The Seagraves Family

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Bell Ewing (Gil 4) SEAGRAVES

Male 1887 - 1958  (70 years)


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  • Name Bell Ewing (Gil 4) SEAGRAVES  [4
    • The Seagraves surname presented for this person is based on the dominant spelling found in the various records researched, but primarily on the name carved on the person's gravestone. HOWEVER, for the common variations of the Seagraves family name of which there are over 20, such as Cegrave(s) Segrave(s), Seagreave(s), Seegrave(s), Segrove(s), Seagrove(s), etc. all of which have been given the Seagraves spelling for clarity and ease of analysis.
      Certain variations are used so consistently within a family that they have been retained in this analysis, specifically, SAGRAVES (which also includes Sagrove(s)) and SEAGRAVE. Sagraves was adopted by the early settlers of eastern Kentucky about 1800. Seagrave was the version brought to Massachusetts by the John & Sarah Seagrave family who settled there about 1725.
      The Seagraves version is the most common found (about 39%) of all those found on the 1940 census.
      A discussion of the name spelling variations can be found on the Home Page of this website.
    • Bell's middle name was usually given as Erwin or just as an initial E. The choices are from his WW I draft registration card on which he signed his name: "Ewin"; his WW II draft registration card on which he signed his name: "Ewing"; and his obituary in the Oklahoman of 2 Oct 1958 in which it is spelled: "Ewling".
      Unless a better, or confirming, source comes along we have chosen to use the Ewing spelling. [1, 2, 3]
    Born 25 Nov 1887  Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 7
    • Findagrave.com and Bell Ervin's gravestone both show his birthdate as 25 Nov 1887, however, the Family Bible Records of Earnest C. Seagraves, Sr., Bell's half brother, show Bell's birthdate as 26 Sep 1887.
      This appears to be another case of a possible transcription error, so we will use the gravestone date as the correct one, especially since the birth month shown on the 1900 census for Denton Co., TX shows him born in Nov 1887. [4, 5, 6]
    Gender Male 
    1900 census 1900  Denton County, Precinct #4, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    recorded as Bill E. Segraves, 12, born in November 1887 in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, at school, son of Byram H. and Lucinda Segraves. 
    Legal actions 25 Mar 1907  Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Bell Seagraves, born 25 Nov 1887 in TX, father born in TN, laborer, was tried and convicted of burglary and sentenced to 2 years confinement. He was confined at Huntsville, Walker County, TX prison and released on 25 Jan 1909. 
    1910 census 1910  Denton County, Precinct #4, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    recorded as Bill E. Segraves, 22, born in Texas, both parents born in Tennessee, single, farm laborer, son of Byram H. and Lucinda M. Segraves. 
    Marriage #1 19 Aug 1910  Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Bell married Ada I. King. 
    Legal actions 24 Aug 1910  Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Bell was arrested for the robbery of the Roanoke Post Office by Sheriff Orr of Denton Co. on the train to Fort Worth with his new bride. "Seagraves was sent to the penitentiary on a conviction for burglary on April 15, 1907, for a two year's term." 
    Child born About 1913  Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    first known child born: Velma B. Seagraves. 
    Draft Registration 5 Jun 1917  Denton County, Precinct #5, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Bell Ewin Segraves, age 29, born 25 Nov 1887 in Roanoke, Denton County, Texas, farmer, a resident of Roanoke, TX, with a wife and baby registered for the WW I draft. Described as medium height, medium build, with blue eyes and light hair. 
    Residence 1918  Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Bell E. Seagraves listed as residing at 1423 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX in the 1918 Fort Worth City Directory. 
    1920 census 1920  Fort Worth, Ward #11, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as B. C. Seagraves, 32, born in Texas, both parents born in Tennessee, married, laborer; Ada, wife, 26, born in Texas, father born in Alabama, mother born in Texas, married; Myrtle, sister, 25, born in Texas, father born in Alabama, mother born in Texas, widow; Velma, daughter, 7, born in Texas, both parents born in Texas. 
    1930 census 1930  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as Bell E. Seagraves, 41, born in Texas, both parents born in Tennessee, married, 22 at 1st marriage, painter with interior decorator; Ada I., wife, 36, born in Texas, both parents born in Alabama, 17 at 1st marriage; Velma B., daughter, 17, born in Texas, both parents born in Texas, single. 
    Residence 1936  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Bell E. Seagraves is listed as a painter, living at 517 NE 5th in Oklahoma City with wife, Ada. 
    1940 census 1940  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    recorded as B E Seagraves, 52, born in Texas, resided in same house in 1935, house painter contractor; Ada Seagraves, wife, 46, , born in Texas, resided in same house in 1935. 
    Draft Registration 1942  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Bell Ewing Seagraves, age 54, born 25 Nov 1887 in Roanoke, Denton County, Texas, residing at 517 NE 5th St., Oklahoma City, OK, registered for the WW II draft. Kin: Mrs. Ada Seagraves. Employed as a contractor at 517 NE 5th St., Oklahoma City, OK. 
    Residence 1949  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bell E. Seagraves is listed as a painter living at 2206 N Brauer Av. In Oklahoma City with wife, Ada I. 
    Death notices 1 Oct 1958  Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bell died at age 71 in Oklahoma. 
    Died 1 Oct 1958  Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    • From Bell Ewling Seagraves' obituary in the Daily Oklahoman of 2 Oct 1958:
      "City Decorator Is Dead at 70; Rites Pending
      Bell Ewling Seagraves, 70, of 2220 NW 34, a longtime city interior decorator, died of a heart attack Wednesday. He was 70.
      Services are pending arrival of relatives from out of sate. Time will be announced by the Fondel L. Smith funeral home.
      Seagraves was born at Roanoke, Texas, in November, 1888, and came to Oklahoma City about 30 years ago. He was a member of the Christian church.
      He is survived by his wife, Ada, of the home: a daughter, Velma Crawley, of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Beulah Brimm, Oklahoma City; and Mable McKinney, 3312 NW 21; and brothers Ben C, Seagraves, Kansas City, MO, Albert Seagraves, of Texas, John Seagraves, of kansas and two grandchildren."
      [14]
    Buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I987  Seagraves Database
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2021 

    Father Byram Henry (Gil 3) SEAGRAVES,   b. 6 Apr 1848, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1933, Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Lucinda Mahala WALDRON,   b. 26 May 1858, Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1956, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 30 Apr 1879  Macon County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ada I. KING,   b. 28 Nov 1893, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1976  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1910  Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Velma B. (Gil 5) SEAGRAVES,   b. 2 Aug 1912, Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 2007  (Age 94 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Nov 1887 - Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1900 census - recorded as Bill E. Segraves, 12, born in November 1887 in Tennessee, both parents born in Tennessee, at school, son of Byram H. and Lucinda Segraves. - 1900 - Denton County, Precinct #4, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal actions - Bell Seagraves, born 25 Nov 1887 in TX, father born in TN, laborer, was tried and convicted of burglary and sentenced to 2 years confinement. He was confined at Huntsville, Walker County, TX prison and released on 25 Jan 1909. - 25 Mar 1907 - Denton County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1910 census - recorded as Bill E. Segraves, 22, born in Texas, both parents born in Tennessee, single, farm laborer, son of Byram H. and Lucinda M. Segraves. - 1910 - Denton County, Precinct #4, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage #1 - Bell married Ada I. King. - 19 Aug 1910 - Denton County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLegal actions - Bell was arrested for the robbery of the Roanoke Post Office by Sheriff Orr of Denton Co. on the train to Fort Worth with his new bride. "Seagraves was sent to the penitentiary on a conviction for burglary on April 15, 1907, for a two year's term." - 24 Aug 1910 - Roanoke, Denton County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Aug 1910 - Denton County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild born - first known child born: Velma B. Seagraves. - About 1913 - Denton County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDraft Registration - Bell Ewin Segraves, age 29, born 25 Nov 1887 in Roanoke, Denton County, Texas, farmer, a resident of Roanoke, TX, with a wife and baby registered for the WW I draft. Described as medium height, medium build, with blue eyes and light hair. - 5 Jun 1917 - Denton County, Precinct #5, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bell E. Seagraves listed as residing at 1423 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX in the 1918 Fort Worth City Directory. - 1918 - Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1920 census - recorded as B. C. Seagraves, 32, born in Texas, both parents born in Tennessee, married, laborer; Ada, wife, 26, born in Texas, father born in Alabama, mother born in Texas, married; Myrtle, sister, 25, born in Texas, father born in Alabama, mother born in Texas, widow; Velma, daughter, 7, born in Texas, both parents born in Texas. - 1920 - Fort Worth, Ward #11, Tarrant County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1930 census - recorded as Bell E. Seagraves, 41, born in Texas, both parents born in Tennessee, married, 22 at 1st marriage, painter with interior decorator; Ada I., wife, 36, born in Texas, both parents born in Alabama, 17 at 1st marriage; Velma B., daughter, 17, born in Texas, both parents born in Texas, single. - 1930 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bell E. Seagraves is listed as a painter, living at 517 NE 5th in Oklahoma City with wife, Ada. - 1936 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1940 census - recorded as B E Seagraves, 52, born in Texas, resided in same house in 1935, house painter contractor; Ada Seagraves, wife, 46, , born in Texas, resided in same house in 1935. - 1940 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDraft Registration - Bell Ewing Seagraves, age 54, born 25 Nov 1887 in Roanoke, Denton County, Texas, residing at 517 NE 5th St., Oklahoma City, OK, registered for the WW II draft. Kin: Mrs. Ada Seagraves. Employed as a contractor at 517 NE 5th St., Oklahoma City, OK. - 1942 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bell E. Seagraves is listed as a painter living at 2206 N Brauer Av. In Oklahoma City with wife, Ada I. - 1949 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath notices - Bell died at age 71 in Oklahoma. - 1 Oct 1958 - Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Oct 1958 - Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S16] World War I Draft Registration Card, (Ancestry.com).

    2. [S447] U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, (Ancestry.com).

    3. [S1829] Obituary for Bell Ewling Seagraves in the Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK) of 2 Oct 1958., (Newspapers.com).

    4. [S1692] Family Bible records of William Hise Seagraves, Sr.

    5. [S1] FindAGrave.com (FAG).

    6. [S1687] 1900 census for Denton County, Texas.

    7. [S304] Personal History of Milton Paul Seagraves.

    8. [S1830] Texas, U.S., Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945, (Ancestry.com).

    9. [S1688] 1910 census for Denton County, Texas, (Ancestry.com).

    10. [S964] Texas Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965, (Ancestry.com).

    11. [S319] Article in the Denton, Texas Record and Chronicle dated 25 August 1910.

    12. [S92] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, (Ancestry.com).

    13. [S320] Polk's Oklahoma City Directory for 1936.

    14. [S1831] From Bell Ewling Seagraves' obituary in the Daily Oklahoman of 2 Oct 1958., (Newspapers.com).