Eleazer M. Seely

Personal

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: February 18, 1834

Date of Death: June 24, 1888

Birth Place: Knoxville, PA

ELEAZER M. SEELY is the postmaster at Fletcher, Washington, where he also is proprietor of a thriving mercantile business. He comes of old Pennsylvania Quaker stock, a remote descendant of William Penn and was himself raised in the Quaker church. He was born in Knoxville, Pennsylvania, February 18, 1834, the son of Henry and Emily (Stephens) Seely, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the mother of Connecticut. The latter was a nephew of the famous Commodore Stephens. The parents early in life settled in Knoxville, where the mother died at the age of forty-two and the father at sixty-six years. The grandfather of our subject was among the first of the pioneers to settle in the state founded by the illustrious Penn. The brothers and sisters of Mr. Seely are: Luke L., Harriett, Albert, Jiles C., and Emma.

Mr. Seely received his early education in the Deerfield Union academy in Pennsylvania, to attend which he walked one mile each day. At the age of nineteen he went to Indiana and began teaching school. He followed this occupation for two years, then learned the trade of mill wright, which has furnished him a livelihood the greater part of his life since mastering it. In 1861 he enlisted in the Indiana State Militia and served as a private two years, when he was commissioned a lieutenant, which office he held until later when he removed to Illinois to engage in work at his trade. In 1865 he returned to his native state to settle the estate of his deceased father and remained there until 1869, when he returned to Pike county, Illinois. In 1888 he came to Washington and located at Ellensburg, where he engaged in contracting until 1893 when he came to Adams county. He did some contracting here until 1895, when he was appointed postmaster, which office he has held continuously ever since, although politically he is an active Democrat. He took a homestead in the vicinity of Fletcher soon after coming to the county, which he still retains and he also owns the building containing the postoffice, which is his home.

In 1860 Mr. Seely was married to Miss Louesa A. Huffman, daughter of Barney and Lucretia Huffman, natives of Virginia. The parents of Mrs. Seely came west in 1888 and located in Adams county, where they still live, the father at the age of eighty-two and the mother one year his junior.

On June 24, 1888, Mrs. Seely departed this life, leaving a family of nine children, Albert A., Henry B., Ed M., L. L., Mary A., Emma, Belle, George, and William. Another child died during infancy.

“An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington”, published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904