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George Washington Seaton

George Washington Seaton

Male 1831 - 1904  (72 years)

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  • Name George Washington Seaton 
    Born 9 May 1831  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Feb 1904  Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4382  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 26 May 2009 

    Father James Seaton,   b. Abt 1809, Tennesse Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1882, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Winfred Roberts,   b. 8 Apr 1806, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1877, Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1827  Crawford, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2346  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Louisa Culton,   b. Abt 1835,   d. 1879, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1858  Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Pitt Seaton,   b. Abt 1859, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Anna Seaton,   b. Abt 1860, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Charles A. Seaton,   b. Abt 1861, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Kate Seaton,   b. Abt 1862, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Frederick Seaton,   b. Abt 1863, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. George Washington Seaton,   b. Abt 1864, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F2350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 M.V. Downing,   b. Abt 1831, Canton, Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Sep 1890  Fulton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F2351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1850 United States Federal Census [George W Seaton] Age: 19 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1831 Birth Place: Crawford CO Gender: Male Home in 1850(City,County,State): Sterling, Crawford, Indiana Household Members: Name Age James Seaton 41 Winna Seaton 43 George W Seaton 19 John A Seaton 16 James H Seaton 13 Elizabeth Seaton 11 Manerva Seaton 8

      Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 Name: George W. Seaton Gender: Male Spouse Name: Louisa P. Culton Marriage Date: Sep 20, 1858 Marriage County: Fulton Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records located at Lewistown, IL.

      1860 United States Federal Census Name: George Seaton Age in 1860: 27 Birth Year: abt 1833 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1860: Canton, Fulton, Illinois Gender: Male Post Office: Canton George Seaton 27 Louisa Seaton 20 William Seaton 6.12

      U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 Name: George W Seaton State: Illinois Tax Year: 1866 Roll Title: District 4; Monthly Lists; 1866 NARA Series: M764 NARA Roll: 16

      1870 United States Federal Census Name: George W Seaton Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1870: Canton Ward 1, Fulton, Illinois Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Canton George W Seaton Louisa Seaton 29 William Seaton 10 Anna Seaton 8 Kate Seaton 6 Charles Seaton 3 Fred Seaton 2

      1880 United States Federal Census Name: George Seaton Home in 1880: Canton, Fulton, Illinois Age: 48 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832 Birthplace: Indiana Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head) Father's birthplace: Alabama Mother's birthplace: Kentucky Occupation: Grocerer Marital Status: Widower Race: White Gender: Male George Seaton 48 Anna Seaton 18 Kate Seaton 16 William Seaton 20 Charles Seaton 14 Fred Seaton 12 George W. Seaton 6 Elizabeth Gurney 17

      Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 Name: George W. Seaton Gender: Male Spouse Name: M. V. Downing Marriage Date: Sep 07, 1890 Marriage County: Fulton Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records located at Lewistown, IL.

      Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Fulton County
      Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1890

      The Biography of George Washington SEATON

      Pages 230-231, transcribed in full by Danni Hopkins

      GEORGE WASHINGTON SEATON. Even a cursory view of the business establishments of Canton will reveal the fact that they are in charge of men of tact, push and good judgment. In the goods upon their shelves, the order which characterizes them, and the honorable, courteous way in which patrons are treated, they vie with those of much larger cities. One of these flourishing establishments is the grocery store of our subject, who carries a large and well-selected stock, and occupies a favorable location on the east side of the square.

      The grandfather of our subject, John Seaton, was a native of Germany, whose home after emigration was in Tennessee. There James Seaton, the father of our subject, was born and reared. He removed to Indiana about 1817, there marrying Winifred Roberts. This lady was a native of Kentucky, but in her girlhood had accompanied her father, Thomas Roberts, to the Hoosier State. James Seaton was engaged in tilling the soil, and made the Hoosier State his home during all of his later years. His widow died on the same place in 1882, full of years and honors. She was the mother of four sons and two daughters, one son and one daughter being now deceased.

      The birth of our subject took place in Crawford County, Ind., near Leavenworth, May 9, 1833. His early boyhood was spent in attendance at the common schools near his home, and he subsequently continued his studies in a private school in Kentucky, having relatives there with whom he could make his home. When about eighteen years old he began his mercantile experience as a clerk in the dry goods store of J. F. & J. W. Ingersoll, in Canton, remaining in the establishment five years. He then formed a partnership with R. B. Underwood, and under the firm name of Seaton & Underwood embarked in the dry-goods business. The connection continued until 1862 when the business was disposed of, and Mr. Seaton became a partner with A. C. Babcock, the new firm doing an extensive business during the war, and continuing some years longer, when they were swept out by fire, sustaining a heavy loss. The firm was dissolved by mutual consent, and Mr. Seaton connected himself with W. B. Gleason & Co., in the dry-goods business. He remained attached of that firm until 1885 when he opened a grocery store on the south side of the square. January 1, 1890, he removed to his present site with increased facilities to accommodate his growing trade.

      Mr. Seaton was fortunate in his choice of a life companion, winning Miss Louisa Culton, daughter of Robert Culton of this city. The marriage rites were celebrated at the home of the bride in 1858, and the congenial union has been blessed by the birth of six children. They are named respectively, William P., Anna, Charles A., Kate, Frederick and George Washington. Anna is the wife of Fred Patee, of Peoria; Kate married W. E. Gill, of Canton; the eldest son and Charles are traveling salesmen, and Frederick is the clerk in a dry-goods store. The youngest son is still attending school. Mrs. Seaton died in 1879, and our subject was again married September 6, 1890, to Miss M. V. Downing, of Canton.

      Mr. Seaton was the first cigar inspector of Canton, and acted in that capacity two years. He has served as Alderman from the First Ward five terms, and is still discharging the duties of that position, working faithfully to advance the interests of his constituents and the city at large. He is a member of Morning Star Lodge, No. 734, F. & A. M. He belongs to the Republican Party, and is steadfast in the support of the principles in which he firmly believes.

      From 1908 History of Fulton County Illinois Page 1094

      SEATON, George Washington.-Among other claims to consideration, George Washington Seaton is known to Cantonians as the first cigar inspector of the town. He came to Fulton County as a young lad from Crawford County, Ind., where he was born may 9, 1883, and ever since has made Fulton County his home. Mr. Seaton is of German ancestry, his paternal grandfather, John Seaton, having come from Germany to America about the middle of the last century, settling presumably in the State of Tennessee, where James Seaton, the father of George Washington, was born and where he married Winifred Roberts, a native of Kentucky.

      Educated in the public schools of Fulton County, G. W. Seaton at first engaged in farming with his father, but eventually drifted into business in Canton, as before stated, serving as the city's first cigar inspector. He is a natural politician, a stanch Republican and has served five terms as Alderman of the First Ward. His first wife dying in 1879, Mr. Seaton married, September 6, 1890, m. V. Downing. Mr. Seaton's first wife, Louise (Culton) Seaton, was a native of Fulton County, and became the mother of six children: William P., Anna, Charles A., Kate, Frederick and George W. Fraternally Mr. Seaton is identified with the Morning Star Lodge, No. 734, A. F. & A. M. He is one of the community's most honored and useful citizens.