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and appurtenances by Charles B. and Thomas G. Poinsett and John Seiler. John and Theresa moved back to St. Wendell, IN, where John's parents had lived, sometime prior to 1872, and their next nine children were born there (three of them died there). While living in Indiana, John Seiler developed tuberculosis and became very ill. His brothers, Charles Adam and Wendel, went to Indiana and brought him and his family back to Leopold. They then sent him off to Denver, where Louisa's sister, Theresa Vaughan and family were living. It was very common at that time for “lungers”, as tuberculosis victims were known, to move to Colorado where it was believed the dry, fresh air would improve the chance for survival.

In 1890 the John Seilers appear for the first time in the Denver city directory. They were residing at 2041 Marion (the address then of the Vaughans as well as Rosina Poinsett, as noted above). In 1891 they lived at 2317 Downing Ave. From 1892 to 1896 they were on the west side of 2nd St. between Humphrey and Greeley in Highlands. Their last child, Ellnora Frances - 111 was born there. In 1897 the family was at 1423 2nd in the Perrins Subdivision. In 1898 they moved to 4023 Alcott where the family remained for several years; this two-story house, in an area just northwest of central Denver known as Highlands, still stands. (in 1902 Sarah Louisa Vaughan and brother Thomas F. Poinsett moved to the same street, just two blocks to the north.)

John Seiler - 109 (1846 - 1909) worked as a lithographer and engineer for printing companies the first three years he was in Denver. He then was a salesman for a year and then a fireman for two. In 1898 he became an oil (kerosene) dealer for about 10 years. At the time of the 1900 census his household consisted of wife Theresa, age 49, Charles H., 30, Katherine E., 24, Joseph E., 21, Rosina B., 16, and Eleanor F., 8. John was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, near Denver, adjacent to the grave of Rosina and Charles Poinsett (sec. 6, blk. 8, lot 12, MGSW).

Mary Theresa lived on at 4023 Alcott until 1923. She is listed as “Theresa” in the Denver directories and 1900 census; thus, she seems to have preferred her middle name rather than her first name. In the 1910 census Theresa is stated to be living on “own income.” When s h e d i e d i n 1 9 3 0 s h e w a s l i v i n g i n C o l o r a d o S p r i n g s , C O , p r e s u m a b l y w i t h o n e o f h e daughters, Ellnora Wittman or Rose Garvin, whose families lived there. r This notice

appeared in the Denver Post, Thursday, 26 Jun 1930: “Seiler, Mary T. at Colorado Springs, services at St. Catherine's Church, Denver, 11 a.m. Friday. Burial Mount Olivet.” She was interred 27 June in Mount Olivet cemetery west of Denver, CO, in the family lot (sec. 6, blk. 8, lot 12, SGNW) A nice monument, with John and Mary Theresa's names and dates of birth and death, marks the graves.

A bit is known about the children of John and Mary Theresa Seiler. Mary R., Veronica S., Sophia C., Mary Theresa, and Louise C. all died as infants or as young children.

Charles Herman Seiler - 110 (1870 - 1920) seems to have been in and out of Denver often.

He was living with the family at 4023 Alcott at the time of the 1900 Charles Seiler shows up in the Denver directories sporadically from as a bartender, butcher and metalworker and. living at different

census; his age was 30. 1905 to 1918, working






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