Elizabeth Seaton Moore (Todd)
|Also Known As:||"Elizabeth Seaton", "Elizabeth Moore"|
|Birthplace:||Toddsbury, Ware Parish, Gloucester Co., VA|
|Death:||Died in Virginia|
|Place of Burial:||Chelsea Plantation, West Point, King William County, Virginia, United States|
Daughter of Capt Thomas Todd, Jr and Elizabeth Todd
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The Seaton family, with genealogy and biographies By Oren Andrew Seaton. Printed in Topeka, Kansas by Crane & Company, 1906.
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-place 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 Pentworth 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 Mattapony, 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 Elizabeth 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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Portrait credit and information:
THE COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG FOUNDATION
Colonial Williamsburg: THAT THE FUTURE MAY LEARN FROM THE PAST
Portrait of Elizabeth Todd Seaton Moore (Mrs. Augustine Moore)(?-after 1742) and Child
Attributed to: Charles Bridges (1670-1747)
Origin: America, Virginia, King William County
Unframed: 49 1/16 x 40 1/4in. (124.6 x 102.2cm) and Framed: 55 1/2 x 46 7/8 x 2 1/2in.
Oil on canvas
Acc. No. 1976-377
A three-quarter length portrait of a woman, seated, turned in three-quarter view towards the viewer's left, and holding a child on her lap. The woman wears a dark blue dress with elbow-length sleeves, the edges of a white shift visible at the elbow and neckline of the dress. Her long, dark brown hair is styled in two small curls at the temples, otherwise pulled back from her face and hanging loose. Her proper right arm crosses behind the child and rests on his/her far shoulder, her other hand extending a peach, which is grasped by both sitters. The child wears red shoes and a yellow dress over a white shift. His/her hair is fair. The upper left quadrant of the painting shows open sky and a wooded landscape. A red drapery behind the woman's figure fills the right side of the composition.
The 4-inch carved and gilded frame is original. It incorporates cutout trefoils at each corner. A sanded flat sets next the sight edge, which is ornamented with continuous low relief decoration. The outer, ogee curve of the front frame has three reserves on each side and two each on the top and lower members, the reserves alternating with scrolling, flowering vines that emanate from cornucopia-like devices. At center top and center bottom, the vines are gathered into a bar from which a fleur-de-lis emanates (in each case, pointed away from the portrait sitter). The outer edge of the back frame is carved in continuous low-relief ornament. The frame was conserved by J. H. Guttmann, New York, NY, in 1976. A file memo of 1 February 1994 indicates that the Forest Products Lab in Madison, WI, microscopically analyzed a sliver from the back of this frame, identifying it as Red Pine which, per Jon Prown, "suggests that the frame is British."
Label: Only scant, indirect evidence of Charles Bridges's artistic training and practice survives in his native England, and how he acquired his skills is unknown. Numerous canvases survive from the decade or so that he painted in Tidewater Virginia, however. Stylistically, these reveal his awareness of the work of Sir Godfrey Kneller or Charles Jervas, successive Principal Painters to the King.
Augustine Moore (ca. 1685-1743) was one of the wealthiest planters in the colony, his land holdings spreading over four counties including King William, where he erected Chelsea plantation. About 1714, he married the widowed Elizabeth Todd Seaton (?-after 1742), and they had at least three sons and two daughters. Spotty documentation of Bridges's travels and Moore family genealogy casts uncertainty on the identity of the child shown here. The portraits of the Moores retain their original frames, an extraordinarily rare and important survival.
[A thread in response to a question of relationship.]
There is no connection between these Augustines and the Col. Augustine Moore who married (his second wife) Elizabeth Todd. The ancestry of Col. Moore is unknown.
He is said to have been born in England c.1585. He emigrated to Virginia with his first wife, Mary Gage, c.1715. He settled in King William County where he built a house that he called "Chelsea". Mary died giving birth to their first child. The child also died.
Col. Augustine later married Elizabeth Seaton, the widow of Henry Seaton, but by birth the daughter of Thomas Todd.
I hope that some people will find this information useful. Martin Wood
Elizabeth (Todd) Seaton Moore's Timeline
Toddsbury, Ware Parish, Gloucester Co., VA
Virginia, United States
December 11, 1711
Gloucester, Virginia, United States
King William County, Virginia, United States
Chelsea, King William, Virginia