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Query Number: 1505-1 May 2015

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In researching an obituary for the SGS website Chris stumbled upon a strange set of records.

Here is the obituary:
“Catherine A. Vondran November 2, 1919-October 6, 2014 Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania Age 94
“Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother Catherine A. Vondran (née Seeley), age 94, of Drexel Hill, PA, passed away on October 6, 2014. Born in Philadelphia and grew up in Atlantic City, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Violet Seeley (née Albertson). Catherine was employed as a Transcriptionist in the Radiology Department of Delaware County Memorial Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Vondran and the loving mother of Dorothy J., Joseph J., Jr. (Lori), Dennis C. (Christine), and Kevin E. (Careena) Vondran. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing Sunday, October 12, 2014, 7:00-9:00 PM, and Monday, October 13, 2014, 9:00-10:00 AM, Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike (cor. Lynn Blvd.), Upper Darby, PA, (610) 449-0300, and to her Funeral Mass 10:30 AM, St. Bernadette Church, 1035 Turner Avenue, Drexel Hill. Interment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38104, or Presbyterian Inspired Life, 2000 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444, would be appreciated.” (Published online by The Donohue Funeral Home.) Chris found the following records:
1940 census Atlantic City, Atlantic, NJ
Seeley, Charles, head, age 40, b. PA, 1935 same place, truck driver, private ice co.
Seeley, Violet, wife, age 39, b. PA, 1935 same place
Seeley, Cathrine, daughter, age 20, b. PA 1935, same place, secretary school
Frances H Moore, lodger, age 30, b. NJ, 1935 same place, ice helper, private ice co.

1930 census: Atlantic City, Atlantic, NJ
Burkett, George, head, age 56, age at 1st marriage, 22, b. Phila, PA, Phila, PA, Phila, PA, proprietor, ice truck engineer
Burkett, Julia, wife, age 37, age at first marriage, 21, b. Perth Amboy, NJ, Hungary, Hungary
Burkett, Charles, son, age 29, age at first marriage, 17, born Phila, PA, Phila, PA ,Phila, PA, helper, ice wagon
Burkett, Violet, daughter-in-law, age 29, age at 1st marriage, 17, born Phila, PA, Phila PA, Phila, PA
Burkett, Catherine, grandchild, age 10, b. Phila, PA, Phila PA, Phila, PA
Burkett, Dorothy, grandchild, age 9, b. Atlantic City NJ, Phila PA, Phila PA
Burkett, Mary, mother, age 83, widow, b. Phila, PA, Wilmington, DE, Wilmington, DE

PA Marriage Index
Catherine A. Seeley, female, md. to Joseph J. Vondran, male, Philadelphia, PA, 1947, marr. lic. # 833464

US Public Record:
Catherina A. Vondran, b. 2 Nov 1919, resided Agnew Dr., Drexel Hill, PA, 1974 and 1993

The question is are Charles Burkett and Charles Seeley the same person, and, if so, is he a Seeley or a Burkett?

Requester: Chris Havnar | chris.havnar@gmail.com

Initial Response Information:

Charles Aloyisius Seeley, husband of Violet Albertson, son of George Seeley and Margaret Nelson, b. 23 Apr 1899, Philadelphia, PA, d. 26 Apr 1957, Philadelphia, PA

WWI Draft Registration
Charles A. Seeley, living Philadelphia, b. 23 Apr 1898, driver, names father George Seeley, Atlantic City, NJ, as next of kin
James A. Seeley, living Philadelphia. b. there 15 Feb 1896, names father George Seeley, Atlantic City, NJ, as next of kin

WWII Draft Registration
James Anthony Seeley, b. 15 Feb 1897, Philadelphia, resides Philadelphia, works at shipyard in Philadelphia, names George Seeley, Atlantic City, NJ, as next of kin.

1920 census Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Albertson, Chas., Sr., age 48, b. PA, PA, PA, paper hanger
Albertson, Ray, wife, age 49, b. PA, PA, Pa
Albertson, Chas. Jr., age 12, Helen, age 10, both b. PA, PA, PA

Ceeley, Catherin, granddaughter, age 9 mos., b. PA, PA, PA
Ceeley, Chas., son-in-law, age 21, b. PA, PA, PA, milkman
Ceeley, Violet, daughter, age 19, b. PA, PA, PA

1920 census Atlantic City, Atlantic, NJ
(Entries for this family all have a line drawn through them; however, they are also listed at another address with same information except that George is 42, Margaret is 20, and John is 16.)
Burkett, George, age 43, b. PA, PA, PA, widowed, teamster, ice co.
Burkett, Margaret, age 19, John, age 17, both b. PA, PA, PA
Thompson, Edna, age 33, md., roomer, b. NJ, NJ, NJ

1910 census Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Sweley, George, age 34, b. PA, PA, PA, driver, ice wagon, md. 14 yrs. to
Sweley, Margare,t age 32, b. PA, IRE, IRE, borne children, 5 living
Sweley, James A., age 14, drug store errand boy, Charles A., age 11, Margaret, Jr., age 9, Mary H., age 7, John J., age 5, all b. PA, PA, PA

James Seeley

SSN: 198-03-3635 (issued in PA bef. 1951)
Last residence: 19018 Clifton Heights, Delaware, PA
B. 15 Feb 1897, d. Jan 1983
John Seeley

SSN: 156-18-5032 (issued in NJ bef.ore 1951)
Last residence: 8232 Pleasantville, Atlantic, NJ
7 Aug 1904, d. Mar 1966
George Burkett Seeley, b. 9 Nov 1872, d. 4 Nov 1953, bur. 7 Nov 1953, Philadelphia, PA; father, William Seeley, ice business, widowed, d. Old Man’s Home, bur. Laurel Memorial Park, Pomona, Atlantic, NJ
Margaret Seeley, b. abt. 1876, Philadelphia, d. 16 Feb 1915, Philadelphia, PA, md., father, James Nelson, parents b. IRE
William Burkeitt, b. Philadelphia, PA, abt. 1833, d. 9 Apr 1890, Philadelphia, age 57, cigar maker, bur. Mount Moriah Cemetery, md.

1880 census Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Burkeitt, William, age 48, b. PA, PA, PA, cigar maker
Burkeitt, Mary A., age 42, wife, b. DE, DE, DE
Winsor, Mary, age 23, step-daughter, b. PA, DE, DE
Burkeitt, Geo, age 8, son, b. PA, MD, PA; Hannah E., daughter, age 4, b. PA, PA, DE

I also found William Burkeitt/Burkett in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses for Philadelphia. If anyone can find out how/why/when George Burkeitt became George Seeley, please get in touch me.

Responder: SGS Query Editor

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