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Query Number: 1205-6 May 2012

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Requested Information:

Janice has an ancestor, Peter (Petrus) Seely Ostrom, baptized at Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY in 1765 and died 1811 In Rhinebeck. He married Alida Pawling. Janice wonders if Peter Seely Ostrom was named after a good friend or relative whose surname was Seely. Peter (Petrus) Seely Ostrom and Alida Pawling had a number of children; they named one of them Jesse Seely Ostrom. Jesse is Janice’s gr. gr. grandfather.

The Ostroms (Van Oosterum) came from Holland, settled in New Amsterdam, then moved up the Hudson River to Kingston, NY, on to Poughkeepsie, NY and then Rhinebeck, NY

Requester: Rev. Janice Hesselink | jclink51@mhcable.com

Initial Response Information:

There are no Ostroms or Van Oosterums in our database. There are some Peter/Petrus/Pieter Seeleys in the Albany area in the early 1700’s. They do not seem to fit in the Obadiah or Nathaniel lines – the information comes from the IGI. Can anyone connect the Ostrom family to the Seely family? Janice and I would love to hear from you.

Responder: SGS Query Editor