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John S. Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 1830

John S. Seely, a successful planter, residing six miles north of Thibodaux, La., was born in this parish of Assumption, that state in 1830. His father, John L. Seely, was a native of Virginia, and was reared partly in Tennessee. He came here when a youth, settled in Donaldsonville, and was there married to Miss Jeanette Simonean. He followed the trade of a tanner and shoemaker, and about two years after his marriage located in Assumption parish, where he became an extensive planter. He remained there until our subject was about two years of age, and then came to La Pourche parish, where his death occurred when sixty-two years of age. The mother is still living in Assumption parish. To their union were born five children, three now living, John S. being next to the youngest. When about fifteen years of age the latter went to Missouri, remained in Clooper county for about five years, and then in about 1850 came South again. He was married when twenty-four years of age to Miss Olympe Weber, who was born in 1838, and who died in 1876. They were the parents of ten children. Mr. Seely owns two plantations, one on the south and the other on the north side of Bayou La Fourche. He is a member of the police jury of the parish, was a member before the war, and has filled that position for about twenty years, twelve years continuously. He is engaged in raising cane and last year shipped 915 hogsheads of sugar. He has a large sugar house, all complete, and his sugar is made by the open-kettle process. He is a democrat in politics, and is a member of the Catholic church. His mother was a Creole, of French descent, and his father was an American born. Both families are Catholics.

Pages 369-370, “Genealogical “Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana”, published by The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892.

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