Hiram Jethro “Jet” Seago is my husband’s 3rd great grandfather through his daughter Sallie Mae Seago → Ida Bell Howard who married Charles Franklin Curbow (great grandfather to my husband). More names and relationships to untangle ! Hiram was the son of Joseph Seago and Amanda White. It is believed that they died young leaving him an orphan. It appears that his grandparents (James and Sally Seago) raised him.
On 9 March 1853 Hiram married Nancy Jane Strunk (probably in Whitley County, Kentucky). The couple had six children: Mary Elizabeth in 1854; Sarah (Sallie) Mae in 1857; Nancy Jane in 1859; Ambrose Crawford in 1861; John William in 1865; and James Martin in 1868.
Hiram served the Union during the Civil War. According to his muster roll cards, he was a member of Company E, 32nd Kentucky Infantry. On 7 January, 1863 Hiram Jethro Seago enlisted into the Union Army in Whitley County, Kentucky. His rank at enlistment was private. He was mustered out of the Army on 12 Aug 1863. The note on his muster card reads as follows: “Deserted 11 Jun 1863 at Somerset, Kentucky.” His file contains a letter from the Adjutant General’s Office at the War Department dated 18 Nov. 1887 which discharges Hiram of the charge of desertion. It contains no details as to why he was accused and subsequently discharged of this crime.
It is not known when his first wife, Nancy Jane Strunk died.
On 15 Jun 1899 he married Mary Jane Abel. He lived out the rest of his life with her and died 12 Apr 1919 in Brownsville, Edmonson County, Kentucky.
He is laid to rest at Good Spring Baptist Church and Cemetery – which is an historic church and cemetery within Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.
I would love to hear from other researchers that may have information on Jet Seago.