JOHANNES ZELLERS 1735/1804
Contributed by JIM SELLARS
 Jsellars3@aol.com
 

Here's the first part of chapter 4 of Cradled by Massanutten
by Mary Marie Koontz Arrington, 1986. The rest after this is genealogy of
Johannes' descendants.

Jim Sellars
Chapter 4

JOHANNES ZELLERS

JOHANNES ZELLERS b. c/a 1735 Weinheim, Germany, in the Duchy
of Baden, in the Holy Roman Empire came to America with his father Heinrich
and mother, Anna Maria, on the Ship Queen Elizabeth and landed in
Philadelphia 16 Sept. 1738.
He died between Jan. 1804 and March 1804 in Rockingham Co.,
Va. His will in Book A. pg. 12 is as follows:

‚€œIn the name of god Amen. I John Sellers of Rockingham
County being week in body, but in perfect mind and memory and calling unto mind
the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to
die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say
principally and first of all¬ ¬  --------------¬  recommend my soul unto the¬ ¬
--------------- to be buried in a decent Christian manner a¬ ¬ ------------- my
executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrecti--receive the same
again by the mighty power of God. And as to- such worldly estate where with it
has pleased God to bless me in life, I give devise and dispose of the same in
the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved
wife Elizabeth my horse her saddle and bridle, two cows, two beds with
furniture a big iron kettle a duch oven an iron pot, her spinning wheel and big
wheel the reel all the peuter in the house all the flax thread and cloth which
shall be found a- -- decease; also the choice of two sheep all thares and t
----- Further is it my will that my said wife shall keep her possession of my
dwelling house and both gardens during --- natural life. Further it is my will
that my wife shall receive her maintainance by my two sons JOHN and
DANIEL--as is pointed out in an obligation signed by said JOHN--- DANIEL letters
and bearing date the 16th of January 18--unto my son HENRY I give and
bequeath the sum of Forty dollars ds to be paid unto him by my son JOHN as soon
as my sd --- HENRY shall leave this part of the country he having already
received by my hand such a sum as well with the above ---- other Forty
pounds make him equal with his other brothers and sisters in his share of my land
I shall die in possessing of My son JACOB he having received at the time of
his moving to New Pensylvania a like sum to be equal to his share of land
and for which he has given his receipt, he shall be entitled to his share of
my movable estate¬  ------------------------ JOHN and DANIEL and their
heirs I¬ ¬ ¬  ---------------------- is to have the lower containing one
hundred and thirty and my son Daniel the upper part containing one hundred and
thirty four acres: the division in the said land is run by Mr. Thomas
Mauzy. Further I give and bequeath unto my daughters Catherine, Elizabeth,
Molly,Margaret and Christena and their heirs, to each of them the sum of One
Hundred pounds lawful money of Virginia to be paid unto them or heirs by my
sons John and Daniel. As the sum my sons John and Daniel have to pay
equally divided will amount to Two hundred and fifty pounds each it is my will
that each of them shall pay yearly the sum of twenty five pounds, which two
payments one of their sisters or heirs shall receive, but the time of paying
such a sum shall notcommence, not till a full year after my decease, and
continue till all theirsisters have received their legacies. It is also my
will that my daughters shall receive the first payment of fifty pounds in
such an order as will be decided by lots; and after; and after each of them
shall have received theirf irst payments then the last payment shall
begin in the same order as before. Item my sons John and Daniel though they
shall enjoy the possession of my lands, it is my will that none of them
shall have power to sell off their sharenot till after my wifes decease and in
case of sale the other brother of these two shall have the first offer, at
such a price as another person might buy it. All the remaining-movables
after my wifes decease shall be sold by my executors and to be.divided
equally¬  --------- all my children the wearing of my wif ------------
Lastly I do hereby constitute and apoin- my ------------- executor of this my
last will and testament hereby re¬  ------ all other or former wills byme
heretofore made.
In w¬  ------ whereof

I have set hereunto my hand and seal the 17th¬ ------ of
January A.D. One thousand eight hundred and four Signed, sealed, published
anddelivered as and for the last¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬
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John Sellers (S--)
will and testament of the above named John Sellers in the presents of us
Philip Long
Michael Rhinehard
Jacob Yancey

Rockingham March Court 1804
The last will and testament of John Sellers Senr. was
settled in Court and Provedby the oaths of Philip Long M ------Rhinehard and John
Yancey three witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the of
John Sellers the executor therein--med who made oa.‚€”therein and with
security entered into--acknowledged bond Conditioned as the law directs a Cer
---- cate is granted him for obtaining a Probate in due form.

Teste: S.W. Williams‚€?

On 16 Oct. 1765 Johannes (John) Sellers was naturalized in
Augusta Co., Va.
and qualified as a Justice. He was an active participant in
all phases of community af- fairs. He helped defend the frontier during
the French and Indian War by serving in the Augusta Co. militia and he
contributed supplies to the militia during theAmerican Revolution.

He continued to sign his name in German in business
transactions after many of his German neighbors had started using English. He was named
by the Court to appraise estates and report to the court. He is listed as a
Rockingham Co. landowner in 1789 with394 acres in Militia District 12.

He had a family of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters who are
named in 'his will. He began to dispose of his property by helping his
children before his death as set forth in his will. Jacob went to Ohio then
called New Pennsylvania and apparently received his share at that time,
1797. He evidently became invalued in a disagreement with his son
Henry that he never resolved and felt it was necessary for him to ask Henry to
leave Rockingham before receiving his inheritance. At the same time he says
Henry's share was equal to his brothers and sisters.

Johannes Sellers m. Elizabeth Pirkey (Berkey-Perkey) d/o
Henry and wife Margaret Runkle d/o Peter Runkle prior to 1761.

It was noted that members of Johannes family spoke and wrote
German. Many of them spelled their name Sellars before converting to
Sellers. The spelling has been entered hereas found in documents, etc.

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