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Query Number: 1308-1 August 2013

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Requested Information:

Martha writes ”I am seeking a death date for Thomas T. Seelye, M.D., who lived in Cleveland, OH, and was b. 1818, Danbury, CT. I also want the birth and death dates for his daughters, Mary and Alice, photos of Mary and Alice, and I would like to know if Dr. Seelye’s personal papers and/or records of his Cleveland Water Cure Establishment are collected anywhere?

Requester: Martha Sachs | m-arth-a@hotmail.com

Initial Response Information:

I received this Query just a few days before the SGS reunion—too busy to respond immediately, but these names tend to stick around in my brain. One night at the reunion Jesse Crisler did a presentation on places and structures named after Seeleys of all spellings. One of the historic sites he mentioned was the Seelye-Middleton House in Crescent City, FL, “built as the winter home for Dr. Thomas T. and Finette Seelye of Cleveland, OH.” Those names rang a bell for me, so when I returned to my room I quickly fired up my computer and checked the SGS Ancestor File database. There were several Thomas Taylor Seelyes, but the one married to Finette was the first, b. in 1818 in Fairfield Co., CT. Finette Scott was his 2nd wife. This Thomas is the son of Seth Seelye, SGS# 2056, and his wife, Abigail Taylor. We did not have a death place for Thomas in the database, but I quickly found his grave when I looked for him in Crescent City: Find A Grave Memorial #61227432, Thomas T. Seelye, b. 1818, d. 1890, buried Palmetto Cemetery, Crescent City, Putnam Co., FL.
There are two obituaries for Thomas’s daughter Mary F Seelye on the SGS website: http://www.seeley-society.net/obits-ye/obit-MaryFSeelye.html.
I found a grave record for her sister Alice Seelye Rossi at Find a Grave: Find A Grave Memorial#110198329. Alice is buried in Rome, Italy with her husband, Egisto. From the census:
1900 census Mount Vernon, Westchester, NY
• Rossi, Egisto, b. Aug 1852, IT, parents b. IT, agt, Italian immigra., married 14 yr to
• Rossi, Alice S, b. Apr. 1852, OH, parents b. CT, 4 ch, 4 living
• Rossi, Paul A, b. Oct 1887, Guido M b. Oct 1890, Mary M b. Apr 1894, Alice S b. May 1895, all b. IT, IT, OH
• Marcella, Carlotta, servant b. Mar 1863 IT, IT, IT They all came to the US in 1895.

I didn’t find any photos of Mary or Alice or information about Dr. Seelye’s personal papers or his Water Cure Establishment. If you can find these items please contact me and Martha.

Responder: Query Editor

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