I am looking for information on the ancestry of William Seymour who went to Bermuda in the early 1600’s. According to Ancestral Records and Portraits from the Colonial Dames of America:
“In 1617 William Seymour was foreman of the Grand Jury of Assize Court. In 1619 he was Sergeant Major under Governor Nat. Butler, and in 1623, he was Councillor for Sandys Tribe. The last official mention of him is August, 1628.”
This senior William had two sons: “In 1638, Captain William Seymour, Jr., was Councillor of State and Commander of Paget Fort, 1653. The last reference to him is May 3 and 4, 1653, as Councillor and Commander of Southampton Fort.” William, Jr. married Elizabeth Chaddock, daughter of Governor Thomas Chaddock.
“Hon. Florentius Seymour, was Governor-General of Bermuda, 1663 to 1668, and 1681, in which year he died, on November 3. Bermuda was at that time part of the Virginia Colony. He was Councillor of State and Captain of Southampton Fort, 1661.” Florentius married Ruth Paynter.
These Seymours may have been connected in some way with the Seymour family prominent during the reign of Henry VIII; however, I have not yet been able to find any reliable data on Ancestry.com or elsewhere. If anyone has any information, clues, or suggestions, we would very much appreciate it!