NOW, lays next to = Montgomery, Berks, Lancaster,
lays above Cecil Co., MD
lays above New Castle, DE
VICKIE'S PAGE (republish)
CHESTER CO, PA CEMETERIES
HANS GEORGE SELLERS PAGE
CHESTER CO, PA OBITS
CHESTER CO, PA WILLS
1880 CHESTER CO, PA CENSUS
SELLERS HALL of DELAWARE CO, PA
History of Chester County, Pennsylvania,
With Genealogical and Biographical Sketches
(J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope, 1881)
Some Northern Chester County History & Genealogy
where you will find surveys of St. Peter's, Pikeland Cemetery
and Vincent Mennonite Cemetery among other things..
1693 DARBYE TOWNSHIP TAX LIST
SAMUEL SELLERS =
John Hood, JR
John hood senior
Thomas Smyth for a freeman
Darby Twnsp of Chester Co. The northern most of modern Delaware Co.
Darby Creek divides from s Philiadelpia Co. LIKELY a Quaker Samuel Sellers.
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Submitted by: Gigimo
Article Title: The American Weekly Mercury
Article Date: June 16 1743
Article Description: David HOWELL Wanted for Stealing.
On the 7th and 8th of this instant June was stolen from the subscriber, living at Billens-Port, Gloucester County, West-New-Jersey, the following goods, &c. viz. A brown colour'd cloth coat, with metal buttons, a double breasted jacket of the same, with brass buttons on one side and pewter on the other, a new racoon hat, a pocket book with a bond for six pounds, a fifteen shilling bill, , a five shilling bill, and several other small bills in it. They were stolen by one David HOWELL, an Englishman, aged about 25 years, short of stature, ruddy complexion, light hair, and battel-knee'd. He had on a cinnamon-colour'd jacket, ozenbrigs shirt, new leather breeches, bluish worsted stockings, and old shoes, with part of the toe of one of them burnt off. He served his time with one Samuel SELLERS, near Darby in Chester County.
Whoever takes up and secures the said thief, so that he may be brought to justice, shall have forty shillings reward, and reasonable charges, paid by Bartholomew SAPLES.
Samuel SELLERS* of Darby and Anna GIBBONS
son Samuel**8 born 2-12-1690/died 1773(83yrs)(WEAVER)
son Samuel*** born 5-20-1715/died 12-31-1785(WEAVER)
Jane WOOD born 9-5-1716/died 3-5-1790
they moved from Darby to West Bradford (now Pocopson)
soon after marriage (1737)
HANNAH married Isaac PEIRCE
SARAH married Abel WICKERSHAM
SAMUEL married Mary TAYLOR
MARY married James TRIMBLE
ANN married John TAYLOR
JONATHAN married Deborah TAYLOR
CHESTER CO = declined to serve for power in single house
form of government
1768 = Member of Am Philosophical Society
1789 = DELAWARE CO = member in 1776 Convention/modified
1790 DELAWARE CO = State Senate
SURVEYOR for division line between CHESTER/DELAWARE CO'S
Declined in ? to be associate judge (when Thomas
Pg. 118 of CD:
Page 287 Saml. SELLERS (son of Saml.SELLERS) of West bradford in
of Chester & Province of Pensylvanis and Mary TAYLOR (Daughter of
Saml. TAYLOR Late of East bradford in the County Aforesd. Decd)...23,4m,
1766 at their Meeting House in Burmingham...
James MARSHALL Isaac TAYLOR Samuel SELLERS [groom]
Elizh. LEONARD Jno. DARLINGTON Mary SELLERS [bride]
Moses MENDENLL. Mary TAYLOR Saml. SELLERS
William TAYLOR Lydia DILWORTH Abram. DARLINGTON
James SELLERS married Elizabeth CADWALLADER Nov 15, 1810
: [KINCAID] Wm Clingan, John Kinkead to build jail in Chester County,PA--1780
Who was the John Kinkead named here in this act of the Assembly, dated 1780? He was going to build a new jail and courthouse with William Clinga.
"The war caused an absolute cessation of the movement until fourteen years had elapsed, when the inhabitants of the ancient shire-town stood aghast, in the face of an act of Assembly, passed March 20,1780, which authorized William Clingan, Thomas Bull, John Kinhead, Roger Kirk, John Sellers, John Wilson, and Joseph Davis, or any four or more of them to build a new court-house and prison in the county of Chester, and when the proposed buildings should be ready for public use to sell the old court-house and prison in the borough of Chester."
FROM "Sellers Letters" (c) M. Sims
INDEX TO CHESTER COUNTY, PA - 1713-1850, WILLS AND INTESTATE RECORDS
SELLERS, Jonathan West Bradford 1817-Will
SELLERS, Paul East Marlborough 1794-Will
SELLERS, Samuel Darby 1732-Will
SELLERS, Samuel Darby 1754-Will
SELLERS, Samuel Darby 1773-Will
SELLERS, Samuel West Bradford 1805-Intestate
SELLERS, Samuel, Sr West Bradford 1786-Will
SELLERS, Sarah Darby 1780-Intestate
SELLERS, Sarah West Bradford 1826-Will
MARSHALL, JOHN. Darby, yeoman.
September 8, 1729. December 1, 1729. A. 310.
To wife Sarah 110 acres of land in Blockley Township,
Philadelphia Co. and all personal estate except legacies. To eldest son
John 5 shillings and to his children, viz Thomas, Abraham, Sarah,
Margaret and Joanna 1 shilling each. To children of son Thomas, viz Ann,
Benjamin and Thomas 1 shilling each.
Executrix: wife Sarah.
Witnesses: Samuel Seller, Edward Ease, Saml. Bunting, son Thomas
and cousin Abraham Marshall, overseers.
Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834
December 22, 1731. Codicil: April 24, 1734. April 1736. B. 1.
Directs the sale of all real estate and provides for wife Phebe.
To Samuel Bunting £80 to entertain honest friends and to Sarah
his wife £10 and to Elizabeth daughter of brother in law Thomas
Bradshaw £10. To friends John Salkeld and Agnes his wife £5. To
brother Saml. Blunstons sons of Kirkhallum in Darbyshire, viz
Michael and Samuel £6 each. To Samuel Garrett and John Davis for
Monthly Meeting in Darby £10. To Sarah and Rebecca daughters of
my cousin Sarah Fearn of Darby deceased and Elizabeth Hibberd
granddaughter of said cousin £50 to be divided. To my cousin
Katherine Rhoads and her 4 daughters Hannah, Sarah, Elizabeth
and Mary £50 to be divided. To Sarah daughter of cousin John Blunston
deceased £20. To Hannah daughter of John Blunston £20. To Wm.
Levis and Elizabeth his sister Children of my brother in law
Saml. Levis £10. To Sarah daughter of brother in law Thos.
Bradshaw deceased £5. To Elizabeth Bradshaw £30 and furniture
which belonged to my former wife her aunt. To Rebecca widow of
Isaac Minshall deceased £5. To cousin Saml. Blunston of Conestoga
in Lan Co., one pistol. To grandchildren of brother Wm. Blunston
deceased the children of his son Wm., deceased one guinea to be
divided. To Joseph and Samuel sons of cousin Catherine Rhoads 40
shillings to be divided. To cousin Josiah Fearn 20 shillings. To cousin
Adam Rhoads £10.
Executors: cousins Saml. Levis Jr and Saml. Bunting. Codicil gives the
int of £50 yearly towards a school, for educating children of Port
Friends, also mentions that cousin Katherine Rhoads is deceased and
gives her legacy to her son John Rhoads and Elizabeth Hinde, widow,
also give £5 to John Hind son of said Elizabeth.
Witnesses: Job Harvey, Benj. Cliff, Nathl. Phillips, George Wood, Wm.
Wood, Nathan Garratt.
Samuel Garrett, Jacob Bonsell and Samuel Seller Jr, trustees of money
Pennsylvania Wills, 1682-1834
TAYLOR, RICHARD. Kennett, yeoman.
August 21, 1744. November 17, 1744. B. 171.
Provides for wife Eleanor including plantation in Kennett during
widowhood or until sons are 21. To sons John and Joseph when 21 the
above plantation they paying legacies to daughters Sarah and Hannah and
another child yet unborn. Executrix: wife Eleanor. John Marshall and
Saml. Seller, overseers. Witnesses: John Brinton, John Jones, Jos.
Harlan. March 27, 1747. By inter marriage of Eleanor the widow to
Thomas Huston her executorship terminated and letters were granted to
John Marshall and Saml. Sellers.
SELLERS, SAMUEL. Darby.
May 27, 1745. June 22, 1754. C. 487.
To daughters Anne Tustin and Sarah Harrison 1 shilling each. To sons
Thomas, Luke and William 1 shilling each. To wife Esther all remainder
of estate, except £5 which I desire her to give to my son William when
she thinks proper. Executors: Wife and Lewis Thomas.
Wit: Moses Hibberd, John Talbot, Sarah Hibberd.
(WHICH Samuel SELLERS is this? Does someone have him charted out?msh)
WHO is THIS Samuel SELLERS? -
We already have listed the two SAMUEL SELLERS supposedly connected to
Chester Co and ? PA.
This Samuel SELLERS had two married daughters in 1745 and perhaps
married ? sons, so had to be born 1700/5 or before!
WE have No ESTHER , Thomas, Luke, William SELLERS connections HERE?
AND if his daughter SARAH HARRISON is the one who had child Ann RITCHEY
=she is about how old=
AND do we have any info on daughter ANNE TUSTIN and her family?
IT LOOKS like we are missing a SAMUEL SELLERS from these families in
CHESTER CO, PA=
Could be a connecting County = Find Out Where TUSTINS AND HARRISONS came
Where did we meet and marry=
Loretta stated married in NJ with county (proven how - Rev War Papers?)
Could Study NJ records more =?:
THIS is Very Important Study - SEND Any info on NJ or these Names -
>From "Sellers Letters" (c) 1983 M. Sims
Ref: PA Magazine of History and Biography, Vol 34, page 362: East
TWP, Chester Co. From a list of the first members of "the hill Church
Stiled the german Reformed Church in Vincent" (an old log church build
May, 1758) List included Jacob COLLMAN AND Philip SELLARS.
9-1768 MARY MARSHALL WILL
EXEC= JOHN SELLERS AND NATHAN SELLERS
In the Pa. archives there's mention of a Joseph Sellers, blacksmith, living
near the five mile stone on the road leading from Phila. to Chester in
Does anyone know anything about this Joseph?
1775/1777/1778 HANNAH PEARSON WILL, widow of Thomas of Darby
Son, Thomas now 21
EXEC= son John and my sons in law Hugh Lloyd and Jacob Serrill to be Executors
Wit=WM PARKER, JOHN SELLERS, NATHAN SELLERS, RICH HUMPHREYS, GEO PEARSON
from Sandra Ferguson [email@example.com]
[PaOldC] Upper Darby tax rate 1774
Joshua Ash, Ju'r
Tho's Brooks, miller
Rob't Farrier, weaver
Nathan Garrett, Ju'r
Thomas Garrett, blacksmith
John Hayes, millwright
Thos Marshall, Ju'r
Wm Parker, Esq'r
John Pane, cooper
John Sorrell, carpenter
Peter Isrello, cooper
1780 SARAH SELLERS INV,
ADM=SAMUEL SELLERS and DAVID GIBSON
Exec, son Samuel SELLERS
Wit, John MARSHALL, JOSHUA CLOUD, THOS LIGGETT, JONA COATES
THOMAS MARSHALL FILED CAVET AGAINST HIS FATHERS WILL, BUT NO EVIDENCE PRODUCED, SO WILL HELD
SELLERS, GEORGE, Honeybrook twn, page 66 = 1-4-3 (Honeybrook made from
SHELLER, WM, Honeybrook twn, page 66 = 1-3-3
SAYLOR, PHILIP, Honeybrook twn, page 66 =1-3-3
SELLERS, PAUL, E.Marlborough twn,page 63=1-0-1 (had two sons George
per 1794 will)
LELLER, WILLIAM ," " " =1-2-4
(next=Price, Scott, Moore,Pyle,Pusey,Jackson)
SELLERS, Johathan, W. Bradford twn, page 72 = 1-2-2
SELLERS, SAMUEL , " " =. 3-3-3
SELLERS, JOHN, W.Nantmilltwn, page 74 = 2-2-2
(next Starret, Story, Robison,Thompson)
1791 JANE HANSON EST
SAMUEL SELLERS, ADM
WILLIAM WICKERSHAM, PAGE 770=00201-12101
PETER WICKERSHAM, PAGE 770=2111-00201
AMOS WICKERSHAM, PAGE 770 =10010-00100
FREDRICK SELLARS, PAGE 362 VINCENT TWP
JONATHAN SELLARS, PAGE 139 WEST BRADFORD TWP
JONATHAN SELLARS,JR, PAGE 139 WEST BRADFORD TWP
JONATHIN SELLARS, PAGE 139 WEST BRANDFORD TWP
GEORGE SELLERS, PAGE 236 EAST NANTMEAL
GEORGE SELLERS, PAGE 192 UPPER OXFORD
WILLIAM SHALLER, PAGE 368 VINCENT
GEORGE GARRETT, PAGE 330 GOSHEN
BALTZER ZELLARS, PAGE 276 LADSBURY
1816/1817 JONATHON SELLERS WILL
DAU, ELIZ NICHOLAS
DAU, LYDIA ARCHER
3 YOUNGEST DAU'S ASENATH, HANNAH, SARAH
mentions, Jonathan MADDEN,
EXECS= SON JOSEPH, COUSIN GIDION WICKERSHAM
WIT = THOMAS MARTIN, NEAL HOOPES
1820 CHESTER CO, PA CENSUS =
SAMUEL SELLARS, PAGE 32L EAST MARLBOROUGH
GEORGE SELLERS, PAGE 316 UPPER OXFORD
ISAAC SELLERS, PAGE 459 WESTTOWN
JONATHAN SELLERS, PAGE 291 WEST BRADFORD
JOSEPH SELLERS, PAGE 291 WEST BRANDFORD
RUTH SILLEY, PAGE 302 EAST FOLLOWFIELD
SAMUEL SILLEY, PAGE 288 WEST BRANDORD
Allen Strause <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Also in the Chester County Archives, Poorhouse records, 1800 - 1910, there ia a Conrad Sellers, 80 y/o, assisted out of the poorhouse in 1827 & a Conrad Sellers, discharged in 1828. Perhaps this is the Conrad Sellers named in Paul Sellers will. Allen S.
1830 CHESTER CO, PA CENSUS =
DAVID SELLERS, PAGE 228 UWCHLAN (this township is listed in 1790, but no Sellers)=
ISAAC SELLERS, PAGE 75 W.BRADFORD
JONATHAN SELLERS, PAGE 322 E. MARLBOROUGH
JOSEPH SELLERS, PAGE 75 W. BRADFORD
SAMUEL SELLERS, PAGE 322 E. MARLBOROUGH
WILLIAM SELLERS, PAGE 49 UPPER OXFORD
married 5-16-1832 E.Marlborough Twp,Chester,PA to: Simon Martin, b. 28 AUG 1806 in , Chester, PA
1840 CHESTER CO, PA CENSUS =
DAVID SELLERS, PAGE 28 BRANDYWINE
ISAAC SELLERS, PAGE 73 W. BRADFORD
JONATHAN SELLERS, PAGE 334 E. MARLBOROUGH
JOSEPH SELLERS, PAGE 73 W. BRADFORD
MUEL SELLERS, PAGE 73, W. BRADFORD
WILLIAM SELLERS, PAGE 250 UPPER OXFORD
East Vincent German Reformed Church (1881); Chester County, PA
Members of the congregation copied from the church archives of the church, in 1846;
JONATHAN SELLERS 73 PA, PAGE 109 POCOPSON
JANE 62 PA
SAMUEL W. 38 PA
SUSANNA C. 26 DE
JANE JP? 6 PA
ESCOL SCIDMORE 5 PA
ANESATH H. 1F PA
SUSAN HENRY 16 PA
ANDERSON BRADERF? 73 IRELAND
JOHNS? WICKERSHAM 68 PA
SARA 68 PA
SAMUEL SELLERS 81 PA born ca 1769 (son of Samuel SELLERS 1742
and MARY TAYLOR?) PAGE 110 POCOPSON TWN = ? = (married Sarah PENNOCK and
had NO KIDS?)
SARAH 82 PA
SIMON? MARTIN 44 PA
DEBORA MARTIN38 PA
MARGARET MARTIN 17 PA
SARAH ANN MARTIN 15 PA
MARY MARTIN 13 PA
SAMUEL S? MRTIN 9 PA
ELIZABETH MARTIN 7 PA
REBEIAH EUCINA/EMMA? MARTIN 4F PA
ISAAC SELLERS 71 PA (son of ?)
LYDIA 26 PA
ISRAEL 24 PA
ABIAH 19M PA
SAMUEL 18 PA
JONATHON 11 PA
ISRAEL SELLERS 65 PA
MARY BAILEY 30 PA
MARGARET J. MCCASLIN 25 PA
HARRITT E. 4 PA
JOSEPH SELLER 62 PA
RACHEL 58 PA
ROBERT BALDWIN 51 PA
AYER 45 PA
WILLIAM SELLER 55 PA, FARMER, PAGE 339 WEST FALLOWFIELD
FREDERICK SELLERS 28 PA, FORGMAN, PAGE 25 UWCHLAN TWN
MARGARET 28 PA
AMANDA 8 PA
GEORGE W. 4 PA
FRANCES L. 2M PA
FRANK SELLERS 36 PA, STONEMASON, PAGE 351 TREDYFFRIN
WM SHAFER 28 PA
ELIZ 21 PA
EDWARD SELLERS 15, PA, BOARDING SCHOOL, PAGE 408 WESTTOWN
HARRIET SELER 17 PA, PAGE
EDWIN CONRAD/CONARD 36 PA
PHIL? 29F PA
JOHN SELLERS 41 GERMANY, LABORER, PAGE 56 LOWER OXFORD
HANNAH F. 20, PA
JOHN M. 15 PA
JULIA S. 11 PA
WILLIAM H. 8 PA
GEORGE W. 4 PA
MARY A. 8/12 PA
JOHN SELLERS 23 ----, PAGE 161 EAST COVENTRY
JOHN H. EVANS? 34 ---------, FARMER
ELIZABETH 30 -------
THOMAS SELLERS 21 PA, LABORER, PAGE 349 WEST FALLOWFIELD
SAMUEL WALKER 46 , FARMER
LEVINA 39 PA
MARY WINDLE 60 PA
1850 CHESTER CO, PA, twn of W.Follow?
HANNAH REUBENUM 55 PA
TAMER WICKERSHAM 25F PA
JONATHON REUBENAM 19 PA
ABSOLUM BAILY 55 DE
MARY 40 PA
JAMES FREEL 54 PA
HANNAH 49 PA
1860 CHESTER CO, PA =
ABIA SELLARS, PAGE 739 POCOPSON
JONATHAN SELLARS, PAGE 740 POCOPSON
SAMUEL SELLARS, PAGE 739 POCOPSON
ELIZABETH SELLER, PAGE 549 VALLEY
FREDERICK SELLER, PAGE 924 WALLLACE =
Frederick Sellers 38 Martha Sellers 38 Amanda Sellers 18 Francis Sellers 11 Alfred Sellers 9 Elwood Sellers 5 Lindley Sellers 2 Mary E Sellers 10/12
GEORGE SELLERS, PAGE 229 HONEYBROOK=
Isaiah Guiney 43 Eliza A Guiney 31 Rachel Guiney 8 Robert Guiney 6 Daniel Guiney 1 George Sellers 13
GEORGE SELERS, PAGE 664 PHOENIXVILLE =
George Sellers 38 pa, LIVING with several others
JOHN SELLERS, PGE 325 N. COVENTRY
JOHN SELLERS, JUN. PAGE 455 LOWER OXFORD
JOHN M. SELLERS PAGE 454 LOWER OXFORD
SAMUEL SELLERS, PAGE 772 WEST FELLOWFIELD
WILLIAM SELLERS, PAGE 772 WEST FELLOWFIELD
WILLIAM C. SELLERS, PAGE 773 WEST FELLOWFIELD
JAMES SELLEY, PAGE 508 LOWER UWCHLAN
1870 CHESTER CO, PA
FREDRICK SELLARS 48 PA, PAGE 63 E CALN =
Fredrick Sellars 48 Martha Sellars 50 Lindley Sellars 11 Mary Sellars 10 Taylor Sellars 9 Fredrick Sellars 6
A.M. SELLERS 22m GA(yes), PAGE 387 LOWER OXFORD
ABIAH SELLERS 59 PA, PAGE 489 POCOPSON
ALFRED SELLERS 18 PA, PAGE 87 W BRADFORD
AMANDA SELLERS 20 PA, PAGE 214 E VINCENT
ANNABELLA SELLERS 17 PA, PAGE 290 WESTTOWN
CADWALADER SELLERS 45 PA, PAGE 209 W CHESTER
ELENOR SELLERS 80 PA, PAGE 22 UWCHLAN
ELWOOD SELLERS 15 PA, PAGE 321 W WHITELAND =
Henry Good 31 Amanda Good 27 George Good 6/12 Elwood Sellers 15
F. JOHN SELLERS 44 PA, PAGE 454 N COVENTRY
FRANCIS SELLERS 25M PA, PAGE 212 W CHESTER
FREDERICK SELLERS 70 PA, PAGE 22 UWCHLAN =
Frederick Selers 70 Elizabeth Hickman 55
GEORGE SELLERS 43 PA, PAGE 355 LONDON GROVE =
George Sellers 43 Rebecca P Sellers 34 Elwood B Sellers 16 Jssie F Sellers 13 Rebecca J Sellers 9
JAMES SELLERS 71 PA, PAGE 21` UWCHLAN
MARY A SELLERS 30 PA, PAGE 489 POCOPSON
MARY J. SELLERS 50 PA, PAGE 165 W CHESTER
MATHIAS SELLERS 44 PA, PAGE 140 W FALLOWFIELD
MORRISON SELLERS 23, PAGE 137 W FALLOWFIELD
REBECCA SELLERS 52 PA, PAGE 140 FALLOWFIELD
ROBERT SELLERS 15 ME, PAGE 564 SCHUYLKILL
SAMUEL SELLERS 50 PA, PAGE 291` HONEYBROOK
THOMAS W SELLERS 40 PA, PAGE 137 W FALLOWFIELD
WILLIAM SELLERS 46 PA, PAGE 135 W FALLOWFIELD
WILLIAM SELLERS 75 PA, PAGE 141W FALLOWFIELD
1870 CHESTER CO, PA Mortality=
Rachel SELLERS 70 PA/pneunomia
1880 CHESTER CO, PA CENSUS
A lineage chart from the "SELLERS LETTERS" (C) M. Sims was published...sent by Marvin Sellers, 14402 Grassmere, Tustin, CA He write that Samuel SELLERS and Mary TAYLOR had 4 daughters and sons Israel, Issac, Samuel (who married Sarah PENNOCK) and Jonathan (Marvin's ancestor) who married Jane WICKERSHAM.
Jonathan was born 1776 in West Bradford, Chester Co, PA and married in 1810 at Mashalton, Chester Co, PA to Jane WICKERHAM. Jane was born in 1787 in Newlin Twp, Chester Co, PA. Jonathan died 1854 and Jane died in 1866 both in Pocopson Twp.
The lineage starts with Thomas and Elizabeth of Belper-Duffield Parish, Derbyshire, England, pre 1655. A son, Samuel,I (1655-1752) married Anna GIBBONS and lived at SELLERS HALL, Upper Derby, PA.
The chart is hand printed and didn't copy too well. I will list the surnames I can read.... MARSHALL, VERNON, SMITH, ASHMEAD, PRITCHETT, GIBSON, LLOYD, DAVIS, HUNT, WOOL, PASCHALL, TRIMBLE, TAYLOR, PENNOCK, BAILEY, PENNOCK, WAY, WILSON, HAINES, ADDLEMAN, HUNTER, HOFFER, CLARK, GOE, POWELL, ALWIN, HENRY, FAIRMAN
1788. Simon MARTIN was born on 28 Aug 1806 in , Chester, PA. He died on 22 Mar 1885.
He was married to Deborah Pennock SELLERS (daughter of Samuel SELLERS
PENNOCK) on 16 May 1832 in E. Marlborough Twp., Chester, PA. Deborah Pennock
SELLERS was born on 16 Sep 1812. She died on 11 Nov 1877. Simon MARTIN and Deborah Pennock SELLERS had the following children:
+5519 i. Margaret Pennock
+5520 ii. Sarah Ann MARTIN.
+5521 iii. Mary MARTIN.
5522 iv. Lydia MARTIN was born on 30 Dec 1838 in W. Bradford Twp., Chester, PA.
She died on 12 Oct 1839 in W. Bradford Twp., Chester, PA. She was buried in Bradford FBG,
+5523 v. Samuel Sellers MARTIN.
5524 vi. Elizabeth MARTIN was born on 5 Dec 1843 in W. Bradford Twp., Chester,
PA. She died on 17 Dec 1862. She was buried in , Kennett Square, Chester, PA.
+5525 vii. Deborah Emma MARTIN.
+5526 viii. Caleb Pennock MARTIN.
+5527 ix. Simon Hadley MARTIN.
+5528 x. Amy Pennock MARTIN.
I am searching for any information relating Catherine SELLARS who md.
(1) Eli DAVIS in Faggs
Manor, Chester Co., PA 29 Feb 1816. She was born 9 Nov 1796.
Eli was born 12 Mar 1796 and d. 7 Jun 1825.
She then married (2)Thomas GIBSON 15 Jun 1826.
I have the information about all of her children with both husbands.
ALL this info came from the Family Bible, but had no places attached
except for the place of the first
Any help/info appreciated!
Spouse: Elizabeth Bonsal
Spouse: Rebeccah Faucett
Parents: James Hunt Elizabeth
Spouse: Elizabeth Sellers
Parents: James Hunt Rebeccah Faucett
Spouse: John Hunt
Parents: Samuel Sellers Sarah Smith
Spouse: Sarah Smith
Parents: Samuel Sellers Anna
Spouse: Samuel Sellers
I think I might have some information that might interest you and others
researching the Sellers family from Derbyshire, England that owned
"Sellers Hall". The book, "Colonial and Revoluntionary Families of
Pennsylvania, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Vol. III", Edited by
John W. Jordan, LL.D., Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.
1978, pp. 1412-1423, has a quite lengthy article regarding this SELLERS
family. It is much too long to type out, but I would be happy to copy
and snail mail this article to those who think this family might be in
I will try to list a few names and dates etc.:
George Sellers, b. February 13, 1652. Died 1686, in PA.
His brother, Samuel Sellers, b. February 3, 1655; Married Anna Gibbons
1684. d. November 22, 1732 at "Sellers Hall"
The children of Samuel and Anna are:
Sarah Sellers, b. July 13, 1685 married 1703, John Ashmead
Mary Sellers, b. December 13, 1687, married (1) William Marshall
Isaac Vernon, both of Chester Co., PA.
Samuel Sellers Jr., b. May 12, 1690
Anna Sellers, b. April 1693, married Thomas Pritchett.
Samuel Sellers Jr. was born in Darby township, Chester Co., PA, May 12,
1690. He married Sarah Smith October 28, 1712, and died at "Sellers
Hall" June 3, 1773.
The children of Samuel Sellers Jr. and Sarah Smith Sellers are:
Samuel Sellers (3) b. July 20, 1715, m. September 28, 1737, Jane
They settled in West Bradford township, Chester Co. where he died in
1785. Sons were Samuel and Jonathan
Hannah Sellers b. February 10, 1716, d. 1794
Elizabeth Sellers, b. 1719, d. 1794
Mary Sellers, b. 1723, d. 1777
Joseph Sellers, b. June 15, 1726, d. Dec. 1, 1790
John Sellers b. 1728
This information is from the first two pages. There is much, much more!
I will try to answer direct questions through email.
I hope this is helpful to others. I don't seem to be related
line. <it figures!!> <g>
Lynn (Sellers) Mack
George Wood (c 1625-27 Feb/Apr 1705
from Bonsall, Derby to PA 1682 with family. Certificate of Removal
27 May 1682.
1000 acres in Darby; lived in what is now known as the Swedish Cabin in
Memer of First PA, Assy. 1682-83
Died in Darby, buried at Meeting Grounds.
married in England HANNAH(Buried 9 Jan 1687 in Darby).
1.Mardy, died 1698
married Richard Bonsall,
died 1699 to PA 1683;
(3) J.P.,PA Assy.1704 to 1717
married Elinor Bevan
(4) Elinor married Evan Bevan, brother of Elinor Bevan
ELIZABETH WOOD 1655-1703
born in England to PA with parents in 1682
married 10 Sept. 1686 at John Blunston's House, Darby, JAMES HUNT
Biography JOHN << SELLERS>> was born in Darby, Chester
Delaware) county, 7th month, 19th (old style) 1728. His
grandfather, Samuel << Sellers>> , came from Derbyshire, England, in
one of the vessels that came with William Penn, - took up one
hundred acres of land in Darby, and followed his trade of
weaving. His marriage is said to have been the first among the
'Friends,'in Darby. His father, also named Samuel, was born
and lived on the same premises, followed the same trade of
weaving, and was somewhat noted for his mechanical ingenuity.
He erected the first TWISTING MILL, it is believed, in
Pennsylvania (a complex machine for twisting worsted,) - and
became famous for coverlet and camlet weaving. Samuel died in
1773, in his 83d year. JOHN, the subject of this notice, was
the youngest son. He was likewise a weaver. In early life he
manifested a more enterprising disposition than his father had
done. After receiving very little schooling (as was usual at
that day,) he acquired by his application to books a knowledge
of surveying, which he began early to practice, and became
eminent, in the county, as a Land surveyor. His mechanical
ingenuity was early manifested, by his construction of wire
Rolling screens, and Sieves, for cleaning wheat, flax seed,
&c., he being the first, it is believed, who made them in
America. He discontinued the common weaving soon after he
began the wire weaving business, - which latter he followed -
together with Dutch Fan making - until the commencement of the
Revolutionary war. The ingenious art of weaving wire seems to
have been inherited by his Descendants. His enterprise was
manifested in the improvement of his paternal and purchased
estate; in discovering sites for mills, erecting first on
small scale, proportioned to his means, then altering and
improving as means were increased. - In the course of his
life, he dug on his own estate about three miles in length of
mill race, and erected six mill dams. He was several rimes,
(viz. from 1767, to 1771) elected a member of the Provincial
Assembly, for the county of Chester. Some time before the
commencement of the Revolutionary war, he was appointed by the
Governor and Council one of the Surveyors to run a straight
line from the middle Ferry on Schuylkill to Lancaster,
preparatory to laying our the Strasburg road, and by the same
authority, in 1773, one of the Commissioners for laying out
said road. He was likewise appointed one of the Commissioners,
or Engineers, to examine and ascertain by surveying and
leveling, whether a navigable Canal (such as the present Union
Canal,) would be practicable between the waters of the
Susquehanna and the Schuylkill. When the Proprietary
government was abolished, and a new form established, he was
chosen a Representative for the county of Chester, in the
first Legislative body that met under the new form of
Government; but declined to serve. He was always of opinion
that it would not answer well to vest the whole power of
legislation in a single House. In 1768, he was chosen a member
of the American Philosophical Society. In 1789, he was
elected, by Delaware county, a member of the Convention that
modified the Constitution of 1776; and in the following year,
he was elected to the State Senate, from that county. He was,
also, one of the Surveyors who ran the Division Line between
Chester county and the then new county of Delaware. While
Thomas Mifflin was Governor, he was appointed an Associate
Judge of the County Court, but declined to serve. He was born
and lived on the same spot where his grandfather had settled,
and where his father had lived and died; and there he died, on
the second day of the second month, 1804 - in the 76th year of
1. February 15, 1870 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #24147 February 15, 1870 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice
- In Pocopson, on the 3d of February, of Pneumonia, RACHEL SELLERS,
wife of Joseph Sellers, in her 79th year.
2. November 30, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #23860 November 30, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage
HAINES - SELLERS - On Thursday, November 18th, at the residence of the
bridefather, S.W. Sellers, Esq. by Rev. Daniel Wit, Mr. W.H. HAINES, of Chester county, to Miss JENNIE P. SELLERS, of Prince Edwards county, Virginia.
f 3. September 4, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #23611 September 4, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage
SELLERS - HUNTER - On the 19th of August, in Philadelphia, by the Rev, Theodore
Stevens, Mr. ESCOL S. SELLERS, of Sandy River, Prince Edward County, Virginia,
formerly of Chester county, to Miss CHRISTIANA W. HUNTER, of Swedesboro, New
4. March 9, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #23183 March 9, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage SELLERS -
MOORE - On March 4th, by Rev. JOHN S. GILMORE, at Kennett Square, Mr.
THOMAS M. SELLERS, of Chester County, Pa. to Miss LYDIA MOORE, of the
5. September 15, 1868 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #22682 September 15, 1868 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage GOOD
SELLERS - In West Chester, on the 10th inst. by Rev. A.G. Compton,
Mr. HENRY GOOD, to Miss AMANDA E. SELLERS, all of Chester county.
6. November 27, 1866 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #20921 November 27, 1866 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice
In Pocopson township, on the 1st day of Nov. JANE SELLERS, aged 79
7. November 1, 1864 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #19014 November 1, 1864 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice In
Pocopson, on the 24th inst. JONATHAN T. SELLERS, aged 24 years.
8. April 22, 1862 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #17073 April 22, 1862 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
10th inst. by J.G. Entriken, V.D.M. Mr. J.F. SELLERS to Miss SALLIE KATE
PENNYPACKER, oldest daughter of Mr. Amos Pennypacker, both of North Coventry.
9. August 11, 1860 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #15617 August 11, 1860 VILLAGE RECORD Biography JOHN
SELLERS was born in Darby, Chester (now Delaware) county, 7th month,
19th (old style)
1728. His grandfather, Samuel Sellers, came
from Derbyshire, England,
in one of the vessels that came with William Penn, - took up one hundred acres of
10. January 24, 1860 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #15133 January 24, 1860 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice In
Pocopson township, on the 7th inst. SUSANNA C. SELLERS, wife of
Samuel W. Sellers, and daughter of William and Assenath Wilson, aged 35 years, 4 months and 9 days.
11. October 18, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14901 October 18, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
13th instant, in Pocopson township, by Samuel W. Sellers, Esq. Mr. WILLIAM
STEAL, to Miss ELIZABETH W. PIERCE, all of Marshalton, Chester county.
12. November 1, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14917 November 1, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
15th ult. by Samuel W. Sellers, Esq. HENRY WILSON, to ANNA MARIA DAVIS,
all of Chester county.
13. November 1, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14918 November 1, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage In
Pocopson township, on the 6th ult. by SamW. Sellers, Esq. JAMES SHREEVES, to
HANNAH A. COOPER, all of Chester county.
14. November 8, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14940 November 8, 1859 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
29th ult. in Pocopson township, by S.W. Sellers, Esq. WILLIAM CARRSON to
MARGARET THOMAS all of Chester county.
15. December 28, 1858 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14283 December 28, 1858 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice
In West Fallowfield township, on the 10th of November, Mrs. ELLENOR SELLERS,
wife of Wm. Sellers, aged 59 years.
16. November 9, 1858 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14179 November 9, 1858 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
27th ult. in Pocopson township by Samuel W. Sellers, Esq. Mr. CROMWELL P.
MOORE, to Miss EDITH WALKER, of Birmingham, Chester county.
17. October 5, 1858 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #14065 October 5, 1858 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At the
City of Lancaster, on Thursday evening, Sept. 30, by Thomas Burrowes, Mayor,
Mr. JONATHAN T. SELLERS, to Miss MARY M. BATTIN, both of Pocopson
township, Chester co.
18. April 7, 1857
Abstract: ITEM #12917 April 7, 1857 ViLLAGE RECORD Death Notice At
her residence, in Patton township, Centre county, MARY SELLERS, widow of
Paulser Sellers, and daughter of Thomas and Mary Roberts, formerly of East Whiteland
township, Chester county.
19. April 14, 1857
Abstract: ITEM #12948 April 14, 1857 ViLLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
2d inst. by Rev. GEO. F. MILLER, Mr. FABER SELLERS, to Miss LIZZIE R.
OVERHOLTZER, both of Pottstown.
20. March 10, 1857 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #12835 March 10, 1857 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On the
5th inst. by the Rev. Alfred Hamilton, Mr. THOMAS W. SELLERS, to Miss MARGARET McNISS, all of Chester county.
21. January 8, 1856 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #11889 January 8, 1856 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage January
1st, in Pocopson township, by S.W. Sellers, Esq. Mr. JOSEPH EDWARDS to Miss
SARAH S. WALTON, all of Kennett, Chester county.
22. May 8, 1855 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #11521 May 8, 1855 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage By
Friends'ceremony, at the residence of John Sellers, in Upper Darby,
on Fifty-day, the 23d ult. ELI GARRETT of Wilmington, Delaware, to FRANCES SELLERS,daughter of John Sellers.
23. June 2, 1855 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #11548 June 2, 1855 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice In
Pocopson, on the 21st ult. ISAAC SELLERS, in the 76th year of his age.
24. July 10, 1855 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #11586 July 10, 1855 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice in
Pocopson township, on the 22th ult. SAMUEL B. SELLERS, in the 18th year of his
25. November 28, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #11119 November 28, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice
On the 19th inst. in Pocopson township, ISRAEL SELLERS, in the 70th year of
26. August 29, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #10896 August 29, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD Death Notice In
Pocopson, on the 19th inst. JONATHAN SELLERS, aged about 78 years.
27. April 11, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #10654 April 11, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage In
Pocopson township, on the 23d ult. by Samuel W. Sellers, Esq. EPHRAIM B.
KELLEY, to SUSAN E. BASS, all of Chester county.
28. April 25, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #10674 April 25, 1854 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At
Penningtonville, on Thursday, the 20th inst. by Rev. Allen J. Hires,
Mr. WILLIAM SELLERS, to Miss MARY A. CROSSON, daughter of Mr. Daniel Crosson, ofWest Fallowfield.
29. October 18, 1853 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #10190 October 18, 1853 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At
West Chester, Oct. 8th, 1853, ABIAH SELLERS, to Miss MARY GILL, of West
Bradford, before Henry Fleming.
30. November 5, 1850 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #8265 November 5, 1850 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At
Pocopson, on the 26th ult. Samuel W. Sellers, Esq. Mr. HENRY BROSIUS, to Miss
CHARITY WALTER, all of East Marlborough township, Chester county.
31. June 5, 1849 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #7653 June 5, 1849 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At the
house of Wm. Walter, in East Marlborough, on the 30th ult. by Samuel W. Sellers,
Esq. Mr. JOHN SHARPLESS, of East Goshen, to Miss MALINDA W. WALTER, of EastMarlborough, Chester county.
32. September 12, 1848 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #7273 September 12, 1848 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On
the 26th ult. East Marlborough, by Samuel W. Sellers, Esq. Mr. LEWIS HAGGERTY,
of Chatham, to Miss LYDIA ANN HOOPES, of East Marlborough; all of Chester county.
33. October 3, 1848 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #7284 October 3, 1848 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At West
Chester, Sept. 28, 1848, by Henry Fleming, MOSES WAY, to MARY T. SELLERS [
both of East Marlborough.
34. January 9, 1844 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #5736 January 9, 1844 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At West
Chester, by H. Fleming, Esq. Jan. 4th, 1844, SAMUEL W. SELLERS, to Miss
SUSANNA U. WILSON, both of Chester county.
35. September 13, 1842 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #5313 September 13, 1842 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage On
Tuesday the 6th inst. by the Rev. John S. Jenkins, Mr. JOHN J. CALLENDER, of
Doylestown, to Miss SUSANNAH SELLERS of Hilltown, both of Bucks county, Pa.
36. August 18, 1824 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #1313 August 18, 1824 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage At Mill
Bank, Delaware county, on the 31st ult. by Samuel Davis, Esq. Mr. PETER
HILL, Merchant, of Philadelphia, to Miss HANNAH SELLERS, daughter of Nathan Sellers,Esq.
37. June 30, 1824 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #1282 June 30, 1824 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage In
Philadelphia, on the 3d instant, by Joseph Watson, Mayor, Mr. CHARLES CADWALLADER,Merchant, of Dolington, Bucks county, to Miss RACHEL SELLERS, of Philadelphia.
38. January 9, 1811 CHESTER & DELAWARE FEDERALIST
Abstract: ITEM #52 January 9, 1811 CHESTER & DELAWARE FEDERALIST
Marriage Married by M. Marshall, Esq. the 25th ult. JONATHAN SELLERS,
of West Bradford, to JANE WICKERSHAM of Newlin, both of Chester county.
. August 10, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD
Abstract: ITEM #23566 August 10, 1869 VILLAGE RECORD Marriage FERTIG
- ZELLERS - By Rev. J.B. Knipe, on the evening of the 14th, Mr. W.
FERTIG, to Miss BARBERY ZELLERS, all of West Chester.
Subject: [PACHESTE] POWELL, SELLERS, VANCE
Is anyone researching or familiar with the family of Thomas B. POWELL
Uwchlan or Honeybrook or E. Brandywine Twps., Chester Co. (son of Israel POWELL of
Hopewell Twp., Chester Co.)? Thomas B. POWELL m. Sarah Ann SELLERS
between 1830 and 1840. They had an adopted daughter Emma or Emily who m.
VANCE and may have had a daughter, Valeria VANCE b. abt 1878. Thomas B.
POWELL and Sarah Ann are buried in Brandywine Manor Presbyterian Cemetery.
Thanks for any help.
Sun, 11 Feb 2001 08:14:35 -0800
"Judith Heald" <email@example.com>
Subject: [PA-QUAKERS] WATSON/SELLERS Chester - Centre Co 1750-1850+
George Sellers (son of Joseph and Hannah PASCHALL SELLERS) was born
died 1828. He married Catherine__? who may have been the widow of an Agnew.
The census of 1790 lists George Sellers in Honeybook Township in
According to the SELLERS Family History, in 1804 George SELLERS bought
farm of 86 acres in South Western Chester County, lying partly in West
Fallowfield and partly in Upper Oxford. While living here his daughters
presumably were intermarried with Passmore, Watson, and Schagel families.
The Watsons lived near Lebanon.
Who were these WATSONs who lived near Lebanon and married into the SELLERS
Did they move to Centre County as several of the SELLERS did?
The SELLERS were Quaker in the late 1700's. Some are buried
FBG, and some in Centre County both at the old FBG at Stormstown and at the
non-Quaker Grey's Cemetary nearby. Were the WATSONs Quaker?
TIA - Judy
Judith Walter Heald firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia L. Fletcher [email@example.com]
Cardington is along Cobbs Creek adjacent to West Philadelphia, in the vicinity of Marshall Road. Although it contained several mills, it was slow to develop as a residential area because many workers lived in Blockley, now West Philadelphia.
The area originally belonged to Samuel Sellers and John Marshall. John Marshall owned a saw mill that was converted by his grandson, Thomas, to a fulling mill in 1762. Another grandson John, operated a grist mill in the same vicinity until 1776. The Marshall homestead stood for nearly 160 years near where Powell Lane meets Marshall Road. In 1723, Marshall petitioned the court to construct a road from his home to his mills. Marshall Road was one of the earliest roads into West Philadelphia where it connected to Gray's Lane. Gray's Lane ran from Haverford Road to Gray's Ferry, sometime referred to as the lower ferry.
In Cardington, John Sellers (1728-1804) owned a grist mill in 1757, and in 1798 he built what is alleged to have been the first cotton mill in Delaware County. His descendants added grist, saw, paper and cotton mills. Coleman Sellers (1781-1834) built a foundry and machine shop in 1828 that was named the Cardington Iron Works and Sellers Locomotive Works.
Several generations of the Sellers were wire weavers, a trade they monopolized for many years. They invented wire "cards," used in textile mills to comb fibers into alignment so that they could be woven or spun. It was in the Cardington Iron Works that Coleman Sellers made the "cards" and other equipment for the textile, paper and locomotive industry. The Sellers Locomotive Works made several locomotives for the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, later known as the Pennsylvania Railroad and now part of Conrail. This plant built the "America," one of the first locomotives. Although the plant discontinued making locomotives, it continued to manufacture parts for other locomotive manufacturers.
Bankruptcy hit the Cardington Iron Works/Sellers Locomotive Works in 1838. They were purchased by John Wiltbank who rented the mills to Nathan Baker in 1842, who converted them to produce cotton cloth. Joseph Whiteley bought the mills in 1865 then sold them to James Wolfenden, Jr. and Jesse Shore in 1881. In 1852, Wolfenden & Shore were renting other nearby mills that they purchased in 1863.
Although the Sellers family gave Cardington its name, it was the Whiteley brothers and the Wolfenden family that contributed most to its growth. Whereas, the 1826 Report of Delaware County on the subject of manufacturers listed tenement houses for the mills in Kellyville, none were listed associated with the Sellers mills on Cobbs Creek. However, an 1848 map reveals that Church Lane ran to Marshall Road and on both sides of Church Lane there were eight houses. Just above Church Lane, North of Marshall Road, there were three additional homes. The 1851 tax records reveal that less than ten tenants lived in Cardington. In 1872, the number had increased to sixty- four, due mainly to the tenement homes built by Whitely and then Wolfenden & Shore. In 1875, besides the tenement houses, there where several single houses along Marshall Road and a few on Powell Lane and Church Lane. In June 1891, Jonathan and James Wolfenden submitted their development plan of Cardington. In the early!
1900's, there were three rows of tenement houses. One was called "12 gun row" and the other "Whiskey Row." One row is still standing on old Marshall Road, coming down the hill where the original Marshall Road bridge crossed Cobbs Creek. By 1900, approximately 400 people were living in the Cardington area, but aside from Marshall Road and Church Lane, the area was still undeveloped.
The influence of the Sellers family is forgotten. The "old timers" living "around the Creek" remember the mills of Wolfenden & Shore, that employed 250 people in 1881. The mills made cloth for World War I uniforms and civilian suits and overcoats. Most of its cloth was made from reprocessed carpets that the mill cut-up and processed into woolen yarns. Mr. Arthur (Pops) Jackson remembers having worked in the mills in 1923 when he was sixteen years old. As a boy he made $6 a week. A top weaver in those days made about $25 per week from which he paid Wolfenden & Shore about $1.25 per week rent for a tenement house.
Wolfenden and Shore began in 1852 and closed in 1928. At its peak, it employed nearly 500 people. When it closed, 225 people were still employed. In 1928, the Evening Bulletin reported the closing of the mills after seventy-six years. It also reported that the mills and twenty acres were sold to the Fairmount Park Commission for $1.1 million. A subsequent taxpayers' suit, denied in the court, claimed that Philadelphia paid more than $30 per acre for property valued at $2,500/acre. In 1930, the Commission demolished the mills.
By 1892, Jonathan (John) and James Wolfenden owned most of the Cardington area including two rows of tenement houses and fifteen single homes. In various generations, the Wolfenden's lived in at least three mansions, none standing today. One stood behind the present super market and playground on 69th Street. The other stood at Powell Lane on Marshall Road and was demolished when Marshall Road was widened. The third was bought by the Zappasodi family and was sold to the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and is now the location of their parking lot. In 1926, David H. Wolfenden, born in 1891, was the Vice President of the Wolfenden & Shore Company. His hobby was organizing a nationally successful soccer team in the Cardington area. Several members of the team were hired by the Company to play soccer, many professional soccer players came from Cardington. David's brother, James, born 1889, was the President of the Company. He was a director for several banks and also interest! ed in the soccer team. Daniel R. Muff, Jr., a descendant of James Wolfenden, Jr., lives at 241 Powell Lane in a home that was built in 1826, probably by the Sellers Family.
The Wolfenden family was active in Upper Darby civic and political activities. James Wolfenden III was a commissioner in Upper Darby and for twenty years (1928-1948) he was a member of the United States House of Representatives. His mother, Pherenna, was an original major contributor to the Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Cardington had its own school located at Harrison and Watkins Avenues. It was originally a one- story school built in 1922. Later two additional floors were added before it was demolished. Cardington Fire House, Engine #4, was originally built in 1916. Today there is a memorial in front of the firehouse and it includes a large bell taken from the Burd Orphan Asylum when it was demolished in 1930. Excluding the houses along Church Lane and a few on Watkins Avenue, most of the houses were built early in this century by developer Louis Zell. A plan to develop the 400 block of Kent Road and the 6800 of Montgomery Avenue was submitted to the Planning Board In 1923.
Like so many other mill areas, the community was a clannish one where several generations of the same family lived, died and were buried. Many former residents of the area are buried in the nearby Southwestern Burial Grounds. Although the cemetery belongs to the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends, there is an area containing the remains of non- Friends.
The mills are gone, but there are remnants of the Western Ice Company plant built around 1920. On top of its roof stood a large sign that read " ICE NEVER FAILS". When the mills closed, many workers went to work for the Kent Mills but continued to live in Cardington. Not far from Cardington stood the Millbourne Mills, owned for many years by the Sellers family. Many of its employees lived in Cardington. This mill operated until 1926 when it was razed to make room for the now vacant Sears, Roebuck store.
Looking back, it is difficult to believe that Upper Darby was at one time a major textile center. That industry and other mills along the creeks, were the basis for the development of the four hamlets little villages. Aside from the hamlets, the remaining areas continued to be mostly farms, orchards, large estates and dairies until the beginning of the 20th century.
Do we know anything about this John Sellers of Cardington, PA? The John Sellers (1728-1804) would be the perfect age to be the brother of Robert Sellers Sr. of Burke County, NC and James T/Y Sellers of Chatham County, NC. He supposedly owned a mill and I believe it was around the Philadelphia area.
Georgia L. Fletcher [firstname.lastname@example.org]
December 31, 1907
A Family Reunion
A family reunion was held on December 29th at the home of Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Evans, Gum Tree, a large number of guests being present. An elaborate dinner was served in true holiday style. Those present were: Mr. Evans' mother and brother, Charles, of Steeleville; Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Ferguson and family of Lancaster; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Watson and family, of Landenberg; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ritter and family of Atglen; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hershey of Gordonville; Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Sellers, Gap; Mr. Robert Myers and sister, Mr. B. Fairlamb, Gum Tree.
Transcribers notes: H. C. Evans - Howard C.; Mr. Evans' mother - Margaret Clingan Evans; W. W. Ferguson - William W.; G.T. Sellers - George T.