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Query Number: 1305-2 May 2013

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Requested Information:

Chris continues to find Seeley obituaries to add to the SGS website. As she finds them she enters the data in the SGS Ancestor File database and traces the family as far back as she can, hoping to connect to an established line. In this case Chris started with the obituary of Dorothy H Seely who d. 25 October 2011 in Elmira, Chemung, NY. Dorothy’s 1st husband was LaRue Seely. Dorothy and Larue had four children: Richard L., Roslyn J., Gary W. and David.

Chris found the following census information on LaRue and his parents

1930 Census: Elmira, Chemung, NY
• Lyons W Seely head age 40 age at first marriage 21 born PA, PA, PA Proprietor Tailor Shop
• Edith D Seely wife age 38 age at first marriage 19 born PA, PA, PA
• Lareau D Seely son age 17 born PA, PA, PA
• Hubert H Grogan roomer age 29 born MA, IRE, IRE Toolmaker Auto Parts
• (Lyons and Edith are still in Elmira in the 1940 census)

1920 Census: Elmira Ward 9, Chemung, NY
• Lyons N Seely head age 31 born PA, PA, PA Taylor Tailor Shop
• Edith Seely wife age 27 born PA, PA, PA
• Larue Seely son age 7 born PA, PA, PA

1910 Census: Wellsboro Ward 2, Tioga, PA
• Lilian Smith head age 39 1st marr. @ 17 years mother of 2 ch. B. PA, PA, PA, Own Income
• Lyons W Seely son age 21 b. PA, PA, PA Tailor
• Blanche M Smith daughter age 18 b. PA, PA, PA Helper in Office

1900 Census: Wellsboro, Tioga, PA
• Jacob B Marle head age 71 b. Aug 1828 PA, PA, PA Day Laborer
• Lillie B Smith daughter Wd., age 29 b. June 1870 PA, PA, PA, 2ch., 2 living Day Laborer
• Lyons W Seeley grandson age 11 b. Dec 1888 PA, PA, PA
• Blanche M Smith granddaughter age 8 b. Nov 1891 PA, PA, PA

WWI Draft Reg’n
• Lyons Wellington Seely of Wellsboro, Tioga, PA b. 24 Dec 1889 at Cammal, Lycoming, PA, tailor, has wife and 5 yr old child

• Lyons Seely b. 24 Dec 1888 d. Apr 1973 – Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States of America. SSN # issued in: NY
• Larue Seely b. 4 Jun 1912 d. Dec 1979 – Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, United States of America. SSN # issued in: NY

Requester: Chris Havnar

Initial Response Information:

PA Church and Town Records

  • Lyons Wellington Seely b. 24 Dec 1888 bapt. Jan 1892 at Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania at Christ Episcopal, Father: Wm C Seely, Mother: Lillia B
  • In 1901 Blanche Smith, Lyons Seely Smith and Lillian Smith are all admitted to United Methodist Church in Wellsboro, PA

1880 census Delmar, Tioga, PA

  • Navle, Jacob, age 51 b. PA, PA, PA, farmer
  • Navle, Margaret age 45 b. PA, Pa, Pa, ruptured artery
  • Navle, Ella B age 9 b. PA, Pa, PA

Who is the William C Seely, father of Lyons Wellington, husband of Lillian/Ella B Navle Seely Smith? He appears to have died by Nov.1891 when Lillie/Lillian gave birth to Blanche Smith. There is a William Carlton Seeley, supposedly son of Morris (SGS# 3712) who died in Elmira in 1892 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery but I can’t find evidence that he is the correct person or that he was married. Let me know if you can help identify the William C., father of Lyons Wellington Seely.

Responder: Query Editor

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