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View Tree for James SeatonJames Seaton (b. September 1720, d. 1823)

James Seaton (son of Donald Seaton and Jannet Menzies) was born September 1720 in Blair Atholl, Perth, Scotland53, and died 1823 in Limestone Co., AL54. He married Fanny Bozzle on date unknown.

 Includes NotesNotes for James Seaton:
James Seaton was born in Scotland in 1720. He was a very handsome youth. A lady took him to her home in Edinburgh and educated him because of her admiration of his beauty. Finally, he disappeared from Edinburgh and went to America. He was living in Pennsylvania when he enlisted as a Revolutionary War soldier. He went to Virginia around 1760 where he settled around Stafford County.

In 1760, James was living in Stafford County, which was the birthplace of his son, Benjamin. (DAR Application of Helen Seaton Labry, DAR Nat No 533650.)

In 1791, James was listed as owning 200 acres in Greene County, TN on the north side of the French Broad River. This list was developed at the request of President George Washington, through his Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, to determine how many settlers were in the western lands given back to the United States by the State of North Carolina in 1789. (North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee 1778-1791, by Cartwright and Gardiner, p. 53.) James was possibly a Revolutionary War soldier who used scrip issued in payment for his services with which to buy his land.

Notes for James Seaton and his sons and daughters:

Botecourt County, VA, October 10, 1783...James Montgomery to Michael Kimberland Consideration 10 shillings. 37 acres head of Roaring Run Branch of James. Witnesses: Moses Bennett, James Seaton, Malcom Allen. (It should be noted that Moses and Bennett are prominent Seaton names.)

Montgomery County, VA, 1787...Tax records show James Seaton and Benjamin Seaton. It also shows James as having left that county without paying taxes. There is also a marriage record for Moses Seaton.

State of North Carolina, Washington County, August 18, 1787, No. 2910. To the surveyor of said County Greeting, you are hereby requested to measure and lay off Aline (word) to said two hundred acres of land for Rebeckah Carter joining Owen Owens line of the land where H. P. Owens lives on the water of Nolichucky River. Given under my hand of office. This 7th day of November, 1787. (signature?)

File No. 1072; County: Green; Name: Sutton James; Acres: 200; Grant No. 915; Issued December 26, 1791, Warrant No. 2910 Entry No.____; Entered 17 August 1787, Book No. 77, Page No. 247, Location on the north side French Broad River and north side Dumplin Creek. In Pursuance of a Warrant to me directed of No. 2910 I have surveyed August 17, 1787 two hundred acres of land for James Seeton by virtue of a Double Warrant. Situated in Green County and bounded as follows (Viz) lying on the North side of the French Broad River and the North side of Dumplin Creek on Dumplin Ridge beginning at a Black Oak thence one hundred eighty two poles to a post Oak thence North one hundred and ninety poles to a stake thence South eighty-three degrees past a post Oak, one hundred eighty-three poles to beginning.
Seal o's equal parts to the mich?
George Doherty Stuart D.S.
C.B. Jno Amonet Adam Michefor Taylor

Rebecah Carter
200 Acres-No. 2910. I sign over the authorized warrant to James Seaton and his heirs for value re.d
Issac Taylor for Rebecah Carter, March 21, 1789

North Carolina, 1791...James Seaton received a North Carolina land grant (2506) for 200 acres in Greene County, TN (later Jefferson County, TN) on the north side of the French Broad River. He sold this land in 1794.

1792, Greene County, TN...James Seaton, Benjamin Seaton, Tax list 1792.

1794, Greene County, TN
Warranty Deeds, Book B, pg. 126-127. This sixth day of May 1794 James Seeton of the County of Jefferson and territory on the south side of the Ohio...hath sold to Spencer Wilson of the County and Territory aforesaid...for and in consideration of the sum of Ninety Eight pounds...Ninety Eight acres of land it being part of a tract of Land containing two hundred acres...on the North side of French Broad River and on the north side of Dumpling Creek on Dumpling Ridge. (Beginning at the North East Corner at a black oak thence South one hundred and sixty poles to a pine thence West Eighty Eight poles to a stake thence North twenty four degrees West Seventy four poles to a Stake thence South thirty nine degrees East to the Beginning. (Registered 1 August 1794) Witnesses: Frederick and Susannah Fulkerson.

Warranty Deeds, Book B, pg. 211-212. The 27th of June 1794... James Seaton of the Western Territory and County of Jefferson... hath sold to James Thompson... for the sum of Sixty pounds...a certain tract of land containing forty nine acres... on the North side of French Broad River on the waters of Dumplin Creek a part of a tract of land containing two hundred acres that the said James Seaton obtained by a grant...(Registered 12 March 1795) Witnesses: John Frazer/John Chambers.

Warranty Deeds, Book B. pg. 133-135. This twenty eighth of June 1794...James Seaton of the County of Jefferson and Territory south of the Ohio...hath sold to John Frazier of the County aforesaid for and in consideration of twenty five pounds...a... tract of land containing fifty one acres, one and a half the county aforesaid on the north side of French Broad River it being part of a tract of land containing two hundred acres surveyed and deeded for the said James Seaton and said part lying on the waters of Tuckyhoe... (Registed 29 September 1794) Witnesses: Edward Seabourn/Jonathan Basell.

Roane County, TN...1805 tax list shows a James Seaton Sr., James Seaton Jr., and Moses Seaton.
Deed Book B, pg 219, 18 April 1805. Moses Seaton to James Seaton both of County of Roane, TN 97 acres on the north side of clinch river opposite the mouth of Hickory creek...

Deed Book B, pg 208-209. Moses Seaton of Roane County, my son James Seaton of the aforementioned County and State...all my right and title of the plantation that I now live on and also...cattle, sheep, hogs, furniture, etc., signed: Moses Seaton. Witnesses: William and Richard Richards. Dated 13 June 1806, registered 14 January 1807.

Deed Book B, pg 216. 15 January 1807...James Seaton and Moses Seaton both of the County of Roane, TN. To Francis Erwin of the County and State aforesaid...60 acres on the north side of Clinch River. Signed Moses Seaton and James (X his mark) Seaton. Witnesses: Sterling Camp and William Brown. Registered 25 November 1807.

James Johnson entered 31 August 1807, 20 acres on the north side of Clinch River including the improvement whereon Moses Seaton now lives.

Madison County, AL, 1809...Census lists James Seaton, 2 males under 21, one male over 21, 3 females under 21, one over 21. In Madison County, AL, 1810-1818, there was James Seaton, Moses Seaton, George Seaton, Sr. and George Seaton, Jr. The James Seaton, Sr. in Roane County, TN could be the father of Benjamin Seaton.

Madison County AL, 1809...Census lists Moses Seaton, 6 males under 21, 3 females under 21. Permission for land 1809/1810...James Seaton, Moses Seaton. 1810 Census (Tax List)...James Seaton, George Seaton, Sr., Moses Seaton. 1811 Tax List...James Seaton, George Seaton, Sr., George Seaton, Jr., Moses Seaton.

November 8, 1811...James Seaton (Deed) to Fanny Bozzle (See 1820 Limestone County Census) and the five children now living with her: *Henry, *Solomon, Levi, William, Ryan...4 horse, 3 head of cattle, all his hogs, farming utensils and household furniture. Proved 21 June 1815. (*February 17, 1819...Marriage: Henry Seaton to Clora Ashburn. Bond: Solomon Seaton.)
1830 Census, Lauderdale County, AL...Henry Seaton.
1812 Tax List: George Seaton, Sr.
1815 Tax List: George Seaton, Sr.

1816 Madison County, AL...Land Certificates James Seaton, Section 2, TWP 2, Range 1W, (Northern Madison County, on Tennessee Border); (Also receiving Land certificates (1812) were John Love and John Walker (See James Seaton son of Moses Seaton).
February 18, 1817... Estate Sale-Buyers-James Seaton, John Clem, Mason Clem.

1818 Madison County, AL, March 26, 1818...Land Certificate Moses Seaton (Seeton) Section 5, TWP 2, Range 1W;
1819 George Seaton, (1817) Section 4, TWP 2, Range 1W. George Seaton (16 January) Section 19, TWP 2, Range 3W.

Limestone County, AL:
1819-James Seaton-17 July (formally Madison County) Section 30, TWP 2, Range 3W.
1820-Census-Fanny Seaton-1 female over 21, 3 males under 21 (probably Ryan, Levi, William).
1820-Census-John Seaton- 1 male over 21, 1 female over 21, one under 21.

James Seaton's Will:
Limestone County, AL...3rd Monday in November 1823...Daniel Coleman, Judge.
It appearing to the Satisfaction of the Court that James Seaton Late of Limestone County died Intestate. It is therefore ordered by the court that Moses Seaton be appointed administrator of the estate of the said James Seaton deceased and that the entered into Bond with George Seaton and Daniel Moser his securities in the Sum of Six Hundred dollars for the faithful performance of his said administration and that he take oath prescribed by law which is done accordingly.

It appearing to the satisfaction of the court that James Seaton died (seized?) of the North East Quarter of Section No. 30 in Twp Nr. 2, Range 3W in the County of Limestone and that the personal estate of said deceased is insufficient to pay the balance eight installments now due to the Government of the United States for said land. It is ordered that the administrator of said James Seaton deceased sell said quarter section to the highest bidder on the promises of a credit of twelve months taking of the purchase. Bond is sufficient security for the purchase money and that he give 30 days previous of the time _____? Of to date by advertising at least at (thence?) public places in the county of record and that he make due return of Sale to this account.

Ordered by the court that Moses Seaton administrator of James Seaton deceased have _____? To sell the perishable of the said deceased and that he make a due return thereof to the (tax clerk?) of this court. Ordered that Westley (Maucollia?), Bryant Hensley and Henry Hensley be appointed appraisers of the estate of James Seaton Decd., That they make due _______return (thiniap?) to the next time of this court.

James Seaton, decd-An account of sale of a tract of land belonging to the estate of James Seaton deceased made by his administrator the 26th Day of January 1824, by, the NE one fourth of Section Nr. 30 in TWP Nr. 2 and Range 3West, bid off to myself at the sum of $55.00 and a credit of 12 months. I do certify that the above account of sale is just and correct.
Given under my hand this 13th day of July 1824......Moses Seaton, Administrator.

The State of Alabama, Limestone County, Court Clerks Office-The foregoing account of Sale of the Estate of James Seaton, deceased was delivered in at the office aforesaid the 13th day of July 1824 to the recorder which was duly done this 1st day of April 1825.


Seaton, James 1782 tax on 80 acres from New Grant (name sometimes written as Culton).

Seaton, Thomas-1803 Tax List-Grainger County, TN.

Greene County, TN, March 16, 1803-(page 311) Indenture John Bird and Richard Seten Both of Greene County, TN, 50 pounds pd, 53 1/2 acres on Horse Creek joining Bird's other lands and Philip Bird and Jacob Long, as well as Briant Breeden and Christopher Lotspeich lands. Wit: Christopher Lotspeich, Briant Breedons, Jacob Ling(?).

Greene County, TN, Jul 30, 1812. William Cates enters 35 acres in Jefferson County, between Dumplin and Tuckyhoe creek near James Seaton's old line.

Greene County, TN; Isiah Seaton and Jacob Seaton. Greene County, Tax List, 1783. (almost all were adults and veterans of Rev. war). [How are they related?]

Greene County, TN, Revolutionary War pensioner - 1818. William Seaton, age 92 (born 1726), drew pension in Greene County, TN. [How is he related?]

Greene County, Elizabeth Seaton married Elijah Wilhoit March 1, 1797 (born cir 1780?).

Montgomery County, VA, Moses Seaton married Rosanna Martin August 27, 1787; Benjamin Seaton, tax 1787; Tax List 1784-James Seaton (1). 1787 James Seaton moved before tax could be collected and destination undetermined.

Possible Lineage to James Seaton:

Some sources say that James had 19 children, possibly by more than one marriage, but records have not been found yet to verify this.

James Seaton-Born 1783 in VA. Married June Graham April 19, 1801 in Greene County, TN.
George Seaton (Jr.?) Born 1784 in VA. Married Elizabeth Graham February 15, 1804 in Greene County, TN.
John Seaton-Born ca. 1772 in VA. Married Sarah Bird on December 28, 1793 in Greene County, TN.
Moses Seaton-Born 1767.
Benjamin Seaton-Born 1768.
William Seaton-Born 1786?
Elizabeth Seaton-Born ca. 1780? Married E. Wilhoit in Greene County, TN in 1797.
Esiah and Jacob Seaton-Greene County, TN in 1782 tax list (born 1750's?).
William Seaton, age 92 (born 1726)-Revolutionary War pensioner-1818. Drew pension in Greene County, TN. (Brother of James). Lived on Looney's Mill Creek in 1790. Had a daughter, Frances, born 1782.
Rain (Ryan) Seaton-Brother of James?

The land mentioned in James' will, "Sec 30, Twp 2, Range 3W," is located east of Athens, AL and west of Sardis Springs on Highway 251 (8654'N 0000W).

More About James Seaton:
Census: 1809, Madison Co., AL.
Christening: September 16, 1720, Blair Atholl, Perth, Scotland.55
Land Grant: 1791, Greene Co., TN.
Military service: Revolutionary War.
Will: November 1823, Limestone Co., AL.56

More About James Seaton and Fanny Bozzle:
Marriage: Unknown

 Includes NotesMarriage Notes for James Seaton and Fanny Bozzle:
A few sources show Fannie Bozzle as the spouse of James Seaton. James' will mentions Fannie.

But other sources show Mary Samantha Herriot as James' spouse, which I question because James Wesley Seaton, great-grandson of James, is married to a Mary Samantha Herriot. So I wonder if there has been some confusion. Although, it is entirely possible that the first Mary Samantha Herriot had a granddaughter or great-granddaughter named after her. But I can only find references to the one born in 1844.

And I have also found a couple of sources that show two wives, Mary Samantha Herriot and Fannie Bozzle. But they have not been able to tell me how they verified their information.

Children of James Seaton and Fanny Bozzle are:
  1. +Moses Anderson Seaton, b. 1767, Stafford Co., VA, d. Aft. 1850, TN.
  2. +Benjamin Seaton, b. 1768, Stafford Co., VA, d. September 03, 1859, Chucky Horse Creek, Greene Co., TN57.
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