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Query Number: 1208-4 August 2012

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Requested Information:

Who is this Seeley?
Illinois Death Index: SEELEY, WALTER, age 81, died 19 Jan 1950, Kane County

Requester: Linda Crocker | llbc100@msn.com

Initial Response Information:

Findagrave: West Batavia Cemetery, Kane Co. IL
Walter E Seeley “father” 1868-1950, Plot: Lot 639, Grave 09
Mary E Seeley 1870-1962 “mother” Plot: Lot 639, Grave 10
Walter Clyde Seeley, Plot: Lot 639, Grave 06, b. 22 Jun 1892, d. 9 Jan 1954
Inscription: ILL. PFC HQ DET 89 DIV. WWI

1900 Census: Shabbona, DeKalb, Illinois
Walter Seeley age 31 b. Nov 1868, WI, NY, NY, Day Laborer, md 11 yrs to
Mary Seeley age 28, b. Nov 1871 IL, NY, NY, mother of 7 ch., 6 living,
Frances Seeley dau. b. May 1889 IL, WI, IL
Louis Seeley dau. b. Aug 1889(?) IL, WI, IL
Walter Seeley b. June 1891 born IL, WI, IL
Johnnie Seeley b. Nov 1893 born IL, WI, IL
Clarence Seeley Dec 1896 born IL, WI, IL
Lillie Seeley Dec 1898 born IL, WI, IL

1910 Census: Shabbona, DeKalb, Illinois
Walter Selley age 40 born NY, Unknown, Unknown, Fireman Railroad, md 22 years to
Mary Selley age 39 mother of 8 – 6 living, born IL NY Unknown
Lois Selley age 19 born IL NY IL
John Selley age 16 born IL NY IL
Clarence Selley age 12 born IL, IL, IL
Lily Selley age 11 born IL, IL, IL

1920 Census: Geneva, Kane, Illinois
Walter J Seely age 51 b. WI, NY, NY, Laborer Foundry
Mary A Seely wife age 49 born IL, NY, NY
Walter I Seely son age 27 born IL, WI, IL, laborer Railroad
John Seely son age 26 born IL ,WI, IL, Laborer Foundry
Clarence Seely son age 23 born IL, WI, IL, Gateman Railroad
Lilly Seely daughter age 21 born IL, WI, IL
William Melby boarder age 25 born IL, Norway, IL, Painter House

In 1930 and 1940 Walter and Mary Seeley continue to reside in Geneva

CA Death Certificate Transcription: District # 1992 Registrars No. 582 Certificate # 988 – Los Angeles County
Walter Clyde Seeley:
Date of Death: January 9, 1954 8:17 AM
Place of Death: Veterans Administration Hospital, Wilshire & Sawtelle Blvd., West Los Angeles
Last usual residence: Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Length of Stay in this city or town: 10 days
Date of Birth: June 22, 1892
Age: 61
Birthplace: Illinois
Male White
Veteran – WWI
Married – Alma Seeley
Father: Walter Seeley born Illinois
Mother: Mary Spears born Illinois
Usual Occupation: Kitchen Helper Veterans Administration
Informant: Records of Veterans Administration Center
Removal 1/13/54 Batavia, Illinois

Shabbona Historical Society Marriage Index
Seeley A. to Melby, Wm. 30 Jun 1920
Seeley, Alice to Challand, Walter 12 Feb 1890
Seeley, Lois to Brown, Frank 04 Oct 1913
Seeley, Walter C. to Johnson, Clara 30 Jun 1920
Seeley, Walter E. to Spears, Mary 07 Aug 1888

I have more information on the children and grandchildren of Walter Seeley and Mary Spears. I can send it to anyone who is interested. Finding Walter’s parents is the problem.

1880 census Shabbona, DeKalb, IL
Mary Spears age 8 with her parents Walter and Mary and sisters Sarah, Louisa, Nancy, Cora and Orah

1880 census Shabbona, DeKalb, IL
Seeley, Harlis, age 37, farmer b. NY, NY, NY
Seeley, Mariah, age 31 b. CAn, CAN, CAN
Seeley, Alice age 14 b. WI, NY, CAN; Eva age 5, Linda age 2 both b. IL, NY, CAN
Also in Shabbona
Seeley, Melissa age 45, her sister Julia age 58 and mother Mercy age 77, bedridden, all b. NY, NY, NY
Also in Shabbona
Seeley, John, age 41 b. NY, NY, NY, widower, laborer
Seeley, John Jr age 10 b. IL, NY, NY

In 1870 Mercy Seely age 66, July age 47 and Melissa age 38 were in Victor, DeKalb, IL. I can’t find Harley/Harlis or John Seeley in the 1870 census.

1860 census Clinton, DeKalb, IL
Seely, Thomas, age 68 b. NY
Seely, Mercy, age 58 b. NY
Seely, Julia age 33, Melissa age 29, John age 23, Harley age 21, all b. NY

1850 census Clymer, Chautauqua, NY
Seely, Thomas, age 60 b. NY, farmer
Seely, Mercy age 48 b. NY
Seely, Melissa age 20, John age 18, Harvey age 12, Sarah age 8, all b. NY

So it would seem like Walter should be somewhere in this family since there are no other Seeleys in Shabonna. But this next bit is strange: There is an 1880 death record in Shabonna, DeKalb IL for Walter Seeley age 12 b. IL, NY, NY who died of diphtheria in Mar 1880. If you have any ideas let me hear from you.

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