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Subject: Re: [ NB ] The History of Moncton's Elmwood Cemetery
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 06:03:46 -0400
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Morning, Jared...

Thank you so much for the additional information, I had the 1901 and 1911 census records for Fred and family, in 1911 Carlos is Grandpa and not sure where he got the name but he was Carlos Boynton Seelye born 1902.

The rest of the information is new to me, although Rev. Fred did have at least three wives...the wife Minnie is noted on the marriage record as an adopted daughter of Robert Manzer, but she is also listed as Minnie Hallett.   Interesting but one day I will solve the whole riddle...looking at retirement and hopefully will find the extra time then .

Again thanks for sharing with me.

Bev Sumpter

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Subject: Re: [ NB ] The History of Moncton's Elmwood Cemetery

Not sure what the actual response was supposed to be... However, I
earched on PANB and found Fred B. Seelye listed as buried in the St
eorge Rural Cemetery in Charlotte County, NB. Listed as Seelye, Fred B.
Rev), 1864 - 1949. Bit of a trek from there to Elmwood Cemetery, one
ould suppose.
There are approximately 30 SEELYEs buried at St George Rural, by PANB
ccounting. Two using the SEELEY spelling variant.
1901 Canada Census has Frederick and his wife Minnie living in New
aryland, York County, NB.
3 27 28 Seelye Rev. Frederick B. M Head M Aug 7 1864 36 b. Nova Scotia
28 28 Seelye Minnie M. F Wife M Dec 25 1870 30
29 28 Seelye Adelia R. F Daughter S Aug 8 1896 4
30 28 Seelye Janet L. F Daughter S Apr 2 1898 2
1911 Canada Census for Norton Parish, Kings & Albert Co, NB:
24 78 Seelye F. B., Rev. M Head M Aug 1864 46 1901 b. NB
5 78 Seelye Addie S. F Wife M Mar 1862 49 1901
6 78 Seelye Ada R. F Daughter S Apr 1896 15 1901
7 78 Seelye Jennie L. F Daughter S Apr 1898 13 1901
8 78 Seelye Carlos B. M Son S Jun 1903 8 1901
Frederick married Minnie M. Hallet, 14-Aug-1895, York Co, NB.
1881 Canada Census for St George, Charlotte Co, NB:
Orange SEELY M Male English 71 N. B. <New Brunswick> Farmer
Jane SEELY M Female Irish 64 Ireland Baptist
Jane SEELY Female English 26 N. B. <New Brunswick> Baptist
Clara SEELY Female English 22 N. B. <New Brunswick> Catholic
Alice SEELY Female English 20 N. B. <New Brunswick> Baptist
Hattie SEELY Female English 18 N. B. <New Brunswick> Baptist
Fredrick SEELY Male English 16 N. B. <New Brunswick> Baptist
That would be Orange Seelye, Jr., son of Orange Seelye, Sr. and Rachel
illiken. Orange Sr. b. 05-Feb-1767, New Milford, CT, and Rachel b.
5-May-1775, Ellsworth, ME.
Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 101 Number 176
Date September 4 1895
ounty Saint John
lace Saint John
ewspaper Messenger and Visitor
The language of the text is the original used in the newspaper entry and
s transcribed by Daniel F. Johnson. Records acquired by the Provincial
rchives are not translated from the language in which they originate.
m. At residence of Robert MANZER, Mount Hope (York Co.) Aug. 14, by Rev.
.D. Freeman, Frederick B. SEELYE, pastor of the Baptist church at Baillie
Charlotte Co.) / Minnie M. HALLET, adopted d/o Robert Manzer.
If searching on PANB Newspaper Stat (Johnson), there is a fairly long and
etailed article on the family written in 1878, which can be found
earching on Orange SEELYE.
On Orange Seelye, Sr.'s death:
Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 6 Number 219
Date March 21 1835
ounty Saint John
lace Saint John
ewspaper New Brunswick Courier
The language of the text is the original used in the newspaper entry and
s transcribed by Daniel F. Johnson. Records acquired by the Provincial
rchives are not translated from the language in which they originate.
d. St. George, 20th ult., Orange SEELYE, age 68, came with his father
ustus SEELYE one of the Loyalists in 1783.
So, given the family's ties to Charlotte County, and specifically St
eorge, it would not be surprising to see Rev. Fred being buried in that
articular cemetery.
I found no indications of any burial in Elmwood Cemetery, however, given
e was a minister and did move around a bit, I'd not be surprised if there
as some sort of memorial at that cemetery.

> To: ; > Date: Tue, 18 Mar
> 2008 06:25:27 -0400> From: > Subject: Re: [ NB ] The
> History of Moncton's Elmwood Cemetery> > Heather....> > Thank you for
> sharing, I think my great grandfather, Rev. Frederick B. Seelye is
> buried in this cemetery.? I know he is buried in Moncton and I know he
> died in 1949.> > Bev Sumpter> (originally from Glenholme, NS and now
> living in Maryland)> > > -----Original Message-----> From: Heather
> Waddingham <>> To: NB Rootsweb Mailing List
> <>> Sent: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 6:01 pm> Subject:
> [ NB ] The History of Moncton's Elmwood Cemetery> > > > Hi List: > > I
> just found this in the on line edition of today's Moncton Transcript. I
> am > sure others will find it as interesting as I did :) > > Elmwood
> Cemetery still has space for next 30-50 years> Moncton graveyard has
> been final resting place for an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 > of our
> ancestors By Brent Mazerolle> Times & Transcript Staff > Published
> Monday March 17th, 2008 > Appeared on page A7> It's been there so long,
> we almost cease to see it, this vast and pretty place > where so many of
> our loved ones lie.> For everyone in Metro Moncton, the Elmwood Cemetery
> has just always been with > us. And for a committed few in our community
> is the work of ensuring it always > will be.> Spanning maybe a fifth of
> the old village of Sunny Brae, the Moncton graveyard > is the final
> resting place for am estimated 25,000 to 30,000 of our ancestors > and
> our contemporaries. And though most of us don't like to think about
> these > things, the cemetery's ranks should grow by a few thousand more
> before the last > available burying ground is filled, in an estimated 30
> to 50 years.> That may come as a surprise to people. There's a popular
> misconception that the > cemetery is already filled but for family plots
> already purchased.> That's not true, especially as the cemetery's
> non-profit board looks to > installing more columbaria for the interment
> of ashes.> "The future looks like more cremations," said Wendell
> LeBlanc, the cemetery's > president. Meanwhile, there are plans to keep
> the non-profit organization that > runs the cemetery going further into
> the future than most of us can imagine, > assuring the care and upkeep
> of this community sacred place for perpetuity. > Indeed there is even,
> if you will, a sequel in the works. The board will one day > begin the
> development of lands it owns further out McLaughlin Road, as the >
> available space in the first graveyard dwindles.> "We have almost 100
> acres just north of the Trans-Canada," LeBlanc said. Of > that, 40 acres
> lies directly between the north of Highway 2 (the Trans Canada >
> Highway) and the brook that runs through the area. He said that land,
> east of > McLaughlin, would likely be developed first.> While the board
> continues to always look to the future with the solemn duty of >
> maintaining what it has inherited -- the main source of the cemetery's
> income is > the sale of more plots -- the rest of the community can look
> at this admittedly > sad place with a certain satisfaction.> This
> triangle of earth and solid stone fanning north from Massey Avenue
> drives a > narrow wedge of timelessness into a flickering broadband
> world. While it brings > some reassuring sense of eternity to our
> ephemeral lives, the Elmwood Cemetery > also offers us a treasure trove
> of our community's past. Most of the people who > built the community
> are buried there, their family names -- our family names -- > found in
> there among the thousands of grave markers, if you look long enough.>
> The monuments, family vaults and grave markers reflect the names of past
> mayors, > early settlers, prominent business owners, politicians and
> countless others who > have contributed significantly to Moncton's
> history. Among the family names: > Harris, Steadman, Lutes, Lutz,
> Trites, Torrie, Humphrey, Jones, Peters, Rand, > Parlee, Lea, Dunlap,
> Cole, Sumner, Wheeler, Colpitts, Crandall and Robinson.> There are also
> Civil War soldiers, Second World War British pilots, performers > killed
> in the notorious wreck of the Barnes Circus train.> Finding them all is
> admittedly a challenge, which is why the cemetery's staff > has been
> digitizing the names for several years now, electronically backing up >
> dusty documents and hand-drawn maps.> The first burials in Moncton were
> made in what was known as "The Old Cemetery" > which was located where
> Chateau Moncton, on Main St., now stands today. Later on > in
> approximately 1821, the Free Meeting House Cemetery was established and
> many > of the early burials were transferred to this cemetery.> The
> first recorded burial in The Moncton Rural Cemetery was made in 1835, >
> however it is known that many burials go back before this date. A
> portion of the > property now known as Elmwood Cemetery was part of a
> land grant given to > Christian Trites, one of the original settlers who
> arrived in 1766.> Although a ridge was designated for use by
> Episcopalians in 1873, the Elmwood > Cemetery is open to all
> denominations.> New Brunswick's Historic Places Initiative has
> recognized the significance of > the cemetery, designating it as one of
> our historic places.> The initiative's provincial registrar Lawren
> Campbell says the Elmwood Cemetery > was designated not just because of
> who is there, but also for the place itself. > It is a good example of
> rural cemetery design and landscaping, particularly as > it relates to a
> distinct period in North America's history.> The older sections to the
> south include carved obelisks, elaborate family > vaults, elevated plots
> and significantly mature trees. Although the plots in the > newer
> sections of the cemetery are efficiently arranged, the arrangement of
> the > older plots was determined more so by prominence of the individual
> or family > than by spatial efficiency.> This is a typical element of
> New England cemetery design that arose in the early > to mid-19th
> century. Previously, graveyards were desolate, frightening places, > the
> stuff of nightmares. Devoid of trees or grass, they were more like town
> > dumping grounds. Vandals and vagrants hid in them. Markers were
> engraved with > death's heads and skeletons. Graves were often left open
> to make room for more > coffins. The living hesitated to walk past them,
> much less enter to pay their > respects to the dead.> Then in 1831
> Boston residents founded Mount Auburn Cemetery, the nation's first >
> "rural" or "garden" cemetery. It was first to use the term cemetery,
> from the > Greek koimeterion for "place of sleep," rather than burial
> ground.> Thus began a phase of actually designing cemeteries as places
> for the living as > well as the dead. Set in natural country landscapes,
> with trees and flowers, > paths and ponds, hills and dells, they were
> places the living could come to for > reflection and to honour their
> loved ones.> The Elmwood Cemetery particularly where it all began at the
> junction of Elmwood > and McLaughlin, fits this design philosophy in
> every detail but the ponds.> And while cemeteries often evolved on the
> grounds of churches, In Elmwood's > case, the cemetery came first and
> then the church. A brick chapel, complete with > gothic arched windows,
> was built in the late 1920s and still exists just inside > the formal
> main gates, though it is now used over the winter months as a vault >
> for the deceased awaiting spring burial.> For many years, the cemetery
> was also home to the living. In 1881, the first > caretaker's cottage
> was built, and occupied by the cemetery's first > superintendent, Edward
> Birch.> - This article owes research debts to The Moncton Museum, The
> Historic Places > Initiative and the Elmwood Cemetery Company.> > >
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