MARY JO WALKER'S PAGE
SAM, son of Claude Sellers 1894 back of postcard
SAM, son of Claude Sellers1894 pic
oct 29, 20112
Just wanted to give you an update on the Sellars Twins photo. I tracked down a gentleman named Claves Sellers of Harlan, KY, who identified the photo as his father, Sam Sellers, and twin uncles, Harold and Earl Sellers.
I finally caught my aunt at home, and got the photo of the twins. However, I discovered that my uncle apparently jumped to conclusions in assuming the twins are SELLARS. They may or may not be. The photo is of an older boy behind what appear to be identical twin babies, too young to really tell the gender. They are wearing "dresses", but I believe it was common for baby boys to wear such attire in those days, as well. The photo is on a post card, but apparently was not mailed, since there was no address. The original inscription reads: "the big Boy is Claude's oldest Boy his name is Sam". The name "Sam Sellers" looks to have been added in different handwriting.
So far I haven't been able to come up with a Sam Sellers/Sellars in the Census that I can relate to Reuben's son Claude, which would be the logical assumption. I'm guessing the photo was passed from Reuben to Cordia to my grandmother (Bertha) to my Uncle Howard. (This might shoot down my theory that Cordia was unaware of her half brothers and sisters.)
My next question is, do you or anyone on your listserv/Website have any info on Claude's son Sam. Any related twin cousins, nieces/nephews, etc. of the period?
(Jo, I'm copying you also, in case you have any info on this.)
MARY JO, thanks. I didn’t see a connection either, but, posted anyway. Maybe someone can help. marie, iowa
: MaryJoWalk@aol.com [mailto:MaryJoWalk@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 12:03 PM
Subject: Sellars Family/Betty Colter
I got this email address from a geneology Web site. I am trying to locate a
Betty Colter who was researching the Sellers family in Jefferson
Co TN in 1997. The email address with her posts longer works. Some of the
info on the page where I found your address seems to be from her. Wondered if
you might have a current address? Also interested in info you might have on
Reuben Sellars in Jefferson Co.
Ms Colter said he was her Ggrandfather.
Thank you for your time,
Mary Jo Walker
MARY, I do not have a newer address than her SELLERS page.
wILL send thru SELLERS group for help.
send a small NAME, Date, Place and where they went chart of your connection
to SELLERS and will link to those counties/states.
THANKS for sharing SELLERS
Thanks so much for responding to me. I've sent several emails to people that weren't kicked back, but didn't get a response either.
I am not 100% sure that the Jefferson County Reuben Sellers is MY GGgrandfather, but circumstantial evidence seems to point in that direction. 1. My Ggrandmother's funeral papers indicate that her father and mother were both born in Jefferson Co TN, which may or may not be accurate. 2. I am unable to find any other Reuben Sellers in pre-1900 censuses whose ages match my GGgrandfather's in 1900 and later censuses. 3. I know that my GGgrandmother was in Jefferson Co in 1870.
The problem is -- my GGgrandmother is not Nancy Elmore, to whom Reuben was married in the 1870 census. Her name was Martha Louise Tittle. She and my GGgrandfather were married around 1880. (My Ggrandmother, Cordia, was born in Dec 1880.)
No one in my family has ever mentioned that my Reuben was married twice, and I haven't seen any mention of it on any of the Sellers online forums, etc. So, assuming we both have the right Reuben Sellars/Sellers, then his 2 separate families seem to have been totally oblivious to each other all these years!
I don't have time at the moment to put together a chart, but will get back to you soon with the information I have.
if you have the 1900, etc census, families posted, please send.
Our marriages after 1880 may not be posted, you could ask for lookup on usgenweb TN board. (all spellings/abbreviations)
You could check cemeteries = sometimes info.
keep in touch, marie, iowa
I SEE =
1850 JEFF CO, TN
JOSEPH CELLERS 22 TN, PAGE 414 13TH DISTRICT
MARY J. 18 TN
1860 JEFFERSON CO, TN
J. SELLERS 28F
R. 12M (born ca 1848)
SELLERS Reuben T. ELMORE, Nancy E. 9-10-1866 Je
1870 JEFFERSON CO, TN
Reubin Seller District 17, Jefferson, TN abt 1848 Tennessee White Male , page 547
Haney E Seller District 17, Jefferson, TN abt 1851 Tennessee White Female
Joseph A Seller District 17, Jefferson, TN abt 1869 Tennessee White Male
JANE SELLER 36, PAGE 548
page 523 = Martha L Tittle District 8, Jefferson, TN abt 1858 Tennessee White
1880 JEFFERSON CO, TN
Harvey SELLUS District 7, Jefferson, TN <1872> Tennessee Son
Ida SELLUS District 7, Jefferson, TN <1879> Tennessee Daughter
Joseph SELLUS District 7, Jefferson, TN <1867> Tennessee Son
Nannie SELLUS District 7, Jefferson, TN <1850> Tennessee Wife
Reuben SELLUS District 7, Jefferson, TN <1848> Tennessee Self
1900 BUNCOMBE CO, NC
Martha Sellers Avery Creek, Buncombe, North Carolina abt 1858 Tennessee White
Wife ,m20yrs, 0kids0living, both parents TN
Rubin Sellers Avery Creek, Buncombe, North Carolina abt 1849 Tennessee White Head , BOTH parents TN(ckMaryJo'sPage)
DAVID TITTLE 59 TN, M 8YRS, BOTH PARENTS TN
CAROLINE 38 NC, 0/0, BOTH PARENTS NC
WHERE IS CORDIA 1880? when/where married = and kids =
did she have any brother/sisters?
check JEFF CO CEMETERIES.
Thanks! I had all the info except the 1880 SELLUS. I had never thought of that variation in spelling and it never came up on the Soudex search on LDS. (It seems like everything else in the world did!)
<WHERE IS CORDIA 1880? when/where married = and kids =
Cordia Ellen Angeline Sellars was born Dec 13, 1880, so would not have been listed in 1880 census. Not sure exactly when/where married, but 1st child born Dec 1900. Married to Tom Mayes (another mystery - have NO other info on him except that he was supposed to have been killed in railroad accident somewhere in NC about 1910.) My guesses for marriage place are either TN, NC, or KY, since both Cordia and Tom were supposed to have been born in TN according to census entries for children, Reuben and Martha are in Buncombe Co NC in 1900, and Cordia & Tom's 1st child was born in KY according to census.Cordia remarried 2 more times, with children from each marriage.
Her Mayes Children: Rose b Dec 23 1900 KY, Jane b May 3 1902, Mildred Kate, Bertha Julia b Jul 18 1907 Asheville NC (my grandmother), Edith Pearl b Nov 4 1909 Smithville Dekalb TN.
Denny Children: Dewey b Mar 24 1911, Helen b Jun 11, 1918
J T Holsenback Child: Bob b Mar 28 1922
I have more info on Cordia's descendents, but don't have time to send now.
<did she have any brother/sisters?
Reuben & Martha had 1 child, Mae Sellars b May 18 1887 m Lawrence Wickham (probably in Knoxville TN) no children.
I'll get a complete list of everything together a little later. I was so excited about the 1880 Sellus, I had to respond!
Reuben and Martha Tittle Sellars Family
Reuben Sellars b. about Mar 1849 (Jefferson Co?) TN, d. Jun 23 1935 Washington Co TN m. Martha Louise Tittle b. Sep 18 1857(58?) (Jefferson Co?) TN, d. Jun 20 1933 Washington Co TN.
Cordia Ellen Angeline Sellers b. Dec 13, 1880, TN, d. Dec 2 1954 Knoxville, Knox Co TN
m.(1) Tom Mayes b. unknown, d. about Jun 1910 (NC?)
Children of Cordia and Tom Mayes:
Rose Mayes b. Dec 24 1900 KY d. Dec 8 (1953 NC?) m. Robert Franklin
Jane Mayes b. May 3 1902 NC, d. (1994?) m. ? Smith
Mildred Kate Mayes b. Jan 9 ?, m. 4 or 5 times- 1 husband is Joe Kerskey
Bertha Julia Mayes b. Jul 18 1907 Asheville, Buncombe Co NC, d. Jan (17?)1974
Knoxville, Knox Co TN
m. (1) about 1921, Bill Brooks, divorced.
Elizabeth Brooks b. 1922, d. as infant
Ruby Louise Brooks b. Apr 29 1924 d. May 9 1996 Saxonburg, Butler Co PA
m. (2) Jan 10 1926, Patton Herman John Ridenour b. Aug 4 1890, d. Jul 27 1956
Knox Co TN
Minnie Jeannette Ridenour b. Jan 8 1927 Knox Co TN
Georgia Ella Ridenour b. Jun 9, 1931 Knox Co TN, d. Jan 19, 2001 Union Co TN,
buried Knoxville, Knox Co TN.
Howard Lee Ridenour b. Sep 25 1946 Knox Co TN
Edith Pearl Mayes b. Nov 4 1909 Smithville, Dekalb Co TN
m. (Harlen ?sp) Grudier
Carl Grudier b. Dec 8 1931
Myrtle Ellen Grudier
m. (2) Erastus Denny b. unknown d. unknown
Children of Cordia & Erastus Denny:
Dewey Denny b. Mar 24 (1911 or 1913?), d. Aug 27 2000
m. Joe Edwards
Lorene Mae Edwards b. Apr 26 1932
Betty Edwards d. (age 42)
Mary Ruth Edwards
Gladys Ann Edwards d. (age 16)
m. (3) James T. Holsenback
Child of Cordia & J T Holsenback
Mae Sellars b. May 18 1887, (TN or NC) d. Oct ? 1975 Knoxville, Knox CoTN
m. Lawrence G Wickham
1900 NC BUNCOMBE AVERY CRK TWP
SELLERS, RUBIN Head W M Mar 1949 51 M 20 TN TN TN
Martha Wife W F Sep 1857 42 M 20 TN TN TN
1910 TN WASHINGTON NATIONAL SOLDIERS HOME
SELLARS, REUBEN Member M W (63?) M(1?) (uk?) TN TN TN
(Notes: I have seen a transcription of this record that lists him as 68 M2. After looking at the image I am unsure. Age looks more like 62 or 3 to me. HeritageQuest Index lists as 3. Marriage info looks more like M1 to me but cant be sure.)
1910 TN WASHINGTON 8-DIST
SELLARS, MRS RUBEN Head F W 51 M1 32 TN TN TN
MAYES, MRS CORDIA Daughter F W 29 M1 11 TN TN TN
ROSE Grandaughter F W 10 S KY TN TN
JANIE Grandaughter F W 7 S NC TN TN
KATE Grandaughter F W 5 S NC TN TN
BERTHA Grandaughter F W 2 S NC TN TN
PEARL Grandaughter F W 5/12 S TN TN TN
1920 TN KNOX 9-WD; KNOXVILLE 1-DIST
SELLERS, REUBIN HEAD M W 71 M TN TN TN
MARTHA WIFE F W 62 M TN TN TN
DENNY, CORDIE Daughter F W 39 W TN TN TN
BAILEY, KATIE Daughter F W 15 M NC TN TN
ROSCOE Grandson M W 23 M TN TN TN
MAYS, EDITH Boarder F W 10 S TN TN TN
DENNY, DEWEY E Boarder M W 6 S TN TN TN
HELEN M Boarder F W 1 7/12 S TN TN TN
(Note: Dewey should be F, not M. Edith, Dewey, and Helen are actually Reubins granddaughters.)
1930 According to Ancestry.com, Reuben and Martha Sellars are listed in Washington County TN census. Have not seen actual images or transcripts, so dont know who, if anyone else, is living with them.
Reuben and Martha died in 1933 and 1935 respectively. My mother and aunt remembered attending Reuben's funeral in Johnson City as small children. He is buried in the Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Mountain Home National Cemetery
Mountain Home, Washington County, Tennessee
Sellars, Reuben, d. 06/23/1935, Plot: K 14 5, bur. 06/23/1935
MARY JO, thank you. we didn't have the minutes.
1910 looked like 63, married once to me.
1930 WASHINGTON CO, TN
Reuben Sellars Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1846 Tennessee Head
Martha L Sellars Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1858 Wife
Cordia Holsenback Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1881 Tennessee Daughter
Pearl Grudier Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1910 Tennessee Granddaughter
Holsenback Denory Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1919 Tennessee Granddaughter
Robert Holsenback Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1922 Grandson
Myrtle Grudier Johnson City, Washington, TN abt 1929 Granddaughter
THANKS for sharing SELLERS.
Thanks for the transcript of 1930. I have access to it, but TN is not indexed yet on Heritage Quest and I hadn't had time to go through all of Washington Co looking for them.
I also looked for and found Jane Sellers (or Sellen, as it appears) in 1870. She is living with whom I assume to be her parents, "Reuben & Florence" Thomas, and there are two other Sellers/Sellen children in addition to John & Nancy living there also (Mary 6 & Sallie 2). Maybe more siblings of Reuben Sellers? I hadn't seen this posted anywhere, so didn't know if you knew about it.
REUBEN SELLERS 1848 marriage to MARTHA TITTLE
REUBEN SELLERS1846/1848 DEATH Certificate
MARTHA TITTLE SELLERS DEATH Certificate
CORDIA SELLERS HOLSENBACK DEATH Certificate
us national home for disabled volunteer soldiers 1866-1938
REUBEN SELLERS 1848 HOSPITAL RECORD
WHO is this daughter he mentions. I found one census, but, will look for another. marie, iowa