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Single Surname Study (all variant spellings)

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Re: Seagraves,Segraves

Posted: 1040333567000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1040335054000
Surnames: Segraves/Seagraves
Julie, it has been a whlie since you posted this, so it may not be of interest, but I have a large data base on the family name and am familiar with your John TR Seagraves. If you are interested, I can share what I have with you.
On he subject of spelling variations, I once wrote a short article on the Genealogy.com site about the variations in the Seagraves spelling. The short summary is that spelling does not matter in this research. All of us with any variant of the name come from the same general source. Our ancestors were not paticularly concerned about or even aware of, in some cases, how their surname was spelled by clerks, census takers and other such scribes. Only in recent decades have we focused on that detail.
Be careful of the "facts" from Jerry W. Segroves. There is no source or reference describing the exact origin of our family name. Neither is there a source which shows a Thomas DeSegrave being part of William the Conqueror's army. He is mentioned in the Domeday Book compiled in 1086 as a landowner in Leicestershire. We do not have a source for any particular immigration from England or Ireland of an early Seagraves. There are three 'branches' of the family dating from colonial times: North Carolina, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Only the MA branch has a genealogy that describes the original family from England.
I have more if you are interested.
Jim
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Paul Seegraves 1040704123000 
James F. Seagraves 1040749445000 
Paul Seegraves 1040789819000 
James F. Seagraves 1040918328000 
seagravesjf 1040333567000 
Julie 1040421857000 
Julie 1040421862000 
James F. Seagraves 1040664243000 
Julie 1059624230000 
James F. Seagraves 1059624609000 
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