Thomas Benton Seaton

27 June 1856–26 May 1942 (Age 85)
Clinton, Missouri, United States

The Life of Thomas Benton

When Thomas Benton Seaton was born on 27 June 1856, in Clinton, Missouri, United States, his father, Rev. John Russom Seaton, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Roberts, was 17. He married Mary Alice Potter on 31 March 1881, in Clinton, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Cameron, Clinton, Missouri, United States in 1930 and Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. He died on 26 May 1942, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Shoal Township, Clinton, Missouri, United States.

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Thomas Benton Seaton
Mary Alice Potter
Marriage: 31 March 1881
Ralph Emerson Seaton
Andrew Russom Seaton
Guy B Seaton

Spouse and Children

31 March 1881
Clinton, Missouri, United States


Parents and Siblings




    William F. Seaton



    James McClellan Seaton


    Margaret Isabelle Seaton


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World Events (8)

1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 1

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.
1867 · Gas Street Lamps Installed

Age 11

The Los Angeles Gas Company installed 43 gas street lamps on Main Street. A lamplighter rode on horseback at dusk to light the streetlights. By 1873, 136 gas lamps had been installed in Los Angeles. 
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 25

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

Scottish and English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. A Scottish place of this name near Longniddry is so named because it was held from the 12th century by a Norman family de Sey, from Say in Indre. Other places of this name, for example those in Cumbria, Devon, County Durham, Northumbria, and Yorkshire, are mostly named with Old English sǣ ‘sea’, ‘lake’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. One in Rutland seems to have as its first element a stream name, Sǣge ( see Seabrook ), or a personal name Sǣga. One in Kent is named with Old English seten ‘plantation’, ‘cultivated land’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thorn B Seaton in household of John R Seaton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Household of J R Seaton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Household of John R Seaton, "United States Census, 1870"

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