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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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FRANK G. SEAMAN, M. D., is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Seneca Falls, where he has been in practice since 1881. He is a native of Herkimer County, N. Y., born in Fairfield September 5, 1860, and is a son of James Leander and Elizabeth (Gay) Seaman, both of whom were natives of Herkimer County, the former born in October, 1819. He was a manufacturer and merchant during his entire life, and died in Fairfield in 1880. The mother was a daughter of Dean Gay. The grandfather of our subject, James Seaman, was an early settler of Herkimer County, and was of German descent.

The Doctor is the youngest in a family of three children, of whom Mrs. Ella J. Ellwood resides in Seneca Falls, and Mrs. Marion E. Smith in Geneva, N. Y. During his boyhood our subject attended the public schools of his native village, and later was a student in Fairfield Seminary, where he finished his literary course. On leaving school he read medicine with Dr. John Swinburne, of Albany, N. Y., and later entered Albany Medical College, from which he was graduated in March, 1881.

On receiving his degree Dr. Seaman came to Seneca Falls and at once entered upon the practice of his profession. Like all other young physicians, his success did not come at a bound, but his practice gradually increased as his skill as a physician became known, and to-day he has one of the largest practices in the city. He gives his undivided time and attention to his profession, and always keeps abreast of the times. The latest discoveries in medicine and surgery he does not hesitate to adopt, if in accordance with reason and common sense. His library is filled with the latest medical works of the various schools, together with such standard works as have proved useful. He is a member of the Seneca County Medical Society, of the New York State Medical Association, and also of the American Medical Association. His suite of rooms is fitted up in a neat and attractive manner, and patients always receive the best care and kindest of treatment. In 1891 the Doctor was elected Coroner of the county and served until 1894. He is well read on all the current topics of the day, and knows how to express himself in a forcible manner, and these facts, added to his agreeable manner, make him a welcome guest. Politically he is a Democrat.

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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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