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Henry Seaton

Also Known As: "Seton"
Birthplace: East Lothian, Scotland
Death: circa 1713 (45-62)
Mattaponi, King William County, Virginia Colony
Place of Burial: West Point, King William County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Seton
Husband of Martha Seaton and Elizabeth Moore
Father of George Seaton
Brother of John Seton/Seaton

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About Henry Seaton

Update: July 3, 2002

"We can confirm that [your] branch is descended from the Earls of Winton with 100% confidence and there are two lines of descent which need to be explored further.

The Seton lineage of Parbroath are the most likely ancestral lineage for [your] branch and the link would be as follows:

Henry Seaton, 1659-1715 was likely the son of:

John Seton, who emigrated to the Virginia colony in 1635. John Seton was of the Seton of Parbroath lineage and a reference is made of him in the following:

It is, however, possible that the John Seton of Barnes is Henry’s father but I believe that this is less likely."

- P. S., Declaration of Arbroath Family History Project


1690, 1 July William of Orange defeats James II and his Jacobite supporters at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.



IMPORTANT NOTE: Oren Andrew Seton did not determine the father of Henry Seton. Neither John Seaton of Garleton, nor Jon Seton, son of Sir David Seton of Parbroath were the father of Henry Seaton.

Sir John Seton 4th Baron of Barnes, Kt, and of St. Laurence House, Haddington. (b.c.1642, d.1661). Married early as was common at that time, he succeeded to the estate of Barnes during the lifetime of his father, and by the marriage agreement of his own son and heir George Seton, he placed the lands of Barnes into his name, hence father, son and grandson were all and the same titled as 'Seton of Barnes'. He pre-deceased his father, and died relatively young in Edinburgh and was succeeded by his eldest son and heir, George Seton. There is nothing to indicate why or when he was knighted, but he is styled "Sir John" when he married. In his Last Will and Testament, dated the 18th of February, 1659, he noted that he had provided his eldest son and heir from his first marriage, George Seton, to the Estate of Barnes upon terms of his marriage contract, that his 2nd wife was Dame Margaret Hay, and left a provision of £100 Sterling in liferent for her and burdened his Estate with 10,000 merks for his youngest son Henry Seton in fee; which following his death, his eldest son and heir George, 5th of Barnes, sought a Reduction from, and which law suit is noted between himself and his step-mother Dame Margaret Hay in the Decisions of the Court of Session records. He was buried at his request, "with decency, but without pomp or great show" and interred in the place of his father's burial at Seton Collegiate Church.

Henry Seton/Seaton, (b.c.1659, d.c.1713. The third son of Sir John Seton 4th of Barnes, but his only son from his second marriage to Lady Margaret Hay, he was mistakenly referred to as a son of Seton of Garleton, which was incorrect. Like all of the Seton's he was staunchly loyal to the Stuart Monarch's and was opposed to Prince William of Orange and made himself peculiarly obnoxious to the government by complicity in the Jacobite schemes for his overthrow. After engaging in the failed Jacobite Resistance, he sought refuge and settled in the colony of Virginia in the America's in 1690, with a number of other Scots loyalists.

This is Henry's father: Sir John Seton, 4th Baron of Barnes and of Hailes



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The Seaton family, with genealogy and biographies By Oren Andrew Seaton. Printed in Topeka, Kansas by Crane & Company, 1906.

p. 104

 Henry Seaton, son of the Honorable John Seaton of Garleton,  or Gairmiltoun, in East Lothian, Scotland, or of John Seton, son  of Sir David Seton of Parbroath, [with others of the family, were  devoted adherents of the Stuarts of Scotland "for whose throne  they had unflinchingly fought in opposition to the Prince of  Orange," making themselves somewhat noticeable to the govern-  ment of England by their Jacobite schemes for its overthrow in  Scotland. Finally, convinced of the futility of any further re-  sistance to the authority of William III., Henry Seaton and a num-  ber of his co-workers sought refuge in the wilds of America, lo-  cating in the Colony of Virginia in 1690. 

[Note: See my above note that Henry's father had not been determined. Since then it has been determined that Henry was the son of Sir John Seton, 4th Baron of Barnes and of Hailes ( Barnes-and-of-Hailes/6000000013114096655) - MTD]

p. 105

Henry Seaton settled first in Gloucester county, where others of the name had been located since 1637, and who may have been, and probably were, relatives, who had influenced the decision of Henry as to a proper starting-place for a home, the Pyanketank seeming to be the most eligible site for that purpose. For some years Henry Seaton continued to reside upon the banks of the Pyanketank, in Gloucester county, during which period, in 1709, he was married to Elizabeth Todd, daughter of a gentleman of standing in that county, and had issue.
George Fitzhugh, of Rappahannock, a gentleman remark- able for his wit and abstruse learning, in his papers on the Val- leys of Virginia, quotes Bishop Mead's list of the early justices and Vestrymen, — at that time offices of mark, — among whom, in Pentworth Parish, Gloucester county, were mentioned Henry, Richard and Bailey Seaton, and says: None but men of sub- stance and consideration were made vestrymen," and the reader will find that the descendants of these gentlemen have retained their high social position.
Henry Seaton subsequently removed to an estate in King Wil- liam County, on the Mattapony, which for several generations continued to be the home of his descendants.
By a deed a century and a half old, in possession of the family " An Indenture Tripartite, made in the first year of the reign of 'our most gracious Sovereign, Lord and King, George the Second,' be- tween Colonel Taylor, George Seaton, only son and heir of Henry Seaton, and Elizabeth his wife, now the wife of Augustine Moore, Gentleman," we learn that Henry Seaton 's widow had remarried.
Henry and Elizabeth Seaton had been blessed with only one child before the death of the former, and to him had been given the name of George Seaton.
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Henry Seaton

[MTD - Note: There is a large amount of information included on the profile of which the following is all that is correct and pertains to Henry Seton/Seaton.]

Henry Seaton settled first in Gloucester County, on the Pyanketank, where for some years he continued to reside, during which period he married Elizabeth Todd, daughter of a gentleman of standing in the same county.

Family links:

 Elizabeth Todd Seaton Moore


 George Seaton (1711 - 1750)*

*Calculated relationship

Burial: Chelsea Plantation West Point King William County Virginia, USA

Created by: Carolyn Whitaker Record added: Sep 29, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 97946816

[MTD - NOTE: Henry Seaton is claimed to be buried at Chelsea Plantation. It is the home of his widow's second husband, Augustine Moore, who had it built. It is guessed by one of Henry's descendants that Henry and Augustine may have been neighbors, thus the lands may have been combined and Henry buried in an established cemetery. . That descendant visited Chelsea Plantation and found no headstone for Henry. It is unknown why Carolyn Whitaker claims that he is buried there.]

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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 25, No. 4 (Oct., 1917), pp. 431-445 (19 pages) Published by: Virginia Historical Society

pp. 431-432



Old New Kent County [Virginia]: Some Account of the Planters, Plantations, and Places Volume I: New Kent County (Blisland and St. Peter's Parishes) King and Queen County (Stratton Major, St. Stephen's, and Drysdale Parishes) By Malcolm Hart Harris

pp. 629-630, 569




  • J. H. P. “The Gorsuch and Lovelace Families (Continued).” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 25, no. 4 (1917): 431–45.
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Henry Seaton's Timeline

East Lothian, Scotland
December 11, 1711
Seaton home, West Point, King William County, Colony of Virginia, United Kingdom of Great Britain'
Age 54
Mattaponi, King William County, Virginia Colony
Chelsea Plantation, West Point, King William County, Virginia, United States