George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy written March 20, 1862 from Savannah, Tennessee. Letter is damaged, missing a portion of the paper.

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Title

George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy written March 20, 1862 from Savannah, Tennessee. Letter is damaged, missing a portion of the paper.

Description

George A. Sealy was born in the town Castle Cary, Somersetshire, England, May 11, 1841 to Richard Sealy (born c. 1804 in South Welton, England) and Maria Louisa Champion Sealy (born c. 1803 in Wells, England). His family (including 2 brothers & 1 sister) moved to Rochester, New York around 1843. They later moved to Geneva, NY and final settled in Rockford, IL in 1855. He and his 2 brothers served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. George (along with brother Robert) served in Company G, 45th Illinois Volunteers. He enlisted September 17, 1861 as a private and was later promoted to sergeant by his brother Robert. He was involved in both the siege and the occupation of Vicksburg, and was mustered out July 12, 1865. He married twice. His first wife was Jennie A. Paxson, who died of consumption at age 33 May 4, 1876. His second wife was Fannie E. Zimmerman (died in 1908), whom he married August 5, 1877 in Winnebago County. After the war, George worked for Emerson, Talcott and Co. in Rockford, acting as their superintendent. Upon leaving Talcott Emerson in 1896 he spent a short while working for Henry Sears Cutlery in Chicago before retiring the next year and moving to San Jose, CA. It was there he passed in November 15, 1909 suddenly, while dancing at a social gathering.

Creator

George Sealy

Date

March 20, 1862

Rights

Midway Village Museum

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Identifier

2013.70.66

Original Format

Letter

Citation

George Sealy, “George Sealy to his father Richard Sealy written March 20, 1862 from Savannah, Tennessee. Letter is damaged, missing a portion of the paper.,” Midway Village Museum - Digital Collections, accessed July 29, 2021, https://midwayvillagemuseumdigitalcollections.omeka.net/items/show/57.

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