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Biographical Sketch of Jonathan D. Seeley
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Seeley, Jonathan D., Middlebury, was born in Danby, Vt., on March 30, 1793. He was educated in the common schools. His father was an early settler in Danby, Vt., and was born in 1758. He had a family of nine children, two of whore are physicians and practiced for some years in Addison county, Vt. The latter part of his life was spent in the West. His several children settled in various States. His son Jonathan was brought up to farming. He was married on May 2, 1817, to Rhoda Kelley, and by her had a family of eleven children, five of whom are now living — John A., Smith K., Isaac (who now resides on the old home place), Jennie A., Frank H. (who is a graduate of Middlebury College, and also of the Theological Seminary, and is a Presbyterian minister; he is now located at Delhi, Delaware county, N. Y.). Jonathan Seeley died on November 22, 1858, and his wife died on April 17, 1877. Mr. Seeley owned a place at Danby, Vt., where he remained until 1824, when he went to Brandon, Vt., to reside, and there purchased a dairy farm, where he remained until 1837, when he came to Middlebury, Vt., and settled on the Colonel Shipman place, which is now owned by his children, who now occupy a fine house which was built about 1830 by William C. Ripley. Jonathan was a Plattsburgh volunteer and received a land grant for his services in that campaign. After coming to Addison county, Vt., he was largely engaged in wool growing, a business in which he was very successful.
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