SEABURN, Thomas (deceased), formerly a well-known and enterprising farmer in New Salem Township, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Ross County, Ohio, August 24, 1830, a son of Jacob and Mary (McGrady) Seaburn, the former a native of Berkeley County, Va., and the latter of Pennsylvania. The paternal grandmother was Annie (Van Osdell) Seaburn. At an early age the subject of this sketch came with his parents from Ohio to Fulton County, where the family lived until 1860. In boyhood he attended the common schools and assisted his father in the work of the farm. He remained with his parents until his marriage, when he moved to a farm of 160 acres in the northwest quarter of Section 22, New Salem Township, and there carried on general farming and stock-raising, also feeding cattle. He died December 23, 1903, and was buried at Pennington's Point.
On February 22, 1860, Mr. Seaburn was united in marriage with Annie B. Johnston, who was born in Pike County, Ill., and there educated: Five children resulted from this union, namely: Johnston S., Mary Luella (Mrs. J. B. Woods), Frank T., and Jay and Jessie, twins, of whom the latter married Walter Sperling. Mrs. Seaburn's parents, David and Sarah (Day) Johnston, were natives, respectively, of Virginia and Kentucky. Her paternal grandfather, Joseph Day, was a native of England. Mrs. Seaburn, with the assistance of her son, Jay, conducts the home farm. Politically, Mr. Seaburn gave his support to the Republican party. He served several terms as Assessor of his township and also held the office of Township Collector. Religiously, he was a member of the Christian Church. In all the relations of life Mr. Seaburn was a faithful, dutiful man. As a farmer he was thorough and careful; in his family he was tender and devoted; in the church, devout and zealous, and in the community, public-spirited and useful.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 998-999, extracted 30 Jul 2020 by Norma Hass.
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