- Anne Rogers Haley
Seymour, Thomas (14 February 1771–09 May 1848), cabinetmaker and furniture seller, was born in Axminster, Devon, England, the son of John Seymour, a cabinetmaker. He arrived with his family in Falmouth (now Portland), Maine, by 4 December 1784. He served an informal apprenticeship with his father, where in addition to making furniture, he performed general tasks associated with house carpentry and shipfitting. His cabinetmaking training was considerably less regimented than his father’s. In much of the furniture attributed to the Seymours during their Boston years, the construction techniques and attention to detail is less refined in Thomas Seymour’s work. In 1793 he is noted in the “Taking books of Assessors of the Town of Boston [Massachusetts]” as a single cabinetmaker residing with his father. John Seymour had moved to Boston from Falmouth in 1792, and his son followed, likely for economic reasons. The furniture partnership of John Seymour & Son, located in Creek Square, dates from 1793 until approximately 1803....