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Query Number: 1111-4

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Marjorie is has two lines of descent from George and Alice Sealy of Burke County NC, through two of his daughters: Nancy Patience Sealy who married Samuel Criswell and Alice who married John Brown. Elisha Brown, son of Alice and John Brown married Margaret Criswell, widow of J. Horn, daughter of Nancy P and Samuel Criswell. Marjorie descends from their daughter Margaret Malinda, b. 10 Dec 1840 Hancock Co. IL, married Anciel Twitchell 23 Mar 1858 Beaver, Beaver Co. UT and died in Beaver 6 Aug. 1864.

George Sealy was born about 1740 and died in Burke Co. NC in 1811. He resided in Morganton, Burke, NC in 1810. His name appears in many Burke County records from the late 1770’s until his estate is settled in 1812. In the mid-1770’s he is mentioned in property transactions of Tyron and Rowan counties. The only clue to George’s origins is a 1778 property transaction in Burke County that mentions a line between (property of) Geo. Walker, Isuk Sealy and Geo. Sealy.

Marjorie has found a marriage of an Isaac Sealy to Mary Hughes on 21 Dec 1720 at Christ Church in Philadelphia, PA. Isaac was buried at Christ Church 1 Feb 1745. Marjorie wonders if George and Isuk Sealy of Burke Co. NC are sons of the Philadelphia Isaac Sealy. However there is also a line of Sealys in Rutherford County NC (which borders Burke Co.) who are related to Joseph Sealey of SC. However Marjorie hasn’t found any direct tie between George and these other Sealeys.


Marjorie Sanchez | Marjorie58@comcast.net

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We don’t have any further information on George Sealy and his family. We do get occasional queries about Sealy/Sealey families in the Carolinas and would love to have someone from that area on our Query team. If you can help with this family or with research in the Carolinas please contact me.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Nov 2011

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Query Number: 1111-3

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Pat’s query is about Jennie A. Seely, youngest daughter of Col. Ebenezer Seely and Dolly (Maynard) Seely.

Jennie was born in 1846 in Whiteside County, Illinois.

Jennie A Seely md Charles E. Moulton October 12, 1867 Whiteside Co. IL (IL Marriage Index)
Mrs Jennie A Moulton md Addison Bates Crosby April 23, 1874, Whiteside Co. IL (ILMI)
Mrs Jennie A Crosby md George W. Sutton July 3, 1893, Whiteside Co. IL (ILMI)

7 July 1893 Sterling Gazette – Married on Monday evening surrounded by a few friends, George W. Sutton to Mrs. Jennie Seely Crosby. Rev. E. Brown performed the ceremony which was followed by a nicely laid lunch.

Another mention of Jennie:
22 May 1900 Sterling Standard – Mr. and Mrs. George Sutton of Antioch, Illinois have arrived here to attend the Seely Golden Anniversary tomorrow. They were accompanied by their little dog, Fannie.

Jennie and Addison Bates Crosby adopted a son, Walter Percy Crosby.
Walter Percy Crosby was born in 1876. Addison Bates Crosby died in April 1881 and daughter Dolly M Crosby was born, according to New York Births and Christenings 1640 – 1962, 28 October 1881 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.

Jennie named her daughter after her mother Dolly (wife of Ebenezer Seely). Her brother S. M. Seely also had a daughter, Miss Dolly Seely of Chicago. Jennie must have been pregnant with Dolly when Addison died in April 1881.

Pat says that in the family, Jennie is referred to as “the woman who raised Walter” which makes her wonder if Dolly died very young, as she seems to disappear after the record of her birth. She also says that the family talked about Walter having a (half) sister named Dolly, as it has always been told that Addison was Walter’s real father, that he was left on the doorstep by the birth mother, and that Jennie raised him and loved him as her own.

Pat asked for any information on Jennie A. Seely Moulton Crosby Sutton, any information on the adoption of her son Walter, any information on her daughter Dolly?


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I found Jennie and George Sutton in the 1900 census of Antioch, Lake, IL It says they have been married 17 years and that she has had 2 children but none are living. Jennie b. Apr 1848 IL, parents b. NY

In 1910 in Jacksonville, Morgan, IL Jennie and George are both in their 2nd marriages, md 17 yrs, she has had 3 ch., 1 living…. Perhaps the difference is that she is counting Walter as a child this time. I imagine the 17 years is a census taking mistake in 1910 and should read 27.

I also found Addison and Jennie Crosby with adopted son Walter age 3 in the New York City census in 1880. It says Walter’s parents were b. in Ireland and he was b. in NY. I also found him later settled in Van Buren County MI, married to Matilda and they had 3 children.

I have not been able to find any records for Dolly Crosby. Please contact me if you have any information on Jennie Seely Moulton Crosby Sutton and her family.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Nov 2011

Query Number: 1111-2

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Darlene, a member of SGS, is wondering if we can find the parents of her great-great-grandfather John B. Seeley. He was born June 3, 1835 in Niagara, New York and died June 14, 1903 in Prairie City, McDonough Co., IL. He is buried with his wife Sarah and daughter Susan in the Prairie City Cemetery. He married Sarah Elizabeth Miller, daughter of Avery and Susan (nee Wilson) Miller of Canada, later they moved to Richfield, Genesee, Michigan Darlene doesn’t know the date of their marriage but their first child was born in 1862 and Sarah was still listed on 1852 Ontario, Canada census living at home with her parents. Sarah was born Sep 23, 1837 in Canada (probably York, Ontario) and died Sep 12, 1905 in Dorchester, Saline, Nebraska at the home of her brother Arthur and his wife. John and Sarah had 5 children. Two died in infancy. The others are:

George Avery Seeley
b. Mar 17,1862 Watertown, Wisconsin, d. Mar 4, 1920 Macomb, McDonough, IL
Melissa E. “Lissie” Seeley
b. 1866 Richfield, Genesee, Michigan, d. Feb 15, 1915 Prairie City, McDonough, IL
Susan Seeley
b. 1868 IL, d. 1871 Prairie City, McDonough, IL, burial: Prarie City Cemetery, IL

A distant cousin had listed “Brown” as John’s middle name but Darlene hasn’t been able to verify that info. She found a John Seeley in Niagara, NY in the 1850 US Census that matches his age. The father’s name is Gideon Seeley but she can’t verify that this is her John Seeley. Darlene’s father had a DNA test through SGS and he has been matched to the Nathanial profile.


Darlene Seeley Baker

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1900 census Prairie City, McDonough, IL

  • Seeley, John B b. Jun 1835 NY, OH, CT, day laborer, md 43 yr to
  • Seeley, SE b. Jul 1837 CAN, CAN, CAN, dressmaker, 5 ch., 2 living

1880 census Prairie City, McDonough, IL

  • Seeley, John B age 45 b. NY, CT, DE, optician
  • Seeley, Sarah E age 42 b. CAn, CAn, CAN
  • Seeley, George A age 18 b. WI, NY, CAN, optician, Malissa age 14 b. MI, NY, CAN

1870 census Prairie City, McDonough, IL

  • Seely, John, age 35 b. NY, hardware merchant
  • Seely, Sarah, age 34 b. Canada W
  • Seely, George age 8 b. WIS, Melissa age 4 b. MI, Susan age 2 b. IL

There are many John Seeleys born in NY in the 1860 census but none is obviously the right one.

The problem with John being the son of Gideon of Hartland, Niagara, NY is that we have Gideon in the Obadiah line and Darlene’s father DNA matches the Nathaniel line.

1851 census Zorra, Oxford, ONT

  • Miller, Avery age 49 b. CAN, farmer
  • Miller, Susannah age 38 b. CAN
  • Miller, Elizabeth age 15, Arthur age 11, both b. CAN

From the 1900 census above it looks like John B Seeley and Sarah Elizabeth Miller were married in 1857. Unfortunately I can’t find them in the 1860 US census or the 1861 Ontario census.

If you can shed any light on the origins of this John B. Seeley contact Darlene and your Query Editor.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Nov 2011

Query Number: 1111-1

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Bert writes ” I’m researching Blaine Seeley & American MARC boat designs and am looking for any further information. I own an American MARC Baroda and am interested in the history and where the mold may have ended up.”
After contacting me Bert received the following from Steve Dubnoff:

“He was, as I understand, sort of the go-to Navel Architect for the rich and famous of Newport Beach/Hollywood. My boat, (http://www.mvnereid.com/index.html) for instance had the TV producer, David Wolper as its first owner and the whole series of boats was inspired by Claire Trevor’s husband, who owned another in the series.

As far as I know, nothing of his office files or drawings have survived. I did get an email from his daughter, who found me on the web. Her mother had separated from his father when she was young, and she was quite proud to see her father’s work.”


Bert Flora | info@mnboats.net

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I can’t find a bio or obit or gravesite for Blaine – seems strange since he was such an important naval architect.

1930 census Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA

  • Newland, Minnie, age 60, widow b. IL, GER, GER, 1st ms at age 22
  • Seeley, Grace, dau., widow, age 35 b. MO, KY, IL, dept store saleslady, 1st md at age 25
  • Seeley, Blaine, age 6, grandson b. CA, CA, MO
  • Heard, Harry, boarder, widower age 43 b. LA, MO, MO, truck salesman

1920 census Los Angeles, Los Angels, CA

  • Newland, Minnie J age 53, widow b. IL, Holland, IL
  • Newland, Grace A age 25 b. MO, KY, IL, milliner

CA Death Index

  • Blaine Newland Seeley
  • SS #: 552385202
  • Born: 28 Jul 1923 in CA
  • Died: 10 Oct 1984 in Orange Co. CA
  • Mother’s maiden name: Newland

CA Birth Index

  • Blaine N Seeley b. 28 Jul 1923 in San Diego Co., mother’s maiden name: Newland

Articles mentioning Blaine Seeley:

  • Columbia Yacht Corporation
  • Selections from Heart of Glass by Daniel Spurr pages 141, 182-187

Spurr, Daniel, Heart of Glass: fiberglass boats and the men who made them
ISBN 0-07-157983-4 Copyright 2000 Daniel Spurr

One of the main reasons for the Columbia’s popularity is use of outstanding marine architects such as Sparkman & Stevens, Wirth Monroe (designer of the SORC winner Comanche), Charles Morgan (designer of Paper Tiger), two-time SORC winner), and Blaine Seeley, one of Newport s leading naval architects and designer of the powerboat line.

– and –

AMERICAN MARC Incorporated, 1601 West Florence Ave., Inglewood, Calif
By Bruce Gerard
American M.A.R.C. started out as a manufacturer of small, light-weight diesel engines that ranged from 1 H.P to 18 H.P. These engines were built for a variety of purposes from pumping water, to the generation of electric power. The majority of these engines were built for the U.S. Defense Department. In the late 1950s, the company began a public offering of shares in an effort to expand and improve production capacity and reduce manufacturing costs.

In an a ttempt to diversify it’s portfolio, American Marc made the bold move to enter the boat manufacturing business. This foray into the consumer leisure market appears to have been very brief, lasting from 1959 to perhaps, the early part of 1961.

To design the new line of boats, American Marc chose an accomplished young naval architect named Blaine Seeley. Seeley attempted to create a variety of designs that would appeal to many different consumer profiles. Models ranged from the sporty “Stardust”, a 15 foot two – seater, all the way up to the impressive “Marc 28” Motor Yacht, powered by twin American Marc diesel inboard engines.

Blaine also appears in numerous Navy Muster Rolls during WWII.

If any of our readers has further information on Blaine Seeley, especially the name of his father, please contact me.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Nov 2011

Query Number: 1108-3

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Rendall recently was vacationing in Hawaii and had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. One of the names on the list of men entombed in the USS Arizona was William Eugene Seeley. Rendall wanted to know who William Eugene’s parents and family were and what Seely line he is connected to. He died on 7 Dec 1941 in the battle of Pearl Harbor. Rendall believes that William was born in 1922 in Connecticut.


Rendall Seely | rendallseely@yahoo.com

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WWII and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
William E Seeley
Inducted From: CT, rank: Seaman First Class, US Navy
Death date: 7 Dec 1941, Last known status: Missing
Monument: Honolulu, Hawaii
US Awards; Purple Heart medal

Life Magazine issue of 3 Jul 1943 lists those killed in the 1st 18 mos. of the war by hometown
Groton, CT: William Eugene Seeley

1930 census Groton, New London, CT

  • Seely, Paul, age 35 b. KS, KS, KS, electric co. lineman, md 10 yr to
  • Seely, Frances, age 36 b. CT, CT, CT
  • Seely, William age 7, Jeanett age 4, Paul age 1 yr 2 mos., all b. CT, father b. KS, mother b. CT

1910 census Washington, Crawford, KS

  • Seeley, FE age 40, Alma age 44, b. as below, she has had 12 ch., 8 living, they are md 19 yr
  • Seeley, Mitt age 18, Hattie age 16, Beecher age 15, David age 14, Paul age 11, Frank age 9, Eugene age 5, Sara age 3, all b. KS, IL, NY
  • (KS census 1905 has Frank age 36, John age 16, Mit age 12, Hattie age 11, David age 10, Steve age 9, Paul age 6, Frank age 4, Eugene age 2 mos and Emily age 40

1900 census Fort Scott, Bourbon, KS

  • Seeley, Frank b. Aug 1866 IL, IL, NY, day laborer, md 9 yr to
  • Seely, Alma b. Jan 1863 NY, NY, NY, 8 children, 6 living
  • Green (crossed out), John, step-son, b. May 1889 KS, NY, NY
  • Seely, Milton b. Mar 1892, Hattie b. Jul 1893, David b. Jul 1895, Theodore b. Mar 1897, Paul b. Aug 1898, all b. KS, IL, NY
  • (1895 census Washington, Crawford, KS: Frank Seely age 26 b. IL, Alma age 30 b. KY, JA age 6, Milton age 3, H.M. age 1, all b. KS)

1885 KS census Independent, Barton, KS

  • Seely, Samuel age 61, farmer, Harriet age 46, Milton age 26, Hattie age 20, Beecher age 18, Frank age 15, Lulu age 12, William age 8, Julia age 3

(In 1860 Samuel, Harriet and Milton age 1 were in Vermilion, LaSalle, IL)


  • Samuel Seely md Harriet Tyler 24 Aug 1856 in LaSalle County, County Court Records, Film # 1710810 – 1710813.

US Veterans Gravesites

  • Mitt Seely, LTCOL US ARMY WORLD WAR II, b. 15 Mar 1892, d. 26 Mar 1984. Service start date: 1 Nov 1942, Buried 28 Mar 1984 at Riverside National cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Boulevard Riverside, CA 92518, Section 5 Site 1235. With him is wife Maud: Section 5 Site 1236

Army Enlistment

  • Mitt Seely age 19 b. Greatbend KS enlisted in June 1911 at Jefferson, MO

CA Death Index
Mitt Seely
Social Security No.: 424445526
b. 15 Mar 1892 KS, d. 26 Mar 1984 San Bernardino
Mother’s maiden name: Brown

Mitt Seely b. 15 Mar 1892, d. Mar 1984 Sun City, Riverside, CA
Civil: Alabama

From our database the line is:

  • William Eugene, Paul, Francis Edward, Samuel, William, Jonas, John, John S., Obadiah, Obadiah, Obadiah

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Aug 2011

Query Number: 1108-2

Requested Information

Lester is doing research on his GGG Grandparents John W. Peck and Caroline Seeley. He has collected some information about both, however he would like to find-out more information about John and Caroline’s parents, along with places and dates they were born. The following information is what he has collected so far.

His GGGGrandfather John W. Peck 1806-1874 was born in NY, and buried at Long Hill Cemetery in Trumbull, CT. His GGGGrandmother Caroline Seeley 1813-1877 was born in CT. and also buried at Long Hill Cemetery. John and Caroline were married by JP James Beebe on 12/13/1840 in Danbury, CT.

Children of John and Caroline were Caroline W. Peck 1845-1886, Rebecca Peck 1846-?, Polly Peck 1849-?, Emeline C. Peck 1854-?, Roswell S. Peck 1853-?,

Lester knows that Emeline was born in Bridgeport, Fairfield, CT but is not sure about the other 4 children.

Lester’s descent is: GGGrandfather Edward C. Wilson, GGGrandmother Caroline W. Peck; GGrandfather Edward J. Green, GGrandmother Cathryn Wilson; Grandfather Lester W. Green, Grandmother Bertha Richter; Father Lester I. Green, Mother Marie Hofbauer.


Lester I Green Jr. | lgreen@kingstoncity schools.org

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Caroline Seeley b. 1812 and md John Peck, is SGS# 1112, the youngest child of Agur Seeley. I sent Lester information on Caroline’s line back to Robert. We didn’t have any children listed for Caroline in the SGS Publications nor in the database.

1850 census Newtown, Fairfield, CT

  • Peck, John W age 44 b. NY, comb maker
  • Peck, Caroline, age 37, b. CT
  • Peck, Caroline W age 5, Rebecca age 4, Polly A age 1, all b. CT

1860 census Newtown, Fairfield, CT

  • Peck, John W age 54 b. NY, comb maker
  • Peck, Caroline, age 45 b. CT
  • Peck, Rebecca age 13, Polly A age 11, Roswell age 8, Emeline age 7, all b. CT

1870 census Newtown, Fairfield, CT

  • Peck, John W age 64 b. NY, works in hat factory
  • Peck, Caroline, age 58 b. CT
  • Peck, Polly A. age 21, Roswell S age 18, Emeline C age 16, all b. CT
  • McGuire, Lillian M age 2 b. CT

1880 census Girard, Erie, PA

  • Peck, Roswell, age 28 b. CT, CT, CT, works in fork factory
  • Peck, Lizzie, age 28 b. PA, MI, NY, hotel waiter
  • both boarders in hotel

1880 census Fishkill, Dutchess, NY

  • Wilson, Edward C age 29, b. NY, NY, NY, straw hat factory worker
  • Wilson, Carrie W age 32 b. CT, NY, CT
  • Wilson, Katie G age 8, b. CT, NY, CT; Sadie R age 5, Frederick L age 3, both b. NY, NY, CT

1900 census Newtown, Fairfield, CT

  • Peck, Roswell b. Jan 1856 CT, CT, CT listed a single and pauper, boarding with other paupers with the family of Bridget Lynch b. 1844 IRE

I will add these children to our Other Surname database. Please send me any more information you may have on Caroline Seeley Peck’s children.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Aug 2011

Query Number: 1108-1

Requested Information

Ted’s maternal grandfather was Howard Seeley born 1879 Port Latour, Shelburne, Nova Scotia who married Bertha Ellen Vantassel of Digby, Nova Scotia in 1900. Ted says Howard’s father Joseph was born in Barrington Nova Scotia and he thinks Joseph’s wife was Sophia Latham . At one time the family lived in a house around Pubnico Lake near Pubnico Nova Scotia. Ted would like to know his family’s ancestry.


Ted Pitman | tedpittman@hotmail.ca

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1891 census South End, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

  • Seeley, Josiah age 49 b. NS, parents b. NS, Methodist, fisherman
  • Seeley, Sophronia, age 37 b. NS, parents b. NS, Methodist,
  • Seeley, Rosanna, age 19, Howard N age 11, Stella age 9, Joseph age 7, John E age 1, all b. NS
  • Berry, John age 21, laborer b. NS

1881 census Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia

  • Seeley, Josiah, age 28 b. NS, laborer
  • Seeley, Sophia, age 27 b. NS
  • Seeley, Rosana, age 12 b. NS

1871 census Pubnico, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

  • Sealy, George age 56 b. NS, free baptist, of scottish origin, seaman, md to
  • Sealy, Deborah, age 56 b. NS
  • Sealy, Josiah, age 27 b. NS, seaman
  • Sealy, Nathaniel age 24, William N age 16, John age 16, Elias Jones age 10, Elizabeth A age 18, Marguerit age 12, all b. NS

Next house

  • Sealy, John Elizar age 33 b. NS, Catholic, Scottish, seaman, md to
  • Sealy, Anne Seraphie age 27, b. NS, Catholic, French
  • Sealy, John Reulim age 4, Anselm Sifsrid age 2, both b. NS

George Sealy is listed in the 1861 census of Yarmouth Nova Scotia with 8 males and 3 females in the household

1881 census Pubnico, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

  • Seeley, George age 69 and Deborah age 67 with Anne age 28, Nelson and John, twins age 26, Maggie age 23 and Elias J age 20, all b. NS

In 1891 at Pubnico Head, Yarmouth, NS the family is George Seeley age 77, Deborah age 75, John age 36, Margaret age 31 and grandson Josiah age 9, all b. NS

In 1901 at Pubnico Head, Yarmouth, NS the family is Deborah Seeley, widow b. 10 Nov 1814, her son John b. 23 June 1855 and her dau. Margaret b. 13 June 1859, both single, all b. Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Marriages, Yarmouth County

  • Josiah Seeley age 35 widower, resides Yarmouth, b. Rockingham to Geo and Deborah , mariner, md 28 Dec 1895 at Rockingham to Etta G. Morton, age 34, spinster of Rockingham b Rockingham to Wentworth and Eleanor

Nova Scotia Deaths

  • Miss Margaret Seeley b. 1855 Pubnico, Yarmouth, NS, dau. of George Seeley and Deborah Seeley d. Jun 23 1938 Argyle, Argyle, NS

If you have information on the family or ancestry of George and Deborah Seeley please contact your Query Editor.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Aug 2011

Query Number: 1105-4

Requested Information

Jeff would like to hear from any descendants of Harvey H. Seeley (1830-1905) & Asa P. Seeley (1834-1906), brothers, both of Waterford, Oakland County, MI. They are sons of Harvey Seeley, SGS# 1967.It would probably be advantageous for Jeff to hear from any of their sibling’s descendants as well.

Jeff has posted some of their immediate families and descendants in this descendant tree view at Rootsweb:

Jeff wants to locate possible photographs (or maybe even other artifacts) of the farm & buildings on their farm in Waterford (both had lived at this acreage), which is the location of the original Maj. Oliver Williams farm settlement on Silver Lake.


Query Number: 1105-3

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Patricia’s father was William Andrew Seeley b. Feb 6, 1917 in Baltimore, MD, died 1993 in Baltimore, married to a Mary Nicholls. He had a sister Helen.
Her grandfather is William Andrew Seelye b. 1884 born in Baltimore, Md married to a Bertha Fleetwood. His siblings were Nelson Paul Seelye b. 1881 and Kattie B Seelye b. 1883.

Her great grandfather was William S Seelye b. 1853 in Pennsylvania married a Harriett Peregoy. Her gr gr grandfather was Andrew J Seelye b.1826 in Pennsylvania married to a Kate M. They had six children: George b.1851, Annabella 1856, Philip b. 1861 Lizzie B b.1864, Blanch K 1874 as well as William. Patricia would like to know the ancestry of Andrew Jackson Seeley/Seelye.


Patricia Seeley Stahl | tastahl03@hotmail.com

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None of these Seeleys are in our database.

1920 census Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

  • Seeley, William A, age 34 b. MD, PA, MD, electric RR conductor
  • Seeley, Bertha, age 24 b. MD, PA, MD
  • Seeley, William A Jr age 2 yr 10 mos., Helen age 1 yr 10 mos., both b. MD, MD, MD
  • In 1930 in Baltimore Bertha is listed with William age 13 and Hellen age 12, md, working as a servant for a private family

Also in Baltimore in 1930

  • Seeley, William age 77 b. PA, PA, PA, produce dealer, md 50 yr to
  • Seeley, Harriet H age 68 b. DC, MD, MD
  • Seeley, William age 44 b. MD, PA, PA, 1st md at age 21, cutter at clothing factory

Social Security Death Index:
William A. Seeley
b. 6 Feb 1917
d. 17 Nov 1993 – Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

WWII Army Enlistment

  • William A Seeley b. 1917 MD, resides MD, enlisted 23 mar 1943 at Baltimore as private

WWII Draft Reg’n

  • William Andrew Seeley of 1116 W Lombard St Baltimore, MD, b. 7 Jun 1885 at Baltimore, names Mrs Lucy Seeley of same address as next of kin

WWI Draft

  • William Andrew Seeley of Baltimore, born 7 Jun 1885, United RR conductor, names Bertha Seeley of same address as next of kin

1910 census Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

  • Seeley, William A age 24 b. MD, PA, DC, shirt co. cutter, md 3 yr to
  • Seeley, Clara L M, age 22 b. MD, MD, MD, 0 ch., 0 living

1900 census Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

  • Peregoy, Nelson R b. Dec 1824 MD, MD, MD, widower
  • Peregoy, Edward A b. Oct 1854 MD, MD, MD, son, produce dealer, single
  • Seelye, William, son-in-law b. Sept 1852 WV, WV, MD, produce dealer, md 20 yr to
  • Seelye, Hattie, dau. b. Mar 1862 MD, WV, MD, 4 children, 1 living
  • Seelye, Nelson P b. Apr 1881, Hattie B b. Oct 1882, William A b. Jun 1885, all b. MD, WV, MD

(In 1910 William S and Hattie A Seeley Have Nelson and Edward Peregoy living with them. Hattie has had 4 ch., 3 living)

(In 1920 William and Hattie continue to live in Baltimore. her brother Edward Peregoy is still with them)

1880 census Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

  • Seeley, Andrew J age 54, b. PA, NY, PA, police officer
  • Seeley, Kate, age 51 b. PA, ENG, PA
  • Seeley, Geo A age 29, blacksmith, Wm S age 27, huckster, Annabella, dau. age 24, divorced, all b. PA, PA, PA
  • Seeley, Philip M. age 19, Lizzie B age 16, Blanch K age 6, all b. MD, PA, PA

(Harriet Peregoy and her family are listed on the next census page)

In 1870 Andrew J Seeley with Kate, George, Anna B., Philip and Elizabeth are in Baltimore. I can’t find any of the family members in the 1860 census.

1850 census Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

  • Seeley, Andrew Jackson, age 24 b. PA, md within year to
  • Seeley, Catherine, age 20 b. PA

Household also contains George W Mercer age 30, dealer, Anna Mercer age 27, John H Carrigan age 18, and Catherine S Carrigan age 13, all b. PA

If you can identify parents for Andrew Jackson Seelye/Seeley please send your information to me.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2011

Response Information

Update to Query 1105-3 Re Andrew Jackson Seeley
Patricia (Trish) Seeley Stahl (tastahl03@hotmail.com), the original submitter, contacted us with more information. She located baptisms of some of Andrew Jackson Seeley’s children that would place him in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania

Church and Town Records 1708- 1985 (Ancestry.com): On May 7, 1854 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church George Mercier Seeley b Dec 14, 1850 and William Smith Seeley. Sept 28, 1852, parents Andrew J and Kate M, were both baptized. Additionally, Philip Milldolla Shultz Seeley b. May 3, 1861 was baptized on Nov. 8, 1861 at the Church of the Evangelist in Philadelphia. Lizzie Virginia Beck Seeley was baptized at the same church on June 18, 1864.

This would place the family in the Philadelphia area but they are not included in the 1860 census. It is interesting that the 1850 census of Philadelphia cited in the original query response showed Andrew J Seeley age 24 and his wife Catherine age 20 living in the same household as George W. Mercer age 30 and his wife Anna age 27. In the 1860 census of Philadelphia Catherine Seeley b. 1787 is living with George and Anna Mercer. Patricia wonders if

Catherine Seeley b. 1787 is the mother of Andrew Jackson Seeley and also Anna Mercer.
SGS Response: I found another baptism at the Church of the Evangelist in Philadelphia: Thomas Henry Seeley b. 28 Feb 1860, baptized 18 Apr 1860, son of Andrew Jackson and Catherine Seeley.

Philadelphia Marriages:

  • Mar 13 Andrew J Seeley to Catherine LEABOURN at 1st Independent Church, Philadelphia

In the 1850 census Andrew Jackson Seeley is in the North Mulberry Ward of Philadelphia. The 1840 census of the same ward has Henry Seelye with 1 male age 5-9, 1 male age 10-14, 1 male 50-59, 1 female under 5, 1 female 20-29, 1 female 40-49.

Looking in North Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, PA in 1850 I found:

  • Henry B Seely age 55 b. PA, collector?
  • Catherine Seely age 50 b. PA

Philadelphia PA death certificate index

  • Catharine Seelye b. abt 1790, d. 18 Nov 1862 at Philadelphia age 72, FHL film No. 1003691
  • Henry B Seelye b. abt 1781 d. 15 Jun 1860 at Philadelphia, bur. at Philadelphia Burying Ground, Passayunk Road, FHL film no. 1977187

We don’t have information about this Henry Seelye in our database. I can’t find the cemetery records. I have suggested that Trish have a DNA test done on a male Seelye/Seeley relative. Can anyone identify this Seelye?

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2012

Query Number: 1105-2

Requested Information

Mike is the 7 times great grandson of Samuel Seeley, who was born in 1740 in Fairfield, CT and killed by the British on 27 Apr 1777 at the Battle of Ridgefield. While doing DAR research for his mother, he came across a document saying the body of Samuel Seeley was transported to Easton and buried at the Baptist Church cemetery. Samuel is also listed on a plaque in Ridgefield. Some say he was buried in a mass grave in Ridgefield.

Would someone be able to tell Mike if Samuel is buried in the Union Cemetery? He plans to visit the church and cemetery in Easton and Ridgefield, CT in June of 2011.


Mike Snodgrass | mikecarols@msn.com

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This Samuel is SGS# 208. We don’t have any information on his burial place. I did suggest that Mike postpone his trip until July so he could combine it with a trip to the SGS reunion. If you know anything about this Samuel Seeley’s place of burial, let me know.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2011

Query Number: 1105-1

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Margaret is researching the Barnes family, who came from Fairfield CT, to Rutland Co VT, to Malone, Franklin Co. NY about 1804, and then west to Minnesota and Iowa. She is specifically searching for George W. Barnes (b. 1835 Malone NY, son of Charles H. Barnes and Sally Hoyt) and Elizabeth E. Seeley (b. 1837, dau. of Nathan Wheeler Seeley and Betsey Erwin). They settled in Boone, Boone Co Iowa and are enumerated in several censuses there. They are buried in Boone IA in Linwood Cemetery. She would like to know where they were married in 1858, George’s middle name, and any descendants they had. Margaret is aware of one son, Charles W. Barnes.


Jenstad | jenstad@pro-ns.net

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From Franklin County Marriages, Franklin Co. NY
Copyright (c) 2001 by John Austin (uncajohns@yahoo.com)

These are the marriages performed by Rev. Ashbel Parmelee, minister of the Congregationalist Church in Malone, NY. He was pastor of the church from 1810 until 1845, but occasionally performed marriages right up until the time of his death in 1862 His wife Betsey and children Ashbel B., Mary, Sarah and Emily often are listed as witnesses in early records, as is a servant girl Susan Gilligan in later marriages.

Seeley, Mary md Dec. 16, 1852 to Charles Durkee. He was a merchant from Malone age 25; she was age 22, from Malone. Witnesses: Wheeler Seeley, Betsey Seeley, Alfred Seeley, Betsey Parmelee

Burials in Moira Community Cemetery, Franklin Co. NY
died Sept. 28, 1841 AE 42
Separate stone in the same lot:
ALFRED E. son of Nathan W. & Betsey Seeley
Died April 25, 18?3 (1823?) Aged 5 yrs.
Separate stone in the same lot:
who died Jan. 22, 1883 (1837?) AE 22 y’rs.
Separate stone in the same lot:
BENJAMIN SEELEY died April 23, 18__
Age 63 Years (NOTE: The year may be 1833. This stone is very eroded!)

Morningside Cemetery, Section E, Malone, Franklin County, New York
Wm. B. SEELEY Died Aug. 18, 1894 AE 76 Yrs.
Sarah A. Wife of W. B. SEELEY Died July 26, 1893 AE 66 y’rs.
Footstones: W.B.S., Sarah
Separate stone in the same lot:
Laura SEELEY Died Oct. 27, 1852 Aged 27 Years
Separate stone in the same lot:
Pascal S. Son of Nathan W. & Betsey SEELEY Died July 30, 1842 AE 2 Y’rs. & 9 Mos

From ‘Disconnected Whipples’
Sarah Ann Whipple (b. abt 1816, of Malone, Franklin Co., NY) married William B. Seeley (b. abt 1820, also of Malone) on 6 Jan 1847 in Malone.

From DeWitt County Illinois GenWeb – Obituaries
Samuel Magill was born in Middlebury, Vermont, on the 14th of July, 1826. His parents were of Irish birth. The family consisted of four brothers and two sisters, Mrs. CARPENTER and Mrs. DENTON, of Manchester, Iowa, are the only two surviving members of the family. The Magill family were remarkable for their love and affection to each other. In life the four brothers were united in everything from the time they were boys together at the old homestead in Vermont. The death of Henry, William and Samuel, following in almost rapid succession, less than nine months intervening from first to last, illustrates that “United in life, in death they are not divided.” Samuel Magill was married in Malone, New York, to Miss Eleanor SEELEY in 1855, and one child, Alfred H. MAGILL, was the result of their union. Allie was born in Clinton and here he has grown to manhood. Mr. Magill was active in advancing the interests of the city, and at times during his long residence here served as a member of the council. He was a member of the Masonic order, and served his lodge in the capacity of treasurer more than twenty consecutive years. Till a few weeks ago, he was manager of one of the largest mercantile houses in the city, and devoted his life to business. When he had arrived at that time when he could sit down and enjoy the fruits of a life of industry and application to business, the mental strain of the past was too much for him to withstand. Samuel Magill was yet in the prime of life, his age being but a little more than fifty-seven years. Note: Four years after this tragedy Samuel’s son, Alfred, also committed suicide.

Looking at census records:
In 1900 Geo W and Bessie Barnes are in Des Moines, Boone, IA. Bessie says she has had no children and none living. They have been married 41 years. Geo W says he was b. Dec 1835 in NY to parents b. in NY and his occupation is a min. water merchant. Bessie says she was b. Jun 1837 NY, father b. CT, mother b. NY. No one else is listed with them.

1850 census Malone, Franklin, NY

  • Barnes, Charles, age 49, farmer, b. VT
  • Barnes, Sally, age 46 b. VT
  • Barnes, George W age 14, James age 6, Elizabeth age 1 mo., all b. NY

1860 census Malone, Franklin, NY

  • Barns, George, age 24, sawyer b. NY
  • Barns, Betsy, age 23 b. NY

1870 census Chillicothe, Peoria, IL

  • Barnes, Geo W age 33 b. NY, ice dealer
  • Barnes, Betsey, age 31 b. NY
  • Barnes, Charles, age 7 b. IA

Listed in a hotel just 4 households earlier are Josie Barnes age 25 b. NY and Jessie Barnes, female age 6 b. NY. This leads me to wonder if Charles is really a son of George and Betsey/Bessie or was adopted – maybe a nephew.

In Chillicothe in 1880 listed as Georg W Barnes age 44, grocer b. NY, Betsey S age 43 b. NY and son Charles age 17 b. IA, parents b. NY

In 1885 George W Barnes age 48, Bessie age 47 and Chas W age 22 are in Des Moines, Boone IA where George is a furniture dealer and Charles is a bank clerk. George and Bessie are b. NY and Charles is b. Hardin Co. IA

Civil War Record
George W Barnes, age 28 b. abt 1836 at Davenport, (Franklin), NY. Enlisted 1864 at Pittsfield (Otsego), NY. Mustered in 1864, mustered out 7 Jun 1865

Cemetery Records – W. Linwood cemetery, Des Moines, Boone, IA
Geo. W. Barnes, died 1908, born 1835
Elizabeth S Barnes b. 1837, died 1915
James Ormsby Barnes b. 3 sep 1843 d. 13 Nov 1900, b. Franklin Co. NY, moved to Boone Co. in 1868. Obit in Boone Co. Democrat 16 Nov. 1900. Husband of Mary (Stevens)

James O Barnes is listed in the 1870 and 1880 census with wife Josephine. In 1900 he has been married 8 years to Mary.

1850 census Malone, Franklin, NY

  • Seeley, Nathan W age 54 or 59 b. CT, farmer
  • Seeley, Betsey, age 52 b. VT
  • Seeley, Laura age 25, Eleanor age 23, Mary age 21, Alfred age 16, Clara age 15, Betsey age 12, all b. NY

In 1860 Nathan W and Betsey Seely ages 71 and 64 b. CT and VT are still in Malone with Albert age 26 and Clara M age 24 both b. NY

We do not have the ancestry of Nathan Wheeler Seeley. There is a Benjamin Seeley who was an early settler of Malone – probably his son but I need to find some proof. See Query 0711-6 for more information on Franklin County NY Seeleys. If you can place Nathan Wheeler Seeley in a family please contact your Query Editor.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: May 2011

Query Number: 1102-2

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Barb is trying to find out who Nathaniel Seely’s parents were. Nathaniel was born 16th of May, 1785 and died 7th of May 1870. He married Betsey Lockwood, who was born 16th of October, 1788 and died 13th of May 1871. They were married on 10th of September, 1806.


Barb Stevens | bstevens_ca@rogers.com

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We have Nathaniel and Elizabeth Lockwood Seely in our database but with no further information. We have names of their children: Abby Jane b. 1826, Agnes b. 1828, md. Mr Harris, Almira b. 1835, Betsy Ann b. 1816, Caroline Rose b. 1818, Elizabeth b. 1811, Gershom b. 1824, James b. 1822, Lucinda b. 1814 md John Stevens, Marinda b. 1808 md Alexander Cargill, Mary b. 1812, Susan b. 1820 md John Stevens (changing this to Jonathan Stevens – see below)

From Stevens Genealogy by Predmore

Jonathan Stevens 3rd, son of Jonathan Jr., born July 24, 1797, died April 22, 1868, married October 30, 1856 by J.M. Ashley, Susan Seely, born July 28, 1820, died May 5, 1905, daughter of Nathaniel and Betsey Lockwood Seely. Children: Seely Stevens, born August 3, 1857, died July 8, 1941; Alfaretta (Allie), born May 15, 1859

John Stevens, born November 8, 1822, died March 22, 1911, son of David, married Lucinda Seely, born October 13, 1814, died June 29, 1890, widow of Frank Jaquish of Highland Falls and dau of Nathaniel and Betsey Lockwood Seely. Children: Annie; Mary, born October 13, 1854; Adam, born September 15, 1856, died August 14, 1911; Charles F., born March 24, 1858, died June 22, 1936; Rachel. John married second Margaretta Reynolds.

1850 census Cornwall, Orange, NY

  • Seely, Nathaniel, age 65, laborer b. NY
  • Seely, Elizabeth age 61 b. CT
  • Seely, Susan age 28, Almira age 15 both b. NY

In 1860 Almira age 24 is living with Daniel and Betsy Seely, age 69 and 65 in Cornwall

In 1870 Elmira Seely a seamstress age 34 living with Betsy Seely age 82 b. CT and William Jacques age 32 laborer b. NY

In 1880 she is in Highland, Orange NY as aunt of William Jaquish and is with him in 1900.

So, how does this Nathaniel Seeley tie in to our Seeley lines? Contact me with your ideas.

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2011

Query Number: 1102-1

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Jessica is trying to find the parents of a Deborah Seely who married Amos Acla (Ackley) March 1811 in Tonowanda, Erie, NY. Deborah was born 5 April 1798 in PA, and Amos was born 22 May 1789. Deborah’s spouse, Amos Acla, is the child of Benjamin Acla and Hannah Bennett. Hannah Bennett is the sister of Mehitable Bennett who married Justus Azel Seely. Also Amos and Deborah have a child named Alvin T Ackley who married Sarah A Minier. Sarah was born 22 Feb 1836 in PA. Jessica would also like to know if Amos Acla and Deborah Seely had any other children. Jessica found the following census records:

1860 census Asylum, Bradford, PA

  • Acla, Amos, age 74, cooper b. NJ
  • Acla, Deborah, age 62 b. PA

1870 census Asylum, Bradford, PA

  • Acla, Alvin, age 37 b. PA
  • Acla, Sarah age 33 b. PA
  • Acla, Addie age 16, McClellan age 6, Ella, age 1, all b. PA
  • Acla, Deborah age 73 b. PA


Jessica Seely Howard | charles@cut.net

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Jim Seeley (jrseeley@comcast.net) questioned whether the marriage of Amos Ackley to Deborah Seeley was really in Erie Co. NY. Jessica then found this record:
Marriage and Deaths from the Wyoming (PA) Historical and Genealogical Society

Ackley, Amos, m. Towanda, by George Scott, Esq., (March 1811) to Deborah Seely, both of Towanda.
Towanda is in Bradford Co. PA.

1850 census Durell, Bradford, PA

  • Acla, Amos, age 63, farmer b. PA (indexed as Aela)
  • Acla, Deborah age 54 b. PA
  • Acla, Clarissa, age 23, Sylvester age 20, Alvin age 18, (both sons farmers) Wealthy age 15, all b. PA
  • Perkins, David, age 31, farmer, b. PA

On either side of the Acla family I found Benjamin families.

Looking at the 1810 census for Towanda, Luzerne, PA there is a Samuel Seeley age over 45 with a wife over 45 and 2 girls, 1 age less than 10 and one age 10-16 who could be Deborah.

1840 Census of Pensioners, Revolutionary or Military Service – Bradford County

  • Samuel Seeley age 98 living in the household of Amos Ackler in Monroe Township, Bradford, PA≥

From The History of Bradford County by HC Bradsby, 1891, Ch. XXVI. Asylum Township, pages 391-393

Stephen Durell located at the mouth of the creek since named in his honor (Durell Creek) in 1789 or 1790,and built a house and sawmill there. In the fall of 1787, Benjamin Ackla, Richard Benjamin and Amos Bennett came to what was afterward called Bennett’s Creek, and built sot-tie log houses. Amos Bennett came to Wyalusing as early, probably, as 1783-84, and lived there some five or six years. He built a little tub-mill at the falls, just below the road on Bennett’s creek. The ruins of a sawmill now mark the site. He had a house on the flats below the present residence of William Storrs.

Richard Benjamin lived where H. L. Haight now lives. His children were Jonathan, John, Patty, Polly, Peter, David, Jesse, Sally, Hetty, Betsey, and Joshua, besides two who died in infancy. Jonathan married Leah, daughter of Benjamin Ackla, and lived on the Seeley hill, and died February 1, 1847, aged seventy-seven years. The property is now owned by William Storrs. Deacon Reuben Wells and a Mr. Shaw came to the Gilbert place at an early day, and planted a piece of corn. They lived in a log house near the spring, a few rods below the residence of Richard Gilbert. Samuel Gilbert came about 1790 and lived a year or two at Kingston, and then moved to the farm now occupied by Richard Gilbert. Charles Homet emigrated from France to America in January, 1793, and settled in Asylum in 1796. He was one of the French families who remained in Bradford, and did not return, after the restoration, to his native land. He died December 29, 1838, in the seventieth year of his age. His wife, Theresa (Schillinger), preceded him January 3, 1823, aged sixty-three years. Mr. Homet married, for his second wife, Cynthia Sickler, in 1827, by whom he had one daughter, the wife of E. T. Fox.

Anthony Vander Poel came about 1790, to Bradford county. He was the ancestor of the large family of that name now in Bradford. His first stopping-place was Aquaga, where lie remained a year or two and then came to Durell creek, and from thence moved into the French settlement and engaged in the employ of that colony. He built a small log mill on Fowler creek, and lived there four or five years, but, being despoiled of the title to his land, removed to Wyalusino, and after a short time moved to the hill near Moody’s pond, where he died, aged ninety-nine years, in the spring of 1838, and was buried on Ellis hill. Isaac Wheeler came into Asylum along with Anthony Vander Poel. . Nicholas Johnson, a brother of Isaac Wheeler’s wife, came some time between 1797 and 1800, but located at first at Towanda, where he lived for several years, and then settled in Asylum. . About two years after Nicholas Johnson came into tile county his brother Richard also came, but never gained any permanent location, and, with his wife, is buried at Frenchtown. . Richard Wheeler, a brother of Isaac Wheeler, also came about the time the Johnsons did, but returned to New York, and finally came back again, and died here. Ambrose Vincent, who married a sister of Mrs. Isaac Wheeler, came about 1804-6. Henry Cornelius married another sister of Mrs. Wheeler, was a Revolutionary pensioner, and came into the county soon after the Johnsons. He died on the mountain below Towanda, on a little farm he bought there.

Samuel Seeley was a Revolutionary soldier. He came to the Connecticut grant before the war. After the war he came back to look after his family, but could not find them. Thinking they were killed or had died, he went back to Goshen, N. Y., from whence he originally came, where he married Miss Deborah Benjamin, a sister of Richard Benjamin, and in 1802 came to Wyalusing creek, where lie lived a few years, and then removed to the Herrick place, where be remained some seventeen or eighteen years, then to where Keizer now lives, in 1827. In 1815 he built a sawmill near Myron Frisbies’, but ere it was scarcely finished Hollenback served an ejectment on him, and he abandoned the place.

I think I have made a case for this Deborah being a daughter of Samuel Seely of Goshen NY, died Bradford Co. PA. However we don’t have anything on the origins of this Samuel. The History seems to indicate he had an earlier family before he married Deborah Benjamin. Can any of you help?

Responder: SGS Query Editor: Feb 2011

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