My name is Fredric Van Sellers of Akron, Ohio. For the last
year, I have
been putting together the family tree for the family of Sellers.
For what I understand my family were from Montgomery, Alabama.
I know my great-grandfather, Dave Sellers, owned a farm (sugar cane)
of Montgomery, Ala. in a place called "Egyptland." He was born abt. 1866.
His wife's name was Sarah (maiden name not known).
Dave had three sons, Arthur, Shellie and Preston. Arthur was my
He moved to Akron, Ohio after he married Cora Delihay (Dec. 15, 1907).
had one son, David Conrad Sellers, who married Ruby Valentine from
Tennessee (my parents).
I was born in Akron, Ohio, on September 22, 1935. I have two brothers, Leo
DeWitt Sellers and David James Prater (step-brother).
If you have knowledge or information that you could send me about any
that may be related to me, it would highly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Fredric V. Sellers (NubianWrit@aol.com)
1900 MONTGOMERY CO, AL =
DAVE SELLERS 38 AL/FEB, 1862
SARAH 33 AL
ARTHUR 14 AL
PRESTON 11 AL
JESSIE 9F AL
SHELLY 7M AL
WM 5 AL
1880 MONTGOMERY CO, AL =
FRANCES SELLARS 20F AL
DAVIE 18 AL , BROTHER
ED 4 AL , SON
ADA 2 AL, DAU
Marie: I trying to send you this portion again..............Fred
Descendants of Dave Sellers
Generation No. 1
1. DAVE1 SELLERS was born Abt. 1866 in Alabama, and died Unknown
Montgomery, Alabama. He married SARAH Unknown in Alabama. She was born
1868 in Alabama, and died Unknown in Montgomery, Alabama.
Children of DAVE SELLERS and SARAH are:
2. i. ARTHUR2 SELLERS, b. February 25, 1886, Montgomery, Alabama; d.
31, 1968, Akron, Ohio.
ii. SHELLIE SELLERS, b. Unknown.
3. iii. PRESTON SELLERS, b. Unknown.
Generation No. 2
2. ARTHUR2 SELLERS (DAVE1) was born February 25, 1886 in Montgomery,
Alabama, and died August 31, 1968 in Akron, Ohio. He married CORA DELIHAY
December 15, 1907 in Fleta, Alabama Montgomery County, daughter of
and MARY POWELL. She was born March 04, 1891 in Montgomery, Alabama, and
died May 19, 1970 in Montgomery, Alabama.
More About ARTHUR SELLERS:
burial: September 06, 1968, Akron, Ohio (Mount Peace Cemetery)
More About CORA DELIHAY:
burial: May 25, 1970, Akron, Ohio (Mount Peace Cemetery)
Children of ARTHUR SELLERS and CORA DELIHAY are:
4. i. DAVID CONRAD3 SELLERS, b. September 08, 1908, Montgomery, Ala.; d.
August 18, 1990, Akron, Ohio.
ii. SHIRLEY (LEON) SELLERS, m. LEON KING.
3. PRESTON2 SELLERS (DAVE1) was born Unknown.
Child of PRESTON SELLERS is:
5. i. ESSIE LEE SELLERS3 POWELL.
Generation No. 3
4. DAVID CONRAD3 SELLERS (ARTHUR2, DAVE1) was born September
08, 1908 in
Montgomery, Ala., and died August 18, 1990 in Akron, Ohio. He married (1)
RUBIE MAE VALENTINE 1934 in Akron, Ohio, daughter of GEORGE VALENTINE and
RILEY. She was born May 18, 1905 in Maryville Tennessee, and died
18, 1939 in Maryville Tennessee. He married (2) CORNELIA TENNILLE August
1948 in Akron, Ohio.
More About DAVID CONRAD SELLERS:
Military service: January 1964, Retirement US Army
Notes for RUBIE MAE VALENTINE:
My mother, Rubie, was the oldest of the children of George D. Valentine.
was considered the flower of the family. Her father and her did not get
along all the time, but she was the favorite of Ola, her mother. She was
about 5 ft. 3 in. and of medium built and a very beautiful woman!
Rubie attended and graduated from Knoxville College in 1926 with
Education. She was the one that her parents chose to send to college.
My understanding at this time, that she married Troy Prater and had
son, David James Prater. Some say that David was not the son of Troy, but
the son of her and Rev. Brown! Rubie had divorced Troy and married David
Sellers of Akron, Ohio. He was the son of Arthur and Cora Sellers. David
was attending the University of Akron at the time. This union resulted in
the birth of me, Fredric V. Sellers. Things did not go well, so she left
Dave and went back to Troy! It is said that she became pregnant with Leo
Troy, Rubie returned to David in Akron and gave birth to Leo. Dave
Leo as his. Rubie later left David (for reasons not known at this time)
returned to Troy with her sons.
It is said that Rubie's death was caused by an abortion attempt in
Evidently, she designated who she wanted to raise her children. Troy and
his second wife, Lela, raised David. Her brother, Francis, and his wife,
Myrtle, raised Leo. Dave's parents, Arthur and Cora Sellers raised me.
Rubie was buried in the family cemetary on Valentine hill.
Children of DAVID SELLERS and RUBIE VALENTINE are:
6. i. FREDRIC V.4 SELLERS, b. September 22, 1935, Akron, Ohio.
ii. LEO DEWITT SELLERS, b. April 19, 1938, Akron, Ohio; d. February 09,
1995, Oakland, Calif..
More About LEO DEWITT SELLERS:
burial: February 14, 1995, Maryville, Tennessee
5. ESSIE LEE SELLERS3 POWELL (PRESTON2 SELLERS, DAVE1)
Children of ESSIE LEE SELLERS POWELL are:
i. WILLIAM4 POWELL.
ii. LULA MAE POWELL (MAE).
iii. ROSZELIE POWELL (NELL).
iv. CLAUDE POWELL (TODDIE).
v. MARY ELLEN POWELL (HONEY).
Generation No. 4
6. FREDRIC V.4 SELLERS (DAVID CONRAD3, ARTHUR2, DAVE1) was
22, 1935 in Akron, Ohio. He married ELIZABETH JOANN GAINES November 05,
in Akron, Ohio, daughter of THORNTON GAINES and ANNIE SHROPSHIRE. She was
born September 18, 1938 in Akron, Ohio.
Notes for FREDRIC V. SELLERS:
BROTHERS: DAVID JAMES PRATER
DEWITT LEO SELLERS---DECEASED
Children of FREDRIC SELLERS and ELIZABETH GAINES are:
i. LISA ANN5 SELLERS, b. June 16, 1961, Akron, Ohio; m. EDWARD
ii. TERRI RENEE SELLERS, b. August 03, 1963, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.; m.
LOREN BELL, August 29, 1987, Akron, Ohio; b. August 23, 1961, Akron, Ohio.
iii. CASSIE CASANDRA SELLERS, b. July 07, 1966.
iv. FREDRIC V. SELLERS II, b. September 13, 1969, Akron, Ohio; m. BROOK
HARRIS, October 08, 1994, Circleville, Ohio; b. January 11, 1968, Ft.
OR go to MONT CO, AL on us gen web and do a search or a lookup on any
1870 MONTGOMERY CO, AL=
ANDERSON J. SELLERS, PAGE 61 RAMER
ANTHONY H. SELLERS, PAGE 13 RAMER
ELIZABETH SELLERS, PAGE 420 MONT
JOSEPH SELLERS, PAGE 26 RAFE
NATHAN E. SELLERS, PAGE 76 PINELEVEL
THOMAS J. SELLERS, PAGE 63 RAMER
ISHAM SELLUS, PAGE 122 MONT
The 1880 Mont Co, AL = probably your family and they may be on the 1870
Al census above with their family?=
FRANCES SELLERS 20F AL(what twn,etc?)
DAVIE 18 AL, BROTHER
ED 4 AL, SON
ADA 2 AL, DAU
Very Possible an OBIT ON David in AL?- do a Search or Look up in Mont Co,
DID you get a copy of the OHIO OBIT on him?
WE may have 1900 census on Mont Co,AL , if we don't get any results and
could show any family relation living with
IF he is still alive in 1920/25 , will Show his Parents Names-
Takes a little searching! to put it together - usually, its there - Waiting
to find it!
THANKS , marie, iowa
There is Much FREE Info on LINE - Make Sure you take advantage of it
- We just had a short AFRICAN/AMERICAN discussion and sent url's to sites.
USE your or a SEARCH ENGINE and look at all the FREE sites that has info -
MARIE - Again, I'm thanking you. I hope you will be patient with me for a
while, but I assure you I'm working on the information you sent me, and the
suggestions you've given me. I'm more determined then ever to learn all I
can about Genealogy...there is so much to it. In the last few weeks I've
been 'nervous as a longtail cat in a room full of rocking chairs.' I get
that way when I'm faced with having to really dig into something
new...there's more to this then I ever dreamed!
Last week, I went to BORDERS book store and purchased "FINDING A PLACE CALLED
HOME," by DEE PARMER WOODTOR (A GUIDE TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY AND
HISTORICAL IDENTITY). It's a really interesting source of information...I
can't keep my nose out of it.
Back to the business at hand...I haven't had too much luck with the 1860/1870
census for MONTGOMERY CO, AL...I think I'm searching wrong. I'll figure it
I'm working on the list of names you sent me. I'll send you whatever results
I get. There is additional information I have of my own family, and my older
brother's to send you.
Thanks, and a wonderful night.