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Query Number: 1802-3 February 2018

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Requested Information:

Chris found an obituary for Judith T. Seeley (1941-2016). The obituary says that Judy is originally from the northeast, moved to LA in 1995 and is survived by her husband Larry.  The burial and service were in Opelousas, LA. Various children were mentioned but none are Seeley’s so Judy must have had at least one prior marriage. I can send you a copy of the complete obituary if you’d like one; it will eventually be posted on the SGS website. Chris found a public record for Larry D/Larry Dean Seeley showing him with Judith in Opelousa and a couple of other locations in LA and Panama City, FL and giving his birthdate: 20 May 1939.

Requester: Chris Havnar

Initial Response Information:

I found a Larry Dean Seeley of the correct age in Abilene, KS.

1940 census Grant, Dickinson, KS (April 27-29 1940)

  • Seely, Earl age 32 b. NE, resided Harris, Anderson KS in 1935, hired hand on farm
  • Seely, Goldie age 24 b. KS
  • Seely, Larry Dean age 11 mos.  b. KS

1953 census Abilene, Dickinson, KS (also listed in 1959, 60, 61)

  • Haynes, Glen L age 42
  • Haynes, Golda age 37
  • Haynes Gerald age 16
  • Seeley, Larry age 13, Inys age 12
  • Haynes, Chester age 6


  • Elmer Seeley b. 10 Jan 1907, d. 30 Sep 1944, bur. Abilene Cemetery, Abilene, Dickinson, KS

“At Rest” RC (Abilene Reflector Chronicle newspaper) 2 Oct 1944, died in Abilene hospital age 36y surv by wife; 1 son, Larry Dean, 1 dau Inys; parents Mr and Mrs Walter Seeley of Marion; 2 bros, Ralph of Solomon; Harvey of Littleton, CO, 1 sis Mrs Rex Dody of Marion”

1930 census Grant, Marion, KS

  • Seeley, Walter age 60 b. IA, IA, IA, farmer 1st md at age 21
  • Seeley, Minnie age 54 b. IL, OH, IN, 1st md at age 17
  • Seeley, Elmer age 22, divorced b. NE, IA, IL, farm laborer

1920 census Grant, Marion, KS

  • Seeley, Walter E age 49 b. IA, WI, IA, farmer
  • Seeley, Minnie age 49 b. IL, OH, IN,
  • Seeley, Eliza age 14, Elmer age 12, Ralph age 10, all b. NE, IA, IL

1910 census Tryon, McPherson, NE

  • Seeley, Walter E age 40 b. IA, IA, IA, farmer, md 18 yr to
  • Seeley, Minnie age 35 b. IL, IL, IL, 4 ch., 4 living
  • Seeley, Harvey E age 7, b. KS, IA, IL; Eliza age 4, Elmer age 3, Mannie age 6 mos all b. NE, IA, KS

We have Walter in the SGS Ancestor File. Walter is in the 11th generation of SGS #3439 (Walter, Joseph Thomas, Joseph Willis, Cornelius, Daniel, David, Charles, Samuel, Jonas, Obadiah).

Of course, what we need is some proof that the Larry Dean Seeley of Abilene, KS is the same person as Larry Dean Seeley of Louisiana. Please contact me if you can verify the connection.

Responder: Query Editor

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