EASTON — The hand-painted Americana mural on a wall of the pale yellow antique farmhouse at 136 Sport Hill Road in Lower Easton depicts a sailing ship. It’s a fitting object considering this is the Ezra Seeley House, c. 1803.
Erza Seeley was a descendant of Robert Seeley, who was among the early settlers of the land that would later become America. According to several online sources including the Seeley Genealogical Society, Robert Seeley sailed on one of the ships that was part of the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. These settlers “abandoned their homes and farms (in England), and made a perilous Atlantic passage to settle in an unknown wilderness … spurred on by a compelling need to pursue their religion free from the persecution of the Crown-Church of England. … The survivors established township democracies that thrived for two centuries, and were the basis of our American ideal of democratic government,” according to the website for the not-for-profit John Winthrop Society.