Biography of William Seligman
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies





WILLIAM SELIGMAN, an influential farmer, was born December 18, 1817, in Lehigh County, Penn. He is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Stableton) Seligman, natives of the same State, and of German lineage. Their entire lives were spent in Pennsylvania. Seven children were born to them; Daniel, Charles, William, Henry and three daughters, whose names are unrecorded and forgotten. His parents dying when he was a mere child, Mr. Seligman has been unable to obtain either their names or the dates of their births. Being bound to John Foos at the age of six years, his educational privileges were few, receiving most of his instruction from private tutors in dwelling houses. He remained with Mr. Foos till his twenty first year. and then engaged as an apprentice to the cabinet and carpenter's trade, working in this capacity three years, and subsequently in an independent business until 1860. He came to Ohio in 1842, and settled near Bucyrus, doing an extensive business in contracting and building, employing from six to ten hands, and, as a result of his success, accumulating considerable property. On January 1, 1843, he married Miss Lavina Boyer, daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth Boyer, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German parentage. Eleven children have been born to them, eight of the family still surviving; Lewis A., Amandes M., Edward H., William E., Lydia A., Dilly E. (wife of H. S. Gates), Annie M. (wife of J. D. Barr). The deceased are Moses F., Angelina, Charles and an infant. Mrs. Seligman was born in 1823, and passed away November 29, 1879. In 1860, Mr. Seligman purchased his present farm and residence, at a cost of $9,000, the original number of acres being 400, which he has increased by subsequent purchases to 506, all in a splendid condition. Eighty acres of this Mr. Seligman cleared with his own hands. In 1864, he erected a handsome and commodious dwelling, costing $3,000, and also three excellent barns that are a valuable addition to the premises. The farm is also well drained, there being nearly two miles of tiling buried within its limits. His wealth is estimated at $80,000. Before the war he voted the Democratic ticket, but has since been identified with the Temperance wing of the Republican party. He has served six years as Trustee of his township, is a member of the I. O. O. F., at Marseilles, and withal one of the most highly respected and benevolent citizens of his community. Beginning life a bound boy, his life is well worthy the emulation of any who may become acquainted with its history.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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