The Selman Family
From England to Maryland to Virginia to South Carolina, Georgia to Tennessee to Texas
Born 1762 StaffordCo, Virginia
Died 1816 FranklinCo, Tennessee
Married 1. 1781 StaffordCo, Virginia
Born 11 Feb 1763 StaffordCo, Virginia
Died 22 Apr 1844 BentonCo, Alabama
Articles in the History of Cherokee County, Texas say that:
1783: The family consisting of Eli and nephews Abner and Stafford who were 3 and 2 years old appear in ElbertCo, GA.
1786: By the spring the family was in SpartanburgCo, SC where other Selman brothers lived.
1807: The family moved to newly organized FranklinCo, TN.
1816: Thomas died of in an influenza epidemic. Jemimah moved with remaining children to BentonCo, AL (later CalhounCo) after her husband's death.
Born 1711 Davidson, Anne ArundelCo, Maryland
Died 1775 StaffordCo, Virginia
Married 16 Apr 1733 All Hallows Parish, Anne ArundelCo, Maryland
Born 3 Aug 1718 All Hallows Parish, Anne ArundelCo, Maryland
Died after 1785 FauquierCo, Virginia
The family is thought to have moved to StaffordCo, VA in 1733.
Born about 1680 Anne ArundelCo, Maryland Died 1716
Benjamin Lawrence (1711-1775; m. Anne Powell)
Martha (1712-1792; m. 1. David McElfresh; 2. Ephraim Howard)
Born about 1645 Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Died 20 Oct 1707 All Hallows Parish, Anne ArundelCo, Maryland
Married after 1676 Anne ArundelCo, Maryland
Born abt 1654 NansemondCo, Virginia
Died 17 Jan 1728 Anne ArundelCo, Maryland
abt 1654: Many sources list 1660 CalvertCo, Maryland as the birthdate and place of Elizabeth Brashear. Author Charles Brashear of A Brashear(s) Family History argues that Elizabeth must have been born in VA. She is listed as a headright on Benois' land records when he moved to Maryland for which he received 50 acres. Only people not born in Maryland were eligible. Benois did not claim his daughter, Mary, who was probably the only one of the children born in Maryland. The Benois Brasseur family moved to MD in 1658.
1658: Jonathan (John) Sellman appeared in CalvertCo, Maryland and is said to have arrived from Europe with future in-laws Brashear as an indentured servant at age 13. He moved with the Brashear family after some years to Anne ArundelCo where he served ten or twelve years as a customs servant.
1663: In the will of her mother, Mary Richford Brashear, Elizabeth Brashear (Sellman) was to receive three heifers and their female produce upon reaching age 16 or marriage.
1675: Sellman received two warrants for 50 acres each from Charles Calvert "for time of service performed in the province." On 3 Jul Sellman turned over one of his warrants for land received to Thomas Henge.
1676: On 12 Dec John Sellman purchased 175 acres on the south side of the South River and west of Flat Creek in Anne ArundelCo with partner George Westall. The area was called Covells Folly which is about 1.5 miles NE of present Davidsonville, MD. John Sellman accumulated over 900 acres in county where he hosted many "custom servants" and "indentured servants," three of whom died in his service and are buried at All Hallows Church.
1707: 18 Jul Sellman recorded his will which was proved 28 Feb. 1808 (Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, bk. 12, pg. 205).
1708: Widow Elizabeth Brashear Sellman married Dr. William Nicholls on 8 Nov in CalvertCo, MD.
1728/1729: The All Hallows Parish Register, Anne ArundelCo, MD recorded the burial of Eliza Nicholls, widow, 17 Jan. Some contend she was buried in Baltimore City.
Born 1613 England
Married 21 May 1638 England
Margaret Holford Born 1617
Son: Jonathan Sellman (abt 1645-1707)
Born 1574 Stinchcombe, Glouceshire, England
Married 13 Oct 1599 England
Anne Fisher Born 1578 England
Son: William Sellman (b. 1613)
For a comprehensive, Selman, Bean and Germany family genealogy written in narrative form with historical context, see Over the Mountain by Martha Crabb (copies may still be available on request at 414 Floyd Ave., Dumas, TX 79029)
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