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Jerome Seeley

SEELEY – Jerome Seeley , a farmer living on section 7, of Magnolia Township, has been a resident of Harrison County, since 1858; locating at Magnolia in the autumn of that year. He drove stage from Magnolia, to where Blair now stands in Nebraska, for one year and then followed teaming and working by the month for Judge Hardy, and other odd work and with the money thus earned bought eight acres of wild land, being his start in real estate. He was a single man at the time and did not live upon his land, but in 1873, improved the same. He also bought land in 1866, when he got back from a trip across the plains, driving a freight wagon. He followed railroad grading work for one year, returned to Magnolia and worked for John Raymond over a year, and then went to farming his own land. He was married in Magnolia Township, in March 1874, to Miss Rosetta Patch, and they are the parents of one child – Eva E., born December 1879.

Rosetta (Patch) Seeley, died in Magnolia Township, April 5, 1887. Our subject was again married in Magnolia Township, in April 1891, to Miss Orra Stebbings who was born in Minnesota, and came to Harrison County, with her parents in 1868.

The father of our subject, Daniel Seeley, was born in Vermont at the foot of the Green Mountains, in 1803, and accompanied his parents when he was a small boy to Pennsylvania, and grew to manhood in Erie County. In 1840 he moved to Knox County, Ohio, and afterwards moved to Michigan where he died February 1885.

The mother of our subject, Sophia (Hart) Seeley, was born in New York State and died in Michigan. They were the parents of seven children, of whom our subject was the third. He was born in Erie County, Pa., March 1837, and remained with his parents until 1858, and then came West.

Page 950, “History of Harrison County Iowa” published by the National Publishing Company 1891.

[Jerome is SGS # 2164 – Jerome, Daniel, David, Austin, Nehemiah, Robert, Nathaniel, Robert]