Fifth Generation

95. Henry Jesse SEEMAN was born on 21 Oct 1864 in Clinton co., Iowa, the fifth of nine children of Hans and Maria C. (PETERSEN) SEEMANN, German immigrants.   He was raised in Clinton co., but headed westward as a young man.  He went to Lindon, Colorado, where he was a hardware merchant as early as 1888. 


On 4 Oct 1888, at the home of her father Stephenson co., Illinois, in he married Eva Augusta ADAMS. The daughter of John Quincy ADAMS and Julia VAN BROCKLIN,  Eva was born on 5 Feb 1864 in Florence twp., where her grandfather, Conrad Van Brocklin, was one of the earliest pioneers.  She was raised in Florence twp., but went to join her brothers in Sutherland, Iowa, as a teenage girl, where Henry had relatives as well. After her marriage to Henry, she joined him in Colorado.


In 1891, Henry purchased 160 acres of land in Washington county, Colorado, but must not have stayed there long, if at all; in 1894 he was a registered voter in Arapahoe county, Colorado.  Exactly where he went, if he moved at all, is unclear, as county lines changed several times. 


By 1896, Henry had moved his family, which now included daughters Leona, Myrtle, and Mazie, and his son Lloyd, to Freeport, Stephenson co., Illinois, near Eva's family.  He was working for Stover Bicycle Manufacturing Company in Freeport in 1896, while they rented a home at 231 Float st.  Stover Manufacturing Company, pictured below, produced more than just bicycles; they were a major producer of windmills, which were used all over the world. 







Stover Manufacturing Company

Freeport, Illinois



Henry Jesse Seeman


Eva Adams Seeman


In 1898, Henry worked as a mechanic, and had also moved his family to home on Bailey Avenue.  But in the next year, following the lead of his brothers, Henry enrolled as a student at the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons in St. Louis, Missouri.  He later went to the University of the South, in Sewanee, Franklin co., Tennessee, to complete his education.   He was awarded his M. D. degree in January of 1901.  After completing his education, he moved his family, which now included another son, Earl, to Dubuque, Iowa, where he worked as an assistant to his brother Dr. Fred Seemann, in the Lincoln Building.  He rented a house at 209 Booth for his family.


In 1901, the Henry Seeman family moved to their permanent home in Rockham, Faulk co., South Dakota.  Henry set up his practice in a small two-room cottage behind the bank building, and kept these offices until he built his own drug store.  He offered in electro-therapeutics to his patients.  Henry was an active member of his community, being a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandry lodges of the Masonic Order at Redfield, and the Shrine at Aberdeen.  He belowed to the A. O. U. W., M. W. A., and RNA lodges at Rockham. 


On 2 Nov 1907, Eva Seeman died from tuberculosis.  She had been ill about one year. About the time of Eva's death, their daughter Myrtle contracted the disease.   Within a month or two, she was sent to the Home for Consumptives in Colorado, where the died about a year later.  Mother and daughter were buried at Rockham Grace Cemetery, near Rockham.


On 1 Jul 1908, Henry married Maude Alberta BACON, at the Congregational Church in Columbia, Brown co., South Dakota.  She was the daughter of James Henry BACON and Villa RACKLIFFE, and the widow of Milford Kenedy.  Milford was a native of Minnesota, and Maude of Maine, and they had been living in Aberdeen, Brown co., South Dakota.  Milford, as of 1900, was a store clerk, and they had three children: daughter Marion, and sons Newell and Milford.


Henry died of colon cancer on 6 Sep 1929 in Rockham, after an illness of only seven months.  He was buried with his wife Eva at Rockham Grace Cemetery, following a funeral at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Rockham. 


Census Information for Henry Seeman:

1870 in Elk River, Clinton co., Iowa, in the household of his father, Hans Seemann
1880 in Elk River, Clinton co., Iowa, in the household of his father, Hans Seemann.

1900 in Florence twp., Stephenson co., Illinois.

1910 in Zell twp., Faulk co., South Dakota

1920 in Rockham, Faulk co., South Dakota.






St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons

St. Louis, Missouri


Maude Bacon Kennedy

(photo source unknown)

Henry Jesse SEEMAN and Eva Augusta ADAMS had the following children:



Leona Augusta SEEMAN was born on 22 Jul 1889 in Thurman, Arapahoe co., Colorado.  She died from double pneumonia on 22 Apr 1897 in Freeport, Stephenson co., Illinois. She was buried in Lane Cemetery, Florence, Stephenson co., Illinois. The church and church cemetery land in Florence where Leona is buried belonged to her grandfather John Q. Adams in 1871, according to the plat map.  She was 7 years old at the time of her death.  She had been born a "blue baby," a common term pertaining to a congenital heart malformation that results in reduced oxygen in the blood, giving the baby a blue tint to the skin.  An operation would later be developed that would spare the lives of these children, but no such option was available at the time of Leona's birth.

Leona Seeman

Leona's grave marker



Lloyd Grant SEEMAN.



Myrtle Estelle SEEMAN was born on 6 Sep 1891 in Colorado.  She contracted tuberculosis about the time her mother died from the disease, and spent the final year of her life at the Home for Consumptives in Edgewater, Colorado, where she died on 5 Jan 1909.  She was buried at Rockham Grace Cemetery, Rockham, South Dakota. 

Home for Consumptives

Edgewater, Colorado

Myrtle Seemam



Mazie Julia SEEMAN.



Earl William SEEMAN.