannock, Virginia, November 
15, 1863; and Mine Run, Virginia, November 30, 1863. 

Mr. Seaton came to Kansas in 1870, and took up a homestead, 
but worked most of his time in the Abilene Chronicle office until in 
1872. when he went back to Pennsvlvania and was married to 

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Mar}' Bianca Carson. The all-important ceremony was performed 
by Reverend Mr. Axtell, an uncle to Miss Carspn. Miss Carson 
was bom at Uniontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April 16, 
1845, where she attended school, and finally taught in the schools 
of her native county, where she was well known and where her 
many good qualities were appreciated. She proved herself a 
successful business manager and had saved her wages until, when 
she was married, she had quite a snug sum laid by with which to 
begin housekeeping. 

The newly married couple arrived at Abilene, Kansas, on Au- 
gust 2, 1872, near which city they have since made their home, 
and where they have a fine farm consisting of two hundred acres 
of creek-bottom land and two hundred and forty of upland prairie, 
in Garfield township, Dickinson county, Kansas. They keep a 
dairy and raise stock in connection with grain-farming, have a 
fine home, a liberal supply of this world's goods, and four bright 
children, to say nothing of the grandchildren, which we must agree 
with them are as sweet and smart as live anywhere. 

They have quite an extensive library for farmers, and are stu- 
dents as well as farmers, taking great delight in their books. 

Mr. Seaton is a Republican in politics, and is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church. 

The children bom to these estimable people are: Lena Bianca; 
William Carson; Frances Elizabeth; and Robert Lincoln. 

Mary Sk\ton, a sister to the subject of the foregoing sketch, 
was bom March 14, 1839, in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where 
she received her education. She was a school teacher in and 
around Abilene, Kansas, for several years, where she married a 
German Reformed preacher, John A. Nicolai by name. Mr. 
Nicolai was a real-estate dealer as well as a preacher, and secured 
for himself a liberal amount of property. He died before they 
had any children, leaving his widow well provided for in land, 
besides a fine residence in Abilene, and some other property in 
California. The date of the demise of Mr. Nicolai was March 4, 1893. 

Mrs. Nicolai chose her brother, Joseph Crawford Seaton, for her 
executor, and he has in his possession the deeds and other legal 
papers belonging to the estate. 

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Frances Elizabeth Seaton, daughter of Robert, was bom De- 
cember 10, 1840, at Connellsville, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, 
where she received her education at the select school in her native 
town. On October 8, 1868, she was married to Joseph Taylor, 
by Reverend B. F. Woodburn. Mr. Taylor was a citizen of Ligo- 
nier village, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, where they 
made their home for nine years ; then they came to Kansas, and 
settled near Abilene, arriving in January, 1878. They have raised 
only one child, a son, Harry Seaton Taylor. 

Harry Taylor is still single, and was living with his parents 
when I visited them in the summer of 1902. He is a graduate 
of the High School of Abilene and of the Atchison Commercial 
College, and is an expert bookkeeper, stenographer and typewriter 
by profession, having had good positions in Kansas City, Missouri^ 
for several years. 

At one time he was in the hardware business, in partnership 
with Herbert Landis in Ralston, Pawnee county, Oklahoma, but 
not' being suited with that branch of business, and finding an 
advantageous opportunity to dispose of his interest in the business,, 
he did so. and returned to the home of his youth. 

Matthew Alexander Seaton was bom August 4, 1843, in 
Fayette county, Pennsylvania. 



Lena Bianca Seaton was bom at the beautiful site of the 
Seaton homestead near Abilene, Kansas, on October 20, 1873. 
She attended the Dickinson County High School at Chapman, 
Kansas, after she was through the district school, and has added 
to her education by some travel, and attending the Columbian 
Exposition at Chicago, Illinois, in 1893. She was united in mar- 
riage to Thomas Erskine Robson by the Reverend J. H. Kuhn. 
Mr. Robson is of English descent on his father's side and Scotch 
on his mother's. 

There have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Robson three children, 
as follows: Erskine Seaton Robson, born October 20, 1896; Earl 
Lincoln Robson, born September 5, 1898; and Jane Ann Robson^ 

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who was bom July 29, 1901. Each of these children was bom 
in Wheatland township, Dickinson county, Kansas, on the Rob- 
son farm, which consists of three hundred acres of choiceJAnd, 
about one-half of which is in cultivation and the remainder in 
meadow and pasture. The farm is principally devoted to dairy- 
ing and raising grain, the greater part of which is fed to livestock 
on the farm. 

The Robsons were married at the home of the bride's parents, 
by the pastor of the Sunnyside Methodist Church. 

William Carson Seaton was bom near Abilene, Kansas, on 
May 11, 1876. He attended the Dickinson County High School 
at Chapman, Kansas, taught school in his home county, and finally 
enlisted about May 1, 1898, in the since famous Twentieth Kan- 
sas Regiment, Infantry, for the Philippine War, serving under 
Frederick Funston, the captor of Aguinaldo, the leader of the 
Filipinos. Young Seaton had the misfortune to contract that 
loathsome disease, smallpox, soon after arriving at the Philip- 
pines, thus missing the first two battles in which his regiment 
participated; after which he was engaged in fifteen battles, 
besides numerous skirmishes. He was fortunate enough never 
to have been wounded, but had a siege of measles and some other 
diseases. [ 

When his term of enlistment had expired he came home with 
the regiment; then attended the Kansas City Business College 
for about six months, to finish his education. 

He was Census Enumerator for Wheatland and Garfield town- 
ships, in Dickinson county, Kansas, for the twelfth census; then 
entered the postoffice in Abilene as general-delivery clerk, where 
he was still employed in September, 1902. 

William Carson Seaton married Nellie Lesley Lowry, daughter 
of Obed Lowry, of Abilene, Kansas, on June 11, 1902, Rev. F. S. 
Blaney, pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Abilene, officiating. 

Miss Lowry was bom September 16, 1876, in Franklin county, 
Pennsylvania. She taught school in the home county in Kansas 
for several terms before she was married. She is a lovely lady, 
well informed, and a splendid housekeeper and home-maker, as 

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the writer can testify from a personal acquaintance with the lady 
herself and her tasty cottage home. 

Frances Euzabeth Seaton was bom December 24, 1878, at the 
Seaton home near Abilene Kansas. She lives with her parents, 
a beautiful and bright young lady, something of a musician, and, 
best of all, an efficient helper in the home of her youth. 

Robert Lincoln Seaton was born November 4, 1883, at the 
homestead on the hill near Sunnyside Church, in Dickinson county, 
Kansas. He is fitting himself by practical experience to manage 
a farm of his own at some future time, by assisting his father in the 
operation of the home farm and livestock. He also attends the 
Kansas State Agricultural College, at Manhattan, Kansas, taking 
the farmers' course. Robert is a bright young man, and there is 
no doubt that he will make a creditable showing in whatever line 
of work he may undertake. 

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James Seaton and his wife Martha lived in County Tyrone, 
Ireland, at a place called Dranity. He was a man of some wealth, 
and had twelve children, all boys: 1. George; 2. Thomas; 3. 
Alexander; 4. William; 5. James, Jr.; 6. Robert; 7. David; 
8. Jared; 9. John; 10. Hezekiah; 11. Joel; and 12. Nathaniel. 

George Seaton was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. He mar- 
ried Nancy Amberson in the old country, and came to America 
about 1778, Settling in the Ligonier Valley, near Greensburg, and 
not far from Pittsburgh. Nancy's people were Lutherans, while 
George's were Church of England; so both young people were 
disinherited and disowned by their parents. 

George was a Captain, his brother Thomas a Lieutenant, and 
another brother, Alexander, a First Sergeant in the same company 
during the Revolutionary War; all having come to America to- 
gether, or at about the same time, and the company to which they 
belonged served in Lafayette's division. 

After the Revolution, George and his brothers, Thomas and 
Alexander, settled down in Westmoreland county, Penn., George 
in the Ligonier Valley and the other brothers in Johnstown. 

George and Nancy became "well to do," and had twelve chil- 

1. John Seaton; a doctor; married, and died in Washington, 
D. C. 

2. William; a preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church; 
married Jane Huston. 

3. Robert ; a tanner ; had two sons. He died in the West. 

4. Elizabeth ; died at twelve years of age. 

5. Thomas; married Betsy Mavis. They had three children: 
Margaret, who married Robert Lamberson, by whom she had six 

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sons and two daughters, from whom there is a very large connec- 
tion in Franklin, Penn. Margaret is now, 1903, in her 88th year, 
and is the mother of Mrs. George P. Hukill, of Franklin, Penn., 

6. Jackson ; has a large family, all married, and living in Frank- 
lin and other places in the Keystone State. 

7. George, Jr.; became a hatter, and married a Miss Maher, 
They have seven children, only one of whom appears in our notes, 
Jane Seaton, who in 1816 married a Morrow, of Altoona, Penn., 
and had eight children. 

8. Amberson ; learned the tailor trade. He married, but died 
without issue in Steubenville, Ohio, his wife dying within a few 
minutes after her husband. 

9. Jane; married Robert Jackson. They had two daughters, 
Eliza, who married a Little, and Xancy, who became Mrs. Sloan, 
and had four sons. 

10. Mary (Polly) ; married an Alexander, and had one daughter. 
Polly Alexander died at Steubenville, Ohio. 

11. Nancy; married a McClellan, and had eight children, in 
Franklin, Penn., and has descendants in large and wealthy fami- 
lies in that commonwealth among the Plumers, Dales and Snow- 
dens, in Franklin, and in the person of Judge Bredin, of Butler. 

12. Martha; married John Ausstraw, and had four children: 
Joseph, Alexander, Nancy, and Theresa Ausstraw. 

After the death of Nancy (Amberson) Seaton, George married 
for his second wife Martha Ausstraw, a widow, w^hose maiden 
name was Martha James, daughter of Henry James, of Coimty 
Derry, where Martha was born. By her George Seaton had two 
sons — David, bom in 1802, and Alexander White Seaton, born 
in 1804. 

One of our correspondents gives the name of James Seaton as a 
son of George, stating that he went to Kentucky when a young 
man. Possibly he was one of the other boys having a double 
name that has become separated. 

Alexander Seatox, brother to George, finally located in Wash- 
ington, D. Q. There is nothing known of his descendants for sure. 

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Thomas, the other brother who came over with George, was mar- 
ried and had six sons, two of whom married, but none are now 

One record says that Nancy Sea ton, daughter of George and 
Nancy (Amberson) Seaton married first an Ogden, by whom she 
had a son, William Ogden, who, on account of being nicknamed 
"Hog-den'' by his school-mates, took his mother's surname, 
Seaton, by which he is known. He was last heard of at Greens- 
burg, Penn. He was partly raised by Alexander White Seaton. 

By this record, Nancy Seaton is said to have married, secondly, 
a McFarland, but lived only a short time after this latter marriage. 

Alexander White Seaton, son of George and Martha, was 
born May 23, 1804, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He 
married Phoebe Griffin, March 3, 1835, in the same county, where 
Phoebe was also bom, August 12, 1818. Their children were: 
1. George, born December 4, 1835; 2. Amberson, born October 
8, 1837; 3. Wright J., bom February 1, 1840; 4. Catharine, bom 
February 19, 1842; 5. Mary Jane, bom August 4, 1844; 6. Ann 
Eliza, bom October 22, 1846; 7. Alexander White 2d, born 
April 4, 1850; 8. William F., bom November 2, 1852. We have 
the card of a W\ F. Seaton, of St. Louis, Missouri, who is general 
manager and secretary of the Metropolitan Electric Company, 
with an office at 917-919 Market street; whether the same as 
above or not, we are unable to say. 

Alexander White Seaton, father of the above children, died in 
Wayne county, Ohio, November 10 1855. His wife, Phoebe, 
died in Van Wert county, Ohio. October 16, 1875. 

David Seatox, son of George and Martha, was born February 
22, 1802, and is said by some to have come to this country from 
Scotland and settled in Ohio. He married Catharine Piper, on 
November 9, 1826. They were living in Westmoreland county, 
Pennsylvania, on August 23, 1834. Their children were as fol- 
lows: 1. Uriah C, born October 9, 1828, and died in Denver, 
€olorado, leaving a Avidow and one daughter, neither of whose 
names we have learned. 2. Peter Piper, born January 20, 1831 ; 
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from afterward by his friends. 3. George Washington, born 
August 11, 1833, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He 
married Martha Pureell, and had issue as follows: John Henry 
Calaway Seaton, who lives at Day, Taney county, Missouri; 
Elizabeth Jane; Mary Ellen; Nancy Catharine. (These three 
girls were named for three of their father's aunts.) Then comes 
William Ernest Seaton, who lives at Kansas City, Kansas. He 
says that David Seaton, his grandfather, was the eleventh son of 
George and Martha Seaton. Jonathan Seaton, bom September 
23, 1836; Washington Seaton, born August 16, 1839, remain to 
be traced, as do his brother and two sisters to follow: Martha, 
bom May 30, 1841, and Mary Catharine, who was bom February 
7, 1844. William Henry Seaton was bom May 2, 1847, in the 
Buckeye State. His widow, Mrs. Georgia Seaton, our informant 
for this line of Seatons, and her four children, live at Crane, Stone 
county, Missouri, the husband and father having died on the 19th 
of June, 1901. 

The children of William Henry and Georgia Seaton are these: 
Delia Alvina, bom January 6, 1884; Howard Mortimer, bom 
exactly two years after his sister; Iva Ethel Frances, born De- 
cember 27, 1889; and Floyd Washington, born February 11^ 

Amberson Seaton, second son of Alexander W. and Phoebe,, 
bom at Carna, Oklahoma, has resided there for thirteen years. 
He volunteered in 1861, and served three years in Company H,^ 
Sixteenth Ohio, in the Civil War. On December 25, 1880, he was 
married to Sarah Ann Still, in Benton county, Arkansas. Of 
this marriage three sons have been born : George, bom December 
12, 1881, died February 12, 1882; Samuel A., born in 1883; and 
Alexander Wright Jackson Seaton, who was bom in 1887. 

Alexander Wright J. Seaton and his son are among those for 
whom we are seeking. 


George Seaton, bom about 1700, lived in the pass of Kil- 
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followed his chief to the Highlands, being his target- or shield- 
bearer. He spelled the name Seton, and was a wearer of the 
Athol tartan. He had three children : Duncan, James, and John. 

James Seaton was a very handsome youth, and a lady took him 
to her home in Edinburgh and educated him because of her ad- 
miration for his beauty; but finally he disappeared from Edin- 
burgh, and it was supposed that he went to Virginia or South 
Carolina, in America. 

John Seaton, son of George of Blair Athol, seems to have so 
far escaped our search. 

Duncan Seaton, son of George, was born in Perthshire, about 
1745, and a year or two later Margaret Cameron was born in the 
same settlement. These two people were made one flesh, became 
husband and wife, in the course of time, and had two sons, John 
and Robert, and three daughters, Margaret, Jeanet, and Elizabeth. 

One of our correspondents claims that Duncan Seaton w^as a 
soldier, and was at the battle of Culloden. We have no doubt 
that every able-bodied adult male was a soldier at that time, but 
it must have been Duncan's father, George Seaton, who was at 
Culloden, April 16, 1746. 

John Seaton, son of Duncan, was bom at the Blair Athol home, 
March 28, 1795, and was married to Christian Seaton, his second 
cousin, on March 15, 1826. Christian was born January 10, 1800, 
at Blair Athol. John and Christian Seaton brought their family 
to America, the land of promise to them, in 1843, arriving in 
Pennsylvania in the summer or fall, and remained in Juniata 
county for about two years ; then moved to Illinois in 1845, where 
Christian died on December 20, 1878, and John on July 21, 1881, 
at Sunbeam, Mercer county. For about two years they lived in 
Warren county, but in 1848 they returned to Ohio Grove town- 
ship, where they spent the remainder of their days. 

The children of John and Christian Seaton were George and 
John J. Seaton. 

Robert Seaton, son of Duncan, was born in 1793. He mar- 
ried Marjorie Douglas. To them w^ere born eight children, as 

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follows: Robert, John, Daniel, James, Duncan, Margaret, Eliz- 
abeth, and Jessie. 

Robert, son of Duncan Seaton, died in 1852. His family, ex- 
cept Robert and John, whose families live at Blair Athol, Scot- 
land, came to Illinois in 1853. 

Daniel Seaton, son of Robert, was bom in London, in 1822, 
and married Mary Cameron in 1856, having emigrated to America 
in 1852, locating in Illinois. To Daniel and Mar>' Seaton were 
born four children : Allen, Ellen, Roderick, and George A. Allen 
resides at Sunbeam, Illinois ; Roderick at Grand Island, Nebraska ; 
and George A. at Seaton, Illinois. 

James Seaton, son of Robert, made his way to Illinois from 
Scotland, and married Elizabeth Saunders, of Ontario. To them 
w^ere bom seven children, as follows: Stewart, George, Elizabeth, 
Marjorie, Mary, Isabella, and Robert. 

James Seaton died July 2, 1903, at Little York, Illinois, where 
the family resides. 

Duncan Seaton, son of Robert, was bom at Perthshire, Scot- 
land, in 1834, and removed to Illinois in 1853. He espoused 
Elizabeth Crabtree in 1859, enlisted in the One Hundred and Sec- 
ond Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, September 21, 1862; served 
his adopted country through the war, and was discharged June 16, 
1865, when there was no further need of his services. He died at 
Sunbeam, Illinois, in 1898, leaving three sons: Robert B., who 
lives in Onawa, Iowa ; Douglas, who lives in Peoria, Illinois ; and 
John, who is deceased. 

George Seaton, son of John and Christian, a farmer, owning 
five hundred acres of land, and founder of the village of Seaton, 
in Mercer county, Illinois, was born February 14, 1839, at Blair 
Athol, Perthshire, Scotland. He came to the United States in 
July, 1843, and, after residing two years in Juniata county, Penn- 
sylvania, went by way of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Mercer 
county, Illinois, arriving there in November, 1845. The family 
moved to Warren county in 1846, but returned to Ohio Grove 
township, Mercer county, in 1848. 

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George lived with his parents until they died, as set forth in the 
sketch of their lives. In 1883 he formed a partnership with R. J. 
Cabeen in buying and selling grain and lumber, continuing that 
business until in 1898, when the partnership was dissolved. In 
1882 he built the first house in what is now the village of Sea ton, 
which was named in his honor, and in March, 1883, platted the 
original town, to which he has subsequently made six additions. 

In 1894 he built the Seaton Block, which is the finest in the vil- 
lage, and in 1903 the Opera House Block. On August 15, 1903, 
the principal business street of the village was burned, and it was 
largely through Mr. Seaton 's efforts that a substantial class of 
buildings has been erected in place of those destroyed by the fire. 

In conjunction with R. J. and Thomas B. Cabeen, he was in- 
strumental in securing the railroad that now runs through *hat 
section of the country. In 1891 he started a private bank in 
Seaton, which was reorganized into the State Bank of Seaton, and 
of which he is now president. Mr. Seaton was one of the organ- 
izers of the Abington Mutual Insurance Insurance Company, and 
is president of that organization, which is in a very prosperous 

On February 26, 1884, he was married to Mary Jane, daughter 
of James and Janet (Semple) Brown, of Kirkwood, Illinois, and 
they are the parentis of five children : Cora May, bom December 9, 
1874, died December 19, 1891, in Monmouth, Illinois. John 
Charles Seaton is cashier of the State Bank of Seaton. He was 
born September 27, 1876. Robert James Seaton, hardware mer- 
chant in Seaton, was bom January 16, 1879. George Frederick 
Seaton, born February 10, 1881, is in college; and Boyd Blaine 
Seaton, bom March 28, 1889, is still in school. 

Mr. Seaton, his wife, brother John J., and his niece, Miss Eliz- 
abeth Seaton, visited Ireland, England and Scotland in 1889. 

The children of George and Mary Jane (Brown) Seaton are all at 
home, none of them having married. The wife and mother of this 
family was born in Lame, County Antrim, Ireland, on July 26^ 
1851. She came to Illinois, in the United States of America, 
when a child ; went back to Ireland in 1858 ; and, when her mother 

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died, in 1865, she returned to Illinois. She is a descendant of the 
Campbells in Argyle, of Scotland. 

The children of Duncan and Elizabeth (Crabtree) Seaton were : 

1. Robert Bruce Seaton, who was bom in Mercer county, 
Illinois, and married, December 30, 1883, Sarah, daughter of 
Joseph Rader, who married a Miss Sellers. 

Robert Bruce is a farmer, and has made his home at Onawa, 
Monona county, Iowa, for four years, having previously lived at 
Seaton, Illinois. His children are: Clarence, born in 1886; 
James, bom in 1888; Warren, born in 1892; and Boyd, who was 
bom in 1896. 

2. Douglas Seaton makes his home at No. 3017 Xorth Madison 
street, Peoria, Illinois. He was married in December, 1903. 

^. John Seaton is deceased. Of the five daughters, Mary, Eva 
and Melissa are single; Hattie married a Mr. Harrison, and so- 
joums at Keithsburg, Illinois; and Elizabeth married a Mr. 
Atchison, and resides at Fort Madison, Iowa. 

John J. Seaton, son of John and Christian, was born January 
8, 1830, at Kilikrankie, Blair Athol, Scotland. He was married 
November 16, 1850, to his cousin, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert 
and Majorie (Douglas) Seaton. John J. is a farmer and merchant 
at Seaton, Illinois, where he has lived since 1883. He is a Repub- 
lican ifi politics, and a Presbyterian. 

The children of John J. and Elizabeth Seaton are as follows: 
John H. Seaton, bom about 1864, lives near Lyons, Nebraska. 
Majorie Seaton married a Mr. Vance, and resides on the old home- 
stead, one and a half miles northwest of Seaton. She was born 
about 1867. Elizabeth Seaton is single, and makes her home with 
her uncle George Seaton, in Seaton, Illinois. She was born in 

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William Seaton is supposed to have been a native of Scotland, 
from which country he is said to have come to America. The 
date of his death is set at about 1808 or 1810, and the place in the 
State of Pennsylvania, where he was living about 1802. He is 
given credit with having two sons, Myers and Samuel Clark Seaton, 
both of whom are deceased. Samuel Clark Seaton is said by one 
of our correspondents to have died at Centerville, Indiana, at 
about forty. 

Myers Seaton was bom in Greene county, Pennsylvania, in 
1802. He married Elizabeth C. Dill, by whom he had the follow- 
ing children : George Myers Seaton, of Oakland, California ; James 
Alexander Seaton, of Richmond, Indiana ; Leroy W. Seaton, de- 
ceased; Joseph Henry Seaton, of San Luis Obispo, California; 
Mary, deceased ; Samuel Clark Seaton, of Burlington, Iowa; Wil- 
liam Dill Seaton, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Adeline Russell 
Stilson, wife of Rev. A. C. Stilson, of Los Angeles, California. 

Myers Seaton moved to Indiana about 1840. He died at 
Keokuk, Iowa, April 10, 1863, and his relict, Elizabeth, in March, 
1894, at Indianapolis, Indiana. Myers was a merchant and post- 
master at Centerville, Indiana, for many years, having lived there 
about twenty-five years. 

Joseph Henry Seaton, son of Myers, is a physician at San Luis 
Obispo, California, having graduated from Louisville (Ky.) Med- 
ical College, in 1857. He was bom July 29, 1836, at Centerville, 
Indiana. He was married to Josephine Blount, on January 7, 
1879, at Colusa, California. Their only child is Joseph Henry 
Seaton, Jr., bom July 23, 1883, at the present place of residence of 
the family. Joseph Henry Seaton has lived at San Luis Obispo 
since 1877, to which city he moved from Keokuk, Iowa, where he 
had made his home for about twenty years, leaving there in Au- 


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gust, 1875. He was Surgeon of the Twenty-first Missouri Infantry, 
Volunteers, for about three years, 1862-3-4, during the War of 
the Rebellion. 

Georgr Myers Seaton, of Oakland, California, son of Myers 
Seaton, was bom August 5, 1830, at Carmiehael, Greene county, 
Pennsylvania. He married Mary S. Anderson, at Keokuk, Iowa, 
September 16, 1861. They have no children. He is a retired 
merchant, and has resided at Oakland for thirty years. 

WiLUAM Dill Seaton, son of Myers and Elizabeth C. Seaton, 
was born October 28, 1845, at Centerville, Indiana. In 1872 he 
married Alice M. Howland, at Indianapolis, Indiana, who traces 
her faniily back to the Mayflower. They have four children : Wil- 
liam H., bom in 1873; Helen, bom in 1876; Albert C, born in 
1884; and Mary, born in 1890. 

William Dill Seaton is in the hat business in Indianapolis, In- 
diana, where he has resided for thirty-nine years, having formerly 
lived in Keokuk, Iowa, and in Colorado. 

JOHN seaton, of SCOTLAND. 

John Seaton was born in the south of Scotland, in 1798. He 
married Mary Cook, who was bom in 1795. The family came to 
the United States in 1828, leaving some married sisters of John's 
in the country of their nativity. For a while after their arrival 
in this land of the free, where the rich held slaves, they made their 
home in New York, then they moved West, for at that early date, 
at well as later, people went West to better their fortunes. After 
the fatigues of a long, rough journey in a wagon, they finally 
landed at Battle Creek, Michigan, and some time later continued 
their weary way westward to Peoria, Illinois, where they made 
their home. 

John Seaton, Sr., died at the hospitable home of his son, John 
L. Seaton, in the year of our Lord 1850, and the partner of all his 
joys and sorrows followed him to their eternal rest six years later. 

The children of John and Marj'^ (Cook) Seaton were as follows : 
John L. Seaton, born at Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland, March 16> 

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1826. He was well educated, a scholar and a gentleman, and 
especially an affectionate son and brother. He taught school at 
Peoria, Illinois, when old enough, and finally bought a farm near 
that city, where his parents, and in ajl probability his sister, lived 
with him, and where he was married, but to whom we are unable 
to say. 

John L. Seaton was a Captain and Provost Marshal in the 
Union Army, where, like all of the name, so far as heard from, he 
cheerfully and faithfully performed all of the duties of his respon- 
sible position. 

As stated, we have no word as to whom he first gave his name 
and fealty ; but for his second wife he chose Mrs. Lucy J. McAfee, 
daughter of Bishop Forsyth, a noted Presbyterian divine, and they 
were married in 1866. But before this time he had moved from 
Peoria to Paducah, Kentucky, after his discharge from the army, 
and it was at the latter place that his first wife died. 

Mr. Seaton was a Mason of high degree, and was extensively 
engaged in handling Shorthorn cattle, beside conducting a dry- 
goods business. He died in 1866, and his wife, Lucy Seaton, in 

Catharine Seaton, sister of John L., was born at Mauchline, 
Scotland, in 1824, and died in 1851. 

W. H. Forsyth Seaton, a son of John L. and Lucy J. Seaton, 
was bom in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 27, 1868, and his sister, 
whose given name is unknown to the writer, in 1870. Neither of 
of these good people has married, but live together on the fine 
farm formerly owned by their grandfather at Cynthiana, Ken- 
tucky, where they raise fine Shorthorn cattle and large numbers 
of choice Poland-China hogs, in addition to the usual farm crops 
of that section of the country. 

Mr. Seaton received the finishing touches to his education at 
Central University, in Richmond, Kentucky, and it is likely that 
his sister did the same. 


John Knox Seaton was related to John Knox, the Scotch re- 
former, on his mother's side of the house. He had three brothers : 

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James Carson, Adam Maxwell, and Wilson Seaton. The family 
seat of his ancestors near Edinburgh, Scotland, was called " Seaton 

The family was banished from Scotland, and went to the north 
of Ireland after the fall of Mary Queen of Scots. The family came 
to America before the Revolution, and lived in and around Rich- 
mond, Virginia. 

John Knox Seaton was bom in Virginia, U. S. A., and his wife, 
whose name we have not learned, in England. Their children were 
John Knox Walker Seaton and a brother, who lives in Keokuk, 
Iowa, whose name was not given. 

John Knox Walker Seaton was born in Allegheny county, 
Pennsylvania. He married Mary Elizabeth Allen, daughter of 
William and Eliza Muir, in Kentucky, in 1862. His home has 
been in Louis^^ile, Kentucky, for forty-six years, where he is a 
druggist. There is an only child, a daughter, Allene Seaton, who 
is single, and lives at home. J. K. W. Seaton is a Democrat and 
a Presbyterian. He claims that the Seaton girl who was a Maid 
of Honor to Mary Queen of Scots married the "Black Douglas"; 
that George Seaton was the founder of Washington, D. C. ; and 
that his name and that of William Wirt are on the Continental 
scrip that was used in Virginia in 1776. 


Abraham Seaton, bom at Eglington, had a brother John in 
London, and a sister, Mrs. John Twiggs^ in Leicester. John had 
but one child, a son, Fred Seaton, who was with the Vanderbilts 
in New York city. Before engaging with the Vanderbilts, Fred 
Seaton was the private secretary to a Mr. Carrol, a rich gentleman 
who traveled most of the time, visiting Asia, Africa, Alaska, and 
other places. Fred is married, since which time his friends in the 
West have heard little of him. 

The children of Abraham Seaton were George and Henry, who 
lived at 218 Lexington avenue, San Francisco, California, having 
once cultivated a farm two miles from Jewell Center, Kansas, 
where their sister, Sara E. Seaton, visited them. George was 

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married in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Henry and Sara are still single. 
Abraham 2d, the eldest child, died a number of years ago, as did 
the youngest. 

Abraham, Sr., died June 19, 1899, and his wife on the 17th of 
April, 1903. 

The eldest daughter, Rose, is in Lansing, Iowa, at the present 
time, where some, if not all of the children were bom. The second 
daughter, Lizzie (Seaton) McNeal, is with her husband and two 
children at their home at Custer, Washington State. Sara E. 
is at Emmetsburg, Palo Alto county, Iowa, where she has been, 
for almost twelve years, a bookkeeper in the Palo Alto County 
Bank. Rose and Sara E. intend to change their place of residence 
to the State of Washington in the near future, as 32 degrees below 
zero in Iowa is not exactly to their liking. 

Abraham Seaton 's grandfather went from Scotland to England, 
settling at Oakham, Rutland county, where Abraham and his 
father were both bom, and where some members of the family 
still reside. 


James Seaton, of Thomhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, was bom 
and died in that locality ; dates unknown. His wife was Barbara 
Smith, who is said to have been bom, married and deceased there. 
Their son, John Smith Seaton, bom in 1813 at Thomhill, married 
Margaret Nicholson (who w^as born in 1816, at Peebles), the in- 
teresting ceremony taking place at place of her nativity. Mar- 
garet died at St. John, New Bmnswick, Canada, in 1854, and John 
in 1867. 

The children of John S. and Margaret Seaton were : John S. 2d, 
named for his father; James, so called for his grandfather; and 
two daughters, Barbara, for her grandmother, and Sarah. 

John Smith Seaton, Jr., came to America in 1850, with his 
family, and two years later went to St. Johns, New Brunswick, 
where he yet resides. 

James Seaton, son of John S. and Margaret, was born August 
7, 1843, at Thomhill, and married Eliza Macintyre on December 
15, 1863, at St. Johns. Her father was Scotch and her mother 

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English. James and Eliza Seaton have one child, Archibald 
Thomhill Seaton, born at St. Johns, New Brunswick, June 16, 
1878. James is a painter, his present address being 19 Prospect 
street, St. Johns, where he has lived for fifty-two years. He has 
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Jeremiah Seaton and his two brothers, William and Thomas, 
lived in Ireland, possibly at Castlederg, where some of the family 
made their home for a great many years, and where there is a 
castle and family burying-groimd, with a vault and many tablets. 

William Seaton is said to have come to America, made a for- 
tune, returned to Ireland, bought a farm near Stanolar, County 
Donegal, and died there without issue. 

Although the early Seatons are said to have been Catholics, 
Jeremiah and William were Presbyterians, and so far as we know, 
all of their descendants have been Protestants. 

Jeremiah Seaton married Nancy Neal, in Ireland, where both 
were born. They had six sons and two daughters. Five of the 
sons came to America, probably encouraged by the experience of 
their uncle William, and it is said that two of William's brothers 
also come over the sea, in 1818. 

The children of Jeremiah and Nancy Seaton, as we have the 
names, were: John, Thomas, Robert, William, and Samuel. 

John Seaton, son of Jeremiah, went to Washington county, 
Iowa, where some of his descendants still live. Thomas made his 
home at Lawrence, Kansas. He died there about 1888. William 
located in Carroll county, Ohio, and died there in 1882. 

Robert Seaton, son of Jeremiah, was born near Antrim, County 
Tyrone, Ireland, in October, 1800. His wife was a native-born 
American, having first discovered America in Cecil county, Mary- 
land, in 1803. They were married at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 
in the fall of 1826. Robert died at Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1879, 
and was buried there. 

Robert Leslie Seaton, son of Robert, was bom at Amsterdam, 

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Jefferson county, Ohio, June 2, 1843. He lives at Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, and has two sons and one daughter, all of whom are at 
home with their loving parents. 

Robert Leslie Sea ton married Martha Jane Bell, at Zanesville, 
Wells county, Indiana, March 13, 1873. Her parents were Evan 
and Eliza (Johnston) Bell. Robert has been with the Fort Wayne 
Traction Company for the last fourteen years, having lived on a 
farm in Carroll county, Ohio, until 1866, when he went with his 
father to a farm in Allen county, where they remained till in 1874. 
when they settled at Ossian, Wells county, Indiana, from which 
community they removed to Fort Wayne, December 1, 1887. 

Robert Leslie Seaton did not enter the army during the Civil 
War, but remained at home to attend to affairs there while his 
brother John, and brother-in-law, Stine, enlisted in 1862, and 
served until the close of the war in the Army of the Cumberland. 

John Seaton, son of Robert, was severely wounded at the battle 
of Kenesaw Mountain, and was never afterward well, and he died 
in August, 1894. 

Robert Leslie Seaton was postmaster for two years, then re- 
signed. He is a Democrat, and an Old School Presbyterian. 

The children bom of Robert Leslie and Martha Seaton were: 
William Deloss, bom at Ossian, Indiana, May 11, 1874; John 
Edgar, bom February 28, 1877; Mar}^ Bell, bom April 2, 1880; 
and RoUa Floyd Seaton, bom April 24, 1884, — all of them having 
been bom in the same town. The home address of the family 
is 201 East Butler street. Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Samuel Seaton, son of Jeremiah, was bom in Coimty Donegal, 
Ireland, in 1803 ; came to America in 1835. He resided in Carroll 
county, Ohio, where he died May 11, 1851. He married Nancy 
Jackson, who lived in Jefferson coimty, Ohio, and he built the 
"Seaton House," in the county above named, in 1848. It is a 
fine, large brick structure, built after the ancient Irish fashion, 
and still remains with "Samuel Seeton" cut in the stone lintel. 

The children of Samuel and Nancy Seaton were: Margaret A., 
Thomas, Elizabeth, and probably others. 

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lived all of her days in Carroll county, Ohio, except four years 
that she spent in Kansas. She was born September 27, 1844, 
and was married to Robert Kellar December 4, 1872. They re- 
side at WellsviUe, Ohio, where they have made their home for 
two years. They left Kansas and returned to Ohio in the "grass- 
hopper year," having endured four years of Kansas experience. 
The KeUars are Presbyterians and Democrats. 

Their children are: Mary P. Kellar, born September 4, 1873, 
at Olathe, Kansas; Samuel Edmund Kellar, bom July 14, 1876; 
Leray Kellar, bom October 3, 1879; Charles Kellar, bom Novem- 
ber 29, 1882; Joseph Kellar, bom July 1, 1885; and John Kellar, 
bom July 20, 1888. 

Mary P. Kellar was married to H. L. Miller. They live in 
Lytton, Iowa. Samuel Edmund Kellar is in Colorado, on a rail- 
way bridge crew. The other Kellar children work in a rolling- 
mill with their father at Wellsville, Ohio. 

Thomas Seaton, son of Samuel and Nancy, is a carpenter, and 
lives with his wife at Olathe, Kansas, in a two-story double house, 
their son and his family occupying a part of the dwelling. Mrs. 
Seaton was bom October 15, 1833. She is supposed to be a third 
cousin of Grover Cleveland, the twenty-second President of 
these United States. Her grandmother's maiden name was 
Nancy Neal, who was from County Londonderry, or County An- 
trim, Ireland. She married Mrs. Seaton 's grandfather, Alexander 
Liggett, in the old country. This Nancy (Neal) Liggett had a 
brother and a sister, who married a man by the name of Trainer, 
and whose descendants are living in Steubenville, Ohio. Nancy 
came to America with her husband and her brother, about 1795. 
They settled on a farm near Harper's Ferry, Maryland. The 
brother located in Baltimore, where he " kept store." Nancy had 
six daughters. Two of them married Seatons, — Robert and Wil- 
liam. Jane Liggett married Thomas McComb, a manufacturer 
of cotton goods at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "Uncle Neal,'' the 
Baltimore merchant, had a daughter, Anna Neal ; also a daughter 
Elizabeth, who died before reaching womanhood. It is believed 
there was a son Thomas. Looking into Grover Cleveland's biog- 

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raphy, we find that his mother was Anna Neal, daughter of a Bal- 
timore merchant, or merchant and bookseller, and book-publisher, 
of Irish birth; and the fact that Grover had a sister Elizabeth 
may point to a maternal sister of that name. 

The son of Jeremiah Seaton, who remained in Ireland, was 
Joseph. He left a family of two sons, Samuel and Thomas, and 
three daughters. One of the daughters never married, but Jane 
Seaton married Mr. Rule. They live at Indianapolis, Indiana, 
I believe. Mary Seaton married a Patterson. They have de- 
scendants in Ireland and in this country. 

Samuel Seaton, son of Joseph, is a press agent in his locality in 
Ireland, and he writes interesting stories for several different 

EuzABETH Seaton, daughter of Samuel, married her cousin, 
and lives at Lawrence, Kansas.- 

The founder of this branch of the family in Ireland originally 
went from Scotland, whence he fled when Mary Queen of Scots was 
overthrown, and settled at Castlederg, in Coimty Tyrone. 

Several grandsons of Samuel Seaton have been located, but 
their parents' names and life-stories have eluded us so far in the 

Edward Seaton, a grandson of Samuel, was crushed to death 
in a mine accident at Farmington, West Virginia, on September 
24, 1903. 

There is also a grandson, possibly a son of Elizabeth, w^ho lives 
at Osawatomie, Kansas. 

Another grandson of Samuel is named Robert Liggett Seaton. 
He resides at Fort Wayne, Indiana. He says that W. D. Seaton, 
of Indianapolis, Indiana, told him that Robert and one of W. D.'s 
brothers looked enough alike to have been twins. 

Oliver Seaton, of What Cheer, Iowa, is another grandson of 

Samuel T. Seaton, son of Thomas and grandson of Samuel, 
was born in Carroll county, Ohio, November 14, 1861. He has 
lived in Olathe, Kansas, since 1873. He was educated mostly in 

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private schools and at the Kansas State University ; was admitted 
to practice law in 1885, and followed that business exclusively 
until 1898, when he went into the newspaper business. He is the 
local attorney of the Frisco and Santa Fe railroads, and has such 
ability as a lawyer that the companies allow him to try cases 
alone and prepare the briefs in them when they go to the Supreme 
Court. He was editor and publisher of the Olathe Register^ a 
Democratic newspaper, the only one of that persuasion in John- 
son county, until November 27, 1905, when he sold out the 
business for $4,000, having in seven years brought the subscription 
list from eighty to 1463, and the value of the plant from $375 to 
the amount for which it was sold. 


Samuel T. wields a trenchant pen, which is dipped in gall when 
he is assailed by political enemies. He is a wideawake, well-read 
man, an indefatigable worker in whatever occupies his time, and 
has dug up a long array of items for this book (many of which he 
has neglected to turn over), having an intuitive scent for facts 
pertaining to the subject under consideration, whether it is law, 
news items, or family history. 

His library is more extensive and varied than any other in the 

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family that is known to the writer. He has a lovely wife, who is 
well educated and able to run the Register in time of need; a 
leader of advanced thought in the club to which she belongs, and 
for which she writes and reads articles on timely topics. They 
were married about 1887, and have two daughters : Nellie, bom 
in 1888, and Grace, who was born in 1893; and they had one son. 
Glen Miller Seaton, who died in infancy, about 1890. 

It was the wish of the writer that Samuel's name should appear 
on the title-page hereof as one of the editors, authors, or whatever 
you may call it; but no, that could not be agreed to. He was 
writing a book treating of "Greek Politics, Utopian and Practical,- 
before the time of Plato.'' 

Samuel T. reports that he saw at a Kansas City bookstore some 
books containing the armorial book-plates of a Major R. S. Seaton. 
The plates were done in Chippendale style, and the arms were 
those of the Seatons. He also saw in some encyclopaedia an ac- 
count of a General Seaton, who died about 1886, and who at one 
time had command of the English troops in Ireland. 


John A. Seaton was bom in Greene county, Pennsylvania, 
October 30, 1840. He married at Newton, Iowa, Emma, daughter 
of Stacy and Jane Bevan, on April 4, 1864. Emma was born in 
Ohio, in 1841. John A. is now a farmer and fine-stock dealer at 
Vernon, Kansas, where he has made his home for the six years 
last past, having formerly lived at Newton, Iowa, from March, 
1857, until the same month in 1898. 

He was a private in Company B, Thirteenth Iowa Volunteers, 
from October, 1861, to the same month two years later; was 
wounded May 12, 1863, at the battle of Raymond, Mississippi, in 
consequence of which his left leg was amputated below the knee. 

He was elected Clerk of the Court in Jasper county, Iowa, in 
1864, and reelected in 1868, serving two terms. He is a Hoch 
Republican, and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church since 1864. 

The children of John and Emma Seaton are as follows : 1. Elvin 
R. Seaton, bom January 27, 1868; 2. C. D. Seaton, bom No- 

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vember 6, 1869; 3. Sarah Seaton, born April 1, 1875; 4. R. K. 
Seaton, bom November 13, 1878; 5. Arthur G. Seaton, bom 
May 28, 1880; 6. Mary Elma Seaton, bom May 4, 1883; 7. 
J. E. Seaton, bom March 15, ySSS^J^i^ 7 

The father and mother of John A. Seaton were born and mar- 
ried in Washington county, Pennsylvania. Their names have 
not been made known to us. 

Elvin R. Seaton, number two above, was married at Newton, 
Iowa, March 28, 1897, to Mary Tilton, daughter of Hon. Elvin 
Tilton and his wife Mary, of Iowa county, Iowa. 

Elvin R. is a lawyer by profession, and practices his calling at 
Hubbard, Iowa, where he has made his place of abode for the last 
ten years, having previously resided at Newton for six years and 
on a farm in Iowa county for twelve years, besides two at Des 
Moines, and at Iowa City three years. He is a Republican in 
politics, and belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

The children born to Elvin and Mary Seaton, all of whom were 
born at Hubbard, Iowa, are as follows: John A. Seaton, Jr., 
bom January 11, 1888; Elvin T. Seaton, born April 27, 1900; and 
Elma B. Seaton, bom November 22, 1904. 

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J. D. Seaton was born in Greene count}-, Pennsylvania. He had 
«-n only sister, Charlotte Seaton, who married a Mr. Riggs. They 
moved to Ottawa, Kansas, several years ago, and he died there 
some ten years later. Mrs. Riggs lived with her son, J. D. Seaton 
Riggs, who was named for his uncle, and who has been Principal 
of Ottawa University for a number of years. 

J. D. Seaton had eight children — six girls and two boys. One 
son died while quite young, and the other, Walter L. Seaton, lives 
at Duluth, Minnesota, where he is engaged in electrical work. He 
has been married eleven years, but has no children. 

Mrs. Charlotte Riggs is said to have kept a record of her branch 
of the family. 

In Volume XXV, Pennsylvania Archives, under "Warranties 
of Land in Greene County,'' there is to be found the name of one 
John D. Seaton, who had taken ten acres August 5, 1785. Pos- 
sibly this man may have been an ancestor of the J. D. Seaton men- 
tioned above. 


Benjamin Seaton, a Scotchman by birth, came to America and 
settled in one of the Eastern States, from which locality he moved 
to Virginia, thence to eastern Tennessee, at the settling of that 
country, locating in Greene county. He married Elizabeth Bird 
and had twelve children, ten boys and two girls, as follows: 1. 
John; 2. James; 3. Solomon; 4. Moses; 5. Ira; 6. George 
Washington; 7. Philip; 8. Jacob; 9. David; 10. Sally; 11. 
Jackson ; and 12. a girl, name not given. 

John Seaton, the eldest son, was a noted preacher, and was 
chosen by his bishop to go to Mississippi as a missionary, about 

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1816. He was married, but we have not been told the name of 
his wife, nor whether they had issue. 

James Seaton married Jincy Hiser, and had at least two boys, 
Anderson and Henry, who are remembered by Barton Seaton, 
son of Jacob. Anderson Seaton married Clara Broyles. They 
live in Sevier county, Tennessee. 

James Seaton was a soldier in the War of 1812, and his widow 
wrote to his brother Jacob asking him to send her proof of her 
marriage to James, to assist her in securing a pension for his ser- 
vices in that war, — which she succeeded in getting. He is said 
to have moved from Tennessee to Missouri many years ago, with 
three or four of his brothers. 

Solomon Seaton married a Miss Trotter. He lived not far from 
Nashville, Tennessee, from which State he moved to Missouri many 
years ago. He had four sons and three daughters, as follows : 

1. John R. Seaton, of Tumey Station, Clinton county, Missouri, 
who is a man of about seventy years, at this writing, and has five 
sons and two daughters: Thomas, Monroe, James McClellan, 
Eugene, John R., Jr., Margaret, who married Dudley Walker, and 
Carrie, who is the wife of Marion Campbell. 

2. William Seaton, of Lathrop, Missouri. He has children as 
follows: Thomas Jefferson, Francis Marion, who is deceased, 
Henry, Solomon, Ira, Charles Graham, Nannie, Adelia, and Lulu. 

3. Thomas Seaton, son of Solomon, died at Lathrop, Missouri. 
His children were: Perry W., who lives at No. 20 Westport ave- 
nue, Kansas City, Missouri. He travels for Nelson Baker & Com- 
pany, of 816 Broadway, Kansas City. Minnie, who married a Mr. 
McKenzie, and lives at the address above. Nellie, now Mrs. 
Samuel Beatty, of Parsons, Kansas. 

4. Margaret Seaton married J. G. Rand, of Lathrop, Missouri. 
Their children: Lucy Rand married H. E. Page; Gussie Rand 
took a Mr. Dustman for her husband ; Ella Rand is Mrs. William 
EUidge; Clara Rand is Mrs. Barlow, of Kansas City, Missouri; 
and Ralph Seaton Rand is probably single. 

5. Carrie Seaton married William Holland, of King City, Mis- 
souri. They have one daughter, Lora Holland. 

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6. Belle Seaton, of Tumey Station, Missouri, is single. 

7. James Wesley Seaton, of Lathrop, Missouri, married Mary 
Samantha Herriot. Their children are: George Milton Seaton, of 
527 Stewart avenue, Kansas City, Kansas, who was born Feb- 
ruary 7, 1875, in Clinton county, Missouri. He is unmarried, is a 
conductor on the Metropolitan Street Railway, and is studying 
osteopathy during his leisure moments. He is said to very much 
resemble his cousin, Perry W. Seaton, mentioned above. And 
Edward Nathaniel Seaton, who was bom in the same county as 
his brother, on November 20, 1873. 

Moses Seaton, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Bird) Seaton, 
married a Barnhart. He was one of the brothers who moved to 
Missouri, since which time we have lost trace of him. 

Ira Seaton, son of Benjamin, leaves no data with us for a 
sketch of his life. 

George Washington Seaton, son of Benjamin, married a Miss 
Losson. He is reported to have moved to Missouri with his 
brothers, but he has escaped our search thus far, though one of our 
correspondents reports that he died in Sevier county, Tennessee. 

Philip Seaton, son of Benjamin, married Mary Barnhart, in 
1820. He was bom on Horse creek, in Greene county, Tennessee, 
in 1800, he being twenty and Mary nineteen years of age when 
they were married. 

A son of Philip and Mary Seaton, named James Benet Seaton, 
was born in Sevier county, Tenn., on the 28th day of December, 
1831. He was married hi his home county, on the 22d of Septem- 
ber, 1852, to Sarah M. Andes, daughter of John and Lettie Andes, 
who were of Dutch descent. 

James Benet Seaton is living on a farm near Bank, Blount 
county, Tenn., where for thirty-eight years he has continued to 
make his home, having removed to that place from Sevier county 
in 1866. He served in the Union Army in the Rebellion as a 
Second Lieutenant in Company M, Second Tennessee Cavalry, 
Volunteers. He was a Justice of the Peace in Sevier county, but 
resigned upon removing to Blount county. He was a Whig, when 

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Whigs were in existence, and served as a circuit-rider in the Meth- 
odist Church for thirty years as a member of the Hilston Confer- 
ence. He has no children. 

WiLUAM Bruce Seaton, son of Philip and Mary, was bom at 
Sevierville, Sevier county, Tenn., December 15, 1843, and mar- 
ried at Pigeon Forge, June 2, 1870, Sarah Virginia Trotter; and, 
after her death, Harriet Angeline McGhee, on October 28, 1875, 
at Loveville, Knox county, Tenn. He is a farmer near Maryville, 
Tenn., where he has lived for eighteen years, having removed 
from Sevierville in 1866. He was a First Sergeant of Company 
E, Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, Volunteers, from October 1, 1863, 
to September 11, 1865. In poHtics he is a Republican, and is a 
Methodist. His children by the first marriage are: Mattie Bell, 
bom March 22, 1871 ; William Mitchell, bom July 9, 1872; James 
Trotter, born August 24, 1874, at Sevierville. And by his second 
wife: Edgar Otto, bom October 28, 1876; Lena, bom April 12, 
1878; Philip Axley, bom Febmary 21, 1883; and Nora May, 
bom January 28, 1887, at Maryville, Tenn. 

Mattie Bell Seaton was married at Saticoy, Ventura county, 
Califomia, October 21, 1900, to James W. Hitch. William Mitch- 
ell was married at Bank, Blount county, Tenn., to Dellie Hall. 
Edgar Otto was married at Maryville, Tenn., to Marjorie Fitch, 
October 2, 1902. 

Jacob Seaton, son of Benjamin, married Sally Reymel, who 
died in 1877. Jacob died of cholera, July 17, 1873. Mrs. Seaton 
had four brothers — Isaac, Jacob, John, and George Reymel. She 
had ten children by Jacob: Ira, Isaac, William, Elizabeth, Re- 
becca, Moses, Barton, John, Eliza, and Mary Ann, — all of whom, 
except Barton, are deceased. 

EuzABETH Seaton, daughter of Jacob and Sarah, was bom in 
1824 and died in 1884. She married Ozy Broyles Williamson, who 
was bom in the First Civil District of Greene county, Tennessee, 
the marriage taking place in 1841, at the home of the bride's 
father, in the aforesaid district. The Williamsons were farmers 
in early life, but Mr. W. has worked at carpentry later. They 


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reside on Horse creek, where they have lived for sixty-two years, 
never having lived more than a mile from their present home. Mr. 
W. was a captain of a militia company at their spring and fall 
musters, and was a Justice of the Peace for twenty-one years. He 
is a Republican and a Methodist. 

Their children are: 1. Frances Marion Williamson, married to 
Elizabeth Caroline Broyles; 2. Smith Reeves Williamson, mar- 
ried to Frances Walker; 3. Sarah Elizabeth Williamson, married 
John Maise Broyles; and 4. Kit tie Williamson, married Enons 
Newton Reeves. All the children were bom in the First District 
of Greene county, Tennessee, where they now reside. 

Barton Seaton, son of Jacob and Sally, was bom in Greene 
county, Tennessee, in the year 1832. He married Mary J. Willis 
in 1858. They lived in Tennessee until in 1882, when they moved 
to Arkansas, and from there went to the Cherokee Nation, where 
Mary died. Barton was raised on a farm. He was a Union man 
during the Rebellion, but was conscripted into the army of the 
Confederacy, arrested and marched into camp, but he did not 
fight for Jeff. Davis. One of his brothers served three and a half 
years in the Federal Army. 

Barton is a Republican, and is a member of the Methodist 
Church. The children of Barton and Mary are: 1. Moses; 2. 
Sarah Ann; 3. Elizabeth; 4. Melissa; 5. Victoria; 6. Emory; 
and 7. Rosa. Melissa and Rosa are deceased. Rose died single ; 
Moses married Martha Kilgore; Sarah Ann married Henry Col- 
lier. "Betty" became Mrs. Lafayette Elder. Melissa became 
Mrs. John Henson. Victoria married John Girder; and Emory, 
Hattie Cox. 

Barton Seaton lives with his daughter, a widow, near Weir 
City, Kansas. Mrs. Sarah Collier has three boys: Moses, born 
in 1883; Edgar, born in 1886; and Garland, bom in 1884. The 
boys are well called colliers, for they work in the coal-mines. 

David Seaton, son of Benjamin, was born in Greene county, 
Tennessee, March 1, 1799, and died exactly sixty years later. He 
married Alice Green, of Washington county. 

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1832, in Washington county, Tennessee. He married Rebecca 
Marks, on November 8, 1859, who is deceased. He is a farmer 
at Chucky City, Tennessee, and has lived where he was born. He 
was in the Confederate service during the War of the Rebellion. 
And he has been a Justice of the Peace and Notary Public for 
thirty-six years ; is a Democrat and a Methodist. 

The children of Jacob M. and Rebecca (Marks) Seaton are: 
James W. ; Jerusha E. ; Martha A. ; Melinda J. ; Jacob Roswell ; 
Sarah L. ; and May. James W. Seaton was killed by lightning 
in Nebraska in 1894. Jacob Roswell Seaton, son of Jacob M., was 
bom in the First District of Washington county, Tennessee, July 
2, 1874. He is a rural free delivery mail-carrier, Route No. 4, 
from Chucky City; m single, a Democrat, and a Methodist. 

Mark L. Seaton, another son of David and Alice, was bom in 
the First District of Washington county, Tennessee, July 5, 1841. 
He married Elizabeth Painter in 1866. They are farmers at the 
place of his birth, where he has lived all of his life thus far. He 
served in the Confederate Army during the " late unpleasantness " ; 
is a Democrat and a Methodist. 

The children of Mark L. and Elizabeth Seaton are : D. M. Sea- 
ton, who married Effie Bailey; R. C. Seaton, was married to 
Eddie Broyles by J. M. Seaton, Esquire. The other children, 
who are not reported to us as having been married, are Fred and 
Annie Seaton. The address of Mark L. Seaton is Chucky City, 
Tennessee, R. F. D. No. 4. 

Jackson Seaton, son of Benjamin, married Susan Wilhite. 

Here our information ends. What became of the other children 
of Benjamin Seaton we are unable to report at present. Nor can 
we tell where Benjamin's brother, Moses, who came to America 
with him, located, though he is said to have gone West, and some 
of his descendants are supposed to reside near Knoxville, Ten- 


William Henry Seaton was bom July 15, 1809, in Tennessee; 
Elizabeth Hester Kennedy, bom December 22, 1804. They were 

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married January 26, 1832. Elizabeth died in Kentucky, Novem- 
ber 15, 1868; and William H. in Blair, Nebraska, September 22, 

They had children as follows : 1. Susan Hester, bom November 
5, 1832, died in June, 1869, the wife of Hans Gittings; their mar- 
riage having taken place on February 27, 1851. 2. John Willard, 
bom Febmary 27, 1834; died July 15, 1852. 3. Charles Henry, 
bom December 9, 1835; married Mary E. Burgiss January 30, 
1865, and died July 25, 1901. 4. Mary Elizabeth, bom March 12, 
1837; married Polac Browner, on October 12, 1865; and George 
Dawson after the death of her first companion. 5. Ann Eliza, 
born October 30, 1839; married David A. Kemp, October 12, 
1865, and died June 9, 1875. 6. Sarah Matilda, bom January 30, 
1841 ; married Kendrick 0. Stanfield, November 9, 1865, and died 
Febmary 14, 1889. 7. Loisa Adeline, bom December 27, 1843. 
8. William Cole Seaton, bom July 27, 1846; married Sarah E. 
Lamb, November 6, 1867, and died January 22, 1899; his wife 
preceding him, dying January 14, 1893. William Cole Seaton 
was born in the great State of Kentucky, where his wife also first 
saw the light of day, and where they were married ; but he died 
in St. Louis, Missouri, and she in the thriving city on the other 
side of the State, Kansas City. 

Their children were as follows : 1. Annie Laura, born August 27, 
1869, to whom we are indebted for the record of their branch of 
the family, and who signs her name Annie L. Maher and gives her 
address at 143 East Center street, Butte, Montana; 2. John 
William, bom April 4, 1871 ; 3. Edward Seaton, bom March 26, 
1873; 4. Clyde Seaton, born March 2, 1875, and died August 13, 
1876; 5. Robert Seaton, bom March 27, 1877; 6. Maud Seaton, 
bom January 22, 1879; 7. Mattie Seaton, bom January 5, 1881 ; 
8. Peter Seaton, bom March 14, 1883; and 9. Grace Seaton, who 
was born August 3, 1888. 

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James Wilson Seaton, a native of the State of New York, was 
born May 28, 1824, Queen Victoria's birthday, of full Scotch par- 
ents, in the town of New Hartford, New York, about four miles 
south of Utica. The family resided in Utica while Governor De 
Witt Clinton was digging the Erie Canal, but in 1829 removed to 
Sanquoit, seven miles south of the city, on Sanquoit creek, which 
flows into the Mohawk river. He first attended the "Methodist 
School House" when he was seven years old, and ten years later 
was the school-master in the same school, and later taught in the 
West Exeter, Otsego county, and Talberg, Oneida county, schools. 

In 1841-42-43 he attended Oneida Conference Seminary, at 
Cazenovia, Madison county. New York, and had for classmates 
General Joseph R. Hawley, Senator from Connecticut; Bishop 
Edward G. Andrews, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his 
brother, Charles Andrews, now one of the judges of the Supreme 
Court of New York; Leland Stanford, the millionaire Senator 
from California; General Slocum; and other distinguished mem- 
bers and ministers of the Methodist Church. In 1845-6 he taught 
select school at Lee Center, and studied law with E. G. Parkhurst 
in Rome, New York. In 1847, being then twenty-three years old, 
he took Greeley's advice and went West to grow up with the 

In company with ex-Chief Justice Cole, after voyaging around 
the lakes and landing at Milwaukee, he made a trip in hacks to 
Potosi, Wisconsin, arriving in July. Here he entered the law 
office of Cole & Biddlecome for two months, and was admitted to 
the bar of Grant county in October of the same year. Judge 
Charles Dunn was upon the bench, and Samuel Crawford, Judge 
Cole and George W. Larkin were the examining committee. 

After getting his diploma he opened a select school in Potosi. 

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The next year he bought out Lucien B. Leach in the Potosi Re- 
publicariy which he edited and published until 1855, when the paper 
was sold to E. R. Paul, who moved it to Duluth. 

He was elected first Town Clerk when the State was admitted, 
in 1849, and served ten years in that capacity, also as Justice of 
the Peace and Town Superintendent of Schools at various times. 
He was elected to the State Senate in May, 1853, and served during 
the impeachment trial of Judge Hubbell. He also served the 
Assembly in the years 1859 and 1860, and was for a number of 
years a member of the Town and County Board, and one term as 
Chairman of the Board. He was on the committee with Hon. 
George W. Ryland when the present court-house and jail and 
county poorhouse were built, and served two or three terms on the 
Financial Committee of the County Board. 

In 1855 he engaged in the mercantile business at Potosi with 
his brother, T. R. Seaton, and continued the business till 1879, 
when he resumed the practice of law and insurance business, which 
he continued to manage up to the time of his death. 

He said the most important occurrence in his life was his mar- 
riage at Cassville, June 15, 1850, to Amanda F. Bushee, daughter 
of Barton Bushee, one of the early merchants and smelters of 

He was a contributor to newspapers, especially obituary arti- 
cles, and was a regular local correspondent of "matchless versa- 
tility '^ for more than fifty years, writing for recreation, a labor 
that was a pleasure. 

He was always reading or writing when not engaged with other 
duties. His home was on a high hill in Potosi, Wisconsin, and 
the last thing he did was to read the nineteenth chapter of Ivan- 
hoe, spread the book, open, face down, on the table as if intending 
to resume the reading; then he stepped out of the door, fell on 
the walk, and died Friday morning, February 12, 1904. The 
funeral was held on Sunday, the 14th, conducted by the Masonic 
fraternity at the cemetery. 

He was a church-going man, singing in the choir, and serving 
as trustee and treasurer for a great many years. 

His wife and two daughters, Mrs. Mary B. Husted and Mrs. 

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Mabel Cochrane, preceded him to that bonme whence no traveler 

There were born to James W. and Amanda F. Seaton three sons 
and three daughters. One daughter and the three sons remain to 
mourn the loss of a father whose delight was to make them happy. 

James W. Seaton was a member of Warren Lodge No. 4, of 
Potosi, over which he presided as Worshipful Master for many 
years. He was a lover of the Bible, and was always to be found 
with one within reach, either at home or in his office. 

The interment was in the Van Buren cemetery, beside the grave 
of his wife, whose death occurred three years before, her funeral 
taking place on the day that would have been their golden-wed- 
ding day. 


John Seaton was a farmer at Fayetteville, Tennessee. His 
children were : Benjamin Copeland Seaton ; Henry, who resides at 
Houston, Texas; Massey; Sarah, who married G. G. Gilbert; 
George, who died ; and Annie. There was also said to be a Benja- 
min Franklin Seaton, son of either John or Benjamin Copeland 
Seaton, who married Rebecca Jane Gilbert. Their children were: 
1. Charles Tribble Seaton, who married Mrs. Nebill, of St. Louis, 
Missouri. They had no offspring. 2. William Franklin Seaton 
married Miss Mattie Hunter, of Lamar, Tennessee, and has three 
children : Jessie May ; George Edward ; and Benjamin Copeland. 
3. Hattie Bee married at Nashville, Tennessee, to George T. Blake, 
but has no issue. 4. Katie Copeland married W. J. Boomer, of 
Springfield, Missouri, but has no children. 5. Warren Seaton, 
6. Eddie Seaton, and 7. OUie Lee Seaton, are children at home 
with their doting parents. 


WiLUAM L. Seaton was bom in Oneida county. New York, 
August 19, 1823. He was married at McConnellsville, New York, 
January 17, 1849, to Roxanna Parker, daughter of Abraham and 
Julia A. Parker. Mr. Seaton has made his home at Jackson, 
Michigaij, for fifty years, and before moving to Jackson lived at 
SanquoiG', New York. He was Warden of the Michigan Peniten- 

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tiary for six years and Postmaster in Jackson for twenty-four 
years. Since 1854 he has been a Republican. 

The only child of William L. and Roxanna Seaton is Walter 
Scott Seaton, who is an express agent with the Wells-Fargo Com- 
pany in New York city. He was bom at Jackson, Michigan, May 
26, 1866. 

William L. Seaton's parents were born in Ayrshire, Scotland, 
about 1800, and married in 1818, but their names have not been 
made known to us. He gives the name and address of Oscar 
Seaton, of Potosi, Wisconsin, and Thomas R. Seaton, of the same 
place, who are probably relatives of his. 


William Harcourt Seaton was bom November 2, 1876, at 
No. 66 Herkimer street, Albany, New York. He is single ; is in 
the shoe business, and is an expert sign artist ; is a Democrat and 
a Baptist. He has lived all of his life, so far, in Albany, as has his 
brother John Rhodes Seaton, both residing at 123 Central avenue 
in 1904. 

Their father, William C. Seaton, and their mother, Anna 
(Rhodes) Seaton, were both born in Albany, and were married 
there. Their grandfather and grandmother were both bom in 
England, but their fore-names are not known to us. The great- 
grandfather and great-grandmother died in England, leaving ex- 
tensive estates. 


Robert M. Seaton married Mary Lock, both dying in 1903. 
They lived in Pennsylvania, where Lamberton Seaton, their son, 
was born. They had another son, George Seaton, who resides 
at St. Clere, Kansas. 

Lamberton Seaton married Sophia Harrison, of Hope, Illinois, 
the marriage ceremony having been performed at Danville, near 
by, in 1874. 

George Robert Seaton, son of Lamberton, was born at Ogden, 
Champaign county, Illinois, August 8, 1875. He has a brother, 
Edward Seaton, in the Philippine Islands. George Robert mar- 
ried Svlvia Parsons, Mav 18, 1899. Thev have been farmers at 

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Anness, Kansas, since January 17, 1905, George having fornierly 
made his home at Hope, Vermilion county, Illinois, up tfa 1878, 
when he went to Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, where he resided 
until 1882 ; then he removed to Armstrong, Illinois, and remained 
there till 1904, when he quitted that place. He iSnally located at 
Anness. George is a Republican in politics. 

The children are: William Leslie, born January 29, 1900, at 
Armstrong, Illinois; and Winnie Ruth, born June 2, 1903, at the 
same place as her brother. 

Robert Seaton was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylva- 
nia, of Irish parentage, in 1763, and went to Butler county with 
his family in 1800. He settled in what is now Marion township, 
and at once set to work and erected a log cabin, in which his 
daughter Eliza was bom four days after the family arrived at 
their destination. Mr. Seaton was a millwright, and built nearly 
all the mills in that section of the country, in his day, furnishing the 
lumber for the same, in payment for which he received a certain 
per cent, of the profits for a term of seven years. About 1815 he 
built a fulling-mill on the South branch of Slippery Rock creek, and 
subsequently a tannery. These he carried on until his death, in 
1852. He married Mary Davis, of Huntingdon county, and their 
children were as follows: Polly, who married Robert Shaw; Al- 
exander; Eliza, who married Stephen Vanderlin; Ann, who 
married Robert Hutchinson ; Margaret ; Thomas ; Robert ; Wil- 
liam ; James ; and John. 

Alexander, eldest son of Robert and Mary Seaton, was bom in 
Huntingdon county in 1790, and went to Butler county with his 
parents when about ten years old. On attaining his majority he 
purchased a farm on what is now the line of Mercer and Marion 
townships, his residence being in the former. He was a mill- 
wright and farmer, and erected a saw, grist and cloth mill, which 
he operated for many years. 

Mr. Seaton married Isabella, daughter of Andrew Donaldson, 
and reared a family of eight children, namely: Margaret, who 
married James Bailey; Robert F. ; Andrew; Mary A., who mar- 
ried John Buchanan ; John ; Thomas ; William A. ; and Abner. 

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Mr. Seaton was a member of the United Presbyterian Church. 
In politics he was a Democrat, and held the office of Justice of the 
Peace for many years. 

Robert F. Seaton, eldest son of Alexander, was bom upon the 
Seaton homestead, in Marion township, in 1821. He learned the 
stone-mason's trade, and subsequently engaged in farming. He 
married Mary A., daughter of Alexander McMurray, and their 
children were as follows: Samuel M. ; Eva J., wife of John Ray; 
Matilda, deceased; Samantha; Seretta, wife of John Murrin; 
and Scott A. 

William A., fifth son of Alexander and Isabella Seaton, was 
reared on the homestead farm, and acquired a common-school 
education. When eighteen years of age he began learning the 
blacksmith trade with James McDowell, of Harrison ville, Butler 
county, and served an apprenticeship of two years, for which he 
received fifty dollars in store goods. He next worked one year at 
Clintonville, Venango county, for which he was paid seventy- 
five dollars. In 1851-2 he followed lumbering, at Irwinsburg, on 
the Conawango river, and in the spring of 1853 he located at Mer- 
cer, Pennsylvania, where he worked at his trade until the summer 
of 1854. He then entered Westminster College, at New Wil- 
mington, in that State, where he spent the fall term of 1854 and 
the winter and summer terms of 1855. In the fall of the latter 
year he went to California and worked at his trade in the mining 
regions until the spring of 1857. He then purchased a claim and 
embarked in mining, which he followed two years. In the spring 
of 1859 he sold his claim and engaged in farming in Feather river 
valley, which he continued until April, 1861, and then started 
for the old home in Butler county, where he arrived in safety. On 
September 16, 1861, Mr. Seaton enlisted in Company L, Fourth 
Pennsylvania Cavalry, and participated with his command in the 
seven-days fight before Richmond, Gaines Hill, Mechanicsville, 
Glendale, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, 
Shepherds town, and many other engagements, and was honorably 
discharged September 17, 1864. 

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City for eight years, and then purchased his present farm, upon 
which he has since resided. Mr. Seatoa married Ann E., daughter 
of Robert Hutchison, of Marion township, on August 6, 1863, and 
has two daughters, Anna B. and Ella M. He is a member of 
the United Presbyterian Church, also of the Grand Army of the 
Republic, and is a man of upright character and strict integrity. 

Samuel M. Seaton, eldest son of Robert F. and Mary Seaton, 
was bom March 9, 1847, on the Seaton homestead in Marion 
township. He received a common-school education, and was 
reared upon his father's farm. In 1864 he enlisted in Company 
G, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served with his regiment 
until the battle of Amelia Springs, where he was taken prisoner 
and held until the surrender of General Lee. When the war was 
closed he returned to his home and engaged in the lumber business, 
but subsequently located upon the homestead, where he remained 
until 1888. In that year he removed to his father-in-law's farm 
in Marion township, but in 1892 he settled upon his present farm, 
which he had purchased some years previous. In 1893 Mr. Sea- 
ton was elected on the Republican ticket as Prothonotary of But- 
ler county, and began his official duties in January, 1894. He 
served for some time as Deputy Prothonotary under Prothonotary 
Thompson, and also three yeare as deputy for Prothonotary Mc- 
Collough. He has always been an active participant in local 
politics, and has filled the offices of Collector and Secretary of the 
School Board of Marion township. He was married in 1872 to 
Juliann, daughter of William Black. Five children have been 
born of this marriage, as follows : Cora B., deceased, who married 
V. W. Parker; E. Tillie; Robert W.^and two that died in in- 
fancy. Mrs. Seaton died May 28, 1903. 

Samuel M. Seaton is a member of the Butler United Presbyterian 
Church, of Z. C. McZuillen Post, G. A. R., and Mylert Lodge 
I. O. O. F., of Centerville. 

William Seaton, son of Robert, was born in Butler county, in 
February, 1804. He was reared on the old Seaton homestead, 
and resided there until his death, in 1886. He married Rebecca 
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whom were born the following children: Kate; Margaret, who 
married Thomas Hovis ; Caroline, who married James Jack ; John ; 
WDliamG. ; Hettie, who married Stephen Cooper ; Amos; Elias; 
and Lewis. 

Amos Seaton, son of William and Rebecca, was bom in Ve- 
nango township, Butler county, August 23, 1838. He was edu- 
cated in the common schools, and learned the blacksmith trade, 
which he followed four years. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Com- 
pany C, Eleventh Pennsylvania Reserves, and participated in the 
first battle of Richmond, Malvern Hill, Charles City Cross Roads, 
Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and other engagements, and was 
wounded in the battle of Charles City Cross Roads. He was 
honorably discharged on June 20, 1864, and reenlisted on August 
24, following, in Company D, Fifteenth Pennsylvania Regiment. 
He was mustered out of the service June 20, 1865, and returned 
to his home, where he resumed his life upon the farm. He has 
devoted his entire attention to agriculture, with the exception of 
four years' residence in Butler. 

Mr. Seaton married Mary, daughter of Samuel Laughlin, of 
Marion township, who has borne him seven children, viz. : Het- 
tie; Delphina; Ada; Ersie; Homer; and Darley M. Politi- 
cally Mr. Seaton is a Republican, and has served one term as 
Treasurer of Butler county. He is a member of the G. A. R. and 
the U. V. L., and is connected with the Methodist Episcopal 

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James Seetox, who was of Scotch descent, was born in County 
Donegal, Londonderry, Ireland. He married Martha Crawford, 
of County Tyrone. He had a brother Thomas and a sister Mary. 

About 1822 he, with his wife and three chDdren, sailed from 
Belfast, Ireland, on June 24. His children were Mary Ann, aged 
twelve; Andrew, ten; and James, six years old. He landed at 
St. Johns, New Brunswick, on the 24th of July, and remained there 
a month, then went to Londonderry, Nova Scotia. There they 
had four additional children: John, William, Joseph, and Rob- 
ert. James Seaton died in 1858. 

Mary Ann, the first child, married James Boyce, of County 
Armaigh, Ireland, in 1880, and resided in Nova Scotia. They 
had five children : Elizabeth, James, Andrew, Sarah, and Martha. 
Of these children, Elizabeth married William Fletcher, of Folly 
Village, N. S.,and had nine children: James, Margery, Arnold, 
Everett, Bertha, Gertrude, Margaret, Emma, and one unnamed. 

Sarah married Joseph Foss, and lives in Goffstown, N. H. ; 
Martha married Thomas Moore, of Economy, N. S. They had 
eight children: James, Andrew, Mary, Herbert, George, Rachel, 
Howard, and Mabel. They now reside in Waltham, Massa- 

Andrew leaves two children, Harold and Jennie, who live in 
Bennington, New York. 

Mary Moore married Oscar Watts, of Waterbury Center, Ver- 
mont. They have three children: Almira, Jennie, and Loring. 

Rachel Moore married George Gale, of Canton, Ohio. They 
have one child, Irene Gale. 

Andrew Seeton, the second child of James and Martha, was 
born May 11, 1809, probably at Londonderry, Ireland. He was 

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married to Matilda Porter, at St. Johns, New Brunswick, October 
4, 1838, by Rev. R. Wilson, of St. Andrew's. Miss Porter was born 
at the St. Johns home, February 2, 1821. Andrew had four 
brothers: James, bom in Ireland; John William; Joseph; and 
Robert Beatie; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Martha. 

Robert Beatie Seeton, son of James and Martha, was born 
May 2, 1849, at Meagher's Grant, Nova Scotia, and was married ' 
to Alice L. Bullis, at Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1871. Alice was 
of Holland Dutch descent, her ancestors having come over to 
New York several generations ago. 

Robert B. was a brass-finisher, having worked at one place for 
over thirty years, where he came to his death in December, 1903. 
He was a straight Republican, having served as chairman of the 
Republican City Committee. Both Robert and his wife were 
Protestants among Catholics. 

The children of Robert and Alice Seeton were Alice Frances R. 
and Charles Robert Worrell Seeton, both of whom were bom in 
Lowell, Massachusetts, the former in 1872 and the latter in 1873. 
Neither of these young people was married at the time of our last 

James Seeton had twelve other children, besides Robert Beatie: 
Margaret Jane, bom 28th February, 1840, was married to Hodgett 
F. Worrall, May 21, 1857, at Londonderry, Nova Scotia, by the 
Rev. J. Forsythe, of Trinity Church, Truro. They had seven chil- 
dren: Sarah, Annie, Louise, James, William, Florence, and 
Thomas. Of these children, Sarah married Ed. Peters, of St. 
Johns, New Brunswick. They have two children, Mary and Shir- 
ley. Annie married Whitmore Merritt, of St. Johns, and has two 

Louise married a Lithcoe, of Halifax. They are credited with 
two children. 

Florence married Thomas Gilbert, and resides at 24 Leroy 
street, Lowell, Massachusetts. 

Martha Ann, bom January 14th, 1842, was married to Joseph 
E. Richards, on January 5, 1860, at Londonderry, N. S., by the 
Rev. A. L. Willy. They had five children: Hattie, Minnie, Clif- 
ford, Andrew, and Charley, — all living except Andrew. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Richards reside in Londonderry, Nova Scotia, and 
have some married children. 

EuzABETH Seeton, bom February 17, 1844, was married in 
Musquodobit, Nova Scotia, to Michael Brown. They are both 
deceased, leaving one child, Fannie, of Newark, New Jersey. 

Sarah Seeton, bom December 25, 1845, died soon after. 

David, bom February 28, 1847, was married in Portland, Maine, 
in 1874, by the Rev. Mr. Carruthers. He now works in Readville, 
Massachusetts, in a car-shop; has two sons, Leonard and Edward, 
residing in West Newton, Massachusetts. 

Robert Seeton, bom May 2, 1849, was married in Methuen^ 
Massachusetts. He died about a year ago, leaving two children, 
Alice, of Lowell, and Charley, of Lawrence. His work was brass- 

Alvin, bom March 14, 1851, was married in Goffstown, N. H., 
by the Rev. Mr. Pollard. He has three children: Gertrude, 
Edith, and Ross. He still resides in town, his occupation being a 

Edward, bom Febmary 8, 1853, was married in Maitland, 
Nova Scotia. He has three children: Stanley, George, and 
Helen. He lives in Chelmsford Center, Massachusetts, and is by 
trade a wheelwright. 

Esther, bom May 8, 1855, was married to Henry Merrill, at 
East Weare, North Dakota, by the Rev. Mr. Warren, August 14, 
1875. They have three children: Archie, Willey, and Annie. 
They reside in Goffstown, N. H., keeping a summer hotel. 

James, bom June 12, 1857, was married in Wilton, N. H. He 
was killed on an elevator in Lowell. His widow and two children, 
Margaret and Marion, reside at No. 30 Third avenue, Lowell, 
Massachusetts. He was a blacksmith. 

Sarah, bom January 1, 1859, was married in Goffstown, by the 
Rev. Mr. Remick, to Stanley Loche. They lived in Locheport, 

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Nova Scotia. Sarah died several years ago, leaving three chil- 
dren : Meta, Russell, and Harold. 

Louise, bom May 9, 1861, was married in Meagher's Grant, 
Nova Scotia, to Charlie Armond, of Halifax. By occupation an 
editor. Louise afterward married Thomas HartnoU, of Milford, 
New Hampshire, where they now live. 

William, bom Febmary 3, 1867, is deceased. 

Elizabeth, third child of James and Martha, married James 
Johnson, of Halifax. They had eight children: James, Sarah, 
George, William, Andrew, Edward, Martha, and one who died. 

James Seeton, the fourth child of James and Martha, mar- 
ried Sophia Wright, and they had six children: John, James, 
Emma, Martha, Louise, and Alden. He afterward married Miss 
Mythias, of Musquodobit. Their children were: Hattie, Maud, 
Fannie, Bessie, Ida, and James. 

John William Seeton, fifth child of James and Martha, mar- 
ried Elizabeth McDonald, of Pictou, Nova Scotia. He died in 
1848, leaving two children, Margaret and John William 2d, the 
latter of whom was bom June 7, 1853, at Londonderry, Colchester 
county. Nova Scotia. He was married at Elmfield, Nova Scotia, 
June 21, 1877, to Annie Munroe, daughter of George Muhroe, who 
was born in Scotland, in 1816, and who was a son of Robert Mun- 
roe and Anna (Mathewson) Munroe. Annie's mother, Margaret 
Mcintosh, daughter of Alexander and Janet (Murry) Mcintosh, 
was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, in 1819. 

John William Seeton 2d is a driver, and resides at 47 Highland 
avenue, Lynn, Massachusetts, where he has made his home since 
May 1st, 1890, having formerly lived at Lisbon Falls, Maine, 
from August 13, 1888, to May 1, 1890, at Springhill, Cumberland 
county. Nova Scotia, from 1873 to 1888, and previous to that 
time at his birthplace. He was brought up a Presbyterian, but 
the family now worships with the Congregationalists. 

The children of John William and Elizabeth Seeton, all except 
one of whom were bom at Springhill, Nova Scotia, are: George 
Wimbum, bom May 19, 1878; was married December 24, 1903, 

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in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Miss Ethel May Tufts of Lynn, 
of that State. They live in Waterbury, Connecticut. Edith 
Elizabeth Seeton, bom June 25, 1880; Margaret Wilhelmina, 
bom July 26, 1882; Anna Ovetta, bom August 28, 1884; Jessie 
Thorbum, bom June 20, 1888, and Grace Purington, bom at Lynn, 
Massachusetts, June 19, 1891, live at the last-mentioned city. 

Joseph Seeton, the sixth child of James and Martha, married 
Emma Metsler, of Halifax. They have four children: Louise, 
Gertmde, Isabella, and Adolphus, the latter of whom died Novem- 
ber 18, 1901. 

Robert, seventh child of James and Martha Seeton, married 
Isabella Anderson, of Musquodobit Harbor, Nova Scotia. They 
have had four children: Hattie, Edward. Bert, and Hla. 

Robert was a merchant in Halifax. He died a short time ago, 
at the age of eighty-eight. 

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Joseph Henry Seaton, a negro, lives at Springfield, Mas- 
sachusetts, No. 19 Lombard street. He was bom in Richmond, 
Virgmia, in 1884, and is single, a hotel man, and a druggist. He 
has lived at Springfield for nine years, having moved to that city 
from his birthplace in 1894. He belonged to Company B, Tenth 
Massachusetts Regiment, Boys' Brigade; is a Republican and a 
Baptist. His father, William Seaton, was bom in Richmond, 
Virginia, in 1861 ; married Rebecca Allen, who was also bom in 
Richmond during that first year of the Civil War. They were 
married in the Confederate Capital City, in 1882. 

William Seaton 's parents^ Moses and Matilda Seaton, were 
slaves, the one in Kentucky and the other in Virginia, but were 
emancipated by their owners, whose surnames they retained after 
they were freed. Matilda Seaton was born in Kentucky, in slav- 
ery; was set free before the War of the Rebellion, and went over 
« into Virginia, where she was married to Moses Seaton, who was a 
slave to another family of thename, who also gave Moses his freedom. 

Moses and Matilda Seaton had another son, Caesar Seaton, whose 
whereabout^ are unknown, but inquired for. 

The writer has been told there are other negroes who support 
our family name, in Atchison, Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas; and 
there is one Joseph Seaton, a colored man, who works at the Grand 
Central Hotel in Wheeling, West Virginia, who secured his hon- 
orable patronymic in the same way. 

In this connection it may not be out of place to recall the state- 
ment, made elsewhere in this book, that William Winston Seaton, 
of his own accord, emancipated more of his own slaves than all of 
the Abolitionists in the North had ever liberated before the war. 
And it appears from the above that he was not the only member of 
our family who gave freedom to his bondsmen. 

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In Volume II, of Sidney Lee's Dictionary of National Biogra- 
phy, are numerous biographies of Seatons and Setons. On page 
177 of "An Old Family," last paragraph, only one son is named 
to George Seton of Cariston, and the names of the other issue are 
omitted. Burke gives the names of two other sons, one of whom,. 
David, married and settled in Yorkshire and had issue. Burke 
says : " There is reason to believe that this David Scton was the 
ancestor of the Seatons residing at Gottenburg, Sweden, who trace 
their descent from Robert Seaton of Grimethorp Hall, County of 
York, who died 1716, aged 78, who may have been David's son. 
Robert's great-grandson was John Fox Seaton of Pontefroct, who 
besides other children, had two sons, General Sir Thomas Seaton, 
K. C. B. , bom 1806. His life is given in the Dictionary of National 

Alexander Seton, a Scotch Friar and Reformer, took a prom- 
inent part in the Reformation, "of which Erasmus laid the egg 
which Luther hatched." The above Dictionary says he was a 
brother to Ninian Seton of Touch, mentioned elsewhere. 

Burke and the Dictionary of National Biography say that Al- 
exander Seton, the defender of Berwick, was probably a brother 
of Christopher Seton, brother-in-law to King Robert Bruce. 

In the Pennsylvania Archives, third series, Volume XX, page 
551, is reprinted a Transcript of Taxables of Cumberland county 
for 1782, where one James Seaton is listed as having one cow liable 
for taxation. 

In the eighth volume of the Virginia Historical Magazine, page 
361, under " Extracts from Register of St. Paul's Parish," Stafford 
county, is a notation of the marriage of Burdett Clifton to Grace 
Seaton. May 18, 1745. 

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From Heitinan's Register we leam that William Seton, born 
at Washington, D. C, was appointed Second Lieutenant in the 
First United States Infantry, in February, 1818; was First Lieu- 
tenant January 1, 1819. His name was dropped July 26, 1819. 

Henry Seton, born in New York, was a Captain in the Fifty- 
fourth New York Infantry, April 16, 1864; was honorably mus- 
tered out April 14, 1866. He was a Second Lieutenant of the 
Fourth U. S. Infantry on May 11, 1866; First Lieutenant on the 
17th May, 1872; Captain January 3, 1885; Major in Twelfth 
U. S. Infantry December 23, 1898. Retired October 10, 1899. 

Under date of October 1, 1903, the writer received a letter from 
Major Henry Seton from Phoenix, Arizona, from which it appears 
that he was again in the army, and that he is a brother to Arch- 
bishop Robert Seton. 

A Genealogy by Pierce, of Chicago, on page 396, gives the 
career of General John Gray Foster, born in Whitefield, New 
Hampshire, in 1823, married Mary Moale and Anna Johnson, died 
in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1874. He was a Mexican war 
veteran under Scott — Grad. U. S. Military Lead — Coast Survey — 
Professor of Engineering at West Point — at Charleston, South 
Carolina, in Civil War — Defended Fort Sumter, and did other 
service dming the war. His only daughter, Anne Moale Foster, 
married Captain Henry Seton of the Regular Army, at Fort Sher- 
idan ; no dates given. 

Samuel Seton, of Virginia, a Lieutenant of Artisans and Engi- 
neers February 16, 1801. was honorably discharged June 1, 1802. 

Algernon S. Seaton, born New York, a Sergeant in First Wis- 
consin Cavalry August 14, 1861, a Captain in December, 1861; 
honorably mustered out October 31, 1864; again a Captain in 
March, 1865; Brevet Major of Volunteers July 17, 1865, for effi- 
cient and meritorious service; honorably mustered out 19th 
July, 1865. 

In Vol. XXIII, Pennsylvania Archives, is reprinted the Rolls 
of Pennsylvania "Rangers on the Frontier, 1778-1783." The 
following Seatons' names appear: 

On pages 287, 318, Benjamin Seaton, Westmoreland coimty, in 

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Samuel Shannon's Company. On page 215, Richard Seaton, 
Northumberland county, and Isaac Seaton, of the same county. 
On page 290, Thomas Seaton, Westmoreland county, and on page 
339 the same name from Northumberland county. On pages 
222 and 263, William Seaton, of Northumberland county. 

In Vol. XXIII, on page 480, in the Listof Pennsylvania Pension- 
ers appears the name of George Seaton, of Greene county, as Ser- 
geant, at 2 p. M., January 3, 1816. 

In Vol. XXV, under head of "Warranties of Land," there is 
found the following : Bedford county, page 631, Ebenezer Seaton, 
400 acres, February 10, 1794; Ezekias Seaton, 400 acres, same 
date; Greene county, page 632, Reason Seaton, 400 acres, Feb. 
10, 1794. 

In Vol. XXVI, under same head, Washington county, Francis 
Seaton, 400 acres. May 26, 1785; James Seaton, 300 acres, April 
4, 1786. 

From the Encyclopsedia Britannica Biographical Dictionary we 
learn William Winston Seaton was born in 1785, and died in 1866; 
E. A. Seton, bom 1774, died 1821 ; Robert was bom 1839; Sam- 
uel Waddington Seton, an American educator and banker, bom 
1789, died 1869; and William Seton, an American soldier and 
author, was bom in 1835. 

A James Seton appears to hftve been in the city of New York 
in 1758, for there is on record there a power of attorney, dated 
January 11, 1758, given by Harry Roe to his trusty and loving 
friend, William Seton, of the city of New York, merchant, which 
was signed by James Seton and another gentleman as witnesses. 

Major Henry James Seton, of the Royal Irish Rifles, was among 
the English officers dangerously wounded in an encounter with the 
Boers in South Africa. 

A Lieutenant Seaton is reported as having served in Colonel 
Clinton's American Regiment, in one of the early wars of the 

A Lieutenant John Seaton was in Colonel Graham's American 
Regiment in the year 1776, War of the Revolution. 

An Ensign Seaton was enrolled in one of the patriot regiments 
commanded in the Revolution by Killian Van Rensselaer. 

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In volume 32 of the California Law Reports mention is made 
of a G. W. Seaton, who died in San Francisco in 1865, and left 
D. M. W. Seaton and Phoebe Seaton as executors of his last will 
and testament. 

There are Sea tons mentioned in J. E. Jackson's History of St. 
George's Church, Doncaster; in Bridge's Northamptonshire ; and 
in C. W. Hatfield's Historical Notices of Doncaster. 

Seyton is named in Metcalf's Visitations of Northamptonshire, 
Seton in Amot's Brief Notices of Families, and in Walter Prin- 
gle's Memoirs, by Rev. Walter Wood. 

R. C. Seaton was the author of " Sir Hudson Lowe and Napo- 
leon," published by Scribners. 

Sir T. Seaton was the author of "From Cadet to Colonel," 
which was published by Rutledge, 1876. 

Henry Seton Merriman, the author, and English novelist, is 
Hugh Seton Scott, in fact, the former name being only a pseu- 
donym. He has written a long list of popular stories. 

In Smith's Leading Cases, Alexander Seaton, a lawyer, is men- 

A Grant Seaton was hanged by a mob in Missouri on a charge 
of having killed a man, but it later appeared that he did not com- 
mit the crime, preferring to sufifer death rather than accuse a 
woman who did the deed, and who afterward confessed the crime. 
This information comes through Samuel Eugene Seaton, of Center, 
Colorado, who was acquainted with Grant Seaton. This Samuel 
Seaton is said to be a son of Richard Aliph, descendant of Kenner 

Charles H. Seaton, of the Census Department of the United 
States, was appointed from the Eleventh Massachusetts Congres- 
sional District. 

Charles W. Seaton, of New York, is listed as a Superintendent 
of Census. It is possible that he is the same man mentioned on 
page 394 as living at Newark, New Jersey. 

There is a "Seton Infirmary" at Austin, Texas, presided over 
by the Sisters of Charity, and evidently named for Mother Miza- 
beth Ann Seton, the founder of"lhe first society of the Sisters of 

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Charity in the United States. So says The National Magazine 
for August, 1904. 

A very nicely written letter was received from Mr. James Seaton, 
of 248 South Clinton street, Baltimore, Maryland, acknowledging 
the receipt of our letter of inquiry. He thinks he is the only 
Seaton of his branch living, and gives no further particulars. 

In the story "The Duke Decides," by Headon Hill, a Mr. Seaton 
is mentioned as purser of the ocean steamship "Campania." 

We have account of a John Seaton who married Mary Murdock. 
They had a son, Robert Seaton, who was bom in Union county, 
New Jersey, in 1815, and married Anna E. Kelly at New Orleans, 
Louisiana, in 1849. Miss Kelly was born at Charleston, South 
Carolina, in 1831. Their son, Walter Seaton, was bom July 27, 
1850, at New Orleans. He married Margaret Harrold Gill, at 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 7, 1900. Miss Gill's parents 
were English and Swede. She died childless some time ago. 

Walter Seaton is a dentist, and has lived at Philadelphia about ' 
twenty-seven years last past, having made his home at Pass 
Christian, Mississippi, from 1851 to 1877. 

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In the county of Haddington, in Scotland, there was at a very 
early date a monument of some pretensions to Robert Ferguson, 
and at the same time a collegiate church of Seton, which latter 
was built before 1390. These people being of the nobUity, they 
were doubtless well acquainted. About four hundred and fifty 
years later Andrew P. Seaton, of Henderson, New York, was 
married to Laura A. Ferguson, of Watertown, in the same county. 
Thus the church and monument of the ancestors of these people 
were located in the same county in the old country and their de- 
scendants both lived in the same county in the New World and 
were made one by law and gospel. For a fact, there seems to be 
"a divinity that shapes our ends, rough hew them as we may." 

From the study of the records we learn that in the year 1741 
Elizabeth Seaton was married to John West, of York River, in 
Virginia, a scion of a noble British house, being a direct descend- 
ant from father to son of Lord De la Warre, the gorgeous Gover- 
nor of Virginia, the Wests being a family of great historical dis- 
tinction. About one hundred and thirty-seven years later the 
writer, a Seaton and a blood relation of the said Elizabeth, married 
a direct descendant of the Virginia Wests in the person of Sadie 
Hartley, whose grandfather, Joseph Hartley, married Sarah West, 
of the distinguished Virginia family. However, neither of the 
contracting parties to the later marriage was aware that the other 
was related to the earlier couple until some time after their wed- 
ding had taken place. 

Among the interesting facts that have developed in the study 
of the Genealogy of our family, of which there have been several 
different works published, may be mentioned the fact that among 
the children of Joseph Seaton and his wife Elizabeth there was a 

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son bom on August 4, 1811, who was given the name Edward 
Seaton. He died on April 19, 1812, and another son was bom on 
the 15th of Febmary, 1813, who was likewise named Edward 
Seaton. On the tenth of September of the next year a daughter 
was bom to the same parents, who was named Mary Ann Seaton. 
She died before she was a year old, and another daughter, born 
October 29, 1815, was also given the name Mary Ann Seaton. 
Again, on May 2, 1817, a daughter was bom, who was named 
Rachel Helen Seaton. She lived only about a year and a week, 
and a later daughter, bom on March 19, 1819, was likewise given 
the name Rachel Helen Seaton. 

It may be considered as something of a curiosity that the son 
of Philip de Saytoun should have been called Setoun instead of 

Alan de Win ton married Margaret, heiress of Seton, and assumed 
his wife's name instead of using his own. 

Alexander Seton married Elizabeth, heiress of Sir Adam Gor- 
don. He was created a lord, and entered Parliament as Lord 
of Gordon. Some of his descendants took the name Gordon, 
while others retained that of Seton. 

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The following names and addresses have come into our pos- 
session, but for some reason no answer has been received to letters 
sent them, imless we have mixed matters. Jf removed, please send 
new address and biography. 

Seaton, Adelaid, Portland, Oregon. 

- A. C, Cleveland, Ohio. 

- A. H., San Francisco, Calif 

- Alberta, Newark, N. J. 

- Albert P., New Hartford, N. Y. 

- Alice, Charlton, Canada. 

- F., Lowell, Mass. 

- (Mrs.) San Francisco, Calif. 

- Ann, New York city. 

- Arthur H. Seattle, Wash. 

- - L, Washington, D. C. 

- R., New York city. 

- Au^sta, Chicago, Ills. 

- B. C. (M.D.), Bolivar, Penn. 

- Benjamin, Worcester, Mass. 

- C, New York city. 

- - F., Washington, D. C. 

- Bessie E., Quincy, Ills. 

- Blanch B., Indianapolis Ind. 

- H., Louisville, Ky. 

- Carrie J., Grand Gulf, Miss. 

- Catharine, Washington, D. C. 

- C. E., Louisville, Ky. 

- Charles, Ansonia, Conn. 

- - Washington, D. C. 

- - C, Washington, D. C. 

- D., Portland, Maine. 

- F., Seattle, Washington. 

- - F., Minot, S. D. 

- - F., Washington, D. C. 

- - H., Newark, N. J. 

- Charlotte C, Washington, D.C. 

- - F., Washington, D. C. 

- Clarence, Richmond, Va. 

- Cora Hawley, Jacksonville, Fla. 

- Daniel T., Baltimore, Md. 

- David, Troy, New York. 

- - M., New York city. 

Seaton, Donald, New York city. 

- Dorothy, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

- Earl L., Chicago, lUs. 

- E. A., Lacygne, Kan. 

- Edgar, Maryville, Tenn. 

- Edith M., Peoria, lUs. 

- Edward, Baltimore, Md. 

- - 2d, Washington, D. C. 

- Eli v., Louisville, Ky. 

- Eliza, Quincy, Ills. 

- Elizabeth, Seattle, Wash. 

- Emma, Louisville, Ky. 

- - San Francisco, Calif. 

- Ernest, Chicago, Ills. 

- E. R., Hubbard, Iowa. 

- Esther, New York city. 

- Eva R., Minneapolis, Minn. 

- Everett, Detroit, Mich. 

- Frances J., Toronto, Can. 

- Frank H., Seattle, Wash. 

- T., Ix)uisv01e, Ky. 

- - W., Glenbum, N. D. 

- Frederick A., Chicago, Ills. 

- Frederick, Buffalo, N. Y. 

- Butte, Mont. 

- Indianapolis, Ind. 

- A., Chicago, Ills. 

- George C, Chicago, His. 

- - C., Ladd, Ills. 

- D., Chicago, Ills. 

- M., Richmond, Ky. 

- W., Lacygne, Kan. 

- - W., ITall, Indiana. 

- - W., Quincy, lUs. 

- - W., Washington, D. C. 

- R., Minneapolis, Minn. 

- New York city. 

- Georgiana, Baltimore, Md. 

- Guy Hillard, Spokane, Wash. 

- Hamilton, Washington, D. C. 

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Seaton, Hannah P., Peoria, Ills. 

- Harry A., Chicago, Ills. 

- - B., Denver, Colo. 

- Henry C, San Francisco, Calif. 

- D., Indianapolis, Ind. 

- Baltimore, Md. 

- Herbert A., Toronto, Can. 

- H. E., Cambridge, Mass. 

- H. F., Victoria, B. C. 

- Howard E., Richmond, Va. 

- - Washington, D. C. 

- Hugh, Arbuckle, Calif. 

- H. Y., New York city. 

- Isabel D., Chicago, Ills. 

- Jackson M., Chucky, Tenn. 

- Jacob A., Baltimore, Md. 

- - Gralesburg, I J Is. 

- James E., Baltimore, Md. 

- H . (cashier) , Plain view,Tex. 

- - H., Detroit, Mich. 

- K. W., Louisville, Ky. 

- - M., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

- R., Tumey, Mo. 

- Walker, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

- Grayson, Ky. 

- - New York city. 

- ■ St. Johns, N. B. 

- Jane K., Minneapoli.**, Minn. 

- Jeremiah L., Chicago, Ills. 

- Jesse, Columbus, Ohio. 

- John J., Portland, Oregon. 

- - R., Chicago, Ills. 

- John R., Richmond, Va. 

- - W., Detroit, Mich. 

- - Brooklyn, N. Y. 

- - Day, Missouri. 

- - (M. D.), Louisville, Ky. 

- Julia A., Denver, Colo. 

- Juliet, Chicago, IlJs. 

- Larson, Seattle, Wash. 

- Lawrence, Denver, CoJo. 

- Lawson, IndianapoJis, Ind. 

- Lawyer, CJinton, Mo. 

- Lenora, Seattle, Wash. 

- Leonard W., Rochester, N. Y. 

- L. E., Cabella, Kan. 

- Letitia C, Denver, Colo. 

- Lillian A., Atchison, Kan. 

- - Washington, D. C. 

- Lizzie, Hotchkiss, Col. 

- Lottie F., Washington, D. C. 

- Ix>uise A., Pueblo, Colo. 

- - M., Denver, Colo. 

Seaton, Louise, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
- Troy, N. Y. 

- Lulu P., Quincy, Ills. 

- Lycurgus, Louisville, Ky. 

- Mamie, Wa.shington, D. C- 

- Margaret, Columbus, Ohio. 

- Lowell, Mass. 

- Martha J., Winamic, Ind. 

- Mary B., Washmgton, D. C. 

- J., Columbus, Ohio. 

- San Francisco, Calif. 

- - Washington, D. C. 

- May, Toledo, Ohio. 

- M. D., Belgrade, Neb. 

- Minerva A., Newark, N. J. 

- Minnie, Louisville, Ky. 

- Mollie A., Seattle. Wash. 

- Nellie, Rockford. Ills. 

- Interbay, Wash. 

- N. G., Maryville, Tenn. 

- Olive O., Cleveland, Ohio. 

- - Brooklyn, N. Y. 

- Oscar, Atlanta, Ga. 

- Chicago, Ills. 

- Pauline (Mrs.), Kent, Eng. 

- Perry M., Richmond, Va. 

- Peter, Butte, Montana. 

- R. Frank, Richmond, Va. 

- Robert B., Lowell, Mass. 

- H., New York city. 

- - (Capt.) Chicago, Ills. 

- Colorado Springs, Colo. 

- - Baltimore, Md. 

- - Troy, t^. Y. 

- Rufus S., Rochester, N. Y. 

- Ruth, Wheeling, WCstVa. 

- Sadie, Chicago. Ills. 

- Chucky, Tenn. 

- Samuel B., Rochester, N. Y. 

- - Washington, D. C. 

- Burlington, Iowa. 

- Louisville, Ky. 

- New York city. 

- Peoria, Ills. 

- Sarah. Longmeadow, Mass. 

- Washington, D. C. 

- Solomon, Nash^^lle, Tenn. 

- Stanley, Lowell, Mass. 

- Stephen, Chicago, Ills. 

- - Seattle, Wash. 

- Strobridge, Chicago, Ills. 

- Stuart, Little York, Ills. 

- Thaddeus K., Denver, Colo. 

- Theresa, San Francisco, Calif. 

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Seaton, Thomas B^ Haseltine, Wash. 
- L., Toronto, Canada. 

- - R., Toronto, Canada. 

- - Chicago, Ills. 

- - Cincinnati, Ohio. 

- - New Orleans, La. 

- - Portland, Oregon. 

- Victor, Worcester, Mass. 

- Virginia, Richmond, Va. 

- Waldemar, Portland, Oregon. 

- Walter, Washington, D. C. 

- W. A., Chicago, Ills. 

- W. A., Ladd, Illinois. 

- Weslev, Martinsville, Ills. 

- - Majrsville, Tenn. 

- W. H., Swedeborg, Mo. 

- William A., Cleveland, Ohio. 

- A., Baltimore, Md. 

- A., Lathrop, Mo. 

Seaton, William E., Richmond, Va 

- G., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

- G., Troy.N. Y. 

- Henry, Buffalo, N. Y. 

- Henrv, Louisville, Ky. 

- - H., New York city. 

- H., Quincy, Ills. 

- J., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

- M., Minneapolis, Minn. 

- R., Detroit, Mich. 

- S., Cabella, Kan. 

- - Scott, New York city. 

- Baltimore, Md. 

- - Bolton, England. 

- Jackson, Mich. 

- - New York city. 

- Richmond, Va. 

- Washington, D. C. 

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Abbey of Arbroath 53 

- ofCulross 70 

- of Llndores 52 

Abbot, The 39, 60, 76. 78 

- The Priest 79, 80 

- of Newbattle 65 

Abbott. Chariotte H..240, 244, 256, 

277, 278 

Frances H 279 

Abbott's Life of Mary Queen of Scots 

39, 84, 85 
Abduction of Lady Margaret Seton . . 65 
Abilene Chronicle 340 

- High School 342 

Abington Fire Ins. Co 351 

•*A Biographical Sketch," 106, 107 

109, 113. 114. 118 

Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents 103 

Academia Ecclesiastica 99 

Acetyline Gas Plant 224 

Acknowledgments 10 

Act of Security 87 

Adam and Eve 84 

Adams Express Co 171 

Adams, John (President) 123, 290 

- Mary, wife of Charies Seaton. . . 327 

- wife of Willard Seaton. 

123. 131 135. 142 

- Rev. George 206 

Addington. Lizzie 293 

Adelbert College 310 

Advocates' Library 65 

Aguinaldo. Emilo (Filipino) 343 

.\iken. Rev. Silas 277 

** A Jacobite Family," 90 

"Alan of Winton and the Heiress of 

Seton" 55 

Albany Law School 205 

Albright, Mr 261 

"Alcohol" 215 

Alexander 1. (King) 45, 46 

- n. (King) 47 

- III. (King) 47 

- VI. (Pope) 65 

- Mr., m. Polly Seaton 346 

- Polly 346 

- Kari of Omoch 59 



Allen, Frank 334 

- Mary Elizabeth 356 

- Rebecca (negress) 386 

Allen's (Col.) Regiment 126 

Allen, WiUiam 356 

Allison, Miss, m. Frank Johnson 305 

- m. Melvin Johnson 306 

Amberson. Nancy 345. 346, 347 

American Express Co 171 172, 210 

Ancestors 36. 37. 42, 44, 272 

Ancestry 36. 37, 42, 44, 272 

Anderson, Mary S 354 

- Isabella 385 

Andes, John 368 

- Mrs. Lettie 368 

- Sarah M 368 

Andrews, Judge L. W 290 

- Bishop. E<lward G 373 

Angus. Lord 103 

Angora Cats 205 

An Indenture Tripartite 105 

An Inspiration 102 

Anne (Queen) 87 89 

"An Old Family," 8, 49, 50. 67, 77, 

82, 93, 95. 97, 99, 100, 103, 387 

Antietam, Battle of 98, 340. 378 

"Antiquities of Edinburgh." 64 

" Apocalypse, The," 186 

Apperson, Judge. Richard Jr 290 

Arbroath Abbey 53 

Argjie. Duke of 89 

Aristocracy of Sweden 82 

Armond. Charles 384 

Arms, in Heraldry, 26. 27, 28. 39. 52, 

271, 276. 278, 291, 364 

- Seton. 39, 52, 68, 276, 278 291. 364 
Armstrong, Arthur J 173 

- Hattie 173 

Army Rations 162 188. 190 

Arnold, Benedict 325 

- Emma 307 

- The Author 238 

Arran, Earl of 74 

Arthur, George Wilkes 295 

- Lydia (Hunt) 295 

- Margaret 294, 309 

Ashland Coal and Iron Co., 290, 308, 309 


Digitized by 




Ashland Improvement Co 309 

** A Study of Birds and Animals" 309 

Atchison Commercial College 342 

- Eliza 352 

- Foundry Co 318, 319 

- Mr 352 

- Theater 318 

"A Thing of Beauty" 8 

Atlanta, Battle of 303. 315 

Atlantic, The Steamer 180 

Ausstraw, Alexander 346 

- John 346 

- Joseph 346 

- Mrs. Martha 346,347,348 

- Nancy 346 

- Theresa 346 

Autograph 4, 16 

Avenel Arms 35 

- Baron, Walter 35 

- Mary 35 

- The House of 28, 35, 36 

Avenelle, Normandy 35 

Axtell, Rev 341 

Aytoun, The Poet 77 

Bacon's Rebellion 104 

Badenoch, Lord 40 

Bailey, Effie 371 

- James 377 

- Jonathan 245 

- Thomas 286 

Baillie, of Dorchforth 62 

- of Rlngduflferin 62 

- SlrWiUiam 62 

Baker University 216 

Balfour. David, of Carriston 71 

- Isabel, Heiress of 71 

- Sir Michael 71 

Baliol, Edward (King) 53 

- John (King) 48 

Bank of Brookings 311 

- of Charleston 308 

- of Seaton. Ills 33. 351 

Bannockburn, Battle of 51, 52 

Barber. Helen Ida 179. 211 

Barberry, Mme. de 97 

Barclay, Andrew 96 

- Charlotte 96 

Barlow, Joel 112 

- Mrs., of Kansas City 367 

Barnard, Jeremiah 241, 277 

- Rev. John 240. 244 

Barnes. Barony of 52 

- James 314 

- Rebecca. 115, 116. 117, 123, 124. 180 

- Rufus 126 

Bamhart. Mary 368. 369 

- Miss, m. Moses Seaton 368 

Baron of Linlithgow 59 

Baroness of Linlithgow 59 

Barony of Barnes 52 

- of Winchburg 70 

Bartholow, Mrs. Theodore ... 215 

Bartley, Jacob 192 

- James, Sr 192, 193, 214, 218 

- Joseph 392 

- Sarah Elizabeth 192,193.213. 

218. 222, 228, 392 

Bates, Harriet A 164. 205 

Battles in which some member of the 
family took part: 

Altoona Pass 252 

Amelia Springs 379 

Antietam 98, 340, 378 

Atlanta 303, 316 

Bacon's Rebellion 104 

Bannockburn 51, 52 

Baugp 62, 63 

Belmont 319 

Berwick 54, 55 

Bladensburg ill 

Bowling Green 315 

Brazier City 267 

Bunker Hill 254 

CassvUle 252 

Cerro Gordo 316 

Charles City Crossroads 340. 380 

Colloden 349 

Corinth 318 

DilUcarew 48 

Drainville 340 

Dublin. Ireland 53 

Dundalk 53 

East Branch Ill 

Elkhom Tavern 267 

Flodden 69 

Fort Sumter 291, 302, 317, 388 

Fredericksburg 340, 378 

Gaines Hill 340, 378 

Gettysburg 340, 378. 380 

Glendale 340. 378 

Groveton 340 

Hatch's Run 194 

Homlldon Hill 58. 62 

Jerusalem Plank Road 194 

Jonesboro 316 

Kenesaw 252. 315. 360 

Kinghom 53 

Knoxville, Tenn 252 

Korean Forts 119 

Langslde 72, 80 

liCxington. Mo 264. 268 

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Battles in which some* member of the 
family took part (continued): 

Lochdoon Castle 49 

Lost Mountain 252 

Lower Louisiana 207 

Macon 262 

Malvern HiU 340, 378. 380 

Manila Bay 283 

Manassas, Va 340 

Meadow Bridge 340 

MechanicsviUe 378, 340 

Methven 48, 49 

Mine Run 340 

NashvUle 252, 315 

New Madrid 317, 318 

Otterbum 56, 57 

Pea Ridge 2©7 

Peach Tree Creek 304 

Petersburg 161, 194 

Philipaugh 92 

Preston 89 

Pulaski Tenn 252 

Rappahannock 340 

Raymond. Miss 364 

Red River 267 

Resaca 252 

Richmond, Ky 251 

Richmond. Va 378, 380 

Seven Days' Fight. 340. 378 

Shepherdstown 378 

Shiloh 315 

Siege of Dublin 53 

South Mountain 340 

Stone River 315 

StrathfiUan 49 

Tiptonville 318 

VaUey Forge 253 

Vera Cruz, Mexico 316 

Vemeuil 62 

Waynesboro 315 

Weldon Railroad 194 

Wilderness The 380 

Wilson Creek 264. 268 

Bauj?e Battle of 62, 63 

Bayley, Bishop 96 

- Guy Carleton 96 

- Elizabeth Ann (see Seton) 95 

- James Roosevelt 96 

- Richard 96 

Bayne, EHeanor Mitchell 261 

Beard, Ellas Stolk 336 

Beaton. Andrew 83 

- Archbishop 83 

- Cardinal 70. 83 

- Mary, Maid of Honor 83, 84 

Beatrice Creamery Co 232 

Beatty, Mrs. Samuel 367 

- Samuel 367 

Beauregard, General 302, 318 

Becock, AuriUa 131 

- Leonard 131 

- Mr 131 

Bedlam Beggars 90 

Bellefonte Iron Furnace 308 

BeU, Evan 360 

- Martha Jane 360 

- Presidential candidate 291 

Belmont. Battle of 319 

Benicia, Sloop of War 119 

Benedict, Saint 29, 65 

Benham, Alice 336 

Bennett Medical College 252 

Berkele, Nettie 283 

Berkley, Jean 46 

- Walter 46 

Berry. Mr 329 

Bertrand, General. 112 

Berwick, Battle of .'H. 65 

Bevan, Enuna 364 

- Mrs. Jane 364 

- Stacey 364 

Bible The. 7. 9. 35. .39, 44, 108, 115. 

389, 313, 375 

Bibliography 14 

Bidwell, Mary Frances 261 

Biggs, Alfred De Bard 295 

- Naylor Bragg 295 

- Seaton Humphrey 295 

- Thomas N 295 

- WUUam 288 

Biographical Dictionary, The 36, 387 

Biographies 19 

Bird EUzabeth 366. 368 

" Birds of Manitoba" 100 

Birthright. A 18 

Birtsch, Catharine 304 

Bishop's Memorial Hall 99 

Black Hawk War 249 

- Juliana 379 

- Rev. L 168 

- Strangers 46 

- that will not rub off 224 

- William 379 

Bladensburg, Battle of Ill 

Blades. Margaret 181 

Blake. George T 375 

- Jane 237. 238, 239, 245, 246 

Blaney Rev F. S 343 

Bleau. John and William 32 

Bloody Kansas 340 

Blount, Josephine 353 

Blue Laws of Connecticut 116 

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Boarding with a Pocketbook 190 

Boers of South Africa 389 

Boiling, Miss 108 

Bolton, Frank Leslie 184 

- James Seaton 184 

- LesUeC 184 

Bond, Julia E 324, 326 

- MulfordR 324 

Bony, Lallie B 319 

- Robert 319 

Book, This 194, 275 

Boomer, W.J 376 

Boone, Daniel 273 

- Jesse 273 

Booth, EUen 248, 249, 261 

Boothroyd, Mary 333 

Borden, Samuel 126 

Borderers of Scotland 37, 67 

Borolin, Franklin Moore 209 

- Seaton Ayres 209 

Boston Custom House 270, 271 

Boswell. Clhiton 261 

- Edward 261 

- Everett 261 

- Taylor 261 

Bothwell, First Earl of 69, 76, 86. 92 

Bowers, Polly 266, 267. 278 

Bowling Green, Battle of 316 

Boyce, Andrew 381 

- Elizabeth 381 

- James 381 

- James 2d 381 

- Martha 381 

- Mrs C. L 206 

- Sarah 381 

Boyle 309 

Brabrook, Ralph Seaton Pope 207 

- WiUIamF. Jr 207 

Bradley, John S 170 

- Mary E 297, 310 

- Polytechnic Institute 335 

Bradstreet's Commercial Agency .... 330 

Brazier City, Capture of 267 

Bray, Susannah 333 

Breckinridge, John C 168 

Bredin, Judge, of Butler, Pa 346 

Brent. Rev. Canon Henry 186 

"Bridge's Northamptonshire," 390 

"Brief Notices of Families," 390 

Bridgeford A Co 282, 284 

Brisbin, Mr 142 

British MiLseum, The 34, 67, 83 

Brock, Reverend 336 

Brow, Mr 131 

Brown, Alexander 104 

- Amy 66 

Brown, Blanch 330 

- the Author 90 

- Daniel 330 

- Edna 830 

- Fannie 383 

- G. W 339 

- James 361 

- John 129 

- Mary 163 

- Mary Jane 851 

- Michael 383 

- Olive 330 

Browner, Polac 372 

Broyles, Clara 367 

- Eddie 371 

- Elizabeth Caroline 370 

- John Maise 370 

Bruce. Christian 48, 49 

- Edward (King) 62, 90 

- Nigel 49, 50 

- Robert (King), 30, 44, 48, 49. 

50, 52, 53, 68 

- Robert, Lord of Anandale 48 

- Robert (King), Life of 49 

Bryan, William Jennings 168 

Bryant. William (Allien 98 

Buchanan, George 37, 53, 55. 73, 76 

85, 86. 87, 103 

- James (President) 168 

- John 377 

Buckner, Mr 268 

Bulkley Clara Fannie 199, 234 

Bullard place 152 

Bullls, Alice L 382 

Bunker Hill, Battle of 254 

Burden, George S 333 

- Mrs. Martha A 333 

Burgess, Mary E 372 

Burke, Sir Bernard 46, 387 

"Burke's Landed Gentry," 46, 387 

- "Peerage and Baronetage," 45, 387 

Burnett. Bishop 37 

Bumham, Mr 248 

Bums, George W. Mead 296 

- Gordon 296 

- Helen Seaton 296 

- James 296 

- Robert (the Poet) 149, 230 

Bumside, General 302 

Burr. Mrs 336 

Burtis, LUlIan 319 

Bushee, Amanda F 374, 375 

- Barton 374 

Butler, CHnton 296 

- Ella 297 

- Mr 296 

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Butler* Ora 296 

Butt^, Premium 168 

Butters, WUUam 264 

- Wmiam, Jr 264 

Butts, Danford 172, 173, 174 

- Lenora HoUy 172 

- Mary E 172 

- Nellie Louise 172 

- Sarah E 172 

- WUliamC 172,173 

Byfield. Dr. H. R 265 

- HaleneEdell 266 

Byram, Theodore 319 

Byron, Lord George Gordon 58 

Cabeen, R.J 361 

- Thomas B 351 

Cadet Corps 225 

Caledonia 40 

"Caledonian. The" 47 

•• California Law Reports" 390 

Camden, William 11, 32 

Cameron, Margaret 349 

- Mary 350 

Campania, The Steamer 391 

Campbell, Colon, Earl of Argyle 68 

- Anna 249 

- T^dy Margaret 68 

- OUve M 268 

- Marion 367 

- Sir Niel of Lockaw 52 

Campbells of Ar^le 352 

Candida Casa, Bishop of 65 

Canisteo. The J 80 

Canmore, Malcolm (King) 40 

Capel, Mrs. Edward 333 

- Elizabeth 333 

Capella de Seaton 32 

Carder, Ruth M 301 

Carey. Richard 104 

Carl, " Bill," 138, 139, 140, 141 

Carlin, Pearl 262 

Carleton, Catharine 96 

Carmichael, Marj', Maid of Honor, 83, 85 

Carpenter, Minerva J 168, 159 

Carrick, Margaret 48 

- Niel, Earl of 48 

Carrol, Mr 356 

Carruthers, Rev. Mr 383 

Carson, Mary Bianca 341 . 342 

Carver. Mary 134 

Case. Rev. Abel 289 

Case School of Science 289, 310 

Cass, Lewis 168 

Castle of Cathcart 80 

- Edinburgh 63, 81 

Castle of Fivie 88 

- La Rocca 68 

- Loch Doon 49 

- Loch Leven 70, 72, 78 

- Marigny 44 

- Niddry 60, 70, 78, 80, 86 

Cathedral of Norva 151 

Catholic University 99 

Caviness, Lulu Bertha 136 

•* Cedar Rapids Republican" 139 

Central University 866 

Century Dictionary 100 

- Magazine 113 

Cerro Gordo, Battle of 316 

ChafTus, Rev. Aaron W 254 

Chalmers 47 

Chambers 58 71 

"Chaml>ers'8 Encyclopiedia," 30, 71, 

76. 151 

"Chambers's Family of Gordon," 58 

Chaplin, Anna 245 

^ - Joseph 245 

- Joseph 2d 245 

- Mary, or Mercy 245 

- Sarah (Sally) 245 

Chapman, Arthur L 165 

- Eugene (M. D.) 166 

- I. W 156 

- house 152 

- Mrs. Marian 165 

- Sarah 127. 129, 172, 173 176 

Characteristics. Family. 116, 142, 176. 

187, 287, 298, 299 

Charge, in Heraldry 28 

Charles I. (King) 92 

- IT. (King) 92 

- The Simple (King) 43 

Charleston National Bank 308 

Charlestown Navy Yard. . .257, 271, 278 

** Charlestown Records of Families " . . 245 
Chart of the Descendants of John and 

FJizabeth Seton 14 

CTheckers, or Draughts 128 

Chelsea 107, 109 

Chetopa High School 211 

"Chevy Cha<»e" 57 

Cheyne, Christian 55 

"Chicago Tribune" 100 

Choosing a .Sovereign 87 

Christian Names 40, 41 

"Chronicles" 216 

Church of Franciscan Friars 68 

- St. George 390 

- St. Mary's 46 

- Seton 63 

"Cincinnati Commercial Tribune." 97, 182 

Digitized by 




Citizens' Teleptione Co 308 

City or Duluth, the Steamer 180 

- Seaton. Engtanil 32 

Clan, A Hii?hland 31 

- Ferguson 237 

Clapham, Benjamin 326 

- Chauncey 325 

- Julia Candence 326 

- Robert 326 

Clark, Arthur Earl 169 

- Clara Eva 170 

- DaLoy 169 

- Eddie 170 

- Ella Genevieve 170, 204. 235 

- Elliot Monroe 169. 204 

- Ernest Danford 170 

- Florence Henrietta 170 

- Frank Ray 1C9 

- Haxel Frances 170 

- Hugh Harold •. 169 

- Jessie Mae 170 

- Leonard Anson 169 

- Mary Angelia 169 

- Maud Belle 169 

- RoUin Vern 169 

" Roy Leonard 169 

••Clark's Heraldry" 29, 30 

Clay, Charles 268 

- Charles Hickman 268 

- Henry 288, 290 

Cleveland, Cornelia 212 

- Elizabeth 362 

- Grover (President), 168. 212. 

361, 362 

- High School 309 

Clifton, Burdett 387 

Clinton. Colonel 389 

- Gov. De Witt 373 

Clough, Lawyer 273 

Clute, Edith A 316 

Coach, first In Scotland 76 

Coal Mining 46 

Coalpits of Tranent 58 

Cochi-ane, Mrs. Mabel 375 

Cockbum, Admiral Ill 

Cockenzie 32. 91 

Cole, Anna Matilda 329 

- ex-Chief Justice 373 

- Hattle 176 

- Judee 373 

Cole & Biddlecome 373 

College of Justice 70, 74 

Collegiate Church of Seton. 64, 65, 69, 392 

Collier, Edgar 370 

- Garland 370 

- Henry 370 

Collier, Moses 370 

- Mrs. Sarah (Seaton) 370 

- Mr 319 

- Susan (Seaton) 319 

Collision, A 273 

CoUoden. Battle of 349 

Colonization Society ... 113 

Colors in Heraldry 28, 30 

Colton, Mr 240 

- Mrs. Mary 240 

Columbian Exposition 342 

Committee of Safety 242 

Compton, Mary 328 

- Mr 314 

CJomyn, Margaret 47 

- The Red 49 

- William, Earl of Buchan 47 

Conceit An Admirable 196 

Ck)nditt, Dr. WlUiam H 318 

Confederacy, The Southern, 113, 267, 

370, 371 

Confiscation of Property 60. 237 

Conger, Fay 232 

- Guy 232 

- Harold 232 

- John 232, 233 

- Joseph 232 

Ck)nnor, Foster 261 

Conqueror, The (William I.) 44, 47 

Continental Scrip 356 

Continental Encycloptedia Ill 

Convent of Black Friars 64 

- of St. Catharine 68. 69 

Converse, Rebecca 255 

Cook, D. Gardner 145 

- Harold 145 

- Lorie 145 

- Mary 145. 354 

- another Mary 354 

- Prof. C. A 215 

- WlUard 145, 147 

Cooper. Stephen 380 

Corbet, Jane 328 

- Pauline 328 

- Philip 328 

Corinth, Battle of 318 

Cornell University 309 

Corrections 8 

Corse, Gen. A. N 163 

Cotton, Franr^elia Alma 195, 196, 197 

Courier, The 339 

Countess of Roxbury 83 

Court Farm 152. 154 

Coussens, Cyril Larkin 207 

Cowing, Lewis G 181 

- Mrs.LewisG 182 

Digitized by 




Cox, Gua 313 

- Hattie 370 

- Mrs. Lucy. . 313 

Coxson Hepzibah 333 

Crabtree, Ellxabeth 360. 352 

Cram's Atlas 11. 32. 33 

Cravant, Fortress of 63 

Crawford, Martha 381 

- Mrs. (nte Sallie Seaton) 319 

- Robert 338 

- Samiwl 373 

- William Harris 112 

Crawley Mrs. Lallle B 319 

Crescents In Heraldry 29 

Crests In Heraldry 29, 56, 327 

Crews, Thomas 301 

Crichton, Sir WlUiam ^ 63 

Croq, M. de 86 

Crosby, Mrs. C. A 134 

Cross, Emma 134 

Crown. Thomas 246 

Cruce, Annie 264 

Crucifixion, The 84 

Cninke, Alice (Seaton) 337 

Crump, Luclnda 282 

Culp, Allen 330 

Culross Abbey 70 

Curiosities 49 

Curry, Nancy Ellen 286 

Curtis. Elder F 186 

Curzon, Miss 100 

Dahl. Mrs. F. Catharine 95 

Dales In Pennsylvania 346 

Dalton, Eleanor Elizabeth 314 

- Franklin 314 

Dalzell, James, 4th Earl 93 

- Mary 93 

Damming Sandy River 274 

Dane, Miss 305 

Dansvllle Paper Mills 186 

Damley, Lord 86 

Darwin Charles 19 

Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion 205 

Dauphin of France 63. 76, 83 

David I. (King) 40, 45, 46 

- II. (King) 63 

Davidson. Capt. John Ill 

Davis, Frank 269 

- Jefferson 370 

- Mary 377, 379 

- Mrs. Sarah (KeUy) 299 

- Rebecca Atherton 292 

Dawley, Edith AurlUa. . .*. 169 

- Herbert Macey 169 

Dawley, Horace Jerome 169 

- Hubert 169 

- HurelQuy 169 

Dawson, George 372 

Deaf and Dumb Asylum 312 

- - - School 312 

Death and His Scythe 84 

De Bard, Alfred D 296 

- Alfred D. 2d 295 

- Alfred Jones 295 

- Ambrose Seaton 295 

- Carrie Belle 296 

- Eunice 296 

- Harriet Eliza 295 

- Harriet Davis 296 

- Helen 295 

- Helen Goss 295 

- Mahlon 296 

- Margaret 296 

- Mary Seaton 296 

- Mrs. Helen Augusta 296 

- Mrs. Myrtle Hay worth 295 

Dedication 5 

De-la-Vall, Seaton 32 

Delavell, Seaton 32 

Demelt Peter 154 

Dennlson, Gov. William 293 

Densmore, David 265 

Dent,F. E 211 

Marie 211 

Depew, Chauncey 220 

De Qulncy, Janet 46 

- Robert 46 

- Seher 46 

De Sany, Mr 125 

Descendants of Bela 9 

- of Benjamin 9 

- of Comfort Sand« 14 

Deserters 190 

Despelder, Rev. J. A 236 

"Detective, The" 137 

Dewal, Judge Alvin 290 

Dewey, Admiral George 283 

Dickens, Charles 112, 118 

- Mrs. Charles 112 

Dickinson County High School, 342, 343 

Dickson, Margaret 330 

Dictionary of English Literature 11 

- of National Biography 36, 387 

Diets, *' Doc" 137 

DIU. Elizabeth C 363, 354 

DlUlcarew, Battle of 48 

Dinwiddle, Governor 107 

Dirty Woman. A 224 

Doctrine, Good 291 

- Monroe 290 

Digitized by 




Dodi^. Kale 283 

Dodson, Mae Anna 180 

- N.H 180 

Dombaugh. Anna Belle Clara 181 

- Edward 181 

- Fannie G 181 

Harry 1 181 

- Mr 181 

Donaldson, Andrew 377 

- Harriet 320 

- Isabella 377, 378 

- Jacob 247 

- James 246 

- Joseph 247 

- Joseph 2d 247 

Doomsday Book 11 

Dougall. de Saytoun 46 

Douglass 68. 103 

- Archibald 54, 63 

- Dougald 59 

- Elizabeth 63 

~ George 72. 79, 80 

Hugh 63 

- Marjorie 349, 352 

- The Black 356 

- William 59 

- Willie 79 

Drainville, Battle of 340 

Drake Belle 147 

- Charles 258 

- Sarah 258 

- Sir Francis 258 

Driggs, Lieut. W. H 122 

Driggs-Schroeder Rapid-fire Gun 122 

Driver, Mary 327 

Drummond, James, l?t Earl 91 

Dryfesdale 72 ■ 

Dublin, Siege of 53 

Dugall, the Black Stranger 46 

Dugdale, Sir WUliam 11. 32 

Duke of Richmond and Gordon 58 

- of Touraine, in France 63 

Dunbar, Janet 62 

Dunblane. Bishop 65 

Duncan, Mrs. Anna 275 

- D. U. C 169 

- 10th Earl of Fife 53 

- Gertrude Florence 185 

- Helen Emma 185 

- Hon. John 256 

- Isabel 53 

- William Sinclair 185 

Duckwall. Rev. J. L 136 

Dundalk, Battle of 53 

Dungeon, The Great 69, 75 

Dunkirkers 68 

Dunn, Judge Charles 373 

Durett. Prof 231 

Durham, Lord, Governor of Canada 113 

Durley, Jefferson 248 

- LesUe 248 

Dustman, Mr 367 

Duval. Mr 262 

Eagle. The Ship 68 

Earl of Argyle 68, 89 

- Arran 74 

- Bothwell 69,76, 92 

- Buchan. William Comyn 47 

John 63 

Carn worth, James Dalzell 93 

- Carrick, Niel 48 

- . Douglas '63 

- Dunfermline 87, 93 

- Dunbar and March 46 

- Eglington (2), Hugh 69 

" (3) 91 

- (6) 91 

- Errol 92 

- Fife (10), Duncan 53 

- Glencairn 87 

- Hume 87 

- Huntley 40. 58 

Lauderdale 68 

- Lennox 62 

- Lutherland (13) 68 

Mar 76. 89 

- March 48. 62 

Ornoch 59 

Perth (1). James Drummond.. . 91 

- Torsach 59 

- Traquair (2), John Stuart 93 

- Weymss and March 67 

- Winton (1), Robert Seton, 87, 90, 91 

- Winton (2), Robert Seton.. .91. 92 

- Winton (3), George Seton. . .91, 92 

- Winton (4). George Seton . . .93, 95 
" Winton (5) , George Seton ... 90, 89 

- Winchester 46 

Early Ancestors 37. 42 

F,ast Branch, Battle of Ill 

Eastern Star Lodge 145, 205 

Eddy, Hannah, 272. 275. 288, 291, 

292, 293, 308 

- John 272 

- Nathan 272 

- Nathaniel 272. 293 

- Obedlah 272 

- Samuel 272 

- William (Rev.) 272 

- Wmiam 272 

Edgewood 266 

Digitized by 




Edward III. (King) 64, 65 

Edwards, Jane, 236, 237, 240, 243, 244 

Eggleston, Capt 163. 192 

Eglington, Hugh, 2d Earl 69 

Egyptian Obelisk 119 

Elder, Lafayette 370 

Electric Bells 224 

- Friction Generator 224 

- Harbor Works. Durban, South 

Africa 328 

- Telegraph 224 

Electrophorus 224 

Elevation of the Host 67 

Elizabeth (Queen) 76 

EUidge, WUIlam 367 

Ellinwood, Ebenezer 241, 246 

- John 241, 246 

- Phobbe 241, 246 

Elliott, Herbert 147 

- Mrs. Herbert 147 

Ellis, Mr 314 

- Mrs. Dillie 314 

Ellis's School for Boys 163 

£mancipation of Slaves 113 

- Proclamation 113 

Emblem of Eternity 84 

"Eminent Men of Kansas" 319 

Encyclopedia Britannica, 30, 37. 48. 

50, 113. 389 

English, The 37, 50, 66, 70, 73, 89 

Epworth League 221, 226, 230, 231 

Erasmus 387 

Erie Canal 373 

Erraaneric (King) 42 

Errors 8 

Estate, A $50,000 . 337 

- Barnes 58 

- Chelsea 107, 109 

- at Amherst 242, 255 

confiscated 50, 60 

- in England 47, 50 

- - Eskdale 35 

- of Hartsyde 64 

- in King William County. Va. . . 105 

- of Lingeais 63 

- on the Mattipony 106. 108 

- at Nashua 244 

- in Northumberland 51 

- at Salisbury 244 

- in Spottsylvania 106 

of Studley 107 

Estes, Marian 173 

- Orvis K 172 

Everest, Jessie 146 

Everett, Edward 291 

Lucinda 136 

Executions 49, 54, 73- 

Exiles 44 

Fairbanks, Clara 234 

Family, A Great Lowland 37 

- Characteristics. 115, 142. 187. 

287, 298, 299 

- History 40 

- Name 33,36, 36 

" of Seyton. 37. 39. 50. 71, 72. 76, 

77. 79, 80, 82 390 

- Origin 42, 103 322 

- Records 42 

- Relics 107 

- Seton 93 

- The Writer's 189 

Fanners 137 

Farm, A 20,626-acre 274. 289 

- Court 152. 164 

- Oliver Smith 127 

- Daniel Smith 165 

- Jotham Littleton 127 

- Reeves 167 

- Sturtevant 127 

- Whitney (Amasa) 127 

** Farmer's History of Amherst " 24 1 

Farragut, Admiral David G 119 

"Fearless Little Girt, A" 214 

Feeding Pigs 128 

Feldhaus, Annie E 286 

- Joseph 286 

Felt, J. M 167 

- Mrs. P 300 

T Peter 300 

Fenian Raids 186 

Fergus (King) 149 

Fergus's Son 149 

Ferguson, The Clan 149 

- Mrs. Clara 149 

- The Family 149. 230, 237 

- George 197 

- John 149 157 

- Laura Ann, 149, 151, 153, 157, 

158. 195, 392 
Robert 230, 392 

- Sir Samuel 149, 230 

- WlUiam 157 

"Ferguson's Handbook of Architec- 
ture" 161 

Ferry, Seaton's, on Pianketank 34 

FUlcchi. ChevaUer PhiUp 97 

First Seaton in America 103 

Fisherman, A 9 

Fisher, Rev. L. B 173 

Fishing 154 

Fitch, Marjorie 369 

Digitized by 




Fitche. In Heraldry 29 

•• Fitxhugh's Valleys of Virginia" 106 

Fitzhugh William 105 

Fitzpatrick, T. D 220 

Fivie Castle 88 

- Lord 87 

Flatboating 248, 273 

Fleming, A Nobleman 85 

- Maryr Maid of Honor. 78, 79. 84, 85 
Flemish Horses 81 

- Pirates 68 

Fletcher, Arnold 381 

- Bertha 381 

- Emma 381 

- Everett 381 

- Gertrude 381 

- James 381 

- Margaret 381 

- Margery 381 

- WiUiam 381 

Fleur-de-luce in Heraldry 30, 60 

Flight from Lochleven 70, 78 

Flodden, Battle of 69 

Flower. Mrs. Ida R 145 

Fontenoy. Marquise de 100 

Forbes-Leith, Father William 63 

Forbes, Sir Archibald 49 

Fordham College 98 

Ford, V. L 287 

Fordun, John 55 

Forlorn Hope, A 267 

Forsyth, Bishop 355 

- Earl Thomas 266 

- Emory Tyler 266 

- Hume, Fxlward 266 

- Lucy J 355 

- OraC 266 

- Rev. J 382 

- Velma Gladys 266 

Fort Adams 284 

- Garrett 285 

- Gibson 117 

- Kearney 320 

- lyeavenworth 267 

- Pillow 318 

- Sheridan 388 

- Simons 165 

- Stanwix 126 

- Sumter 291. 302, 317, 388 

- Warburton Ill 

Fort Wayne Traction Co 360 

Foas, Joseph 381 

Foster, Annie Moale 388 

- Gen. John Gray 388 

•* Formation and Foundation of Char- 
acter" 298 

I - 

Fox, William 253 

Four Marys, The 71, 82, 83, 84 

France 43, 75, 89, 90. 112 

Francis II. (King) 75 

Franciscan Friars. Church of 58 

Franklin. Benjamin 119. 219 

- College 263 

Eraser 50 

Frederick. Alexander 258 

- George 258 

- Joseph 258, 259 

- Joseph 2d 258 

- Kitty 258 

- Margaret 258 

- Richard 258 

Fredericksburg, Battle of 340. 378 

" Free Democrat" 339 

Frecland. Capt. A. W . 145 

- Daniel 146 

Donald Edward 147 

Dwight A 146 

- E. K 145. 146 

- EUzabeth B 146 

- Grace 146 

- Hattie 146 

- Mrs. Hattie Louise 145. 148 

- Henry Eugene 147 

- John M 145. 146 

- Robert 146 

Freeman, E. A 42 

** Freeman's Norman Conquest " 11 

** Freeman's History of the Goths" . . 42 

Fremont, The 180 

French. James 261 

- Louise 261 

- Nellie 261 

- Nora 261 

- WiUiam S 261 

Frisco Raihx)ad 363 

Friend of the Poor. A 275 

Frith of Forth 29. 89, 91 

Froissart, Jehan, or Jean 57 

" From Cadet to Colonel" 390 

Frost, Walter Albert 208 

Fuller, Mrs. Georgie Seaton 134 

Funston. Frederick 348 

Furnace, A S50.000 \ 276 

Gable House, The 289 

Gaines HiU, Battle of 340, 378 

Gale. George 381 

- Irene 381 

Gales, Joseph Ill 

•• Galesburg Free Democrat" 339 

Gales, Sarah Weston. Ill, 112, 113 

114, 117. 122 

Digitized by 




Gales, Joseph 2d. Ill, 113, 276 

- Winifred Ill 

Gales A Seaton Ill, 276 

Gallatin, Albert 100 

- Grace 100, 101 

Galilee, Hannah 321 

Garden of Eden, The 84 

Garrett, Rev. P. B 298 

Garrison, Frank 301 

Gaiil 42 

Gem City Business College 312 

" Genealogist's Guide" 11 

** Genealogy by Pierce" 388 

"Genealogy of the Roosevelt Fam- 

Uy," 06 

Genealogy. Seaton 276, 392 

** Genesis of the United States" 104 

George I. (King) 89 

- II. (King) 82,100,106 

Georgetown College 118 

Germany 37, 90 

Gettysburg, Battle of 340, 378, 380 

Gibson, Alexander. M . A 42 

- Fort 117 

GilTord. Hugh de 47 

- Humphrey 134 

- Margaret 47 

- Sarah 133, 134 

Gilbert, G.G 375 

- Rebecca Jane 375 

- Thomas 382 

Giles, Mary 1 334 

GiU, Margaret Harrold 391 

Gilman. Helen 133 

Girder, John 370 

Gittings, Hans 372 

Glen, Catharine Young 39 

Glencaim. Earl of 87 

Glendale. Battle of 340. 378 

Glendenning Arms 35 

- George 339 

- Sir Halbert 72 

Globe, The Ship 104 

GobUnHaU 47 

Godman, Richard 263 

Goodman, Richard 253 

Good Day's Work, A 166 

••Good Sir ChristeU" 48 

Good Templars 166 

Gophers 137 

Gordon, Adam 68, 86 

- Alexander, Lord Seton, 40, 67, 

68, 393 

- Betsy 246 

- EUzabeth, Heiress of. 40, 67, 68. 

62. 393 

Gordon, George, Lord Byron 68 

- Governor of Pennsylvania 30 

- John 86 

- Margaret, Heiress of 60 

- Patrick, Lieut. Gen 69 

- Sir Adam 40, 67, 68. 86, 393 

- Sir Robert 68 

"Gordon's Genealogical History" 58 

Gorrings, Lieut. Harry H 119 

Goss, Mary Rand 277, 278, 294, 296 

Gossip, A Book of 194 

Goths. History of the 42 

- The 42 

Gould. Jay, The Steamer 179 

Governor of Pennsylvania (Gordon), 30 
Graham, Colonel 389 

- Elizabeth (Mrs.) 170 

- Ellen 170. 206 

- John J70 

- Rev. Mr 59 

- W. W 138 

Grand Army of the Republic, 168. 

261, 262, 304, 306, 379, 380 

Grand. Mary 262 

Grand Trunk Brigade 186 

Grange of Patrons of Husbandry, 194. 206 

Grannls, Sarah Eugenie 173, 208 

Grant, General U. S 98 

- John 272 

Gravestones 255. 322 

Gray, Alice 181 

Grayblll, Capt. James Henry 122 

- Mary 122 

Gray. Charles 181 

" Gray Days and Gold " 70 

Gray, Edward 181 

- Howard 182 

- LiUle 182 

- Lord 96 

- Mary 96 

- Sir Thomas 62 

- Sylvester 181 

"Gray's Elegy" 243 

(Jrayson's Regiment 107 

Greek PoUtlcn, etc 364 

Greeley, Horace 143. 168, 378 

Green, Alice 370 

Greenleaf, Andrew . . 279 

- George Henry 279 

- Thomas R 279 

Greenwell, Harriet 314 

Greyfrlars' (Church 49 

Griffin, Phopbe 347, 348 

"Group of College Stories, A" 39 

Groveton, Battle of 840 

Guam. Governor of 122 

Digitized by 




Guards, Home 295 j 

- NaUonal 183. 268 | 

- Old 117 

- Slat<? 264 , 

- Washington 111,117 , 

- Young 111. 117 

Guider. WlUiam T 201, 203 I 

Guise, Duke of 71 

Gunn, Jolin 90 

G\\ Inne, Hugh 104 

Hadciington Monasteries 53 

Hagioscope, or ** Squint " 67 

HaUos, Lord 48 

Haislup, Nathan 239. 240 

Haldane, Bernard 58 

Haliburton, John, 2d Lord 62 

HaU, DelUe 369 

- Giles 126 

- GobUn 47 

Halstead, Mural 182 

Hamilton. Isabel, Heiress of 74 

- James 73 

- of Preston 58 

- Palace 80 

- Sir William 74 

Hamiltons of Scotland 74 

HamUn, Rev. C. B 170, 204 

•• Hancock, New Hampshire" 230 

Hancock. Robert L 267 

- W infield Scott 168 

Handmaid, The Ship 272 

Harbaugh, Henry B 265 

Harding. Mrs. Louise 145 

Harlan, Joshua 289, 290 

Harrington, Capt. Brooks 126 

- Mrs. Etta 215 

Harris, Elirabeth Ann 250. 251 

Harrison, Benjamin (President) 168 

- Eliza 279 

- Hattie 352 

- Mr 352 

- Sophia 376 

Hart, Mr 125 

Hartford, The Flagship 119 

Hartley, Elisabeth 334 

- Joseph 334 

- Martha Jane 334 

- Mrs. Jane 334 

- Richard Seaton 334 

Hartnoll, Thomas 384 

Hartshorn, Peggy 255 

- Timothy 255 

Hartsyde. Estate 64 

Harvey, Captain 103 

•• Hatfield's Doncaster" 390 

Hatch's Run. Battle of 194 

Hawkins's Zouaves 332 

Hawley, Charles 279 

- Elvira 279 

- General Joseph 373 

- Henry 253 

- Jesse 279 

- Timothy 256 

Haworth, Myrtle 295 

Hay, Lady Ann 92, 93 

- EUzabelh 70 

- John, 3d Ix)rd Yester 70 

- Sir Gilbert 62 

Haye. De la 50 

Hays, Rev. James 177 

Head, Annie 315 

- Klder WilUam 316 

Heard, The Steamer 180 

Heiress, The Combined 59 

Heirlooms 99 

•* Heitman's Register" 107. 388 

Henderson, John 244 

- John 2d 244 

Hendley, Henry 253 

Hendricks, Luther 315 

Hendrickson, George W 318 

Henry I. (King) 45 

- V. (King) 62 

- Col. John 107 

- Rev. Dr 212 

~ Patrick 107. 109 

Henson, John 370 

Henty, G. A 49 

Hepburn. Lady Janet 69 

" Herald of Freedom" 339 

Heraldry 27 

Clark's 30 

Nesbit's 28, 68 

- Eton's 27, 30 

Heron, Sanford 297 

Herries, 7th Ix)rd 93, 95 

Herriott, Mary Samantha 368 

Hewlet, Maurice 85 

Hickman. Elsie Lee 268 

- James Larkin 268 

Jennie Tyler 268 

- Louise 268 

" Lydia 268 

- Mallle L 268 

- Mary Allan 268 

- William Layan 268 

Hicks, Mary 282 

Highland Clan, A 31, 37 

Hildebrand 79 

Hill. Elizabeth 106 

- Headon 391 

Digitized by 




HUl, John 144 

- Leonard 106, 126 

- Mrs. Lucinda 282 

Hiser, Jlncy 367 

"Historical Notices of Doncaster" . . 390 

"History of Amherst" 236. 241 

"History of the Church of Scotland," 103 
"History of the Clan Ferguson" .... 237 
" History of the Family of Seton," 14, 93 
" History of the House of Seyton," 14, 

50, 67. 74 

" History of the Goths" 42 

" History Fordun's" 56 

" History, Laing's" 52 [ 

" History of Pelham, Mass." 237 . 

"History of Prairie Township" 194 i 

" History of Scotland" 39, 45. 48. 53 

•HLstory of Scotland. Buchanan's," ; 

37, 73 ; 

" History, Taylor's" 55 

" History, Tytler's" 50 [ 

" History of Washington, N . H . " 236 I 

Hitch. James W 369 ' 

Hobart, Bishop 97 

- Rebecca Seaton 97 I 

Hobson, General 290 I 

Hoch. Gov. E. W 364 

Hocker, Amanda Jane 264, 268 

Larkin, Sr 264 

Hodges, Carrie (Seaton) 310 

Clyde Leroy 310 

- Forest Seaton 310 

- Fred Stewart 310 

- Wayne Stewart 310 

Holland. Emma Eugenia 267 

- George 140. 141 

- Lora 367 

- WiUiam 367 

HoUenbeck, Elizabeth. ! 124. 126 

- Liwde 269 

- Sarah 296, 310 

Holly, The 28 

Holmes, Mar>- (Seaton) 334 

Holyrood House 87, 91, 93 

Home, Christian 93 

- Guards 295 

- Lord 70 

- Sir John 93 

Homildon Hill, Battle of 58, 62 

Hopetoun, Lord 60 

Horace, Quotation from 84 

Horses Flemish 81 

- Percheron 100. 194 

Horton, Charles D 311 

- Homer 311 

- Mar>' 311 

Horton, Roy S 311 

- SheUy 311 

"Hotter*s Our Early .Ancestors" 103 

House, An Ancient 107, 109 

- of Seton 61.69, 86 

- Pinkie 93, 94 

Hovis, Thomas 380 

Howland. Alice M 354 

" How Success Is Won" 216 

Hubbeli, Judge 374 

Hugh, 2d Earl of Eglington 69 

- 3d Earl of Eglington 91 

- 7th Earl of SomerviUe 50. 71 

Huglies. Rev. John 335 

Hukill, Mrs. George P 346 

Hunperford, Beulah N 172 

- DeWitt 172 

Hunsaker, Hannah Margaret 285 

- Mrs. Matilda Angeline 285 

- Samuel Y 285 

Hunt. Lydia 296 

Hunter, John Campbell 185 

- Mattie 375 

Huntley. Earl of 40. 58 

- Lord 70. 85 

- Marquess of 58 

Hurlbert, Ruth Maria 137. 184 

Husted, Mrs. Mary B 374 

Huston, Jane 345 

Hutchhis, Sara, Viola, 177. 178, 179, 209 
Hutchison, Ann E 379 

- Robert 377. 379 

Illustrations, List of 24 

Inchmahome, Priory of 82 83 

Independence of Scotland 51. 52, 53 

Indian Chief Tavern 245 

Indians, American 35. 40 

Induction Coils 224 

" In Freedom's Cause" 49 

Ingraham, Mrs. Mary 319 

Inheritance. An 18 

Inspiration, An 102 

International Brotherhood of Electri- 
cal Workers 146 

Introduction, by Archibishop Robert 
Seton 17 

- by Oren A. Seaton 18 

Ionia Schools 217, 231 

Ireland 37, 39, 52, 90 

Iron Regions 308 

Italian Wars 68 

Italy 90 

"Ivanhoe" 374 

Ives. Haroldine C 184 

- Mrs. Fannie 139, 140, 184 

Digitized by 




Ives. Nonnan £ 184 

- Norman Seaton 184 

Ivo de Seaton 32 

Ivy, a Family Badge 67 

Jack. James 380 

"Jacobite Family, A" 90 

- Scliemes 104 

Jackson, Andrew (President) 270. 278 

- EUza 346 

- General 340 

- Mrs. Jane 346 

- Nancy 346 

- Nancy, wife of Samuel Seaton, 

360, 361 

- Rev. Mr 182 

- Robert 346 

"Jackson's History of St. George's 

Church" 390 

Jamaica Militia 326 

James I. (King 62. 103 

- II. (King) 59 

- III. (King) 85 

- IV. (King) 69 

- V. (King) 40, 70, 71, 72, 74 

- VI. (King) ... .81, 86. 87, 92. 103 
Jeau, Alice Medora 284 

- Clarpnce Prior 284 

- Ealne 284 

- Enlel 284 

- Force Clay 285 

- PYank Ix)we 285 

- George Noel 283 

- George William 283 

- Jesse Simpson 284 

- John MiUer 284 

- John Porter 284 

- John Ward 283 

- Lenora Marcia 284 

- Lucelia Hobbs 284 

- Myers Seaton 284 

- OrviUe Rhea 285 

- Sarah Charlotte 286 

- WiUiam Curtis 284 

- Winnie Hays 284 

Jedburgh Forest 48 

JefTers, Seymour 176 

- Talford 176 

Jerusalem Plank Road, Battle of 194 

Jewell City High School. . . .216, 225, 230 
"Jewell County Republican,*' 194. 

215. 216, 219 

John, Farl of Buchan 63 

John, 3d Lord Tester 70 

- Pope, XXII 53 

Johnson, Andrew 384 

Johnson, Anna 388 

- Carrie 305 

- Cecil 305 

- Charles 305 

- Edward 384 

- Elder Jesse B 305 

- Elisha 325 

- Frank 305 

- George 384 

- James 384 

- James 2d 384 

- Jennie Pollard 293 

- Julia A 325 

- Luclle 305 

- Martha 384 

- .Melvln 305 

- Sarah 384 

- Thomas H 280 

- William 384 

Johnston, Elisha 360 

Jones, Alsom 1 29 

- Arietta... 129 

- CordeUa 130 

- Edith Helen 185 

- Ellas 185 

- EUzabeth 316, 317 

- Emma Mary 185 

- EvaUn 130 

- Frank Ellas 185 

- Frederick 185 

- Jessie Seaton 185 

- Leonard S 129, 130 

- Lorenzo 129, 130 

- Mr., m. Mary E, Seaton 185 

- Margaret 185 

- Margaret Louise 185 

- Philetus 129, 130 

- Riley 129, 130 

- Robert .* 185 

- William P 129, 130 

Jonesboro, Battle of 315 

Joiu-nal of Mother Seton 97 

Judson. Fred 315 

Jurey, Margaret L 182 

Kansas City Business College 343 

" Kansas City Star" 101 

Kansas Legislature 318 

- River Flood 183 

- State Agricultural College, 225. 344 

- State University 363 

Kay, Miss 248 

Keith Elizabeth 57 

- Philip, Rector of Blggar 47 

- Sir Robert 62 

- (Thomas) Land Patent 274 

Digitized by 




Keith. Sir WiUiam 47, 57 

Kellar. Charles 361 

- George H 136 

- Georgia 261 

- John 861 

- Joseph 361 

- Leray 361 

- Margaret (Seaton) 360, 361 

- Mary 282 

- MaryP 361 

- Robert 360, 361 

- Samuel Edmund 361 

KeUey. Anna E 391 

- Helen 323 

- Joan (Stenbeck) 299 

- Joseph 299 

- Mary E 286 

- Samuel 286 

- Sarah(Davis) 299 

Kellog, Florence 206 

" Leonard Seaton 206 

- Mary E 206 

- Myron 206 

Kemp. David A 372 

- Sir Robert 34 

Kendall. George Wilkins 292 

~ Nathan 256 

- Rebecca 265, 266, 270. 277 

- Timothy Converse 270 

Kenesaw, Battle of 252, 316, 360 

Kennard. Blanch Ethel 234 

- Charles Bird 234 

Kennedy. EUzabeth Hester 371, 372 

- John Lord 58 

•• Kent's Handbook" 322 

Kentucky Iron and Coal Manufactur 

IngCo 290, 309 

- legislature 274 

- School of Medicine, 302. 305, 

316, 353 
Kerlin, James 265 

- Lulu Lenora . . 265 

- Mary Wyota 266 

- Seaton Tyler 265 

Kilby, A. D 127 

- Allen 126 

- House 152 

- S. D 127 

- Tannery 127 

Kilgore, Martha 370 

- WiUiam 181 

Kimbail, Aaron 246 

- Abel 246 

- Andiew 246 

- Henry 243 

- Isemenia 246 

KimbaU. Lemuel 246 

- Mercy 246 

- Richard 246 

- Richard 2d 246 

Kinghom. Battle of 53 

King of France, The 75, 86 

King's Stable The 74 

Kingston, Alexander. Viscount 67 

King's WeU The 74 

Kinsalo. Mr 268 

KlUbor. Edith 146 

Knitting Socks for Market 271 

•* Knollys' Works" 86 

Knox, John 366 

Korean Forts 119 

Kuhn, Rev. J.H 342 

Labor, The Dignity of 99 

Lafayette. General 112, 117, 346 

Laing. Alexander 52 

Lake Superior Transportation Co 180 

Lamberton, Robert 345 

Lamb, Sarah E 372 

Landis, Herbert 342 

Langside, Battle of .72, 80 

Larkin. George W 373 

Latimer, Lord William 61 

Lauder of Poppill 58 

Laughlin, Marj- 380 

- Sanmel 380 

Law, Frances 333 

LawTence Telephone Co 308 

Laws, Connecticut Blue 116 

- Early Written 42 

- of Heraldry, Seton's 27, 30 

Law Suit, A Forty-year 289 

Layanley , Arthur 265 

Leach, Luclen B 374 

Leathers, George M 326 

- Harvey 326 

Lee, Alice Louise 89 

- General Robert E 379 

- Mr 261 

" Lee's Dictionary of Biography" — 36 

Leith, Ernest Irven 181 

- Father of William Forbes 63 

- George W 181 

Lent. lish for 154 

Leslie. Norman, of Rothes 62 

- Ralph 72 

Leslie-Seaton Skirmish 72 

Leslies of Scotland 72, 76 

" Letters and Journal of Mother E. A. 

Seton" 99 

Lewailen, Elmer 306 

- Etta 305 

Digitized by 





Lewallen, John T. 306 

- Oral 306 

- Pearl 306 

Lewis (Foster) Tannery 127, 161 

- Rev. Wm. G. W '. 174 

- Rev. W. L 146 

Lexington, Mo.. Battle of 264. 268 

LIbby Prison 303. 304 

Libraiy, Advocates' 65 

"Lifeof Mary Queen of Scots,".. 39, 84, 85 

• Life of Mother E. A. Seton" 97 

• Life of Robert Bruce" ^9 

Liggett, Alexander 361 

- Jane 361 

LlUard, J. Q 317 

LiUis. L.M 184 

Lincoln. Abraham (President). 98. 

111. 113. 119. 194. 291 

I.indores, Abbey of 52 

Lindsay, Christian 64 

- First J^rd 64 

Lindsey, Rev. John 298 

Linlithgow, New York 59 

- Scotland 59, 60, 70 

- Tenth Baron of 59 

Lithcoe, Mr 382 

Little, Mr., m. Eliza Jackson 346 

- Rev. Mr., of Washington. DfC, 112 

Littlefair, Mary 321 

Littlefleld (Jotham) Farm 127 

Livingston, Mary. Maid of Honor. 84. 85 

Loch Doon Castle 49 

Loche, Harold 384 

- Meta 384 

- Russell 384 

- Stanley 383 

Lochleven Castle 72. 78 

Lock, Mary 376 

Logan, General John \ 281 

Long, Olive 262 

- Virgie 262 

- Virgil 1 262 

Longford, Mary 321 

Lord of Badenoch 40, 58 

- of Seatoun 36 

Lord. Rev. Dr 277 

•* Lord of the Isles " 50 

Lorn. I,ord 49 

Ivorraine. Mary of 71 

- Ren^ dC: Abbess 83 

Iiosson. Miss 368 

• Lost Heir of Linlithgow, The" 59 

Lothians of Scotland. .36, 44, 45, 69, 89 

Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 179. 210 

Louis XII. (King) 68 

Love or Death 56 

LouisvUle Medical College 302. 306, 

316, 353 

- Water Company 282 

Lowland Family, A Great 37 

Lowry . Nellie Lesley 343 

- Obed 343 

Loyal Legion of the U. S 319 

j Lumsden k. Company 293 

I Luellinger. Amanda 329 

j Lutherland, Earl ol 58 

' Lyle, John (Lord) 58 

^ - 2d Lord 64 

I Lyon, General 268 

I Macaulay 12, 31 

Macbeth 38,39, 82 

Mackintosh. Laird of 89 

Maclntyre, EUza 357, 368 

MacNab 49 

Madison Barracks 188 

- James (President) Ill 

Maher, Annie L 372 

- Miss 346 

Maitland Ann 92 

- Club 67 

- John, Lord Thirlstane . . 50, 63, 92 

- Sir Richard. 46, 47, 48, 50, 53. 

67 64, 69, 70, 71, 74, 102 

- SirWiUiam 68 

Major. Mary Genevieve 304 

Malone. Mr 262 

Malvern Hill, Battle of, 340, 378, 380 

Manassas, Virginia 340 

Manistee, The Steamer 177 

Manltou. The 180 

Manly, Edmund de 51 

Mann, John 240 

John 2d 240 

- Mary 240 

Samuel 240 

Manning, Sarah 165 

Manor of Seton. at Whitby Strand . . 50 

- of Som 74 

** Man Overboard" 274 

Mantling, in Heraldry 29 

Maple Sugar Making 164 

March Earl of 62 

Mar. FatI of 76. 89 

- Isabella 50 

- Lord 50 

Marenit. Baron de 112 

** Marine Engineering" 321 

Marys. The Four 71.82,83.84, 86 

Marigny Castle 44 

" Marion Sentinel, The" 298 

Marks. Rebecca 371 

Digitized by 




*• Marmlon" 47. 103 

Marriages 40,41, 53 

MarshaU. John. Chief Justice 276 

Martin, Arthur Augustus 185 

- Arthur Burnham 186 

- Delia 182 

- Frank 186 

- Henry Edward 185 

- Jessie Edith 186 

- Mary Helen 185 

- Mr 31» 

Mary of Lorraine 71 , 

Mary Queen of Scots, 60, 71, 72, 76. 

76. 79. 80. 81 , 82, 83, 86, 92, 99. 366. 362 

Marys of the Bible 84 

Masonic Fraternity 304, 306, 366. 374 

Massachusetts, The Battleship 122 

Master Woodmen of America 266 

Mathewson. Anna 384 

Mavis, Betsy 345 

Maxwell. Fiizabelh 93, 96 

- Rev. James 174 

** Maxwell's Life of Bruce " 49 

Mayflower. The Ship 318, 364 

Mayoralty of Washington, D. C 112 

McAfee, Lucy J 356 

McAIplne, Kenneth (King) 40 

McBimey. Hattie, Mrs 173 

McBimey. Helen 173 

McBimey, Wesley 173 

McBride, Hester Ann 135 

McCabe, Jane 338 

McClellan. Mr., m. Nancy Seaton . . . 346 

- General George B 168. 192 

McClelland, Blanch 182 

- George 182 

- Jesse 182 

- Miranda (Seaton) 132. 182 

McClure, Nathan 280 

McCollough (Prothonotary) 379 

McComb, Thomas 361 

McConnell, Hugh 336 

- John M 273 

McCormicks, The 146 

McCoy. Mary 230 

McCuUoch, Gen. Benjamin 267 

McDonald, Elizabeth 384 

McDougal, Kate 131 132 

McDowell, James 378 

McFarland. Mr 347 

McGhee. Harriet AngeUa 369 

McGlnnis, Mrs. John 247 

- John 247 

McHale, The Very Rev. P. S 98 

Mcintosh. Alexander 384 

- Margaret 384 

MoKenzie, Minnie Seaton 367 

- Mr 367 

.McKinley. William (President) 290 

McMurray, Alexander 378 

- Mary A 378 

McNab 49 

McNalm, Alice Maud 186 

- Edgar Norman 186 

- Frederick Harvey 186 

- Harvey Turner 186 

- James Harvey 142 

John Norman 186 

- Mary 186 

- William Harvey 27, 186 

McNeal, BeUe 309 

- Lizzie (Seaton) 367 

Mead, Charles P 308 

Mead's List (Bishop) 106 

Meadow Bridge, Battle of 340 

Means, Elizabeth Isabella 308, 309 

- John 293, 308 

Means k. Means 308 

Means & Russell Iron Co 308 

'* Mechanical Drawing" 322 

" Mechanical Engineer's Pocket 

Book" 322 

Mechanics ville. Battle of 340, 378 

" Memoirs of Walter Prlngle" 390 

Menhirter, Jane 329 

** Menzie's Historj'" 103 

Merriman. Henry Seton 390 

MerriU, Annie 383 

- Archie 383 

- Henry 383 

- WiUle 383 

Merritt. Whitmore 382 

•• Metcalf's Visitations" 390 

Methven. Battle of 48, 49 

" Metropolitan Magazine" 86 

Metzlar, Emma 385 

Mexican War 316. 388 

Miles. Struble 262 

MiUen, Hyland 178, 179 

Miller. Carrie 147 

- Chauncey 123. 125, 180 

- Edwin 147 

- Emory 282 

- Frederick 147 

- George Frederick 147 

- Grace 147 

- Harvey 147 

- Henry 147 

- Henry C 282 

- H. L 361 

- Ida 147 

- Jefferson 315 

Digitized by 




MUler, John 282 

- Kate Gall 283 

- Mary 147 

- Peter Gait 282, 284, 287 

- Sarah Adelaid 329 

- Sarah 282 

- Selden 282 

MUls, Ethel 284 

- George Everett 284 

- Georges 284 

- Guy Forrest 284 

- Kenner 284 

- Mr 284 

- Nettie Jean 284 

- Samuel B 302 

- Sarah Seaton 284 

- Vema MaJott 284 

Mine Rim, Battle of 340 

Mississippi. Battleship 122 

Mi<isouri Medical College 266 

Mitchell, Albert. 137, 138, 139, 140, 141 

- DiUie 314 

Mixer, C. G., The Schooner 192 

Moale, Mary 388 

Mobile. Mr 135 

Mobray, Annie May 211 

Mohler, " Doc" 137 

Molr. David Macbeth 67 

- Mr 90 

Monasteries of Haddington 53 

" Monastery, The" 35 

Monk Seaton 32 

Monroe Doctrine 290 

- James (President) 290 

Montague, David 206 

- Harrison 206 

- J. Aiken 206 

- Joel 206 

- Terry Seaton 206 

Montgomerie. Hugh 91 

- Lady Margaret 91 

- Lord 91 

Montrose. General 92 

Moore, Andrew 381 

- Augustine 105 

- George 381 

- Harold 381 

- Herbert 381 

- Howard 381 

- James 278 

- James 381 

- Jennie 381 

- Lee 134 

- Mabel 381 

- Mary 381 

Mr 318 

Moore, Rachel 381 

- Thomas 381 

Moray. Earl of (John Stewart) .81, 86 

Morgan, Beezie Henrietta 170 

- Cnara May 200, 202 

- Hattle Ethelyn 200, 201, 203 

- Kittle Mabel 200 

- Lynn Ferguson Seaton 200, 201 

- Oliver Clinton 200 

- Wmiam H 200, 201 

Mori Watch. A 83 

Morris, Mary 104 

- Thomas 104 

Morrison, Theodore 175 

Morrow, of Altoona. Pennsylvania.*. . 346 

Motto, Family 29, 71, 291 

Mount Morris Bank 292 

- Seminary 144 

- Savage Iron Furnace 308 

- St. Mary's Ck>liege 98 

Mowbray, Sir Philip 49 

Mower, Annie Louise 207 

- Frank A 207 

- Rev 135 

Mulr, Eliza 356 

MundeU, Eleanor (Nellie) 259, 285 

Munn, Fred. Osborne 207 

- Robert Osborne 207 

Munroe, Annie 384 

- Columbus 118 

- Francis 118 

- George 384 

- Orphelia Isabella 327 

- Robert 384 

- Seaton 118 

Murdock, Mary 391 

Murray, Margaret 55 

- Sir William 55 

Murrin, John 378 

Murry Janet 384 

Museum. British 34, 57, 83 

Mutual Life Insurance Co 266 

Myers. Frances 234 

- George 234 

Mythlas. Miss 384 

Nabors, Celinda 279 

Nagley, Sarah Ann 136 

Names, Changing 39 

- Christian 40, 41 

- Individual 40 

Name, The Family 35, 39 

Name Seaton Given to Many Places, 32 

Napoleon 78 

Nashville. Battle of 252. 315 

National Bank of India 328 

Digitized by 




National Ck>nventions 168 

"National InteUigencer." 105, 111. 

113. 128. 276 

"National Mai?axine" 391 

"Naval Regulations" 122 

Navy. United States 116, 116, 119 

Neal. Anna 361, 362 

- Elizabeth 361 

- Nancy 359. 361 

- Thomas 361 

- "Uncle" 361 

NeblU. Mrs 375 

Negroes 223. 386 

Nelson Baker A Ck) 367 

Nesblt. Alexander 28. 68 

Newbattle. Abbot of 65 

- Church of St. Mary 46 

Newberry, Bertha 330 

New Hampshire Iron Furnace. . .275. 289 

- State Papers 236.245 

New Madrid. Battle of 317, 318 

" New Orleans Picayune" 292 

Newspapers 82, 99, 101, 176, 194 

"New York Ledger" 170 

New York Life Insurance Company. . 266 

" New York Sun" 99 

" New York Tribune" 82, 99 

"New York World" 101 

Niagara FaUs 274 

- University 98 

Nichols, Andrew 246 

- Ellsworth 300 

- William 300 

Nicholson, Margaret 357 

Nicolai, Rev. John A 341 

"Nirolay and Hay's Life of Lincoln." 113 

Niddry Castle 60, 70, 80. 85 

Niel, Earl of Carrick 48 

- Margaret 48 

Nightingale, David 324 

- Harriet 323, 324 

Nimich, The Steamer 172 

Nobility, Norman 43 

Noel. Leo 193 

Norman .\ncestr>' 42 

- Aristocracy 43, 44 

Normandy 42 43, 44, 47 

Normans. The 43, 46 

"North Carolina Journal" 110 

Northwestern University 221 

Norva. Cathedral of 151 

Obelisk. The Egyptian 119 

Occidental Insurance Company 220 

"Occidental Monthly" 221 

O'Connor 137 

Octavians, The 86 

Odens. Ode B 235 

Ogden, Mr 347 

- WiUiam 847 

Ogilvie, Earl of 109, 112 

Ogilvy, Baron 71 

- George 71 

- Sir John 58 

- Sir Walter 71 

"Olathe Register" 363, 364 

Old North School House 206 

Olean, The Steamer 179 

Olerich. Fred J 235 

Olnistead, Esther 144 

- Miss 124 

" Omaha Bee" 138 

Oneida Seminary 373 

On Guard 191 

Oppressed Peasantry, An 43 

Orange, Prince of 104 

Orchard. An Old 127 

Order of the Thistle 75 

Tower and Sword 328 

Origin of the Seaton Family 42, 322 

Omoch, Farl of 59 

Osborn, Thomas A 339 

Ott, Betsy TMrs.) 251 

- Mary Catharine 335 

- Malachi 335 

Ottawa University 366 

Otterbum, Battle of 56, 57 

Outlaws 89 

Overton Farm 152, 164, 188 

Pacific Station, The 119 

Page, H. E 367 

Painter, Elizabeth 371 

Palmer. WUUam C 216 

Palo Alto County Bank 357 

Paris Exposition 145 

Park Barracks 164 

Parker, Abraliam 375 

- Mrs. Julia 376 

- Roxena 375,376 

- V. W 379 

Parkhurst, C. H 102 

- E. 373 

Parks, Jessie 147 

Parmelee, Mr 135 

" Parraenter'e History" 237 

Parrin, David J 235 

Parsons, Sylvia 376 

Patrick, Aenes 48 

- 1st Eari of Bothwell 69 

- Earl of March 48 

Patritiate of Milan 82 

Digitized by 





Patterson, Flora 252 

- Ida 329 

- John 258 

- Mary (Seaton) 362 

- Mr 3d2 

- Rachel 258 

- Sarah 258 

- Seaton 258 

Patton, Lavora 293 

Paul, E. R 374 

- II. (Pope) 64 

Payne, Elizabeth 281, 296 

Peabody. Cecil H 321 

Peach Tree Creek. Battle of 304 

Pea Ridge. Battle of 267 

Peasantry, An Oppressed 43 

Peck, Hon. A. W 167 

Peerless, The Steamer 180 

Pembroke, General 49 

Peninsular and Oriental Co 328 

Peninsular War 328 

Pennell, Andrew 126. 149 

- Capt. John 149 

- Polly 126. 127, 149, 161, 169 

- Sabrina 126 

'•Pennsylvania Archives ".. 366, 387, 388 
"Pensioners of Pennsylvania". .313, 389 
"Pension Roll of Revolutionary Sol- 
diers" 313, 388 

People's Gas Company 147 

- Telephone Company 308 

Percheron Horses 100, 194 

Percy, Inpelram. I^rd TopclifT 47 

- Maud 47 

- William de 47 

Perisho, Joseph 247 

Perry, George 143 

Peter, Czar of Russia 59 

- Simon 39 

Peters. Alfred De Bard 296 

- Edward 382 

- Henry William . 296 

- Margaret De Bard 296 

- Mary 382 

- Samuel 296 

- Shirley 382 

Petersburg, Battle of 161, 194 

Petrie, Hannah 335 

- P. W 336 

Pettengill, Florence 175 

- Herbert 175 

- James 176 

- Jennie Louise 175 

- Reuben C 175 

PeverU, Pain 45 

'* Philadelphia Ledger, The" 83 

Phillpaugh. Battle of 92 

PhiUppine War 343 

Phillips. Carson E 144 

- Charles B 144 

- IdaR 146 

- Josaphine /. 144 

- Louise 146 

- Thomas L 144 

- T.J 144 

PhcEnix Insurance Company 147 

"Picayune, New Orleans" 292 

Picot 35 

- Avenel 35 

- Avenel de Say 36, 44 

" Robert 46 

- Robert Fritz, Viscount 45 

Pierce, Deborah 186 

- FrankUn 168 

- Writer of a Genealogy 388 

Pigg, John A 263 

Pinkie House 93, 94 

"Pioneer, The" 98 

Piper, Catharine 347 

Pirogue, A 273 

Pittsburg Medical College 329 

Pius IX. (Pope) 99 

Places Named Seaton. . . .• 32 

Plumb, Preston B 339 

Plumers of Pennsylvania 346 

Pocahontas, Indian 108 

PoUard, Rev. Mr 383 

Polling, George 139 

Pool, Sylvanus 164 

Pope, Alexander 230 

- (General 317, 318 

- John XXII 63 

Porter, Elizabeth R 284 

- Jane 60 

- Matilda 382 

Port Seaton 32 

Port wine 19 

Postal Guide 12, 33 

Posterity 18 

"Potosi Republican" 374 

Potter. Florence Ida 174, 211 

Potts. Georgia 212 

Pound, R. M. J 306 

- Sarah 281, 282, 301 

Powhattan, Indian Chief 108 

Prairie Schooners 196, 214, 218 

Prayer, A 313 

Preface 7 

Premium Butter 153 

Preston, Battle of 89 

- of Whitehall 64 

Price, Fannie 263 

Digitized by 




Price, General 

- Grace 

Pride of Ancestry 

Priest, Rev 

Prime. Emily 

Prince of Orange, The 

Prince, The, Son of James III 

Prince of Wales 

Pritchard, Sarah Kenner 

** Piobabilitles of the 20th Century" . . 

** Prohibition Warriors" 

Proper Spelling of the Name 36, 

Proposition A Tough 

*' Provincial Antiquities" 

Provisional Battalion, A 

Provost, Bishop 

Provost of Edinburgh 

- of Seton 


Purcell, Martha 

Putnam, Danford Seaton 

- Richard Herrick 

- WilUam Herrick 

Pyeris, Lady Mary 

Quarrel, A 

- A Lover's 

Queen's Own Rifles The 

*' Queen's Quair, The" 


Quincy, Janet de 

- Rol)ert de 

- Secher de. Eari of 

Quotations. A Book of 9, 

Rader, Joseph 

- Sarah 

Railroad Guide, The 

Ralph, Albert Russell. . . 

- AltaM 

- Jennie M 

- Mrs. Lydia 

Ramsey, Allan, the Poet . . 
Rand, Clara 

- Ella 


- Lucy 

- J.G 

- Ralph Seaton 

Rand-McNally'*? Atlas 

Randolph, Elder 

- John 

"Rangers of the Frontier" 

Rankin, Martha 

Rappahannock, Battle of. 
Ray, Esquire 







165 I 



172 I 
172 I 
172 I 

71 I 


85 I 

18 I 







Ray, John 378 

Raymond, Mississippi. Battle of 364 

Read, W. J 249 

Rebellion. The. 98, 119, 135. 146, 147. 
148. 152, 156. 161. 164. 174, 183, 
188. 260. 267. 281, 290. 295. 298, 
301. 302, 306, 315, 320, 332, 336. 
340. 347, 348. 350. 354, 355, 360, 

364, 368, 370, 371, 378. 379. 380 

- Scotch 92 

" Recantation. A " 37 

Records 106. 111. 240. 247. 257. 392 

Red River Campaign 267 

Reeder. Mary Ann 314 

Reeaer, Laura Belle 236 

Reeves. Edwin Allen 311 

- Enos Newton 370 

- farm 167 

- H. H 311 

- Mary 325 

- Walter Seaton 311 

Reformation, The 37, 65, 70. 387 

Reformer, A Real 337 

Refugees 43. 44 

" Register of the Privy Seal " 68 

" Register. Olathe" 363, 364 

"Register, The" Ill 

Regrets 8 

Relics. Family 107 

Remick, Rev. Mr 383 

Removing Bottle-ends 225 

Revision, A 8 

Revolution, War of the, 115. 116, 149, 

157. 246, 254, 325, 345, 389 

Reymel. George 369 

- Isaac 369 

- Jacob 369 

- John 369 

- SaUy 369, 370 

Reynolds, George 283 

- Simpson 283 

- Theodore 283 

- Thomas. M. S 283 

Rhodes, Anna 376 

Rice, John 288 

- Mary Elizaoeth 288, 291 , 307 

- Mrs 288 

- Rev. M. M 173 

Richards, Andrew 382 

- Charles 382 

- Clifford 382 

- Hattie 382 

- Joseph E 382 

- Minnie 382 

Richardson, Nancy D 270. 271 

Ritchie, Thomas 110 

Digitized by 




"Richmond Journal" 110 

Richmond. Ky., Battle of 261 

Riggs, J. D. Seaton 366 

- Mr 366 

- Mrs. Charlotte (Seaton) 366 

Riot in Edinburgh, A 75 

Risinger, Ephraim 259 

- George 269 

- Kenner 269 

- Mariah 259 

Ri2zio, David 86 

Roach, Prof. T. W 220, 221 

Robblns, Alice Nancy 186, 212 

Robert I. (King) 65 

- TI. (King) 63, 89 

- Duke of Albany 63 

- VI., Duke of Normandy 44 

Robertson. John D 193. 222 

- "Rile" 336 

- the Historian 107 

Robinson, Elizabeth 240. 241 

- EUzabeth 2d 240 

- Isemenia 264 

- John Robert 264 

- Joseph 240 

- Peter 264 

- Peter 2d 254 

- PoUy 254 

Robson, Eari Lhicoln 342 

- Erskme Seaton 342 

- Jane Ann 342 

- Thomas Erskine 342 

Rodgers, Real Admiral John 119 

Rogers, A. T 193 

Roe, Harrj' 389 

RoflT, Peterson 315 

Rolfe-RoUo- Rou 36. 43, 47 

*' Romance of Charter Oak, A" 98 

Romans, The 40, 42 

Rome University 99 

Roosevelt, Grace 96 

- Helen 96 

- Theodore (President) 96 

Rose, Alice 261 

- Allen 258 

- George 258 

- James 258. 261 

- John 258 

- Margaret 200 

- Mar>' 258 

- Mr 249 

- Thomas 109 

- WilUam 258, 260 

Royal Academy of London 100 

Royal Navy of England 328 

Roughing It 192 

Rowler, Ellen 320 

- WUUam 320 

Roxbury, Countess of 83 

Rudd, Captain Benjamin 126 

*• Ruins of Seton Chapel. The" 67 

Rule, Jane (Seaton) 362 

- Mr 362 

Rupley, Emma Susan 327 

Russell. Adeline Stilson 353 

- Eva 310 

- John 308 

- Newell 320 

- Virginia Agnes 320 

Russia 43 

RuUedge, book publisher 390 

Ryland, Hon. George W 374 

Saint Catharine's Place 70 

Saint Pierre aux Dames 83 

Saints Canonized 98 

*' Saint Joseph Gazette" 138 

"Salina Herald" 221 

Sampson, Eunice 272 

Sampson Hall 76 

Sandborn. Robert 224 

Sanderson, Samuel 135 

Santa Anna, General 316 

Santa Fc Raihoad 363 

Sartln, Mrs 97 

Saunders, EUzabeth 350 

- Ellen Dalton 315 

- Esther 328, 329 

- John B 315 

Sawyer, Aaron F 270 

Say. Adelald de 44 

- de, in Scotland 45 

- Jean Baptiste Leon 44 

- In Normandy 35, 46 

- Plcot Avenel de 35, 44 

- Robert de 44 

- Saher, de 36. 44. 46 

Says in England and Scotland 44 

Saytoun 36, 45 

- Dougall de 46 

- Philip de 46. 393 

Saytun 45 

School for Boys (Seton's) 39 

Schroeder, Caroline Seaton 119 

- Francis 118 

- Henry 118 

- Joanna Auchmucty 110,121 

- Sarah Franklin 119, 121 

- Seaton, Governor of Guam, 108, 

118, 119, 120, 122 

- Seaton2d 119,121 

- Wainright 119.121 

Digitized by 




Scbroeder, Winston Seaton 119, 121 

Sriennes, The 70 

Scotch Civil War 48 

*• Scotch Guards in France" 68 

Scotch Highlanders 31 

- History. .37. 39, 40, 48, 53, 73. 103 

- Rebellion, The 31,90, 92 

- Tartan, The 31 

Scotland, 39, 40, 42, 43, 61 , 63, 67, 71 , 89 

- Independence of 51 , 53 

- The Steamer 333 

Scott, General Winfield 112, 316, 388 

- Hugh Seton 390 

- Margaret 259, 260 

- Mary Seaton 114 

- Samuel 114 

- Sir Walter, 36, 36, 37, 39, 47. 

60, 60, 71, 72, 76, 78, 84, 90 102 

•• Scottish Chiefs" 50 

Scribners, Publishers 396 

Scrolls in Heraldry 29 

Seachrist, Anna 339 

Seahi, Lucinda 260 

Seaton 7. 36 

- A. C 394 

- A. H 394 

- Abby 134 

- Act, The 274 

- Abner 377 

- Abraham of England 356, 367 

- Abraham 2d 367 

- Ada, dau. of Amos 380 

- Adam Maxwell 356 

- Addie 298, 311 

- Adelaid 394 

- Adelia 367 

- Adeline Russell 363 

- Alberta 394 

- Albert C 354 

- Albert 126 

- Albert Edward 321 

- Albert Jurey 182 

- Albert P 394 

- Albert, son of Daniel 133. 147 

- Albert, son of George Warren . . 316 

- Alfred 33 

- Alexander (lawyer) 390 

- Alexander of Elnglaiid 329 

- Alexander (President of the 

Board) 86 

- Alexander, son of James. . .345, 346 

- Alexander, .son of Robert . . 377, 378 

- Alexander White 346, 347, 348 

- Alexander White 2d 347 

- Alexander Wright Jackson 348 

- Algernon 388 

Seaton, Algernon S., Major 388 

- Alice 337 

- Alice Ardelia 249 

- Alice, dau. of George G, 337 

- AUceF 394 

- AUene 356 

- AUen Rose 258, 281, 282, 301 

- Allen, son of Daniel 360 

- AlUe, Mrs 394 

- Altona 113, 118 

- Amberson, son of Alexander, 

347, 348 

- Amberson, son of George 346 

- Ambrose Barnes 127, 174, 208 

- Ambrose, son of John 2d. .243, 256 

- Ambrose, .son of John 3d, 265, 

270, 274, 277, 278, 294, 29& 

- America 251 

- Amos 380 

- Anderson 36r 

" Andrew, of Scotland, 236, 237, 

238, 239, 240, 242, 245, 246, 272 

- Andrew 2d 239, 245, 256, 278. 

- Andrew PenneU, 126, 127, 149, 

150, 151, 154, 158, 163, 18», 

195. 392 

- Andrew Pennell 2d 199. 235 

- Andrew, son of Alexander 377 

- Andrew, son of Andrew and 

Polly 267, 279 

- Andrew 2d, son of Andrew, and 

Polly 257, 279 

- Andrew, son of John 242, 266 

- Anna B 379 

- Ann Eleanor 249. 262 

- Ann Eliza, dau. of Alexander 

White 347 

- Ann Eliza, dau. of William W., 

113, 118 
Ann, dau. of Andrew, 238, 239, 246 

- Ann, dau. of Asa 117, 125 

- Ann, dau. of George W 335 

- Ann, dau. of John 289, 291, 307 

- Ann, dau. of John and Ismenia, 

242, 243 

- Ann. dau. of Mark L 371 

- Ann, dau. of Robert 377 

- Ann, dau. of Robert 2d 339 

- Ann Jane 333 

- Anna, Geneva 249 

- Anna Laura 372 

- Anna Lee 177, 209 

- Anna Martha 277. 296 

- Anna Ruth 137, 184 

- .4nna Theresa 315 

- a Nobleman 85 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Apphia 

- ApphiaM 282. 

- Appbla Ward 

- Archibald Thoriihill 

- Archie Corbet 

- Ardelia Capltolia 

- Arietta 

- Arminda Doriesca 127 

- Arthur G 

- Arthur H 

. - Arthur Henry 

- Arthur L 

- Arthur, of New York 

- Arthur R 

- Arthur, son of George (J 

- Arthur, son of William W . . 1 13. 

- Asa, Jr 117. 125. 

- Asa, 8on of George 2d. 108. 115, 

116. 117, 123, 126. 

- Asa. .son of WiUard. 123. 131. 


- Augusta, dau. of Thomas 

- Augusta, of Chicago 

- Augustine.. 106. 107. 108, 109. 

- Augustine F HI, 113. 

- Augustine Hill 108. 

- Aurilla, dau. of Daniel. 133 143 

- Aurilla, dau. of Roswell. 124. 

125. 133. 

- Bailey 

- Bank, at Seaton, Illinois 33. 

- Barbara 

- Barby A 

- Baron, of Toronto, Canada 

- Barton 367, 369. 

- B. C, of Bolivar, Pa 

- Belle 

- Benjamin C. of New York 

- Benjamin Copeland 

- Benjamin Copeland 2d 

- Benjamin F 

Benjamin F., of Washington, 


- Benjamin F., son of Ira H 

Benjamin F., son of Willard. 

123. 136, 138, 139. 140. 141. 

- Benjamin FrankHn 

- Benjamin Hampd 

Benjamin Levi 177. 179. 

- Benjamin Welbon 324. 

- Benjamin. 3d son of Joseph. . . . 
Benjamin of Scotland, 366. 368. 
Benjamin, .soldier 

- Benjamin. Worcester, Ma."v<. . . . 

- Bessie E 

- Bessie Rupley 









316 i 


325 , 

323 i 






Seaton, Betsy, dau. of Housen 249 

- Betty, dau. of George 106, 108 

- Betty, dau. of James 251 

- Blanch B 394 

- Blanch, dau. of Fred Albert .... 206 

- Blanch, dau. of John S 282 

- Blancli H 394 

- Block, in Seaton, Ills 351 

- Booker 313, 214 

- Boyd, Blaine 351 

- Boyd, son of Robert B 362 

- Boynton Chapman. 126, 128, 

161. 204 

- Burnerd Cole 329 

- Captain, of Virginia 313 

- Caroline, dau. of William 380 

- Caroline, dau. of William W., 

108, 113, 118, 119 

- Carrie, dau. of B. C 329 

- Carrie, dau. of C. S 290, 310 

- Carrie, dau. of John R 367 

- Carrie, dau. of Solomon 367 

- Carrie Elizabeth 137, 184 

- Carrie J 394 

- Carrie Ix)rraine 183. 212 

Cassie May 197, 234 

- Castle 359 

- Catharine, dau. of Alex 347 

- Catharine, dau. of George W . . . 335 

- Catharine, dau. of Warren 181 

- Catharine, of Washington 394 

Catharine, sister to J. L 355 

- Cresar (negro) 386 

- C. E 336, 394 

- CD 364 

- Charles A., of Louisville 394 

- Charles A., son of Benjamin. 

324. 326 

- Charles A., son of diaries 334 

- Charles AUen 2.'>9. 286. 287 

Charles Ambrose 296. 310 

- Charles Andrew 197. 232 

- Charles C 394 

- Charles Chauncey 175, 208 

- Charles D.. of Portland 394 

- Charles D , son of George. 258. 

281. 296 

- Charles D., s<m of George K . 

300. 312 

- Charles F.. Minot, S. D 394 

- Charles F., Seattle. Wash 394 

- Charies F.. Washington. D. C. . .394 

- Charies Forrest 329 

- Charles Fuller 320 

- Charles Graham 367 

- Charles H.. Newark. N. J .'?94 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Charles H., son of Valentine, 


- Charles H 


- Charles I 


- Charles Stewart 277, 



- Charles T 


- Charles Tribbles 


- Charles, of Ansonia, Conn. 


- Charles, of Clarence, Iowa. 


- Charles, of Newark. N. J.. 


- Charles, of Sheffield 


- Charles, of Washington, D 



- Charles, son of Allen R. 282, 302. 


- Charles, son of George W.. 


- Charles W., son of John. . . 



- Charles W., Supt. of Census 


- Charles Willard 


- Charlotte 


- Charlotte C 


- Charlotte F 


- Charlotte, sister to J. D . . . 


- Chauncey Alfred 



- Chauncey Eugene, 127. 




- Chauncey, son of Asa 3d, 



- Chri.stian 349, 350 



- Christopher C 


- City, Devonshire, England 


- Clara Bell 



- Clara Bulklev 



- Clara, dau. of Asa 3d 


- Clara E 



- Clara Jennie 156, 



- Clarence H 



- Clarence, of Richmond. Va 


- Clarence, son of Robert . . . 


- CliflTord Clair. 


- Clinton 


- Clvde 


- Clora 


- Cora B 


- Cora Hawley 


- Cora Mav 


- Cornelia, dau. of Leonard, 



- Cornelia, Mrs 



- Corrinthe AnRellne 


- Crittenden 


- Curran 


- Cynthia Ann 259, 



- Cynthia Isabel 


- Cvril Gervas 




- Dalton EsteUe 


- Damariup .... ... 


- Daniel 


- Daniel, of Bath. N. Y 


- Daniel, son of Robert 


Seaton. Daniel, son of Willard, 125,132, 

133, 134, 135, 143, 144, 146, 147 

- Daniel, soldier In avil War. . . 332 

- Daniel T 394 

- Dartey M 380 

- David (Brigadier) 63 

- David M 394 

- David. Sh: 95, 103. 104 

- David, son of Benjamin.. . .366. 370 

- David, son of George. 346, 347. 34S 

- David, son of James 345- 

- David, Taraies 327 

- De-la-VaU 32 

- Delia Alvhia 348 

- Delphlna 380 

- Dinmiie 181 

- D. M 371 

- D. M. W 390 

- Donald Adelphas 179, 211 

- Donald Charles 327 

- Donald, of New York 394 

- Dora Peck 291 309 

- Dorothy 34, 394 

- Dorothy Margaret 183, 212^ 

- Douglas 350, 352: 

- Duncan, son of George 34fr 

- Duncan, son of Robert 350, 352- 

- Earl Garfield 186, 212; 

- Earl L 394^ 

- Earl Millard 320 

- Earl, son of Leonard 147 

- E. A 389 

- Ebenezer 389 

- Eddie 376 

- E<lgar A 306 

- Edgar of Mary ville. Tenn 394 

- Edgar Otto 369 

- Edith, dau. of C. F 320 

- Edith Everett 136 

- Edith Jane 321 

- Edith M 394 

- Edna 329 

- Edna Earl 306 

- Edward A 182 

- Edward, bro. to John 322 

- Edward Eddy 291 309 

- Edward Lancelot 321 

- Edward Nathaniel 368 

- Edward Newbould 327 

- Edward, grandson of Samuel.. 362 

- Edward, of Baltimore, Md 394 

- Edward, son of Joseph 323. 393 

- Edward, 2d .son of Joseph, 323. 

324. 39a 

- Edward son of Lamberton 376 

- Edward, son of William Cole. . . 372 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Edward, Washington, D. C . . 394 

- Edward WlUiam 309 

- Eggleston Kimptcn 287 

- Elbert J 324, 325 

- Eleanor Ellen 314 

- Eleanor Pauline 262 

- Eleanor Scott 248 

- EH V 394 

- EUas 380 

- Eliza dau. of Jacob 369 

- Eliza, dau. of John S 282 

- EUiza, dau. of James 251 

- Eliza, dau. of Robert 377 

- Eliza, of Quincy. Ills 394 

- Elizabeth A 260 

- Elizabeth B 320 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Andrew, 239, 245 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Augustine, 

106, 108, 114, 392 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Barton 370 

- Elizabeth, dau. of C. S 296, 310 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Duncan, 349, 352 

- Elizabeth, dau. of George, 106, 

193. 258 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Geo. (1741), 

108, 392 

- Elizabeth, dau. of George, son of 

Kenner 246, 258, 283 

- Elizabeth, dau. of George and 

Nancy 346 

- Elizabeth, dau. of James 350 

- Elizal>eth. dau. of James and 

Elizabeth 246 

- Elizabeth, dau. of James, son of 

Robert 350 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Jacob 369 

- EUzabeth,dau.of John 1st, 237, 

241, 243 

- Elizabeth, dau. of John 2d. 242, 253 
Elizabeth, dau. of John J 352 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph 324 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Kenner, 246, 258 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Rodham 247 

- Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel, 360, 362 

- Elizabeth Jane 348 

- Elizabeth, of Seattle, Wash. . . . 394 

- Elizabeth, wife of James C 319 

- EllaM 379 

- Ellen Dalton 316 

- Ellen, dau. of Daniel 350 

- Ellen Graham 170, 207 

- Elma B 365 

- Elmer BidweU 262 

- Elodia Artemesia 262 

- Elvin R .364, 365 

- Elvin T 365 

Seaton, Emanuel W 260 

- Emeline Irene 143, 186 

- Emeline Mary 186. 212 

- EmUy 272, 292 

- Emma, dau. of James R 314 

- Emma, dau. of Samuel 272, 292 

- Emma Isabella 251 

- Emma Ismenia 280 

- Enmia I^u Alice 336 

- Emma, of Louisville, Ky 394 

- Emma, of San Francisco, Cal . . 394 

- Emory 370 

- Ensign 389 

- Erma Louise 335 

- Ernest Lawrence 320 

- Ei nest, of Chicago. Ills 394 

- Ernest R 394 

- Ersie 380 

- Rsther Jane 328 

- Esther, of New York 394 

- Ethel, dau. of James W 331 

- Ethel Maud 329 

- E. Tillie 379 

- Eugene 367 

- Eula 262 

- Eva B 332 

- Eva, dau. of Duncan 352 

- Eva J 378 

- EvaR 394 

- Everett 394 

" E. WUUam 348 

- Ezekias 389 

- Fannie, dau. of S. G 170, 207 

- Fannie Louise. . .137, 139. 141, 184 

- Fay Cushman 170, 204, 235 

- Florence C 164, 200, 205, 206 

- Florence, dau. of Fred. A 206 

- Floyd Washington 348 

- Frances Dallas 135 

- Frances Elizabeth 341, 344 

- Frances Elizabeth 339, 342 

Frances E 298. 311 

- Frances (M. A.) 295, 309 

- Frances J 394 

- Frances Phidelia 126, 169, 204 

- Francis, of Goole, Eng 332, 334 

- Francis Marion 367 

- Francis (1786> 389 

- Francis W 333 

Frank Grant 186, 212 

- Frank H 394 

- Frank Hurlbert . . 137, 139, 140, 184 

- Frank T 394 

- Frank W., of Glenburn. N. D. . 394 

- Frank W.. son of Richard 262 

- Frank W., son of Valentine 182 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Frank, son of G. P 144 

- Frank, son of J. C 319 

- Frank, son of John 329 

- Frank, son of H. G 134 

- Frank, son of William F 262 

- Franklin B 324. 325 

- Franklin Pierce 197 

- FrankUn Willard 251 

- Fred Albert 170, 206 

- Fred, son of Mark L 371 

- Frederick, son of Peter Harry. . 260 

- Frederick A 394 

- Frederick Bulkley 199, 234 

- Frederick, of Buffalo, N. Y 394 

- Frederick, of Butte, Mont 394 

- Frederick, of Indianapolis 394 

- Frederick, son of John 356 

- Frederick, son of Lieut. J 329 

- Gales 113. 118 

- Gait 301 

- Genealogy 275 

- General (d. about 1886) 364 

- George Ambrose 295, 310 

- George Arthur 136 

- George A., son of Daniel 350 

- George C. of Chicago, Ills 394 

- George C, of Ladd, Ills 394 

- George D 394 

- George Edward 375 

- George Ferguson, 156, 158, 197, 

198, 234 

- George, founder of Washington, 

D. C 356 

- George Frederick 351 

- George G 337 

- George Hill 133 

- George K 281,300,311 

- George Louis 177, 179, 210 

- George Luman, 127, 165, 176, 

177. 209 

- George Milton 368 

- George Myers 353, 364 

- (ieorge M 394 

- George, of Blair Athol 348 

- George, of Gloucester county, 

Va 104 

- George, of Greene county, Penn, 389 

- George, of Hall, Ind 394 

- George, of Lacygne, Kan 394 

- George, of Little York, Ills. . . 33, 360 

- George, of New York 394 

- George, of Quincy, Ills 394 

- George, of Scotland 86 

- George, of Tennessee 376 

- George, of Virginia 104. 126 

- George, of Washington, D. C . 394 

Seaton, George, of Westmoreland 

county, Va 105 

- George P., 126, 133, 143, 144, 146 

- George Pritchard 261 

- George R 394 

- George Robert 376, 377 

- George, son of Abraham 366 

- George, son of Alexander W 347 

- George, son of Amberson 348 

- George, son of Asa 3d 132, 182 

- George, son of Capt. Seaton 313 

- George 2d, son of George, 106, 

108. 115 

- George, son of George and 

Nancy 346 

- George, son of Henry. 105, 106. 126 

- George, son of James of Dranity, 346 

- George, son of John... 360. 351, 362 

- George, son of Kenner, 33, 246, 

258, 281 

- George, son of Robert M 376 

- George, son of Willard 1 23, 135 

- George W. (died 1865) 390 

- George W., son of Allen R., 282, 

301, 302 

- George W., son of Benjamin, 

366. 368 

- George W., son of J. Allen . . 298. 31 1 

- George Warren 313.316,316 

- George Washington 335 

- George Washington, son of 

David 348 

- George Washington, son of 

Thomas 329 

- Georgia 301 

- Georgia, Mrs 348 

- Georgiana 394 

- Georgie 134 

- Gertrude Alma 197, 232 

- Gertrude Dorothy 330 

- Gilbert Christopher Scoresby.. 321 

- Glen Miller 364 

- Goldle MjTtle, 193, 213, 216, 

220. 227 

- and Gordon 266 

- Grace, dau. of Benjamin F.. 137, 184 

- Grace, dau. of Samuel T 364 

- Grace, dau. of William C 372 

- Grace Irene 262 

- Grace LUlian 137, 184 

- Grace, of Virginia (1745) 387 

- Grafton Whitaker 282, 305 

- Grant, of Seaton. Tenn 33 

- Grant, son of Leonard 147 

- Grant, son of Richard A 390 

- Grocery Company 183 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Guy Alfred 30tt 

- Guy HlUard 394 

- Guy Oren, 193, 194. 228. 229, 230 

- Hall, Edinbur>?h, Scotland 356 

- Hamilton 394 

- Hannah Elizabeth. .. .289, 291, 307 

- Hannah Marston 334 

- Hannah P 395 

- Harriet Hildrelh 308, 309 

- Harriet, dau. of George W 315 

- Harriet, dau. of WiUard.. . . 123, 135 

- Harriet Louise, 133, 145, 146, 

147, 148 

- Harriet, sister to James 329 

- Harrison Tn^lls 186, 212 

- Harry A 395 

- Harry Alfred 306 

- Harry B 395 

- Harr>- McBride 136 

- Harry, son of Henry W 134 

- Hattie B 375 

- Hattie BaUey 285 

- Hattie Maybelle 197, 232. 233 

- Hattie, dau. of Duncan 352 

- Hazel, dau of Fred. A 206 

- Hazel, dau. of John 329 

- Helen Augusta 277, 296 

- Helen, dau. of Benjamin. .324, 326 

- Helen, dau. of William Dill. . . . 354 

- Henry C 395 

- Henry Francis 328 

- Henry D 395 

- Henry, of Baltimore, Md 395 

- Henry, of Virginia 95, 104, 105 

- Henry, son ol Abraham 356, 357 

- Henry, son of James 367 

- Henrj', son of John 375 

- Henry, son oi William 367 

- Henry, son of Wellington 134 

- Herbert A 395 

- Herbert Julian. 127, 128. 179, 

180. 211 

- Herbert, son of C. D 28i, 300 

- Herbert, son of G. K 300, 312 

- H. E 395 

- Hervey 249 

- Hester A 261 

- Kettle, dau. of Amos 380 

- Hettie, dau. of William 380 

- Hezekiah 345 

- H. F 395 

- Hiram Johnson 324. 326 

- Hiram, son of James C 319 

- Hiram, Mrs 134. 135 

- Hiram, son of Wlllard, 123. 134. 135 '. 

- Homer 380 | 

Seaton, Hon. John, of Atchison. .317, 

- Hon. John, of Garleton 95, 

- House 89, 

- Housen 248, 

- Howard Brierly 

- Howard, of Washington 

- Howard E 

- Howard Mortimer, son of W. H ., 

- Hugh 

- Humphrey Gifford 133, 

- H. Y 

- Ida Adams 

- Ida Frances 

- IdaPeari 

- lUinois 33. 350, 351, 

- Indiana 

- in Northumberland 

- Iowa 

- Ira Daniel, son of Daniel, 133, 


- Ira, son of Jacob 

- Ira Hamilton 123, 135, 

- Ira, son of Benjamin, 366. 367, 

- Irene Maud 

- Isaac Bowers 257, 

- Isaac, of Pennsylvania 

- Isaac, son of Jacob 

- Isabel D 

- Isabel, dau. of James 

- Isabel, dau. of William B 

- Isam 

- Ismenia dau. oJ Andrew and 

Jane, 239, 242. 243, 245, 253. 
254. 255, 

- Ismenia, dau. of Andrew and 

Polly 257, 

- Iva Ethel Frances 

- Jackson M 

- Jackson, son of Benjamin, 366, 

- Jackson, son of George 

- Jacob A., of Baltimore. Md 

- Jacob A., of GaJesbure, Ills. . . . 

- Jacob M 370. 

- Jacob N 

- Jacob Roswell 

- Jacob, son of Benjamin. 366, 

367. 369. 

- Jacob, son of Jacob 

- Jain Martha 

- James Alexander 

- James Allen 281 . 297. 

- James Bcnet 

- James, bro. to Thomais and 


- James Carmichael 

- James Car«5on 







Digitized by 




6eaton. James D., son of James 314 

- James Davis 316 

- James E 395 

- James H., of Detroit, Micli 396 

- James H., of Plalnvlew, Texas.. 395 

- James H., son of George W 316 

-^ James H., son ot Peter 260 

- James Henr>', 153, 195, 196, 

230, 232 

- James Henry 2d 196, 197, 234 

- James Hervey, son of James, 

250, 251 

- James Hervey, son of W. C, 

248, 250. 251 

- James Kenner, 246, 259, 200, 

263, 269 

- James K. W 395 

- James McClelland 367 

- James M., Esquire 371 

- James M.. of Brooklyn, N. Y . . 395 

- James, ol Baltimore, Md 391 

- James, of Brooklyn, N. Y 395 

- James, of Chamlockhead, Soot- 

land 330 

- James, of Cumberland county, 

Pennsylvania 387 

- James, of Dranity, Ireland 345 

- James 2d, of Dranity, Ireland, 346 

- Jarae<J, of England 330 

- James, of Grayson, Ky 395 

- James, of Ireland (1727) . . 236. . 272 

- James, of New York 395 

- James, of Pennsylvania 389 

- James, of Scotland 236 

- James, of St. Johns. N. B 395 

- James, of Thomhill, Scotland . . 357 

- James, of Washington county, 

Pennsylvania 389 

- James P. . /. . . .282, 302. 304, 305 

- James Reeder 314 

- James Richard 261 

- James Richard 2d 262 

- James R , of Turney, Mo 395 

- James, School for Boys 39 

- James, son of Andrew, 257, 271 , 278 

- James, son of Benjamin 366 

- James, son of Captain, of Vir- 

ginia 313, 314 

- James, son of James of Blair 

Athol 349 

- James, son of George of Dran- 

ity 345 

- Inmes, son of Henry W 134 

- James, son of Housen 248. 260 

- James, son of James C 319 

- James, son of James R 262 

Seaton, James, son of John and Iseme- 

nia 243, 257 

- James, son of John and Jane, 

237. 240, 241, 242, 246 

- James, son of John S 357. 358 

- James, son of Reed Page 280 

- James, son of Richard 259. 286 

- James, son of Robert 338 

- James, son of Robert 2(1 339 

- James, son of Robert B 352 

- Jane dau. of Charle«» 281. 299 

- Jane, dau. of Francis 334 

- Jane, dau. of George, Jr 346 

- Jane, dau of George and Nancy, 346 

- Jane, dau. of John 2d. 242, 253. 254 

- Jane, dau. of John 243 

- Jane, dau. of John and Jane. 

237, 244 

- Jane, dau. of Joseph 362 

- Jane, dau. of Samuel G. . . 170. 207 

- Jane Hartley 334 

- Jane K 396 

- Jared 345 

- Jeanet 349 

- .lefTerson D 316 

- .lennie 170 

- Jennie Clara 156, 199, 200, 206 

- Jennie Cornelia 204, 236 

- Jennie, dau. of John 2d, 239, 

253, 254 

- Jennie, dau. of Josiah W 134 

- Jeremiah L 396 

- Jeremiah, of Ireland 359, 362 

- Jcrusha E 371 

- Jesse D 258. 282 

- Jesse, of Columbus, Ohio 395 

- Jessie Angelia 170. 204. 235 

- Jessie Caroline 186, 212 

- Jessie, dau. of Robert 350 

- Jessie May 376 

- J. E., son of John A 366 

- '* JO," or John 103 

- Joan 301 

- Joel 346 

- John A., bro. to Thomas 329 

- John A., of Vernon, Kan 364 

- John A., son of EMn R 366 

- John Ambrose 277. 294. 309 

- John B.. of Virginia 32 

- John Benjamin 136 

- John Channer 144 

- John Charles, son of George ... 361 

- John Charles, son of John, 318, 319 

- John D., of Pennsylvania 366 

- John Edgar 360 

- John Fox 387 

Digitized by 




Seaton, John Francis, son of Daniel . . 332 

- John Francis, son of Wm. A . . . 328 

- John Hamilton 320 

- John Henry Calaway 348 

- John Hervey 324, 326 

- John H., son of John J 352 

- John Hill 125, 144 

- John Ira 136 

- John James, 242. 243, 265, 270. 291 

- John J., of Portland, Oregon, 395 

- John J., of Seaton, Ills, 349, 851, 352 

- John Knox 356, 356 

- John Knox Walker 356 

- John L 354, 355 

- John, Lieutenant 389 

- Jolm M 316, 317 

- John Means 309 

- John P., son of Allen R 282, 301 

- John P., son of George W 316 

- John Rhodes 376 

- John R. of Chicago, Ills 395 

- John R., of Richmond, Va 395 

- John R., son of Solomon 367 

- John R.. Jr 367 

- John Russell 320 

- John Simpson 258, 282, 302 

- John Smith 357 

- John Smith 2d 367 

- John Swan 319 

- John T 333 

- John Walker 323,324 

- John Wesley Gordon 336 

- John WUlard 372 

- John William 372 

- John W.. of Detroit, Mich 395 

- John W., bro. to Thomas 329 

- John W., son of Peter 260 

- John W., son of Peter Harry. . 260 

- John, of Atchison 317, 318, 319 

- John, of Brooklyn, N. Y 395 

- John, Camp Point, Ills 259. 285 

- John, of Day, Mo 395 

- John, of England 90, 322 

- John, of Fayette, Tenn 375 

- John, of Garleton, Scotland, 95, 104 

- John, of Greenup, Ky., 30 82, 

99, 243, 254, 272, 273, 275, 

276, 288, 290. 307 

- John, of Huntington, Ind 335 

- John, of Ireland, 30, 39, 236, 

237, 240, 272 

- John, of I^eds, England 333 

- John, of London, England 356 

- John, of Louisville, Ky 395 

- John, of Scotland 354 

- John, of Tennes'iee 375 

Seaton, John, of Tumey, Mo 367 

- John, of Whitby, England 321 

- John, Kt. Royal Navy of Eng- 

land 328 

- John, Lieut. Royal Navy of 

I-ngland 328. 329 

- John, son of Alexander 377 

- John, son of Andrew and Polly, 

257, 278 

- John, son of Augustine 108, 114 

- John, son of Benjamin 366 

- John Hill, son of Daniel. .125, 144 

- John, son of David of Par- 

broath 95, 103, 104 

- John, son of Duncan, 349, 350, 352 

- John, son ol George 349 

- John, son of George of Blair 

Athol 349. 352 

- John, son of George and Nancy. 346 

- John, son of Jacob 369 

- John, son of James Reeder 314 

- John, son of Jeremiah 359 

- John, son of John and Jane, 237, 

242, 243, 245. 253. 254. 256. 

275. 277 

- John, son of Jolm of Greenup, 

291, 307 

- John, son of John and Rebecca, 

266, 270 

- John, son of Richard 259, 286 

- John, son of Robert, 350, 360, 377 

- John, son of Thomas 329 

- John, son of William 380 

- *• Jon " or John 103 

- Jonas W 260 

- Jonathan, son of David 348 

- Jonathan, son of Peter 260 

- Joseph Crawford 339, 341. 342 

- Joseph Henry 353 

- Joseph Henry 2d 353 

- Joseph Henry (negro) 386 

- Joseph, Jr 323, 324 

- Joseph, son of Jeremiah 362 

- Joseph, son of John. .322, 323, 392 

- Josaphine 95, 113, 114, 118 

- Josiah Wellington 123, 133, 134 

- Julia A., dau. of C. E 174, 208 

- Julia A., of Denver, Colo 395 

- Julia, dau. of Wm. W 113.118 

- Juliet, dau. of James C 319 

- Juliet T., ot Chicago 396 

- Juniata Jane 298. 311 

- Kate, dau. of WlUiam 380 

- Katie Copeland 875 

- Kendall 309 

- Kenner. son of Richard. 33, 259, 285 

Digitized by 




Seaton,Kermer,son of James, 33, 246, 

247, 259 

- Kenner, son of Richard 2d, 33, 286 

- Kenner, son of Rodham.. . .247, 259 

- Keziah 117. 124 

- Kittle Isabella 197, 234 

- Lamberton 376 

- Larson 395 

- Laura Ann, Mra 151,157,232 

- Laura, dau. of James R 314 

- Laura, dau. of Willard 123, 131 

- Laura Pearl 197. 232 

- Lavina 281. 300 

- Lawrence 395 

- Lawson 395 

- lawyer, of Clinton, Mo 395 

- Leander Miller 329 

- I^eander, son of Thomas A 329 

- Lena Bianca 341, 342 

- Lena Louise 177, 209 

- Lena, dau. of WUliam B 369 

- I^nora 395 

- Leonard Barber 179, 211 

- Leonard Bama. 123, 133, 142. 

143. 146. 185. 186 

- Leonard Hill 108, 109, 126 

- Leonard, son of Asa. 117. 123, 

124, 126, 127, 128, 129. 130, 

149, 161. 172, 173, 176 

- Leonard, son of Daniel 133. 147 

- Leonard, son ol Ira H 136 

- Leonard, son of Leonard, 36, 

115, 126. 128, 162, 163. 164. 

165. 168. 179, 205 

- Leonard, The Schooner 167 

- Leonard Turner, 143, 186. 187. 212 

- Leonard W 395 

- L. E.. Cabella, Kansas 395 

- Leroy George 318, 319 

- Leroy W 353 

Leslie CUna 287 

- Leslie Everett 262 

- LetltiaC 395 

- Levi W 259, 260 

- Lewi.o 380 

- Lieutenant in Clinton's Regi- 

ment 389 

- Lieutenant John 389 

- Lillian A 395 

" Lillian, dau. of Bumerd C 329 

- LiUlanM 318 

- Lillian, of Washinpton, D. C. . . 395 

- LiUie 295, 310 

- Lizzie, dau. of Abraham .357 

- Lizzie, of Hotchkiss 395 

- Loisa Adeline 372 

I Seaton, Lola Agnee 320^ 

- Lord, of Toronto, Can 32- 

- Lorraine 132, 18L 

I - I^ttie F 396^ 

I - Louise A., of Pueblo, Colo 395. 

- Louise Adeline 372. 

- Louise, dau. of Leonard, 127, 

175, 209 

- Louise, dau. of Samuel G. .170, 207 
, - Louise, dau. of WiUard .... 123, 136 

I - Louise, of Brooklyn, N. Y 395 

' - Louise, of Troy, N. Y 396 

- Lueella 316 

- Lucinda F 260 

- Lucretia 251 

- Lucy, dau. of Andrew 279 

- Lucy, dau. of Augustine . . . 108, 109 

- Lucy, married a Cox 313 

I - Lulu, dau. of William 367 

I - LuluP 395 

- Lulu Stewart 183, 211 

I - Lycurgus 396 

- Lyle 134 

, - Mabel, dau. of J. W 375 

- Mabel Helen 183, 211 

- Majorie, dau. of John J 362 

- Marjorie, dau. of James 360 

- Malcolm 24, 113, 122 

- Mallie Belle 287 

- Mamie 396 

- Manufacturing Company 296 

- Margaret Ann 261 

- Margaret, dau of Alexander. . . 377 

- Margaret, dau. of Duncan 349 

- Margaret.dau.of James K., 259, 269 

- Margaret, dau. of John 2d, 242, 264 

- Margaret, dau. of John R 367 

- Margaret, dau. of Kenner. .246, 268 

- Margaret, dau. of Richard, Jr., 
259. 286 

- Margaret, dau. of Richard and 
Eleanor 259 

- Marearet, dau. of Robert 360 

- Margaret, dau. of Robert 377 

- Margaret, dau. of Samuel 360 

- Margaret, dau. of Solomon 367 

- Margaret, dau. of Thomas, 345, 346 

- Margaret, dau. of William 380 

- Margaret, of Columbus, Ohio.. . 396 

- Margaret, of Lowell, Mass 396 

- Mark, bro. to Daniel 332 

- Mark L., son of Daniel 334, 371 

- Martha A., dau. of David 348 

- Martha A., dau. of Jacob 371 

- Martha, dau. of George and 
Nancy 346 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Martha A., dau. of John 333 

- Martha, dau. of John 2d. . .242, 255 

- Martha, dau. of John and Jane, 

237, 241 

- Martha, dau. of WilJiam K 314 

- Martha J 395 

- Martha (Purcell) 348 

- Martha, wife of James 345 

- Martin Alexander 327 

- Martin Alexander, Jr 327 

- Mary A., dau. of Alexander 377 

- Mary Ann, dau. of Jacob 369 

- Mary Ann, dau. of Joseph. 323, 393 

- Mary Ann 2d, dau. of Joseph, 

323, 324, 393 

- Mary B., dau. of James W . . . . 374 

- Mary Bell, dau. of Robert L. 360 

- Mary B., of Washington, D. C, 395 

- Mary Catharine, dau. of A. E. . 321 

- Mary Catharine, dau. of David, 348 

- Mary (Cook) 145, 354 

- Mary E., dau. of Andrew and 

Polly 279 

- Mary EHizabeth, dau. of Allen 

R 282. 306 

- Mary Elizabeth, dau. of Am- 

brose 277 

- Mar>' Elizabeth, dau. of John, 

237. 318. 319 

- Mary Elizabeth, dau. of Leon- 

ard B 143 185 

- Mar>' Elizabeth, dau. of Rich- 

ard A 261 

- Mary Elizabeth, dau. of Wil- 

Uam H 372 

- Mary Ellen 348 

- Mary Elraa 365 

- Mary Frances 332 

- Mary Holmes 334 

- Mary Jane, dau. of .\lexander 

W 347 

- Mary J., of Columbus, Ohio. . 395 

- Mary Louise 127, 281, 300 

- Mary Luarcia 336 

- Mary Miranda 127. 172, 173 

- Mary (MoUy^ 291. 309 

- Mary Peck 272 293 

- Mary (Polly), dau. of George, 

258. 282, 314 

- Mary (Polly) ,dau. of George and 

Nancy 346 

- Mary (Tyler) 259, 263 

- Mary, dau. of Andrew and 

Polly 257, 278 

- Mary, dau. of Andrew and 

Polly 257 

Seaton, Mary, dau. of Andrew and 

Celinda 279 

- Mary, dau. of Benjamin. . .324, 326 

- Mary, dau. of Daniel. 133, 146, 147 

- Mary, dau. of Duncan 352 

- Mary, dau. of George P 144 

- Mary, dau. of Jame.s 350 

- Mary, dau. of James C 319 

- Mary, dau. of James K , . . .259, 263 

- Mary, dau. of John 2d . . 242. 254 

- .Mary, dau. of John and Jane, 

237, 240, 241 

- Mary, dau. of Joseph 362 

- Mary, dau. of Kenner 258 

- Mary. dau. of Myers 353 

- Mary, dau. of Samuel Ci ... 170, 206 

- Mary. dau. of Willard 123. 135 

- Mary, dau. of WiUiam Dill 354 

- Mary. dau. of WiUlam Kinnel . 314 

- Mary, dau. of Robert 2d. .339,341 

- -Mary. Maid of Honor, 39, 82. 

84. 85, 356 

- Mary, of San Francisco 395 

- Mary, of Washington, D. C 395 

- Mary, sister to John of Eng- 

land 322 

- Mary sister to John of Eng- 

land 90. 322 

- Mary, wife of John of England, 322 

- Massey 375 

- Matilda 378 

- Matilda (negress) 386 

- Matthew Alexander 339. 342 

- Matthew, son of Robert 338 

- .Mattie Belle 369 

Mattie, dau. of WiiUam C 372 

- Maud E., dau. of J. W. G 336 

- Maud Ethel, dau. of (ieorge F.. 

199. 234 

- Mau<l Inez, dau. of S. (i 262 

- Maud, dau. of B. C .161, 162, 205 

- Maud, dau. of Charles D .. .281 . 300 

- Maud. dau. of George K. .300, 312 

- Maud, dau. of William C 372 

- Maximilian Sylvester 287 

- May, dau. of Jacol) 371 

- May Goodwin 137, 184 

- May, of Toledo, Ohio 395 

- M. D.. of Belgrade. Neb 395 

- .Melinda J 371 

- Melissa, dau. of Barton 370 

- Melissa, dau of Duncan 352 

- Merchant 319 

- Merton Robert 197. 234 

- Minerva A 395 

- Minnie, dau. of Thomas .'167 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Minnie, of Louisville, Ky 395 

- Miranda 132, 182 

- Mr., a preacher 335 

- Mr., purser of the Campania . . 391 

- Mollie.\ 395 

- Monk 32 

- Monroe 367 

- Morris 324, 326 

- Moses, bro. to Benjamin 371 

- Moses (negro) 386 

- Moses, son of Barton 370 

- Moses, son of Benjamin 366, 368 

- Moses, son of Jacob 369 

- Myers 353, 354 

- Nancy Catharine 348 

- Nancy, dau. of George 346, 347 

- Nancy Jane 260 

- Nannie 367 

- Nathaniel Eddy 291. 309 

- Nathaniel, son of James 345 

- Nathan Kendall, son of Am- 

brose 277, 295 

- Nathan Kendall, son of John 

3d 255, 270, 271, 291 

- Nebraska 33 

- NelUe Ab-a 336 

- NelUe B., dau. ol James H 249 

- Nellie, dau. of Grafton W 306 

- Nellie, dau. ol Samuel T 364 

- Nellie, dau. of Thomas 367 

- Nellie M., dau. of J. A 298, 311 

- Nellie M., of In terbay. Wash.. 395 

- NeUie Tabor 319 

- Nellie Walker 327 

- Nelson James 134 

" Nina 144 

- Noble Fay, 193, 218. 219, 220, 

221, 227 

- Nora Edith 251 

- Nora May 369 

- N. G 395 

- Northumlierland, England #2 

- of Pitmedden 87 

- of Parbroath 55, 82, 98. 100 

- Olive, dau. of George W 301 

Olive O., dau. of James P 305 

Olive O., of Cleveland, Ohio.. . . 395 
Olive, of Brooklyn, N. Y 395 

- Oliver H 251 

- Oliver, of What Cheer, Iowa. . . 362 
- OUver Preston Morton 336 

Ollie 301 

- OUiel^ 375 

Opera House 361 

- O. R 305 

- Oregon 33 

Seaton, Oren Andicw, 24, 151 . 1 88, 193. 

213. 218, 222, 228. 392 

- Oscar Mauscaus 326 

- Oscar, of Atlanta, Ga 395 

- Oscar, of Potosi. Wis 376 

- Oscar W., of Chicago, Ills 395 

- Ossian Ellsworth 298, 310 

- Pamelia 117. 129, 130 

- Pauline, Mrs 395 

- Perlie Cleopatia 287 

- Perry Albert 197, 234 

- Perry M 395 

- Perry W 367,368 

- Peter Harry 260 

- Peter N. C, 161, 170. 204, 235 

- Peter Piper 347 

- Peter, of Butte, Mont 395 

- Peter, son of ITiomas W . . . 247, 260 

- Peter, son of William C 372 

- Philip Axley 369 

- Philip, of Sevier county, Tenn., 33 

- Philip, son of Benjamin, 366, 

368. 36» 

- Phoebe, dau. ol Peter 260- 

- Phoebe, executor for George W., 390 

- Polly, dau. of Asa 3d 132, 181 

- Polly, dau. of Robert 377 

- Pritchard 250 

- Rachel, dau. of James K.. .259, 269 
" Rachel Helen 324, 393 

- Rachel Helen 2d 324, 393 

- Rachel, sister to John 322 

- Rachel, wife of Kenner 259 

- R. C. (author) 390 

- R. C, son of Mark L .371 

- Reason 389 

- Rebecca, dau. of Bumerd C 329 

- Rebecca, dau. of Jacob 369 

- Rebecca, dau. of James C 319 

- Rel)erra. dau. of John, 291, 

292, 307 

- Rebecca, dau. of Kenner.. .246, 258 

- Rebecca, dau. of Richard . .259, 286 

- Rebecca, dau. of Richard 2d. . 286 
** Rebecca, dau. of Samuel. 272, 

273, 291 

- Reed Page 257, 279 

- Reginald Emanuel 327 

- Reginald Ethelhert .321 

- R. Frank 395 

- Richard Aliph 261. 262, 390 

- Richard, of Pennsylvania 389 

- Richard, of Virginia 105 

- Richard, son of Allen R.. . .282, 304 

- Richard, son of Andrew 239, 246 

- Richard, son of George 335 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Richard, son of Kenner, 33, 

246, 259, 285 

- Richard, son of Richard. . .259, 286 

- Richard Stevens 314 

- Richard Wiley 285 

- Riley 123, 136 

- R. K 365 

- Robert B 350 

- Robert Bruce 352 

- Robert F 377, 378. 379 

- Robert H 395 

- Robert James 351 

- Robert Leslie 359, 360 

- Robert Liggett 362 

- Robert Lincohi. .* 341, 344 

- Robert, of Baltimore, Md 395 

- Robert, of Chicago, Ills 395 

- Robert, of Colorado Springs, 

Colo 395 

- Robert, of Grimethorp 387 

- Robert, of Huntingdon county. 

Pa 377 

- Robert, of Ireland 338 

- Robert, of Troy, N. Y 395 

- Robert, son of Asa 3d, 33, 132, 

136, 181, 182, 183, 211 

- Robert, son of Duncan 349, 350 

- Robert, son of George and 

Nancy 345 

- Robert, son of James of Dran- 

ity 345 

- Robert, son of James of Eng- 

land 330 

- Robert, son of Jeremiah 359 

- Robert, son of Robert 338 

- Robert, son of Robert 350 

- Robert, son of Samuel M 379 

- Robert, son of Thomas 361 

- Robert, son of William C 372 

- Robert, son of Wm. of Bristol.. 330 

- Roderick 350 

- Rodham 247, 269 

- RoUa Floyd 360 

- Rosa, dau. of Abraham 367 

- Rosa, dau. of Barton 370 

- Rosa E., dau. of Peter 260 

- Ross Petrie 335 

- Roswell 117, 123, 124, 132 

- Roy .Andrew.. .193,222,223,227 

- R. S. (Major) 364 

- Ruby E 334 

- Rufus S 395 

- Ruth Allen 320 

- Ruth Marie 183.212 

- Ruth, of Wheeling, W. Va 395 

- SabinaR 333 

Seaton, Sadie Gladys. .193, 194, 230. 231 

- Sadie, of Chicago, Ills 395 

- Sadie, of Chucky, Temi 395 

- Sallie 319 

- SaUy 366 

- Samantha, dau. of Daniel. .133, 147 

- Samantha, dau. of Robert F. . . 378 

- Samuel A 348 

- Samuel B 395 

- Samuel Clark, son of Myers 363 

- Samuel Clark, son of William... 353 

- Samuel Eugene 262, 390 

- Samuel Greenleaf, 126, 127, 170, 206 

- Samuel M 378, 379 

- Samuel, of Burlington, Iowa. . . 395 

- Samuel, of Killygordon, Ireland, 362 

- Samuel, of Louisville, Ky 395 

- Samuel, of New York 395 

- Samuel, of Peoria, Ills 395 

- Samuel, son of Asa 117, 129 

- Samuel, son of Jeremiah, 369, 

360, 361, 362 

- Samuel, son of John and Jane. 

237, 242, 243 

- Samuel, son of John and Re- 

becca, 37, 255, 256, 270, 271, 
272, 273, 274, 275, 288, 289, 

291, 292. 

- Samuel, son of Samuel of Fort 

Worth 293 

- Samuel, son of Samuel of Green- 

up 272, 292. 293 

- Samuel T 362, 363. 364 

- Samuel T., Mrs 364 

- Samuel, of Washington, D. C. . 395 

- Sara, dau. of John A 295, 309 

- Sara E 356, 357 

- Sarah Ann, dau. of Barton 370 

- Sarah E., dau. of Richard A. . . 261 

- Sarah Eliza 185 

- Sarah Elizabeth 143 

,- Sarah Frances 277, 296 

- Sarah Jane, dau. of Allen R, 

282, 305 

- Sarah Jane, dau. of James D. . . 315 

- Sarah K. P 248 

- Sarah L 371 

- Sarah Matilda 372 

- Sarah M., Mrs 330 

- Sarah, dau. of Andrew 239, 245 

- Sarah, dau. of Charles D. .281, 300 

- Sarah, dau. of George 258, 283 

- Sarah, dau. of Housen 249 

- Sarah, dau. of James.. 251, 259, 269 

- Sarah, dau. of John 365 

- Sarah, dau. of John 375 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Sarah, dau. of John S 

- Sarah, dau. of Joseph 

- Sarah, dau. of Kenner 246, 

- Sarah, dau. of Richard 

- Sarah, dau. of Rodham 247, 

- Sarah, dau. of Samuel 

- Sarah, of Longmeadow, Mass. . 

- Sarah, of Washington, D. C 

- Sarah, sister to John of Eng- 


- Scotland 72, 

- Scott A 

- Seretta 

- Sidney Blaine 186, 

- Sims Major 

- Sir T. (author) 

- Solomon 

- Solomon, of Nashville, Tenn. . . 

- Solomon, son of Benjamin, 366, 

- Stanley, of Lowell, Mass 

- Stanley Wing 186, 

- Stephen, of Chicago, Ills 

- Stephen, of Seattle, Wash 

- Stewart 

- Street, Toronto, Canada 

- Street, Washington, D. C 

- Strobridge 

- Stuart 

- .Susan 

~ Susan Hester 

- Susannah 

- Sylvia C 

- Sylvia May 

- Tannery 127. 163, 164, 188, 

- Tartan 

- Tennessee 

- Texas 

- Thaddeus K 

- Theresa, dau. of George W 

- Theresa, of San Francisco 

- Thomas A 

- Thomas B 

- Thomas, bro. to James 

- Thomas, bro. to Jeremiah 

- Thomas Holt 

- Thomas Jefferson 

- Thomas L., of Toronto, Canada, 

- ITiomas L., son of Thomas 

- Thomas, Mrs 

- Thomas, of Chicago. Ills 

- Thomas, of Cincinnati, Ohio... . 

- Thomas, of New Orleans, La. . . 

- Thomas, of Northumberland 

county, Pa 

- Thomas, of Osawatomie, Kan- 








389 i 

362 I 

Seaton, Thomas, of Portland, Oregon, 396 

- Thomas, of Westmoreland 

county, Pa 389 

- Thomas R., of Potosi, Wis., 

374. 376 

- Thomas R., of Toronto, Canada, 396 

- Thomas, Sir, K. C. B 387 

- Thomas, son of Alexander 377 

- Thomas, son of George and 

Nancy 345 

- Thomas, son of James of Dran- 

ity 345, 347 

- Thomas, son of Jeremiah 359 

- Thomas, son of John of Whitby, 321 

- Thomas, son of John R 367 

- Thomas, son of Joseph 362 

- Thomas, son of Robert 377 

- Thomas, son of Rodham. . .247, 259 

- Thomas, son of Samuel 360, 361 

- Thomas, son of Solomon 367 

- Thomas, son of Thomas A 329 

- Thomas, son of Wright J 348 

- Tina 123,124.180 

- town of 33, 36, 72, 86 

- T. R 374 

- Truman 116. 117, 124 

- Tyler 257, 279 

- Uriah C 347 

- Valentine 132, 182 

- Vaugie 305 

- Vernon 309 

- Vesta E 301 

- Victor 396 

- Victoria 370 

- Villa et territorium de 32 

- Village, Toronto, Canada 32 

- Virginia 113. 122 

- W. A., of Chicago, Ills 396 

- W. A., of Ladd, IlUnois .?96 

- Waldemar 396 

- Wallace Robert 183, 211 

- Wallace, son of B. C 161. 205 

- Walter L 366 

- Walter, of Philadelphia, Pa. . . . 391 

- Walter, of Washington, D. C. . 396 

- Walter Scott 376 

- Walter, son of John 391 

- Walter, son of J. W. G 336 

- Ward Tillman 336 

- Warren, son of Asa. . .131, 132, 181 

- Warren, son of John 375 

- Warren, son of Robert B 352 

- Washington 34S 

- Welthy 117, 125 

- Wert 134 

- Wesley, of Martinsville, Ills . . . 396 

Digitized by 




Seaton, Wesley, of Maryville, Tenn... 396 

- W. H. Forsyth 365 

- W. n., of Swedeborp. Mo 396 

- Wilbur 329 

- Wilfred 314 

- Willard, son of .\sa, 116, 117, 

123. 125. 135. 136, 137. 145 

- Willard 2d 123. 135 

- Willard, son of Josiah W 134 

- William Albert, sou of Alexan- 

der.... 377. 378 

- William AHiert, son of (ieorge 

K 300, 311 

- William Albert, son of Josiah. . 134 

- William A., of Cleveland, Ohio, 396 

- William A., of Lathrop. Mo. . . . 396 

- William Arthur, son of James 

H 251 

- William Arthur, son of Lieut. 

John 328 

- William A., son of Alexander, 

377. 378 

- William Biggs 291, 308 

- WiUiam Bruce 369 

- William Carson 341, 343 

- WUliam C, father of Wm. H . . 376 

- WUliam Chesley 259, 287 

- WUUam Chesley 287 

- William C. son of Housen, 248, 287 

- William Deloss 360 

- WUliam De V 320 

- William DUl 353, 364, 362 

- WUUam E., of Richmond, Va. . 396 

- WUliam Ernest 348 

- WiUlam Frank 262 

- WUliam Franklin 375 

- WiUiam F., son of Alexander 

W 347 

- WiUiam G., of Brooklyn. N. Y. 396 

- William G., of Troy. N. Y 396 

WiUiam G.. son of WiUiam 380 

- WiUiam Harcourt 376 

- WiUiam Henry, m. Georgia 348 

- WUliam Henry, son of WiUiam 

W 113, 118 

- WUUam H.. m. EUzabeth H. 

Kennedy 371. 372 

- WiUiam H., of Buffalo. N. Y.. . 396 

- WUliam H., of LouisviUe. Ky. 396 

- William H.. of New York 396 

- WUUam H., of Qulncy. Ills 396 

- WiUiam H., of Tennessee. .371. 372 

- WUliam H., son of WUliam DiU, 364 

- William J 396 

- WiUiam Kinnel 313 

- William T^slle 377 

Seaton. WiUiam L., of .lackson, Mich., 

375, 376 

- WlUlam MitcheU 369 

- WUUam M., of MlnneapoUs 396 

- WUliam Newbould 327 

- WUUam Pitt 335 

- WUUam Rea 136 

- WUUam R., of Detroit. Mich. . . 396 

- WlUlam Roseland 328 

- WiUiam Scott 396 

- William S., of Cabella, Kan. . . . 396 
WiUiam Thompson 248 

- WUliam T., son of Porter 260 

- WlUlam T., son of Robert 330 

WUUam (Ogden), alias 347 

- WUUam, m. Mary Driver 327 

- William (negro) 386 

- WlUlam, of Baltimore, Md 390 

- WUUam. of Bolton, Eng 396 

- WUUam, of Bristol, Eng 330 

- WlUlam. of Jackson, Mich 396 

- WUUam, of KiUygordon, Ire- 

land 359 

- WUUam, of New York 396 

- WUUam, of Northumberland 

county. Pa 389 

- WUUam, of Richmond, Va 396 

- WUUam, of Scotland 353 

- WlUlam, of Sheffield, Eng ... 327 

- WUUam, of Washington, D. C, 396 

- WUUam. sailor and soldier, 

332 333. 334 

- WiUiam. son of Captain, of Vir- 

ginia 313 

- WUUam, son of George and 

Nancy 345 

- WUliam. son of Jacob 369 

- WUUam, son of James 345 

- WlUlam, son of Jeremiah 359 

- WlUlam, son of Robert, 377, 

379, 380 

- WlUlam, son of Solomon 367 

- WUUam, son of WUUam K 314 

- William Winston. 95, 105, 106, 

107, 108, 109, 110. Ill, 112, 
113, 114, 117, 118. 122, 128. 

275. 276, 386, 389 

- Wilson 356 

- Winnie Ruth 377 

- Worthlngton Wlnton 330 

- Wright J 347 

- Zua Olga 170, 204, 235 

Seaton 4 Field 335 

SeatonvUle, Ills 33, 248. 250 

SeatonvUle, Ky.. 32, 33, 247, 248. 258, 

286, 287 

Digitized by 




SeatonviUe, Nebraska 183 

- Virginia 248 

- West Virginia, 32 

SeatonviUe Junction, Ills 33 

Seatoun 36. 39. 46 

- Alexander 1st 52 

- Alexander 2d 52, 53 

- Lord 36 

- Sir Alexander IV., Kt 36, 56 

Seatoune, Adam de 47 

- PhiUp 47 

Seatown, Andrew 236 

- Elizabeth 240 

- Ismenia 278 

- James 236. 240 

- John 236. 242 

- Martha 241 

- Samuel 236, 243 

Seccorab. Daniel. 236, 240, 242. 244 

Secrest, George Rice 307 

- Jerome B 307 

- John Seaton 307 

- Lida 307 

- Mary 307 

- Mary Elizabeth 307 

- Rebecca Hookaday 307 

- Sally Dorsey 307 

- WilUam Arthur 307 

Seeton, Adolphus 386 

- Alden 384 

- Alice, dau. of Robert 383 

- Alice. Frances R 382 

- Alvin 383 

- Andrew 246. 381 

- Ann 382 

- Anna Ovetta 385 

- Bert 386 

- Bessie 384 

- Charles Robert Warrell 382 

- Charley 383 

- Da^id 383 

- Edith 383 

- Edith EUzabeth 386 

- Edith Ellen 383 

- Edward, son of David 383 

- Edward, son of James 383 

- Edward, son of Robert 383. 385 

- Elizabeth, dau. of James 383 

- Elizabeth, dau. of James and 

Martha 382, 383 

- Ellf 385 

- Emma 384 

- Esther 3S3 

- Family 37, 381 

- Fannie 384 

- Florence .382 

Seeton, George 383 

- George Winbum 384 

- Gertrude, dau. of Alvin 383 

- Gertrude, dau. of Joseph 386 

- Grace Purington 386 

- Harold 381 

- Hattle, dau. of James 384 

- Hattie, dau. of Robert 385 

Helen 383 

- Ida 384 

- Isabella 385 

- James 381, 382 

- James, son of Andrew 382 

- James, son of James 381 , :i84 

- James, son of James 2d 382 

- James, son of James and Mar- 

tha 382, 384 

- Jennie 381 

- Jessie Thorburn 385 

- John, son of Jamei» 381 

- John, son of James 2d 384 

- John, son of John William 384 

- John William, son of James, 

381. 384 

- John William 2d 384 

- John William, son of James and 

Martha 384 

- Joseph, son of James 381, 382 

- Joseph, .son of John and Mar- 

tha 385 

- Leonard 383 

- Louise, dau. of Andrew 384 

- Louise, dau. of James, 382, 383, 384 

- Ix)uise, dau. of Joseph 385 

- Margaret, dau. of James 383 

- Margaret, dau. of John William, 384 

- Margaret Jane 382 

- Margaret Wilhelmina 386 

- Marlon 383 

- Martha 384 

- Martha, dau. of James and 

Martha 382 

- Martha Ann 382 

-- Mary 381 

- Mary Ann 381 

- Maud 384 

- Robert Beatie 382 

- Robert . son of James 383 

- Robert, son of James and 

Martha 381, 383, 385 

-'''Ross 383 

- '' Samuel .360 

- ' Sarah 382, 383 

"•Stanley 383 

-"^Thomas 381, 382 

- William 381. 382, 384 

Digitized by 




Seliridge, Amelia Frances 176, 208 

Sellers, Miss 362 

Serfs 43, 46 

Seton 36, 37, 390 

- Alexander 1st 52 

- Alexander 2d 62, 63 

- Alexander 3d 63, 54, 65, 387 

- Alexander 4th 36, 56 

- Alexander, of England (1421) . . 62 

- Alexander, Friar and Retormer, 

36, 37, 387 

- Alexander, 6th Earl of Egllng- 

ton 91 

- Alexander, Earl of Huntley, 40, 68 

- Alexander, Lord Flvle 87, 93 

- Alexander, Lord Gordon, 40, 

68, 393 

- Alexander, 7th I^rd 81 

- Alexander, President of the 

Board 386 

- Alexander, son of Alexander 3d, 

64, 66 

- Alexander, son of 3d Earl, 58. 

87, 93 

- Alexander, son of John, Master 

of Seton 64 

- Alexander, son of Robert of 

France 68 

- Alexander, son of Sir William, 

40, 67, 58 

- Ann, dau. of 3d Earl 93 

- Ann, dau. of Ernest T 101 

- Ann, dau. of William, 1st Lord, 58 

- Ann Marlah 96, 97 

- Arch 39 

- Archbishop, Robert, 17, 24, 36, 

37, 39. 60, 53, 63, 66, 67, 71, 
76 81, 82, 84, 97, 98, 99, 100, 

276, 388, 389 

- Arms, 39, 62, 68, 276, 278, 291, 364 

- attending Macbeth 38, 82 

- Baron 91 

- Beatrix 71 

- Bruce Maxwell 82, 100 

- Castle, 59, 65, 67, 68, 70. 75, 76. 

81, 93 

- Catharine, dau. of 4th Lord ... 68 

- Catharine, dau. of 6th Lord, 

72, 79, 80 

- Catharine, dau. of Mother Se- 

ton 97 

- Catharine, dau. of William, 1st 

Lord 58 

- Catharine, dau. of William, Mas- 

ter of Seton 62 

- Cecelia 95 i 

Seton Chapel 36, 60, 67 

- Christian, dau. of Alan de Win- 

ton 66 

- Christian, dau. of George, 3d 

Lord 63 

- Christian dau. of John 64 

- Christian, dau. of John, 2d Lord. 62 

- Christian, dau. of John, Master 

of Seton 64 

- Christian, dau. of William, 1st 

Lord 58 

- Christopher de, 1st 47 

- Christopher 2d, Sir 48 

- Christopher 3d 48, 49, 60 

- Christopher, son of 3d Earl 93 

- Court 69 

- David, Brigadier 63 

- David, Dr 69 

- David, Sir, of Parbroath, 95. 

103, 104 

- David, of Yorkshire, England, 387 

- David, son of Sir David 95 

- David, son of George of Caris- 

ton 71, 387 

- Dick of Wlndygoul 72 

- E. A., "Mother," 96, 97, 98, 389 

- Eglantine 59 

- Eleanor 71 

- Elizabeth dau. of 3d Earl 93 

- Elizabeth, dau. of William, 67, 99 

- Elizabeth, Heiress of Sir Adam 

Gordon 40, 67, 58, 62, 393 

- Ernest Thompson 90, 100, 101 

- George 3d Earl of Win ton ... 92, 93 

- George 4th Earl of Winton ... 95 

- George 5th Earl of Winton, 68, 89 

- George, Esq., of Edinburgh... 49 

- George. 3d Lord 63 

- George, 4th Lord 64,65, 68 

- George, 5th Lord., 60. 68. 69 

- George. 6th I^rd 70. 71 

- George, 7th Lord, 71, 72, 74, 75, 

77, 81, 91 

- George, of Cariston 49, 387 

- George, son of 3d F^rl 93 

- George, son of Sir David 95 

- George, son of WlUlam, Master 

of Seton 62 

- George, writer on Heraldry, 

27, 30, 93 

- George, writer of "The Family 

of Seton" 93 

- "Good Sir Christen" 48 

- HaU College 96, 99 

- Harriet 95 

- Helen, dau. of 6th Lord 71 

Digitized by 




Seton, Henry, hero of Otterburn 56 

- Henry, James, Major 389 

- Henry, Major Twelfth Infantry, 388 

- Henry, son of 6th Lord 72 

- House 61, 69, 86 

- Infirmary 390 

- Isabel, Lady 91, 92 

- James, of New York (1768) 389 

- James. School for Boys 39 

- Janet, dau. of 2d Lord 62 

- Janet, dau. of William, Master 

ofSeton 62 

- Jean, dau. of William, 1st Lord, 58 

- John, Balllie of Tranent. 64 

- John of Cariston 71 

- John of England 48, 67 

- John, 2d Lord 67, 62 

- John, Master of Seton 63, 64 

- John, Sir, of St. Germain 91 

- John, son of Alexander 55 

- Joim, son of Christopher 2d 48 

- John, son of George, 4th Lord, 

63, 68 

- John, son of 6th Lord 71 

- John, son of John 64 

- John, son of 3d Earl 93 

- John, Sir, of Yorkshire 48, 57 

- Lord 29,30,85, 92 

- Lord, son of 3d Earl 92 

- Lucy. dau. of Wm., 1st Lord.. . 58 

- Manor 50 

- Mansion House 65 

- Margaret, dau. of Alexander, 

36, 55, 56. 393 

- Margaret, dau. of William, 1st 

Lord 58 

- Marian, dau. of John 2d 62 

- Marian, m. Baillie 62 

- Marian, m. Ogilvy 58 

- Mariota 69 

- Martha 68 

- Mary, dau. of 3d Earl 93 

- Mary, Maid of Honor, 71, 83, 85 

- Mary, m. Earl of Carnwath. .. . 93 

- MatUda 67 

- Mr., of London, England 104 

- "Mother" Elizabeth Ann, 95, 

96, 98, 390 

- Motto .....29,71, 291 

- Niddry 60,70,80, 85 

- Ninian, of Touch 387 

- of Cariston 49, 71 

- of Garleton 93 

- of Linlithgow 59 

- of Northrig 68 

- of Parbroath .55. 82, 98, 100 

Seton, of Sweden 387 

- Palace 60, 86 

- Provost of Edinburgh 64, 75 

- Rebecca 97 

- Richard 97 

- Robert, 8th Lord 90 

- Robert, 2d Earl of Winton 91 

Robert, man-at-arms in France, 68 

- Robert, of Grimethorp Hall . . 387 

- Robert, son of 2d Earl of 

Winton 93 

- Robert, son of 3d Earl of 

Winton 93 

- Robert , son of George ,4 th Lord , 68 

- Samuel, of Virginia 388 

- Samuel Waddlngton... 37, 275, 389 

- Thomas, of Scotch Guards 63 

- Thomas, Sir, of Olivestob 91 

- Thomas, son of Alexander 3d... 54 

- Town, in Scotland . . .47, 59, 64, 65 

- Villa of 59,70,71,75, 77 

- William 388 

- William, bro. to Robert, 82, 86, 

98, 99. 100, 389 

- William, father to Robert, 97, 

99, 100, 389 

- William, husband of "Mother" 

Seton 95, 96, 97 

- William, Lieutenant, Washing- 

ton, D. C 388 

- William, man-at-arms in 

France 68 

- William, Master of Seton 62 

- William, merchant at New 

York 389 

- William, Sir, son of Alexander, 54 

- William, son of Alan de Win- 

ton 56 

- William, son of George, 3d Earl, 93 

- William, 1st Lord. . .57, 59, 60, 62 

Seton, Maitland & Company 95 

Seton's School for Boys 39 

Setoun, Adam 47 

- Alexander de, 1st 46, 47 

- Alexander, son of Bertrand 47 

- Bertrand de 47 

- Dougall de 28, 46 

- Palace 60, 92 

- Philip 393 

Setoun's Niddry 80 

Setoune, Adam de 47 

- Seher de 46 

Sewler, Joseph 240, 245 

Seymour, Horatio 168 

Seyton 37. 38, .390 

~ Catharine 72, 79. 80 

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Seylon, Church 64 

- Dick, of Wyndygoul 72 

- George, 5th Lord 70 

- George, 6th Lord 71,74, 82 

- George, 7th Lord. 71,72, 74, 76, 

77. 82 

- George, son of 7th Lord 71 

- Henry 72, 79, 80 

- Lord 79, 80, 82 

- Mary 72, 78 

Seyton attending Macbeth 38, 39, 82 

Seytons 80 

- Saucy 80 

Seytoun 37 

- Adam de 47 

- Alexander de 47 

- Bertrand de 47 

- Sir Christopher 47 

- Sir Christopher 2d 47 

Sey toune, Seher de 46 

Shaker Society 123, 125, 180 

- villages 123, 180 

Shakespeare, William 39, 82 

Shanks, Florence 266 

Shannon's Company 389 

Shatluck, Algernon Parker 253 

- Annie 253 

- Catherine Kendall 253 

- George Freeman 253 

- George Henry 253, 254 

- Henry Campbell 253 

- Mary Wallace 253 

- Nathaniel 253, 254 

Shaw, Mr 254 

- Robert 377 

Shepardson, Hannah 272 

Sheridan, General Philip 165 

Sherln, Rev. Samuel 200 

Sherlocks, Nathan & Co 327 

Sherman, General 304 

Shields, in Heraldry 27. 28 

Shields, Frank 301 

Shlloh, Battle of 316 

Shipwreck, A 93, 238 

Shoemaker, Mr 247 

Shortt, C. J 169 

Simmons, L. B 164 

- Nettie 232 

Simons, Fort 165 

Sinclair, Janet 68 

"Sir Hudson Lowe and Napoleon". . 390 

Sisters of Charity 96. 98, 390 

Skinner, C. A 311 

Slater, Elder 169 

Slavery 43, 291 

Slaves 43, 113 

Sleartson, Timothy 255 

Sllger, Elizabeth 246. 258 

- Mary 259 

- Rachel 259 

Slinker, Tempa 262 

Sloan, Mr 346 

Slocum, General 373 

Slogan, or war-cry 29, 56. 81 

Smallpox scare A 116 

Smith, Barbara 357 

- Bertha 170 

- Chalmers 269 

- Channing 269 

- Charles N 162, 205 

- Clara V 169 

- Daniel, farm 165 

- Effie 170 

- Elizabeth 134 

- Frank 170 

- G.Harrison 167 

- HiU Stock Farm ,^34 

- James S 301 

- J. H 139, 140 

- Kellar 305 

- Marcellus 269 

- MUlard 170 

- Mrs. Maud 162 

- Nannie May 265 

- Oliver, farm 127 

- Oren 170 

- Ruby 170 

- Ruth 243, 244 

- Washington 269 

- William J 170 

- Willie 170 

"Smith's Leading Cases" 390 

Smollett, Tobias George 97 

Snowdens, of Franklin, Pa 346 

Society of Antiquities 64 

Society for Relief of Poor Widows 

and Small Children 96 

- of Shakers 123, 126 

Somerville. Hugh. 7th Lord 50. 71 

Somanauk Ladies' Quartet 145 

Sons of Benjamin (Bible) 9 

Sorn Castle 74 

- Manor 74 

South Mountain, Battle of 340 

Southworth. Mrs. E. D. E. N 59. 176 

" Sower, The" 186 

Spain, War with 122 

Spauiding. Alfred Matthias 292 

- Dr. Alfred 292 

- George Atherton 292 

- Hannah Eddy 292 

- Helen Hookaday ?92 

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Spauldiug Uouora 292 

- Mary Seaton 292 

- Rebecjca Wentworth 292 

- Samuel Seaton 292 

Spaulding & Ivory Furnace 164 

Spelling the Family Name, 7, 17. 36, 37 

Sperry, Sarah 142 

Spettigue, Joseph 321 

- Mary HeUyar 321 

Sprague, Daniel J 173 

- Elwin Delay 173 

Spriggs, Benjamin. Major 122 

- Jane E 122 

Stable at Bethlehem, The 84 

Stafford, Sheriff 317 

Stanfield, Hendrick 372 

Stanford, Senator Leland 373 

Stanley, Andrew 263 

- David 263 

- Ismenia 253 

- Jane 263 

- SaUy ...263, 264 

- Samuel Price 263 

- Samuel, m. Jennie Seaton, 239, 

244. 263, 264 

- W. E. (Governor ol Kansas). . 318 

Stanwix, Fort 126 

State Bank of Seaton. Ills 33, 361 

State Reform School, Topeka, Kans., 316 

St. Clair, Catharine 57 

- WiUiam 67 

Steam Engine. The 321 

Steele, Belle 287 

- Carrol M 324 

Steffen. Alfred 147 

- Mrs. Alfred 147 

Stenbeck. Mrs. Joan 299 

Stephens. Abigail 267 

Stephen.son, Edith Gertrude 321 

- George 321 

- Rev. J. 158 

Steriing. Rev. C. G 178 

Steven.s. Andrew 265 

- Col. Edward 247 

- Elizabeth 240 

- Jesse 255 

- John 266 

- Nancy 266 

- Patty 265 

Steven.son, Rev. Joseph 64 

Stewart, Charles 92 

- Ella 184 

- Francis 92 

- John 63 

- Lady Margaret 63 

" Margaret 92 

Stewart, Mary 182. 183, 211 

- Maud 147 

- Rebecca 248 

- Robert, Duke of Albany 63 

- Steward or Stuart 40 

StiU, Sarah Ann 348 

Stilson, Adeline Russell 353 

- Rev. A.C 353 

Stine, Mr 360 

"St. Joseph Gazette" 138 

St. Louis Medical College 266 

Stoneman, General 251 

Stone River, Battle of 316 

*' Stories, A Group of College " 39 

Stout, Amy 269 

- Fannie 285 

- James 269 

- James 2d 269 

- Martha J 182 

•* Strangers. The Black" 46 

Strathfillan 49 

Stretton, Benjamin 172 

- NelUe LouLse 172 

- Nina Claire 172 

Struthers, Dorothy 330 

Stuart, Alan 62 

- Elizabeth 93 

- General G. H Ill 

- John. 2d Earl of Tanquair 93 

- Mary Queen of Scots,40,70,76, 82, 86 
Stuarts of Scotland, 37, 40 63. 65, 68, 

89, 104, 236, 237 

Students' Cooperative Association. . . 226 

•• Student's Herald, The" 226 

Studleigh, Estates at 107 

Studyoin, W. M 249 

Sturtevant farm 127 

St. Vincent's Hospital 98 

Summer. Charles 333 

- Hepzibah 333 

- Sarah E 333, 334 

Summit Home 266 

Sumter. Fort 291, 302, 317, 388 

Sunday Traveling 116 

Supporters, in Heraldry 28 

Surnames 39, 40. 43 

Swamp Fires 154 

Sweeney, Joseph A 283 

Sweet, Catharine 254 

Swem, Edward 137 

Swift Packing Co 147, 316 

Swimming the Mississippi 273 

Swinburne, Algernon Charles 48 

Syme, Captain 247 

- Colonel 107 

- Mrs. Sarah 107 

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Table of Contents 20 

•• Tales of a Grandfather" 37 

Tanner, Rev. George C 208 

Tanning Leather 151, 152 

Tartan. The Athol 349 

- The Scotch 31 . 

- The Seaton 349 

Tavern, Indian Chief 246 

Taylor^ Albert 139, 140 

- Charles De Bard 296 

- Colonel 105 

- Harry Seaton 342 

- Joseph 342 

"Taylor's Works" 66 

Taylor, Zacharlah 112 

- W. B., Jr 296 

Terry, Hattie 205 

- Richard Seaton 206 

- W.G. (M.D.) 164, 206 

Thanksgiving, The First in Ken- 
tucky 288 

"That Boy" 299 

Theatrum Orbis Terranim 32 

" The Castle of the Antilles" 299 

"The Christian Companion" 282, 283 

"The Dignity of Labor" 99 

"The Duke Decides" 391 

The Family in America 102 

" The Family of Seton" 93 

" The Herald of Freedom" 339 

"The Late War" 219 

"The Law and Practice of Heral- 
dry" 27, 30 

"The Queen's Quair" 85 

" The Ruins of Seton Chapel" 67 

Theory, Another 322 

"Thermodynamics of the Steam En- 
gine" 321 

The Tower in London 90 

Thirlstane, Lord, John Maitland 92 

This Book 9, 194, 275, 298 

Thomas, General 304 

- W. R 300 

Thompson (Prothonotary) 379 

Thum 138, 139 

Tilden. Samuel J 168 

TlUman, C. E 336 

'niton, Hon. Elvin 365 

- Mary 365 

- Mrs. Mary 365 

Time with his Scythe 84 

Tioga. The Steamer 179 

Toast, A., r 112 

Todd, Elizabeth 105 

Tonge, Rev. Frederick 209 

Toronto Collegiate Institute 100 

Torsach, Earl of 69 

"Toun," A 36, 45 

- of Seton 47. 59, 64, 65, 70, 71 

Trainer, Mr 361 

Trans-Mississippi Exposition 179, 210 

TraveUer, Elder A. D 311 

Traverse, The 180 

Tressure. in Heraldry 28. 30, 60 

" Tribune, The New York " 82, 99 

Trotter. Miss 367 

- Sarah Virginia 36» 

Tucker, Alice 269 

- James 269 

- Margaret 269 

- Nelson 26» 

- William 269 

Tufts, Ethel May 386 

Turner, Hon. R. W 214, 215 

TuthUl Charlotte E 318 

- Pardon T 318 

Tweeddale, Marquess of 93 

Twentieth Kansas Regiment 343 

Twiggs, Mrs. John 356 

Tyler, Aniel Louise 268 

- Cecil Guy 266 

- Charles Holland 267 

- Charles Thomas 263, 266 

- Charles Thomas 2d 265 

- Cheese Factory 152- 

- Cotta:?es 166 

- Daisy Eugeme 267 

- Edith Cruce 265, 26» 

- EUner Hocker 264.269 

- EnciU Ellis 268 

- Ida Maud 265 

- James Kenner 263, 264, 268 

- James Kenneth 268 

- James Seaton 264 268 

- Larkin Milton 264, 268 

- Lhekla 268 

- Louise Jane 263, 266 

- Lulu May 267 

- Mallie May 264, 268 

- Martha Josephine 263, 266 

- Milton William 263, 266 

- Milton William 2d 263, 266 

- Mips 166 

- Moses 263 

- Neva Blanch 265 

- Pearl EsteUa 267 

- Richard Seaton 263, 266 

- Samuel Ira 266 

- Samuel Lee 267 

- Samuel I^vi 263, 266. 267 

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Tyler, Sterling Price 264, 268 

- Sterling Price. Jr 268 

Tytler. The Historian 50 

Tytler's History 50 

Union Academy.. 163, 172, 174, 188, 206 

U. 8. Custom House 270. 271 

U. S. Express Co 171 

U. S. History Ill 

U. S. MiUtary Academy 117, 388 

U. S. Naval Academy 119 

U.S. Navy 115, 116. 119, 122 

U. S. Navy Yard 30. 257. 271 

U. S. Supreme Court 275 

University, Baker 216 

- Catholic 99 

- Kansas State 363 

- Northwestern 221 

- of Paris 64 

- of Rome 99 

- of St. Andrews 64 

- of Toronto 186 

- of Washington 99 

Urton. Mrs. Anna Theresa 315 

- William 315 

Valley Forge 253 

** Valleys of Virginia" 105 

Van Bolt, Elizabeth (Seaton) 310 

- - Henry 310 

Van Buren. Martin (President). 270. 278 

Vance School 216 

- Mr 352 

Vanderbilts of New York 356 

Vanderlln, John 379 

- Rebecca 379 

- Stephen 377 

Van Nostrand. D 321 

Van Rensselaer, Killian 389 

Vaughn, James 261 

Vera Cruz Battle of 316 

Vemeuil. Battle of 62 

Vesuvius. The Dynamite Ship 119 

Victoria, The Ship 328 

- Queen 373 

Villa et territorium de Seaton 32 

Village of Seton 59 

"Virginia Historical Magazine," 103, 

104. 387 

Virginia Land Patents 103 

"Visitations of Northamptonshire," 390 

Vogelberg, Clara 212 

Vulture, The Ship 325 

Wade. The James 167 

Wainwright, Captain Richard 119 

Wainwrlght, Maria Bache 119, 121 

- Richard 2d 119 

Waldeve, Aelina 46 

- 5th Earl of Dunbar and March, 46 

- Helen 46 

Waldo, Mr 131 

Walker, Dudley 367 

- Elizabeth 322, 323, 324 

- Frances 370 

- Harriet 327 

- William A 193 

Wall, Sara Bent 179, 210 

Wallace, B. F 253 

- Cornelia 161, 204 

- Joseph 286 

- Richard 286 

- Sir William 44. 48 

Walter, Steward of the Household . . 40 

War, Black Hawk 249 

Warburton, Fort Ill 

War, Cuban 305 

- Department 167, 166, 247 

- of 1812, 111, 116, 123, 126, 142. 

149, 158, 286, 367 

- of Independence in Scotland ... 48 

- Peninsular 328 

1 - of the Rebellion — see Rebellion. 

I - of the Revolution, 115, 116, 149, 

' 157. 246, 254, 325, 345, 389 

- with Mexico 316,388 

- with Spain 122 

Ware, Miss 335 

"Warranties of Land" 366, 389 

Warre, Lord De la 108, 392 

Warren, Rev. Mr 383 

Warren Lodge 375 

Warriors, Prohibition 216 

Washington, Bailey 104 

- Guards Ill, 117 

- Momuqent Society 112 

- Records 157, 247 

Wasson, Amia 241 

- Elizabeth 241 

- John 241 

- John 2d 241 

- Martha 241 

- Mary 241 

- Samuel 241 

- Thomas 241 

- WiUiam 241 

Waters. S. 1 140 

Watkins. John 37, 85. 103 

Watson, Jennie 262 

Watts. Almira 381 

- Jennie 381 

- Loring 381 

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Watts, Oscar 381 

Waynesboro, Battle of 315 

Webster. Daniel 18, 113, 134, 290 

- Noah 134 

Welch, Eunice 284 

- lawyer 296 

- Mrs., n6e Ora Butler 296 

Weldon Railroad. Battle of 194 

Wellman, Captain Andrew T 305 

- Matilda 302 

- Sarah Elizabeth 305 

Wellesley College 309 

Wells-Fargo Express Co 376 

Wesleyan Business College 220 

*' Western Watchman, The" 99 

West, John 108, 193, 392 

- Mrs. John 108. 392 

- Sarah 192. 392 

- Thomas 108 

- WUliam R. 4 Co 193 

Westminster College 378 

West Point Military Academy. . .117, 388 

West Point. Virginia 107 192 

Wemyss Family 67 

- and March, Earl of 67 

Wharam, Joseph 333 

- Mrs. Susannah 333 

Wharton's Cavalry Corps 267 

" What Cannot be Cured" 8 

What is History? 78 

Wheeler, General Joseph 316 

Where We Connect 7 

Whiffen, Isaac 324 

- John 324 

- Mary B 323, 324 

Whipple. Bishop 168 

Whltaker. Vema 305 

Whlttaker, Blaney 258 

- Grafton 268 

- John 258 

- Kenner 258 

- Levi 258 

- Levi 2d 258 

- Mary 258 

White, Captain James M 167 

- Jennie 167 

- Jennie. The Vessel 161 . 167 

- JuUaA 155 

- Rev. Dr 97 

Whithorn, Bishop 65 

Whltmore, Belle 146 

Whitney farm 127 

Whittelsey, Charles B 96 

"Who's Who" 39 

*' W^io's Who In America " 39 

Wipjfin, Jesse 267 

Wiggln, MyrUe May 267 

Wilcox, Charles 132 

- Clement 131,132 

- Dorothy 131, 132. 181, 184 

- General 302 

- George 132 

- Hiram 132 

- Mary 132 

- Millie 132 

- Miranda 132 

- Susan 132 

- Warren 132 

"Wild .\nimals I Have Known" 101 

Wiles, Miss 306 

Wilkinson, Albert 153 

Williaui I., The Conqueror 44, 47 

William VII.. Earl Marischal 93 

WlUiam 111. (King) 104 

- The Lion (King) 46 

Wilhlte. Elvira 305 

- Frederick 301 

- Lafayette 305 

- Nancy 248. 250. 251 

- Susan 371 

Williams, Peari H 268 

Williamson. Francis Marion 370 

- Kitty 370 

- Ozy Broyles 369 

- Sarah Elizabeth 370 

- Smith Reeves 370 

Will of Samuel Beaton 276 

WiUis, Mary J 370 

WiUy, Rev. A. L 382 

Wilson, Clara 149 

- Creek, Battle of 264, 268 

- Rev. R 382 

Wilton House 322 

Windham College 39 

Whig, Almira W . ... 142. 143, 186, 186 

- Deborah 142 

- Thomas 142 

Winston, Mary 107,108 

- Samuel 107 

- Sarah 107 

- Stella 266 

Winter, William 70 

Winter's " Gray Days and Gold ".. . 70 
Wlnton. Alan de 36. 55, 56, 393 

- Earl of 93 

- 5th Earl of 60. 68. 69, 89 

- Henry de 56 

- House 64, 75. 92. 93 

- Lord George, 3d Earl 92, 93 

Wire Mills at Ansonia, Conn 334 

Wirt. William 356 

Wisconsin Senate 374 

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Woflord, Rachel 26b 

Woman's Christian .Temperance Un- 
ion 206 

Wood, Admiral Andrew 85 

- James Clyde 267 

- Harry 139 

- Peggy 239, 244. 253 

- Romeo 267 

- Samuel I.«onard 267 

- Rev. W alter 390 

- Thelma Pearl 267 

"Wood's Memoirs of Walter Prin- 

gle" 390 

Woodbum, Rev. B. F 342 

Woodcock, Adam 72 

Woodlawn Farm 266 

Woodsmall, Hezekiah 259 

Wooley house 162 

Woolfolk, Joseph S 308 

Womack, Mary 280 

Worrall, Annie 382 

- Florence 382 

- Hodgett F 382 

- James 382 

- Louise 382 

- Sarah 382 

- Thomas 382 

- William 382 

Worthington, Elizabeth 326 

- WlDiam A 326 

Wreck at the Isle of Sable . . 238, 239, 246 

- at sea, A 279 

Wright, SophU 384 

Wyland School. The 217 

Wjrman, Joshua 263 

- Mary 263 

- Stanley 263 

" Wyman's Record of Families" 246 

Wynton, Henry de 56 

Wyvem, The 29, 38 

Yancey, Col. William Lowndes 110 

York Rangers 185 

Young Guards. The 111. 117 

- James N 334 

- Mrs. Martha 334 

Zeller, Rev. J. C 252 

Zenor, Amanda 249 

- Amanda 2d (Cecil) 249 

- Ann (Patterson) 249 

- ArdeUa 249. 252 

- Betsy 249 

- Harvey 249 

- Henry 249 

- Housen K 249, 262 

- Jacob 249 

- James 249 

- John 249 

- Levi 249 

- Mary 249 

- Pritchard 249 

- Squhre 249 

- WllUam 249 

- Wyiiam2d 249 

Zinks. Barby 247, 260 

Zinser, Rev. L. F 252 

Zouaves. Thirty-fourth United States, 131 

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