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JORDAN SELLERS b.~1807 d. Aug 1898

Jordan was born in Nash Co., NC according to his 1850 census.  See the chart of the various censuses below - also take note of the various spelling of his name as they are indexed in the census which made him difficult to find.  The 1850 census age appears to be an error and judging from the other censuses it appears he was born around 1807-1808.


Jordan married Mary Elizabeth Mason 5 Nov 1828 in Nash Co.  Elizabeth died 1857 in Brooklyn, Ind. and is buried at Monical Cem.  It has been reported that she died in 1856 but the Monical Cem record shows 1857.  Her parents were from Virginia.  Jordan reports later in the 1880 census that his father was also born in Va.

Early Nash, NC records show these references to Jordan:

Mar 1830:  Charged along with Gurley for the assault on Henry Lewis.  Gurley arrested while Jordan fled the county.

Feb 1833 & Feb 1834:  Working with road crew along with (brothers) Emmanuel & Bennett

Jordan had already left Nash prior to the incident above and was in Wake Co. in the 1830 census.  The confusion is that in the 1850 census they show that the children who were born between 1829 and 1858 were born in Franklin Co. even though he is in Wake (adjacent to Franklin) in the 1830 census and far away in Guilford in 1840 and 1850. 

According to the Morgan Co., IN document referenced below, Jordan moved to Brown Township, Morgan Co., IN in the fall of 1850 (Note the NC 1850 census was Oct, 1850) along with his wife and several of his children.  Apparently his oldest son, Bartley, didn't make the move until 1851.  I believe that Jordan didn't move their until sometime in 1851 from other information I've seen.

Following his wife's death in 1857, Jordan moved across the border into Illinois and was there in the 1860 census along with a female named Nancy, 60.  Jordan's daughter, Elizabeth, appears in this household along with several other children who are likely those belonging to Nancy.  It's uncertain whether Jordan is married to Nancy or perhaps she was his sister-in-law or other kin to his widow, Elizabeth.  In any event, Nancy also appears with him in the 1870 census where they have now moved back to Indiana.  She now lists her age as 62 (ten years later and she only aged 2 years...).  In 1880, Jordan has moved to Virgo Co. and has a wife named Martha, age 53 (20 years his junior) along with a 'stepson' Francis Martin, 27.  From the SELLERS LETTERS, we are told that Jordan died in 1898 at the home of his daughter in Missouri.

Jordan and Elizabeth’s Children:  Born in NC

Martha 1829

Bartley 21 Oct 1830

Abijah 1832

Peter 1834

John R. 25 Feb 1836

Mason 1838

Richard 1840

Elizabeth 1844

Morgan Co. IN:  Go here to see more info on Jordan's children including a report on Bartley toward the bottom of the page:

Also on the current site, see the SELLERS LETTERS by clicking on the Family Button above and then on Sellers Letters.

Abijah Sellers also filed a Civil War claim and this information can be found at  His claim shows that he was born in Guilford Co. NC so not sure why they listed the children as born in Franklin Co. in the 1850 census as noted above.

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