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Where Is Sellers’ Land?

Have you ever tried to document a piece of information and get frustrated because everywhere you look turns up nothing?

Well, that’s how I feel right now regarding land owned by various members of the SELLERS family in early Kentucky.

My clue that they owned land comes from various tax lists. The Sellers family appears on the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax list in 1792 on images 234 and 235.

Image 234

  • Sellers James – 1 male > 21; 6 horses, 10 cattle
  • Sellers Samuel – 1 male > 21; 1 horse
  • Sellers William – 1 male 16-21

Image 235

  • Sellers Nathaniel – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 4 cattle 100 acres
  • Sellers, John 1 male over 21, 5 horses, 24 cattle, 100 acres

In 1795, the list changes with William owning 100 acres on Sugar Creek. Nathaniel and John are missing from the tax list.

Image 345

  • Sellers, James – 1 male > 21, 3 horses, 14 cattle
  • Sellers William 1 male > 21, 2 horses, 9 cattle Lincoln County Sugar Creek 100 acres
  • Sellers Dun – 1 male > 21, 1 horse, 1 cattle

In 1798 several Sellers family members appear on the Garrard County, KY tax list.

Image 58

  • Sellers William – 100 acres Sugar Garrard John Downing – ditto -ditto – 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Sellers, James – 1 male > 21, 6 horses
  • Sellers, Samuel – 1 male > 21, 3 horses
  • Saller William – 304 acres boxes Cr Nelson Thos Whitledge ditto Ditto – 1 male > 21, 4 horses

Since the tax lists indicate that several Sellers family members owned land, I’ve been trying to find the deeds for that land.

Even though the tax lists are for Lincoln and Garrard counties, shifting county boundaries mean the actual deeds could be in either of those counties and possibly in Madison County, KY. So I’ve looked at the following sources:

  • Lincoln County KY Deeds Index 1780-1870 film 192237
  • Madison County KY Deeds Grantee Index K-Z, 1787-1899 film 183282
  • Garrard County KY Index to Deeds, Grantors, O-Z 1797-1935 film 183241
  • Madison County KY Grantor Index, L-Z 1787-1899 film 183280
  • Garrard County Ky Index to Deeds Grantees O-Z 1797-1935 film 9021

So far, I haven’t found any deeds to verify that these Sellers men owned land. Suggestions on other ways to approach this problem would be appreciated.