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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Diaries & Letters of Tri-Counties
1863 - Luman Seeley of Austinburg
Diary of Luman D. Seeley
Township: Brookfield, Tioga County PA
Year: 1863
Transcribed by Sheri Graves
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This is copied from the original diary of Luman D. Seeley. Luman Dwight Seeley, son of Polly Trace and Luman Seeley was b. Brookfield, PA, 04 Apr 1822; d. 17 Oct 1903 in Austinburg, PA. He married 08 Jan 1846 to Emily Abbott (called "Em"). She was b. 03 Feb 1827 and d. 23 Jan 1884. "Em" was a daughter of Abigail Seeley and Eli D. Abbott.

From the diaries of Luman D. Seeley of Brookfield, PA. (Mrs. Whites Collection) 1863

28 July 1863 – "Em" went over to Wm. R. Seeley, Ella died about 2 o’clock July 30. went to Ella Seeley funeral.

12 August – Mowed for J. B. Seeley in forenoon. Leroy and Lewis mowed for him.

18 August – Lewis and I worked for Leroy.

23 August – Rained all night and all day. Lewis and David went after yearlings.

31 August – Cut wheat in forenoon, P. M. went to Knoxville. Carried wagon wheel. Got David, Nat and Truman a pr. of shoes size 12 $4.50.

14 Sept – Leroy worked ½ day building sheds. Lewis and Dave pulled peas.

9 Oct – Emily sick kept to her bed all day.

22 Oct – Went (started) to Wellsboro P. M. – stayed Reuben Close over night.

28 Oct – Leroy and Lewis got load of wood. Em and I went with team dinner at Jerome C.

29 Oct – Lewis plowed. Nat, Trumy and I went to Loziers N. cards and Fentons. Got 2 balls candle wick 20 cents.

17 Sept 1874 – Went over to J. B. Seely. Melissa came home with us.

13 Nov – Nat plowed. Nat, Trume, self and Dwight logged. Cut brush and burned.

17 Nov – Rain this morning. Nat and I went to Knoxville. Got Nat coat and overcoat of Goodspeed. Got Dwight pr. boots of D. W. Reynolds. Pd. G. W. Spring for men Arch’s boots (sums) 19.00, 3.25, .45

20 Dec – Went to funeral of Aunt Lydia Seeley. Harriet German came from Michigan.

21 Dec – Wife and I went to John’s. Mother and Harriet came home with us.

1 Jan 1875 – Wm. E. Seeley came home with us, stayed all night. Nat and Trume went to Knoxville to a dance.

5 Jan 1875 – Arch is 6 years old today. Nat and I helped J. B. S. butcher beef. Colder.

25 Jan – went to W. B. with B. A. Seely. Came home same day. Em went to Addison with Czar, Cynthia, & Wm. R. Seely, stayed all night.

4 April – My birthday. 53 years old. Went over Kizers and J. B. S.

27 May – Phebe 16 years old.

18 May – Ma, Arch and I went to Alberts.

30 June – Lewis birthday 27 years old. he came home from center.

1 Oct – Welthy came home, picked up apples. I carried her and apples home.

9 Oct – Aunt Harriet and Mother (Em’s) came home with we. Mothers sick.

10 Oct – Sunday. Mother still remains sick.

11 Oct – Mother grows worse. John Abbott’s wife came up.

12 Oct – Sent for John Cook and wife. In night sent for John Abbott and wife. Mother decidedly worse.

13 Oct – Mother still failing. Mother died at 6:30 P. M.

15 Oct – Rainy in morn. Phebe and Nat Seely gone to south road to teacher exams. Welthy and children came home.

12 Dec – Dwight 12 years old today.

Note: to identify some of the people listed in the above diary.

Luman D. Seely was born in Brookfield, Tioga Co., PA on 4 April 1822

Em (Emily) Abbott Seely is wife of Luman Seely.

Mother of Em – Abigail Seelye Abbott (d. Oct. 13, 1875)

Lydia Abbott, probably wife of Anthony Seeley.

J. B. S. – Justus Bradley Seely (brother to Luman Seely)

Cynthia – wife of J. B. Seely.

Welthy – daughter of Luman and Emily (b. 19 Feb 1847 m. Albert Morton)

Complete diary in possession of Mrs. Claude Morton (her name not given) of Tunnell, NY

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