Fourth Generation

53. Hans SEEMANN was born on 23 Jan 1825 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany to John Henry and Anna Maria "Mary" SEEMANN.  He married Maria Christina PETERSEN (daughter of Andrew PETERSEN and Maria PETERSEN), on 23 Oct 1853.  Maria was born on 17 Feb 1831 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. While both Hans and Maria were born in Schleswig-Holstein, Hans was German, and Maria was Danish.  The political turmoil between the Germans and the Danes at that time must have made for an interesting courtship between the two and their families. 


Hans Seemann

(photo courtesy of Mike Seeman)


Maria Seemann

(photo courtesy of Mike Seeman)


Hans and Maria emigrated from Germany to Clinton co., Iowa in 1854.  On 18 Feb of that year, they purchased a scenic 160 acrew farm, nestled among the rolling hills of Sec. 34 in Elk River twp.  Their home was situated nearby a small creek, across the road from a small, country school.  It was here that all of their children were born and raised. 


Above: Sec. 34, land owned by Hans and Maria Seemann.

Below: Creek running through Hans' and Maria's farm.


On 11 Feb 1884, Hans and Maria sold their farm and purchased another in Union co., South Dakota, in the southeast portion of the state.  Across the state line a short distance was Akron, iowa, where they did their business.  Their daughter, Mary, and her husband Henry Manning, also moved to the same area about the same time.  Their land, located in Sec. 11 and 12, bore a striking resemblance to the farm they left behind in Iowa, with green, undulating hills and a small creek cutting through the farm.  Their home was described as "beautiful" and situation near the creek on Sec. 11.




Above: The Seemann farm in Sioux Valley twp.; right photo shows East Union Creek near where their home was built.



On 5 Sep 1893, while visiting his son Fred in Dubuque, Hans passed away, after what had been an illness of 3 months.  He had been admitted to Finley Hospital, and died there due to lung cancer and pleurisy.  He was buried on 7 Sep 1893 in Riverside cemetery, Akron, Plymouth co., Iowa. He was 68 years, 7 months, and 12 days of age. 

After the death of her husband, Maria lived with her daughter in South Dakota, and spent time each year with her sons Will, Fred and Carl, who were situated in Dubuque at the time.  In her last year of life, she left in July for visits to Fred in Sioux City, Will in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Carl in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.   She died of valvular insufficiency on Sunday, 25 Nov 1906 in Oshkosh, Winnebago co., Wisconsin, at the home of her son Carl, who also acted as her attending physician.  After a funeral at the Akron (Iowa) German Lutheran Church, she was buried in Riverside Cemetery, next to her husband, under a large evergreen tree.  She was 75 years, 9 months, and 8 days old.  


Riverside Cemetery, near Akron, Iowa

Below: the grave marker of Hans and Maria Seemann



The children of Hans and Maria Seemann, about 1906

Back: Henry, Fred, Mary, John

Front: Carl, Will, and Andrew

(Photo courtesy of Mike Seeman)

Hans SEEMANN and Maria Christina PETERSEN were parents of the following children:



John Henry SEEMAN.



Anna Maria SEEMAN.



Andreas Anton SEEMANN.



Christian Friedrich SEEMANN was born on 29 Jul 1861.



Henry Jesse SEEMAN.



Frederick August SEEMAN.



Carl August SEEMANN.



William Otto SEEMANN.



Infant Son SEEMANN.88


Census Information:


1856 Iowa State Census, Clinton co., Elk River twp.

Hans Seeman, 31, Male, Married, in state 2 years, b. Germany, farmer, Alien, Militia, owns improved (80 a) & unimproved (120 a) of land

Mary Seeman, 25, Female, Married, lived in state two years, born Germany
John Seemann, 2, male, lived in state two years, born Iowa
John Seemann, 57, male, married, lived in state 1 year, born Germany, farmer, Alien, owns improved (60 a) and unimproved (20 a) land
Mary Seemann, 56, female, married, in state 1 year, born Germany
Eliza Peterson, 19, female, lived in state 2 years, born Germany
David (Detleff) Seemann, 25, male, in state 3 years, born Germany, farmer,
Peter Seemann, 22, male, in state 2 years, born Germany, farmer, Alien, in militia
John Seemann, 14, male, in state 1 year, born Germany, Alien, in militia

1860 Census, Iowa, Clinton co., Elk River twp.

Hans Seaman, 35, M, farmer, $3,000/$500, b. Holstein
Mary, 29, F, b. Holstein
John, 6M, b. Iowa
Mary, 3F, b. Iowa
Andrew, 1M,b. Iowa
John H., 60M, b. Holstein
Ann M., 59F, b. Holstein
John, 18M, Farm laborer, b. Holstein


1870 Census, Iowa, Clinton co., Elk River twp.

Hans Seemann, 45, b. Schleswig
Mary, 39, b. Schleswig
John, 16
Mary, 13
Andrew, 11
Henry, 8
Frederick, 5
Charles, 2


1880 Census, Iowa, Clinton co., Elk River twp.

Hans SEEMANN Self M M W 55 PRUS Occ: Farmer Fa: PRUS Mo: PRUS
Mary SEEMANN Wife F M W 49 PRUS Occ: Keeping House Fa: PRUS Mo: PRUS
Andrew SEEMANN Son M S W 21 IA Fa: PRUS Mo: PRUS
Frederick SEEMANN Son M S W 14 IA Fa: PRUS Mo: PRUS
Wilhelm SEEMANN Son M S W 9 IA Fa: PRUS Mo: PRUS




Sep. 7, 1893

Union County Leader

Elk Point, SD

Mr. Hans Seeman died at Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1893, at 5 o'clock p.m. His death, though expected for some time, casts a sad gloom over our entire community where he has been known and loved by all who had the pleasure of an acquaintance with him. His faithful wife, who has been his dearest companion for 41 years, was at his bedside through the long illness, and all the children, but one son, Andrew, who lives in California, were present, when he breathed his last. The remains were brought home for burial, accompanied by the sorrowing family. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at the Baptist church in Akron, the services being conducted by Rev. C. Carroll. The interment was in the Akron cemetery. There was an unusual large number of people in attendance at the last sad rights, showing the high esteem in which the deceased and his estimable family are held by the community.

Mr. Seeman was born Jan. 25, 1825, at Schleswig, Holstein, Germany. He came to America in 1853, settling at Lyons, Clinton co., Iowa. In 1884 he moved to Union county, this state, and fitted up a beautiful home on Union creek in Sioux Valley tp., where he has since resided.

At the time of his death he was visiting his son Fred at Dubuque, Iowa, and was being treated for a tumor over his lungs, which was the immediate cause of his death. He did not take much part in public affairs, but was a good citizen, a member of the German Lutheran church, a kind husband and an excellent father. The daughter, Mrs. Henry Manning, and two sons, John and Charlie, live here. Fred and Will at Dubuque, Ia.; Henry in Colorado, and Andrew in California.

Sioux Valley, Sept. 11, 1893.

J. H. Seeman and Bert Parsons with their wives came up from Akron Sunday and spent the day with the Reeves family.

Will and Fred Seeman, of Dubuque, and Henry, of Colorado, shook hands with many friends here last week.

Mrs. Hans Seeman will make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Manning, for the present.





Akron Register-Tribune

Akron, Iowa

Nov. 29, 1906




SEEMANN--At the home of her son, Dr. Chas. A., in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Sunday, November 25, 1906, Mrs. Maria C. Seemann, aged 75 years, 9 months and 8 days, of heart trouble.


Grandma Seemann was one of the early settlers of Sioux Valley township, Union county, S.D., where she resided for over twenty years. Her life was one of rare devotion to her family and her kindly and helpful nature endeared her to all.


Maria Christina Peters(on) was born February 17, 1831, at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where she was baptized and confirmed in the German Lutheran church. October 23, 1853, she married Mr. Seemann, and of this union resulted eight sons and one daughter, two of the sons dying in infancy. Seven children survive -- Mrs. Henry Manning, in Union county, S.D.; Andrew of Templeton, California; John, of Rocky Ford, Colorado; Henry, of Rockham, S. D.; Fred A., of Sioux City, Iowa; William, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Chas. A., of Oshkosh,

Wisconsin -- all of whom were here yesterday at their mother's funeral except Andrew.


Mr. and Mrs. Seemann came to the United States in 1854, locating at Clinton, Iowa, where they lived until 1884, when they came to Union county, S. D. Her husband died in 1893, and since then she has resided with her children, most of the time with her daughter, Mrs. Manning. Last July she left here to visit her sons at Sioux City, Eau Claire and Oskhosh.


After an extended illness, she passed away at her son's home in the latter city. This community extends its condolence to the bereaved ones.


Funeral services were conducted in the Akron German Lutheran church by Rev. Fred A. Meske, yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, where many friends and old-time neighbors assembled to offer their last tribute of respect. Interment was made in Riverview cemetery, beside her husband.Four of the sons, Fred, Chas., Henry, and William are successful doctors.