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Query Number: 0105-1 May 2001

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Requested Information:

Betty is looking for information on a Matilda Seely (b about 1792, place unknown; d 17 Aug 1824, Yates Center, Orleans Co., NY; married Philemon Lee Austin). Her third son was Justus Austin (b about 1814, Onondaga Co., NY). Her first two sons were Stephen S. and Philemon, both born in Canada. She also had four daughters; Melinda, Matilda, Maria and Marinda. Matilda and Philemon lived in Casenovia, Madison Co., NY between 1815 and 1818.

Betty will appreciate any information that SGS has on Matilda.

Requester: Betty Shalhamer of Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Initial Response Information:

A search of the 3 SGS Publications did not find a match for a Matilda Seeley (b. 1792). The only relatively close scenario is SGS # 3154. This Matilda was a dau of Simeon Seely (SGS # 1349) and Simeon’s birth is given as 15 Oct 1769 (his age would have been 23 at Matilda’s birth). The other problem with this scenario is that SGS # 3154 has “(dy)” after her name, which means “died young”. Certainly more research is needed and hopefully one of our Newsletter readers will have more information.

Responder: SGS Query Editor