- Anne Rogers Haley
Seymour, John (c. 1730s–21 August 1818), cabinetmaker, was born in or near Axminster, Devon, England. Although his parentage is unknown, he was certainly a member of the clan of woodworking Seymours established in the Devon area. Little is known of his years in England, although aspects of construction and decoration of surviving furniture reveal English training. He emigrated from Lyme Regis, Devon, with his family in November 1784. Thomas Hopkins, another Axminster emigrant and a merchant from whom Seymour would purchase furniture hardware in the American colonies, owned the ship on which they sailed. The Seymours arrived in Falmouth (now Portland), Massachusetts (now Maine), by 4 December 1784. The seacoast of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts was similar to the Devon area and attracted many emigrants from southwestern England....