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Query Number: 0105-8 May 2001

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Requested Information:

Mary is seeking more information on her great-grandfather Herbert William Seely. He is a son of Israel and was b. 23 Aug 1867. Herbert lived in Wakita, Oklahoma and probably died somewhere in that area. Mary thinks he left his family and had another wife and family. Specifically, where and when did Herbert die?

Requester: Terry Tietjens on behalf of Mary Goodman | seelyemansion@yahoo.com

Initial Response Information:

A search of the 3 SGS Publications found no match for Herbert William Seeley. If anyone has any of the information requested, please send it to Terry Tietjens, copy to the Chief Genealogist.

Responder: SGS Query Editor


Update to Query #0105-8 // Re: Herbert William Seely

I have several pictures of Herbert W. Seely. One with his first wife, Mary Ceila Yordt; one with his ‘first family’: Cora Jane, Winnie May, and the twins, Forrest and Florence and one much earlier by himself.

Jeanette Seely Dunlop was a daughter of Silas Seely, son of Israel and Jane Jones. She gave me these pictures before she died in 1995. She wrote on the back of the family picture that Herbert W. had come to her father’s home in late 1918 to pick up a watch which Isreal had bequeathed to him. They were living in El Reno, OK at that time.

In looking at the Stark Co., IL birth & death microfilm, I found a ‘delayed birth certificate’ for a Herbert WILBUR Seely, son of Israel and Jane (Jones) Seely. The date of birth, 23 Aug 1867, coincides with the Bible record date which I have for him.

The informant was a cousin, Effie Simblad who I have not identified. This document was recorded in 1941. I can’t imagine that Herbert needed a certificate for Social Security, but what other purpose would it serve? Herbert would have been 71 by then. Herbert is not listed on the Social Security Death CD.

Responder: John Seely, SGS Database Coordinator

Update to Query #0105-8


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