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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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Dr. W. L. Seaman, a physician and surgeon of Indian Springs, Mo., was born in Waukesha, Wis., May 21, 1858. He is a son of S. H. and Minerva (Phillips) Seaman, both of whom are natives of Auburn, N. Y. The parents were married in their native State, and removed to Waukesha, Wis., in its early settlement. They entered land and followed agricultural pursuits for a few years, when they removed to Milwaukee, where Mr. Seaman follows his trade, that of civil engineering. They are still residents of Milwaukee, and are consistent members of the Baptist Church. For several years Mr. Seaman served as justice of the peace while a resident of Waukesha. Politically he is a stanch Republican, and is a member of the I. O. O. F. In 1861 he enlisted in the Federal army, and was assigned to Company A, Twenty-fourth Wisconsin Regiment of Volunteers, with which he served until the close of the war. He participated in seventeen battles, and was with Gen. Sherman in his famous march to the sea. Mr. and Mrs. Seaman are the parents of five children: W. L., Ida J. (Mrs. David Fowler), Clarence E., George A. and Edith N. Dr. W. L. Seaman spent his youth in securing an education, which was finished at Allison Academy, Milwaukee. He began the study of medicine under the direction of Dr. J. L. Hopkins, of Oconomowoc, Wis., and entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Chicago in 1872, graduating from the institution March 16, 1875. After practicing his profession for eighteen months in Chicago, he returned to Milwaukee and practiced for a short time, when he went to Kansas City and remained four years, when he accepted a position in the Joplin (Missouri) Medical College. He remained at the latter place one year as professor of surgery, after which he came to Indian Springs, where he has since practiced his profession very successfully. April 8, 1888, he was united in marriage with Hattie L., a daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth Hales. In politics Dr. Seaman endorses and supports the principles of the Republican party. He is a member of Kishopee Lodge, I. O. O. F., at Milwaukee, and of the McDonald County Medical Association.

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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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