Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Uncle Arnold and his daughter and his granddaughters

Arnold Seagraves with his daughter(Annette) and granddaughters
Pictures e-mailed to me by my sister Deanna.
*Thank you Deanna* Posted by Hello
Arnold's party was a smashing success, says my sister Deanna.
A few people stood up and made some nice speeches, and then Mike Seagraves stood up
said something too, then played his guitar and sang a song he wrote, for his Grandpa Arnold.
A few family members, had done genealogy studies, and had made a family tree,
and brought them.
(I like to have a copy, hint hint.)
And of course there was a wonderful meal, and then nice cake(yummy).
A lot of plans were made to visit one another, which is always good.
(We're family we should make an effort to keep in touch!)
And a lot of family members said, that they like to have a family reunion soon.
On a side note: I'm working on a family news letter,
and I will be sending out questionnaires soon;
to all the family members that I have address via snail mail,
and I may e-mail some as well.
If your a Seagraves family member, and would like to be on that list;
please leave your address here, this blog is connected
with my e-mail which I check almost daily.
Keep checking back, as I will post more on this later.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

My Uncle Arnold Birthday Party! Blowing out the candles!

Arnold's birthday Party!
My sister Deanna sent me these picture via e-mail.
*Thank you Deanna!*Posted by Hello
My Uncle Arnold Seagraves gets help from his Grand children,
in blowing-out his candles!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Segraves Family cemetery--destroyed

I have some sad news to impart, dear family.

The Waugh-Segraves family cemetery was destroyed in recent years. The cemetery was located in Wildersville-Yuma road in the old 9th District, Henderson County, Tennessee. The land is now owned by the Peterson family since 2003.

Did you notice the spelling of the family name? Segraves not Seagraves? That's because this cemetery dated back to as late as the late 1800. It's too bad it is gone now, so much information gone.

There has been an effort to save some of the names and dates from the cemetery.
Here are a few as follows:

Crabb, Susan P., 1832-1910

Laws, Martha "Patsy," 1814-26 Feb 1889
Husband#1: Sherrod Segraves
Husband#2: William Pitt Waugh
Husband#3: Benjamin Phillips
Husband#4: Stephen Thomason
Children: 1:Moses Segraves 2: William pitt
3: Joseph Phillip 4: Charles Phillips
( I guess Patsy was a little hard
on husbands?)

Segraves, Moses, 1832-1910
Father: Sherrod Segraves
Mother: Martha Laws

Philip, Benjamin 1787-?
Wife: Martha Laws
Children 1:Joseph Phillips
2:Charles Phillips

Stacy, Cyrena Elizabeth, 1843-1889
Husband #1: William Pitt Waugh, Jr.
Children 1: William Lee Waugh
2: James More Waugh
3: Mary Eliza Waugh
4: Joseph Edward Waugh
5: Martha Elisabeth Waugh
6: Joanna Waugh
7: Martin Louis Waugh
8: William Rupert Waugh
Thomason, Stephen

Thomason, Stephen
Wife: Martha Laws

Waugh, William Pitt Jr., 1844-1880
Father: William Waugh, Senior
Mother: Martha Laws
Wife: Cyrena Elisebeth Stacy
Children: 1: William Lee Waugh
2: James Monroe Waugh
3: Mary Elisa Waugh
4: Joseph Edward Waugh
5: Martha Elisebeth Waugh
6: Joanna Waugh
7: Martin Louis Waugh
8: William Rubert Waugh

The address to the sight is --

If I did this correctly It's a link, so click away!

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Arnold Seagraves turns 90

Arnold Seagraves Posted by Hello
I am pleased to announce:
that the senior member of my California branch of my family,
is having a birthday!
He was born on December 12, 1914.
He will be 90 years young!
Happy Birthday Uncle Arnold, and may you have many more birthdays!
Arnold Seagraves, is my Father Johnnie B Seagraves's second oldest brother, and both are from a family of eight children only one of which was a girl! My Aunt Regina.
Arnold came to California with the family in 1936, later he married his first wife Betty, and with her, he had his four beautiful children; Susan, David, Eli, and Annette. He worked very hard for his family, as a appliance repairman for Sears until his retirement.
Well, he thought he was retired! After a trip to his home state of Tennessee, he returned to Madera to visit his Mom(my Grandma) Hattie Seagraves. She (his mom)had started having fainting spell, and he and his sister Regina were--as well as the rest of the family--very concerned! After being rushed to the hospital, then then another trip to St. Agnest Hopital in Fresno; it was discovered it was her heart, and she would need a pacemaker. Arnold and his only Sister decided right then and there, to take care of their Mother themselves! After an unsuccessful stint as apartment managers, they decided to be mobile home managers, and settled into Vila Capri mobile home park. There they took turns taking care of their Mom, and the responsibility of managing the Mobil home park, for the next nine years! Until their Mother's death in 1985.
Arnold is fully retired, and now resides in Pleasanton California with his current wife.
His children are planning a wonderful birthday celebration for him.
I am sure "a good time will be had by all!"
Happy birthday Uncle Arnold!
Have a wonderful birthday!
I made a correction about the number, and names of Arnold's children.
On advice of David Seagraves, who is Arnold oldest son.
*Thank you David*

Monday, November 08, 2004

Sir John de Segrave

Sir John Segrave:
This I belive was taken from his tomb.
At his feet is his coat of arms lion,
but I'm not sure what's on his shoulders?
Sorta looks like a pig?
I'm sorry the image is so blury. The image was so light
You could hardly see it, and I did what I could with it! Posted by Hello

Different spellings of the name Seagraves

There are some 40 odd spellings of our name; some the name just got mis-spelled, usually because of the great many of the early Americans who were illiterate, and couldn't even spell their own name, and would leave a mark! Ususally an X, after someone else wrote their name as it sounded!
Here are some examples as follows:
(I'm assuming these last two are typo-os)
Which begs a question?
If Graves is actually Seagraves,
did my Grandmother who is a Graves
marry her cousin who was a Seagraves?
But since there are Graves
that are separate from the Seagraves,
maybe not! Anyway I hope not!
(Well anyway! You get the idea!)
There is also what I got called in school!:
My lest favorite

Friday, November 05, 2004

What's in a name? What does Seagraves mean?

I remember wondering since I was little, what does our name mean? Does it mean graves of the sea like my sister Deanna thought? Or does it mean something different?
I think I found the answer to this interesting question:

This next is according to James Seagraves, who has been doing research on our family name for years now. I will paraphase some of what he said, on the Seagraves Family Genealogy Forum. If you would like to read the quote in full, use your search engines and type in Seagraves Family Forum then click on the one marked genalogy.com. That should take you there!

The family name is based on the village of Seagrave or Segrave(the older spelling) in Leicestershire in the English Midlands. (I checked-yep, it's there!) He goes on to mention that the original meaning of the name of the town; is an old English reference to a grove original spelled grave--of trees by a bit of water, known as a Se or Sea.(hence the name Segrave)

It was more common in the middle ages for people not to have family names, as long as they lived in a small farming villages, where everyone knew everyone else. There were too few people to require such distinctions.
William was just William, unless there was two of them. As populations grew and towns became larger, it was nessary to distinguish people better to advoid confusion. William became William the Farmer or William the Mason. When someone left his town he would be known as William of Salisbury or William of Segrave. After the Norman invaded, then French was the lauguage of the rulers. The French version of the word "of" is "de" so he would have been recorded as William de Segrave. Many of our family were known as de Segrave in those early years.

The family described in detail in Charles W. Seagrave's book, "The Seagraves family 1066 to 1935" published in London in 1936, were the nobles and Lords of Segrave, and major landowners in Ireland. (Isn't that cool, we maybe Irish!) Other individuals who lived in the village of Segrave would have probably adopted the "de Segrave" name as well, and have ultimately been ancestors of many of us. Due to the normal lack of written records of the non-nobility, we are not likely to find much of these folks. (These people would have been the so-called "dirt realitives" to the landowners.)