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Deborah Hopkins Seelye Millard
Birth: May 20, 1795
Washington County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 1854
Niagara County
New York, USA

Deborah & Oliver were married on his birthday in 1816 and relocated to Lockport, Niagara, New York. She was the daughter of Capt. Nehemiah Seelye and Mary Amelia Hopkins who were originally from New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut and relocated to Kingsbury, Washington, NY where they are both buried in the Kingsbury Hamlet Cemetery.

Deborah moved with her husband and young son Junius Ashley (age 1 year) to Lockport, Niagara Co., NY in 1817 where Oliver had been hired to build bridges over the Erie Canal, he constructed the bridge known as "Millard's Bridge" over the Canal near his homestead site. His Uncle Almond Hopkins was the sheriff of Lockport at the time Deborah & Oliver L. Millard arrived to settle in Lockport.

Children of Deborah Hopkins (Seeley)were:

1. Junius Ashley Millard
b. Nov 26, 1816 Hampton,Washington, NY
d. March 7, 1900, Hersey, Osceloa, Michigan
Buried next to his wife in Elmwood Cemetery, Wayland,
Allegan, Mi. His wife was Narcissa Balch (Harroun)

2. Mary Amelia Millard
b. 1818 Lockport, NY - d. 1883 Somerset, NY.
Married 1838 to Alexander Campbell
they lived in Newfane, Niagara, NY
Produced 12 children

3. John Jay Leonard Millard
1820 Lockport, NY. (died young)

4. DeWitt Clinton Millard
b. 1823 Lockport - d. 1886 Lockport
Married in 1849 Angeline Lounsbury/Lounsberry
Produced 6 children.
Buried next to O.L. & Deborah (Seelye) Millard in the
Gasport - Union Cem. Royalton Center, NY.

5. Cornelia Hortense Millard
b. 1830 Lockport, NY - d. 1906
m. Gaston J. Bangham 1827-1905.
parents of 4 children.

Following Deborah's death at the age of 46, Oliver married second to Electa (Seelye) Clark, the widow of Byron Garrett Clark. Electa was the niece of Deborah Hopkins (Seelye) Millard. Electa, was the daughter of Benjamin & Eunice (Barnham) Seelye originally from from Hampton, Washington, NY but later relocated to Rose, Wayne, NY.

The Hopkins line behind Oliver's wife Deborah Hopkins Seelye back through her mother Mary Amelia Hopkins (wife of Capt Nehemiah Seelye) follows to the Mayflower Giles/Stephen Hopkins line through their descendant Joseph & Mary (Berry) Hopkins. Deborah's Hopkins line also goes directly to Mayflower passenger Patience Brewster through the Freeman family lines and also to the Brewster parents William & Mary Love (Wentworth) Brewster also Mayflower passengers. DNA VERIFIED.

The Hopkins line on the Millard side of this family goes to John Hopkins of Cambridge (1634)who many claim MAY have been a son of Stephen Hopkins and his 1st wife, and half-brother to Giles/Gyles Hopkins but there certainly is NO concrete documentation available to prove that John of Cambridge was actually an older son of the Mayflower Stephen Hopkins. DNA VERIFIED.

Deborah's Mother - Mary Amelia (Hopkins) Seelye in the later twenties (1820) drove a chaise from her Kingsbury, Washington, NY home across the country to visit her son Joseph Seelye in Rose, Wayne, NY and then on farther to her daughter, Deborah Millard in Lockport, NY. The chaise was the first covered vehicle seen in Niagara County. She left it with the Millard family and returned home to Kingsbury, Washington, NY via the Erie Canal packet.

Information in the County History office at Lockport, Niagara Co, NY on Oliver Leonard Millard born 2-24-1793 Hampton, Washington Co, NY buried Orangeport, Niagara Co, NY married Deborah Seelye on 2-24-1816. She was born 5-20-1795 Kingsbury, Washington Co, NY and is buried at Royalton Center, Gasport Cemetery, Niagara Co, NY. They came to Lockport, NY 1817 where Oliver's uncle Almon H. Millard had located and purchased 2000 acres of land along the track where the Erie Canal would be built.

The children of Oliver & Deborah were:Junius Ashley Millard b. 11-16-1816 Hampton, Washington Co, NY, Mary Amelia Hopkins Millard b 8-30-1818, John Jay Leonard Millard b 9-13-1820 died young, Dewitt Clinton Millard, b 11-13-1823, Cornilia Hortense Millard (called Hortense) born 12-8-1828.

Deborah was born in Kingsbury, Washington, NY and was the daughter of Captain Nehemiah Seelye and Mary Amelia Hopkins who were originally from Litchfield, CT and moved to Kingsbury, Washington, New York early in the Revolutionary War. Nehemiah & Mary Seelye are buried in the Kingsbury Cemetery located at Route 4 and Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, NY They are in the front row to the left when looking at the cemetery from the road. They are easy to find but their tombstones are in extremely bad shape.

Family links: 
  Nehemiah Lewis Seelye (1743 - 1802)
  Mary Amelia Hopkins Seelye (1750 - 1834)
  Oliver Leonard Millard (1793 - 1877)
  Junius Ashley Millard (1816 - 1900)*
  Benjamin Seelye (1773 - 1854)**
  Joseph Seelye (1777 - 1854)**
  Deborah Hopkins Seelye Millard (1795 - 1854)
  Deborah Hopkins Seeley Millard (1795 - 1854)**
*Calculated relationship
Orangeport Union Cemetery
Royalton Center
Niagara County
New York, USA
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Record added: Apr 29, 2013
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Deborah Hopkins <i>Seelye</i> Millard
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Deborah Hopkins <i>Seelye</i> Millard
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