submitted by: Lynn (Sellers) Mack R-L-M@prodigy.net
Marie and list, I came across these wills a few years ago and
photocopied them. I hope they will be helpful to others. I'll send the
wills for Christian and David separately. (all of Greene Co. PA)
No. 868 WILL OF GEORGE SELLERS
I George Sellers of Center Township, Greene County, State of
Pennsylvania, Farmer, do make and publish this my Last Will and
testament hereby revoke and make void all other wills by me heretofore
made. First I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the dust
from whence it came. I also direct that my body be decently intered and
that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my estate
and situation in life and as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased
God to intrust me with. I dispose of the same as follows:
first I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon
after my decease as posable [sic] out the first money that shall come
into the hands of my executors from any portion of my estate.
Secondly--I direct that my beloved wife MARY shall have a sufficiency
provided for her from the proceeds of the land in due time for her that
is to say I direct that she shall have for her own use one horse, two
cows, six sheep with pasture and food for them off of the land with the
priveledge [sic] of our house we now live in with the household
furniture beds and bedding so long as she shall live. I also diret
[sic] that my land on which I live and lying along the creek be divided
in three lots as follows. Beginning with lot number first and starting
on the south side of said land and running the line across the creek and
through the land to the north east side of the land, so as to cut off to
the left in lot number first one hundred and fifty acres of land the
line to stop eighty rods north of the Bearmore line. I also direct that
a line be run through the balance of the land so as to make them nearly
equal lots as the case may be commencing as the other line did on the
south side and passing through to the north east side making lots number
second and third of this tract of land.
Thirdly--I give and bequeath unto my son ASA SELLERS that lot of land
first mentioned up the creek called lot number first by the said Asa
paying five hundred dollars to the heirs as follows one hundred dollars
to David and George Sellers for the use of the heirs one year after my
decease, three hundred dollars to my daughter SARAH BEANS heirs soon as
they shall become of age share and share alike the said ASA SELLERS
shall pay one hundred dollars to young ASA SELLERS son of CHRISTIAN and
ELIZABETH SELLERS now residing some where on or near Middle Island when
the said child shall become twenty years of age.
Fourthly--I give and bequeath unto my son GEORGE the third lot of land
with the home house on it by admiting his mother's residence on it
during her life and his sister MARY and her two children to live with
her mother clear of charge so long as she shall live single. Fifthly, I
give and bequeath unto my son ATKINSON SELLERS the middle or second lot
of land but nevertheless I direct that my brother DAVID and some other
neighbour man divide the two lower lots between George and Atkinson so
as to suit them both as near as may be commencing on the south side of
creek and running to the north east boundry as may suit. I aslso direct
that my sons GEORGE and ATKINSON pay unto my son JOHN SELLERS the sum of
one thousand dollars in perportion [sic] of the valuation of their lots
valued by DAVID Sellers and some other neighbour man the payments to
commence two years after my decease at two hundred dollars a year till
the sum is paid up to my son JOHN SELLERS. I also direct that my sons
GEORGE and ATKINSON pay to my daughter MARY three Hundred Dollars in
three euqal payments one hunrdred dollars each year the first payment
eigth years after my decease yearly till all is paid. I also direct
that the said GEORGE and ATKINSON must pay to my daughter MARY's two
children the sum of three hundred dollars when they shall come of age
share and share alike and I do hereby make and ordain my esteemed
brother DAVID SELLERS, ASA SELLERS and GEORGE Sellers Executors of this
my last will and testament. In witness whereof I GEORGE Sellers
testator of this my will written on one sheet of paper set my hand and
seal this fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and thirty seven.
Signed Sealed and delivered
in presence of us who have subscribed
in presencee of each other
Thomas R. Chedister.
Greene County SS
on the fourth day of December 1837 before me Alijah N. Johnston Register
for the probates of wills and granting letters of administration in land
for said county personally appeared Richard Chedister and Thomas R.
Chedister the two subscribing witnesses to the within instrument of
writing and on their solemn oaths did say that they were present and saw
and heard George SELLERS the testator within named sign, seal, publish
and declare the within instrument of writing in his last will and
testament and at the time of doing thereof his was of sound and
disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge,
observation and belief. Richard Chedister Thomas Chedister
Sworn, subscribed before me the
day above written
Alijah N. Johnston
Registered Dec. 4th 1837 and letters testamentary [sp] granted to Asa
and George SELLERS same day with copy of will annexed.
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WILL OF DAVID SELLERS OF GREENE CO. PENNSYLVANIA 1837/1838
I DAVID SELLERS of Centre Township, Greene County, PA being weak and
indisposed of body yet being of sound mind and knowing the uncertainty
of life, make this my last will and testament as follows
Viz. 1st I wish my wife ELIZABETH to have the use of the farm
I now reside together with the stock and appurtionances [sp?] untill my
youngest child becomes of age provided she should so long remain my
2nd I wish the farm stock and appurtionances [sp] at the expiration
the time above mentioned to be appraised and sold and the proceeds
equally divided among my children my wife ELIZABETH retaining one third
of the interest of the whole during her natural life or whilst she
remains my widow.
3rd I wish my wife ELIZABETH to have the interest of my bank stock and
other moneys which may be left after my just and lawful debts are paid
during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow.
4th I wish my wife ELIZABETH to assist those of my children who may
marry or leave home before my youngest child becomes of age as far as
she can keeping a regular and just account of the same.
5th I wish my wife ELIZABETH to have the use of all my house hold and
kitchen furniture untill my youngest child becomes of age if she so long
remains my widow and at the expiration of the above mentioned time the
said household furniture to be equally divided among my children, my
wife ELIZABETH retaining one third during her natural life or so long as
she remains my widow.
6th I wish my bank stock and the moneys as above mentioned to be equally
divided among my children at the expiration of the time above mentioned.
7th I wish what land may fall to me adjoining lands of Hickman and
Sellers to be sold and the money put out on interest for the use of my
wife ELIZABETH during her natural life or so long as she remains my
widow and then to be equally divided among my children.
8th I appoint Samuel Cleavenger Esq. my executor. D. SELLERS
Attest DECEMBER 12 1837
Thos R. Chedister
Greene County SS
Before me Alijah N. Johnston register for the probate of wills and
granting letters of administration this day came Thomas R. Chedister and
CHRISTIAN SELLERS two of the subscribing witnesses to the above and
within instrument and upon their solemn oaths did say that they
present and saw and heard DAVID SELLERS the testator above named sign,
seal, publish, pronounce and declare the above and within instrument of
writing as his last will and testament and at the time of doing thereof
he was of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding, according to
the best of their judgment observation and belief.
Thomas R. Chedister
Sworn and subscribed
before me MARCH 6th 1838
Alijah N. Johnston
Registered March 6th 1838 and letters testamentary granted to Samuel
Cleavenger Esq. same day with copy of will anenexed. March 8, 1849 this
day letters of administration with the copy of will anext [sp]to John
Phealin Esq. with bond in sum of one thousand dollars with R. W. Downey
and Joseph McConnell surities [sp]
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No. 910 WILL OF CHRISTIAN SELLERS 1834/1839
This is the last will and testament of one Christian SELLERS of Franklin
Township Green County Pennsylvania [??????rlm]--
Item -- My will is that all my just debts and funeral expences be paid
as soon as convenient after my decease.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son CHRISTIAN SELLERS his heirs and
assigns all my home plantation situate in Franklin township aforesaid
adjoining lands of Joshua Thomas Joseph Throsmorton [sp?] and others
containing about two hundred and forty acres including the thiry six
acres bought of Hezekiah Stewart he the said CHRISTIAN paying and to pay
to my ????? on one year after my decease the sum of two hundred and
eighty five dollars and seventy cents my son CHRISTIAN has already paid
to his sisters six hundred and fourteen dollars and thirty cents.
Item I give and bequeath unto my two grand children JOSHUA SCOTT and
CHRISTIAN SCOTT children of JAMES SCOTT forty two dollars and eighty
five cents cash payable in one year after my decease.
Item-- My will is that the residence and remainder of my estate
payment of all expences be divided into ten shares and each of my
children to have one share and my grand children, the children of my
daughter MARY SCOTT to have the other share.
Item- I nominate and appoint my son GEORGE SELLERS executor of
last will and testament given under my hand and seal DECEMBER 1, 1834.
Elizabeth Fry CHRISTIAN SELLERS
Greene County SS
on the 6th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and thirty nine before me George Hoskinson register, for the
Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for said
county personally come A. Buchanan and Elizabeth Fry two of the
subscirbing witness. Within names and on their solemn oaths did depose
and say that they were present and saw and heard CHRISTIAN SELLERS the
testator within named, sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the
foregoing and annexed instrument of writing as and for his last will and
testament and at the time of doing thereof he was of sound and disposing
mind, memory and understanding to the best of your knowledge,
observation and belief.
Sworn and subscribed the day
above written before me Elizabeth Fry
George Hoskinson Register
Registered APRIL 6th 1839
Letters of Administartion granted to CHRISTIAN SELLERS Jr. same day.
Bond with William Seals and Joseph Rhodes taken as sureties Copy of
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From: Jim Stinespring
>From the Greene County, PA, Deed Book 9, Pages 131-133:
The undersigned heirs and
representatives of GEORGE SELLERS Late
Center township Green County deceased in order to save the expence of
administration and to make a full and final settlement and distribution of
the estate of said GEORGE who died intestate do hereby constitute and
David Sellers our true and lawful Attorney to make sell of the real and
personal estate of said intestate on such terms and conditions as he may
think proper and most advantageous to the parties interested and on seal
thereof to transfer and convey by any suficient Deed or Deeds all our
title interest property possession claim and demand whatseover both at law
and in equity of in and to the said estate and to the purchaser
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD to him his heirs and assigns in fee and we do
hereby rattify and confirm all things whatsoever which our said Attorney
lawfully do in the premises and if our said Attorney secured in selling
real estate we do hereby further covenant and agree to execute and deliver
any further instrument of writing which may be deemed necessary to secure
interest in said estate to the purchaser
GIVEN under our hands and seals the _____ day of _____, A. D.
Elizabeth X Sellers (SEAL)
George Sellers (SEAL)
Feby X Sellers (SEAL)
John Sellers (SEAL)
Sarah Sellers (SEAL)
Levi Sellers (SEAL)
Solomon Ankrom (SEAL)
Susannah X Ankrom (SEAL)
Jacob Sellers (SEAL)
Cinthya Sellers (SEAL)
William Crous (SEAL)
Mary X Crous (SEAL)
Recorded April 6th 1840.
This proves George Sellers, Sr., who died in or before 1832. This
proves his wife, Elizabeth, and the children listed with their respective
spouses. The only child not listed was Christian, who had died in 1828
Greene County, PA, Will Book 1, page 328, No. 587, of which I have a
I have many more documents to find, evaluate and send.
I am presently working on the four named Christian Sellers. The
seems certain as does the one born in 1800, who moved with family to
Morrow County, OH (see Lucinda's Page also).
Christian, Sr. and Jr., both appear in the Census and Tax Records before
and so are more difficult to prove. Any help would be appreciated.
If anyone knows if and how the Jacob Zeller, born 1696 and married to
Katherine Reiler, is proven, please let me know. He is suggested as the
father of Christian Sellers, Sr.
Does anyone know the birth date or even year of Christian, Sr., father
George, Jacob, John, Leonard, Barbara, Asa and Christian, Jr.
Greene County, PA
Orphan Court Docket 3, p. 82, No. 13
February Term 1849
Sellers, Christian Dec'd.
And now towit February 15th 1849 Christian Sellers, Administrator,
with the Will annexed, of Christian Sellers, Decd, presents to the Court,
Administration Account of said Estate for Confirmation and Allowance, by
which it appears there is a Balance of Four hundred fifty five Dollars and
forty seven cents $455.47 (Act Bal) in the hands of said Accountant. Same
day Account Confirmed by the Court.
March 24th 1851 Christian Sellers files the following Receipts towit:
Receipts of David Robert Rebecca Cooper, Elizabeth Selby, Mary Ann Hill,
Christian S. Roberts, Abraham Roberts, Susannah Burgom John Roberts, Isaac
Roberts dated Feby 26, 1851 children of Elizabeth Roberts, formerly
Sellers for their shares in full of the above bal - also Receipts of
Sellers Guardian of Roseberry & Atkinson Sellers & in his own Right Asa
Sellers, Shadrick Sellers Susannah Church & Margaret White, children of
Sellers for their shares in full of the above balance, also Christian
Joshua Scott & James Scott children of Mary Scott who was an heir of
Christian Sellers, also of Sarah Cotterell a child & heir of George
of Jno. Phelan Atty. of Roland Hughes Guardian of Richard & Sarah James,
children of Mary James also daughter of Geo. Sellers for their shares in
of the above balance.
Also Receipt of Sarah Hill Catherine Thomas Susannah Braddock & of
Jacob Bell & James Harvey Admrs. of Jacob Sellers for their shares in full
heirs of Christian Sellers dec'd.
some notes from Jim:
1. some commas are missing in the text when their place was at the end of
2. "David in David Robert is marked out and re-entered - possibly a
3. "Burgom" in Susannah Burgom could be "Burgorn"
4. This appears to be the execution of the will of Christian Sellers,
found in Greene County, PA, Will Book 2, page 103, No. 910 - this will can
be found on the page for Greene County, PA - the administrator would then be
his son, Christian, born 1800 - this makes the most sense
the following is also found later:
Green County, PA
Orphan Court Docket 3, Page 198, No. 12
To pay Money into Court &c.
And now towit February 15, 1851 the Petition of Christian Sellers,
Administrator with the Will annexed of Christian Sellers, deceased, was
presented to the Court setting forth, that your Petitioner on the 15th day
February 1849, settled his Administration Account and presented the same
this Court for Confirmation, in which it appears there is a balance in the
hands of the said Accountant of four hundred and fifty five dollars and
seven cents; and praying the Court to permit him to pay the said sum of
hundred and fifty five dollars and forty seven cents, with interest
into Court, and discharge him from further settlement.
Whereupon the same day the Court grant leave to the above named
to pay the aforesaid sum of Money into Court & discharge him from further
settlement &c. February 15, 1851 James Linsey Esqr. Appointed Auditor to
Report a distribution &c. Exit Certif to Auditor, May 16, 1851 Report of
Auditor Continued until next term. Exit Certificate to Auditor, September
20, 1851 Report of Auditor Confirmed Nisi (?) - And recorded on pages 7,
8, Auditors Report Docket, at which pages see Rects taking the money out
March 24, 1851, Rec'd of
Christian Sellers Admr. by hands of Jno.
Buchanan five hundred thirteen dollars eight cents. Amt. of Bal with
for 2y. 1m. 9 da- $513 8/100 - H. L. Pennock.
I have copies of both of these entries and the will if someone is
in them. They are recorded in the Greene County, PA, Courthouse,
I have more to send later,
Levi Sellers July 9, 1860, short will. I do
believe that this is the proof that we need that John and Sarah ( Couse )
Sellers had a son named George, who was living in Monroe Co. Ohio, But what
do we know about this George, was he the male child listed in the Center
Census of 1820.? Or was he born sometime after said census.? That is the
reason that I am trying to find any early Ohio Census of him, to be able to
connect him with John and Sarah, and with this George Sellers that died in
Monroe County Oct, 1884. If we can find him listed in the Ohio Census of
as age between 20/30 living with or by John.( that is the said needed
This way I can eliminate him from any possibility of the line of George and
Mary. For we know that my? missing George was also born between 1810/20.- I
haven't heard back from this B. Beckett that wrote the said quire of this
William Sellers born in Monroe Co in 1854, but if one of us do hear from
something good might have came of this searching. Maybe we have found one
more descendant of our Sellers of Green Co.-- If you notice I put a
mark before my missing George Sellers above. The reason for that is, from
one I have question just who was this George Sellers age 36 married to an
Elizabeth living in Richhill Twp in the 1850 Census. His age would match up
with my George, and his first child was born in the year of 1841, and going
by the 1840 Census, my George was still single. Now thanks to you, with all
your hard work on these Census, I have more information to study over. -You
know, "which other of the Sellers clan might have had a son named George
would fit into this age bracket" -- But back to the Will of Levi Sellers,
July 9, 1860, I found it hard to understand, and to copy, but hear is what
have. == After depts. paid/ To George Sellers of Monroe County Ohio- A son
of my brother John Sellers $300.00 and Amaduel Couse a son of William Couse./
$300.00 dived to my 5 brothers and sisters. --- IM not sure if the first
$300.00 was to be split between George and Amaduel, and the other $300.00
to be split with his brothers and sisters. If you get the chance, would you
look at what you have written down for this Will.--Back to George Sellers
Monroe Ohio, does anyone have the 1860 census of this County>? for
to Levi Will, George was living in said county at this time. Thanks again
for the pictures, looking forward to hearing back from you on this subject.
RE: GEORGE SELLERS 1837 WILL
Sarah Sellers daughter of George and Mary ( Sherman ) Sellers. who you will find listed in George Sellers 1837 Will=
This should had read Bane not Bean.
Sarah (Sellers) Bane's second Marriage was to a Wm. Cotteral or Cotterral. They first show up in the 1850 census of Green County, again in the 1870 census.
Greene County, SS
On the twentiety day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred, before me John Boreman
Register for the Probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for the said County personally came
James Seals and David Wilson, two of the subscribing witnesses within named, and on their solemn oaths did depose
and say, that they were present and saw and heard David Devall the testator within named, sign, seal, publish,
pronounce and declare, the forgoing and annexed Instrument of writing as and for his Last Will and Testament and
that at the time of doing thereof he was of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their
knowledge observation and belief and that they also saw Barbara Wilson, the other witness subscribe her mark there
to sworn and subscribed the day above written before me, John Boreman, Register.
David (his mark x) Wilson
Registered the 20th September, 1800, and Letters of Testamentary granted to Christian Sellers and Wm Rhodes
Executors the same day.