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Descendants of John Seely
Descendants of John Seely Courtesy Terry Seeley, Ottawa, Ontario

From an email from Michelle Proke October 2002


Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 12:36:02 -0800
From: K Proke <kproke@shaw.ca>
Subject: Re: Seeley's of Stirling
To: Al Hart <our-folk@renderplus.com>
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000

I have visited your website and found it very interesting to say the least.  The names revolving around Martin Seeley are familiar to me.  Elam White, for instance, was the gentleman who along with Martin's brother Samuel were "guaranteers" of sorts for Martin Seley's marriage bond to Irene Cummings in the year 1840.  And yes, the name Outwaters is in my family file.  Henry Seley, (who I believe to be Martin's brother) married a Louisa Outwaters in 1831 approx.(now this date could well be wrong, simply by the dates of birth for their children.  I have run into a lot of "transcribing errors" with records both online and on reels).  Now Martin, (I do not know if it was Martin Sr or Martin Jr.) was a witness at a marriage of Henry and Louisa Seley's son, Henry Belyst Seely to Elizabeth Jane Parks.  Record goes as such:

 #005803-77 (Lennox & Addington): Henry Belyst SEELY, 27, farmer, Richmond, Adolphustown, s/o Henry SEELY & Louisa OUTWATER, married Elizabeth Jane PARKS, 24, Richmond, Napanee, d/o William James PARKS & Elizabeth DOLAN, witn: Martin SEELY of Sterling & Cinderella OUTWATER of Richmond, 25 Dec 1876 at res of Mrs. MOYLE, Napanee 

Like I had written earlier, we have very little information on Martin, Samuel, Henry and Levi's family.  What we have been able to determine from mainly census documents, is that they were all born in "Upper Canada." 

As to the time frame of your g-grandfathers visit to Belleville Ontario, it would be safe to say, the Martin Seeley that William referred to is Martin Sr, as most of the children are still at home as of the 1871 census with the exception of George, Ann and Samuel Seley the oldest siblings of the family.  "Mart" I would assume is actually Martin Seeley Jr. born 1855 and still at home in the year 1871.  He married a Jessie Bates probably around 1880, going by the birthdate of child.  I have been able to find only one child so far, Charles Seeley born 22 March 1882, but have a reference to an Elpha Seeley born at the exact same time, twins? I do not know.   The Charles Seeley mentioned is obviously a son of Henry and Louisa Seley.  I have a cemetery record for him but had not been able to connect him to the family, until now.  Charles was born approx 1841 and Henry Jr. born approx 1843.  Charles Seley died February 6, 1875 at the age of 34.  He is buried at the Parks (Bygott) Cemetery located in the county of Lennox in N. Fredericks township on Conc 4 Lot 7.  There are no other names on this stone or plot. 

It is interesting to note that, your g-grandfather only refers to Henry Seley as Uncle and not Martin Seley.  This could mean that Henry and Martin are not brothers (this was only an assumption on my part) but cousins and your g-grandfather's father's mother Mary Ann would be the sister to Henry.  Further documents are needed to determine the exact family connection here.  First, do I have this right?  Thomas Douglass + Mary Ann Seeley possibily had child William Henry Douglass who married Sarah Jane Jones and had William Douglass, author of diary entries? Or do you think the Seeley connection is through the Jones side somehow?

And this is where my cousin and I have hit the dreaded "roadblock."  We have not been able to find "early Ontario BMD" records for the Seeley's of Hastings County.  I had only just recently found the marriage bond for Martin and Irene, but have not been able to find any birth records of their children.  Early records are very difficult to view with many of them being of "poor quality" or badly disorganized. I do know that Martin's brother Samuel died a single man (census documents)  and his other brother Levi actually married "back into" the Cummings family by marrying Irene's mother Abigail (she is approx 10 years older than Levi).  But absolutely nothing on where this family came from otherthan what was indicated on various censuses with birth place as "Upper Canada."  

I have not found Jones or Douglass in any of the lines I have been able to research.  Interestingly enough though, I have an Agriculture census document showing a Thomas Douglass owning property in Concession 1 Part of lot 8 in Rawdon Hastings County, where most of the Seley/Seeley men can be found.  My line of Martin/Samuel Seley can be found living in Rawdon Hastings county between the years 1861-1881 with some of Martin's children moving to Sydney or Stirling in 1891.  

But anyways, the following is what I have with dates, so maybe the line with Martin's granddaughter Borden? which ties into a Douglass line can be determined from these.  I would be very interested to see the line of Martin Seeley's granddaughter Sarah Borden.  This child's mother maybe a sibiling my cousin and I have missed.  Or is this child the granddaughter of Martin Jr.? in which case, we have not discovered all of their offspring yet. 

Michelle :)


Descendants of Mr. Seley


Generation No. 1

1. MR.1 SELEY He married MRS. SELEY.

Children of MR. SELEY and MRS. SELEY are:

2. i. HENRY2 SELEY, b. Abt. 1811.

3. ii. LEVI SELEY, b. Abt. 1815.

iii. SAMUEL SELEY, b. January 05, 1812; d. October 13, 1868, Hastings County Ontario.

4. iv. MARTIN SELEY, b. 1816, Ontario.


Generation No. 2

2. HENRY2 SELEY (MR.1) was born Abt. 1811. He married LOUISA OUTWATERS 1831 in Hastings County.


i. CHARLES3 SELEY, b. 1841; d. February 06, 1875, Lennox County, N Fredericks.

ii. HENRY BELYST SELEY, b. 1843, Richmond, Adolphustown, Ontario; m. ELIZABETH JANE PARKS, December 26, 1876, Napanee, Ontario; b. 1852, Richmond, Napanee Ontario.

iii. CINDRILLA SELEY, b. 1846; d. April 09, 1866, Lennox, N. Fredericks, Ontario.

iv. NANCY JANE SELEY, b. 1844; d. May 31, 1872, Lennox County, N Fredericks.


3. LEVI2 SELEY (MR.1) was born Abt. 1815. He married ABIGAIL CUMMINGS. She was born Abt. 1805.


5. i. HORACE G3 SELEY, b. Abt. 1844.

ii. EDGAR SELEY, b. 1849.

iii. SARAH A SELEY, b. 1858.


4. MARTIN2 SELEY (MR.1) was born 1816 in Ontario. He married IRENE CUMMINGS April 06, 1840 in Rawdon, Victoria District, daughter of HIRAM CUMMINGS and ABIGAIL REID. She was born June 23, 1825 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont., and died December 16, 1872 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont..


6. i. SAMUEL3 SEELEY, b. March 28, 1843, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont..

7. ii. GEORGE SEELEY, b. 1845, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont..

8. iii. ANN SEELEY, b. June 08, 1847, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont.; d. 1917, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario.

9. iv. DAVID SEELEY, b. December 12, 1850, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario; d. September 29, 1912, North BattleFord Saskatchewan.

10. v. JOHN SEELEY, b. July 20, 1852, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont..

11. vi. MARTIN J. SEELEY, b. 1855, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont..

vii. SON OF MARTIN SEELEY, b. October 31, 1858, Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont.; d. April 01, 1859.

viii. CHARLOTTE SEELEY, b. Abt. 1860, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario; d. May 12, 1922, Sidney Twp. Ontario; m. JOSPEH B. REID; b. November 25, 1854, Belleville, Hastings County, Ontario; d. July 18, 1929, Sidney Twp. Ontario.

ix. WILLIAM H. SEELEY, b. Abt. 1864, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario; m. EMMA MONTGOMERY, November 21, 1892, Marmora, Ontario; b. Abt. 1874, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario.


Generation No. 3

5. HORACE G3 SELEY (LEVI2, MR.1) was born Abt. 1844. He married ELIABETH REID November 30, 1865 in Hastings County. She was born March 26, 1843 in Huntingdon Tp Ontario, and died October 24, 1905 in Ivanhoe Ontario.


i. ABIGAIL4 SEELEY, b. Abt. 1879.

ii. SUSANAH SEELEY, b. Abt. 1870.

iii. LEVI SEELEY, b. Abt. 1872.

iv. CHIRSTIANA SEELEY, b. Abt. 1877.

v. GILBERT SEELEY, b. Abt. 1879.


6. SAMUEL3 SEELEY (MARTIN2 SELEY, MR.1) was born March 28, 1843 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont.. He married NANCY HUFFMAN 1864 in Op, Stoco Hastings, daughter of PHILLIP HUFFMAN and HARRIET CLAPP. She was born December 10, 1845 in Hungerford Ontario, and died June 07, 1923.


i. EMMA4 SEELEY, b. 1870, Hastings County Ontario; m. (1) G. PHILLIPS; m. (2) ELON PARLIAMENT.

ii. IDA SEELEY, b. 1875, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario; d. 1970, Prince Edward County, Ontario; m. PERCY C. CATHERALL; b. 1869; d. 1955, Albany, Prince Edward County, Ontario.

iii. EDITH SEELEY, b. 1879; d. June 03, 1954; m. HARRY JOSE.

iv. HARFORD SEELEY, b. October 06, 1880, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario; d. February 22, 1931, Springbrook, Hastings County Ontario; m. MABEL MAY MACK, June 06, 1905, Springbrook, Hastings Country, Ontario Canada; b. February 24, 1887, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario; d. October 25, 1943, Springbrook, Hastings County Ontario.

v. GERMAN SEELEY, b. August 13, 1883, Hastings County Ontario; d. 1946; m. ALICE CRUTCHFIELD, February 07, 1912, Huntingdon, Ontario.

vi. ALBERTA SEELEY, b. July 28, 1890.


7. GEORGE3 SEELEY (MARTIN2 SELEY, MR.1) was born 1845 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont.. He married ELIZABETH ?. She was born 1845.


i. WILLIAM ARTHUR4 SEELEY, b. January 25, 1870, Rawdon, Hastings County, Ontario.


8. ANN3 SEELEY (MARTIN2 SELEY, MR.1) was born June 08, 1847 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont., and died 1917 in Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario. She met HIRAM FERGUSON February 04, 1865 in Rawdon, Hastings County, Ontario. He was born December 03, 1840 in Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario, and died January 05, 1908 in Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario.

Children of ANN SEELEY and HIRAM FERGUSON are:

i. WILLIAM4 FERGUSON, b. 1867.

ii. GEORGE FERGUSON, b. 1869.

iii. HOWARD FERGUSON, b. 1873.


v. IDA FERGUSON, b. October 13, 1878.

vi. HARRY FERGUSON, b. February 21, 1883.

vii. GERALD FERGUSON, b. March 11, 1886; d. 1908, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario.


9. DAVID3 SEELEY (MARTIN2 SELEY, MR.1) was born December 12, 1850 in Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario, and died September 29, 1912 in North BattleFord Saskatchewan. He married HARRIET HUFFMAN Abt. 1877 in Stoco, Hastings Ontario, daughter of PHILLIP HUFFMAN and HARRIET CLAPP. She was born October 07, 1856 in Stoco Township, Hastings County, Ontario, and died June 10, 1915 in North BattleFord Saskatchewan.


i. ALBERT HENRY4 SEELEY, b. February 05, 1873, Stirling, Hastings County, Ontario; d. April 09, 1949, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada; m. ELLEN ROSE CLARKE, January 01, 1900, Madoc Junction, Hastings; b. September 23, 1875, Belleville, Ontario; d. January 26, 1969, Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada.

ii. MERCY ODESSA SEELEY, b. September 15, 1880, Rawdon, Hastings County, Ontario; m. ROBERT THOMPSON, June 1902, Denbigh, Lennox & Addington, Ontario.

iii. GEORGE WILLIAM SEELEY, b. February 04, 1883, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario,; d. August 29, 1966, Enderby, British Columbia; m. (1) ALICE MACK, 1907, Springbrook, Hastings Country, Ontario Canada; b. April 05, 1886, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario; d. January 02, 1912, Lorn Hill, Saskatchewan; m. (2) ELLEN MCINROY, 1913, Rawdon, Hastings County, Ontario; b. December 05, 1892, Rawdon Hastings County, Ontario; d. March 28, 1967, Enderby, British Columbia.

iv. ANNETTE SEELEY, b. July 20, 1885; m. EDWARD BOWERS, February 05, 1917, Saskatchewan.

v. BLANCHE SEELEY, b. June 12, 1887; m. BERLIN PRICE.


10. JOHN3 SEELEY (MARTIN2 SELEY, MR.1) was born July 20, 1852 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont.. He married SARAH ELIZABETH REID March 10, 1872 in Stirling Ontario. She was born March 24, 1853 in Thurlow, Hastings Ontario, and died December 06, 1901 in Sidney, Hastings County, Ontario.

Children of JOHN SEELEY and SARAH REID are:


ii. WILLIAM JOHN SEELEY, b. May 27, 1874, Sidney Twp. Ontario; d. December 15, 1943, Huntsville, Ontario; m. LILLIAN MAY MERRILL, June 16, 1897, Norman, Ontario; b. May 17, 1876, Sidney Twp. Ontario; d. February 05, 1943, Novar, Ontario.

iii. LILLA MAY SEELEY, b. January 27, 1877, Sydney Twp. Ontario; d. November 09, 1910, Sydney Twp. Ontario.

iv. CHARLOTTE SEELEY, b. 1879.

v. EARL SEELEY, b. February 24, 1887.

vi. PEARL SEELEY, b. September 26, 1889.

vii. MYRTLE SEELEY, b. February 02, 1893.


11. MARTIN J.3 SEELEY (MARTIN2 SELEY, MR.1) was born 1855 in Rawdon Twp., Hastings Co., Ont.. He married JESSIE BATES. She was born Abt. 1859 in Ontario.


i. ELPHA4 SEELEY, b. 1881.

ii. CHARLES SEELEY, b. March 22, 1881.



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