Business, Various. Originals. 1818-1833

A Guide to the Charles Seton Papers ( Related URL )

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Business, Various. Originals. 1818-1833
Series Title:
Charles Seton Papers (1806-1873)
Physical Description:
Mixed Material
Seton, Charles, 1776-1873
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Physical Location:
Box: Box 1
Folder: Folder 3


Subjects / Keywords:
Landowners -- Correspondence -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Mayors -- Correspondence -- Florida -- Fernandina Beach   ( lcsh )
Marriage -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Mortgages -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Eminent domain -- Florida   ( lcsh )
History -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865   ( lcsh )
History -- Fernandina (Fla.) -- 19th century   ( lcsh )
Nassau -- 12089   ( ceeus )
European Discovery and Settlement in Florida, 1492-1821 -- The Second Spanish Period, 1783-1821   ( fhp )
Territorial Florida, 1821-1845   ( fhp )
Ante-Bellum Florida, 1845-1861   ( fhp )
Civil War in Florida, 1861-1865   ( fhp )
Economics and Society: Post-Civil War Florida, 1865-1913 -- Reconstruction Era, 1865-1877   ( fhp )


The Seton Papers are narrow in focus although they cover a long time span (1812-1873). The majority of the documents are of a legal nature, related to land ownership, power of attorney, and debt. Most deal with the operation of Seton's plantation and mill. Beyond this, items of interest in the papers include: Seton's will, documents dealing specifically with the city of Fernandina, and limited correspondence with Amelia Island planter Zephaniah Kingsley, free black Henry McQueen, and Florida territorial representative Joseph M. White.
Charles Seton (1776-1836) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Andrew and Margaret Seton. The Seton's were a prominent family of Scottish descent that fled from Long Island to Brooklyn at the onset of the American Revolution. Charles traveled through Europe and to the coast of Africa at an early age before settling into the lumbering business in Florida, where most of his family resided following the conclusion of the American Revolution. Charles moved to Florida around 1811 while the area was still under Spanish rule. In 1812 he married Matilda Sibbald and the couple had two children, George and Margaret Seton. The Setons lived at Fernandina, a town at the Georgia-Florida border, in an area wrought with tension between the Americans and the Spanish until the transfer of Florida from Spain in 1821.
Seton established a plantation (George Plantation) and a saw mill near Fernandina. In 1813, he fought in a skirmish against raiders from Georgia, part of hostilities that broke out in the War of 1812, and was wounded in the chest. He would carry the ball in his chest until his death in 1836, dying from complications from the gunshot wound. In 1820 he became the first American mayor of Fernandina. His son George Seton would later fight in the Confederate Army and settle in Maryland, while his daughter Margaret would remain in Florida and marry Lewis Fleming, member of another prominent Florida family.
Source of Description:
Originally derived from archival-level ALEPH record 028293698 ( OCLC: 49801788 )
Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) as part of the Pioneer Days in Florida Project

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Special Collections
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Seton, Charles: Business papers
Promisory note. Charleston banks to Seton S15,454.11 Jan. 1818 (2 copies. (security: sawmill,
land, & slaves)
Mill grant. Statement of ownership May 1820
Evaluation of saw mill on Nassau River. Dec. 1820
SPromisory note. Charleston bankers to Seton. partial satisfaction, $7,114.00 (George Plantation
on St. Mary's River & slaves) Jan. 1821
Deed. Charles F. Sibbald to Charles Seton for two-thirds of saw mill & land. Sept. 1823
Promisory note, Sibbeld to Seton i1,060.00 Dec. 1823
Promisorv note. Satisfaction. McDowall to C. Seton June 1833
Estate of William O'Neal. Administrator, Charles Seton July 1825
Letter Charles Henry to C. Seton re notes collectable Oct. 1826
Indenture to Charles Seton. Land 10 miles north of St. Augustine June 1828
Promisory notes, March 1824; satisfaction, Nov. 1833
Estate of William Hobkirk. Administrator, Charles Seton. Nov. 1829
George Long, minor (guardian Seton) 4 documents: May 1815, letter re property; Nov. 1816, articles
of agreement; Jan. 1818, estate; Jan. 1820, estate of Mother
Articles of agreement for overseer for George Plantation. Jan. 1830

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