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THOMAS SELLERS 1800/

Allen Davenport SELLERS
Sarah Jane COON
Eliza Adaline SALISBURY
George MASON
 
 

Allen Davenport SELLERS was born 13 Nov 1833, in Crawford County, Indiana, the fifth child and second son of Thomas SELLERS and Diadama CURTIS.   Crawford County is located on the southern edge of Indiana, about midway east and west, with its southeast corner touching the Ohio River.

Allen’s daughter, Didama, stated in 1935, “father people come from Scotland.”

In a letter written by Mrs Amanda PECKENPAUGH, daughter of Alfred SELLERS, who was Allen’s cousin, of Smithland, Iowa, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 5 Jan 1934, she stated, “All I can say to the nationality of the SELLARS family - They were Penn Dutch.”   Pennsylvania Dutch were actually Germans, since the original term was Pennsylvania Deutsch.

In another letter written by Rose E. THOMAS, also a daughter of Alfred SELLERS, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 31 Jul (probably about 1934), she stated, “I have no way of knowing about the relationship of the SELLERS that came here from Germany - but I do know our Father’s people were of German decent.

Allen Davenport SELLERS’ mother, Diadama, died presumably in 1841, when Allen was about eight years old, possibly associated with the birth of Allen’s younger brother, Nelson.   Thomas SELLERS (widower, about 41 years old) married Mary (Polly) Curtis SELLERS (widow, about 49 years old) 2 Jun 1842, in Brown County, Ohio.   Mary was the widow of Thomas’ brother, Peter SELLERS, and the sister of Allen’s mother.

Allen’s upbringing was probably typical of an Indiana farm boy in the early to mid-1800s, with the added aspect of being very close to a major thoroughfare, the Ohio River.

About 1848, the Thomas SELLERS family moved from Crawford County, Indiana, to Warren County, Illinois, quite possibly drawn by friends and relatives.   The PECKENPAUGHs and the PARKERs had lived there from the mid 1830s.  Warren County is located near the western edge of Illinois at about the same latitude as the southeast corner of Iowa.  Their farm was located about eight miles east of Monmouth and six miles southwest of Galesburg, near Cameron.

The 1850 Federal Census for Warren County, Illinois included an entry for the Thomas SELLARS family.  It consisted of Thomas, age 51, born in KY; Mary, age 57, born in NY; George W., age 19; Allen D., age 17; Jane, age 13; and Francis M., age 10.  All the children were born in Indiana.  Living two houses away was the family of Alfred SELLERS, age 28, born in Ohio, the son of Peter SELLERS, and therefore also son of Thomas’ second wife, Mary, as well as being Allen’s cousin, and his step brother.   The whereabouts of Mary’s other son, William, is unknown.

Thomas SELLERS moved to Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, as early as 1853.  It is located on the western edge of Iowa, just north of Omaha, Nebraska, and Thomas SELLERS was among the first to locate there.

In a later sketch of Alfred SELLERS, Allen’s cousin, the following comments were included.  “Alfred SELLERS, who is numbered among the pioneer band who sought for themselves a home in this goodly portion of Iowa, has been a resident of Harrison County, since 1853 and hence a short sketch of his career is truly befitting in this connection.  He is now a resident of section 21, Union Township.  He first settled at Union Grove, where he became a “squatter.”  He and his uncle (Thomas SELLERS) bought out some old Mormon claims, upon which had been erected log cabins, and a few acres of hazle-brush land under cultivation.  Here our subject remained with his uncle about three years, and then purchased eighty acres of land...”

Allen D. SELLERS, 20 years old,  acquired 40 acres of land from the government on 17 Feb 1854.  It was described as the northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 19, in Township 79, North of Range 41 West.  The date of the patent was 15 Oct 1855.   It was located in what became Cass Township, just north of Union Township.  Concerning this piece of property, a man named Jacob SERVIS filed an affidavit on 6 Jul 1915, that he knew Allen D. SELLERS.  The actual affidavit was not available for perusal, so its exact nature is unknown, but it is filed in Book 315, page 130.

The 1854 state census listed the Thomas SELLERS family in Lagrange Township, and it included two males and one female.   Allen, age 20, was probably not living at home, nor was he found anywhere else in Harrison County.  He should have been living in Cass Township, where he owned property.

Allen D. SELLERS sold 40 acres land on 9 November 1854, to Stephen KING for $200.00, described as the northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 19 of Township 79 North of Range 41 West, located in Cass Township, Harrison County, Iowa, about 6 ½ miles east of Logan.   Cass Township is located just north of Union Township.

Allen SELLERS bought land from Edwin T. and Sentha A. HARDEN, on 21 March 1855, for $50.00.  It was described as Lots 85, 86, 88, 89, 112,113, 121, and 122 in the Town of Calhoun, Calhoun Township, Harrison County, Iowa.   Calhoun Township lies just north of Missouri Valley, and northwest of Union Township.

On 20 March 1855, Allen D. SELLERS sold land to Irving G. GATES, for $50.00.  It was described as Lots 88 and 89 in the Town of Calhoun.

Allen Davenport SELLERS, almost 22 years old,  and Sarah Jane COON, 19 years old, were married 15 Oct 1855, in Harrison County, Iowa, by a Justice of the Peace.   The exact place is unknown.

Sarah Jane COON, born 20 Feb 1836, in Hardin County, Ohio, was the second daughter, and fourth of nine children born to Samuel COON and Lilly Ann ROGERS.   Hardin County is located in the northwest section of Ohio, its main city being Kenton, lying east of Lima and south of Findlay.  Samuel had moved to Iowa by 1844, and to Pottawattamie County, later Harrison County, by 1848.  The 1851 state census for Pottawattamie County, Iowa included the family of Samuel COONS, which consisted of Samuel, age 48; Lilly A., age 40; John, age 16; Sarah, age 15; Jacob, age 13; Lucinda, age 9; Joseph, age 3; and Susannah, age 1.   The 1854 State Census for Magnolia Township, Harrison County included the family of Samuel COON, consisting of three males (probably Samuel, Jacob, and Joseph) and two females (probably Lilley Ann and Susan).  Two of the males were old enough to vote.   Magnolia Township borders Calhoun Township to the north.  The whereabouts of Sarah Jane has not been determined.  By 1860, the Samuel COON family was living in Jackson Township, Harrison County.

It is not known how Allen and Sarah Jane met.  After marriage they presumably took up residence in the village of Calhoun where Allen owned property.

Child #1, Samantha Jane SELLERS was born 13 Jan 1856, in Harrison County, Iowa, probably in the village of Calhoun.

The family of Allen D. SELLERS was listed on the 1856 state census living in Harrison County (no township given), Iowa.  It consisted of Allen D., age 21, born in Indiana; Sarah J., age 19, born in Ohio; and Zamantha J., age 3 months, born in Iowa.  Allen was identified as a “native voter” and eligible for the militia.  He was a farmer and the only agricultural statistic reported was 11 tons of hay.

On 10 July 1856, Allen D. and Sarah J. SELLERS sold land to Irving G. GATES, for $80.00.  The parcel was described as Lots 112 and 113, in the Town of Calhoun.

Allen D. and Sarah Jane SELLERS sold land to Daniel BROWN on 11 November 1856, for $125.00.  It was described as Lots 85 and 86 in the old Plat of the Town of Calhoun.

On the same day they sold Lots 121 and 122 to Andrew HALL, for $100.00.

Sarah Jane SELLERS stated that children # 2 and 3, William Allen and Mary Alice SELLERS (twins) were born 28 Jan 1858, in Harrison County, Iowa.   Another record, dated 25 May 1927, and, therefore, given by William in his lifetime,  stated he was born 28 Jan 1862, in Harrison County.   In yet another record, William gave his birth date as 28 Jan 1859, and place as Unionburg, Harrison County, Iowa.   However, at the time of the 1860 census (the closest public record to their birth), they were both listed as two years old, so the 1858 birth year is presumed correct.

Allen D. and Sarah J. SELLERS sold 80 acres of land to Ezekiel DOWNS, on 25 August 1858.  It was described as the west half of the northeast quarter of Section 27, Township 78 North of Range 42 West, located in Union Township, about ½ mile southwest of Unionburgh Post Office.   Harrison County land records do not contain any mention of the purchase of this parcel by Allen SELLERS.  Curiously, the same sale, with the same volume and page reference, same date, and same buyer, lists the grantor (seller) as Thomas SELLERS and wife, not Allen SELLERS.   Either the Transfer Book is wrong or the Deed Book is wrong.  It is presumed Thomas gave the land to them without recording the transfer.

At the time of the 1860 Federal Census, dated 13 Jul 1860, the family of Allen D. SELLERS was living in Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa.  The family consisted of Allen, age 27, farmer, born in Indiana; Sarah J., age 24, born in Ohio; Samantha J., age 4, born in Iowa; William A., age 2, born in Iowa; and his twin sister, Mary A., age 2, born in Iowa.  They were living next to Allen’s sisters, Aurilla PECKENPAUGH and Eliza J. PARKER, as well as to his father, Thomas SELLERS.  Allen did not own any real estate at the time and the value of his personal property was $100.00.

Child #4, Solomon SELLERS was born 23 Jun 1860, in Platte County, Nebraska.   This date was before the date of the 1860 census and, since Solomon was not listed on the census, the birth date is presumed to be in error.  Nonetheless, the SELLERS family must have moved to Nebraska very soon after the census was taken, and the reason for the move is unknown.

Child #5, Emma SELLERS was born 15 Jan 1862, in Platte County, Nebraska.

Mary Alice died in 18 Dec 1864, presumably in Nebraska, Colorado, or Iowa.  If in Iowa, the family would have moved back after Emma’s birth, and before moving to Colorado.  Records for the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, produced from information given by Sarah Jane SELLERS, gives her death place as Iowa.

Child #6, Nephi SELLERS was born 10 May 1865 , in Silver City, Custer County, Colorado.   Records for the Persia or Spring Creek Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints state he was born 10 May 1865, in Unionburgh, Harrison County, Iowa.  The reason for the family’s move to Colorado is unknown.

Child #7, Didama SELLERS was born 23 Jul 1867, at Union Grove, Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa.   The reason for the family’s move back to Iowa is unknown.

The 1867, 1868, and 1869 tax records for Union Township, Harrison County, include an entry for Allen D. SELLERS.
Child #8, and last for Sarah Jane Coon SELLERS, Joseph Lehi SELLERS was born 29 Mar 1870, at Union Grove, Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa.

In a letter dated 23 Jun 1936, from Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, she stated, “His (her husband - Felty’s) Mother (Lucinda Coon FRY) was my Mother (Sarah Jane Coon SELLERS) sister.  I out to now father people better then I do.  His (Felty’s) mother had a temper to but she sed father was such a good man to mother.  He Wood get up at night and Walk the floor With the babys and let mother sleep rather then have her so cross and sore becaus she had to Many.

At the time of the 1870 federal census the Allen SELLERS family was living in St John Township, Harrison County, with a post office address of Missouri Valley.  The family consisted of Allen, age 36, born in Indiana; Sarah, age 35, born in Ohio; Samantha J., age 14, born in Iowa; William, age 12, born in Iowa; Solomon, age 10, born in Nebraska; Emma, age 8, born in Nebraska; Leni (sic), age 5, born in Colorado; Didama, age 3, born in Iowa; and Joseph L., age 3/12 (born in March), born in Iowa.  They were living between Henry and Lucinda FRY, and Henry Frank and Susanna FRY, two of Sarah Jane’s sisters.  The census reported Allen owned real estate in the amount of $100.00, and that his personal property had the value of $400.00.   No deed records have been found proving he owned land there.  St John Township is located on the southern edge of Harrison County and Missouri Valley is about seven miles east of the Missouri River.

About 1871-1872, Sarah Jane left Allen Davenport and went to Springville, Utah to live, taking the youngest child, Joseph, with her.  Heber Allen SELLERS, son of Joseph Lehi SELLERS, stated his father went to Utah when he was about 1 to 1 ½ years old.   Belva LOCHER, daughter of Joseph Lehi SELLERS, remembered her father and mother stating that her father was a “babe in arms” when he went to Utah.   Sarah Jane’s reasons for leaving, for selecting Utah, and for taking only Joseph, are unknown.  In a letter written by Didama BROWN to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 7 Dec 1935, she stated, “Joseph was the baby and Mother took him and left father, and what a sad thing to do.  I cold cry now if it Wood do any good.”   Didama, the next older child,  was 4-6 years old at the time of the separation.  The remainder of the children stayed in Iowa, and seem to have been placed with other families to raise.  The oldest, Samantha, had a baby, Minnie Mahorie SELLERS, presumably illegitimately, on 3 Feb 1874.   Samantha’s obituary indicates she went to Utah about 31 years before her death in 1907, or about 1876.   It is possible that Sarah Jane did not leave until as late as 1876, and that Samantha and baby went with her.

In a letter written by Sarah Jane’s daughter, Didama BROWN, she stated, “I think Mother was a funy women to do like she did any how.  She dident try to ceep us children to gether.  I don’t see how father put up with her noncis (nonsense).  Father was good.”   In another letter from Didama, written 23 Jun 1936, she stated, “you see I Wasent raised in the family so don’t now them very Well.”   Later in the same letter she stated; “my sister Emma Was put out to When Mother left.  O what a shame.  We children have sufard.”
The influence on Allen and Sarah Jane of the doctrinal differences between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), once in Illinois and Iowa, but then in Utah, and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) then centered, by and large, in Iowa, is unknown.  It is known that Sarah Jane’s family were members of the LDS Church in the 1840s, but became disaffected, and some of her brothers and sisters, along with her parents, had joined the RLDS Church.  Allen’s parents, as well as many of his siblings were also members of the RLDS Church.  Sarah Jane’s sister, Mary, followed her to Utah, as may have one of her brothers.  It is known that Sarah Jane, her sister, Mary, and Sarah Jane’s children, Samantha, William, Nephi, and Joseph all were subsequent members of the LDS Church.

Sarah Jane SELLERS was granted a divorce from Allen D. SELLERS by the Probate Court of Utah County, Utah Territory, dated 10 Jun 1878.  The decree stated that “about five years prior to the commencement of this action the said defendant (Allen) deserted the said Plaintiff (Sarah) without any just cause or provocation and that since the said time of desertion the said defendant has absented himself from the said plaintiff and has utterly failed and neglected to provide for said plaintiff and her minor children.”   From Utah County records, it appears the date of “commencement of this action” was 20 Mar 1878, when the complaint was filed..  On 25 Mar 1878, it was ordered that the action be published, presumably in the local newspaper, and on the same day, a summons was issued for the defendant.  On 10 Jun 1878, the “reading of the decree” was recorded and the decree itself was issued.

Sarah Jane married George MASON, 9 May 1878, in Salt Lake City, Utah.   It is curious that her second marriage happened before the date of the final divorce decree for her first marriage.  George MASON was a polygamist and Sarah became his second wife.

George MASON was born 21 May 1826, in Worcestershire, England, the son of William MASON and Sarrah WRIGHT.   He married Mary Ann BEARD, 18 Feb 1849, and Sarah Jane SELLERS, 9 May 1878.  After the break-up of polygamy starting in 1890, George continued to live with Mary Ann, but Sarah Jane lived apart.  Sarah Jane had no children from this marriage.

Samantha Jane married Joseph Darnbrough REYNOLDS, 9 May 1878, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, the same day her mother married George MASON.   Joseph’s first wife, Elizabeth, had died in 1877, and on 9 May 1878, he became a polygamist by marrying both Samantha SELLERS and Jane SINCLAIR.  On 21 Feb 1887, he married a fourth wife, Sarah Ann WILLIAMS.   After the break-up of polygamy, starting in 1890, Joseph continued to live with Jane, and Samantha and Sarah Ann lived in separate homes.  Jane REYNOLDS died in 1905.  Samantha died 27 Dec 1907, in Springville, Utah County, Utah.

In a letter written by Rose E. THOMAS to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 31 Jul (probably 1934), she stated, “I can remember my Parents (Alfred SELLERS) speaking of Allen SELLERS and that he moved to Missouri.  It seems that he had either a brother or a son, named Saul.”   In another letter written by the same person, she stated’ “It seems I remember My Father speaking of Alen and Saul SELLERS living somewhere in Missouri.  My half brother Salem has a family living in or near Eldorado, Missouri.”

Allen Davenport SELLERS - An entry on the 1880 census for an Allen SELLERS of Buffalo Township, McDonald County, Missouri, is suspected to be for the same Allen SELLERS who had lived in Harrison County, Iowa.  He was 45 years old (about the right age) and born in Illinois (should have been Indiana).  McDonald County, Missouri, in the southwest corner of the state, borders Ottawa County, Oklahoma, and just a few miles east from where Allen SELLERS lived in Oklahoma.  Allen SELLERS was a boarder in the home of J. or I. SHADWICK

Sarah Jane Coon Sellers MASON and Child #8 - The 1880 Utah census for Springville City and Precinct, Utah County, Utah, included the family of George MASON.  It consisted of George, age 54, born in England; Mary A., wife, age 54, born in England; Frederick, son, age 20, born in Utah; Phillipp J., son, age 17, born in Utah; Rhoda M., daughter, age 15, born in Utah; Mary E., daughter, age 11, born in Utah; Sarah, wife, age 44, born in Ohio; and Joseph SELLERS, step son, age 10, born in Iowa.

Child #1 - The same Springville census listed the family of Joseph D. REYNOLDS, consisting of Joseph, head, age 47, born in England; Jane, wife, age 40, born in England; Samantha J, wife, age 23, born in Iowa; Henry T, son, age 20, born in Utah; Martha J., daughter, age 18, born in Utah; Arthur W., son, age 13, born in Utah; Charles A., son, age 8, born in Utah; Jesse O., son, age 5, born in Utah; John T., son, age 2, born in Utah; and Mark A., son, age 1, born in Utah.

Child #2 - William Allen SELLERS, age 21, born in Iowa,  lived in Washington Township, Harrison County, at the time of the 1880 census, in the household of G. W. and Sarah E. SHANKS, who had daughters Laura E, age 11, and Alice G, age 5.  His occupation was laborer.   Two years later, on 25 Dec 1882, William married Sarah E. SHANKS, nee WEST, in Shelby, Shelby County, Iowa, the county just to the east of Harrison County.   The 1885 state census for Washington Township, Harrison County gave the family of George W. SHANKS with wife Lola A., and daughters, Laura E., age 15, and Alice G., age 9.   It appears, therefore, that Sarah E. abandoned her family to marry William SELLERS.  In a letter written by Didama BROWN to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 7 Dec 1935, she stated, “Do you now Will SELLERS is good deal of the truble in our family.  He was a bad boy.  O god help him.”

Child #4 - Solomon SELLERS lived in Union Township, Harrison County at the time of the 1880 census with the family of D. and Nettie May KEMMISH.  Solomon was 20 years old, born in Nebraska.   In a letter from Joseph SELLERS to his daughter, Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 1 Jul 1934, he stated, “Elizabeth, I do not Know Solomon’s wife’s Maiden name but I can send you there names he had 2 wifes 1 born from his first wife.  She died at Child birth.  Then he married another and had a few children you can find out by writeing to Twin Falls Ida to her Uncle.”    If his first wife was Rosetta LYNCH, then her death was reported 9 Mar 1888, in the records of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.   This date seems consistent to the other dates associated with Solomon.  He was in Iowa until at least 1880, was then reported to be with his father in Missouri, and later known to be in Ottawa County, Oklahoma.  No marriage records have been found, but he may well have married in the Cherokee Nation in the early to mid 1880s, where the LYNCH family lived, then had a child, at which time his wife died.  He married Minnie Alice TREASE on 16 Jul 1906, at Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, and lived the remainder of his life in Ottawa County, Oklahoma.  Solomon died Dec 1921, in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, and was buried in Fairland.

Child #5 - In a letter from Didama BROWN to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 23 Jun 1936, she stated, “My sister Emma Was put out to When Mother left.  O What a shame We children have sufard.”   Emma married John Wesley DRAIN on 29 Sep 1879, in Dunlap, Harrison County.   At the time of the 1880 federal census they were living in Boyer Township, Harrison County, Iowa, with a son, George F.   At the time of the 1885 state census, they were still in Boyer Township, about 2-3 miles southeast of Woodbine.  John and Emma had moved to Des Moines, Iowa by 1886, and had moved away from there by 1901.  Emma died 19 Aug 1947, in Ventura, Ventura County, California, while she lived with her brother, Nephi.

Child #6 - At the time of the 1880 federal census, Nephi was living with the David CHAMBERS family in Washington Township, Harrison County.  The family consisted of David CHAMBERS, head, age 39, born in Scotland; Mary Ann CHAMBERS, wife, age 32, born in Iowa; and Nephi CHAMBERS, adopted, age 15, born in Iowa.   David had emigrated from England in 1856, went on to Utah, returned to Iowa in 1861, and settled in Harrison County in 1869.   The SELLERS family knew the CHAMBERS family presumably through their association in the Persia and Spring Creek Branches of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  In a letter written by Nephi’s sister, Didama BROWN, to Allen SELLERS, grandson of Allen Davenport SELLERS, dated 30 March 1948, she stated, “We grew up to gether.  The CAMBERS raised Nephi.”   He was not listed with the same family in 1885, and his whereabouts are not known.   However, the records of the Spring Creek Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contain a record of a donation made by Nephi SELLERS to the Branch on 16 Dec 1885.   In a letter written by Nephi’s sister, Didama, she stated, “I Was Married to Felty 2 years before We had our first one (child).  I Was told down there that Nephi hase one to.  He never told me so don’t tell him the girl Wanted to marrie him her folks Woodent let her.  That What made him leave us down there and come to Mother.  I gess he loved her poor boy.  He nerly lost his mine.  I think he was a good boy 2.”   In another letter, Didama stated, “I allways thought so much of Nephi.  He was named after Nephi in the book of Mormon.”   Nephi lived with his mother in Springville starting before 1900.  He told the story of being in love with a girl named Nora TEW.  Every time he mentioned her name to his mother, she became angry, so he never pursued the attraction.  Nora married Robert JEFFERSON in Sep 1898, so Nephi had to have been in Springville before that time.  Nephi never married.  After the death of his mother, Sarah Jane, Nephi moved to Ventura, California where he raised rabbits and kept a nut orchard.  He returned to Utah in early 1948.   He died 11 Aug 1950, in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, while living with his niece, Maida BROWN.

Child #7 - On the 1880 census, Didama was included in the household of Thomas CHAPMAN in Cass Township, Harrison County.  The family consisted of Thomas CHAPMAN, head, age 54, born in England; Debro Jane CHAPMAN, wife, age 61, born in England; Charles G. DIKES, adopted son, age 20, born in California; and Didama CHAPMAN, daughter, age 12, born in Iowa.   Thomas CHAPMAN emigrated from England to Iowa in 1851, went to Utah in 1852, and returned to Harrison County in 1865.   The SELLERS family knew the CHAPMAN family presumably through their association in the Persia and Spring Creek Branches of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  In a letter Didama wrote to Allen SELLERS, son of Joseph Lehi SELLERS, dated 30 March 1948, she stated, “I don’t now much about my folks as I Was raise in the place Pa took me.  They dident Want me to now my people.  Then When I was old enough to Work out I found my people.”  Later in the same letter she stated, “I dident now that grandma name was spelt Diadama SELLERS.  I never nowed only What CHAPMAN ses.  Nephi never told me.”   In another letter from Didama BROWN to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 23 Jun 1936, she stated, “My name is after the Bible.  They have it DiDana in there, and my n is m insted.”   Actually, the name appears as “diadem” in Job 29:14; Isaiah 28:5; Isaiah 62:3; and Ezekiel 21:26.  The word “diadem” means a crown or an ornamental cloth headband worn as a crown.  The Latin form of the word is diadema.  Didama was listed on the 1885 state census, not in Cass Township with the CHAPMAN family , but in Woodbine, living with the family of John V. MALLORY.  Her occupation was house keeper.  Didama married William Feltie FRY, on 11 March 1885 in Boyer Township,  and he died 10 Nov 1896.   She married James William BROWN on 8 Sep 1897, at Logan, Harrison County.

Child #8 - Joseph Lehi SELLERS, age 10, lived with his mother and step-father in Springville, Utah County, Utah Territory at the time of the 1880 census.

In a letter written by Nephi SELLERS to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated Feb 1934, he stated “As to fathers (Allen Davenport SELLERS’) second wife her name was Adaline don’t know her maiden name, probably Bro Wm does.  He should know all about them.  The girls name was Alameda.  I ant sure but I think the Boys name was Arthur.  They lived a while at Malad, Idaho the girl died there.”   From the way Nephi stated that “He should know all about them”, it is presumed that William spent some time in Oklahoma around his father and step-mother.

In a letter written by Didama BROWN, the daughter of Allen Davenport SELLERS, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, his grand daughter, dated 16 May 1935, she stated “My father Married the second time but I don’t now (know) ho (who) she was.  I herd 2 a Oklehomily girl only 1 child as I herd.”  Allen Davenport SELLERS is supposed to have died about 1889, in Oklahoma, and to have been buried in Fairland, Ottawa County.  In her letter, Didama also stated “father got cicked With a hourse and died so I heard.”

In a letter written by Joseph Lehi SELLERS to his daughter, Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 19 Feb 1934, he stated “as William SELLERS received a letter from you he has fetched it to me and asked me to Answer it so I will give you the information as it was given to me.”  Therefore, the following items were written by Joseph, but came from William.  “Adline SELLERS was the first wife of Mr. TREECE Children 3 first John TREECE 2 Alice TREECE 3 James TREECE.  She was born Prior to 1843 at Little Rock Arkansas.  Died at Fairland, Okla.  Her maiden Name I do not know.  She married Pa I do not know the date 2 children girl Almedda (Child #10 of Allen Davenport SELLERS) Born near Fairland Okla.  Died in Malad Ida about 14 years old.  Boy Wilford SELLERS (Child #9) born in Arkansas died in Okl about 1 year old.”  Later, in the same letter, Joseph quoted William as saying, “You ask about Pa’s death.  He died Prior 1889 near Fairland 12 miles East Okl.”

Child #10 - Almeda A. SELLERS was born 5 Aug 1890 (the 1900 census states she was born in Aug 1889), in Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, Oklahoma Territory , and died in Malad, Oneida County, Idaho, on 31 Mar 1904, cause unknown.   Since her father died about 1889, she must have been the second of two children.  Therefore, Wilford (or Arthur) most probably was born in 1888.

Eliza Adaline SALISBERRY was born 14 Jun 1846, in Benton, County, Missouri, the daughter of Isaac SALISBERRY and Sarah Z. CALLISON.  She married (1) Henry Clinton DICKENSON on 18 Oct 1863, in Benton County, Missouri; (2) Frank M. MILLER, on 19 Nov 1865, in Benton County, Missouri; (3) James Michael TREASE, 30 Sep 1869, in Benton County, Missouri; and (4) Allen Davenport SELLERS, date unknown.  James Michael TREASE died 21 Apr 1879, so she must have married Allen SELLERS between that date and about 1887.   She was included in the records of the Delaware Branch, Cherokee Nation, Spring River District of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, dated 17 Mar 1882.  The records gave her name as Eliza A. TREACE, born 14 Jan 1846, in Warsaw, Benton County, Missouri, baptized 3 Jan 1882 (at Carey’s Ferry, Cherokee Nation), and was gone to Utah on 25 Dec 1897.   Since her surname was TREACE in 1882, her marriage to Allen Davenport SELLERS must have happened between then and about 1887.

Joseph Lehi was raised by his mother in Springville, and married Sarah D WORTHEN there in 1898.

Sarah CELLARS (sic) was included on the 1900 census for Springville, Utah County, Utah.  She was listed as the head of household, born Feb 1836 in Ohio, widow, the mother of seven children, three of which were living (actually she was the mother of eight children, seven of whom were living in 1900).  Perhaps she counted only her seven children who lived to adulthood, and knew only that Samantha, Nephi, and Joseph were alive.  Included in her household were Nephi, son, born May 1868, in Colorado, single; Joseph, son, born Mar 1870, in Iowa, married two years; Sarah D., daughter-in-law, born Mar 1880, in Utah, the mother of two children, both of which were living; Mada, granddaughter, born Dec 1899, in Utah; and May, granddaughter, born Mar 1900, in Utah.

The 1900 census included an entry for Addiline (sic) SELLERS in Almo Precinct, Cassia County, Idaho, living with her son James TREASE.  She was born Jun 1846, in Missouri, widow, the mother of four children, two of which were alive at the time.  In the same household was Almeda SELLERS (Child #10), born Aug 1889, in Indian Territory.

George MASON, Sarah Jane’s second husband, died 11 Feb 1906, in Springville, Utah County, Utah, and was buried there in Evergreen Cemetery.

Sarah SELLERS was listed on the 1910 census in Ward 5, Springville City, Utah County, Utah.  She was 74 years old, born in Ohio.  Included in her household was her son, Nephi SELLERS, age 43 years old, born in Colorado, single.

Eliza A. SELLERS was listed on the 1910 federal census in Council House Township, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, age 64, born in Missouri, widow, the mother of eight children, three of whom were living, and she was living with her step son, Solomon SELLERS.   Solomon was both her step son and her son-in-law.

The 1920 census for Ward 5, Springville City, Utah County, Utah, included an entry for Nephi SELLERS, head of household, age 54, born in Colorado, single, and Sarah J. SELLERS, mother, age 83, born in Ohio, widow.

Adeline SELLERS was listed on the 1920 federal census in Council House Precinct 3, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, with her son-in-law, Sollie SELLERS.  She was 76 years old, born in Missouri, widow.

Eliza Adaline SELLERS died 21 Jun 1920, in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, and was buried in Fairland Cemetery, Fairland, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, under the name of Eliza Adaline Salusbury Dickerson Miller Trease SELLERS.

Sarah Jane SELLERS died 5 Jul 1922, in Springville, Utah County, Utah, of chronic endocarditis, with a contributory cause of arterio sclerosis, and was buried 7 Jul 1922, in Evergreen Cemetery.  The informant was her son, Nephi SELLERS.

Five of her eight children were then living, as follows.

Child #2 - William’s residence was unknown, but by 1926, he had moved in with his brother, Joseph’s, family in Menan, Idaho, in which locale he stayed until his death in Jan 1945.

Child #5 - Emma was in northern California, and later moved in with her brother, Nephi, in Ventura, until her death in Aug 1947.

Child #6 - Nephi moved to Ventura, California, after her death, and then to Kaysville, Utah, where he died in Aug 1950.

Child #7 - Didama lived in Harrison County, moved to Ninette, Manitoba until 1942, when she returned to Woodbine, where she continued to live until her death in Oct 1958.

Child #8 - Joseph had moved to Menan, Idaho, where he died in Dec 1952.

Compiled by
James E. SHAW
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Mar-Jun 2001
 

END NOTES
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 16 May 1935.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, May 2001.
   Letter written by Mrs Amanda PECKENPAUGH, Smithland, Iowa, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, daughter of Joseph SELLERS and grand daughter of Allen Davenport SELLERS.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Rose E. THOMAS, Council Bluffs, Iowa, dated 31 Jul (probably 1934), to Elizabeth JOHNSON.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Marriage records for Brown County, Ohio, volume F, page 151.    Family History Library Catalog number is 977.1796 V29b.
   Land Records for Warren County, Illinois, Deed Book 12, page 515.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377885.
   1850 Federal Census for (no township listed), Warren County, Illinois, page 12 (top of page indicated page 24).
   History and Description of Harrison County, Iowa, Given in Townships, by G.F. WATERMAN, printed at The Western Star Book and Job Office, Magnolia, Iowa, 1868, page 21.  Copy was found in the Public Library, Logan, Iowa, 1989.
   History of Harrison County, Iowa, published by National Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891, page 459, Family History Library catalog number US/CAN 977.747 H2n.
   Abstracts of Original Entries (Land Entries), Volume 1, page 100, Family History Library film number 1510108, item 3.  The entry cited an entry in Patent Book 11 (not available), page 175.
   Harrison County, Iowa, General Index to Affidavits, Number 2, Letters K-Z, page 228, Family History Library film number 1510108, item 1.
   1854 State Census for Lagrange Township, Harrison County, Iowa, Family History Library film number 1022206.
   Land Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume 38, page 126, dated 9 Nov 1854, Family History Library film number 1509848, item 3.
   General Index of Town Lots, Harrison County, Iowa, Vol 1, “S” alphabet, Family History Library film number 1503001, items 3, 5, & 6.  Also recorded in Deed Book A, page 127, but not found on microfilm.
   General Index of Town Lots, Harrison County, Iowa, Vol 1, “S” alphabet, Family History Library film number 1503001, items 3,5, & 6.
   Decree in Divorce granted to Sarah Jane SELLERS from Allen D. SELLERS, by the Probate Court of Utah County, Utah Territory, dated 10 Jun 1878.  Copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Records of the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated 20 Mar 1902, Book B, Family History Library film number 0170493.
   1851 State Census for Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Family History Library film number 1022203.
   1854 State Census for Magnolia Township, Harrison County, Iowa, Family History Library film number 1022206.
   1860 Federal Census for Jackson Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 793.
   Records of the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated 20 Mar 1902, Book B, Family History Library film number 0170493.
   1856 State Census for Harrison County, Iowa, Family History Library film number 1021300.
    Land Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume C, page 103, dated 10 July 1856, Family History Library film number 1503004, item 1.
   Land Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume C, page 140, dated 11 Nov 1856, Family History Library film number 1503004, item 1.
   Land Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume C, page 159, dated 11 Nov 1856, Family History Library film number 1503004, item 1.
   Records of the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated 20 Mar 1902, Family History Library film number 0170493.  Birth date was given as 25 Jan 1858.
   Records of the Salt Lake City Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated 25 May 1927, Book E, page 966, Family History Library film number 0184071.
   Records of the Spring Creek Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Family History Library film number 1976398, item 10.
   1860 Federal Census for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 72.
   Land Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume 22, page 270, dated 25 Aug 1858, Family History Library film number 1509846, item 3.
   Deed Records, Harrison County, Iowa, Transfer Book, Volume 2, page 314, Family History Library film number 1513448.
   1860 Federal Census for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 72.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Records of the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated 20 Mar 1902, Family History Library film number 0170493.  Death place was given as Iowa.
   Utah Death Certificate for Nephi SELLERS, copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Records of the St George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library film number 0537742.
   Records for the Spring Creek and Persia Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Family History Library film numbers 1976398, item 10, and 1927906, item 11.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Taxation records for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, for 1867, 1868, and 1869.  Records were reviewed in the County Courthouse, Logan, Iowa, in 1989.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 23 Jun 1936.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1870 Federal Census for St John Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 93.
   Conversation between Heber Allen SELLERS and James SHAW, in Allen’s home, in 1989.
   Phone conversation between Belva LOCHER, West Jordan, Utah, and James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, on 20 Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 7 Dec 1935.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Records of the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated 20 Mar 1902, Book B, Family History Library film number 0170493.
   Her obituary in “The Independent”, published at Springville, Utah, Thursday, 2 Jan 1908, page 1.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 16 May 1935.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 23 June 1936.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 23 June 1936.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Decree in Divorce granted to Sarah Jane SELLERS from Allen D. SELLERS, by the Probate Court of Utah County, Utah Territory, dated 10 Jun 1878.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Phone conversation with Dottie (last name not known), of the Utah County Archives, and James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.  She had been searching for the divorce file, but was able to find only a chronology of costs associated with the case.
   Records of the Endowment House, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, Family History Library film number 0183401.
   Utah Death Certificate for George MASON, copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Records for the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, Family History Library film number 0183401.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Utah Death Certificate for Samantha Jane REYNOLDS, copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Rose E. THOMAS, Council Bluffs, Iowa, dated 31 Jul (probably 1934), to Elizabeth JOHNSON.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Rose E. THOMAS, Council Bluffs, Iowa, dated 22 Nov 1933, to Elizabeth JOHNSON.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1880 Federal Census for Buffalo Township, McDonald County, Missouri, page 270, Enumeration District 95, Page 11.
   1880 Federal Census for Springville City and Precinct, Utah County, Utah, Enumeration District 82, Page 42.
   1880 Federal Census for Springville City and Precinct, Utah County, Utah, Enumeration District 82, Page 17, taken 7 Jun 1880.
   1880 Federal Census for Washington Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 123, taken 12 Jun 1880, Enumeration District 87, Page 11.
   Register of Marriages, for Shelby County, Iowa, Volume A, page 30, Family History Library film number 1035105, item 3.
   1885 State Census for Washington Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 426, Family History Library film number 1021475.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 7 Dec 1935.  Copy is possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1880 Federal Census for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, Enumeration District 88, Page 13.
   Letter written by Joseph Lehi SELLERS to his daughter, Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated 1 Jul 1834.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Records of the Delaware Branch, Cherokee Nation, Spring River District, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Records were searched at church headquarters in Independence, Missouri, 1989.
   Marriage Records for Jasper County, Missouri, Volume 28, page 287, Family History Library film number 0930897.
   Oklahoma death certificate, copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 23 June 1936.  Copy is possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Marriage Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume 3, page 313, Family History Library film number 1513296.
   1880 Federal Census for Boyer Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 54.
   Index to California death certificates, accessed by way of the World Wide Web, May 2001.
   1880 Federal Census for Washington Township, Harrison County, Iowa, Enumeration District 87, Page 8, taken 8 Jun 1880.
   History of Harrison County, Iowa, published by National Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891, pages 791-792, Family History Library call number US/CAN 977.747 H2n.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Woodbine, Iowa, to Allen SELLERS, of Rigby, Idaho, dated 30 March 1948.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1885 State Census for Washington Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 415, Family History Library film number 1021475.
   Records of the Spring Creek Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Family History Library film number 1976398, item 10.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 23 June 1936.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 23 June 1936.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Obituary for Nephi SELLERS, in “The Springville Herald”, published at Springville, Utah, Thursday, 17 Aug 1950, page 2.
   Utah Death Certificate for Nephi SELLERS, copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1880 Federal Census for Cass Township, Harrison County, Iowa, Enumeration District 87, page 17, taken 19 Jul 1880.
   History of Harrison County, Iowa, published by National Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891, pages 888-889, Family History Library call number US/CAN 977.747 H2n.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Woodbine, Iowa, to Allen SELLERS, of Rigby, Idaho, dated 30 March 1948.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 23 June 1936.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1885 State Census for Cass Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 93, Family History Library film number 1021475.
   Marriage Records for Harrison County, Iowa, Volume 5, page 352, Family History Library film number 1513296.
   Membership records for the Missouri Valley Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Family History Library film number 1955866, item 1.
   Harrison County, Iowa Marriage Records, Volume 11, page 29, Family History Library film number 1513298.
   1880 Federal Census for Springville City and Precinct, Utah County, Utah, Enumeration District 82, Page 17, taken 7 Jun 1880.
   Letter written by Nephi SELLERS, Ventura, California, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, dated Feb 1934.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Didama BROWN, Ninette, Manitoba, to Elizabeth JOHNSON, of California, dated 16 May 1935.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   Letter written by Joseph Lehi SELLERS, Menan, Idaho, to his daughter, Elizabeth JOHNSON, 19 Feb 1934.  Copy is in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
    Membership records of the Malad Idaho Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Family History Library film number 1955788, item 1.
   Obituary for Almeda A. SELLERS, in "The Saints' Herald"' a publication of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, vol 51, pg 382, 20 Apr 1904, Family History Library film number 1995066.
   Family records created by Edith T. RENTMEISTER, Brigham City, Utah, and housed in the Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, of the Family History Library, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, the records were housed on the 4th floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
   Membership records of the Delaware Branch, Cherokee Nation, Spring River District, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Records were searched at church headquarters in Independence, Missouri, 1989.
   1900 Federal Census for Springville, Utah County, Utah, page 321, Enumeration District 168, Sheet 11 A.
   1900 Federal Census for Almo Precinct, Cassia County, Idaho, Enumeration District 34, Sheet 15.
   Utah Death Certificate for George MASON, copy in possession of James SHAW, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Jun 2001.
   1910 Federal Census for Ward 5, Springville City, Utah County, Utah, Enumeration District 201, Sheet 16A.
   1910 Federal Census for Council House Township, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, Enumeration District 159, Sheet 5B.
   1920 Federal Census for Springville City, Springville Precinct, Utah County, Utah, Enumeration District 225, Sheet 7A.
   1920 Federal Census for Council House Precinct 3, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, Enumeration District 112, Sheet 4A.
   Cemeteries of Southern Ottawa County, Oklahoma; compiled by Delaware County Cemetery Readers; published in 1998; Family History Library catalog number US/CAN 976.699 V3c.
   Utah Death Certificate for Sarah Jane SELLERS, copy in possession of James SHAW,