THE WILL OF THOMAS SEYMOUR OF NORWALK (1632-1712)
This will, executed in 1712, shows a small, old seal charged with the wings of the Seymours of Penhow. The seal may be seen on the original will, now in the archives of the State Library at Hartford. It is signed “T.S.”, drawn with a feeble hand. The seal, as now appears, is of brown wax and seems to have been made by the impression of an old and worn signet—probably a ring—brought to this country by Richard the Colonist, and used by his son, who was “Verry sick and Weak” at the time the will was executed. The original will of Richard Seymour, father of Thomas, has disappeared (we may consult only the record copy, damaged about two centuries ago), and it is not known whether he used this same seal in executing his will. No other use of this seal is known today. Prima facie, this seal connects Richard the Colonist and his son Thomas with the Seymours of Penhow, though the line connecting Richard's grandfather, John Seymour, with the Seymours of Penhow probably cannot now be traced.