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James F. Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: July 18, 1819

Birth Place: Mt. Hope, Orange County, NY

James F. Seeley was born in Mt. Hope, Orange Co., N. Y., July 18, 1819. He is a son of Holly and Elizabeth (Moore) Seeley. His father was a currier and tanner by trade, and James during his youth was employed at the same occupation. At 18 years of age he went to Cortland Co., N. Y., remaining there six months, and from there came to Michigan, arriving here Jan. 14,1839. He spent about 18 months on the “Campfield farm,” Pittsfield township, and subsequently passed the same length of time in Erie, Pa., while there working at his trade. He returned to Michigan in November, 1842, and in the spring of 1843 began to make leather in the township of York. He remained there till April, 1853, engaged in making leather and in farming. Afterward he located in Saline, and built a tannery there, remaining until 1868. His next remove was to Ypsilanti, where he bought a comfortable mansion on Washington street, and has since lived in retirement, devoting his time to the management of his estate. In 1846 Mr. Seeley was married to Lydia Ann Judd, of York tp. They have 1 child, Amanda E., who is the wife of Herbert Sweet, a prominent merchant of Ypsilanti.

Page 1230, “History of Washtenaw County, Michigan : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships…and biographies of representative citizens : history of Michigan,” published by Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Chicago, 1881.

[James is SGS # 3778 – James F.; Holly, James, Nathaniel, Ebenezer, Jonas, Obadiah]

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