CALVIN K. and J. M. Y SELLERS

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The tax list you posted contained the names C.K. SELLERS and Calvin. Those

are names I've found in my Butler Co., Ala. SELLERS research. Of course, I

don't know if the C. K. SELLERS on your list is the same one as the one in

Butler Co., but since there could be a connection, I'm sharing C. K.'s obit

and one for J.M.Y. (whom I'm assuming to be the son mentioned in C.K.'s

obit).

 

Died near Bear's Store on 23rd Mr. C. K. Sellers, father of

J. M. Y. Sellers and George and Angus Sellers of the Alabama Conference. He

died as he had lived in the faithful service of his Master. "Rest soldier

rest from thy loved employ. Thy work is done--enter thy Master's joy."

by J.R.S.

[from the Greenville Advocate of Wednesday, June 30, 1886, from a column

called Georgiana Dots]

 

[note by C. S.]

C. (Calvin) K. Sellers is buried at Providence Cemetery near Georgiana. Born

Nov. 20, 1818, Died June 23, 1886,

Private 3 Bn Ala. Res. C. S. A.

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In addition, I found some handwritten notes (unsigned) in the Sellers files

in the Greenville Ala. Public Library genie room. These notes said Calvin

was born in Brunswick Co., NC, was married to Elizabeth Talbot in Ala. in

1836 or 1837, and they had twelve children.

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A Tribute to My Friend, J.M.Y. Sellers by J.A. Reid

 

Denied by illness from attending his burial, which occurred in Oak City

Cemetery, I cannot refrain from offering this humble tribute to the memory

of my lifelong friend.

 

He was born January 22, 1848, in Montgomery County, Alabama, and died at the

home of his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Leysath, in Greenville, Ala. on March 6,

1926, being then a little more than seventy-five years of age. It was our

fortune in early life to live only a few miles apart in south Alabama. There

he was married April 5, 1868, to Miss Mary E. Casey, daughter of Dr. W. T.

Casey, a prominent physician of Alabama, and their union proved to be the

beginning of a long and ideal companionship. Five sons and six daughters

were born to them, all of whom lived to manhood and womanhood, save one

daughter, who died in Bainbridge November 24, 1901.

 

I knew him intimately as my friend in social, business, and religious life,

and never knew him to say nor do a thing that would in any way reflect on

his Christian character. He was indeed a Christian. He had his joys and

sorrows. I have walked with him under the shadows, and it was custom when

the way grew dark and the burden grew too heavy to bear, for him to turn

aside to the throne room where he had in early life enthroned his Saviour,

and there in quiet communion with Him, lay all of the problems and

perplexities of life at His feet, asking Him for guidance and strength; and

I never knew him to go away from such communion without added strength and

light and a brighter hope with which to renew life's journey. Then too, I

have seen him scale the heights of spiritual exaltation, and standing on

some bright peak, he seemed almost to catch glimpses of his future home with

its bright prospects. It was a privilege and a blessing to have had such a

lifelong friend. He did not strive for great material wealth, but rather for

Christian character for himself and for those who God had committed to his

care and training.

 

While in Alabama he conducted his farming operation, and at the same time

was in charge of the timber department of the Milner, Caldwell, and Flowers

Lumber Company of Bolling, Ala., until he served his connection at

Bainbridge with the Flint River Lumber Company, which connection he

maintained until they closed operations for want of timber. For thirty years

he was an honored citizen of this county, and for a time served as one of

its Commissioners. He was also instrumental and active in the building of

the church at Diffee, Ga., and was a member of the building committee for

the construction of the Bainbridge Methodist Church, of which he was

afterwards a Steward and an active and useful member.

 

During all of these years he was my intimate friend. As the years crept by

he grew feeble, and at last, weary with the pilgrimage, he laid down to

rest, and fell asleep. Sleep on, my friend. No discordant sound, nor even a

note of melody nor lilt of song shall disturb your peaceful slumber. Sleep

on until the voice of God shall call you into wakefulness on the

resurrection morn. Then shall you wake in His likeness. To his loved ones he

has left in his life and character a richer heritage than any material

legacy. And now that his useful Christian life has ended--

Go, bury thy sorrow, the world has its share;

Go, bury it deeply; go hide it with care;

Go, think of it calmly, when curtained by night;

Go, tell it ot Jesus, and all will be right.

J. A. Reid

[from the Greenville Advocate April 7, 1926]

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J. M.Y. Sellers Dies Saturday Night

 

About 12:00 Saturday night, J.M.Y. Sellers "Uncle Joe," as he was called by

a great many loved ones, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. W. A. Leysath

in this city. For many months the deceased had been a great sufferer and at

times his life hung by a thread. A few days ago the prevailing epidemic,

flu, attacked him, and in his feeble condition he succumbed. He was 79 years

of age.

 

Mr. Sellers was reared in Butler Co. [Ala.] and when almost a boy, was

engaged by the Confederate government in collecting from the farmers their

ten percent of the crops, to be used for the army. Mr. D. G. Dunklin was in

charge of the "Tax in Kind" department, and one-tenth of everything grown,

or hogs and cattle raised, had to be turned over to him for the sustenance

of the soldiers. After the war, Mr. Sellers married and was a prominent

farmer in the southern part of the county. He was always a Christian, and

early in life connected himself with the Methodist church, and was a leader

in it until ill health prevented active work. He lived and died in the

faith. A good man as everyone who ever knew him will testify.

 

In his old age he had been living first with one and then with another of

his children, making his headquarters with his daughter in Bainbridge, Ga.

He came to Greenville on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. W. A. Leysath, some

months ago, when he became ill and has been here ever since.

 

Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter Sunday afternoon at

3:30 and the body carried to Bainbridge, Ga. for burial. Rev. D.H. McNeal

officiating. A large number of citizens were present to pay their respects

to him.

 

He is survived by his widow and a number of children, all of whom are grown

with families of their own.

 

The deceased was a very prominent citizen of this county and at one time was

a candidate for the State Senate on the Democratic ticket. It was the time

when the Populist party was in the ascendancy, and he was defeated. That was

the only time he ever entered politics, and he did not seek that office; it

was thrust upon him.

[from the Greenville Advocate of March 10, 1926]

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Hope this helps someone.

Cheryll Sumner <Irishsttr2@aol.com>

Two of my SELLERS connections are a great aunt Victoria Black who married

Willie E. Sellers in 1891 and a gg-aunt Eliza Jane Brooks who married Duncan

T. Sellers in 1869, both in Butler Co., Ala.. I believe you've posted some

of my info on them on the Butler County, AL page.