SELLERSVILLE, BUCKS CO, PA
Sellers Hall built in 1684 by Samuel Sellers and Anna Gibbons is still standing at St. Alice Church with a Historical Marker. Friends Of Sellers Hall are collecting funds and applying for grants to restore the building. We are looking for family members.
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F 0 R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
SELLERS HALL ON THE VERGE OF BEING LOST!
Sellers Hall, located on St. Alice’s Parish grounds, (Walnut St. & Hampden Rd. in the 69th St. area) has deteriorated almost to the point of no return. Deacon Charles Amen’s concern has been shared by members of the parish and the community. Recently, a self-proclaimed group of concerned citizens and volunteers, who call themselves “Friends of Sellers Hall,” has organized meetings to save the building which belonged to the first registered resident of Upper Darby, Samuel Sellers. The parish has almost no resources available – support is urgently needed to make essential repairs to the roof, windows and other structural areas. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED – PLEASE CALL DEACON AMEN AT 610-259-6985.
Samuel Sellers came here in 1682 and built his home in 1684 where he and his wife Anna Gibbons lived. They were followed in the home by several generations of the Sellers Family.
The Sellers were renown for their early wire-weaving mills in the area, for numerous inventions (some on a national level) and for their activity in local politics. They were active in the underground railroad, secretly directing fugitives from this location to other points north and west on their way to freedom.
The home has an historic marker from the "Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission." Unfortunately, the building has been deteriorating in the past several years. John Milner, renown historic architect, is advising the committee on the steps to be taken. The committee is applying for a Keystone Grant and is working to place it on the National Register of Historic places, both with Mr. Milner's assistance. Plans are to have it open to the public and perhaps include a museum.
Anyone who wishes to be a part of this significant effort should contact Deacon Amen (610-259-6985) or Mary Ellen Gontaryk (610-352-1389). A fund is being set up to stabilize the building in preparation for restoration work. You can be a part of this effort! Checks may be made out to: "St. Alice - Sellers Hall Fund" and sent to:
St. Alice Rectory
150 Hampden Road
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Is there a web page for "SELLERS HALL" fund drive? Do they have to raise so much money to get the grant? Is it linked to the Bucks Co., Pa genweb page? They should get good coverage on it.
Keep us up to date.
Lorretta Sinclair <email@example.com>
I found the article on Sellersville, Bucks Co., Pa (it was a miracle <g>)
Place Names in Bucks County pg 346-348
Borough erected from southeastern West Rockhill Twp, incorporated in 1874.
Sellersville is a very old settlement. Among the earliest settlers were
the families of Dotterer, Harr, Wambold and Derstine, all in or near the
present borough. Wambold's mill and tannery is known to have been on
Branch Creek (234) as early as 1730 and Derstine's mill, just below, was
built the same year. (235) The founder of Sellersville, for whom it was
named, was Samuel Sellers, a native of Hilltown Township, born there on
father's farm in 1765. The Sellers family in America was founded by
Philips Henrich Soller, who with his wife Catharine and four children came
over in the ship Goodwill, David Crockatt, master, arriving in
September 11, 1728. He was born February 18, 1699, in Weinheim, a small
town in the Palatinate, ten miles northeast of Manheim. In 1733 he bought
150 acres of land on Branch Creek and lived there until his death Jul 1,
1769. His remains are buried at Indian Creek Church. He left ten
children. The fourth son, John, was a blacksmith and settled on a farm in
Hilltown Township, having married Anna, daughter of William Johnson.
Samuel, the founder of Sellersville and second son of John and Anna
Sellers, learned the trade of his father and followed it until 1789, when
he inherited his father's farm and the same year (May 30, 1789) sold it to
Frederick Fluck. He had married Catharine Bodder, a sister of the wife of
his elder brother, Abraham Sellers. On April 15, 1790, Samuel Sellers
purchased from Joshua Richards for 200L the tavern lot of four acres,
thereafter known as Sellers Tavern, which also became the name of the
The land he bought was a narrow strip ten perches wide, extending
northward fifty five perches on both sides of Bethlehem Road (Route 309).
He later purchased other tracts, one including practically all of the town
on the west of the creek. In activity and ability Sellers was a man far
above the average. He was elected Sheriff of Bucks County (236) in 1812
and to the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1816, being a member at the time of
his death, August 18, 1817. He was owner, but not landlord, of the old
Clear Spring Hotel, on North Main St., Doylestown, which he sold September
26, 1816, to Valentine Opp, of Springfield Township, for $8,000. Opp made
the Clear Spring a famous tavern and was its host for many years. Samuel
Sellers left five children and his property was divided among them, Elias,
a son, and his mother coming into possession of the tavern property. They
both died before 1820 and the tavern passed out of the Sellers famiy, Adam
Gerhart becoming the purchaser in April, 1821. Thomas Sellers, a son of
Elias, was appointed the first postmaster August 28, 1820, under the name
of Sellers Tavern, and that remained the post office name until October
1866, when it was changed to Sellersville.(237) In its early days,
as it was and still is on one of the thoroughfares to Philadelphia,
Sellersville was a principal stage stop. The first stage line through the
town, the Weekly Post, was established in 1742. Then came George Klein's
stage line of 1763, in equipment and accomodations a great improvement
the old Weekly Post. In 1791 the stage left Bethlehem at 5 o'clock Monday
mornings andarrived at Philadelphia on Tuesday forenoons. Returning, it
left the house of George Lester, the Spread Eagle Tavern, Third Street
above Spruce, Philadelphia, Thursday mornings at 5 o'clock and arrived at
Bethlehem Friday forenoons. Sellers Tavern was probably an overnight
stopping place for the early stages. (238) This town has long been noted
for its industries. It was a cigarmaking center before 1860, when A. & S.
Cressman, Joseph Cressman and James Fried were in business extensively.
the same period Thomas Deets, Christian Peifer, William Ruler an Jonas
Wenhold were coachmakers. Michael Derstine, Charles W. Everhart, Samuel
M. Hager, David Haw and John Wineberger were operating flour and grist mills
in or near the town. Simon Jacoby was boniface of the old Sellers Tavern,
A. Cressman was landlord of the Washington House and James Hoot of the
White Horse. Today its gauge works, empoying many hands, is nationally
famous. Grand View Hospital is doing a great work in the community. The
town has long established fire company, Kiwanis Club, and fraternal and
civic organizations of the most efficient kind.
234- Northeast Branch of Perkiomen Creek
235 - Walter E. Baum in Two Hundred Years (1938), p 23, says: "Derstines
was a name given to the village cluster around the old mill established by
the old family, and Clemmershteddle was a name that the village south of
Branch Creek bore even within the memory of my boyhood in Sellersville.
Though there is no supporting data available, I have a firm belief that
Clemmershteddle was the original name of Sellersville."
236 - The docket of Sheriff Samuel Sellers and his letters and legal
documents in possession of The Bucks county Historical Society are all
composed and written in a firm buisness hand. On April 28, 1813, Sheriff
Sellers issued at Newton, Pa., the proclamation for the first term of
Court, beginning Monday, May 31, at Doylestown, the new county seat. Just
prior to the beginning of this Court term, the sheriff's office was moved
from Newtown to Doylestown.
237 - When the post office name was changed from Sellers Tavern to
Sellersville in 1866, it seems that the office simply officially assumed
the adopted name of the town. Gordon's Gazetteer of Pennsylvania, 1832,
names the town Sellersville, stating that it "contains 6 or 7 dwellings, a
mill, tavern and store." Boyd's Business Director, 1860, contains both
names, Sellers Tavern and Sellersville. There are other reference to the
town Sellersville before 1866. It is so named on the map of Pennsylvania
in the Tanner Atlas of 1825.
238 - Joshua Gilpin writes in his journal of a trip he made from
Philadelphia to Bethlehem in 1802, "Lodged at Sellers and had very
comfortable accommodations, more so than of them near the city. Family
very decent and industrious. All the linen of the house which was
remarkabley nice and white - woolenblankets and counterpanes of their own
family make from sheep an dflax of their own growth. Our landlord has a
store adjoining the tavern ^ sells a lrge quantity of goods and takse
produce in exchange. He mentioned he had on hand above 2,000 firkins of
butter which he would wish to sell at 9 cts per lb. Expenses: 3 suppers @
.31-.93; 3 beds @.06-.20; 3 horse hay, .60; 18qts. oats, .60; $2.33....
Many of the Germans in this country are certainly free from roughness for
which they are noted. I met and was treated with the greatest politeness
by many of them who appeared to great advantage as little was expected."
Tue, 29 Jan 2002 22:54:26 -0500
"Fred Sellers" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have a booklet "100th Anniversary of the Incorporation of
Sellersville, 1874-1974". It has a little history.
"Samuel Sellers ...built a dwelling and opened a tavern
in it on the site of the present Sellersville house. Around this old inn
has grown a flourishing village named after its founder. Mr. Sellers
lived to be a prominent and influential citizen, was a member of the
Assembly and High Sheriff and died Aug 18, 1817"
"....for many years known as Sellers Tavern the name of the
post office to 1866. ... The office was opened in 1820 and Thomas Sellers
was appointed postmaster"