I have a reference to a D.L. Seelye as possible father of William H. Seelye.. (don't remember where I got that.)
Yes I have the reference that he was in new jersey, upstate new york and canada.
It seems that most seelyes' moved like a clan migration, one member moved to a new area, then invited the relatives to follow after him.
I have whole groups of related families from Massachusettes to Connecticut to New York, (wyoming and chenango, and broom county)and then to Ohio,then indiana, (after a possible marriage trip into kentucky)then into illinois.Where several brothers?cousins? also lived.
Somewhere or other I think I have copies of property tax deeds with the several Seelye's.
My Seelye folks, moved from Illinois first to Grand Rapids Michigan, (possibly using a Civil War Vets land allotment.)
I have a Colley ancestor that marriedBarnabus?or was his name John Henry Seelye, and barnabus was just added by someone??This Colley ancestor fought in the 102 New York Volunteers, and it appears that there is ALSO a william henry seelye in that SAME division.. company d and g ???
So both families appear to have moved to Grand Rapids at the same time, then my family went northern michigan to work in the logging camps and then further and further north.