This and the following chapter just started off being a fun exercise, noting all of the relatively famous relatives, both in America and England (chapter 10). After compiling all of the information, I was surprised to see the distinct parallels between the British and American Seymours, and it was for me, the final piece of evidence that makes it clear that John of Sawbridgeworth, and therefore us, are clearly related to the ducal clan on the other side of the pond. There just can’t be that many coincidences. First a listing followed by their biographical summaries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Seymour_(Maryland) “Colonel John Seymour was the 10th Royal Governor of Maryland from 1704 to 1709. He succeeded Thomas Tench and was succeeded by Edward Lloyd.” I found this guy when researching the branch of the family through John Seymour of Frampton Cotterell. This Colonel and Governor is not through our branch of Sawbridgeworth, but rather through Sir John’s illegitimate son John Seymour, who was the Protector’s half brother and his lawyer. He was thrown into the Tower along with Edward, but pardoned after Edward’s execution. He carved his name into a wall of the tower, and was a witness to the will of Edward’s son John, through Catherine Fillol, in 1552. “Upon his death, the family returned to England, so there are likely no American descendants from this immigrant.”
Col. Thomas Seymour (1735-1829), father of Major Thomas Youngs Seymour, GG Grandson of Richard, Major player in the Revolution and first mayor of Hartford for 28 years. http://www.s560.com/dokuwiki/book:083.thomas
Maj Thomas Youngs Seymour, Revolutionary War dragoon, son of first mayor of Hartford. http://www.stepneyrobarts.co.uk/2931.htm
Horatio Seymour (May 31, 1778 – November 21, 1857) was a United States Senator from Vermont.
Horatio Seymour (May 31, 1810 – February 12, 1886) was an American politician. He was the 18th Governor of New York from 1853 to 1854 and from 1863 to 1864. He was the Democratic Party nominee for president of the United States in the presidential election of 1868, but lost the election to Republican and former Union General of the Army Ulysses S. Grant.
Thomas H. Seymour, Governor of Connecticut and military commander and hero, and Ambassador to Russia
General Truman Seymour http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truman_Seymour (September 24, 1824 – October 30, 1891)
Origen Storrs Seymour (February 9, 1804 - August 12, 1881) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origen_S._Seymour
Edward Woodruff Seymour (August 30, 1832 – October 16, 1892) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Woodruff_Seymour
Brigadier General Henry Seymour Lansing http://www.iment.com/maida/familytree/lansing/henryseymourlansing.htm
Though in America, here’s an officially recognized descendant of the British branch. Frederick Seymour (born Belfast, Ireland, 6 September 1820 – died Bella Coola, British Columbia 10 June 1869) was a colonial administrator. He served as the second Governor of the Colony of British Columbia from 1864 to 1866, and the first governor of the union of the two colonies, also named the Colony of British Columbia from 1866 to 1869. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Seymour
LOUIS IRVING SEYMOUR had a colorful career. He was born at Whitney Point, N.Y., 23 Dec. 1860, and died at Zand River, Orange River Colony, South Africa, 14 June 1900