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Caroline Minerva Seeley

George Keefer, the father of our subject, was married in New York State to Miss Caroline Minerva Seeley, daughter of Dr. John Seeley, who was a native of Elizabethtown, N.J., and died on the 4th of August, 1809, with yellow fever, while on his way home from New York City to Danbury, Vt. The maiden name of Mrs. Seeley was Sarah Blanchard. She was born in Providence, R.I., in 1776, and was the daughter of William Blanchard, who was of French birth and parentage. The later married Miss Betsy Kyle, a native of Ireland. Mrs. Sarah Seeley, the maternal grandmother of our subject, died in Milford, Oakland County, this State, Dec. 22, 1864, aged eighty-eight years. Of her marriage with John Seeley there were born two children only, a son and daughter, the former of whom died at the age of three years, and the latter, Caroline Minerva, was married to George Keefer, March 17, 1825, in Danville, Livingston Co., N.Y. The latter were the parents of seven children, namely: Francis T., Henry Martin, Sarah Elizabeth (Mrs. Gregory), Adaliza Eloda, Ophelia Antoinette (Mrs. Whitmore), John Alexander and Jane Love. Adaliza E. was born in Scottsville, Monroe Co., N.Y., in 1835, and died there at the age of one year; Jane Love died in Allen Township, this county, when five years old; Francis T. died May 18, 1852, at Musqueto Canyon, El Dorado Co., Cal., at the age of twenty-six years. He left a widow and three sons – George V. Harvey and Francis.

Extracted from the biography of Henry M. Keefer, Page 840-841, “Portrait and biographical album of Hillsdale county, Mich., containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States” Published Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1888.

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