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Jacob Seely Jr.


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: July 15, 1823

Birth Place: Columbia County, PA

Jacob Seely Jr. was born 7-15-1823 in Columbia Co., Pa., the ninth of twelve children of Jacob Seely Sr. and Elizabeth Van Camp(en). He was first married to Margaret Armstrong who was born 5-6-1829 and died 9-23-1854. Jacob was married second on 5-10-1858 to Mary Ann Boyden Seely, who was born 12-15-1827 in Onondaga Co., New York. She was the daughter of William Boyden and Sally Smith and the widow of Jacob’s older brother, Clinton Seely. Jacob moved his family from Vinton, Iowa to Pleasant Valley Township, Cowley County, Kansas in the 1870’s where he farmed until his death of pneumonia on 12-19-1882. He is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield, Kansas. After Jacob’s death, Mary returned to Iowa where she died at Vinton on 8-25-1905. She is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Vinton.

One of Jacob’s older brothers was William Seely, whose wife, Lucy Ann Decker, divorced him and married Mormon Leader Brigham Young becoming his third (and first plural) wife.

Jacob had three children by his first marriage and five by his second: Francis G. Seely, born 8-23-1849 in Ohio and died 4-28-1855; William Edmond Seely, born 3-16-1851 in Ohio and died 2-12-1934 at Vinton, Iowa. He was married on 3-241872 to Alice Dorsey who was born 3-26-1853 and died in September of 1931 at Vinton, Iowa. She was the daughter of Beal and Eliza Dorsey; Jacob A. Seely, born 11-17-1853 in Ohio and died 11-20-1854; Lillian Mae Seely, born 7-4-1859 at Vinton, Iowa, died 12-31-1910 at Winfield, Kansas, and is buried in Highland Cemetery at Winfield. She was married on 3-26-1882 in the home of John Beard at Kellogg in western Cowley Co., Kansas to Amos Albert Becker who was born 1222-1844 at Harrisburg, Pa., died 4-2-1912 at Winfield Grid is also buried in Highland Cemetery. Amos was the son of John Becker and Elizabeth Zimmerman; Francis D. “Frank” Seely, born 12-25-1861 at Vinton, Iowa and died 3-8-1916 at Vinton, Iowa. He was married to Carrie Biebesheimer; Charles A. Seely, born 10-24-1864 in Iowa and died in North Dakota; Horace A. Seely, born 7-11-1867 at Vinton, Iowa; George Albert Seely, born 10-20-1870 at Vinton, Iowa and died in 1940 at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Page 286,” The History of Cowley County, Kansas,” (1990) page 256

[SGS# 3346 – Jacob; Jacob (#1494); John Nichols; Samuel; Samuel; Jonas; Obadiah]