Tillman Kimsey Seago, founder and namesake of the Dallas County town of Seagoville, state legislator, farmer, merchant, and postmaster, was born on July 29, 1836, in Cherokee County, Georgia. He was the eldest son of Lucinda (Garrett) Seago and Isaac L. Seago. His father served in the Mexican War and died of the measles in Mexico when Tillman was only ten years old. Unable to sustain the family farm in Georgia following the death of Tillman’s father, Seago’s mother moved the family to a farm near the present-day town of Linden in Cass County, Texas, in 1851. Tillman was educated in “common schools” and continued to live with his mother until he married four years later.
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