Mrs Margaret Sellers McCurdy

Margaret Sellers McCurdy by Jim Sellars
jimsellars@ymail.com

Subject: [SELLERS] Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Sellers/McCurdy

Marie,

I was looking through some old posts and saw one from Mary Moore Grimaldi regarding the parents of Margaret (Sellers) McCurdy, the wife of Capt. Archibald McCurdy of Mecklenburg Co., NC. I think I have the answer to who her parents were. Margaret and her husband lived on Rocky River and nearby lived Isaac and Rebekah Sellers as well as John, James, Thomas, and George Finley. Many of the Rocky River residents had Cumberland Co., PA connections. So, I believe that Isaac and Margaret Sellers were siblings and children of Samuel Sellers of Cumberland Co., PA. Samuel sellers had a brother-in-law named Thomas Finley. The George Finley may be the same person as the one who sold his farm in Hopewell township and left the area in 1771. George Finley purchased land in Mecklenburg in 1773, though its not for certain he's the Cumberland Co. George.

Isaac Sellers drops off the Cumberland Co. record in 1770 when he was listed as an unmarried taxpayer in Hopewell Township. Then in 1772 Isaac Sellers purchases a tract of land on Rocky River near the McCurdys and Finleys. Subsequent land deeds show Isaac's wife is Rebekah. Here are abstracts of deeds I have found:

20 October 1772, William
White & wife Margaret of Province of North Carolina, to Isaac Sellers of Mecklenburg, for £40… 158 acres on south side of Rocky or Johnstones River, conveyed by Arthur Dobbs to said William White 29 June 1762… William White, Margrate White (X). Witness: Andrew Barnes, James White Sr. (X).
Recorded January Session 1775. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed Book vol. 6, pp. 258-260. (Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S. and Elmer O. Parker, Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina, Deed Abstracts 1763-1779 (Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina, 1979), p. 180)

Note: A portion of the
above land was sold by Isaac Sellers to Robert Rogers, 4 January 1776. It was mentioned in a deed between Andrew McCanaghen and Charles Alexander, 26 July 1779, and described as, “110 a. on both sides of Rocky River with a corner at the mouth of Coddle Cr originally granted to Will White by Aethur Dobbs 24 June 1762, deed by the sd White to Isaac Sellers 20 Oct 1772, next to Robt Rogers 4 Jan 1776…” (Herman W. Ferguson, Abstracts of Deed Books 15-23, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, 1794-1830 (Herman W. Ferguson, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 2001), p. 21)

26 August 1774. Isaac Sellers and wife Rebacah to John Davis, for £30 proclamation 50 acres on the south side of Rocky River being part of a tract granted to William White by Governor Arthur Dobbs 24 June 1762, and conveyed by White to Sellers 20 October 1772. Certain mineral rights were reserved. Witness: Hugh (C) Carothers, Jurat and James (X) Kile. Proved in January 1775 Court by Hugh Carothers. Sam Martin, CC. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Deed Book 10, no. 88, p. 188. (Herman W. Ferguson, Genealogical Abstracts, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Books 10-14, (Herman W. Ferguson, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 2001), p. 8)

Note: The Carothers are known to have been from Cumberland Co., PA. A John Carothers "of Cumberland Co., PA" purchased several tracts of land in Mecklenburg Co. in the 1760s.

9 January 1779, Henry
Shute and wife Mary to Isaac Sellers,
for £200 prolamation 165
acres on the north side of Rocky River adjacent Joseph Ross. Said tract is part of the land of Ambrose Hearding, Esquire, Counselor at Law Dublin, and sold 5 August 1768 by James Wiley, Esq, High Sheriff, to John Mitchell, then to Thomas Shields 18 December 1769, and to Shute 18 March 1778. Witness: John Finley and John Adams Miller.
Proved in April 1783 Court by oath of Adam Alexander. Sam Martin, CMC.
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed Book 11, no. 457, p. 225. (Herman W. Ferguson, Genealogical Abstracts, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Books 10-14, (Herman W. Ferguson, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 2001), p. 43)

2 February 1782. Isaac Sellers and wife Rebekah to John Adam Miller, for £2,000 proclamation 165 acres on the north side of Rocky River adjacent Joseph Ross. Said tract is part of 12,500 acres owned by Ambrose Hearding, Esquire, Counselor at law in Dublin, and sold 5 August 1768 by James Wiley, Esq, High Sheriff, to John Mitchell, then to Thomas Sheilds 18 December 1769, and to Henry Shute 18 March 1778. Witnesses: Robert (S) Anderson and Anthony Ross. Proved in April 1783 Court by oath of Robert Anderson. Sam Martin, CMC. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Deed Book 11, no. 459, p. 231.
(Herman W. Ferguson, Genealogical Abstracts, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Books 10-14, (Herman W. Ferguson, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 2001), p. 43)

I recently found online a 1930 article about Margaret Sellars McCurdy and her life during the Revolutionary War, which I will post later when I'm off of work. I was written by a descendant. It said she was born in Southern Pennsylvania and during the French and Indian War she was sent to take her father dinner since he was working in a neighboring farm. While she was gone her mother was murdered by the Indians. After that, her father came down to Mecklenburg to get away from the Indians. While the details are slightly off, Samuel Sellers' wife was also murdered during the French and Indian War in 1761, but it was actually a soldier who deserted based on a PA Gazette. Samuel Sellers also had children named Isaac, John, Samuel, and Margaret. There's no record of him coming down to Mecklenburg Co., but he sold off his land in 1774 and then left a will in 1776. He did not name any of his children as executors and that may be because none were living there.
John and Samuel were in western PA and Isaac and Margaret probably followed the Finleys and others to Mecklenburg Co.

Isaac and Rebekah Sellers appear to have left the area about 1782 when they sold off their land and most likely headed to Kentucky to join the other Sellers who were there. He and Rebekah ended up in Woodford Co., and then Harrison Co., KY where they died. The children of John Finley of Rocky River are documented as leaving for Kentucky during the 1780s settling in Madison Co., KY. Deeds in Madison Co. refer to Mecklenburg Co. land.

Is there anyone out there still researching the Sellers/McCurdys?

Jim