1892 DAVID SELLERS 1835 SUMMIT CO, OHIO
Father = George Sellers
Mother = Eleanor
Brother = George Sellers (1911 in Querida, Colorado)
Children = (per Civil War File Iowa)
DAVID SELLERS was born on November 20, 1835, in
what is now Summit
County, Ohio. He was the son of GEORGE SELLERS and ELEANOR
(WALLICK) SELLERS. All records and references to Davids place of birth say he
was born in Summit County, Ohio, but in fact, Summit County was not actually
created until 1840, from parts of Portage, Medina and Stark Counties. Therefore,
the area he was born in at the time was actually Stark Co., Ohio. Davids childhood
years were spent on a farm in Coventry Township, Summit Co. Ohio. In 1854, at the
age of about 19, David moved with his parents to Alton Township, Buchanan
County,Iowa. (Alton Twp. was later renamed Fairbank Township). The 1856
Buchanan Co., Iowa State Census states that David was serving in the Militia during
On February 1, 1862, in Independence, Buchanan
County, Iowa, David married
ELSIE ROBI(N)SON. Elsie was the daughter of JOHN ROBI(N)SON AND
MARTHA (GRAHAM) ROBI(N)SON. Elsie was born on May 6, 1840 in
Pennsylvania, and her parents were both born in New York.
During the Civil War, David Sellers volunteered
to serve in the Army of the United
States for the period of 100 days. He was mustered into service on June 4, 1864
and assigned to the 47th Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company D. Davids
Volunteer Enlistment document states that at the time of his enlistment, he was 27
years old, had blue eyes, brown hair, a light complexion, and was 5 feet, 8 inches
Davids regiment was assigned to garrison duty
at Helena, Arkansas. The climate in
Helena was unhealthful and the regiment suffered greatly from sickness. It was
fortunate for the Forty-seventh Iowa that its term of service was short, and that it
was not kept longer in that malarious region. Nearly seven per cent of the regiments
soldiers were fatally stricken, while an equal or larger number returned to their homes
with health greatly impaired. It is not known whether or not David suffered any
lasting ill effects, resulting from his service in Arkansas.
After serving his 100 days, David was mustered
out of service in Davenport, Iowa
on September 28, 1864. On October 25, 1864, a little less than one month after
Davidís return from duty, Elsie gave birth to their first child, ELMER LINCOLN
After his military service David and his family
resided in Davenport, Iowa briefly
before moving to Reinbeck, Grundy Co., Iowa. Here David made his living farming.
While living in this part of Iowa, David and Elsie had five more children: GEORGE
EDWARD, born 1867; MARTHA ELEANOR, born 1869; ELIZA [LOUISA]
JANE, born 1871; CLARENCE ARTHUR, born 1873; and ALICE IDA, born
1876. David moved his family to Ness City, Ness Co., Kansas in 1878. It is thought
that David and his family lived in a sod house, at least in the early years of their
WALTER WARREN SELLERS was born in Ness City, Kansas
on December 25,
1878. He was the first of David and Elsies children to be born in Kansas, having
been born just months after the familys arrival there. On August 24, 1881, another
son, CARL KENNEDY SELLERS, was born to David and Elsie in Ness City,
In 1885 a State Census of Ness County, Kansas
was taken, which included a
separate Schedule of General Statistics relating to Farms, Productions of Agriculture,
etc. According to this special census, David Sellers owned 160 acres of land, (none
of which was fenced). The cash value of the farm was listed as $300.00, and the
cash value of his farming implements and machinery was $10.00. The census also
shows that in the fall of 1884, David had sown 10 acres of winter wheat and 6 acres
of rye, and in the spring of 1885, he had sown 5 acres of corn, ½ acre of Irish
potatoes, and 10 acres of sorghum. The farm also included an orchard of 30 peach
trees. The census also showed that the family owned 3 horses, 3 milch cows and 1
dog, and that Davids family had made 50 pounds of butter during the past year.
The winter of 1886 was a difficult one for anyone
living in Kansas and especially
western Kansas. In January of that year there occurred a series of blizzards, the
worst in Kansas history. The whole state suffered severely as drifting snow blocked
rail transportation and fuel shortages became acute. Throughout most of January, a
wind of gale strength howled across the High Plains, intermittently loaded with fine
snow, creating a chill factor of one hundred below zero. The air temperature never
rose above zero and was sometimes twenty or more below. Hot dry weather the
next year caused crops to wither and die. Land prices plummeted, businesses and
banks went out of business, many could not recover. Thousands of people left
Kansas in the late 1880s and early 1890s.
David was one of the farmers who left Kansas in
1890. Later, one of his grandsons,
Frank Sellers, remembered having heard David talk about leaving Kansas to the
In April of 1890 David moved his family to Portland,
Oregon. They were residing in
the Mt. Tabor District of Multnomah County when the 1890 Oregon US Special
Schedule for Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Widows Etc. was
enumerated. David was listed as having served in the 47th Iowa Volunteers,
Company D, for 100 days.
In addition to having experience in farming, David
also had carpentry skills. The
1891 Portland, Oregon, Directory includes a listing for him. It names David Sellers,
Occupation: Carpenter, Location: East Portland, south side of Base Line Rd., 1 w.
of Prettyman Ave. Two of his sons, George and Clarence Sellers, are also mentioned
as being laborers and residing with D. Sellers.
In July of 1892, at the age of about 57, David
moved his family one last time, settling
permanently in the Liberty District of Dallas, (Polk County) Oregon. Here David
continued farming and tending a vegetable garden.
Elsie (Robi(n)son) Sellers died on May 22, 1918
in Dallas, Oregon. She and David
had been married for 56 years at the time of her death.
On May 30, 1928, at age 93, David Sellers was
severely injured in a car accident,
which caused his death several days later.
David and Elsie are both buried at the Dallas,
Oregon, IOOF Cemetery, where they
share the same gravestone.
Biography written by Great Great Grand Daughter, Lynn Mack 2002; Sources
include: Census Records; Marriage Certificate; Civil War Pension File Records;
William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, by A. T. Andreas, 1883; Kansas:
A Guide to the Sunflower State, Federal Writers' Project, September 1939; Death
Certificates; Obituaries; Known Family History, etc.
Submitted By: Lynn Mack 39447