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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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HENRY J. SEAMAN, General Manager for the Atlas Cement Company, whose works are located in Whitehall Township, near Coplay, was born in Shasta County, Cal., in 1859. He is a son of Henry J. and Maria Seaman, natives of Bethlehem, and the former of whom is now deceased. When about four years of age, our subject accompanied his parents to Pennsylvania, and received his preliminary education in the schools of Bethlehem, where they located. Later he was graduated from Lehigh University with the Class of ‘89, and, having taken a special course in that institution, was for several years afterward chemist and furnace manager of the Crane Iron Company. Subsequently for three years, he was in the employ of the Carbon Iron and Pipe Company, of which he was General Superintendent, and in 1892 he came to fill his present position as General Manager of the Atlas Cement Company.

The cement works in which our subject is employed were incorporated with the following gentlemen as officers: J. R. Maxwell, President; J. F. DeNavarro, Vice-President; Alphonzo DeNavarro, Second Vice-President; and Henry Graves, Jr., Secretary and Treasurer. Their main office is in the Central Building, No. 143 Liberty Street, New York City, where they find a ready market for the product of the factory. The company manufacture solely a high grade of Portland cement, the daily capacity being six hundred barrels. They employ about one hundred hands in the mill, which is equipped with the best methods of machinery to be found in the market. In the manfacture of this article they use crude oil for fuel, and rotary cylinders, the latter being covered by a patent controlled by the corporation.

Our subject occupies a high position in political circles, voting with the Republican party, and is also a Mason of prominence, holding membership with the lodge at Catasauqua. He was married in 1885 to Miss Minnie Boyer, daughter of Reuben Boyer, who is now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Seaman have been born two children, Louise and Henry.

Our subject is likewise a member of the Institute of Mining Engineers, and is looked upon as one of the most prominent residents of this section. The Atlas Cement Company also own four hundred acres of land in Northampton County, on which they have erected a large mill for the manufacture of Portland cement.

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This family biography is one of numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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