Verifying which "David Seelye/Seeley" was in Revolutionary War?

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I need some help on where to look to verify which of the two David Seelye/Seeley was in the Revolutionary War Muster Rolls. David b.1731 [[Seelye-13|David Seelye]] or David Jr. b.1762 [[Seelye-168|David Seelye]]  Muster Rolls have him from 1775-1778. Yes, that would have made the younger one 13, but that was not unknown during the early wars.  Muster rolls do not have his age.  


*don't know why it isn't linking?* sigh.
in Genealogy Help by Elizabeth Dallmann G2G6 (9.2k points)
edited by Elizabeth Dallmann
If it is of any help, the DAR online ancestor database shows only one David Seeley, born “ante 1751,” in Queensbury, NY. The DAR uses Seeley as a standard spelling; when searching for Seelye nothing is returned, and the spelling Seeley is recommended. Your David Seelye’s are both from Connecticut, so are probably different men.
Yes, I have several genealogical papers and biographies which list the descendents through Robert Seeley.  For some reason David Sr. father, John Seelye changed the spelling.  All the documents from New Medford and Fairfield, CT have the "Seelye" spelling.  There was a line through New Jersey that spelled it Seeley.  Also, by the time the family gets to Michigan they are spelling it Seely in some documents.  The Michigan link are my ancestors.  So, the Ebenezer listed on the DAR born in Fairfield, is David's Sr. older brother.  So the document I have may be David Sr.  Thank you for referring me to DAR.
There may be value in looking at a DAR application, they are available for purchase. Unfortunately, I have no insight on which of the several available would be the best to get. Probably one with a documentation file, but again which one?
What was helpful was their records under genealogical research and Revolutionary War.  I was able to dig through the digital records and read the originals which did show a "David Seelye" that was not in the applications.  I'm still researching as to which generation it is.  But you helped me find a source I had not considered.  Again, thank you.
Best of luck in your search!

BTW: we are apparently 11th cousins, once removed.

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I did a search on Fold3 and found Muster Rolls listing David Seeley/Seelye as a member of the 7th Connecticut Regiment. I can send you the information if you send me your email address.
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (509k points)

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