WILLIAM SELLERS 1630/
son JOHN SELLERS , wife ELIZABETH in 1714



ISLE OF WIGHT, VA

ENGLAND

WM SELLERS 1630 by ED HUDSON

MATTHEW SELLERS by DIANE GRAVLEE

SEWARD INFO
HARRISON FAMILY
BARBADOS
KIRBY FAMILY
FULGHAM FAMILY
REYNOLDS FAMILY



NOV 25, 1657 WILLIAM SELLER transported by CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS to Isle of Wight Co.
On Cypress Creek adj to property of CHR. REYBNOLDS, DCD. (see  copy of his? Christopher Reynolds will, below)
 

1663 - Carolina was chartered.  Charles II of England granted the Carolina Territory
           to eight lord proprietors.  Named for King Charles I of England.
            (who were these 8 lord proprietors? msh)

1663 - Albemarle County was formed - one of the three original counties - discontinued      in 1739.

1667 - JAN 9, 1667/ISLE OF WIGHT/  WM SELLER buys blacksmith tools=Estate of CAPT FULGHAM

1670 - Chowan County was formed from Albemarle County.

1670 - Pasquotank County was formed from Albemarle County.

1670 - Currituck County was formed from Albemarle County.

1670 - Perquimans County was formed from Albemarle County.



OCT 14, 1678 /ISLE OF WIGHT/ ANTHONY FULGHAM will = land adj WM SELLER
MARCH 1686 JOHN MOORE WILL = JOHN SELLERS wit.
VA WILL BOOK = JOHN MOORE 1688 ISLE OF WIGHT= NEED copy


FROM JAMES I. MARLOWE =
DEC 9, 1684 JOSIAH HARRISON, deed of gift to WILLIAM SELLER (mentioned in sale of son, JOHN SELLER=not in county records) Deed signed  SEPT 5, 1714 by JOHN SELLER and ELIZ SELLER. This Land was on SEWARD'S SWAMP.
1689 = JOHN SELLERS, WIT to land sale on POWELLS SWAMP
(does this land lay close to each other? msh)


1696 - Bath County was created - discontinued in 1739.

1705 - Archdale County was created - later renamed Beauford.

1710 - New Bern is settled by Swiss and German colonists.

1711 - Carolina was divided into North and South Carolina.

1712 - Beaufort County was created from Bath (formerly Archdale) County.

1712 - Craven County was formed from Bath.

1712 - Hyde County was formed from Wickham.


Posted by: Donald Jenkins (ID *****6565)
                                                        Date: August 24, 2002 at 17:29:14
 In Reply to: Re: Port of Entry in 17th Century by Robert G. Sellers
                                                                      of 985
 
 Estate of John Gutteridge was appraised by William Sellers, Oliver Woodward, Thomas Carter. (recorded 26 Jul 1731, p. 282

, Will Book 3, IoW Co records, as contained in Wills & Administration of IoW Co, Va., 1647-1800, by Blanche Adams Chapman.

John Sellers and Jenknis Dorman were witnesses to the will by John Moore, of the Lower Parish, dtd 18 Mar 1886/7, (recorded 9
Jun 1688, p. 279, Will & Deed Book 2, IoW Co, Va --same ref source as above.)

Hope this helps.
Charles
vetarm@aol.com



CHOWAN CO, NC
7-15-1717 MATHEW SELLERS buys 50 Acres on Reedy Swamp from Benjamin FOREMAN,SR, next to John BLACKBURN and SHARER
Wit=John DREW and Robert SHARER


THERE was an OLD FOREMAN/SELLERS connection? where? msh


1722 - Bertie County was formed from Chowan County.

4-1-1724 MATHEW SELLERS land grant of 170 acres on south side of the Meherrin, next to his own land.
NC LAND =
(county?neighbors? msh)



1722 - Carteret County was formed from Craven County.

1729 - North Carolina comes under British control, becoming a royal colony, when all
         but one of the original eight proprietors sold their interest to King George II.

1729 - New Hanover County was formed from Craven County.

1729 - Tyrell County was formed from Bertie, Chowan, Currituck, and Pasquotank
         Counties.

1734 - Bladen County was formed from New Hanover and Bath Counties.

1734 - Onslow County was formed from Bath County.

1739 - Bath County was discontinued.

1739 - Albemarle County was discontinued.

1741 - Edgecombe County was formed from Bertie County.

1741 - Northampton County was formed from Bertie County.

1746 - Granville County was formed from Edgecombe County.

1746 - Johnston County was formed from Craven County.

1750 - Anson County was formed from Bladen County.


Bob Baird
rwbaird@aol.com

                                                      Date: January 14, 2003 at 14:31:53
 In Reply to: Re: Chronology - Reynolds Family of Virginia by Marie Sellers Hollinger
                                                                     of 10061

What you quoted was someone's (inaccurate) summary of a Virginia land patent abstracted in Nugent's "Cavaliers and Pioneers", Volume I, page 363.

He did not actually "trade seven servants". He traded the headrights for seven persons, who may or may not have been servants.
 Persons who paid for the passage of themselves or others were entitled to 50 acres of land for each person whose passage was paid for.
A certificate to that effect was issued by a court, which could then be used to "pay for" the patent. The certificate itself could be bought and sold, so the person who actually used it for a patent was not necessarily the same person who paid for the passage.

The patent in question may be found in Virginia Land Patent Book 4, pages 243-4. It is a patent to Christompher Reynolds (Junior) with the following note written into the margin: “This patent renewed in Richard Jordan’s name the 18th March 1662 to
whom it is assigned by the said Reynolds.”

The patent reads as follows:

"...give and grant unto Christopher Reynolds 350 acres lying in the Isle of Wight County Beginning at a marked red oak on a
hill by the west freshett by the miles end of 450 acres patented by Christopher Reynolds deceased and running along the said
freshett for length 32 poles and for breadth west southwest 50 poles to a marked white oak [this part totals 100 acres] then
beginning at the upper side of the forementioned patent on the Cypress Creek for the other 250 acres and running along the
said Cypress to the marked trees of the land lately in the possession of Mr. Neall & so between the said land of Mr. Neall and
the forementioned patent of Christopher Reynolds deceased to the miles end. The said land being due unto Christopher Reynolds by and for the transportation of seven persons & dated the 25th of November 1657."

Note that the seven persons are not named in the actual patent, but their names are given in the Nugent abstract.

Nugent abstracted the name of the adjoining landowner s "Mr. Nutt", a name that does not elsewhere appear in Isle of Wight records. I read it as "Mr. Neall", meaning Christopher Neale, who we know was a resident of Isle of Wight at the time.

 Followups:

     Re: Chronology - Reynolds Family of Virginia Marie Sellers Hollinger 1/15/03
         Re: Chronology - Reynolds Family of Virginia Bob Baird 1/15/03
             Re: Chronology - Reynolds Family of Virginia Marie Sellers Hollinger 1/15/03


========
FROM ED HUDSON
EHUDSONIII@aol.com
DEC, 2002
On 25 November 1657 in Isle of Wright
County, Virginia a man by the name of Christopher Reynolds traded 7 servants
namely:  John Becham, Joseph Kerby, John Moode, William Seller, Edmond
Howsden, Margaret Langridge, and Susan Stubbers for 350 acres of land along
Cyprus Creek. "

  The cite is:   http://www.idcity.com/beckham_book/beckham_A_4.htm

  -Ed Hudson
====
WE NEED copy of ORIGINAL source, msh
 


DEC, 2002
ED, thanks for sharing with us.
WE Need and Want All reports, etc of SELLERS , so we can compare with
documents we have, etc.

OUR SELLERS perhaps can give us comments, etc.
WE have some SELLERS that are not active members and may not read all our
info!

I DO SEE =
CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS will is written MAY 1, 1654 ISLE OF WIGHT, VA and his
kids all Under 16, except son CHRISTOPHER. (so he was already in us by 1654?
before 1657. 

 Will of KIRBY written 1641/42  could prove something. Need copy.   msh)

JOHN SELLER born bef 1673? , was a son of WM SELLER OF ISLE OF WIGHT, VA who
owned land here in 1684
(not listed  in DURELL SELLERS family?)

SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF WIGHT" by   John Bennett Boddie, page 162
JAN 16, 1676
WILL SELLER signs petition for WILLIAM WEST , page 1
WILL SELLER signs petition for WILLIAM WEST, page 2

=

From: Robert Sellers [mailto:cynamantwo@buckeye-express.com]
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 5:42 PM
To: marie sellers hollinger
Subject: Re: MATHEW SELLERS/ANN CORBETT


.William Seller signed a petition asking for leniency for
William West...who was a participant...which may mean that Seller was
closely aligned with the "rebels"...but, West was married to a daughter of
Seller's minister (Braswell)...which also may have given hima reason to
sign...I have looked and looked for a listing of all participants who came
before a magistrate and have not been able to find "Wm. Seller" listed...

=======

I'm sure he had more than one kid. We just don't have the deeds, county
records, etc showing our SELLERS names.

SOME of the LAND records aren't worded, described the same as they were then
= hard to prove same area.

Most of our documents on ISLE OF WIGHT, VA =
http://showcase.netins.net/web/sellerfamily/vaisle.htm

I believe we have a BIG GAP ( = lots of kids),  between families and MUST
find more documents to Prove one child at a time, if thats what it takes.

Thanks for Sharing and Please understand my questions, etc.
marie, iowa
 

 -----Original Message-----
From: EHUDSONIII@aol.com [mailto:EHUDSONIII@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 12:31 PM
To: Mari@netins.net
Subject: William Sellers, Sr. b.1637
 

  Marie,
  I've found some interesting tidbits about William Sellers, Sr. who came
from England to Virginia. This data comes from the family tree of Durell
Sellers (WFT Vol. 12, Tree # 3552), but his source is not shown.

                                             William Sellers
                                                Birth 1637
  Jan 1641/42, heir of John Kirbe, Charlton, England. Proven Jan. 1642 in
Oxford, England. 1657, was among 7 prisoners from England  with Christopher
Reynolds, came to the Colonies. Jan. 16, 1676/77, he was among a group of
petitioners to spare the life of William West.
                                               Death: Unknown
                                   A participant in Bacon's Rebellion

  (This next obviously should be his son or grandson, since William would
have been 100 years old at the time.)

            1733, Held land in Isle of Wight, Va. 200 acres south of
Nottaway River.
            1734, Held 200 acres South of Nottaway River.
            1742, Held 235 acres south of Nottaway River
 

  This Durell Sellers Tree also has Matthew William Sellers' (b.1682) wife
as Catherine Jordan (b. 1690, m. 1706, d. after 1740).

  Hope some find this useful.

  -Ed hudson

   Marie,
  "Bacon's Rebellion", in which William Sellers, Sr. apparently
participated, took place in VA in 1676. It is well described at the
following website:
                  http://www.nps.gov/colo/Jthanout/BacRebel.html

  -Ed Hudson



Hi again, Marie,

In regard to your latest note, Durell Sellers and many others omit John
Sellers as the son of our original William. To my knowledge, there is no
conclusive proof that he was. However, We know that John Sellers was witness
to a will in Isle of Wight County, VA, in 1686; that he was witness to a land
sale in 1689; and that he was summoned to court in 1693. We also know that
"John Sellers, son of William, and his wife Elizabeth" sold land in Isle of
Wight County in 1714. To me, this last pretty much establishes that John,
born about 1660, was the son of William (b. 1637).
Using similar deduction, I have concluded that John had three sons; Matthew
Benjamin (b. 1682), Jacob (b. 1680), and John (b. 1687). This John born in
1687 also had three sons, George, William and Arthur, born after 1708. (It is
possible, however, that one or more of these three were the children of
Jacob.)

A second point is that many have our original William's wife shown as
Providence Gurley, which is not possible. Records show William sellers as a
landowner after 1731. In 1742, he sold land with George Sellers as a witness.
In 1743, It is recorded that " William and his wife Providence owned and sold
land in Isle of Wight County, VA. in 1743 which was previously owned by
(Providence's father), John Gurley." Our original William would have been 100
years old or more when these transactions took place. I believe, therefore,
that Providence Gurley was the wife of William Sellers (b. Aft. 1708) who was
the son of John (b. 1687), the grandson of  John (b. Abt. 1660), and the
great-grandson of our original William (b. 1637). Conjecture? Yes, to some
degree, but I believe it's a reasonably accurate premise until more data can
be found.

Happy hunting, and if anyone can tell me why I'm "all wet" on this, I'll
cheerfully revise my conclusions.

Take care,

-Ed Hudson



DEC 7, 2002
ED, thanks.
can you get us the description of an INDENTURED SERVANT in 1657 =

I kinda thought you were Bound to this person for 7 YEARS?
And maybe I am thinking of the 7 years you were committed to PA when you
came on a SHIP?

OR is this the SAME Christopher REYNOLDS connected to our WM SELLER?

I believe they have proven another CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS?
MAYBE a diff JOHN BECHAM?
(Same dates? NEED copies of ORIGINAL info)

BUT, if you died and son, etc was heir? what would happen= a possibility
also.

PLEASE understand my questions - I APPRECIATE your info.
marie, iowa
 

  -----Original Message-----
  From: EHUDSONIII@aol.com [mailto:EHUDSONIII@aol.com]
  Sent: Saturday, December 07, 2002 4:17 PM
  To: Mari@netins.net; Cynaman7@aol.com
  Subject: William Sellers - Our Immigrant
 

  Found this on the web:

  On 25 Nov 1657 John Becham, an indentured servant, was traded by
Christopher Reynolds in Isle of Wight Co., VA, along with six other servants
for 350 acres of land along Cyprus Creek.

  Contained in:
           http://www.rootsweb.com/~momaries/pvj.htm

  I assume our William Sellers was one of the other six...

  -Ed Hudson

  ===============

  More...
  This one contains the names of all seven people "transported by
Christopher Reynolds" in 1657.

  "We also have an early reference to a John Beckham who also appears to
have been an indentured servant.  On 25 November 1657 in Isle of Wright
County, Virginia a man by the name of Christopher Reynolds traded 7 servants
namely:  John Becham, Joseph Kerby, John Moode, William Seller, Edmond
Howsden, Margaret Langridge, and Susan Stubbers for 350 acres of land along
Cyprus Creek. "
 

  The cite is:   http://www.idcity.com/beckham_book/beckham_A_4.htm

  -Ed Hudson
EHUDSONIII@aol.com



DEC 9,  2002
FROM ED HUDSON
EHUDSONIII@aol.com

As I understand it, An Indentured Servant was someone in another country who
signed a contract (Indenture) agreeing to work for a person in the Colonies
for a period of time (usually 7 years, but sometimes less) in exchange for
his passage to the Colonies and room, board, and a modest stipend when he
arrived. He also ceded to his "benefactor" his right to claim 50 acres of
land in the colonies normally granted to new immigrants. I'm not sure if he
got the land back at the end of his Indenture or not. These people were often
treated as nothing more than slaves, but many enjoyed much better
circumstances.

Christopher Reynolds himself arrived in Isle of Wight, VA as an Indentured
Servant in the 1620's. The original VA Christopher died in 1654. He had a son
named Christopher born in 1642, who would have been a young boy of 15 at the
time of the 1657 "transaction" involving William Sellers. It is my belief,
but by no means a certainty, that Christopher Jr. inherited control over his
father's Indentured Servants in 1654, and "traded" these rights for land in
November, 1657. If this is true, then it's possible that our William Sellers
and his 6 compatriots arrived in the Colonies at an earlier point in time
than November, 1657. Like most things involving these folks, it's all a bit
confusing. As to whether or not the Contract of Indenture survived the death
of Christopher, Sr., I suspect it did, probably because of the terms of the
Indenture itself rather than as a matter of law.

The only benefit to all this that I see for us as Sellers researchers is that
the names of the other 6 "transportees" may lead us to more info. Also, it
shows us that more research is needed as to their actual arrival date in Isle
of Wight from England. I assume that records exist somewhere of the Contract
of Indenture, and of the date and ship they arrived on, but I've found
nothing so far on the internet.

 One more bit of speculation: After publication on the King James version of
the Bible in the early 1600's, quite a flap developed in England between the
established Church and a large number of dissenters as to whether the Sabbath
should be observed on Sunday or Saturday. The Saturday advocates, called
"Seventh Day Baptists" were persecuted, branded, and jailed regularly for
their "heresy". One of the SDB leaders in the mid 1600's was a Reverend
William Sellers. One can easily speculate that this was our William's father,
and that our William was imprisoned for his own and/or his father's religious
beliefs and activities. He then agreed to be "transported" to the Colonies as
an Indentured Servant rather than remain in prison. No proof, but perhaps a
direction to follow.

Think I've confused enough issues for today :))

-Ed Hudson



DEC 12, 2002
ED, thank you for sharing info and ideas.

How are Indentured servants listed on a ship?
Wouldn't they have come into PA and Not VA first?

IF you had ALREADY come to US, did you have to go thro the 7 year time limit again???

I didn't see much on the Other indentured servants listed, But, YES, we should make a file/list on their families or possibilities.

A copy of the info/file on WM SELLERS in ENGLAND = mid 1600's = could be close to 1657?
And could be SAME as One of our WM SELLERS who came to US.

WHAT town, etc was this?

ANY info on SEVENTH DAY BAPTISTS churches in US or NC or VA?
WE can make a page and add info. okay.

I don't have or know how to search ENGLAND records, BUT, might have to learn!
 Do you have any url's? I have ancestry.com sub. WE do have an ENGLAND? page, perhaps some address's or urls?
Probably need a town, etc to help us search?
http://showcase.netins.net/web/sellerfamily/england.htm
NOT very well organized = use your search button.

Will add your  info to our files.

WE still have Several Years of info/documents = LAND transfers? to connect our VA and NC SELLERS.
BUT, EACH document is SO important = USE ALL spellings = SOUND alikes?
marie, iowa
 



Posted by: Robert G. Sellers
email = unpublished=check other groups, etc, msh
                                                        Date: January 21, 2002 at 14:04:15
 In Reply to: Re: Port of Entry in 17th Century by Ria Hendrix      of 985

My primary interest is in William Seller; however, there were six others who arrived on November 25, 1657, under the auspices of
Christopher Reynolds, Jr. The others are: Joseph Kerby, Jonathon Becham, Jonathon Moode, Edmond Howsden, Margaret Langridge and Susan Stubben.
Christopher Reynolds, Jr. received 350 acres for bringing these individuals to Virginia. At some
point,
William obtained land on Cypress Swamp. This William Seller(s), or some other William Sellers, was in Virginia as late as
the 1740's.
A William Sellers acquired land along the Nottaway River. I believe this area became Southampton County VA. 

I believe his son to be Matthew Sellers who moved into what is now North Carolina, possibly along the Maherin (sp?) River.
I have attempted to locate a ship arrival coinciding with the November 25, 1657 date...to no avail. I understand that there was no
requirement to provide records of comings and goings. I also appreciate that records may have been lost due to fire, flood or war.
I have also attempted, with no success, to locate these seven individuals in England...thinking that I could find a posting from an English port.
Any help you can provide will be most appreciated and thank you for what you have already provided.

Bob Sellers




In a message dated 12/8/2002 12:24:30 AM Eastern Standard Time,
mari@netins.net writes:

> ED, thanks.
> can you get us the description of an INDENTURED SERVANT in 1657 =

FROM ED HUDSON
There are many such descriptions on the net. The following is typical:
 

INDENTURED SERVANTS AND TRANSPORTED CONVICTS
White indentured servants came from all over Great Britain. Men, women, and
sometimes children signed a contract with a master to serve a term of 4 to 7
years. In exchange for their service, the indentured servants received their
passage paid from England, as well as food, clothing, and shelter once they
arrived in the colonies. Some were even paid a salary. When the contract had
expired, the servant was paid freedom dues of corn, tools, and clothing, and
was allowed to leave the plantation. During the time of hid indenture,
however, the servant was considered his master's personal property and his
contract could be inherited or sold. Prices paid for indentured servants
varied depending on skills.

While under contract a person could not marry or have children. A master’s
permission was needed to leave the plantation, to perform work for anyone
else, or to keep money for personal use. An unruly indentured servant was
whipped or punished for improper behavior. Due to poor living conditions,
hard labor, and difficulties adjusting to new climates and native diseases,
many servants did not live to see their freedom. Often servants ran away from
their masters. Since they often spoke English and were white, runaway
servants were more difficult to recapture than black slaves. If runaway
servants were captured, they were punished by increasing their time of
service.

Since Indentures were not recorded, information about indentured servants is
scarce. Most information has been taken from advertisements for runaway
servants and court records. Some of the male indentured servants were highly
skilled laborers, holding such jobs as bricklayer, joiner, plasterer, cook,
clerk, gardener, coachman, butcher, blacksmith, and musician. Female
indentured servants performed domestic chores like laundry, sewing, and
housekeeping.

Children also were indentured.

Transported convicts, both men and women, were sold to plantation owners as
another form of labor. One-fourth of the British immigrants to the colonies
were convicts. Most of these convicts were male, young, unskilled, and poor.
The usual crime was grand larceny. Generally, the only people exiled were
those judges felt could be rehabilitated. Convicts performed the same type of
work as indentured servants but were less trusted. Their length of service
was usually longer than that of indentured servants. Like indentured servants
and slaves, convicts frequently ran away. Political prisoners also were
shipped to the colonies. Most of these were convicted following religious
persecutions.

Suggested Reading

Ekirch, A. Roger. “Bound for America,” in The William & Mary Quarterly, 3d.
series, 42(April 1985): 167-83.

Ekirch, A. Roger. “Bound for the Chesapeake: Convicts, Crime, & Colonial
Virginia,” In Virginia Cavalcade, 3(Winter 1988): 100-13.

Hope this helps.

-Ed Hudson



DEC 13, 2002
JPM6966@aol.com
 I have some experience researching in England and first and foremost you
should know that their equivalent to our National Archives is Kew Library.
They have fabulous records there though not much on line that will help this
far back I'm sorry to say.

   As for ships records, I believe those are really hit and miss,but for
folks that were mandated to go there should be court records. The County
(shire) would be very helpful,infact I don't know how one would go about
searching without some knowledge of where they need to search.

  A good place to begin learning about research in England or anywhere else
in the world is  www.worldgenweb.org

Good luck,
Pati
JPM6966@aol.com



From: EHUDSONIII@aol.com [mailto:EHUDSONIII@aol.com]
  Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 12:02 PM

    Found the following on Genealogy.Com search. Not much. but it does
indicate that the 1657 immigration date is correct. If anyone has access,
through a library or otherwise, to the source book by N. M. Nugent, we may
finally solve this part of the mystery.        -Ed Hudson

  William Seller found in:
  Passenger and Immigration Index, 1500s-1900s Place:  Virginia     Year:
1657
  Primary immigrant:  Seller, William
  Permanent entry number:  2148703
  Accession number:  7848467
  Source publication code:  6220
  Source publication page number:  363
  Source publication:  NUGENT, NELL MARION. Cavaliers and Pioneers:
Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666. Vol. 1. Richmond
[VA]: Dietz Printing Co., 1934. 767p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing
Co., Baltimore, 1983.
  Source annotation:  Record of 20,000 very early immigrants, with much
relevant information. Taken from Patent Books 1 through 5. Title page
states, "In 5 volumes," but up to 1979 only three had appeared. See nos.
6221 and 6223 for second and third volumes, published in 1977 and 1979.
Issued originally by Nugent in parts between 1929 and 1931; the parts were
then largely incorporated in this work, no. 6220. Stewart, item no. 9025,
compiled the article, "Ancient Planters [1607]," pages xxviii-xxxiv.
  Source:  Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
   Data Introduction



ED, thanks.
Yes,  have the cd that lists this info and some of the other names are on
there also.

DON'T have the CAVALIERS  and PIONEERS or the VA LAND PATENTS = need
(yes, we have, later, msh)

ON the REYNOLDS board, I extracted =
from Rod Stucker, Professional Genealogist
       4 Oct 1738, Isle of Wight County Deeds, Bk. 5, p. 331; Christopher
Reynolds and his son, John Reynolds, of Isle of
Wight County, sold to William Noyall of the same place, for 15 pounds, 10
shillings, a 20 year lease for one certain plantation
or tract of land, containing about 100 acres in the Lower Parish of Isle of
Wight, being the land where said Noyall now lives
bounded by the Creek side Carsey’s line, the old field side, said Noyall’s
cart path, the main road, the schoolhouse, James
Tullaugh, Permento, Whitney. Signed by Christopher Reynolds, John Reynolds
and William Noyall, Witnesses: Mathew
Sellers, Robert Sanders, Edward Driver and John Westwray, recorded 28 May
1739 (Doc.#139c)
=====
we did NOT have this posted AND he does NOT have the 1657 info listed .
Wrote him and asked for copy and if he has now.

Thanks for sharing. I did extract some ENGLAND county? info , But, we do
need WHERE they lived, to know where we came from and I believe many
traveled miles to the SHIP.

marie, iowa



dec 14, 2002
 microfische F3087 CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS,, abstracts of VA land
patents and grants, 1623-1666, page 363. I can't copy, paste from it , but,
typed exactly word for word and caps, etc. It lists PATENT BOOK NO 4, page
363. (so these must be abstracts from That book, msh)

CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS (Reinolds-Reynolds), 350 acs. Isle of Wight Co., 25
Nov. 1657, p164, (243).
Beg. at miles end of land patented by Christopher Reynolds, deceased,
running along Cypress Cr. to land lately in possession of  Mr. Nutt. (Bob Blair extracted as NEIL)
Trans. of 7 pers: Joseph Kerby, Jno. Becham, Jno. Moode, William
Seller, Edmond Howsden, Margaret Langridge, Susan Stubbers.

=======
I would take this to mean he TRANSPORTED these people , not traded? this
might be explained better in the pages ED sent also.
The  Beg. at miles end = just like typed.
Feel better having this from original source. Thanks for helping us get
there!

marie, iowa



JAN 13, 2003
BOB BLAIR
rwbaird@aol.com

What you quoted was someone's (inaccurate) summary of a Virginia land patent abstracted in Nugent's "Cavaliers and
Pioneers", Volume I, page 363.

He did not actually "trade seven servants". He traded the headrights for seven persons, who may or may not have been
servants. Persons who paid for the passage of themselves or others were entitled to 50 acres of land for each person whose
passage was paid for. A certificate to that effect was issued by a court, which could then be used to "pay for" the patent. The
certificate itself could be bought and sold, so the person who actually used it for a patent was not necessarily the same person
who paid for the passage.

The patent in question may be found in Virginia Land Patent Book 4, pages 243-4. It is a patent to Christompher Reynolds
(Junior) with the following note written into the margin: “This patent renewed in Richard Jordan’s name the 18th March 1662 to
whom it is assigned by the said Reynolds.”

The patent reads as follows:

"...give and grant unto Christopher Reynolds 350 acres lying in the Isle of Wight County Beginning at a marked red oak on a
hill by the west freshett by the miles end of 450 acres patented by Christopher Reynolds deceased and running along the said
freshett for length 32 poles and for breadth west southwest 50 poles to a marked white oak [this part totals 100 acres] then
beginning at the upper side of the forementioned patent on the Cypress Creek for the other 250 acres and running along the
said Cypress to the marked trees of the land lately in the possession of Mr. Neall & so between the said land of Mr. Neall and
the forementioned patent of Christopher Reynolds deceased to the miles end. The said land being due unto Christopher
Reynolds by and for the transportation of seven persons & dated the 25th of November 1657."

Note that the seven persons are not named in the actual patent, but their names are given in the Nugent abstract.

Nugent abstracted the name of the adjoining landowner s "Mr. Nutt", a name that does not elsewhere appear in Isle of Wight
records. I read it as "Mr. Neall", meaning Christopher Neale, who we know was a resident of Isle of Wight at the time.
=========

BOB, Thank You for pointing out the errors and quoting from the original source.
I appreciate this and will use your quote so all our SELLERS can see.

1657 OUR WM SELLER here in ISLE OF WIGHT
1667 WM SELLER sale of CAPT FULGHAM in ISLE OF WIGHT
1678 WM SELLER land adj ANTHONY FULGHAM - ISLE OF WIGHT
1684 WM SELLER rec'd deed of gift from JOSIAH HARRISON on SEWARDS SWAMP - ISLE OF WIGHT
1689 JOHN SELLERS wit to land sale on POWELLS SWAMP.
SEPT 5, 1714 JOHN and ELIZABETH SELLER sells land deed of gift to father WM SELLER by JOSIAH HARRISON on
SEWARDS SWAMP.

DO you know where SEWARDS SWAMP WAS?
DO you know where POWELLS SWAMP WAS?
Were they close to each other?

I believe most of this info is from ISLE OF WIGHT history extractions.
IS there any mention of CELLER/SELLERS in the copies of
VA LAND PATENTS?
I don't have these . They aren't on line are they? or I'd be glad to look myself.
Are these the same records the extractions were made from? Or is there AnyMore records available?

THANKS AGAIN for your help and caring.
marie, iowa
==
FROM BOB BAIRD
rwbaird@aol.com

On where Sewards and Powells Swamps were, that's hard to say without some work. The watercourses in Isle of Wight (like
most counties) changed names over the years so they may have been know by a different name every 20 or 30 years. My
guess would be that they were streams that were only 3-4 feet wide, barely wide enough to show up on topo maps. With some
work you might be able to figure out where they were by plotting patents and deeds that mention them.

On Sellars/Cellars in Virginia patents, I own the set of Cavaliers and Pioneers and would be happy to look them up for you.
Send me an email at rwbaird@aol.com to remind me.

Incidently I have a very minor connection with a Sellars family of Jefferson County and McMinn County, Tennessee in the early
1800s.

========

BOB, thank you!
I started a search on SEWARDS in ISLE of WIGHT, but only extracted the data in the REYNOLDS files, I think.

I believe we Must research that family also.
Haven't done the POWELL family.

WHO do you connect to in JEFF/MCMINN CO, TN/?
WE have some documents and will be Glad to help anyway we can.

WE have a state/county page linking names/address to same. IT helps others find you/us.
AND we expect ALL to Share documents received.

I will send your letters thro our SELLERS discussion group
AND see if others can help more on our ISLE OF WIGHT,VA SELLERS and connected families.

WE just don't have many families there!
CAPTAIN FULGUM
ANTHONY FULGUM
JOSIAH HARRISON
WM SELLER
JOHN SELLER
ELIZ SELLER

quess we're glad we have them.

THANK YOU for caring and sharing.
And please send your TN data.
marie,iowa
==========
jan 16, 2003
from ed hudson

Marie,
Thank you for the interesting & informative information. So now we know that
Christopher Reynolds Jr., as a boy of 15, was the person to whom this
Headright  was originally granted on November 25, 1657. (Very unusual
transaction for a child?) We also know that the Headright was a certificate
that could be redeemed for land grants (patents) later, and that such a
Headright could be held, sold, or traded as chattel paper for years after
it's issue, and before it's redemption. Christopher Jr. apparently traded
this one to Richard Jordan on March 18, 1662. The things that are still
unclear in my mind are these: When did Christopher Jr. actually transport the
seven people for which he was granted the Headright? Was he required to
transport them prior to the Headright being issued? Was the Headright issued
immediately upon their arrival? Did he have to transport them within a
certain time frame after the Headright was issued? Could the Headright be
redeemed for the land grant (patent) before the people were transported?
Where did Nugent get the names of the transportees? Obviously, some dated
record of the actual transportation must have been available to her. It's all
very frustrating, but from what we've seen, nothing seems to give us the
actual transportation date. Knowing a little about the Christopher Reynolds
history, I do think we can safely assume that William Sellers et al were
transported as indentured servants, and not as free persons. Perhaps your
friend Bob Baird could shed some light on some of these issues, which are
very unclear to those of us who are not experts in the Virginia
Headright/Land Patent system.
Thanks again for your help. We'll get to the bottom of this mess yet!
Best wishes,
-Ed Hudson
=====
As a P.S. after thought, perhaps a "Patent" was the certificate redeemable for land, and a "Headright" was the contract (Indenture) for the transportee's services for a period of years.
-Ed


=============

JAN 18, 2003
ED, thanks.
am sending a cc of this to BOB BAIRD  and perhaps he can answer some of your questions.

I am sure we need Dates with these names = Christopher Reynolds Jr,age=
so we know Which one we are talking about.
WE have more than one?
WE should try and Date each one - would help?

Thanks for sharing ideas and questions.
marie, iowa
=======

JAN 19, 2003
FROM BOB BAIRD
RWBaird@aol.com


Let me attempt to answer Ed Hudson's questions:

(1) First of all, Christopher Reynolds Jr. was not "a boy of 15" at the time of the 1657 patent.  His birth year of 1642 or so was merely a guess by Mr. Tillman.  The evidence says he was older than that.  Notice that the 1754 will of Christopher Reynolds gives land outright to his son Christopher Reynolds Jr, but sons Richard and John are to get their land at age 21.  To me at least, that is a strong indication that Christopher Jr. is at least 21 when the will was written, thus born 1633 or earlier.  Notice also that the 1657 patent says that Christopher Jr. was the "eldest son" of Christopher Sr., another fact Mr. Tillman apparently didn't know.   One had to be at least 21 to receive a patent, so he was definitely 21 or more in 1657 - a minor could receive a patent only in the name of his guardian.  More importantly, his son Richard was himself 21 or more on 10 May 1679 when he renewed his father's patent, which tells us that Christopher Jr. had a son born by 1658 or earlier.  On the whole, this evidence favors Christopher Jr. being born in the early 1630s, not the early 1640s.

(2)   "When did Christopher Jr. actually transport the seven people for which he was granted the Headright? [Who knows]  Was he required to transport them prior to the Headright being issued? [Yes]  Was the Headright issued  immediately upon their arrival? [No] "

The process was as follows.  The person who paid for the transportation went to either his local county court or to the General Court and presented his proof that he paid for the passage.  The court then issued a certificate containing the names of the transportees.  One could not get a certificate until the persons transported had been in the colony for three years (although if they died, the certificate could be gotten immediately).  So yes, whoever transported them had to have done so at least three years prior to the patent date.  The certificate could be bought and sold like any other valuable, so the person patenting the land was not necessarily the person who originally obtained the certicate.  One then took the certificate to the Governor's office and traded it for a surveyor's order, which eventually turned into the patent.  When the clerk wrote out the patent, he transferred the names from the certificate to the patent.

The records of issuance of these certificates exist in the county court records of a few Virginia counties.  Recent research comparing them to the patents in which they were used shows that about two-thirds of all certificates were issued to a different person than the one who used it for a patent.  That is, the person filing the patent probably was NOT the person who paid for the transportation in most cases.  Since the cost of transportation was greater than the value of the land, these certificates were often sold for cash.  (People were transported to work the land, not to acquire the land.)

As a minor point, the seven persons may not have all been from a single certificate.  There could have been any number of certificates from one to seven.  

(3) Where did Nugent get the names of the transportees? They are normally written at the end of the patent.  The early patents were kept as individual pieces of paper. The first "book" of patents was not created until 1683, long after this patent was issued.  In 1683 a clerk entered all those prior patents into a book (Patent Book 1), by copying the original.   In this case, it appears that the clerk failed to copy the names.  The names may exist on another page of that book, or they may exist on the original document if it was one of the few preserved.  That original would not have had the date of transportation, nor the name of the person to whom the certificate was entered, only the names.  

(4) Keep in mind that headrights were not necessarily indentured servants, though the great majority were.  I have seen several cases of individuals transporting themselves, then selling their own certificates. Also, the person did not have to come from England.  Someone moving from Maryland was a perfectly legitimate headright.

I am in the process of writing a paper on the first three generations of the Chrisopher Reynolds family - the immigrant through his grandchildren.  It should end up as a paper of about 35-40 pages when finished.  When it's done, I will post it on my website.  My motivation is mainly to add some research that was overlooked by Mr. Tillman, and to correct several mistakes he made in his book.

In the meantime, I have an explanation of headrights posted to the website.  Go to http://home.nc.rr.com/rwbaird and look at the bottom of the page for a link to "Headrights"

Bob Baird
rwbaird@aol.com

JAN 19,2003
Mr. Bob Baird;
Thank you very much, Bob. You have added significantly to our knowledge and provided valuable clues to aid our attempts to track down the circumstances, date, and place of immigration of our ancestor, William Seller, to Isle of Wight County, Virginia. If we can be of any assistance to you in your own Reynolds research, please don't hesitate to ask.
Best wishes,
-Ed Hudson
EHUDSONIII@aol.com

Jan 20, 2003
After chatting a bit with Bob Baird, I've fine-tuned my notes on William Seller(s) a little. They are copied below for any use you may want to make of them.
-Ed Hudson

In Virginia in the 1600's, one could obtain a 50 acre land grant (Patent) for himself and each other person he brought to settle there. A person could also be granted 50 acres for each person for whom he paid passage ("transported") from Europe or elsewhere, either as an Indentured Servant or free man. An Indentured Servant entered into a contract (Indenture) with the person in Virginia to pay their passage and  room & board after arrival in exchange for all their personal services for a period of years, usually seven. Upon presentation of proof to the court that he had paid for the transportation from Europe of identified persons, the Virginian was given a certificate (Headright) which could be redeemed for 50 acres of land per person transported. These Headrights did not have to be "cashed" immediately, and were commonly sold or traded as chattel paper for years afterward.

On November 25, 1657, a man named Christopher Reynolds, Jr. obtained a Headright certificate for a 350 acre Virginia land patent for the transportation (as Indentured Servants) of seven persons to Isle of Wight County, Virginia from England, namely John Becham, Joseph Kerby, John Moode, William Seller, Edmond Howsden, Margaret Langridge, and Susan Stubbers, This transaction was recorded, and was reported by Nell M. Nugent in her book "Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666". The November 25, 1657 date has since been widely mis-cited by Sellers researchers as the transportation date of William Sellers from England. By law, however, the Headright certificate for a land Patent could only be issued a minimum of three years after the actual transportation occurred, so William Seller(s) et al were transported to Virginia in the year 1654 or earlier. ( Christopher Reynolds, Jr. apparently never "cashed" the Headright certificate for these seven persons, and later traded or sold it to a man named Richard Jordan on March 18, 1662.) Assuming that William Seller(s)' contract (Indenture) of servitude was for the customary seven years, he probably completed it and became a free man in the year 1661 or earlier. This enabled him to own land in his own right and to marry after that time.
 
Prior to immigration, he appeared as an heir in the estate of John Kirbye of Charlton, England, proven in Oxford, England in January, 1642. As a youth, he was imprisoned in England for unknown acts (possibly religious dissent), and was among a group of prisoners brought to Virginia from England by Christopher Reynolds, Jr. He was a participant in "Bacon's Rebellion" in Virginia in 1676, and  was among a group of partitioners to spare the life of William West (who was arrested for participation in Bacon's Rebellion) in October, 1677. He became the progenitor of the Southern branch of Sellers who later migrated into North Carolina about 1700 and then disbursed from there into many other Southern states. See James Marlowe's book, "Records Pertaining To The Sellers Family Of Brunswick County, North Carolina". Also see "Decendents of William Sellers, Sr. of Isle of Wight, Virginia, 1657" by Opal Freer Spencer.

It is also recorded that William Sellers bought blacksmith tools from the estate of a Captain Fulgham on January 9, 1667, although this writer is uncertain that he was a blacksmith by trade.

On September 5, 1714, John Sellers, son of William, and his wife Elizabeth sold land on Seward's Swamp (Isle of Wight County, VA) that had been obtained by John's father William by Deed of Gift from Josiah Harrison on December 9, 1684. Since no record exists of William's having transferred this land to John, it is probable (but not certain) that William had died by September, 1714, and that John had acquired the land by inheritance.

JAN 26, 2003
pauntley [pauntley@cableone.net]

Hello, been reading what has been gathered concerning
William SELLERS.
In the front of Nugents book it has a page called "EXPLANATION" and for TRANS. it reads TRANSPORTATION.
To me this does not indicate indentured servant, do you have information regarding indenture?
I invested in the first 3 editions of Nugent, costly but worth it. The entry for the entrance of William uses, trans. and not trying to argue with anyone, but I see that as a paid passage and the person who paid got a land patent.
Would be interested in thoughts of others.
Best Wishes
Mary
pauntley@cableone.net

ps I do recall another researcher for Sollars that regarded
trans. as meaning TRANSPORTED, which would have a different meaning altogether.


JAN 26, 2003
EHUDSONIII@aol.com
Mary,
I think that if one looks at the history of the Christopher Reynolds family
including the fact that Christopher Sr. himself came to Virginia as an
indentured servant and learned the ropes as secretary to his "Master", it
becomes highly probable that William was "transported" by Christopher
Reynolds Jr. as an indentured servant. Also, he apparently arrived in VA in
1654, since the Headright was issued to Christopher Jr. in 1657, but there is
no record of any activity by him until many years later. Again, an indication
that he was indentured (An indentured servant could not marry or own property
in his own right.) Unfortunately, the actual contracts (Indentures) of
servitude were not recorded. They only had to be shown to the court when
applying for the Headright as a part of the proof that the "transportation"
had occurred at least three years previously.You are correct, however, in
that the term "transported" did not neccessarily imply indenture. Free men &
women were also "transported" under the Virginia Headright system. There is
also some indication, though I haven't been able to find the record of it,
that William Seller(s) was a prisoner in England prior to being
"transported". The transportation of English prisoners to the Colonies as
Indentured Servants was commonplace. I believe the record might be contained
in Peter Wilson Coldham's book on English prisoners transported to the
Colonies, but I don't have access to the book yet.
Hope this helps,
-Ed Hudson


JAN 28, 2003
pauntley [pauntley@cableone.net]

Just read a message on the Sellers List concerning
WILLIAM.
Since I am unaware of what exactly you are looking for, thought I would send this, as one of the messages indicated prison in England??
This is from Land Office Patents and Grants.
SELLERS WILLIAM 28 FEBRUARY 1733
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY [VA]
200 ACRES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF NOTTAWAY RIVER
BEG'G &C. ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE BEAVERDAM SWAMP. PATENTS 15, PAGE 158
SELLERS WILLIAM 20 MAY 1742 ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY [VA]
235 ACRES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF NOTTAWAY RIVER ADJOINING LAND OF DOCTR. SAML. BROWN, OLIVER WOODARD &C.
PATENTS 20 PAGE 311

The last one concerning name WOODARD is important as there were marriages amongst the Sollers-Sellers, Braswells, and others in this area, with some ending up in  Nash Co. NC, Duplin Co NC toTenn. DeKalb Co Tenn being one. Of course that is some 50 years give or take a few from this William. There were others there with him and before him. [NAMELY JOHN,AND SAMUEL, AND JOSEPH]
William is in Nugents [patent book no. 14
"RICHARD VICK 200 ARES [NL] MEANS NEW LAND. IS. OF WIGHT CO; N SIDE OF NOTTOWAY RIV. ADJ
WILLIAM SELLER & RICHARD BLOW 11 JUNE 1731.

WILLIAM SELLER 200 ACS [NL] NEW LAND IS. OF WIGHT CO. S. SIDE OF NOTTOWAY RIVER. 26 JUNE 1731 P. 170 20 SHILL.

The 2 entries from Nugents CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS ABSTRACTRS OF VIRGINIA LAND PATENTS AND GRANTS. VOL 3 1695-1732
OKAY THE NEXT ONE IS ALSO FROM NUGENT VOL1
[1623-1666] PLEASE NOTE ABBREVIATION AS EXPLAINED IN HER BOOK FOR TRANS. IS TRANSPORTATION.
DO NOT DEFINE IT AS TRANSPORTED, THAT WILL GET YOU NO WHERE. IF PEOPLE CAME OVER AS SERVANTS, NUGENT SAYS SO. SO HERE IT IS.
CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS[ REINOLDS-REYNOLLS] 350 ACRES ISLE OF WIGHT CO. 25 NOV. 1657, P. 164(243)
BEG. AT MILES END OF LAND PATENTED BY CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, DECEASED, RUNNING ALONG CYPRESS CR. TO LAND LATELY IN POSSESSION OF MR. NUTT. TRANS. [TRANSPORTATION] OF 7 PERSONS [note use of word persons, she did not say servants]
JOSEPH KIRBY, JNO. BECHAM, JNO MOODE,
WILLIAM SELLER,  EDMOND HOWSDEN, MARGARET LANGRIDGE, SUSAN STUBBERS.
MUCH LATER IN TIME WILLIAM SOLLERS [SELLERS]
MARRIED SUSANNAH CONNER IN SHENANDOAH CO VA IN 1772.
WILLIAM NAME ALSO FOUND IN MARYLAND etc.
I have land grant early on for Samuel Sollace, [same family]
There was also a Sellers race track early on in this area.
They have always loved horses.
So is this going to help you? please let me know.
Regards
Mary Sollers Duke
pauntley@cableone.net


JAN 28, 2003
BTimmons@aol.com

Ed Hudson, in the three volumes of The Complete Book of Emigrants by Peter
Wilson Coldham I found only one Seller listed.  John Seller sailed from
London to New England on the "Bridget" between 27 August-1 September 1685.
However, Christopher Reinolds is listed at Warwick Squeak in the Virginia
muster of 1624.  The following yer Christopher Reynolds was living at
Wariscoyack with notation he arrived in the colony in 1622 aboard the "John &
Francis."

Also, on 28 May 1635 Christopher Reinolds, age 24, departed London for
Virginia on the vessel "Speedwell."

Regards. Bill Timmons





JAN 28, 2003
In a message dated 1/28/2003 12:07:22 PM Eastern Standard Time,
BTimmons@aol.com writes:

> Ed Hudson, in the three volumes of The Complete Book of Emigrants by Peter
> Wilson Coldham I found only one Seller listed.  John Seller

Bill,
Thank you. It's good to eliminate one source, anyway. Coldham also wrote :
    1. "Emigrants in Chains; A Social History...."
    2. "More English Adventurers & Emigrants 1609-1660"
    3. "More English Adventurers & Emigrants 1625-1677"
    4. "The Complete Book Of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775"
    5. "The Complete Book Of Emigrants In Bondage 1614-1775-Supplement"
    6. "More Emigrants In Bondage 1614-1775"
(The guy is prolific, if nothing else! Amazon.com lists 27 of his books.)

If  the information I have that William Seller(s) was a prisoner in England
prior to being "transported" to Isle of Wight County, VA is accurate, then I
suspect we are more likely to find him listed in #4, #5, or #6 above. Trouble
is, that's a pretty expensive treasure hunt when there are no guarantees of
success. I'll keep plugging on this. Please let me know if you find anything.

Best wishes,

-Ed Hudson
ehudsoniii@aol.com

jan 29, 2003
from Annebrack@aol.com

hile going through some of my notes today, I found the following paragraphs:
      "A William Seller is believed to be an immigrant who came to America
from Charlton-On-Otmoor, Oxon, England in 1642.  A person by this name was
left a bequest in the will of John Kirbye of Charlton-On-Otmoor, and he,
along with Edmund Thurston, was named Supervisor of John Kirbye's will." 
VIRGINIA SETTLERS AND ENGLISH ADVENTURERS BY NOEL CURRER-
BRIGGS, ThreeVolumes in One, Volume 1, P. 104

ANOTHER NOTE: Will Seller was one of the Petitioners for the release of
William West, who was arrested for participation in "Bacon's Rebellion".  The
petition was dated October 1677 quoting from the "SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ISLE OF
WIGHT" by  
John Bennett Boddie; "It would seem that the above signers were either active
rebels or sympathized with that lost cause".

ANOTHER NOTE  and I don't know where I found this one :  "William Seller was
transported to Isle of Wight County in Virginia on November 25, 1657 by
Christopher Reynolds.  It is generally accepted that he was the first
Seller/s to live in Virginia.  It is believed that he married SARAH HARRISON,
a daughter of Josiah Harrison.  Acreage was deeded to William and Sarah
Sellers on December 9, 1684 by Josiah Harrison.  Josiah was a son of Benjamin
Harrison who was a son of John Harrison."


JAN 30, 2003
EHUDSONIII@aol.com

Anne,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Your note is an invaluable addition to my
prior knowledge. I had presumed that the Josiah Harrison who deeded land to
William Sellers was probably his wife's father. Your note adds to this
presumption, and gives me a probable first name....Sarah. Do you have any
idea where this data came from?
-Ed



2-1-2003
ANNE, thank you for sharing.
I have seen the KIRBY info , but, can Not find document.

THE JOSIAH HARRISON deed is Very Important for documentation on WM SELLERS and his wife.

IF you need help , advise, but, I am sure it is Not in our Posted/Published records. maybe a paper file?
Which are kinda hard to find any more!
Thanks, marie, iowa


2-1-2003
from RAY
Ray@revette.net


Yesterday I searched through the following 9 books for SELLERS information from early Virginia plus. The library is the Tampa-Hillsborough County (Florida) Library System.

1)    Virginia wills and administrations, 1632-1800 : an index of wills recorded
    in local courts of Virginia, 1632-1800, and of administrations on estates
    shown by inventories of the estates of intestates recorded in will (and
    other) books of local courts, 1632-1800 /  Torrence, Clayton, 1884-1953.
This book was not available at the main library but is in a museum in Plant City, FL and can be researched there. I plan to go and research at the Quintella Geer Bruton Museum later.

2)    The complete book of emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775 /
    Coldham, Peter Wilson.

Sellers, William. S Feb 1775. L. (S=Sentenced to transportation, Feb 1775=date
sentenced or date transported or date landed in America) This small amount of data points to records in England that would have more and clearer information.)

Sellers, Thomas of Bermondsey. S Summer T Oct 1739 Duke of Cumberland. Sy. (S=Sentenced to transportation, Summer T=Parish of Origin, Oct 1739+Date of
sentence, Duke of Cumberland=ship on which transported, Sy=Surrey - the English county in which sentenced.)

Sellers, William als Henry. Ss at St. Aldate. Oxford. Lent 1764. O. (als=alias,
S=Sentenced to transportation, s=stealing at St. Aldate, Oxford=Sentencing court,
Lent=ship on which transported, Lent 1774=Place, month, and year landed in America,
O=Oxfordshire, the English county in which sentenced.)
 
3)    Supplement to The complete book of emigrants in bondage, 1614-1775 /
    Coldham, Peter Wilson.
Nothing found in this Vol.

4)    English convicts in colonial America Vol 1 /
    Coldham, Peter Wilson.
Nothing found in this Vol

5)    English convicts in colonial America  Vol 2/
    Coldham, Peter Wilson.
Seller, William S Feb 1775 (S=Sentanced to transportation at Sessions of Goal.
Delivered on, or immediately before, the date shown.)

6)    Wills and administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800 /
    Chapman, Blanche Adams, 1895-
John Sellers listed as a Wit. with Jenkins Dorman in the will of John MOORE dated June 9, 1688.
William Sellers named in reference to 100 A.adjoining his land in the will of Anthony FULGHAM dated Oct. 14 1678.
William Sellers named as the appraiser for John GUTTERIDGE Jul 26 1731.

7)    Virginia settlers and English adventurers : abstracts of wills, 1484-1798,
    and legal proceedings, 1560-1700, relating to early Virginia families,
    with an added preface to the American ed. Currer-Briggs, Noel.
William SELLOR and Edmund THURSTON received 5/ - apiece. This in the will of John KIRBYE dated 23 Dec 1642, Proved Jan 1642/3 at Oxford
John SELLER - In consideration of the pains he has taken with me all my bedding. in the will of Thomas CLAIBORNE dated 18 Apr 1611

8)    Seventeenth century Isle of Wight County, Virginia : a history of the
    county of Isle of Wight, Virginia, during the seventeenth century,
    including abstracts of the county records / by John Bennett Boddie.
    Boddie, John Bennett, 1880- Southern Book Co., 1959, c1938. 
Will (X) Seller signed a Petition (Oct 1677) for the release of a William West who had been captured on 16 Jan 1677 involved in the Bacon's Rebellion. (There is several pages on the story surrounding this petition signing.)

9)  Colonial settlers and English adventurers: abstracts of legal proceedings in
    seventeenth-century English and Dutch courts relating to immigrant families
Nothing found in this Vol.

This library holds a large number of books that my help in our search for information on our early  William SELLERS. I plan to spend more time researching and will share with the list subscribers what I find in each book.
........
Ray Revette/FL

  Ray@revette.net
===
The copy before the brackets '( )' is the copy as recorded in the
book. The information is written in 'code' and the area in brackets
(explains the code). You may notice that the words or letters written
after the name often have no or little meaning without knowing the
code that is explained in brackets. The information placed within
the brackets is written by me but is an explanation of the code.

If this is not clear I will try again to explain.
.....
Ray
  Ray@revette.net