A Family History of
William and Letitia (Dixon) Seymour
and Their Descendants
William and Letitia converted to Methodism on hearing John Wesley preach in Ireland. They immigrated with their two eldest children to Newberry County, South Carolina circa 1797 where they had three more children. Letitia died in the 1820s. The eldest daughter, Jane, left home with her husband, William Perry, in the 1810s apparently living in various places throughout the south where she is last known in Copiah County, Mississippi with some of her children. The eldest son, William D., stayed in South Carolina when the rest of the family left about 1826 though he and his family also left in 1855 for Randolph County, Alabama. The youngest son, John Fletcher, went to Greene (Hale) County, Alabama though he didn't stay long, settling in Rankin County, Mississippi in 1833. The remaining son and daughter, Wesley and Sarah, along with their father went to Montgomery County, Illinois. Within a few years the daughter married and settled with her husband, William Perry, in St. Clair County, Illinois. The aging father, now in his 70s and described as "an old, broken down Irish gentleman... of higher cultivation than his children", traveled south to spend his remaining years with his youngest son in Rankin County, Mississippi.
Many genealogists have contributed to this effort:
Mary Anagnost, Thomas Daniel Knight, Jean Manning, Clifton Rhodes, Jim S. 'Cubby' Sexton, Debbie Waddell and Greg Young
And we are indebted to one genealogist of an earlier generation:
Dr. Homer Albert Seymour without whose work in the early 20th century it would have been very difficult to locate the southern branches of the family.