Tax / Deed Puzzle

Have you ever had a clue from one document that should lead you to another document, but it doesn’t? That’s my case with my James Crawford research in the early 1800s.

For background, my ancestor, James Crawford, married Sally Duggins in Garrard County, Kentucky in 1799. By 1811 he is living in Preble County, Ohio. In Ohio, his land entry is as a tenant in common with William Sellers. William Sellers married Sarah Crawford in 1796 in Lincoln County, KY. The consent for Sarah Crawford’s marriage was granted by Rebakah Crawford with James Crawford and James Sellers as witnesses. In 1793, a James Crawford obtained a bond to marry Martha Knight in Lincoln County, Kentucky. James and Martha owned land in Preble County, Ohio next to James and Sally Crawford.

While the obvious conclusion would be that all three families migrated from Garrard/Lincoln county Kentucky to Preble County, Kentucky, they likely took a detour. In 1821, James and Martha sell land in Barren County, Kentucky.

This Indenture made the eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and twenty one between James Crawford of the
county of Preble state of Ohio of the one part and John Moorehead
of Barren County Kentucky state of the other part and
witnesseth that the said James Crawford for and in consideration
of the sum of two hundred dollars recents to the said James Craw
ford in hand paid the receipt of which is hereby acknowledge
have granted bargained aliened conveyed & confirmed & by these presents
do grant bargain sell alien convey and confirm unto the said John
Moorhead his heirs & assigns forever a certain tract of land containing
two hundred acres of the county of Barren & State of Kentucky on
the waters of Marrawbone

page 2
In testimony whereof, the said James Crawford & Martha his wife has
hereunto set their hands and seal the day and year first above written
James Crawford
Martha (her mark) Crawford
Sealed and Delivered
in the presence of us
David Williamson
Nathan D Sellers

Kentucky, Barren County. Deeds. Film #7899153. James Crawford to Alexander Moorehead, 11 Dec 1821; J: 1-2; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online January 2019.

While owning land in a county did not necessarily mean that the individual resided in the county, a search of the tax lists for Barren County, Kentucky has a James Crawford with 200 acres on the Marrowbone in 1800. By 1802, those tax lists show a Crawford James (small) [jr] and a Crawford James (big) Senr. James Crawford Senr is listed as owning 200 acres on the Marrowbones. A William Sellers is also found on the 1802 tax lists. By 1803, these tax lists show that Crafford James Jr owns 50 acres of land on the Marrowbone.

Since the Preble County, Ohio tax lists also uses the “Jr” designation for one of the James Crawfords, I think my James Crawford may also have lived in Barren County, KY along with James Crawford and William Sellers. Since I’ve established that James Jr in Preble county is my James Crawford, my theory is that the James Jr owning 50 acres of land on the Marrowbone is my James Crawford. However, I need to find the deed for the sale of the land on the Marrowbone.

And that’s where I’m puzzled! I can’t find such a deed in Barren County.

Since the tax lists indicate that the 50 acres on the Marrowbone were originally granted to Abner Dooley, I’ve tried tracking his land. Abner Dooley has land entered in Green County, Kentucky for 200 acres on the Marrowbone.

No. 735 We do hereby certify that Abner Dooley is entitled to 200 acres
of 2nd rage land by virtue of his having improved the same agreeably
to an act of the Assembly entitled “Al act for encouraging & granting
relief to settlers” & located as follows In Green County on the Dividing
ridge between the head of Marrowbone and the head of the Middle Fork
of Little Barren Beginning in the head of a hollow on the Marrowbone
waters at a linen tree marked AD & SC running to the cardinal points
for quantity includued the improvement near the west side of
the survey.

Kentucky, Green County. Land entry books, 1780-1898, 1908, 1918. Film #1877097 DGS 8272154. Abner Dooley, 14 Dec 1798; page 117 (image 99); digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 13 November 2022.

Searching for Abner Dooley deeds, I found one in Barren County, Kentucky from 1806 where Abner sells land to Michael Branstetter. The land description in this deed includes the following

Beginning at a lynn tree marked AD and SC

The tax records support this transfer of land. In 1806 Abner Dooley is shown with 197 acres on the L Barren. Then, in 1807, Michal Branstetter has 197 acres on L Barren that was originally entered by Ab Dooley.

If I go back to 1803, Abner Dooley is shown with two parcels of land: 200 acres on the L Barren and 50 acres on the Marrowbone.

Then, in 1804, Abner Dooley no longer has the 50 acres on the Marrowbone.

Looking at the 1803 tax list again, James Crawford Jr is listed with the 50 acres of land on the Marrowbone while another James Crawford is listed directly above with a total of 450 acres: 200 on the L Barren, 200 on Spring Creek and 50 on the Marrowbone.

Based on this tax list analysis, I am missing several deeds:

  • Abner Dooley’s land sale for 50 acres on the Marrowbone sometime after 1803
  • James Crawford’s purchase of 50 acres on the Marrowbone
  • Deeds for the sale of two different 50 acre parcels of land on the Marrowbone by James Crawford
  • James Crawford sale of 200 acres of land on Spring Creek (possibly in Cumberland county)

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night

Time for Some More Genealogy Fun

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

A)  We all need to document some of the special moments in our lives so we can recall them, or our descendants can learn more about us.  Today’s question is “What was your Thanksgiving Day like this year?”

My Thanksgiving Day can be summarized with 3 words.

  • Cooking
  • Travel
  • Family

Like many of the cooks hosting Thanksgiving dinner, my day started early. However, I wasn’t in my kitchen at home, but in the kitchen at church. My local church hosts an annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Prior to covid, people were able to gather in the church basement and share the meal together. We also offered delivery to shut-ins and those working on Thanksgiving. When covid hit, we eliminated the dine-in option but provided the ability for people to pick up meals to take home. Delivery is still an option within the city limits.

While the turkey is cooked in advance and just re-heated on Thanksgiving day, the stuffing is prepared that morning. I typically work the ‘stuffing prep’ shift that begins between 6 and 6:30 am. Once we have the stuffing in the oven, the turkey is placed in the oven or in roasters and we start heating the corn. While the other two people on the early shift monitor the cooking and continue getting things ready for the next shift to prepare the mashed potatoes and gravy, I start cutting and packaging the pies. Since other help arrived early, we were able to get the pie and most of the jello salads packaged before I left around 10 am.

We served over 225 meals that day which is over 10% of the size of Seneca.

The second portion of my day started around noon when my husband and I travelled to Kansas City to spend the day with my brother’s family. The weather was fantastic and the traffic light making for an enjoyable trip.

The evening was spent with my brother and his wife, their daughters and son-in-law where we enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal prepared by my sister-in-law. (While baking pies and making jello salads on Tuesday, I made extra to take with us to KC.) During dessert, we were joined by my sister-in-law’s nephew and family.

While it was a tiring day, I enjoyed the time with both my church family and with my brother and his family.

Saturday Tidbits

Courier tribune
13 May 1940
page 2

Former Sabetha Boy Captain in Air Corps

First Lieutenant Carl R. Feldmann, U. S. Army Air Corps was promoted to captain on May 8. He has served 10 years at Selridge Field, Mich., Randolph Field, Texas, Chanute Field, Ill, March Field, Calif and is now stationed at Hickman Field, Hawaii.
Two bombardment groups, consisting of three squadrons each of big Army bombers are located at Hickman, which has about 12 miles from Honolulu. It is the larges air field in the Army, and one barracks alone one the field will house 3,000 soldiers.


Captain Feldmann is base engineering officer of Hickam Field being on the special staff of the post commander, ol. S. w. Fitzgerald. He probably will be returned to the United States next February, in a group of 20 officers from Hawaii who will take the tactical course at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Ala. — The Horton Headlight.


Capt. Feldmann is a former Sabetha young man. His wife is a daughter of Col. Chas. H. Browne of the Horton Headlight.

Friday Find

Does your FAN club ever surprise you? Have you ever found a new connection between members of your FAN club? I’ve recently been paying more attention to Moses Dooley and his family since he is in the same locations as my James Crawford.

As I’m starting to seriously research Moses Dooley and his family, I discovered that his son, Abner was married to Nancy Douglass. And of course, Douglass is another surname in my Kentucky FAN Club. According to FamilySearch, Nancy is the daughter of George Douglass.

While we still lack proof, it is suspected that George Douglass had a sister, Rebekah who married John Crawford. Based on their marriage records, Rebekah Crawford is thought to be the mother of James Crawford (wife Martha Knight), Mary Crawford (husband James Sellers) and Sarah Crawford (husband William Sellers). If Rebekah is a sister to George Douglass, then Nancy Douglass Dooley would be a niece. That would also make Nancy Douglass Cooley a first cousin to James Crawford (wife Martha).

While George Douglass’ will does not mention siblings, it does identify his children, including Nancy Dooley. This establishes a connection between the DOUGLASS and the DOOLEY families in my Kentucky Fan Club.

Will of George Douglass

Image 334 – page 74
George Douglas Will

In the name of God, Amen. I George Douglass of the County of Barren
and State of Kentucky being in a weak and lonely state of health
and knowing the uncertainty of death, but in my usual state of
mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will
& testament in the words and manner following, to wit
I will devise and bequeth to my son Saml Douglass one negro
girl named Fenny to him and his heirs forever
I will devise and bequeath to my son William Douglass the
sum of four hundred dollars to be deducted out of the money he
justly owes me to him and his heirs forever.
I will devise and bequeth to my daughter Salley Shaw one
dollar in cash to her and her heirs forever.
My will [?crossout mark] desire also is that my Negro girl Emily and
my riding horse be sold and all my just debts collected and the
money arising from the same to be equally divided between six
legatees namely Mary Hill, Nancy Dooley, Betsy Bagby, Nathan
Douglass, William Douglass, & Saml Douglass to theirs and their
heirs forever and also will same equality between the heirs of my
son John Douglass decd and the heirs of my daughter Milly Newland
decd that is to say the heirs of my son John Douglass Desc all jointly
to have one equal share with each one of the before mentioned six legatees
and that one equal share to be equally divided among the said
heirs of John Douglass Decd and the heirs of my daughter Milly Newland
decd to have an equal share with the heirs of John Douglass Decd to
them and their heirs forever. I do hereby nominate constitute and
appoint Henry F Greenwood my executor tho this my last will & testament
Acknowledged Signed and
Sealed in presence of
John Fox, J.A. Rice, William Bell
George Douglass

Barren County, To Wit November Court 1820
The foregoing writing purporting to be the last will of George Douglass Decd
ws produced in Court & John Fox, Jonathan A Rice and William Bell subscribing
witnesses being sworn saith that the said writing was signed and delivered
by the said George Douglas as his will, and that they believe he was in
his proper sense and of a disposing mind and thereupon the said writing
was ordered to be recorded as the true last will of the said George Douglass
Deceased
Test W. Logan Clk

Kentucky, Barren. Mixed Probate Records, Vols. 1-2 1799-1829. Film #film 209740 DGS 004818752. George Douglass, 1820; Book 2: page 74; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 February 2020.

Tradition

What was your childhood Thanksgiving like? Have any of the foods or practices become a tradition in your family? Have you ever thought about whether a certain dish has been passed down thru the family over the years?

I’ve often wondered that about a couple of dishes at our family thanksgiving dinners: scalloped oysters and pecan pie.

Since my great-grandmother’s Hammond family was from New England, I have often thought that her heritage is what put the oysters on the table at Thanksgiving. However, as I read the early Dodge City papers for family information, I saw quite a few ads for oysters in the grocery stores. This made me question my theory about how they ended up on the Thanksgiving table.

Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, KS) 28 Aug 1883 – found on Newspapers.com

A search of the Dodge City papers for ‘scalloped oysters’ turned up a recipe very similar to what my grandmother used that was published in 1881.

Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 18 Oct 1881 available on Newspapers.com

While scalloped oysters may be something handed down over the years thru the Hammond family, it is also possible that oysters became a popular dish in land-locked Dodge City. Thus, a recipe my great grandmother may have learned to cook and passed on to her daughter-in-law.

The second potential family dish is pecan pie which suggests a southern lineage. My grandmother’s grandmother, Angelina Burke Currey, had southern roots. However, she died before my grandmother was born. Thus, I doubt that a family dish was passed down by Angelina thru her son to her granddaughter.

My suspicion is that pecan pie was added to the menu when my grandmother found a recipe and tried it. That suspicion is supported by the article, A Brief History of Pecan Pie. This history asserts that a recipe began to be distributed nationally by Karo Syrup.

A search of the Dodge City papers confirms that a recipe for pecan pie was printed in 1926.

Southwest News (Dodge City, Kansas) 16 Sep 1926 – Available on Newspapers.com

Thus, the two dishes served during my childhood likely are the result of recipes in the local newspapers and not family traditions.

Message Boards

Do you remember using message boards? At one time these boards on both Genealogy.com and Ancestry were very active. While the Genealogy.com boards are no longer active, one can still post to the boards on Ancestry. Since many genealogists have migrated to Facebook groups, these boards are not as useful for asking questions as they once were.

However, both boards contain a wealth of genealogy information and are still searchable. While digging into the early history of Kentucky, I remembered that a researcher had posted lots of information about the settlement of Kentucky on Ancestry’s message boards. Since I’m looking for information on Logan’s Fort, I decided to see if I could find those old posts.

Not only did I find several messages that will be helpful, but I found one that is a ‘table of contents’ to those messages!

Using Ancestry’s Message board, I found the following messages that will help me with my research of early Kentucky.

Knowing that the community on Genealogy.com was also active, I decided to see what I could find in those messages about some of the Kentucky Forts and Stations

While the people and/or email addresses behind these messages may no longer be active, there is a wealth of information to be found in these old message boards.

Preble in the War of 1812

Do you have War of 1812 ancestors? If so, have you found military records for them? Over the years I’ve searched for 1812 military records for several of my ancestors. I have yet to find any.

However, I recently found reviewed the book, History of Preble County, Ohio and found that it includes a recollection of Col. George D. Hendricks which discusses the formation of a volunteer corps in Preble County.

Preble in the War of 1812
The following is from the recollections of Col. George D. Hendricks:
“Captain James I. Nesbit, of New Lexington, Built a stockade fort seven miles north of New Paris, and was stationed at that place with a small detachment of Preble drafted men, and upon the siege of Fort Meigs, was ordered to that locality. This left the settlements at Eaton and about New Paris and Richmond, Indiana, exposed to Indian depredations from the northwest. The settlers, as a means of safety, built block-houses in many places. One of them was upon the Brookville road south of Robert Miller’s residence, then owned by John Hopkins.
“On Sunday, when many of the settlers had assembled for divine worship, and after the close of a very impressive service, one of the elders proposed to raise a volunteer corps (to be composed of men who were exempt from the draft because of their age), to guard the frontier against the mauranding bands of savages who had recently killed one man on Whitewater, and two men on Twin creek.
“The proposition met with general approval, and about twenty men volunteered. john Goldsmith was first on the list, and then came Silas Dooley, Sr., Moses Dooley, sr. James Crawford, Elihu Hopkins, William Sellers, Elder George Shidler, John Carter
“Rev. George Shidler was elected captain and Moses Dooley, lieutenant. They garrisoned Fort Nesbit until relieved by Captain Richard Sloan of Israel township. Lieutenant Black was stationed at Fort Black with one half of Captain Sloan’s company

History of Preble County, Ohio: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (N.p.: H. Z. Williams & Bro., Publishers, 1881), page 40; digital images, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 7 November 2022.

While this account not only identifies the citizens of Preble County that served but also the leader. Unfortunately, a search of Fold3 did not uncover any documents for George D. Hendricks or for Captain James Nesbit. Thus, it is difficult to conclude any of the records for a James Crawford from Ohio in the War of 1812 is the same James Crawford. I was able to find a record for William Castor who served under Captain James Nesbit. Unfortunately, the list in the Preble County book does not contain a William Castor.

William Sellers Family

1. William David Sellers was born on 2 Jul 1771 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States.12 He witnessed the marriage of James Sellers and Mary Crawford on 19 Dec 1791 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.38 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1792 in Lincoln, Kentucky, United States.9 William was listed on the tax rolls in 1794 in Lincoln, Kentucky, United States.10 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1795 in Lincoln, Kentucky, United States.11 He was listed on the tax rolls in 1796 in Lincoln, Kentucky, United States.12 William lived in Garrard, Kentucky, United States in 1800.13 He  was an early pioneer about 1810 in Washington Township, Preble, Ohio, United States.14 He filed land entry papers on 1 Jun 1816 in Preble County, Ohio.1516 William lived in Washington Township, Preble, Ohio, United States on 1 Jul 1820.17 He purchased land being the NW corner of the SW 1/4 of Section 14, township7, range 2 comprising 40 acres from James and Martha Crawford for $80 on 11 Dec 1821 in Preble County, Ohio.18 He purchased land being the E 1/2 of the NW 1/4 Section 14 township 7, range 2 from James and Sally Crawford for $300 on 11 Dec 1821 in Preble County, Ohio.19 William sold land being the W half of the NW quarter of Section Number 14 in Township 7 Range 2 East on 11 Dec 1821 in Preble County, Ohio.20 He sold land being part NW 1/4 S14 T7 R2E containing 15 acres to Ortitis Roberts for $200 on 21 Jan 1830 in Preble County, Ohio.21 He lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio on 1 Jul 1830.22 William sold land being part SW and NW 1/4 S14 T7R2E containing 96 acres being same land conveyed to grantor by James Crawford Senr Esqr. and James Crawford Jun by their deeds dated Dec 11 1821 to John P. Acton for $1200 on 9 Sep 1843 in Preble County, Ohio.23 He signed a will on 10 Feb 1845 in Preble, Ohio, United States.24 He died on 13 Jan 1848 at the age of 76 in Ohio, United States.12 William had his estate probated on 17 Mar 1848 in Preble, Ohio, United States.25 He was buried in Preble County, Ohio.2

William David Sellers and Sarah Crawford were married on 2 Feb 1796 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.5,2628 Sarah Crawford3, daughter of John Crawford and Rebekah Douglas, was born on 9 Oct 1778 in Pennsylvania, United States.1 She died on 28 Feb 1855 at the age of 76 in Liberty Mills, Kosciusko County, Indiana.1,29 She was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Liberty Mills, Wabash, Indiana, United States.29 William David Sellers and Sarah Crawford had the following children:

11. _____ Sellers30 died about 1806 in Preble, Ohio, United States. .30

12. Nathan Douglas Sellers was born on 6 Jun 1797 in Garrard, Kentucky, United States.1,31 He witnessed the sale of land by William David Sellers  on 21 Jan 1830 in Preble, Ohio, United States.21 He lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio on 1 Jul 1830.32 Nathan lived in Preble County, Ohio on 1 Jul 1840.33 He lived in Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1850.34 He lived in Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States in 1860.35 Nathan lived in Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana on 21 Jun 1870.36 He died on 16 Feb 1874 at the age of 76 in North Manchester, Wabash, Indiana, United States.31,37 He had his estate probated in 1875 in Wabash, Wabash, Indiana, United States.38 Nathan was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Liberty Mills, Wabash, Indiana, United States.31

Nathan Douglas Sellers and Susanna Hawk39 were married on 22 Sep 1818 in Preble County, Ohio.1,4043 Susanna Hawk was born on 5 Jul 1802 in Pennsylvania, United States.1,39,44 She lived in Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1850.34 She lived in Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States in 1860.35 Susanna lived in Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States in 1870.36 She died on 27 Feb 1879 at the age of 76 in Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States.44 She was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Liberty Mills, Wabash, Indiana, United States.44

13. Rebekah Crawford Sellers was born on 29 Mar 1799 in Garrard, Kentucky, United States.1 She died on 27 Nov 1799 at the age of 0.1

14. Nancy Sellers was born on 4 Feb 1801 in Garrard or Bourbon County, Kentucky.1 She lived in Clay Township, Miami, Indiana, United States in 1850.45

Nancy Sellers and John Scott Sellers were married on 11 Dec 1817 in Preble County, Ohio.4647 John Scott Sellers, son of Joseph Sellers and Rachel Summers, was born about 1790 in Kentucky, United States. He lived in Clay Township, Miami, Indiana, United States in 1850.45

15. John Howard Sellers was born on 17 Jan 1803 in Barren, Kentucky, United States.1,48 He lived in Washington Township, Preble, Ohio, United States in 1830.49 He lived in Washington Township, Preble, Ohio, United States on 1 Jul 1840.50 John died on 22 Feb 1846 at the age of 43.1,48 He was buried at Chili Community Cemetery in Chili, Miami, Indiana, United States.48

John Howard Sellers and Catherine I. Auter were married on 8 Mar 1825 in Preble County, Ohio.5152 Catherine I. Auter was born (date unknown).

16. Mary Polly Sellers was born on 6 Jul 1809 in Preble County, Ohio.1,53 She was appointed guardian of Nancy Margaret Swihart, William Adam Swihart, Frances Marion Swihart and Sarah Katherine Swihart on 24 Oct 1837 in Preble, Ohio, United States.54 She lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio on 6 Aug 1850.55 Mary lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio in 1860.56 She lived in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio in 1880.57 She lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio in 1900.58 Mary died in 1900 at the age of 91.53 She was buried at Mound Hill Cemetery in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio.53

Mary Polly Sellers and Jacob Swihart were married on 24 Jun 1830 in Preble County, Ohio.5962 Jacob Swihart was born on 22 Oct 1804.1 He bought land  on 11 Sep 1829 in Preble, Ohio, United States from James Crawford.63 He bought land  on 11 Sep 1829 in Preble, Ohio, United States from William Allen Crawford.64 Jacob died before Oct 1837 at the age of 33.65

Mary Polly Sellers and Job Jefferson were married on 13 Feb 1839 in Preble County, Ohio.6667 Job Jefferson was born on 25 Jan 1788.68 On 5 Apr 1844, he assumed guardianship of Nancy Margaret Swihart aged 12 yrs., William Adam Swihart aged 10 yrs., Francis Marion Swihart aged 8 yrs. and Sarah Catharine Swihart aged 7 yrs., children of Jacob Swihart, dec’d in Preble, Ohio, United States. He lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio on 6 Aug 1850.55 Job lived in Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio in 1860.56 He lived in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio in 1880.57 He died on 2 Sep 1884 at the age of 96 in Preble County, Ohio.68

17. Margaret Sellers was born on 2 Sep 1811 in Preble County, Ohio.1,69 She lived in Jefferson Township, Preble, Ohio, United States in 1850.70 She lived in Montrose Township, Lee, Iowa, United States in 1856.71 Margaret died on 27 Sep 1858 at the age of 47 in Sandusky, Lee, Iowa, United States.69 She was buried at Sandusky Cemetery in Sandusky, Lee, Iowa, United States.69

Margaret Sellers and Harry H. Wilson were married on 2 Feb 1832 in Preble County, Ohio.60,7273 Harry H. Wilson was born on 3 Nov 1809.1 He lived in Jefferson Township, Preble, Ohio, United States in 1850.70 He lived in Montrose Township, Lee, Iowa, United States in 1856.71

18. Celia Amanda Sellers was born on 2 Sep 1818 in Preble County, Ohio.25 She lived in Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana in 1850.74 She lived in Wayne Township, Huntington, Indiana, United States in 1860.75 Celia lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1870.76 She lived in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, Indiana in 1880.77 She died on 25 Sep 1881 at the age of 63 in Clinton, Missouri, United States.25,78 Celia was buried at Old Plattsburg Cemetery in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri, United States.25

Celia Amanda Sellers and William Henry West were married on 3 Aug 1837 in Preble County, Ohio.60,7880 William Henry West, son of Jeptha West and Polly Wise, was born on 28 Mar 1815 in Preble County, Ohio. He lived in Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana on 10 Sep 1850.74 He lived in Wayne Township, Huntington, Indiana, United States in 1860.75 William lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 29 Jun 1870.76 He lived in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, Indiana on 2 Jun 1880.81

19. Jane Sellers was born on 17 Feb 1820.1 She died before 1845 at the age of 25.24

ENDNOTES:

1. Sellers, William David, William Sellers, his Bible, bought of David McDill (: , ); Linda Sellers Foster, , email from Mary Baker dated June 2001 (Sellers.OH.010)

2. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 October 2022), memorial for William David Sellers (1771-1848), Find a Grave Memorial no. 180353164, created by maintained by 47117651 / originally created by Anonymouse, citing Backbone Cemetery, Preble County, Ohio;, William David Sellers.

3. Dodd, Jordan R., Kentucky Marriages Early to 1800 (: Precision Indexing Publishers, ), p. 49.

4. Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records: Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds and Marriages (Lexington, KY: Keystone Printery, 1929), Lincoln County Marriages page 119 (Crawford.KY.019)

5. Cook Michael L., compiler, Lincoln County Kentucky Records Vol. 1 (Evansville, IN: Cook Publications, n.d.), p. 18, 47, 349.

6. Kentucky, Lincoln. Marriage Records, 1781-1961.  Film #192262 (DGS 007899121. Mary Crawford to James Sellers, 19 Dec 1791; Loose papers, files 1-6 1781-1809: image 145; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online January 2019.

7. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 27 October 2022.

8. “Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2019), James Sellers.

9. KY, Bourbon. Tax Books 1787-1793, 1795-1806.  Film #7834472. Nathaniel Sellers, 1791; Image 234 and 235; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online April 2019.

10. Kentucky, Lincoln County. Tax Books, 1787-1875.  Film #7834472. Nathaniel Sellers, 1794; Image 325 and 326; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online April 2019.

11. Kentucky, Lincoln County. Tax Books, 1787-1875.  Film #7834472. James Sellers, 1795; image 345; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online April 2019.

12. Kentucky, Lincoln County. Tax Books, 1787-1875.  Film #7834472. James Sellers, 1796; Image 450; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online April 2019.

13. “Kentucky, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1890,” Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Garrard County, KY, viewed online (29 October 2022), William Sellers; Jackson, Ron V., Kentucky Census, 1810-1890.

14. History of Preble County, Ohio: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (N.p.: H. Z. Williams & Bro., Publishers, 1881), page 135; digital images, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 7 November 2022.

15. Ohio, Preble County. Deeds, 1805-1963.  Film #564919 DGS 8587969. William Sellers, 1816; Vol. 33: page 3; digital image, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 6 November 2022.

16. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online March 2019), William Sellers and James Crawford.

17. 1820 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Washington Township, p. 106 Image 2 of 6, Wm Seller; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016); NARA microfilm publication M33.

18. Ohio, Preble County. Deeds, 1805-1963.  Film #8151054. James Crawford, 11 Dec 1821; Vol. 5: page 85; digital image, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online January 2019.

19. Ohio, Preble. Deeds, 1819-1824. James Crawford, 11 Dec 1821; 5: 86-87; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online June 2018.

20. Ohio, Preble. Deeds, 1819-1824.  Film #[FilmNumber]. Crawford James, 15 Jan 1822; Vol. 5: 98; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online June 2018.

21. Ohio, Preble County. Deeds, 1805-1963.  Film #564909 DGS 8587962. William Sellers, 21 Jan 1830; Vol. 10: page 254; digital image, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 6 November 2022.

22. 1830 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio Image 5 of 8, William Sellers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online February 2018); NARA microfilm publication M19.

23. Ohio, Preble County. Deeds, 1805-1963.  Film #564919 DGS 8587969. William Sellers, 11 Sep 1843; Vol 33: page 1-2; digital image, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 6 November 2022.

24. Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998, William Sellers, 17 March 1848; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2022). Original Source: Ohio County, District and Probate Courts.

25. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 October 2022), memorial for Celia A. Sellers West (1818-1881), Find a Grave Memorial no. 134775399,

26. Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records, Lincoln County Marriages page 120 (Crawford.KY.019).

27. Kentucky, Lincoln. Marriage Records, 1781-1961.  Film #192262(DGS 007899121). Sarah Crawford – William Sellers, 2 Feb 1796; Loose Papers, files 1-6 1781-1809: image 485; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online January 2019.

28. Ancestry.com, Kentucky, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997), William Sellers / Mary Crawford.

29. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 October 2022), memorial for Sarah Sellers (17787-1855), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32616103,

30. History of Preble County, Ohio, page 177.

31. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 October 2022), memorial for Nathan Douglas Sellers (1797-1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32616093,

32. 1830 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio, page 352 Image 7 of 8, Nathan D. Seller; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016); NARA microfilm publication M19.

33. 1840 U.S. Census, Preble County, Ohio, population schedule, Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio, image 23 of 32 Image 23 of 32, Nathan D. Sellers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016); NARA microfilm M704.

34. 1850 U.S. Census, Wabash County, Indiana, population schedule, Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana, page 383 Image 23 of 38, household 158, Nathan D. Sellers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016); NARA microfilm publication M432.

35. 1860 U.S. census, Wabash County, Indiana, population schedule, Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana, page 103 Image 13 of 66, family 801, Nathan Sellers; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 2 November 2022).

36. 1870 U.S. Census, Wabash County, Indiana, population schedule, Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana, page 19 Image 17 of 79, household 129, N. Seitler (N. Sellers); digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016); NARA Microfilm publication M593.

37. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online October 2016), memorial for Nathan D. Sellers (1797-1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. #32616093, created by v_f, citing Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Liberty Mills, Wabash County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Dawn Comstock, Nathan D. Sellers.

38. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918, N. D. Sellers (heirs), Chester Township, Wabash County, Indiana, 1875; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016).

39. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Rebecca Artamesia Sellers Collett, 28 March 1915; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016).

40. Preble County Ohio Marriage Records 1808-1842 Vol. A, Ohio County Marriages, 1789-2013, Nathan D. Sellers / Susanah Hawk, 22 September 1818; database with images, Family Search (www.familysearch.org : viewed online October 2016).

41. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2022), Nathan D Sellar.

42. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” , Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 31 October 2022), Nathan D. Sellars.

43. “Preble Count, Ohio Marriage Index, 1808-2000,” web link, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com (: viewed online 31 October 2022), Nathan D Sellars.

44. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 2 November 2022), memorial for Susanna “Susan” Hawk Sellers (1802-1879), Find a Grave Memorial no. 3261637, created by v f, citing Pleasant Grove cemetery, Liberty Mills, Wabash County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Retired Kent, Susanna “Susan” Hawk Sellers.

45. 1850 U.S. census, Miami County, Indiana, population schedule, Clay Township, Miami County, Indiana Image 13 of 14, family 1424, John Sellers; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022).

46. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : Preble County, Ohio, viewed online (4 November 202), Nancey Sellars.

47. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” Nancy Sellers.

48. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 October 2022), memorial for John Howard Sellers (1803-1842), Find a Grave Memorial no. 63696721,

49. 1830 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Washington Township, Preble County, Ohio, page 356, , John Sellers..

50. 1840 U.S. Census, Preble County, Ohio, population schedule, Twin Township, Preble County, Ohio Image 59 of 82, John H. Sellers; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022); NARA microfilm M704.

51. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : Preble County, Ohio, viewed online (4 November 2022), John H Sellers.

52. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” John H. Sellers.

53. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 October 2022), memorial for Mary Sellars Jefferson (1809-1900), Find a Grave Memorial no. 42037260,

54. Preble County Ohio Common Pleas Court Records 1810-1850 (Arcanum, OH: Ruth Bowers, 1970)

55. 1850 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio Image 10 of 23, family 572, Job Jefferson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022); National Archives Publication M432.

56. 1860 U.S. Census, Preble County, Ohio, population schedule, Gasper Township, Preble County, Ohio, page 130 Image 6 of 23, family 1038, Job Jefferson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022); NARA microfilm publication M653.

57. 1880 U.S. Census, Preble County, Ohio, population schedule, Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, ED 205, Page 41 Image 41 of 44, Family 473, Jove Jefferson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022); NARA microfilm publication T9.

58. 1900 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Gasper township, Preble County, Ohio, ED 103, page 4B Image 8 of 14, family 93, Wm S Songneck; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022).

59. Sellers Family Information, online sellers-l@rootsweb.com, information from Preble Co. Ohio Marriage Records  by Audrey Gilbert in message by Carla .. griff2@netnitco.net (Sellers.OH.012).

60. Letter from () to ; (), Source: Preble County, Ohio, marriages 1808-1859 (Sellers.OH.018).

61. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : Preble County, Ohio, viewed online (4 November 2022), Mary Sellers.

62. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” Mary Sellers.

63. Ohio, Preble County. Deeds, 1805-1963.  Film #8587962. James Crawford, 11 Sep 1829; Vol. 10: p. 282; digital image, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online January 2019.

64. Ohio, Preble County. Deeds, 1805-1963.  Film #8387962. William Crawford, 11 Sep 829; Vol 10: page 280; digital image, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online January 2019.

65. Sellers Family Information, online sellers-l@rootsweb.com, Preble Co. Ohio Common Probate Court Records by Audrey Gilbert (Sellers.OH.012).

66. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” Mary Swihart.

67. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” database Job Jefferson.

68. Sellers Family Information, online sellers-l@rootsweb.com, Abstracts, Eaton Democrat, Preble Co. Ohio Vol 3 1883-87 — Sept 11, 1884 obituary of Job Jefferson (Sellers.OH.012.

69. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed nlne 29 October 2022), memorial for Margaret Sellers Wilson (1811-1858), Find a Grave Memorial no. 168574653, created by Karen K, citing Sandusky Cemetery, Sandusky, Lee County, Iowa; accompanying photograph by Joyce Young, Margaret Sellers Wilson.

70. 1850 U.S. Census, Preble County Ohio, population schedule, Jefferson Township, Preble County, Ohio, family 1416, Harvey H Wilson..

71. Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925, Margaret Wilson, 1856; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 4 November 2022). Original Source: State Historical Society of Iowa.

72. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” Margaret Sellers.

73. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : Preble County, Ohio, viewed online (4 November 2022), Margaret Sellers.

74. 1850 U.S. Census, Wabash County, Indiana, population schedule, Chester Township, Wabash County, indiana, page 379 Image 15 of 38, family 105, William H West; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 November 2022); NARA microfilm publication M432.

75. 1860 U.S. Census, Huntington County, IN, population schedule, Wayne Township, Huntington County, Indiana, page 118 Image 10 of 15, family 798, William West; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 November 2022).

76. 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 56 Image 4 of 25, family 291, William H West; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 November 2022); NARA microfilm publication T132.

77. 1880 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Missouri, population schedule, Vil. of Plattsburgh, Clinton County, Missouri, ED 109, Page 6 Image 6 of 32, Family 52, Wm H West; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : viewed onlin 5 November 2022).

78. Cemetery Inscriptions of Clinton County, Missouri Volume II (Gower, MO: Jimmie Lou Courtney, 1996), p. 193 (Sellers.MO.001)

79. “Ohio, Compiled Marriage Index, 1803-1900,” Celia Amanda Sellers.

80. “Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Preble County, Ohio, viewed online (5 November 2022), Celia Amana Sellers; Various Ohio County Courthouses.

81. 1880 U.S. Census, Clinton County Missouri, Vil. of Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri, enumeration district (ED) ED 109, page 6, ; digital images,  (: accessed ).

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Time for Some More

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

A)  What is one of your most vivid childhood memories? Was it family, friends, places, events, or just plain fun?  Your first memory?  Your most fun memory?

Memories – are they memories of the event or memories of the family films and photographs? That’s a hard question for me to answer since we watched those family movies over and over.

My earliest memory that is not from one of those movies is of our home in Kansas City when I was 3-4 years old. These memories are just flashes and not backed up by any family photos. My father was a teacher at Washington High School in Wyandotte County, Kansas. My memory is of a small house on a property that had a corral where they broke horses. Other memories of this time period involve my brother (18 months younger) and I sharing a room and the walls being stucco or cement.

Another memory from a couple of years later is of my brother and I playing out in the snow with our neighbor in Dodge City. While playing, we watched a helicopter fly over with what was likely hay bales hanging from the copter. I also remember talking about the helicopter over the evening meal when my dad explained they were taking food to the cattle because their normal food was covered in snow.

Another memory from the same time period is of getting my tonsils out. I remember the ether mask coming down over my face and scaring me. The next day, mom served bierocks for supper. Since my throat was still sore, I couldn’t eat them. When I asked my mom about this, she said that she thought we could eat whatever since we had been jumping on the bed all day long. Unfortunately, my only memories of this time are of the mask and of not being able to eat. To this day, I don’t like bierocks.

When it comes to fun memories, I have a lot from my Dodge City days. There were five families with children about the age of me and my brothers in the neighborhood: Lee, Keeley, Edminston, Sayre and us. Summer time found us outside playing all over the neighborhood. Other fun memories involve going to the pool almost every day at 5 pm to swim.

And then there were the vacations. Living in Dodge City, we often went to the mountains for our vacation. One of those vacations was to the mountains around Taos, New Mexico. During that trip we went to a ‘fish farm’ where my brothers and I were allowed to ‘go fishing’ The trout were biting our lines so fast, that I had caught two fish in the time it took to get my brother’s poles in the water. Thus, my parents had 4 fish to pay for instead of 3.

Saturday Tidbits

Swiss Army

Courier-Tribune
January 1, 1940
page 4

His Brother in Swiss Army
Emil Paul, who is employed at Moser Brothers, received a letter from his mother in Switzerland, saying his half brother is in the Swiss army and another half brother will also be in the army. Mr. Paul says the boys spend two months in the army and then are given two weeks in which they can spend in their homes. Mr. Paul says if he was in Switzerland he would be in the army.