Thursday, March 20, 2014

Setting the record straight on Rev. Charles George Seely


One of my ancestors is the Seely family. For the past thirty years, I've done alot of Seely research, and found a great deal of wrong information that continues to be taken as "fact."

One of the most prominent ones, is the confusion over Charles George Seely and his son Charles Harvey Seely.

Charles George Seely, was born 31 August 1826 in Missouri. Charles Harvey Seely, his eighth child was was born 26 May 1866 in Lawrence County, Missouri. He was not a "Jr." as been reported.

Charles George is present on the 1850 and 1860 Census in Lawrence County, Missouri with his wife and children. He is also present as a land owner in the Lawrence County Deed Books, 1867.

On the June 1, 1870 census, in the Osage Township, Benton County, Arkansas, is the first time we see mention of his four year old Charles. Charles George Seely, noted as a Farmer is with his wife Cynthia (she actually spelled it as Synthia) and other children; James, John, Mary, and Elzora. His older son William Henry was married about 1868 to Rozalia Ann (Elizabeth) Dye.

Two days prior the census being taken, Charles George became a Baptist preacher in Benton County, Arkansas. The Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 72 east of Gravette, approximately six miles, was organized on Saturday May 28, 1870, in a log school house above the Cash Spring. Elder Charles Seely was moderator at the organization of the church, and was chosen as the first Pastor. Elder John Givens was the first clerk.

On the 1880 Census, Charles Seely and his wife Synthia are still in Osage Township in Benton County, Arkansas. The two remaining children in the household, are Eliza (Elzora) and Charles H. That is also the last time Charles George Seely is present on any census. He died 30 January 1891.

From there, you can follow his son, Charles Harvey to the 1900 census in Benton County, Arkansas, and is listed as Harvey C "Selly" with his wife and six children. Despite having the two given names reversed, it now gives us a middle name for Charles as Harvey, and contiues on the 10 May 1910 Census in Elmo, Kaufman County, Texas and ther 1920 Census in Navarro County, Texas. Finally, on the 1930 Census in Kaufman County, Texas, he is listed as Charles H Seely.

So where did the confusion over father and son begin ? I have received numerous emails from Seely researchers, that believed that Charles Harvey was the reverand/father and Charles George was the son. Find a Grave also list a Rev. Charles Harvey Seely in the Gamble Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas. This is Rev. Charles George Seely, not Charles Harvey. His wife Synthia is also buried nearby.

The following Family Group Sheets, list Charles George Seely and his family - and his son Charles Harvey Seely.

Good luck to those researching all the Seely lines.

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Family Group Record for Charles George (Rev) Seely

Husband: Charles George (Rev) Seely

Born: 31 Aug 1826 - Missouri
Died: 30 Jan 1891 - Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: - Gamble Cemetery, Centerton, Benton County, Arkansas
Marriage: 15 Oct 1845 Place: Lawrence County, Missouri

Other Spouse: Mary Ann Pendergraft (1837-1914)
Date: 2 May 1886 - Benton County, Arkansas

Wife: Synthia Arrena Foster

Born: Nov 1824 - South Carolina
Died: 23 Jun 1884 - Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: - Gamble Cemetery, Centerton, Benton County, Arkansas
Father: Frederick Foster (1787-1864)b. South Carolina
Mother: Mary Unknown (1789-1865)b. Ireland

Children

1 M Elijah L. Seely
Born: 2 Sep 1846 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 26 Jan 1864 - Missouri

2 M William Henry Seely
Born: 14 Apr 1848 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 11 Apr 1916
Spouse: Rozalia Ann (Elizabeth) Dye (1852- )
Marr. Date: Abt 1868 - Poss. Missouri

3 M James Francis (Frank) Seely
Born: 22 Mar 1850 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 8 Sep 1946 - Anderson, McDonald County, Missouri
Buried: - Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri
Spouse: Martha Deema Costley (1854- )
Marr. Date: 22 Feb 1876 - Lawrence County, Missouri

4 M John Frederick Seely
Born: 25 Apr 1852 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 30 May 1927 - Montgomery County, Kansas
Buried: - Robbins Cemetery, Montgomery County, Kansas
Spouse: Sarah A. (Sadie) Spivey (1845-1927)
Marr. Date: 4 Feb 1872 - Benton County, Arkansas

5 M George W. Seely
Born: 27 Apr 1854 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 19 Dec 1854 - Lawrence County, Missouri

6 F Mary Ann Seely
Born: 6 Jul 1858 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 5 Oct 1951 - Dickson, Benton County, Arkansas
Buried: - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hiwasse, Benton County, Arkansas
Spouse: George C. Bates (1856-1940)
Marr. Date: 1880 - Arkansas

7 F Elzora (Eliza) Josephine Seely
Born: 21 Sep 1862 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 9 Nov 1921 - Centerton, Benton County, Arkansas

8 M Charles Harvey Seely
Born: 26 May 1866 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 11 Nov 1956 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried: 12 Nov 1956 - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County,
Texas
Spouse: Rosa Bell Burress (1867-1955)
Marr. Date: 23 Sep 1888 - Benton County, Arkansas

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Family Group Record for Charles Harvey Seely

Husband: Charles Harvey Seely
Born: 26 May 1866 - Lawrence County, Missouri
Died: 11 Nov 1956 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried: 12 Nov 1956 - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County,
Texas
Father: Charles George (Rev) Seely (1826-1891)
Mother: Synthia Arrena Foster (1824-1884)
Marriage: 23 Sep 1888 Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Wife: Rosa Bell Burress

Born: Feb 1867 - Arkansas
Died: 12 Dec 1955 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried: - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Father: John Henry Burress (1826-1900)
Mother: Margaret Allen (Abt 1830-Abt 1870)

Children
1 M Ireton McElvin (Erty) Seely
Born: 7 Sep 1889 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: Apr 1975 - Siloam Springs, Benton County, Arkansas

2 F Nellie Mae Seely
Born: 10 Jun 1891 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 12 Apr 1972 - Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Buried:
Spouse: Clarence Edward Chilcoat (1888-1951)

3 F Myrtle Lee Seely
Born: 10 Aug 1893 - Gravett, Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 8 Oct 1972 - Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Spouse: Charles H. Coffman ( - )

4 F Bertha Ann Seely
Born: 9 Mar 1895 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 26 Feb 1976 - Cedar Hill, Dallas County, Texas
Buried: - Oakland Memorial Park, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
Spouse: Homer Malcolm Roberts (1893-1977)
Marr. Date: 3 Nov 1913 - Kaufman County, Texas

5 M Oliver Truman Seely
Born: Mar 1898 - Benton County, Arkansas
Died: 24 Dec 1982 - Austin, Travis County, Texas
Buried: - Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery and Mausoleum, Austin,
Travis County, Texas
Spouse: Verna Campbell (1893-1930)
Marr. Date:
Spouse: Ola Mae Unknown (1910-1983)

6 M Henry Clay Seely
Born: Apr 1899 - Benton County, Arkansas
Spouse: Rossielou Fincher (1896- )

7 M Frank Lafayette (Sr.) Seely
Born: 1902 - Texas
Died: 26 0ct 1979 - Navarro County, Texas
Spouse: Bertha Beatrice Doss (1904- )

8 F Mattie Virginia Seely
Born: 1905 - Texas
(photos: Ancestry/Find-a-Grave)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Family Group Sheet: Benjamin Apling Burdette family

Benjamin and Millie Burdette
My post today is an updated family group sheet, for the family of Benjamin Apling Burdette and his wife Amelia (Millie) Elizabeth Hood. Benjamin and Millie are my great grandparents. There are several versions that are presented within family trees at www.ancestry.com,. Many include a great deal of misinformation, and assumptions.

The following is the most recent version, and has been confirmed and sourced. If you are a descendant from any of Ben and Millie's children, I would welcome your correspondence at: gayleh (at) brmemc.net

Special thanks to Bob and Julia Fox for the photo of Ben and Millie. This is a new one for me, and it is greatly appreciated.

Husband: Benjamin Apling Burdette
    Born: 23 Dec 1835 - DeKalb County, Georgia
    Died: 14 Sep 1921 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Buried: 15 Sep 1921 - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Father: James W.  (Jim) Burdett (1807-1868)
    Mother: Alice Falkner (1815-Abt 1862)
    Marriage: 4 Jan 1855    Place: Wedowee, Randolph County, Alabama

   Wife: Amelia Elizabeth (Millie) Hood
    Born: 1 Oct 1838 - Newton County, Georgia
    Died: 23 Apr 1926 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Buried:  - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
    Father: Josa Hood (1808-1870)
    Mother: Harriet S. Robertson (1815-1887)

Children
1  F  Maryann Martina (Mattie) Burdette
        Born: 30 Jan 1856 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: 29 May 1921 - Lubbock County, Texas
        Buried:  - City of Lubbock Cemetery, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas
        Spouse: Jasper Alexander Syfrett (1849-1950)
         Marr. Date: 27 Nov 1873 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
   
2  M  William Wesley Burdette
        Born: 13 Apr 1858 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: 23 Aug 1937 - Denton, Denton County, Texas
        Buried:  - Old Dublin Memorial Park, Dublin, Erath County, Texas
        Spouse: Louisa Winifred Thurman (1858-1920)
        Marr. Date: 23 Jul 1882 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
        Spouse: Alice Lovelace (    - Abt 1945)
        Marr. Date: Aft 1920
   
3  F  Emily (Emma) Frances Burdette
        Born: 9 Nov 1859 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: 11 Jun 1946 - Mexia, Limestone County, Texas
        Buried: 12 Jun 1946 - Dew Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone County, Texas
        Spouse: William Houston Bailey (1855-    )
       Marr. Date: 18 Jul 1878 - Concord, Shelby County, Texas
   
4  M  Benjamin A. Burdette
        Born: 27 Nov 1861 - Randolph County, Alabama
        Died: Abt 1862 - Randolph County, Alabama
   
5  M  James Gora Burdette
        Born: 19 Dec 1866 - Texas
        Died: Bef 1870 - Poss. Leon County, Texas
   
6  F  Susan Elizabeth (Bettie) Burdette
        Born: 3 Sep 1868 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 7 Aug 1959 - Spur, Dickens County, Texas
        Buried:  - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
        Spouse: John Pleasant Jordan (1846-1929)
        Marr. Date: 14 Jan 1886 - Bosque County, Texas
   
7  F  Salina (Lina) Isabel Burdette
        Born: 13 Aug 1871 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 15 Apr 1954 - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
        Buried:  - Meridian  Cemetery, Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
      Spouse: Frank C. Gandy (1866-1922)
      Marr. Date: 5 Nov 1885 - Glenrose, Somervell County, Texas
   
8  M  John Monroe Burdette
        Born: 7 Mar 1873 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: Bet 1873 and 1880 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
   
9  F  Lurana A. Burdette
        Born: 27 Jan 1875 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 1887 - Bosque County, Texas
   
10  M  Albert Alonzo Burdett
        Born: 26 Jul 1877 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 29 Jul 1960 - Sudan, Lamb County, Texas
        Buried:  - Sudan Cemetery, Sudan, Lamb County, Texas
        Spouse: Maggie N. Bowman (1882-1966)
        Marr. Date: 8 Oct 1899 - Comanche County, Texas
     
11  F  Ella Mae Burdette
        Born: 20 Oct 1880 - Marquez, Leon County, Texas
        Died: 21 Nov 1957 - Canyon, Randall County, Texas
        Buried: 23 Nov 1957 - Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetary, Lubbock, Lubbock
        County, Texas Plot # N 155 Space 2 (next to husband Fletcher)
        Spouse: Fletcher Woosley Hennington (1873-1953)
       Marr. Date: 25 Jul 1895 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
   
12  M  George Issac (Sr.) Burdette
        Born: 28 Aug 1882 - Meridian, Bosque County, Texas
        Died: 15 Sep 1947 - Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
      Buried: 16 Sep 1947 - Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
      Spouse: Annie L. Burns (1881-   )
      Spouse: Dozie Lee Redwine (1883-1934)
      Marr. Date: 1902 - Texas
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Last Modified: 01 Mar 2014/Gayle Hennington-Van Horn