Dee Seton Barber and Adoption


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Barber was adopted in 1938 by Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) and his second wife, Julia Moses Buttree. Seton had founded the Woodcraft movement in 1902 in Connecticut, which developed into a youth and adult organization similar in many ways to the scouts, but purged of the militaristic overtones of scouting, with more emphasis on nature lore, and a great sympathy with Native American philosophies. (Seton had previously been Chief Scout of the USA). She is now head of the Ernest Thompson Seton Institute, based at his former home, Seton Castle, Santa Fé, New Mexico, which promotes the philosophy of her father.

Her father and his first wife also had a born-to daughter who was the novelist Anya Seton.


Barber, Dee Seton. "A Short Biography of Ernest Thompson Seton." Available at: