91st PA: Eli Griffith Sellers

Eli Griffith Sellers

picture of Eli Sellers Thanks to John F Cummings for supplying this picture from his collection!

Before the war

He was born about 7 November 1830, in Pennsylvania, to Robert B Sellers Jr and Elizabeth Parker. [sources: date: 38 (49 in 1880), 51 (28 in 1860), 52 (40 in 1870), 80 (74 yrs 9 mos 11 ds at death on 18 Aug 1905), 95 (22 in 1850), 96 (Nov 1832), 103 (Jan 1830). place: 38, 51, 52, 80, 95, 96 (Newtown, Bucks County, PA), 103. parents: 96]

In 1850, he may be the Elias Sellers who was living in New Britain, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. If so, he was a laborer. [source: 95]

In 1859/60, he married Rebecca Pinyard Spangler. She was born on 26 December 1835, in Pennsylvania, to George A Spangler and Mary Pinyard. They apparently had at least these children:

[sources: 38, 51, 52, 103 (40 years, 5 children all alive in 1900), 96 (b. 1836), 98 (b.1835), 99, 103 (b. May 1835)]

In 1860, he was living in the 20th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a brass moulder, and had $200 in personal property. He was living with his wife Rebecca, and their children Charles, Ella, and Mary, along with Elizabeth Sellers (presumably his mother) and Susan Day. [source: 51]

In June 1861, he was captain of the Putnam Guards, Company C of the Philadelphia Home Guards (from the Twentieth Ward). On 16 June 1861, members of his Home Guard company presented him with a foot officer's sword of a non-regulation type, "as a token of their esteem for him as an officer and a gentleman". [sources: 36, 68]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 foot, 5 inches tall. [source: 36]

During the war

He enlisted on 2 September 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was enlisted by Lieutenant Pearce. On 19 October 1861, he was captain of company G. He was mustered in as captain of company G on 2 December 1861, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 1, 31, 43, 44 (9 Sep 61), 46, 69, 75, 106, 107 (12 Sep 61)]

When William Pritchett did not report for duty, after enlisting on 2 October 1861, and his parents offered a substitute, Sellers accepted the substitute, without authority. [source: 18]

At the end of November 1861, his company still had space for ten men. [sources: 70, 86, 87]

On 12 January 1862, members of his company were invited to attend the funeral of Corporal Charles Dunlap (company I, Baxter's Fire Zouaves). [source: 82]

On 29 June 1862, he, along with the other commissioned officers in the regiment (except Colonel Gregory), signed a statement denying accusations that they were on the verge of open mutiny, that the regiment had been reduced to 400 men, and that Colonel Gregory was too lenient to Confederates and too harsh to men in the regiment. [source: 58]

On 20 August 1862, he testified at the court martial of E Carroll Brewster. Since he had nothing relevant to say, his testimony was very brief. [source: 53]

He was absent with leave for ten days, beginning 3 March 1863. [source: 35]

He was present at the Battle of Chancellorsville. [source: 83]

On 26 May 1863, he testified at the trial of Benjamin Tayman. [source: 83]

He fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. [source: 56]

He was a witness to the charges and specifications Joseph Sinex filed against Morris Kayser, and testified in the court martial of Morris Kayser, on 30 July 1863. [sources: 20, 37]

In August 1863, he wrote a condolence letter to Elizabeth B Spear, widow of John Spear, who died on 8 August 1863. [source: 93]

He was in command of the regiment on 21 August 1863. [source: 16]

He led a detail on picket duty on 2 September 1863. Lt Shipley was ordered to report to him on 18 September 1863. [sources: 21, 22]

On 30 September 1863, he was present sick. [source: 39]

He accompanied details on picket duty on 7 October 1863 and 14 November 1863. [sources: 23, 40, 41]

As the senior captain, he served on a Board of Inspection, which reported on 19 November 1863 that the deficiency in rations was caused by spoilage and other unavoidable circumstances. [source: 17]

After the battle of Gettysburg, he developed rheumatic fever, and didn't return until December 1863. He was (briefly) in command of the regiment on 30 December 1863. [source: 19]

On 21 June 1864, while Captain of company G, he took command of the left wing, as skirmishers, in front of Petersburg. [source: 1 (p.192)]

On 3 July, 4 July, and 5 July, he was commanding the regiment. On 10 July 1864, he was not commanding the regiment, but was assigned to command company D in addition to company G. [sources: 5, 29]

On 8 August 1864, 9 August 1864, 10 August, 8 September 1864, 14 September 1864, and on 16 October 1864, he was commanding the regiment. [sources: 25, 49, 6, 7, 8]

He assumed command on 30 August 1864, replacing Lentz, who was absent sick. [source: 26]

On 27 September 1864, he was apparently commanding both the regiment and company G. Edward Maguigan was ordered to turn over surplus ordnance and stores to him and to two other officers. [source: 30]

The consolidated morning reports stop listing him as commanding the regiment on 19 October 1864. However, on 21 October 1864, he was commanding the regiment when John Hamill was arrested for being drunk while in charge of the picket detail. [sources: 50, 54]

On 20 October 1864, he certified facts about Christian Lawrence's service in company G. He signed it as 'capt com co "G" 91st P.V.V.'. [source: 90]

He was promoted on 31 October 1864 to lieutenant colonel. He was mustered in by Captain Leughlen, near Petersburg, Virginia. [sources: 3, 43, 46, 47, 55, 107]

On 30 November 1864, he approved Adam Murphy's certifying that Lewis Lammey had been mustered in to company K. [source: 89]

He was in command of the regiment in January and March 1865. [sources: various orders]

He was a witness to the charge preferred against Thomas Walter on 4 January 1865, and to the charge preferred against John Blum in January 1865. [sources: 27, 28]

On 27 January 1865, he and other officers met near Petersburg Virginia and adopted a testimonial to Captain James Closson, who had died in November 1864, of wounds received in action. [source: 5]

On 29 January 1865, he appointed John Donnell in command of the regiment, while Sellers was temporarily away. He began a leave on 29 January 1865, which expired on 13 February 1865. John Donnell commanded the regiment at least from 31 January 1865 to 3 February 1865. [sources: 32, 34 (citing SO 25 5th corps), various letters]

On 13 March 1865, he was appointed to a division court martial. On 21 March 1865, he certified that he saw James Thompson seriously wounded in a charge on 18 June 1865. On 28 March 1865, this panel tried Joseph Gilbert. [sources: 42, 91]

Sellers was in command of the 91st PA on 25 March 1865, and reported the 91st's actions on that date. He was in command of the 91st PA and the 16th Michigan on 1 April 1865, and reported their actions then. But John Casner was commanding the regiment on 21 May 1865, and on 1 June. [sources: 12, 13, 33, orders]

He was in command during on 23 May 1865, during the Grand Review of the Army of the Potomac. [source: 73]

He mustered out on 10 July 1865 with the regiment. He had last been paid to 30 April 1865, by Major Gressen; he was due pay for commanding company G in September-October 1864. [sources: 1, 43, 44, 107]

He was in command of the regiment when it arrived in Philadelphia on 12 July 1865. He was a Lieutenant Colonel. [sources: 10, 11, 106]

After the war

He wrote an undated letter of reference for William H Geary. [source: 88]

On 6 November 1865, he certified claims about the service and death of James McKinney, for his children's guardian's pension application. [source: 92]

He lived in Philadelphia, and was an officer of the court, after the war. [source: 36]

In 1870, he was living in the 20th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a crier of the District Court. He owned $2500 in real estate, and $300 in personal property. He was living with his wife Rebecca, and children Charles, Ella, Mary, Eli, Howard, George, and Annie. [source: 52]

At a meeting of the 91st's survivors after Edgar Gregory's death, he was appointed to a committee to draft resolutions about Gregory's death. In November 1871, he was part of the committee assigned to write a constitution and by-laws for the 91st's Survivor's Association. [sources: 57, 79]

At the first meeting of the Survivor's Association, on 4 December 1871, he was elected Vice President. [source: 74]

In December 1872, he petitioned the city to return the 91st's Battle Flags, which were at Independence Hall. [source: 85]

His daughter Mary J Sellers married Frank Nice. [source: 84]

In 1880, he was a court crier, living in the 20th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife, Rebecca P Sellers, and nine children. [sources: 15, 38]

During the 1883 Grand Army of the Republic encampment, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, an EG Sellers took part in the program devoted to "fun and frolic", explaining "what he did three months after the war". Unfortunately, the newspaper report I have doesn't say what he did. [source: 60]

He presided over the December 1883 meeting of the Survivor's Association, which met at Don Wallings Cafe (Broad and Penn Streets). [source: 61]

He attended the 1884 meeting of the 91st's Survivor's Association, and was reelected President. [source: 9]

He was present at, and probably gave a speech at, the December 1885 meeting of the regiment's Survivors' Association, which was held at Don Wallings' restaurant (Broad and South Penn Square). [source: 62]

At the December 1886 meeting of the regiment's Survivors' association, he was elected President. [source: 104]

In 1888, he spoke with William Reiff, who was visiting from somewhere in the western United States. [source: 48]

In February 1888, Eli Sellers was elected to the Council of Administration of the Pennsylvania encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic. [source: 66]

In 1889, he corrected the Philadelphia Inquirer's mistaken claim that he was commanding the 91st during the Battle of Gettysburg. [sources: 76, 77]

In 1890, he was living at 1856 Marvine Street, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a deputy sheriff, and worked at 4 State House Row. [sources: 44, 45]

In December 1892, he and two other past commanders withdrew from E D Baker post, number 8, of the Grand Army of the Republic, because of a disagreement about an election. [source: 94]

At the December 1896 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association, he was elected President. [source: 63]

At the December 1897 meeting of the 91st's Survivors' Association, he was reelected as President. [sources: 64, 105]

In 1900, he was living at 1856 North Mervine Street, ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Rebecca, daughters Annie Grogan, Gertie Sellers, and Rose Sellers, and two grandchildren. He was a tipstaff. [source: 103]

He applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension on 19 July 1901. [sources: 2, 14, 81]

In 1903, JHR Storey claimed that Sellers admitted that he "got even with" "those Christian Association fellows in our regiment", whom he called "Gregory's pets". "[W]hen I got the chance I downed them, and when I became lieutenant-colonel I did get it". Storey claimed that the 91st was split between religious men and others when it was organized, and that Sellers came to head the others. [source: 78]

He died on 18 August 1905, at 1856 Marvine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of locomotor ataxia, with nephritis and heart failure contributing. The funeral was held on Tuesday, 22 August 1905, at 1856 N Marvine Street. Members of various organizations were invited to attend the funeral, including Post 2 of the GAR. He was buried at American Mechanics' Cemetery. [sources: 2 (1906?), 36, 59, 80, 81, 97]

His estate was admitted to probate in September 1905. [source: 67]

His widow, Rebecca Sellers, applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 2, 14, 81]

His widow, Rebecca, died on 2 April 1907, at 1856 N Marvine Street, ward 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of bronchial tuberculosis, with heart failure contributing. On 6 April 1907, she was buried in American Mechanics' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 96, 98, 99, 100]

Apparently, both Eli and Rebecca Sellers were moved to Philadelphia Memorial Park, Frazer, Chester County, Pennsylvania. [sources: 101, 102]

Researcher

Contact Laura Nybeck, who is his great great great granddaughter, at lauralight1972@yahoo.com.

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster, and on page 189 and page 192.)

2 pension index, by regiment (Eli G Sellers)

3 Official Army Register

4 testimonial to James Closson, adopted 27 Jan 1865

5 special order 61, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 4 July 1864

6 general order 10, headquarters, 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, 8 September 1864

7 general order 11, HQ 91st PA, 14 September 1864

8 general order 12, HQ 91st PA, 16 October 1864

9 'The Ninety-first' [account of the 1884 Survivors' Association meeting]. Grand Army Scout and Soldiers' Mail, 20 December 1884, page 6 column 2.

10 [report of the 91st's arrival at Philadelphia]. Public Ledger Thursday 13 July 1865, page 1, column 2, under Local Affairs.

11 [report of expected arrival of the 91st]. Philadelphia Inquirer Wednesday 12 July 1865, page 2, column 2.

12 [report of 91st PA's actions on 25 March 1865]. By Eli G Sellers. 28 March 1865. Official Records series 1 volume 46 part 1 pages 275-276.

13 [report of actions on 1 April 1865]. By Eli G Sellers. 14 April 1865. Official records series 1 volume 46 part 1 page 866.

14 pension index, by name, searched 21 May 2004 at Ancestry (Eli G Sellers)

15 Summary from soundex index to 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. (The summary does not give the enumeration district or page.) Searched 15 January 2001 at http://showcase.netins.net/web/sellerfamily/paphil.htm.

16 letter, Sellers to Marvin, 21 August 1863

17 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 19 November 1863

18 letter, Gregory to Marvin, 21 November 1863

19 letter, Sellers to Marvin, 30 December 1863

20 charges and specifications preferred against Morris Kayser

21 special order 69, HQ 91st PA, 2 September 1863

22 special order 82, HQ 91st PA, 18 September 1863

23 special order 105, HQ 91st PA, 14 November 1863

24 special order 30, HQ 91st PA, 28 March 1864

25 letter, Sellers, 8 August 1864

26 letter, Sellers to Scott, 30 August 1864

27 charge and specification against Thomas Walter, 4 January 1865

28 charge and specification against John Blum

29 special order 64, HQ 91st PA, 10 July 1864

30 special order 86, HQ 91st PA, 27 September 1864

31 regimental descriptive book

32 special order 8, HQ 91st PA, 29 January 1865

33 special order 28, HQ 91st PA, 21 May 1865

34 undated officers' furlough list, in regimental letter, order, guard, and furlough book (Eli G Sellers)

35 consolidated morning report 91st PA, 3 March 1863

36 Wiley Sword. 'Capt. McKee's revolver and Capt. Sellers' sword with Weed's Brigade on Little Round Top'. Gettysburg #9 (July 1993) 48-52. (This cites Sellers' compiled service record.)

37 record of Morris Kayser's court martial

38 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th election district 20th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 405, page 286A (Eli G Sellers)

39 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 30 September 1863 (not named)

40 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 7 October 1863 (Cap Sellers)

41 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 15 November 1863 (Capt Sellers)

42 court martial record, Joseph Gilbert

43 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 18 May 2004 (Eli G Sellers)

44 1890 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 755, page [2] (image 2402 on Ancestry), line 26 (Eli G Sellers)

45 1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, transcribed at Ancestry (searched Dec 2004) (Eli G. Sellers)

46 company G, list of commissioned officers (Eli G Sellers)

47 company G, register of men discharged, second list, #1 (Eli G Sellers)

48 William C Reiff, 'The soldier that was not buried'. National Tribune 17 August 1905, page 3, column 6 (Col Sellers)

49 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 10 August 1864 (E G Sellers)

50 court-martial record, John Hamill (Capt Sellers)

51 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th ward, page 520 = page 18 handwritten (Eli Sellers)

52 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20 district 6, page 551 = page 70 handwritten (Eli G Sellers)

53 court-martial record, E Carroll Brewster (E G Sellers)

54 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 19 October 1864 (Eli G Sellers)

55 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 1 November 1864 (Capt Sellers)

56 Pennsylvania Memorial, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Eli G Sellers)

57 'The Reserves', Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 November 1871, page 2 (Eli G Sellers)

58 'Ninety-first Pennsylvania Regiment'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 July 1862, page 2 (E G Sellers)

59 [death notice], Philadelphia Inquirer 21 August 1905, page 7 (Eli G Sellers)

60 'Gettysburg'. Philadelphia Inquirer 30 August 1883 (E G Sellers)

61 'Fredericksburg: Veterans unite and recall the scenes of that memorable day'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 14 December 1883 page 2 (Eli Sellers)

62 'War Veterans Banqueting'. Philadelphia Inquirer 15 December 1885 page 8 (Eli G Sellers)

63 'Veterans celebrate: The anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg remembered'. Philadelphia Inquirer 13 December 1896 page 4 . (E G Sellers)

64 'News of interest to the veterans'. Philadelphia Inquirer 19 December 1897 page 7 (Eli G Sellers)

65 'In memory of Col. E.G. Sellers'. Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 August 1905, page 7 (Eli G Sellers)

66 'State encampment'. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 February 1888, page 1 (Eli Sellers)

67 [two notices about probate of his estate]. Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 September 1905, page 4, and Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 September 1905, page 15 (Eli G Sellers)

68 'The Home Guard organization', Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 1861, page 2 (E G Sellers)

69 'Camp Chase at Gray's Ferry' Philadelphia Inquirer 19 October 1861 page 8 (- Sellers)

70 'Wanted--ten men for company G', Philadelphia Inquirer 29 November 1861 page 5 (E G Sellers)

71 'Camp Chase', Philadelphia Inquirer 30 November 1861 (EG Sellers)

72 'Departure of Col. Gregory's regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 22 January 1862 page 2 (EG Sellers)

73 'Home from the wars!', Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 May 1865, pages 1 and 8 [91st on page 8] (Eli G Sellers)

74 'Ninety-first regiment', Philadelphia Inquirer 5 December 1871 page 3 (Eli G Sellers)

75 'Local intelligence', Philadelphia Inquirer 19 September 1862 page 8 (Eli G Sellers)

76 'Gettysburg: how Pennsylvania Day will be observed'. Philadelphia Inquirer 11 September 1889 page supplement 10 (Eli G Sellers)

77 'Who commanded the 91st Pennsylvania'. Philadelphia Inquirer 17 September 1889 page 4 (E G Sellers)

78 JHR Storey, [letter to President Roosevelt], 3 February 1903, transcribed in 'Thomas F. Walter', Senate Report 3309, 59th Congress, 1st Session, in Serial Set, volume 4905 F (session volume F)]

79 'General Gregory'. Philadelphia Inquirer 11 November 1871 page 2. (Colonel Sellers)

80 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 August 1905 (Eli Griffith Sellers)

81 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company G (Eli G Sellers)

82 death notice (Philadelphia Inquirer 13 January 1862 page 5) (Capt Sellers)

83 National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 153: Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army), 1792-1982, general court martial, 25 May 1863 (E G Sellers)

84 e-mail, Laura Nybeck to Harry A Ide, 29 November 2010 (citing Rebecca Sellers' will)

85 'City property' (Philadelphia Inquirer 25 December 1872, page 2) (Eli G Sellers)

86 'Attention!', Philadelphia Press, Thursday 28 November 1861, page 3 [also printed on 27 November 1861 page 3] (E G Sellers)

87 'Col Gregory's regiment' (Philadelphia Press 26 November 1861 page 3 and Monday 25 November 1861 page 3 and Saturday 23 November 1861 page 3) (Eli G Sellers)

88 undated letter, Eli G Sellers, about William H Geary (Eli G Sellers)

89 National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, Case files of approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War veterans, ca 1861 - ca 1910, certificate WC 48739, Eleanor Lammey, p.31 (Eli G Sellers)

90 widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, WC54569. Page 16. (Eli Sellers)

91 abstract of widow's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, WC 52233, Joanna Chew Thompson widow of James L Thompson (Eli Sellers)

92 children's pension certificate file, National Archives and Records Administration, RG 15, certificate WC 62,828, Margaret McKinney child of James McKinney

93 letter, Eli G Sellers to Elizabeth B Spear, August 1863

94 'Indignant G.A.R. men', Philadelphia Inquirer 31 December 1892, page 1 (Eli G Sellers)

95 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, New Britain, microfilm series M432, film 758, page 297 recto = 593 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Elias Sellers)

96 sellers3, a family tree, available on Ancestry, owner Lewana63, accessed 23 November 2013 (Eli Griffith Sellers Sr)

97 Find a grave, memorial 98983083, created by joyce collins, added 15 October 2012, accessed 23 November 2013 (Eli G Sellers)

98 Find a grave, memorial 93983108, created by joyce collins, added 15 October 2012, accessed 23 November 2013 (Rebecca P Sellers)

99 [not transcribed] death certificate, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 2 April 1907, Rebecca P Sellers (available on FamilySearch, accessed 23 November 2013)

100 Pennsylvania death indices, 1907 ('Seller [sic], Rebecca; 39606; Phila.; April 2.')

101 Find a grave, memorial 48368760, created by Laura Nybeck, 20 February 2010, accessed 23 November 2013 (Eli Griffith Sellers)

102 Find a grave, memorial 101899657, created by Laura Nybeck, added 8 December 2012, accessed 23 November 2013 (Mrs Rebecca Pinyard Spangler Sellers)

103 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, enumeration district 802, microfilm series T623, film 1473, page 122 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (George E Sellers)

104 [survivors' association]. National Tribune 6 January 1887 page 6 (E G Sellers)

105 'War veterans have a jolly time'. The Times (Philadelphia PA), 14 December 1897, page 8. (Eli S Sellers)

106 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Eli G Sellers)

107 muster-out roll, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, record group 19, series 19.11, records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (Eli G Sellers)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1910 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 24 Nov 13)
1920 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 24 Nov 13)
1930 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 24 Nov 13)
1940 US census
FamilySearch index (accessed 24 Nov 13)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 23 Nov 13)
VA pension payment cards, 1907-1933
FamilySearch index (accessed 23 Nov 13)
Pennsylvania veterans burial cards
FamilySearch index (accessed 23 Nov 13)

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Eli Griffith Sellers in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, New Britain, microfilm series M432, film 758, page 297 recto = 593 handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is speculative]
[I did not transcribe the seven other people in this household, headed by David Todd, farmer]
line15
Dwellings visited[97]
Families visited[106]
NameElias Sellers
Age22
Sexm
Color 
Occupation of males over 15 years" [sc. Labourer]
Real estate owned 
BirthplacePennsylvania
Married within year 
Attended school within year 
Over 20 & can't read/write 
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc. 

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 20th ward, page 520 = page 18 handwritten]
[identification is probable; see the 1870 census entry transcribed below]
line26272829303132
Dwelling number123      
Family number134      
NameEli SellersRebecca J [?] "Charles "Ella "Mary "Elizabeth "Susan Day
Age2824428/126928
SexMFMFFFF
Color       
OccupationBrass moulder      
Value of real estate owned       
Value of personal estate200      
Place of birthPenn""""""
Married within year       
Attended school within year       
Cannot read & write       
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.       

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 20 district 6, page 551 = page 70 handwritten]
[identification is probable; see the note on the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
line202122232425262728
Dwelling-house number483        
Family number516        
NameSellers Eli G- Rebecca- Charles L.Ella PMary JEli GHoward SGeorge SAnnie E
Age403515131194210/12
SexMFMFFMMMF
ColorWWWWWWWWW
OccupationCrier of Dist CourtKeeping HouseClerk in StoreAttending SchoolAttending SchoolAttending School   
Real estate value2500        
Personal estate value300        
BirthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
Father foreign born         
Mother foreign born         
Birth month if born within year        Aug
Marriage month if married within year         
Attended school past year   [blank]111 [sic]  
Can't read         
Can't write         
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.         
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1        
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...         

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 24th election district 20th ward, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 405, page 286A]
[line 15 is blank (except for a dash)]
[identification is probable, since (1) his wife's name matches the name of the widow who applied for a pension, (2) Anna's, Gertrude's, and Rosa's names and ages match reasonably closely the Annie, Gertie, and Rose in the 1900 census entry transcribed below, and (3) his occupation matches the occupation listed in numerous records]
line121314151617181920212223
street nameFawn Street
house number1606           
dwelling visit #3           
family visit #4           
nameSellers Eli G- Rebecca P- Ella G " Eli G Jr" Howard S" George S" Anna E" Gertrude R" Rosa S" Grace E" Horace B
colorWWW WWWWWWWW
sexMFF-MMMFFFFM
age494422-181413109731
month born if born in year            
relationship WifeDaughter SonSonSonDaughterDaughterDaughterDaughterSon
single  1 11111111
married11          
widowed/divorced            
married during year            
occupationCourt CrierKeeping HouseUpholsterer DriverClerk in StoreAt SchoolAt SchoolAt SchoolAt School  
months unemployed            
currently ill?            
blind            
deaf/dumb            
idiotic            
insane            
disabled            
school this year      1111  
can't read            
can't write            
birthplacePennaPennaPenna PennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPenna PennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplacePennaPennaPenna PennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPennaPenna

[1890 census]

[1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 755, page [2] (image 2406 on Ancestry)]
[identification is confirmed by reference to his service in the 91st]

[line] 26
[house] 160
[family] 164
[name] Eli G. Sellers
[rank] Capt
[company] G
[unit] 91 Pa Vol
[enlistment date] 9 Sept 1861
[discharge date] 10 July 1865
[length of service] 2 years 10 months 1 day
[post office address] 1856 Mervine " [sc. St] " [sc. Phila]
[disability incurred] [blank]
[remarks] Promoted to Maj of Regt and discharged as such

1890 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory

[searched transcription on Ancestry]
Eli G Sellers, dep sheriff, 4 State House row, h 1856 Marvine
George Sellers, patternmkr, h 1856 Marvine
Howard S Sellers, clerk, h 1856 Marvine

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 32, enumeration district 802, microfilm series T623, film 1473, page 122 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch)]
[identification is probable, despite the unusual personal names, since (1) his address matches his address in the 1890 veterans schedule and in his death certificate, and (2) his occupation matches the occupation listed in numerous records]
line12131415161718
streetNorth Mervine St
house number1856      
dwelling number80      
family number86      
nameSellers George E- RebeccaGrogan AnnieSellers Gertie- RoseGrogan Charlie- Elmer
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterDaughterDaughterGr SonGr Son
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFFFFMM
birth dateJan 1830May 1835Feb 1865Oct 1869Dec 1872May 1885Oct 1888
age70653530271511
married?MMWdSSSS
# years married4040     
mother of how many children? 52    
# of children living 52    
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year       
# years in USA       
naturalized citizen?       
occupationTipstaff    At schoolAt school
# months not employed0      
# months in school     1010
can readyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
owned/rentedO      
free or mortgagedF      
farm/houseH      
# of farm schedule       

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 26 March 2015, from Fold3]


Sellers Eli G.
Co. G F+S, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Capt | Lt. Col.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

muster-out roll

[muster-out roll, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, record group 19, series 19.11, records of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs]
[transcribed from Pennsylvania, Civil War Muster Rolls, 1860-1869, on Ancestry, 27 May 2015]

NUMBER OF EACH GRADE.1
NAMES. PRESENT AND ABSENT.Eli G. Sellers
RANK.Lt Col
AGE. 
JOINED FOR SERVICE AND ENROLLED AT GENERAL RENDEZVOUS--COMMENCEMENT OF FIRST PAYMENT BY TIME.WHEN.Sep 12 [sic] /61
WHERE.Phila Pa
BY WHOM.Lt Pearce
PERIOD.3 yrs.
MUSTERED INTO SERVICE.WHEN.Oct 31 /64
WHERE.near Petersburg Va
BY WHOM.Capt Leughlen
LAST PAID.BY PAYMASTER.Maj Gressen
TO WHAT TIME.Apr 30 /65
TRAVELING.To place of rendezvous, No. of miles. 
From place of discharge home, No. of miles. 
Clothing ActDue U.S 
Due Soldier 
AMOUNT for clothing in kind, or in money advanced. 
VALUE OF equipments, arms &c., received from the United States, to be paid for if lost or destroyed. 
BountyPaid 
Due 
 
REMARKS
Promoted from Capt Compy G to Lt Col. vice Sinex discharged Oct 31 /64. Pay due for commandg G for the months of Sept + October 1864

death notice

[source: Philadelphia Inquirer 21 August 1905, page 7]
SELLERS.--August 18. COLONEL ELI G SELLERS, in his 75th year. Beloved husband of Rebecca P Sellers. Relatives and friends, also 91st Regt. P V V, Post 2 G A R; officers of Common Pleas Court, Washington Council, No 5, American Mechanics; Quaker City Lodge, No 116 A O U W; Kawanie Chee [?] Ketern Tribe, No 190, I O of R M; Columbia Lodge, No 1639, Knights of Honor; Remembrance Lodge, No 731, I O O F, and other societies of which he was a member, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, on Tuesday, at 3 o'clock, at his late residence, 1856 N Marvine st. Interment American Mechanics' Cemetery.

memorial

[source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 August 1905, page 7]
In Memory of Col. E. G. Sellers

A meeting of the officers connected with the several Courts of Common Pleas was held yesterday afternoon in Room 446, City Hall, to take action upon the death of their colleague, Colonel Eli G. Sellers, who for a long number of years officiated as crier in Room G, of Common Pleas Court No. 5. Appropriate resolutions were adopted, after which those attending the meeting attended the funeral in a body.

The GAR

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 February 1888, page 1]
STATE ENCAMPMENT.
Proceedings of the Grand Army of the Republic in Session at Allentown.

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Feb. 15.--The state encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic concluded its work this afternoon. The following officers were elected:


[...]

Council of Administration.--William Emaley, Benjamin L. Myers and Eli Sellers.


[...]

probate

[Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 September 1905, page 4]
Estates Disposed of by Will

[...] The other testaments admitted to probate include [...] Eli G. Sellers, $3300; [...].


[Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 September 1905, page 15]

[...] Among the other wills admitted to probate were those of [...] Eli G. Sellers, $3300, [...].

death certificate

[death certificate, Eli Griffith Sellers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 August 1905]
[source: www.familysearch.org, viewed 13 October 2008]


19330
RETURN OF A DEATH
IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.
Physician's Certificate.
1. Full Name of Deceased Eli Griffith Sellers
2. Color, White
3. Sex Male
4. Married
5. Age Years 74, Months 9, Days 11
6. Date of Death. Year, 1905 Month, Aug Day 18th
7. Cause of Death, Chief, Locomotor ataxia
Contributing, Nephritis + Heart Failure
R J Johnmead [?] MD
Residence, 1935 N 9th [?] St
Undertaker's Certificate.
8. Occupation Court Crier
9. Place of Birth, Pennsylvania
10. Birthplace of Father, [blank]
11. Birthplace of Mother, [blank]
12. When a Minor, [blank]
13. Last place of Residence, [blank]
14. Place of Death, Street and No. 1856 Marvine St
15. Ward, wherein death occurred, 32nd
16. Buried from, Street and No. 1856 Marvine St.
17. Date of Burial, Aug 22nd 1905
18. Place of Burial, Mechanics Cemt
John H. Deperven [?] Undertaker
Residence 1633 N. 11th St

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