Source: History of Bureau County, edited by H.C. Bradsby, Chicago: World Publishing Co. 1885
SEATON Family, Selby. James SEATON (deceased) was born near Winchester, Frederick Co., Va., March 27, 1796. In 1803 he removed to Louisville, Ky., and lived near there until 1835, when he came to Bureau County, Ill. His occupation during life was that of farming. His father, Housen K. SEATON, was a Revolutionery soldier. He was reared in this country but was of Scotch ancestry. James SEATON was married in Jefferson County, Ky., December 16, 1819, by Rev. James WARD, to Nancy WILHOIT, who was born in old Virginia July 25, 1801. She is the daughtrer of Aaron WILHOIT, of German descent. Mrs. SEATON removed with her partents to Kentucky while young and after marriage lived in Oldham County, Ky., till 1835. Mr. SEATON came to Bureau county in the spring of 1835, and bought the claim on the southeast quarter of Section 13, inSelby Township, of Elisha ISAAC. In October 1835, Mr. SEATON moved his family to his farm and resided there until his death, March 28, 1879, having lived one hour and twnety six minutes over his eighty-third birthday. He was known far and near as he was Postmaster for many years, and also kept a tavern while the stages passed through here. He was a liberal contributor toward the building of bridges and improvements of roads, and it was through his exertions that the road from Princeton to Peru was made. Mrs. SEATON is still living. They were the parents of the following children: William C., born in Jefferson County, Ky., February 7, 1821, was married to Melinda WILLIAMS December 21, 1848; he died in Bureau County, January 11, 1854; Isom Wilhoit, born in Oldham County, Ky., November 19, 1823, has lived on the old homestead in Selby Township since 1835. His principle occupation has been that of farming, but he has now retired from active life. He owns 389 acres, besides five eighths of the old homestead of 200 acres. In June, 1880, he engaged in mining, owning a coal shaft in partnership with his brother, James H.; Eliza J., born in Oldham County, Ky., January 12, 1826, married H. W. MUNSON October 23, 1844, now residing Hall Township; James Henry, born in Oldham County., Ky., February 21, 1828, married Elizabeth A. HARRIS April 8, 1857, now of Hall Township; Sarah C., born in Oldham county, Ky., June 112, 1830, married Philip R. PORTER, June 24, 1856, of Concord Township; Mary Ann, born in Oldham County, Ky., September 29, 1832, died in Bureau County, September 21, 1849; Martha E., born in Oldham County, Ky., April 5, 1835, died December 1, 1861, in Bureau County; America, born July 4, 1837, in Bureau County, Ill., now living on the old homestead; Nancy, born in Bureau County, January 19, 1840, married William C. OTT, October 15, 1861, now residing in Hyde ark, Ill.; Lucetta, born June 22, 1842, in Bureau County, married October 9, 1873, to James F. LEE, of Selby Township.
James H. SEATON, Hall, was born February 21, 1828, in Oldham County, Ky. He is the son of James and Nancy (WILHOIT) SEATON. (See sketch of SEATON family). James H. SEATON came to Bureau County with his parents in 1835, and has been engaged in farming most of his life. He first bought a farm of 120 acres, which he improved andhas added to it till he now owns 600 acres in Selby and Hall Townships. Politically he is a Democrat. he has filled various school and township offices, has been Justice of the Peace four years, Assessor, Commissioner and Su[pervisor four terms. He was married inthis county April 8, 1857, to Elizabeth A.HARRIS, a native of New Jersey, but reared in Ohio. Her parents, Jacob M and Mary A. (SHURTS) HARRIS, came to this county about 1855. Mr. and Mrs. SEATON haave four children living, viz.: Mrs. Emma I. NELSON, of this county; Oliver H., Wiliam A. and George P. Franklin W. and Nor E. died, the former at the age of fourteen, the latter two years.