Elder James Neal

Do you ever come across information that seems to contradict other information you have found? That’s the case when I compare the biography of Elder James Neal of Preble County, Ohio with the John Crawford Sellers biography?

According to the NEAL biography, Mary Sellers was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1776. On contrast, the John Crawford Sellers biography indicates the Sellers family was in Virginia prior to their living in Kentucky.

following the trails of Daniel Boone and other Indiana warriors from Virginia into Kentucky, 

While further proof is needed, it is possible that both statements are true.

  • The Sellers family may have been in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania before migrating south thru Virginia to take the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky.
  • Since the area of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania was also considered Augusta County, Virginia in 1776, it is possible that the SELLERS family never lived in Virginia.

It is also possible that one of the statements is incorrect. Until I have further information, I plan to use the hints from both biographies.

ELDER JAMES NEAL
was born in Franklin county, Kentucky, May 7, 1808. His paternal great-grandfather emigrated from England, and his maternal ancestors came from Ireland. His grandfather, John Neal, settled in Kentucky at a very early day. His father, Benjamin Neal, one of seven children, was born in Kentucky in 1777. He grew up as farmer boy, and when quite young, was married in Kentucky, to Mary Sellers, the daughter of Nathan and Sarah Sellers. She was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, May 3, 1776. The young couple lived first in Bourbon, and then in Franklin county, Kentucky, and raised seven of their nine children. Sarah married William Duggins, and both are dead. Nathan is in Fountain county, Indiana. James was the next child. Jane, wife of Levi Fleming, is dead. Benjamin and John are in Eaton, as is also Mary A., the wife of George Wagoner.
When James was in his fourth year, in the fall of 1811, his parents, in company with his mother’s parents, emigrated to Preble county, where old Mr. Sellers entered land two and a half miles south of Eaton. Forty acres of this land were occupied by the Neal family. At the time of their emigration the journey was made by wagon, and was long and tedious. During two months after their arrival they lived in an open faced pole shanty. They moved into their round log cabin ere the puncheon floor had been laid. The chimney was of the “cat and clay” style, and the back wall and jams of the huge fire-place were of clay.
Mr. Sellers built an Indian proof block house, with bullet proof walls pierced by port holes at convenient distances apart. The predatory warfare of the Indians frequently caused the settlers to transfer their families to the block-house.
Mr. Neal well remembers how, one night, during an Indian alarm, he and his playmates were hastily concealed in the clay pit whence the material for the chimney had been taken. Happily the alarm was false, and the scared little prisoners were soon liberated.
Mr. Neal’s father was exempted from the War of 1812, on account of ill health.
Mr. Neal was early inured to pioneer hardships. Schools were few and far between. He attended for a time a school on Rocky fork, having to blaze his path through the woods in order to find the way home.
His father, after clearing and improving much of his land and living on it for ten or twelve years, sold it, and bought a lot, and built a house in New Lexington.
Mr. Neal removed with his father and worked on breaking bark in Nisbit’s tannery. After the death of his father in 1822, the family removed to a farm just northeast of Eaton. James’ oldest brother leaving home to learn a trade, left him with the management of the farm. Soon after this they moved into a hewed log house on Barron street, in Eaton. For two years Mr. Neal supported the family by day’s labor. Then his mother married Thomas Fleming, who took the family first to Darke county, and finally settled about three and a half miles south of Eaton. At this time Mr. Neal learned the blacksmith trade on the farm of George Leas, on the Camden pike. He finished his apprenticeship with Daniel Mack, of Somerville. While in Somerville, June 7, 1827, he married Ruth, the daughter of Courtland and Susan Lambert, native Kentuckians, who settled near Friendship church, near which Mr. Lambert had a little grist-mill. Their daughter was born in Kentucky, September 1, 1808.
Soon after Mr. Neal’s marriage he started in the blacksmith business on the south line of Dixon township, cooking in an old log schoolhouse, and living in the adjoining house erected for the use of the school-master. After two years removing to Vermillion county, Illinois, near Danville, the county seat, he remained there two years and twenty days, working at his trade and farming. Compelled by sickness and misfortune to return to Ohio, he found a home on Paint creek, on the southeast corner of Silas Dooley’s farm, where he built first a log shop and afterwards one of brick. While living here an incident occurred which illustrates the pluck and indomitable perseverance which has always characterized the actions of Mr. Neal. Having had ten cords of wood cut for conversion into charcoal, he dug a pit in the frozen ground from which to obtain the earth to throw over the wood before setting it on fire. So hard was the frozen ground that it had to be quarried in great chunks. After the wood had been fired, Mr. Neal remained for five days and nights without rest or sleep. At one time the fire penetrated the earth covering, and Mr. Neal in his anxiety to repair the breach, fell into the fire, which almost swallowed him up ere he could escape.
During all the time that he was attending to this work the weather

was intensely cold, and Silas Dooley was accustomed to come over every morning to see if his friend had survived the bitterness of the night.
After remaining on Paint creek for five years he removed to a farm of one hundred acres in Jackson township, on the Indiana line. After remaining there seventeen years he removed to Eaton, in the property on Cherry street, opposite Fulton’s blacksmith shop. In 1854 he removed to his present farm of one hundred and thirty acres, three miles east of Eaton, on the Dayton pike. When he first moved to this place only about thirty acres were cleared, and there were no improvements. At first he lived in a deserted frame school-house, which had been removed to the farm. The present house and barn were erected in 1855, the building of which was personally superintended by himself. This farm is now considered to be one of the best improved in the neighborhood.
Mr. and Mrs. Neal have nine children, seven of whom lived to years of maturity, six of whom survive. Benjamin died in infancy. Mary Ann, who was born in Illinois, where she now lives, is the wife of Jacob Johnson. Sarah is the wife of Aaron Brandon, of Illinois. Susannah died in Eaton in 1853, aged twenty-one years. John lives in Eaton. ( Johannah, the namesake of old Mrs. Dooley, died in infancy. Nathan W. and Elizabeth J., the wife of John Kitson, lives in Illinois. William C. anti family live on the home place.
Mr. Neal’s domestic life was saddened by the almost life-long derangement of his wife, whom he faithfully cared for until death released her, April 6, 1879.
Were the above the life history of Mr. Neal it would be creditable in itself, but a second and more important chapter remains.
In the year 1832, while living in Illinois, he was converted to Christianity, and joined the Christian church. Immediately after his conversion, feeling constrained to speak in public, he became an exhorter, much against his natural inclinations. After removing to Ohio he continued public speaking, and in 1834 attended conference as a licentiate. While attending conference at Bethel chapel, Warren county, he consented to become a regular minister, “and in 1835 was installed, and ordained pastor of the Paint church, by Elders David Purviance and Nathan Worley. During his twelve years pastorate at Paint he received but fifty-eight dollars cash for salary. For one year, being too poor to own a horse, he walked to and from his appointment, a distance of twelve miles, through all kinds of weather. He reorganized the Bank Spring church, and was pastor for eighteen years. Organizing the churches at West Florence and Union Chapel, he served the former seven years and a half in all, and the latter seventeen years. He preached one year in Eaton, and after 1854 was pastor of the Bethlehem church for twenty years. He preached in all five years at Phillipsburgh, Montgomery county. Not long ago he reorganized the New Westville church.
Above are noted the mile-stones in a faithful minister’s life. During the forty-five years of Elder Neal’s ministry he has received not less than one thousand members into the church, baptized eight hundred, preached eight hundred funeral sermons, and married seven hundred couples. His salary has averaged less than twenty-five dollars per annum. Pioneer preachers worked literally on the apostolic plan.
Next to the Purviances Elder Neal was the pioneer representative of his church in Preble county. To-day he alone is a living monument of the early ministry. Taking into consideration the vicissitudes of his life, his success is wonderful. Being well read in the Scriptures he never lacked the material, and only needed the art of discourse. In a series of twenty-four lessons in Greenleaf’s grammer he obtained mastery over the English language, and many a night he studied by the light of a bark torch, doing all this after beginning to preach.
Mr. Neal always speaks extemporaneously. In years gone by no man had a better voice for singing than he. Todav, though approaching four score years, he is as able to preach now as ever, and expects to die in the harness.

History of Preble County, Ohio: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (N.p.: H. Z. Williams & Bro., Publishers, 1881), page 279; digital images, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 7 November 2022.

1814 Preble County Voters

While going back thru my notes for William Sellers, I re-looked at the book, History of Preble County, Ohio: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches. That’s when I found (or refound) list of voters from 1814 that includes several people on my FAN club list, including TWO men named James Crawford.

The number of voters at the first election in Washington township is not recorded, but the poll book of the election of 1814 if given, and it may be a matter of interest to some readers to know who and how many were the electors at that time in the township, or at least how many cast votes. just forty votes were cast this year, and the names which appear upon the record are the following:
Thomas Ramsey
George Hardy
Alexander Mitchell
John Day
Richard Leeson
John Stevens
Andrew Frick
Abner Dooley
Nathan Sellers
James Crawford
Robert Rhea
Moses Dooley
Elisha Sutton
David Stevens
George Crous
George Maxwell
James White
William Custer
Phillip Largue
Thomas Harris
James C. McCamey
Walter Buell
Charles Hand
Daniel Washam
John Spacht
William Crane
William Sellers
Alexander C. Lanier
James Crawford
Daniel McCoy
William Salle
James Cuttler
John Hawkins
Jonathan Lyons
Samuel Ward
Jonathan Deniston
John Ward

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.

This list of 1814 voters was followed by information about the early settlement of Washington township in Preble County, Ohio. This information places several members of my Crawford FAN club in Preble county around 1806.

Early Settlement of Washington Township
The first settlement in what is now Washington township was made in the year 1805. Several entries of land were made the year previous, but no permanent settlements were made until that year. In 1804 there were no buildings standing within the limits of the township. Entries had been made, but the owners of these had not yet arrived. In 1805 several settlers arrived and proceeded to erect cabins.

In the following year, 1806, as many as twenty cabins were built in different parts of the township. Several entries had been made in the year previous, and their owners came in 1806. A few of those whose names can be ascertained are given below.
George and Andrew Dooley emigrated form Kentucky in 1806, and came to Ohio. George entered land in section eight, of township seven.
Joseph, William and Nathan Sellers, Kentuckyans settled either in section nine or ten, of township seven.

Henry Duggins was born in 1787, and in 1806 he moved to Ohio. In 1811 he married Jane Sellers, born in 1781. He first settled in Gasper township, and afterwards came to Washington township, where he settled in 1811, the same year as his marriage. His brother, William A., came to Ohio in the same year that he did. Mr. Henry Duggins had six children — Cornelius V., John F., Nathan, William, W. P. and Caroline (Miller), who lives in Eaton. The first four of these are deceased. Cornelius V. was born in Preble county in 1812. In 1834 he married Elizabeth daughter of Henry M. Monfort of Eaton, born in 1814. Five children were born to them, four of whom are still living. Mr. Duggins died in 1849 on the old homestead where his wife now resides. He left a farm of one hundred and sixteen acres. During his lifetime he had a printing office in Eaton, where the Register office is now located. His son, John F., was in the war, in the Seventy-fifth Ohio volunteer infantry, and while in Florida was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville, where he stayed for six months. W. P. Duggins was born in 1820, and in 1844 married Mary, daughter of Alexander Lugar, born about 1826. He has nine children. His farm contains about sixty-five acres.
Benjamin Neal and wife, Mary (Sellers) cam from Bourbon county, Kentucky, to this township in the year 1806, and settled in section two of township seven. After residing here for a few years, he moved to New Lexington where he died in the year 1818. His wife survived him for more than forty years, dying in 1858 at the age of eighty-seven. They had four children born tot hem in Kentucky, vix: Sarah, Nathan, James and Jane. Of these only Nathan and James survive. After

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their arrival in this county, their family further was increased by the births of Benjamin, John and Mary Ann. Benjamin married Ann Kerlin, now living. He has been associate judge, and has held the office of postmaster at Eaton since the year 1871

History of Preble County, Ohio: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches (N.p.: H. Z. Williams & Bro., Publishers, 1881), page 135-137; digital images, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 7 November 2022.

William Sellers Will

In 1848, the Court of Common Pleas of Preble County, Ohio approved the will of William Sellers.

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William Sellers Will

296
The State of Ohio Preble County

Be it remembered that heretofore to wit at the March term of the Court of Common Pleas within and
for the county and State aforesaid to wit on the Seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and forty eight. The last will and testament of William Sellers, late of this county decd was this day
brought before the court and proved by the oaths of Eli Campbell & [Aramstead] Huffman the witnesses
thereto whose examinations were reduced to writing in the words an letters following to wit The State
of Ohio, Preble County ss Court of Common Pleas of the term of March AD 1848. Personally appeared in
open court Eli Campbell and Armstead Huffman of l awful age, who being duly sworn depose and
say that the paper writing now exhibited in Court is the last will and testament of William Sellers
late of Preble County deceased that they saw him sign and heard him acknowledge the same
that they signed the same as witnesses in his presence and at his request and at the time of executing
the same, he was of full age of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint. Eli
Campbel Armstead Huffman sworn and subscribed to in open Court March 17th 1848 R. S.
Cunningham Clk and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the said William
Sellers, at the time of executing said will was of full age, of sound mind and memory and not
under any restraint. It was ordered that said will and proof be reduced to writing be recorded. And
thereupon on motion to the Court by Job Jefferson the executor in said will named by Haines his
Counsel, It was ordered that letters testimony be granted him upon the estate of the said William
Sellers decd who thereupon gave bond with Havey H. Wilson & Peter Ba[n]ta security be the acceptance
of the Court in the penalty of fifteen hundred dollars conditioned according to law whereupon
the court appoint Eli Campbell, Armstead Huffman & Jacob Shidelen to appraise the persona
property of said estate. Sarah Sellers widow of the said William Sellers, appeared in open court
and elected to take under the provisions of her deceased husband’s will in lieu of dower Said will
is in the words and figures following to wit “In the name of God Amen, I William Sellers of Preble
County & State of Ohio, being of lawful age & under to restraint do make this my last will & testament
As follows. to wit: First I give my soul to God who gave it me & my body. I recommend to the dust
from whence it was taken hoping it may be raised again in the general resurrection & be made like
unto the glorious body of Christ & as for such worldly property as it hat pleased Go to bless me
with in this life I give dispose of as follows: Item 1st I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Sarah
Sellers the use of all my property whether real or personal during her natural life & at her death my
will is that all of the estate not consumed & made way with Shall then be divided equally among
between my six children. Namely Nathan D. Sellers, Nancy Sellers, John H. Sellers, Polly Jefferson
Margaret Wilson & Celia Amanda West Item 2nd I give & bequeath to my daughter Celia Amanda
West the sum of one hundred & sixty two dollars & fifty cents. it being the amount for which I now
hold a note of [hand] against her husband for. to wit William H. west and as my said wife
should live to need a part or all of it I do hereby authorise constitute & appoint Job Jefferson
to be the Executor of this my last will & testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand & seal this 10th day of Feby 1845
William (his mark) Sellers (seal)
Signed sealed & acknowledged by the said William Sellers as his last will & testament
In our presence & hearing who signed it as witnesses in his presence & at his request
Eli Campbell, Armstead Huffman

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.

Complicated Deed

As I’m researching the William Sellers family, I’m trying to figure out how his wife, Sarah Crawford, is related to my CRAWFORD research. While I’ve yet to come across anything that helps solve that mystery, the deed where William Sellers sells his Preble county land is not only complicated but names both of my James Crawford men.

For background on these various families, see the following posts:

So, in 1843, William Sellers and his wife, Sarah, sell land being part of the southwest and northwest quarters of section 14 township 7 range 2 to John Acton.

Sellers to Acton present & Record d the 9th & Record 11 Sept 1843

Know all men by these presents that William Sellers
of the county of Preble and State of Ohio for and in considerat
ion of the sum of twelve hundred dollars to him in hand paid
by John P. Acton of the same place has bargained and sold
and does hereby grant bargain sell and convey unto the said
John P. Acton his heirs and assigns forever the following
premises situate and being in the county of Preble and state
of Ohio and bounded and discribed as follows that is to
say Being part of the South West and North West quar
ters of section No 14 fourteen in township No 7 seven and
Range two East and Beginning at the north west corner
of the said South West quarter which is a cross + on a
Boulder witness the center of the letter W on a boulder
S 53 1/2 W 47 links and a + on a line S 24 E 28 2/3 links thence
S 1/4 W 50 poles and 1 link to a + on a boulder witness the center
of the letter W on a sand stone N 11 1/2 E 42 1/2 links and a Black
Walnut tree 18 inches diameter S 87 3/4 E 19 links thence S 87 1/2 E
119 poles and 5 links to a + on a lime stone witness the center of
the letter W on a boulder N 57 1/4 W 18 2/3 links on the center of the
letter W on the W side of a boulder N 76 1/3 E 16 links thence
N 26 1/2 E 63 poles and 9 links to the center of + on a boulder on
the hill side Witness the center of the letter W on a boulder
N 31 E 19 links thence N 89 1/2 E 13 poles to a + on a boulder at
the foot of the hill witness the center of the letter W on a
boulder N 33 W 59 links and the center of the letter W on the
E side of a boulder S 5 3/4 W 43 2/3 links thence N 1/3 E 95 poles
and 10 links along the N and S middle line of the section to a
point at common water mark on the South side of the creek
and 62 poles form the North line of the section thence along
South South west and west side of the creek at common water
mark 95 poles and 21 links to a point on the N. line of the Sect
ion and 63 poles 10 1/2 links W of the NE corner of the West half
of the section thence S 89 3/4 W 16 poles 20 links to a notch on
the SW die of a Beech tree 12 inches diameter near the roots
witness a + on the W side of a crackley boulder S 33 1/2 E 64
links thence S 1/4 W 157 poles and 15 links through the cen
ter of the North West quarter North and South to a + on a
boulder on the E and W middle line of the section witness
the center of the letter W on a boulder S 10 E 43 1/2 links thence
S 89 1/2 W 80 poles to the place of beginning contain
ing 96 Ninety six acres of land be the same
more or less and being the same lands which was
conveyed to the said William Sellers by James
Crawford Senr Esqr and James Crawford Jun by
their deeds dated Dec the 11th 1821 and Recorded
in Book No. 5 pages 85-86 and 87 or Preble

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county land records and also by a patent from the United States
dated the first day of June AD 1816 conveying the said
North West quarter of said Sec. No 14 to the said James Craw
ford Junr and the said William Sellers as tenants in common
and not as joint tenants
To have and to hold said premises with the appurtenances
unto the said John P Acton his heirs and assigns forever and
the said William Sellers for himself and heirs do hereby covenant
with said John P Acton his heirs and assigns that he is lawfully
seized of the premises aforesaid and that the premises and free
and clear from all incumbrances whatever and that he will
forever warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances
unto the said John P Acton his heirs and assigns against the
lawful claims of all persons whomsoever
In testimonies whereof the said William Sellers and Sarah
Sellers his wife who hereby relinquishes her right of dower
in the hereby conveyed premises have hereunto set their hands and seals
this ninth day of September in the year AD 1843
William Sellers (his mark) (seal)
Sarah Sellers (her mark) (seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged
in presence of us
R S Cunningham
I Stephens

The state of Ohio Preble County
Before me Isaac Stephens a Justice of the Peace in and for
said county personally appeared the above named William
Sellers and Sarah his wife and acknowledged the above and
foregoing deed of conveyance to be their voluntary act and
deed and the said Sarah being at the same time examin
ed by me seperate and apart from her said husband and the
contents of said instrument made know to her by me she then
declared that she did voluntarily sign seal and acknowled
ge the same and that she is still satisfied therewith
This 9th day of September AD 1843
I Stephens JP

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.

The next page of deed book 33 includes a transcription of the original patent as tenants in common for William Sellers and James Crawford.

Patent to Crawford & Sellers presentd & Recordd the 11th Sept 1843

James Madison President of the United States
of America
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting
Know ye, that William Sellers assignee of George Harlan
and James Crawford in his won right having deposited in
the General Land Office a Certificate of the Register of
the Land Office at Cincinnati whereby it appears that
full payment has been made for the North West
quarter of section fourteen in township seven in
range two lying East of the meridian line of the
lands directed to be sold at Cincinnati by the act of
Congress entitled “an act providing for the sale of
the Lands of the United States in the Territory North
West of he Ohio and above the mouth of Kentucky River
and of the acts amendatory of the same There is granted
by the United States unto the said William Sellers and
James Crawford the quarter lot or section of land
above described to have and to hold the said
quarter lot or section of land with the appurtenances unto
the said William Sellers and James Crawford their heirs
and assigns forever as tenants in common and not as joint
tenants
In testimony whereof I have caused these Letters to
be made patent and the seal of the General Land
Office to be hereunto affixed Given under my hand
at the City of Washington the first day of June in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen
and of the Independence of the United States of Ameri
ca the fortieth
James Madison
By The President
Josiah
Meigs
Commissioner of the General Land Office

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

Sellers Land

As I’ve been reviewing the William Sellers family in my tree, there are two deeds that connect William Sellers to my Crawford family research.

Based on my Kentucky research, I believe William Sellers wife, Sarah Crawford, is a sister to James Crawford, husband of Martha Knight. (See Sellers Mystery). However, William Sellers was a tenant in common with James Crawford, husband of Sally Smith Duggins.

Thus, when William Sellers purchases land from both James Crawford men, figuring out the relationship is even more complicated.

On 11 Dec 1821, William Sellers purchased the East 1/2 of the Northwest quarter of section 14, township 7 in range 2 from James and Sally Crawford.

James Crawford Junr Deed to Wm Sellers recorded 3 Jan 1822
This indenture made the eleventh day of December
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twen
ty one between James Crawford Junr of the county of Preble of
the one part and William Sellers of said county of the other
part witnesseth that the said James Crawford for and in cons
sideration of the sum of three hundred dollars to the said
James Crawford in hand paid the receipt of which is here
by acknowledge has granted bargained aliened conveyed and con
firmed and by these presents do grant bargain sell alien con
vey and confirm unto the said William Sellers his heirs and assigns
forever all the following described lot tract or parcel of
land lying in the county of Preble and State of Ohio
being the East half of the Northwest quarter of section
No 14 in township no seven of range two east
of the meridian line
To have and to hold the said granted and bargained premeses
with all the privileges and appurtenance to the same belonging or in
in any wise appertaining to the only proper use benefit and behoof
of the said William Sellers his heirs and assigns and the said James
Crawford for himself his heirs executors and administrators do hereby
covenant promise and grant to and with the said William Sellers his heirs and assigns that before the unsealing hereof he the said James
Crawford was the true sold and lawful owner of the above bargained
premeses and was lawfully seized and possessed of the same
in his own right as a good perfect and absolute estate of inheri
tance in fee simple and had in himself good right full
power and lawful authority to grant bargain sell convey and con
firm the said bargained premeses in the manner aforesaid
And that the said William Sellers his heirs and assigns
shall and may from time to time and at all times for
ever hereafter by force and virtue of these presents
lawfully peaceable and quietly have hold use occupy possess and enjoy
the said demised and bargained premeses with the appurtenances fee
and clear and freely and clearly acquitted exonorated and discharged
of and form all and all manner of former or other gifts grants
bargains sales or incumberances of what name or nature soever
that might in any measure or degree obstruct or make void
this present deed
Furthermore the said James Crawford for himself his heirs executors
and administrators doth covenant and engage the above demised
premises to him the said William Sellers his heirs and assigns against
the lawful claims of any person or persons whatsoever. Forever
hereafter to warrant secure and defend by these presents
In testimony whereof the said James Crawford and Sally his
wife have hereunto set their hands and seal the day and year first above written.

Sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Nathan D Sellers
Isaac Stephens

Signed by
James Crawford (Seal)
Sally (her mark) Crawford (seal)

The State of Ohio Preble County
Before me the undersigned a justice of the peace
in and for the said county came personally James Crawford and Sally
Crawford wife of the said James Craford the within named grantors she
being examined separate and apart from her said husband they acknowled
ged the within deed of conveyance to be their voluntary act and deed
for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
seal this 11th da of December 1821
Isaac Stephens, J.P.

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.

On the same day, William Sellers purchased the northwest corner of the southwest quarter of section 14 township 7 range 2 from James and Martha Crawford.

James Crawford to Wm Sellers Deed Recorded 3 January 1822
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 and State of Ohio
of the one part and William Sellers of the county and State aforesaid
of the other part Witnesseth that the said James Crawford for and
in consideration of the sum of eighty dollars lawful money of
the United States to him in hand well and truly paid by the said
William Sellers the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged has grant
ted bargained sold conveyed and confirmed and by these presen
ts doth grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said
William Sellers his heirs and assigns forever all and singu
lar the following tract or parcel of land It being a part of the
South West quarter of section No. Fourteen Township No.
Seven of Range two East in Preble county and begin
ning at the North west corner of said quarter and running thence
East five degrees north 147 poles to a stone on the side of the hill
thence south 20 degrees west 64 poles to a stone thence west four
degrees south 119 poles to a walnut thence north 5 degrees west
49 poles tot he place of Beginning containing forty acres
more or less And all the Estate right title interest
claim and demand of the said James Crawford of in and to the
said premises hereby granted and every part thereof Together with
all and singular the rights members privileges and appurtenances
to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining and the rents Issues
and profits thereof To have and to hold the premises afores
aid hereby bargained and sold or ment or intended so to be with the
appurtenances to the only proper use and behoof of the said William
Sellers his heirs executors and administrators doth covenant grant
and agree to and with the said William Sellers his heirs executors
administrators and assigns that he was the true and lawful owner
of the premises hereby granted and had good right full power and
lawful authority to sell and convey the same in manner and form
aforesaid And further that the said James Crawford his heirs exec
utors and administrators will warrant and forever defend
the aforesaid premises with their appurtenances and every part and par
cel thereof unto the said William Sellers his heir and assigns against
all persons claiming or to claim by from or under them or any of them or
by from or under any other person or persons whomsoever
In witness whereof the said James Crawford and Martha hi wife
has hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day and
year first above written.
James Crawford (seal)
Martha (her mark) Crawford (seal)
Isaac Stephens
James Sumers

page 86
The State of Ohio Preble County
Before me the subscribers one of the Justices of the peace within and for said
County came personally James Crawford and Martha Crawford his
wife the within Grantors and the said Martha being examined agreeably
to the act in such case made and provided acknowledged the
above Indenture to be their voluntary act and deed for the uses
and purposes therein mentioned and contained
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix
ed my seal this 11th day of December in the year of
our Lord 1821
Isaac Stephens JP

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.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night

Time for More Genealogy Fun

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

A)  Do you have a favorite photograph of your father?

I’m going to share a couple of my favorite photos of my dad, Eugene David Crawford. My favorite photo was taken in my dad’s classroom at Dodge City Junior College.

Another favorite was taken during one of the saddest times in my dad’s life while he was making sure I wasn’t aware of all of the sadness. On Dec. 23, 1953, my mother went into early labor and delivered twins. One of those twins, Duane Gail, died on Dec. 24. On Christmas morning, my dad was celebrating Christmas with me while mom was still hospitalized.

See the post, Eugene David Crawford, for more details about his life.

Saturday Tidbits

Courier Tribune
Monday, January 15, 1940
page 6

News of Neighbors

Bern
Alvin Gugelman left Tuesday for San Diego, where he will take up his new duties in the navy.

Centralia
Grant Andrick who joined the navy two months ago and has been in training near Chicago was given a furlought for a visit home with his mother and other relatives. Grant will return Thursday and go to Norfolk Vt for continued training.


Courier Tribune
29 Jan 1940
page 6

News of Neighbors

Centralia
Gerald Moore — grandson of Mrs. Elizabeth Dorman, has been here for a short visit with his relatives. Gerald has completed one term of service in the Navy and is re-enlisting. He will go to San Diego when his vacation is over.


Courier Tribune
26 Feb 1940

“Bern”
Donald Croffoot, who enlisted in the navy Feb. 6, was transferred to the U.S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill., for an eight-week training period prior to being transferred to a ship in the fleet or a navy trade school. Donald is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Croffoot.


Courier Tribune
11 March 1940

“Domer District”

Harold Wiseman, formerly of Domer district, is now stationed in South American waters. Since Harold, joined the navy he has had five promotions and is now second gunner and may soon be first gunner which means he will have supervision of all the guns of the ship. We are certainly proud of him.


Courier Tribune
25 March 1940

“Aviator Jesse Wilcox Located at Norfolk”

Jesse Wilcox, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wilcox of [south] of Goff, aviator in the U.S. Navy, is now stationed at Norfolk, Va., after two months at the naval base in Cuba. His parents enjoyed a holiday trip of 11 day to California and went through the ship Jesse flew to Cuba. Mrs. Jesse Wilcox is with her parents at Mullinville, but they hope to be located back in Sand Diego in the spring. Goff Advance.


Corning Gazette
28 March 1940

“Centralia News”
George long has joined the Navy.

War Memorial

Today is Veteran’s Day

In the past, I have honored my veteran ancestors with a special post.

Today, I’m going to participate in the Honor Roll Project by transcribing the brass plate mounted in front of the Nemaha County Courthouse.

War Memorial

In Memory of the Persons who were killed in action from Nemaha County, Kansas

World War I

Anderson, Roy

Armstrong, David w.

Bell, Hilbert

Green, Robert G.

Gress, Joseph M

Healt, Arlington A.

Henry, Joseph

Horth, Harold

Jacobson, Clyde –???

Jones, Palmer

Largent, Harry

Levick, John W.

Markely, William N.

Masterson, Alva H.

McConell, Elmer

McDaniel, Everett

McDaniel, Guy

Meyer, John G.

Miller, Clyde C

Mills, Arthur L.

Moyer, Delbert M.

Nickodemus, Howard

Palmer, John

Rettele, Benedict H.

Root, Frank H.

Schumaker, Charles E.

Summers, william F.

Taylor, Earle W.

Thieme, Eitel F.

Second Column

World War II

Armstrong, Leroy

Allen, Ralph ???

Barrett, Lewis

Becker, Bernard

Bieri, George

Bieri, RIchard

Binder, Richard

Boeding, Joseph M

Boeding, Paul

Brown, Virgil

Dailey, John

Domer, Carol E.

Enneking, Joseph

Fund, Roy

Griffith, Robert

Guilford, William

Hunninghake, henry

Johnson, Joseph

Kellenberger, Galen

Kokenge, francis

Kohake, George

Long, Francis

Meyer, Earl

Moore, George

Nolte, Cyril

Rettele, Adrian

Rokey, Raymond

Schafer, Frank

Schultejans, Bernard

Third column

World War II

Shaw, Robert

Skinner, Haley

Smith, Jonas

Seringer, G. W. III

Strahm, Elgin

Tate, Moses

Wek, George

Welliver, Eldon

Winterscheidt, l.

Woltkamp, Raymond

Young, George

Korean War

Becker,Joseph

Reid, Patrick

Vietnam War

Luckert, Edward R.

Thompson, Cecil T.

Virginia Tax Payers

Do you ever come across a simple sentence in a county history that changes your previous theories about a family? Well that happened to me when I was researching the family of James and Mary (Crawford) Sellers.

For years, I’ve thought that the SELLERS family was in Pennsylvania before migrating to Kentucky and then to Ohio and Indiana. Perhaps that thought was based on the fact that Nathan Sellers (1753-1824) was thought to have served during the revolutionary war for Pennsylvania.

In my old research notes is a history of the John Crawford Sellers family that I must have overlooked the sentence stating the family migrated to Kentucky from Virginia.

following the trails of Daniel Boone and other Indiana warriors from Virginia into Kentucky, 

see post – Sellers Biography

In trying to find sources to support this statement, I elected to look at tax records to see what they would reveal about the Seller family. Based on previous research of these records, I had already found the following for the family of Nathaniel Sellers:

  • Nathaniel Sellers (1720-1795) — Listed on 1787 tax in Lincoln County Kentucky
  • Joseph Sellers – listed on 1789 tax in Lincoln County — moving to Bourbons County KY by 1792
  • Samuel Sellers – listed on 1792 tax in Lincoln County KY
  • John Sellers — listed on 1783 tax in Lincoln County KY
  • Nathan A. Sellers – listed on 1787 tax in Lincoln County KY and then on 1788 tax in Bourbon County KY
  • James Sellers – listed on 1789 tax in Lincoln County KY
  • William David Sellers — listed on 1792 tax in Lincoln County KY

Knowing that I had the family on these tax records, I wondered whether I could locate them on earlier tax records. In my search for potential tax records, I came across the book, Virginia Tax Payers 1782-1787 by Augusta B. Fothergill and John Mark Naugle. Looking thru this book, I decided to extract data for my CRAWFORD fan club in these Virginia tax records.

Page Surname Given Poll Slaves County Year
1 Adams Absalom 1 Cul 1783
1 Adams Absalom 3 1 Cul 1783
3 Adams Feathergill 2 4 Fau 1782
3 Adams Reuben 1 1 Brun 1782
3 Anderson John 1 6 Caro 1783
3 Anderson John 1 Cul 1783
3 Anderson John Cul 1783
3 Anderson John 1 Fau 1782
3 Anderson John 1 Henry 1782
3 Anderson John 1 33 K Wm 1782
3 Anderson John 1 Loui 1782
3 Anderson John 1 Mont 1782
3 Anderson John 1 1 Pr Wm 1782
3 Anderson John 2 1 Spots 1782
21 Campbell Andrew 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell Charles 1 1 Fay 1787
21 Campbell Charles 1 2 Lin 1787
21 Campbell Charles 1 2 Rock 1782
21 Campbell Charles 1 1 Rock 1782
21 Campbell Ezekiel 1 Bot 1784
21 Campbell George 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell George 1 Rock 1782
21 Campbell George 1 Rock 1782
21 Campbell Henry 2 Rock 1782
21 Campbell Hugh 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell Hugh 1 Fay 1787
21 Campbell Isaac 1 Mont 1782
21 Campbell James 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell James 1 7 Mont 1782
21 Campbell Joanne 1 Fay 1787
21 Campbell John Aug 1782
21 Campbell John 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell John 1 2 Aug 1782
21 Campbell John 1 Lou 1782
21 Campbell John Jr 2 Lou 1782
21 Campbell John 1 Rock 1782
21 Campbell John Rock 1782
21 Campbell Joseph 1 Lin 1787
21 Campbell Joseph 1 Lin 1787
21 Campbell Joseph Sr 1 Rock 1782
21 Campbell Joseph Jr 1 Rock 1782
21 Campbell Mary 1 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell Patrick 1 1 Fay 1787
21 Campbell Patrick 2 1 Mont 1782
21 Campbell Robert Sr 1 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell Robert 1 1 Aug 1782
Campbell Samuel 1 4 Bed 1782
21 Campbell William 1 1 Aug 1782
21 Campbell William 1 Bot 1784
21 Campbell William 1 2 Bot 1784
21 Campbell William 3 Bot 1784
21 Campbell William 1 2 Fay 1787
21 Campbell William 3 Fay 1787
21 Campbell William 1 Fay 1787
21 Campbell William Fay 1787
21 Campbell William 1 Lin 1787
30 Crafford Archelus 1 Cul. 1783
30 Crafford Gideon 1 2 Cul 1783
30 Crafford Mary no 7 So’n 1782
30 Crafford William 2 7 Cul 1783
30 Craford John 1 5 Loui 1782
30 Craford Rebecca Lin 1787
30 Crawford Alexander 1 2 Aug 1782
30 Crawford Andrew 1 0 Bot 1784
30 Crawford Andrew Jr 1 0 Bot 1784
30 Crawford Andrew 1 9 West 1783
30 Crawford archibald 1 0 Bot 1784
30 Crawford Christopher 1 Spots 1782
30 crawford David 1 0 Aug 1782
30 Crawford Edward 1 9 Mont 1782
30 Crawford George 0 Aug 1782
30 Crawford George blank
30 Crawford James 3 10 Aug 1782
30 Crawford James 1 1 Aug 1782
30 Crawford James 1 1 Aug 1782
30 Crawford James 1 0 BOt 1784
30 Crawford James 1 2 Fay 1787
30 Crawford James 1 0 Mont 1782
30 Crawford James 1 0 Rock 1782
30 Crawford James 1 0 Spots 1782
30 Crawford James Sr 1 6 Spots 1782
30 Crawford John 1 4 Aug 1782
30 crawford John 1 1 Bot 1784
30 Crawford John Jr 1 0 BOt 1784
30 Crawford John 1 2 Hen 1782
30 Crawford Josiah 1 0 BOt 1784
30 Crawford Nathan 1 0 Aug 1782
30 Crawford Oliver Cul 1783
30 Crawford Patrick 2 7 AUg 1782
30 Crawford Peter 1 3 Loui 1782
30 Crawford Presley 1 1 West 1783
30 Crawford rev. Edward 1 3 Bot 1784
30 Crawford Robert 1 0 Mont 1782
30 Crawford Samuel 1 2 Bot 1784
30 Crawford Samuel 2 0 Bot 1784
30 Crawford William 1 4 Aug 1782
30 Crawford William 1 0 AUg 1782
30 Crawford william 1 1 Bot 1784
30 Crawford William 0 Bot 1784
30 crawford William 1 0 Bot 1784
30 Crawford William 1 0 Fau 1782
30 Crawford William 1 0 Rock 1782
30 Crawford William 1 0 Rock 1782
38 Dooley Abraham 1 Mont 1782
38 Dooley George 1 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooley John 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooley John 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooley Joseph 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooley Rebecca 2 Bed 1782
38 Dooley Stephen 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooley Thomas 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooley Thomas 1 2 Henry 1782
38 Dooley Thomas Jr 1 Bed 1782
38 Dooly Valentine 1 Rock 1782
38 Douglas Alexander 1 Lin 1787
38 Douglas George 2 Lin 1787
38 Douglas John 1 Berk 1782
38 Douglas John 1 8 K&q 1782
38 Douglas Robert Sr Camp 1785
38 Douglas Robert Jr 1 Camp 1785
38 Douglas Sarah K Geo 1782
38 Douglas William 1 1 berk 1782
38 Douglass David 1 4 Bed 1782
38 Douglass David 2 Henry 1782
38 Douglass Hugh Loui 1782
38 Douglass Jamaes 1 3 Mont 1782
38 Douglass John 1 5 Buck 1782
38 Douglass John 1 3 Fau 1782
38 Douglass Mrs Cato 1 20 Pr Wm 1782
38 Douglass Thomas 1 Aug 1782
38 Douglass William 1 Ch Cy 1783
38 Douglass William 3 20 Loui 1782
37 Dugan Alexander 2 Har 1786
37 Dugan William 1 Har 1786
40 Elder William Sr 1 Din 1782
40 Ellis James 1 4 Aug 1782
40 Ellis Joseph 1 Berk 1782
40 Ellis Joseph 1 Gooch 1782
40 Ellis Joseph 2 14 Hen 1782
40 Ellis Joseph 1 Henry 1782
43 Finley Benjamin 1 Aug 1782
43 Finley George 1 1 Wash 1782
43 Finley James 2 Mont 1782
43 Finley John 1 Aug 1782
43 Finley John 1 1 Aug 1782
43 Finley John 2 1 Aug 1782
43 Finley John 1 Rock 1782
43 Finley Robert Jr 1 1 Aug 1782
43 Finley Samuel 1 Mont 1782
43 Finley Thomas 1 Mont 1782
43 Finley William 1 4 Aug 1782
43 Finley William 1 6 Mont 1782
Gass John Not listed
53 Guthery William 1 Aug 1782
53 Gutrey William 1 Bot 1784
71 Kennedy Thomas 1 Berk 1782
81 Maxill John Jr 1 1 Lin 1787
81 Maxill John Jr 1 1 Lin 1787
81 Maxwell Alexander 1 Fay 1787
81 Maxwell Bazleel 1 Mont 1782
81 Maxwell Elisha 1 Mont 1782
81 Maxwell Elisha 1 Mont 1782
81 Maxwell George 1 Loui 1782
81 Maxwell Jams 1 Mont 1782
81 Maxwell John 1 Berk 1782
81 Maxwell John Cul 1783
81 Maxwell John 2 2 Fay 1787
81 Maxwell John 2 Rock 1782
81 Maxwell Thomas 2 Cul 1783
81 Maxwell Thomas Fay 1787
81 Maxwell Thomas 1 Mont 1782
81 Maxwell William Fay 1787
81 Maxwell William 2 Fay 1787
81 Maxwell William 1 Mont 1782
81 Maxwell William 1 Mont 1782
McElwee John NONE
86 Millar Andrew 1 4 Lin 1787
86 Millar John 1 Lin 1787
86 Miller Abraham 1 Lin 1787
86 Miller Eleanor Lin 1787
86 Miller George 2 Lin 1787
87 Miller Jacob 1 Bed 1782
87 Miller Jacob 1 Berk 1782
87 Miller Jacob 1 Berk 1782
87 Miller Jacob 1 2 Brun 1782
87 Miller Jacob 2 CuI 1783
87 Miller Jacob 2 3 Har 1786
87 Miller Jacob 1 Har 1786
87 Miller Jacob 1 Lou 1782
87 Miller Jacob 2 Lou 1782
87 Miller Jacob Jr Lou 1782
87 Miller william 1 2 Lin 1787
88 Moore Alexander 1 2 Lun 1782
88 Moore Edward 1 Lin 1787
89 Moore William Jr 1 Lin 1787
Morrison William Not listed
111 Sellers Frederick 1 Har 1786
112 Sellers John 1 Cul 1783
111 Sellers John Har 1786
111 Sellers John 1 K&Q 1782
111 Sellers John 1 Lin 1787
111 Sellers Joseph Lin 1787
112 Sellers Nathaniel 1 Henry 1782
111 Sellers Nathaniel 3 Lin 1787
111 Sellers Susanna Har 1786
113 Shoemaker Leonard Bot 1784
113 Shoemaker Solomon 1 Lin 1787
Vawter David not listed
Vawter Philemon not listed
Wallace Michael 1 24 K Geo 1782

Now that I have a spreadsheet, I can manipulate the data to see if any of my FAN Club can help me figure out my CRAWFORD family.

Note: I used instructions on Antti K. Koskela’s blog to figure out how to get my Excel data into a blog post: How to Copy-Paste a Table from Excel to WordPress without using Plug-Ins?

Fort Ruddell

Since I’ve been updating my research of several SELLERS bushes in my tree, I decided to look at some of my old files and found information about a Sellers family and Fort Ruddell in early Kentucky. My photocopies from the book, Paris (Hopewell) Sesquicentennial, provides a list of the inhabitants of the fort when Captain Bird, his British troops and Indian warriors attacked the fort.

Page 13
Forts
Ruddles Fort
Built 1779 by Isaac Ruddel one mile from Lair Station near Bourbon County line, now Harrison County.
The following list of persons resided at Ruddle’s Station at the time that fort was taken by Captain Bird and his British and Indian warriors. Ref.: Draper Mss. and Depositions filed in suits.

Capt. Isaac Ruddell
Elizabeth Bowman Ruddell
John Rudell, son of Isaac
Isaac Ruddell, Jr., son of Isaac
Stephen Ruddell, aged 8, Son of Isaac
Elizabeth Ruddell, small child
Capt. Jhn Hinkson
Lieut. __ Ravenscraft
Capt. John James Trabue
Nicholas Hart
John Burger
Samuel VanHook (later at Martin’s)
James Ruddle
John McFall
Mrs. John McFall
Robert McDaniel
Mrs. Robert McDaniel
McDaniel Children
Martin Toffelmire
Mrs. Toffelmire
Six Toffelmire Children
Jacob Markle
Christian Spears
Anna Maria — his fiancee
John Long
Mrs. John Long
Rhoda Long, young child
Four other Long children
Michael Goodnight
Peter Goodnight
John Goodnight
Misses Goodnight
David White
John Conway
Mrs. John Conway
Seven Conway children
Samuel Brook
Thomas Davis
Sarah Ruddle Davis
Capt. John Duncan
Nellie Sharp Duncan
Master Duncan, son
Frank Berry — tradition
Nelly Sharp Berry
Patrick Mahan taken to Detroit
John Mahan
Thomas Mahan
Miss Mahan — married Wilson
Wm. Mahan, youth, kept journal at Wilson’s station when he returned from Montreal, about 18 years old
Margaret Mahan
Isabella Mahan
Jane Mahan
Isabella Mahan Morrow
James Mahan
James Morrow
Mrs. Agnes Mahan
Mrs. Lapost
Master Lapost
Judy Lapost
Wm. Whitesides
Mr. Purseley
Henry Groff
John Denton
Miss Denton
Mrs. Denton
Mrs. Horn

PAGE 14

Catherine Horn
Mr. Sellers
Mrs. Sellers
Sellers children
Samuel Conway
Miss Conway
Mrs. Samuel Conway
Two Misses Conway
Mr. and Mrs. Lail
Capt. Charles Gatliffe
Give Gatliffe children
Robert (or Charles) Knox
Wm. Marshall
*Gasper Casner, 1780
George Finley, 1780
Benj. Harrison, 1780
George, Givens
Samuel Givens

* Capser Karner ?

Ardery, Mrs. Wm. Breckenridge. Paris (Hopewell) Sesquicentennial. np: Mrs. W. B. Ardery, 1939.

While the book indicates Fort Ruddle was attacked, it does not provide details about the attack or what happened to the occupants. Fortunately, a detailed account of this attack was published by the Kentucky Historical Society in the October 1956 edition of their Register.

Below is an account of the capture and plundering of Fort Ruddle.

Lafferty, Maude Ward, “Destruction of Ruddle’s and Martin’s Forts in the Revolutionary War” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 54, October, 1956, No. 189.

Many of the captured prisoners were marched from Kentucky to Detroit, with some going on to Montreal.

Lafferty, Maude Ward, “Destruction of Ruddle’s and Martin’s Forts in the Revolutionary War” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 54, October, 1956, No. 189.

Captain Bird related the conditions of the march to Detroit in his letter written in July of 1780.

Lafferty, Maude Ward, “Destruction of Ruddle’s and Martin’s Forts in the Revolutionary War” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 54, October, 1956, No. 189.

While the article in the Register does not discuss their release, the book, The British Invasion of Kentucky , by Winston Coleman provides details about their release in 1782 with some held prisoner until 1795.

Coleman, Winston. The British Invasion of Kentucky. Lexington, KY: Winburn Press, 1951.

While Nathan Sellers of Preble County, Ohio is said to have migrated to Preble county from Bourbon County, Kentucky, I currently have no record indicating that the Sellers family at Fort Ruddle was Nathan Sellers – or even related to him.

Since Nathan Sellers of Preble County, Ohio has a DAR marker on his grave, I decided to look up his military record to see if he was serving in 1780. That’s when I discovered that the DAR has indicated that future applicants must prove correct service for Nathan Sellers of Preble County, Ohio. While it is possible that Nathan Sellers was at Fort Ruddle, one would think that there would be mention of this in county histories.

Until I find more information, the identity of the SELLERS family at Fort Ruddle will remain a mystery.

Sources: