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Query Number: 1611-2 November 2016

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Requested Information:

Psalms is a direct descendant of Lesbia Seeley (SGS# 3585). Lesbia was born in 1807 and died in 1844 in Romulus, Seneca, NY. Psalms doesn’t have much information on Lesbia or her husband, William T Johnson and especially wondered why Lesbia died at such a young age.

Requester: Psalms Lutz | psalmslutz@yahoo.com

Initial Response Information:

Lesbia and William had a daughter, also named Lesbia, born in 1844 so my guess would be that Lesbia’s death was related to childbirth, either during the birth or as a result. By 1847 William has a daughter Sarah by his 2nd wife, Sarah (Sally Ann).
1850 census Romulus, Seneca, NY
• Johnson, William T age 47 b. NY, farmer
• Johnson, Sally Ann, age 43 b. NY
• Johnson, Charles age 19, laborer, Augusta age 18, Maria age 16, Julia age 14, Caroline age 12, Elijah D age 9, Lesbia age 5, Sarah age 3, all b. NY
• Dey, Charles, age 8 b. NY
• Savage, Nicholas, age 25, laborer b. IRE
In 1860 William T age 57, Sally A age 51, Elijah D age 17, Lesbia age 15 and Sarah A age 12, all b. Seneca Co. NY, all still living in Romulus.
I found an obit for Elijah, son of William and Lesbia, which shows the names of his surviving siblings:
Elijah Denton Johnson, Willard, 6/4/1898, son William T. Johnson, 55, sur 6 sis. 2 bro, Mrs. Arthur Dunlap, Ovid, Mrs. Byram Leonard, Fayette; Mrs. Dr. Reynolds, Amsterdam, Mrs. Mc Chesney, Chicago, Mrs. White, Mich. Seely, Mich, Charles, Corfu; half sis. Mrs. Martin, Rochester, wife former Ella Carroll, 2 sons, Bert T. and Lee C. bur Ovid.
MIDC
Seely Johnson of Marshall, Calhoun, MI b. 15 Sept.1827 NY, d. 23 Nov 1914 at Marshall. Son of WT Johnson b. NY and Lesbia Seely b. NY, widowed, farmer. Informant CJ Johnson of Tekonsha, MI
1900 census Ovid, Seneca, NY
Dunlap, Arthur b. Feb 1835 NY, NY, NY, farmer, md 40 yr to
Dunlap, Mary H b. Jun 1841 NY, Ny, NY, 6 ch., 4 living
Dunlap, Reuben T b. Aug 1877 NY, NY, NY, farmer
1880 census Fayette, Seneca, NY
Leonard, Byram age 54, farmer b. NY, NY, NY
Leonard, Maria age 45 b. NY, NY, NY
Leonard, Frederick age 23, Thomas age 21, Leyman age 15, all b. NY, NY, NY
Troutman, Anne age 19, servant b. NY, PA, PA
Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, Genesee, NY
JOHNSON, Charles S., 19th N. Y. Battery, died Oct. 10, 1911, age 83 yrs
Findagrave
Maria Johnston Leonard b. 1835, d. 5 Mar 1915 Fayette, Seneca, NY
The Seneca County Courier-Journal, March 11, 1915, pgs. 1 & 8
MRS. BYRON LEONARD
The death of Mrs. Maria Johnston Leonard, widow of the late Byron Leonard, occurred Wednesday evening of last week at her home in Fayette, the cause of death being apoplexy. Mrs. Leonard was eighty years of age and was well known and highly respected for her many good qualities of heart and mind. She is survived by one son Lyman Leonard and six grandchildren. The funeral was held from the Lutheran church at Fayette on Saturday morning, the pastor, Rev. D.W. Kerr officiating, and burial was made in Ovid Union cemetery.
Lesbia Anne McChesney Chamberlain b. 10 Mar 1861 NY, d. 2 Mar 1936, widow of Arthur F Chamberlain, dau, of Martin H McChesney and his wife Caroline C. (1839-1903) Buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL
1900 census Chicago, Cook, IL
Chamberlain, Arthur F b. Aug 1858 NH, NH, NH, dealer wholesale millinery, md 16 yr to
Chamberlain, Lesbia A. b. Mar 1862 NY, NY, NY, 2 ch., 2 living
Chamberlain, Ethel L b. Jul 1886, Gertrude F b. Apr 1893 both b. IL, NH, NY
McChesney, Martin H, father-in-law b. Apr 1836 NY, NY, NY, musical inventor, md 40 yr to
McChesney, Caroline C, m-in-l b. May 1839 NY, Ny, NY, 1 ch., 1 living
Johnson, Lizzie S b. May 1863 KY, KY, KY, servant
Cook Co. IL DI
Carrie C McChesney b. 1841 NY, d. 26 Apr 1903 Chicago
1865 census Wilson, Niagara, NY
McChesney, Martin H age 29 b. Niagara Co, music teacher
McChesney, Carrie C age 26 b. Seneca Co.
McChesney, Lesbia A age 4 b. Niagara Co.
This query has given us additional information on the descendants of Lesbia Seeley for our database.

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