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Query Number: 1205-3 May 2012

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Requested Information:

Caroline recently purchased a photo that had the name of E.D. Seeley on the back. With the clues that are located on the back of the photo, she and other researchers have determined that it’s quite possibly a photo of Ebenezer D. Seeley’s [b. 1858 NJ] father, Randolph M. Seeley [b.1821 NJ] [Randolph was married to Hannah Sherwood]. From a preliminary search online, this Randolph M. Seeley seems to be the son of Ebenezer Seeley and Mary Marshall of NJ; grandson of Ebenezer Seeley and Mary Clark of NJ; and great-grandson of Enos Seeley and Naomi Petty of NJ.

Caroline maintains a forum where she and other researchers research ephemera and photos to find the story behind the item. She has the photo posted there as well as the research work. If anyone is interested in taking a look at the photo and the preliminary work in order to authenticate it, she’d greatly appreciate it. If it can be identified, Caroline would like to give the photo to SGS. Caroline is especially hoping to locate a descendant who may also have a photo so the two could be compared to see if they match.

Requester: Caroline via Facebook

Initial Response Information:

1860 census Covington, Tioga, PA

Seely, R.M., age 33, b. NJ, glass cutter
Seely, H.M., age 24, b. PA
Seely, Chas S, age 3, Ella, age 1, both b. PA I can’t find this family in 1870.
In 1880 Randolph M and Hannah M are in Northumberland, Northumberland, PA with son Eben D. age 21 b. PA – I wonder if the Ella of 1860 was really Eben … In 1900 Hannah says she has 2 ch., 2 living. This Eben/Ebenezer consistently says he was b. in NJ in later censuses.) Randolph b. 1826 Cumberland Co. NJ is SGS# 2987, an 8th generation descendant of Robert Seeley.

1900 census Justice Precinct 5, Hill, TX

Seeley, Ebenezer D b. Mar 1859 NJ, NJ, PA, carpenter, md 18 yr to
Seeley, Laura E. b. Oct 1849 OH, OH, KY, 2 ch., 2 living
Seeley, Randolph S. b. Dec 1883; Sherwood D. b. Mar 1888, both b. TX, NJ, OH

Randolph b. 1826 Cumberland Co. NJ is SGS# 2987, an 8th generation descendant of Robert Seeley.

If you descend from this family post a response on the SGS Facebook site or contact me and I will do it for you.

Responder: SGS Query Editor