Thursday, March 31, 2005

The first Segrave to move to Ireland is....

John Segrave son of I believe Thomas de Segrave of the baron line, and one of the lesser son who never was in line to recieve the title(darn the luck).

John Segrave moved to Limerick Ireland, and married Jennet Dungan in 1500. Jennet was from a family of Earls of limerick Ireland. John and Jennet's children inherited land and title through her.

Sorry this is all I have on them.

Segrave's in Finglas Ireland

In the Parish of Finglas is the remains of an Elizabethian house, and it bore the the arms of the Segrave family. It was built on the lands that had been granted in 1552 by Archbishop Hugh Curwen to James Segrave and Patrick Sarsfield.

In 1609 to John, son and heir of Walter Segrave, Walter Segrave had held the land and house some 15 years earlier.

For several generations the Segrave family had been very prominent on the Irish episcopal and judicial benches, and the commercial life of Dublin, where Walter Segrave and his father had both been Mayors of Dublin (Ireland folks). And Walter was also the sheriff of Dublin as well.

They both were alied to the Roman Cathlic church, but owing to thier "good and kindly dealings" with Englishmen, they enjoyed Archbishop Loftus's freindship, and through his wife, who was a sister of Walter Ball of Ballygall, Walter was closely allied to Protestants (in other words he had a foot in each camp).

Apparently this was quite a nice house! The chief apartments and the parlor, and the great bed-chamber were wainscoted, and some of the bed chambers were provided with cornices of wood from which tapestry was suspended. In the hall where the coat of arms of the Segrave impaled with those of those of Ball were carved, there was a high table at which the family took their meals seated on squar stools, and round the walls were ranged five court cup boards, on which plate and china were displayed.

Throughout the house much of the furnature included; 12 bedsteads, many coffers, one was bound with iron and locked with three keys for the keeping of deeds. And in many of the rooms were rugs, tapestries, canopies of silk or taffeta, curtains and valances of mockado or white stuff, and cushions covered with wrought-velvet or needlework.

On the walls were hung two calverts(paintings), head pieces, and halberts, as well as "the day of judgement in oil work" and "Christ and the twelve Apostles in tables," and in the palor a pair of virginals in a frame that bespoke the accomplishments of Walters Segrave's daughter.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

The very first Seagraves in America was.......

Reverend Francis Segrave born 1654 Ireland- died Jan 1725-27? Isle of Wight County, Virginia. Married to Lucretia in 1685. His occupation was minister, and appears in many important papers such as wills as a witness.

He is the common ancestor to all Seagraves in the south, with all various spellings of the name. Through his son William Segrave who had three wives and thirteen children, his descendents have spread through North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.

For more infromation: Sandra S. Day wrote the book Reverend Wm. Segraves & his descendents, but unforntunately it is out of print. Maybe if you live in the south you could find it in a county library, good luck & good hunting.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

My cousins in Tennessee!

I just wanted to give a big shout-out to all my cousins in Tennessee!

I've been in contact with my cousin Nelda Baldwin, and I wanted to post their family reunion picture here but I can't find it! So I'll have to post it later, sorry.

The neat thing about my cousin Nelda is that our grandfather's were brothers, and had family farms in Tenn. side by side. And my favoite cousin Ann (Seagraves) James, was her Auntie, and was named after her; her middle name Ann, is after Ann's first name. Cool huh?