About James Seaton, Sr
HISTORY: Book; SEATON-ZENOR 929.273 SE18N, 1983
P. 121-123 Plus much more
Several theories have been advanced as to the origin of the name Seaton; one
is that the family lived in a town by the sea, hence Seatown or Seaton. There
are villages in both Northern England and Southern Scotland bearing the name
Seatown. Likewise, historical records in the Scottish lowlands and in the North
of England contain many Seatons (including Seton, Sefton, Seyton, etc.).
One of the earliest "Seatons" of record was Alexandre de Seton, a descendant
of a family living in the village of Sai, Normandy in the 11th century.
According to Scottish History a descendant of this Alexandre, Sir Christopher
of Seton, Married a sister of Robert The Bruce (King Robert I of Scotland).
Numerous Seatons are listed in the Parish records of several of the English
and Scottish counties, especially in the Scottish border Country
(Northumberland and Cumberland, Eng and the Southwest Scotland Counties), and
also in Devon, Durham and Yorkshire. It is likely that the Seatons of
Virginia were descended from one or more of these families, but until such time
as the identity of the immigrant can be established , there is no hope
of tracing the families English or Scottish forbears.
Some of the early DAR Lineages, as well as certain 19TH century family
Histories, claimed that Howson Kenner Bonum Seaton's father, James Seaton Jr.
was a descendant of Ulster Scots who came to Massachusetts in the 1720's. Now
With the availability of many records which were not then available, this
supposition has been disproved. There is extensive docunmentation, numerous
reliable Virginia sources to prove that Howson's father James was a third
generation Virginian. The James Seaton of Andover, MA who has been
mistaken for James,Jr of MA. 1748 Elizabeth Robinson. their daughter
Elizabeth, B. 1750, in Andover, MA M. Ebeneezer Ellenwood. The Seaton family
later moved to Amherst, NH where James appears in the tax records. So far as
is known, James lived in New England for the remainder of his life
Among the earliest records of The Virginia Seatons, are;
1. From Hotten Ship arrival Records, "John Seaton, Age 19, London to
America on 'Globe' 6 Aug. 1635"
2. From Early families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky, By William
C. Kozee, "John Seaton was the first of the name to come to America.
He Apparently was a son of Sir David Seaton of Parbroath.
and came from London to Virginia 7 AUG 1635." No documentation is
provided to prove the relationship between John and Sir David, and
Parboath cannot be located in current atlasses, so the statement must
be considered questionable.
3. John Camden Hotten in The Original Lists of Persons of Quality
1600-1700, quoting from St. James Parish records, Barbados, Lists a
Seaton family, including a John Seaton who was buried there 22 Feb
Unfortunately, None of the above have been established as ancestors of James
Seaton, Jr. A more likely ancestor is George Seaton who appears in a number
of early records. In 1662, George Seaton and Thomas Morris patented 6,000
acres of land on the Potomac River in what is now Stafford County, not far
from the present Quantico Marine Corps Base ( IN 1662, Stafford Co. was a part
of Westmoreland Co.). George Seaton was appointed Executor to the will of Hugh
Deville in Gloucestor Co. in 1673, but he declined at the time of probate of
the will in Oct. 1680. A Balyy Seaton of Gloucestor Co., probably a descendant
of George is mentioned in a Gloucestor Co. deed in 1744.
No.1 of the proven Seaton line, James Seaton, Sr. (1690-1744), was md. twice,
etc. solid docunementation concerning the family of James Seaton, Sr., James,
Jr.'s father is found in the register of St. Paul's Parish, Stafford Co. VA.
which contains birth, marriage and death-burial records of no less than 17
Seatons two of the names have been identified with the family of James Seaton,
Sr. The two unidentified ones are:
(1) Isaac Seaton , Died 10 Dec 1725
(2) Elizabeth Seaton M. 23 Apr 1726, John Lowery
HISTORY: From: "Kin of My Grandchildren" by Noble Kieth Littell: Chapter 2
Mary Elizabeth Curry and Rodham Seaton
The surname Seaton is found in early Scottish records but we have not
established a proven link to our particular line of Seatons. The earliest
progenitor authenticated in our Seaton ancestry is James Seaton of
Northumberland and Fauquier counties in Virginia. He was born about 1690. He
was a member of the Church of England, married twice, and had four children by
each wife. The mother of the first four chidren was Frances whose surname we
have not ascertained. She died 12 December 1730 in St. Paul's Parrish,
Stafford County, Virginia. The second wife of James was Grace Clements.
James Seaton (II) was born in 1723 of the first marriage. He was born in
Stafford County, Virginia. He married a lady also named Frances, and whose
surname has not been discovered. She died following the birth of their
only child, John Seaton. James married Elizabeth Kenner in 1749. She was born
in 1731 in Prince William County, Virginia the daughter of Howson and Margaret
Richard Kenner emigrated from England to Virginia before 1637 and settled
in Lower Norfolk County. He died in 1649. His son Captain Richard Kenner, Jr.
was born in 1635. He was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1688,
1691 and 1692. He married Elizabeth Rodham, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth
(Lee) Rodham and grandaughter of Hugh and Hannah Lee. They were the parents of
seven children. Their fourth-born, Francis Kenner, married Hannah Howson, and
they became the paternal grandparents of Elizabeth Kenner.
Colonel George Eskridge was the maternal grandfather of Elizabeth Kenner.
He was born in Lancashire, England and died in Westmoreland County, Virginia
25 November 1735. He married Rebecca Bonum, daughter of Samuel and Magaret
(Philpot) Bonum. Colonel Eskridge was reportedly shanghaied in his youth while
walking along a wharf in England about 1670, brought to America and sold as an
indentured servant. When his term expired he returned to England, studied law
and came back to Virginia.
He was a member of the House of Burgesses for many of the sessions from
1704 through 1734. George Washington was undoubtedly named for him. Douglas
S. Freeman so stated in his biography of Washington, Vol. I, pp 43-45, 47.
Mary Hewes -- the mother of Mary Ball and of Mary's older half-sister,
Elizabeth Johnson who married Samuel Bonum-- named Colonel Eskridge as the
guardian of Mary Ball. He served in this capacity from the time Mary was 13
years old until she married Augustine Washington. Mary Ball was reared in the
home of Colonel Eskridge and her marriage to the father of the "Father of our
Country" took place from our ancestor's home. It was George Eskridge who held
their first born as he was christened George Washington. A highway marker near
Sandy Point attests to this fact.
Freeman commented that Colonel Eskridge was a lawyer of distinction, a
land specualtor of skill, and a gentlelmam of character. He was the father of
six chidren by his first wife he married second, Elizabeth Vaulx, and was the
father of a seventh child.
James Seaton (II), Elizabeth and children moved from Fauquier County,
Virginia before 1754 when they were in that part of Fairfax County that is now
Loundon County; thence to that part of Frederick County, Virginia, which in
1777 became Berkeley County, (West) Virginia.
James was a lieutenant of Fauquier County Militia in 1760 and 1761. The
Berkeley County court appointed him a justice on 15 May 1772, and a constable
on 17 August 1773 (Minute Bk 1, p. 1) Before the end of the Revolutionary
War they migrated to Muddy Creek in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
Rodham Seaton, son of James and Elizabeth (Kenner) Seaton was born about
1757 in Fairfax County, Virginia. He married Mary Elizabeth Curry in what was
the Ketucky County, Virginia on 13 August 1787. The marriage was bonded by
Griffin Tillis and performed by Minister John Whitaker.
On 1 October 1799 Rodham purchased 100 acres from Alexander Breckinridge
on "Seaton's Run" in what was by that time Jefferson County, Kentucky and, on
3 November 1802, another 100 acres from Jane Breckinridge, widow of Alexander,
on the east side of Floyd's Fork adjoining the first purchase.
Rodham Seaton made his will on 4 January 1804 and died later in the same
year, in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
WILL: from SMS,p. 1.. Stafford Co., VA Will on p. 407, 1729-48 Book.
In James' will, he devised that all his household goods be sold and the money
to be allocated and applied to the proper use of his kyounger children, John,
George, Jane, and William SEATON. His son James and daughter Frances had
previousely received something and the younger children were to receive equal
value and balance to be divided equally between all the children. To John he
gave land, but his negroes, Stry, Stephen, Ddick, Tom, Peter, Ross, Bock,
Sarah, Harry (illegible), Samuel, Benjamin, Judy, Ned, Joseph, James, George,
Will, Tom (bot. of Chas. ASHTON) and Franky were to be divided among the
children. The executors were his wife Grace and son James, "only requiring
that son James, in xase my wife intermarry with another man, to take care that
my younger children, John, george, Jane, and William SEATON be not abused - in
that case, James to take them with their effects into his care and custody."
The witness to his will were David STEWART, Henry WASHINGTON and Nathanial
WASHINGTON, The will presented in court by Grace SEATON and James SEATON 9 Oct
ORGANIZATIONS: SMS, p. 1 James was a member of the Church of England.
RESEARCHER: Scott Seaton.."Seaton Genealogy: Descendants of James
Seaton of Fauquier County Virginia" by Scott Montgomery Seaton, Compiler 1992
List of 102 references. Complete Index. Will refer to this publication as
From: "Sonia Metelsky" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Seaton Genealogy
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 03:27:08 +0000
I noted that each of you entered information on Mary Ella Seaton and Samuel J. Smith in the Ancestry World Tree Project. I have some updated data on the Seatons, which I am attaching.
I would be interested in more information on Samuel J. Smith. How did you determine he is from Iowa? Mary Ella's mother was Annie Smith Seaton, who was born in Virginia. I had guessed that Samuel was a relative of Annie's.
Thanks for your help.
Sonia Seaton Metelsky
SEATON GENEALOGY: DESCENDANTS OF JAMES SEATON OF STAFFORD COUNTY, VA
26 July 2003
Compiled by: Sonia SEATON METELSKY
5315 Yorktown Road
Bethesda, MD 20816-2843
INFORMATION SOURCES: DAR (Mrs. Layton's research), National Archives Census records, Library of Congress, Lloyd House, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia State Archives, County Courthouse Records (Virginia: Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Fredericksburg City, King George, King William, Lancaster, Loudoun, Orange, Prince William, Rappahanock, Stafford, Northumberland, Spotsylvania, Warren, Westmoreland; West Virginia: Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson); cemetery records; newspapers; family bibles, oral and written history; "SEATON Genealogy" compiled by Dr. Scott SEATON; information from William Anderson HAGEY, Thomas D. KATHEDER, Esq., Ramonetta GAIN PHILLIPS, Tim and Donna AYNESWORTH, Mary KEYS MCCOY, Barbara MUSE; LECKEY, Howard L., The Tenmile County and Its Pioneer Families; Social Security records; SEATON FAMILY ASSOCIATION cousins, including Rodney Lee SEATON, Daniel Lynn SEATON, Fran WALLNER, Peter M. WALLNER, Don HYDE, Jim HYDE, et al; Ancestry.com cousins Marjorie Ellen SEATON O'DONOGHUE ELKINS, Howard W. SEATON, Willis Arnold FINCHUM, Arvine CARTER, Kenneth M. LAKEY, Shirley GILLELAN; Washington Post Obituaries.
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Ann GOCHENOUR MAXFIELD for supplying me with reams of research documents and notes; to my late Aunts: Olive SEATON JONES, Anna SEATON COWGILL BROWNE, and Sylvia SEATON MOORE, for sharing their SEATON/GOODE research notes and family Bible information -- and most of all to my sister, Shirley SEATON BRUMBAUGH, for going on adventurous "ROOTS" trips with me (and sometimes with Johnny METELSKY and Jennifer BLAKE BICE) in search of our ancestors! -------------------- From ancestry.com:
Birth: about 1690, in St Paul's Parish, Stafford, Virginia.
Death: 20 Sep 1744, in St Paul's Parish, Stafford, Virginia.
Ancestry: James Seaton, Jr. is likely a third generation Virginian and the son of George Seaton.
Religion: James was a member of the Church of England.
The first authenticated individual of the Seaton line, James Seaton, Sr. (1690-1744), is found in the register of St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia. The documents contain birth, marriage and death-burial records of no less than 17 Seatons.
HISTORY: From: " Mary Elizabeth Curry and Rodham Seaton:
The earliest progenitor authenticated in our Seaton ancestry is James Seaton of Northumberland and Fauquier Counties, Virginia. He was born about 1690. He was a member of the Church of England, married twice, and had four children by
Marriage 1: Frances MNU, b: about 1694 in ,,Virginia. She died 12 Dec 1730, in St. Paul's Parish, Stafford Couny, Virginia.
Married: About 1716 in Virginia.
Children of James Seaton, Sr. and Francis MNU Seaton:
1. Jane Seaton.
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2. Frances Seaton, b: 1719 in St Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.
3. James II Seaton, b: 1723 in , Stafford, Virginia.
4. George Seaton.
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Marriage 2: Grace Clements
Married: 11 Mar 1730/1731, in St Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.
James Seaton and Grace Clements Seaton are said to have had four children.
1. George Seaton.
2. Jane Seaton.
3. William Seaton.
4. Name unknown.
THE WILL OF JAMES SEATON: Stafford County, Virginia Wills, p. 407, 1729-48 Book.
In James' will, he devised that all his household goods be sold and the money to be allocated and applied to the proper use of his younger children, John, George, Jane, and William Seaton. His son James and daughter Frances had previousely received something and the younger children were to receive equal value and balance to be divided equally between all the children.
To John he gave land, but his negroes, Stry, Stephen, Dick, Tom, Peter, Ross, Bock, Sarah, Harry, (illegible), Samuel, Benjamin, Judy, Ned, Joseph, James, George, Will, Tom (bought of Chas. ASHTON) and Franky were to be divided among the
The executors were his wife Grace and son James, "only requiring that son James, in case my wife intermarry with another man, to take care that my younger children, John, George, Jane, and William Seaton be not abused - in that case, James to take them with their effects into his care and custody."
The witness to his will were David Stewart, Henry Washington and Nathanial Washington.
The will was presented in court by Grace Seaton and James Seaton 9 Oct 1744.
From Local History of Greene County and Southwestern Pennsylvania by Andrew J. Waychoff.
1810 White households with others
Dunkard = Stephen Gapen 2, William Graham 1, John Boreman 1
Franklin = Samuel Caldwell 1, William Hunter 1, William T. Hays 2, Mathias Roseberry 2
Morgan = James Hill 1
Whitely = Daniel Jones 1, William Gapen 2
Greene = William Hudson 1, James Hyde 1, John Jones 1, Berton Lewis 1, John Minor 2, Noah Minor 2
Jefferson = Thomas Hughes 1, James Seaton 1
Cumberland = Charles Swan 2, Jay Thompson 1
Total 32 others living with white heads of households.
Kin of My Grandchildren" by Noble Kieth Littell: Chapter Two.
James Seaton's Timeline
March 11, 1731
Stafford, Virginia, USA
October 9, 1744
Virginia, United States
September 20, 1774
St. Paul's Parish, Stafford, Virginia, United States
St Paul S Paris, Stafford CO, VA
Stafford, Virginia, USA
Stafford, Virginia, USA