CELLAR GENEALOGY
HISTORY OF THOMAS CELLARS/SELLARS

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This article was donated by Mrs EMMA E. CLARK of Pasadena, CA
signed E.E.CLARK and states "donated to All SELLERS searchers"
Mary SIMS, editor, thought this was EMMA JANE EVERETT CLARK,
GGgranddaughter of
SARAH CELLAR WILSON who wrote the manuscript from notes written before1875.
This article/manuscript  was sent to SELLERS LETTERS by J.R. SIMS



And Contributed to us by:
           Jsellars3@aol.com

The Cellar Genealogy

Hans Kellar was a native of Germany. He was one of the King's hunters.
Relics of his occupation were handed down from one generation to another: a
cutlass used in killing wild hogs: a horseman's sword" and a curious fox trap.

He and a cousin of the same name emigrated to America early in the
eighteenth century. (Ed. note: we do not know if this meant cousin was named Hans
Kellar also or if he mearly had same surname.)

He married a lady of Scotch-Irish descent, and settled on a farm of four
hundred acres near Hagerstown, Maryland. His children were named
respectively: Jonn, Joseph, Thomas, George, Mollie, Rebecca, Hannah, and
Susan.

The eldest son, John, married and settled in one of the southern states.

Joseph married and reared a large family. He was a famous hunter and
trapper and would take his gun and traps and be gone for weeks together, huntinggame in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

George married and settled on a portion of the old homestead and reaered a
family of sons.

The daughters married and settled in the southern states. While they lived
together at the old homestead they attended the Presbyterian Church and
most of the family, if not all, belonged to that body.

Thomas Cellar, the third son, from whom we descended, was born in
Washington County, Maryland in the year 1740. His boyhood was spent with his father,
laboring on the farm. While a boy, a friend of his father, Jacob Hagar, of
Hagarstown, who was a gun-smith, gave him (Joseph) a gun-barrel and lock.
He made a stock and rigged up a gun with the material given him.

One morning he saw the sheep running in from the woods. He took his gun and
went out to a thicket from whencethey emerged. He found the carcass of a
sheep. He imitated the bleating of a sheep so well that the wolf soon made
his appearance. He shot and killed it, securing the scalp, which he sold
and bought with the price a new lock for his gun.

The neighnorhood soon learned of his skill in fixing up guns, and by fixing
up theirs just to accomodate them, he eventually became a good gun-smith.
His knowledge of this business he considered a great blessing to him years
afterward when living among the Indians.

When about thirty years of age, he purchased a valley farm in Franklin
County, Pennsylvania, and erected a house and mill on his place.

Soon after, he married Miss Martha McCoy a sister of Col. McCoy who was
killed in the Revolutionary War.

In a few years his wife died, leaving three daughters: Margaret, Jane and
Hannah. He buried his wife in the graveyard near the Presbyterian Church of
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. A few years later, he married Miss Sarah
Flannegan, a cousin of Col. Crawford, who was massacred by the Indians.

If to be loved and respected by those who knew her best is a sign of worth,
then this lady was a worthy woman. Her step-daughters loved her as an own
mother, and her daughters-in-law spoke of her with tender affection. When
her sons were old gray-headed men, it was pleasant to hear them say "my
mother."
They spoke the name with so much reverance.

She instructed her sons, "when you speak the name of God, do not speak it
hurriedly, out with reverance, 'him that honoreth me I wil honor'"

By this marriage there were seven sons, one of whom died in infancy. The
six remianing were named: Thomas, Robert McCoy, John Flannegan, George, James,
and Joseph.

As his children grew around him (Thoms Cellar), a desire to settle them as
near to him as possible prompted him to sell the valley farm and buy a
larger tract of land. Previous to selling, he made a journey through Ohio (ckROSS CO, OHIO , msh) and
Kentucky, but did not then decide where he would locate.

On this journey, while going down the Ohio River on a boat, one evening the
party ran ashore, tied there boat, built a fire, and were making
preparations to stay all night. When darkness had settled around them, they heard the
hooting of an owl, and what seemed voices responding in the distance. The
ol pilot, who had a cultivated ear for such music, told the others to notice
that the owl hooted backwards. He said he thought it was an INdian signal,
so they gathered on board as quietly as possible and moved down the river. Not
long afterward they heard of a massacre of whites who had moored their boat
to the same landing.

In the year 1800, Thomas Cellar sold his farm of 240 acres for something
over 16000 dollars (sic) and on the twenty-first of March, he with his family
and household goods started from their olf home in Franklin County, Penn., and
the next day while they were stopping at a tavern on Bloody Run, two land
agents, Israel Ludlow and Benjamin Chambers, learning Father Cellar's
intention, met him there and sold to him a tract of land containing 4000
acres for $1.30 per acre, in the North West Territory, as the State of Ohio
was then called.

At Pittsburgh, he put his family and household goods on board a boat and
sent the horses overland. They went down the Ohio as far as Portsmouth, and up
the Scotio to Chillicothe, arriving on the twentieth of April. His son-in-law,
Josiah McKinnie, and his wife were living in Chillicothe. Here Father
Cellar with his family remained for a short time and helped his son-in-law to
plant corn.

Finding there was no settlement near his land, he built a cabin on Congress
land just south of the present site of Columbus, and moved into it in June.
The nearest neighbors were two families living in the lower edge of
Pickaway Plains, and one family below Franklinton.

He liked the location so well he thought he would buy a small tract for a
homestead. (At the time the whole site of Columbus could have been
purchased for two dollars an acres.)

But very soon the entire family, with the exception of John and black Joe,
were sick with the ague, and continued to have it that year and the next,
when they abandoned all notions of remaining longer than necessary.

In the spring of 1802 a cabin was built near the spring on what is now
known as the Taggert farm. (ed. note: "now" meaning in 1890 when this history was written.)

They found an Indian village of seventeen huts, built on the flat at the
mouth of the run on which is found the 'dripping rock'. The huts were built
of small Linwood logs split in two, the bark carefully peeled off, the logs
notched, and built like a cabin, with the south end open, across which they
built a fire. They were roofed with the Linwood bark, the first tier inside
up, the second inverted, which covered the seems and when sundried made a
tight roof. The cracks were chinked with moss. Judging by the sugar trees
which had been worked, the village was built in 1799.

(the rest is on page 7 which I don't have. If someone has it please send it
to the list to finish this, thanks)

Jim Sellars
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page 7 (EdNote Linwood tree = Linden tree, per Webster) msh

Shortly afterwards, the indians removed to Sandusky, and years later returned to get the remains of a child. Father Cellar made them a light box in which to carry them away.
The Indians came from far and near to have their guns repaired and Father Cellar thought their depending on him for gunsmithing was one reason why he had no serious trouble with them, aside from being obliged to give them food and lodging.

Sometimes four or five dusky indians would be sleeping around the fire, while the family slept in the loft above. One night they quarreled among themselves and one of them left in the night taking an axe with him.
In the morning Father Cellar followed him and met him bringing home the axe , the indian assuring him that no theft was intended, but that he took it to defend himself and showed where he had been stabbed several times in the breast, the knife failing to penetrate the bone

At another time a drunken indian came into the doorsyard. The dogs ran out and the indian pointed his gun at them. Father Cellar cad, "Don't shoot the dogs" - then the indian pointed the gun at him. His son rushed into the house for his gun, determined to shoot the indian, but the father took the gun away while the frightened indian cried "Me no shooty you, fadder, me no shooty you"

In those early days, the nearest Presbyterian Church was in Chillicothe.Occasionally a missionary would travel this way. Rev. McCurdy, Dr Hogue and others and stop there. Then the neighbors would be notified and would gather in to hear a sermon. When Dr. Hogue organized a Church at Franklintown, several of the family united with that body.
In the year 1816, Father Cellar was called home. By will he had located his daughters and sons upon farms of equal size with the Olentangy flowing between them. he had seen his sons-in-law with their families established in homes of their own. (Ed note. This probably meant he bequeathed the land in his will)

The story of the third generation, I leave to be told by a future historian.
These were the true pioneers who with axe and gun subdued the wilderness and planted the Church and School.

This family history was written about 1890 by SARAH CELLAR WILSON, a daughter of John Flannegan CELLAR, from notes written previous to 1875. And was found , quite by accident?  in an old trunk once owned by a great grand daughter of Jane CELLAR
JANE CELLAR  married JAMES GILLIS
JANES GILLIS married JAMES FINLEY
MATTIE FINLEY married CHARLES EVERETT
EMMA JANE EVERETT married AMOS Z. CLARK, son of Col Joshua MARTIN CLARK
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The foregoing was typed on old yellowed paper and was among papers given to us by J.R.SIMS, who had once started a round robin for SELLERS searches, but gave it up.
This manuscript is a rare and wonderful contribution which has been sent by Mrs EMMA E. CLARK who lived at Pasadena, CA when she donated this manuscript to all SELLERS researchers. She wrote: "You are welcome to this, I am 92 and too busy t take part. E.E.CLARK.
We believe she was Emma Jane Everett CLARK, great great granddaughter of Sarah CELLAR WILSON who wrote the manuscript  from note written before 1875


NEED info on these families (DO NOT let Name Changes/Sounds interfere)

FOLLOW the families Thro - to WHERE they went=

check Both Spellings and Follow Up this son, JOHN
CELLERS/KELLARS/SELLERS that went SOUTH= and Send Results to this List

RECHECK  = the CELLARS/KELLARS/SELLERS in MD to PA to OH ended up using
the  name SELLERS, I believe, from memory?
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RE: Hans KELLAR born Germany to
Wash Co, MD=
(Frederick Co before 1776 and Prince Geo before 1748)
son JOHN=
He married a lady of Scotch-Irish descent, and settled on a farm of four
hundred acres near Hagerstown, Maryland. His children were named
respectively: Jonn, Joseph, Thomas, George, Mollie, Rebecca, Hannah, and

Susan.

The eldest son, John, married and settled in one of the southern states.

Joseph married and reared a large family. He was a famous hunter and
trapper and would take his gun and traps and be gone for weeks together, hunting
game in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

George married and settled on a portion of the old homestead and reaered
a family of sons.
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QUOTE from Cellars Family Genealogy=
The daughters married and settled in the southern states. While they
lived together at the old homestead they attended the Presbyterian Church and
most of the family, if not all, belonged to that body.
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SO, maybe the CELLAR FAMILY GENEALOGY pertains mostly to the THOMAS
CELLAR/SELLER that went to OH- looks like
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But, Brother JOHN CELLARS, ETC went SOUTH?
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NOW, we have many records on some of the older SOLLERS in MD
is this different family?
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ROBERT - Can You Help Me/Us - As you have studied and separated and
worked on these SOLLARS/SELLERS from MD= NEED HELP understand this
family -
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THANKS to ALL, We Need Work Here,
We have run into several families in NC that has these MD names -
PLEASE , take time to work on these families -
And if No Seen results, Send Proven documents/Info from families to
these counties/states -
marie, iowa


UPPER WEST CONOCOCHEAGUE PRES CHURCH, MERCERSBURG, FRANKLIN CO, PA

 

APRIL 7, 1771 , MARGARET, DAU OF THOMAS CELLARS

OCT 6, 1771, JOSEPH, SON OF JOSEPH CELLARS

JULY 11, 1773, JEAN, DAU OF THOMAS CELLARS

MAY 1, 1774, JOHN, SON OF JOSEPH CELLARS

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Carl, thanks,

I would appreciate Thomas sending me a small chart of his = ggranddad, etc, ages and places they lived. Close anyway. We have older info on Cellars from DEL to OH and don’t believe we/I have followed these families on to see if any changed their names, etc.
And we do Not  appear to have that spelling in our dna tests =
https://www.familytreedna.com/public/SELLERS/default.aspx?section=yresults

at the bottom of this page I believe shows where you can transfer your/his results to our pages.
https://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?&group=Sellers&vGroup=SELLERS

there is a small fee and if he has trouble with financing this, Advise, we may be able to help now and he could help later.

Thomas, if you have any questions, email me direct = mari@netins.net and I’ll try and guide you.  would like to see where your families came from and went to.

Carl, would appreciate copy of your 2015 update.
Thanks for sharing.

marie, iowa
From: Carl E Sellars [mailto:sellarsshop@frontier.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2015 5:37 PM
To: Marie Sellers Hollinger
Subject: thomas k cellar and then some

  Marie, not being active on the computer for some time leaves me unsure of your status.  I shall assume you are still coordinating the sellers research effort...meanwhile, I have finished an update, 2015 of "our Sellars family before 1760".  I will mail you a copy of the booklet upon request.  you will need to provide the mailing address...I would like to have you meet Thomas k cellar who ordered and now received results of his DNA, (37 marker) test.  TK's results from ancestry DNA is not in the form of my YDNA results, i.e. 37 markers and corresponding value.  of course, we would like to compare values.  how can we accomplish a match comparison?  TK is not a member of ancestry and his surname, cellar, may not be accepted in the sellers name pool.  how can we test for matching YDNA, standard y-str values?  we will surely appreciate your insight and assistance.  carl sellars sends...here is tk's personal e-mail:tcellar@aol.com phone cell 740-816-2775.  carl sends.

I BELIEVE THERE IS NO K in this name. T.K. Cellar <tcellar@aol.com> msh

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