SEES, William Edwards, eldest son of David and Ann Fell (Edwards) Sees, was born in Harrisburg, February 3, 1832. His education was received in the common schools of his native place, and early in life commenced to learn the business of coach trimming with his father, who was a skilled workman, and became in time a good mechanic. He was a member and an officer of the old Friendship Fire Company, of Harrisburg, noted for his efficiency and daring, and twice came very near losing his life in endeavoring to save the property of others, once at a fire in the United States Hotel, and again at the cotton factory. When the war for the Union broke out, he enlisted as a private in the three months' service. In 1862 he was commissioned captain in the new Eleventh Pennsylvania, three years' service, but his health failing him, he was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability. On April 19, 1855, he married Mary Catherine Kunkel, of Baltimore, Md. She died on February 27, 1856, leaving one son, David. On September 13, 1857, he married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Jonathan and Julia Ann (Mowrer) Chandler. Captain Sees died October 5, 1865, of consumption contracted in the army, and left one daughter by the second marriage, Catherine. The Rev. Charles A. Hay, D. D., pastor of Zion's Lutheran church, published a memoir of Captain Sees, detailing his religious life and experience, which is quite interesting.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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