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Joseph SEELY b. 1804 m. Julia JACKSON
Posted by: Garron Woodruff Date: September 02, 2000 at 07:32:51
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Looking for info about any of these folks. Please email me, thanks, Garron Woodruff.

Joseph SEELY was born in Walton, Delaware Co., NY, 1 Feb 1804; the eighth of nine children of Sylvanus SEELY and Mary HOYT, both natives of CT. His father was a privateer in the navy of the US during the RW, was taken prisoner after three months' service, and released after three months more, at the close of the war.

He was a farmer by occupation, and died September 1819, aged fifty-five years, in Delaware Co., NY. His mother's father was a colonel in the English army during the war between the English and French, which was terminated by the battle of Quebec 1759; was a farmer, and died at upwards of eighty years of age. His mother died in Delaware county, at the age of eighty-nine years.

Joseph worked on the farm at home, having a very limited opportunity for obtaining an education, but his subsequent life clearly shows that one's education is not all derived from books. At the age of twenty-three, 24 Oct 1826, he married Miss Julia, daughter of Isaac JACKSON and Jane PURVIS, of Tompkins, Delaware county. Her father was of Woodbury CT, and her mother a native of England. His wife was born 7 Mar 1808. Two years after their marriage they removed to Cortland Co., NY, where they remained for some nine years, and in May 1838, he removed with his family and settled in the township of Rome, Bradford Co., PA, purchasing 100 acres of woodland, to which he added 60 acres. Most of this land he has with the assistance of his sons, cleared of its forest, and in place of the rude log cabin, erected a commodious residence, and surrounded it with fruit growing and ornamental trees, a view of which, with the portraits of himself and wife, will be found on another page of this work, showing the result of nearlv a half-century's labor and toil.

He has been active in politics during his day, first voting with the Whig party, and ardently supporting the platform of the Republican party after its formation. He has always taken a deep interest in school matters, and any other interests looking to the building up of good society and the education of the rising generation, not placing such a pecuniary value upon the time of his children as was customary in his early days.

He and his wife are both members of the Presbyterian church of Rome, having in early life taken a deep interest in religious work.

To Mr. and Mrs. SEELY have been born eleven children: George Newton, Silas Edson, William Henry, Warren Erasmus, Jane Adeline, Charles Edwin, Mary Rebecca, Joseph Sylvester, Julia Celestia, Elissa Iszilla, and Isaac Jackson. All are living except George Newton (supposed to be dead); Warren Erasmus, died 12 Apr 1850; Julia Celestia, 27 June 1853; Elissa lszilia, 18 Feb 1859.


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