By SGS Chief Genealogist Karl Weiler
John R. Seely asked if I had seen a document containing an inventory of immigrant Obadiah Seeley’s estate. John thought that if there were tools a “turner” might use in his estate, it would be another indication that the Obadiah Seeley who appeared in the records of Stamford, Conn. in the 1640s was the same Obadiah Seeley who was an apprentice turner to Nehemiah Wallington in London. We know that Wallington’s turner apprentice was recorded as being the son of William Seeley of Birmingham and that Obadiah Seeley was christened in 1614.
I went to Google on the Internet, entered “Obadiah Seeley inventory,” and up came a Family History Center film number. I ordered the film and, after reading it, found I could not understand what it said. I contacted Mr. Clifford Stott CG, AG a professional researcher and he indicated he could read the document.
Over a period of three weeks I presented four probate wills to Mr. Stott to be translated: Obadiah Seeley SGS#4, Obadiah’s son Obadiah Seeley SGS#17, Obadiah’s son Jonas Seeley SGS#19, and Obadiah’s wife’s first husband John Miller.
NOTE: Spelling/misspellings are true to the original documents.
Obadiah Seeley SGS # 4, Death- 25 Aug 1657, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Probate Inventory List
Translated by Clifford Stott CG AG, 11 Sept 2007
The Inventory of the Estate of obadiah Sely deceased Anno 1657
Taken by Willm Newman and Robert Tasker the 29th of the 12mo 1665 the aprizement by George Slawson and John Holly