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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  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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Rev. F. M. Seamster was born in Schuyler County, Mo in 1848, and is a son of Rev Williamson Seamster, who was born in Virginia in 1817. He was reared in his native State, and afterward went to Kentucky where he was united in marriage to Miss Susan Rigsbee, a native also of Virginia. They lived to Kentucky until 1837, and then moved to Missouri, where they spent the remainder of their days. The mother’s death occurred in 1874 and the father afterward married Mary A. Pendergraff, by whom three children were born to him. He died in 1884. Sixteen children blessed his first marriage. Rev. F. M. Seamster was educated in Missouri, and after coming to Arkansas in 1879 became a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, and has been actively engaged in that calling up to the present time. He is at the present time pastor of two churches on Pea Ridge and has done much to further the cause of Christianity. He was married in 1873 to Miss Amanda Dunagan, a daughter of Elder Dunagan, of Rogers, Ark., and by her is the father of five children: Carrie L., John William, Cora E., George M. and Robert M. Mr. Seamster is now living at Avoca, where he has a good farm and one of the largest orchards of small fruits in Benton County. He is a Democrat, also a Master Mason.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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