Ashley Knapp was born on July 21, 1987, in Garden City, Michigan, to David R. Seamans and Monica J. Seamans. Ashley and her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in December 1990 when her father was transferred within the U.S. Navy. She graduated from Terry Parker High School in May 2005 and has worked in several industries, including food preparation, hospitality, and heating and air conditioning, which is her current occupation.
Her brother, U.S. Army Pfc Timothy J. Seamans, was tragically killed in action while returning from a mine excursion mission in Samarra, Iraq. Her family founded the Timothy James Seamans Foundation, Inc., doing business as Florida Fallen Heroes, in memory of her brother. Ashley serves as the foundation's vice president, and the foundation has placed 17 fallen soldier monuments at various high schools throughout northeast Florida. She currently resides in Jacksonville with her husband Duston, daughter Isabella, and their three dogs, Lady, Bob, and Yeager.
Monica (Johnson) Seamans was born on November 16, 1955, in Lafayette, Indiana, to Cecil Johnson, Jr. and Francis Beverly. Monica attended various elementary schools in Lafayette from 1961 to 1963 and New Bedford, Mass., from 1963 to 1968, Tippecanoe Middle School from 1968 to 1971, Lafayette Jefferson High School and ultimately graduated in May 1974. Monica worked in the food service industry at the Lafayette Jefferson High School cafeteria from September 1972 to May 1974. In June 1974 she worked as a laundry attendant for Crown Laundry until May 1979. In June 1979, she married her high school sweetheart David Seamans, who was serving with the United States Navy, and they settled into their new home in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
In September, Monica started her new career at the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital working in radiology as a medical clerk. In June 1983, her husband David received his new orders and they transferred to Jacksonville, Florida. In August 1983 Monica started her new job as the front desk receptionist at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville as a GS-4. On October 28, 1984, while her husband David was deployed with VS-31 in the Mediterranean, she gave birth to a newborn son Timothy James Seamans. In May 1985, David returned to his wife and newborn son. In December 1986, her husband David received new orders to Naval Recruiting District Michigan and Monica returned to work for the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital in the psychiatric ward as a GS-5 and on January 1, 1987, Monica found out that she was pregnant and on July 21, she gave birth to a baby girl, Ashley Marie Seamans.
In December 1990 her husband received new orders to the USS John Hancock (DD-981) Mayport, Florida. The family rented a home in MacClenny, Florida, while waiting for a base house. In August 1991, the family moved into base housing at Mayport Naval Base. Monica decided to take some time off from work and tend to her young children and she returned to work in December 1993 at St. Luke’s Hospital as their unit secretary. In January 1995, she was contacted by the human resource department at Naval Air Station Jackson and offered a job at the fleet industrial supply center in the personal property department as their front desk receptionist GS-5 and ultimately promoted to transportation specialist GS-6.Her son Timothy enlisted into the US Army in July 2004, and on August 18, 2005, he was killed in action. In August 2006, the family founded the Timothy James Seamans Memorial Foundation, Inc. dba Florida Fallen Heroes a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To date, the foundation has raised funds to place 17 fallen soldier monuments at various high schools throughout northeast Florida. On December 31, 2019, Monica retired after 36 years of federal service. Monica is one of the founding CEOs and currently serves as secretary of the Florida Fallen Heroes and is a member of the Navy Wives Clubs of America Daughters in Dixie No. 300.