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Below is a family biography included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Bradford Seabourn, one of the most prominent citizens of McDonald County, Mo., was born in McMinn County, Tenn., on December 30, 1822. He is a son of Joseph Seabourn, who served in the War of 1812 under Jackson, and in 1833 settled with his family in Bradley County, Tenn., on the Ocoee Purchase. Here he passed the remainder of his life. He was the son of Joseph Seabourn, one of the early settlers of Knoxville, Tenn., he having settled there about one hundred years ago. The latter was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, under Washington. Bradford Seabourn was reared in the woods of Bradley County, Tenn., and, among other inconveniences common to the pioneer, had to walk two and one-half miles to the nearest school-house, a rude log cabin. In the fall of 1858 he came to McDonald County, Mo., and settled on land in the dense woods, which he, by much labor and many hardships, has converted into his present well-improved farm. While yet in his native State, on December 10, 1843, he was married to Catherine L. Campbell, a daughter of John B. Campbell (deceased). She is also a native of Tennessee, having been born in Rhea County. Their union has been blessed by the birth of eight children. Those living are George N., Joseph C., Esther A. O., John L., Oscar L., Mary C. and Eldora. Their other child, Sarah J. (Colloway), died when nineteen years of age, leaving a husband and two children. During the late war Mr. Seabourn was a strong Union man, and served in the Federal army as a member of Company L, Sixth Kansas Cavalry. He participated in the battles of Cabin Creek, Honey Springs and others, and is a member of the G. A. R. He has never held office, except that of justice of the peace and constable.

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This family biography is one of 82 biographies included in The History of McDonald County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: McDonald County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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