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James Bailey Seelye


Gender: Male


Spouse: Mary Stuyvesant Sickels

Date of Marriage: July 9, 1949

Marriage Place: New York City, NY

Mary Sickels, James Seelye Wed Saturday

Miss Mary Stuyvesant Sickels, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart Sickels, 74 Macdougal street New York city and Sickeltown, N.Y., was married at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the church of the Ascension, Fifth avenue and Tenth street, to Mr. James Bailey Seelye, son of Mr. Theodore E. Seelye and the late Mrs. Seelye of Philadelphia and Ambler, Pa. The bride is the grand-daughter of the late Dr. Nelson Guernsey Richmond and Mrs. Richmond, Fredonia. Mrs. Grace S. Richmond is the author of the “Red Pepper Burns” books and of many other novels and short stories.

The service was performed by the Rev. Dr. Roscoe Thorton Foust, rector of the church. The chancel was banked with white gladioli, delphinium, and ferns.

The bride, who was escorted by her father, wore an heirloom wedding dress of white satin, with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a deep bertha of lace. Her wedding veil of Belgian lace, fell to her waist. She carried a bouquet of white roses and stephanotis.

The matron of honor was Mrs. Vernon Ainsworth Eagle, New York, the bride’s only sister, who was the former Miss Ann Richmond Sickels. Her dress was of lilac marquisette over matching taffeta, made with a full skirt and an off-the-shoulder neckline, outlined with a wide bank of the net and a narrow white lace frill. Instead of a hat, she wore a circlet of Ivy leaves. Her bouquet was of white garden flowers and sprays of ivy.

The other attendants were the maid of honor, Miss Sylvia W. Farney, New York: Mrs. Henry Cadwalader, Philadelphia, sister of the bridegroom; Miss Mary Pierrepont Hazard, Peace Dale, R.I.; Miss Elizabeth M. Clemons, New Haven, Conn., Miss Benita P. Barnes, Cleveland, O.; Miss Varney Thompson, Cambridge, Mass. Their dresses, fashioned like that of the matron of honor, were of pale green, and they carried bouquets of lavender and white garden flowers and ivy sprays.

The bridegroom had Mr. S. Bowman Wheeler, III, of Philadelphia as his best man. The ushers were Mr. Cadwalader, William L. Dodge, Clement B. Wood, Jr., Henry P. Glendinning, Jr., George R. Bullitt, all of Philadelphia; Mr. Eagle; Carnes Weeks Jr., Woodbury, Conn.; William E. Conway, Cleveland O.; Donald V. Earnshaw, Cincinnati, O.; Charles K. White, Saratoga, N.Y.

Following the marriage service, a reception for about 200 relatives and friends of both families was held in the garden of the Sickels’ city home.

Mrs. Seelye was graduated from Dana Hall school, Wellesley, Mass., and recently completed her junior year at Sarah Lawrence college. Her paternal grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. John Edmund Sickels, Sickeltown, N.Y.

Mr. Seelye was graduated from St. Paul’s school, Concord, N.H., and last month from the Sheffield Engineering school, Yale university. He is a member of St. Anthony hall and of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. During the war, he was for 27 months in the air force, and completed his training as radar officer of a B-29 a few weeks before the end of hostilities. He is the grandson of Mrs. James B. Bailey and the late Mr. Bailey of Philadelphia, and of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Seelye of Augusta, Ga.

Mrs. Seelye wore a navy blue silk shantung suit with white accessories when she and her husband left for their honeymoon.

Published in the Dunkirk Evening Observer, (NY) Monday July 11, 1949 page 9

[Great-grandson of SGS # 2308 – James Bailey; Theodore Edward; Abram Booth; Philo (# 2308); Stuart (#833); Justus William; Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel, Robert]

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