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one of the foremost men of Lancaster county
in all public enterprises, but gradually with-
drew from pubKc notice, devoting the latter



years of his life to the care and support of his
large family. He died at Columbia, Penn-
sylvania, September, 1749, aged fifty-seven
years. Pie was buried in the old "Brick
Graveyard,"' but being a Friend his grave
was unmarked. He married, May 17, 1718,
Hannah, daughter of William Tidmarsh.
Children: Eleanor, born 1718; John, 1720;
Robert, of whom further ; Thomas, born
1724; Nathaniel, 1727; Elizabeth, 1729; Mary,
1732; Sarah; James; Samuel.

"(Ill) Robert (3), son of Robert (2) and
Hannah (Tidmarsh) Barber, was born in
Chester, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1722. He
was the first lieutenant of the first company
formed at Tinicum Island, Pennsylvania,
1775, of which his brother, James, was cap-
tain, his brother, Samuel, second lieutenant,
and his son, John, a private. He took the
oath of allegiance to the State of Pennsyl-
vania, July I, 1777. He received sixty-two
acres of ground from his mother, October 14,
1 761, and built the brick house still standing
in Columbia. He died there, October 4, 1782.
He married, September 26, 1746, Sarah, born
December 2, 1729, died October, 6, 1793,
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Wright)
Taylor. Children: i. Hannah, born, Septem-
ber 17, 1747, died in infancy. 2. Eleanor,
born 1749. 3. Hannah (2), died in infancy.
4. Robert (4). of whom further. 5. John,
private in the Hemphill township company in

1775, fought at the battle of Long Island,

1776, died November 20, 1796, unmarried.

6. Samuel, born 1756, died unmarried, 1801.

7. Hannah (3), born 1758, died 1803. 8.
Thomas, born 1760, died 1827. 9. Elizabeth,
born 1762, died 1838. 10. James, died in in-
fancy. II. Sarah, born 1766, died unmarried,
1841. 12. Susan, born 1769, died unmarried,
1824. 13. Rhoda, born, 1775, died unmar-
ried, 1849.

(IV) Robert (4), eldest son of Robert (3)
and Sarah (Taylor) Barber, was born in Co-
lumbia, Pennsylvania, August 28, 175 1. He
took the oath of allegiance to Pennsylvania
in Hemphill township, July i, 1777. In com-
pany with his brother, Thomas, he moved to
Northumberland county (now Union), Penn-
sylvania, in 1785, in which year he was taxed
on four horses, two cows and five hundred
and eighty acres of land. In 1791 he built
a sawmill on his farm on White Spring Run.
In 1797 he built a grist mill on the same



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stream. In 1805 and 1806, in partnership
with Solomon Heise of Cohmibia, he built on
Penn's creek the largest flouring mill in his
county, also a sawmill. He served as a mag-
istrate several years, being commissioned jus-
tice of the peace for Buffalo township, No-
vember 29, 1792. He occupied the same
farm fifty-six years. He was known far and
near as "Squire" Barber, a man of strong
character and great influence among the
early settlers. He died in Union county,
Pennsylvania, November 27, 1841. He mar-
ried, September 23, 1775, Sarah, born in Co-
lumbia, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1754, died
May 25, 1818, daughter of Dr. Samuel and
Mary Bethel Boude. Children: i. John,
died in infancy. 2. Samuel, born 1777, died
1782. 3. Sarah Boude, born January 10,
1779, died November 2, i860, married Benja-
min Chambers. 4. ]\Iary Boude, born No-
vember 13, 1780, died Alay i, 1852, married
Joseph Chambers. 5. Eleanor, died in in-
fancy. 6. John. 7. Thomas A., born Feb-
ruary 20, 1785, died April 5, 1872, married
Elizabeth Clingan. 8. Samuel, born June 21,
1787, died March 24, 1846, married Mary Van
Valzah. 9. Elizabeth, born February 28,
1789, died unmarried July 5, 1867. 10. Han-
nah, born March 9, 1791, died unmarried July
26, 1826. II. Eleanor, born April 21, 1793,
died unmarried August 25, 1872. 12. James
Wright, born in Buffalo Valley, August 5,
1795, moved to Stephenson county, Illinois,
in 1843, died May 30, 1877; married a rela-
tive, Susan Barber.

(V) This generation settled in Greene
county, Pennsylvania. The records are in-
complete and the name cannot be supplied,
although it is believed to have been John.
The settlement was in Cumberland town-
ship, prior to or about 1800. The Greene
county settler married and left issue.

(VI) Henry Barber, son of the foregoing,
was born in Cumberland township, Greene
county, Pennsylvania, in 1810. He was
reared a farmer and for several years was so
engaged. He then learned the trade of cop-
persmith, which he followed in connection
with farming. He married and had issue:
John; Joseph; Robert; Andrew, of Dearths-
town, Pennsylvania; Fannie, married Jarrett
Cumley, lives in Masontown, Pennsylvania;
Lavina ; James M., of whom further.

(VII) James M., son of Henry Barber, was



born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, Octo-
ber 3, 1841. He moved in 1863 to German
township and from there to Luzerne town-
ship, Fayette county, where he now resides.
He is master of two trades, that of stone
mason and carpenter. He has a long and
honorable record in the civil war, enlisting at
its outbreak and serving through its entire
four years. In politics he is a Democrat,
and in religious faith Presbyterian. He mar-
ried, 1862, Rebecca, born in Maryland, died
April 26, 1837, daughter of Caleb Lancaster,
a farmer of Maryland, who after his daugh-
ter's marriage moved to Fayette county.
Children: i. John W., of whom further. 2.
Mary, born 1864, married Calvin Norman
and lives in German township. 3. Henry, a
farmer of Luzerne township. 4. Maria, mar-
ried Andrew Griffith, and lives in Luzerne
township. 5. Elizabeth, married Luther
Hunter. 6. Ettie, married Louis Gadd, a
merchant of Luzerne township.

(VIII) John William, son of James M. and
Rebecca (Lancaster) Barber, was born in
German township, Fayette county, Pennsyl-
vania, March 19, 1863. When he was five
years of age his parents moved to Luzerne
township, and there in the public schools he
obtained his education. For a time he con-
ducted a store, but in 1903 sold out and pur-
chased a farm of one hundred and ten acres,
on which he now conducts general farming
operations, specializing, however, in fruit-
growing. He takes great pride and delight
in his orchards, which are the best and most
productive in that section of the county.
He is a Democrat in politics, and in religion
a member of the Church of the Brethren.
He married Margaret Burwell, born in
Greene county, daughter of Abner, a farmer
and Lucinda (Kepler) Burwell. Children:
John, lives in Brownsville; Henry, Jacob,
James, Lucv. ]\Iary, Ruth ; all living at home
excepting John.



Philip Henry Sellers was
SELLERS born in 1704' at Weinheim,

Germany. This date is ob-
tained from the records of Indian Creek
church, Franconia township, Montgomery
county, Pennsylvania, where it is stated he
(lied in 1769, aged sixty-five years. Philip
H. spelled his name Soller, but the English
form is invariably Sellers. His arrival in



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Pennsylvania is recorded in "Colonial Rec-
ords of Pennsylvania," vol. iii., p. 332. Sep-
tember II, 1728, a number of Palatines with
their families, about ninety, immigfated in the
ship, "James Goodwill," David Crocket, mas-
ter, from Rotterdam, last from Deal, whence
she sailed June 15. The name of Philip Hein-
rich Sellers appears in the list. He was mar-
ried before coming to Pennsylvania, the
Christian name of his wfe being Catharina.
Several of their children were born in Ger-
many. After spending a short time in Phila-
delphia he purchased a tract in Bucks county
on the north branch of the Perkiomen. He
died in 1769 and is buried in the graveyard
of Indian Creek church, Franconia, Bucks
county, Pennsylvania. He was survived by
his wife. Catharina, who died in 1773. Both
their wills are on file in Philadelphia. Chil-
dren: Philip, Leonard, Philip Henry, John,
Paul, Peter, Jacob, Elizabeth, Magdalena and
Margaret. It is from one of these sons that
William U. Sellers descends, probably
through Jacob, who settled first in Juniata,
now Mifflin county, descendants settling
later in Bedford county. Little is known of
the grandfather further than he was a wheel-
wright, married, and died in Bedford county,
leaving issue.

(II) Augustus Sellers was born in Bedford
county, Pennsylvania. He worked on the
home farm, later learning the cooper's trade
which he followed until enlisting as a soldier
in the civil war. He was S private of One
Hundred and Forty-second Regiment, Penn-
sylvania \''olunteer Infantry, and served three
years and six months. He saw hard service
with the Army of the Potomac and fought at
Bull Run, Antietam, Gettysburg and many
other battles and skirmishes. After the war
he returned to Pennsylvania and engaged in
the manufacture of lumber. He now lives
on a small farm at Ursina, Pennsylvania, and
does a general teaming business. He is a
: Democrat, and a member of the Methodist
I Episcopal church. He married Sarah, daugh-
ter of William Lenhart, a crippled shoe-
maker, who gave two of his sons to his coun-
try. Others of his sons enlisted, but two
were killed in battle, the others returning in
safety. She is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church. Children of Augustus
Sellers: William U., of whom further;
Jennie E., resides at home; Lee, a hotel



keeper at Confluence. Their first born, a
daughter, died in infancy.

(Ill) William U., eldest son of Augustus
Sellers, was born in Somerset county, Penn-
sylvania, November 8, 1869. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Ursina, and he
entered the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad as a boy. In 1884 he entered the
train service and has passed through several
grades of service, now being a freight con-
ductor. Since entering the train service he
has made his home in Conneilsville. He is
a member of the Order of Railway Conduc-
tors, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the
Knights of the Maccabees. He is a Demo-
crat, and an attendant of the Methodist Epis-
copal church, of which his wife is a member

He married, June 10, 1896, Emma Brant,
born at Bedford Mills. Bedford county,
Pennsylvania, daughter of John and Ella
Brant. Children: Ruth Mae. born July 24,
1898; Frank H., October 11, 1902: Charles
Samuel, November 14, 1904; Martha Vir-
ginia, August 18, 1910.



The American progenitor of the
JOHNS Johns family in Uniontown was

Napoleon Johns, born in France,
emigrated to the United States, settling first
in New Jersey, later in Fayette county, Penn
svlvania. He married and had issue.

(II) Major Peter A. Johns, son of Napo-
leon Johns, was born in New Jersey and
came to Fayette county, Pennsylvania, with
his parents, when a boy. He was well edu-
cated and secured an appointment to the
Ignited States Military Academy at West
Point, where he passed four years and was
graduated. After some time spent in the
army he resigned and was otherwise engaged
until the outbreak of the ]\Iexican war, when
he enlisted as a private and served with dis-
tinction, being mustered out as first lieuten-
ant. He returned to Fayette county after
the war, and a few years later began the
study of law in the office of Joshua Howell,
a leading attorney of Uniontown. He con-
tinued his legal study until December 7, 1857,
when after examination he was admitted to
the Fayette county bar. He began and con-
tinued practice in Uniontown until his death,
although much of his time was spent in the
public service of his county and State. He
served one term as register and recorder of



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Fayette county, eight years as postmaster of
Uniontown under President Grant's adminis-
trations, and was several times elected to tlie
state legislature from Fayette county. When
the war between the states broke out, he at
once offered his services, entered as lieuten-
ant of the Eleventh Pennsylvania Reserves,
served until the close of the war, when he was
mustered out as major. He died September
20, 1876, leaving a record of unsullied man-
hood and faithful official and military service.

He married Susan Marietta, born in Fay-
ette county, Pennsylvania, died January 4,
1897. Children: Napoleon, died in child-
hood; William, died in childhood; Mary, died
in childhood; Emmett, deceased, married
Mary Ashcraft and had a child, William, all
are deceased; Frank, deceased; Marietta,
deceased, succeeded her father as postmas-
ter; George, deceased; Charles, deceased;
Margaret, living in Derry, Pennsylvania;
Phillip Sheridan, deceased, married and left
two daughters, Geraldine and Georgie; Peter
.вЦ†\., of whom further.

(HI) Peter A. (2) (Doll), youngest child of
Major Peter A. (i) and Susan (Marietta)
Johns, was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania,
October 13, 1861. He was educated in the
public schools, finishing his studies at Madi-
son academy, Uniontown. He learned the
printer's art, but did not continue at -his trade
very long. He invested in a draying outfit
and for two years was engaged in that busi-
ness. Since 1886 his life has mainly been
given to the public service of Fayette county.
In that year he was appointed chief deputy,
under Sheriff Miller, resigned March 4, 1887,
to become court crier (Mr. Johns was the
first Republican to serve in that office in Fay-
ette county). He continued court crier until
November, 1889, when he resigned to become
deputy collector of internal revenue for the
western district of Pennsylvania. He served
in this position until 1892, then resigned and
engaged in the hotel business in Somerset
county, Pennsylvania. He remained at the
hotel until 1896, when he sold .out his inter-
ests, returned to Uniontown, where in Jan-
uary of that year he was appointed chief dep-
uty under Sheriff Fred S. Chalfant, serving
during Mr. Chalfant's term of office. In i8g8
he was a candidate at the primaries for the
nomination for sheriff, but lost by a narrow
margin. In 1899 he was nominated by the



Fayette Republican county convention for
the office of register and recorder, winning
against two competitors, on the first ballot
by a vote of 126 out of 156 delegates. On
motion of the defeated candidates his nomi-
nation was made unanimous. The campaign
following was hard fought, but in the final
summing up ]\lr. Johns led his Democratic
opponent by 857 votes. He filled the office
most efficiently for three years, and after re-
tiring again engaged in the hotel business.

He opened and maintained a house of en-
tertainment in Uniontown until 1907, when
he sold out for the third time. He contested
for the office of sheriff of Fayette county.
He was the successful candidate for the nom-
ination and at the ensuing election led all
other RepubUcan candidates on the ticket,
and won by a majority of 1,520. He en-
tered upon the duties of his office, January i,
1908. He was the last sheriff of Fayette
county to serve under the old "Fee bill" sys-
tem and the first under the law making the
sheriff's term of office four years. He has
established several precedents that are
worthy of mention. He is the first sheriflf
who did not five in the jail, but kept there
a warden and matron. He appointed the
first woman deputy sheriff in the county (his
daughter, Lucy Beach Johns), and the first
woman clerk ever to serve in the sheriff's
office (Miss Martha Grier, of Dunbar town-
ship).

He has given the county efficient service
in every position he has ever filled and re-
tired from office with the entire respect of the
courts he served and the people whose inter-
ests were committed to his care. He has
always been a strong party man and has done
valiant service in upholding Republican prin-
ciples in his county and state. He can always
be found in the thickest of the fight and has
been the leader in many a hard fought politi-
cal battle. In 1909 and 1910 he was chair-
man of the county committee and a delegate
to the Republican national convention at Chi-
cago in 1912. Victory has not always fol-
lowed in his path, but he is a good loser and
is ready for the next battle of the ballots. He
is now (1912) closing up the unfinished busi-
ness of the sheriff's office recently quitted.
He is a member of the Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks, and trustee of Union-
town lodge.



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He married, September 20, 1882, Mary
Knight Cunningham, of Uniontown. Chil-
dren: Marietta, died March 4, 1894; Lucy
Beach, the first woman deputy sheriff in Fay-
ette county; Druanna.



Xovember 29, 1C89; married



Niles.



This ancient EngUsh family traces
ELY authority to Nicholas De Ely, who
was Bishop of Worcester, 1268, and
of Winchester until his death, 1280. There
is a great deal written also to show the de-
scent from a Norman youth, Tasillo, who ap-
peared at Buda, the capital of Hungary, in
550 A. D., and took service under the Hun-
garian monarch, Theodoric, who gave him
the hand of his daughter, Brunehilda, in mar-
riage. The name is found in all periods of
English history after the eleventh century and
was borne by many eminent men.

The American ancestor is Richard Ely, of
Plymouth, Devonshire, England, who emi-
grated to America between 1660 and 1663;
his son, Richard, accompanied him. He was
for a time in Boston, later settling at Lyme,
Connecticut. He was a widower when he
came to New England, his wife Joanna
(maiden name supposed to have been Phipps)
having died in Plymouth, England, January
7, 1660. He had. an estate of three thousand
acres of land, including what was later called
Ely's Ferry. He took part in public affairs,
was a devout Christian and lived a Godly life.
He married (second) in Boston in 1664, Mrs.
Elizabeth Cullick, widow of Captain John
Cullick, who for some tirne was secretary of
the Colony of Connecticut and one of the
most noted men m the Colony. She died
November 12, 1683; he died November 24,
1684. Children, all by first wife: i. Rich-
ard, of whom further. 2. William, baptized
October, 1647, died 1717; married Elizabeth
Smith. 3. Judith, baptized September 6,
1652, died June 21, 1655. 4. Daniel, died in
infancy.

(H)' Richard (2), son of Richard (i) Ely,
was born in 1636, baptized in Plymouth, Eng-
land, June ig, 1637. He accompanied his fa-
ther from England and resided with him at
Lyme. He married Mary Marvin, born 1666,
eldest daughter of Lieutenant Reinold Ely, a
large land ownei and prominent in town af-
fairs, and his wife, Sarah (Qark) Ely, of
Lyme. Children: i. Samuel, born October
21, 1686, married Jane Lord. 2. Mary, born



3. Sarah, born June 13, 1695; married Gen-
eral Jonathan Gillett. 4. Richard, of whom
further. .

(HI) Deacon Richard (3) Ely, youngest
son of Richard (2) Ely, was born at Lyme,
Connecticut, October 27, 1697, died February
24, 1777. He was a man of deep piety and
great Christian activity. He was generally
known as "Deacon" perhaps to distinguish
him from his cousin. Captain Richard Ely.
He married (first) Elizabeth (Phoebe) Peck,
who died October 8, 1730. He married
(second) October 26, 1732, Phoebe Hubbard,
of Middletown, Connecticut, fourth in de-
scent from George Hubbard, one of the orig-
inal settlers of Hartford, Connecticut. She
died August 28, 1779, aged sixty-eight years
(tombstone). Children of first wife: i.
Elizabeth, born October 11, 1724; married
Colonel Samuel Selden, captured at the battle
of Long Island and died a prisoner in New
York. 2. Esther, died aged ten years. 3.
Ezra, born January 22, 1728, married (first)
Sarah Starting, (second) Anna Starting. 4.
Mary, died in infancy. Children of second
wife: 5. Richard, born September 30, 1733;
married Jerusha Selden. 6. Seth, of whom
further. 7. Elihu, died in infancy. 8. Elihu,
born November 15, 1737; married Anna Ely.
9. Josiah, born July 20, 1739; married (first)
Phoebe Dennison; (second) Elizabeth Ely,
widow of Reuben Lord. 10. Robert, born
June 26, 1741 ; married Jerusha Lay. 11.
Phoebe, born May 16, 1743; married James
D. Colt. 12. Hepzibah, born June 6, 1745;
married John Pratt. 13. Rev. David, born
June 7, 1749; married Hepzibah Mills. All
the children of Deacon Richard and Phoebe
Hubbard lived to an advanced age; all met in
1 81 3 at the home of the eldest brother, Rev.
Richard Ely, and the youngest brother, Rev.
David Ely, of Huntington, Connecticut,
preached a sermon on the occasion, he being
then near seventy years of age.

(IV) Seth, second son of Deacon Richard
(3) and Phoebe (Hubbard) Ely, was born in
Lyme, Connecticut, December 11, 1734, died
January 3, 1821. After his marriage he set-
tled in North Lyme where both are buried.
He was appointed captain in the Third Com-
pany of the town of Lyme in the Third Con-
necticut Regiment. He married Lydia Rey-
nolds, born at Norwich, Connecticut, Decern-



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ber 1 6, 1736, sixth daughter of John and
Lydia (Lord) Reynolds, died March 23, 1815.
Children: i. John, born 1763; graduate of
Yale, 1786, and a minister of the Congrega-
tional church; married Mary Lord. 2. Seth,
of whom further. 3. Richard, died aged four
years. 4. Richard (2), died in infancy. 5.
Ebenezer, died unmarried. 6. Lydia, born
September 12, 1766; married Judge Matthew
Griswold, second son of Governor Matthew
Griswold. 7. Abigail, born 1768; married
George Beckwith. 8. Phoebe, died aged
seven years. 9. Deborah, born December
19, 1781; married Enoch Sill.

(V) Seth (2), second son of Seth (i) and
Lydia (Reynolds) Ely, was born at North
Lyme, Connecticut, 1764, died 1847. He
settled in Lyme after marriage, later migrat-
ing to Ripley, New York. He is called
Colonel Seth by some writers. He married,
in 1799, Phoebe Marvin, born 1772, died
1852, daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth (Sel-
den) Marvin, a granddaughter of Colonel
Samuel Selden, of the revolution. Children:
I. Selden, born March 7, 1800; married Sta-
lira Esther Griffin and lived in Ripley, New
York. 2. Elizabeth Colt, born 1802; died
1855; married, 1832, Rufus Hills. 3. Phoebe
Hubbard, bom 1804; married Matthew Gris-
wold. 4. Lydia, died in infancy. 5. Seth
Elisha. of whom further. 6. Ebenezer, born
181 1, died 1822. 7. Abigail Deborah, born
1813, died 1879; married (first) 1848, Henry
M. Gregory, married (second) 1865, Abner
Lord Elv.

(VI) Seth Elisha, son of Seth (2) and
Phoebe (Marvin) Ely, was born in 1808 in
New York state. He came later to Fayette
county, Pennsylvania, where he was living in
1829. He married and had issue, including
a son, Washington, of whom further.

(VII) Washington, son of Seth Elisha Ely,
was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania,
May 10, 1829. He was educated in the public
schools, and learned the carpenter's trade.
He was a soldier of the civl war, serving a
full term of enlistment. In 1853 he was living
in Wood county. West Virginia, later return-
ing to Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He
was a Republican in politics. He married
Sarah McClain, born in Fayette county,
Pennsylvania, in 1835. Among their chil-
dren was Joseph Seth, of whom further.

(VIII) Joseph Seth, son of Washington



and Sarah (McClain) Ely, was born in Wood
county, West Virginia, September 17, 1853.
In 1855 his parents moved to Meigs county,
Ohio, and in 1865 returned to Fayette county,
Pennsylvania. He was educated in the public
schools of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and has
spent his mature years engaged principally in
agriculture and contracting operations, also
extensively interested in lumber and stone.
He is a Prohibitionist in politics, and a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church. He
has served as tax collector of the borough
of Point j\Iarion since 1901. He married



Children: Carrie May, born May 29,
1877; John W., December 28, 1878; Nina V.,
May 6, 1882; Sarah G., November 2, 1884,
died December 24, 1885; Russell, April 28,
1888, died January 28, 1892.



The Lindsays of Connells-
LINDSAY ville, Pennsylvania, herein
recorded are of direct Irish
ancestry, for many generations natives of the
Emerald Isle, but beyond that tracing to the
Lindsays of Scotland, a family of prominent
mention in Scotch history. The first of his
branch to come to the United States was
John, the father of John (2) Lindsay, of Con-
nellsville, Pennsylvania. James Lindsay, his
paternal grandfather, was born, lived and
died in Ireland, leaving issue.

(II) John, son of James Lindsay, was born
in Ireland and remained in his native land
until about 1840, when he emigrated to the
Lnited States in a sailing vessel that con-
sumed eight weeks on the passage. After
landing he made his way to Western Penn-
sylvania, where he was employed as a team-
ster for several years; then entered the em-
ploy of the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chi-



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