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Isaac Seelye


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 1780

Date of Death: March 15, 1833

Birth Place: Fairfield, CT

Death Place: Cherry Valley

Biographical Sketches, 1796

ISAAC SEELYE was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1780, but did not enter College until the Senior year.

In 1797 he emigrated to Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York, and is said to have been for a time the Principal of the Academy there.

He studied law, and after his admission to the bar in February, 1807, remained in Cherry Valley, and became one of the leading lawyers in Central New York. In legal knowledge he was the superior of any of his compeers. He early amassed a handsome fortune from his extensive practice, and during his later years confined himself mainly to office business.

He died in Cherry Valley on March 15, 1833, in his 54th year.

In 1804 he was married in Suffield, Connecticut, by the Rev. Ebenezer Gay, to Julia Leonard, of Feeding Hills parish, in West Springfield, Massachusetts; by whom he had a son who died in early life, and two daughters who left descendants.

Mrs. Seelye made her home after her husband’s death with her younger daughter in Cherry Valley, but died while on a visit to her elder daughter, in Penn Yan, New York, on September 20, 1850.


Mrs. Wm. S. Little, MS. letters, Valley, 59, 84, 93-94, 110, 140, 145. Oct., 1908. Sawyer, Hist, of Cherry

“Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, “Vol. V. September, 1805 – September 1815, by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Litt.D. Yale University Press, New Haven, 1912, pages 701-702

[Isaac is SGS # 1913 – Isaac (#1913); Isaac (#603); Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Robert]

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