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Query Number: 1202-1 February 2012

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Requested Information:

Teresa has hit a brick wall in the search for her Great Great Grandmother Ella Mae Seely’s parents. Ella was born Aug 14 1857 and died Dec 12 1909. She married Samuel Michael McCauley possibly between 1873-1874. Their first child Herbert Barnard McCauley who was born 4 Sept 1875 in Rockbridge, Richland, Wisconsin. Second son Frank Lewis McCauley was born 15 Aug 1877 also in Rockbridge. Teresa’s Great Grandfather Thomas Eugene McCauley was born 23 September 1884 in Rockbridge. The fourth son was Edward Harrison McCauley born 3 June 1891 in Bartlett, Wheeler, Nebraska. Teresa is sure he was born on the trip to Alpine, Utah where Ella died and is buried in American Fork Cemetery next to her husband. Ella is in the 1880 census in Rockbridge, Richland, WI. Her birthplace is stated as Indiana and it is stated that her parents are both from Pennsylvania. In the 1900 Census it states that she is born in Pennsylvania, her father is born in Pennsylvania and her mother is born in Maine. I was able to get a copy of her death certificate (Samuel Michael McCauley is the informant on the form). He states that Ella’s mother’s maiden name was Hannah Stone, born in Maine. He also states that Ella Mae’s father was named Seley.(spelled that way – no first name given). The 1910 census has the birth place of the boys’ mother as PA. Teresa has searched Ancestry, Family Search, Findagrave, and Rootsweb to no avail. She has found marriage certificates for the entire McCauley family but NOT for Samuel and Ella. The only other Seeley family in the area is Franklin Edgerly Seeley born 1834. He had 14 children, none were named Ella or matched her birth date. Teresa is beginning to wonder if Ella was an orphan and took the Seeley name right before her marriage.

Requester: Teresa McCauley Porter | katieteresa@msn.com

Initial Response Information:

I have checked our records and did my own Ancestry searching and I cannot identify Ella either. We also do not have a Hannah Stone married to a Seely/Seeley in the database. If any of our readers has further information on Ella Seeley or her mother Hannah Stone please contact Teresa and your Query Editor.

Responder: SGS Query Editor