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Will of NEWBERRY YORK of Darke Co., Ohio signed 3-3-1862 and witnessed by David Duncan and Henry Burns recorded 4-7-1866, Will Bk, 1853-1869, p 347 Transcription:

I Newberry York of the County of Darke and State of Ohio do make this my Last Will and testimony. I will to my beloved wife Nancy York in lieu of her dower the whole entire rent of the farm on which I now live containing about one Hundred acres and if the executor hereafter appointed shall sell said farm then my widow Nancy York shall have the whole entire interest of the said farm in cash at six Per cent on the Dollar.

I also will to my beloved wife Nancy all my personal property, money and credits except that all she may give into the hands of my executor to sell at Public Sale to pay my debts.

And at the death of my said wife I will to my said heirs the remainder of money and notes. To Jeremiah York's heirs one Hundred Dollars to be equally divided amongst them, to wit Mary Hole, Lyda Mendinghall, John York, Sureptay York, Richard York, William York, Rachel York, Carline Cottrell.

I will to Jeptha York's heir named Ann Ashman the sum of two Dollars, and after all the debts and claims are paid the remainder of my estate to be equally divided betwixt the six heirs hereafter named, to wit Joseph York, William York, Nicholas S. York, Newberry E. York, Didamia Miller, and Rebeca Armstrong, being the six heirs.

I do appoint and empower my son N S York my executor of this my last will and testimony empowering him to sell and convey either by Public or Private the farm and to make deeds as the law requires. [signed] Newberry York March 3th, 1862.

I would like to hear from anyone who has any information pertaining to James and Sophia Clemens in Darke County, Ohio, from the early-to-mid 1800's.  Both James and Sophia were reportedly former free slaves of my 5th Great Grandfather, Adam Sellers.  Originally from Rockingham County, Virginia, they relocated to Ohio in 1817 when my grandfather, Adam Sellers, moved to be with his sons and a daughter in Warren County, Ohio, near Springboro.

Adam took James and Sophia to Darke County and provided for their welfare until his death in 1821.  In a letter to a cousin in 1887 Adam's grandson, also named Adam Sellers, outlined that Adam had moved to Ohio, stopping for a time in the German Township (now Liberty) in Darke County, Ohio.  He spent several months there while his former slaves became established before moving on to Warren County.  In an article for the Underground Railroad, the following was written concerning James Clemens, his wife, Sophia, and the farmstead they built in the German Township: 
"The James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead is one of the oldest and last remaining agricultural resources in one of Ohio's earliest black settlements, Longtown (Greenville settlement). This farmstead was the home of James Clemens (1781-1870), who was the founding father of the settlement, instrumental in starting the first school, donated land for the Wesleyan Church and established a cemetery for the community. The Clemens were also conductors in the Underground Railroad and soldiers in the Civil War.
The records of the first landowners of Darke County, Ohio, show that James Clemens was the first free black man to purchase land in German township. Arriving with his wife Sophia in 1818 from Virginia, he soon built a thriving farm business. Sophia's maiden name was Sellers, and she is believed to be the daughter of Adam Sellers of Rockingham County, Virginia the former slave owner of James Clemens."
I'm interested in learning more about James and Sophia, their own ancestors, and their descendents.  I would love to hear from anyone who descends from them and/or who knows anything about them at all, especially during their time in Rockingham County, Virginia.  Any info pertaining to their life, their final resting place, etc., is most welcome! 
The articles I have read all state that "Sophia's maiden name was Sellers" and that she is "believed to be the daughter of Adam Sellers of Rockingham County, Virginia the former slave owner of James Clemens".  In knowing that this Adam Sellers was my 5th Great Grandfather, I'm all the more interested in learning more about James and Sophia.
Again, I'd like to hear from anyone who has any information and/or from anyone who has helpful hints or suggestions on where and how to look for more about them.
Michael Sellers
Sellers.Michael [msellers@acresgaming.com]
5th Great Grandson of Adam Sellers

4 E   9 N   19 E½SE   DONELLAN       Nelson        1833/04/04   80.0000
4 E   9 N   19 W½SE   ZELLER         Adam          1833/04/04   80.0000
 E   9 N   20 W½SW   ZELLER         Adam          1833/04/04   80.0000
4 E   9 N   20 E½SW   SHALLENBERGER  Jacob         1831/11/10   80.0000



Silar, George               437

in 1860 as George Sellers and in 1870 as George Teller (Richard Zeller)


Randolph County, Indiana ??

Union City Times-Gazette, Thursday, February 13, 1941

J. W. Shreeves passes away. - Former Union City business man dies at daughter's residence.

Jacob W. Shreeves, 79, retired Union City business man, died at 6 a. m. Wednesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harry E. Sellers, in Marion, Indiana. Mr. Shreeves became ill about one year ago, at which time he went to make his home with his daughter. Death was attributed to a stroke which he suffered 10 days ago.

Mr. Shreeves was born in Jackson township, Randolph county, on September 2, 1861. He attended the township schools and later went to New Madison, O., where he entered the milling business. Returning to Union City, he entered at various times the automotive, hardware and real estate businesses. Just before leaving Union City he maintained offices with L. L. Taylor in the Atlas bank building.

Surviving are the widow, Dresna; the daughter, at whose home he died, Mrs. Harry E. Sellers, Marion, and one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Hammons, of Winchester. One son, Harry, and a grandson preceded him in death.

The remains will arrive in Union City at noon Friday. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p. m. the same afternoon at the Brooks Funeral home in Union City. Other arrangements have not yet been completed.

Feb 2004

Are you connected to the Zeller families? I've seen your your earlier postings on other sites and I think or hope that  you might have be able to help me to connect to my GGG Grandfather Jacob Zeller [born in Pennsylvania between 1770-80 and died about 1848 in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, His will was dated 1848. His widow Anna Maria [Mariah] at 75 years of age, moved to Darke County ,Ohio with her son George A. Zeller, wife Elisabeth and his seven children. I remembered that you were researching the Zeller  and Sellers families that moved from Pennsylvania to Ohio so I am hoping that you may have run across something.  Thanks Marie,  Richard Zeller, 2320 North Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon.   Phone 503-285-5706   email    thanksforsharing@msn.com

Richard Zeller [RichardZeller@myfamily.com]

It might help our SELLERS to read a copy of this will if you would send. Thank you for sharing, marie, iowa


Dear Marie, My ggg granfather  George Zeller was in the 1860 census of Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio. They were wrongly identified as SELLERS.