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Seaton, Charles Williams


Age: 30, credited to Charlotte, VT
Unit(s): 1st USSS
Service: comn 1LT, Co. F, 1st USSS, 8/15/61 (9/13/61), wdd, Malvern Hill, 7/1/62, pr CPT 8/2/62 (9/30/62), resgd 5/15/63 [College: MC 57]

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Birth: 07/22/1831, Norfolk, NY
Death: 11/05/1885

Burial: Village Cemetery, Essex, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 70085828


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Frances W., 7/5/1890, DC
Portrait?: VHS Collections, Middlebury College Archives, off-site
College?: MC 57
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: See UVM's Digital Collections for the Civil War; Restored gravestone photo courtesy of Deborah Hardy and Jim Woodman.


Great Grandfather of J. P. Seaton, Chapel Hill, NC

2nd Great Grandfather of C. S. Garnerr, Falls Church, VA

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Village Cemetery, Essex, VT

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VHS - Reunion Society Collection


Charles Williams Seaton was born in Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, New York, on July 22, 1831, the son of Charles Morris and Mary Hooker (Williams) Seaton. He attended academies in Champlain and Malone, New York, and graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, in 1857. He was married and had one son and two daughters.
He taught in academies at Monson, Massachusetts, and Keeseville, New York. Early in the Civil War, he recruited Company F, First Vermont Sharpshooters and was commissioned its first lieutenant. Later he was made captain. Resigning his commission during the winter of 1863-64, he became an agent in the pension department of the Sanitary Commission. Later he was made chief clerk of the United States Pension Office. Mr. Seaton was a chief of division for the Ninth (1870) Census and the superintendent of the New York State census of 1875. He was appointed chief clerk of the Tenth (1880) Census, became Superintendent on November 4, 1881, and served until March 1885, when the Census Office was abolished. He invented a tallying machine used in the Censuses of 1870 and 1880 for tabulating data. He also invented in 1884 a matrix printing apparatus for Census work.
He died on November 5, 1885, in Williston, Vermont.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Middlebury College, Class of 1857.

Charles Williams Seaton, son of Charles M. and Mary H. (Williams) Seaton. Born in Norfolk, NY, July 22, 1831. Prepared for College in Champlain and Malone Academies. teacher, Keeseville, NY, 1859-1861. First Lieutenant, Company F, First Regiment, United States Sharpshooters, Aug. 15, 1861; Captain, Aug. 2, 1862. Wounded at Malvern Hill. Resigned May 15, 1863. For several years he was in the Census office at Washington, and from 1883 to 1885 held the office of Superintendent. Married (1) Elizabeth A. McKinstry, Nov. 28, 1859. Married (2) Frances W. McKinstry, Feb. 4, 1864. Children: Charles Harry; Gertrude Elizabeth [Higman]; Mabel Frances; Herbert McKinstry; RUth May [Mrs. Leslie W. Morgan]. Δ.Κ.Ε. Φ.Β.Κ.--A. B. Died in Williston, Vt., Nov. 5, 1885.

Source: Walter Eugene Howard and Charles Edward Prentiss, Catalogue of Officers and Students of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Middlebury College, 1901, p. 150.


We are sorry to chronicle the death of Captain C. H. Seaton of Washington, D. C. Captain Seaton was a son of the late Rev. C. M. Seaton of this county. He enlisted from Charlotte in Captain Weston's company of sharpshooters Co. F, First U. S. S. S. - in August, 1861, and was chosen first lieutenant of the company at is organization. On Captain Weston's resignation a year later, he succeeded him as captain of the company, and served with high credit, till obliged to resign in May, 1863, in consequence of disability from a wound received at Malvern Hill, where the sharpshooters rendered especially valuable service. Since the war Captain Seaton has been the efficient superintendent of the census office bureau, at Washington. Citizens of Burlington will remember that when the census of 1880 developed such a peculiar result, Captain Seaton was sent here to rectify the error, if any had been made, and speedily discovered the entries of fictitious names, by which the previous census had been swelled far above the true count. He was a worthy gentleman and a faithful official and had the esteem of all who knew him. His remains have been brought to Vermont and his funeral takes place today from the residence of his brother-in-law, M. Edward Whitney of Williston.

Source: Burlington Free Press, November 7, 1885.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.