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Samuel Seeley, Sr.

Also Known As: "Samuel Seely"
Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Death: 1779 (92)
Goshen, Orange County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonas Seeley, Sr. and Mary Seely
Husband of Charlotte Seeley
Father of Samuel Seeley, Jr.; Susannah Sayre; Sarah Seely; Rev. Christopher Seely; Mary Prudence Seeley and 2 others
Brother of Sarah Holmes
Half brother of Martha Seely; Jonas Seely, Jr.; Susanna Seely; Ebenezer Seely; Nathaniel Seely and 2 others

Occupation: Cordwainer
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About Samuel Seeley, Sr.

Samuel Seely: Connecticut/New York

Samuel Seely (b. 1687, d. ca 1779) had Puritan ancestry, being the grandson of Obadiah Seely, one of the first settlers of Stamford, CT in 1642-3.[1] When Samuel was growing up, although there were a few Quakers and other religious minorities, Stamford was still a typical New England Puritan town of several hundred people with its central Congregational Meeting House, town commons, and town meetings. By 1709 it probably had close to a thousand people. This was the cultural environment into which Charlotte brought her two small boys when she married Samuel in 1709. At the beginning of the 18th Century, Orange Co., New York (running southwest from the Hudson River around Newburgh and West Point to the New Jersey border) had virtually no white inhabitants. A 1702 census showed only 54 white males over 16--almost all of them Dutch. In 1703, 12 Indian Chiefs granted a patent, called the Wawayanda Patent, to 12 patentees then residing in Haverstraw, New Jersey. Covering some 150,000 acres (parts of the later towns of Warwick, Minisink, Goshen, and Hamptonburgh), it was essentially a speculation and the speculators began to buy and sell interests, mostly to each other, without anyone actually settling on the land. For several years they had an office in New York City where they exhibited maps and drawings and offered lots, but further speculators were few and prospective settlers fewer still. It appears that no actual settlements were made before 1712. The town of Goshen was laid out in 1714 and Samuel Seely and family were among the first handful of settlers there. Several other related families came from Stamford; they probably went out together.[2] Samuel’s land purchase indenture, dated 31 July 1714, indicates that he bought for £20 "all that certain undivided two and thirtieth part of one equal thirteenth part of a certain tract of land in Orange County called Wawayanda".[3]

The two Popino boys were now the oldest in a growing family. By 1714 John Popino would be about 9 or 10 and Peter about 8, and there were already three younger Seely children. Charlotte subsequently bore five more. Think of John and Peter Popino as Seely stepchildren, since they never really knew their father and were raised in this English colonial environment. Samuel was an important member of the community. In 1722 he was one of seventeen citizens who signed an indenture providing 200 acres to support the first Presbyterian minister in Goshen.[4] Samuel's name later appears on a tax list for Orange Co. in 1755, showing personal assets of only £0/11/6.[5] This would suggest that he was retired, probably a widower, and living with one of his family. In 1757 he was listed in the account book of the minister of the Florida NY Presbyterian Church.[6] He probably was living with his stepson, John Poppino, or one of John's children. He is last mentioned in the 1779 tax list, suggesting that he lived to be 92 or more.[7]



[1] The Seeley/Seely line is well documented by the Seeley Genealogical Society. Until recently, Obadiah was thought to be the son of Robert Seeley, who arrived in 1630 with Governor Winthrop in the Arabella. New research indicates that Obadiah was probably the son of William Seeley who was closely related to Robert. See also Jeanne Majdalany, The Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut 1641 - 1700, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1991.

[2] See Kenneth Scott, Settlers West of the Highlands, Orange County, 1715, in NYGBR, Vol 103, 1972, pp 227-232; also Samuel W Eager, History of Orange County, 1846, reprinted by Orange County Genealogical Society, 1995, pp 445-480.

[3] Deedbook B, p 197, Orange County Clerk’s Office, Goshen, NY. Viewed 12 May 1994

[4] Deedbook C, p 27

[5] E M Ruttember and L H Clark, History of Orange County, NY, 1683-1881, reprinted by Heart of the Lakes Publishing, Interlaken, NY, 1986, p 567.

[6] Orange County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol 16, p 15

[7] NY State Archives, File 54, Orange County, Goshen, 1779 tax assessments. These have never been published but this is expected soon. Samuel is found in the Poppino neighborhood with real estate assessed at 2/10—a very low figure, supporting the assumption that this is indeed the same Samuel and that he had already transferred most of his assets to his children and step-children.


Joanne Waterman Riosadded this on 31 May 2009

JaneJHonseoriginally submitted this to An Extended Wagner Family Tree on 29 May 2008 


Samuel was first of Stamford, CT. He was among the early settlers who came to Goshen, Orange Co., NY prior to 1721. It is thought that he was one of the party led by Christopher Dunn in 1712 who acquired the original tract in Orange Co, NY. It is known that at least the last 5 of his children were born in NY. His name appears on a deed in Stamford , 1724 and on deeds in Orange Co. NY. 1723-24, 1733.

His name last appears on the 1755 tax list for Orange Co.

In various documents, Samuel is stated to have been a cordwainer.

Married May 13, 1709, Stamford, CT. Charlotte Bounos(or Buenos) Popino, widow of Jean Popino (or Papineau), a French Huguenot, by whom she had a son, Peter Popino (d 1755, Salem Co, NJ) whose will was witnessed by David Seeley in1752, Salem Co, NJ.

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Samuel Seeley, Sr.'s Timeline

April 12, 1686
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
April 4, 1710
Age 23
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
March 23, 1712
Age 25
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
June 14, 1714
Age 28
Stamford, CT
July 1716
Age 30
Orange County, Province of New York, (Present USA)
Age 29
Minisink, Orange, NY, United States
Age 33
Deerpark, Orange County, Province of New York, (Present USA)
Age 37
Orange County, New York, United States
Age 92
Goshen, Orange County, New York, United States