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Query Number: 1305-4 May 2013

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Requested Information:

This time Chris started from a short obituary of Nathan B. Seeley: Nathan Seeley – January 21, 1894 – Benton Harbor, MI, Death of Nathan Seeley Augusta, Jan. 23 – Mr. Nathan Seeley died at his home at Benton Harbor Thursday, age 58 years. He leaves a wife, daughter, and two sons. He was a resident of this place for the most of his life, but for two years last resided there. The remains will be brought here today for burial at Green Wood, Rev. Ford officiating. Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette, January 25, 1894
Chris found 1870 and 1880 census records for Nathan in Kalamazoo Co. MI. She also found his MI death record:
Name: Nathan B. Seeley
Birth Date: abt 1836
Birth Place: New York
Death Date: 21 Jan 1894
Death Place: Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan
Death Age: 58
Occupation: Carpenter
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Gender: Male
Father: John Seeley
Mother: Clarisse Seeley
FHL Film Number: 945406

Chris was also able to find information on Nathan’s children.

Requester: Chris Havnar

Initial Response Information:

1870 census Ross, Kalamazoo, MI
• Sealey, John age 65 b. NY, farmer
• Sealey, Maria age 55 b. NY
• Sealey, Sarah age 22 b. NY
• Wilder, Frank age 18 b. MI
• Child, WM age 12 b. MI

1860 census Comstock, Kalamazoo, MI
• Seeley, Johnny age 48 b. NY
• Seeley, Maria age 45 b. Pa
• Seeley, Shedrick age 33 , cooper, William age 29, Nathan age 24, carpenter, Sarah age 13, all b. NY
• Wilder, Francis L age 10 b. MI

1850 census Rose, Wayne, NY
• Seelye, John age 45 b. NY, farmer
• Seelye, Clarissa age 42 b. NY
• Seelye, Chaddock age 22, Wm age 19, Gideon age 16, all farmers, Nathan age 14, Cornelia age 13, Mary age 11, Catherine age 9, Emmie age 7, Sarah age 3, all b. NY
• Gardner, Francis age 17 b. NY, farmer

From Findagrave:
Clarissa Seeley, Birth: unknown, Death: Apr. 30, 1854, Age: 45y, Mother of Shadrick, William, Gideon, Nathan, Cornelia, Mary, Catherine, Eunice and Sarah. Inscription: Wife of John Seeley, Burial: Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA.
Created by: ambs Record added: Mar 28, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 25594780

So John Seeley is in Rose, Wayne Co. NY in 1850, his 1st wife Clarissa dies in MI in 1854 and by 1860 he has remarried. I also found death records for some of John’s other children, all naming their mother as Clarissa. There are a couple of books about Rose, Wayne County NY but neither identifies John Seeley nor his wife Clarissa so that is where we are stuck. Please contact us if you can help.

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