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Anne contacted us asking for verification about the parentage of Eleanor Seeley who married Thomas Douglas and had a son Ebenezer Douglass born 13 Mar 1772, died 17 Dec 1857, Chazy, Clinton, NY. She is supposedly a daughter of Ebenezer Seeley (1729-1806) and Hannah Hungerford (1732-1819).
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Initial Response Information:
The SGS database lists Eleanor born 1750 and married to Thomas Douglas but does not show her parents. Ebenezer and Hannah Hungerford Seeley are shown with just one daughter, Elizabeth b. 1754 and married Ammasa Hungerford in 1772.
One source for Eleanor’s surname is “A collection of family records: with biographical sketches, and other memoranda of various families and individuals bearing the name Douglas, or allied to families of that name” by Charles Henry James Douglas EL Freeman & Co. 1879. It states that Eleanor was born to Ebenezer and Hannah Hungerford Seeley 1 May 1754 at New Fairfield CT. Since most of the New Fairfield records were destroyed in a fire in 1867 (according to the town website) this will be hard to verify. The book goes on to say that Eleanor and Thomas Douglas were probably married in 1771 and that they moved to Pownal, VT in 1773 or 1774. Pownal is where Ebenezer and Hannah Seeley were living at their death. Apparently it was thought that Thomas Douglas was killed in the Revolutionary War. Eleanor his widow remarried (to William Stewart and had another child) and then Thomas showed up years later.
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