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Ernest Thompson "The Chief" Seton
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1860
County Durham, England
Death: Oct. 23, 1946
Seton Village
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA

Seton ("the Chief") AKA "Black Wolf" was an award winning wildlife illustrator and naturalist who was also a spell-binding storyteller and lecturer, a best selling author of animal stories, expert with Native American Sign language and early supporter of the political, cultural and spiritual rights of First Peoples. He was born August 14, 1860, in South Shields, Durham, England, of Scottish ancestry (

In 1931 he became a United States citizen. He died in Seton Village, New Mexico in 1946, aged 86. Seton was cremated in Albuquerque. In 1960, in honor of his 100th birthday and the 350th anniversary of Santa Fe, his daughter Dee and his grandson Seton Cottier (son of Anya) scattered the ashes over Seton Village from a plane.

He was founder of the Woodcraft Indians and founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America. 
Family links: 
  Joseph Logan Thompson (1821 - 1902)
  Alice Snowden Thompson (1823 - 1897)
  Julia Moses Buttree Seton (1889 - 1975)*
  Anya Seton (1904 - 1990)*
  John Enoch Thompson (1846 - 1932)*
  Joseph Logan Thompson (1849 - 1922)*
  Charles Seton Thompson (1851 - 1925)*
  Henry T. Thompson (1852 - 1935)*
  Ernest Thompson Seton (1860 - 1946)
  Alan C. Thompson (1864 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: scattered the ashes over Seton Village, New Mexico from a plane.
Created by: Kyle
Record added: Aug 15, 2008
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Ernest Thompson The Chief Seton
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Ernest Thompson The Chief Seton
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Thank you for helping found a great institution. Because of you, the good values taught and instilled in young boys still go on today... in the alternative organizations like Trail Life USA. Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts organization has caved to dishonor...(Read more)
- Anonymous
 Added: May. 5, 2017
He was an amazing man! I would have loved to have known him.
- A DiPalma
 Added: Jul. 11, 2016

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 Added: Apr. 23, 2016
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