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  • Name Male SEELEY 
    Born *[1797-1800] 
    Gender Male 
    Birth [1790-1800]  [1
    Residence 1800  Perry, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • 1800 United States Federal Census
      Name: Ephraim Sealy
      Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Township 1, Washington, Maine
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 [Joseph, ?]
      Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15: 1 [Isaac]
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 [Ephraim]
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 3 [Daughters?]
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 [Jemima or Mary?]
      Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
      Number of Household Members: 8
    Died Between [1800 and 1810]? 
    • Enumerated in 1800 census, but not in 1810.
    Person ID I43276  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 

    Father Ephraim SEELEY,   b. [1757], [Fairfield, CT] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 July 1823 and 14 Jan 1824, [Digdeguash, Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Anna PARKER,   b. Bef C 1759,   d. Aft 28 Aug 1816  (Age > 57 years) 
    Married C 1779  [NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition 5 July 1785: 3 children dead since settlement. 1 child born
      Return 5 August 1785: 1 child under 10
      1794: 6 children baptized at Gagetown [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph]
      Petition 28 January 1797: 7 children [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph, ?]
      Petition 3 March 1797: 6 children [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph]

      Jerusha [1771-1778]
      2 or 3
      Gideon [1773-1781]
      Isaac [1788] [1785-1790]
      Jemima 1790
      Mary [1791-1794]
      Abraham [1800]
      Rebecca [1800-1812]

      It wasn't until March 1779 that Ephraim Seeley ended his stint with the Continental Army and took up with Emerich's Chasseurs. Given that his wife was from New York, and the Chasseurs were stationed there, there's no good reason to believe he was married long before this time. In fact, his wife's family may have been New York Loyalist, which may have played a role in his change of loyalty. It wouldn't be unreasonable to conclude that he was married about this time.

      Ephraim Seeley may have had as many as 15 children, most likely born after 1779. According to a petition that he made in July 1785 he had 3 children who died since he settled, and 1 child was born. The next month a return of the settlement was taken, this only showing 1 child. Nine years later he baptized 6 children at th Anglican Church at Gagetown. A petition in January 1797 indicated he had 7 children at the time, another in March records 6.

      It is tempting to say that Jerusha was the the one child first born in New Brunswick, but all records giving her age put her birth at much earlier, a range from 1771 to 1778. So let's say Ephraim and Anna were married about 1779 and Jerusha born not too long after. As for the discrepency with the number of children given in the petitions, I imagine it is just that-a discrepency. Jerusha was born before coming to New Brunswick, along with two other children. The other two died after settlement, and another was born. The first child born in New Brunswick was probably Gideon, likely after the August 1785 return.

      The next 4 children are known and are the remaining part of the 6 baptized at Gagetown in 1794. Another child was born between then and another petition in 1797, but that child apparently died in 1797. Judging from the census of 1800, two more children were born between 1797 and 1800. Three more children were born between 1800 and 1810.
    Family ID F12562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2920] Census, US Federal, 1800, Department of Commerce, (1800).