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Subject: A Pa Longhunter named Sellers-Germanic
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 07:35:41 -0500

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 03:34:56 EST
Subject: Re: sellars MD/PA/OH
Regarding the Thomas Cellar, this is found in Sellers Letters Vol 1,
issue 1,
p. 6 & 7. (my issue is missing page 7, if someone has please send for the

benefit of others) This history was written in 1890.

The Cellar Genealogy

Hans Kellar was a native of Germany. He was one of the King's hunters.
of his occupation were handed down from one generation to another: a
used in killing wild hogs: a horseman's sword" and a curious fox trap.

He and a cousin of the same name emigrated to America early in the
century. (Ed. note: we do not know if this meant cousin was named Hans
also or if he mearly had same surname.)

He married a lady of Scotch-Irish descent, and settled on a farm of four
hundred acres near Hagerstown, Maryland. His children were named
respectively: Jonn, Joseph, Thomas, George, Mollie, Rebecca, Hannah, and

The eldest son, John, married and settled in one of the southern states.

Joseph married and reared a large family. He was a famous hunter and
and would take his gun and traps and be gone for weeks together, hunting
in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

George married and settled on a portion of the old homestead and reaered
family of sons.

The daughters married and settled in the southern states. While they
together at the old homestead they attended the Presbyterian Church and
of the family, if not all, belonged to that body.

Thomas Cellar, the third son, from whom we descended, was born in
County, Maryland in the year 1740. His boyhood was spent with his father,

laboring on the farm. While a boy, a friend of his father, Jacob Hagar,
Hagarstown, who was a gun-smith, gave him (Joseph) a gun-barrel and lock.
made a stock and rigged up a gun with the material given him.

One morning he saw the sheep running in from the woods. He took his gun
went out to a thicket from whencethey emerged. He found the carcass of a
sheep. He imitated the bleating of a sheep so well that the wolf soon
his appearance. He shot and killed it, securing the scalp, which he sold
bought with the price a new lock for his gun.

The neighnorhood soon learned of his skill in fixing up guns, and by
up theirs just to accomodate them, he eventually became a good gun-smith.
knowledge of this business he considered a great blessing to him years
afterward when living among the Indians.

When about thirty years of age, he purchased a valley farm in Franklin
County, Pennsylvania, and erected a house and mill on his place.

Soon after, he married Miss Martha McCoy a sister of Col. McCoy who was
killed in the Revolutionary War.

In a few years his wife died, leaving three daughters: Margaret, Jane and

Hannah. He buried his wife in the graveyard near the Presbyterian Church
Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. A few years later, he married Miss Sarah
Flannegan, a cousin of Col. Crawford, who was massacred by the Indians.

If to be loved and respected by those who knew her best is a sign of
then this lady was a worthy woman. Her step-daughters loved her as an own

mother, and her daughters-in-law spoke of her with tender affection. When
sons were old gray-headed men, it was pleasant to hear them say "my
They spoke the name with som much reverance.

She instructed her sons, "when you speak the name of God, do not speak it

hurriedly, out with reverance, 'him that honoreth me I wil honor'"

By this marriage there were seven sons, one of whom died in infancy. The
remianing were named: Thomas, Robert McCoy, John Flannegan, George,
and Joseph.

As his children grew around him (Thoms Cellar), a desire to settle them
near to him as possible prompted him to sell the valley farm and buy a
tract of land. Previous to selling, he made a journey through Ohio and
Kentucky, but did not then decide where he would locate.

On this journey, while going down the Ohio River on a boat, one evening
party ran ashore, tied there boat, built a fire, and were making
to stay all night. When darkness had settled around them, they heard the
hooting of an owl, and what seemed voices responding in the distance. The
pilot, who had a cultivated ear for such music, told the others to notice

that the owl hooted backwards. He said he thought it was an INdian
signal, so
they gathered on board as quietly as possible and moved down the river.
long afterward they heard of a massacre of whites who had moored their
to the same landing.

In the year 1800, Thomas Cellar sold his farm of 240 acres for something
16000 dollars (sic) and on the twenty-first of March, he with his family
household goods started from their olf home in Franklin County, Penn.,
the next day while they were stopping at a tavern on Bloody Run, two land

agents, Israel Ludlow and Benjamin Chambers, learning Father Cellar's
intention, met him there and sold to him a tract of land containing 4000
acres for $1.30 per acre, in the North West Territory, as the State of
was then called.

At Pittsburgh, he put his family and household goods on board a boat and
the horses overland. They went down the Ohio as far as Portsmouth, and up
Scotio to Chillicothe, arriving on the twentieth of April. His
Josiah McKinnie, and his wife were living in Chillicothe. Here Father
with his family remained for a short time and helped his son-in-law to

Finding there was no settlement near his land, he built a cabin on
land just south of the present site of Columbus, and moved into it in
The nearest neighbors were two families living in the lower edge of
Plains, and one family below Franklinton.

He liked the location so well he thought he would buy a small tract for a

homestead. (At the time the whole site of Columbus could have been
for two dollars an acres.)

But very soon the entire family, with the exception of John and black
were sick with the ague, and continued to have it that year and the next,

when they abandoned all notions of remaining longer than necessary.

In the spring of 1802 a cabin was built near the spring on what is now
as the Taggert farm. (ed. note: "now" meaning in 1890 when this history

They found an Indian village of seventeen huts, built on the flat at the
mouth of the run on which is found the 'dripping rock'. The huts were
of small Linwood logs split in two, the bark carefully peeled off, the
notched, and built like a cabin, with the south end open, across which
built a fire. They were roofed with the Linwood bark, the first tier
up, the second inverted, which covered the seems and when sundried made a

tight roof. The cracks were chinked with moss. Judging by the sugar trees

which had been worked, the village was built in 1799.

(the rest is on page 7 which I don't have. If someone has it please send
to the list to finish this, thanks)

Jim Sellars

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