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Thomas Seemes


Thomas Seemes, a substantial farmer of Central Township, Perry Co., Mo., is a native of the county, born in 1835. He is a son of Felix and Ann (Maddock) Seemes. Felix Seemes was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., in 1813, and was the son of Thomas Seemes, a native of Maryland, who removed to Kentucky and thence to Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., being one of the early settlers of the latter district.

He was a tanner by trade, and about 1815 removed to Perry County, Mo., and sunk a tanyard near St. Maryís Seminary. Felix grew to manhood in Perry County, and settled on the Farmington road where Martin Muelfeldt now resides. He owned 190 acres of land.

His wife was born in 1816, in Tipperary County, Ireland, and came to America when about fifteen years of age. She died in 1882, Mr. Seemes having died in 1873. They were the parents of thirteen children, eleven of whom are living, viz.: Thomas, Elizabeth (wife of Stephen Miles), Joann, (widow of Simeon Layton of St. Louis), Emanuel, Mary Ann (wife of Mearies Layton), Vincent, Susan (wife of John Boland of St. Louis), Gertrude (widow of Alfonsus Moore), Albin Henriettta (wife of George Preston of St. Louis), and Margaret of St. Louis.

Thomas was reared to manhood on his fatherís farm, and in November, 1857, married Philomena Miles, a daughter of Francis Miles. She was born where she now lives in 1838. To their union have been born four children: Albert, Victor Lisbon, Christine and Cora.

After his marriage, Mr. Seemes located where he now resides. He and family are members of the Catholic Church. During the war he was in the Home Militia. Politically he endorses the principles of the Republican party.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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