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Below is a family biography included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.   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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WILLIAM SEAMAN, farmer, post office Monroeville, was born near the city of Hanover, Germany, Jan. 21, 1853, a son of Henry and Sophie Seaman. In the spring of 1869 the family came to this county, and settled in Allegheny City, where the father worked at his trade, that of a tailor. He died in 1885, aged sixty-nine years; his widow still resides in Allegheny City, as do her children: Henry, Sophie (Ronkamp) and Frederick. Caroline, the youngest, died when eighteen years old. William received a fair German education, and secured a knowledge of English, which he reads and writes, by private study. For two years after his arrival in America he was employed in a Pittsburgh drugstore, and then began to peddle and deal in country produce. In this he was successful, and in 1885 he bought seventy-seven acres of land in Patton, whereon he erected a dwelling and store and made other improvements. In 1876 he married Caroline Schwartz, who was born same year and place as himself and came to America at the same age. They have three children: William, Harry and Maggie. Mr. Seaman attends the Lutheran Church; he is a republican.

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This family biography is one of 2,156 biographies included in the History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania published in 1889 by A. Warner & Co.

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