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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  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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DEAN SEAMAN, M. D., is the leading physician of Beaver Dams, where he has been in practice for the past fifteen years. He was born in Reading Center, N. Y., October 31, 1856, the only child of Dr. Horace D. Seaman, who was a well known physician of Schuyler County. The latter was a native of Delaware County, N. Y., born in 1829, and was there reared. After graduating from Geneva Medical College he moved to Syracuse, but did not remain there, however, instead commencing his practice at Reading Center. Two years later he removed to Beaver Dams, where he died in January, 1888. He was married in Redding, Miss., to Miss Ophelia Pope, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of James Pope, an early settler of the town of Reading.

The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood under the parental roof, received his primary education in the common schools, and finished his course at Cook’s Academy, from which he was graduated. At the age of seventeen he entered a drug store at Watkins, where he remained three years, during which time, after business hours, he read medicine with Dr. Thompson, and later spent some time in reading with his father.

In 1876 he entered Miami Medical College, at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he spent one term, and then entered Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, from which he was graduated in 1879. In 1881 he commenced the practice of his profession at Beaver Dams, where he has since continued to reside, and where he has built up an excellent practice. On the 15th of February, 1882, at Branchport, Yates County, he was married to Miss Florence Paris, of that place, and a daughter of O. M. and Jane (Cole) Paris. Immediately after his marriage he brought his young bride to his home in Beaver Dams. To them has been born one child, Bertha, who is now seven years old.

In politics, Dr. Seaman has been a life-long Democrat, firmly believing in the principles of that party. He has never sought nor accepted official position, as his professional duties require his undivided attention. He is a member of Jefferson Lodge No. 332, F. & A. M., of Watkins; of Watkins Chapter, R. A. M.; and of St. Omer Commandery, K. T., of Elmira, N. Y. As a physician, Dr. Seaman ranks with the best in Schuyler County, and as a citizen he is held in the highest esteem.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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