Carol Seeley Scott’s “The Eel Catcher’s Travels” Recounts the Journey of a Remarkable Man who Considered Himself an Englishman—Both a Family Legacy and History

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Memoir Chronicles the Life and Times of Robert Seeley (1602–1667).

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In a captivating biographic account that moves tenderly between one man’s dreams and family history, author Carol Seeley Scott invites her readers to witness the life and times of Robert Seeley in The Eel Catcher’s Travels. He is a remarkable man whose life in England in the early 1600s was highlighted by eel catching exploits for ready food and ready currency—which is often used by the fen people to pay rent, pay debts and buy necessities—and later embarked on a life-changing expedition of his life.

In this engaging recollection, Scott brings to light the life and times of Robert Seeley. Told through the perspective of Robert’s son Nathaniel, this book shares his early years catching eels, and watching over his mother and ailing sister, and dreaming about moving to London, which he did. Once in London, he became an apprentice cordwainer and found the love of his life, Mary Mason. The book also narrates the couple’s journey with John Winthrop in 1630, which was part of the original Puritan expedition to Massachusetts, after which Robert became one of the original 40 settlers of Watertown where he applied his training in surveying by laying out many plots for the settlers. In 1631, he was granted freeman status.

The readers will further journey with Nathaniel as he takes Robert’s story through his enlistment on a 10-man expedition to the Connecticut River and served as Lieutenant—where he was severely wounded by an arrow to the head during the Pequot War. In Massachusetts, Robert joined his old friend’s group and helped establish the New Haven Colony in 1638. He served as New Haven’s first town marshal and lieutenant of the militia. Finally, the readers will find him returning to England for few a years until he returned to the New World and settled in the present-day Huntington, New York on Long Island and in New York City.

Written as a family legacy and designed to preserve its history, The Eel Catcher’s Travels is a powerful, spellbinding account of Robert Seeley’s eventful life. In this book, Scott has written a classic memoir, filled with photographs, that highlights the adventures of this noteworthy man whose life was a mixture of both the prosperous, settled world of Old England and the challenging, unsettled one of New England—a life not unlike that of many of everyone’s early ancestors. It is a tale that will inspire and delight readers everywhere.

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About the Author
Carol Seeley Scott is an 11th-generation descendant of Robert Seeley. She graduated from Duke University and has advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina and Winthrop University. Most of her professional years as a librarian were spent in a high school, and now, retired, she is the librarian of her retirement community. Married for almost 55 years to H.A. Scott, Jr., she has five children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grands. She enjoys family, travel, writing, and research.

THE EEL CATCHER’S TRAVELS * by Carol Seeley Scott
Robert Seeley 1602–1667
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 110 pages; 978-1-4797-3544-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 110 pages; 978-1-4797-3545-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-3546-4

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