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Query Number: 1402-3 February 2014

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Requested Information:

A recent obituary posted by SGS Webmaster Chris Havnar on the SGS website (www.seeley-society.net) for Eileen Conger Seeley (1922-2014) mentioned that she was survived by her husband of 68 years, James E Seeley Jr.
Chris dug a little deeper looking at public records on Ancestry.com, where she found James and Eileen together in Rocky Mount, NC (Eileen’s place of death) and James’ birth date of 15 Dec. 1921. There was no information about parents or place of birth for James or Eileen in the obituary. That left her wondering, “Who is this James E Seeley Jr.?”

Requester: Chris Havnar

Initial Response Information:

First, I looked for a census record for a James E. Seeley b. in 1921/22. I found:
1930 census Mission, Volusia, FL
– Seeley, L.S., age 55, b. CT, CT, RI, widow, 1st md at age 19, dairy man at dairy
– Seeley, Gertrude R., dau., age 33, single, b. NJ, CT, NJ, dairy helper
– Seeley, James E., son, age 31, b. NJ, Ct, NJ, dairy man, 1st md at age 19
– Seeley, Hazel A., dau-in-law, age 30, b. FL, FL, FL, 1st md at age 18
– Seeley, Jas E. Jr, grson, age 8, Sarah age 3, grdau, both b. FL, NJ, FL

In the 1935 FL census James and Hazel Seeley, both age 36, are in Volusia Co. with James, Jr., age 13, Sally, age 8, Lewis, age 4 and Mary Ruth, age 1
In 1940 they are still in Volusia Co., FL.
Next I tried to find an Eileen Conger in the same area. After initially drawing a blank I found:
FL Marriage Index
– Name: Jessie Eileen Conger
– Spouse: James Edmund Seeley, Jr
– County of Marriage: Orange
– Marriage Date: 1944
– Volume: 921
– Certificate: 24315
– Source: Florida Department of Health

Next I went back through census and other records to see if I could identify James Edmund Seeley’s parents, grandparents, etc.
1900 census Newark, Essex, NJ
– Seely, Lewis S., b. Apr 1867, NJ, NJ, NJ, bookkeeper, md 10 yr to
– Seely, Mary L., b. May 1870, NJ, NJ, NJ
– Seely, Annie, b. Mar 1896, James, b. Jul 1898, both b. NJ, NJ, NJ

1900 census Newark, Essex, NJ
– Seely, Stephen A., b. Aug 1848, CT, Ct, CT, city hall clerk, md 31 yr to
– Seely, Elizabeth, b. May 1849, AL, RI, RI, 2 ch, 1 living
– Seely, Stephen, father, b. Oct 1827, CT, Ct, CT, widow
– Meeker, Ella, aunt, b. Apr 1838, CT, CT, CT

1880 census Darien, Fairfield, CT
– Seely, Stephen, age 58, farmer, widowed, b. CT, Ct, CT
– Seely, Stephen A., age 33, son, painter, b. CT, CT, CT
– Seely, Elizabeth, age 33, dau-in-law, b. AL, RI, RI
– Seely, Louis S., age 6, b. CT, CT, AL

1870 census Darien, Fairfield, CT
– Seely, Stephen, age 44, b, CT, sugar refiner
– Seely, Harriet, age 43, b. CT
– Seely, Alfred, age 21, b. CT
– Seely, Lizzie B, age 21, b. AL
– Seely, Juliet, age 11, b. CT
– 2 domestic servants

1860 census Darien, Fairfield, CT
– Meeker, Samuel, age 60, b. CT, carpenter
– Meeker, Sarah, age 57, b. CT
– Meeker, Augusta, age 22, b. CT
– Seeley, Stephen, age 35, sugar refiner, b. CT
– Seeley, Harriet E., age 34, b. CT
– Seeley, Stephen A., age 12, b. CT

WWI Draft Registration
– James Edmund Seeley, b. 12 Jul (1918 crossed out and 1900 written over), resides Eustis, Lake, FL, dairy and farming, names father, Lewis Steven Seeley, as next of kin
– Lewis Stephen Seeley, b. 27 Jul 1873, resides Eustis, Lake, FL, dairy man, names wife Mary Louise Seeley as next of kin

US Passport Application
– Name: Lewis S Seeley
– Birth Date: 27 Jul 1873
– Birth Place: Darien, Connecticut
– Age: 47
– Passport Issue Date: 7 Feb 1921
– Passport Includes a Photo: Yes
– Residence: New Smyrna, FL
– Father Name: Stephen S Seeley
– Father’s Birth Location: Darien, CT
– Father’s Residence: Deceased

The Stephen Seeley with wife Harriet in the 1860 and 1870 censuses of Darien, CT, is SGS# 4164, a descendant of Obadiah Seely.
I was also able to find cemetery records, Florida marriage records, etc. that allowed me to carry some of the lines forward, adding about fifteen names total to the Ancestor File. If you would like further information on this family, please contact me (see my contact information on page 11), and I will send it along.

Responder: Query Editor

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