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Seagraves in Military Service


Our Seagraves ancestors served honorably in the military services of their countries and often enough in forces of rebellion.  There is hardly a major conflict in which one of ours did not participate.  Even though each person's specific military records are included with their biographic details, this section summarizes the actions of certain individuals whose military service records are better preserved and may be of more general interest.

The American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

Captain Edward Seagrave [born in England about 1722] was on "a muster roll of the Militia Company that marched from Uxbridge [MA] on the alarm on the 19th of April 1775, under the command of Capt. Samuel Read." "Service as a First Lieutenant for 7 days."

On a roll dated 25 Sep 1775 Captain Edward Seagrave served as a company commander in the 20th Regiment of Massachusetts Foot for 8 months.

Edward Seagrave is on "A Record of Officers, commissioned from 1776 to 1780."  He was commissioned as a captain of the 9th Company in the 3rd Worcester County Regiment on 30 Jan 1778.

Edward Seagrave is on a Pay Roll of a company in Col. Wade's Regiment with service as a Captain for 26 days from 12 Jul 1778.

Joseph Seagrave (son of Edward) [born in 1761] served as a fifer in Capt. Edward Seagrave's Company of Col. Read's Regiment for 8 months service.  Joseph would have been 14 years old in 1775.

Joseph was listed as a fife major in Capt. Benjamin Read's Company of John Rand's Regiment of new levies from the County of Worcester, raised for three months to reinforce the Continental Army and stationed at West Point.  Service was for 3 months and 7 days from 14 Jul 1780.

Joseph served as a fifer for 17 days from 2 Mar 1781 in Capt. Job Knapp's Company which marched to Rhode Island.

John Seagrave (also a son of Edward) [born in 1757] served as a Private in Capt. Benjamin Farrar's Company in Col. Benjamin Haws' Regiment "engaged in the secret  expedition in the Strait of Rhode Island in September and October 1777".


Jacob Seagraves, Sr. [born about 1763], deposed that "he enlisted in the N. C. Continental Line when he was about 16, and was enlisted by a man named Rush or Bush at Harrisburg in Granville County, [NC] and was returned to Capt. Goodman's Company, then marched towards Charleston, S. C., and on the way was engaged in battle at Utaw Springs, where Capt. Goodman was killed with many of his men, among whom were Thomas Sanders and Hutson Ray, who he knew very well. Then he was transferred to Capt. Roades Company, First Regt., and there continued until the end of the war, and was discharged by Capt. Roads at Camlin in South Carolina. He received monthly pay from a gentleman named Briton Sanders at Hillsborough some years after the end of the war, in two certificates. This Mr. Sanders he knew very well before the war in Wake County, and for some years after, and that Mr. Sanders stated he was entitled to 640 acres of land besides what he had already received." Jacob Hardin of Sumner County, Tenn. was his attorney. Deposition filed 6 Nov. 1824 in Maury County, Tennessee.

John Seagroves [born about 1761] On the 15th day of November 1820 personally appeared in open Court it being a Court of record for the County of Surry John Seagroves aged sixty years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration that he the said John Seagroves enlisted into the service of the United States on the 9th day of May in the year 1776 in the company commanded by Capt. Philip Taylor in the Sixth regiment commanded by Col. Gideon Sam'l of North Carolina line on Continental establishment, that he continued to serve in Service until 17th day of November 1778 when he was discharged in the State of New York at Kings ferry on the North River, that he was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown & Monmouth Court House and that he has in other evidence of his said service except[?] the affidavit of William Sintor which affidavit accompanys this declaration. And in pursuance of the act of Congress of the 1st of May 1820 he solemnly swears that he was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818, that he now resides in the County of Surry in the State of North Carolina and he has not since that time by gift, sale or in any other manner disposed of his property in any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring himself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval Service of the United States in the revolutionary war, passed on the 18th day of March 1818. And that he has not nor has any person in trust for him any property or securities, contracts or debts due him, nor has he any income other that what is ?. in the schedule hereto annexed & subscribed by him Sworn to in open Court.

Jacob Seagraves [born about 1744] enlisted in Capt. Summer's Company of the 1st Battalion of the North Carolina Line for 2 ˝ years.


War of 1812 [1812-1815]

Thomas Seagraves [born about 1782] on 20 Apr 1814 enlisted as a private soldier in the 44th US Infantry Regiment in Maury County, Tennessee.  Just after midnight on 20 Aug 1814, Thomas died along the Alabama River on the march with his unit from Tennessee to New Orleans, LA.   From the Journal of Capt. Isaac L. Baker for 19 August 1814: "Resumed our voyage, halted for the night on the Right Bank of the [Alabama] River a little below old fort Mims. About midnight two of my soldiers Thomas Seagraves & Lewis Crouch died. August 20th arrived at Fort Stoddert about 10 o'clock. The general with many of the officers visited Mount Vernon 3 miles off where parts of the 39th were stationed. They had been very unhealthy. Out of the Regt. 600 strong there was not now half the number for duty."

John Segraves [born about 1783] of Warren County, Kentucky served six months as a private soldier under Capt. Thomas Griffin, 14th Regiment, under General Andrew Jackson, in 1814.

Willie Segraves [born about 1782 in NC] 1812 enlisted in Col. Hall's 1st Regiment of Tennessee Volunteers, as a private soldier.

"Vincent Seagrove was on the Muster Roll of the Company of Mounted Militia Infantry commanded by Captain John Crawford, ordered into service for the period 9 Jun to 27 Aug 1812  …by Brigadier General Thomas Washington of the Ninth Brigade of Militia of the State of Tennessee for the protection of the Southwest frontiers of West Tennessee in the state against a…murder and other atrocious acts of hostility which has been perpetrated…the inhabitants of said frontier…the early part of May 1812 by a party of Creek Indians from the 9th day of June to the 27th day of August in the year 1812, inclusive, when the said company was discharged." 

On 21 Jan 1814 Vincent C. Graves enlisted in Nashville, Tennessee at age 23 in Capt. I. L. Baker's Company, for the duration of the War.  He was described as 5 ft., 10 in tall, with blue eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  His occupation was "distiller". He was listed as born in Wake Co., North Carolina. 

Bennett Segroves enlisted as a private on 20 Jun 1814 in the Militia Company of Captain David Smyth of the 1st Regiment of Tennessee Militia under Col. Philip Pipkin for six months service.  His Army enlistment record says "Order New Orleans Jan 22, '15. Tried by Genl. C. M. [Court Martial] at Mobile [AL] Dec 1814 for desertion and mutiny: to make good time lost & then be drummed out of camp."  The Introduction to "1814 Court Martial of Tennessee Militiamen" by James L. Douthat, 1993, explains the story: "The [militia] men thought they were enrolled for a three month tour of duty.  The {Federal] Government understood this to be six months, thus the conflict evolves into a very ugly situation and finally court martial for a large number of militia men.  The end result is that a number of the militiamen are shot for mutiny and an ever larger number are sent home in disgrace for disobedience of orders."

    Michael Segraves [born about the early 1790's] enlisted in June 1812 as a private soldier in the U. S. Artillery in Captain Hawkins Company for a period of 5 years.  On 3 July 1812 Michael Segraves died at Ft. Moultrie in Charleston harbor in Charleston, South Carolina.  This information is from "Records of Men Enlisted in the U. S. Army Prior to the Peace Establishment, May 17, 1815" on

    Stephen Segraves [born about 1793] is on the Rolls of the 4th Regiment of Militia in Wake County North Carolina in August 1814 according to "Muster Rolls of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 Detached from the Militia of North Carolina."


    Civil War [1861-1865]

     Michael Segraves [born about 1815] enlisted as a Private in Company C, 19th Indiana Regiment.  On 10 May 1863 he suffered gunshot wounds in the hip and back at the Battle of Spotsylania Courthouse, Virginia.  He re-enlisted on 31 Dec 1863 at Culpepper, Virginia and transferred to Company A, 20th Indiana Volunteer Regiment. On 12 Jul 1865 Michael mustered out of service at Louisville, Kentucky.  His "domestic history" is recorded as: born in North Carolina, age 63, occupation- plasterer, home at discharge- Winchester, IN, married, nearest relative- Mrs. Martha Segraves, Winchester, IN.  All from "Military History from US Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938" on

   Samuel Tilman Seagraves [born about 1825] was a private in Company A, 7th Tennessee Confederate Cavalry Battalion from 1861 to 1865 as recorded in "Tennesseans in the Civil War".

    Goodman Seagraves, born 4 Jun 1829 in North Carolina, migrated to Rutherford County, Tennessee in the late 1840's.  Goodman was listed as a private in Company E, 4th US Cavalry Regiment, enlisting at Beech Grove, Coffee County, TN, taking his oath on 8 Oct 1862.  His enlistment record describes him as 5' 8" with a light complexion, brown hair and blue eyes.  From "U. S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles" on

    John Seagraves [born about 1829] is listed as a Private in Company K, 29th North Carolina Confederate Infantry Regiment from 1861 to 1863.  From "U. S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865" on

    John W. Seagrave [born about 1839] enlisted in Company F, 89th Indiana Infantry at Camp Morton, Indiana on 29 Aug 1862.  However, John must have had some medical problems since he was discharged at Indianapolis just two months later because of a disability as certified by an Army surgeon.

World War II [1939-1945]

Raymond Lewis Seagraves, Jr., born 6 September 1916 in Denton County, Texas,  reported for duty at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California on 11 May 1939 as a Private from the Dallas, Texas recruiting station along with his cousin, James Elisha Seagraves.   Ray was sent to the Philippine Islands and on 6 May 1942 Ray was captured by the Japanese in the battle of Corregidor and reported as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese.  As of 28 September 1944 Ray, Jr. was still reported as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese.  On 14 December 1944 Ray Lewis, Jr. was murdered by guards in the Japanese Prisoner of War Camp at Malawan, The Philippine Islands.  He is buried at Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines.  Ray was a Private First Class in United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and other Navy-Marine Corps awards.

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