I am in the early stages of compiling information on my line of the SEAY family. Much of my focus, however, hinges on identifying and documenting the man I believe to be my gggrandfather, DANIEL PAUL SEAY (b. 1832, also recorded as DAVID SEE or LEE) who married my recorded gggrandmother, MALINDA (MALINDY) SUSAN REICH on April 27, 1852 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. The 1880 Texas Census lists MALINDA as the head of household, along with six children--Daniel Paul died on Feb. 9, 1879. (I have recently identified a 7th child, appearing with MALINDA and WILLIE on the 1900 Texas Census--a 40-year-old adult listed as DANIEL P.)
It appears that DANIEL PAUL may have been the youngest (or a younger) son of MICHAEL M. SEAY (1777-1845) of SC. I have found several references which state that MICHAEL was married at least three times and had children by each. There are a variety of listings, although all are incomplete. DANIEL PAUL (who does appear on one list) was born in Tennessee, but married in Itawamba, Mississippi--the place where MICHAEL SEAY died.
There is also a strong argument for "family names"-- my grandfather's name was MARCUS MICHAEL and his father (DANIEL PAUL's son) was MARK M.(called MIKE). Although one of his older brothers had already been given the "Michael" name, it stands to reason that DANIEL PAUL would carry on the tradition of giving his first son his father's name . . . which he did.
If, in fact, DANIEL PAUL is my missing link, the apparent remaining sequence shifts to South Carolina and becomes: DANIEL PAUL SEAY (1832-1879), MICHAEL M. SEAY (1777-1845), ABRAHAM A. SEAY (a1738-?), JOHN BARNET SEAY (a1720), and JOSEPH SEAY (a1695-1733).
Obviously I use any help you can give. I would appreciate any supporting information regarding the above family members, especially: (1) Errors, omissions, etc., (2) the primary location in South Carolina where this family may have lived, and (3) any information beyond Joseph Seay.