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Last Friday Capt. James E. Seeley died at his residence in Port Monmouth of pneumonia. Capt. Seeley was the pioneer of the farmers' truck transportation from Monmouth county to New York, using sloops and schooners to ship the produce to the New York markets. Afterwards he ran with success the steamboat Eagle from the plank road dock at Port Monmouth to New York. In 1851 he became connected with the Raritan and Delaware bay railroad, and he ran the Jesse Hoyt to Port Monmouth and Sandy Hook in the interest of that and other companies for twenty years. Mr. Seeley was one of the best pilots that ever crossed the lower bay. he knew every inch of it in fog or fair weather. His place was in the pilot-house in bad weather. Jim Fisk and Jay Gould, when they ran the Southern railway, were very partial to him, and frequently complimented him on his ability as a captain, and especially as a pilot. He was of very strict, sound principles, a straight Republican, and a conscientious Baptist. he leaves a widow and three sons, grown up. The Mystic Brotherhood lodge, F. and A. M., of Red Bank, of which Capt. Seeley was a member, attended the funeral and performed the rites of the order over his grave. His funeral took place on Monday at his late residence at ten o'clock A. M., and from the New Monmouth Baptist church at 10:30. his remains were interred in Fair View cemetery.
Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, November 16, 1887