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from JOHN Blakemore SELLERS

The painting of Matthew B. Sellers, was done by Thomas Sulley, when Matthew was in his 20s



Copy of woodcut print of the Matthew B. Sellers "Oakland Plantation" under occupation of General McPherson's troops, while digging the canal and preparing for the Battle of Vicksburg. The plantation house is off to the right in the print. I can obtain originals circa 1880 for a small fee.


The only known photograph of the Matthew B. Sellers "Oakland Plantation" with Matthew, his mother Ann Corbett, and sister Salome, barely visible in the photograph. They didnt know that the Union troops would be occupying the property a year later in 1861.


JOHN, I love this Print/drawing of Oakland. don't know why. Just the feeling.

Plantation Home is lovely. Built when? tax list may help.

NOW, who did the naming of the people in this picture? = OR maybe we should Recheck the Date. = a year later means 1860 date? and Ann Corbett and dau Salome would't be alive??? =

The only known photograph of the Matthew B. Sellers "Oakland Plantation" with Matthew, his mother Ann Corbett, and sister Salome, barely visible in the photograph. They didnt know that the Union troops would be occupying the property a year later in 1861.

And house may Not be built in 1827? please check it out and advise.

Please understand my questions. The year of picture is important and the whole answer.

thank you so much for sharing. You are so fortunate .
marie, iowa



Here is the biography of Matthew Bacon Sellers, the son of Matthew Bacon

Dictionary of American Biography, Vol VIII
Platt to Seward
Edited by Dumas Malone
Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York 1935

pg. 576

(Mar. 29, 1869-Apr. 5, 1932), pioneer in aerodynamics, was born in
Baltimore, Md., the son of Matthew Bacon and Annie L. (Lewis) Sellers.  He was
educated under private tutors and at private schools.  Just when his interest in
the dynamics of the air had its inception is not known, but the studies he
undertook at the University of Gottingen in Germany seem to indicate that
interest in the subject came early in life.  He spent a year at Evreux,
France, and returned to the United States to study at Harvard University
where he received the degree of LL.B. in 1892.  He later took courses at
Lawrence Scientific School (Harvard), and the Drexel Institute,
 He began his active research work in aerodynamics in 1900, and continued
to pursue it throughout his life, even while practicing as a patent lawyer
and aerodynamic consulting engineer in New York City.  President Taft
appointed him to the Aerodynamical Laboratory Commission, created in 1912, and in
July 1915 President Wilson, on the recommendation of the secretary of the navy,
Josephus Daniels, appointed him to serve as one of two representatives of
Aeronautical Society of America on the newly formed Naval Consulting
He resigned from the Board in 1918 to become its technical assistant, and
resigned from that position in 1919 to resume his membership on it.  Much
of the work done by the Board in connection with aircraft investigation
upon him, his independence of thought and critical abilities rendering his
assistance of high value.  The problems of the helicopter particularly
interested him since he felt that the basic idea was probably the oldest
of all "heavier-than-air machines."

        His theoretical research work led him to build an efficient
quadroplane in 1911 for experimental purposes and he demonstrated its
possibilities in actual flight.  The invention and construction of the
lightest aeroplane flying with the least power is attributed to him.   He
acted as his own pilot and thus was able fully to appreciate the technical
difficulties to be encountered.  He constructed a wind tunnel for testing
propellers and airfoil shapes for discovering their aerodynamic
possibilities.  Five patents were issued to him: one for aerial apparatus
in 1908, for an aeroplane in 1909, for his quadroplane in 1911, and two in
1914 were issued for improvements in steering and running gear on aeroplanes.
While technical editor of Aeronautics from 1911 he aided others in
to the public the results of their work, reviewed books on aeronautics,
carried on a series of answers to questions involving the principles and
experimental data of aerodynamics.  His most prolific period of
was from 1909 to 1916.  The results of his experimental work appeared in
aeronautical periodicals of the day and included his studies of arched
surfaces, wings, propellers, wind tunnels, gyroscopic forces, lateral
balance, the aerodynamic resistance of solid bodies, and all kindred
(see Brockett, post).

        On June 18, 1918, he was married to Ethel Clark,  She and their
sons survived him when he died of a heart attack while recovering from
pneumonia at his home, Ardsley-on-Hudson, N. Y.

        (Hist. Records of the Navy Dept.; records of the Patent Office;
Who in America, 1930-1931; Paul Brockett, Bibliography of Aeonautics,
Smithsonian Miscellaneous Colls., vol. LV (1910), and Bibliog. of
1909-1916, Natl. Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (1921); N. Y. Times,
6, 1932.)                   P.B.

Cheryl Sellers Peacock

SELLERS, MATTHEW BACON, aerodynamics; b. Baltimore, Mar. 29, 1869; s.
Bacon and Annie L. (Lewis) S.; ed. pvt. schs. and under pvt. Tutors,
including 1 yr. In Gottingen, Germany, and 1 yr. in Evreux. France; LL.B.,
Harvard, 1892; spl. courses later, Lawrence Scientific Sch. (Harvard), and
Drexel Inst., Phila.; m. Ethel Clark, June 18, 1918; children-Matthew B.,
John C. Research in aerodynamics, 1900--; in practice as cons.
engr.; apptd. by President Taft, mem. Aerodynamic Lab. Com., 1912; mem
Consulting Bd.,.     Sept. 1915---, Dir. and mem. tech. bd. Aeronautical
America.  Inventor of lightest aeroplane in world, flying with least
horsepower; first to determine lift and drift of arched surfaces by means
the "wind tunnel."  Home:  Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y.  Died Apr. 5, 1932.

  july 2003
BOB    , thanks.
we may have info on these counties, but, don't know if any one has FOLLOWED thro on families.
I believe we need the EXACT Louisiana and Other  counties to connect/link to?
from 1860 till he was born in 1869? Balt Co,  MD?

Matthew B Sellars Baltimore Ward 19, Baltimore (Independent City), MD abt 1820 Kentucky White Male
Anna B Sellars Baltimore Ward 19, Baltimore (Independent City), MD abt 1845 Kentucky White Female
Matthew B Sellars Baltimore Ward 19, Baltimore (Independent City), MD abt 1869 Maryland White Male

 Census Place: 19th Ward, Precinct 8, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
 Source: FHL Film 1254504  National Archives Film T9-0504     Page 203C
 Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Matthew SELLERS Self M M W 85 LA (born ca 1795)
 Occ: Railroad Clerk Fa: LA Mo: LA = check 1870 Balt Co., MD census =
Annie L. SELLERS Dau F M W 31 LA
   Fa: LA Mo: LA
Mathew SELLERS Son M S W 11 MD (1869?msh )
 Occ: At School Fa: LA Mo: LA
Harvey SELLERS Son M S W 7 MD
 Occ: At School Fa: LA Mo: LA
Samuel SELLERS Son M S W 6 MD
   Fa: LA Mo: LA
   Fa: LA Mo: LA
Grace CUMMINS Other F W W 58 ENG
 Occ: Servant Fa: ENG Mo: ENG
Anna MYERS Other F S W 22 VT
 Occ: Servant Fa: VT Mo: VT
Bridget HINLEY Other F S W 25 IN
 Occ: Servant Fa: IN Mo: IN
John GOINGS Other M M B 35 PA
 Occ: Coachman Fa: PA Mo: PA

FILL in the gaps IF you can.  

I do NOT have time to SIFT thro our Info = I need you/our members to SEND connections with their letters, etc.
AND they/we can check out documents, etc.

THANK YOU for sharing SELLERS. please understand, etc.
marie, iowa
-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 8:53 PM
Subject: Matthew Bacon Sellers of Kentucky

There may have been two persons with this name.  As I recall, the younger of the two became "famous" for constructing a flying machine...and flying it...supposedly before the Wright Brothers.  There is a great deal of information on the INTERNET relative to his exploits, but I do not recall much dealing with genealogy.
This is forwarded to you just using my memory...which isn't always reliable.  As MBS is not in "my line", I just read of his exploits and dropped it after that.  BUt, as I recall, there is a clear and relatively easily discernible "line" back to NC.
You probably know all of this...sorry if I am repeating I know you have a great deal of information through which to sift.



Matthew B. Sellers II (1869-1932)
Matthew Bacon Sellers II was born in Baltimore in 1869, the first son of two native Kentuckians. Beginning in about 1889 and continuing until about the time of the first World War, he conducted basic aeronautical research, progressing from balloons and small flying models and kites to wind-tunnel testing of airfoils, then on to designing, building, and flying a variety of weight-shift-controlled hang gliders. Although he corresponded with other notable aviation pioneers of the time, such as Samuel Langley and Octave Chanute, Sellers worked independently, contributing a number of papers that were published in Scientific American and other technical journals of the period. He received several patents for his kite and aircraft designs.

In the 1880s, Sellers’ mother repurchased about 200 acres of land that had previously been owned by her family near Grahn, KY. Sellers built a second home there in 1889, naming it Blakemore. He spent a portion of each year there until 1911, dividing his aeronautical research efforts between Blakemore and a third home he had built in Warren County, GA.

In late 1908, Sellers added a 7 hp. engine, landing gear, and flight controls to his quadruplane No. 6 glider, producing a powered aircraft capable of making 180-degree turns that would eventually make a number of flights in excess of a quarter of a mile. It was the world’s first functioning aircraft to feature retractable landing gear. His initial short hops in this aircraft, at Blakemore on December 28, 1908, were the first powered airplane flights to be made in Kentucky.

But then in October 1911, tragedy struck Blakemore when one of Sellers’ employees was struck in the head by a propeller and killed. Filled with remorse, Sellers left Kentucky four days later. He would return only once, for a brief visit in 1931. After being seriously injured in a crash himself while demonstrating his aircraft in New York in 1914, Sellers ceased flying and gradually turned his attention to other endeavors.

However, by this time he had become a recognized expert in aeronautics, and starting in 1915 he served under Thomas Edison on the Naval Consulting Board. He married in 1918 at age 49, fathering two sons.

Sellers built his last aircraft at his home in New York in 1926, but it burned the following year due to a faulty carburetor before it could be flight-tested. While recovering from pneumonia in early 1932, Sellers suffered a fatal heart attack at age 63.

With the passage of time, Sellers’ accomplishments were all but forgotten. But in 1967, aviation historian Edward Peck learned of some of Sellers’ achievements and began collecting relevant artifacts, documents, photos, and oral histories. With the permission of the inventor’s two sons, Peck also worked with a group of Carter County citizens to preserve Blakemore. Thanks to their efforts, it was added to the National Parks Service’s National Register of Historic Places in October 1974. Restoration efforts were under way when the house burned only one month after being listed. But the adjacent workshop where Sellers had built his wind tunnel in 1903 was undamaged by the fire, so Peck then directed his efforts toward the preservation of that building.

Contacts with the Kentucky Parks Department and several aviation museums generated interest, but no firm commitments. Through the Smithsonian Institution, Peck was eventually directed to the New England Air Museum (NEAM) in Windsor Locks, CT. In the summer of 1976, a NEAM crew carefully dismantled the workshop and moved it, along with a number of smaller artifacts, to Connecticut for eventual display. Their plans called for reassembling the entire building inside the museum, and Peck worked with the museum’s curator to design the exhibit.

The disassembled workshop was still in storage, inside a cargo aircraft on outdoor static display, when the museum was heavily damaged by a tornado in 1979. The cargo aircraft was torn apart, and much of the dismantled Sellers workshop was literally scattered to the winds. With all of NEAM’s efforts necessarily directed to recovering from the damage done by the tornado, plans for the Sellers exhibit languished. The surviving material was transferred to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in the early 1990s.

In the course of approximately 20 years of research on Matthew Sellers, Edward Peck meticulously assembled a large collection of photos, documents, and correspondence, intending to write a definitive biography. While the copies of the individual photos and documents Peck collected are probably not unique, this material is quite likely the largest collection of material on Sellers in any one place. When Peck died in 1998—the biography, unfortunately, still unwritten—the collection passed to his long-time friend and fellow aviation historian Charles W. Arrington of Louisville, who has since donated it to the AMK.


Matthew Bacon Sellers (1869-1932) aviation collection


Collection : Matthew Bacon Sellers (1869-1932) aviation collection
Date/Extent : 1904-1914; 9 glass negatives, 57 nitrate negatives
Description : Sellers, a Kentuckian and contemporary of the Wright brothers, documented his early experimentation in aeronautical activities in these images. Sellers conducted early wind tunnel research on his Carter County, Kentucky, farm starting in 1897 and built gliders and planes. He later served on several governmental boards and was technical editor of the magazine Aeronautics. Sellers' photographs document designs for box kites, wind tunnels, quadruplanes, and gliders, as well as a series of Wright Model A Army trials. The photographs were taken in Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia.
Repository : Photographic Archives


Matthew Bacon Sellers (and Angelina Leathers Lewis), ca 1900

Plane built by Matthew Bacon Sellers (and Angelina Leathers Lewis), circa 1900
Matthew Bacon Sellers was born in Baltimore, Maryland on march 29, 1869, the first of four children born to Matthew B. Sellers, Sr., and Angelina Leathers Lewis, who were descended from families native to Kenton and Carter Counties, Kentucky. Known sons of Matthew Bacon Sellers were Matthew III and John Clark Sellers.

Matthew Bacon Sellers made crucial contributions to the development of aviation in this country with his many inventions.

See Matthew's picture.

Submitted by Garrett and Sherry Lowe


Sellers House and Laboratory Building *** (added 1974 - Building - #74002274)
Also known as Blakemore
Carter County - S of Grahn, Grahn
(50 acres, 2 buildings)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Person
Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
Architectural Style: Stick/Eastlake, Other
Historic Person: Sellers,Matthew Bacon
Significant Year: 1903, 1908, 1894
Area of Significance: Science, Architecture, Invention
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Domestic, Education
Historic Sub-function: Research Facility, Single Dwelling2
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use



There are no additional pages to either sheet. I was given a copy of the
single page Matthew Bacon Seller's "The Sellers Family" by Mary Beadles who
wrote a book on the Travis family which connects to the Sellers. The word
you cannot make out is "scripture". As to how the name Bacon might fit it,
I have no idea and have not pursued this angle.

Regarding the Lake Providence article. The page I sent is all I have. I
didn't locate the newspaper myself, so can't help you find it. It may have
been passed to me by Mary Beadles. It seems to have come out of a local
newspaper some years back. When I say local, I mean local to the Lake
Providence area. It appears all the legatees, including MBS got the same 28
acres in KY. How MLB managed to turn his share into the 1856 acres which
comprised Oakland Plantation with over a hundred slaves is outside my
research, but must speak highly of his business acumin. Even more noteworthy
is his apparent ability to preserve much of he wealth by getting out of the
South and into the Northeast as he did.

Dave Johnston

----- Original Message -----
From: "sksmith" <>
To: "Dave Johnston" <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 10:22 AM

> Dave,
> Just finished skimming the files you sent and had one quick question -
> were
> there any more pages to either the Matthew Sellers Genealogy paper or to
> the
> Oakland Plantation newspaper article? The newspaper article obviously has
> more to it, but can't tell about the hand-written genealogy. I was always
> curious where the name "Bacon" came from, but the explanation ends with
> the
> phrase "deceased ancestors". Hopefully, there's another page which tells
> us
> who this was.
> Also, in the genealogy, have you figured out what it says at the
> beginning of the 3rd paragraph "Putting the genealogy in [????]
> style...". I can't read that word...
> I think I may actually have taken a picture of where the plantation
> used
> to
> be. I think the hotel that's mentioned in the article turned into a
> nightclub, and it seemed like even that was out of business. Lake
> Providence is extremely poor and there's only 2 motels left - both well
> outside the city limits to avoid high city taxes. I'll have to make a
> trip
> to my storage container and dig out the photo chips to find out.
> Still unclear how Matthew got to be so rich in such a short time. 28
> acres
> wouldn't have sold for much money I would think, so maybe he was just a
> clever businessman after all.
> Steve
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dave Johnston" <>
> To: "marie sellers hollinger" <>
> Cc: "Robert Sellers" <>; "Steve Smith"
> <>
> Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 23:23
>> Attached a few goodies which includes the 1817 deed you requested.
>> An article from an unknown newspaper detailing the old Oakland
>> Plantation A genealogy of the Sellers family in the handwriting of
>> Matthew Bacon Sellers, Sr from Mary Beadles Mathew Seller's Will
>> (transcription by me) 1817 Land division of Mathew Seller's
>> Livingston, KY land (my transcript and
>> original 4 pages)
>> Here is my note attached to Ann (Corbett) Sellers:
>> "An 1817 Livingston Co., KY deed divided Ann (Corbett) Seller's dower
>> share of her deceased husband's land among her heirs and that deed
>> names Robert Gallaway. I thought this indicated she was dead by
>> August 1817 (Deed Bk. C,p.295), however, a tombstone dated 1827
>> appears on Matthew Bacon's old Lake Providence Plantation, which
>> indicates she likely died in 1827 while living with or near him. The
>> inscription says "Sacred to the memory of Ann
>> Sellers died 1828, aged 78"
>> This implies she was b. ca 1750/ 51 like Matthew said in the letter."
>> The MBS genealogy is interesting. He may have had this researched in
>> his lifetime. The Quaker Records might have been available to search
>> that long ago, but most researchers now dispute this alleged lineage.
>> Dave Johnston
>> p.s. for Robert - sorry to be so long in sending the Mathew Bacon
>> Sellers Genealogy, but now you have it.

DEC 2005

from STEVE
sksmith []

Written by Matthew Bacon Sellers

The Sellers Family
The American Ancestor of the Family whose name
was Samuel Sellers came to this country from the
County of Darby in England in 1684, two years after
the first landing of Wm. Penn.

Soon after his arrival, he was married to Anna
Gibbons. Thus was the first marriage which took
place in the old Meeting House at Darby.

Putting the genealogy in Scripture style -- as was the
custom of the Friends of which Society he, and all the family
were members - Samuel Sellers, the first of the American
family, whose son was the second Samuel Sellers, whose
son was the third Samuel Sellers, whose son was the
fourth Samuel Sellers. Here the family divided -
a son of the fourth Samuel going to the southern part
of Virginia,
settled on the Roan Oak river, where Matthew
Sellers Snr. was from, who, while a young man, migrated
to the Cape Fear River in North Carolina near Wilming-
ton where he married Ann Corbett, the daughter of
an independent farmer. After raising a family of six
children, my parents moved to Kentucky -- Livingston Cnty.
where I was born "Like one out of a season". My father
being fifty-seven and my mother forty-nine years old
and was named a Matthew for my father and Bacon
being added in honor of deceased Ancestors.


DEC 2005
from STEVE
sksmith []

Just dug these out of storage. Not much to look at, but this is a photo I
took of the former site of Matthew Seller's Oakland Plantation in Lake
Providence last year, described as Lots 18, 19, 20, 21, of T21N, R12E
. This
is looking southwest from the highway. I didn't walk out there as I didn't
know Ann's grave might be out there at the time.
Turning to the right, you see the lake itself, an old "oxbow" of the
Mississippi, in the "Lake Providence" photo. The "Town of Lake Providence"
is a view of the town from on top of the levee looking southwest. The
Mississippi river is out of the picture to the left on the other side of the

PS - minor spelling correction - it's "Ouachita", not Quachita, pronounced
"WA-shi-taw" (local Indian tribe).




Great find. WONDERFUL find. We need to compliment Garrett and Sherry Lowe for this absolutely WONDERFUL sketch. No I hadn't seen it before, but thanks for sharing.

As you know, his aunt, Ann Sellers married Robert Galloway in Brunswick Co., NC and followed Ann's father, Matthew to Livingston Co., KY. After the death of the family patriarch (and the birth of Matthew Bacon Sellers I) in Kentucky, the Galloways and Sellers settled in Warren Co., MS, before Mississippi was even a State. By 1828, Matthew Bacon Sellers I was growing 'white gold' on the Missisippi Delta soil on Lake Providence, LA. His son, the builder of Blakemore, however, was not born in the Mansion House at Oakland Plantation, but rather in Baltimore where his father moved to begin his second career with the railroad and married a woman young enough to be a granddaughter (almost). She was Matthew Bacon Seller's second wife Annie Leathers Lewis.

Dave Johnston []

----- Original Message -----
From: Judy Beach
To: Dave Johnston
Cc: Kristeen Galloway
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:13 AM
Subject: Blakemore

You all may have already seen this, but I hadn't.


Miami Herald, The (FL) - May 18, 2003
Deceased Name: Matthew B. Sellers III
FL United States
SELLERS MATTHEW B., III, passed away Monday morning, May 12th. He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn Witt Sellers; his daughters, Wendy Sellers and Tracy Sellers; his grandchildren, Morgan M. Howell, Shannon Howell Esco, Danielle Livoti, Gabriella Livoti, Farah Ali, and Jason Ali; his great grandchildren, Alexandra Esco and Zachary Matthew Esco; his stepsons, Fred Witt, Chuck Witt and Lou Witt, all from Fort Lauderdale. He is also survived by his brother, John C. Sellers of Corona del Mar, CA, and his sister, Patricia Coulter of Duxbury, MA and their families. Mr. Sellers was born in New York City on November 13, 1919. His mother, Ethel Clark, was an artist and sculptress. His father, Matthew B. Sellers II, was an early aviation pioneer and inventor who currently has an exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Mr. Sellers was educated at Tome School, attended Lehigh University and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College. He majored in chemistry and minored!
in math. He was commissioned in the Navy before the start of WWII. He was chief engineer on the destroyers the USS Blue and USS Morris. He participated in every major naval battle in the Pacific Theater during WWII and attained the rank of Full Commander. The following heroic deed (one of many) was detailed in my father's memoirs: After the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Typhoon Cobra was heading right for Task Force 38 of the Third Fleet. On December 18, 1944 Mr. Sellers was ordered to begin deballasting his destroyer in order to take on fuel. Mr. Sellers knew it was foolhardy to deballast in the face of an obviously bad storm, so he went back to the engine room and turned down the pumps. Thanks to my Dad's insightful thinking, when Typhoon Cobra struck, my Dad's destroyer pulled through unscathed while seven others capsized with great loss of life. On June 1, 1946, he married Gene Marion Herrick and they were married until she died on April 12, 1986. They had two daughters, Wendy!
and Tracy. Mr. Sellers joined the Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Fort Laud erdale in June 1960. He was the only man who served as Commodore of the Coral Ridge Yacht Club twice. He was also in the Optimist Club and the Navy League. He was National President General of the Sons of the American Revolution and an active member since 1970. He was also a member of numerous other genealogical organizations. Mr. Sellers was active in the Republican Party and was Republican Committeeman for his district for several years in the 1970's. During that time he also ran for the Republican nomination for State Representative from Broward County. Mr. Seller's most recent venture was breeding and raising cattle on his ancestral land in Kentucky. The following are personal dedications by family members: "I hope you can see me in my Navy ROTC uniform from up in Heaven, grandpa." Gabby "Dad, I will miss your insightful wisdom, dauntless courage, insatiable curiosity, eternal optimism and unconditional love. Throughout my life, you have always been there for me with emo! tional support, advice and help. Even though you know about my many stupid mistakes, foibles and idiotic decisions, you never failed to make me feel loved, accepted and needed." Wendy Grandpa, I will miss your mind and voice. Your great grandchildren will grow up knowing all of your amazing accomplishments. You inspired me to be a better person. I love you Grandpa...give Grandma my love." Shannon "Dad, I will truly miss you. Your wisdom and knowledge, your advice and guidance along with your remarkable sense of humor is a great loss to me. My love for you will never diminish and will always be forever." Tracy "Grandpa, we will miss your encouragement to strive for the best and never give up. Your wisdom and insight will be forever impressed in our minds. You will be greatly missed." Farah and Jason "Matt, you were a wonderful man. We will miss your carefree spirit." The Witt Family To visit this Guest Book Online, go to Miami Herald, The (FL)
Date: May 18, 2003
Record Number: 1020164
Copyright (c) 2003 The Miami Herald

BC Canada

reply to
I am looking for obit for Mattew B Sellers died May 12,2003 Broward county, Ft Lauderdale.
Thank you in advance.
kristeen Galloway


from Dave Johnston []


Don't know if you have this or not, but I'll scan and send my photocopies separately.

Obit from Friday Morning, July 2, 1880 Baltimore The Sun, page 2, column B: "Dr. Matthew B. Sellers died yesterday, at his late residence, corner of Arlington avenue and Lanvale street, of paralysis. He was native of Louisana, and was formerly largely engaged in cotton and sugar planting. At the close of the war between the States he sold his property in Louisiana and came to Baltimore, where he has since resided. He was one of the directors of the Northern Central Railroad Company. He leaves a wife and four children."
Baltimore The Sun, Saturday, July 3, 1880, page 2, column A: "SELLERS, -- On the morning of July 1, 1880 at his late residence in the city of Baltimore, MATTHEW B. SELLERS, formerly of Louisiana. [Philadelphia, Louisville, and New Orleans paper please copy.] The friends of the family are invited to attend his funeral, from the Church of the Ascension, on this {Saturday} afternoon, at half-ast four o'clock."

Obit from Monday, July 5, 1880 Baltimore The Sun: "Dr. Matthew B. Sellers, who died on Thursday last, was buried on Saturday, in Loudon Park Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted in Ascension P.E. Church, by Rev. Mr. Loftus, assistant rector. The pal-bearers were Messrs. George Small, J.S. Leib, James Sloan, J.T. Mason, J.J.M. Sellman, Thos. Pracht, B.F. Newcomer and Capt. H.H. Lewis."

I do not yet have a copy of his will, but it is filed in Baltimore Book 46, folio 441.

Dave Johnston
Self-appointed family historian/genealogist and archivist
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root -- Chinese Proverb--


from David Johnston []







june 2006


Thanks for the forwarding of the Obit. information from Dave Johnston, regarding my Great Grandfather, Matthew B. Sellers (1800-1880). I hope that I can be in line to get a copy of the will when Dave does get a copy of it.

Of note: I have a copy of the death certificate of MBS and his 2nd wife Annie. I would be glad to pass them along. I have spoken with a representative at Loudon Park Cemetery about having them take pictures of the family plot for me, but they said only family members could. As it stands now, it is on my list of thing to take care of.

I have been in contact with the Woodland Cemetery in Philadelphia, where MBS wife #1, Elizabeth Cash, is buried in their family plot. They took pictures for me of the EC headstone and of the family headstones.

I obtained a post civil war engraving of General McPherson's union troops encamped at MBS plantaion in Lake Providence, LA, and can obtain more original copies (c. 1880s) and pass along.

I have had tin portraits copied and enlarged, of Annie Lewis Sellers, and her parents. I have a copy of the Thomas Sully portrait of MBS.

I plan in the near future to visit the old plantation property in Lake Providence, LA, where MBS's mother and sister are buried together.

DNA test? What existing DNA information have we accumulated thusfar. I would be willing to contribute to the data bank.

Please forward this information on to Dave.

Keep in touch distant Cousin(?) and Thanks,

John Blakemore Sellers
John B. Sellers []


JULY 2006
from DAVE JOHNSTON Dave Johnston []