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S. Britt Seely


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: July 15,

Birth Place: Salem Township, PA

S. Britt Seely, assistant superintendent of the Berick Water Company, at Berick, Pa., was born in Salem township, Luzerne Co., Pa., July 15, son of Mason C. and Amanda (Henry) Seely.

Andrew Seely, his grandfather, was one of the early settlers of Salem township, Luzerne county. For a number of years he conducted a tannery at Beach Haven, at the same time carrying on farming, was a man of character and judgment, and was a recognized factor in public affairs. His political opinion coincided with the principles of the Republican party, he gave his support to the public schools and was a church member.

Mason C. Seely, son of Andrew, was born in Salem township, Luzerne county, and spent his life there. Until stricken with blindness he engaged in farming. His death occurred in February 1905. He married a widow, Mrs. Amanda (Henry) Smith, who died March 22, 1913. She was born at Briggsville, Pa., a daughter of Jacob Henry, and first married Abram Smith, to which union two children were born: John W. Smith, who is a resident of Mifflinville, Pa., and Abram Smith, who lives at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. To her marriage with Mason C. Seely, nine children were born, as follows: Charles, who is a resident of Shamokin, Pa.; Josephine, who is the wife of A.W. Hicks, of Berwick; Wallace H., who resides at Mifflinville, Columbia county; Jacob H., who lives in California; Mary, who is the wife of George Kepner, of Berwick; Catherine, wife of J.B. Thomas, residing at Huntington Mills, Pa., Edward, who lives at Beach Haven; S. Britt; and William G., who is a resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

S. Britt Seely spent his boyhood days in Salem township and attended the Walton schoolhouse near his father痴 farm. In 1894 he came to Berwick, and then became a pupil in the public schools. When the Spanish-American war broke out he enlisted for service in Company K, 11th United States Regular Infantry, and during the continuance of the war was with his regiment at Atlanta, Ga., and at Tampa, Fla., being mustered out at Fort McPherson, Atlanta. After returning home he set about completing his interrupted education, attending Dickinson College, at Carlisle, Pa., and later taking a business course in the Wyoming Seminary. After graduating from the latter institution, in 1904, he once more returned to Berwick, where he entered the employ of the Berwick Water Company, and since then has served as assistant superintendent.

On Sept. 20, 1905, Mr. Seely was married to Daisy E. Reed, who was born at Sybertzville, Pa., daughter of William E. and Rebecca (Everard) Reed, the former of whom died when his daughter was young. He was a contractor and was engaged mainly in locating mines. The mother of Mrs. Seely died May 5, 1914, in Luzerne county, and in buried in Nescopeck township. Mr. and Mrs. Seely have had two children: Constance, born Sept. 28, 1906, who died Aug. 20, 1908; and Reed L., born Nov. 16, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Seely are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He retains his membership in his Greek letter college fraternities, belonging to the Sigma Chi and Kappa Delta Phi. He is a member of Knapp Lodge, No. 462, F. & A. M., and of Caldwell Consistory, thirty-second degree, A.A.S.R., at Bloomsburg; of the Berwick Lodge, No. 1138; and Berwick Lodge of Odd Fellows, No. 246.

Pages 739-740 滴istorical and Biographical Annuals of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Volume II, published by J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1915.

[Great-Grandson of Nathan SGS # 3471 亡. Britt; Mason C.; Andrew Dingman; Nathan (SGS # 3471); Samuel; Michael; John; Samuel; Jonas; Obadiah]

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