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Query Number: 1802-2 February 2018

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Requested Information:

Here is another query that involves WWI. Jim sent this photo (below) to Paul Taylor, asking if we had any information on his great-uncle’s friend, Charles R Seeley and their time in France. The photo was taken of great-uncle Albert’s friends in France during WWI.

James Smith, Ivan W. Nelson, Charles R. Seeley Co I 4th ID with Albert

Requester: Jim Beaudette | Beaudette@msn.com

Initial Response Information:

I looked at the SGS Ancestor File and of course we have lots of Charles R., Charles R___, and just plain Charles to choose from so I looked for more information.

US Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists

  • Seeley, Charles R. Cpl, Co. “I”, 34th INF, on outgoing ship America sailing from Hoboken, NJ 17 Aug 1918, next of kin Mrs Carrie Seeley, mother, of Meckling SD
  • Seeley, Chas R. Cpl F34th INF, on ship DeKalb sailing from Brest 2 Dec 1918, arriving Hoboken, NJ 13 Dec 1918, next of kin Mrs Carrie C. Seeley, mother, of Meckling SD

1920 census Meckling, Clay, SD

  • Seeley, Bert age 53 b. WI, WI, WI, farmer
  • Seeley, Carrie age 42 b. NE, PA, WI
  • Seeley, Charles R age 21, farm laborer, Theodore age 18, farm laborer, Altie (female) age 6 yr, 5 mos, all b. NE, WI, NE

1900 census Galena, Dixon, NE

Seeley, Herbert D b. Aug 1868 WI, WI, WI, farm laborer, md 2 yr to

Seeley, Caroline b. Jan 1878 NE, NY, WI

Seeley, Charles R  b. Dec 1898, Theodor S b. March 1900, both b.NE, WI, NE

MTMarr Rec

  • 10 May 1922 at Billings, MT Charles R Seeley age 23 of Meckling, SD, b. Allen NE, son of Herbert D Seeley and Carrie Holmes married Terressa V Finley age 19 of Ipswich, SD, born there dau of James Finley. Clergyman Geo Mahlon Miller, 1st Church.
  • 21 Apr 1924 at Presho, Lyman, SD, Charles Raymond Seeley age 25, divorced married Elizabeth Alice Smith age 18, single by TH Joekel, pastor, Ger. Lutheran Church, Presho, SD


  • Charles Raymond Seeley b. 8 Dec 1898 at Allen, Dixon, NE, d. 6 May 1983 at Presho, Lyman, SD. Son of Herbert Daniel Seeley and Caroline Louise Holmes. Brother of Theodore Sylvester Seeley (1900-1979) and Alta Alice Seeley Collar (1913-1975). Husband of Elizabeth Alice Smith Seeley (1904-1984)
  • Herbert Daniel Seeley b. Aug 1868 WI, d. 1966, bur at Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion, Clay, SD
  • Caroline Louise Holmes Seeley b. 8 Jan 1878 NE, d. 2 Apr 1953 Clay Co. SD bur at Bluff View Cemetery, Vermillion, Clay, SD. Dau. of Julius Jediah Holmes (1853-1931) and Frances Lowe Holmes (1856-1932)

NE Marr Rec

At Ponce, NE on 20 Dec 1897 Herbert D Seeley, age 30, b. WI to Theodore Seeley and Caroline Ramssdale married Caroline Holmes age 20 b. NE to Jud Holmes and Frances Lowe. They are both residents of Dixon Co. NE and were md by A W Rose, County Judge

1870 census Willow, Richland, WI

  • Seeley, Theodore age 24 b. WI, farmer
  • Seeley, Caroline age 18 b. WI
  • Seeley, Herbert age 1 b. WI

1860 census Westford, Richland, WI

  • Seely, Charles, age 44, b. CT, farmer
  • Seely, Caroline, age 47, b. CT
  • Seely, Lewis age 22, laborer, Ann age 20, both b. CT
  • Seely, Julia age 17, Thiadore age 14, William age 12, Sarah age 8, Charles age 4, all b. WI

1850 Baraboo, Sauk, WI

  • Seely, Charles age 32, silver smith, b. CT
  • Seely, Caroline age 36 b. CT
  • Seely, Harriet age 14, Lewis age 12, Ann age 10, Joseph age 8, all b. CT; Julia Ann age 6, Theodore age 4, William age 1, all b. WI
  • Wood, Ann, age 60, b. CT


  • Theodore Seely md 24 Mar 1867 in Richland County to Cartine Ramsdel

If you go to our website and look at Research Query 2009-B you will see that we have quite a bit on the family of Charles and Caroline Johnson Seely (http://www.seeley-society.net/qlist2k9-res.html). Although we have a marriage record for Charles and Caroline in Newtown, Fairfield, CT we haven’t been able to find Charles’ parents. However this query does add several of his descendants to the SGS Ancestral File. If this family seems familiar another branch was the subject of a query in the last newsletter (Query 1711-4).

If any of our readers are related to the Charles R Seeley of the photo please let us know and also contact the submitter.

Responder: Query Editor

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