The Family of Daniel Seaton

As the bus approached Kirkbymoorside it passed signposts pointing to villages well-known to the Seatons – Appleton le Moors, Hutton-le-Hole, Keldholme and Lastingham – and through Sinnington, the village in which Bessy Seaton was born. (This Bessy was the granddaughter of the Daniel featured in this post.)

Born in 1753, Daniel married Margaret SIMPSON quite late, after he’d established himself as a Land Agent in Kirkbymoorside. He had six children with her. Three died in infancy, George died when he was 25 and two sons, Daniel junior and Philip married and raised families of their own. Daniel had four children (known so far) with Ann GARBUTT, one being Ann, mother of John William Arthur DANBY of an earlier post. Philip had seven known children with Ann WOODCOCK, one of them the Bessy born in Sinnington.

Before I set out for Kirkbymoorside yesterday I knew the order in which Daniel senior’s children had been born, thanks to the clerk who registered their baptisms.

Daniel junior was the second child and first son and the register entry gives the names of his grandparents. If only all baptism registers were this helpful.

©North Yorkshire County Record Office

Seaton Danl | 2nd & 1st son | Daniel of Kirby, son of Jno. of [?] by Susanh. Sayer | Margt., Dr of Geo. Simpson of Kirby by Eliz. Nicholson | (born) May 2 | (baptised) May 4.

At All Saints Church, I found the wall mounted plaque that sets in stone some of the information about the children offered above.


Sacred to the memory of Daniel Seaton who departed this life Aug 11 1802, aged 49 years.

Also, three children who died in their infancy.

George Seaton, son of the above Daniel Seaton, died Nov 7, 1818 aged 25 years.

Likewise Margaret, wife of the above named Daniel Seaton, who died July 8, 1854, aged 87 years.

Jane (firstborn), Margaret (3 & 2nd) and Bessy (5 and 3rd) are the infants who died.

The plaque pictured above is just part of a larger memorial on the outside wall (east side) of the church porch.


The eroded bottom section gives information about Daniel’s parents.

Susanna Seaton, mother of the above Daniel Seaton, died May 20, 1802 aged 86 years.

John Seaton, her husband, departed this life Feb 18, 1807 in his 82d year.


All Saints Church, Kirkbymoorside yesterday, the hottest day of the year so far.

Not all the information supplied by the baptism records and monumental inscription has been incorporated into FamilySearch Tree yet. Find this Daniel Seaton. (There are a lot of duplicate records to be merged so this link may not “work” in the future.)


Affected by the too early deaths of Emily Charlotte Frances CARR and John William Arthur DANBY, I set about extending their pedigrees. An early discovery was the first-cousin marriage between two of Emily’s first cousins once removed, Charles ARDEN and Marian Charlotte LUNDY. It is my first first-cousin marriage and I thought I must have made some data entry errors! The common ancestors for Charles and Marian are the Reverend Francis LUNDY and Elizabeth BARBER, daughter of another man of the cloth, Thomas Gaunt Barber. (Francis and Elizabeth married each other twice within a few days, in each of the “family parishes”.)

If you go to Francis on FamilySearch Tree and toggle the next generation chevrons for Francis/Agnes and John Barker/Elizabeth Ann you’ll see the connection.

I next followed John’s mother back to her heartland at the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The SEATON family proved to be extensive and mobile and this morning I found myself in a York street I know well. I didn’t live in the city long but spent many a happy hour in the Impressions Gallery. A few doors away in Colliergate, Matthew MILLINGTON lived with his wife Bessy Seaton and, for too short a time, their only child, Joanna Ann. Joanna died aged 14 in 1880. So, she was only six years old when her second cousin John William Arthur Danby died. I wonder…

There is more work to do on the Seaton family so the connection to John and Joanna’s common ancestors isn’t yet established on FamilySearch Tree. But Joanna is here.

If I can get my act together tomorrow I will bus out to Kirkbymoorside, where John’s grandfather was born, and where his great grandfather died.

A Lincolnshire Lad


John was only 22 when he died in Filey, but three enumerators had taken a census snapshot of him.

Just a few months old in March 1851 he was not at home on his father’s 400-acre farm at Hibaldstow, where he was born, but at his maternal grandfather’s house on The Mount, in York. He was there with his mother Anne and older sister Grace.

Ten years later John was at boarding school in St George Gate, Doncaster and in 1871, age 20, he was helping his mother run the family farm. His father had died a little over a month earlier. Widow Anne seems to have made the decision to sell the farm shortly after her husband’s death and an auction had taken place shortly before the enumerator called. Perhaps 860 sheep, 45 beasts and 26 horses had already gone, along with over a hundred acres of sown land and pasture.

I don’t know why John was in Filey the following year or the cause of his death but further investigation revealed that the Danby family must have had some connection with the town. What this might have been exactly is difficult to fathom but two of John’s sisters were married at St Oswald’s.

Grace married farmer William LITTLE from Willoughton in Lincolnshire about 21 months after John’s death. Seven years later, Lucy married Henry Hall BEDFORD. He wasn’t “local” either.

Between Grace and Lucy, there was Lavinia Mary. She didn’t marry but at the age of 53 died in Scarborough.

I have put the photo of John’s headstone on FamilySearch Tree but there is a problem with the IDs of his father, Joseph. I’m not sure how to merge a duplicate because it has already been declared “not a match”. Find Joseph with his more extensive family here.