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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Remembering Private William Austin Seay, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky

William Austin Seay, the son of Samuel Seay and Susan Balee, was born in Shelby County in February 1821. A farmer, Seay was 5’8 ½”, with a dark complexion, gray eyes and dark hair. He married Martha Williams and had two sons, Robert A. (1856=1928) and Charles (1861- ) and one daughter, Emma (1859-1939). Private Seay was wounded at the Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862, and was discharged April 28, 1863, in Louisville on a certificate of disability. The wound had resulted in a stiff leg because of damage to leg tendons. Austin Seay died in Eastwood, Jefferson County, Kentucky, on October 15, 1906, at the age of eighty-four. His funeral was performed by Rev. J.J. Dickey of Simpsonville Methodist Church, and he was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Simpsonville.

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