President's Message, by Camille Bell 1
Robert Seely's London, by LeAnne Seely 2
Mt. Pleasant Summer Conference, by Clair Hendrickson 5
Donations, Dues at the First of the Year 6
Tributes to Deceased Loved Ones 6
Seely History, Volume III 10
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Objective: To "turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers." -- Malachi 4:5-6

Volume XVI November 2005 Number 4

President's Message:
"Our Ancestor, Robert Seely"
by Camille Seeley Bell

     I hope this newsletter finds you well and preparing to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends. I encountered a bump in the road since we last met, but I am doing well and feeling better each day. I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in August, and, after several surgeries and radiation, I am starting to get back to normal. I am so thankful for thoughts and prayers in my behalf and for dear friends and family who were there when I needed them and who encouraged me.
      We had a great conference in June to highlight the life and times of Robert Seely (1602-1668). Clair Hendrickson has written a great report on the conference (See page 5), so I won't go into the details here. Do you wonder why we have spent so much time dwelling on the life of Robert Seely lately? He is our direct ancestor, albeit 400 years ago, and he made decisions and sacrifices that made a huge difference in each of our lives. I saw the production of Camelot in Cedar City this summer, and in that famous and poignant scene at the battlefield, King Arthur reveals his revelation to his confidante: "We are all just a drop in the bucket of life; but Peli, some of us shine."
I believe Robert Seely is one of those who shines. I have been fascinated by his life and the decisions he made. He must have had great courage. In trying to understand Robert better I have read several books about those with whom Robert associated: John Winthrop (leader of the Massachusetts. Bay Company and the Winthrop Fleet with whom Robert came to America in 1630), John Davenport (minister at St. Stephen's church on Coleman Street in London and minister in the newly founded New Haven Colony in Connecticut, both of which counted Robert as a member in good standing of the congregations), and a book about the Pequot War wherein Captain Robert Seely was second in command.
      Robert was a Puritan and sailed to America in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet. The Pilgrims were a different colony and had settled in Plymouth in 1620, ten years earlier. The Pilgrims of Plymouth were separatists and were seeking a place where they could practice their religion-they had cut all ties to the Church of England and their native country. The Puritans (Robert) who settled in the Massachusetts Bay, were reformers who tried to reform the Church of England from within. They had a royal charter and eventually established a representative government with John Winthrop as their governor. We don't know exactly why Robert and Mary left England for America. I imagine there must have been economic reasons; I'm sure there were political and religious

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reasons. The reformers were being persecuted, and their future in business and government was bleak. Robert was skilled in leather work and skilled craftsmen were needed so he may have been recruited. Following are quotes from "The Puritan Dilemma" and "Builders of the Bay Colony" that describe the voyage and the circumstances of the early Puritan settlers who came with the Winthrop Fleet (Robert and probably Mary and two year old Nathaniel):
      "April and May were cold in the North Atlantic; the ship rolled and pitched and groaned. Landlubbers spent time periodically on the deck and played games where the fresh air and salt spray revived lagging spirits. But two months of heavy seas and spare diet had wearied everyone by the time land was sighted off Cape Sable on June 6th....As the sea-weary company of men and women looked ashore at the straggling collection of huts and hovels and canvas booths that went by the name of Salem, they mush have been staggered by the crudity of the life that lay ahead of them. The land was lovely but savage. Only a few hundred acres were cleared; beyond lay the forest....During the first winter there was much sickness and suffering. The people arrived too late to plant a crop, and the months that followed were critical indeed. The Indians' supplies were inadequate. The people lived largely on the salt junk and hard-tack left over from the voyage. They drank water and ate samp (corn mush) and hominy without butter or milk, melt, clams and mussels kept many from actual starvation. Scurvy and typhus killed many. Biting cold set in Christmas Eve, people were living and dying in bark wigwams or sail cloth tents....Scores of colonists returned home on the ships that brought them."
      "To please God the Puritans demanded of themselves a standard of behavior not far different from that required by most modern codes of morality. They did not think it necessary to be either prudes or prohibitionists. They did not dress in drab clothes or live in drab houses or speak in drab words. They believed that all must therefore work together to attain the end of their coming. They must not allow any selfish private motives to interfere with their plan, for though every society must make its covenant with God, they had been singled out, like Israel of old, to serve as a model for others. They would be a city set on a hill: "the eyes of all people are upon us; soe that if wee shall deal falsely with our god in this worke wee have undertaken and so cause him to withdrawe his present help from us, wee shall be made a story and a by-word through the world..."
      The Puritans were a God-fearing, covenant-making people. Many of them learned Hebrew so that they could individually read the Bible in its purity and interpret it for themselves; education was important. They were not perfect and they made mistakes, but much of what this colony of people did has influenced our nation's laws and established a base for social morality that stood for hundreds of years. "It was in
Massachusetts Bay, not Plymouth that were worked out those characteristic forms of state, church, and school, which have set off New England as a province apart" (Builders of the Bay Colony).
      As we think about the pilgrims and celebrate Thanksgiving this year, I hope we will remember our pilgrims, our puritan pioneers, Robert and Mary Seely. I am so thankful they made the decision to come to their "promised land", that they were strong and worked hard and survived the hardships, and that they participated in their church congregation and in their community government. I am thankful that Robert had the spirit of adventure, served "his" country on the battlefield and helped establish the foundation of religious worship and government that makes our life in the United States of America blessed. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Love, Camille Seeley Bell
      P.S. SGS is planning a trip in Sept. 2007 to "Robert Seely's New England," similar to their trip to "Robert Seely's England." Details will be forthcoming.

by LeAnne Seely

      Robert Seely lived in London from 1623 to 1630. To understand what London was like in the early 1600's, let's make a short review of the city and its environs from pre-history up to Robert's arrival from his birthplace in Huntingdon, which is north of the London area.
      Prehistoric research indicates there were a few farms along the north bank of that stretch of the Thames River where London sits today, but no real settlement or community until the Romans, in their quest to rule the world, clashed with the local tribesmen in the area around AD 43. They built a bridge across the Thames (pronounced "temz" and rhymes with gems) as part of the Roman road system. The bridge attracted settlers, and as the Thames was deep and within the tidal zone, it was a convenient place for ocean-going merchant ships to dock. The settlement came to be called Londinium, the Celtic name for the area.
      The city flourished and contained many of the buildings normally associated with a provincial capital in the Roman empire-bathhouses, temples, forums, theatres, and a gladiatorial amphitheatre. By about AD 200, the city was large enough and important enough to be fortified with stone walls (several portions of which remain standing and can be seen today). But by about AD 400, the Roman Empire was crumbling badly and its borders shrinking rapidly. The Romans abandoned the city of Londinium and the province of Brittania altogether. Little is known about London and its happenings during the Dark Ages of the next several hundred years, but life for the common people went on.

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      The area was apparently occupied by the Saxons and was repeatedly attacked by Vikings and Danes well into the 800's. By 818, King Alfred the Great had become King of all the English and re-established Lundenburgh as one of a system of burghs (chartered towns) around the country. Through the 900's, the city became the most important commercial center in England, with exotic international trade by ship and much industry, particularly decorative metalwork and weaving.
      Because of its prominence, royalty began to hold council in London and issue laws from the city, but it also had its own government with a council of eldermen as well as a popular assembly. Modern British Parliament is based on London City's system of government.
      Another great attack by the Danes in 1013 led to the pulling down of London Bridge, the only bridge across the Thames in the area, in order to stop the advance of the Danish garrison, giving rise, we may suppose, to the old rhyme "London Bridge is falling down . . ." The Danes were repulsed, and the bridge was rebuilt.
      In 1042, King Edward the Confessor came to the throne, accomplishing, among other things, the building of the great abbey at Westminster, but leaving England without a clear heir upon his death in 1066. Two men came forward, each claiming Edward had promised him the succession. One was his brother-in-law, Harold, and the other was his cousin, William, Duke of Normandy. The famous Battle of Hastings was fought between these two men and their armies. The City of London sent a large force of men to fight for Harold; but of course it was the Duke of Normandy who came out victorious.
      William the Conqueror, as he became known, wisely granted great latitude to the City of London to keep its established laws and system of government, even though they had fought for Harold. His actions were probably influenced by London's importance to the economic stability of the country. King William built the Tower of London at the watergate on the western edge of the city wall not only to observe and intimidate the most important city in his new realm, but also to protect it. In later years, as the tower and its surrounding buildings were strengthened and fortified, it was said of the complex, "This tower is a citadel to defend or command the city, a royal palace for assemblies or treaties, a prison of state for the most dangerous offenders, the place of coinage for all England, the armoury, the treasury, and the general conserver of records." The newfound stability of the city increased both trade and numbers as livelihoods became more secure.
      As the medieval period progressed, the Corporation of the City of London and its unique position of political power evolved partly due to the monarchy's attempts to avoid civil unrest in the largest and most influential city in the realm.
The crowded city clustered along the northern riverbank of the Thames, with a small settlement across the river in Southwark (pronounced "suthick"). The south bank was quite marshy but began to be reclaimed as farm land.
      To accommodate the growing population, much building was accomplished through the 1100's, 1200's, and 1300's, such as the Round Church of the Knights Templar in 1189 and Gray's Inn in 1370, notable to us because they are still standing today. But the most significant construction work was the replacement of the early wooden bridge by the magnificent stone London Bridge, completed in 1209. The bridge had a large gatehouse and drawbridge at each end and was covered the length with houses and shops, and even a chapel. It was so well populated, in fact, it even had power to elect an alderman to the city council. This bridge was used for over 600 years. It may seem strange to us that houses, shops, and even a chapel would have been built on a bridge, but we must understand that a bridge of that time period and on such a wide and swiftly-flowing river as the Thames, must have been massive. It would need to be wide and solidly built to withstand the river current, but because a horse and cart lane only takes up so much space, it would have been perfectly logical to use the rest of the width for buildings. (Many medieval bridges had buildings on them. A fine example still in existence is the Pultenay Bridge in Bath, England, though it is much smaller than the London Bridge would have been.)
      As the city grew, it became a major center for the importing and distributing of goods to other parts of the country. In order to improve their industries, the tradesmen and craftsmen of the city organized themselves into guilds. The early companies were the medieval equivalent of trading standards departments, checking quality and applying weights and measures. Over 100 guilds exist today, though their role in modern times is more like that of a benevolent fraternity, supporting charities and educational institutions. Some of the guilds are: the Apothecaries, the Fishmongers, the Haberdashers, the Masons, the Tallowchandlers, the Woolmen, and (not least!) The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, whose mission statement today reads, "We are dedicated to the support of education and training in the design and production of footwear and associated leather accessories and the promotion of the footwear industry." Our Robert was a member of the Cordwainers Guild.
      The advent of the Tudor dynasty had a great impact on the architecture of London. Many buildings from this period survive today, including the Palace of Whitehall, Greenwich Palace, and Hampton Court Palace.
      In social, economic, and architectural terms, the Reformation was to be the defining event of the Tudor period. The Reformation is so-called because it was an era in which many groups and individuals attempted

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to reform Christianity so it was more in line with their own interpretations of God's word. All across Europe, the doctrines, traditions, and official positions of the Catholic Church were questioned and debated, in some cases to the extent that an entirely new branch of Christianity was invented. The new branches were called Protestant churches because they were started in protest to some doctrine or interpretation of Catholicism. In a simplified manner of speaking, the Church of England came about, as you know, because Henry VIII protested the pope's refusal to grant him a divorce. But divorce was not the only doctrine to be redefined by the Church of England. Among other things, they also reformed the nature of the sacrament, claiming that the doctrine of transubstantiation was a superstition. Clergy in the Church of England were not required to be celibate, and monasteries and abbeys were deemed unnecessary.
      Besides the turmoil of religious shifts, the monarchy was anything but stable in terms of succession. Henry VIII's will declared the throne should pass to his son Edward (about 14 years old at the time of Henry's death), even though he had two daughters older than Edward. These were Mary and Elizabeth, but they were from wives who had fallen out of favor and so were bypassed in the succession. Only in the case of Edward's untimely death were they to be considered.
      Henry's son Edward only reigned from 1547 to 1553, about six years. He was a sickly youth and was not expected to live long, so his advisors, attempting to keep the throne away from Mary, who had been raised Catholic in exile with her mother in Spain, manipulated Edward into making a will naming his young cousin, Lady Jane Grey, as next in line to the throne. This he did, but Queen Jane only ruled 9 days, as her supporters fled in the face of Mary's arrival from Spain to assert her claim to the monarchy. She of course demanded all protestants renounce the church her father had started, and earned herself the nickname Bloody Mary because of the martyrs she put to death as heretics. She reigned for five years but was overthrown by Elizabeth who reverted the state religion once again to Anglicanism.
      Elizabeth ruled from 1558 to 1603, an era of 44 years, and her reign brought a good measure of stability and prosperity to the country. She was the monarch when Robert's parents were growing up and starting their family in Bluntisham. A person is inclined to wonder what the common people like the Seelys thought about spirituality during the religious upheavals of the time. They had to keep changing religions at least for political reasons, but what did they really feel about it all? Did they think King Henry was a heretic or justified in changing the Church? Did they feel compelled to examine themselves and make a personal decision one way or another? Or did they simply try to follow the crowd and avoid making a stand that might later get them killed?
      Though Elizabeth's long reign brought stability and prosperity to the kingdom as a whole and to London in particular, the religious turmoil was far from over. In the next hundred years, England would suffer a major civil war over religion, a dissolution and then restoration of the institution of monarchy, and would spawn a group of colonies in the New World capable of breaking with royalty altogether. But that's way ahead of our story! In the latter part of the 16th century, Elizabeth benignly looked after the solidification and expansion of her realm. She was fond of the theatre and other entertainments, luckily for our friend Mr. Shakespeare, who became the most notable playwright of the time, or indeed ever.
      Now, a little geography. Remember, although London was the largest city in England, it still covered only about 30 square miles and had a population of only about 100,000 in 1550. Most of the city was on the North bank of the Thames. The river was about twice as wide as we see it now, and the south side was marshy with many small islands. In the area of the London Bridge, the south bank was progressively drained and built up with farms, houses, and inns catering to travelers. Markets sprang up to take advantage of the trading hub, and many craftsmen had their shops in that area of the city. Because it was across the river, it was out of the jurisdiction of the Lord Mayor of London City itself, and was not subject to some of the more civilized constraints of morals, so businesses that were elsewhere prohibited flourished there, such as animal baiting, brothels, and theatre.
      Keep in mind that in early medieval times, theatre was used as an educational tool to reinforce knowledge of Bible stories. As playwrights and attendees began to view theatre as entertainment and as moneymaking ventures, the Church began to view it as immoral and dangerous. By Elizabethan times, theatre was well-established as a form of entertainment, and people of all ranks and classes rubbed elbows at the crowded playhouses, though acting was still classed as a low-grade and questionable profession. When the Globe theatre was built in 1599, London's population had doubled in the previous fifty years to about 200,000 and was to double again in the next fifty years. Policing was a major problem for the Lord Mayor, and although the city was for the most part orderly, the administrators were always worried, especially by big crowds drawn to see plays and other forms of entertainments. Richer neighborhoods protested the playhouses because of the noise and the throngs. One written protest claimed that a proposed playhouse would be "a generall inconvenience to all the inhabitants by reason of the great gathering together of all manner of vagrant and lewde persons that will come thither and worke all manner of mischeefe." City administrators hated plays because they took apprentices and workmen away from their jobs, since they were performed in daylight

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each afternoon, and they were thought to be profane and ungodly. But the Queen's Privy Council protected playhouses because the Queen enjoyed being entertained by plays at Christmas and needed well-practiced players on hand. Queen Elizabeth was even known to have brought the French ambassador across the river by barge to watch the bear baiting. She diplomatically suggested that she did not disapprove of "such plays as were fitted to yield honest recreation and no example of evil." The playhouses attracted a range of society, according to one journalist in 1624, "old and young, rich and poor, master and servants, papists and puritans." Was our Robert perhaps among these?
      Between 1600 and 1650, London experienced great growth in commerce and influence as more country people gravitated to the city economy, providing as it did, opportunities for a change of career and an improved lifestyle. Not that there was anything wrong with country life, it simply did not provide a living for as many people, so the extras had to go elsewhere for employment. That's the way it was in the 1600s, and it's still that way in 2005.
      In 1603, the great Queen Elizabeth died, and King James VI of Scotland acquired the throne, becoming King James I of England. (This is the King James who commissioned a group of scholars to make a new English translation of the Bible to clarify certain questions of doctrinal interpretation.)
      This brings us culturally, socially, economically, and geographically to the time of Robert Seely in London. We know very little about his early years, except the bare facts that his parents had, by 1602, moved to Huntingdon, where Robert was christened on the 4th of July of that year. We assume he was educated in Huntingdon and that he was apprenticed to his father as a joiner or carpenter there. Then, on 25 March 1623, he became an apprentice to John Plomer, a cordwainer in London. We don't really have any concrete evidence of why Robert left his country roots and migrated to the city. He was already over 20 years old and had completed an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships of the time could last up to seven years, so most young men were journeymen by the time they were in their early twenties, and they looked to settle down with a nice young lady to build a family.
      For whatever reason (a row with his father? jilted by his childhood sweetheart? religious discontent? simply a restless spirit?) he set himself up in London. After three years with Mr. Plomer, he bought his apprenticeship, got married, and moved into #7 Coleman Street, right at the heart of things. London's Guidhall (the equivalent of the town hall) was a three-minute walk. The Thames was a ten-minute walk, and on a fine Sunday, with little commercial traffic, Westminster Abbey was a brisk half hour away. Of course, in a city where the Reformation was in full swing, a chapel could be found within five minutes in any direction, and young tradesman eager to make a good impression had better make use of them!
      Much political and religious strife formed the undercurrents of everyday life in London while Robert and his family lived there. Charles I came to the throne in 1625. The Puritan and Separatist movements gained strength, and after living in London fewer than ten years, Robert took his family to the New World, part of the Puritan group of settlers forming the Winthrop Fleet and landing at Salem, Massachusetts, on 12 June 1630. Civil War broke out in England shortly thereafter, and the colonists no doubt followed the events in the news reports they received abroad. Did they keep in touch with their parents or any friends in London? I'm sure they were mortified by the news of the great plague outbreak in 1665 and then the Great Fire of London in 1666. Did they ever return to the British Isles for a visit? Did they ever regret leaving or doubt their faith in the Puritan cause?
      London in Robert's time was populated by roughly 200,000 people. Today it covers 600 square miles and is home to 7,000,000 people. It is still the center of the British economy and the hub of social and political activity. Though it is 400 years since he lived there, Robert would still find a few familiar places if he were to visit London today.

JASFO 2005 Summer Conference
by Clair Hendrickson, Vice President

      The Justus Azel Seelye Family Organization (JASFO) 2005 Summer Conference was held on Saturday, June 25, 2005, at the South Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. The theme for this conference was "The Life and Times of Robert Seely, 1602-1667".
      Following registration which began at 9:00am, conference attendees spent the morning attending workshops, the majority of which concentrated on the conference theme. Each conference participant was able to choose and to attend three workshops from the following workshops that were presented:
  • "The Times of Robert Seelye" by LeAnne Seely
  • "The Robert Seelye England Trip" by Ann Jorgensen
  • "Robert Seelye, the Cordwainer (Leather Crafts)" presented by Matthew Hayes and Camille Bell
  • "Children's Crafts and Games" presented by Colleen Kossin and Thera Clark
  • "Seeley Family History - What's New and What's Happening" by Kathie Olsen and Clair Hendrickson
      At noon time, everyone enjoyed a nice lunch. In the afternoon, a general meeting was held in the chapel. At this meeting, Lavona Lewis gave an excellent music and slide presentation on Robert Seelye's Life in England. A special music duet of "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow and Praise To The Lord" was given by Margaret Peterson

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and Michael Staker. Montell Seely made some remarks including telling about his side adventures (including helping to repair a cobblestone street in Oxford) taken during the England trip.
      About 80 to 85 of the Seeley cousins attended this family conference. Wouldn't it have been great had ten times or even one hundred times that many attended? There are that many of us (even more) who are descendants of Justus Azel and Mehitable Seelye. Those who were there came away with an increased knowledge of the life of our ancestor, Robert Seelye, and an appreciation for the legacy he made possible for us by coming to America. It was also great to renew and make new acquaintances with our family members.
      The JASFO executive committee thanks all who helped in any way to make this family conference an enjoyable learning experience.

by Kathryn Seely

      Every year we ask you to support the JAS Family Organization by contributing just $10 per family. What a bargain! Your dues help to keep our organization running smoothly and efficiently. Among other things, the dues help offset the cost of the newsletter, meals at the conferences, and genealogical research projects. If we didn't have some faithful dues payers, we could not function. In addition, your organization would gladly accept tax-deductible donations. Thanks!
      When the calendar changes over to a New Year, dues will be "due" for the year 2006. You may want to pay during registration at an upcoming Family Conference. Or, you may do it right now-by mail! Please make checks payable to JASFO. Mail to Charles Astle, our treasurer, whose address is on the back page of this newsletter.


      John Homer Johnson passed away on June 2, 2005, in Mesa, Arizona. Homer was born October 4, 1925, in Moab, Utah, the youngest of nine children of the late George Washington Johnson and Mabel Wilcox Johnson. Homer was an Army veteran who served in the Quartermaster Corps in Papua, New Guinea, and in the Philippines during World War II. He returned from his army service and married Ellen Ricks of Rexburg, Idaho, in the Logan Temple on September 5, 1950. He was an engineering graduate of USU and worked for the US Air Force, then General Motors for more than 22 years.
      They moved from Cheyenne, WY, to Denver, CO, and eventually made their home in Bountiful, UT, where they resided for more than 25 years. He was a
man of integrity and courage, never complaining nor shirking his responsibilities in life. Homer's deepest conviction was a firm faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His deepest wish was to pass that testimony on to his children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.
      Homer was preceded in death by his dear wife, Ellen Ricks Johnson. He is survived by his five children: Gale H. Johnson (Nina) of Plano, TX; George W. Johnson (Evelyn) of Mesa, AZ; Barbara Ann Perkins (Steve) of Mesa, AZ; Marilyn Slatter (Steve) of Bountiful, UT; and Grant J. Johnson (Tonya) of Charlotte, NC; 24 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
      Funeral services were held Monday, June 6, in Bountiful; he was buried at Bountiful Cemetery. [Homer's lineage is: Mabel Wilcox Johnson, John Carlos Wilcox, Mary Young Wilcox, Elizabeth Seely Young, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      H. Mont Seeley, 88, passed away Friday, June 3, 2005, from complications of diabetes. Mont was born December 18, 1916 in Chester, Idaho, a son of Joseph and Blodwen Williams Seeley. He attended school in Idaho and graduated from Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Mont was formerly married to Barbara Thompson. They had two children, Scott and Sandra. They later divorced. He married LuDean Tucker Woodward in 1970 in the Logan LDS Temple. They made their home in Nibley where Mont worked for Glenn's Electric until he retired. Mont and LuDean moved to Ogden in 1993 and enjoyed 15 years spending winter months living in St. George. They enjoyed their friends, activities, going on tours and traveling to see their children and grandchildren in several states. He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in numerous callings. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in Los Alamos, New Mexico as a Master Sergeant in the Cavalry. Mont loved riding and raising Arabian Horses. He also enjoyed doing woodworking projects that he shared with his family and friends over the years. Mont is survived by his wife, LuDean, of South Ogden; all of their children: Sandra (Bill) Pimentel, Pocatello, ID; Scott (Aimee) Seeley, Boise, ID; Kelly (Lisa) Wadsworth, Vancouver, WA; Dean (Carol) Woodward, Fridley, MN; Jim (Terry) Woodward, Colorado Springs, CO; Kathryn (Larry) Bittner, San Jose, CA; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Also surviving are his sisters and brothers, Wilma Owens, Beth Hathaway, Elmo, Max, Dwayne, and Lloyd, all of Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mont was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, June 10 in Ogden. Interment, Fairview, Utah, Cemetery. [Mont's lineage is: Joseph Hyrum Seeley, Joseph Nephi Seeley, William Stewart Seely, Justus Azel Seelye.]

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      Janice Thygerson Beckstrom, 66, passed away June 6, 2005 in West Jordan, UT. Born Aug 1, 1938 to David Owen Thygerson and Phyllis Bigler Thygerson. An active member of the LDS Church. Enjoyed music and her Primary children. Also worked with the handicap mutual. Devoted mother and grandmother, her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She touched the lives of all who knew her. Survived by children: Jeff (Janice) Beckstrom, Lisa (David) Houtz, Greg Beckstrom; seven grandchildren; sisters, Jeanne (Frank) Brown, Joyce (Deloy) Dawson; brothers, Phil (Sherri) Thygerson, Richard (Barbara) Thygerson, Robert Thygerson. Preceded in death by parents; niece, Debra Dawson; nephew, Kevin Thygerson. Services were held Friday, June 10, 2005, at the Prairie 4th Ward, 5320 W. 7000 So., Salt Lake City. Interment Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. [Janice's lineage is: David Owen Thygerson, Emma Hurst Thygerson, Elizabeth Wilcox Hurst, Mary Young Wilcox, Elizabeth Seely Young, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Owen David Cato, age 81, returned to his Heavenly Father and joined much of his family July 12, 2005. He passed away in Price after a short illness.
      He was born to Charles U. and Mary Ellen (Ella) Westwood Cato Jan. 12, 1924 at Redondo Beach, Calif. Owen spent much of his life in eastern Utah and Grand Junction, Colo. He served an LDS mission in Montana, serving a lot of that time among the Sioux. He was a uranium miner, a self-taught master of several languages, a master of trivia and a gifted artist. Owen also worked many years at the Colorado State Home and Training School in Grand Junction, Colo., before retirement.
      He is survived by sisters, Edith Johnston of Price; and Zona Cato of Phoenix, Ariz. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews who fondly called him "Uncle Owen." Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Elvin, Clinton and Rowland; and sister, Leda Cato Smith Likes. Services were held Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at the Moab LDS Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane. [Owen's lineage is: Mary Ellen Westwood Cato, Martha Anna Wilcox Westwood, Mary Young Wilcox, Elizabeth Seely Young, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Deloy F. Seely died July 24, 2005 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He was buried July 30, 2005 in Stirling, Alberta, where he was born. Deloy's obituary was not available at time of printing, but his story is in Seely History Volume I, page 418. [Deloy's lineage is: Artie J. Seely, Moroni Seely, William Stewart Seely, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Chesla Seely Patterson, 87, peacefully left mortality July 28, 2005 to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and a joyful reunion with her beloved husband, Pat. Chesla was born June 30, 1918 in Mt
Pleasant, Utah, the third child of J. Leo and Lucille Rolph Seely. She was raised in a loving home. Chesla attended Hamilton Elementary and graduated from North Sanpete High School. She was a beautiful young lady, well liked by her classmates and active in many school affairs. Chesla met a handsome young man who was working in Mt. Pleasant, A. Thomas Patterson. They were kindred spirits. While Pat worked Chesla attended business college in Salt Lake City. They were married October 12, 1938 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of six beautiful children. Their home was filled with love and hospitality. Exchange students from Japan and Pakistan, nephews, nieces, parents, and friends found sanctuary in their gracious home. The children were given opportunities for music, elocution, education, and travel. Nothing was too good for family and friends. Chesla lost her loving husband in 1973. She was active in many positions of leadership in the LDS Church. She thoroughly enjoyed her service in the temple for many years of her life. She filled an honorable mission, all the while managing the family business, ATP Insurance Company. She loved to travel and visited many parts of the world. Chesla is survived by her children, Paula (Kent) Hansen, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lucille (Page) Busken, Cincinnati, Ohio, Rebecca (Scott) Brubaker, Salt Lake City, Kelly (Holly) Patterson, Salt Lake City (At her death, Chesla had 30 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren); sisters, Ina. S. (Frank) Morgan, Nephi, Utah, and Lucy Rae (Neal) Capel, Yukon, Oklahoma; brother, Edwin (Marjorie) Seely, Milwaukee, Oregon; and numerous nieces, nephews. Preceded in death by husband, Pat; parents; brothers, Mark, Robert, and John R. Seely, sister-in-law, Virginia Vance Seely; sons, Thomas Robert and Scott Seely Patterson; and one grandson, Patrick Patterson. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 6, 2005 in the Capitol Hill Ward, 413 W. Capitol, Salt Lake City. Burial was in the Mt Pleasant Cemetery. [Chesla's lineage is: J. Leo Seely, John H. Seely, J. Wellington Seely I, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Helen Allen, 89, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2005, surrounded by her family. She was born Fern Helen Day on Jan. 30, 1916, in Moab, Utah to Nathan and Hazel Day. She was a loving daughter and sister. She was a member of the Utah Daughters of the Pioneers, the Barbara Bowen Camp DUP and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in which she has held several callings one of her most favorite was a primary teacher working with the children. At the age of 21 she met and married her husband and companion for life Ammon David Allen on May 26, 1937 in her hometown of Moab, Utah. They have a total of five children, 25 grandchildren and 48 great-grand-children. She is survived by her sisters; Hollis Allgood of Layton, UT and Audrey McDougall of Moab, UT; her children David (Cindy) of Huntsville, UT; Nancy

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(Ferris) of Tooele, UT; Don (Kaye) of Roseville, CA; Carl (Helen) of Spokane, WA; and daughter-in-law Judy of Layton, UT. She is preceded by her husband Ammon, son James, her parents, and siblings. She was loved by all in life and will be missed by all in death. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 6, 2005, at the Tooele Stake Center, 253 South 2nd East at 11 a.m. [Helen's lineage is: Hazel Wilcox Day, John Carlos Wilcox, Mary Young Wilcox, Elizabeth Seely Young, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Jesse K. Earl, nearly 82, a resident of McGill, Nevada, passed away 2 September 2005 in West Jordan, Utah. He had been a resident of South Valley Nursing Home there for the past several months. They were very good to him and gave him special care.
      Jesse was born 17 September 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah, son of Silas and Jessie Dack Earl. He had lived in McGill, Nevada, since he was 2 years old. His father ran the Goodman Tidball store there. When Jesse was a teenager, he delivered groceries for the store. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jesse joined the Marines as an Aviator, where he was a rear gunner on an SBD dive bomber. He spent a little more than four years in the service. Three times, his planes were shot down. After one, he spent a year in a Naval hospital. He was proud of being a Marine.
      After the service, he attended Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He graduated with a degree in Auto Mechanics. It was while at Snow, that he met Ona Eklund. They were married June 15, 1948. They moved to McGill to make their home. Jesse went to work for Kennecott Copper Corp., where he worked until his retirement.
      Jesse became a Boy Scout leader in 1954, holding positions as Scout Master and Cub Master for many years. For his work in scouting, he was awarded the Scout Statuette, the Scouter's Key, the District Award of Merit, the Silver Pine Cone, and the Silver Beaver. He loved the outdoors. His hobbies included hunting and fishing and simply enjoying sitting outside on summer evenings. He played Santa Claus for JC Penney Company for 36 years. He quit due to health problems. He was loved very much and will be greatly missed.
      He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ed and Ira; and sisters Ida, Nancy, and Norma. He is survived by his wife Ona and three sons, Kenneth, Mike (Debbie), and Steven; grandchildren, Nichole, Melissa (Kevin) and Chris (Elise); and great-grandchildren Chaylynn and Brenton. Funeral and burial were Thursday, September 8, in McGill, Nevada. [Ona Earl's lineage is Pearl Seely Eklund, Orange Seely Jr., Orange Seely, J. W. Seely, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Michelle Madsen Ashton 1963 ~ 2005 GUNNISON, UTAH- Michelle Madsen Ashton, 42, of Gunnison, Utah, passed away September 17, 2005, at her home in Gunnison with her family by her
side. She was born January 30, 1963, in Gunnison, Utah to Jack Gail and Mary Lois Greaves Madsen. She married Bret H. Ashton, June 28, 1983, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Michelle was a unique individual who used her talents to bless the lives of anyone she came in contact with. Her passion for creativity, nature, beauty and things that stirred the heart, have influenced the lives of many. Her greatest joy and happiest times were spent with her family at ball games, backyards, the cabin, Lake Powell, or around a quilt top. Michelle is a perfect example of a kindred neighbor and friend. She was always giving of her time and talents unselfishly. She faithfully served in the Primary, Young Womens, and Relief Society organizations of the LDS Church. Her beautiful smile and bright countenance will be treasured forever. She is survived by her husband Bret of Gunnison; children, Gaven Ashton, McKell Ashton, Taylor Ashton, Conner Ashton, all of Gunnison; parents, Jack and Mary Lois Madsen, Christenburg; brothers and sisters, Russell Madsen, Page, AZ; Dale (Sunee) Madsen, Yorbalinda, CA; David (Debra) Madsen, Christenburg; Diane (Allen) Dyreng, Gunnison; Jenene (Mark) Monroe, Scipio; Scott (Kerri) Madsen, South Jordan; father and mother-in-law: Larry (Joan) Ashton, Mapleton; Teddy (Al) Chappell, Manti. Preceded in death by grandparents, Milton and Jennie Greaves, Parley and Miranda Madsen. Funeral service were held Thursday, September 22, 2005, at 12:00 Noon in the Gunnison Stake Center. Burial was in the Mayfield Cemetery. [Michelle's lineage: Mary Lois Greaves Madsen, Jennie Seely Greaves, J. Wellington Seely II, J. Wellington Seely I, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Robert H. Hinckley, Jr. "In his own words" "I was born lucky! To the union of excellent parents- Robert H. Hinckley and Abrelia Clarissa Seely Hinckley- on 12th January 1917 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah at the home of John H. Seely. As the first Hinckley grandchild, I was a birthday present for my Grandmother Hinckley. I was blessed with a sound and proud pioneer heritage. I grew up in Ogden during the Great Depression. As a janitor at Robert H. Hinckley, Inc., I swept around a 1933 Dodge Sedan on the show room floor for 11 months before I finally sold it. While attending Ogden High School, I met a charming young lady by the name of Janice Scowcroft. I graduated from Ogden High School in 1936, attended Stanford University in 1937 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1942. Life has been good for me, but the very best part of my life began eight years after high school, when I was able to convince Miss Scowcroft that this young Westpointer was the best teammate for her. Then came World War II, The Army Air Corps, B-24's, England, VE Day, VJ Day, life in the Air Force and the Dodge automobile business in Salt Lake City. Out of all of this quality time came four wonderful dividends in the form of great citizens: Robert H. Hinckley, III, oil

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analyst in New York City; James S. Hinckley, Dodge Dealer in Salt Lake City and Ogden; Dr. Scott S. Hinckley, owner of a small animal clinic in Anchorage, Alaska; Kristin H. Yeager, owner-operator of the Garden of Eden Welsh Pony and Arabian horse farm in Eden, Utah. What enormous dividends these great children have been. I was born lucky. I lived lucky. I have had no problems in this world; I have had only opportunities. I have always had enough to eat, bags o'fun and great family experiences all with the finest teammate one could ever have- Janice Scowcroft Hinckley. We have loved each other and life together for 63 years. Oh yes, I had the fun of enjoying nine of the friendliest Arabian horses that the breed has produced." Robert Hinckley is survived by his wife Janice, sons Robert (Diana Busch), James (Lyn Cushman), and Scott (Anne McCullough), daughter Kristin (James Yeager), nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple at 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 27th. [Robert's lineage: Abrelia C. Seely Hinckley, John H. Seely, J. Wellington Seely I, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Mary Rose Middleton Dahl, MD, 69, died from the ravages of Parkinson's disease at her home on October 24, 2005. To her patients, she was Dr. Dahl, the eye doctor in the white lab coat, a fixture of Sugar House for 27 years. She took care of many wonderful patients who were as devoted to her as she was to them. She was known for her precision in finding the exact eyeglass prescription. She had a remarkable work ethic, rarely taking a day off. She continued treating others until her own disease made it impossible to do so. Born January 6, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Mary was the second of three children of Dr. Richard P. and Lucy Rose Middleton. In her youth, she was an enthusiastic tennis player, ice skater and practical joker. She graduated from East High School in 1954. At the University of Utah, Mary majored in chemistry and belonged to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She graduated in three years and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. In 1957, she entered Cornell Medical College in New York City, graduating in 1961. She continued a long-distance romance with Doug, who was attending medical school in Chicago. In June 1961, Mary wed Douglas S. Dahl, MD, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, after which they served rotating internships at the Northwestern Medical Center. Mary completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, obtaining Board Certification and becoming a member of the faculty in 1967. For one year, Mary and Doug lived in Reykjavik, Iceland, where they had many adventures and learned to appreciate Icelandic culture and midnight sun. Returning to Salt Lake City in 1969, Mary was the first woman to practice ophthalmology in Utah. She was the first ophthalmologist in Utah to perform fluorescein angiography, a test for blood circulation in
the retina. She participated in a national diabetic retinopathy study which succeeded in validating laser treatments for diabetic-related retinal disease. She was a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Utah and a member of the attending staff at Holy Cross Hospital. More important to her than professional accomplishments, Mary was a loving and devoted mother to her four sons. She did everything she could to support them and encourage them to learn about history, art and the world around them. She took her family on educational trips to more than 35 countries. Mary is survived by her husband; her brother, Richard G. Middleton, MD (Jayne); her four sons, Douglas (Susan), Alexander (Charity), Benjamin (Erica) and Jonathan; and four delightful grandchildren, Douglas, Annaliesa, Nicolaus and Theodore. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, V. Anne Middleton Stearn, MD (Burton). The family sincerely thanks the numerous helpers, nurses and friends who have helped care for Mary in many kind and generous ways. A viewing will be held Friday, November 4 at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, between 6 and 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 5 at the Monument Park 15th Ward, 1320 S. Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City. Grave side service at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. [Douglas Dahl's lineage is Helen Seely Dahl, Hyrum Seely, J.Wellington Seely II, J. Wellington Seely I, Justus Azel Seelye.]

      Fay Peterson Seeley returned to her heavenly home today November 1, 2005. Fay was born December 30,1921 to Harry J. and Mary Peterson. Preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and one brother. She is survived by her eternal companion of 65 years, Donald Frank Seeley; brother, Dee (Thelma) Peterson; three sons, Ronald (Pat) Seeley, Sandy; Brent (Sue) Seeley, West Jordan; and Kevin (Vicki) Seeley, Taylorsville; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grand-children. She married her sweetheart Don on November 27, 1940, and they were sealed for time and for all eternity in the Manti Temple, and as they say, the rest is history. Grama was an active member of the L.D.S. Church and served in many different capacities. She loved the Lord and the Gospel. We will all remember the love she had for each of us, the home cooked meals and the many camping trips. Grama for us, Christmas Eve will never be the same, nor will our lives be without you. We are so proud of the example you were to us and know that we will love you for eternity. Rest In Peace Grama Til We Meet You Again. The family wishes to thank all the care givers at St. Josephs Villa who took such great care of mom in her final days. Funeral Services were held Friday, November 4, 2005 at 12:00 noon at the Waterloo Ward House, 1623 South 500 East., Salt Lake City. Our dear angel was laid to rest at Valley View Memorial Park, 4400 West 4100 South. [Don Seeley's lineage: Benjamin Frank Seeley, William Hazard Seely, Justus Wellington Seely I, Justus Azel Seelye.]

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You need to know:
  • A new volume of Seely History, a companion volume to our two earlier big red history books, is being prepared..
  • It will contain updated information on our common lineage from Robert Seely down through Justus Azel Seelye and his descendants.
  • It will have a section for memorial histories at a cost of $100 per page and can include previously published memorials as well as histories of relatives who have passed away since Volumes I and II.
  • It will have a section for Living Family Histories, wherein each family can have up to 800 words and a photo FOR FREE. (Extra words cost 30 cents each.)
  • It will cost $50 if you pre-order. After the books are published, they will cost $60 each.
     Did you read that bold print? You are being offered something FOR FREE! You are probably writing a holiday letter about your family right now, anyway, so just expand it for the history book and send it email or snail mail to Montell and Kathryn by December 31. A family may mean parents and any children living at home (including those in college or on missions) or single adult children who live separately from their parents.
      The deadline for memorial histories will be set in 2006 because they naturally take longer to write and involve more research and collaboration among descendants, but don't put it off! Form a committee and start making a rough draft. Collect several versions of the person's life and assign someone to put it all together.
      You will be glad you participated in this book project (and will kick yourself later if you didn't)! Do something about it today. If you have questions, please call Montell and Kathryn Seely at (435) 381-2195.

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Camille Bell 93 North Valley View Dr. Kathie Olsen 639 Eighth Avenue
801-298-0279 North Salt Lake, UT 84054 801-355-0301 Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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Treasurer: Family Representative for Elizabeth Seely Young:
Charles Astle 620 East 3990 South Lucille Anderson 617 East 3970 South
801-266-5363 Salt Lake City, UT 84107 801-265-8254 Salt Lake City, UT 84107
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Montell Seely P O Box 934 Enid Jeffs Cox 1283 Logan Avenue
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Brock Seeley 2476 South 200 East
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