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Query Number: 1011-2

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Judy wrote asking if we could identify the parents of Raymond Sylvester Seeley (see CTDI below).


Judy Laslo | juteshouse@comcast.net

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Raymond S Seeley d. 12 Apr 1984 Danbury, Fairfield, CT age 78; b. New York 8 Oct 1905, widowed, spouse was Evely(n), machine operator at Bard Parker Corp., resided at 13 Hakim St., Danbury 06810
Evely(n) P Seeley d. 4 Sep 1977 at Danbury age 74, married to Raym(ond), resided Danbury

1930 census Danbury, Fairfield, CT

  • Farrell, Lawrence, age 60 b. CT, CT, CT, hatter in hat factory, md 32 yr to
  • Farrell, Mary A age 58 b. CT, IRE, CT
  • Seeley, Raymond, age 25 boarder, b. CT, CT, CT, single, retail clothing sales clerk
  • 3 other male boarders

1920 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Fredrick C., age 44, single, b. RI, MA, RI, truck teamster
  • Seeley, Mary L age 66, widow, b. RI, RI, RI
  • Seeley, Raymond, age 14 b. NY, RI, Ireland(crossed out), nephew
  • (In 1930 Fred Seeley age 54 is living alone in Great Barrington)

1910 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Frank, age 35 b. MA, MA, MA, planer at saw mill, md 4 yr to
  • Seeley, Emma, age 35 b. NY, NY, NY, 2nd marriage, 2 ch., 2 living
  • Perry, Lester, age 17, step-son b. MA, MA, NY, helper at golf grounds

1900 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Mary b. Dec 1855 RI, RI, CT, md 28 yr, 7 ch, 7 living
  • Seeley, Frank b. Jun 1875, Fred b. Mar 1876, both b. CT, MA, RI, both teamsters
  • Seeley, Hattie L b. Jun 1879, Stuart b. Jan 1881, Harry b. Feb 1883, all b. CT, MA, RI, Stuart and Harry groc. clerks
  • Seeley, Howard b. Apr 1889 MA, MA, RI

1900 census West Stockbridge, Berkshire, MA

  • Albert A Seeley b. July 1845 MA, MA, NY, md 25 yr, working as farm laborer for John G Wilson, widower, age 75 b. MA, MA, MA

1880 census Coventry, Tolland, CT

  • Seeley, Albert, age 33 b. MA, MA, NY, runs steam engine
  • Seeley, Mary L age 25 b. RI, RI, RI
  • Seeley, William E age 7, Frederick T age 4, both b. RI, MA, RI
  • Seeley, Hattie age 1 b. CT, MA, RI

WWI Draft Reg’n

  • Fred Theodore Seeley of Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA b. 29 Mar 1876, teamster, names Mrs Mary L Seeley as next of kin
  • Frank Albert Seeley of Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA b. 5 Jan 1874, blacksmith, names Mrs Emma Seeley of same address

Frede T Seeley d. 12 May 1956 New Milford, Litchfield, CT, age 80, never married

1920 census Manhattan, NY, NY

  • Seeley, Howard, age 28 b. MA, MA, MA, porter
  • Seeley, Elizabeth age 25 b. NY, NY, NY
  • Seeley, Thomas age 1, Harold age 3 both b. NY, MA, NY
  • Seeley, Stuart, brother age 39, widowed b. MA, MA, MA, laborer

So, Raymond is the nephew of Frederick who seems to be the son of Albert and Mary L Seeley.

The following 2 entries are in the SGS database

  • Seeley, Albert A. b. 1845 Berkshire Co. MA, died 1903, son of Maryette Curtice and William C Seeley
  • Seeley, Albert A. b. 1850 RI?, md Mary L Carr in 1873 in Providence RI according to IGI

Please contact us if you can verify or disprove any of these supposed relationships.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Nov 2010

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Re: Raymond Sylvester Seeley

We had traced Raymond back to be a grandson of Albert A. and Mary L. Seeley but we didn’t know Albert’s lineage and we didn’t know which son of Albert’s had fathered Raymond.

Judy Lazlo (juteshouse@comcast.net), the original submitter, found a death notice for Raymond in the Danbury (CT) News Times. , April 14, 1984:

Raymond S. Seeley, 78, formerly of Jenson’s Mobile Park, Danbury, husband of the late Evelyn Marron Seeley, died Thursday at Filosa Convalescent Home Inc., Danbury, after a long illness. Mr. Seeley was born New York City, October 8, 1905, son of the late Stewart and Margaret Meehan Seeley. He came to Danbury as a young man and was a Danbury resident most of his life. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater, and was a retired employee of the former Barden-Parker Corporation of Danbury. There are no immediate survivors.

The funeral will be conducted Monday at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Green Funeral Home Monday after 9:30 a.m.

Judy suggests that Albert’s parents are Chester Seeley b. 1808 MA and his wife Pamela.

1850 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Chester, age 42 b. MA, shoemaker
  • Seeley, Pamela, age 38 b. MA
  • Seeley, Dwight age 13, Eliza age 12, John age 9, Frank age 5, Albert age 3, all b. MA

1860 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Justus, age 54 b. MA, shoemaker
  • Seeley, Pamelia age 50 b. MA
  • Seeley, Albert, age 12 b. MA
  • Seeley, Elizabeth, age 22, spinster b. MA
  • Seeley, Pamelia J age 3 b. MA

1870 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Justus, age 64 b. MA, shoemaker
  • Seeley, Permelia N. age 61 housekeeper
  • Seeley, John, age 27, laborer
  • Phunk, Mrs David, age 29, no occupation b. MA
  • Phunk, David, age 30, laborer b. MA
  • Parker, Mary age 45, no occupation

1880 West Stockbridge, Berkshire, MA

  • Seely, Albert age 30, farmer b. MA, MA, MA
  • Seely, Grace age 29 b. MA, CT, MA
  • Seely, Alfred age 4, Elmore age 2, Egbert age 9 mos., all b. MA, MA, MA
  • Seely, Justus, age 73, widowed b. MA, MA, MA, laborer

This is a problem since our Albert is already married to Mary L. I found:

1880 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, William age 62 b. MA, CT, CT, machinist
  • Seeley, Margaret age 61 b. NY, NY, NY
  • Seeley, Stewart age 21 tinsmith b. MA, MA, NY, md within yr
  • Seeley, Charles age 36, laborer, Fred age 22, Samuel age 19, both tin smiths, Ella age 15, all b. MA, MA, NY
  • Seeley, Anna, age 20, dau-in-law b. MA, md within yr
  • Seeley, Frank, age 5, grson b. RI, MA, RI (this will be son of Albert and Mary – note that he is not with them in 1880 census)

1870 census Exeter, Washington, RI

  • Seeley, William age 52, sawyer b. MA
  • Seeley, Mary F age 50 b. NY
  • Seeley, Charles H age 27, Albert A age 25, William age 20, all work in sawmill, Steward age 16, Frederick age 12, Samuel age 9, Ella age 6, all b. MA
  • Noble, Edward age 25, teamer b. CT
  • Ward, Frederick A age 36, carpenter b. MA
  • Kilborn, Mark age 37, works in sawmill b. MA

1860 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Wm, age 41, sawyer, b. MA
  • Seeley, Mariette, age 40 b. NY
  • Seeley, Charles age 16, laborer, Albert age 15, John age 13, William age 10, Stewart and Julia twins age 6, Joel F and Frederick, twins age 2, all b. MA
  • Chapter, Horace age 25, laborer b. MA

1850 census Great Barrington, Berkshire, MA

  • Seeley, Joel, cooper age 60 b. MA
  • Seeley, Sally age 55 b. MA
  • Seeley, William age 32, laborer b. MA
  • Seeley, Mariette age 31 b. MA
  • Seeley, Chas. age 7, Albert age 5, John age 2, all b. MA
  • Case, Emeline, age 35 b. NY

In our database we have:

  • Justus b. 1810 md to Pamelia Ann Seymour in 1833 in Berkshire Co. MA (this is from MA vital records)

We also have a lineage for William md to Margaret Curtis, son of Joel Butler Seeley b. 1788 New Haven CT md to Sally A Allen in 1809 in Seneca Co. NY, son of Abraham b. 1763 New Haven Ct, md to Eunice Butler in 1787 in New Haven, son of Abraham b. 1730 md Mary Barnes 1758 New Haven.

We do not know the ancestry of this Abraham Seeley (see Query 0808-6 on the SGS website).

I also found Stuart Seeley’s WWI Draft Registration but I still can’t find him or Raymond in the 1910 census.

WWI Draft Reg’n

  • Stuart Seeley b. 10 Jan 1878, resides New York City, works as stableman, names mother Mary Seeley of Great Barrington MA as next of kin

If you have any information to add please contact your SGS Chief Genealogist and Judy.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2011

Query Number: 1011-1

Requested Information

Heather is descended from SGS# 975 Jeduthan Seely and his wife Sally Gibbs. In The 7th Generation Families of Nathaniel Seeley we list Sally’s parents as William R and Sally Mix Gibbs. This information is also widely available online. Unfortunately this is an error. The Sally Gibbs who married Jeduthan was b. 28 Sept 1781 in Utica, Oneida, NY, married Jeduthan in Onondaga Co. NY and their 1st child was born in 1802.

From the History of Cattaraugus Co. NY, “ William R Gibbs was born in the county of Saratoga, State of New York, the 25th of May, 1797. His father died when our subject was a mere child; too young, indeed, to have any remembrance of him. He was a farmer, and upon the home farm young Gibbs received his education, and passed his youth and early manhood. There, also, he was married, June 8, 1817, to Miss Sally Mix. He subsequently removed (about the year 1827) to Wayne Co., N. Y., thence to the county of Orleans, from whence, in 1834, he emigrated to this county, settling in the town of New Albion, upon the farm now occupied by his son, John S. Gibbs. He died Aug. 16, 1865, and his remains repose in the Snyder Hill cemetery, along with those of his wife, who departed June 23, 1849. Of the eight children of William and Sally Gibbs (viz.: Isaac, Elisha, Norman, Emeline, William, John S., Philemon, and Sally) two only are living at the date of this writing, – Isaac and John S.

Sally born in 1781 is obviously not a dau. of a father b. in 1797.


Heather Sarrail | heather@sevenboroughs.com

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I looked at the 1800 census of Onondaga County, NY which is where Jeduthan Seely married Sally Gibbs (their 1st child born in 1802). The only Gibbs listed there is Lovell Gibbs.
He is listed with one male age 10-16, 1 male age 26-45; 2 females under 10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 16-26 and 1 female 26-45.

From http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/g/i/b/James-H-Gibbs/GENE8-0013.html#CHILD111 111.

LOVELL5 GIBBS (GERSHOM4, BENJAMIN3, SAMUEL2, GILES1) was born 23 Aug 1763 in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., CTand died Feb 1819 in Columbia Co., NY. He married (1) POLLY RUSSELL, daughter of JOHN RUSSELL and MARY LINSLEY. She was born 25 Jun 1764 in Branford, New Haven Co., CT and died 19 Dec 1797 in NY. He married (2) PAMELIA SNYDER. She was born Bet. 1753 – 1783, and died Unknown.

167. Horace C.6 Gibbs, b. 25 Mar 1787, New Lebanon, Albany Co., NY; d. 18 Aug 1875, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., UT.

Apparently (from 1800 census) Lovell Gibbs had other children. Perhaps Sally belongs to this family. She named her 2nd son Horace Gibbs Seely. If you can document the true parentage of Sally Gibbs please contact me.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Nov 2010

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Re: Sally Gibbs, wife of Jeduthan Seely, SGS# 975

Betty Allen (bjallen@embarqmail.com), a long-time member of SGS, sent detailed information on descendants of Jeduthan and Sally for our files. We still haven’t correctly identified the parents of Sally however.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2011

Query Number: 1008-1

Requested Information

Keith is looking for any information on his great grandparents, Clifton I. and Clara A. Seeley. Clara’s maiden name is Washburn. He has all the family history from them to down to the present. His grandmother is Eleanor Seeley Eggleston. She was born April 7th, 1924 and is still living. Other children of Clifton and Clara are: Gerald, Robert, Donald, Clifton E., and Virginia (married name Rainbow). Clifton E. and Donald have passed away. Keith has found Clifton and Clara and family in various databases but nothing on Clifton’s parents.


Keith Bullard | kabullsr@bajabb.com

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1930 census Kingsbury, Washington, NY

  • Seelye, Clifton I age 34 b. NY, NY, NY, wall paper printer
  • Seelye, Clara A age 32 b. NY, NY, NY
  • Seelye, Warren A age 11, Clifton Jr age 9, Robert E age 7, Eleanor M age 5, Edith V age 4, Gerald W age 2, all b. NY, NY, NY
  • Washburn, George, f-in-law, age 56, divorced b. NY, NY, NY, carpenter’s helper

1920 census Kingsbury, Washington, NY

  • Seeley, Clifton, I, age 24 b. NY, NY, NY, printer at paper mill
  • Seeley, Clara A., age 20 b. NY, NY, NY
  • Seeley, Clarice M age 4 yr 2 mo., Ward A age 2 yr 6 mo., both b. NY, NY, NY

WWI Draft

  • Clifton I Seelye b. 25 Mar 1896 at Kingsbury (Washington) NY, has wife and child, laborer for paper co., resides Hudson Falls, NY

I cannot find Clifton in the 1910 nor 1900 census.

In our database we have Clifton Infield Seeley b. 1880 Washington Co. NY, md to Clara Washburn as a son of Frank W.
Frank W. Seeley b. 1854 Washington Co. NY, md unnamed, son of James Ward Seeley and Sarah H Cook
James Ward Seeley b. 1826 Warren Co. NY, died there 1862, md there to Sarah H Cook in 1848. He is a son of SGS# 2489, David Seelye of Queensbury, Warren, NY and his wife Rhoda Clements.

1850 census Queensbury, Warren, NY

  • Seelye, James, age 24 b. NY, farmer
  • Seelye, Lena, age 20 b. NY
  • Seelye, Julia age 2, Infant son age 1 mo. (b. July)

1860 census Kingsbury, Washington, NY

  • Seley, Jas, age 34, farmer, b. NY
  • Seley, Sena, age 30, b. NY
  • Seley, Julia C age 11, Geo D age 10, Frank W age 6, Mary E age 3, Flora E age 8 mo., all b. NY

1870 census Queensbury, Warren, NY

  • Seelye, George, age 20, farmer, b. NY
  • Seelye, Sena A., age 41 b. NY
  • Seelye, Julia C age 21, Edna M age 19, Ella age 14, Frank W age 17, all b. NY

1880 census Kingsbury, Washington, NY

  • Seelye, Frank W., age 27 b. NY, parents b. NY, laborer
  • Seelye, Alida, age 18, b. NY, NY, NY
  • Seelye, Myraette, age 3, b. NY, NY, NY

1880 census Fort Ann, Washington, NY

  • Seelye, Geo D age 29 b. NY, NY, NY, laborer
  • Seelye, Edna M. age 29 b. VT, VT, VT
  • Seelye, Mattie L. age 2 b. NY, NY, VT

1900 census Kingsbury, Washington, NY

  • Smith, Clarisa, b. Aug 1826 VT, VT, VT, widow, farmer, 3 ch., 2 living
  • Smith, Mary dau., b. Jul 1858 NY, VT, VT
  • Smith, LB, son (should be grson?) b. May 1876 NY, VT, VT, farm labor
  • Seeley, Edna, dau. b. Aug 1850, widow, 2 ch., 1 living
  • Seeley, Mary, grdau. b. MAr 1888 NY, NY, NY

(In 1910 Edna Seelye age 59 and her dau. Mary E age 22 are living with Edna’s sister Mary Smith in Kingsbury)
(In 1920 Edna M Seelye widow age 69 is a servant for the family of Michael H Kelly in Kingsbury)

1910 census Kingsbury, Washington, NY

  • Guy, Mrs Jennie, age 38, widow, b. NY, NY, NY, farmer, 2 ch., 2 living
  • Guy, Ruth, age 11, Dorothy age 4, both b. NY, NY, NY
  • Holmes, Mrs Sena, boarder, age 79, b. NY, NY, NY, widow
  • Seeley, Mr Frank, age 56, divorced b. NY, NY, NY, farm laborer (listed as female and transcribed as Mrs but I think it is Mr and the age is correct)

1900 Hartland, Niagara, NY

  • Holmes, Marvin C. b. Oct 1834 NY, NY, NY, farmer, md 25 yr to
  • Holmes, Sena A. b. Jul 1831 NY, NY, NY, 6 ch., 1 living
  • Petty, Charles, ward b. Feb 1884 NY, NY, NY, farm laborer
  • (Marvin and Sena A Holmes are also there in 1880)

I also can’t find Frank W Seeley/Seelye in the 1900 census.

Can anyone verify that Clifton is a son of Frank W. Seelye? What is the maiden name of Sena, wife of James Seelye and mother of Frank W. and his siblings?

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Aug 2010

Query Number: 1005-3

Requested Information

Terry is trying to find information on her great-grandfather John Seely b. 1843 in New Brunswick. Terry has heard that John had 2 wives. She was told that he married at a young age and his first son died at birth. He supposedly couldn’t forgive his wife and left her. He is known to have had 6 children with his second wife Anna Johnson of Minnesota / Swedish descent:

  • Ida May b. April 6, 1884 in Wisconsin Terry found her in the 1900 census in Shell Lake, Washburn, WI age 16, living as servant to Mary C Ripley, a milliner. She married Lewis Schwartz and died Feb.25,1927 in Moscow, Latah, Idaho.
  • Alvaretta Seely b.Dec.15,1887 in Clearlake Polk WI – Married Charles Little Thompson Apr. 10 ,1910 in Spokane WA, d. Dec 7,1973 Moscow, Latah, ID
  • James Seely born July 6, 1889 Died July 14,1889 of TB
  • Leon Edwin Seely b. Nov. 13,1894 Minong, Washburn WI, m. Elsie May Smith Dec 21,1929 at Burns, Harney, OR, d. Jan 6,1952 of a brain tumor in San Francisco CA
  • Violet Seely b. Oct 7,1899 WI, married Eugene H Bramhall from Salt Lake City, died there May 16,1930.
  • Hazel E Seely b. May 5,1903 Moscow, Latah, ID, married a Johnson and d. May 11,1933 at Moscow.


Terry Seely Robinett | robinettfamily@yahoo.com

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Western States Marriage Index:

  • Lewis D Schwartz to Mae Seeley at Moscow, Latah, ID on 18 May 1903
  • Charles Johnson to Hazel Seely at Moscow, Latah, ID on 4 June 1928
  • Eugene Hulbert Bramhall to Violet Seely at Boise, Ada, ID on 19 April 1924

1910 census Precinct 37, Richmond, WA

  • Schwartz, Ida M age 26, b. WI, CAN, SWE, widow, 2 ch, 2 living, seamstress for tailor
  • Schwartz, Ruth L age 6, Arlla M age 3, both b. WA, KY, WI
  • In 1920 May Schwartz age 35, widow, dressmaker, with Ruth age 14 and Marion age 13 are in Moscow, Latah, ID

1906 census Sub-district 22 Calgary, Alberta

  • Seely, John age 62 b. New Brunswick
  • Seely, Annie age 44 b. Norway, imm. to Canada in 1904
  • Seely, Leon E age 11, Hasel age 3, both b. US and went to Canada in 1904

1910 Moscow, Latah, ID

  • Seely, John age 67 b. CAN, CAN, CAN, own income, widower
  • Seely, Leon C age 15, Violet B age 10, both b. WI, CAN, SWE, Hazel E age 6, b. ID, CAN, SWE

1920 census Moscow, Latah, ID

  • Thompson, Charles L, age 42, b. IA, OH, IA, abstractor in office
  • Thompson, Alveretta, age 31 b. WI, CAN, SWE
  • Thompson, Elizabeth A age 6, Mary C age 3, Charles C age 1 yr 6 mo., all b. ID, IA, WI
  • Seely, Hazel E, sister-in-law, age 16, b. ID, CAN, SWE

(In 1910 Charles L and Etta Thompson are md 0 mo. (April) and live with Charles’ bro. John in Moscow)
(In 1930 Hazel E Johnson age 25, md 2 yr, b. ID, CAN, Unknown is in a sanitarium in Spokane, WA. Hazel Seely Johnson is buried in Moscow Cemetery, Moscow, Latah, ID, b. 1903, d. 1933)

WI Birth Index

  • Violet J Seely b. 7 Oct 1899 Washburn County

1930 census Salt Lake City, Salt, UT

  • Bramhall Eugene H age 29 b. IL, WI, IA, bacteriologist, md 6 yr to
  • Bramhall, Violet age 29 b. WI, CAN, WI

UT Death Index

  • Violet Seely Bramhall

Death Date: 16 May 1930
State File Number: 1930002185
Gender: Female
Age: 29
County of Death: Salt Lake

ID Death Index
Seely, John
Year: 1929
Certificate Number: 066914
County of Death: Clearwater
City: Orofino
Date of Death: 23 Jul 1929
Date of Birth: 6 Aug 1843

I also found a Vernon Seeley age 6, foundling in the 1910 census of Minong, Washburn, WI living with Julia L Lewis a 55 yr old single truck farmer and her half-sister 70 yr old Margaret Secor, a widow, and another foundling, 14 yr old Earl Douglas b. MN. Vernon is b. unknown.

In 1920 Vernon E Seeley is still with Julia and Margaret, boarding, and farm laborer, b. WI, US, US

CA Death Index
Name: Vernon E. SEELEY
Birth Date: 3 February 1904 Wisconsin
Sex: Male
Death Place: Los Angeles County
Death Date: 23 March 1959
SSN: 564-18-3289
Age: 55 years

US Veterans’ Gravesites
Vernon Eugene Seeley
Birth Date: 4 Feb 1904
Death Date: 23 Mar 1959
Service Start Date: 31 Oct 1942
Interment Date: 1 Apr 1959
Cemetery: Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: P.O. Box 6237 San Diego, CA 92166
Buried At: Section S Site 1230

I cannot find the Seeleys in the 1900 census nor can I identify John in earlier census records. Contact us if you have any information on this family.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2010

Query Number: 1005-2

Requested Information

Judy and her mother have been trying to find ancestors for Elisha B. Seeley. They have information on Elisha’s descendants, but need help finding his ancestors.

Here’s what they have on Elisha B. Seeley and their sources:

Elisha B. Seeley, b. abt. 1806 in New York, d. 22 Sep 1873 in Grand Ledge, Eaton, Michigan (Eaton Co., MI Death Record #200, June 2, 1874, page 71).

Per Biography of his son, Oscar F. Seeley, MD, in the Portrait and Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan & Van Buren Counties, Michigan, page 696: His father, Elisha Seeley was also a native of the Empire State, born in the year 1808, and he was of English and French descent. He was engaged in his occupation as a farmer in New York until he came to Michigan in 1834, journeying to his future home in the wilderness by water to Detroit and by ox-team from that city into the interior of the Territory. He entered a tract of Government land near Plainwell, in Allegan County, and was one of the early settlers of that section.

We have this biography on the SGS website along with biographies of Elisha’s grandsons Harley Halstead Seeley and Dana Elisha Seeley.

Elisha married (1) Sarah Halstead, daughter of Josiah Halstead and Elsa ??? (information from Oscar Seeley’s biography referenced above). Sarah was born 01 May 1813 in Pennsylvania. She died 28 Nov 1869 in Chester, Eaton, MI (Eaton Co., MI Death Record #376, page 21).

Their children:
Emeline Seeley, b. 27 Sep 1829 in New York, d. 19 Feb 1915 in Athens, Calhoun, MI
Oscar F. Seeley, b. 12 Jun 1832 in Rochester, Monroe, NY. d. 18 Dec 1902 in Climax, Kalamazoo, MI
Myles Halstead Seeley, b. abt. 1833 in New York, d. 15 May 1900 in LeRoy, Calhoun, MI
Harley Miner Seeley, b. 16 Jun 1841 in Kalamazoo, MI, d. 14 Nov 1900 in Climax, Kalamazoo, MI
Sarah Elsie Seeley, b. 6 Aug 1844 in Michigan, d. 21 Dec 1907 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI
Ruel E. Seeley, b. abt. 1848 in Michigan, d. 10 Nov 1869 in Chester, Eaton, MI

Elisha married (2) Martha Hampton, daughter of Daniel Hampton and Elizabeth ???. She was born in 1817 in Ohio. She died on 14 Aug 1873 in Chester, Eaton, MI. They had no children.

Elisha appears in the 1830 census of Pittsford, Monroe, NY. In 1835 Elisha B. Seeley and Sarah Seeley became “constituent members” of First Baptist Church in Otsego, Allegan, MI. Judy found these Land Purchase records: 1838-103.59 acres, Bronson, MI land office, 1838-141.86 acres, Bronson, MI land office, 1839-33.64 acres, Kalamazoo, MI land office. Elisha appears in the 1840 census of Cooper, Kalamazoo, MI, 1850 and 1860 censuses of LeRoy, Calhoun, MI and the 1870 Census of Chester, Eaton, MI (with daughter and son-in-law Elsie and John Fisher).


Judy Mudge | jamudge@att.net

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1830 census of Pittsford, Monroe, NY:

Elisha Seely: 2 males 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20

There is also a Jared Seely: 1 male 5-10, 1 male 60-70; 2 females under 5, 1 female 20-30. This led me to Jared, Lemuel and Lemuel Jr in the 1820 census of Volney, Oswego, NY. Jared, Lemuel Jr and an Elisha are all sons of Lemuel Seeley, SGS#380r. This Elisha is SGS# 1186 but according to our information he has 2 wives, neither being Sarah Halstead, and different children and died in NY state in 1847.

The only other Elisha in the 1830 census is in New Paltz, Ulster Co. NY:

1 male under 5, 2 males age 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 age 15-20, 1 age 20-30.

However, one of the MI Land Records mentioned above states that Elisha B Seeley is ‘of Monroe County, NY’. George H Seeley and Philo Seeley of Washtenaw Co MI were granted nearby parcels of land on the same date; I don’t know if or how they might be related to Elisha.

Contact me if you have any information on Elisha B.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2010

Query Number: 1005-1

Requested Information

Carolyn sent us a copy of the application for a marriage license for Nehemiah Seeley and Rebecca Hawk, both of Mentor, OH dated the 10th March 1827 in Geauga Co. Ohio. The person who applied for the license and verified that they were legally free to marry was George Seeley. Carolyn wonders who George is.


Carolyn Sheridan | cgsheridan@bellsouth.net

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We have a lot of information on Nehemiah’s descendants but nothing about a George Seeley who might be related to him.

Mentor, northeast of Cleveland, is in Lake Co. OH, which was formed in 1840 from parts of Geauga and Cuyahoga counties.

In 1830 Nehemiah is in Medina County OH, south of Cleveland. Nehemiah is age 30-40 and is listed next to Levi Seeley age 40-50.

In 1820 in Mentor, Geauga, OH there is Robert Seeley with 1 male <10, 3 males 10-16, 1 male 16-18 (Same as 1 male 16-26, 1 male >45, 3 females. Also Levi Seeley: 1 male >45, 2 females

In 1820 in Painesville, Geauga Co. there is Ira Seeley: 1 male 26-45, 1 male> 45, 2 females. Also Uri Seeley: 1 male 26-45, 5 females

If anyone can identify a possible George Seeley (old enough in 1827 to vouch for Nehemiah) please contact your Query Editor.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2010

Query Number: 1002-3

Requested Information

Judy was hoping we had some information on Diamah Seeley born 1751 (Newtown, Fairfield, CT?)., d. April 10, 1785 Newtown, CT. She married John Blackman born 1746 (Newtown, Connecticut?) son of John Blackman born 1720 & Margery Glover born 1725.

According to Judy John & Diamah Blackman had 4 children: Ebenezer Blackman born 1779, David Seeley Blackman born 1782, Simeon Seeley Blackman born March 16, 1785, John Starr Blackman born September 11, 1777. She wants to know who Diamah Seeley Blackman’s parents are.


Judy Laslo | juteshouse@comcast.net

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NEHGS has this to say about the name:

DIAMAH/DIME (f): This name, borne by numerous girls in the Danbury/Newtown, Conn. area, is unrelated to the similarly-spelled DIANA and is probably instead an abbreviation of PHEDIME, itself uncommon elsewhere.

Unfortunately even this information didn’t lead me to Diamah/Dime/Phedime. Members of the query team have checked CT records without success. Does anyone out there recognize this woman?

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2010

Query Number: 1002-2

Requested Information

Jenny, an SGS member, emailed us looking for any information on her great-great grandfather, Isaac L. Seley, his parents or siblings.

Jenny’s information:
Isaac L. Seley
b. 1808, New York, d. 1860, Jasper County, Iowa
married: Sara Jane ?
b. 1824, Ohio, d. 11 December 1875, Pretty Prairie, Reno County, Kansas
Children of Isaac L and Sara Jane Seley:
Ira Seley
b. 29 June 1852, Vandalia, Jasper County, Iowa
d. 11 November 1920, Ava, Douglas County, Missouri
married 05 June 1874, Reno County, Kansas to Sarah Jane Pricer
(b. 17 November 1856, South Salem, Ross County, Ohio, d. 26 February 1923, Langdon, Reno County, Kansas)
Sarah Seley b. 1844
Angeline Seley b. 1852

Grandchildren of Isaac L. through Ira Seley and Sarah Jane Pricer:
Frank Seley b. 27 July 1875
Ada Seley b. 18 December 1878
Glen Seley b. 11 April 1881, Reno County, Kansas, d. 26 October 1961, LaJunta, Otero County, CO, married 11 March 1906, Russell Springs, Logan County, KS to Charlotte Mae Smith (b. 23 March 1889, Utica, Ulster County, New York, d. 09 June 1977, LaJunta, Otero County, CO)
Linnie Seley b. 05 November 1883
Annie Seley b. 06 April 1886
John Seley, b. 30 May 1889
Austin Seley b. 02 October 1892
Alice Seley b. 24 April 1894
Grace Seley, b. 09 June 1897
Oscar Seley, b. 27 April 1902
Homer Seley b. 26 September 1877


Jenny Garcia | garciajx@yahoo.com

Response Information

1910 census Boone, Douglas, MO

  • Seley, Ira age 57 b. IA, NY, OH, farmer md 35 yr to
  • Seley, Susan J., age 54 b. OH, OH, OH, 12 ch., 9 living
  • Seley, Grace age 13, Oscar, no age given, both b. KS, IA, NY

1905 Russell Springs, Logan, KS

  • Ira Seley age 52, Jane age 48, John age 15, Alice age 11, Grace age 8, Oscar age 2

1900 census Logansport, Logan, KS

  • Seley, Ira, b. Jan 1852 IA, NY, OH, farmer, md 26 yr to
  • Seley, Susan, b. Nov 1856 OH, OH, OH, 11 ch., 8 living
  • Seley, Frank b. Jul 1875, farm hand, Glen b. Apr 1881, farm labor, Linnie b. Nov 1883, Annie b. Apr 1886, John b. May 1889, Alice b. Feb 1894, Grace b. Jun 1897, all b. KS, IA, OH

1895 Medora, Reno, KS

  • Ira Sealy age 42, Jane age 38, Frank 19, Ady age 16, Glen age 13, Linnie 11, Annie 8, John 5, Alice 1

1880 census Medicine Lodge, Barber, KS

  • Seley, Ira, age 27 b. IA, NY, OH, stock raiser
  • Seley, Jane, age 24 b. OH, PA, OH
  • Seley, Frank age 3, Ada age 1, both b. KS, IA, OH

1875 Langdon, Reno, KS

  • Seely, Ira age 22 b. IA
  • Seely, J. age 18 b. OH

Jasper Co. IA Marriage Records (IA GenWeb)

  • Seley, Sarah to Deal, George W by James Porter on 23 Mar 1862 page 41

1860 census Des Moines, Jasper, IA

  • Seeley, Isaac L, age 59 b. NY, farmer
  • Seeley, Sarah J., age 38 b. OH
  • Seeley, Sarah, age 16 b. MI
  • Seeley, Ira, age 8, Angelina age 10 mo., both b. IA

1856 census Des Moines, Jasper, IA

  • Seley, Isaac L age 48, Sarah J age 32, Sarah age 12 and Ira age 3, born as before

1850 Penn, Cass, MI

  • Seeley, Isaac, age 40 b. NY, farmer
  • Seeley, Sarah, age 28 b. OH
  • Seeley, Sarah, age 6, b. MI

1840 census Rose, Oakland, MI

  • Seeley, Isaac: 1 male under 5, 1 male 40-50; 1 female 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 15-20

Cass County MI Marriage Index

Other Seeleys in 1850 census of Cass Co. MI
Jerod Seeley age 47 b. NY of Pokegon, Cass, Mi with wife Fanny age 34 b. U. Canada
Jenet D. age 14 and Loretta age 11 Seely both b. IL in Howard, Cass, MI with Chauncey Vandusen age 33 and Philena age 33 both b. NY in and sons Alfred 8 b. Il and Hiram age 5 b. IA (Philena is the widow of SGS#2663, Alexander J Seely)

Israel Sallie age 29 b. OH farms in Silver Creek, Cass, MI

1840 census Cass Co. MI

  • Benjamin T Seely: 2 males <5, 1 male 40-50; 1 female <5, 1 10-15, 1 30-40

In the SGS database we have SGS# 2663 Alexander J Seely b. 1806 who md Philena Blackmore who md 2nd Chauncey Van Duzen. However we don’t have any information that he had a brother or cousin named Isaac…

An Isaac Seeley of Oakland Co MI bought land there in 18 Aug 1837
Isaac Seely of Onondaga Co NY bought an adjoining piece of land 10 Aug 1837
On Aug 10 1837 Daniel Seely of Seneca Co NY bought other parts of the same section

Lone Star Cemetery Interments, Reno Co. KS

  • Seley Angeline 1859 1876
  • Seley Sarah Jane 1824 1875

At findagrave.com there are entries for Susan Jane Pricer Seley, wife of Ira, bur. in Sego Cemetery, Pretty Prairie, Reno, KS and her dau. Ada Seley Taylor bur. In Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City, Ford, KS

I also found a lot of information on descendants of Ira Seley, son of Isaac L. Now, can anyone add information on Isaac L. himself?

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2010

Query Number: 1002-1

Requested Information

Bill has run into a dead end tracing his Great Grandpa J. W. Seeley’s immigration to North Dakota. He has John William Seeley 1847-1939, spouse – Minnie Wilcox, buried near St. John, North Dakota.


Bill Keegan | billkeegan1@gmail.com

Response Information

From the census records below the birth date is dubious and he is listed as William John, not John William.

1920 census Hutchinson, Rolette, ND

  • Seeley, William J, age 67, b. Canada, parents b. Ireland, to US in 1880, nat’lized 1900, farmer
  • Seeley, Minnie, age 34, b. WI, IRE, WI
  • Seeley, Dolly, age 12 b. WI, CAN, WI
  • Seeley, Lizzie age 10, William Jr age 8, Robert age 7, Mary age 6, Walter age 2 yr 2 mo., all b. ND, CAN, WI

1930: William J Seeley age 70 b. CAN, No. IRE, CAN and Minnie age 42 b. SD, WI, WI are still in Hutchinson with John W age 18, Robert I age 15, Walter J age 12, Russel C age 8, Harry F age 6, all b. ND, CAN, SD

1915 ND census Hutchinson, Rolette Co.

  • W J Seeley age 20-60, foreign born, Mary, native born age 20-60
  • Seeley, Lisabeth age 5 – 20, William J and Robert age under 5
  • Babcock, Zinna, age 5-20

1910 census Hutchinson, Rolette, ND

  • Seeley, William J, age 52 b. CAN, IRE, IRE, farmer, md 1 yr to
  • Seeley, Minnie, age 24 b. WI, WI, WI, 2 ch, 2 living
  • Seeley, Dolly, step-dau. age 4 b. ND, MO, WI
  • Seeley, Elizabeth age 6? mos. b. ND, CAN, WI

1900 census Township 133, Ransom, ND

  • Seely, John b. Apr 1861 CAN, IRE, IRE, working as farm laborer for James/Jonas McDermott b. Feb 1861 CAN, IRE, IRE. Both came to US in 1883.

Bureau of Land Management Records

  • William J Seeley bought land in Rolette County ND 4 June 1906

ND Naturalization Records Index

  • Seeley William J Canada 1st July 03, 1900 Ramsey D-4 157

Of course John, William, John William, and William John are common names…
Also, William John’s age is not consistent in census records and none matches his gravestone. One possibility:

1871 census Ireland and Coleraine, Megantic, Quebec

  • Sealy, John age 45, b. Ireland, Episcopal, farmer
  • Sealy, Harriet, age 40 b. Quebec
  • Sealy, Richard age 14, George Henry age 13, John William age 10, Ann Marie age 8, Elizabeth Jane age 4, Thirsay Ann age 3, Clara Lucinda age 2, Amos Manly b. June 1870, all b. Quebec

There is another Sealy family in the same place, same year with a William John age 7.

After receiving this information Bill obtained a copy of William John’s death certificate, naturalization papers and marriage license. None of them give any information about William John’s birth place in Canada or names of his parents. Border crossing records are not available before 1895. If anyone can help, please let me know.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2010

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