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 Seaborn McDaniel Denson

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Seaborn McDaniel Denson

Birth
Arbacoochee, Cleburne County, Alabama, USA
Death 19 Mar 1936 (aged 81)
Helicon, Winston County, Alabama, USA
Burial Addison, Winston County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 27673269 View Source
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Seaborn McDaniel Denson was born near Arbacoochee AL in Randolph County (now Cleburne County), the son of a Methodist minister, Levi Phillips Denson. His mother was Juliann (Jones) Denson. He married Sidney S. Burdette in Cleburne County AL on June 26, 1874. There were eight children born of this marriage: Ida Octavia, Iva, Seaborn I. ("Shell"), James Thomas ("Toss"), William Philpot (Phil), Sidney Whitfield ("Whitt"), Robert E., and Evan E. Denson. Around 1900 he relocated with his family to Winston County, Alabama. He shows up on the 1900 Winston County census as head of household living in the community of Dismal, Alabama. In 1913 he received a patent for a homestead in eastern Winston County, near the present-day town of Arley. He and his brother, Thomas Jackson (T.J.) Denson, were successful teachers, directors, and song leaders of Sacred Harp (fa-sol-la) singing throughout Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas, in the early 1900s and up to the time of their deaths. When he wasn't teaching music, he farmed. In addition to teaching Sacred Harp music, he also played the fife and the violin. In 1911, he and his brother assisted Joseph Stephen James in his revision of the Original Sacred Harp Songbook (compiled by William Walker and B.F. White in the mid-1800s). In 1933 the brothers bought the rights to the 1911 Sacred Harp revision, which eventually led to a publication of the Denson revision in 1936. He is credited with writing the alto part to many of the old Sacred Harp songs as well as writing a number of his own songs for the 1911 revision. He died at the home of his son, Seaborn I. Denson near Helicon AL on March 19, 1936 and was buried in Pisgah Cemetery, near the present day towns of Nesmith and Addison AL. In 1944, a monument was erected to the memory of these Denson brothers on the grounds of the Winston County Courthouse at Double Springs AL to commemorate their ceaseless efforts in promoting Sacred Harp singing during the course of their lives. He was affectionately known to many as "Uncle Seab."


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Daddy a lover of music having taught over 200 schools.


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