Page 704-705, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


F. W. Seward, a prominent farmer and stockman of Glencoe township, Butler county, is a native of Illinois. He was born March 14, 1872, and is a son of W. C. and Rebecca (Williamson) Seward, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Illinois. W. C. Seward, the father, was a stockman, and came to Kansas in the spring of 1876, when F. W., who name introduces this sketch, was four years old. The family located in Ford county, Kansas, and in 1884 came to Butler county. The Sewards are an old and prominent American family. W. C. Seward was a cousin of Secretary of State Seward, of President Lincoln's cabinet, and Elizabeth Windsor, mother of W. C. Seward, traced her ancestry back to the Mayflower.

F. W. Seward is one of a family of eight children born to W. C. and Rebecca (Williamson) Seward, the others being as follows: Samuel, Laird, Colo.; Mrs. Elizabeth Fowler, Bridger, Mont.; F. M., Mountain Home, Ark.; Mrs. Anna Marks, Leon, Kans.; Mrs. Amy Bush, Tonkwa,

F. W. Seward's Residence

Okla.; Mrs. Florida Churchill, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Ida Strickland, Lawrence, Kans., and P. W. Ft. Worth, Texas.


F. W. Seward came to Butler county with his parents in 1884, and remained on the home farm until he reached his majority. In 1898 he removed to Glencoe township and has since that time been successfully engaged in stock raising. He has 600 acres of land and is one of the extensive stockmen in that section of the country.

Mr. Seward was married in 1900 to Miss Cora Parker, a daughter of Joel Parker, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. To Mr. and Mrs. Seward have been born the following children: Ruby, born in 1901, a student in the Leon High School; Ivan, born in 1902; Wayne, born in 1905, and Freeman, born in 1907, attending the public schools.

Mr. Seward is a Republican and frequently takes an active part in local political issues. He has served as assessor of Glencoe township, having been appointed for one year and elected to serve four years. The Seward home in Glencoe township is a splendid residence of beautiful and commanding appearance, and has all modern improvements such as are found in the modern residences of the city. Mr. Seward has installed a gasoline engine, which is used for pumping the water supply to a tank, which affords sufficient water pressure to maintain a perfect water system for the residence, and the same power is used for the laundry, cream separator, etc. He has combined the freedom of the country with the conveniences of city life.

Mr. Seward is one of the successful farmers and stock raisers of Butler county and a public spirited and substantial citizen of the community.

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