Robert James Seely 1886-1963

Robert James SEELY is Ben’s Great Grandfather. He was born on 13 November 1886 in Greenwich, London. He is the son of John Herbert SEELY & Mary Ann GALLEHAWK.

1901 Census

In 1901, Robert James SEELY was 14 years old and living at home at 67 church Street, Greenwich1 with his mother Mary Ann SEELY, a widow. He had 2 brothers, John and Jesse, and a sister Ada.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Mary Ann SEELYHeadWidow44Shop keeper (sweets etc)Deptford, London
John Herbert SEELYSonSingle19Lingdale, Yorkshire
Ada SEELYDaughterSingle16Greenwich, London
Robert James SEELYSon14Greenwich, London
Jesse Alfred SEELYSon11Greenwich, London

1911 Census

In 1911, Robert James SEELY was 24 and single and living at 5 Blandford Road, Beckenham, Kent2. His sister Ada was living with him along with her husband Arthur HARRINGTON and a child May BOOKER. Robert James SEELY was a hairdresser.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriagePersonal OccupationWhere Born
Robert James SEELYHead24SingleHairdresserGreenwich, London
Ada HARRINGTONSister26Married 4 yearsGreenwich, London
May BOOKERNurse child Boarder3Walthamstow, Essex
Arthur HARRINGTONBrother in law27MarriedBaker (journeyman)Walworth, London


Robert James SEELY and Mabel Kate MARLOW were married on 14 July 1915 at St George’s Church, Beckenham, Kent3. One of the witnesses of the marriage was Sarah Ann STEVENS, which was the name of Sarah Ann House SINGLETON (Mabel’s mother) during her 3rd marriage to Walter STEVENS.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
14 July 1915Robert James SEELY28BachelorHairdresser5 Blandford Road, BeckenhamJohn Herbert SEELYForeman straw wharf (deceased)
Mabel Kate MARLOW20Spinster187 Beckenham Road, BeckenhamJames Thomas MARLOWCarriage cleaner (deceased)
Witnesses: Sarah Annie STEVENS & Ernest MASON

1939 Register

In 1939, Robert and Mabel SEELY were still living at 5 Blandford Road, Beckenham, Kent4. They had 2 children living with them (whose records are closed). They had 3 children in total, 1 had died at birth.

Surnames and Other NamesM or FDate of BirthS M W or DPersonal Occupation
Robert J SEELYM13 November 1886MGents Hairdresser
Mabel K SEELYF07 November 1894MUnpaid domestic duties
Record closed
Record closed
Robert James SEELY & Mabel Kate MARLOW


Robert James SEELY died on 17 November 1963 at General Hospital, Margate, aged 775. His daughter Maisie HOPKINS was the informant of his birth.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeOccupationCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
17 November 1963. General Hospital MargateRobert James SEELYMale77 years81 Bobmays, Canterbury Road, Cliffs End, Ramsgate. Gentlemens Hairdresser (retired)1a. Left ventricular failure
b. Coronary thrombosis
c. Arterio Sclerosis
M HOPKINS. Daughter. 106 Thanet Road, Ramsgate18 November 1963

Family Members:

Wife:Mabel Kate MARLOW 1894-1968
Father:John Herbert SEELY 1856-1892
Mother:Mary Ann GALLEHAWK 1856-1930

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  1. Census Records. England. Greenwich, London. 01 April 1901. SEELY, Mary Ann (head). ED 01. PN 536. FN 5. p. 1. SN 1. : accessed 23 December 2021.
  2. Census Records. England. Beckenham, Kent. 02 April 1911. SEELY, Robert James (head). RD 42. ED 19. PN 3672. : accessed 23 December 2021.
  3. Marriages (CR) England. Beckenham, Kent. 14 July 1915. SEELY, Robert James and MARLOW, Mabel Kate. Entry no. 295.
  4. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Beckenham, Kent. SULY [SEELY], Robert J. 29 September 1939. CJBP 42-3 9/ 4/ 2. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register. : accessed 09 December 2021.
  5. Deaths (CR) England. Margate, Kent. 17 November 1963. SEELY, Robert James. Entry no. 412.


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