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John Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: September 21, 1759

Date of Death: October 18, 1809

Birth Place: Fairfield, CT

John Seeley, the pioneer of Ovid Village, was born at Fairfield, Connecticut on September 21, 1759, the son of Hezekiah and Joanna Beardsley Seeley. John Seeley and his brothers Stephen and Nehemiah Seeley were enlisted in the 12th Regiment of Albany County Militia commanded by Jacobus VanSchoonhaven and saw action during the Revolution. John Seeley was a private in the Company of Cap’t Benjamin Aylesworth. On April 3. 1785, he was married to Miss Eleanor Pease, daughter of Joel and Betsey Campbell Pease, who was born on September 13, 1765 and died on January 13, 1844. The couple had ten children, viz: John Beardsley Seeley born January 3, 1786 and died on January 4, 1854; William Pease Seeley born on November 7, 1788 and died on May 10, 1820; Joel Seeley born on April 6, 1790; Hezekiah Seeley born on September 28, 1792, the first white child born in what is now Ovid Village, who died in infancy; Elizabeth Seeley born on April 1, 1794; Hezekiah Seeley born on October 16, 1796, married

Miss Charlotte Cole, daughter of Moses and Mary Seeley Cole; Harvey Seeley born on May 5, 1799; Asa P. Seeley born on May 16, 1801 and died on September 24, 1829; Arvilla Seeley born on July 24, 1803; and Eleanor Seeley born on November 10, 1806 and married Stephen Wilson. In the month of February, 1792, John Seeley with his family emigrated to the Town of Ovid and were for four weeks on the road, traveling with oxen and sled. The full account of the privations of this first settler and of the settlement of the village is given on page seven of this work. John Seeley died on October 19, 1809

Page 298, “History of Ovid Seneca Co. N.Y. An Early History,” compiled by Wayne E. Morrison, Sr.

[SGS # 611 – John (#611); Hezekiah; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Robert]

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