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Thomas SELLERS
Diadama CURTIS
Mary CURTIS
Louisa MERRITT

Thomas SELLERS was born 9 Aug 1800, in Bracken County, Kentucky.   His great grandson, H. Allen SELLERS, stated that through generations of word of mouth the tradition was passed  that Thomas had a brother named Peter and they married sisters.  A brother, John, was named and a sister Mary.  H. Allen SELLERS felt that the father was named John.

Bracken County was created from Mason and Campbell Counties, Kentucky in 1796.  The SELLERS families seem to have lived close to the Ohio River near the subsequent border between Mason and Bracken Counties.

Since Thomas was born in Bracken County in 1800, a survey of SELLERS families in the area was done to determine possible parents or to at least narrow the field of candidates.  The following information is given to explain the findings.

Leonard and John SELLERS first appeared on the tax rolls for Mason County, KY, in 1793.  John continued on the rolls through at least 1797.   Based on the later 1810 census, John was born between 1765 and 1784, and Leonard was born before 1765.   Leonard and John SELLERS seem to have come from Washington County, Pennsylvania, where they (along with Jacob, George, Christian, and Frederick) were listed on the 1790 Federal Census.  Curiously, also listed on the same page of the 1790 census were George PECKENPOUGH, Thomas FEE, Thomas FEE Jun, William FEE, Jno PARKER, and Michael BUTTZ.   In fact, George PECKENPOUGH was the only person with that surname on the 1790 Pensylvania census.

At the July 1794 term of the Mason County, Kentucky Court, John SELLERS, resulting from his motion, was adjudged to “be henceforth Exempt from the payment of County and Public Levies.”   Reason was not given.

On 25 Dec 1797, John SELLERS, of Mason County, Kentucky, bought land from William and Elizabeth GATES, of Mason County, Kentucky, for thirty pounds.  It was described as 89 acres lying in Mason County, KY, on the waters of Lees Creek (at or near present-day Dover, KY, just south of the Bracken County line).   Lees Creek empties into the Ohio River.

The 1797 tax list for Bracken County, KY included the names of Leonard, Michael, and Elizabeth SELLERS (Elizabeth was the widow of Isaac SELLERS).

Adams County, Ohio, just across the Ohio River from Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky, was formed from Hamilton County, Ohio in 1797.
In 1798, in Mason County, Kentucky, John SELLERS, Sabastian SHROFE, Josephus WATERS, and Thomas WELLS were “appointed to view a way for a road from Thomas STUREMAS to William GATE’s and make a report to the next Court of the convenience and inconveniences attending opening the same.”

The 1799 tax list for Bracken County, KY, included the names of Leonard (165 acres), John,  George (165 acres), Michael (96 acres), and Abraham SELLARS .  John had 61 acres on Camp Creek.

Clermont County, Ohio was formed from Hamilton County, Ohio in 1800.  It is located just across the Ohio River from Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky.

The 1800 census index for Kentucky, which was reconstructed from existing tax records, lists Leonard, John, George, Michael, and Abraham SELLARS or SELLERS in Bracken County; and only John SELLARS in Mason County.  Since the John in Bracken County was a 1799 date and the John in Mason County was a 1800 date, the two entries could be for the same person.

Thomas SELLERS was born 9 Aug 1800, in Bracken County, Kentucky.   His parentage is not known, but it is known that at that time in Bracken County, lived Leonard, John, George, Michael, and Abraham SELLARS.  One of them is presumed to be his father.

The 1802 tax list for Bracken County, KY contained the names of Leonard (146 acres), John (no acres given), George (125 acres), Michael (75 acres), and Abraham (150 acres) SELLERS.

The 1803 tax list for Bracken County, included Leonard (176 acres), John (no acreage), George (25 acres), and Michael (75 acres).

The 1804 tax list for Bracken County contained the names of Leonard (176 acres), John (no acreage), George (no acreage), and Michael (92 acres).

The 1805 tax list for Bracken County included the names of Leonard (176 acres), John (no acreage), George (152 acres), and Michael (92 acres),.

The 1806 tax list for Bracken County contained the names of Leonard (176 acres), John (no acreage), George (no acreage), and Michael (73 acres),.

On 4 Mar 1806, Philemon THOMAS, of Mason County, Kentucky, sold land in Adams County, Ohio, to John SULLERS, of Adams County, Ohio, for $370.00.  It was described as 185 acres on the waters of Red Oak Creek and bounded by neighbors SMITH, William McKENNY, John MURPHY, John PHILLIPS, Stephen BUNNEL, Alexander JOLLY, and Archibald BEAL.  It was witnessed by Josephine WATERS.   This purchase would have left John’s total holdings at 89 acres in Mason County, Kentucky and brought his holdings to 175-185 acres in Adams County, Ohio.  The John SELLERS of Mason County, Kentucky, could well have been the same John SELLERS of Adams County, Ohio, but they could have been separate and distinct persons.  However, a land sale, detailed later, indicates the John SELLERS of Adams County was originally of Mason County.

The Tax records for Adams County, Ohio, contain the name of John SELLERS for the years 1806 (no township listed), 1807 (no township listed), 1808 (Byrd Township), 1809 (no township listed), and 1810 (in a grouping labeled “mixed townships”).   It is possible there was another John SELLERS who stayed in Bracken and Mason Counties, so the same name could have appeared in both places at the same time.

On 19 Jun 1807, John and Elizabeth SELLERS (or CELLERS), of Adams County, Ohio, sold land to Alexander JOLLEY, of Adams County, Ohio, for $100.00.  It consisted of 55 acres, located on the waters of Red Oak Creek, and was part of the 185 acres purchased in 1806.  Witnesses were Isaac HUGHEY and James MOORE.   The remaining 120-130 acres in this parcel of land were subsequently sold in 1814.

On 26 Jul 1807, John and Elizabeth SELLERS, of Adams County, Ohio, sold land to Thomas LINSEY, of Mason County, Kentucky, for $403.00.  It was described as 89 ½ acres lying in Mason County, Kentucky, situated on Lees Creek (at or near present-day Dover, KY).   This was the same land purchased in 1797.  This sale would have decreased his holdings in Kentucky to zero and kept his holdings in Ohio at 120-130 acres in Adams County.  This deed proves that the early John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Mason County, Kentucky, were the same later John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Adams County, Ohio.

The 1807 tax list for Bracken County included  John (no acreage), George (no acreage), and Michael (96 acres).   Subsequent tax records continued to list SELLERS names as follows:
1808 - Leonard, John, and Michael;
1809 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, John, and Michael;
1810 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, and Philip;
1811 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, and George;
1812 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, and George;
1813 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, George, and Michael;
1814 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, and George;
1815 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, and George;
1816 - Leonard, John, George, and Philip;
1817 - Leonard, John, George, and Philip;
1819 - Leonard, John, and George;
1820 - Leonard, John, George, and Philip;
1821 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, and John;
1822 - Leonard, John, George, Philip, John Jun, and Michael.

It seems curious there were two entries for the name John in 1809, and then not again until 1821.  It may have happened that there were two older Johns in 1807, one moved away, and it took until 1821 for John Junior of the John that stayed in Bracken County to be old enough to own property.

On 15 May 1810, John SELLARS, of Bracken County, KY, sold various items to George FEE, for $150.00.  The items were identified as “one dark Bay mare seven years old with her colt one black yearling mare colt three cows and two calves three head of sheep six head of hogs three beds and bedding six chairs one chest one two gallon Kettle one ten gallon pot one three gallon pot and one dutch oven.”

At the time of the 1810 Federal Census, there were four SELLERS families in Bracken County, KY, namely Leonard (age over 45), John (age 26-45), George (age 26-45), and Michel (age 16-26).  Only John and George had sons of the right age (either under 10, or 10-16) to have included Thomas.  Therefore, it is possible that one of them was Thomas’ father.  If the ages on the census are accurate, and Thomas had not reached his tenth birthday by the time of the census, then only John had a son of the right age.  There were no SELLERS families listed in Mason County, KY.  Leonard’s family consisted of one male age over 45, one male age 16-26, one female age 26-45, one female age 16-26, one female age 10-16, and one female age under 10.  John’s family consisted of one male age 26-45, one male age 10-16, one male age under 10, one female age 26-45, and three females age under 10.  This profile doesn’t seem to match the expected profile for the family of Thomas’ father.  There should have been a 21-year old male child, a 13-year old male child, a 10-year old male child, and at least one female child.  However, the oldest son, Peter, may have been away from home at the time, so in that case, the family does match the expected profile.  George’s family consisted of one male age 26-45, two males age 10-16, one female age 26-45, and four females age under 10.  Michael’s family consisted of one male age 16-26, and one female age 16-26.   Additionally, from the ages reported on the 1810 censuses, it is possible that John, George, and Michael were all sons of Leonard.

There are no other SELLERS families in that area on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River.  The 1810 census for Ohio does not exist, so it is possible that Thomas’ father could have been living there, and, therefore, not listed on any census for 1810.   John SELLERS did own 120 acres in Adams County at the time of the 1810 census.

On 30 Sep 1810, George and Jennet BAIRD, of Adams County, Ohio, sold 195 acres of land located in Adams County, Ohio, to John SELLERS, of Adams County, Ohio for $341.25.  It was described as being part of land entry number 1025 entered in the name of Nathaniel FOX and patented to him 4 Jun 1806, and transferred by FOX to George BAIRD.  The deed was witnessed by Abraham SHEPHERD and Peter SELLERS.   This would have brought his land holdings to about 315 acres in Adams County.  It is presumed that a witness had to be at least 18 or 21 years old, so Peter had to have been born by 1792, and probably more likely by 1789.  Later census records indicate Peter was born between 1780 and 1790.

On 23 May 1812, John and Elizabeth SELLERS, of Adams County, Ohio, sold 50 acres of land located in Adams County, OH, to Justice PARKER, of Adams County, Ohio, for $100.00.  The parcel was described as being on the “heads of the little west fork of Eagle Creek being part of two thousand acres Entered Surveyed and Patented for and to Nathaniel FOX and transferred by said FOX to George BAIRD and from said BAIRD to said John SELLERS.”  Witnesses were William LACOCK and Samuel JORDON.   This sale would have reduced John’s holdings on Eagle Creek to 145 acres.  Later, on the 1850 census for Warren County, IL, one of the neighbors of Thomas SELLERS was Justus PARKER, age 71, born in New Jersey.   If this was the same Justice PARKER who bought this parcel of land, he would have been 33 years old in 1812.  He had married Mary Ann SELLERS (relationship not known) on 11 Dec 1803, in Adams County, Ohio.

On the same day (23 May 1812), John and Elizabeth SELLERS, of Adams County, Ohio, sold 50 acres of land located in Adams County, to Michael SELLERS, of Adams County, for $100.00.  The 1810 census indicated Michael’s age was 16-26 in 1810 (born 1784-1794).  On the 1830 census Michael’s age was given as 40-50 (born 1780-1790)  and on the1840 census, his age was given as 50-60 (born 1780-1790) .  The parcel of land was described as being on the “head waters of the little west fork of Eagle Creek being part of two thousand acres Entered Surveyed and Patented for and to Nathaniel FOX and transferred by said FOX to George BAIRD and from said BAIRD to said John SELLERS.”  Witnesses were William LACOCK and Samuel JORDEN.   This left 95 acres of land on Eagle Creek in John’s possession and 120 acres on Red Oak Creek.  There must have been at least two persons named Michael SELLERS between Bracken County, Ohio and Adams County, Ohio, since Michael appeared as early as 1797 in the Bracken County tax records.  That Michael SELLERS would have to have been born before 1777, and was probably the Revolutionary War veteran.

On 27 Jun 1812, John and Elizabeth FEE, of Bracken County, Kentucky, sold 430 acres of land, located in Clermont County, Ohio, to Michael SELLERS of Bracken County, for $500.00.  On the same day, Michael SELLERS, of Bracken County, Kentucky, sold 95 acres of the same land located in Clermont County, Ohio, to Edmond LINDSEY of Clermont County, Ohio, for $400.00.  It was located on Boat Run “being of a tract patented to Walter WARFIELD in number 2496" and situated next to land owned by John FEE.  Witnesses for the sale of the 95 acres were William CAROTHERS and Andrew SIMM.  Since no wife was mentioned in the deed, Michael may not have been married at that time.   The ultimate sale of the remaining 335 acres has not been located.

A reference was found indicating that Peter SELLERS served in the War of 1812 in Ohio.  Since there seemed to be only one Peter SELLERS in that area, these references are presumed to refer to the brother of Thomas SELLERS.

Peter SELLARS served in the company commanded by Captain Henry ZUMWALT (from Hamilton County) from 22 Aug to 30 Sep 1812.  In the same company were Abraham BURGET, Aaron BURGET, Valentine BURGET, James PARKER, Samuel JOLLEY, and Elisha FEE.

Peter SELLERS served in the company commanded by Captain John HUME (probably from Clermont County) from 30 Jan to 10 Apr 1814.

Peter SELLERS served in the company commanded by Captain David OLIVER (county unknown) from 5 Jul to 18 Aug 1814.

Peter SELLERS served in the company commanded by Captain John HUME (probably from Clermont County) from 11 Jan to 10 Apr 1815.

John SELLERS served in the mounted company commanded by Captain Jacob FUDGE (probably from Warren County, on the north side of Clermont County) from 27 Sep to 20 Oct 1812.

Michael SELLER served in the company commanded by Captain Abraham SHEPHERD (probably from Ross County, northeast of Adams County) from 2 Sep tp 2 Oct 1812, and from 29 Jul to 22 Aug 1813.

Justus PARKER served in the company commanded by John ALEXANDER (probably Harrison or Jefferson County) from 21 Sep to 8 Dec 1812 and from 29 Jul to 22 Aug 1813.  Even though this name seems to be uncommon enough to be the Justus PARKER of Adams County, these two counties are on the eastern side of Ohio, near Wheeling, WV.

On 6 Jun 1814, John and Elizabeth ZELLERS, of Adams County, Ohio, sold 120 acres, more or less, of land, located in Adams County, to Nicholas DEVORE, of the same county, for $461.50.  It was described as “on the waters of Red Oak Creek, being part of a tract of land surveyed in the name of Josiah PARKER and patented in the name of John EDWARDS and from EDWARDS conveyed to Philemon THOMAS and from THOMAS to the said ZELLERS.”   This was the remaining Red Oak Creek land in possession of John SELLERS that he had purchased in 1806.  This would have left 95 acres on Eagle Creek in John’s possession.

On 3 Oct 1814, John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Bracken County, Kentucky, sold 40 acres of land located in Clermont County, Ohio, to John BOYS of Clermont County, Ohio, for $150.00.  Neighbors to the property were Thomas DISHER, E. BITTLEY, William BENNET, and Jacob HIGBEE.  The deed was recorded 4 Oct 1814.   It is unknown when he purchased this land.  The same sale is recorded in Bracken County, Kentucky, but indicates it was 50 acres rather than 40 acres, and identifies Jacob HIGBEE as Isaac HIGBEE.   If this is the same John and Elizabeth SELLERS who owned land in Adams County, Ohio, it is curious why they would have been identified as “of Bracken County, Kentucky” or why the sale would have also been recorded in Bracken County.  From correlation with subsequent land records, it appears this parcel of land was on or near Boat Run which is about 30 miles downstream from Levanna, Ohio.  Therefore, it is quite likely this was a different John SELLERS than the one who owned land on Red Oak Creek and Eagle Creek, Adams County.

On 26 Dec 1815, Michael and Katherine SELLERS, of Clermont County, Ohio, sold 50 acres of land, to Peter PARKER, of Adams County, Ohio, for an amount not specified.  It was described as “all that tract or parcel of land which was deeded to them by John SELLERS (May 1812) being part of two thousand acres entered surveyed and patented for and to Nathaniel FOX and is in the County of Adams and on the head waters of Eagle Creek.”  Witnesses were Henry CHAPMAN and William O. BOWLER.

On 20 Mar 1816, William and Elizabeth BUTTS, of Pleasant Township, Clermont County, Ohio, sold lot 31 in Levana, Clermont County, to Peter SELLERS, for $46.00.  Witnesses were Bernard JACKSON and J.D. EVANS.   This is the first known purchase of land by Peter SELLERS.  If Peter was born about 1789, he would have been 26-27 years old and unmarried.

On 28 May 1816, George and Ruth SELLERS, of Bracken County, Kentucky, sold 89 acres of land, located in Clermont County, Ohio, to Jacob HIGBEE, of Clermont County, Ohio, for $122.00.  It was described as “a certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the said county of Clermont and State of Ohio on Boat Run being part of a tract entered in the name of Thomas OVERTON and patented to Walter WARFIELD”, and situated next to John BOYCE (or BOYS).   Therefore, George and Michael SELLERS both owned land in the same neighborhood.  If this was the same John BOYS to whom John SELLERS, of Bracken County, sold land in 1814, and if Jacob HIGBEE was the same neighbor in both records, then John SELLERS also owned land in the same neighborhood.  Boat Run is on the Ohio side of the river at Clermontville, between New Richmond and Moscow, Ohio, across from California, Kentucky.

The 1816 tax records for Adams County, Ohio contain the names of John SELLERS, who owned 95 acres of 2nd rate land, and Justus PARKER, who owned 50 acres of 2nd rate land.  Both parcels were in Eagle Township and had been part of original entry number 1025, belonging to Nathaniel FOX.  The records also recorded a transfer of 50 acres of land from John SELLERS to Justin PARKER.  Even though this sale actually happened in 1812, the tax records indicate it was recorded between 26 Mar 1815 and 26 Mar 1816.

On 26 Dec 1817, John D. EVANS, of Pleasant Township, Clermont County, Ohio, sold lot 5 in the town of Levana, Clermont County, Ohio, to Peter SELLERS, of Clermont County, for $55.00.

The 1817 tax records for Adams County, Ohio contain the names of John SELLERS, who owned 95 acres of 2nd rate land, and Justus PARKER, who owned 50 acres of 2nd rate land.  Both parcels were in Eagle Township and had been part of original entry number 1025, belonging to Nathaniel FOX.

Brown County, Ohio was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818.  The areas of Clermont and Adams Counties where the SELLERS families lived became part of Brown County.

On 7 Apr 1818, William and Elizabeth BUTTS, of Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, sold lot 30 in Levana, Brown County, to Peter SELLERS, of Pleasant Township, Brown County, for $120.00.  Witnesses were Henry CHAPMAN and Hezekiah ELLIS.  He then owned lots 5, 30, and 31 in the Town of Levana.

On 22 Apr 1818, Peter SELLERS, of the town of Levana, Brown County, Ohio, sold lot 5 in the town of Levana, to William BUTT and Jacob SCHULTZ, of the same place, for $125.00.  Witnesses were Henry CHAPMAN and Hezekiah ELLIS.  It was recorded 21 May 1818.

On 18 Jul 1818, Justice and Mary PARKER, of Brown County, Ohio, sold 50 acres of land located “on the head of the little west Fork of Eagle Creek” to Stephen REYNOLDS, for $400.00.  Witnesses were William LEACK and Robert ALLEN.  They had purchased it from John SELLERS in May 1812.

The 1818 tax records for Adams County, Ohio contain the names of John SELLERS, who owned 95 acres of 2nd rate land, and Justus PARKER, who owned 50 acres of 2nd rate land.  Both parcels were in Eagle Township and had been part of original entry number 1025, belonging to Nathaniel FOX.  The records were identified as “supposed to be in Brown County”.

Thomas SELLERS married Diadama CURTIS, daughter of Joseph and Elsa Diadema CURTIS, on 2 Sep 1819, in Brown County, Ohio, in a ceremony preformed by Robert ALLEN, Justice of the Peace.   They were both about 19-20 years old.  That county is located directly across the Ohio River from Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky.

Diadama CURTIS was born about 1800, in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York, and had moved with her family to Ohio in about 1818.   At the time of the 1820 census, the CURTIS family lived in Eagle Township, the same place where the SELLERS family had lived.  Thomas and Diadama probably met because of their proximity to each other.  Eagle Township is located in the northeastern corner of the county and contains the towns of Fincastle and Macon.

The 1819 tax list for Brown County, Ohio included the names of John SELLERS, who owned 95 acres of 2nd rate land, and Justice PARKER who owned 50 acres of 2nd rate land.  Both had land that was originally entered by Nathaniel FOX, entry number 1025.  If they were not neighbors, they were very close to each other.

The 1820 Federal Census does not include an entry for Thomas SELLERS in Brown County, Ohio.  However, the make-up of the Joseph CURTIS family is such that Thomas and his new bride (Diadama Curtis SELLERS) could have been living with them.  The Joseph CURTIS family  consisted of one male age over 45, two males age 16-26, one male age 16-18, one male age 10-16, two males age under 10, one female age 16-26, one female age over 45, one female age 10-16, and two females age under 10.   The only other Thomas SELLERS in the region was listed in Boone County, Kentucky, but his family make-up does not support a marriage in 1819.  The head of household was over 45 years old, his spouse was over 45 years old, there was one male under 10, and two females 10-16 years old.   There was no John SELLERS in Brown County, but there was a Michael SELLERS in Byrd Township (on the eastern boundary of Brown County, containing the town of Decatur) and a Jacob SELLERS living in Eagle Township.  The family of Michael SELLERS included four males age under 10, one male age 26-45, two females age under 10, and one female age 16-26.  The family of Jacob included a male age 26-45, three females age under 10, and one female age over 45.

The 1820 Federal Census for Bracken County, Kentucky includes the families of Leonard SELLARS, John SELLERS, John SELLERS Jun, George SELLERS, Michael SELLERS, and Phillip SELLERS.

On the 1820 federal census for Perry County, Indiana were listed several families associated with the SELLERS family.  They were John BUTT (age 16-26) (a John BUTT had married a Delila SELLERS, 6 Nov 1817) in Adams County, Ohio), Stephen LYON (age 26-45), Justus PARKER (age 26-45) (a Justus PARKER married a Mary SELLEY(?), 11 Dec 1804, in Adams County, Ohio), Peter PECKINGPAW (age 26-45), John PECKINGPAW (age 26-45), George PECKINGPAW (age over 45), John SULLERS (age over 45), and John SULLERS (age 16-26).  John SULLERS (Sen) family consisted of one male age over 45, one female age over 45, and one male age 16-26.  John SULLERS (Jun) family consisted of one male age 16-26 and one female age 10-16.   Since John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Perry County, Indiana sold land in Brown County, Ohio, on 4 Jun 1824, this entry for John SULLERS (Sen) is presumed to have been for the same family, and, therefore, the presumed father of Thomas SELLERS.  Since Thomas’ father was in Perry County as early as the 1820 census, and his reported family profile did not accommodate Thomas and Diadama, then Thomas must have followed his father and brother later to the area, and settled in Crawford County between 1820 and 1822.  The PECKENPAUGH families seem to be the same ones from Breckinridge County, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Perry County.  Justus PARKER had come from Brown County, Ohio, where he had sold his land in July 1818.

There were no entries on the Brown County, Ohio tax records for John SELLERS or Justus PARKER for either of the years 1820 or 1821.

On 23 Nov 1820, George and Patsy POAGE, of Brown County, Ohio, sold lot 136 in the town of Ripley, located in Brown County, Ohio, to Michael SELLERS, for $109.00.  Witnesses were William McMILLIN and  Robert McMILLIN.   The same lot was sold 2 Apr 1838, by Michael and Katherine SELLERS, of Brown County, Ohio, to Samuel E. WHITTEMORE, for $400.00.  Witnesses were C.F. CAMPBELL and C.A. CAMPBELL.

On 14 Jan 1822, Thomas and Martha SMITH, of Brown County, Ohio , sold lot 11 and part of lot 10, in the town of Georgetown, to Peter SELLERS, of Brown County, for $400.00.   Witnesses were Henry CHAPMAN and George DAVIS.   On the same day, Peter and Mary SELLERS, of Brown County, sold lots 30 and 31, in the town of Levana, to Thomas SMITH, for $400.00.  Witnesses were Henry CHAPMAN and Andrew HYER.   This divested Peter of all property in Levana, so he must have moved to Georgetown at that time.  It is very possible that Thomas SMITH and Peter SELLERS simply traded lots, since the values were the same.

Thomas and Diadama SELLERS moved from Brown County, Ohio, to Crawford County, Indiana between the time of their marriage in late 1819 and their first land purchase in early 1822.  They probably boated down the Ohio River and alighted at Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana, a river port town, a distance of about 200-250 miles from Brown County, Ohio.  Crawford County was formed in 1818, from Orange, Harrison, and Perry Counties.

Thomas SELLERS purchased land from the United States, located in Crawford County, Indiana, as early as 2 Apr 1822.  It was described as the East ½ of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 25, Township 3 South, Range 1 West, containing 80 acres.

The 1822 Brown County, Ohio tax records contain an entry for Peter SELLERS, agent for John SELLERS, who owned 100 acres of 3rd rate land on Eagle Creek.  It was described as having been part of the original entry number 1025 for Nathaniel FOX.

Emeline Betsey SELLERS was born about 1820-1822, probably in Indiana.  There is no absolute proof that she was the daughter of Thomas SELLERS, but circumstantial evidence points that direction, as follows.  The 1830 federal census for Crawford County, Indiana, noted that Thomas SELLERS had two females in his household age 5-10 years old, meaning they were born between 1820 and 1825.   One of them certainly was Laura Ann, born about 1823-1825, but the other was unknown, but presumed to have been older, since Laura's birth was so close to 1825.  The 1840 census for Thomas SELLERS showed only one female age 15-20 (presumably Laura Ann).   Therefore, the other one, as shown on the 1830 census, had either died or married before 1840.  If married, she would have done so at a relatively young age.

The Crawford County marriage records show a marriage license being issued 24 Oct 1836, for the marriage of Joseph LYON and Emeline SELLERS.  The record indicates that her parent, not named, gave consent to the marriage since she was under age.   That means she was born after 1818, and probably no later than 1821.  Knowing that Joseph LYON later married Laura Ann SELLERS (10 Jul 1842) , and knowing there seemed to be only one Joseph LYON in Crawford County, Emeline presumably died and Joseph married her younger sister.  John SELLERS, the presumed brother of Thomas, had not been married long enough to have had a daughter this old, and Peter SELLERS, another brother, did not have a daughter according to census records.

On 17 Aug 1839, Joseph and Emaline Betsey LYON sold ten acres of land, located in Crawford County, Indiana, to Thomas SELLERS.   It was located immediately adjacent to the Thomas SELLERS holdings.

The 1840 federal census for Crawford County showed Joseph LYON's household consisting of one male age 20-30 (presumed to be Joseph); one female age 20-30 (unkown); one female age 15-20 (presumed to be Emeline); one male, age 10-15 (unknown); and one female age under 5 (presumed to be Mary Jane).

The 1850 federal census for Union Township, Crawford County, Indiana, included an entry for the Joseph LYON family.  It consisted of Joseph, age 40, born in Kentucky; Laurian, age 26, born in Crawford County; Mary Jane, age 12, born in Crawford County; Diadema, age 6, born in Crawford County; and Eliza, age 2, born in Crawford County.   Knowing that Joseph and Laura Ann were married in 1842, the oldest child, Mary Jane, had to have been from a previous marriage.

In Mar 1854, Joseph and Laura LYON sold their holdings in Crawford County, Indiana.  They may have moved to Warren County, Illinois, before that, since their child, William J., was born in Illinois about 1851.  The Crawford County land description included all holdings previously acquired and not yet sold, and specifically mentioned an excluded ten acres, whose description exactly matched the ten acres sold by Joseph and Emaline Betsey LYON in 1839, to Thomas SELLERS.   Therefore, this indicates the remainder of the same land acquired before or during Joseph's marriage to Emaline, ten acres of which had been sold to Emaline's father, was sold while Joseph was married to Laura.

The conclusion from land records is that the very same Joseph LYON, who married Emaline Betsey SELLERS, later married Laura Ann SELLERS.  The conclusion from census records is that Joseph LYON's first wife was no longer living in 1850, and that his oldest daughter, shown on the census, was from his first wife.  The overall conclusion is that Emaline Betsey SELLERS was the daughter of Thomas SELLERS, because of (1) the land sale of 1839, (2) the proximity of the LYON property to the SELLERS farm, and (3) the lack of evidence that any other SELLERS family, with kids of the right age, lived in Crawford County at the time of the 1836 marriage.

Joseph and Laura Ann LYON moved to Warren County, Illinois about 1851, where Thomas SELLERS lived, along with Joseph's presumed brother, Jackson LYON.  Records for the Church of Christ in Cameron, Illinois, indicate Joseph and Laura A. LYON were received into the congregation on the fourth Lord’s day in November 1851.   Joseph and Jackson were listed in Cold Brook Township, Warren County, at the time of the 1855 state census and the 1860 federal census.  In 1855, Joseph’s family consisted of three males and four females.   In 1860, Joseph’s family included himself, age 50, born in KY; Laura A., age 37, born in IN; Didamia, age 17, born in IN; Eliza J, age 12, born in IN; William J., age 9, born in IL; Francis M., age 6, born in IL; and Alvira A., age 1, born in IL.

The 1823 tax records for Brown County, Ohio include an entry for Peter SELLERS, Agent for John SELLERS, who owned 100 acres of 3rd rate land on Strait Creek.  It had been part of original entry number 1025, totally 2,000 acres, in the name of Nathaniel FOX.   The name of John SELLERS did not appear subsequently on the Brown County tax records.

The second child of Thomas and Diadama SELLERS was Laura Ann SELLERS who was born about 1824, in Crawford County, IN. In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.

Alfred SELLERS, Thomas’ nephew, born 1823, was the son of Peter and Mary SELLERS, who were natives of Pennsylvania and New York respectively.   So Peter would have been in Pennsylvania in 1789, the approximate year of his birth.

On 4 Jun 1824, John and Elizabeth SELLERS, of Perry County, Indiana, the presumed parents of Thomas, sold their remaining land located in Brown County (originally Adams County), Ohio, to Peter PARKER, for $275.00.  It was described as 95 acres surveyed in the name of Nathaniel FOX and patented to FOX, on the waters of Eagle Creek.  It was further described as “Beginning at the beginning corner stone running thence West eighty four poles to a Stone, thence South one hundred and eighty one poles to a Stone, thence East Eighty four poles to a Stone, thence North one hundred and eighty one poles to the Beginning.”  Witnesses were George PECKENPAUGH and Justice PARKER (meaning these two men were in Perry County, Indiana).  The Certificate to the identification of John and Elizabeth SELLERS was made by Gabriel GOOD, Justice of the Peace, in Perry County, Indiana, on 4 Jun 1824.  The deed was recorded in Brown County, Ohio on 29 Jun 1824.   This brought John’s land holdings in Ohio to zero acres.  This parcel of land had been purchased in 1810.  Perry County, Indiana borders Crawford County to the southwest, and sits between Crawford County and the Ohio River in that area.

This deed establishes that the John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Perry County, Indiana, were the same persons who had lived in Eagle Township, Brown County, Ohio.  It also means that John SELLERS (age over 45) , included on the 1820 census for Perry County, Indiana, who lived in the same neighborhood with Justus PARKER and John BUTT, was also the same person.  It must be noted that PARKER and BUTT were from Brown County, as well.

Tax records cited earlier, establish that John SELLERS of Brown County, Ohio, had moved from the county before 1822.  These tax records reveal that Peter SELLERS acted as an “Agent for John SELLERS” in paying taxes, in both 1822 and 1823.

The John SELLERS, who owned land in Eagle Township, Brown County, Ohio, was the same person who owned the same land when it was part of Eagle Township, Adams County, Ohio.  Brown County was formed from Adams County in 1818.  Tax records for Adams County, for the year 1818, separately account for those landowners who became part of Brown County.  John SELLERS and Justus PARKER were in that section of taxpayers.

The John SELLERS of Adams County, Ohio, was the same person who had lived in Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky, as established by the 26 Jul 1807 deed from John and Elizabeth SELLERS to Thomas LINSEY.  It sold the land John had purchased in 1797, that was located in Mason County, Kentucky.

The final conclusion is that the John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Perry County, Indiana, of 1824, were the same John and Elizabeth SELLERS of Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky, of 1797.  It also means the migration pattern of the SELLERS families, including Thomas, was from Bracken and Mason Counties, Kentucky to Adams County (which later became Brown County), Ohio, and then to Perry and Crawford Counties, Indiana.  Nothing more is known of John SELLERS Senior or his wife, Elizabeth.  They may have died in Perry County, they may have moved to be with their son, Thomas, in Crawford County, they may have followed their son, John, to Vermillion County, or they could have moved to some other unknown location.

A person named John SELLERS married Jane HARRIS, on 26 Jul 1824, in Crawford County, Indiana.  Thomas SELLERS verified that he was of lawful age , so, therefore, this John is presumed to have been the brother of Thomas, and not the father.

On 16 Oct 1824, Thomas MORRIS and William MIDDLETON, trustees for James WOODS, Abel REES, and Henry NEWKIRK, sold lots 3 and 22, in the town of Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio, to Peter SELLERS, for $36.00.  Witnesses were William BUTT and T.L. HOMER.  It was recorded 24 Jun 1825.   This brought Peter’s holdings to lots 3, 22, 11, and part of 10 in Georgetown, and lot 66 in Levana.

Aurilla SELLERS was born 19 May 1826, in Crawford County, IN.

Thomas SELLERS purchased land from the United States, located in Crawford County, Indiana, on 7 Jul 1829.  It was described as the West ½ of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 25, Township 3 South, Range 1 West, containing 80 acres.    This purchase increased his holdings to a total of 160 acres.

George Wilson SELLERS was born about 1830, in Crawford County, IN.

At the time of the 1830 Federal Census Thomas SELLERS was living in Crawford County, Indiana.  His family consisted of one male, age 20-30 (Thomas); one female, age 30-40 (Diadama); two females, age 5-10 (Laura and an unknown daughter who was probably Emaline Betsy); one female, age under 5 (Aurilla); and one male, age under 5 (George).

At the time of the 1830 census, Peter SELLERS lived in Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, and his family consisted of one male age 40-50 (Peter), one female age 30-40 (Mary), one female age 20-30 (unknown, and too old to have been a daughter), and two males age 5-10 (Alfred and perhaps William).

On the 1830 federal census for Vermillion County, Indiana many of the same families from Perry County (1820) reappeared.  They were Stephen LYON (age 30-40), Justus PARKER (age 50-60), George PECKINPAW (age 60-70), Solomon PECKINPAW (age 30-40), Henry PECKINPAW (age 30-40), and John SELLERS (age 20-30).  The family of John SELLERS included one male age 20-30 (John) and one male age under 10 (unknown).   If this was the same John who married Jane HARRIS, 26 Jul 1824, then his wife must have died before the census.  The age of the child fits a marriage of about that time.  Being in Vermillion County, it is curious why he would have returned to Crawford County to marry again in 1837, if John SELLERS of Vermillion County was the same as John SELLERS of Crawford County.  Vermillion County (county seat of Newport) is a very long and thin-shaped county, squeezed between the western border of Indiana and the Wabash River, about 80 miles directly west from  Indianapolis.
The 1830 Federal Census for Bracken County, Kentucky includes the families of Flora (widow of Leonard) SELLARS, John SELLARS Sen, John SELLARS Jun, George SELLARS, George SELLARS Jun, Catherine SELLERS (widow of Michael SELLERS Senior), Joshua A. SELLERS, and Phillip SELLERS.   Michael SELLERS was listed in Union Township, Brown County, Ohio, and could have been the brother of Peter and Thomas.   This seems further proof that John SELLERS of Bracken County, Kentucky was a separate and distinct person from John SELLERS of Adams County, Ohio, who moved to Perry County, Indiana.

Thomas SELLERS purchased land from the United States, located in Crawford County, Indiana, on 19 Oct 1832.  It was described as the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 26, Township 3 South, Range 1 West, containing 40 acres.   This purchase increased his holdings to a total of 200 acres.

Allen Davenport SELLERS was born 13 Nov 1833, in Crawford County, IN.

On 19 Feb 1835, Peter and Polly SELLERS, of Brown County, Ohio, sold lot 66, in the town of Levana, Brown County, to William SELL, for $10.00.  Witnesses were W.H.S. MACKAY and H.B. PAYNE.  It was recorded 23 Mar 1841, after Peter’s death.

On 1 Apr 1835, Thomas and Diadama SELLERS, of Union Township, Crawford County, Indiana, sold 200 acres of land to John L. SMITH, for $400.00.  It was described as one parcel consisting of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 25, in Township 3 South of Range 1 West, and another parcel consisting of the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 26 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West.   This was probably a mortgage.

On 28 Dec 1835, Peter and Mary SELLERS, of Brown County, Ohio, sold lots 3 and 22, in the town of Georgetown, to Thomas H. LINCH, of Brown County, for $50.00.  Witnesses were H.B. PAYNE and James S. BARNS.  It was recorded 20 May 1839.   This left them with only lots 11 and part of 10, in Georgetown.

Thomas SELLERS, of Union Township, Crawford County, Indiana, purchased 200 acres of land from John L. and Malinda SMITH on 28 Apr 1836, for $425.00.  It was described as the Northwest 1/4 of Section 25 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West; and the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 26 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West.   This was probably the satisfaction of the mortgage described above.

On 24 Oct 1836, Emeline SELLERS married Joseph LYON in Crawford County, Indiana.   She was probably born no earlier than 1820 and would have been about 15-16 years old.

Thomas SELLERS purchased land from the United States, located in Crawford County, Indiana, on 4 Jan 1837.  It was described as the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 25, Township 3 South, Range 1 West, containing 40 acres.   This brought his total holdings to 240 acres.
A man named John SELLERS married Sarah TONEY, in Crawford County, Indiana, on 29 Jan 1837.   This is presumed to be the same John SELLERS that married Jane HARRIS in 1824, and, therefore, the likely brother of Thomas SELLERS.

Eliza Jane SELLERS was born 5 Jun 1837, in Crawford County, IN.

On 17 Aug 1839, Joseph and Emaline Betsy LYON sold 10 acres of land to Thomas SELLERS for $12.50.  It was described as lying in Crawford County, Indiana, and part of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 26 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West.  This parcel was contiguous with Thomas’ other holdings and his total holdings to 250 acres.

Francis Marion SELLERS was born about 1839, in Crawford County, IN.

The 1840 Federal Census included an entry for the Thomas SELLERS family in Crawford County, Indiana.  It consisted of one male, age 30-40 (Thomas); one female, age 40-50 (Diadama); one female, age 15-20 (Laura); one female, age 10-15 (Aurilla); one male, age 10-15 (George); two males, age 5-10 (Allen and an unknown male); one female, age under 5 (Eliza) and one male, age under 5 (Francis).  On the same page of the census were Joseph LYON and John SILLERS, the son-in-law and brother of Thomas.

At the time of the 1840 census, Peter SELLERS was living in Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio.  His family consisted of one male age 50-60 (Peter), one female age 40-50 (Mary), and two males age 15-20 (Alfred and perhaps William).   In Union Township, Brown County, Ohio lived the Michael SELLERS family, consisting of ten people, namely, one male age 50-60, one male age 40-50, one male age 20-30, one male age 15-20, one male age 10-15, one female age 40-50, one female age 15-20, one female age 10-15, and two females age 5-10.

In 1840, some of the same families who had lived together in Perry and Vermillion Counties, Indiana, lived in the same general area in Illinois.  Justus PARKER (age 70-80), Jacob PARKER (age 20-30), and Bartain PARKER (age 20-30) lived in Knox County, Illinois.   Knox County borders the eastern side of Warren County.  George PECKENPAUGH (age 40-50), Henry PECKENPAUGH (age 40-50), and Willis PECKENPAUGH (age 30-40) lived in Mercer County, Illinois.   Mercer County borders the northern side of Warren County.

Peter SELLERS died before 8 Feb 1841, when his widow, Mary, was appointed Administratrix for his estate.

On 13 Apr 1841, Jackson and Jane LYON sold 120 acres of land, situated in Crawford County, Indiana,  to Thomas SELLERS, for $300.00.  One parcel was described as the East ½ of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 14 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (80 acres).  This parcel had been patented to George PECKENPAUGH.  The other parcel was described as the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (40 acres).   This brought Thomas’ total holdings to 370 acres.
Nelson SELLERS was born about 1841, in Crawford County, IN.  Diadama SELLERS died about 1841, possibly associated with the birth of Nelson.

Thomas SELLERS (widower, about 41 years old) married Mary (Polly) Curtis SELLERS (widow, about 49 years old) 2 Jun 1842, in Brown County, Ohio.   Mary was the widow of Thomas’ brother, Peter SELLERS.  The administration of Peter’s estate was switched from Mary to Vincent CRABB on 31 Oct 1842.

Mary (Polly) Curtis SELLERS was the daughter of Joseph and Elsa Diadema CURTIS and the sister of Thomas’ first wife, Diadama.  She was born about 1792, in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York, and had moved with her family to Ohio in about 1818.   She had married Peter SELLERS on 15 Nov 1819, in Brown County, Ohio, and had two sons, Alfred and William (presumed from estate settlement for Peter).

Laura Ann SELLERS married Joseph LYON (widower of her late sister, Emeline) on 7 Jul 1842, in Crawford County, Indiana.   Her father was just a newlywed himself.

Letters of Administration were issued on the estate of Michael SELLERS, of Brown County, Ohio, in 1843, to Preston W. SELLERS.  Michael must have died at that time.

On 9 Oct 1844, Thomas and Mary SELLERS, of Crawford County, Indiana, sold 120 acres of land to John HUGHES for $380.00.  One parcel was described as the East ½ of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 14 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (80 Acres).  The other parcel was the Northwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (40 Acres).   This reduced his total holdings to 250 acres.  These two parcels had been purchased in Apr 1841.

On 10 Apr 1847, Thomas and Mary SELLERS took out a mortgage of $50.00, on the West ½ of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 25 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West.  The mortgage was paid in full on 31 Mar 1848.

On 29 (or 27, the day is not readable) Aug 1847, Aurilla (or Orvilla) SELLERS married Lewis B. PECKENPAUGH in Crawford County, Indiana.

On 21 Mar 1848, Thomas and Mary SELLERS sold 200 acres of land in Crawford County, Indiana, to Isaac W. SHIELDS for $700.00.  They were contained in two parcels described as (1) the Northwest 1/4 of Section 25 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (160 acres); and (2) the Northeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4  of Section 25 of Township 3 South of Range 1 West (40 acres).   This reduced their total holdings to 50 acres.

On 23 Mar 1848, Thomas and Mary SELLERS mortgaged 40 acres of land in Crawford County, Indiana, to the United States, for $50.00.  The parcel was described as the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 26 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West.
About 1848, the Thomas SELLERS family moved from Crawford County, Indiana, to Warren County, Illinois, quite possibly drawn by friends and relatives..

Thomas SELLERS bought 160 acres of land in Warren County, Illinois on 24 Apr 1848, from Patrick R. and Jane HALEY, for $1,000.00.  It was described as the northwest 1/4 of Section 26, Township 11 North, of Range 1 West.   It was located about eight miles east of Monmouth and six miles southwest of Galesburg, near Cameron.

On 12 May 1849, Thomas and Mary SELLERS of Warren County, Illinois, sold 50 acres of land back in Crawford County, Indiana, to Joseph JONES for $400.00.  One parcel was described as the Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of Section 26 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (40 Acres) and the second parcel was part of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 26 in Township 3 South of Range 1 West (10 acres).   It is presumed they paid off their mortgage of $50.00, on the first parcel at the same time.  Another deed record dated 15 Apr 1850, shows a sale of the same land by Thomas and Mary SELLERS of Warren County, Illinois, to the same Joseph JONES.   This reduced his total Crawford County holdings to zero acres.  The reason for two deeds dated a year apart is unknown.

The 1850 Federal Census for Warren County, Illinois included an entry for the Thomas SELLARS family.  It consisted of Thomas, age 51, born in KY; Mary, age 57, born in NY; George W., age 19; Allen D., age 17; Jane, age 13; and Francis M., age 10.  All the children were born in Indiana.  Living two houses away was the family of Alfred SELLERS, age 28, born in Ohio, the son of Peter SELLERS, and therefore also son of Thomas’ second wife, Mary.   The whereabouts of Mary’s other son, William, is unknown.

On the same 1850 census, John SELLERS, the presumed brother of Thomas, lived 20 households away, with Barton S. PARKER, age 39.  John was reported as being 53 years old, born in Kentucky.   Therefore, the order of births of the three brothers would have been Peter in 1789, John in 1797, and Thomas in 1800.

In 1850, the following families lived in Warren County, Illinois.  Stephen PECKENPAUGH (age 26, born in Indiana), Thomas SELLARS (age 51, born in Kentucky), Lewis PECKENPAUGH (age 24, born in Indiana) , Jacob S. PARKER (age 33, born in Ohio), Jackson LYON (age 37, born in Kentucky), Harvy PARKER (age 45, born in Ohio), Absolum PECKENPAUGH (age 38, born in Kentucky), Barton S. PARKER (age 39, born in Ohio), John SELLARS (age 53, born in Kentucky), Ashcraft PARKER (age 26, born in Kentucky), Justus PARKER (age 71, born in New Jersey, with wife, Mary Ann, age 65, born in Virginia) , Barzilla PARKER, and Sobrina PARKER.  Next door, in Knox County, lived Andress PARKER, Andress PARKER Jr, Elizabeth PARKER, William PARKER, William H. PARKER, Abias PECKINPAUGH, Barton PECKINPAUGH, James PECKINPAUGH , Horton PECKINPAW , and Peter PECKINPAW .  In Pike County lived Willis PECKPAUGH  and in Schuyler County was Jane PECKINPAUGH .

If the Justus PARKER of the 1850 census was the same person as the one in Adams County, Ohio land deeds, and the same as the one who married Mary SELLEY (SELLERS) in Adams County in 1804, then this Mary Ann may have been an older sister of Thomas SELLERS.

On 26 May 1851, three years after his first purchase, Thomas bought another 160 acres from
Stephen D. PARDER.  This brought his total Warren County holdings to 320 acres.  He sold the first parcel on 10 Sep 1851, along with half of the second parcel.  Then on 6 Oct 1851, he sold the remaining 80 acres.  All parcels were located in either the northwest or southwest quarter of Section 26, Township 11, and Range 1 West.   Thomas’ property was located about 2 ½ miles northeast of Cameron, Illinois, in the northeastern part of Warren County.

Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, was settled as early as 1853.  It is located on the western edge of Iowa, just north of Omaha, Nebraska.  Thomas SELLERS was among the first to locate there.

In a later sketch of Alfred SELLERS, the following comments were included.  “Alfred SELLERS, who is numbered among the pioneer band who sought for themselves a home in this goodly portion of Iowa, has been a resident of Harrison County, since 1853 and hence a short sketch of his career is truly befitting in this connection.  He is now a resident of section 21, Union Township.  He first settled at Union Grove, where he became a “squatter.”  He and his uncle (Thomas SELLERS) bought out some old Mormon claims, upon which had been erected log cabins, and a few acres of hazle-brush land under cultivation.  Here our subject remained with his uncle about three years, and then purchased eighty acres of land...”

Thomas SELLERS purchased land in Harrison County, Iowa on 18 Apr 1854.  It was described as 40 acres in the northeast 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

The 1854 state census listed the family in Lagrange Township, and it included two males and one female.

This was followed by a purchase of 80 acres on 20 Jun 1854, from William C. McBEATH, for $100.00.  It was the west ½ of the northwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

Then on 13 Feb 1855, he bought an additional 40 acres, in the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

Thomas SELLERS bought 40 acres on 15 Jun 1855.  It was located in the southeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.  This brought his total Harrison County holdings to 200 acres.

On 21 Aug 1855, he bought 40 acres in Sections 23 and 24, from Samuel and Mary WOOD for $65.00.  It was described as the east ½ of the northwest 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 24 Township 78 North of Range 42 West (20 acres); plus the northeast ½ of the southeast 1/4 of the northeast 1/4 of Section 23 (20 acres) Township 78 North of Range 42 West.

The 1856 state census enumerated the family in Lagrange Township (probably the predecessor of Union), Harrison County, Iowa.  The family had been a resident of Iowa three years and consisted of Thomas, age 55, born in Kentucky, Mary, age 62, born in New York, and Francis M. age 16, born in Indiana.  Next door was living Alfred SELLERS, age 34, born in Ohio.

On 11 Dec 1856, Thomas bought 40 acres in Section 23, from W.C. JAMES for $60.00.  It was the northeast 1/4 of the northeast 1/4 in Section 23, Township 78 North, Range 42 West.  This brought his holdings to 280 acres.

On 6 Oct 1858, Thomas acquired 80 acres of swampland in Sections 22 and 27.  It was described as being the southeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 22 (40 acres); plus the northwest 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 27 (40 acres) Township 78 of Range 42.  Thomas was the assignee of a preemption certificate originally issued to B.S. PARKIN (probably PARKER).

On 1 Jan 1859, Thomas and Mary SELLERS sold ten acres of land to Ezekiel DOWNS for $100.00.  It was described as being at the southwest corner of the southwest 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

At the time of the 1860 census, Thomas SELLERS was living in Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa.  He was 59 years old, born in KY, and included in his household were, Mary, age 66, born in NY; and George W., age 28, born in IN.  Nine households away was the family of Alfred SELLERS, Thomas’ nephew.  Next door to Thomas was Barton and Eliza J. PARKER, Thomas’s daughter, and next door to Alfred was Arilla PECKENPAUGH, Thomas’s daughter.  Next door to Arilla was Allen D. SELLERS, Thomas’ son.

On 26 Feb 1861, Elder Thomas SELLERS was reported to be the President of the Union Grove Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.   That Branch was the first branch to organize within the newly organized Reorganized Church.

Mrs Thomas (Mary) SELLERS was the first adult to die (about 1861) within Union Township.  She was buried on Section 14, a neighborhood cemetery.   She would have been about 67 years old.

Thomas SELLERS (widower) married Louisa (Merritt) HILDRETH, 2 Aug 1863, in Harrison County, Iowa.  He was about 63, and she was about 59 years old.

Louisa Merritt HILDRETH was born 22 Mar 1806, in Templeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts,  and was the daughter of Uriah MERRITT and Louisa PENNEMAN.   She married Gehiel HILDRETH 6 Sep 1832, in New Ipswich, Hillsborough, New Hampshire , and had five children.  Gehiel HILDRETH died 1856-1860.

Thomas and Louisa sold ten acres of land on 16 Sep 1863, to Benjamin MAGINNUS, for $50.00.  It was described as the southeast part of the southeast (1/4) of the northwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78 Range 42.

He and Louisa sold 40 acres of swampland to Charles BAUGHN, on 11 Jul 1864, for $100.00.  It was located in the southeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 22, Township 78, Range 42.

On 15 Mar 1865, it appears Thomas and Louisa mortgaged their holdings for $1,500.00, to Sarah DIGGLE.  Total acreage amounted to 335 acres.

Thomas and Louisa SELLERS sold 20 acres of land to Jason WHITINGER on 25 Mar 1865.  It was located in the northwest 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

On 14 Jul 1865, Thomas SELLERS bought 80 acres of land from Ruth and J.M. BUTLER, for $600.00.  It consisted of two parcels described as the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 and the northwest 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 13, Township 78 North, Range 42 West.   This should have brought his total holdings to 395 acres.

On 9 Aug 1866, Thomas and Louisa SELLERS sold five acres of land to Charles KIMMICH for $20.00.  It was in the south ½ of the northwest 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

On 17 Mar 1870, Thomas and Louisa SELLERS sold three acres of land to Aaron K. PARKER, for $100.00.  It was located in a “square” in the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 13 in Township 78 of Range 42 West.

At the time of the 1870 census, Thomas SELLERS was again listed in Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa.  He was 69 years old, born in KY, and included in his household was Louisa, age 66, born in Massachusetts.

Thomas and Louisa SELLERS sold four acres of land to B.S. PARKER, on 28 Oct 1871, for $70.00.  It was described as lying near the southeast corner of the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 13, Township 78 Range 42.

On 5 Sep 1874, Thomas and Louisa SELLERS sold 66 acres of land to Charles BAUGHN and William GARNER for $1,000.00.  It was described as the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 (40 acres) and the northwest 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 13, Township 78, Range 42, except ten acres off the north end and four acres in the southeast corner of the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 (26 acres).

On 9 Sep 1874, Thomas and Louisa SELLERS sold seven acres of land to G.W. SELLERS, for $1.00.  It was described as part of the northeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of Section 13, Township 78, Range 42.
Louisa SELLERS died between 1874 and 1878, and was probably buried in the cemetery in Section 14.  No marker has been found.

Thomas SELLERS, “unmarried” (probably meaning widowed) sold 40 acres of land to Allen STOKER, on 30 Dec 1878, for $200.00.  It was the east ½ of the east ½ of the northwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 78, Range 42.   On the same day he sold an additional ten acres to Samuel DIGGLE, for $50.00.  It was located in the southeast 1/4 of the southwest 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 24, Township 78, Range 42.

On 19 Apr 1879, Thomas SELLERS conveyed all his effects to B.S. and Eliza Jane (Thomas’ daughter) PARKER, for their taking care of him the remainder of his life.

On 13 Mar 1880, Thomas SELLERS, father and only heir-at-law of George W. SELLERS, deceased, sold 20 acres of land to D.H. COX for $500.00.  It was described as the west ½ of the northeast 1/4 of the northwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 78, Range 42.

At the time of the 1880 census, Thomas SELLERS was living with his daughter and son-in-law Eliza Jane and Barton PARKER, in Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa.  Thomas was 80 years old, born in Ohio.  The birthplaces of Thomas’ father and mother were not given on the census.

Thomas SELLERS died 10 Jan 1883, aged 82 years, 5 months, and 1 day, near Persia, Harrison County, Iowa.   He was probably buried in the cemetery located in Section 23 of Union Township.

At the time of Thomas’s death only four of his eight children were still alive.  The residence of Laura Ann LYON is unknown (last known in Warren County, Illinois, in 1880 ); Aurilla Peckenpaugh FIELD died in Dow City, Crawford County, Iowa, in 1910; Allen Davenport SELLERS was in Missouri, Arkansas, or Oklahoma, and died in Oklahoma about 1889; and Eliza Jane PARKER was in Harrison County where she remained until her death  in Missouri Valley in 1894.
 

compiled by
James E. SHAW
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jan-Apr 2001
 END NOTES


Membership records for the Persia Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
   Family records and traditions in possession of Karma BURTENSHAW, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 2001.  Her father, H. Allen SELLERS, who was a great grand son of Thomas SELLERS, stated that through generations of word of mouth, Thomas had a brother named Peter and they married sisters.  A brother John was named and a sister Mary.  H. Allen feels that the father was named John and possibly his father was also a John.
   Mason County, Kentucky Taxpayers, 1790-1799, copyright by T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL, 1989 and 1993, page 126.  Family History Library Catalog number US/CAN 976.9323 R48t.
   1810 Federal Census for Bracken County, Kentucky, pages 145 and 149.
   Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, Pennsylvania, pages 247 and 253.
   Court Order Books, Mason County, Kentucky, Volume A, page 503.  Family History Library Catalog number is 1534067.
   Mason County, KY Land Records, Deed Book D, pages 461-463, dated 25 Dec 1797.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 281785.
   1797 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
   Court Order Books, Mason County, Kentucky, Volume C, page 200.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 1534067.
   1799 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
   1800 Federal Census Index, found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
   Membership records for the Persia Branch of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, found at “The Auditorium”, Church Headquarters, Independence, Missouri.
   Printed Kentucky Tax List for 1799 and 1800, page 263.
   1802 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
   1803 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
    1804 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
   1805 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
   1806 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0007891.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 135-136, dated 4 Mar 1806, and recorded 29 Apr 1806.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0361770.
   Ohio Tax Lists, 1800-1810, page 361.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 210-211, dated 4 Mar 1806, and recorded 17 Oct 1807.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0361770.
   Mason County, KY Land Records, Deed Book J, pages 377-380, dated 26 Jul 1807.  Family History Library Catalog number is 0281787.
   1807 Tax List for Bracken County, Kentucky.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0007891.
   Tax Lists for the period 1808-1822, for Bracken County, Kentucky.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0007891.
   Bill of Sale, contained in Bracken County, Kentucky Deed Book B, page 497.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0344071.
   1810 Federal Census for Bracken County, Kentucky, pages 145, 147, 149, and 150.
   1810 Federal Census for Bracken County, Kentucky.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 364-365, dated 30 Sep 1810, and recorded 10 Oct 1810.  Also recorded in Adams County Deed Book 6, pages 552-553, dated 30 Sep 1810, recorded 10 Oct 1810.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0361770.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 460-461, dated 23 May 1812.  Witnesses were William LACOCK and Samuel JORDON.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 361770.
   1850 Federal Census for (no township listed), Warren County, Illinois, page 12, labeled at the top “24", taken 5 Sep 1850.
   Marriage records for Adams County, Ohio.
   1830 Federal Census for Union Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 435.
   1840 Federal Census for Union Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 320.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 462-463, dated 23 May 1812.  Witnesses were William LACOCK and Samuel JORDON.  It was recorded 25 Jun 1812.  Family History Library Catalog film number is 0361770.
   Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book I, pages 306-309, dated 27 Jun 1812.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0333140.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812, published under the authority of law by The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916, published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1968.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN 977.1 M2c.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 13-14, dated 6 Jun 1814.  Witnesses were Thomas MALOTT and Daniel SHERRY.  It was recorded 4 Aug 1814.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361770.
   Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book L, pages 495-497, dated 3 Oct 1814, and recorded 4 Oct 1814.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0333140.
   Bracken County, Kentucky Deed Book E, pages 4-5, dated 3 Oct 1814.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0344073.
   Adams County, Ohio Deed Books, 1798-1818, consisting of early deeds transcribed from Adams County for Brown County, which was formed from Adams and Clermont counties in 1818, pages 120-122, dated 26 Dec 1815.  Witnesses were Henry CHAPMAN and William O. BOWLER.  It was recorded 19 Jan 1816.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361770.
   Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book N, pages 491-492, dated 20 Mar 1816.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0333141.
   Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book O, pages 470-472, dated 8 May 1816.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0333142.
   Tax Duplicates for Brown County, Ohio, 1816-1823, Family History Library catalog number 0514130.
   Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book Q, pages 70-71, dated 26 Dec 1817.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0333143.
   Tax Duplicates for Brown County, Ohio, 1816-1823, Family History Library catalog number 0514130.
   Brown County, Ohio Deed Book A-1, pages 34-35, dated 7 Apr 1818.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361771.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book A-1, pages 39-41, dated 22 Apr 1818.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361771.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book A-1, pages 211-213, dated 18 Jul 1818.  Family History Library Catalog number os 0361771.
   Tax Duplicates for Brown County, Ohio, 1816-1823, Family History Library catalog number 0514130.
   Brown County, Ohio Marriage Records, Volume B, page 32.    Family History Library Catalog number is 977.1796 V29b.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section of the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
   Duplicate Tax Records of Brown County, Ohio, 1819-1838, Family History Library catalog number 0514151.
   1820 Federal Census for Brown County, Ohio, page 359.
   1820 Federal Census for Boone County, Kentucky.
   1820 Federal Census for Byrd and Eagle Townships, Brown County, Ohio, pages 330 and 345.
   1820 Federal Census Index for Kentucky, showing them in Bracken County.
   1820 Federal Census for Perry County, Indiana, page 145.
   Brown County, Ohio Deed Book P-15, pages 467-468.  It was recorded 11 Aug 1838.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361778.
   Brown County, Ohio Deed Book P-15, pages 442-443.  It was recorded 11 Aug 1838.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361778.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book B-2, pages 69-70, dated 14 Jan 1822.  It was recorded 13 Jul 1822.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361771.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book B-2, page 45-46, dated 14 Jan 1822.  It was recorded 30 May 1822.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361771.
   Crawford County, Indiana Tract Index, page 102.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377983, item 2.
   Duplicate Tax Records of Brown County, Ohio, 1819-1838, Family History Library catalog number 0514151.
   1830 Federal Census for Crawford County, Indiana.
   1840 Federal Census for Crawford County, Indiana.
   Marriage records for Crawford County, Indiana, volume A, page 160.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   Marriage records for Crawford County, Indiana, volume A, page 282.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   1830 Federal Census for Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 439.
   Crawford County, Indiana, Deed Book 2, pages 501-502, dated 17 Aug 1839.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377968.
   1840 Federal Census for Crawford County, Indiana.
   1850 Federal Census for Union Township, Crawford County, Indiana, page 7.
   Crawford County, Indiana, Deed Book 6, page 432, dated 17 Mar 1854.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377970.
   Record Book for the Church of Christ on the Cedar Fork of Henderson River, Warren County, Illinois (Cameron) 1831-1858; published by Warren County, Illinois Genealogical Society, Monmouth, Illinois, 1987, page 32.  Family History Library catalog number is US/CAN Q Area 9773415/C2 K2r.
   1855 State Census for Warren County, Illinois (Township 11 North, Range 1 West), page 110.  Family History Library Catalog number is 0977063.
   1860 Federal Census for Cold Brook Township, Warren County, Illinois, page 598.
   Duplicate Tax Records of Brown County, Ohio, 1819-1838, Family History Library catalog number 0514151.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

   History of Harrison County, Iowa, published by National Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891, page 459.  Copy was found in the Public Library, Logan, Harrison County, Iowa.
   Brown County, Ohio Land Records, Deed Book D4, pages 119-120, Family History Library film 0361772.
   Crawford County, Indiana Marriage Records, Volume A, page 57.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book D-4, pages 508-510, dated 16 Oct 1824.    Family History Library Catalog number is 0361772.
   Family records in possession of Clare H. SPENCE, Strasburg, VA, 1985, a descendant of Aurilla SELLERS and Louis PECKENPAUGH.
   Crawford County, Indiana Tract Index, page 102.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377983, item 2.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   1830 Federal Census for Crawford County, Indiana, page 244.
   1830 Federal Census for Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 439.
   1830 Federal Census for Vermillion County, Indiana, pages 220-221.
   1830 Federal Census Index for Kentucky.  These families were in Bracken County.
   1830 Federal Census for Union Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 435.
   Crawford County, Indiana Tract Index, page 102.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377983, item 2.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book S-18, pages 156-157, dated 19 Feb 1835.    Family History Library Catalog number is 361779.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 2, page 79, dated 1 Apr 1835.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377968.
   Brown County, Ohio, Deed Book Q-16, pages 447-448. Dated 128 Dec 1835.    Family History Library Catalog number is 361778.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 2, pages 196-197, dated 28 Apr 1836.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377968.
   Crawford County, Indiana Marriage Records, Volume A, page 160.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   Crawford County, Indiana Tract Index, page 102.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377983, item 2.
   Crawford County, Indiana Marriage Records, Volume A, page 162.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 2, page 501-502, dated 17 Aug 1839.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377968.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   1840 Federal Census for Crawford County, Indiana, page 455.
   1840 Federal Census for Pleasant Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 257.
   1840 Federal Census for Union Township, Brown County, Ohio, page 320.
   1840 Federal Census for Knox County, Illinois, page 50.
   1840 Federal Census for Mercer County, Illinois, page 319.
   Probate record of Peter SELLERS in Brown County, Ohio, probated between 8 Feb 1841 and 3 Apr 1843; Brown County, Ohio, Probate Court, Case #8956, Ohio 1-7B Volume 1, Years 1820-1952; J.H. BLAIR, Clerk.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 3, page 165, dated 13 Apr 1841.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377968.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Marriage records for Brown County, Ohio, volume F, page 151.    Family History Library Catalog number is 977.1796 V29b.
   Probate record of Peter SELLERS in Brown County, Ohio, probated between 8 Feb 1841 and 3 Apr 1843.  Copy in possession of Karma BURTENSHAW, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 2001.
   Old Family Group Records, Patron Section, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 2001, these sheets were housed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 4th Floor.
   Crawford County, Indiana Marriage Records, Volume A, page 282.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   Brown County, Ohio, Court Records, 1818-1850, compiled and published by Patricia R. DONALDSON, Georgetown, Ohio, 1950, page 52, Docket 6656.  Copy was found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2001, catalog number US/CAN 977.1796 P2d.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 3, page3 615-616, dated 9 Oct 1844.    Family History Library Catalog number is1377969.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 4, pages 153-154, dated 10 Apr 1847.  Family History Library Catalog number is 1377969.
   Crawford County, Indiana Marriage Records, Volume B, page 45.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377775.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 4, pages 343-344, dated 21 Mar 1848  Family History Library Catalog number is 1377969..
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 4, pages 344-345, dated 23 Mar 1848.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377969.
   Land Records for Warren County, Illinois, Deed Book 12, page 515.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377885.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 5, pages 63-64, dated 12 May 1849.   Family History Library Catalog number is1377969.
   Crawford County, Indiana Land Records, Deed Book 5, pages 187-188, dated 15 Apr 1850.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1377969.
   1850 Federal Census for (no township listed), Warren County, Illinois, page 12 (top of page indicated page 24).
   1850 Federal Census for (no township listed), Warren County, Illinois, page 12 (top of page indicated page 24).
   1850 Federal Census for (no township listed), Warren County, Illinois, page 21.
   1850 Federal Census for (no township listed), Warren County, Illinois, page 24.
   1850 Federal Census for Township 13 North, Range 1 East, Knox County, Illinois, page 408.
   1850 Federal Census for Township 12 North, Range 1 East, Knox County, Illinois, page 402.
   1850 Federal Census for Township 9 North, Range 2 East, Knox County, Illinois, page 436.
   1850 Federal Census for Township 5 South, Range 2 West, Pike County, Illinois, page 88.
   1850 Federal Census for Oregon Township, Schuyler County, Illinois, page 346.
   Land Records for Warren County, Illinois, Deed Books 12, 14, and 16.    Family History Library Catalog numbers are 1377885, 1377886, and 1377887.
   History and Description of Harrison County, Iowa, Given in Townships, by G.F. WATERMAN, printed at The Western Star Book and Job Office, Magnolia, Iowa, 1868, page 21.
   History of Harrison County, Iowa, published by National Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891, page 459.
   Original Land Entries, Harrison County, Iowa, Family History Library Catalog number 1510108
   1854 State Census for Lagrange Township, Harrison County, Iowa
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book A, pages 33-34, dated 20 Jun 1854.
   Original Land Entries, Harrison County, Iowa, Family History Library Catalog number 1510108
   Original Land Entries, Harrison County, Iowa, Family History Library Catalog number 1510108
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book B, page 269, dated 21 Aug 1855.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1503003, item 2-3.
   1854 State Census for Lagrange Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 286.
   Harrison County, Iowa, Deed Book B, page 419, dated 11 Dec 1856.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1503003, item 2-3.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book F, page 140, dated 6 Oct 1858.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1503005.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 22, page 269, dated 1 Jan 1859.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509846, item 3.
   1860 Federal Census for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, pages 71 and 72.
   Records of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, housed at The Auditorium, Independence, MO.
   Journal of History, of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Independence, Missouri, Volume XVII, Number 2, Apr 1924, page 136.
   History of Harrison County, Iowa, published by National Publishing Company, Chicago, 1891, page 233.
   Groom and Bride Index for 1905 Directory of Harrison County, Iowa, compiled by Kent Davis MYRICK, March 1988, page 97.  Copy was found in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Catalog number US/CAN 977.747 V22m.
   Vital Records To the End of the Year 1849, Worcester, Massachusetts; published by Franklin P. Rices, Trustee of the Fund, 1907, page 48.  Family History Library Catalog Number US/CAN 974.43/T1 V2v.
   Records of the Nauvoo 3rd Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library Catalog Number 889392.  Also in book 289.3 EA85m, Volume 22, pages 856 and 862.
   New Ipswich, Hillsborough, New Hampshire Marriages; Family History Library Catalog Number 1001264.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book H, page 583, dated 16 Sep 1863.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1503006.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book H, page 777, dated 11 Jul 1864.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1503006.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book N, page 92, dated 15 Mar 1865.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509563.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book O, page 363.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509563.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book M, page 6, dated 14 Jul 1865.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509562.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book P, page 370, dated 9 Aug 1866.   Family History Library Catalog number is 1509564.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 10, page 233, dated 17 Mar 1870.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509844, item 1.
   1870 Federal Census for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 4.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 9, page 415, dated 28 Oct 1871.  Family History Library Catalog number is 1509843, item 3-4.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 10, pages 274-275, dated 5 Sep 1874.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509844, item 1.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 10, page 258, dated 9 Sep 1874.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509844, item 1.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 14, page 489, dated 30 Dec 1878.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509844, item 3.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 14, page 488, dated 30 Dec 1878.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509844, item 3.
   Title Bond Record, Harrison County, Iowa, Book 17, page 186, dated 19 Apr 1879.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509845, item 1.
   Harrison County, Iowa Land Records, Deed Book 41, page 35, dated 13 Mar 1880.    Family History Library Catalog number is 1509849.
   1880 Federal Census for Union Township, Harrison County, Iowa, page 15.
   Obituary in “The Saints’ Herald”, published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1884, Volume 34, page 47.
   1880 Federal Census for Village of Cameron, Cold Brook Township, Warren County, Illinois, page 127.