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The Seals Family

Part 4

The 1870 census showed the following children living in the William and Cordelia (Mays) Seal household. The enumerator wrote Cordelia's name as Cornelia. He listed a child named Fleming living in the house. This was likely William B. Seal, Jr. who was born in 1862. Alton Lee Greene has indicated that William's nickname was Flim and the name Fleming would have come from Cordelia's father, Fleming Mays. The enumerator indicated that Elizabeth could read, but could not write.

1870 Census - District No. 13, Hancock County [Census Record]
NameAgeSexProfessionRealPersonalPlace of BirthAttend SchoolRead/Write
William Seal53MFarmer$1450$500Tennessee
Cornelia Seal38FKeeping HouseTennesseeNo
Elizabeth Seal25FAt homeTennessee
Margaret Seal23FAt homeTennessee
Rebecca Seal20FAt homeTennessee
James Seal18MWorks on FarmTennesseeYes
Thomas Seal15MAt homeTennesseeYes
Fleming Seal7MTennesseeYes
Anderson Seal6MTennesseeYes
Moses Seal3MTennessee
Ambrose Seal1MTennessee
James Seal and Emily Byrd
James Seal and Emily Byrd

James Washington Seal, son of William Seal and Mary Vaughan was born on Sept. 2, 185o in Hancock Co., Tenn. He was the first of our line to be born in Tennessee; see Seals Family Homestead. He died on April 12, 1925 in Claiborne Co., Tenn. He first married Emily Byrd, the daughter of William E. and Susannah Byrd of Hancock Co., Tenn. Children born during this marriage were:

The marriage of James W. and Emily Seal appears to have had its ups and downs. The 1880 census showed James W. Seales and his son, Clarke, living with James's father, William Seales, and stepmother, Deala (Cordelia) Seales. It's not known where Emily Seal and son, Luke, were living at that time. By 1885, James W. and Emily Seal had permanently separated. It appears that Emily (Byrd) Seal married James Howerton of Hawkins Co., Tenn. around 1889 and moved to Arkansas. The 1900 census showed that Lucas Seal, age 21, was living with James and Emily Howerton in Lawrence Co., Ark.

1880 Census - 13th Civil District, Hancock County [Census Record]
NameSexAgeRelationSingleMarriedProfessionPlace of BirthPOB-FatherPOB-Mother
William SealesM62FarmerTennVaSC
Deala [Cordelia] SealesF48WifeKeeping houseTennVaTenn
Elizabeth SealesF35daughterTennTennTenn
William H. SealesM19sonAt homeTennTennTenn
Anderson SealesM16sonAt homeTennTennTenn
Moses S. SealesM13sonAt homeTennTennTenn
Pleasant SealesM4sonTennTennTenn
James W. SealesM28sonWorks on farmTennTennTenn
Clarke SealesM4grandsonTennTennTenn
Lucenia Mullins
Lucenia Mullins

James W. Seal's second wife was Delaney (Laney) Jane Sulfridge who was born on July 13, 1859 in Claiborne Co., Tenn. She was the daughter of Lucenia Mullins and Jake Shultz. She had previously married David Sulfridge on Dec. 24, 1874 in Claiborne Co., Tenn., with whom she had at least one child, Arthur Sulfridge, born in Sept. 1877. Laney Jane Seal died in Claiborne Co., Tenn. on March 25, 1941. Children of James W. and Laney Seal were:

James and Laney Seal and Family
James and Laney Seal (seated), George and Burl (twins), Maude, Orville, Tom, Heaston and Margaret

The 1900 census indicated that James W. and Laney Jane Seal were living in Claiborne Co., Tenn. with their six children, Grant Seal, son of James W. Seal and Emily Bird, and Laney Jane's son, Arthur Sulfridge and his wife and child. The enumerator must have been confused about the relationships because Arthur is listed as son-in-law to James W. Seal instead of stepson. Laney's name was spelled "Malanie" by the enumerator who also indicated the Seals had been married for 28 years. He was probably counting from the date of James W. Seal's first marriage to Emily Bird. In reality, James W. and Laney J. Seals had been married for fourteen years by 1900.

1900 Census - 7th District, Claiborne County [Census Record]
NameRelationSexDate of BirthPlace of BirthProfessionReadWrite
James W. SealsHeadMDecember 1851TennesseeFarmerYesYes
Malanie [Laney] J. SealsWifeFJuly 1859TennesseeYesYes
Grant E. SealsSonMMarch 1882TennesseeYesYes
Maud S. SealsDaughterFFebruary 1887TennesseeNoNo
Arville[Orvil] SealsSonMJuly 1889TennesseeNoNo
George W. SealsSonMMay 1892Tennessee
Burl H. SealsSonMMay 1892Tennessee
Levi T. SealsSonMApril 1895Tennessee
Heston B. SealsSonMMarch 1898Tennessee
Arthur SulfrigeSon-in-LawMSeptember 1877TennesseeFarm LaborerYesYes
Dora SulfrigeS. DaughterFAugust 1879TennesseeYesYes
Martha J. SulfrigeG. DaughterFJuly 1898Tennessee
James and Laney Seals and Family
James and Laney Seals (seated), Tom, Margaret, Heaston, and Arthur Sulfridge

Margaret Jane Seals, daughter of James W. and Laney Seals was born in Claiborne Co., Tenn. on June 2, 1901. She married Milton K. Parker on July 4, 1919 in Tazewell, Tenn. Milton K. Parker was born on May 23, 1898 in Powell Valley, Tenn. Children of Margaret Jane Seals and M. K. Parker were all born in Tennessee:

Margaret Jane (Seals) Parker died an Oct. 1, 1925 in Caryville, Tenn. Milton K. Parker died on July 27, 1977 in Stanford, Ky.

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