JOHN RILEY SELLERS 1837/1925
From:
             "Sherri Hall" <ldrbelties@earthlink.net

While this is not my direct line, it might prove to be useful information
for some.

JOHN RILEY SELLERS, born 6 February 1837, died 11 December 1925, buried in
Pine Knot Cemetery, married REBECCA FRANCES SANDIFER, born 1836 in Casey
Co., KY on 9 August 1858 in Pulaski Co., KY.

                             Children of JOHN RILEY SELLERS and REBECCA FRANCES SANDIFER:
                                i.  MARY MARGARET SELLERS, born February
1859, married JESSEY WALLS
                                ii.  JACKIE SELLERS, married MILLIE TUCKER (John's Page)
on 2 November 1888 in Scott Co., TN

                                iii.  JOHN F. SELLERS, born 27 February 1861.
                                iv.  SARAH J. "SALLIE" SELLERS, born 1864.
                                iv.  HIRAM SHERMAN SELLERS, born 24 July
1866, died 6 August 1923, married MARTHA STRUNK, born 1 March 1869, died 20
November 1936, on 6 April 1893.
                                v.  REBECCA "BECKY" SELLERS, born about
1869, married EMILE CRAMPER (NEAL CRAMPY) on 10 July 1896 in Pulaski Co.,
KY.
                                vi.  CYNTHIA E. SELLERS, born 8 May 1874 in
Pulaski Co., KY, died 27 July 1882, buried at Carter Cemetery, McCreary Co.,
KY.
                                vii.  GENNETTA "NETTIE" SELLERS, born 16
October, 1878, died 22 October 1968, married BAL WRIGHT NICHOLS, born 1877,
died 1913 in Whitley Co., KY on 28 December 1902.
                                viii.  PHILLIP SELLERS, born July 1883.

    I have that REBECCA SANDIFER was raised by W. J. and MARY ELDER.  Does
anyone know the history of why?  Does anyone have a death date on REBECCA
SANDIFER SELLERS?


        From:
             "Sherri Hall" <ldrbelties@earthlink.net>

This obituary was originally published in 1925, and was reprinted in the
McCreary County Record on October 16, 1975.  I thought it might be of
interest to the group.

                PIONEER DIES

December 17, 1925

    One of the best-beloved and well-known characters of this part of the
Kentucky mountains has crossed the frontier of the stars, and his going is
greatly lamented throughout McCreary.  We refer to Uncle Riley Sellers, who
died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nickles, at Danville, last Friday,
at the ripe old age of 94.  His death was due to the ravages of old age.

    Uncle Riley, as he was familiarly known, came into this part of the
country from North Carolina, back in the 40s, and settled with his family
on a little farm located where the R.W. Henderson home in Stearns now
stands.  His sons and grandsons accompanied him with their families, and
they formed a little settlement which they named "Hemlock" and which in the
early years of the twentieth century became the town of Stearns.

    His son, Bailey, his grandson, Lemuel, and his great-grandson,
Jefferson, all settled in this section and became a factor for good in the
community.

    Uncle Riley was a source of much information on early days in the
mountains, and his passing takes away another link with the haloed past.

    Thomas Sellers, chief time keeper for the Stearns Company, is the son
of Jefferson Sellers, and great-grandson of Uncle Riley.

    Interment took place at the Pine Knot Cemetery on Sunday and a large
attendance was on the ground to pay their respects to one of our pioneer
citizens.

    While his age made his death an expected possibility, the loss to the
family is great and they have the sincere sympathy of the entire section in
their dark hour.
 

NOTE:  The daughter refered to above is GENETTA "NETTIE" SELLERS, who
married BAL WRIGHT NICHOLS.  Her name was misspelled in the obit, and I
copied it as written.