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John Medlar Seely


Gender: Male


Spouse: Elizabeth Braden

Date of Marriage: March 24, 1850

Marriage Place: Fallsburg, NY


Mr. and Mrs. John M. Seely, of 406 North street, quietly celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary, on Thursday. The day was thus quietly spent, because Mr. Seely for some time has been a great sufferer from rheumatism and has been confined to the bed, while Mrs. Seeley also has been far from well, a victim of the same malady. However, the aged couple maintain a cheery optimism and a happy outlook on life that is good to see and is an inspiration to their neighbors and friends.

On the 24th of March 1850, at Fallsburg, the couple were married by Rev. John L. Davey, pastor of the Methodist Church, and the framed certificate of sixty years ago is one of their most prized possessions.

The groom was the son of Oliver and Harriet Seely, of Fallsburg, and the bride was Elizabeth, daughter of William and Jane Braden, of Greenfield, Ulster county. The wedding was a quiet one.

At first they kept house at Fallsburg, but afterward they lived in Illinois and Pennsylvania, finally pitching their tent permanently in this city, where they have led contented, respected and honorable lives, held in the highest esteem by their neighbors and friends.

Mr. Seely was among the first of those who began work in the O. & W. shops in this city, and continued his work there for many years, until bodily infirmity precluded further work. He was also for years employed on the work of the Susquehanna & Western railroad.

During their illness, Mr. and Mrs. Seely have been very faithfully and lovingly looked after by their daughter, Mrs. T.D. Schoonmaker, of Goshen, their only surviving child. A son Oliver Seely Wortendyke, N.J., died on the 9th of March, 1878. A grandson, John Oliver Seely, survives of this union.

Mr. and Mrs. Seely are happy and contented and review their long life together only with the utmost pleasure in retrospect. Together they have journey through the world for the whole of an ordinary lifetime, and in their old age are apparently as much in love with each other as in their youth. It is not vouchsafed to many couples to dwell together for sixty years, and all of them as happy years as have been accorded to Mr. and Mrs. Seeley, and the Times-Press takes occasion to tender its heartiest and most sincere congratulations.

Published in the Middletown Daily Times-Press (Middletown, NY), Friday, March 25, 1910, front page

[Son of SGS # 2273 – John Medlar; Oliver (# 2273); Abner (# 816); Abner, Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel; Robert]

Mr Mrs John M. Seely
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