William Henry Seeley

19 March 1820–25 September 1858 (Age 38)
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Seeley was born on 19 March 1820, in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, John Seeley, was 25 and his mother, Abigail Holly Waterbury Curtis, was 21. He married Mary Stewart Eaton on 3 September 1844, in Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He died on 25 September 1858, in Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States, at the age of 38, and was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Seeley
Mary Stewart Eaton
Marriage: 3 September 1844
Mary Elizabeth Seely
Frances Janette Seely
Margaret Stewart Seely

Spouse and Children

3 September 1844
Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States



    Frances Janette Seely


    Margaret Stewart Seely


Parents and Siblings


    Abigail Holly Waterbury Curtis




World Events (6)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 7

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 12

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a person with a cheerful disposition, from Middle English seely ‘happy’, ‘fortunate’ (Old English sǣlig, from sǣl ‘happiness’, ‘good fortune’). The word was also occasionally used as a female personal name during the Middle Ages. The sense ‘pitiable’, which developed into modern English silly, is not attested before the 15th century.2 Altered form of German Seele , respelled to preserve the bisyllabic pronunciation of the German name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William H Seely, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William H Seeley, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • William H Seeley in entry for Mary S Eaton, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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