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Query Number: 1705-1 May 2017

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Requested Information:

If you’ve read some of the obituaries or biographies on the SGS website you will notice that we include the subject’s ancestral line – if we know it. Here is an example. Chris sent this obituary:
EDWARD JOHN SEELEY, 78, of Indianapolis, went to be with his Savior on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Born March 22, 1938, in Binghamton, N.Y., he was the son of Juel (Mullen) and Edson Seeley. Edward was proud to have retired from BF Goodrich after many wonderful years of hard work. He whole heartily worshiped at Harvest Bible Chapel Indy West the years he lived in Indianapolis, Ind. Survivors include his daughters, Kelly (Andrew) Filipowicz and Djuana (Glen) Blasius; sons, Monty and Chris Seeley; sister, Dee (Kenneth) Barber; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Celebration of Life service is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, at Harvest Bible Chapel Indy West, 420 Gable Crossing Drive, in Avon. Funeral arrangements by Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care. Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on October 22, 2016
Chris found the following records:
1940 census Binghamton, Broome, NY
• Seeley, Edward age 35 b. NY, painter
• Seeley, Jule age 23 b. PA
• Seeley, Delares, dau. age 3, Edward J., son age 2, both b. NY
1940 Binghamton City Directory
• Edson Seeley, painter residing at 289 Chenango with wife Julia
She also found marriage records for Edward John (and his 2nd wife) as well as for his children Kelly, Djuana and Chris and a school record for Monty. But who were Edson/Edward’s parents and does he connect to a known line?

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

Initial Response Information:

1910 census Rockland, Sullivan, NY
• Seeley, Henry age 27 b. NY, NY, NY, farm manager, md 5 yr to
• Seeley, Ida age 22 b. NY, NY, SWE, 2 ch, 2 living
• Seeley, Edson age 4, Harold age 2, both b. NY, NY, NY
• Merwin, William J age 34, lodger, b. NY, CT, NY, md within the year, manager at wood acid factory
1915 census Rockland, Sullivan, NY
• Seeley, Henry age 31 b. US, painter
• Seeley, Ida age 28 b. US
• Seeley, Earl age 9, Harold age 8, Nellie age 3, Roland age 1, all b. US
1920 census Rockland, Sullivan, NY
• Seeley, Henry age 38 b. NY, NY, NY, laborer at wood factory
• Seeley, Ida age 31 b. NY, PA, SWE,
• Seeley, Earl age 14, Harold age 12, Nellie age 7, Roland age 5, William age 3 yr 9 mos, Pauline age 1 yr 11 mos, Anna, age 0 mos., all b. NY, NY, NY
(In 1925 they have moved to Binghamton, Broome, NY, Henry is working as a carpenter, Earl is a chauffeur and there is one more child, Herbert age 1)
1930 census Binghamton, Broome, NY
• Seeley, Henry age 49 b. NY, NY, NY, mechanic helper for RR, md 27 yr to
• Seeley, Ida V age 44 b. NY, NY, SWE,
• Seeley, Earl E. age 24 – shoe factory cutter, Harold J age 22 – house painter, Nellie D age 18, Roland age 16, William age 14, Pauline V age 12, Anna H, age 10, Herbert B age 6, Burdette age 3 yr 5 mos., all b. NY, NY, NY
1940 census Binghamton, Broome, NY
• Seeley, Henry age 56 b. NY, machinist for steam RR
• Seeley, Ida age 53 b. NY
• Seeley, Herbert age 15, Bordell age 13, both b. NY
• Blair, Pauline age 22, dau b. NY
• Blair, Kenneth age 23 b. NY, s-in-law, side laster at shoe factory
• Blair, James age 3 b. NY
1940 census Binghamton, Broome, NY
• Thompson, Louis age 27 b, NY, chauffeur
• Thompson, Nellie B age 28 b. NY
• Thompson, John age 9 b. NY
• Seeley, Roland, br-in-law, divorced, b. NY, roofer
• Seeley, William, br-in-law age 24, md b. NY, chauffeur
• Earl Edson Seeley b. 1905 NY, d. 1953, buried at Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, Broome, NY. Parents Henry and Ida B Seeley
• Nellie Dorothy Seeley Thompson b. 20 Feb 1912, d. 22 Dec 2001, buried at Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, Broome, NY. Husband Louis E Thompson (1913-1976)
Nellie Dorothy Thompson, arriving at the dawn of one century, she now peacefully departs at the dawn of another rejoining her husband Louis in loving eternity. She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Ida Seeley; her brothers, Edward, Bill, Harold, Roland and Herbert; her sisters, Pauline and Anna; her gentleman husband, Louis. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marion Seeley, Binghamton; her son and daughter-in-law, John and Sylvina Thompson, Fla.; her daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Kenneth Barber, Syracuse; her grandchildren, John Thompson, Binghamton, Ronald and Janet Thompson, Johnson City, Anna Stilloe and Linda Thompson, Fla., Ken and Marcia Barber, David and Mark Barber, Syracuse, Karen and Jim Burke, Syracuse, Christine Fallan, Phoenix; great-grandsons, Jack Stilloe, Fla., Roger Thompson, Johnson City and David Barber, Syracuse; many nieces, nephews and friends. Nellie was a gifted homemaker who found joy in making and sharing a home for many lucky people in her long and happy life. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson, with the Rev. Bruce Parker, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
PA Marriage Index
• Nellie D Seeley age 18, dau. of Ida B Seeley md Leon G Haughtalen 14 Jun 1930 at Susquehanna, PA
I discovered a 1936 marriage record for Leon showing he divorced his 1st wife for adultery.
You will notice that Edward John Seeley claims Dee Seeley Barber, wife of Kenneth, as his sister and she is shown that way in the 1940 census, however Nellie Seeley Thompson claims the same Dee as her daughter in the obituary above. A reasonable supposition is that Dee was raised by her uncle Earl Edson Seeley after Nellie’s first marriage fell apart
I found a 2nd marriage for Edward Seeley, son of Henry and Ida Tyler Seeley, to Shirley Stevens, age 16, dau. of Benjamin and Ida Rode Stevens on 19 Sep 11949 at Susquehanna, PA. It says his 1st wife died 21 June 1942.
I also found various records for other children of Henry and Ida which will be entered in the SGS Ancestral File.
We did have a record there for Henry, b. 1880 Sullivan County, NY, married to Ida Tyler and the son of Abner Seeley and his wife Hester J Owens. So, the line is Edward John, Earl Edson, Henry, Abner, David (SGS#2277), Abner, Abner, Joseph, John, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Robert. If you would like information on the descendants of Henry and Ida I would be happy to send it to you.

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