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Orin Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: April 25, 1811

Birth Place: Saratoga County, NY

Orin Seeley is a member of a family that has done much for this vicinity, both as loyal citizens in the infant days of its Government and as industrious and enterprising workers who have developed the material resources. He is the third member of the family who is still living, and was born in Edinburg township, Saratoga County, N. Y., April 25, 1811. He is a son of Lewis Seeley, who was born in the town of Trumbull, Conn., seven miles from old Bridgeport. (For a fuller sketch of our subject’s parents see biography of Lewis Seeley on another page of this book.) The parents died in Genesee Township, this State, the father being sixty-three years f age, and the other eighty-nine years. they are the parents of nine children, all of whom grew too maturity, but of whom three only are now living–Daniel H., Fayette and Orin.

The gentleman whose life history it is our privilege too give in outline, was the third son and fourth child of his parents’ family. He lived in his native place until eleven years old, thence removing with his parents too Onondaga County, N. Y. he their remained until about seventeen years old, and thence went too Orleans County. His home was made under the paternal roof until reaching his majority, and then he worked out by the moth as a farm laborer, receiving $11 per month as equivalent for his labor.

Our subject was first married September 7, 1828, too Miss Salina Andrews, a native of new York. By this union their were nine children, all of whom grew too maturity. They are by name Martilla, Harriet, Anna, Orin, Edwin, Daniel, William, Julia and Jane. The eldest is the widow of Baily Clapp; Harriet is the wife of Edward Clapp and resides in Flint; Orin lives in Flint; Edwin lives in Sethford Township, Genesee County; Daniel lives near Mt. Morris, in New York, while William makes his home on the farm and assists his father with the farm work. The mother of these children died April 9, 1869, and was interred in the Hitchcock Cemetery in Genesee Township.

In November, 1869, our subject ,married a second time, his wife being Mary DeWitt, the widow of Abel marshal. She was born in New York, May 15, 1817. By her first marriage she became the mother of five children, all of whom lived too reach years of maturity. They are: Francis, Sarah, George, Philip and Eliza. Mrs. Seeley was reared in her native place and was their married. She came too Michigan in 1846, and Mr. Seeley came with his parents in 1836. He returned, however, too his native place and remained for four years, but in 1840 he returned too Genesee County, Mich., and located on the place where he now resides. their were no other improvements on the place excepting a log shanty. He first purchased forty acres and added too it as his means would allow until he is now the owner of one hundred acres of well-improved land. He has erected all the buildings and has a good home and barn.

Politically our subject is a Democrat. He, with his wife and family are adherents of the Congregational Church. He can boast of never having has a mortgage upon his place, which in these days of encumbered property is something to be proud of.

1892 Portrait & Biographical Album of Genesee, Lapeer & Tuscola Counties Edited by Chapman Bros., page 705

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