Source: History of Whiteside County, Illinois
Edited by Charles Bent
Morrison, Illinois 1877
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Alexander J. Seely came to Portland with his brother Norman. He worked at his trade, that of blacksmithing, until November, 1838, when he got into a difficulty with an Indian, and the latter was killed. He secreted himself in cornfields for a time, and finally succeeded in leaving the country. He went to Texas, was in the war with Mexico, and was taken a prisoner and probably killed. He married Philene Blackmore. Their children were Jennette and Robette, who are now married and living in Michigan. Mrs. Seely afterwards married Chauncey Van Duzen.