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Dr. Nathaniel Randolph Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 1835

Dr. Nathaniel Randolph Seeley, one of the most distinguished and successful physicians of the State, was born in 1835 in the valley that takes its name from his family, who were among the earliest settlers there, and received his education at the old Baldwin Street Academy.

He studied medicine in the offices of Drs. D. A. Towner and Patrick V. Gray in Elmira, and was graduated with distinction from the Homeopathic Medical College in Cleveland, Ohio. For a time he practiced his profession in Corning, N. Y., but came back to Elmira in 1868, where his great natural abilities and acquired skill and experience soon placed him in the leading rank of his profession. For more than twenty years he was the most widely known and the highest regarded physician in his locality. His constant application to his business and the ceaseless calls upon him, which his love for his life-work forbade him to disregard, undermined a constitution not naturally of the most vigorous character, and he died in 1888, but a little more than fifty, at too early an age to yield up so valuable a life. It might truly be said of him that he gave his life for others. His wife, whom he married in 1859, was Mary Stuart, connected with the family of Lieutenant-Governor Campbell, of Steuben County. There were four children in this family, two sons and two daughters. Dora, the eldest, a child of unusual intellect, mature in thought, manner, and disposition, died in early youth.

The sons are Fred and Randolph. Florence Wetmore, the second daughter, was married on November 4, 1891, to John Magee, a son of Gen. George J. Magee, of Watkins, N. Y., and a grandson and namesake of the thrifty and enterprising gentleman who had much to do with the development of the southern tier counties of New York and the northern tier counties of Pennsylvania, acquiring by his well directed efforts a fortune not surpassed by that accumulated by any other person in the region.

Pages 303 – 304, “Our County and its People; a History of the Valley and County of Chemung, from the Closing Years of the Eighteenth Century,” by Ausburn Towner, published Syracuse: D. Mason & Co., 1892.

[He is SGS # 3797 – Nathaniel Randolph (# 3797); Wellin/Wellen/Welland (# 1713); James; Nathaniel; Ebenezer, Jonas; Obadiah]

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